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Friday, August 15, 2008


To my hubby - who is going to be REALLY old tomorrow!!! LOL

Today I am rushing around trying to finish things up, getting orders out and cleaning up so I can spend the weekend hanging out with him. I think the big thing on his list to do for his birthday is that he wants to go shopping at the Bass Pro! LOL. Yep hunting season is just around the corner! (Ask me how I know!!!!) Bahahaha....

Hey - I have a question for all of you... my precut titles and die cuts at Beloved Keepsakes are not selling quite as well as I though they would.... part of it is marketing (So if you want to advertise me - I would greatly appreciate it - but don't feel like you have too!!! ) but I am starting to think it may be the way I am promoting it.

I always say that I sell precut/preassembled scrapbooking titles and die cuts. Do you think that is the correct wording? Should I be using something else..... maybe just scrapbooking titles and embellishments??? Or maybe something else all together??

What are your thoughts?? Please leave me a comment! I am a firm believer that two heads are better than one!!!

Other than that - I am trying to finish up a HUGE project that I can't wait to announce to you (will be a little bit before I can though but I am way way way excited about it)... and then like I said - I am off to spend the weekend with the hubby!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Until Next Time!



Thursday, August 14, 2008

A little blue...

Hey everyone... so I have to say I am a little "blue" today! Seems hubby's deployment may have been bumped up! Now don't get my wrong - I knew it was coming. The deployment that is... but I had it in my mind it was NEXT summer (you know as in far far far away) - and now that it has been bumped up - well it seems like REALLY close all of a sudden!

Looking on the bright side - at least he will be home for the holidays! That is GREAT - this will make two years in a row! So I am very excited about that!!! Whooo Hooo! And hey - if he has to go - might as well go ahead and get it over with right???

Additionally he is being moved into a new job - and with that it looks like our promotion may have went through! (Notice I said OUR PROMOTION!) LOL!!!! We are just waiting on the final rubberstamp and then the paperwork aka orders to be cut! (I heard that could take another three or four months!!! Crazy huh?!?!)

Let me tell you - the life of a military wife is like a roller coaster! It is always up and down - and then up and then down again......

Anywhoooo you don't want to hear my whinning I am sure!!! So moving on!

Sussann asked me how do you go about making a request for a file.... Well all you have to do is send me an email at lori_mcdnld@yahoo.com and I will do my best to get your request filled! And if I am actually able to fill your request - then you get the file FOR FREE for helping me come up with something new! Whoo Hoo! What a deal huh???

I actually LOVE working on custom orders and special request as it makes me think outside my normal box! Being a "non" mom - not having kids really limits me on designing as I don't think of baby stuff - or kid type stuff very often!

So I would love to hear of any special request you may have..... I am actually working on a bunch of shapes right now for the Beloved Keepsakes Scrapbooking store for a design team! (I will also be offering these in the cutter files as well!).

So if you don't have a cutter machine - but you are looking for something specific - send me email! I will see what I can do!

Oh - guess what -for those that lived though my leaky roof last year, and the green wall - I have finally ordered new furniture!! I am sooo excited!!! Now here is the problem - I ordered a sectional!!! And I am NOT sure if it is going to fit! I know, I know... but we really wanted more seating - and our living area is all open. So you can see in the living room, dinning room and kitchen no matter where you are in any of those rooms. But that means that the actual living area is pretty small!

Well did you know that online you can actually lay your floor plan out and put the actual measurements in - and then the furniture store has their pieces already programmed in - the actual size so you can lay it out and see if it will fit!!! Amazing huh?!?!

Well - it is going to be borderline. It is either going to just barely fit and be cozy - or be to big and be cramped! I can do cozy - but there is no way I can do cramped!!! The good thing is that Haverty's will let you take three days to decide if you like the furniture or not - and if not - you can return it for a FULL REFUND!!!!! So..... we did it! We ordered the furniture!

So imagine this sofa with OUT the chaise. (There was no way the chaise was going to fit!!!) So the L shape is equal sizes and then the left side will look just like the right side (oh and the end seats are recliners!!).

Then this is my accent chair! I know - I know - it is a little funky - but I LOVE IT!!!! And it matches the sofa perfectly!!! (The sofa color is called "herbal" and it isn't as green as it looks in this photo!)
The other thing I was worried about was the "Green Wall" but we brought the material samples home and it all blends wonderfully! I am sooo excited (well except for the fact that they said it will take probably 4 to 6 weeks to get here!! BOOOO!!!)

Hubby was laughing and laughing when we left the store as I was going on and on about how I felt like such a grown up - I mean we BOUGHT living room furniture! That is like - soooo grown up!!! Bahahahaha..... I mean lets face the facts - my sofa I have now is 25+ years old and I purchased it at a garage sale!!!!

I mean hey - don't you agree - furniture buying is a "Grown Up" thing to do!!!! LOL

Until Next Time!



Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I'm so sorry....

That I didn't post yesterday! Man I am having a tough time catching up with all the work that piled up while I was gone!!!

Then on Monday evening my best friend called and come to find out her hubby is out processing at Ft Stewart - so they all loaded up and came here to spend a few nights! So I had four adults, two kids, a baby and two dogs in the house the last two days! Wheeewwww!! Man am I tired but it was sooo much fun!

My little god daughter is growing by leaps and bounds! She is such a little person now! And sassy!! Man oh man is she sassy!!!!

So anyway - just wanted to let you know where I was - and what is going on! I am in the process of working on all the custom request I had come in the past few days - so I will have some yummy fun stuff to share with you soon!!!

Before I go - I wanted to make sure you all knew about the specials I am having this month....

The following three cutter files are 50% off for the Month of August!

Fought the Lawn:

King of the Remote Control:

King of the Castle:

Until Next Time!



Monday, August 11, 2008

Hola! Home at at last...

I have to say it is nice to be home... but I do wish we could have stayed in Puerto Rico just a little longer!!! It was an awesome awesome trip! If you EVER get to go to Puerto Rico - GO!!!! The people were friendly, you could always find someone who spoke English - or Spanglish as the case tended to be! The food was YUMMY! (And you know what a picky eater I am!!!) Oh and the views - the sights - OH MY!!!!!

So I know that some of you are just dying to see the sights (right Bec!!!!) So I though I would share a few of my photos and take you on a very mini tour of Puerto Rico!

First up - this was the view off my hotel balcony! We were on the 11th floor "ocean side" at the "Intercontinental San Juan" hotel.

Here is a photo of Hubby and I on the last day. We had spent the morning playing in the surf below!

While hubby was in meetings on the second day there - I had the chance to go to Old San Juan which is the historical and shopping district. I heard they had a "Coach" outlet store that sold everything at 60% off! I am proud to say - I walked right past it - didn't even go in!!! LOL

This photo is the San Juan Gate to the city. It was built in like 1745 or something crazy like that!! This is where the visitors to the island would come in.

And this is a section of the wall that was built around the island to keep people out. The only entrance was at the gate!

And then here is a photo of the Fort. I didn't actually go all the to the Fort and explore - but I heard it was pretty amazing!

I have a ton of other photos of the city - we went to the 1st Catholic church - which was really neat, we saw the convent (that is now a hotel), we saw the governor's home as well!

But I have to say one of the coolest things that I did while I was in Old San Juan was that I got to tour one of the actual homes in the city! While hubby was in meetings and such I hung out with the COL's wife. And while we were touring the city we noticed that all the houses had these huge open windows and doors - it was really cool and being the tourist that we were... we wanted to see what they looked like inside!

So we came across this one house that was being remodeled and my friend asked the workers could we come in and look - and he was like "Si, Si!" So in we went!!! Oh my goodness! Who ever was remodeling this house was sinking a TON of money!!! It was simple amazing!! Three stories, four balconies, a private courtyard - and a Bidet!!!!!!

On Thursday - hubby was done with meetings by 11 AM!!! (Thank you boss!!!) And we were able to spend the rest of the day doing what ever we wanted! So we rented a car and we went to the "El Yunque Rain Forest". It was amazing!!!

I have to say I got tickled - as we drove up - you entered through "El Portal" or the Gate! LOL

Here is a photo of the foliage of the rain forest! Pretty cool huh?!?!?

In the Rain Forest there were several Waterfalls. This one was called "Cascada La Coca" or "La Coca Falls". The cool thing about this National Park was that unlike in the US - you can actually climb the falls, get in the water, scale the rocks - whatever!!!! So if you look on the left hand side of this photo you will see me standing on the rocks right next to the fall!!

I am sure you are about tired of my photos by now - so I will leave you with this last one....this is a photo of hubby and I at the top of the "Yokahu Tower". This tower was a 69 ft high tower (trust me - my legs knew it was that high) that overlooked the rain forest on the NE side of the island - and you could actually see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean!

As you can see - it is pretty amazing there! All in all I have to say I feel soooo blessed that I was able to go to Puerto Rico and see the sights! Hubby loved it there as well and as a matter of fact we are talking about going back one day for a real vacation!!!

So there you have it!

Until Next Time!


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