Sunday, September 20, 2009

The frustrations of selling a house

Totally not scrap related....but I need to get this off my chest.

Our house, at 2601 Whiteberry Drive, in Lexington, KY is still for sale. It's been on the market for almost a year and there has been interest all along, but no offers! Sadly we never seem to get much feedback regarding why interested parties don't want to make an offer and that is one of the most frustrating points of selling a house. Honestly, we are getting to the point where it's becoming difficult to make ends meet. Our savings doesn't exist and I am just not sure how we'll manage if we have to continue shelling out mortgage money for a house we don't live in, rent money for teeny tiny apartment, and money for storing the stuff we can't fit into our teeny tiny apartment. I want to cry everytime I think about bills because we have so many and it's just more expensive to live in CT than it was to live in KY!

The puzzle pieces just didn't fall into place like we expected, errr....hoped. In October 2008 John was laid off from his job (the 2nd time in 5 years) and we then made the decision to put our house on the market and start thinking about moving back to Connecticut. The whole 6 years we were in KY I was able to work from home and maintain my job in CT, but if I were to be back in the office I knew I'd have some additional job security so John looked for a job in CT. In addition, Grandma and Grandpa live in PA and we weren't able to visit often enough in my opinion and I wanted them to be able to see Gabe more than 2 times a year in addition to my desire to see my siblings more than once a year. Anyway, after 9 months of looking John was offered an incredible job which he enjoys and is extremely happy to have landed, but our joy is over- shadowed by an immense amount of stress because of a vacant house that we loved living in,  but for some reason cannot get sold. We knew it would come down to our house selling and John not having a job offer OR John recieving a job offer and not having sold the house yet. Neither scenario was ideal but we thought John getting a job was the better of the two. Now we are wondering how different things would be if it happened the other way around...

I honestly wouldn't care if it was just me and John living in "limbo" and struggling to make ends meet, but Gabe is my main concern. I don't like not knowing when we will get a house and get settled. Yes, I'm sure he's fine where we are, but it's one of the little things I worry about among many others.

If you know of anyone who wants to buy this house, send me a message!

Country Page scrap kit by HarmonyStar

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I feel like giving away a FREEBIE!

I don't get to create very many things to just give away. I made this 2010 calendar as a participation prize for a Speed Scrap I hosted at Gingerscraps, but I figured MORE people might like to have it too and what good is it if I don't share it!? You really should join us at Gingerscraps where we have a Speed Scrap everyday of the month. You can get the calendar (LINK EXPIRED)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Just Like a Fish

Pond Play by Wyld Web Designs. A fun, whimsical kit to scrap your water play days! This kit is perfect for those pictures of the beach or even just in your own backyard!
Check out the preview followed by a LO I created.
Additional Credits: Photo Mask by Cinzia Loosemore

It's Potty Time!!!

Statements by Jodi has a new kit being released today at Gingerscraps. This kit is perfect for scrapping your child's potty training adventure. It's also great for those big kid underwear photos!

This kit includes 18 papers, 70 elements, 73 stickers, A FULL alpha, and a printable 8x11 sticker chart that you can print out and use during your child's potty training! 4 different candy rewards, 2 rolls of toilet paper, a 5x7 sticker chart for your LO's, 2 potty chairs, 1 staple, 4 boys and 4 girls (blond, brunette, red head and black hair), 4 frames, 2 journal blocks, 2 step stools, 1 toilet, 1 sink, 5 flowers, 10 buttons, 6 pair of girl underwear and 5 pair of boy underwear, and 5 book plates.

Here's a preview of the kit followed by a LO I created using it.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Found a fun post on the IKEAGoddess website and thought I'd play too.


What is your salad dressing of choice?
Balsamic Vinaigrette

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
Johnny Carinos (even though I don't live near one anymore)

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
sweet peppers

What do you like to put on your toast?


How many televisions are in your house?

What color is your cellphone?

Do you have an iPod?
no and I am probably the only one who doesn't want one.


Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Right, but can do just about anything with my left as well.

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
My appendix and wisdom teeth

What is the last heavy item you lifted?

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
Not that I can remember ;-)


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Hmmm, maybe Penelope

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?
Most likely



4th of July

Day of the week?



Missing someone?

Happy, its Friday ;-)

What are you listening to?
Theme song to Pinky Dinky Doo

Current worry?
Getting our house sold and money.


First place you went this morning
Kitchen to get Gabe some booice (juice)

What’s the last movie you saw?
Yikes...on TV "Throw Mama from the Train" -- in theatre "The Dark Knight". We don't get to the movies very often


How many pairs of flip flops do you own?

Last time you had a run-in with the cops
Last month. Turned someone in for a hit and run. I just spoke with the officer on the phone.

Last person you talked to?
John (my husband)

Last person you hugged?

Do you always answer your phone?

It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
Someone I don't know.

If you could change your eye color what would it be?

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic
I don't go to Sonic.

Do you own a digital camera?
Yes, 2 - Olympus P&S and Olympus DSLR

Have you ever had a pet fish?
Yes, just for a week.

Favorite Christmas song(s)
White Christmas (and it's likely we will have a white christmas since we are back in CT)

What’s on your wish list for your birthday
I don't have a wish list.

Can you do push ups?
Yes, but not many.

Can you do a split?

Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
Depends on the day. I'm split down the middle.

Do you have any saved texts?

Have you ever been in a car accident?
Yes, but it was minor and not my fault.

Do you have an accent?
It depends who you ask. When I lived in KY people would say I did, but now that I am back in CT I blend.

What is the last movie to make you cry?
Can't recall.

Plans tonight?
Nothing too exciting.

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

Name 3 things you bought yesterday?
T-shirt for Gabe, pants for Gabe, face wash.

Have you ever been given roses?
Yes, but I don't like them.

Met someone who changed your life?
Everyone I meet has some impact on my life.

How will you bring in the New Year?
Not sure, but probably at home.

What song represents you?
Everything Falls Apart - Dog's Eye View

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
Yes, but only if I could make changes.

Do you have any tattoos/piercings?
One tattoo and just regular pierced ears -- nothing exotic

Does anyone love you?
Of Course

Would you be a pirate?

What songs do you sing in the shower?
i don't sing outloud, but lyrics are always running through my mind from various songs.

Ever had someone sing to you?

Do you like to cuddle?

Have you held hands with anyone today?

Who was the last person you took a picture of?

Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
A bit of both.

Do you like pulpy orange juice?

What is something your friends make fun of you for?
I don't know and I'm not sure I'd want to know.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Recent LO's

Here are two recent layouts I have created. I haven't been scrapping as much as I'd like, but I do like {most} the LO's I do have time to scrap. Work, Gabe, everyday life keeps me really, really busy.

Credits: A Beautiful Dream by Miss Erin's Scraps

Credits: Steel City Scraps - Front Porch Lookin In Kit
Happy Scrap - Sea kit
Vera Lim - Woodland Fantasy
designs by krista - Happy Day
Miss Erin's Scraps - A Beautiful Dream