Shabby Miss Jenn

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween Everyone

Wow where did this month go...

here's my little trick or treater. Hes Davey Jones from Pirates. First time he has ever wanted to be something sort of scary, oh no hes growing UP! We will be heading out tonight with a ton of friends for some ghoulish fun and treats.

I am a bad mom, we got pumpkins this year but Ja usually does the carving ,so they are still whole , but I love the one they did from last year

and just a few random photos , hopefully my camera will be fixed before tonight and I can start snapping photos again!!!

Hope everyone has a spooky good time and I cant wait to visit everyones blogs later today!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sugar Ray = Fun

Tonight my good friend Kristen and I were going to head out and grab a drink and something to eat and we decided to go to WestGate Center and maybe hit up the O Chocolate and Wine bar. Neither one of us really drink wine but sure as heck would eat some chocolate! And of course just enjoy being OUT OF THE HOUSE at night without kids!!! Thanks Danny for keeping them all :)

Anyohoo we get there and its packed and we are thinking it was just the Coyotes game going on . To our surprise we got SUGAR RAY in concert for FREE!!! They were there to kick off a countdown to Superbowl and this was the 1st of several parties they have planned for the city. Such an impromptu night but a ton of fun. Did I mention how HOT that man is(Mark McGrath) ??? He puts on a pretty good show too. Pretty funny and the boy can shake his booty...haha


After all that excitement we still needed some chocolate so we headed over to Coldstone to get our fix. Good times with a GOOD friend. I sure am gonna miss you girl!!! Thanks for a fun night.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Middle of the week and NO camera!

It sure feels like the week is flying by. I have had a lot to do in the past few days and haven't been around much. Nothing fun or exciting unless you like parent teacher conferences and getting new tires and all those mundane things . I did get to hit a few thrift stores with Maria but we really didn't find too much. She did find some wonderful VINTAGE MERCURY GLASS ORNAMENTS and has them up in her Etsy shop , go take a peek!

I have been in the mood to actually start scrapping again and might try a page or 2 this afternoon. I feel bad that half a year has gone by and I haven't documented anything for the kids. I have plenty of things I need to get down on paper before I forget!! I have tons of photos just no pages. So I have been wondering around BLOG land looking at everyones beautiful work. Here are a few older pages of mine that I love :

I forgot to post the other day about all the fun Holiday Magazines I have been snatching up lately. So much eye candy. I bought this one from Joannes a few weeks ago and LOVE it. So many ideas for ALL Holidays and something for everyones taste I think. Are there any others I should run out and BUY ? Come on now ladies don't hold out on me!

Oh and before I forget does anyone have this one? The cover just looks so yummy I want to go out and find it.
With so much to do these past couple of days I haven't been able to get my Camera in to get looked at. I have a REBEL XT that is only a little over a year old and I am hoping it is just the battery that wont hold a charge and not the CAMERA! I was furious last weekend when we were at a event called OPERATION KIDS where they got to experience what there parents do when they deploy . So much fun, but I have NO PICTURES! I charged the battery 2 days before and took one photo before the dern camera shut off and would not come back on .. The kids were probably happy not to have the MOMMY PAPARAZZI stalking them all day but me on the other hand , I wanted to cry! So I brought it home and took out the battery , popped it on the charger and it said it was dead, charged it up and popped it back in the camera... NOTHING . So I put back on the charger and it was dead again. SO MAYBE just MAYBE its the battery , that would be so nice!
Before I go just wanted to say I have all of you in California in my thoughts as you go through this scary time. Nature is so powerful and devastating at times. So sad to even watch the news this morning . I cant imagine what it must be like. Hugs to all of you!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Deck the Halls update....

All partners have been sent out, if for some reason you did not receive yours let me know.
Thanks again everyone and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Heart Break therapy....Pretty Little Things

As many of you know we will be moving this summer to Japan , and I have been trying to find a home for Sofie. Well I met a girl over the weekend who seemed to be perfect. Her mom and daughter came over and visited with Sofie and things were great. I liked the fact that she too is a stay at home mom and has 2 small children both things I feel will help Sofie adjust to her new surroundings. I felt really good about it, she said we could come visit anytime we wanted and that she would email us photos. But seeing her big droopy eyes in the back seat of the Cadillac and the tears started to fall , when she realized that this momma wasn't getting in and going with her she started to whimper and cry ,I just lost it. That night was super hard on us all. The very next morning the phone rings at 9 am and I here Kristel on the other end and new it wasnt good. Sofie was sick and she was very worried about her because she cried the entire night. I spent a bit on the phone with her and could here for myself how upset she was. After questioning her further.. I realize I had been lied to. One of the main questions I asked both her and her mom was if she had a house or lived in an apartment, and the reason for that is SOFIE IS TERRIFIED OF HEIGHTS! She wont even get out of the back of our SUV willingly! I was assured it was a house , but in fact it was an apartment and my 96 pound precious girl was stranded on the 3rd floor with fear. I called Maria and we were on our way to try and help her down the stairs but it was useless, she truly has a phobia. So off to PETSMART to see what if anything we can do short of calling ANIMAL RESCUE. We wound up giving her some Benedryl and getting her a little groggy a few hours later and Kristels hubby was able to carry her down finally and we brought her home! I dont know how I will ever be able to part with her again.

It was one heck of a day...... to say the least! Thanks Maria for being there with me!

Well after that whole sad post here are a few pretty things from Flickr land to make you smile!

1. I love pink!!, 2. Halloween Hat, 3. Vintage inspired Halloween cupcakes by Everyday is a Holiday!, 4. sept 22nd blog halloween plum 006, 5. Cupcake hangers, 6. Welcome to my Halloween House!, 7. Halloween Hat Swap 2007, 8. "Pink Poodle" Vintage Ornament Wreath, 9. Quilted Roses & Rhinestone Bag, 10. Vintage Bottle Embelished with Florals & more.., 11. HaLLObLoCkS, 12. Witchy Women, 13. Altered Spooky Bird house's, 14. pinkwreath2, 15. I'm Dreaming of Shabby Chic Christmas............., 16. Pumpkin Head 002, 17. I'm jonesin' for halloween, 18. Special Order, 19. Sweet & Sinister BOO close up, 20. Ribbonwork Zinnia plum and cream sheer ribbon vintage stamens, 21. I cannot begin to tell you how incredible Kimla's famous prize ribbons are in person!!, 22. new on etsy today ~ sold! ~ thank you, 23. Vintage Inspired Wreath, 24. pumpkin art, 25. Bitty Boo Banner, 26. Bunny Box- altered art, 27. black cat halloween crown side view, 28. Vintage Tiara and Ledger Pages, 29. catty~SOLD!~Thank You Jac!, 30. wish bracelet, 31. halloween box, 32. Boo Banner No. 1, 33. 9-03-07 Auntumn Decor., 34. Halloween inspiration board, 35. Shadowbox "Bird's Nest"

Thanks again to everyone who joined the swap emails will start going out tomorrow with partners!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Deck the Halls update....

SWAP CLOSED - Thanks ladies , I will email you soon!

Hello everyone

Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone who has signed up for the swap and all the sweet notes I have received.

I wanted to post a list of the names I have so far and make sure I havent missed anyone ,several people have contacted me saying their emails had bounced back and I dont want to leave anyone out! Leave a comment if I missed you or if you still want to sign up! Thansk again everyone!

Tricia Samsal

Alice Regan

Tiffany Roberts

Tamy Ottomeyer

Heather Rowley

Maria Rodarte

Sonya Johnson

Shelly Faust

Sandy Camarda

Natasha Burns

Natalea Kandefer

Molly Garren

Michelle Parent

Alison Gibbs

Mary Ann Mckeating

Laura Garrett

Karla Natale

Karla Nathan

Karin Aguirre

June Scroggin

Ele Erickson

Deb Glasses

Jessica Greene

Sadie Hartman

Jenelle O'Malley

Gabriela Delworth

Mary Isabella

Jessi Nagy

Nicole from Small Treasures

Allison Jackson

Angie Friesen

Bren Young

Beth Leintz

Bristol Snider

Caleen Beatty

Cheryl Dack

Cindy Hamlin

Colleen Gallagher

Heidi Woodruff

Dolly from My Cherry Heart

Kathleen from Kathys Cottage

Becky at Heart in My Hand

Robyn at HappyHausofHass

Svenja at Art Creations

Joy from Joystern

Abbie M from Abbie Bloggin

Carol from Boxwoodcottage

Jen Konz

Sarah Huckman

Amy Bauer
Laura Bray
Ruth Catt
Dorreen Agres
Andi Brannon
Angela Campbell
Karen Beth Martin
Tamsen Menard
Lorrie Orr
Ann Marie from Sweet girl and company
Carol from Clutter Bug Studio

Jen Conway

Linda from Somwhere in time

Michele Witchell

Sue (in Tennessee)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Deck the Halls Ornament Swap

I am so excited about this swap . Christmas is one of my favorite times of year and this year will be extra special around our home since my hubby will be coming home for the holidays for his midtour visit. He has already been in Korea for 5 months, can you believe it?

Swaps have been a great way for me to keep busy through this time without him and I have truly enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful artists here in Blogland and see all the wonderful creativity you share daily.


For this swap you will make 1 hand crafted Item and then include one store bought Ornament. The hand crafted item needs to be along the lines of DECK THE HALLS examples… Holiday sign, mini wreath , garlands, anything that can be used to decorate for the holidays. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! The ornament should be store bought and be in the 5-10 dollar range so that everyone is getting a nice ornament.
I will take sign-ups until Oct. 15th. Then assign partners shortly after that and packages will need to be mailed by Dec 1st.

Here are a few questions to help out your partners. Please emailme at with your Name , Blog name and answers! Thanks everyone!

Color schemes for your tree and home?
Do you have a theme? Is it traditional ,vintage ,glitzy so forth….
Willing to ship inernational?

I made a batch of these Oh so yummy cookies to send to the hubby last week in Korea. Thought I would share with everyone. No photos this time darn it but I promise you will LOVE them!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies :
2 Cups flour
1 cup quick or old fashion oats,uncooked
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter /margarine, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Libbys Solid Pack Pumpkin
1 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels

preheat oven to 350. Combine flour ,oats,baking soda,cinnamon,and salt. Cream butter,gradually add sugars beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla ,mix well.Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin ,mixing well after each addition.Stir in morsels , drop by rounded spoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes,until cookies are firm and lightly browned. Remove from sheets and cool on rack.

And before I forget Sarah at tagged me with the
7 RANDOM THINGS about me so here goes:

1. I pick up almost everything with my toes
2. I could eat Mexican food for every meal!
3. I drink entirely too much COKE , but cant quit it because I get awful headaches
4. I absolutely HATE FEET!
5. I also have a teeny bit of road rage
6. I vacuum and mop almost everyday
7. I love to go camping but only NEAR water , I am not your middle of nowhere or woods kinda chick..

Now lets see I tag : -Karla - Maria - Nicole - Dena - Sonya -Colleen -Jessi - Molly