Friday, October 30, 2009


jennifer, for the blog award! i am so bad at these things ;)

The rules are this: I need to pass this on to five people Post it on their blog that I gave them this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in one word. So, I am passing this award onto (in no particular order...) MO, KIM T., BETH, DIANA, CALLISTA :)

Where is your cell phone? purse

Your hair? curly

Your mother? beautiful

Your father? wise

Your favorite food? Really?

Your dream last night? grandma

Your favorite drink? cheerwine

Your dream/goal? Photographer

What room are you in? bedroom

Your hobby? scrapbooking

Your fear? snakes

Where do you want to be in 6 years? together

Where were you last night? baseball

Something that you aren't? mean

Muffins? lemon-poppyseed

Wish list item? lens

Where did you grow up? DC,NC

Last thing you did? picnik

What are you wearing? bra :(

Your tv? cartoons

Your pets? lola

Friends? fun

Your life? awesome

Your mood? relaxed

Missing someone? great-uncle

Vehicle? honda

Something you are not wearing? jewelry

Your favorite store? target

Your favorite color? changes

When was the last time you laughed? today

Last time you cried? recently

Your best friend? love

One place that I go to over and over? kroger

Facebook? ridiculouslyaddicted.

Favorite place to eat? mama's

Monday, October 26, 2009

beachaven winery

beachaven winery
Originally uploaded by toniasuzanne
the last "jazz" (jazz on the lawn) of the season was this past Saturday. we had a great time, as usual. next yr. we are totally entering the costume contest.



go and check out the awesomeness!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

i want candy..

da da da da da. (that's me keeping the

Tiffany is giving away a sweet little kit to her viewers...check it out. her son cracks me up in the vid!!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

STP in Scrap That Poetry, not Stone Temple Pilots.

every week or two, i make myself a little list of the challenges in which i want to participate. i consider myself successful if i complete half of what's on that list. this week, i thought i'd do "two birds/one stone" w/ my dt work at Scrap that Poetry and DreamGirlz. turns out i did my scrappy math wrong, and the dreamgirlz challenge ended yesterday (14th) and i couldn't post my STP work until today (15th). in hindsight, it seems so obvious, but that's what happens when you make a giant to do list, and have to constantly address needs of tiny ones around you.

at any rate, here is my take on the poem over at STP this week...PLEASE, won't you come and play with us? we're really very nice. the poem this week is Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman". again, tons of inspiration, so just take from it what you will (a single word, a verse, the poem in its entirety, your interpretation). we had some AMAZING entries for our first challenge, and i can't wait to see what you girlies bring this time!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

the ugly truth

is about to be exposed...i was given one of my friend, Kim .... SOO.....

1.i've NEVER thought of myself as artistic (some of you may be nodding in agreement here), but i am starting to....i really FEEL it, and that's what matters, right? right.

2. we are living on one income, basically (i sub. teach), and it kind of blows. i mean, i am super grateful for all that we have, but it would be sure nice to have some extra $$ for a vacation.

3. speaking of vacations, i haven't been on one in many, many years. my husband was in the Air Force, so we moved around a bit, but i wouldn't call it "vacationing" this is a sad fact. and we NEED one.

4. i lost my best friend last year. she and her husband and daughter came to visit us for a month, and it was like starting a pressure cooker. we got on eachother's nerves so bad, and our friendship ended b/c of it.

5. i cry a LOT. i am so emotional, and always have been. i was painfully shy as a child, and if i ever felt like i was in trouble, had let anyone down, was embarassed, i would just lose it. i am not shy like that anymore, but i still cry a lot. and i usually do so for a good hour on thursday nights (8pm central know what i'm talking about) it's cathartic, though, and i think i NEED to be this way. i also feel the need to "talk it out" about nearly everything. poor eric. seriously. i try to reign it in, but it's hard. i need to write it in my "bitch book" instead.

6. i can not imagine life without my boys. if i achieve nothing more than being the best mother i can be to them, that will be enough. it scares me how many people don't take parenting as seriously as they should.

7. i don't know how much i weigh. it's been too long since i've been to the dr. (i know, i know...i need to go). i NEVER thought i would have weight issues. i was so stick thin growing up, and even as a senior in high school, i barely weighed enough to donate blood. i just don't pay enough attention to what i eat. i mean, i do eat tons of healthy things (key word: tons), but i don't restrict myself, like, at all. i love food so much, and, for example, i'm having a glass of wine right now. i need to address this, and start walking my 'hood again. it's really hilly, and a great workout. i am the queen of excuses.

8. i graduated college at 28. i dropped out my first time around, and started back after i had Eli, and just kept at it until i finally graduated last year. i remember once taking an exam and my boobs were hurting soo bad b/c i NEEDED to get home and feed Silas. i think doing it this way makes me appreciate it so much more, though. and i graduated high school at 17, and was seriously not ready to take life seriously. at least i try to take it seriously now...sometimes.

9. i NEED to be working full-time, but just can't seem to get a job. and i don't know if it's just the economy, or if i'm not giving it my all b/c i'm terrified. i stayed home with eli until he went to Kindergarten, and i feel like i'm short-changing silas if i don't do the same. i am terrified of not having enough time to do the things that make me happy, terrified of missing my time with silas, terrified of workplace politics, terrified of failing.

10. i used to make fun of people who had "online friends". ok, maybe not make fun, but i certainly thought it was slightly ridiculous. now, i know some of the kindest people on earth, and i've met them online. i've been so fortunate to have met such supportive, friendly, beautiful women in this scrapbooking world online. it makes me grateful for the internet that i can be introduced to such different people, all over the world, and know that we are all linked by not only our common interest, but just by our humanity. we can all be insecure, scared, jealous, depressed, and so on and so forth. it sure helps, though, to hear a kind word from others who are feeling or have felt the same thing. you lades are amazing, and i am lucky to call you friends.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009


antonym: cry.

for Category Stories :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

key tag mini album

ok, so i stole the idea from Laura (i think) at Following the Paper Trail. she had a you-tube video showing one of these little minis, and i thought it was genious!! she had tags as her album, but i took it one step further and used gift cards that no longer have any $$ left on them. i know, right!! so, the cute little box started out as an orbit gum box!! and the teeny album is made from the gift cards. it is sweet!

she had a magnetic closure, and i just cut the slit and tucked mine in. fun!!!



Sunday, October 4, 2009



I heart Mary Murphy!

this is from a diana sketch over at Sketchy Thursdays! :) :)



for a limited time (not to be disclosed), i am offering free shipping on ALL of my items over at The Sweet Stuff etsy shop! go ahead and snatch up those goodies you've been eying! the more you order, the more savings to you!!

:) T

Thursday, October 1, 2009


...the POETRY, that is! Today is the official launch of Scrap that Poetry!! The first poem is Rudyard Kipling's "If", and there is lots of inspiration to be taken from it. You can choose a single word, a line, the entire poem, or your own interpretation, and go in whatever direction you choose. The poems are there to inspire you to create something! Come on over and play with us...we'll share our mojo with you, if you do :)

I chose to focus on the word "ethos" b/c what i took from the poem was about maintaining a sense of character, your morals, your beliefs. i made this page for my boys, jotted the definition on a card and tucked it in :) simple and sweet. tfl, folks :)

check out The Sweet Stuff shop over at etsy. just added a new mini album yesterday, and will be adding another fresh baked item today (hint: Basic Grey "Eerie") :) :)

thanks, sweeties!