Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Busy, busy, busy!

Yep, it's that time of year! I'm sure it's crazy busy for everyone right now! Things get super nutso around here in December - we had Chloe's birthday last Thursday, her party on Saturday, we are celebrating Hanukkah right now, and then we also do Christmas in our house! Chloe's birthday was great - I seriously can't believe my "baby" is two!! We had a nice day on her actual birthday and her party was lots of fun. We had a woman come who did music/songs/dancing, bubbles, parachutes, tunnels, etc. The kids had a blast! In keeping with tradition, I made Chloe's cake - she requested a "barbie cake" (even though she doesn't have any barbies, lol).

I just completed a mini-album for my DT work for CMK using more of the Crush line by Teresa Collins. Since this line is love themed, I figured it would be a perfect to make a mini about me and my sweetie. I'm going to give this to him as one of his holiday gifts - he loves the stuff from the heart (although probably not as much as he'll love Rock Band that I bought him for the XBox, lol!) :-)
Let's see... in other news, there is still a little bit of time left for the DT call at CMK. It's a fabulous site to design for so if you're on the fence, I say go for it! :-)

I didn't win the Flippin' for the Holidays contest at AMM. Oh well - as I tell my kids, it's not about winning, it's about having fun and enjoying the process (yeah, yeah, yeah, but we know the winning is a nice bonus, lol).

My awesome hubby got me a new zoom lens for my Canon Rebel as my Hanukkah present. I'm very excited about that! It's also made me more determined to actually learn my camera. I'm embarrased to admit that I usually shoot automatic! Anyone have any good websites/books to recommend?

Lastly, knowing my blogging rate ;-), i'm sure I won't get on here again before Christmas. Soooo, I want to wish all my friends out there a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas!!

25 comments:

doris said...

delightful album! i sure hope your hubby doesn't read your blog, lol! cute cute barbie cake . . . and the look on chloe's face when she saw it is priceless. :D

Diana said...

Staci,

I absolutely LOVED the album you made for Tony and he will undoubtedly love it as well. The pictures are fantastic and the whole design of the album is just incredible!

I also LOVE the picture of Chloe looking at her cake for the very first time. As the expression goes and is so true in this case, "a picture is worth a thousand words"

Love,
Mom

scrappermimi said...

I LOVE THAT MINI!!!!!

Your daughter looks just adorable and such a great cake. I hope you have a fantastic holiday!

Lucy Edson said...

Chloe's cake turned out beautifully!! Glad she had a fun bday!

LOVE how you used the Crush line in your mini!! So gorgeous and a wonderful gift!

Don't feel bad that you only use the auto settings on your camera - I am right there with you! Happy Holidays!!

Denise said...

Oh I love your mini album! It's gorgeous! So is your baby girl, she is such a sweetie! Love the look on her face looking at that beautiful barbie cake! (my daughter loved it by the way) so I might be emailing you for the recipe and instructions. Merry Christmas & Happy Hannaka too!

Brenda Hurd said...

yay for the new lens - so fun. I shoot in automatic 90% of the time too. Your album is amazing of course - and i love how darn cute little chloe is - her expression is priceless! Happy Holidays!

Aida Haron, Singapore said...

OMG, yes you are busy !!! That is a lovely Barbie cake, and so many gorgeous projects too ! Happy Hanukah, merry Christmas and may 2009 bring you and your family everything hoped for.

PS : Lucky you with the lense present ! Would LOVE a Canon 135mm, it's UD$600, so it will be on NEXT year's wishe list for me.

scrappermimi said...

Oops! I forgot to tell you I left an award for you on my blog...Thanks for inspiring me!

Jocelyn said...

Staci, the cake turned out perfect and wow you made that! Chloe is just precious, can I borrow her for just one day of girlie fun!!!What great pics!!!! Wowza sweetie, that album you made is awesome, but would I expect anything less from such a talented lady!!!! I use my auto shoot too on my Nikon, I am embarassed to say. I would love to learn how to really use the camera!!! Wishing your family and wonderful Holiday season and a Blessed New Year!!!!

~Sasha Farina~ said...

Chloe is a sweetheart!! Happy Birthday Chloe!! Merry Xmas Staci!

Meg Giroux said...

I love this book Staci, it came out awesome! Great pics of you and Tony!
Chloe is so pretty and getting so big, I am glad she had such a good birthday!
Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!
Congrats on the Zoon lens, you lucky girl!

Wendy Kwok said...

Love love that album! Your girl is absolutely cute and adorable. My girl is turning 2 next month!
Have a blessed Christmas!

denine zielinski said...

Merry Christmas, Staci! Love that album, and that cake is incredible! You are just full of talent!

Bethany Kartchner said...

Have a wonderful holiday!

Renee said...

ooh, that cake turned out fabulous-o my dear! you are crazy talented!!! and that mini???? wow wow wow - I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. It's been a crazy busy time of year but it's been great too! big hugs to you and your family and best wishes for today! Merry Christmas my friend! ♥

Pearl said...

Merry Christmas to you & yours , Staci !

Wow ! what a gorgeous birthday cake for Chloe that you made !!! oh my !!!! Looks like she had a tonne of fun on her big day !

& that TC Crush mini album is just too fun !

ania said...

Wow, Christmas, Hanukkah and birthdays! Merry Christmas/Hanukkah my dear mailwoman!!! :D :D :D

Audrey Pettit said...

Happy Holidays to you, too, Staci! So glad that you got a nice zoom lens for your pressie! I am trying to learn my camera a bit, too. I am REALLY bad about mine. Hardly know anything, always shoot automatic, and take kinda lousy photos most of the time. LOL!
I love your photos of Chloe's birthday. That expression on her face when she's looking at her cake is absolutely priceless. She is such a doll baby!
Love your mini, too. I know I've already drooled all over it, but it needs repeating!

Stacey Michaud said...

Lovin that album sooo much! And I giggled looking at the pictures of Chloe because, with all the girly stuff, they could be pictures of my Ella!! Congrats on your camera lens--when you find a good tutorial site, let me know. I shoot auto with my Rebel too!

Fede y mamá Jesi said...

I come from mimi's blog. All your LO's are simply amazing. I hope you don't mind I'm adding you to my blogroll!!!!

Jesica from Argentina

Karmele said...

I love your album!! It´s fantastic!!
Merry Christmas

Staci said...
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Staci said...

Beautiful work Staci!

sasha said...

Loved the cake and the mini.

Happy New Year

Stephanie Rice said...

I am sooo behind here! I LOVE the "us" album!! I've been wanting to make something like that for Jason and I just never find the time. Looking at yours makes me want to sit down & start one now. I hope you had a merry Christmas & are doing well. Sorry I haven't been around!