Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tickfaw State Park..... Here We Come!

This is where my Scrappy friends and I will be staying this weekend. We have had this little rendezvous scheduled since January. We very rarely get to get together when none of us has to work or teach or something. It will be so nice to just hang out in pj's if we want or do nothing. I am taking my scrap junk but who knows, I may just sit on the porch and rock. We each are taking a dinner and snacks. A very inexpensive way to hang with our friends. No Internet service so I will catch you up when I get back. Don't forget to check The Girl's Loft site. Our designs with the first kit should be up soon. FUN STUFF!

Monday, June 22, 2009


I cannot believe I am showing this, but here is just a glimpse of some of the stuff removed from my junk room. Also the backside of Jennifer hard at work getting all of my clothes ready for consignment. My girls are 7 and 5 and I have never gotten rid of any of their clothes. I sold some this Spring and made about $700 and that was just the tip of the iceburg! (sorry this photo is fuzzy, but maybe it won't hurt your eyes so bad!!)

I hope you all are having a great week so far! I certainly have. Mine started off with an intervention in my crazy life by some of my friends. They came over early, and I mean REALLY early and forced me to clean out my junk room, aka the master bedroom. Confession, I have let that room get the best of me. It has housed all of my scrap junk, art supplies, treadmill, clothes I have been selling, and various other junk for years now. My husband and I have a bedroom upstairs, because I was not letting my babies sleep up there by themselves, but they are growing up and I am more comfortable with that now, sad story in itself, anyway.... where was I? So after about ten bags to Goodwill, several bags of stuff that they called "garbage" and I called "treasures", the place is looking up! Now the upstairs room will become a craft and scrap room for my girls and myself. Something we desperately need. That's all we do and we love to CREATE together. It's gonna free up tons of space! I have gotten the before shots, but I don't think that I am brave enough to to show them. These girls are troopers. Even they were wringing their hands about half way through! They are gonna come back in a week or so and help me finish it off! I hate to leave things undone, but a cropping weekend and a family vacation in the midst of it all cannot be helped! You know you have an awesome friendship when they volunteer to help you do something like that because they know how much it is bothering you. THANKS so much girls, I owe you big!

On another note, I have added that follower thing to my blog because I discovered some readers had me linked to their blog and I did not even know it! If you read my junk, let me know! I want to be able to get to know you too! Click on my followers link and I can keep up with you from there! Thanks! I look forward to getting to know you!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Flop Crop

This is a group of awesome woman. They know all of my faults a failures and they love me anyway! LOVE them!

A couple of weekends ago Katie invited us down to her house in Mobile for a crop. Her invitation was an actual flip flop with all of the details written on the sole. We left early Sat. am to arrive at Katie's house around 9. She had precious decorations, including a wreath made of flops, a handmade pair of flops for each of us, table decor, tons of snacks, and a little game that involved name tags and pictures and the job of pretending you were someone fab and famous all weekend. We also had many cute make and takes to do. I did mine for my girls new bedroom(more on that later). She also had a flexible itinerary planned with restaurant options and down time activities. She even went so far as to have several menus available so that we could look those over and know what we might want. Sushi one day, Seafood, and Newks another. All of my favorites.
One of our down time activities was to tour The Extreme Home Makeover Home that is in Mobile. It belongs to a student of Katie's and she played a big part in the renovation. The owner and her daughter scrapped with us for a while and then we went over to hang out at her house for a while and to check out all of the cool stuff the show did for them. They are so careful to give GOD the Glory! Really neat people. I have seen it before, but it was really nice to see the family again and Peter is such a joy to visit with.

Lastly, she brought in a masseuse to give everyone massages. I love it when someone rocks a party! I don't often get to attend something that I am NOT involved in. It was so nice to be able to enjoy it and not be worried with details. Everyone had an awesome time and Katie's attention to detail was very much appreciated. I am sorry I am just getting around to posting this, but we have had alot going on! I got two projects done for upcoming events, can't show them just yet, but soon.

Enjoy your weekend! I will be hanging with the family at a couple of birthday bashes, a DATE NIGHT (double), and getting ready for an intervention at my house. Yes, a group of my friends are coming to help me makeover my master bedroom and scrap room! I will let you in on the before and after if I can get up the nerve!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Simmons' Houshold Quirky Quote of the Day!

Lillian says, "Mom, I am gonna put my baby down for a nap." I tell her to go right ahead. She says, "Come on baby Rasputten, let's go to sleep!" Nice name for such an angelic faced baby doll!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Layouts from My Crazy Weekend!

Lots of Prima, Maya Road, and Jenni Bowlin.
I cut my felt accent up to make it a little less uniform, stamped a piece of white cardstock for a little more texture. THICKERS! THICKERS! Love them!

Tons of fun making this little flower!

I layered little Primas and wrapped a wired pompom ribbon around each one! My girls made these shoes!

This past weekend my friend Melissa and I worked a crop in South LA. Melissa and Stacy own Scrap Addicts and the Scrap Addicts Kit Club. I grabbed one of their kits and put these kits together on Saturday. FUN! They included TONS of goodies! You can find them here.
Also don't forget to come check out The Girl's Loft! I should get my kit today and will look forward to playing with it! Will add some more goodies soon! Until then.... HAPPY SCRAPPY!
P.S. Don't forget to leave a comment on my previous post for a possible surprise!

Monday, June 15, 2009


Check it out! We are up and running! Go get your July kit, it's so fresh! Makes me think of Summer. Come on over, we can work on our goodies together. Go here..... Leave a comment on my blog and tell me what you think! There could be something in it for ya....hehehehe!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Simmons' Household Quirky Quote of the Day!

Adeline says over lunch at the Mexican restaurant," Mama, my favorite song at VBS was "Because". I just thought it was very "SUBTLE". I respond with,"hummm, how so?" She says,"It's not loud and showy. It's gentle, calm, and soothing." Nice descriptive words for a seven year old don't you think?!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

BIG, BiG, Big NEWS!!

I am so excited to finally announce that I have been chosen to be part of a MOST amazing Design Team! Margie Romney-Aslett and her daughters have gotten together to create a company and kit club called "The Girl's Loft". Let me just say that I could not have been asked to be a part of a more awesome team. Margie developed and designed product for Making Memories for several years until she decided to move on to bigger and better things. She is such a dynamic personality and amazing person. I am absolutely thrilled to be working with her and the other girls on the team. One of the team members and I have known each other for a while, which is nice, and I look forward to getting to know the others. You can check out Margie's blog to see all of the other team members and their bios., and you can also make The Girl's Loft website one of your favorites to check regularly. So... now that the secret is out... I want to welcome you all to come and join us! We're gonna have a GREAT GIRLY time!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

WWOOooo HHoOooO!

OH HaPpY DaY Cindy!

You win! Of course no one guessed correctly, it really is an unusual item most of you are probably not around much. I cannot tell you what it is JUST yet. Not until it's posted on the website for Girls Gone Crafty! Y'all should join us. It's gonna be a blast.

I used the random number generator at
Cindy wins a Tim Holtz leather binder for storing acrylic stamps! Cindy you can email me ( your address or I can bring it to you when I head your way in a few weeks. Let me know. CONGRATULATIONS!

Thanks for playing along!

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Winner....

I will post the winner Saturday morning. Thanks for playing along! I wish all of you LURKERS would post and take a chance but.... I guess you like your anonymity. We are very busy here at The Simmons home with Summer activities. ART camp is coming up and I am getting projects together for that. I love being able to teach kids about art and artists! The girls are keeping me on the go, and my scrap commitments are my little break from the Summer activities. Taking one this weekend as a matter of fact! More later.....