Saturday, March 24, 2012

Project Life {Week 4} and then some photos...

Hey all! :) I am on Week 4 of Project Life and so far I am doing well... by that I mean, I haven't fallen back into procrastination, yet! And that really really makes me so happy because I have been  enjoying looking at what I have in my book so far.


This week I did use my Cricut to cut my title and you can tell how I need to re-learn how to work my Sure-Cuts-A-Lot and my machine because all the edges in some parts of my title are jagged and seems like I have forgotten how to cut paper. LOL As you all can tell I didn't put too much work on my title card this week. I used the Echo Park Playground collection.


I journaled on my photos again. I love doing this!!! I wish I can do it on all of them, but that's what the 3x4 journaling cards are for also, the smaller photos only have so much space for stuff.


Obviously I have a lot of photos this week that I had to get creative and split the 6x4 slots so I can put in journaling too. :) We have been having a wonderful time whipping our new backyard back into shape and I have been taking pics at the same time... So... yeah!


That's all for Project Life this week. :) I have a couple photos to share with you about what has been going on here, and this waterfall I keep tweeting about. Yard work makes me happy, and I love digging into the ground and planting flowers and adding colors outdoors, so this new house totally is an enabler! 


This {above} is one of the pretty corners in our backyard. :) I am loving this one in particular because this is where the pond and the waterfall is. This is right across from our bedroom window, and in the past week, it has been so pretty we have been leaving our window up all night and it is an added bonus that we can listen to the waterfall. It is the most relaxing thing, but not as relaxing as soaking in the pool, which we are going to open in a couple of weeks depending on how the temps are in the coming weeks.

Here's the pond and the waterfall. My husband and I are thinking about adding some height to the waterfall... but it is fine as is. It would just be nice to give a river-like look and feel. :) This pond used to have fish in it, but last fall John forgot to turn off the water as he was filling it up and it overflowed and killed all the fish that was in it. That was a very sad day but we are keeping it without fish for now to see how we do with just the pond. We have never had a pond before so we are yet trying to get used to having to take care of it and keeping it all problem-free.


Lastly, that is Voodoo in our bedroom window... He is an inside cat but he is an outdoor cat by heart. He loves being outside except that he can't be outside because he has been de-clawed. I wouldn't let him be outside if he wasn't de-clawed anyway, because I would worry myself to death if my pets are outside all the time.

 Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead of you!!! :)


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nutella-Filled Hand Pies


Hey friends!!! I have something easy for you all. :) Last night, while I was looking in the freezer for something to snack on, I found an unopened package of puff pastry. I don't know why I had puff pastry, but I believe it is meant to be made into something tasty! So here is what I came up with... Nutella-filled Hand pies! And you only need a few things to put this together.



1 sheet puff pastry {thawed in the refrigerator overnight}
Egg wash {a mixture of an egg + water/milk}


1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Prepare your surface, and all the ingredients. You don't want the puff pastry to sit out on the counter too long as it is mainly composed of butter.


3. Unfold puff pastry on floured surface. I rolled mine out make all the sides close to even. Then I cut it into six rectangular pieces.


4. Scoop out about 1 Tbsp of Nutella into your crust.


5. Brush a little bit of eggwash around the edges to seal all seams.


6. Seal your edges with a fork. :) Just like this...


7. Put all your pies on a wax paper-lined pan. Brush them with more eggwash on top. Then bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes.


8. ENJOY!!! :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Project Life Week 2 and 3

Hello all! Just wanted to say that I am still alive. :) It has been another busy couple of weeks for us. We have been getting our house ready for showing {for prospective buyers} We finally got done Sunday evening so this is gonna be our first week NOT busy... We are kind of taking it easy but not doing nothing entirely because we do have a new house we are trying to make ours and since it has gotten warmer, we have been hanging out in the back yard and whipping it up to shape.

So this is gonna be a post of Week 2 and 3. Week 2 has a lot of journaling while Week 3 has more photos. :)



I journaled in my photos this time. :) I think I will start doing this more often... I kindda like it. Hope you all have a great week ahead!!!



Thursday, March 1, 2012

Project Life {TEST} Week No. 1


If you all don't know yet, I have to tell you I take A LOT of pictures, I take them daily... I take them all the time... I take pictures every chance I get either from my DSLR camera or my phone or my husband's iPhone. I have a ton of photography apps on my phone it's not funny, I have crowded John's phone with them too. I have an Android... I'm not a big fan of the non-Apple products anymore, but when I needed a new phone quick because my little bitty Samsung Impression had died on me, I had to make a quick decision and I went with an Android phone. Not because I like it, [I came to like it, btw. I love my HTC now] but so we can have something different in the house. We have become Apple freaks in the past 2-3 years we would never buy anything if it didn't have the Apple emblem on it. lol

Anyway, all the photos I have been taking are all stuck in my computer and they are crowding it. And I couldn't stand it anymore. I don't wanna buy another WD MyBook either and crowd that too. So I decided I am going to print all my pictures... but the question was, where am I gonna put them? I love to scrapbook, but I only scrapbook when I want to. However, these couple of changes we have imposed on our lives at this point has John and I all over the place busy all the time. I have said this over and over and I will say it again... I have never thought being a stay-at-home wife would be this hectic! And we don't even have a kid/kids! So I had to go into something fast, and easy and inexpensive. I am not the crazy scrapbooker that goes nuts in Archivers and buys every embellishments on the shelves! I hate them anyway because they are so hard to store and they are EXPENSIVE I like investing on the good stuff, like the tools, and the snacks I eat when I do craft. Plus, I have been so into the DIY-ing everything. I even made my own curtains this week but that's a totally different post. So........... I WENT WITH PROJECT LIFE! And I am committing to it so my pictures could have a home. To me, it provides a place for me to document all that I love, SCRAPBOOKING, BAKING, PHOTOGRAPHY and SEWING... and of course, the four crazy things I live with... JOHN, Mr Peapers, Voodoo, and Foozie. 

I was supposed to start next week with my friend Sara. But I put together a test Week 1 spread to see how long it takes me to put together a whole week of photos. :) And I am pleased to report that I got done in 2 1/2 hours. This includes planning the sizes of the photos, printing them out and the journaling too. :) I got my journaling cards from this lady, Miss Tina. I love them all. I just printed them out on white cardstock and cut them out. They fit the Project Life page protectors perfectly. They are exactly 3x4.

I didn't use a lot of embellishments on this one, but I sure will give it some more time when I start with next week's. I am also treating this more like a gallery than it is really week no. 1 because the photos here aren't all current. LOL  I just wanted to try it out and see how fast I can put one week together.




I added a 12x12 insert [photo on top] using a We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve. :) I've had them for a while, just couldn't find any use for them until now. I love the quality of We R Memory Keepers page protectors and I am so happy that I was able to use these in my Project Life album.

And for an added bonus, John built me this ledge weeks ago but our busy lives have delayed the installation of it. We have this very bare wall in our living room that we have been wishing to decorate since we moved to the new house and never have gotten the time to think about it or even plan on it. I had decided on a photo wall, but I sure changed my mind when I realized I was gonna have to drill holes. I hate putting holes on the wall. So we settled on the idea of a photo ledge. :) It will give me the same result as a photo wall except that I won't have to drill a gazillion holes. I am still working on the stuff I want to display on the ledge but the real reason I wanted a photo wall was so I could display John's late great Grandmother's paintings. She was a wonderful woman, great artist, she had a great eye. She still even painted even when she couldn't see anymore [out of old age]. I got to see her the year before she passed. She lived out west with John's Grandpa. And on our last day, I almost talked John into staying one more week because I just couldn't stomach leaving her, We kind of knew that was the last time we were going to see her, she was I believe in her early 90's. :'(

So here is the ledge, I will be posting more pics of it when I fill it up! :) I have a ton of family photos and other things that are going on this ledge.  After all, we went ahead and used a 1x6 piece of pine for the platform so we can load it up with all kinds of stuff. And I had John anchor the whole thing good on the wall so the weight won't make it sag. Gotta love the Handy Husband, right? Gosh, I feel so lucky that I can tell him what I want and he makes them and figures them out by himself.


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