October 29, 2008

NEW WINNER, MORE CANDY, A PROJECT, AND SOME PICS

Whew!!! Not the most inspiring title but hey, it's accurate, lol!! So sorry I never made it back to post yesterday, but between dentist, doctor, and grocery store appts, the day went by so fast!!! I am still fighting jet lag as well - it is always harder for me coming back to the East Coast from the West Coast, and this time it has really gotten to me! But, it was all worth it!! So, first things first!! Yep, I did it - a new project, whoohooo!! I have a friend who really wanted a DVD Tin notebook holder so I made her one!! I did use retired DP and ribbon (it's her favorite) but everything else is current. Isn't it cute??!! She is getting it this morning when I meet her for coffee, so I feel safe showing it to you now! Here is the inside - there are two pockets on the left hand side to store whatever she wants, and on the right is a pad of paper for her notes as well as a pen with matching dp. I am excited about giving it to her! I know she really wants one and it will be so nice to be able to make here smile! She is a really nice lady - I met her through being a Girl Scout leader and she has really helped me out quite a bit since I have lived here so now it is nice to be able to do something for her! Now, on to the winner of yesterday's blogaversary candy - using Random.org, here is the number chosen:
Random Integer Generator
Here is your random number: 3
Timestamp: 2008-10-29 04:04:02 UTC
Which means that the winner of the yummy candy is Froggy!!! Whoohooo Dawn, congrats to you girl - send me your addy and I will get this package in the mail to you! And, for those of you who didn't win, don't worry, I am posting more candy today and the rest of the week in celebration of my blogaversary!! So, here is today's candy up for grabs! There are two sets of stamps, some really cute buttons, and some fun felt stars in lots of different colors. What do you need to do to win? Just leave me a comment here on this post - yep, that's it!! But hey, I would LOVE it if you left me a yummy recipe to share - AND I will even give you and extra chance if you do! And, last but not least, here are some more pics of my fabulous scrapbook cruise. I decided that I better post some pics of me actually scrapbooking so you believe me when I say I actually DID get some pages done - LOL! So, this first pic is Vicki and I in the scrap room with all of our stash we packed along with us! Let me tell you, packing for a trip like this is not easy! And, this second pic is me working on an actual layout - I know, can you believe it?*wink* I will be sharing actual pics of my finished layouts later on this week. See, I did scrapbook! However, I cannot lie, I did LOTS of other things as well - and here are a few of them! This pic is me swimming in the ocean in Nassau - the water was a bit choppy from the storm the day before and there were several times I ended up on my butt rather than my feet, lol! But, it was a great time, I love swimming in the ocean! This next pic is me cutting a rug on the ship doing the Electric Slide - Vicki would not do it with me, but she had no problems taking pics of ME dancing in front of hundreds of strangers, lol!! I had lots of fun though, I love to dance and hey, I will never see those people again, right?! After all that dancing and fighting the waves, I needed some downtime, and I got plenty of it when we stopped at the private island belonging to Royal Caribbean called Cocoa Cay. Here I am enjoying the more tranquil waters floating around on my raft - aaaaahhh, it was fabulous! Although, getting up on the raft was quite comical to watch and although Vicki DID take pics, you don't get to see them - heehee! But, once I was up on there, it was pure joy to float around enjoying the warm breezes and the blue skies. This last picture shows me enjoying one of the many hammocks scattered all around the island. It was awesome, I had a refreshing drink in my hand(cola), soft breezes, and a good book - it was pure heaven! Vicki and I both laid in hammocks for about two hours before the sun had shifted so much we were roasting and then decided we needed to hit the waters with our beach mat again - tough life, huh?!!! It was wonderful, and I am ready to go again - next year for sure! Thanks for indulging me and listening to me ramble on - I hope you at least enjoy seeing some of the pics!

40 comments:

Erin... said...

Looks like you had an awesome time!!!

Manna said...

Awww...what great pix! Looks like tons of fun! And what a great DVD Tin! What a sweet friend you are :)

sandyh50 said...

What a great DVD tin. I have never made those before. Fun pics!

Dani said...

Great job on the tin! Looks like you had a ton of fun! :)

Mistylynn said...

Looks like you had SO much fun, next time take me with you! hah! Can't wait to see pics of the things you made too. Take care.
Misty

Beth Norman said...

Isn't it nice to get layouts done? I need to get back into scrapping. Your project is very cute. I should really try one of those.

Melissa said...

I love the look on your face in the ocean one! Hahahahaha!

Many Blessings,
M.

PS - Super cute project too!

Lauren said...

Great photos Alex - everything looked so relaxing. I love you DVD tin too!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Wow! Awesome photos! That hammock and raft have my name written all over them! What fun! I love the DVD tin too! You do NOT need to put me in for any blog candy . . . I have so much stuff! Good luck to everyone else though!!

gina said...

great pictures again Alex LOL at the one with you in the choppy water, you go girl you have more bottle than I would have :)
Gina xxx

Annapurna said...

You seem like you had too much fun. Not good for you ;-)

Move aside sista, now it is my turn. Lovely tin you made.

ribenaruby said...

Great photos and what a lovely gift you made for the dear lady. I'm sure she appreciated it.

Fabi said...

Hey, thanks for giving an other chance :)! I am still trying now :)!

Makes
20

Ingredients

* 125g butter, softened
* 1/3 cup caster sugar
* 1/3 cup golden syrup
* 1 egg, at room temperature
* 2 1/2 cups plain flour
* 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
* clear boiled lollies, to decorate

Method

1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and golden syrup until pale and creamy. Add egg. Beat until well combined. Sift flour and bicarbonate of soda over butter mixture. Stir until a soft dough forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth. Divide in half. Press each piece into a 10cm diameter disc. Wrap in greaseproof paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

2. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 flat baking trays with baking paper.

3. Place lollies in snap-lock bags, keeping colours separate. Wrap bags in tea towels. Place on a chopping board. Gently crush lollies with a mallet or rolling pin.

4. Roll out each piece of dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until 4mm thick. Using tree and star biscuit cutters, cut shapes out of dough. Press leftover dough pieces together and repeat. Place biscuits on baking trays.

5. Cut little shapes out of centre of biscuits. Spoon crushed lolly into cut-out areas. Bake biscuits, 1 tray at a time, for 12 to 15 minutes or until lolly has melted and biscuits are light golden. Cool biscuits on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cindy Haffner said...

What fun, love your DVD tin.

Deborah said...

Now that is the true essence of crusin'! Darling project for your friend too! Hugs, Deb

Christina Fischer said...

Great DVD tin -- what a nice gift! It looks like you had a blast on your cruise -- I'm so glad!! :)

christie said...

Looks like you had a blast Alex! I'm so happy that you had the opportunity to get away for awhile. It's always nice to see friends and recharge.

Tracy.H said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time!! Makes me want to take a cruise...and one that involved stamping would be even better!! :0)

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

I so want to do that someday! Looks like such a fun time!

kathleenh said...

That scrapbooking cruise looks like so much fun! What a treat for you and your friend.

Jen Martakis said...

I love the gift you made!! How cool is that?!!

Look at all your great pics! Looks like you had an absolute blast! Yay!! (next time I am going to sneak into your suitcase)

Sharon said...

OMG! I get more jealous as I look at your pictures. What a great time it looks like. Thanks for sharing.

Angie Tieman said...

Welcome back! Awesome project! Can't believe you could be so creative already when you just got back! Looks like you had a great time!

joslyn said...

looks like you had fun! love the tin!

Chris said...

i love your project, so cute!! looks like you had a great time, TFS!!! >"<

Diane said...

OMG Alex! First of all,I love the DVD tin,and I'm sure your girlfriend will enjoy it very much!
Secondly,Congrats to the winner of your candy,you are so generous!
And thirdly,those pics are great!
Love your smile girl,especially on the last photo,what a tough life!!!
Glad you had a wonderful time,YOU deserve it!!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhhhh looks like such an awesome time!!! You look so cute dancing!!! And congrats to your winner!!!

Staci said...

Great photos, Alex! Love your altered DVD holder - what a fantastic idea! I'm sure your friend will love that!

Anonymous said...

First off, congrats to Dawn. Alex, I'm so loving your pictures, it's just like we are there with ya. Glad you had a great and relaxing time. Also, love the DVD tin you made for your friend. Now I would love some blog candy!! {{{wink}}}

Kathy Brown

Latisha said...

thanks for sharing the pictures
it looks like you had a great time!!!

Nikki Bond said...

Omgosh....Love the pic of you catching a wave! ToOOOOOO funny! It looks like you had an amazing time! {SMILES}

~Denise Lynn~ said...

Love the DVD tin idea! Super cute and functional! :) Looks like a fun time on vacation too!

Ila said...

I love the notebook ...what a great gift! Thanks for sharing all these photos...looks like you had such a great time..makes me want to go on holidays right now!!!..Hugs, Ila

Shannon McGann said...

Wow! Looks like you had a wonderful trip! What a fun cruise! Thanks for sharing your photos. And I know your friend will love the DVD tin - it's fabulous!

mochamama said...

aaaaaahhhh what awesome pics Alex. Loved the one of you in the water, that will be me in February hee haw!

Bethany Paull said...

I love your dvd tin, esp the pockets. That's a great idea.

Jessie/knightrone said...

WOW, looks like you had a great time!!

Rose Ann said...

I love your wonderful tin, and those pretty papers you've used!! Thanks for sharing your fun photos as well!! :D

Katie said...

Fabulous project and fabulous pictures too!

Katie
x

malieta said...

What an awesome project Alex! Looks like you had a great time while on vacation. TFS!!!