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June 27, 2008

And one for Bella…

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooking — Christina @ 4:41 am

Damn these things are so cute! I can’t wait to see what they look like all put together…

Now I figure I better learn more advanced digital techniques. I learned how to make a torn edge and rounded corners. I want to learn how to make a scalloped edge now…


And one for Katana

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooking — Christina @ 2:09 am

June 26, 2008

A little album for Mel-Mel

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooking — Christina @ 4:32 am

So I bought 4 new digital kits today from Shabby Princess, I like the digital stuff there the best. The first thing I made is a little “badge” album for Mel-Mel using the Twirl kit. It’s sized to fit in the badge holders that are sold at office supply stores, like so:

They sell a pre-made one for $3.95, but figured I’d do better to just buy the whole kit and make my own. So Mel-Mel came first (she normally does for some reason). And this is what it looks like (or will, when I print it out).

Now I’m going to make similar albums for Alex, Katana, and Bella. I also bought the Bounce kit to make albums for Dillon and Keenan. They’re so cute I have to think of more people to make some for 🙂

June 24, 2008

Olallieberry Crisp

Filed under: Food — Christina @ 4:45 am

So we picked about 2.5 lbs of olallieberries at Phipps Farm on Saturday. And, since I don’t care for berries AT ALL raw, and I don’t know how to roll out a pie crust, I figured I’d make a berry crisp. I did a search on google, and came up with this recipe. Looks gross, but I promise it tasted good.

Yesterday I took the berries out of the bag and washed them, and washed them, and washed them, then soaked them and rinsed them and soaked them and rinsed them then soaked them overnight. Haha, yeah, so what. So today I washed them a couple more times, then we had the crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert. HBY liked it, and was surprised that it came out good, he ate two servings. I tried to eat two, but was just too full. Dillon liked it, he asked me “can we do this again?” Poor thing, we don’t normally have dessert at home, mostly they get cut fruits after dinner. The only thing is for the next time I’ll probably make more of the “crisp”, and I’ll add walnuts, I didn’t have any this time.

June 23, 2008

June desktop

Filed under: Digital Scrapbooking — Christina @ 7:52 pm
I downloaded the June free desktop from Shabby Princess and stuck a couple pictures from Saturday in there, it came out okay. I tried to make my own sepia tone in Photoshop, not sure if I made it, seems kind of off, and they both look different too.
I always noticed the desktops available each month but never really paid attention. This one is a little blah for me, but still nice. Hopefully July will have a more colorful one…

Tougher than the sun??

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina @ 3:31 am

Huh? Well, I’m DEFINITELY not as tough as I thought. I normally don’t get sunburned, and if I do, it’s just a little redness that is gone the next day. Well….after wandering around Phipps farm looking for berries (actually, I was mostly taking pictures) then building sandcastles at Pescadero State Beach (I only took a few pictures then), I have a FAT SUNBURN!!!

It’s pretty unbelievable actually. I haven’t been this sunburned since my Sophomore year in high school when we went to a volleyball tournament in Manhattan Beach and I swore I didn’t need any sunblock and only used dark suntan oil. Hahaha, what a dumbass…

June 17, 2008

Stampalicious is up and running!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina @ 10:19 pm

I still need to figure out a good template and find some nice graphics, but the content is there…just gotta start cranking out cards to keep putting up…


June 16, 2008

Sheriff Joe for President!

Filed under: Random — Christina @ 5:17 pm
You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well………

Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!

Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.
The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.
The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78. The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.

I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later. We have six trees in our yard from the Prison.

Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote. Now he’s in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural, that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn’t doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He’s kind of a ‘Git-R-Dun’ kind of Sheriff.




Sheriff Joe Arpaio (In Arizona) who created the ‘Tent City Jail’: He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.

He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights Cut off all but ‘G’ movies.

He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.

Then He Started Chain Gangs For Women So He Wouldn’t Get Sued For Discrimination.

He took away cable TV Until he found out there was A Federal Court Order that Required Cable TV For Jails So He Hooked Up The Cable TV Again Only Let In The Disney Channel And The Weather Channel.

When asked why the weather channel He Replied, So They Will Know How Hot It’s Gonna Be While
They Are Working ON My Chain Gangs.

He Cut Off Coffee Since It Has Zero Nutritional Value.

When the inmates complained, he told them, ‘This Isn’t The Ritz/Carlton…..If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Come Back.’

He bought Newt Gingrich’s lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails.

When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.

More On The Arizona Sheriff:

With Temperatures Being Even Hotter Than Usual In Phoenix (116 Degrees Just Set A New Record), the Associated Press Reports: About 2,000 Inmates Living In A Barbed-Wire-Surrounded Tent Encampment At The Maricopa County Jail Have Been Given Permission To Strip Down To Their Government-Issued Pink Boxer Shorts.

On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 Degrees Inside The Week Before.

Many Were Also Swathed In Wet, Pink Towels As Sweat Collected On Their Chests And Dripped Down To Their PINK SOCKS.

‘It Feels Like We Are In A Furnace,’ Said James Zanzot, An Inmate Who Has Lived In the TENTS for 1 year. ‘It’s Inhumane.’

Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: ‘It’s 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle Gear, But They Didn’t Commit Any Crimes, So Shut Your Mouths!’

Way To Go, Sheriff!

Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes – not live in luxury until it’s time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can’t afford to have for themselves.

If you agree, pass this on. If not, just delete it. Sheriff Joe was just reelected Sheriff in Maricopa County with 83% of the votes.

June 8, 2008

We’ll Always Remember Aunty Judy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina @ 3:26 am

Aunty Judy passed away in early April of this year, and the memorial service was held today in Piedmont. It was a nice service, there were A LOT of people there! They served Hawaiian food and her halau performed Papalina Lahilahi and Kawailele o Nuuanu. So sad, that song, it always makes me feel kinda sad. Anyway, the service was really nice, Andrea talked a lot about her memories of Aunty Judy and other people got up to tell their stories. There was also a really nice slideshow someone put together with a lot of pictures of Aunty Judy, these are the pictures that I had that were included in the slideshow…

I will always remember Aunty Judy…

June 6, 2008

Stationery Set Swap

Filed under: Cards,Gift Idea,Stationery — Christina @ 4:41 pm
Daphne found this project online the other day, and we both liked it so much that we decided to do it that night. So I did a “practice” one first.

I finished it fairly quickly, but I must admit I cheated. I just used that same line of patterned paper to make the cards, tags and gift cards. That one went to Mae. Then Daphne suggested that we swap the sets that each of us made. So I figured I better get to work on a “real” one. I made that one using the Black Orchid papers that Daphne likes. I did put a lot more effort into that one, embellishing the tags and stamping sentiments on the gift cards, even make actual greeting cards (although again, i cheated on a couple – and then poor daphne had to color her own, since i don’t keep “THE markers” here).

And yesterday, I went down there to borrow the cuttlebug and exchange our projects. Well…I like hers way better…but then again, I always do 🙂

On to our next project…but we don’t know what that will be yet…anyone have any ideas??
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