Flaws (and strengths).

These past couple of days have been quite hard for me. I’ve been feeling on edge. To tell you quite honestly, I’m not exactly sure why I’ve been feeling this way. I think I feel antsy over anticipation. Sometimes, it even seems that my anxiety has won another battle. Eh, I guess that’s my flaw. …but hey, at least I’m fessing up to my flaws, right?! Admitting them is definitely one of my strengths, I’d say. Knowing my flaws allows me to improve on becoming a better person.

This weekend was supposed to be one of those relaxed stay at home weekends, but it totally didn’t end up that way because we all know how much I love to be out and about. 🙂

On Saturday, I got to spend a chunk of my day playing with bottles, bottles, and more bottles of Glimmer Mist. Cory Phillips from Tattered Angels was in town to teach various techniques on how to play with these ADDICTING bottles of fun. I had tons of fun learning new ways to embellish my layouts and projects, and by the end of the class, my hands were totally “glimmered” out.

Heres the cover to the book I made.

Here's the cover to the book I made.

...and the back. I went embossing crazy on the back. :)

...and the back. I went embossing crazy on the back. 🙂

Saturating the page with mist makes a really neat watercolor look.

Saturating the page with mist makes this really neat watercolor look. ...and I've officially decided I need the BRONZE bottle of Glimmer Mist. 🙂

Sunday was definitely a BUSY day. We woke up early, packed up the car, and headed to the beach all before 8 o’clock! Yes, we decided to take Maui and Hilo to the beach, hehe. 🙂 Because we knew the beaches were going to get pretty crowded, we decided to play at a more isolated and secluded beach — Bean Hollow State Beach, which is just south of Half Moon Bay.

The not so crowded beach is always more relaxing.

The not so crowded beach is always more relaxing.

See, theres no one at this beach yet.

I'd love to go swimming here. Too bad it's freezing, and this is a shark hangout. I'll stick to the sand here.

This is no joke... theyll do anything for that chuck it ball.

This is no joke... they'll do anything for that chuck it ball.

I got it, Mommy! Well, actually... I took it from Maui.

"I got it, Mommy! Well, actually... I took it from Maui."

Northern California beaches are not your typical beach weather. Brrrr!

Northern California beaches are not your typical beach weather. Brrrrrrrr!

Check out this Harbor Seal that stalked us!

Check out this Harbor Seal that stalked us! Look out Mr. Seal, Mr. Great White is probably lurking for food nearby.

Wow, heres a picture of me and Scott. It actually turned out okay. haha.

Wow! Here's a picture of me and Scott. It actually turned out okay. haha.

Getting down and dirty, Hilo ended up with tons of sand on his face!

"Yeah, yeah... I know I've got sand on my face."

On the way home, traffic going towards the beach was horrendous. I guess it’s true what they say, “The early bird always catches the worm.” Good thing we left early. 🙂

After the beach, we headed to one of the local scrapbook stores, and I got the chance to finally meet Holly, a sweet gal who lives in my area and “met” me through this blog. She was doing a make and take, so I wanted to drop by and say hello. I had fun learning new distressing techniques! Check out this tag I made (with Holly’s help, of course!):

Heres the project I made. :)

Here's the distressing project I made. 🙂

Here is Glorias finished project! ;) Hey, at least she tried it, right?!

Here is Gloria's finished project! 😉 Hey, at least she tried it, right?!

Later that afternoon, we headed to Gloria’s sister’s place for an early Labor Day BBQ with her family. Maui and Hilo had a blast playing with Mina and Milo. Four dogs running a muck, good food, and nice weather make an awesome BBQ, don’t you think?!

Im playing chase with Milo, Mom!

"I'm playing chase with Milo, Mom!"

Hilos new friend, Milo -- they played for hours.

Hilo's new friend, Milo -- they played for hours.

I dislike bugs. Bwech!

This was found in the backyard. I dislike bugs. Bwech!

It’s Tuesday, and I want it to be Friday all ready. haha! Today, I plan on taking out all of the fall/Halloween decorations out of the storage. Fall is right around the corner, and it’s my favorite season. I can’t wait to decorate our place and deck it out with fall colors!

Scrappity scrap news:

I’m so honored and thrilled that Nikki Sivils recognized some of my recent layouts on her blog this past weekend!

The first layout she posted was one I had previously posted on my blog, but I thought I’d post it again. Personally, I love the little bow I put in the owl’s head. 🙂 Isn’t it darling?!

The second layout she posted was my layout that I created for this week’s sketch over at Pink Sketches. To see this week’s sketch and for some awesome inspiration from the DT, head on over to see the latest!

The girls over at TAAFOMFT are amazingly sweet, and we’ve all made such awesome friendships via our MULTIPLE and NUMEROUS emails to each other. After receiving an email from Deana, I decided to make a layout to cheer her up. Why? Well, you’re going to head over to her blog to find out. 🙂 Anyway, I wanted to share what I made for her.

Last but not least, I had a ton of scraps lying all over the floor, so I decided to create something to decorate our newly made mantle! 🙂 I ended up making a haunted house! When I get the time, I plan on adding spiderwebs and a dilapidated fence around the house. Let me know what you think!

I love the ghost coming out of the chimney!

I love the ghost coming out of the chimney! ...and I love how the house is slightly tilted! 🙂

Heres the graveyard to the side of the house. :)

Here's the graveyard to the side of the house. 🙂

…and since I’m all ready talking about Halloween, I finished my Halloween cards over the weekend too! I’m totally on a roll, wouldn’t you say?!

Last but not least, the one and only layout I created this weekend:

I made the flowers with the paper towels I used to wipe up my Glimmer Mist! :)

I made the flowers with the paper towels I used to wipe up my Glimmer Mist mess! 🙂 Aren't they pretty?!

With all that said, I’d say I have more strengths than weaknesses. Now that’s a reason to smile. 🙂





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21 responses to “Flaws (and strengths).

  1. Jing-Jing

    That was so sweet of you Sarah, that gorgeous layout you did for Deana!!
    and I tell you, your dogs, seriously, cute enough to eat (not literally, lol)
    Love how you used the new JB papers, oh no, I feel the urge to get some now, LOL

  2. gloria

    Okay, just to be fair, my finished project was purposely made so you couldn’t see the stamp on there! I put yellow on yellow with that pearly powder thingy. It worked just fine! =P What happened to the up close with Milo? Anyway, I love your latest layout because yes God is good.

  3. Gloria — i love your excuses. 😉 haha. just kidding. the up close of milo i forgot to upload. it’s a rather cute pic tho. you should send it to your sister.

  4. OMG! it was so nice to meet you! and i’m stoked you took cory’s class too! i am in love with the new glimmer mist colors. particularly marshmallow. i’m planning on a class in november using the prima paintables and glimmer mist. so excited about that one! anywho, i’m glad you guys stopped in for the make & take, i’m getting ready to post october’s ATC make & take. lots of fun with blending and tim holtz new halloween stamps. hope to see you then (and before then if you make it by!) you should come crop with us on fridays! i’ll actually be “working” in the store a few days a week now, including friday nights, so i can definitely bump into you!!!!

    have a super tuesday!

  5. ps. gloria’s project was awesome! maybe we can get your brother to do one next time!!!

  6. Looks like you had a fun filled weekend. I am hating being back at the office today. The Halloween display you made is crazy!! W.O.W.!!! It looks awesome!

  7. I absolutely love the haunted house! I am itching to decorate for fall/halloween too! I really need to stop being so lazy and get some real scrapping done. Its so hard to scrap by myself and none of my friends are into scrapping. I wish you lived near by. Very cute pics from the beach! Have a super day!!


  8. Chris

    I loved readin your post; in fact, our dinner will now be later than normal because I just have to comment. How lucky you were to take a glimmer mist and I love the towel flowers – I actually made a layout this past spring where I used a glimmer mist waste towel as part of the layout. Your dogs are absolutely too cute and the beach there looks so wonderful. As far as I am concerned, FL beaches are still tooooooo hot! Gimme another month or so! Love your layouts – you are on a roll!

  9. Paper towels? Genius! 🙂 Loved all the photos, and your projects!!! I’m equally ready for Friday and fall. 🙂

  10. you had quite a productive weekend! I must admit I’m a little jealous of you being so ahead of the game with your fall & halloween projects!
    I am loving that haunted house project – Can’t wait to see it when you get the mantle decorated.

  11. Oh my goodnes… does your creativity never end???!!! That little Halloween scene you made is just ADORABLE! I’ll be sending that in for you, since I have a feeling you may not have been able to load it in the gallery! Awesome! 🙂

    ♥ the beach photos! Why is it that the ocean water in CA. is always so cold? I mean, like year-round?!

    And finally…. I bow down to your amazing misting, masking, embossing & paper toweling from the weekend! Such incredibly beautiful projects & such a great way to get some creative mojo going, too! What a FUN thing to do over the weekend! I want to see what Gloria made! 🙂

    Hope that feeling passes, too, btw… because for sure… more strengths! You rock, girl! 🙂

  12. hey girl. you are fabulous. I absolutely love your glitter misting! It makes me want to run out and get some right now! 🙂

    I will definitely be praying for this anxiety to pass, love! Have a beautiful rest of your week! You deserve it!

    ❤ B

  13. OMG!!! YOu are sooo amazing! I love all your projects and I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!!! SO THAT HAS TO BE MY FAVE…right?? Well, I DO love all the glimmer misting techniques, too! I told you about the website I found that has glimmer mist for $5.00 a bottle and always has free shipping??? Email me if I didn’t. They don’t have the newest colors…but, it’s awesome to have alot of base colors..you know? I ordered 4.
    I love the beach photos!! I just love this whole post.
    I hope you are feeling better and not so antsy..but, I know what you mean. (at least I think I do)..is those times that you don’t know what to do with yourself? I hate those times.
    Well, BB is on! lol
    Email me if you need anything!

  14. Julie

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…..I think U and I had the same feeling all weekend….and what U mean multiple and numerous emails on our team???? LOL….just for that missy…I gonna go send al U a 100 of them!!! LOL!!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE the photos, so happy u got recognized on Nikki’s blog…love the Deana lo….and all that misting is YUMMY! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  15. Michelle

    So glad you had a wonderful weekend!! I just adore that haunted house its so awesome and so creative!! Love your Nikki LO’s they are stunning! I can see why she posted them on her website!! Congrats!! I really love her cherry line right now and I’m not sure when I will get to create with them! I can’t believe how big the puppy has gotten!! Hope you have a great week!

  16. That haunted house came a long way from that box you had last night.

    Btw, I took that pic of the seal. Or at least I’m pretty sure I did.

  17. Oooooh, I love your haunted house. I’ve been creative for halloween too. I crochet a halloween cupcake. Maybe I’ll make another one this evening. Need to take a picture of it and post it on my blog.
    btw: If you want me to crochet something for you, I’ll be happy to try. 🙂

  18. Anxiety is a huge challenge I deal with on a daily basis. Hang in there, Sarah. There will be better days 🙂
    I’m a huge Glimmer Mist fan, I’m getting ready to teach a Halloween class with a glimmer mist album & I can’t wait!
    I love your beach pics, I’d give anything to have a beach nearby!

    Cheer up buttercup 🙂

  19. Oh your pups are soooo cute! Loving all of your projects too.

  20. Hey girl!! I just love your work…of course you’d be recognized for it!!! Love love love everything you go! I’m going crazy over your haunted house! I soo need to make one! Looks like your were so busy and Maui and Hilo are so lucky to have a great mommy taking them all kinds of places! My kids would want you to adopt them for sure! Thanks for taking the time to share all the photos and stories. You remind me that I need to go out and enjoy the sunshine while I can here in rainy Washington! Oh! In answer to your question about the rub ons…they are from Stampin’ Up! and if you give me your snail mail…i’d definitely give you some of them cuz I’ve got tons of them from a promotion they did a couple years ago (they are retired so you can’t buy them now). Seriously, let me know and I’ll send some off okay!


  21. I love all those pics and all your creations…I’m really lovin’ that haunted house hehe!!! A big congrats to you for being recognized by Nikki!!!

    And I love the glimmer mists…I want one in every color…I’m working on it hehehe 🙂

    I deal with some anxiety too. Hugs to you.

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