Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Scrapping, a sale, and a Freebie

I've got two new kits in the store for Christmas layouts:

First, a favorite of mine - Industrial Elf. I love the way the colors work with the silvery aluminum elements. It works well for masculine layouts, but can be elegant, as well.

(Layout by Miss Chris)

The second kit, Mulberry Candle, is elegant and subtle. With the exception of a few elements, it is not holiday specific, making it extremely versatile.

(Layout by atpce (Denise)

And don't forget, everything in my store is on sale through Sunday :)

Here is a bonus that matches Mulberry Candle - the link will be active until Monday.

(sorry, download has expired)

Black Friday!!!

Mind you, I write this cowering in my own living room, hiding from the crowds of crazy people out there elbowing each other out of the way while they grab for the very last ______ on the shelf... Call me a chicken, it's okay. I'd rather shop from the safety of my couch!

And that's exactly what you can do today! Plain Digital Wrapper is having a huge Black Friday Blitz! All the designers have amazing sales going on and there's lots of new product in the store at the sale prices. And if that isn't enough...

This Calendar Kit is amazing, and HUGE!! This is one goodie you won't want to miss, and it's just in time to make those family calendars you were planning to give Grandma for Christmas!

And if you need some ideas on what to buy to get to the $15 purchase, stop by my store:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Being Thankful, mostly centered around finding out that I'm nuts, but not crazy (a distinction so fine as to be indecipherable to the naked eye)

I could list the incredibly long litany of things I have for which to be grateful. Family, friends, health, wealth, satisfying and gratifying occupations... the list points to an embarrassment of riches. And while worthy, and admirable, and even desirable, my list is not very original or unusual or particularly interesting to anyone but myself. So instead, we'll just consider the above as a given, and move on to more potentially interesting and probably more embarrassing events to illustrate my participation in the season.

Let me preface this by saying that the older we get, the more we tend to do things on auto pilot. Let's face it, by the time you're ::ahem:: forty-something... you've brushed your teeth HOW many times? so you may find yourself drifting off into Other Thoughts That Might Be Slightly More Interesting a time or two. Same goes for vacuuming, starting coffee, routine cooking chores, unloading the dishwasher. This is my justification, or explanation, or at the very least an attempt to justify the fact that I lost the lid to my 2.5 quart saucepan.

Yeah, that's right, you heard me. I lost the glass lid to a cooking pot. An item that never leaves the kitchen, that is used on a near-daily basis, that even a 3 year old can keep track of, and all of the sudden one day mine is POOF! completely obliterated from existence.

It actually took me an indeterminate period of time before I even really noticed that the lid was gone - more like a gradually dawning awareness that it wasn't in the sink, or in the dishwasher. Finally, though, all dishes were clean and the dishwasher was empty, and there was no lid.

I have to confess that this is the point where I became suspicious of my husband :) He suffers from what I consider an almost manic tidiness, which often requires him to put things away even if he has no idea where they belong. Because I do NOT suffer from tidiness of the manic sort (or any other, really), I tend to view the trait with a barely-restrained disapproval tucked under a veneer of impatience (kindly note how there are NO redeeming virtues in that list of my own attributes - I want credit for full disclosure, seeing as how I will likely deserve no credit for anything else). So this bad attitude of mine drove me to look in the most unlikely corners of kitchen cabinets - even behind and under stuff (funny how motivated we can be when it means catching a loved one in a perceived wrong-doing. However, for all the effort I put into my search, there was no sign of the pot lid.

Gradually, hope of pinning the problem on my husband began to fade, ironically at about the same rate as a growing conviction that I had done something stupid began to flourish. I turned over some scenarios in my mind which would explain this ridiculous little mystery, which was both so unimportant and yet so unlikely as to be oddly consuming. After mulling the possibility of the dog hiding it in his bed (having mistaken it for a curiously shaped bone), checking the back of the dishwasher to see if it got jostled out of the rack, pondering on the possibility of aliens with a warped but impish sense of humor spiriting it away for their cosmic kitchen.... perhaps the most feasible suggestion was that the lid had been mistakenly set on a disposable cardboard item, such as a box or a pizza tray, and simply swooped into the garbage unseen. I confess to a preference for this one, because as the not-so-tidy inhabitant of a two-person household, the onus of the guilty behavior (intended or not) probably wasn't on me. And having reached this conclusion, I gave up the search, resigned to having the next largest lid serve double duty in the future. Tacky, sloppy, but no more than I deserved for my carelessness.

Last night, I trudged into the kitchen to make pies for today. I was feeling kind of sorry for myself, muttering under my breath about the unfairness of a holiday that sends one member of a family into the kitchen for the better part of its duration; cooking, doing dishes, cooking some more, and in general making nearly every kitchen mess known to mankind which then had to be set to rights, entailing even MORE time in the scullery (yeah, I was waxing melodramatic by this point). As I clattered bowls and measuring cups and measuring spoons with a little extra fervor, I grabbed the lid from the flour canister and stuck my hand in to grab the measuring cup I keep there on a permanent basis, I heard (and felt) the distinctive clink of fingernails tapping.... glass.

Grabbing the canister and peering inside, sure enough, there was my pot lid. I cannot even conceive of the mental process I must have undergone to put it there. And sadly there is no way I can blame this on my beloved husband, because he does not cook or bake, and therefore he does not use flour. So that leaves me with me, because the dog is no way TALL enough to get to the counter, even if he were SMART enough to plot a Lid-hiding Confidence-busting coup.

So yeah. I'm grateful for family, and friends, and plenty, and blessings of every sort. And I'm especially grateful to know that I may be nuts enough to accidentally stash a pot lid in the flour canister, but not crazy enough to actually throw one out (or worse). And I may just be coming around and faintly reconciled to baking pies. I'll get back to you on that after another slice with extra whipped cream, and a quick inventory of the baking utensils...

Sunday, November 16, 2008


funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

I'll admit it. I have been in deep Blog Rebellion. Not only did I not have anything to say, but I really didn't think very much of life was very amusing, LOL. I think I'm starting to come out of it, though - there are certainly many good things going on in my life, so I had just better darned well get my act together, right? Right!

One thing that's really exciting to me is the expansion of my Creative Team. I've really been blessed with a handful of good friends who have been willing to scrap layouts for me and check over my things. Now I've added a couple more wonderful ladies that I've met through the forum at Plain Digital Wrapper. I'm gathering information and I will introduce them to you soon, I promise!

My children have had their challenges the last month or so. Kate broke her leg (see her blog at Korean Saga) and Molly has had frustrations with her campus job, love life, roommate... you name it, LOL Those things have been consuming, but things seem to be settling down so Momma can get her own act straightened out, now :)

So. Browse LOLcats, laugh out loud, and I'll be back soon with fresh vim and vigor. Pinky swear :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008


PDW Designers Have
HUMONGOUS One Day Sale in honor of
Digital Scrapbooking Day

Nearly everything in the Plain Digital Wrapper Shoppe has been
marked down to
$1.50 for one day only!

Digital Scrapbooking Day Sale