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Thursday, December 30, 2010

one little word.

One little word is all it takes to change your day, your year, your life. Every year since 2007, Ali Edwards has been hosting "One Little Word" on her blog. She encourages you to pick one little word to live by throughout the upcoming year. I participated this year for the first time and the word I chose was: love.

This was such a great experience that I decided to go for it again. My 2011 word is: create. I chose this word myself. I knew that I needed to do more of creating and I wanted to do more of it in 2011 and each successive year. I know what the basics of the word create are. Here's a dictionary definition...


[kree-eyt] Show IPA verb, -at·ed, -at·ing, adjective
–verb (used with object) : to evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.
Now, that's a textbook definition. I hope that throughout the year of 2011, I am able to accomplish the task of creating (see, what I did there? :)) my own definition for my one little word. I hope that this word will guide me throughout the year and remind me to take time for myself. I'm hoping that I can create oodles of things throughout the year... whether it be layouts, cards, mini books, canvases. Whatever it is... I just want to be creating it! 
Do you have one little word? Share it with me! 

Be back tomorrow with my Top 10 layouts of 2010! 

xoxo - Kasey

*Sorry for the wonky layout of that last paragraph. Blogger is fighting me! 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

monday challenge {12/27}

I've been on a scrapbooking roll lately (7 pages done in three days... WHAT?!?!). It feels so good to finally be back into a groove and being able to sit and create! Stephanie is hosting the SC blog this week and her monday challenge was to scrap photos from your phone... she included alternatives for those who have a phone that doesn't take pictures or those without a phone. I decided to play along! :) See my layout below...

Stick candy ink | Spice tin ink | polka dot stamp (no longer available) | Mini bird stamp (sold out) | Jett stamp set

Sorry for the terrible picture. I took it at night... no good light. Layout about my obsession with taking photos of feet/shoes.

Journaling reads: I am slightly obsessed with taking pictures of feet and shoes. I have no idea why... I just love it! 12/27/10.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of your night! Be back tomorrow. :)

xoxo - Kasey

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 goals.

(my own photo - my fuzzy boots/slippers :))

Just wanted to quickly update with my goals for 2011. :)


Project 12 - hosted by Davinie
December Daily - hosted by Ali
Project 365 - I don't know this host, but if you know... please let me know!
Improved my photography
Keep up with blogging
Make more layouts/projects
Be more adventurous/try new things with my crafts

Exercise more
Try new foods/possibly do meal planning
Be more outgoing

So, those are the goals that I have for 2011. Here's to finding the motivation to stick with them! If you have a goals post on your blog or if you just have goals... please link me up/share what they are. I'd love to see yours!

xoxo and happy tuesday - Kasey

Sunday, December 26, 2010

one year.

Oh my goodness! I just realized that I missed my one year blogiversary! My little blog turned one year on Friday, December 24th! I can't believe it's been a whole year of blogging fun for me!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who reads this blog. Please know that it means so much to me! I love you guys!

Well, it's been a blast and here's to a new year filled with many more posts and craftiness! Again, I'll be back tomorrow!

xoxo & winter wishes - Kasey

winter card.

I'm here to share a Christmas card I made for my grandmother yesterday. It's my "something crafty" that I said I would share. I was planning on sharing some new layouts, too... but unfortunately the lighting didn't want to work with me and the picture were blurry. So, we'll try again tomorrow! :) 

Studio Calico December: Metropolitan | Jett Alpha stamp set | Spice Tin ink | Cricut: Winter Frolic

Be back tomorrow with a little bit of craftiness! Enjoy your evening & the snow [if you got some!].

xoxo & winter wishes - Kasey

Saturday, December 25, 2010

merry christmas.

Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Merry Christmas! :) I hope everyone is having a wonderful day filled with laughter, joy, and family. Y'all mean a lot to me! Enjoy the day and remember the reason for the season!

Be back tomorrow with something crafty!

xoxo & God bless - Kasey

Thursday, December 23, 2010

currents & cards.

Well, looks like I'm scheduled to share some cards that I made and my currents! :) So, let's get started!

studio calico polka dot stamp | ms butterfly punch | jbs stick candy ink | jbs lemon drops paint dabber

studio calico polka dot stamp | studio calico mini bird stamp | jbs lemon drops paint dabber | jbs stick candy ink | orange bakers twine | sarah's skittles font

listening: In the stars - Jess Penner
eating: nothing
drinking: Iced tea
wearing: striped fuzzy socks, jeans, yellow Aero henley
feeling: excited for Christmas!
weather: chilly
wanting: to be able to sit down and relax.
needing: to finish my December daily and some last minute presents
thinking: am I behind?
enjoying: the magical feeling of the holiday.
wondering: will I be finished in time?

I hope you all are having a merry Christmas eve eve. :)

xoxo - Kasey

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

christmas wishes.

So, with Christmas only three days away and at the prompting of Studio Calico... I decided to share my little [okay, maybe not so little...] wishlist. :)

SheyB Camera Strap
American Eagle Feather Shirt
American Eagle Peasant Shirt
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Plum JoTote
Butterfly Print
Gift cards to different stores

Studio Calico:

Betty Crocker: January Add-on
8.5 x 11 & 12 x 12: page protectors
Countryside Collection (a girl can dream, right? :))
Malted Milk ink & dabber
Mr. Huey White & Sunshine
Large Circle Border Punch
XL Cloud Punch
Weekday Stamp Set
Doily Stamp Set
Tiny Attacher

Whew! That's quite a list. I feel so selfish, but it is just a WISH list. Doesn't mean I need it all... just wish I could have it. teehee.

Is everyone ready and getting excited for Christmas? If you get a chance... link me up to your wishlist (Studio Calico or other)! I'd love to see! Be back tomorrow with some craftiness!

xoxo - Kasey

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

currents {wednesday}

Just doing a quick post today and then it's off to bed for me! And, I'm sure you all know... my quick posts are *almost* always "currents". teehee.

listening: Mindy Gledhill (currently obsessed with her music)
eating: nothing
drinking: nothing
wearing: pink, kitty pjs
feeling: tired and somewhat stressed
weather: freezing
wanting: for winter break to start soon (I NEED this break)
needing: time away from all the work
thinking: about the upcoming exams
enjoying: the holiday spirit and preparing for Christmas
wondering: how will I do on the midterms?

I should be back on Friday with days 2, 3, 4, and 5 of my December Daily. They are all ready to be shared, I just haven't had and won't have any time until Friday to get them blogged. :) See you then! xoxo - Kasey

Sunday, December 5, 2010

on a cold autumn day.

Just wanted to share some pictures that I took back in November.

Well, that's all I have time for today. Off to work on more of my December Daily! Have a lovely evening. xoxo - Kasey

Thursday, December 2, 2010

currents {minus december daily}.

Good evening, y'all! I'm here today with a quick post! No December Daily page for me to share today. :( I didn't have enough time to put one together, but I do have my picture and it will be taken care of this weekend! Alright, so for my quick post... it's some currents! Inspired by the lovely Tina.

 (via Creature Comforts)

listening: lately, it's been random songs, anything on Billboard Hot 100, and Bruno Mars 
eating: nothing.
drinking: nothing.
wearing: work out shorts & an orange Hollister tee
feeling: tired, but happy. 
weather: FREEZING!
wanting: Christmas break to come.
needing: to start studying for exams
thinking: Is it really already December?
enjoying: sleep.
wondering: Will the Christmas presents I ordered show up in time?

Thanks for stopping by on this cold evening! Have a lovely night! xoxo - Kasey

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

december daily {the beginning}.

Hello there! Happy December 1st! I can't believe it's already December. Can you? Well, I'm sure most of us know... the start of December equals the start of December Daily! Wooo!

This is my first year participating in the December Daily journey. And, boy, I am so excited! I was actually able to put aside enough time to accomplish creating the foundation. So, I am hoping to share each page of my album here on the blog. I may not post every day, but I will share every couple of days.

So, here I am. Armed with the cover of my album & day one, to share! Take a look below. :)

So there is the beginning of my documenting December journey! I am so happy & blessed to be able to have the time and supplies to participate in this. I can't wait to "share this month" with you all! 

Question: How many of you are participating in this process? 

Have a lovely Wednesday night! xoxo - Kasey

Friday, November 26, 2010

happy {belated} thanksgiving!

Happy belated Thanksgiving to you all! We had a lovely Thanksgiving with tons of turkey, stuffing, and other food! It was heavenly! :) My mom's brothers and sister came with their families and we had a big gathering. I also did a photo shoot with my cousins and brother. I'll share some of the pictures we took. :)


^ above photo taken by my cousin.

I know these all kind of look the same (we definitely took more than these five!), but due to faces being in the others, I can't share them here.

Thanks so much for stopping by the old bloggo today! :) It truly means a lot to me to have visitors!

Happy {black} friday! xoxo - Kasey

Sunday, November 7, 2010

paws, light & paint splatters.

Hello everyone! Just wanted to pop in quickly and share a few things. I've been really getting into photography lately and wanted to share some stuff, as well as a project I made for my art class. Here we go...

^ I love this one! The perspective of it, puppy's little paw, and the toy. It's just a picture that captures puppy so good! That makes me smile!

^ My project. It may look messy, but that's the point. I painted all of the objects & the base white. Then, I took six different colored Maya mists & misted & splattered all over the project.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a lovely Sunday evening! Enjoy that extra hour of sleep tomorrow! :)

xoxo - Kasey

Sunday, October 31, 2010

happy halloween!

(via Creature Comforts)

I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy Halloween! I got back from walking around with my friend about an hour and a half ago. I'm just ready to crawl into bed right about now. :) My Alice in Wonderland costume was a hit... and my friend was Belle. My brother went as Harry Potter. He looked so cute! I'd love to hear what you or your kids went as. Leave me a comment & share! You can even share what you did on this spooktacular holiday! I love to hear others stories.

Have a lovely night! xoxo - Kasey

P.S. Have any of you seen Scary Godmother? It's an animated movie for kids on Cartoon Network. It's one of my favorite Halloween movies. I watch it every year!

Monday, October 25, 2010

currents, again.

It seems like all I ever post on this blog anymore is... currents. I really love doing them, though! And they're quick and easy to post when I really have nothing else to share (or am short on time!). Which is good because y'all might think I've forgotten about this blog or died or something if I didn't post from time to time!
So, here's another currents post. I think I'm going to start doing these weekly! :)

listening: Sara Bareilles - Bottle It Up & Ingrid Michaelson - Maybe.
eating: Nothing.  
drinking: Nothing.
wearing: My workout clothes. I didn't change after practice.
feeling: Tired.
weather: Dark, windy.
wanting: To eat something.
thinking: About food and sleep.
enjoying: The light next to me. It's great to be able to see in the dark.
needing: To finish my powerpoint.
wondering: How long it will take me to finish that powerpoint.

Have a lovely night! xoxo - Kasey

Sunday, October 24, 2010

a market, four pumpkins, and one huge mess!

Thanks for stopping by and happy Sunday! Today was a holiday prep kind of day in my household! We stopped by a local market type place to buy our pumpkins. They sell them for a cheap price, too! Which is awesome. More for less! While we were picking out our pumpkins, we were informed that they sold a variety of foods in side the little house. So, we went in to investigate. We ended up leaving with some cheddar cheese, a large slice of Zucchini Nut bread, and a large slice of Pumpkin Nut bread... and, of course, four pumpkins! All of the food was made by local farmers... which is a huge plus! It's great to be able to support them. Now, onto some pictures! These are of pumpkins and some other items at the market.

 I hope to be back soon with something crafty! Have a lovely evening! :)

xoxo - Kasey

Sunday, October 17, 2010

halloween decor {exterior}

Today has been a fairly lazy day. The only real thing I got accomplished today was putting up our outdoor Halloween decorations and a little bit of homework. Well, in the spirit of Halloween (t-minus 14 days!) I'm here to share some pictures of our outdoor decor. This post may be a little picture heavy... so be warned.

Don't you love the tape job? It was the only way to get the web up on the house like that. lol.

Mom wants us to place bets on whether or not these tombstones (they're styrofoam!) will be stolen.

I hope to be back soon with the interior Halloween decor. We need to get it up first, though! hehe.

Have a lovely Sunday night! xoxo - Kasey
P.S. - Are any of you planning on doing a December Daily this year?

Monday, October 11, 2010

currents {10/11}

(my own picture)

listening: Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida (been loving that!), 2012 - Jay Sean, I Like It - Enrique Iglesias & anything Bruno Mars 
eating: Just finished some lovely watermelon
drinking: Nothing.
wearing: Lime green tank, hot pink shorts, and black flip flops (I got back from helping with cheer a couple of hours ago)
feeling: Comfortable with myself for once.
weather: Dark, somewhat cold.
wanting: To talk to someone I think is special.
needing: To take a shower and go to bed.
thinking: About multiple things.
enjoying: Having a smile on my face often because of sweet friends.
wondering: Why are there people in the world who can really seem to get on your nerves?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

studio calico {new blog!}

Studio Calico has a new blog up! It's pretty fantastic. The new look is so fun and fresh! And, to celebrate this event they have decided to do a couple giveaways. So, if you were referred to Studio Calico by someone or you referred someone else, you can be entered to win a prize "pair" (this means that both the referrer & the referee will win the same prize!). And, SC members can "refer" other SC members! How cool is that?

Some of the awesome prizes include the Elementary collection, a spot in Amy Tan's new online class, a free one year subscription to SC, and so on! All you need to do is be told or tell someone to go the new blog and leave a post stating the referee and the referrer's name & username. Easy, right?

So get moving over there and leave a post on the new blog. Tell them Kasey (pumpkinmuffin7) or whoever sent you!

Oh, and Studio Calico is also having a sale! 20% off all of October's add-ons (that are still available). I'm not buying anything this month, but you should certainly take this opportunity! I'm sure it'll give you a push to pick up those add-ons that you held off on! 

Have a lovely Sunday! xoxo - Kasey

Saturday, September 25, 2010

currents {9/25}

(via the little things)

 listening: Runaway - Bruno Mars
eating: Nothing
drinking: Nothing
wearing: White polo, artist style jeans
feeling: Tired
weather: Hot and sunny, in the 90s
wanting: To kick my feet up and scrapbook or take pictures
needing: To take a shower
thinking: I have to go to Church soon
enjoying: Seeing my grandmothers and relatives
wondering:When I'm going to find time for "me time"

Have a lovely Saturday. xoxo - Kasey