Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Address

I am revising my blog and my new address is  Please come check it out.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Printing layouts

I have been printing my layouts at home. I have an Epson Artisan 710, which does an excellent job. However, the paper is almost $1 a sheet, plus add in the cost of ink and I'm probably spending $1.50 per print. I was listening to the Paperclipping Digi Show, and heard about Persnickety Prints dot com. I can get a premium quality 8x8 print for 99 cents.

Persnickety Prints also has some freebies, including this gorgeous kit, crazy beautiful by fei-fei's stuff.

Another great freebie link on Persnickety Prints is to a september desktop at digital scrap cafe.

Let me know if you've had prints made by Persnicket Prints.

Friday, September 03, 2010


Last week there was a fire at an apartment complex near my house. We first heard all the sirens and then could smell the smoke. The ambulance chaser that I am, it is surprising I waited two hours to go check it out. Of course I grabbed my camera. Two hours later and it was still burning. The apartment complex was a complete loss with 27 apartment dwellers losing everything. The fire was the result an explosion caused by meth makers.

Thank you to all firefighters -- especially the Des Moines Fire Department.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Morning with Keira

Keira's big brother is running a fever and she has come to spend the morning with Pappa and me while he goes to the doctor. We've been having fun singing and dancing. Here is Keira showing off her moves.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sneak Peek | Abide + A Giveaway!

Sneak Peek | Abide + A Giveaway!

One Little Bird has a new kit coming out This one looks like it will knock your socks off. She just posted a sneak peek on her blog and she's hosting a giveaway there so be sure to stop by and try your luck!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Sweet and Simple July

Where has this month gone? Here are my Sweet & Simple pages for July. Supplies used are from Weeds

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My girls

This is based on a sketch fromVicki Shepherd's class "A Little Goes a Long Way" I took at CK Des Moines. I used Tracy Reed's "Little Miss" papers and embellishments.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

CK Des Moines

The Creating Keepsakes convention is in town and although I am a strictly digital scrapper, I participated in a crop, where I was one of two scrappers on laptops, and two classes taught by Vicki Shepherd from The classes were Beyond the Square and A Little Goes A Long Ways. I attempted to complete the paper layouts in the class, but kept thinking when told to "paste paper to circle and then cut excess off" how much easier it would be to draw my circle in Photoshop and then use "adhere" my patterned paper to the circle via a clipping mask. So what did I do? I came home and used the sketches from the class and created layouts digitally.

This layout I used Vicki's "Life's Great" sketch along with Queen of Quirk's "Give Freely" free kit. Queen of Quirk I think may become one of my new favorite designers, along with Paislee Press. These two corroborated on You Are Here.

This layout was based on Vicki's two-page spread at her Beyond the Square class. I used a page kit by One Little Bird called "The Real Us." I loved the browns, blues, and gold combination. I believe she sells her designs at, but the site is down for emergency maintenance and I was unable to verify this.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

June Update

Summer is here and I've been lousy of keeping this up-to-date. Have been working on genealogy and scrapping. Here are some of my recent layouts.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Quiet night at home catching up on scrapbooking

I enrolled in a class at called 25 days of templates (Summer). I just started working on the class and got this layout done. In this layout I used the template as is without changing anything at all.

Supplies used: CVA_SSTools_Scripts_SupplyTracker (ScrapGirls) TNT_25DaysSUM10_1 (Class material) Paislee Press kit -- Adorned (flower2-ds, frame1, glitterstamp, papers, rhinestones, ribbon, tag)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sweet & Simple April Part 2

I am way behind on posting my Sweet and Simple projects. I've used Sweet & Simple Pages - APRIL '10 - 3/4 photo by Gina Marie Huff's Sweet & Simple materials from Weeds and Wildflowers Designs.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

More Loghry pictures

The trip last week got me interested in my Loghry genealogy once again. Here is another picture of my Loghry ancestors.

In the back row, left to right, there's Joseph Lecious, George William, John Harvey, Margaretta (Burns), and Orville Earnest! In the front row, George Eldredge, Ralph Earl, Nancy Jane (Roumans), Lettie Florella, and Nancy Jane Loghry. Note: Orville is Deb Jorgenson's and Dennis' Loghry's Grandfather

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Visiting the land of my Great Grandfather,  George E. Loghry land in Page County, Iowa

George Eldredge and Nancy Jane (Roumans) Loghry family. Back row: John Harvey, James Edward, Ralph Earl and George William; Middle row: Nancy Jane, George Eldredge, Nancy Jane (Roumans) and Lettie Florella; Front row: Joseph Lecious and Orville Earnest. It might be hard to tell from this picture, but there is a man's face in the trees behind the family.

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of walking the land my great-grandfather, George Eldredge, settleld north of Hepburn in Page county in 1868.

Dennis Loghry (g-grandson of John Harvey, grandson of Ray Loghry) researched where the land was and contacted the landowner for permission. The landowner initially was agreeable but with limitations--one time only visit, four individuals, no hunting, no metal detectors, no camping, and no taking of Indian artifacts.

The property is very hilly and sits between two ridges, known as the Hepburn Ridge. It is covered with trees (and ticks but that is another story). The current landowner uses the 40 acres as a little retreat property and have cleared paths and high on a ridge has a clearing with fire pit, picnic tables and chairs. In a lower valley is a bond with more chairs and another fire pit. Unfortunately there were no signs of any dwelling, windmill, etc.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Way back in 1973 when we were young and innocents,two recent high school graduates went to work for the Iowa Conservation Commission. One was myself in July in the personnel department and the other was Sherry Brown, I think in the typing pool. We were on the same floor, and not that far away but we were both on the shy side at that point and didn't really know each other. In October of 1973 the Conservation Commission provided two vehicles, and about eight of us "ladies" went on a field trip to northeastern Iowa to visit the state parks and forestry. I rode in one car with some "old ladies"; Sherry was in the other with some "old ladies."

We later worked together in the Word Processing Center on MTST typewriters and became good friends. I started moving around to various state agencies, but Sherry stayed with the Conservation Commission, which later became the DNR. She's held various positions with them. This week she retired--lucky lady. Good luck on your retirement and enjoy it and those grand babies. You deserve it.

More pictures (in high resolution quality) from this event can be found on my Flickr photostream:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sarah's in Love with Taylor the Latte Boy

My daughter-in-law Sarah singing of her love for Latte Boy.

Taylor the Latte Boy Rebuttal

This is my son...
Taylor's response to "Taylor the Latte Boy"

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Simply Tiffany - Digital Scrapbooking + Life Humor - 16 Lefty Righty Templates and a Giveaway

Simply Tiffany - Digital Scrapbooking + Life Humor - 16 Lefty Righty Templates and a Giveaway

Be sure to visit Simply Tiffany's blog and leave a comment for a chance to win the set of double-paged templates. They are all on sale for 30% off thru Thursday mignight, tonight!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


The older grand kids received bubble guns in their Easter Baskets at our house. I guess the Easter Bunny thought Jaren was too young (but that has now been fixed). Here's a layout of Luke I did called Fun With Bubbles.

Supplies used:
Scrap Girls:
Christy VanderWall -- CVA_SSTools_Scripts_SupplyTracker
Digital Artisan Guild:
Dunia Designs Upside Down Kit:
One Little Bird Scrapbook Designs (Oscraps):

Font: Century Gothic
Font: Champignon

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sweet & Simple April Part 1

April 1 was family night with Easter egg hunt and pizza. April 2 the Okland grand kids spent the night and we visited GG in the care center and then went to her house to play with the kitties. On April 3 Roger and I hit the road to visit some Iowa wineries, including White Oak, Snus Hill, and Santa Maria.
April 4 was Easter Sunday. After dinner some people crashed on the sofa after dinner. April 5 the daffodils are in full bloom. I need to clean out my flower beds. April 6 I visited Gray’s Lake on my lunch as it was a beautiful day. April 7 visited Mom after the Neighborhood Revitalization Board approved Ft. Des Moines’ application. She is looking great.

March 8 spent the evening at my childhood home freshening up for my mother’s home visit. March 9 enjoying my flower bed. March 10 was a busy day. I washed quilts at the laundromat, took 3 dogs to the veterinarian (alone) for shots and heartworm testing, and made Mom’s bed with the help of Penny. March 11 went to Gray’s Lake to walk and caught this beautiful sunrise
April 12 the City Council officially recognized the FortDes Moines Neighborhood Association. On the 13th I made myself one of my “smoothers” for breakfast. Went to Sacred Heart Church on the 14th to see the girls sing.

April 15 I visited Leiserwitz to check out Tamron 18-270 lens I am coveting.
April 16 my mother returned home to live after residing in the hospital or care facility since February 22.
April 17 I drove through Water Works Park to enjoy the flowering trees.
April 18 we visited the zoo with Jeremy, Sarah, and the kids.
April 19 I enjoyed watching the birds at my feeder.
April 20 enjoying my tulips with my new Tamron 18-270mm lens.
April 21 was a visit to Home Depot to exchange a lawn mower we had recently purchased.