Happy Birthday Nicholas!


Yesterday was Nicholas’ birthday. I was running around and wasn’t able to put up a post.  He doesn’t like me to put him on my blog anymore so I am refraining from using any photos with his handsome little face in them.  So all I am left with are cake pictures.


Yesterday he turned 11. Can you believe it? I can’t.  It seems like yesterday I was running back and forth to the doctor (I had to be on bedrest) to make sure my baby boy and I were alright.

Everyone tells you how fast it goes and you shrug it off but then you blink and your baby is grown. Sometimes I even find myself thinking about how sad I will be when he goes away to college. The self-inflicted torture must stop.

Anyway, my inlaws and brother-in-law came over this weekend to help with the continued construction of the studio (what you and I would call a clubhouse) for the boys. They laid the foundation in June and then summer fun got in the way so now they have begun the work again in order to complete it before the bad weather comes. I will post photos soon of the process. It is amazing and I am so proud of my husbands ability to make something so amazing.

So since they couldn’t be here on Monday to celebrate. We celebrated with them on Saturday night and then on Monday we celebrated with him and took him to dinner.


My mother-in-law made the cake. Now you all know I love paper crafts, knitting, reading and gardening. But making a cake and decorating it…well let’s just say, I leave that to the professionals.  So she made the cake and decorated it with this soccer theme. It was so cute.

I wish for Nicholas a year full of fun adventures, growth and a lot of love.

I am going to go snuggle up with a book today because it’s one of those crawl under a blanket gloomy days outside.

Have a blessed day my friends.


Confessions of a Scrapbook Kit Hoarder…#11

Happy Monday!! I’m back.  So sorry for the long pause but my son was very sick for several days which took all of my time and energy waking up in the middle of the night, disinfecting, washing clothes and sheets, you know the drill. Momma had to ramp up to meet the demands!  So something had to give and my crafting took the hit.

My first layout with the October kit from Cocoa Daisy.

My first layout with the October kit from Cocoa Daisy.

But I am back and cranking out projects to wrap up the October kit.  I know the November kit is on it’s way so I am really hustling to catch up.  Anyway, welcome to my blog series, “Confessions of a Scrapbook Kit Hoarder“. If you haven’t already, please read The Intervention so you can understand the inspiration for this craft adventure.

Creating this layout with some of the papers from the October kit began as a challenge but now I like how it turned out. The colors in this kit are very muted. I am coming off of summer colored projects so I had to embrace the less vibrant colors and these photos seemed to complement them well.

I took pictures of my son playing in the leaves a few weeks back and had to create a layout to capture his pure joy with nature.  I love that he sees all those leaves as something that must be investigated and played for some time in. I love them when they are on the trees but knowing that raking needs to be done when they fall, I am not as thrilled as he is about them.

I know geotags are big right now and have not used them before so it was fun using the yellow heart geotags in this layout.  I also snagged some old October Afternoon labels to include a little journaling.

With each scrapbook layout I do I feel the cobwebs falling away. As I said before it’s been over a year since I made any scrapbook pages so I am a little rusty.

Hope you all had a great weekend and I will see you on Wednesday with another project from this kit.

Happy crafting!



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