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a festive weekend.

It’s Halloween-time! Yeah, we’ve been prepped since the end of September, but this past weekend just felt so festive. Speaking of festive, I never shared pictures of the decor around the house.

This past weekend, we went to one of the many members’ parties thrown by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We specifically went to this event because it was a Halloween Dance Party! It’s pretty awesome, especially when their staff is dressed up in their costumes, and they’ve decorated some of the exhibits. Plus, they hand out Halloween candy. Here’s some of the photos that we snapped that evening:

It wouldn’t be a trip to the aquarium without some random shots of the sea life, right?!

We also had the pups put on their costumes for a quick little photo shoot. Every year, we dress them up in new costumes. This year, I die of how cute they are, especially since their paw-rents are Aggie alumni. Moo!

…and to top it off, we gutted our pumpkins and carved our pumpkin haul. This year we carved Disney pumpkins. It was super exhausting but lots of fun. The dogs love it for all of the gutted pumpkin on the floor, haha!

After this past weekend, I’m feeling beat from all of the Halloween festivities. If I don’t post before Thursday, wishing everyone a happy (and safe) Halloween!

PS: Two more days! 🙂



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pumpkin hunting.

I can’t believe that we’re in October. …and you know what happens in October, right?!

It happens every year, pumpkin hunting that is. We pack up and head out to Half Moon Bay, pumpkin capital of the world, on a mission to find the perfect pumpkins to gut. Here’s a snippet into some of these year’s memories:

Looking back on our adventure from earlier this week, it’s making me antsy! I can’t wait until we get to gut and carve our haul!


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halloween recap and layouts.

I can’t believe that it’s November already. Where did this year go?! Halloween came and went, and now we’re in full gear towards Thanksgiving. Not too long from now, we will be busy trimming our tree and decking our halls with color. By the time we know it, it’ll be a brand new year filled with little blessings. In the meantime, I’ll soak up the past October festivities.

We went to a Halloween get together at the Smith house last weekend. It’s always fun going to their shindigs, especially during Halloween time. Their whole front yard is decked out with SCARY decorations! Plus, Jeanne’s pumpkin pie is to die for! *No pun intended, hehe.*

Pumpkin carving this year wasn’t as extravagant as previous years. G was on the road for a good amount of time this month, so we only carved some basic ones. At least this year, we actually got the chance to carve. Last year during Halloween time, we were way too busy.

 …and as far as being creative, here’s some of the scrapbook layouts that I created in October.

First up, here’s a layout I made for my friend Ann. Yes, I “borrowed” some of her photos. This layout uses the collection Soho Garden by American Crafts. I’m not going to lie; I hoarded this collection because all of its papers are named after areas in NYC’s Soho, my favorite part of the city! You know it’s an addiction when you’re buying paper because of its name. 😉

Second layout features 5th & Frolic, also manufactured by American Crafts. I’m in love with the soft palette to this collection. Plus, there’s hints of gold incorporated into all of the products. Gold, you say? Um, yes, please!

Last but not least, my third layout is a compilation of a bunch of scraps I had out on the table in the crop room. Most of it comes from KI Memories’  latest collection, Flashback. Have you seen it?! It reminds me of the stuff they used to have on the market, so I hoarded it, haha. Aren’t surprised, huh? 😉

On another note, life has been throwing lots of curve balls my way. Fingers crossed that everything goes my way tomorrow at the clinic.


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orange and more orange.

Tonight, I had an urge to write. Perhaps, it’s because I haven’t been feeling too well, and writing seems to keep me mentally focused. Anyway, here’s to a Saturday post!

Yesterday, we finally had the chance to take our yearly excursion to the Pumpkin Capital, Half Moon Bay. It was crowded, but we still had a wonderful time. Maui and Hilo loved that there was an array of pumpkins to sniff, lol. As a matter of fact, Mr. Naughty Hilo “marked” his favorite pumpkin. How embarassing!? 😉

After the marking incident, we all merrily went our own ways to pick out our pumpkins. Maui and Hilo were eager to go after the smaller ones.

However, Mommy had to direct them to a more suitable size for carving.

…and here’s the 2010 batch of pumpkins, which we can’t wait to carve:

After the pumpkin patch, Maui and Hilo decided that they needed to have playtime at the beach. Well, we couldn’t resist their sweet little faces, so we took them to the coast to run off leash. Boy, did they have a blast! See that curved trail of paw prints?! Those are the crazies running all the way to Gloria (she’s the human speck in the distance). Maui and Hilo are those tiny little dots on the left, hehe.

…and after running back and forth (a million times), they decided to catch their breath with Mommy.

After spending some time at the beach, we thought it would be adventurous to hit up another pumpkin patch, one where you could pick them right from the field. We were in the Pumpkin Capital of the world, so why not go to one more, right?! 😉 The next patch had livestock too! I had such a blast feeding the smelly (but cute) piglets.

It’s always nice to get fresh air every now and then. It made my day just to be outdoors. Sometimes, just going out can put a smile on someone’s face.

After excavating the entire patch, we found one of the biggest pumpkins in the patch. Goodness, it was HEAVY! Gloria couldn’t lift it, so I thought, “What the heck?! You’re so weak!” Then, I gave it a go, but guess what happened?!

…it was heavier than it looked. Sheesh! I guess I’m just as weak as Gloria, haha! 😉

…and to think, this is a super small one compared to the heaviest pumpkin they weighed in this year for the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.

Oh, what a joyous and festive October day. Days like these, I never want to forget.

Now, for the scrapbook updates…

Today, my class went well. I love when the students are lively and upbeat. It’s so fun and inspiring to watch others create. That’s another reason why I love this art from – it’s all about inspiring others to be artistic!

Lastly, did you know that I’m the guest designer of the month for Nikki Sivils?! If not, check out my latest work using some of Nikki’s latest releases. Today’s post was all about ME, so if you have an extra minute to spare, head on over there to leave some love. In the meantime, here’s one of the layouts that I created:

The above layout features her Blueberry Hill line. To see the rest, head on over to Nikki’s blog!

Okay, that’s enough writing for tonight. It felt good to write whatever came to mind. I love that about blogging; it’s like creating – therapeutic. 😉

PS: Have any of you seen the November/December 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes?! I have a few layouts in there, but I haven’t seen it yet. If you have a copy of  it, do my layouts look okay? 😉



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Last night, I went to the crop over at Memories Live On. Some friends convinced me to go, so off I went. I was surprisingly productive and ended up creating three layouts. On top of that, Holly helped me start planning out another class I’m teaching in December.

This first layout was inspired by a sketch over at Scrapbooking Supplies R Us. I played with the latest line, Persuasion, from Bo Bunny. …and I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE the stitching on this one.

The layout below was created using the latest sketch over at Sketchy Thursdays. I love the paper on this one. Isn’t the October Afternoon paper adorable?!

…and here’s the next one I finished. It’s definitely one of my more simple designs, meaning I was too lazy to embellish it. LOL.

Other updates to write about:

We decided that today was going to be Pumpkin Carving Day in our house. Oh, the joys of October! We had such a fun time making a mess. Even the dogs had a “taste” of pumpkin carving (literally speaking — we weren’t too thrilled about that, hehe). Gloria’s definitely the artist when it comes to carving our pumpkins. I always try to carve something simple.

Here I go....!

Here I go....!

Maui and I are gutting out our pumpkin!

Maui and I are gutting out our pumpkin!

Pumpkin guts! Wahooo, NOT!

Pumpkin guts! Wahooo, NOT!

I told you I take the simple way out! Cute though, right?!

I told you I always take the simple way out when it comes to pumpkin carving! Cute though, right?!

Maui worked on her own pumpkin (with the help of Gloria of course)!

Maui worked on her own pumpkin (with the help of Gloria of course)!

Check out our pumpkins lit up and ready to go for Halloween:


Gloria worked on her "scary" pumpkin.

How vain is Hilo?! He begged Gloria to put his face on his pumpkin too!

How vain is Hilo?! He begged Gloria to help him put his face on his pumpkin too! He likes to copy everything Maui does.

Mauis pumpkin!

Maui's pumpkin!

Maui and Hilos pumpkin - schnauzer and schnauzer. :) (Awesome job, Gloria!)

Maui and Hilo's pumpkin - schnauzer and schnauzer. 🙂 Awesome job, Gloria! They look amazing!

…and I’m so super excited that in about a week I get to hang out with Deana and Julie. I seriously can’t wait! We are gonna have a blast! 🙂

Okay, off to get some rest. Tomorrow’s going to be a long and FUN day.




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