Saturday, September 29, 2012

PostHeaderIcon May the odds be ever be in your favor

I am super excited to show you CryztalRain's newest set of brushes. They are grungy and oh so wonderful to use for blending. 

You can pick them up here at Deviant Scrap. Included with the brushes are png files if you prefer to work with them instead.
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Here's what I created with them. It's one of my favorite pages ever. *I do think I will be going back and turning it into a wallpaper.*


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Monday, September 24, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Della's Human.....

New from Hidden Vintage Studios is Happy Halloweenie 2 Micro Kit available at Deviant Scrap. 

Della's human was only supposed to highlight her coat for the Halloween Party. You decide....is it a trick or a treat?

Clicking on the photo will take you to the gallery for full credits.

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PostHeaderIcon Miracle Drug

We flew through last week like a tornado. I was acutely aware that it was the last week of summer and more than excited to welcome autumn. It however has yet to bring relief in the form of cooler weather. >very sad face< 

Last Thursday was salon day again-->all fancy sounding<--the normal lingo around our house is haircut day...cuz by golly it's time to get that hair cut out of the eyes. I am mostly happy with my cut. Mostly means my stylist got the front right and not too short around my face but an epic fail with how she cut the back. Huge note to self....bring more photos. She has been cutting and styling my hair for a year and half now and each time I have to remind her to not cut too short.  She however did an AMAZING job on my DD's hair. She wanted her's to have an edgy rocker chick look and that's exactly what she got. All in all I can't complain.  

After lunch we tackled the dr. appt. I had made for DD. School work has always been a struggle. The environment at public school ended up being a negative and toxic force in her life. I can say though that for the most part her teachers worked hand in hand with me to help with DD's studies. I have been home schooling for a year and a half. I thought that more one on one time would help her. I had pursued all avenues and the only one left that I did not want to face was testing her for ADD. She is not hyper so not ADHD. Forms had to be filled out. People tracked down to help fill them out. Forms delivered. Wait. Wait. Wait. A call for an appt. to see the dr. finally comes. 
End result. Yes for ADD. Fast forward.  Only 3 days on her meds and she has worked independently which she just does not do well and she has worked ahead of her schedule. She expressed to me that it just makes sense to her now. I can not even express in words how excited I am that my sweet teenager is now able to be successful in her studies. 

I was able to squeeze in a page created from a prompt on the Art Journal Caravan at SBG. I am a little ..ok A LOT...behind but that's ok. The image will be linked for full credits. Just Click on it. 
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Monday, September 17, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Till Death Do Us Part

The inspiration for this page comes from the skull brushes that I used from CryztalRain's Slighly Sinsister Brush and Image Pack @ Deviant Scrap. Society has made it too easy to call it quits after a commitment of marriage has been made. The vows get forgotten. This page is as much as a reminder to me as well. To many times I get so angry at my husband over some of the silliest things that should not even be a big deal. It's been easy for us to get busy in life and forget that our relationship with each other is just as and more  important than all the things the world is throwing at us.  

Clicking on the image will take you to the gallery so you can view the full list of supplies I used.

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PostHeaderIcon Wild Blue Yonder ~ New from Finecrafted Designs

I am paying homage to to one of the great ladies who pioneered the way for the rest of us to dream the impossible. It's such a sad shame that her plane and her remains have never been recovered. One day, maybe? Or is she forever to remain shrouded in mystery? In the meantime join me in celebrating her story. 

Created with Wild Blue Yonder by Finecrafted Designs @ Deviant Scrap. Font used is Chato. 

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

PostHeaderIcon I need a clone!!!

It's been non stop go since Thursday morning at 7 am. Up and getting ready for a 9 am dental appointment for DD left me feeling like I should have made it for after lunch as I would have much rather slept to at least 9. Me and DD take full advantage of our home schooling schedule. Why get up with the chickens if you don't have to right? <-----especially if you are not a morning person like us!
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Afterwards it was a quick trip home to take my Mama her luggage for her "Sister Vacation" that she takes with 3 of her sisters every year. A quick visit and back to the house to do a quick tidy up before heading to Shreveport to 
get DD's trial pair of contacts. They never have her RX in stock and I am a stickler for wanting her to wear the trial for a couple of weeks before ordering to make sure the RX works for her as it should. While we were there we played around some and tried on colored contacts. Not sure if we want them as they have to be taken out every single night. We are very spoiled to wearing ours for a week at a time. 

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Next stop was the pet store...just to look around and buy some Feliway for my cats. I have 2 males, litter mates, and 1 female. The boys drive the girl bananas and she stays in a perpetually bad mood. One of my males has started to pee on things to mark his territory. In lieu of rehoming one of the boys I am giving the Feliway a try. All my furbabies are 5 years old and I just could not bear thinking of parting with any of them. It's only been the weekend but they are all so calm and snuggly again with each other. All I can say is AMAZING!!! I am hoping it works with the pee problem.  

I thought this red tree frog was pretty cool....not to bring home...just to admire.

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This is was we did bring home. It's a crested gecko. DD wanted it and I told her that if she wanted it bad enough then she would have to pay for it. As you can see....SHE DID!!!! We won't know what the sex it until it's about 5 months old. It's about a month old now. I think he is the coolest little thing ever. These little critters were thought to be extinct until the 1990's. Fingers crossed he likes his new home with us.

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Friday was spent taking my Mama to my Auntie's house so they could leave for vacation early Saturday morning.  While my Mama was on the Road to Florida with the 3 sisters, I was at church helping get the decorations up for 
Sunday's lunch after morning service. The theme was western. I just adored the simple mason jar vases with a few fresh flowers. Some were white and some were yellow which gave a super fun pop against the red table covers. 
I seriously can't wait for the awesome fellowship and church service tomorrow!!!!

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I got back home just in time to take DD to a swim party for one of her friends in youth group. I think it's evident I left her having a fabulous time with the birthday girl and her sister. We were invited to stay but I took full advantage of the afternoon and spent quality time with the hubby. I was able to make both of them feel #1 at the same time!!!! How awesome was that?!?!? 

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I am one tired girl!!!! It's 1 am on Sunday morning actually but it feels good to be back blogging and participating in life! Now the hard part will be dragging my behind out of bed in a few hours and getting my covered dish cooked while I get ready for Sunday School but it will be worth it when I get there. ;-) 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Pretty Pages Never Shared.....

Operation Take Charge of my Life is going good this week. I made it a point to get some time in on the treadmill. I thought it was going to kill me. But I did do it. I am going to start a food journal tomorrow. I am contemplating going on a weekend juice fast to cleanse some of the toxins out of my system from all the crappy food I have eaten all summer. I still need to do some research on it before totally making my mind up.  

I have found some pages on my laptop that I created awhile back. The first one is one I made using CryztalRain's Reduce Reuse Recycle kit @ Deviant Scrap. It's just a fun reminder that we need to take care of our environment better. Clicking the image will take you to the gallery for full credits.


The other one I came across was this one I created using Finecrafted Designs 
Stylish Attitudes kit @ Deviant Scrap. It's another fun page for all the girls and the things we just just because we are all so awesome. Clicking the image will take you to the gallery for full credits.




Sunday, September 9, 2012

PostHeaderIcon A Good Weekend

The eye exam was a success. My DD had to have her contacts special ordered but that was not a surprise as that's what they have to do every time for her. She did have a slight change in her vision but the optomistrist only changed her contact lens RX and said there was really no need to purchase new glasses unless we just wanted to spend the $$$. He didn't have to tell me twice..LOL! My vision did change but not drastically, just enough to put a horrid strain on my eyes and keep me with a chronic headache. I can already tell the difference with the new contact. I wear only one in my left eye for reading. It was sorta weird at first wearing only one contact but after the first week I got used to it. It's been over a year now and it's now no big deal.

After the eye exam I took my DD and her bestie shopping for a birthday gift
for a friend in their youth group at church. They giggled and poked fun at one another and couldn't resist shopping for themselves also. With gifts bought and both girls with a couple of new additions to their own wardrobes we settled in for lunch at Cheddar's before heading home.  

The bestie had been with us since Wednesday so it was time for my DD to go to her house for the weekend. I have yet to hear all the fun details but I do know there was 4 wheelers and hunting shows involved. DD even ditched me after church this morning to go back to the bestie's house. I didn't mind though. This is the first real good friend my DD has had. The joys of giggly girl time has been scarce in my DD life so I welcome these experiences for her with open arms. 

I finally found some scrapping mojo and did a LO on Saturday. It's of my DD and stepdaughter. I kept trying to add more elements to it but in the end
I decided that keeping it simple was the best way to showcase the story and the photo. Clicking on the photo will take you to the gallery to view the credits.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

PostHeaderIcon I let it happen to me.....

This summer has been one I would have rather not have had. I let old triggers open new wounds in a way that I did not think was possible. I have been blind sided by things that I had let my guard down about. The defenses and walls I have kept around my heart to even my dearest loved ones had almost been gone. I have let the sunny and cheerful public me hide the chaotic and down in the dumps me. My self-esteem had taken a huge blow courtesy of someone that I love dearly and me (yes I blame myself also). I let myself believe I was less than. I let myself believe that I didn't deserve time to myself, love, respect, kindness. I have felt foolish and stupid. This manifested into me not scrapping, gaining some weight back, not thinking I deserved to even go get new contacts/glasses that I needed and basically just shunning the world as much as possible while still "maintaining the look of normal" so that the outside world would not get too interested or nosy.  It's literally been an effort to even get dressed most days and when I did it was to go do what I needed to do and come right back home and jump in the pajamas. One side of my brain is screaming get your act together and the other side screams just as loudly....."what for? and why even try?"  

This is not the first time I have dealt with these type of feelings. I have worked hard to stay away from negatives that would bring me down. I feel like I have let myself down because here I am again making the mental climb to a better and healthier emotional place. 

I am still not 100% but I am working hard to remember that I am the one responsible for how I react to my surroundings and to others around me. I  
have to mentally take away their power to negatively impact me. It's very hard to do at times esp when the option of changing the surroundings are not there.  I am working hard to remember that I am a role model for my daughter and that I want her to see that things and other people do not define who a person is.  

So I sit here and blog not for sympathy or actually even compassion. It's a step for me to see the words literally in black and white. These words, this blog post will be a HUGE reminder of what I don't deserve nor experience. It will be a reminder that I am worthy and it's essentially up to me to make the most of every day that God has graced me with here on earth. 

It's with this positive note that I end this post and get some rest before going to get that eye exam early Friday morning. 

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Just an everyday girl trying to find my way in the world to live life fiercely and passionately. I was a signature tagger for several years but art journaling has replaced that passion and it feeds my soul creativiely and spiritually. I also homeschool my DD, scrapbook, play around in photography, spoil my cats and drive my hubby insane on a daily basis. My faith in the Lord helps me juggle all these blessings. I keep this blog because it makes me happy. Sometimes I blog a lot and other times it collects a little dust. Thanks for visiting and being my friend.♥
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