Saturday, June 21, 2008

A little about me...

I'm not a bad blogger I promise... well, maybe a little but there's a really good reason. I've been in bed... yep, literally in bed, for three weeks now.

I've gotten up only to go to the doctor or drive Mom's taxi when absolutely, positively necessary (which hasn't been often enough to say I'm even a taxi driver). It's been a hellish three weeks. Ever since we got back from the camping trip, (which was awesome but I'll NEVER go camping in that kind of temperature ever ever again) I've been sick with one thing or another.

Last week my doctor tells me she's reasonably certain (her words) that we're dealing with {more than Rheumatoid Arthritis}. (She said the name of it, but I refuse to claim it so I'm not writing it... I just will not...) So, there goes more of my good ole blood into 5 more vials. I swear, I've got more blood floating around this county than a wino has booze...

So I hope to get those results next week. We'll see. Still don't have the results of my dexascan. Don't have the results of my MRI I took yesterday and won't until late next week or week after. I'm so frustrated.

So anyhow, I'm out of bed. Really out of bed. Not functional, but out of bed. I did some dishes this morihng (which of course not one soul in this house will do but me), cleaned the bathroom (ditto that on the bathroom). I have a load of laundry in the washer and another one waiting. I now have two little boys visiting my little guy and tonight we go see the fireworks at the County Fair. So, tomorrow I'll be back in bed. HA HA HA HA HA

Just wanted you all to know I'm here, alive and gently kicking the covers.

Now, I've been tagged so here's my tag!

I'm not sure I have 7 random facts you guys don't already know about me but I'll give it a shot.

1. My real name is Elizabeth and I despise being called anything other than "Lissa" or "Elizabeth".

2. When I was little, I had an all white cat named Puffy (who was very naughty) and a black and white cat named Thomas (who was very sweet). We also had a Springer Spaniel named Lou (my grand dad's dog actually) and a Britany Spaniel named The Royal Duke of Henderson (Duke for short). They were awesome. Last but not least, we had a beautiful canary named William. He sang really sweetly so we called him sweet William. Within 3 years, we had none of them and moved to another city where we couldn't have any animals. We got fish... booooooooring...

3. I taught myself how to swim when I was 8 years old. I love being in the water. That's pretty indiscriminate too... I love the water - the bath, the shower, waterfalls, pools, tide pools, ocean, lakes... it doesn't matter - I love the water.

4. I learned how to fish when I was very little by surf fishing with my Daddy on the NC Coast (at Ocracoke and Shalotte).

5. I adore boys. I love little girls, but despite my childhood (don't ask) boys are my favorites. They are sweet and fun and they love their mommies. I think God most definitely knew what he was doing when he gave me all boys. If I'd have had a daughter, I'd have had her in lace, pink and frills before she exited the womb...

6. I've never won a trophy of any kind in my life. I've won medals, I've won ribbons, I've won a high school letter. I've been inducted in honor societies, but i've never ever won a trophy.... There's something that's just so cool about a trophy standing on a shelf for a job well done... alas, it eludes me.

7. I have a real issue with getting a pedi. I absolutely cannot do it. If you've ever been to a foot washing service in church, you can probably relate. I'll never ever be able to have a pedicure...

So that's my wierd 7 random facts... I'll do my best to let you all know you've been tagged, but here are my 7 folks.

1. Jacquie

2. Jodi

3. Jolene

4. Kathy

5. Torreh

6. Martha

7. Fe

Friday, June 6, 2008

Oooo this is gonna be FUN!!!

MAKE ME A SUPER SCRAPPER contest at A Walk Down Memory Lane and The Scrapbook Site

You will be challenged during a 6 week contest at A Walk Down Memory Lane. The grand prize? A Guest Design team spot on our awesome Design team OR a prize package valued at over $100. The 2nd place winner will receive a prize package valued at $50. The 3rd place winner will receive a prize package valued at $25.

In your quest to become a Super Scrapper, we will challenge you each week to show off your best work, using a specific manufacturer's products. You may receive additional instructions such as using a sketch, using a layout recipie, or even scraplifting a layout.

Each week, your layout will be voted on by our message board members. Each vote gains you valuable points. This, along with votes from the Design Team will add up to your final score at the end of the contest. The one with the highest point total will be declared our Super Scrapper of the year!

** You need to be a registered member at the message board located at
** In order to vote, you must be a registered member at the message board.
** You will find a list of rules and manufacturers to be used at the message board in the contest section.
** If chosen as the Super Scrapper, you will need to sign our DT contract if you choose that prize.
** International designers are welcome to apply, however if chosen, you agree to pay any additional shipping charges of your DT products.

** The contest will start on Sunday, June 15 and run for 6 weeks.
** We will kick off our contest with an online crop on Saturday, June 14 with challenges, classes and more!
** Points will be given for votes from the message board members, Design Team, and you will even receive points for your participation on the board, layouts uploaded to our gallery, and dollars spent at our store.

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Crafty Gifting

Crafty gifts, for those who are crafty are awesome to receive.  We all appreciate receiving a fun mini album or a beautifully hand made card.  However, how often do we hesitate to make mini's, regular sized albums and other crafty gifts for those who are not necessarily connected to crafting. 


That's just wrong!  We should become more comfortable with making gifts for everyone!  The trick is thinking about how that person will be using the gift you are going to make.  For example, it's the traditional graduation and wedding month.  It's natural to think about giving a gift of an album for graduation or a wedding or even an engagement.  Being that it's also Father's Day, a mini album for Dad to keep in his briefcase, on his desk or in the car is also a great thought.  Your own dad might just as much enjoy a Grandpa's Brag book as much as Grandma would have.  Your "almost mom" might love to have a book for not only her children but her "almost" kids too.

How about the graduate who's leaving for school?  They might enjoy an altered address book, complete with his/her friend's home and, if they're also leaving for college, their addresses at school too.  And we all know, an occasional note home is nice too, so don't forget to make a set of stationary for them to use (and tuck in a roll of stamps with the bunch so they're not reluctant to actually SEND it!).

What about a card kit for your daughter who loves to send cards to people.  You could design a perpetual calendar with birthday's all marked on the date, with an altered tin of hand made cards to cover all the birthdays on the calendar.  You can supply the tin, the calendar, the cards, envelopes, pen and stamps. n The only thing you wouldn't have a hand in making or altering would be the stamps!  Now that's an undertakikng!

Alter a frame in which you'll put a photo of your son and his sweetie, your daughter and her boyfriend, your daughter or son and their friends at a special outing,  Altered frames have a myriad of uses and are always welcomed when it comes to those homesick moments when all you really need is a little touch of home.

How about a special recipe album for the bride to be?  She may not be a cook, at all, but with your help and the help solicited from all the cooks in the family, you can make a special scrap-cook-book of the family favorites to be handed down for generations to come.

With the summer time comes many holidays and gift giving occasions.  Don't worry about your funds when it comes to affording all the gifts.  Often, you have all the necessary incredients for a gift at hand. Alterable items, like tins, frames and books can be found for pennies at thrift stores and yard sales.  Ready made to alter items and other supplies you'll need to craft your goodies can be found at A Walk Down Memory Lane if you don't already have them.  So, really, the only excuse you have is where you'll find the time!