Saturday, February 20, 2010

10 Things We Love About Gator Baseball Games

Kell and I occasionally make it out to "the Mac" for a Gator baseball game and really enjoy them.  Friday night we decided to head out to support the Gators in their season opener against USF.  Florida is expected to have a very strong team this year and we look forward to attending a number of games.

We would like to share with you some of the reasons why we enjoy the Gator home games.  No Peanuts or Cracker Jacks, but...

10.  Kell likes to scout the stands for cutting edge Gator accessories, (i.e hair clips, bows, etc.)
9. It is exciting to watch some of the top amateur baseball talent in the country.
8. Explaining some of the nuances of the game to Kell, who has come along way in her understanding and appreciation of the game over the last 5 years.
7. Sound effects when foul balls go flying out of the park.
6. Overhearing some of the idiotic comments from fans who swear they know everything about the Gators and the game.
5. The Jr. Voice of the Gators.  Each game they call one lucky young Gator fan to the press box to announce the Gator hitters as they come to bat in the home half of the fifth inning.
4. Double Play.
3. Catching free T-shirts for my wife (which happened Friday night.)
2. The sounds of the game.
1. Fried Oreos. If you haven't tried them, you are missing out.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Handy Dandy Matchbook Notepad

So, as you might know I am very into creating different paper crafts, especially cards.  Recently, I have been interested in making a Matchbook Notepad.  I have seen these on etsy and in stores and have thought, "I could make that!" Finally, I have been inspired by an idea from a friend to sit down and make one!

I am very excited to share my first tutorial on my Handy Dandy Matchbook Notepad (and matching pen too!)

You will need: 
3 in. x 12 in. scrapbook paper of your choice (double-sided paper is best!)
Adhesive of some sort (I used glue stick and double-sided tape)
Embellishment of your choice
Bone folder

 1. Line up your paper with the end of your scratch pad.  Use the pad as a guide for where you will create your first fold.  Then fold your pad along the crease you made and create another fold.  Continue until you have folded the paper around the pad. *There should be a small section at the end that overlaps the front flap of your pad.

2. Apply adhesive to cardboard backing of pad. Stick paper to adhesive. Let dry for a few minutes.

3. In the mean time, you can start on your matching pen :)  Remove bottom cap and ink from pen.  Use a scrap that matches the paper you are using for your pad.
Measure the clear length of the pen and cut paper to that size.  It shouldalso be about 1in. wide.  Roll the paper scrap and put it into the pen.  Replace ink and bottom cap! You're done!

4.  Now, back to the pad.  Fold your pad up matchbook-style.  Place embellishment over part of the bottom and the top flaps to decide where you want it.  (*Note, I used a sticker on my first go 'round which ended up being too light weight. You will want to choose something heavier like a button or chipboard shape.)  Apply adhesive to top part of embellishment (Notice, I covered the sticker's adhesive on the bottom half.) Stick the embellishment to the top/long cover of the pad.

5. Tuck bottom/small flap under the non-sticky side of the embellishment and you have a Cutie Patootie,  Handy Dandy Matchbook Notepad (and matching pen too!)

*To add a little special touch, randomly stamp cute designs on pages of the notepad.
*If you want to have an even more securely closed notepad you could attach a mini-magnet to the flaps!
*Wrap and give as a gift or just keep for yourself! Whatever you decide...Enjoy!!!

If you make one you're particularly proud of...Share! I'd LOVE to see it!!!

Stampin' Up Valentines

First off, we have to say CONGRATS to the Saints for winning a hard fought game! Who Dat!!!

I'm so excited about Stampin' Up! I was invited to a Stampin' Up party by our Media Specialist at school.  What is Stampin' Up you ask...?  Well, let me just say that if you are into paper crafts or stamping at all you will love it!  It is a company that sells the CUTEST stamps you have ever seen!  They also sell great stamp pads, paper, hole punches and more!
Anyhoo, at the party we got to make 10 cards.  I decided to make all of mine into <3 Valentines <3 that I could send to my friends and family!  Here's a pic of the 5 styles of cards I made!
Once I sat down and thought about the friends and family I'd be sending Valentines to... I realized I needed more!  So I decided to use some of the stuff I have at home to make a few more cards!
I had so much fun making these Valentines.  I hope all of my friends and family enjoyed them too!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday

Kell and I chose to stay at home and take it easy for this year's game.  We both had difficulty deciding who we would be pulling for in the game, but when push came to shove, the consensus was the Saints.

Start of the 4th Quarter. Saints are lucky to be in the game at this point but they are.  Manning and the Colts have scored at will.  Only non scoring drive so far came just before the half when they were simply trying to get it out of their endzone.  Prediction: Colts win by 11.

Regarding Kell's favorite part of the game, the Ads, I do not believe that a single ad really has made a lasting impression. Game is not over yet, but I haven't seen an ad that really stands out like in past years.  Tebow's ad makes the haters look silly, because it was very simple, but funny.

Colts just missed a field goal.  Maybe New Orleans has a shot.
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