Thursday, December 23, 2010

Where Do I Start???

First off ... a huge apologoy for my longggggggggggggggggg absence. I have no real excuses, no huge stories to tell (Ok, maybe a few but they really had nothing to do with me not blogging) - no real reason. Other then the fact I was getting tired and life seems so busy all the time. Days lead to weeks, and weeks to almost 2 months. Every couple of days I would tell myself "I have to blog tonight", but then I just didn't have the energy or drive to follow through. But here I am the day before Christmas eve and I have today off work and so I'm not moving from this chair until I'm done!!! LOL

I know I recieved many emails and I am very touched that so many of you were concerned. Thank you. Everyone here is fine and the cats are too~! I think after opening this blog in April 2008, sometimes posting 3 or 4 times a week, it just started to feel like a huge burden on me. I hope everyone can understand. I'm not going to shut it down and after Christmas my hours will be cut at work so I really am hoping to get back into some kind of normal routine. Even if it's just once a week. So don't give up on me yet!!!

My daughter is due in exactly one month. She looks so cute pregnant. But she is in that last stage where it starts to become uncomfortable. A few days after my last post we went & saw little Hayden in a 3D/4D ultrasound. It was so amazing! Watching him move around and yawn and even smile! Seeing his little fingers and toes, it was such a great experience.

All the dark areas are fluid. And that was almost 2 months ago so the little guy has probably changed alot. But we know he has all his parts! lol. We can't wait to meet him.

Now as far an Nemo goes, I know a few people asked about him. There is no short way to tell this story. When he got very sick at the end of October we saw a huge turn around after he was given fluids and antibiotics. About a month later (End of Nov) he got sick again. Same type of thing. He hid under the bed, wouldn't eat, drink etc. Of course it happened on a weekend and we had to force feed him and give him liquids by syringe into his mouth. He was very sick again. Back to the vet and had another blood test done. My husband mentioned to the vet that the last time he was on antibiotics 2 of the pills were wasted when Nemo spit them up and we couldn't get them back into him. The vet didn't think that had anything to do with it but my husband insisted he give him another weeks worth of antibiotics while we were waiting for the test results. We brought him home and immediately after the first pill we saw a difference. The next day the blood tests came back normal again. Weird. Each day with the pills he got better and better. The vet wanted to do all kinds of more tests of course but again he seemed so much better. Within a week of taking the antibiotics he was right back to normal. In the meantime we brought Bailey our cat in to get neutered. I had a thought that maybe Nemo was sensing Baileys masculinity as Bailey had started to mature, and maybe he could smell his 'maleness' and was put out by it. So many theories for this illness went through my head. Then I received an email from a cat club I belong to and the topic was 'Poisoness Plants to cats'. I printed it out but didn't read it right away. A few days later I sat down to read it and almost fell on the floor! I thought I was a 'good' pet owner and kept my cats inside and kept them safe. But I'm reading this information and at the top of the list is Lilies. As soon as I read it I thought about my husband bringing me Lilies a few months ago. I had taken pictures of them so I immediately went and looked at the date I took the pics. I took pictures of the Lilies on Oct 23rd, about a week after I had received them. Nemo got sick the first time on Oct 25th. Coincidence? Those Lilies lasted forever and even after the flowers fell off I kept the plant because it was potted and still nice and green etc. I finally threw the plant out after about another month. Hense Nemo getting sick again?. Either way I had googled it and was stunned at just how poisoness these plants are to cats. I never knew that!!!!! It can kill them within hours if they ingest ANY part of the plant, not just the leaves but the flowers (even dead flowers) the roots or any part. CAT OWNERS BEWARE - Lilies are put into many plant arrangements that you can buy - DO NOT allow them in your house. I have many plants in my house and Nemo is not a plant eater. My theory is that he might of 'played' with a fallen flower and licked his paws. I really have no idea but I do know we are soooooooooo lucky that both of our cats alive and well. I just hope there is no long term affects from this. The vet doesn't think so but again I never got any clear answers from him.

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

Now its time to see some new Christmas word art that went into
LLL Creations Dollar Mart ...

Christmas Word Art #4 - 5 cute christmas word art for only $1 - get them here.

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

And sorry for the late December Frame ... but it's here now.
This is todays freebie ...

Download December Frame

If you are new to my blog ... well, I gave away these frames the first week of every month. If you've missed any ... you can get them here. (You can get the Mega Pack there too!)

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2011.

And as usual, comments are appreciated.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Sneak Peek ...

YaaaaaaaHoooooo.. tonight I'm going to my daughters and we are staying overnight because Saturday... we all get a 'sneak peek' at our new little baby~! My daughters 3D Ultrasound! I'm sooooo nervous, excited, emotional about it. (I can imagine her and her husband!). I actually was a little skeptical at first with all this new technology they can do and wondered if it possibly could be bad for the baby. But the other day I went and had a total physical and I casually asked the radiologist about it. She said there is absolutely no problem with it .. unless - for some reason during your pregnancy there is a problem and you need many, many more ultrasounds. There is no proof that ultrasounds harm the baby but they try to keep it to a limited amount. That made me feel much better as she said she would get one done herself!.

Anyways, it will be exciting. I hope little 'Hayden' cooperates and shows off for us!! lol

Thanks to everyone for there nice comments on Nemo. He is totally back to his normal self and feeling just fine. And Bailey is such a wonderful cat. We love his personality EXCEPT - he eats like a dog!!! LOL I have never had a cat that eats everything you put out. When Mischief was around, I would put out 2 bowls in the morning of wet food (I always have dry food out) and him and Nemo would eat a bit each and walk away. Then they would come back now and then and have a bit. But now when I put out food - Bailey eats everything in sight until it is gone. It's horrible. Nemo actually has changed his whole eating pattern just so he doesn't starve ... LOL. Nemo eats much more then he normally would at one sitting but he still doesn't eat all of it ... but Bailey comes right behind him and finishes it off. My husband calls him the little piglet. I'm not sure what to do when we go away overnight. I'm thinking of seperating them into seperate parts of the house so they can each have their 'own'. I'm hoping this is just a phase ... maybe because he's a growing cat, maybe because he's never had 'enough' food, maybe, maybe, maybe. Any suggestions would be appreciated ... LOL.

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

I put some new 'Inspiration Word Art' into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today. Have a look ...

And one shown below for size against a 12x12 inch paper ...

This 4 pc. set is only $1.00 ~ get it HERE.

Hopefully in my next post you will be able to see my little grandbaby Hayden ...

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

And ... it's NOVEMBER ... and you know what that means ...

It's time for the November Frame Freebie ...

Download November Frame Freebie

If you are new to my blog ... well, I give away these frames the first week of every month. If you've missed any ... you can get them here. (You can get the Mega Pack there too!)

This frame fills a 12x12 inch layout. You can see the size on a 12x12 inch paper in THIS post.

Comments are really appreciated~! You can comment below this post or in my CBox on the right side of this blog~

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Worrisome Week ...

Well, it's been a hectic, worrisome week.

Bailey our new kitten (he's actually at least doubled in weight since we got him) has adjusted quite nicely. He's got a great personality and has fit in just fine~!

Nemo and him have been great together too. I had noticed a few weeks back that Nemo's 'meow' seemed really raspy. He is a very vocal cat and meows alot. It definately sounded like he must have a bit of a cold. I noticed it the week after we got Bailey but I honestly think it might of started a few days before. Anyways, I really noticed it that week and figured Nemo must of got it from Bailey since he did have a bit of a cold coming from the Humaine Society.

One week ago we had company and I noticed Nemo wasn't around much but I thought it might be because we had company. He's not antisocial or anything but sometimes he just wants to be alone. The next day, Saturday, I found that Nemo didn't want to come out from under our bed. I tried everything to coax him and even brought him up food and water and he wanted nothing to do with it. I started to get quite worried that evening. On Sunday, same thing, he wouldn't come out from under the bed. We could see he was having a hard time swallowing, and was obviously getting dehydrated. We took him out and tried putting food and water in his mouth but he just wanted to go back under the bed. Now I was really worried!

I had to work Monday so my husband brought him to the vet and they did blood work. The blood work results came back all normal except some elevated white blood cells and said they had to send some blood work to Toronto (a city a 100 km's away) to check for pancreas problems.

They hydrated him with fluids by a needle under his skin and gave us an antibiotic and some perscription food that they said we would have to give him by squirting it through a syringe into his mouth. When my husband got home with him he opened the food and decided to try some in a bowl first. And Nemo ate it. Yay! I called from work and was really happy to hear that. Nemo obviously was weak from not eating etc and slept most of the day. That night he came downstairs and laid on the back of the couch like he normally does and ate a little more food too. The next day we called for the results of the blood work and it came back normal. No problems with the pancreas. YAY! They weren't sure what it was but they wanted us to keep giving him the antibiotic medication and keep a close eye on him. It was 'some type' of infection. I thought for sure Bailey had given him something from the Humaine Society but the vet said it is highly unlikely and just a coincidence. Either way, Nemo is much better. Not 100% but close and we couldn't be happier. The vet charged way to much as usual, but who can put a price on a family pet? Was it worth it? Hell Ya!!! I truly think without the hydration he might not of been here today.

Nemo is only 6 years old and has alot of years left in him ... we are so glad he's back ~!!!

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

Well, today the last of these frames went into LLL Creations Dollar Mart. There have been Circle, Oval and Rectangle and today ...

Simply Square Frames - 6 large beautiful chrome frames for only $1.50 - get them HERE.

And the below layout shows the size of one of the frames on a 12x12" paper.
This is Nemo ... he must be feeling better, he's sitting beside the cupboard that holds the treats ... lol.

If you never have been to LLL Creations Dollar Mart you really should come over and take a peek. I have so many items in the store now, of course ALL of them dollar store prices and I think alot of the items are really unique. Come over and see ...

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

Halloween is just around the corner. I love to see all the little ghosts and goblins walking down the street. Today your freebie is this Halloween Cluster Overlay. I wasn't really sure what to call this. You could use it as a page bottom or overlay it over a picture, etc ... etc.

Halloween Cluster Overlay

The below layout shows the cluster at the bottom of the page. This is my daughter in 1988 when she was 6 years old!
It's never to late to scrap~!!!

The Halloween word art in the above layout is available HERE.

Have a great weekend~! Comments as usual are always appreciated.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Introducing ...

Yay. We have a new addition to the family~! Last weekend my daughter and her husband came down for Thanksgiving. They came down Friday night and stayed until Sunday. I had to work Sunday so we had our Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. Anyways, on Saturday my daughter and I went out shopping for material to recover some chair cushions she needs redone. On the way home I 'suggested' that we should stop off at the Humane Society and see what's there. Well ... it's soooo sad what is there. So many cats and dogs and it's just sooo ... sad.

There were many, many adult cats. Apparently one large cat named Sophie has been there 3 years! (I didn't even realize they would keep them that long!). But she is so big she almost fills up the whole cage. That is sooo sad. I wanted to take her out and hold her but to be honest she had a very nasty look on her face and I was afraid to. Most of the older adult cats really looked ... not mean ... but fed up? That must really make it hard for them to be adopted because of their demeanor. I'm sure because they are adults they probably stay there the longest. There were also many baby kittens. Some looked way too young to be away from their mother. And amongst all the cages and cats, the meowing it just breaks your heart. There was one young kitten maybe a 9 or 10 weeks old that was just crazy. He obviously wanted to play but he was jumping up and down and sticking his paws through the cage bars and going kinda nuts. So I didn't want to hold him either ... lol. Then I saw this cat in one of the corner cages that was just sitting there looking at us. I walked over and started talking to him. He rubbed up against the bars and purred. That was it, I opened the cage door and picked him up. He snuggles against me, purred like an engine and started licking my hands. I fell head over heals!!! LOL

I thought he was adorable and asked some questions about him. They said he was dropped off in the parking lot with his 2 female siblings about 3 months ago. Awww... But as the lady said, better to drop them off there then in some back alley. It's still horrible. Well, we went home and I immediately told my husband about him. I was really surprised when he said 'Let's go back and look at him'!!! Oh ... alright, I said ... LOL. We all went back and I had the same reaction the 2nd time I picked him up. (They think he is around 5 1/2 months old). My husband took to him immediately too. And that was it. We adopted him right there on the spot. I really truly was not planning on getting a cat that day but ... everything happens for a reason.

He is this beautiful light tan colour ... with a 'hint' of orange to it and white. We named him Bailey. (He's the colour of Bailey's Irish Cream ... lol) He's so lovable. I took Carol's information she had sent me about intoducing a new cat into the home and used 'most' of it. I segregated Bailey into one room of the house complete with everything he would need. But when we first arrived home with him in the cat carrier, I did let Nemo sniff him through the door. We spent alot of time in the room with Bailey when we could and he just purred and was obviously very happy. Nemo knew there was a cat in that room and tried peeking in everytime we opened the door. The 2nd day when I went into the room I left the door open. I sat on the rug and put Bailey in my lap. He just stayed there and purred. Nemo came in, looked at us and then started sniffing everything in the room (including the litter box ... lol). Bailey made it easy, he did the perfect thing of just watching Nemo and not trying to get off my lap or anything. After Nemo was done I shut the door again. The 3rd day, same thing, I let Nemo in. This time I put Bailey down on the rug to see the reaction. Nemo came over, they sniffed nose to nose and that was it. They have been great together ever since. YIPPPEEE!!!
Thanks again Carol!

We took Bailey to the vet for a checkup yesterday. Bailey has ear mites which are quite common at the humane society or anywhere there is alot of stray cats. He also has a little cold. So he had a vacine (his 3rd, two were given at the Humane Society) and a treatment for the ear mites and is now on medication for the cough. But other then that he is eating like a piggy and is active and alot of fun. The vet confirmed he is apoximately 5 1/2 months old and since we do not know an exact birthdate we picked one ...

And so ... here's Bailey ...

It's so exciting how quickly Nemo and him became friends. It's always a worry when you bring a new animal into the home. He truly is a little 'Purr-ball'. He purrs sooo loud. And he is quite the snuggler too. He's a little too young to get neutered but probably within the next month. Are you still with me? Wheh .. that was a longg post .. lol.

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

Sooooooooo ... some new items went into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today. First off ...

Simply Rectangle Frames - 6 large beautiful chrome frames for only $1.50 - get them HERE.

You can see the size of one of these frames on a 12x12 inch layout above in the layout of Bailey.

And of course you can't get a new cat without making some new word art ...
one of which is also in that layout.

Feline Word Art #5 - 4 adorable feline word art for only $1 - get them HERE.

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

And your freebie for today is this Butterfly Cluster Frame ...

Download Butterfly Cluster Frame

And this frame gives me a great opportunity to show off more pics of Bailey ... lol

Of course it's just to show you how large this frame is on a 12x12 inch paper!

Notice the bottom picture of Bailey and Nemo relaxing side by side ... awww ...

Hope you are having a great weekend. Comments as usual are always appreciated.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend ...

This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. The holiday is on Monday and even though I work Sunday it gives me that extra day off during the week. I have LOTS to be thankful for. A wonderful husband (he'll be SHOCKED when he reads this ... lol), a fabulous daughter who is so happy with her fantastic new husband. An awesome sister and brother (who I don't talk to or see enough of ~!!!) And great extended family all over the place. And of course then there is the new addition who will be arriving at the end of January ... I can't wait to meet Hayden!!!
And many other things also ...

My daughter and her husband are coming down Friday after work and staying until Sunday morning so that will be nice. We've got the turkey defrosting and I'm looking forward to a wonderful dinner on Saturday night.

Thanks to a very nice lady named Carol who sent me some great information and rules for introducing a new cat into the home. I haven't found a new cat yet (I haven't had alot to time to dedicate to looking), but I know it will be in the near future and our new cat will be the perfect match for us and Nemo. I am definitely going to try these 'steps' and see what happens. And I'll be sure to introduce our new feline family member on here as soon as it happens!!

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

Last week was Ovals, this week it's Circles. This is the new item that went into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Simply Circle Frames - 6 large beautiful chrome frames for only $1.50 - get them HERE.

To show you how large these frames really are, here is one shown on a
12x12 inch (3600x3600 pixel) layout ...

Yay, I get to start my daughters scrapbook because she is bringing down the final dvd from one of the photographers~!!!

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

And it's the first week of October ... and you know what that means ...

It's time for the October Frame Freebie ...

Download October Frame

If you are new to my blog ... well, I give away these frames the first week of every month. If you've missed any ... you can get them here. (Or if you don't want to wait for them get the Mega Pack there too!)

This frame fills a 12x12 inch layout. You can see the size on a 12x12 inch paper in THIS post.

Comments are really appreciated~! You can comment below this post or in my CBox on the right side of this blog~

If you are Canadian, have a great Thanksgiving ... and if you aren't, eat turkey anyways!!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's becoming a Ritual ...

It's not a Friday ... but it's still been a week since I posted. Sigh! I guess this is becoming a new ritual of mine ... but it's totally unintentional.

Last night just before dusk, I was outside and the sky was just amazing. One of the most beautiful skys I have ever seen. And I've seen some amazing skys.

It was one of those skys you just can't stop looking at because it changes so quickly. It went from pink, to purple to this amazing orange colour just before it got dark. It was spectacular!

I still haven't started my daughter's wedding scrapbook. She has most of the pictures but is still waiting for one dvd from one of the main photographers. I want to wait until I have them all to start it so I can compare and choose the appropriate pictures. I do know that there is alot of really nice ones and this is one of my favourites so far!

One of my favourites ... I have lots of favourites though ... lol.

The frame in the above layout is part of a set of frames that went into
LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Simply Oval Frames - 6 large detailed oval frames for only $1.50 - get them HERE.

They really look great against light and dark backgrounds and could be used for any kind of layout.

Come on over and see what else LLL Creations Dollar Mart has to offer ...

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

Your freebie today is this new Charcoal paper pack ...

7 beautiful rich papers for outstanding layouts ... Both of the layouts in this post are using one of these papers ...

Download Charcoal Paper Pack #3

Even though I'm not posting as often, I'll hope you'll stick with me ...

Comments are appreciated. Enjoy the freebie and have a great weekend~!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

OK, That's a Little Better ...

Well, at least it's not Friday I'm posting ... lol. My shifts at work have been Sunday to Wednesday with Thurs, Fri and Sat off so it's hard during the first of the week to get on here. But here I am.

I've been really thinking about getting another cat. Mischief has been gone for about 4 months and I think Nemo really needs another friend. I'm just not sure if I want a young kitten or not. I'm thinking maybe a young adult cat might be a better idea. We'll see. Nemo and Mischief were very close in size except Nemo was taller. I know Nemo has long legs and the other day he was lying on the couch and I was shocked and just how long his legs really are when he stretches out ... lol.

He's such a character. I'm just hoping he will 'allow' another cat into his territory. Any tips that anyone can suggest about bringing a new cat into the house would really be appreciated! I'm not sure when I'm going to get one but it's something I think about alot now so who knows. Don't you think he needs a friend?

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

Ok, so last post was all about baby boys. This week it's the girls turn. I put these papers into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Baby Girl Papers - Super cute papers - 6 for only $1 - get them HERE.

Detailed view of one of the papers below;

Again, the previews have lost tons of detail from downsizing them.
They are so much nicer full size.

LLL Creations Dollar Mart now has over 600 items in the store!!
ALL at dollar store prices - so come on over.

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

And as promised ... here is todays freebie:

Download Sweet Baby Girl Word Art Freebie

Have a great day ... I have housework to do!!!
I appreciate your comments~!

Friday, September 17, 2010

These 'Fridays' are NOT intentional

Ok, It's Friday again ... lol. This is not an intentional thing as I would love to be on here more often. I'm on day 2 of 3 days off in a row .. YIPPEE! The thing is I had to spend some time designing and here it is Friday again. Hopefully soon I'll get back to a more regular routine as my work schedule is looking much better~!

Autumn is just around the corner and even though the days have still been fairly nice it sure is getting cooler in the evenings. And many of the birds have been practicing flocking for the long flight they will be taking soon. I'll have to get a picture of the hundreds of starlings that gather in the trees behind us and take off in flight together ... it is amazing! The Canada geese are also flocking.

I know alot of people think they are just pests but they are such a majestic bird and I love watching them.

And all the birds are enjoying the seed we have been putting out. Some of them - especially the chickadees, finches and the woodpeckers are getting sooo tame.

The woodpecker below didn't mind at all that I was only a few feet from him. He knows who feeds him ... lol.

And so another summer has passed us by. I'm definately not complaining about this summer though ... the weather was amazing from May on. Now if only the upcoming winter will be like the last one ... which I didn't complain about either~~~

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

Ok, lately all I can think about is babies ... lol. And with my daughter knowing she is having a boy I made these papers that went into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Baby Boy Papers - Super cute papers - 6 for only $1 - get them HERE.

These papers are adorable and the previews do them NO justice! When I downsized them for the previews they lost all the details. Even the detailed view below does it no justice ... lol.

The layouts below have lost tons of detail ... in the white border across the top especially. But it will give you a glimpse of what they look like ...

So hop on over to LLL Creations Dollar Mart and take a look at all the great prices in so many categories~

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

And in sticking with the 'boy' theme, this is your freebie for today;

Download Sweet Baby Boy Word Art

Have a great weekend.
~~As usual I LOVE to hear your comments~~

And not to leave the girls out ... stay tuned for my next post ... ♥

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Mothers Joy

Well, last weekend was fun ... but I have no idea what happened to this week! Friday again? Impossible!!! It feels like yesterday since I posted and it's already been a week. I'm really going to have to do something about that!

We went and stayed at my daughters last Friday night and got to see her growing baby bump. She looks great and both her and her husband are looking soooo excited. The baby has been really active and it's a really special time.

They are starting to get the nursery ready and went out and bought a crib. Cribs these days are so neat. The one she bought can be converted into a toddler bed and then later a full size double bed complete with headboard and footboard. Great idea! The one she bought is very similar to this one;

It's great because all cribs are pretty expensive so you might as well get one you can keep on using after the baby has outgrown it.

And then Saturday we all went to my great-nephews 1st birthday party. Oh my, has he grown! And is as cute as a button. Of course he was spoiled rotten and he enjoyed every minute of it. Here he is enjoying his first birthday cake ... lol.

(Note: Frame above available SOON!)

And that leads me to what I put into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Month Swirl Charms - 12 month Charms for only $1 ~ get them HERE.
One shown above in the birthday layout. These would be great for dating any type of layout!

And I have to say I don't know if I'll have time to have any more promotions because I'm having a hard enough time keeping up with this blog and my shop, so take advantage of the 'Back To School Promotion' which is only on for 5 more days!!!

~~ -:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:-.•:*♥*:•.-:¦:- ~~

And for your freebie I have this word art for you ...
I used it in the first layout in this post for my daughter ...

Download Mothers Joy Word Art

Enjoy! And have a great weekend!!!

I read ALL the comments, whether posted below, in my CBox or at 4shared and I really appreciate them. They are part of what keeps me motivated ... so please leave a comment.