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Monday, September 24, 2007

Birthdays, Swaps, and 20 Facts about me!

First things first, here's a belated birthday collage from my oldest son's birthday on September 14th....Happy 13th Birthday Zack!!
We had a fun filled weekend full of games, good food, party with friends and family, and GO KART racing at the Nascar Speedpark (which by the way, I pretty much smoked everyone there....I'm a fabulous go kart racer!! LOL) and some putt putt! Myrtle Beach has the best miniature golf anywhere! Unfortunately, I'm not sooooo good at that! We won't even get into my scores! Zack made out like a bandit, lots of $$, tons of 3D puzzles (the child loves those)! and of course some video games and other doo dads.


Next on my list: My random number picker (aka as Josh) picked a prize winner--- Ta-da---and the winner of my Blog birthday giveaway is Miss JANE, from My Many Colored Crayonbox!! I met Jane through our swaps and have enjoyed reading about her teaching and her crafts, she is just the most dedicated teacher you would ever want to meet. She pours her heart and soul into her "children", as well as into everything she does. Please give her some blog love and say hello if you haven't visited her yet!

Jane, your prize pack will be out this week to you!

Next on my list of to do's for Monday is my 20 question answers from our Sweet Goodness Sister Holiday Swap that's just getting started. This post is so that your partner "gets to know" you a bit. My partner is Jane A, who is a retired art teacher, a creative collage artist, a fabulous quilter and wonderful Mother, and cherished new friend. Jane and I met through the Summer Sweet Goodness swap when she volunteered (ahem..I volunteered her inadvertently) to be a swap angel! We've been collaborating on collage work and sharing emails ever since. I know we are going to be a great "Sister" match for this swap. So without further ado---here are my Q's & A's:

1. Favorite Color: For clothes, black (makes ya look skinnier) but for everyday things, I like blues, greens, (reminds me of serenity and water), as well as pinks of all sort
2. Chocolate Lover? Milk, Dark, White, or none of the above? I am definitely a chocolate lover, but I don't care for white nor do I like raspberry flavored or cherry cordials or anything with fruity/creme fillings. Although, a good Orange chocolate is my all time favorite flavor.

3. What is your favorite craft hobby? Most definitely painting and collage!! I don't really sew much anymore because my machine is broken, but I have a whole closet full of fabric thanks to a major thrift haul last year. I also like to do rubbertamping and paper cards, but I'm not into scrapbooking although I LOVE paper of all sorts and get into embelishments if I can use them in my collages or cards.

4. What is a craft/art hobby that you would like to start?
I just started embossing, but I would like to try using some alcohol inks for metals and other non porous surfaces in my collage making.

5. What craft do you NOT have an interest in or just not great in ( so your partner doesn’t send something you wouldn’t use)?
Well, I don't mind trying anything but right now, I'm putting knitting on hold because I really don't do it well and most of my time is caught up in my collage work. ALTHOUGH, i do like funky fibers that can be used in journalling and other mixed media arts.

6. Do you have any allergies? (we don’t want to send anything with peanuts if it’ll make you blow up like a balloon!)
The only allergies I have are seasonal (pollen) and I'm allergic to pinestraw so don't be sending me any of that or I will get little water blisters all over my hands and arms! LOL

7.What’s your favorite part of Halloween? Decorating, candy eating, costumes, or something else?
I used to love as a child dressing up or making my own costume, now, I just love the silly comical decorations of Halloween, carving pumpkins, and making fall or Halloween cookies.

8. Do you decorate for Thanksgiving/Fall? Yes, I like to put up some fall foliage arrangements, pumpkins and gourds, and bring out my fall placemats, fabrics for table covers etc. I think Thanksgiving gets gipped as a holiday so I do try to give it some attention in the decorating arena!

9. December Holidays--what holiday do you celebrate? What type of decorations do you like to put up in your house for that holiday?
We celebrate Christmas, and I like to put up snowmen. I had to buy on the fly a bunch of decorations last year to replace the one's I lost so really I don't have a lot and haven't really decided on a new theme although what I did buy were the colors of "grinch green" lol, red and white. I also bought some woodland ornaments off of ebay that I'm going to use this year.

10. Do you have any children, if so what are their ages, boys/girls? I have 2 boys, Josh is 7; and Zack is 13. Both are going on 21!
11. Do you have any pets, if so what kind?
We have a 13 year old dog named Bailey that we inheirted from my X Ken. She's a mixed lab/golden retriever...and what else I don't know!

12. Are you a reader? If so, what type of books do you like?
Yes, I do love to read, but mostly right now I read magazines....that's all I have time for. I love the Stampington Co magazines, Country Living, and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. I also have several collage/mixed media books I've boughten and more on my wish list. As for fiction, I enjoy James Patterson, Anita Shreve, John Grisham.

13. Are you celebrating a birthday or anniversary in October, November, or December? If so, what day and what is the occasion? Yes, both of my sister's birthdays are in November (5th, 14th); and my birthday is December 13th. I'm not sure if I'm celebrating that occasion or not....I'll be 39 WAHHHHH!

14. Do you collect anything? If so what type of things do you collect? Not anymore....don't have a collection of anything really other than craft supplies..LOL I do like unique serving plates, tea cups, and sugar and creamers.

15. What type of things do you like to cook? Are you an appetizer person, cookie maker, dessert freak or a take out type of person?? In the fall/winter, I love to cook just about anything. I really get into making soups; love to make appetizers for all the holiday get togethers and I enjoy candy making (ummm anything chocolate that is)!
16. What is your favorite scent? Is there one that you can’t stand? If we are talking candles, I like fresh scents like cucumber melon, waterfall, lemon; but in the fall I do love apple cinnamon. If we are talking perfumy type, I like fresh floral scents like plumeria, cherry blossom, sweet pea--I love bath and body. I really don't like the scent of gardenia, rose, or peach.
17. What’s your favorite song? Depends on the day! I'm old school so I like 70's rock; but I also get into the groove with Fergie or rock on with Matchbox 20 or Nickelback!
18. What’s the last movie you went to see at the movie theater?
Although the prices have skyrocketed lately at the theaters, my kids love to go so we usually hit the theater about 2x a month. Just went this weekend and saw Mr. Woodcock

19. What’s your favorite Candy? Other than chocolate, I like gummy and chewy candy like twizzlers, gummy lifesavers, etc.

20. Tea or Coffee or other? Most definitely coffee!!! I am a coffee junkie, love Starbucks but any good coffee will do. I don't like flavored coffee, but I do like flavored creme or sryup. Carmel, Hazelnut, Cinnamon are my favorites. I do drink tea in the winter, I love peppermint flavor or lemon flavor the best.
PHEW..more than you wanted to know I bet!
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Renee said...

I'll find out what exactly is in the ho ho mocha, I think it is expresso and hot chocolate with some mint. They said I could ask for it anytime I just feel silly asking fo rit in the summer.

I to can't wait I love Matchbox 20, I went to one of their concerts years ago and it was so much fun. Everytime I hear one of their songs or one from the first album I call and leave a music message for my friend, we used to get into so many fiascos and that was our soundtrack one summer!

Paula said...

This is really fun, reading everyones "20 questions". But from yours I really can't tell, do you like chocolate?? LOL!

Happy Birthday to your oldest little man and once again to Sweet Repeats.

Jane said...

Thanks so much for the blog love! I am so excited to be the winner! Now that I know you have a bunch of fabric, I to point you to Emily uses fabric sometimes as a background for her paintings. They come out so neat. I know that you could rock a fabric collage!

Heidi said...

From your answers we have a lot in common (except the knitting!). Thanks for hunting me down. I just emailed you so hopefully I can get matched soon and do my own 20 facts!

Christy said...

Happy Birthday to your Big Lil Man!

It's been fun reading everyone's answers to the 20 questions. Seems like everyone loves chocolate, in one form or another.

Thanks for hosting another great swap. :)

Rebecca said...

Gee, do you like chocolate? LOL :)

Happy birthday Zach!!!