Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays!!!

OY! Sorry haven't updated in awhile...

Have been posting daily on Frozen Memories' blog for their Twelve Day of Christmas sale! If you are in the area (Bartlett IL), please stop by and see what they've got! But do it soon, they closing for the holidays starting from Sunday, Dec 23rd. I need to get there and grab some PRIMA items that they have! YEAH! Need to play with the paintables!

What's going on with my life?! Man, the holidays and driving the boys around to their after-school activities. Have you try to drive around the Woodfield Mall area to get to tennis?! OY!

CHA-Winter is upon us (CHA=Craft & Hobby Association trade show/similar to the Hobby Show in Japan). So I am busy trying to sketch ideas from head to paper...I hope my friends at LaserLine can read or figure it out! LOL!! What's in the future? Hmmm...hint: more chipboard and ACRYLICS!!!!

Plus I have been teaching scrapbooking and related classes here at home in Japanese! What fun and it's challenging but it keeps me on my toes. Next year (or should I say next month), I plan to hold a monthly workshop on the second Friday at Mitsuwa Market in Arlington Hts. IL from 9:30am to 1:00pm. Unfortunately it's short but I have kids to pick up after school. But better than nothing, right!

I have been truly blessed with a healthier family this season...esp. after my DH's illness with Hunt's Syndrome and my bed-ordered rest during spring break...I am THANKFUL that we are OK! As most of you know, we are Buddhist so Christmas to us is more like family time - reflecting on how we spent the year and how we appreciate the fortune of good family, friends and memories/experiences.

Hope that you and your family are doing well and enjoying the holidays! Please take the time to just sit back and can be so hard during this time of year but just take that moment for yourself :0)

OH! I wanted to post this Christmas tree that I made (aka scraplifted from 2Peas...such talent over there!)....

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Happy Birthday, Dave!!!

Well...actually, it's belated since Japan is ahead of us! LOL!
But wanted to wish him a happy birthday anyway!

He is one of the most kind-hearted person I know! With all the demands at work and my parents depending on him the most, he is a trooper!

So dear David, here's to you! Hope you had a wonderful day!!


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A second post in one day?!

Well, I wanted to try and make up for lost time! LOL!!

So in keeping with the season, I wanted to show a Christmas layout I did from leftover paper...what do you think?

The pattern papers & stickers are from Reminisce..too cute! I was going for how many pictures I can put on a one-page layout. The smaller pictures were edged with Ranger Ink's metallic dabbers in place of a mat.

The papers and stickers from Reminisce can be found at my favorite scrapbook store - Frozen Memories in Bartlett IL!

My 7 Random Facts.... friend, BeckyC, has gotten me out to post this - LOL!! Thanks, Miss B!

1. I LOVE the holiday season!

2. I HATE eggnog = YUK!

3. I LOVE "Miracle on 34th Street" & "The Christmas Carol"

4. I HATE the cold! We just got 5+" of snow dumped on last night & this morning.

5. I LOVE how the houses are decorated outside! We don't have landscaping at our new house (new construction) so that's in next year's budget.

6. I HATE the crowds during this time...even at the grocery store it's crowded! LOL!

7. I LOVE that we reconnect with friends & family through calls, parties and holiday cards!

OK....I tag everyone that's posting or lurking on my blog! LMK by leaving a comment so I can see what fun facts I learn about you!