Tuesday, November 27, 2007

What happens....

when you wait till 3 days before December 1 to buy Advent calendars for your children? When you have two very specific calendars in mind?

Yeah, let me tell you... they are not to be had anywhere locally (nor elsewhere from what I found out last night searching online), so Mama is on her own. "On her own" in this case means finding boxes and paper and ribbon and number stickers, then spending hours to decorate those boxes and THEN spending another small fortune buying things to put into such lovingly decorated boxes.

Oh, if I only hadn't procrastinated like I did!

Pictures to follow.

Have a good one.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Things that make you go WTH?

Totally unrelated to scrapping, but did I mention that I am doing an internship right now? In an effort to become employable here, etc. etc.... And, my official disclaimer, so no complains that I am anti-this or the other... I am all for religious freedom, people's rights to express themselves, etc. etc. etc. Whatever floats your boat, trips your trigger and so forth. Hey, I am hopelessly liberal when it comes to all that stuff. But... there had to be a but, right?

So, I am doing this internship at Rindchen's Wein Kontor. If you are in the market for some good, well priced wines, they are the people to call.Oh, and check out the wine spices. That is something really cool the owner just developed. Anyway, it's a local company (I happen to live right across from one of their stores) and it is actually really cool. I am learning lots of stuff and it is very interesting. Usually I assist the ladies over in bookkeeping/office management but as one of them is on vacation this week, they sent me over to Internet/Marketing.

Pretty interesting, too, but they don't have that much for me to help out with because, quite frankly, my knowledge of wine is seriously lacking, and this morning only W, the manager was in. W had me box up 9 bottles of wine to messenger over to the photographer's studio. So I called the messenger dispatch, told her all the details, she ask what they would be hauling, wether they need a van or a car will do. I told her that it would be a box with 9 bottles of wine. Okay, they'll send someone over right away.

About one hour later, one of the guys from shipping comes upstairs, asking me for the box, because the messenger was downstairs waiting.

Around noon, W was in a meeting but one of the other internet/marketing ladies was in by now, there is a phone call from downstairs, hey, there is a messenger here to pick up the box that needs to go to the studio. So the lady is confused because she doesn't know anything about the box going out, I explain the whole thing, what W told me to do, who I called, what I boxed up, etc. etc. but am a bit confused, becaue obviously the box had been picked up an hour earlier.

Just as I was ready to leave, another guy from shipping comes up to us, to leave a note for W. and asking wether we had specified to the messenger dispatch what was in the box: ehmmmm, yeah, I specifically told the lady when she asked me!

Now we are all confused.

Well, sorry for the long story, but remember the messenger that came first? He refused to take the box with him, because it contained alcohol and he had religious objections to alcohol and therefore could not deliver the box with the 9 bottles of wine to the photostudio across town.

Things that make you go WTH?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Christmas cards

yes, I am on a roll. I wasn't feeling very "christmassy" yet, but I suppose I better start getting into it. And when I ran across something called "A Christmas Card a Day" over here.... I went with it.

These are the first 5. I enjoyed going through my stash of christmas papers. I keep accumulating christmas papers, but somehow don't scrap too many LOs. Oh well.

Have a good one.

Trouble #2

I swear, she's going to kill me.

Why, oh, why does she think that certain little feminine hygiene items make wonderfull additions to her craft projects?

Have a good one.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Stampin'Up is official!

Yeah, today is the first day for Stampin' Up in Germany. Yeah!

Even the German catalog is online. Check it out: Here.

Can't wait to get going with this.

Have a good one.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

First snow and feeling icky!

It started snowing today. Yuck! I hate snow. I hate winter.

To make things even worse, I am feeling a bit under the weather. Hacking cough, sneezing, runny nose... the usual fall crud, but I feel icky. And can't really do what I want to do: climb into bed and sleep.

So, I am just feeling sorry for myself, and not doing anything productive really, so nothing to show for either.

Hope you are feeling better than me.

Have a good one.

Monday, November 12, 2007


Stampin' up arrived in Germany. Haleluja! And the brand new German language catalog arrived in my mailbox just this afternoon. Too cool to see some of my favorite stampsets translated into German.

So, I have to send off my Demo Kit order... I have to make a few changes yet to the recommended paper choices and such and I think I need to chat with them about the recommended sets.... do not likey! I think they picked the only two sets in the whole catty that I really don't care for. Ughhh.

Other scrappy news: There is a weeklong online crop going on at one of my favorite forums. These are some of the things I have come up with so far:

In non-scrappy news.... Trouble #2 was true to her name: She pulled her first tooth last night. I had noticed earlier yesterday or day before that one of her front teeth was a bit loose. Well... she must have taken that to mean to take matters into her own hand and so she came to me, with a bit of dental floss in her hand: Mama, can you make a loop? she asked. Huh? was my not so witty response. To loop it around my tooth so I can pull it, of course, Dummy! Okay, "Dummy" is my editorial comment, but that's the look I got. Well, I told her that it would probably hurt and that the tooth wasn't really lose enough to pull yet, but she was bound and determined. So, what is a good mom to do? Grab the camera. So, between giggling and feeling just a tiny bit nauseous (on my part)... she proceeded to pull her own tooth, first loosening it with the dental floss "lasso", then trying to twist it off by hand, and then going back to the floss. And was proud as can be when it cam out. She didn't shed a tear, she didn't wince.... just a victorious "I got it, Mama!"

Here's the photographic undedited proof: If you are even a wee bit squeamish, like my dear brother... skip it.

Okay, in the last picture she doesn't look too happy, but trust me, she was ecstatic.

With that...have a good one!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

New LOs

I have been feeling overwhelmed by the pictures I took in NY, so no LOs were getting done. Hate that. So, since I had lots and lots of pictures of every event or situation, I needed to call on my old inspiration standby: Becky Higgins Sketches. And I am actually pleased with the outcome. 4 2-pagers so far... not bad for 2 days of work.

The first 3 LOs are with pictures from NY.

These pictures were taken just before our trip. Our neighbor's son promised the girls to teach them how to blow bubbles with gum. And of course they wouldn't let him forget. So one Sunday he finally had some time and came over, armed with packages of bubble gum, ready to teach! And teach he did. It was so funny, I had a hard time holding the camera steady.

Have a good one.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Card Workshop

Christmas is getting closer, hard as I might resist. I am NOT in the slightest bit of Christmas mood. But I suppose, teaching a Card Workshop for Scrapbook-King might change just that!

So, here's the deal: 10 cards in 3 hours for 20 Euros incl. materials. Sounds good? No, sounds fabulous! Sign up info HERE.

Have a good one.

Monday, November 05, 2007

I have the BEST friends!

Can I just say that I love, love, love my German scrapbooking friends? See... with all the crud going on and the back-stabbing, bitching, complaining, jealousy, and whatever else, I am fortunate to call these fabulously talented ladies who I met through the internet, united by this love of paper, glue and photographs, my friends.

So, long story short, in case you haven't met "Ms. Paper", the fabulously talented, wickedly funny Danyeela. She had asked me to pick up a couple of things for her while I was in NY and of course I did. Her thank you for my troubles... and really, it was no trouble at all, was this wonderful LO.

So, Daniela, thank you so much. I love it. And yes... I do think of NY quite often.

Have a good one.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

It's all about food

I know, I know, it's been over a week since I last posted, but alas... there is life!

So, for one, I started working. Yup... working. Just an internship, but nevertheless, it is time that I don't have to spend on the computer or scrapping or whatever. Second, Trouble #2's birthday party was scheduled for this past friday and I had to come up with a plan, since I had sent out invites. Three, though my internship is just 4 1/2 days a week, this weekend the company I am working at, had a big event scheduled, and so of course I had to be there and help out. I tell you, I am so glad my waitressing days are over. All I had to do was serve coffee and polish wine glasses. But geez, 8 1/2 hours on my feet Saturday, another 6 today, sore feet... despite wearing my most comfy shoes, sore back, blisters on my hands from polishing the glasses... no, even if it had been a thought, I don't think I want to go back to waitressing.

Anyway, I was up to my eyeballs in party prep. And, it basically came down to making it a Halloween party through food.

For starters, we had cupcakes with Halloween colored sprinkles as well as Vampire cupcakes. Super yummy, I was told. We also had another Harry Potter cake (Trouble #2 already had a professionally done HP Cake while we were in NY). For drinks, I served my super yummy Witches Punch, complete with snails, frogs, turtle eyes and frozen ghost hands.

We did a ghost hunt for activity and after that, I let all the kids lose with lots of craft supplies... yeah, I have a few of those... to create their favorite pet monster. It was really cute what they came up with.

After that it was already time for supper. We had roasted monster (meatloaf with spinach/mushroom/cheese filling) in a pool of blood (tomato sauce) and a side of worms ('sketti) and "vampire toast" (bread with garlic butter). We also had celery mummies, bloody eyeballs and mummy fingers to nibble on (celery sticks with cheese and strips of turkey, cherry tomatos and little sausages with almonds for "fingernails), and another bowl of witches punch. For dessert we had bloody pudding (vanilla pudding with cherry sauce).

All in all, to quote Trouble #2 AKA Harry Potter: This was my best birthday! So I suppose I did alright.

So, here are some pictures of Harry and the birthday feast.