Monday, October 28, 2013
I had an OMG moment this morning finding out I made the Fab 5 again this month. I am so humbled as the layouts presented by participants are amazing! I've only had the time for one layout with this month's kit as I'm still madly working on Mom's Cruise Album! Her birthday is Friday! On top of that it's our second busiest month of the year at the ranch: Fall Working and attending three cattle sales (one online).
Thank you again!!!
I am looking forward to next month's kit!
If you have not participated in this great blog....consider hopping over to become involved!!!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Whoop! I am so excited about leaving for Throckmorton today. Lynn will be holding down the ranch and James the Houston area house. It's a huge busy time for us the rest of the week. Larry and I are attending this sale at the RA Brown Ranch on Thursday only as we are interested in some Red Angus cattle to be the base for building our Red Wagyu bulls in the future. To view the sale catalog is pure eye candy for this rancher! Yesterday bored with the same ole news about Congress I caught this week's American Rancher on RFD which was about the RA Brown Ranch Sale. More eye candy on some gorgeous bulls, cows and weanling Quarter Horses. The weanling Quarter Horses reminded me of the wonderful Quarter Horses of my youth! Consistent quality throughout the offering at the sale! WOW!!! When Bogart needs a companion I just might have to go out to RA Brown to pick a weanling out. But not this trip! Two horses are enough for right now.
The first photograph I take upon arriving in Throckmorton (the town) will be the Throckmorton County Courthouse!!! I will not be marking Throckmorton County off my list of courthouses photographed! They have started restoration on the Courthouse Complex. Yet another trip will be needed once the renovations are done! I'm sure in another couple of years we will again visit our friends at King's High Ranch and I'll get more photos then. If your interested you can see the Facebook Page. I hope Larry will let me pick up some more photos of Courthouses along the way!
This coming weekend is the Get Back to Grass Sale and Field Day at Pitchford Genetics Sale Facility in Athens, Texas selling 75 lots of Lowline Cattle. Sale starts at 1pm and can be viewed on Live Auctions TV. The best in Lowline Genetics will be represented at this sale!
Be back next week! Until next time!
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
I guess I have to call myself offically "plugged in"! I felt totally out of the loop when the internet went down and had to do without for 48 hours! Cell service in the house is terrible so no help there. Drove me nuts!
Once I had my CKCB kit put together I had to dive in. I created this layout with the only photo I have right now of Houston County Courthouse. This is not the city of Houston, Houston County is located in East Texas and the county seat is Crockett. Fortunately Crockett isn't to far away to return on a weekend to get some more photos. This is the fifth courthouse for Houston County built in 1939 as a WPA Project and the cost was $120,000. I digress ....the economist in me has come out! In today's dollars it is just slightly over $1.9 million dollars. And in my mind our government still has not learned their lesson! I used the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #52 at A Cherry On Top to do the layout! This sketch pulled me in because of the brackets. They have been out of favor for about four years now and hope they are making a comeback! I pulled out my Archiver's Exclusive Patterned Brackets die. If anyone is interested in them there is at least eight available right now on eBay.
From there I had a great time working in Project Life Style on the Cruise Album of my Grandmother & Mom's Alaska Cruise. Below are the pages I completed this weekend. I'm just under half done with the album. The next six or seven pages will all be Glacier Bay Photos and because of the large number of photos the pages should work up pretty quickly! I'm using Studio Calico Atlantic and Crate Paper The Pier collections with a few scattered papers and embellishments from other manufacturers. I'm feeling a lot better about making the deadline to give to Mom on her birthday!
Until next time!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I literally had a disaster on my hands yesterday! I couldn't find anything I wanted when I wanted it to scrap with. My poor husband dealing with me not unpacking from a crop and stuff on every single available surface. All scrapping put up and I'm just itching to play!!!
I just needed to get this month's kit together when I finished cleaning for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. I have way more then I need in this month's kit!!! My goal two layouts with this kit. One to do my 4x4 example for next month 4x4 Challenge which I will start on as soon as I post my kit and the second one to go in Mom's horse album(s). I want the first album filled as a Christmas gift. If I have time this month then a third with a courthouse photo(s). The rest of the scrapping as I wrote yesterday is my Mother's Cruise album.
So here's the photos of my kit I call Explore. My life is a never ending exploration living on a farm. My job is never the same one day to the next. Then I get to travel more then one would expect being a rancher. We attend cattle sales, meetings, shows, field days. It may be a short trip or it may mean traveling over a thousand miles and there is always something to explore and discover. And then there is always that exploration into my love of scrapbooking. This morning was a Russian scrapping blog! With the help of Google the blog came alive for me. Some already translated, too. I smiled reading....as one has to really think since the translation is never in proper English. Amazing creative artists on this design team and I'm loving the sketch on this challenge blog, Paper Dvizhnik Blog.
Yes, I do have one of the papers from the Cocoa Daisey's Main Kit. Had to include it in my kit.
I have a little old and a whole lot new! The contents of my kit starting with the paper and some embellies:
Making Memories Reverie Noir Paper: Dlicate Brocade; Pattern Dot & Ledger
My Minds Eye Lost and Found 3 Ruby Red Fan Paper
Carta Bella Hello Again: Hello Friend
Pretty Little Studio Nature Walk: Deer Tracks
Studio Calico Classic Calico: Botanical
Ruby Rock-it Nostalgia: Quilt
I know not many papers for the embellishments! I'm not a paper hoarder....but I need embellishments like crazy!!! And lately I can't seem to do a layout without at least having some Elle's Studio sitting close by! I HAVE TO HAVE lots of choices! And here's the list!
Lighting went bad and had to turn on the light....welcome rain falling at photo time!
Prima Lyric: Note Metal Clips
Brads: Lost & Found 2 "Blush" and "Sunshine Forever"
Lost & Found 2 Layered Chipboard "Rosy Love"
Lost & Found Glitter Alpha Stickers
Lost & Found Glitter Die-Cut Accessories
Elle's Studio August Kit
Elle's Studio September Kit
Elle's Studio Cameron Frames
Studio Calico Atlantic Stickers
Pebbles From Me To You Library Pockets (by the way definitely a bargain at retail priced)
Pebbles From Me To You Photo Overlays
Studio Calico Farm Animal Wood Veneers
Fabric: Bundle with no Manufacture, Moda Basic Grey Aspen Frost Mini Charm Pack, Moda SoHo Chic Mini Charm and Moda Basic Grey Sweet Sernade Charm Pack
Elle's Studio Stamp True Happiness
Fancy Pants The Good Life Boarder Stickers
Glitz Hello Friend What Nots
Glitz Hello Friend Paper Layers
Glitz Hello Friend Peek-a-boos
Glitz Hello Friend Title Stickers
Glitz Hello Friend Layered Stickers
October Afternoon Mini Market Gray and Cream Alphas
Jillibean Soup Alpha Beans Newberg Navy
Quickutz Zoe unicase alpha dies & cardstock scraps
All of my 6x6 Stencils
All of my inks, Art Anthology Paints and mists! Can't live without them!
Now I'm good to start scrapping today! Whoop! Hopefully first layout done this evening!!! :-)
Until Next Time!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
My favorite month has arrived! I am so excited! In my scrapping world I will be working on my Mother's Cruise Album. One month from today is her birthday! I'll be doing one heritage album and one 4x4 layout for my challenges. Actually I hope I get done by the 23rd so I can do some layouts just for me. LOL.....in 9 days I head out to West Texas for a Red Angus sale....so I may be dreaming on finish date!
Today I wanted to share the winners to the Heritage Challenge and 4x4 Challenge at A Cherry on Top! Wonderful layouts ladies!
4x4 Challenge winner is MacSarah with her very first 4x4 layout!
The Heritage Challenge winner is blbabe1234!
Hope you'll come participate in the Challenges this month at ACOT. Challenges come with a $5 GC to the winners if the host offers it. Mine do!