Saturday, August 09, 2008

Agh! We were down at the dock the other day – our ONE BIG THING we treat ourselves with if the weather permits – and there was a nice breeze coming off the lake. We did our little routine, laying our air mattresses out , covering them with a towel and anchoring them down with whatever’s handy and seems heavy, before taking a lil dip to cool off. This day I chose my library book for an anchor as the towel was a heavy one already. Yah, you know where I’m going here.

Miles was the first out, got his handsome self all arranged on his air mattress, his highly kissble face to the sun. I took a few extra moments to enjoy the water. I pulled myself up onto the railing – to find my ‘spot’ on the dock – BARE!

Ah-hah, the air mattress, being the lightest was floating the furthest away, the towel blanketing the bottom of the lake, while the book was floating nicely about 12 feet out.

I wasn’t even particularly fond of the book I ruined. Why, oh why could it not have happened to the one I liked, about a week ago. So, $41 dollars later. Sheesh.

I know you ALL have at least one ‘LIBRARY BOOK TALE’ to tell – c’mon, spill – we can weep together. I wish I could say I’d be wise and read only magazines or paperbacks there from now on, but I like to live dangerously. I think I’ll should put up a windsock or something though?

With this said, I'm showing you the previews to my newest kit, which will be available on Monday at the Sophia Sarducci Shop. This kit is so big that I've broken it down into bits, so you can purchase 1, 2 or all of the pieces! Each item is very reasonably priced, and if you shop on Monday you'll also recieve an additional 20% off as its Monday Madness too!

These overlays were created using photographs I took when my sister was visiting. There were some vines creeping up the side of a building, and grapes ON the vine, which were irresistible to my camera lens. I've overlaid them with a grungy canvas texture - they turned out beautifully! So these overlays are a little piece of my sister's visit I can share with you!

And for YOU!
A little something - a small taste of my trashy treasures!


I would LOVE to see your layouts you make using my items - to share here on the blog - just send me a 600 x 600 px jpg at lalalime [at] hotmail [dot] com
Be sure to supply all credits!


I'll give you a giggle here by sharing some thoughts sent to me by my friend Janice recently - I'm sure we can all identify at some time. I'm not sure where these originated, so can't give credit:

A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills... she has 14 kids but doesn't really care.

One of life's mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain 5 lbs.

My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.

The best way to forget your troubles is to wear tight shoes.

The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.

Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.

Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness.

A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills... she has 14 kids but doesn't really care.

I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my knicker's.

Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks 2 sizes!

Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like...'You know sometimes I forget to eat!' .....Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!

I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying,and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day!

Here's a challenge my friend Angela sent me - I too, think I will try it - I think its a good idea!
It's all about going 'Gossip Free' You can find out more by clicking HERE.


I've been reading magazines again, so will share some hilites with you. Always something new that catches my eye. Technology Rocks!

If you're like me, meaning you're hard on your electronics, this camera I was reading about might interest you - its the Olympus SW camera and it is:

waterproof to 33 feet
shockproof from 6.6 feet
crushproof to 220 lb
freezeproof to 14 degrees F.
capture stunning pics and movies, with sound ... UNDERWATER

sounds like even I could not kill this one. To find out more just click HERE.

Then, there's these cool crayola chalk sticks that are 3D! You draw funky patterns, don the glasses included and *WOW* - the yellow, orange and pink colors rise, while the cool colors - blue, green and purple recede! To find out more, click HERE.

Lastly, a lil yummy recipe for you I found in the same Parents Mag - its by Colleen Weeden - a terrific way to enjoy this season's fresh blueberry harvest!


1 8.25 oz. can pear halves in heavy syrup
1 cup blueberries
2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt

Drain the pears, reserving 2 tbs. syrup. Place the pears, blueberries, and reserved syrup in a blender or food processor. Cover and mix until its smooth.


Lastly, I'm going to share the amazing interview of the Steven Curtis Chapman family with you. I've never had tragedy touch my life, like it has theirs - and I stand in awe of how their faith is evident in what must be every family's nightmare situation. I know it's only our hope in Jesus that can take something like this and work it to His Glory, to unite a family even closer than ever before. I hope it might inspire you too.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Steven Curtis Chapman - he's a talented Christian recording artist who's sung his faith for many years now. His faith is not shaken, even though tragedy hit their family when their small daughter, who was adopted from China, was killed when her 17 year old brother did not see her in the driveway and ran over her.

Love is pulling together against all the odds.

"And beyond all these things put on love,
which is the perfect bond of unity."

Colossians 3:14


  1. Good Evening Barb:)
    I finally got by here to say Hi.:) Thank you sooo much for the cool sampler.! Your kit looks like a lot of fun.:)I love your vines and grapes too.What a wonderful idea to share your visit with your Sister with us that way.:)
    Okay..I suppose an anchor or anvil would work for the float.I can just see you dragging them down to the lake.hehe So sorry about your book though..may I suggest a zip lock bag?:)If you let it fill with would float maybe.hehe I've heard of diving into a book...but the book diving???LOL
    Have a wonderful rest of the evening.Ours is almost over here.:)


  2. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 10 Aug [LA 12:00am, NY 02:00am, UK 07:00am, OZ 05:00pm] ).

  3. Oh Barb, I just love the newest parts of the kit!! You are doing such incredible work!!! I am so proud for you.

    I have lost a library book and yes I had to pay the fine also. I have lost many a paperback books in the lake! I also kicked (by accident) my cell phone in the lake last year (and dropped one in a commode at a restaurant, and one in a sewer drain, and one by pouring boiling water over it when it fell in the sink, etc., and yes have had my insurance cancelled on all cell phones)! This doesn't really fit in this category, however, I was boiling noodles in water and olive oil for spagetti and ended up splashing this boiling water and oil on my neck and face. Just crossing my fingers that it doesn't blister. Because I trip over anything imaginable, spill everything I get my hands on, etc., I feel like a disaster in waiting.

    Thank you so much for those little clips, I laughed so hard because so many of them fit me!

    I just love to read your blog. You are so gifted at writing!

    Love and hugs!! Renae

  4. Aww now you've gone and made me cry again :)

    LOL ! Remember when the tragedy happened to the Chapman family. I cried since I had just fallen in love with his Cinderella song and I couldn't imagine the pain of such a tragedy. The love they showed especially to their son is something to show the world. So many people would probably ask how you wouldn't hate someone for that. It's amazing :)

    Anyways! Away from my rambling tears. So sorry about your library book. I guess the water looked so refreshing it wanted to jump in. I don't have a library book tale, I have an epic story. I used to take at least twenty books out at a time since I read so fast and one time I was irresponsible and didn't return them before we moved houses. My mom had packed them all up and we never found all of them. I believe I am still paying off my fine from that mess!

  5. I fell asleep reading in the tub one day ... my arms drooped so that the bottom of the library book just touched the top of the water. The water had crept its way up the pages to the half way point when I finally came too.

  6. Thank you so much for the add on!! Now I have to go get the kit!!

  7. You didn't?- BWAHAHAHAHA
    I can just picture that all in my head! Sorry still giggling- and no haven't done that to a library book- but have lost my own bought one in the river off the boat-LOL
    Oh and sunglasses and shirts- to name a few!

    Barb this kit is just AMAZING- no-one can one without the other- it's honestly a stunner all to gether! Love the unique elements- you outdid yourself on this one!

    I haven't watched the clips yet - but going to do that now ;-)
    Just popped in to send ya HUGE HUGS!



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