Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Had a great couple of days. I hope all of you did, too. We had our family Christmas on Christmas Eve so Seth could wake up to Santa Claus at his house on Christmas morning. He was even more fun this year than last year. He was excited about everything, even clothes. He kept saying things like "another present for me?! Oh my gosh!" In years past, I have been the stuffer of stockings and only occasionally would someone remember to put something in mine so I always throw a couple of things in there for myself. This year, though, both of my girls separately put lots of scrappy stuff in there and I was very pleased. Those babies of mine sure turned out well. Here are a few pictures.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I got two puzzle pieces in the mail today! Both are just incredible, too. The owl one is from Samantha, my friend from the CKMB and the paisley one is from Betty who I also met on the CKMB but we now play together at Scrapbook Playground. It is really starting to come together. I have decided on a title and will be decorating the middle pieces very soon to tie them all together.
I've been hoarding my pages for the last couple of months in case they could be used for HOF. I did this one yesterday and he is just so darn cute, I had to share. Curtis is such a good sport. I put the hat on him and said, smile for me, baby! He actually posed for several shots and most of them turned out pretty cute. I have company coming this weekend to stay so I probably won't be back on for a few days. I hope all of you have a blessed Christmas.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I thought I would share my annual Christmas letter and photo collage I sent out with my Christmas cards this year. Since I consider all of you wonderful people who take the time to visit me here as my friends, you should also benefit (or suffer) from my love of the written word. Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope your holidays are wonderful.
Dear friends and family,
It is time for the annual year in review letter from the Owens family and this year finds Curtis and me happily celebrating our 30th anniversary living in the proverbial empty nest. Until a couple of weeks ago, the two extra bedrooms were completely empty except for the few abandoned prom and banquet dresses hanging in one closet. We bought a new bed for ourselves and put our old one into one of the bedrooms so Allison would have somewhere to sleep when she came home for Thanksgiving. Those empty bedrooms served us well in October, though, when we had several of Allison’s friends stay with us during Texas-OU weekend. They brought sleeping bags and camped out in the back of our house. We had a great time with all those young people in the house.
Karen and Seth moved out in May and are living nearby in a small duplex. Karen has changed jobs and is the accounting manager for a small cleaning company that contracts out the cleaning of office buildings. She has been going to school two nights a week and we watch Seth on those nights. She is also seeing a very nice guy named Joe who makes her very happy and that makes us happy, too.
Seth is four, a very handsome little guy, and loves anything that has to do with balls. He especially loves football right now and he and Curtis toss the ball back and forth outside until it gets dark every time he comes over. He also loves superheroes and is obsessed with being big and strong.
Allison is at the
Curtis has been promoted to plant manager at Southern Star Concrete. He is thriving on all of the extra responsibility and doing well. He loves being a grandpa to his favorite little boy and he enjoys visits from his girls.
I am still plugging away at Tom Thumb. I love scrapbooking and am doing well with it. I’ve even won a few contests. I’ve made some new friends through it and am having such a great time. I also really enjoy photography and am learning to use my new fancy camera. I want to find a class to take. Be warned. Anybody who comes near me best be ready to have their picture taken!
I hope 2008 is good for all of you and that you enjoy many blessings.
Love, Curtis and Detta
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Growing up as the oldest of seven children, there were always a lot of stockings hanging from our mantel at Christmas time. As we grew up and began marrying, new stockings began crowding onto that small block of wood. It didn’t take long until there was so many that that had to be tacked onto the wall above the fireplace and around it. This year, there are thirty six stockings including two for family members who have passed away in the last four years. Before my dad died, my mother took joy in filling them and we looked forward to seeing what “Santa” would bring to Grandma’s house. After the lottery came to
The stocking display at my house is a bit smaller in scale. Curtis and my stockings are still the originals from when we got married and I made the girls for them when they were each born. I made Seth's a couple of years ago and the one with no name, yet, is for Joe, Karen's boyfriend. I also always have several generic stockings on hand and trinkets to put in them for whomever the girls might bring home for our annual Christmas Eve dinner.
Friday, December 14, 2007
I have hardly accomplished any of the goals I set for myself this week while I've been on vacation. I was going to get three of these books done. I was going to make two mini albums for my sister to put pictures of her girls in and I was going to move into a bedroom with all my scrap stuff. Iwas going to work on HOF. I got the move mostly done. I got enough done, at least, to have an empty table to scrap on so I whipped this up this morning. It is for my in laws in Alabama. I guess I will have to mail priority, now. LOL. So much for best made plans.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
This one came from Joscie in Hawaii. The little hula girl is adorable and I love that she added a tiny picture of her family. She also sent Hawaiian candy. Yum. It is painted silver. I'm not sure you can see that. The flash picture reflected back on me but when I didn't use a flash, the piece looked green. It is raining outside so I can't go out there to take the picture. Thanks, Joscie.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thirty years ago today, two desperately love sick 18 year olds started their life together despite (or maybe in spite of) all of the advice they received not to. They began married life with hardly any money but lots of dreams and hopes for the future. They honestly believed all they needed was each other.
The years ahead were not all wine and roses. Two years after their wedding, their first baby girl was stillborn. They named her Melissa Nicole and buried her on a cold February morning. They cried together and went on with their lives a little sadder than they were before but still in love.
Two years later, a beautiful and healthy baby girl was born. They named her Karen Michelle and they began a new life as parents. Five years after that, an equally beautiful Allison Rose made her appearance and their little family was complete.
Over the years, there was much heartache mixed in with the joy but the love got bigger and stronger as the years went by. There were struggles, some pretty big ones. They fought and made up. They loved. They laughed. They cried. They laughed some more. They raised those two baby girls to be happy self sufficient women who make them very proud. They’ve built a life together that is comfortable and exciting and filled with fun.
While some of the credit for the longevity of their relationship can be attributed to pure stubbornness, the real reasons they are still together are because they want to be and because they are still as love struck as they were when they were kids. He tells her she is beautiful every day and she laughs at him. She still meets him with a kiss at the door each day when he comes home from work. They compliment each other. They were meant for each other. Life is good. Their love is strong.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Allison emailed me these pictures last night. She called all excited about how she and her room mate have decorated their apartment. They have a pink Christmas tree! She said that if there was a decorating contest for their apartment complex, they would win! LOL. I think it is fun how excited she was. She was especially proud that they made their own wreath for the front door just like we've done in years past at home. When I asked if she actually owned a glue gun, her answer was, "of course!" Too funny. Here are her pictures. On another note, Seth asked me last night when I was going to come to his house and see his tree. I guess I need to go over there and see that, too.
Speaking of Seth, yesterday when I picked him up from day care, he asked me if I could buy a truck with no back seat so he could ride up front with me. Isn't that cute?
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
My friend, Heather, has asked me to post the view from my front door. When she asked me last night, it was dark outside and the view was just black with a few Christmas lights from across the street. Today at 3:30 in the afternoon, I have this lovely view as I look down my sidewalk toward the street. Our big old oak tree has finally decided that it is cool enough to turn fall colors even though it is already December and the temperatures are in the 70s. This is about the extent of fall colors I ever see around here. I have not decorated for Christmas, yet, so those flower pots are empty. Next weekend, I will put poinsettias in them. Curtis and I have always decorated the weekend closest to our anniversary which is Dec 10. We got married and then decorated that first year so it has just always been our tradition. This will be the 31st Christmas we spend together as it will be our 30th anniversary.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Once I decided which pictures to use, this just made itself. I started grabbing stuff I had on my desk and it just all worked. There is an orange border all around this page and there are scallops at the bottom of the creative imaginations paper just like at the top. The scan cut the bottom off and I'm not feeling like messing with it. This was the most fun I've had all week. Just love painting on my stamps, too. I took these pictures of Allison on my birthday when we were playing around trying to see how fast the camera could keep shooting pictures. She was a willing model doing all these twists and turns and funky faces for me. She is a silly one, that girl. Love her to pieces.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This one is from my friend Corey Wagner whom I met at Scrapbook Playground. I keep running into her at other scrappy sites, too. Thanks, Corey. This piece is wonderful and I just love it. I am a big fan of brown and you used it beautifully.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I am much too old and decrepit to do a Liz style happy dance but I am high fiving you all! Please email me your address and I will send you a package of goodies. Remember, some of it is new. Some of it is large pieces of scraps. I have been downsizing and have way too many duplicate sheets of paper. I have learned to only buy one piece, now. I used to always buy two.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Back on November 11, I won the Days of Glory contest over at All Moments Remembered. I got my prize package on Wednesday. It had several sheets of paper in blues and greens from Shabby Princess, some cardstock stickers and a blank accordian matchbook minibook. I think I'm going to use the mini book to make something for Curtis for our anniversary in a couple of weeks. I used the paper last night to make this page about my sister-in-law's surprise party back in September. I had also ordered some of the word board books from her. I got three of the ones that say FAMILY. I'm going to make one for me, of course and one each for my girls.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Yesterday was a good day. Karen sent me flowers. Allison took me to lunch. Curtis fixed hamburgers. I had my family together to sing happy birthday to me and I played with my new camera. I have lots of shots of Allison playing "model" so I could see how fast it could shoot. Very fun. Don't forget to leave me comments between now and Sunday for a chance to get a gift from me. Also, I have given out all of my puzzle pieces. I will give you updates as they come in.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Every year, my mother makes a family calendar that lists everyone's birthdays and anniversaries and reminds us of Holy Days of Obligation. She has done it for several years, now. At first, she used stock photos she found on the internet to decorate the upper page facing the actual calendar page. Two years ago, I offered to do those for her. I used a mix of some old photos of my siblings and myself and some new pictures and made scrapbook pages that I scanned and we had printed. They turned out okay. Last year, I spent the year stalking each member of my family to get a good head shot of them by themselves and made pages featuring those whose birthday was that month. I really liked how these turned out but I had lots of gripers, especially from the girls about the pictures I chose. These pages are in my CK gallery if you want to look at them. This year, I decided to do quotes and use pictures with no people in them. I used some of the pictures and some of the quotes in my September project but there are some new ones, too. I decided to use a simple, minimal design and I did them digitally. Here are a few samples. All of the photos were taken with my Nikon Coolpix camera. That crayon picture took me about50 tries (I'm not kidding) to get one that was in focus and at an angle I was happy with.
On that note, I am very very very excited to announce that tomorrow on my 48th birthday, I am getting a Nikon D40! It is my combination birthday, 30th anniversary and Christmas present. I can't wait to get my hands on it and start taking some amazing photos! It is the camera that makes the photos amazing, isn't it? LOL Come back tomorrow. I will be giving presents away for my birthday!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I'm starting to like the 8 1/2 x 11 size more and more. It doesn't take near as much for it to look "finished." This is my lift of Jamey's layout. I took the torn edges, the double matte and the word strips to the left side. I also used the scallop ribbon across the bottom. All those same elements and it looks nothing like hers, does it? That is the really fun part of scrap lifting. I caught this sweet picture of two babies sleeping in the back seat of the car two summers ago after Karen tapped me on the shoulder and handed me her camera to take the picture cause she couldn't get them both from where she was sitting on the other side of Seth. I took one with her camera and then took one with mine. Curtis was mumbling the whole time about not waking them up. I have wanted to scrap it for a while. I have a few pictures in a little basket on my scrap table that I leave there just waiting for inspiration and this was one of them.
Friday, November 16, 2007
I have purchased this blank puzzle made by Technique Tuesday and would love for some of you to help decorate it for me. I have given out 4 pieces and received the first one back. The first person to return it was my friend, Liz Ness. I have included a picture of the lonely puzzle waiting for decoration and a close up of Liz' piece. Isn't it gorgeous? I just love it and am truly very excited that she did this for me. I can't wait till I get the other pieces back.
The instructions are simple. Decorate in any way you like but be sure the edges will still be able to connect with the other pieces. I would also like you to put your name on the front in some way. You can make it part of the design or simply sign it. When I get all the pieces back, I will mount it and use it to decorate my scrap space so I will have a constant reminder of who my scrappy friends are.
Would you like to play? Email me your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will mail you a piece.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
We finally decided on a King Size Tempurpedic. (Can you say monthly payments?) Then, we had to go shopping for sheets and a comforter because our old bed was a queen. Who would have thought this man I've been married to for 30 years would suddenly have an opinion about what colors he wanted to decorate our room in? What a beating! Not really. I enjoyed his input and he was willing to go to more than one place to look. We settled on sage and yellow from Target and we now have a pretty new bed. Fun times! I didn't sleep very well, though. I guess it will take getting used to. Also, there was this big huge space between us all night while we slept. No elbows in the side and no extra body heat. How great is that?!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
I haven't done a layout for one little word in a while. I already had this canvas in mind when I looked over there and saw the current word is "believe." They are due today. I'm not sure if there is a time limit but I whipped this one up this afternoon. The stickers and rubons and pp are MAMBI, the chipboard swirls and alphas are Doodlebug painted and stamped. The big "believe" is also a rubon.
Karen took Seth to the pumpkin patch this past weekend and she took some pictures. She emailed a few to me today. This one made me laugh, not because of the picture itself but because of the shirt he is wearing. It says, "I didn't do it. You didn't see me do it. I want to speak to my grandma."
Don't you love it?
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
- I am thankful for a husband who just smiles when I mention making a side trip to visit Archivers on my way home from Austin.
- I am also thankful for a husband who thinks I'm beautiful.
- I am thankful for children who are thankful that I raised them to be independent.
- I am thankful for quiet in my house for a couple of hours each day so I can do what I want.
- I am thankful for the relationship I have with my grandson and that I get to spend two evenings a week with him. It is just enough.
- I am thankful that I have a laid back, forgiving attitude toward life and am not easily upset by change.
- I am thankful for six wonderful brothers and sisters and the wonderful people they married and all those awesome kids they brought into the world for me to love.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I just got home from Austin and visiting with Allison. She and Jessica have really made their little apartment very cute with all of their assorted cast offs from everywhere. Allison says that her favorite new store in the whole world is now Goodwill. Cool stuff for so cheap! It was parent's weekend at UT. Since this is her third year there, we skipped most of the formal "getting to know your child's school" activities except for the presentation made by the College of Natural Sciences. She wanted to hear the dean speak and we got free breakfast. Allison then gave me her own tour of campus. She showed me the room she had her very first college class in. She showed me the giant lecture hall with three video screens that she has had several classes in. She showed me cool buildings with unique architecture. She showed me several good vantage points to take pictures of the tower from. She showed me a study lounge with comfy chairs that people fall asleep in all the time. She ttok me to play in the "noodle sculpture" outside the Blanton art museum. Finally, she showed me the turtle pond and how much fun it is to feed them. She was just like a little kid playing with them. We capped off the day by standing in line to take pictures with Bevo. For those of you not familiar with college mascots, Bevo is the official mascot for the University of Texas Longhorns. My little girl is just so grown up. Loved hanging out with her.