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The Early Years

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Having children is no easy task. Personally, I am merely an auntie and I wondered at times how I would survive. During the first few weeks we  think: how cute, we want to hold them all the time, hearing them cry breaks our heart, we dote and dote and dote. Unfortunately those feelings won’t last long, they wear off quicker than you’d imagine. Instead our thoughts become: when will they become more independent, we long for the day when they will sleep through the night, we no longer want to hold them all the time – we need time to continue with our daily tasks, when will they use the potty – cleaning diapers is torture. You might think yourself to be bad parents for having these thoughts but kids are challenging.

During these times, time keeps on ticking. It never stops and those innocent babies grow; growing happens quickly; sooner than you think they are little characters of they own. It is only when this happens that you take a moment to reflect. It’s at this time you begin to wonder where did the time go? If only you could have those earlier days back. If you think twice about it however, it’s really not what you want at all.

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Babies

 

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Manic Monday – Just Another Manic Monday

Today is the second day of the year and a very sad day it is. It is the last day of my vacation. Tomorrow I must return to work. I do miss my team, and some of my work colleagues, but I don’t miss the office for a moment.
This year, I’m determined to find a way to work it all out – making the income, loving the work, and building necessary relationships.
To make it through the day I listen to my inner voice. It tells me: “I can do this, think positive, relax, ignore the fact that I have no other option than to return to work, make the most of the day.” My inner voice is not helpful today. Instead I turn to another form of relaxation: my designs.
I reach for a coloring page and find joy in a childhood pastime. It is the best form of relaxation. I pass the time coloring and watching Once Upon a Time.
Hours later and I’ve made it through another Manic Monday. Tomorrow new challenges await.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in Coloring Pages

 

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Transformation Thursday – Sail Away

Theme: Sail Away
Type: Digital Design
Size: 12×12 Template
Sketch Inspiration: KiddyKit Designs. Sketch posted 12/20/2011
Materials: 1 photo
Paper: 1 – plain
Main Colors: Green
Supporting Colors: Blue, Red
Embellishments: Trees, globe, lamp, cannon, wordart, flowers, compass, leaves, trees, anchor, raft, rifle, wheel, logs, sand, submarine, fence, telescope, dog tags, map Sources: Pxl Cafe: Make Believe Pirates Plunder
Details: Aye Aye Mate! Sail away with me on a fun adventure of trick, treats, and treasure. Halloween 2011. Creative layering is all it takes to create a new home away from home.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Holidays

 

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Template Tuesday: Featured Template – Sail Away

Inspiration Source: KiddyKit Designs
Basic Materials: 12×12 design template, 4 Elements – 1 photo, 1 paper: 1 plain, 2 potential embellishments
Supporting Materials: Color swatch
Tools: Adobe Photoshop
Details: What’s your preference? Trick or Treat? A trick is usually incurred – in the form of mischief – if a treat isn’t given. Historically Scottish children would work for their treats – by performing a trick of some sort. This process was know as guishing.
Halloween! What a festive time of year. The only time when being yourself is frowned upon.

Upcoming: Check back 12/22/2011 for the final design

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Holidays

 

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Transformation Thursday – New York City Explorer

Theme: New York City Explorer
Type: Digital Design
Size: 12×12 Template
Sketch Inspiration: KiddyKit Designs. Sketch posted 12/13/2012
Materials: 14 photos
Paper: 3 – 3 plain
Main Colors: Orange, Red
Font: New York City – dafont.com
Embellishments: Street arrow, banner, photo extractions (building, and subway lamp)
Sources: Pxl Cafe Digital Kits
Goal: Capture the energy of your city. New
Tips: At the heart of New York City is diversity. Take five minutes to people watch. The appreciation you’ll get from being aware of your surroundings is priceless. You can’t make some of this stuff up. You must see it to believe it.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Hobbies & Sports

 

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Template Tuesday – Featured Template: New York City Explorer

Inspiration Source: KiddyKit Designs
Basic Materials: 12×12 design template, 19 Elements – 14 photos, 3 papers: 3 plain, 1 banner, 1 street sign
Supporting Materials: Color swatch
Tools: Adobe Photoshop
Suggestions: Living in New York City can be very expensive. When working with a limited budget take time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. It costs nothing – maybe just a few tips for your subjects – and you can capture the heart of the city using your point and shoot camera. Just charge the battery, grab the camera, and hit the streets for a day of adventure. Try it in your city. You’ll be in awe at the treasures you’ll uncover.
Upcoming: Check back 12/15/2011 for the final design

Special Thanks to Sal Glorioso – an avid supporter and source of inspiration.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Hobbies & Sports

 

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Transformation Thursday: Celebrate Good Times

Theme: Celebrate Good Times
Type: Digital Design
Size: 12×12 Template
Sketch Inspiration: The Scrapbook Idea Book Vol 10. Sketch posted 12/8/2011
Materials: 11 photos
Paper: 4 – 3 patterns, 1 plain
Main Colors: Orange
Supporting Colors: Yellow, Red
Embellishments: Glasses, banner, wordart, brads, buttons, windmill, flowers, sticks, circle diecut, heart, swirl, frame
Sources: Pxl Cafe: Bright and Fun Digital Kit,
Goal: Kids get so attached to stuff. Sunglasses is his attachment for the moment.I wonder what the new attachment will be next summer.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in Children

 

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