Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Some new news, some awards and a new LO/challenge

Hello everyone!! I have missed all of you soooooooo much!! The past two weeks have been very crazy for me! It started off with a much needed 10 day vacation in Myrtle Beach, then we were home for one day and left again for Dallas to start our house hunting trip. While we were in Dallas (in fact it was 30 minutes before we were meeting with our realtor) we got a call from our Indiana realtor with an offer on our home that we finally accepted. (we were back and forth with the buyers since Monday night!!) Soooooo... the good news is, our house is sold.... the bad news is, we have not purchased a new home yet!! YIKES!!  But don't worry, we did find one we liked and are working on making an offer. My husband is back in Texas now and is getting some final paperwork completed!! I will keep you posted if we get it or not!! In the meantime, I am going to be very busy getting things ready to move here.... we have to be out of our house by Aug. 27th!! Boy is the month of August going to fly by for me!! So please forgive me if I am not as active in blog land as I have been in the past!! I am trying my best to balance EVERYTHING!!!!  LOL!!!

So..... I was so excited to return from vacation to 3 new awards!! How great is that?!! You guys really are too good to me!! I feel honored that these three lovely ladies thought enough of me to send them to me!! So now I would like to pass them on to some wonderful friends who continued to stop by my blog while I was away and leave me so many nice comments!!

The first award is the Versatile Blogger Award! I actually received this award from 2 different gals.... the first one was Brenda! I don't know if you have been over to her blog, Rose Blossom Legacies or not, but you must stop by and check it out!! She is on several design teams and once you see her work, you will know why!! Pretty amazing stuff!! Thank you so much Brenda!! And Brenda, I have to admit, I loved reading the 7 things about you... we have a lot in common!!! lol!!!

I also received this award from my friend Lisa!! Who of course is extremely talented as well!! One of the things I like best about visiting her blog, Lisa's Craft Room, is that she has plenty of fun creative ideas besides just layouts and cards!! Lisa... thank you for sharing your talent with us, and thanks for this award!! You are such a total sweetheart!!

Now this is what you have to do:

1. Thank the person who gave it to you.
2. Tell seven things about yourself.
3. Pass the award on to five bloggers whom you think are fantastic.

7 things about myself....
1. I am going to be living in Texas in less than a month!
2. I am one of those weird people who actually enjoy house hunting!!
3. I am definitely a pool person... have to have one!!
4. I am not organized at all and am totally freaking out about everything I have to get done in the next few weeks!
5. I am totally excited that the company is moving us and I don't have to do all the packing... I wouldn't even know where to start!! LOL!!
6. I am pretty excited about only seeing snow when I choose to... no more shoveling walks and driveways!! (If it snows in Texas, I will just wait 30 minutes and it will melt... no need to shovel!!)
7. Everyone keeps telling how hot Texas is... I guess they really don't know me at all or they would know that I LOVE hot weather!!

Now... for the 5 bloggers I am to pass this on to (x2 since I received it twice!!) I apologize if you have received this award already... since I haven't been hopping around blog land lately, I am not sure who has already received it and who hasn't!! 

Beatriz - Amazing Grace

I was also fortunate enough to receive the Cherry on Top Award from my Sassy scrappin' friend Sheila!!! Sheila runs the She's A Sassy Lady Blog where she allows me to be a guest designer once a month. The best thing about her blog is that you will learn something new each time you visit!! Sheila encourages her designers to give detailed, step by step directions for all of the projects that are presented!! I have learned so many new tips and tricks from reading the posts!! If you are not already a follower, you need to become one!! Click here to see her blog!! Thank you Sheila for this cheerful award!!

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Thank the person who gave this award to you.
2. Copy the award and put it on your blog.
3. List three things which you love about yourself.
4. Post a picture you love.
5. Tag five people you wish to pass this award on to.
Three things I love about myself:
1. I think I am a good wife, mother, sister, and daughter!
2. I have a tender heart... I try to help those in need and lighten the load of those around me when possible!
3. I am a Christian!

I love this picture of Greg and I in Maui... this is "our" place and love to "get away" here!! Looking at the sunset I bet you can see why!!

I would like to pass this award on to:

Thanks again to Brenda, Lisa and Sheila for not only giving me these awards, but for your patience while I got them posted!!

Finally.... we have a new challenge for you!! This is my last official post as a design team member for Practical Scrappers!! I decided to step down from the team due to the big move!! I knew I couldn't keep up with all my projects but I will really miss working with the team! I guess now I can play along with everyone else!!
Practical Scrappers is celebrating their ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY this week!! Cogratulations PS!! So, this week is unique because they are doing a new challenge each day.. all having to do with the number one!! For today, the challenge is to use one photo!! That is so seriously simple that all of you should be playing along!! Be sure to link up your projects... we would love to see what you can do!!
This LO is of my daughter and her best friend Abby!! They are so much alike and can play hours together!! In fact, Abby had a sleep over at our house last night!! We are trying to get as much play time in before we leave in a few weeks!!  The LO was made with American Crafts Papers. This LO also qualifies for the challenge at Stuck On U Sketches - Summer Theme!!

Thank you for stopping by and reading this VERY long post!! I love your comments!!
Barb  :)


Dawnll said...

You are such a sweetheart to pass this award on to me. I sure do appreciate you.
I am hoping everything goes smoothly in the next few weeks.
Happy that you are excited it will definitely make the move go smoother.
Such an adorable picture you used on this delightful layout. I need to get a layout done for this great challenge.

Fern said...

OMGOSH 1:08 AM ~ I don't know how you do it gf!!! First of all, the layout is tooo cute!! Love the pp, the banner, and the flowers are fabulous! Love the butterfly!! What a sweet photo.. The girls do look like sisters!!!
Oh I love house hunting, too! So glad that everything is working out for you and that you're going to get moved before school really gets started... When we moved from NM to Texas we had a moving company and it was fantastic..
Congratulations on the awards ~ you are so deserving of them.. You've got to be one of the sweetest bloggers out there ~ you always have something nice and encouraging to say!! Thank you for thinking of me...
I'm a little behind, no, a lot behind in my blogging and challenges... Being a grandma is so much fun, but very demanding. They don't want to share their time with anyone or anything!! But I'm going to enjoy this while I can!! Have a wonderful day Barb!! Hugs!!!

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

The queen of awards! Thank you so much for thinking of me, I really appreciate it. Love your page, that banner rocks. Happy Tuesday!!!!

Denise said...

Congratulations on selling your house and moving to Texas!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you :))))))

Angi Barrs said...

Thanks for the blog award. So sweet. I will call you neighbor soon since you are moving here to Terrific Texas! We will have to meet at a scrapbook event or something one day. I left a thank you in my post today for the award. And love that layout. So cute!

Pat said...

Thanks for the award! I love the flowers on your lo!! Beautifully done!
Hope you find your new home soon.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Thank you so much for passing your award on to me!! I love visiting your blog, and will miss see your projects at Practical Scrappers! Best of luck to you and your new home! I look forward to seeing what you create when you are settled in!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Wow look at those awards!!! and the layout is gorgeous! I know you will love living down south... take it from someone who will never shovel snow again either!
Pool party in TEXAS!!! Woo Woo.

li-bee-ti said...

You're such a sweet girl, passing me this award! I was so thrilled!
Thank you so much, I really appericate it.
I wish you a smooth moving to Texas. I hope everything will work out wonderful for all of you.
The photo is awesome! So much peaceful, I can understand why you love this place.
And the lo..... Adorable! I love the colors and the banner! Wonderful job (I hope I'll get some time to play over Practical Scrappers this week).

Unknown said...

Congrats on selling the house and hopefully it will just be a matter of time before you are in a new one? What area of Tx?
Will you be teaching there?
Love this anniversary layout for PS. Those papers and the banner are so sweet! Your daughter and her bff are precious!
Good Luck and I'm praying for you!
Kim xXx

Sandi Clarkson said...

Barb, you are so sweet to pass this award on to me! I have been very remiss these past few months about getting them posted. So glad to hear all your old/new house news! Hope your offer goes through on the Dallas house!

The layout is fantastic! And we totally understand that you're gonna be a little busy! LOL

Debbie said...

Congrats on selling your home! Hope all goes well with buying the new one in Texas! Hope you had a relaxing vacation! Your layout is beautiful! Love the brown background and the gorgeous flowers! Congrats on the awards - you so deserve them. Thanks for passing the Cherry On Top to me- you're too sweet. I will get it posted on my blog this weekend!

Kaye's Crafty Place said...

Congrats on the sale of the house and good luck with the move, I don't envy you one bit but it is all worth it in the end. Love the layout, I really love pink and brown together such a gorgeous colour combo.

Kaye x

Anonymous said...

Okay honestly I am so confused, I know I read all this and I swear I left a long, crazy, lengthy message and I don't see it now! I wonder what happened??? Dang it!!!

Well, I love this...for whatever reason I didn't see it for SOUS the first time, don't know how I missed that! But anyways, awesome!

Loved reading all about you and thanks for thinking of me sweets!!!!

Lisa said...

Hi Barb, your very welcome :) CONGRATULATIONS on the sale of your home and I hope you find a new home soon. Love your layout, it is so sweet, the banner and flowers are so darling. Hope to see you blogging again real soon.

Anonymous said...

Barb!! I am so exiting for you!!! a new home a new state a new life!! so glad to hear you Fern and Sandi will be living close by!! that is awesome!!I wish I could hang out with you guys in texas!! but I have to be here in Utah shoveling walks and driveside this winter!! lol
My best wishes for you and your family on this move!!
Love reading and learning about you Barb !!
Thank you so much for passing this award to me!! you are so sweet!! I will post it in my next post, it wouldn't be soon because I don't have anything done yet but the next one is coming up with a cute tutorial I am sure you will love it!!
Big hugs to you my dear friend
God bless you and your family.

Ayana Posadas said...

Hiii Barb! :)
Oh wow... you have definitely been busy! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your vacation. And big congrats to you on your awards! :)
I have been to Dallas before, and I enjoyed it there very much. How exciting that you will be moving there. But yes, i'm sure it is also very overwhelming too.
It's so crazy that you love hot weather. I get LOTS of it here in FL... but oh, how I HATE it! LoL... We happen to be opposites in that aspect, because I LOVE the cold weather. Haha!
I love that picture of you in Maui! That sunset is GORGEOUS!!!!!... And your layout is fantastic too. I love that banner! So fun and girly! :)

Unknown said...

I'll miss you over a Practical Scrappers! I hope you get the house you desire and that your move is an easy one.. you certainly have a very busy August ahead of you! Best of luck....

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