My first (7) blogger award nominations

*Wisher* from Pretty Little Things in a Box just nominated me for, not one, but 7 awards.  Thanks *Wisher*!  That’s a lot of love!!

I’ve seen nominations like these before and always coveted them.  They seem to be kind of like a chain letter, in that you get one and then have to pass it around to a certain number of other people.  But it’s a cool kind of chain letter, because it connects bloggers who might not otherwise find each other in this huge blog world.

Rather than just send out all 7 awards to the same people, I’m going to break them up again and try to send them out one at a time to get the most “bang for my buck”.  You know, to spread the love around.

So, here’s the first one: The Liebster Award.


This awesome blogger did all the work for me on investigating the origins of the blog (and she has a fun blog that I might never have found if I hadn’t been doing this search):

Here’s what she said about it:

“Liebster rules:

1. Thank the one who nominated you by linking back.
2. Nominate five blogs with less than 200 followers.
3.  Let the nominees know by leaving a comment at their sites.
4.  Add the award image to your site.

*Note: There is no general committee that awards this award. It’s just a recognition from one blogger to another for how awesome they are. Kind of like a really big Internet hug!”

So… here goes:

Thanks, *Wisher*!!  Here’s her post with my nomination.  Be sure to check out her blog.

My nominations (This is the hard part- choosing among the hundreds of blogs that I’ve come to know and love.  The “less than 200 followers” rule narrows it down, so here are they are- in no particular order): – I love this blog.  She upcycles all kinds of random things and makes them pretty. – Michelle writes about her adventures, crafting, cooking, and her kiddos.  What could be better? – I’ve loved seeing Natasha’s participation in Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Challenge for the past couple months.  And her daughter played along too. – She’s a homeschooling mom that has a craft space that’s to die for.  I love her art journal pages. – Jennifer blogs about spreading love around one of my favorite cities: Minneapolis.  She sounds like, quite possibly, the nicest women in the city.

So, there you have it!  I hope all these lovely ladies choose to spread the love.

My first wedding scrapbook page

Our 1 year anniversary is coming up on September 15 and we haven’t even started our scrapbook.  I’ve been trying to get my wife to do it with me, but she’s been putting all her creativity into her cooking lately (not that I’m complaining about that).  So… I’m taking the initiative.  I’ll be obscuring our boy’s face with digital stickers because of the public nature of blogging, but everything else will be paper, stickers, my own writing and drawing, and embellishments.  All the photos are from our amazing photographer- Brian Hale at  And here’s the first page:

ImageThe layout came from “Sketch n Scrap” (  It was so clean and simple it was just perfect for first page of a wedding scrapbook.  My beautiful wife is on the left and I’m on the right.  This was made with a really pretty velum with dried flowers in it, ribbon, and card stock, and stickers.  The little glittery flowers in the upper left hand corner have tiny pearl-like beads in the center.  I have a feeling they’ll be making several appearances throughout the scrapbook.