Tuesday, September 11, 2007

first and foremost...big hugs to all who have left me wonderful comments...you make my day.

Monday monday....sure feels good to me. Monday monday.....I am blessed and happpyyyy,lol. What is that age old addage...fake it till you make it? lol. just kidding. I am actually in good spirits. The weather is cooling down here, my momma came back up, my doctors are finally listening to me and I found $37 in my pants pocket...a pair I haven't worn for a while.

The bad news is my room...the craft room...the spare guest room....the one a while back I told you about...it had a life of its own. I would walk by it and it would give a throaty chuckle. In the middle of the afternoon..while everyone was napping...the door would slam shut on it's own. The one when I needed something out of it...I would tie the end of a rope around the door knob and the other around my waist--go in and quickly grab the item and pull myself back to the hall. I got lost in there once...bran had to throw in a life preserver to get me out. I vaguely remember a blue light with floor heighth clouds and eary music playing in the background and some shouting. I also told you all how proud I was that I had cleaned it spic-and-span and organized the H--E--double hockey sticks out of it. And...in my defense...it lasted a LONG time. And...the double closet where I installed shelving and tubs that house there own subsection ie ribbons, adhesives, feathers, beads, pipe cleaners etc....that is stillllll in FINE FORM. But....ahem...shuffle...mumble...talking low with hand in front of my mouth...the rest of hte room...not doing so well my chickadees. Over the last 3 weeks it has quickly become the "catch all room" again. A mom from school is coming over...shove it all in the craft room. MIL coming over....oh crap...Chase...Throw that in the craft room. Why the blankety blank to I have 14 million blankets in this house??? I will throw 20 of them in the craft room until I can part with them. (yes....we all have blanket issues in this house. None of us were breast fed enough obviously. We need comforting and we need it NOW. And we take it in the form of homemade crochet or knitted blankets softer than a newborns bottom. But I MUST draw the line. We have too many. And they are NOT all handmade! I find a supersoft blankey and I buy it. So...whose do we get rid of. Be REAL folks....NONE of mine are going. No way No how. So...I keep shuffling them in the craft room. I still was under the illusion that all was well in Tracy Land. The rest of my house might be under attack: living room is now laundry central. Living room is craft and Homework Bunker. Kitchen has almost everything on the counters...I am in the midst of getting rid of unused items....My room...well...blush...heheheh..ummmmm....does anyone else hold the illusion that I will EVER EVER EVER fit in a size 6 again. ummmm NO. so I have all my size 4, 6 and 8's sitting out all over the place (please note...while single and working...I was quite the shopper...malls and second hand stores...so I have literally 12 BOXES of clothes that I do NOT currently fit in. sighhh. And also keep in mind...months ago...I...ummmmm....got rid of a LOT. My name is Tracy and I have a problem I say as I lovingly caress a pair of 2 inch heels I used to adore and wear every other week. Can I just say...I am feeling a little in mourning for the rockin Hottie I used to be (snicker). Makeup, hair, fashion, diet, exercise...I did it allllll. Now....capri's, t's, ponie tail and lipgloss. sighhhhhh.

so...off on a tangent again. As soon as I get three weeks of iron shots back into me (yup...my levels are all the way at the bottom again..sighhh) I will tackle the Room and The Clothes again.

What are you reading now? What are you watching now? Do you watch things that you feel "ashamed of?" My aunt watches and tapes soaps regularly. I have a guilty pleasure of mystery/CSI/Cop show/movie/book obsession. I also enjoy a couple cheesey sitcoms...shhhhhhhh. Old Christine....hehehehe she cracks me up. I did not get into our book club selection this month....Dispatches from the Edge, by Anderson Cooper ...Between my MIL's cancer and my illness...and my disinterest...shhhhh....not gonna happen. I have very little pesos in my account. I am NOT going to buy this book. I will borrow it and read it,lol. I cannot get over how guilty I feel though. I need to figure out what book to choose next...I get to pick. Hard to pick ones that are available at the library, not too cheesey and that they haven't read, sigh.

speaking of books. I have been thinking about what to do with my used books. I might start an online book share. We join...list what we have...figure out a way to sign up and then just paypal each other the shipping and pass on the books. I have had to buy a lot of books, so this would be cool. Do you have a good idea on how to make this work? email me at tmblankenship at gmail dot com or post comment here. I have Memory keepers daughter, a thousand splendid suns, life is good, several james patterson (and TONS of mystery guys and gals) just waiting for me to either take them to the used book store or thrift store.

I am sad to say that I had to quit some teams...I just wasn't able to keep up with everything else going on. But my friend Bren Taylor Boone is coming back with power to knock your socks off...and she will be at Scrapbook graphics. Tune in on the 15th for more news...I will be involved with her.

I haven't gotten to scrap much...but here is what I have....



I got the pleasure of using fun overflow double page template by melanie colosimo at elemental scraps I neverrrr put this many pics on my layouts...but loveee the result. Thank you so much Melanie!

Speaking of templates...there is a deal going on right now for a free 8.5x11 shutterfly book (click here to see deal)and people are looking for templates. I have put some specials attached with my templates with attitude rectangle version sets right now. Check them out here.

and you all know me too well...here is a freebie for you...
click to download...leave me a heart drawn in the sand...or a hello.

square version click here

rectangle version click here

be courageous, be committed, be caring, be contemplative, be critism-free, be creative, be clever, be candid.

Don't be destructive, damning, dangerous, dreadful, dark, denying, degenerate, dismissive, derisive, or darn-right mean.

Share your heart, smile, save, surrender, sweep-someone-off-their-feet but don't steal, sensationalize, sell, swipe, swear, share what's not yours, or sweep truths under the rug.

love and be loved my friends.

hugs and happy scrapping.

25 comments:

Maria said...

Thank you! The DigiFree freebie search engine is about to list this blog post at digifree.blogspot.com

melrio said...

What a fabulous template and thank you. Love reading your blog and seeing your layouts. The last piece 'Be' is very inspiring. Have a great day!

Mish said...

Oh Tracy, I could have written this post...at least the part about the condition of my house. Your description of your craft room gave me a good chuckle this morning! And the blanket thing - LOL! I currently have about 5 blankets in my living room. The girls and I have to put on a blanket every time we sit down. I always blamed it on my mom (she does the same thing), but you say it's from not being breastfeed, eh? Now that's a new one! lol

Have a great day, and thanks for the Cozy info...another addition.

Cathy said...

Fabulous Tracy, love the template! I love your positive outlook too!

Linda said...

Thank you for the good laugh I got reading your post, Tracy! I laughed harder the farther I went!
One reason it's so funny to me is that I have a room just like that!
I had to clean some of it recently just so I wouldn't get lost in it and I have to be able to get to my computer! Every time I clean up something I lose something that takes forever to find again!(sometimes never found!) Thanks for the cool template and making me smile!

KayLynn said...

Thanks for the template! And the link for the free shutterfly book.

This summer, I read every Dianne Mott Davidson and Jill Churchill mystery available at my local library. Good stuff, if you haven't already read them.

Nicole said...

"That room" in my house is my bedroom--EVERYTHING goes in there. If it weren't for the bed I don't think I would ever go in there.:) I loved looking at your LO's about Minnesota--that's where I live. We just visited the Mall of America two weeks ago. Still haven't scrapped those pictures yet though. Maybe I should be doing that instead of reading all these blogs! HMMM??? Nah.

Smanda said...

I really enjoyed reading your post today!! your craft room sounds exactly like mine! its more of a storage room at the moment. :(

I am addicted to watching the soaps all my children and one live to life. dont have to watch them everyday but aleast acouple times a week. love watching CSI, law and order and without a trace!

Have you ever read any nicholas sparks books? his newest one out is at first sight. I havent read it yet but love all his other books.

Thanks for the template! i just love your templates. they are so fun!!

have a good night! :)

mousee23@yahoo said...

I love your minnasota page.My cousins and I use to sleep like that at our family gatherings~~Anne

Rona said...

Tracy, thank you for the template! And I SO love the last part of your post!!!

Deborah Misfit said...

There is nothing wrong with a good "blankie" I have two on each couch, one in each car and carry one already packed in my overnight bag and my suitcase! I love snuggling under one! Thanks for the great template.

clc said...

I hate to admit this but my craft/computer room and my bedroom are BOTH "catch-all" rooms. Thank you for the great template!

epiphany said...

Thanks for the template...*draws heart in the sand* :)

twoboyz00 said...

Thank you so much for the cool template - and for making it a rectangle:)

Jan said...

Are you talking about my house? Another great template, Tracy.
GodBlessAmerica

grambie said...

I so enjoy visiting you again and reading your lovely blog as I laugh, smile, and laugh some more. For a minute there, I thought you had stopped to visit me and was revealing all my secrets. With me it is sewing fabrics. I just gave my daughter-in-marriage a brand new sewing machine that hadn't been used. I can't sew because of my disability and inability to hold my hands steady. I scrap real slow, but thankful that I can move my hands.

Love your layouts with the photo collages. They are just fantastic. If I tried that without a template, it would just be a crowded mess. Love the buttoned center in that lovely curving arrow along with the fiber elements stratigically placed. Enough chatter for me, on to the store to get your fabulous templates. SMOOCHIES!!!

Love your wondrously embellished templates. Yeah! So glad you moved the templates over. I would buy all three, but I have already purchased your attitude number 1, so can only get the next two. So glad to see them. The last time I was here you only had a 12x12 attitude set available. So thanks for adding these goodies to your blog. I will see what else is available.

chris said...

thank you for the template

Kim said...

Fun layout! Hope your iron is up and the rooms are under control (or at least not getting even more out of control LOL)! Can't wait to see what you've done for Bren! :)

IkeaGoddess said...

Missing you, is everything OK on your end of the world? Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Rachel said...

Hi, I just love your post I got quite a few chuckles in. I also wanted to share a site called http://www.bookcrossing.com
its an interesting way to get and get rid of books.
Take care and have a good weekend. oh...i'm glad im not the only one with a room like that or two or three

Brooke - in Oregon said...

Hi Tracy
Just popping in to say I hope things are still going and I miss seeing your posts. :)

carin said...

October 17...looking everyday to see if the fabulous TB has returned...hope things are going alright...

Krista said...

Are you ok??? I keep checking in an no posts. I wish you the best.

Serena said...

Please click here: Love you.

Trust me on this, Trace. Thanks!

LovelyMissKait said...

I hope all is well with you. I haven't seen much of you around.