Wednesday, June 28, 2006

$4 until the 4th!

I realized today that I might want to run a sale until the 4th of July :). For those of you who don't know what's going on in BellaGypsyLand, Tabatha and I are still here! But Tabatha is taking a much-needed sabbatical right now and I am designing for our company still, nothing has changed except that the designs are my creations. So far I've put out a few kits...Summer Cottage, Flutterby, Bugs, and the 4th of July creation, Independence. I'll post the ad and then bigger pictures of the kits! So I decided to only put the summer-themed kits on sale...if for no other reason than it takes a long time to put 50+ kits manually on sale! So I got to get creative and choose which were summery--hard to do without s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g the imagination! ;)
So here they are!!!

Here's a closer view of them:




So that's all from BellaGypsyLand...hope you like the new kits! Feedback is always appreciated!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Why is it?

...that when you are sitting in your 20th Century Lit Class, and are five months pregnant, you can at one moment be enthralled in what Dr. Guthrie is saying about the modernist movement in regards to Willa Cather's "Neighbour Rosicky" and then the next minute, he very much looks like a drumstick from KFC? So you shake your head to drive the image from your mind, but now you want fried chicken really badly. You can smell it you need it so badly. Now, Dr. Guthrie neither looks like a drumstick or Colonel Sanders, but when you try to focus back in on what he's saying, he's definitely Colonel Sanders taunting you from the front of the room. So you turn and ask your neighbor if there's a KFC nearby...since you commute to college and have never while in attendance, NEEDED to find a KFC. She's not sure.


I managed to make it to the end of class and drove most of the way home, stopping at a KFC closer to home...since I can't eat a 2 peice dinner in the car anyway... BTW it was very very good :)


Sunday, June 11, 2006

18 weeks down...

I can't believe it! I am 18 weeks pregnant today and I am still in shock sometimes over it. I'm absolutely thrilled, of course. Even when things are up and down in life lately, reminding myself that I'm pregnant with my little girl and that I'm graduating college in 68's just hard to be upset! I haven't been doing the greatest job doing pregnancy related pictures and layouts, but yesterday I felt inspired. The only thing was, no one was around to take the pic for I chose the easy angle...down! I used a new kit from Bella Gypsy Designs called Summer Cottage. Here's the layout:

Journaling reads: I find myself looking down at you, Naomi, in amazement. Right now, you are a bump, yet you can make me cry happy tears.

Here's the kit I scrapped it with:

Right now, I'm just countin the days until I get to meet Naomi Claire! :)

On to other things...Nathan and I have a birthday party to go to this afternoon AND I'm taking him to see Cars this I guess I better get off my tail and go get ready! =)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Still in Shock

...that I am now a member of Laura Apulche's CT! I decided to not even post details of this when I was going through the competition because I'm pretty sensitive about that sort of thing. If I was going to have a rejection, I wanted to have it privately LOL. I was turned down for a few CT's, but Laura's CT was definitely the most exciting application I had put in. I managed to get picked for the top 20 between my layout using her September Sun kit and what was in my galleries.

Then we were given her new kit, Bobby Socks. (Fabu, btw). We had to make a unique AAM layout. Here was mine.

This helped me make it from the Top 20 to the Top 10. I had one more round to go, and the layout had to use the quote "The Sky is the Limit" somewhere in the LO. I chose Laura's new Symphony Kit and made this layout (which I LOVE). It's a picture of my best friend and her dad at her wedding.

So at that point, Laura was supposed to narrow the 10 down to 5. She wasn't able to do it! She couldn't pick any one of the 10 to eliminate, so we all made it onto her CT. You can check out her blog here if you want.

ANYWAY, I'm just super excited to be a member of such a great team. Since I've got so much else going on, I'm not one of those gals who wants to be on a lot of CT's. Just happy to be on this one! :) That's all for now...happy scrapping! :) ~Lena

Sunday, June 04, 2006

HOORAY! for SPF 50

Well, Nathan, Barb, and I went to the Strawberry Festival this weekend--it was mucho fun. Friday night my friend Susan called and asked me to go to the "bed races" I've never been to the Friday night activities but I said sure, and we met her up there. I'll have to post a picture for you to be able to believe it.

Teams of people build beds that they can race around our town square in. There is one driver and the rest of the team pushes. This year they had to go halfway around the square, then the driver had to get out, put on fireman gear, drag a 50 lb something or other and then use a hose to knock down targets, get back in the bed and race to the finish line. There were 24 teams and it was such a hoot to watch.

Then Saturday morning we got up early and watched the parade. It was pretty uneventful, nothing too flashy (last year we had the Budweiser Clydesdales and that was neat). The festival itself was crowded though. I got all of the food I mentioned in my last entry plus some candied almonds, and I bought one of Janitta's soy candles. It smells great! They were predicting 250,000 people being there and I wouldn't doubt it. Oh, and I signed a petition to go to the Board of Elections to ban indoor smoking. I don't know why Miami County hasn't done that considering many counties nearby have. But, that's just me.

We were in the very hot sun for 6 hours yesterday and it's no miracle I didn't burn--it's because of Barb bringing SPF 50 sunblock. Thanks, Barb. I'd be a lobster today without you.

Did you know a two fronted car can drive sideways? Did you know a two fronted car exists? I've never heard of such a still blows my mind...this literally looks like it was welded together, I have no idea how it functions but it looked like both drivers were driving. Weird. I'll leave you to ponder that note =)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

YAY! Finally! What I've been waiting for all year. Our town's strawberry festival. This is such a huge deal for me. I've got big plans this year. I'm super happy that it's my weekend with Nathan so we get to go together. Last year he was in the Strawberry Festival Parade. My friend Barb is coming Friday night from Columbus. She'll stay the night and we'll get up early to go stake out a spot for the parade. After the parade, we'll walk over the river to the levy for the festival. There will be a ton of vendors. My good friend Janitta will be selling her soy candles there this year...I hope she makes a ton of money :)

But the REAL reason I go is for the food!!! The tents I will be visiting in the following order:

1. Whoever it is that sells the corn on the cob that is cooked in foil on the grill. YUM.

2. Chocolate covered strawberries. A little pricey but worth it. Then I have to fight Nathan off for them. If he gets them, he just sucks off the chocolate and gives them back.

3. Schmidt's. They are a German place from Columbus. I get their food twice a year. At the festival and at Oktoberfest. I can take or leave the bratwurst, I go for the German Potato Salad.

4. Fresh hand squeezed strawberry lemonade. With real lemons and real strawberries. $2.50 a cup and worth every penny.

5. Fresh hand squeezed strawberry lemonade. I never get out without 2 cups LOL

So needless to say, I'm excited. Nathan and I geared up by going to the strawberry patch to pick this Memorial day. The price went up...$7 a bucket but they are the best strawberries on earth. And soooo fun to pick!!! Here's some pictures

So that'll be it from me for now....I'll try to write more, I promise ;D