Celebration, Christmas, Cookies, Life, Mom Life, Writing

So, what to do now? At 43…We make Christmas Cookies!

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I’ve been super ADHD lately. I have never been diagnosed but I am 99.9% sure that I am. Just today, on my way to work, the conversation in my head went something like this… “I really want to start my own business…like the Art store I’ve been thinking about, or wait maybe a coffee shop, the “Insert cute name here” coffee shop. Or, I could do both. Coffee shop by day and art shop by night? Well…that might be a lot of work. Maybe I could just make videos on You Tube. So many success stories out there. I could do crafting, I love making cards and scrapbooks…or cooking! I do love my Pampered Chef and I do have some videos out there already. Ugh, but when do I have time to make those videos? Life with a 4 and 6 year old is busy! Not too mention LOUD. They hardly ever close their cute little mouths. Hmmm maybe I’ll just go back to school and be a teacher. Then I could teach cooking and art and DO IT ALL!! hahahaha”

Do any of you feel that way? My husband always looks at me like I’m crazy. I can’t help it I just want to make something of myself I guess to be important, to matter. It would be nice to hear someone say “we’re proud of you” or “we’re proud of what you’ve done with your life”.

In the meantime I just spend time with my kids as much as I can in between work, and we make sugar cookies. It was worth coloring the icing four different colors, and spending three hours working on cookies and coloring and decorating. It made for some really pretty pictures this Christmas and some great memories. That is what matters to us, building these memories for my children so they can look back and say we had such a fun childhood filled with great Christmas traditions and memories!

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MOJO Monday #472 – Making Spirits Brights

Hi there Stamping Friends!

Just thought I’d play along this week with MOJO Monday. Super cute sketch and I was able to use my circle framelits set from Stampin Up. These circles are so great for layering! I also cannot wait to make a cute scrapbook page using them to show off our adorable design paper!

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Here’s my card for this challenge. It was pretty quick and easy.

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See the twine? It’s actually the burlap ribbon we have! It’s very versatile! I will try to make a video to show you the different ways to use it!

And here are the other items I used:

Life, Mom Life, Parenting, Writing, Wyatt

New Years Resolutions…More Writing in 2016!

 

I got up at 7:30AM this morning. Ok, so that’s not early for most of you but it is for me LOL! My kids have been trained to sleep in. We usually put them in bed about 9 or 9:30 so they sleep until 8:30 or 9. It’s NOT clockwork by any means and it’s been rough the last couple weeks. After the holidays we got off schedule because of staying up late and the kids were sleeping until 9:30-10! Which hey, that’s ok for me since I was staying up until 1 or 2am stamping! (Ugh…crazy I know!) We finally had a couple of days (4 or 5 really) where we got the kids up by 8:30 so they went down for a nap by 2 (instead of 3!) and in bed by 9. I’m okay with that. I’m a night owl, so if I get 2-3 hours in the evening to cuddle and watch shows with my hubby, then I’m happy. :-)Even happier if I get to stamp and make cards! However, I need to also sleep train MYSELF! I have gotten used to going to bed at 12-1am and sleeping until 9! I would love to have a couple hours in the morning to myself. Me and coffee. Quiet. Then I could write, journal, read, stamp and make cards, scrapbook…or whatever! So that is a definite resolution for me. I feel like I have all these thoughts and ideas in my head and I need to get them out!

One BIG problem is that the computer now lives in the garage. Why? Well, we wanted to make room for other things and not have the rooms look so cluttered. My stamping space was also out in the garage (I had a space heater), plus it’s California, not like the weather is that bad. So in November my husband said just move what you NEED to stamp and make cards into the spare room and he moved the baby’s crib into our son’s room. SWEET! Dude, I moved all my stuff in a couple hours during the baby’s nap time. IT WAS ON. I am nice and toasty when I’m crafting now. 🙂

So now, I’m happily crafting away…but I have this deep desire to write. Not just “blog” but actually write! I have ideas for children’s books in my head as well as two ideas for novels (fiction and sci-fi). I have no idea why I feel this pull to write but I know I must. I think it must be what “The Force” feels like. So, moving the computer is next.

This leads me to my New Years Resolutions! C’mon, we all do it. We make them. We break them. Maybe we make them just to have something to break? HA! Well anyway here they are!

  1. Get up earlier
  2. Write more
  3. Blog more (yes different than writing!)
  4. Eat more salads
  5. Eat healthier
  6. Scrapbook more
  7. Make more cards
  8. SEND more cards
  9. Pray more & pray more for my kids!
  10. Spend more time with my kiddos!

Yes, I realize that #9 and 10 should be at the top…these aren’t really in any particular order…but I do feel that in order to do #2 – 10, #1 definitely has to happen first! hahaha

When I started this blog, I hoped it would be a place where I could write my little anecdotes, share pictures of the littles and their cute videos, share my photography (another hobby of mine), share my cards and scrap booking.

However, being a mom of TWO toddlers…well there’s that whole I don’t have time for ME thing. Well, I’m making it! I recently saw a video of Jada Pinkett Smith answering her daughters question about how hard it is being a wife and a mother. I feel like she was answering this question for me! She hits the nail on the head. It’s very hard to balance being a wife and a mother and still being able to enjoy what we want in life. It’s our life too, remember? So the list above doesn’t include “spend more time doing things for myself” but I feel that 1-8 are doing exactly that. I mean, the list could go on and on…get more massages, get more pedicures, go mall shopping (for myself), have more coffee dates with friends, have more girl’s (mom’s) nights out, etc etc etc.  I would really love all of that…but time, money and resources are all a factor. So for now, I’d be fulfilled with the 10 above…for now.

Now my son has come into the garage (with his Kindle) and is asking me to hold him so I must go for now…but I’ll leave you with this…sometimes the only thing holding us back is US.

Here’s a couple of pictures of my cuties opening presents at Christmas! Sophie was fully aware of what was going on and loved every minute! This one is a bit blurry (most are because my kids never sit still!) but I just loved how she held up these Frozen toys. She loves her Frozen 🙂

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Ok, so my son is now out here and in full “I’m going to annoy my mom mode”. Can’t get writing done yelling “stop” every 2 minutes. Guess my time is up. Guess 30 minutes of writing will have to do!

Now, go out and do what YOU want to do. It’s a new day, a fresh start.

Charlene xoxo

 

 

 

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Stampin Up Sketch Challenge #3 – Flurry of Wishes, Snowflakes

Hi There!

Here is another sketch challenge that my upline posted. I was behind so I just posted one and here’s the 3rd (I missed the 2nd which was a color challenge).

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Okay…so I know that I JUST made a card using Flurry of Wishes…but I just CAN’T help myself. It’s so stinkin’ beautiful! Not to mention I LOVE stamping and then punching out perfect little snowflakes. What’s that? You don’t have it yet? What?? Go, now, get it! 😉

Here is the card that I made! I had to emboss the snowflakes AGAIN…but at least I used gold this time 😉 Ha! I loved throwing in the black cardstock for a pop of color (that’s an oxymoron isn’t it??)

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Hope you enjoyed my card today and if you see anything you like…(FLURRY OF WISHES PHOTOPOLYMER BUNDLE!) click below to purchase from my site! Thanks for supporting my business. In reality you are supporting my family, which means diapers for my baby girl 😉  Remember for every $35 USD you purchase before tax and shipping, you get a”punch”and once you have 9 “punches” you get to pick a FREE stamp set of your choice! So…get shopping! ;-D

 

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Stampin Up Upline Sketch Challenge #1 – Flurry of Wishes, Snowflakes!

Hi there!

My upline started a sketch challenge for all of her downline to participate in, how fun! Every week we can enter the challenge and upload our project/card/scrapbook page to our team FB page. Then every week she draws a name for a $20 Stampin Up catalog shopping spree! I’ll be posting my challenge projects here every week!

I think she borrowed this sketch from over at Fab Friday. 😉 It’s a cute little sketch and when I saw it I thought snowflakes!! I just love the Flurry of Wishes Photopolymer stamp bundle. So glad I purchased it. It makes it so easy when you can just punch out snowflakes!

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I turned the sketch horizontally and loved it even more. Sometimes things just come to fruition when you are looking at a different angle! I stamped the largest snowflake in Soft Sky and then used clear embossing powder on it. Then punched it out with a 2-1/2″ circle punch. I used the snail adhesive on the back and then put the gold cording where I wanted it to go. I was trying for a kind of loopty loop effect. 😉 I made a banner using the gold embossed vellum paper and finished it with a gold embossed sentiment and metallic sequins. The simplicity of this card is SO elegant!

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Here are all the items you will need to make this lovely snowflake card:

 

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Mojo Monday 423 – Cozy Christmas Card Stampin Up featuring Home for Christmas

Hi there!

Here is the sketch challenge for Mojo Monday 423. I love this sketch! I adore the layers and the cute banner! I’m all about layering so I can use my super cute design papers! Have you seen the Home for Christmas designer series paper?? Ummm gorgeous!

I had fun cutting out the sweet little deer on this card. It’s Rudolph! The paper has about 20 little reindeer you could punch, cut out or use whole! So versatile!

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Thanks for stopping by!!!

Here are the items you’ll need for this card: (coming soon)

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Mojo Monday #422

Hi Stampers!

I’m SO late on this Mojo Monday card challenge but I did it! (Better late than never right???) I actually completed it a couple days ago but just haven’t found the time to make this blog post! Needless to say when I went to link it up I forgot the linky closed at 8pm MOUNTAIN time…and here I thought it was midnight or something and I had 30 minutes to do it LOL! I’ve been super busy planning my card classes for the next few weeks (Yes, I’m a procrastinator…um obviously!…see previous sentence). However, my toddler 3 year old has been extra challenging the last few weeks (that means a stubborn little turd), plus my almost 2 year old was sick this past week. I was up to my elbows in bodily fluids…but we won’t go there! haha 😉 So I have a right to be LATE!

Here is the card sketch from over at Mojo Monday, and even though it is a “contest” challenge, I will get nothing. 😉 ha!…Except satisfaction that I completed a challenge, albeit on time.

I loved this sketch! I decided to use this beautiful design paper from Stampin Up called Winter Wonderland. It’s shiny and versatile and gorgeous! If you don’t have it yet, you need it. Trust me. Get some. Check out the dainty and fancy gold thread…see it? So pretty! Get some of that too! 😉 Hope you have a great week!

PS – I hope to do the Mojo Monday card ON TIME this week and get it posted. On MONDAY. ;-D  At least I will try. I have a Color Challenge that my upline posted…hmmm I’m thinking I will combine the two! I will post it here as well if you’d like to play along. 🙂

Silent Night, Winter Wonderland Charlene Becker www.sweetpiecesbyme.com

Here are the items I used for this card…remember, you NEED this stuff 😉

Also, I can’t help posting a picture of my little guy from Halloween. My son Wyatt really wanted to be a ghost. I made the costume about 30 minutes before we were going trick or treating even though I knew that he wanted to be that weeks ago…He kept changing his mind! I guess I was afraid of a “Nooo I don’t want to be that! I want to be a Ninjaaaa!!!” …But all was well, he loved his ghost except he wanted to see his face, so I had to cut that part out. Then he was a nun. Ha! Just kidding, but it sure looked like it. We had an awesome time trick or treating though and enjoyed time with friends. I even made a jack o’ lantern pizza and some roasted pumpkin seeds! I loved this recipe found HERE although I would only add 1 tsp of cayenne pepper to about 3 cups of seeds (triple everything else). I used 1-1/2 tsp and it was a tad spicy, and got spicier the more you ate…and  these things were addicting! I also dried my seeds on a baking sheet for 2 days. Not sure if this is necessary, I just didn’t have the time to cook them! It probably would be fine to rinse them well and cook them the same night, although I think I’ll dry them for 1 day next year.

PS – I was a ninja turtle. The purple one. 😉 Donatello I believe!

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Mojo Monday 417 – Stampin Up Christmas Card

Here’s this week’s sketch which is a tall and skinny card over at Mojo Monday. I just love these and love this sketch!

I wanted to do something for Christmas and using the new DSP called Season of Cheer. I adore the soft watercolor designs of this hand painted paper! Everything is so delicate and soft. I used Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler cardstock to go with the holly leaves in the background. I also used Festival of Trees stampset & matching punch! So fun!! This one is from last year, but if you love these trees check out the bundle stamp set Peaceful Pines and matching framelits Perfect Pines from this years Holiday Catalog!

Peaceful Pines Photopolymer Bundle $45.00

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Hope you like my card, if so please leave me a comment! I love reading them! 🙂 Here are all of the supplies I used to make my card!

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Stampin Up Season of Cheer & Your Presents Card for Mojo Monday 415

Hello Friends!

Here is the sketch from over at Mojo Monday! I must say, this is a very easy and super cute sketch! I was able to think of a card immediately. I finally got to use my watercolor paper!!! I love the design paper, Season of Cheer and it’s watercolor, hand painted images…so beautiful! It coordinates great with the watercolor paper.

I used an aqua painter and just picked up the Soft Sky color from the lid of my stamp pad (just use the “squishy, squishy” technique lol. (That’s where you squeeze the ink pad a few times before opening it so that color will get on the lid. 🙂 Also, see the Cherry Cobbler cardstock on the sides of the poinsettia paper? I only used 2 small strips for that 🙂 This is just a trick I use when I want to save on paper or don’t have enough paper, or if I’m trying not to make the card too thick!

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I stamped the little bow 2 times, once upside down, then cut it out. Super easy and cute! Love the gold glimmer paper with the embossing!

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I hope you enjoyed my card, if so, leave me a comment! See below for all the stamps & supplies I used for this project. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂