Tuesday, September 30, 2008
People: if you can't afford a house...you don't buy it. Duh. If you can't afford a car...you don't buy it. Duh. If you can't afford to take that great vacation...you don't take it. Duh. Have a little respect for yourself. Oh, wait. You don't have respect for yourself? Well then have a litte respect for those who will have to bail your sorry A** out now that you've pissed away your pathetic excuse for a life's savings on that Coach bag that you just HAD to have. You could have ATLEAST wasted it on Chanel.
That's all I have to say about THAT.
And now...a public service announcement for those who still believe Obama is God's gift to WHATEVER. You won't believe this S*it.
Missouri top prosecutors announced this week that they will threaten and prosecute critics of Barack Obama.
St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch are threatening to bring libel charges against those who speak out "falsely" against Barack Obama.
Gov. Blunt Statement on Obama Campaign’s Abusive Use of Missouri Law Enforcement
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.
“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.
“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.
“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.
“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”
And there you have it. Sorry for the bad mood. It's rare, but wicked.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Here's what I got:
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Here's what they have to say...
"Oh Baby, We Are Growing Up!
Today, HowFastTheyGrow.com debuts 81 original design templates from Hostess with the Mostess®, the renowned lifestyle company founded by Jennifer Sbranti. Jennifer, an esteemed graphic designer and entertaining guru, is best known for her highly successful party planning website HostessWithTheMostess.com, and the uber-popular Hostess Blog. The three new collections, available now, include Mostess Days, a modern interpretation of holidays and other celebrations; Mod Squad, a masculine stylish collection featuring deep blues and browns; and Metro Sorbet, a girly hip design group with modern florals, bright pinks and oranges.
Since Jennifer Sbranti is in the business of creating fun times and we are in the business of remembering them, our collaboration couldn't be more perfect. You can create your own Hostess pages in Digi-Scrapbook® by selecting HWTM from the drop down menu and then choosing from any of the three yummy themes. If you can't decide which you like the best, use our "swap background" feature, which lets you try on all three new fun wardrobes with one click each! We can't wait to see what you come up with! Have fun and don't forget to check out our three new fun fonts: HenParty, Ealing and Wendy..."
Needless to say, I'm in love. These are my favorite templates yet. I especially love the fact that these aren't only geared toward small children. Those of you with teenagers will go wild for these! The colors, the graphics...it's all phenomenal.
So....I've had a head start! Get going!
Monday, September 22, 2008
This year, I'm going to try to mix it up a bit. The kids were a little wild last year so I figured this year I'd set up some craft tables so they would have something to do (other than drive their semi drunk and not at all excited about trick or treating parents insane) while waiting for dark. I ordered some cool beading sets and other random craft kits from Oriental Trading.
BabyGirl was VERY excited to help me pick out these adorable invitations...
from Itty Bitty
They open up to display the invite inside the bat's wings. TOO CUTE.
I also thought it might be nice to offer something a little more enticing than pizza for the adults. Sooo, I'm going to try a mashed potato bar this year. If you've never had the opportunity to try a mashed potato bar you are seriously missing out!
First, you make your mashed potatoes. In bulk. Then you'll need to set them up in a chafing dish, such as this one from Sur La Table. Next, you'll need to set up your condiments. I use small square glass vases. You can provide whatever condiments you think people will like: green onions, bacon pieces, sour cream, butter, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, salsa, green peas, mushrooms, etc. Then you'll need regular sized martini glasses. I bought mine in bulk from Pier One. After that, it's pretty self explanatory! Your guests simply scoop some potatoes into their martini glasses and add the toppings. YUM!
And, as you all know, I do love my libations. We had a Halloween themed supper club one year and our friends brought this drink...the "Brain Tumor".
It looked completely disgusting. I personally didn't think it tasted great either. And the texture...blech! It was a fun way to start the party, though. We had them as an "appetizer shot". How cool would they look in this red rimmed shot glass?
Here's how you make them...
1 tsp. Irish Cream (Bailey's)
1 oz. Schnapps, peach
1/2 tsp. Grenadine
Add peach schnapps to a shot glass. Slowly add Irish cream. Don't mix... the cream will clump together and settle to the bottom. It will look gross. Pour the grenadine over the cream lump for a completely disgusting looking, but really tasty Halloween party drink.
I love to decorate for Halloween as well. I think I've done it all! One of my favorites is the specimen jar.
Fill a few glass vessels more than halfway with colored water (mix 3 drops green or 1/2 drop red food coloring in water; add a few tablespoons milk for murkiness).
Peel off outer layers of a cabbage head for a brain specimen; use a fennel bulb with the fronds cut off for a heart. If a specimen is too large for the jar's opening, cut it in half and stick it back together with skewers once it's inside. With a glue stick, attach a printed or written label on the container.
I've made a little collage of other ideas that I love. The Martha Stewart Head Waiter Tray is another one of my favorites. It works great as a centerpiece!
Another neat touch you can easily add to your party also comes from Martha Stewart. DUH! Jazz up your wine bottles with Custom Made Wine Bottle Labels.
If you still don't have enough great ideas be sure to go to the Grandin Road website. TONS of awesome Halloween Decorations!
If you're not having your own party but you know you'll be attending a friend's, why not send the perfect hostess gift?
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I've copied and pasted the info from Oprah's website. Please, please, please write your senators. I've had contact with many elected officials over the years. They will tell you that emails are the most direct way to get their attention. They have countless minions hired to do just that: read emails. SOOOOO, send them on. As many as you can. This is not a partisan issue. So many of you have kids or grandkids and I know many of you are breathless with excitement to have children someday. Let's make sure we're not breathless from fear or rage at some point in our children's lives...we can do that by making our voices heard.
Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act
Hundreds of thousands of children are victims of sexual abuse each year. Due to the sheer lack of resources, law enforcement is unable to follow up on the majority of leads they have.
The PROTECT Our Children Act will:
Authorize over $320 million over the next five years in desperately needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation.
Mandate that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.
Allocate funds for high-tech computer software that can track down Internet predators.
Your U.S. senators will be voting on the bill soon, so it is crucial you contact them immediately.
Go to www.senate.gov to find contact information for the senators in your state. Search for your senator by name or state by clicking on the arrow from either dropdown menu. Contact information is provided here. To send an e-mail, click on "Web Form" below his or her name, and e-mail your letter to make a difference!
Call Your SenatorsIf you choose to contact your senators by phone, be sure to tell them, "Vote yes on Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act."
Write to Your SenatorsIf you choose to write a letter, fax, telegram or e-mail, you may use the following sample letter—and modify it how you see fit.
I know that you believe, like I do, that we must do everything possible to protect children from sexual predators. That is why I am asking for your help.
Last year alone, U.S. law enforcement identified over 300,000 criminals who were trafficking in movies and pictures of young children being raped and tortured. Experts say that one in every three of these criminals has local child victims. Child pornography trafficking over the Internet has given us a trail of evidence that leads straight to their doorsteps, but the vast majority of these children will never be rescued because investigators are overwhelmed, outnumbered and underfunded.
As your constituent, I urge you to do everything in your power to pass the PROTECT Our Children Act (S. 1738, Biden-Hatch). This bipartisan legislation passed the House 415-2, but it is now the victim of petty partisan politics.
Now that we know where these children are and how to protect them, there is no excuse for the Senate to fail to take action this session.
(Your name here)
Instructions for How to Copy and Paste the Letter
To copy and paste the letter into your senator's web form at www.senate.gov, point your mouse arrow at the beginning of the text that you want to copy. Click your left mouse button and hold it down. While holding the left mouse button, drag your arrow to the end of the text that you want to copy. Release the button. The text should be highlighted. Place your mouse arrow over the highlighted text, click your right mouse button once and let go. A new menu should appear. Select Copy from the drop down menu. When you get to the message form field for your senator at www.senate.gov, point your arrow at the beginning of the message field that you want to copy your text to and right click with your mouse. Click Paste from this menu. Submit your form and help our children!
You can see, there are tons of different types of actions. From aging a photo, to aging and adding a pink or purple tint, to sepia, to black and white, to making eyes brighter or sparkly...there's no end! It's addictive!
You can also find actions at these two sites:
Child's Play and Pioneer Woman.
You can find a guide to using Acions at Peachpit.
Now, all I have to do is figure out how I'm going to buy the Photoshop CS3 program AND that new camera lens I want!
PS- Clickin' Moms has tons more photography info and galleries. It's well worth the nominal fee to join, if for nothing other than to get to see all the awesome photos!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Week, two weeks, month, whateva. I'm tryin here people. I do get to read new blogs all the time and I LOVE it. Everynowandagain I find one that I'm smitten with. This week it's Ciao Tay Designs. LOVE her stuff. She reminds me of a young Tory Burch, and we all know how I feel about HER. Here's what Taylor from Ciao Tay has to say...
I am a 25 year old freelance graphic designer from Raleigh, NC but am relocating to Charleston, SC in October (I can not get enough of the Low Country- I went to The Savannah College of Art and Design.) My main interests are cupcakes, color theory and creating new concepts daily. I have spent most of my life absorbing unqiue spaces that have become inspirations of my current designs. After graduating from SCAD in Advertising Design and Metals and Jewelry, I began my creative process through observing typography, patterns, unique paper, bold colors and collecting found objects. My business, ciaotaydesigns is a cultivation of these inspirations that have become fun, eye-catching graphic pieces that inspire me and hopefully others everyday. These pieces include print advertisements, paper products, branding, pattern design, packaging, wedding invitations, social stationery and custom design.
...and here's her Etsy Store. Cutie cute cute. She's just entered a contest on Minted.com, so go on and vote for her! (especially all you South Carolina girls!)
Friday, September 12, 2008
I think the number one thing you can do to prep up your pillows is make sure they have a fabulous trim. Mix and match different fabrics for trim and also mix in some fringe or other similar trimming. I'm not big on beads for trim on pillows. They get kind of ratty after awhile and look more eclectic than I usually like.
Let's assume the couch looks similar to this one from Ballard Designs:
If you wanted something quick and easy but also neutral to match whatever else may be in the room you could go with these, also from Ballard Designs:
If it were me personally, I would love one of these fabrics from Thibaut.
If you want to see some other great examples of preppy pillows go over to
Bravado Design. Tons of adorable examples.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This is the coolest thing. I've been telling Dr. Daddy for years now that I would love to have one book that contained all of my favorite recipes. Family recipes, recipes that I've torn out of magazines and love to cook, recipes from my favorite cookbooks...all in one place and easy to access.
Well, friends...here it is. Once again, a "why didn't I think of that?" moment. is a new website that allows you to create your own cookbook.
There are four ways to do it:
1: Browse TasteBooks created by top cookbook authors and food editors.
2: Add your own personal recipes and photos to your TasteBook.
3: Search over 50,000 original recipes from top recipe sites.
4: Import your Epicurious recipes to TasteBook or upload a software recipe file from your computer.
Hardcover book with Easy-open binder makes it simple to add recipes anytime. You can add personal recipes and photos. Choose a cover and write your own title. You can organize your recipes any way you want with ten tabbed chapters. Add helpful hints, cooking tips, and personal notes to any recipe.
Plus, it's the perfect gift! You can create a TasteBook as a special gift for bridal showers, family reunions, and holidays.
I have had so much fun putting together this book! I can't wait to give them to family members for Christmas. What a great way to create a lasting family heirloom. Not to mention the kitchen drawer space you'll save after you've cleaned out all those old, stained, wrinkled recipes from years gone by.
I've added many of my favorites to my book so far, but I'll be adding more soon. Take a look! Then get started on your own.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
That being said, the majority of really expensive artwork we have was done by my husband's cousin, Julie Oriet ...BEFORE she got so popular that we couldn't afford her anymore!!!
We also have a few things that we inherited and love very much. Our most cherished piece of art, however, is the portrait we have of our kids. I left a comment on Happy Housewife's blog about her portrait questions and I could not believe the number of emails I got from readers wanting to know about my China man!
Here's the deal: I have a friend in town whose husband is a VP at Uttermost. As part of his job he often travels to China to meet with artisans and visit factories, etc. During one of his trips he met a man in China who does portraits from photos. Now, there are many websites you can find that offer this same service. I'm here to tell you...this guy is the best. His portraits are amazing. He is truly talented. My friend, Susan, collects your photos. You tell her how you want the portrait done. For instance, I gave her this photo:
Along with a few others to emphasize hair style, color, etc. She sent the photo to her guy in China with the measurements of the painting I wanted and several months later I received this:
It's an unbelievably beautiful likeness. The details are incredible. I really wanted to capture their true selves, which was why I didn't send a picture of both of them smiling and "happy". They are happy children, but they are also inquisitive and observant and the LOVE the ocean. This picture was taken just as we reached the end of the beach path and they saw the water. They knew they were in their "picture taking clothes" and couldn't just run into the water. It's a moment I'll never forget and I'm so blessed that I'll always have this portrait to remind me.
Here are a few close ups:
BabyGirl was wearing the most adorable dress by Catimini. You can even see the detail of the appliqued flowers on the skirt...
I surprised Dr. Daddy with the portrait two Christmases ago. He didn't know what to think. At first, he thought it was just a photo that I had put on canvas. Then he took a closer look and realized it was a true oil painting. He was in tears, people.
The best part? The price. It literally cost me more to have the thing stretched and framed than it did to have it painted. This $10,000 for a portrait stuff is not even an option now that I've seen the work I can get for so much less. We're talking 90% less.
Sooooo, per your request my friend Susan has given me her info to pass on to you. The website is pretty rudimentary. Not tons of samples of her work. I'm sure if you want more she can send you some. We have a friend who has three kids. She had two of them painted by a very expensive local artist...in the thousands of dollars each. For the third child she did the Memories In Oil from China. NO LIE...the third child's portrait is as beautiful if not more so than the first two. He's that good.
So, if you're interested here's the website...it has Susan's contact info.
Memories In Oil. ***UPDATE*** I'm told the email on the website isn't working. Try this one: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatever you do...don't Google "Memories in Oil". There's some joker in LA who has a site by the same name who also has a guy in China. Not nearly as good.
I hope that answers your questions!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
That wasn't my point. The point was that the ignorance that is so richly prevalent in our country is staggering. The point was that there are actually people out there who listen to P. Diddy and take his advice. The point was that P. Diddy was making a salacious attempt to defame Sarah Palin with absolutely no knowledge of her background. THE POINT was that this is the pathetic rationale that many people will use as an excuse to vote for Obama. It wasn't anti Obama. It was anti stupid. P. Diddy can't even decide on a name, what makes him qualified to decide for us who our next President should be?
On a lighter note, my Dad sent me this video this morning, which I find much easier to watch. A true American hero.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
BabyBoy is absolutely positively, as he says, going to be Young Anakin Skywalker.
He of course, recommended that BabyGirl be Padme Amidala
BabyGirl, horrified by the lack of pink or cuteness insisted that she was going to be Mariposa Butterfly Barbie
Dr. Daddy became very excited about a family themed Halloween when he discovered the Sexy Adult Princess Leia Costume.
Tragically, it's out of stock.
Other favorites of his included, but were certainly not limited to:
Sexy Adult Princess Leia Slave
Trixie Speed Racer
Sexy Lady Bug
and his personal favorite, the Maid of Money French Maid Costume
Which I gamely replied I'd be thrilled to wear...just as soon as he agreed to wear this.
The Parade Pleaser Big Dollar Daddy Pimp Costume.