Monday, July 31, 2006

BitterSweet Moment

This past week has been a roller coaster ride for me. It was filled with excitement, lots of running around, lots of thinking and creating time, some going back in time time, and some real eye opening experience. I call all of them my bittersweet moment. It's part of growing up, I guess.

Sometimes you think you have a plan, then poof, it's changed. Detour. Sometimes, you think you know someone, what? Did I hear that right? Make something up would you? Rewind. I want to cry, I want to laugh, and I want to cry some more. But what good will that do? People will think I'm nuts and take me away. Is it worth the tears? So I'm a work in progress.

I'm working on some layouts for a contest I want to enter. Got them all done. Will keep you posted - stay tuned for another blog on this around September. Meanwhile, I have to tell you, in order to be creative, you can't have your mind be cluttered with the detours and rewinds of life. I had a tough time getting my creative juices flowing. I was distracted, no doubt. Ahhh! I want to scream. Can you hear me? Anyway, I pray that I win. I pray that I get over this feeling. As Daniel Bedingfield's song, "Gotta Get Through This".... and I shall. In time... Don't be overwhelmed!

Things aren't always what they seem...

I've learned through the years that we often believe what we want to believe. Our eyes can fool us. Our ears can mislead us. Our hearts can betray us. Our minds can play tricks on us.

Everything is not all black and white. Things aren't always what they seem. So proceed with caution.

People will sometimes tell you one thing and mean another. Frustrating isn't it? But what can you do? What makes people do that? What makes people say what they say? Is it because they just don't want to deal with it? Don't want to confront it? Don't want to be bothered by it? All of the above? None of the above?

Well, whatever it is.....I've learned my lesson. Have you?

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Action Speaks Louder than Words

This one doesn't need an entry. We all know what we're talking about!

Another turning point
A fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist
Directs you where to go
So make the best of this test
And don’t ask why
It’s not a question
But a lesson learned in time

So take the photographs
And still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf of
Good health and good time
Tattoos of memories
And dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth
It was worth all the while

It’s something unpredictable
But in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Volleyball Camp...

...everyday this week for Ava! Busy but FUN! I'm the school VB coach, yes, one of my many hats I wear. Will be MOST busy again once school starts! Loving it, keeps me young! :)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Today....Networking at CHA!

Feels good! Here's me and Leah at the Hyatt this morning. She's Filipina too, just like me! We almost look like sisters! Thanks Courtney for taking the picture!!!

She's such a neat person. Very down to earth. I learned so much my head was aching from information overload. It was a good ache though. I have so much to do and I'm sooo excited.

Leah, thanks for all that you've shared! They say that successful people love to share. What an inspiration. Maybe next year, we can both go to CHA!!!

And Courtney, you're an inspiration too! Keep up the excellent work!

Amelia, I'll be in touch! Maybe I can cover when Leah goes on vacation! :)))))

My Unthinkables...

Anything and everything of which I can do something about. But outside of my comfort zone. Ideas and people that I can emulate and perfect.

1) Signing up to be the next Star contestant for Food Network
2) Emailing Leah Fung, co-editor for BHG, Scraps Etc, Chatterbox Designer and meeting her for breakfast.
3) Meeting with and telling Amelia Ulmer in person that I want to be in the Design Team for Scrapbook LifeStyle I gave her my business card.
4) Networking with others in the field and out so I can make Dazzle In Style a success. And ME a success!
5) Sticking to my guns and not compromising my design work and finding people that value and will support my creative work.
6) Is there a #6? .... Seize the Moment!

These are just some of the things I can think of this very moment.

I feel like I'm on the right path. Things seem much brighter. I'm hopeful. Someday, my wish for being in a cover of a magazine or a book will come true. I thought it'd be Vogue or Cosmopolitan, but eh, I'm off to bigger and better things.

Thanks to all that have supported me and cheered me on along the way. I won't forget about you. Hugs and Kisses!

Friday, July 21, 2006

To Know or Not To Know....THAT is the question!

Is it better... to not know than to know and not be able to handle what's next? If you don't talk about how you feel, does it not exist?

Maybe to some not knowing is easier to live with than confront it and not be prepared for what's to come. It's easier to deny any feelings...hmmm...

Personally, I want to know.

How about you? Are you ready to confront it, good or bad? Will You? What are you waiting for? Fear of the unknown? Feel the fear and do it anyway? ;)

Basic Steps to Preserve Your Family Document

By Chris Gordon, Professional Archivist (The Erickson Tribune)

Properly preserving family photographs and documents does not have to be expensive or complicated.

The Basics

The basics of document preservation are easy to follow. Keep your papers in a stable environment, store them in the right containers, handle them carefully, and never, ever laminate anything!

Finding old documents in the attic or packed away in the basement is exciting. Keeping them in that same environment after the discovery is hazardous.

Temperature extremes, molds and mildews, and pests are some very common destroyers of documents. Damp conditions grow mold that, depending on the species of fungi, can do everything from simply soiling your documents to completely eating them away. The mold can also be a potential health hazard. Taking documents out of any room where high humidity is a problem is crucial.

By keeping the documents in a place such as a closet or cabinet on the ground floor of your home usually means that it will be surrounded by stable temperatures. A temperature range of 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit is most suitable for home storage.

Humidity levels can be difficult to maintain in the home, but central air and heating will typically keep most humidity levels consistent. It is also important to remember that just as damp air can hurt documents so can excessively dry air. Paper becomes brittle in dry conditions and crumbling documents often cannot be repaired.

Never store any documents where there is a potential for pest infestation. Countless historical documents have been lost to mice and insects that have literally eaten away history that has been store in attics, basements, barns, and sheds.

If you find that you have a pest problem, remove your items immediately. Place the items temporarily in plastic garbage bags and tie them tight. This will restrict air and keep anything that is alive and hiding in your papers from escaping and spreading to new areas.

After a few days take the items out of the bags and place them in clean, archival storage containers.

The Delicate Nature of Paper

Since about the time of the Civil War, paper has been produced primarily out of wood pulp. The problem with wood pulp paper is that it contains high levels of acid. This acid occurs naturally and remains in the paper throughout its life.

As the paper ages, the acid degrades the paper. This decaying process is most evident in newsprint and is visible in the browning or yellowing that occurs over time. The acid can migrate from one document to another, thereby damaging surrounding documents.

Allowing a document to breathe will prolong its life since acidic gases can be expelled harmlessly. This is one reason should never laminate a document. The lamination process traps destructive gases in the document while acid in the adhesive accelerates the decaying process. Once the document is laminated, its life is shortened and there is no easy way to reverse the lamination process.

A safer way to protect documents is by encapsulating them in a safe, inert plastic called Mylar. Papers can be easily placed in Mylar sleeves without the threat of damage.

Handle With Care

Finally, it is always important to remember to handle your documents carefully. Remove any kind of staples or paper clips if you are easily able to do so without tearing or otherwise damaging your document.

Always wash your hands before handling items since naturally occurring body oil and food grease can cause irreversible damage such as stains. Lastly, never eat or drink around your papers.

Keeping personal archive or family documents and papers can be your lasting contribution to history. Preserving them properly is the best way to ensure that they will be read by your descendants.

I Did IT!

Today I signed up for the "Next Food Network Star"!!! It's one of those things on my list to "just do it" - I don't ever want to look back and wonder what I did it! Let's see what happens. I have butterflies in my stomach but I'll never know unless I try. It says they'll notify me! Cross fingers....

I'll keep you posted!

Time to perfect boiling eggs! Teeheehee!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

I Guess I'll Never Know....

I'm the type that when I think of doing something, I do it. I don't wonder what will happen if I do it, or what may happen if I don't. I just do. I'm like that Nike Ad, "Just Do It"! That's me, I just do it! No regrets, no looking back, I just do. Growing up, I wonder what it would be like if I was a model. Tried it, did it, I was good at it. I thought about being a home coming queen while I was in College. Tried it, did it, I won! I thought about being a contestant for Miss Universe, tried it, made the cut, but never went all the way. I had a good excuse. In any event, I felt good that I did it and almost made it. There are a lot more things that I thought about doing (that required the use of my brains!) and I did them and glad I did. No regrets, no looking back, I just did it. I'm even starting out my own online scrapbooking and stamping business. On my own, there's no how to books. I'm just doing it! And that's to be continued... But one thing I realize, there are just some things that are beyond my control. Some things I can't do anything about. Some things I'll never know. You hold the key....will you just tell me?

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Creative Thinking

Here's another...

Creative thinking:

As a creative thinker you need to think outside the box. You expose yourself to the potential of failure, but that is not a bad thing at all. For example Leonardo Da Vinci had many great idea that were latter created in products we have today. However, he had many more silly ideas that never amounted to anything. The point is that creative thinking should never be silenced as it may lead to the next great triumph.

You are a creative thinker Jozzie if one idea does not work today don’t give up as you maybe just one step away from the big one.

From my hubby...

He sent me this email this morning....I thought it was kind of sweet!

"Always dream one size bigger!"


Monday, July 17, 2006

Oh no! Summer's almost over!

"If You Leave" by Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark

If you leave, don't leave now
Please don't take my heart away
Promise me just one more night
Then we'll go our separate ways
With hours left time on our sides
Now it's fading fast
Every second every moment
We've got to--we've gotta make it last

I touch you once I touch you twice
I won't let go at any price
I need you now like I needed you then
You always said we'd still be friends someday

If you leave I won't cry
I won't waste one single day
But if you leave don't look back

I'll be running the other way
Seven years went under the bridge
Like time was standing still
Heaven knows what happens now
You've got to--you've gotta say you will

I touch you once I touch you twice
I won't let go at any price
I need you now like I needed you then
You always said we'd meet again

I touch you once I touch you twice
I won't let go at any price
I need you now like I needed you then
You always said we'd still be friends

I touch you once I touch you twice
I won't let go at any price
I need you now like I needed you then
You always said we'd meet again someday...

Remember this one Vee? Sing away... I even like the name of the group! :)

Let's Just BE!

Today I declare to just BE!

I want to laugh again and cry again with you.
I miss just being myself with you!

You know my fears, my desires, my wants, and who sets my heart on fire.
I miss just being myself with you!

I love going to Aldo, Nine West and Victoria's Secret too.
We know that the best things in life go on sale.
I miss just being myself with you!

I love the acceptance, the non-judgmental ways you show.
Let's have some trips downtown and lots more GNOs.
I miss just being myself with you!

I love you my friend for 25 years.
Let's do 25+ more,
as I want nothing more.

I surely do miss YOU!

Friday, July 14, 2006

100 Layout Ideas

Got this from a list I'm on. Hope it gives you plenty of ideas.... Enjoy!

1. Journal in your own handwriting
2. Use nothing but cardstock on your layout (with 48 colors it should look like a rainbow)
3. Use tags on a layout (Perfect for the Punch Box Terrific Tags)
4. Scrap a holiday in non-traditional colors (Grab that Color Coach)
5. Use our Designer Series Paper on a layout (Spring Showers anyone?)
6. Use glitter on a layout
7. Use a panoramic picture on a layout
8. Dot the i's in your title with an embellishment (Brads, eyelets, buttons, oh my!)
9. Scrap a current event (within the past yr.) (great time to dust off last years Convention photos)
10. Use a handwritten title
11. Do a vellum overlay over a photo
12. Chalk the edges of a torn photo mat
13. Make a pocket page
14. Use 1-word adjectives to describe the person in a picture
15. Use crumpled paper on a layout
16. Journal on vellum over a photo
17. Journal 2 points of view for each picture
18. Put your title down the side of the page
19. Use beads on layout
20. Weave a fiber behind a title
21. Use a quote on a layout
22. Use something from nature
23. Use magic mesh
24. Use the name of a song for a title
25. Use a decorative punch (Spring has Sprung with the Bouquet punch)
26. Use a poem on a layout
27. Use a paper crimper
28. Use the name of a TV. Show for a title
29. Scrap a family tradition
30. Dry emboss an embellishment
31. Journal using a list
32. Crop a picture in a circle
33. Do a like father like son or like mother like daughter layout.
34. Do a heritage layout
35. Do a layout that includes toys in some way
36. Do a garden layout
37. Use circles on a layout
38. Decorate 1 side of photo mat w/eyelets
39. Use the name of a book for a title
40. Do calligraphy
41. Do a before and after layout (diet, pregnancy)
42. Use rolled paper
43. Make and use a shaker box
44. Use the last thing you bought
45. Use something you got in a swap
46. Use ribbon
47. Use ready-made frame
48. Put title letters on individual tags
49. Do paper weaving on a layout
50. Use chalk on a layout
51. Do a totally me layout using your pictures of you doing your stuff
52. Silhouette a picture
53. Use the word love in the title
54. Do a school layout
55. Use fibers
56. Use a prayer on a layout
57. Use charms
58. Make a quilt page
59. Dangle something from a letter in the title using (wire, raffia, string, or something
60. Use dragonflies on a layout
61. Do a peek-a-boo page
62. Do a winter layout
63. Scrap an accomplishment - yours or family
64. Make and use a journaling square
65. Use a bible verse on a layout
66. Use photos from different time periods (to show change or similarity overtime)
67. Use pop dots
68. Do a nautical layout
69. Use eyelets
70. Do a step into the past layout
71. Tear the edges of a picture
72. Use a ladybug theme
73. Use watercolor pencils on a layout
74. Make a monochromatic layout
75. Do an animal layout (zoo, pets, and could be people)
76. Take a layout you've done that you love, and recreate it with different colors and a different theme
77. Do a paper piecing on a page
78. Make an embellishment w/punches
79. Use a non-scrapbook related embellishment
80. Make a shadow box layout with foam core
81. Do a vacation layout
82. Journal under a lift up photo
83. Emboss your own background paper (wet/dry)
84. Make mosaic frames for the pictures
85. Use buttons
86. Use black and white pictures on a layout
87. Use brads on a layout
88. Do a water layout (beach, pool, pond, lake, bathtub, rainstorm, or squirt gun) anything water
89. Do an it's broken layout (toy or car)
90. Dangle tags from photo mat
91. Use a 5x7 or larger picture on a layout
92. Pick key words in your journaling to highlight with borders or larger font
93. Make a layout w/out pictures (must have journaling)
94. Put memorabilia on a page (coins, baby bracelet, etc.)
95. Decorate the four corners of a layout
96. Use a keepsake pocket
97. Cut out the letters for a title
98. Write a letter to the person in the layout
99. Do a career layout (Great for the promotion certificates, pictures of walking on stage, etc.)
100. Frame a picture with the same picture (cut out part of it)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Collide by Howie Day

The dawn is breaking
A light shining through
You're barely waking, and I'm tangled up in you, Yeah

Well, I'm open, your closed,
Where I follow, you'll go,
I worry I won't see your face, light up again

Even the best fall down sometimes,
Even the wrong words seem to rhyme,
Out of the doubt that fills my mind,
I somehow find You and I collide

I'm quiet you know,
you make a first impression,
I found I'm scared to know I'm always on your mind

Even the best fall down sometimes,
Even the stars refuse to shine,
out of the back you fall in time,
You somehow find, You and I collide

Dont stop here,
I lost my place,
I'm close behind

Even the best fall down sometimes,
Even the wrong words seem to rhyme,
Out of the doubt that fills your mind,
You finally find You and I collide.

You finally find
You and I collide.
You finally find
You and I collide.


I love this song! But what do you suppose the writer is talking about when he wrote this song? Songs can mean many different things to people. I'm curious....what does this song mean to you and who do you think about when you hear this song?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

From Mystical Garden to Simply Chic

Check out Ava's bedroom --- BEFORE and AFTER SHOTS!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Floridian Visit

My sister, mom and Lauressa (my niece) are coming in tomorrow from Florida to stay with us until Wednesday July 12th. I'm so excited!

We have plans to redecorate my daughter's room so it will be a fun filled (almost a) week of decorating, shopping, eating, shopping, decorating and eating some more!

Painting - done!

Saturday - went to IKEA and spent 5 hours there! Bought lights, frames, shelvings, accessories. Had lunch. Went home with over 25 bags full of stuff!!! We were under-budget; which is a good thing! We also went to the Container Store...that was a quick one since Ava just wanted to stay in the car with Ressie to enjoy a "side order of bunions!" You had to be there!

Sunday - brunch at Walker Brothers (love their 49'ers), ULTA then saw Pirates of the Caribbean Part II. Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom just keep getting hotter! Oh yeah, the movie was hot, I mean great too! Go see it! It's like being in one of those Disney Rides.

Monday - had plans to go to the jewelry show but they didn't have it today! Bummer! Picked up Veronica and my mom, Jonalyn and I went to Nordstrom Rack instead. That was a FUN time! I'm so proud of myself, for not spending as much as I used to. A new Jozzie? Perhaps... But my sister, she loves shoes as much as I do and she bought 5 pairs!!!!! She couldn't decide which shade of brown she wanted! LOL! Had lunch at Veronica's house. Filipino food - YUMMY! We did more work in Ava's room when we got home. I'm so impressed with my sisters "handy-man" abilities.

Tuesday - had to go back to IKEA again to get Ava a vanity desk, chair, and other things. We made record time....2 hours! It was a rainy day so we just went home and hung out after that. Finished up Ava's room. See our before and after shots. Stayed up late just talking...

Wednesday - had "longsilog" for breakfast. Lots of packing to do. Ava's getting sad. We left around 3:30 pm to drop them off at the airport. It was a sad day.

We hated seeing them go. But I told Ava to look forward to the day we get to see each other again. God if you hear me, please make it so that we all live in one state someday....

Sunday, July 02, 2006

"The Lake House"

Starring Sandra Bullock and my man, Keanu Reeves. Setting: Chicago!

Have you seen it? I'd like to know what you think of the movie. The story. Sort of confusing, but I'm a sucker for love stories and going back in time sort of thing, so I liked it. Will definitely want to see it again. Saw it with my best buddy Norma Jean. :)

And I want to read that book, "Persuasion by Jane Austen". Let's do it and watch my upcoming post on this so we can review it. Stay tuned!

As I said the setting of the movie, "Chicago" my kind of town! I love the city. It's like visiting an old friend. Lots of changes, but the heart of it all, will stay the same. No matter what you build on it, no matter how you paint it, it's still the same. There's no denying it. You may say otherwise, but it's still Chicago. It brings me back to November 2005, when my girlfriends and I went and stayed at the Westin. The view of the Chicago river from our hotel window was outstanding. It was mesmerizing. I remember sitting on a chair looking out the window at way past three or was it four in the morning? Here I am deep in thoughts...wondering what life would be like in the city....of the possibilities, the dreams, the wishes, aahh, nothing but just a fantasy...a memory. Well, it was all good while it's to good friends and many-happiness....always at the helm of my being!

As for Norma Jean, "See you soon!"

Now back to the movie, go see it and tell me what you think!

Have a HAPPY 4th!!!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

I made sushi!

Yes, I made sushi last night for dinner! I am so proud of myself. I love sushi just in case you don't know. And I also love to cook and try new things. Well I tried something new and it was the best sushi I ever had. Everything was so fresh. I made my own sauces. We used, salmon, tuna, white fish, clam, unagi, roe, shirauo, avocado, cucumber and I had a few relishes. It was sooo good! Nothing like fresh seafood! And I lived to tell about it!!!

If you want to learn how, email me and I'll tell you!

As long as you promote me to get my own segment for Food Network! :)

Happy Cooking!

A rare beauty in the north...

Ok, so by the end of the day, I'm all ready for an escape. I love watching movies/videos because it feels like I've just taken a mini-vacation. Last night I watched "The House of Flying Daggers". GREAT movie! A must-see. If you haven't seen it, go rent the video. What a nice love story. Ohhh, and the cinematography, A.W.E.S.O.M.E! Love the colors, if I can just put that in a scrapbook....

I also love great poems and song lyrics. Here's a couple of the songs they used in the movie. Tell me if you like it!

A rare beauty in the North...
She's the finest lady on earth
A glance from her, the city falls
A second glance leaves the whole nation in ruins
There is no city or nation that has been
More cherished than a beauty like this

There was a field in my old town
Where we always played hand in hand
The wind was gently touching the grass
We were so young, so fearless

Then I dreamt o'er and over
Of you holding me tight under the stars
I made a promise to my dear lord
I will love you forever

Time has passed
So much has changed
But the field remains in my heart
Oh, where are you?
I need to tell you I still love you
So I reach out for you
You fly around me like a butterfly
Your voice still echoes in my heart
You are my true love

There was a field in my old town
Where in spring all flowers blossomed wide
We were chasing butterflies
Hand in hand 'til close of day
Your voice still echoes in my heart


Now tell me that wasn't sweet?!

Well, that was my mini vacation, my mini-happiness....the "Wind".