Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Atc's and me

So happy together! I am having so much fun creating these and trying out new techniques. I have been dying to play with my crackle paint. So I thought it would be a perfect medium for a "Vintage Christmas" ATC swap. I must say I was impressed. The crackle paints and distress inks work so nicely together. Give it up for t!m. Good stuff. And the best part was watching it crackle right before my eyes as I blasted it with the heat gun. It created a nice surface to rub the distress ink on. I really enjoyed making these. I am looking forward to some crafting time this 4 day weekend!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My latest obsession...

While honeymooning in AZ, we came across Frenzy Stamper. Wow! What a store! This was not an average scrapbook store, but a place geared more towards altered art, i.e. books, ATC's. If I had only known then that upon my return to the east coast, ATC's would be my new obsession.
When I finally got back to "normal" life (for lack of a better word) I was craving creativity. It had been months since I had scrapbooked or made a card or anything. I had been so involved with creating everything for my wedding. (invites, place cards, menus, etc). And while that was fun, I was seriously needing some uninhibited no holds barred cre-a-tivity!!! Not knowing where to begin I went here and began snurfing (as I like to call it). While there something rather magical happened. It is all a bit of a blur to me but I will explain as best as I can. I was poking around and somehow stumbled across ATC's. I thought this small venue would be a great way to jump start my creative juices. Next thing I know I am signed up for a "Glimmery Glitzy Christmas ATC Swap". Low and behold I was hooked. I found myself sitting in front of the tv surrounded by paper, inks, stickles, and my husband. This eventually led to a Friday night crop at Laura's where I was consumed with making ATC's. And I now have an arsenal of websites for swapping and suplies. I am even thinking of starting an ATC blog. Although, I have enough trouble staying on top of this one! LOL!

Anyway, here is my first ATC...

And some of my favorite places to swap:
Swap Bot
Collage Stuff
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I now pronounce you...

...back to reality! Yes, I am married and ready to return to normal life. Ahhh normal life as in not a life that revolves around planning a wedding. No more drama, tension, arguments, gifts I didn't register for, people saying "Look here! Smile!", picking out food, cake flavors, jewelry and dress fittings! My God with the dress fittings!! That in itself was enough to drive us insane. "Us" as in me and my mom. My wedding planner, coach, mentor, therapist, basically the seamstress of my life during the process. Sound crazy? IT WAS! I feel bad for people who have long engagements because my God when does it end!!
Now don't misunderstand - there is pretty much nothing I would change, nothing more I could have asked for. It was wonderful, perfect, all I had dreamed about. But I am glad the madness is over. So glad. Although it was worth it. The wedding was very "me". Thanks to my mom she did so much that I was able to put all the "Gina" touches on the night.
Like the place cards...

And the caramel apple favors...pictured here with my flowers and the table centerpieces

And now we will return to our regularly scheduled programming...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


My favorite month of the year!! I love everything about it. Fall! Halloween! Pumpkins! Anything orange and purple and black! And most of all it' wedding month!!
Holy crap it's 30 days away and I will be Mrs. C.!!!! I am so excited!! Here's something fun to get you in the Halloween mood:


I am going to do my best to post something new and Halloween fun every day until the big day!


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Coming Soon To A Mailbox Near You!

(Good one Laura! LOL!) Well it finally happened. The wedding invitations have been dropped off at the post office. 66 days to the wedding and 71 invitations later.

And now without further delay, it is my honor to introduce you to the "Wedding Invitation Design Team":

Carmela (Mom)

Hailing from Long Island, Carmela (also the wedding planner) exhibited much patience when helping with the invitations. She quickly learned how to emboss the right way, my way. She is now a wiz with the heat gun!

Fred (fiance)

A Philadelphia native and also an exhibitor of extreme patience, Fred has become master of the paper cutter. He also learned to perfectly place stamps in the corner of the envelope.

Laura (awesomeness)

Laura did not lose her shit when things wouldn't work right. She kept it together for the both of us. Spending hours sitting at the counter she fed the envelopes through the printer one by one. Being full aware of my extreme anal retentiveness, she was sure to redo any that came out crooked. Laura is also honored to be invited to Batman's wedding.

I owe these 3 a lot. I cannot thank them enough for their help & patience in helping me make my wedding invitations a complete success! Love you guys!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Lilli Zee Company

I finally got off my butt and did it! I am going to attempt to get my custom scrapbook business going again. I came up with a new name and look this time. I set up a myspace page for now until I see how well things take off. So far not much is posted, but hopefully I will get around to that this weekend. There is a baby book that I made for a co-worker.
Hopefully this will take off. Wish me luck!!

84 Days!!!!

So part of the reason for my lack of blogging is my pre-occupation with the fact that I AM GETTING MARRIED IN 84 DAYS!!! Yesterday I got the call that my wedding gown is in and it was like a smack in the face!! I was actually sitting in traffic on the Throgs Neck Bridge as a matter of fact. I was on my way to my mom's. We were going to do the flowers for the wedding.
So a few updates: I am about halfway there with the wedding invitations. That is one hell of a tedious job, but definitely worth it! The flowers were all ordered last night. They will look like this:

The flower girl's have their dresses.

A few peeks of the gown:

There is still an extremely long list of things left to do!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I love this!

It makes me happy. The end.

Friday, June 27, 2008

I can't, I really can't.

Needless to say, I am having a very Elmyra day. I left for work this morning and found some friends waiting outside for me...

And then I got to work and someone sent me this....

Needless to say, my mascara is running and I just want to go home and hug my cats. Give someone a hug today!

Have a great Friday!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

10 Minutes in Montague

7:50 p.m.

As I pass one of the farms on Clove Road, I notice a calf no bigger than a medium sized dog. It's such a sweet sign of life. Perky ears, little waggly tail. I swear it smiles at me as I slow down.

7:52 p.m.

I turn onto New Road to go into the back entrance of the country club. I slow down at the ranch on the right. In addition to their 2 full grown horses there are now 2 ponies. Their manes are still baby fuzz.

7:53 p.m.

I turn into the country club and notice a rainstorm about 20 feet ahead of me, although the sun is shining and my car is dry. As I continue to drive it rains on my car for about 30 seconds then stops. I look back in my mirror and see that is still raining behind me, but not on me. Sunshine, lots of sunshine.

7:55 p.m.

As I think to myself "Could this day get any more interesting?", I look to my left and see this.

I stop to take as many pictures as possible.

7:58 p.m.

I continue on down the road. When I get to the driving range I slow down as always not wanting this Elmyra dream to end. I look up and see a doe chasing after 2 fawns even smaller than the calf I saw minutes ago. I watch them run down the hill and disappear into the woods. I look up and see the rainbow again.

8:00 p.m.

I run into the house screaming "Fred, I am never leaving the country!!"

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I heart Philly!!!

I do!! I do!! I do!! I love it so much!! And it is so cool that Fred's parents live so close. So when I told them that I wanted to go to Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philly, they were more than happy to have us come and stay for the weekend. It worked out perfectly!
Fred & I headed out there on Friday afternoon after work. Of course, not without a stop at Arby's! We made great time so Fred took me on a little tour before we got to his parents. These are always fun. He points out the numerous places where he...would go drinking! LOL!!
On Saturday we headed into Philly. It was so much fun! We went over to 4th Street in search of fabric. Fred's mom had graciously obliged to make the table runners for our wedding. Which of course, means they will be fabulous! She is an extremely talented woman! We found the perfect fabric at our very first stop! It was a place called Maxie's Daughter. The people there were wonderful! Everyone was so helpful and helped us find the perfect fabric! I was more than pleased!
Next we went to the Famous 4th Street Deli for lunch. All I can say is I have never seen a sandwich quite so large that tasted quite so delicious! The pastrami melted in my mouth. Much to the waiter's surprise, Fred was the only one who finished his enormous, gigantic sandwich. He ordered the "Nostrand Avenue", which before this weekend was just a stop on the LIRR! But in Philly, the Nostrand Avenue is a double decker sandwich with pastrami, liver & onions on rye. After filling our bellies with 4th Street goodness, we headed down to Penn's Landing for the Art Star Craft Bazaar.

At this point the rain was picking up and the humidity was quite awful. But our spirits were up!! I was really excited to see some of the amazing artists and crafter's that I had seen on Etsy. Being surrounded by so many talented people is very inspiring. Fred & I split up from his parents and shopped around and met some great people. We got to chat with the couple that runs Sycamore Street Press, Eva & Kirk. They were great! Eva explained how they make their products using an old school Vandercook letterpress set up in their dining room! I bought an awesome hand made purse from Holly Hue, another wonderfully talented & cool lady! A very cool booth was Spokes People. They take old bicycles and recycle them into jewelry. I got a really cool pair of earrings.
Although, I do have to say my top favorite was definitely My Ugly Kitty. This was the one booth I had to see. At first I was disappointed because a lot of vendors had closed up and left due to the weather. But just as we were getting ready to leave, Fred spotted the booth. I was so excited to meet Renee, the talented girl behind the cat.

She was very sweet and didn't run when I told her I was a stalker. I merely meant that I am a fan of her work. She is a very talented artist. She uses the Gocco, which I am very interested in purchasing. She was much obliged to speak to me and let me take some pictures. She had some great stuff. I bought a really cool notebook made out of vintage recycled paper. The cover was a map of Long Island! I stood their pointing out where I grew up, where I went to school and of course...where our wedding will be held.

It was such a pleasure to get to meet these people. This was certainly one of the many highlights of the weekend. The good times kept rolling. On Sunday Fred took me to the Baldwin Book Barn, another unique place. This is an old barn from the 1800's. It has been renovated into a store that sells very old & rare books. It was so cool just looking through shelves and shelves of books. Fred found some great cook books.
Before we said our goodbyes, we had dinner with Fred's parents at the Avalon. I got to try some wonderful new foods I never had before. On Fred's mom's recommendation, I had Grilled Romaine Hearts with Parmesan Cheese, Roasted Garlic & Lemon Vinaigrette and Polenta Croutons. I never would have though a cooked salad would be so delicious! And it was also the first time I tried Polenta. This is definitely one of my new favorite dishes!
After dinner we parted ways and headed home. We arrived just in time to feed the ravenous cats, unpack our bags and snuggle into bed. But not without a big smile for the great weekend we had with Fred's parents.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Gimme 5!

I'm not sure of the reason causing my lack of blogging lately. The only thing I can come up with is that things happen so fast that by the time I get a second to blog, something new is going. Plus I have been so busy at work that there are just not enough hours in my day.
So I started my morning off with a little surfing as usual. I somehow wandered onto this blog and figured I would copy her idea of 5 things. So here goes:

5 things

Five years ago I had just graduated with my Master's Degree from CW Post. I was working as an Art Director on Long Island.

5 snacks I love:
- Ranch flavored rice cakes
- Snyder's of Hanover Butter pretzel sticks
- microwave popcorn
- Smart Food popcorn
- cheese

5 things on my to do list today
- concept an idea for an upcoming project
- find out if ACM sells Copic markers
- go to ACM
- think of more things to do

5 things I would do if I were a billionaire
- pay off all of our debt
- help Fred open a restaurant
- buy a new house
- build am awesome craft room
- give money to my family

5 bad habits I have
- picking at my fingers
- biting my lips
- sitting on the toilet way too long reading magazines
- smoking
- i really cant think of anymore

5 places I've lived (I only have 4 for this)
- Floral Park, NY
- New Paltz, NY
- Franklin Square, NY
- Montague NJ

5 jobs I've had:
- ceramics painter
- at a bakery
- Manager of a Quick Lube
- Production Manager
- Art Director

5 Favorite Books:
- Harry Potter
- Eat, Pray, Love
- Mary Magdalene
- Angels & Demons
- House of Medici

5 Favorite TV Shows:
- Criminal Minds
- CSI Miami
- Big Bang Theory
- Two and a Half Men
- How I Met Your Mother

and since I am a scrapper, I had to do this one:

5 Favorite Scrapbook Supplies:
- MM paint
- foam stamps
- embossing powder
- ink
- stamps

Jeez that was a lot harder than I thought it was gonna be!! I added a few of my own categories just to keep me busy a little while longer.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Stinky

It was a quiet afternoon at work. A little overcast. All I really heard was the humming of the servers in the room next to me. I was working on a typical project, nothing out of the ordinary or overly creative. There wasn't much too look forward to that evening television wise. Although I was looking forward to getting out of work and going home to relax, as I was getting a bit bored.
Then the call came. It was the receptionist. "Gina, you have a package" she claimed over the intercom in her very breathy voice. Since Michael had been asking me all week if I recieved anything in the mail, I knew this must be it. I jumped up and ran like hell across the hall. As soon as I pushed the door open, I spotted it....

I walked quickly back to my desk, pulling the tape as I went. I paused only to get out my camera (as I knew I was going to want to blog about it) and to IM MIchael that I had recieved something. I was worse than a kid on Christmas. I slowly opened it as the smell circled around me. Gradually it was sending me into a euphoria of lucious creamy wonderful scents. I knew this was going to be great. I was so excited when i got the box opened and found...

As far as I am concerned, nothing beats a late birthday present! It had been over a week since I turned 31 and yet I felt like my dad just brought me home my first 10 speed. I could not wait to see what was inside. I tore open the paper and was greeted by aromatic foam peanuts. I shoveled handfuls of them into the garbage deeply inhaling as I went. What I found next was a site to behold.

It was the most gorgeous arangement of LUSH goodies I have ever seen. I nearly lost my breathe. People kept stopping by asking what the smell was. Each time I got more and more excited as I explained what wonders this box held. I knew that Michael had sent this. I was IM'in as I opened it pretending not to know. Then I finally found the card...

It pretty much left me with permagrin for the entire day...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The most wonderful time of the year... not necessarily Christmas! Although I do love the fall & winter and hate the heat. But this time of year something comes out that I love!!

For some reason the cows always stay at the back of the field during the winter. The warmer the weather, the closer they come to the road and the closer they come to the road, the better the pictures I can get!! If I am a passenger in the car on a nice warm day, oh you better watch out! If the cows are near the road you can rest assure I will be hanging out the window yelling hello to them!!! I love me some mookies!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; 
Enjoying one moment at a time; 
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it; 
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life 
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

-Reinhold Niebuh

If you were to ask me what I need right now I would tell you focus, strength, security and inner peace. If you asked me right now if I had these things I would say yes. So perhaps I just don’t have a hold on my emotions or perhaps I am not fully understanding my means. It’s all there; it just seems that every time I get close to it, it moves farther away. Kind of like when I try to kiss Pinto on the head. But at least with her I am confident that if I keep trying, one day I will get it. I try to have the same confidence with acquiring my other needs, but is frustrating.

A few years ago when I was going through a rough time, an old friend gave me the serenity prayer. I found it to be extremely comforting during those times of wanting to stab myself in the eye with a pencil as well as the times I was surrounded by cotton candy and puppies. No matter what the circumstances, it always seemed to work. So I have decided to resurrect it and share it. And hopefully it will keep me blogging on a more regular basis. ; )

Peace be with you (and hopefully me too!)

Friday, March 14, 2008

My 9-5 life

Well really it's my 9-6, 6:30, 7 so on and so forth life. But here are a few glimpses of it....

Things in my cubicle that make me happy...

• cat collage
• cat butts magnets from Heather
• Bendo art girl
• pictures of Fred
• mooing cow keychain light
• kitty calendar i got for 50¢
• inflatabe stick together logo
• VanGogh mousepad

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ironic? Randomness.
Your Serial Killer Name would be...
The Scrambler

'What would your Serial Killer name be?'


Nothing has inspired me to blog until I came across this. I found it off Laura's Myspace. I am sorry I am not linking it, I am just too damn tired right now. Bed last night - 3am. Far cry from my usual 10pm. But it was all good, well kinda. I was in NYC but did not get to see Michael. That's always a bummer considering how little I get to see him.
Anyway, I find it ironically funny that the "random" obituary & my "serial killer" name both have to do with food. This seems to be a forefront theme in my life lately. I am trying hard to process it, deal with and find a place for it. I know I will eventually.

In other news...

- the bridesmaids dresses are picked out
- we are now registered at Macy's and Bed, Bath & Beyond
- our house is finally on the market
- i got to have sushi on Long Island with Uncs last week
- last weekeend Fred & I had the best veg Saturday ever!
- I went to Asia de Cuba last night for dinner and was not at all impressed
- although my co-workers made me laugh my ass off!
- I have been bonding with Merv a lot lately. He actually posed for me. He must be getting used to me having the camera in his face! could you not love this face?

That's all I have for now. Perhaps when I catch up on sleep I may be a little more eloquent...perhaps!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Shower Like A Rockstar

I must say I am impressed. If this is what a rockstar smells like, that's great. But it can't be. Especially after a show. It just smells too good. Let me explain. During my many hours of blog stalking, I came across lush. I was instantly enticed. Once I got a coupon for cheap shipping, I talked Laura into placing an order with me. It was like waiting for Christmas. It took many hours of delieration and web surfing to decide on my final purchases. I was only allowing my self a small treat as a reward for my recent promotion. I knew all the bonus money was going to bills, so I thought it would be ok to allow myself a small indulgence. Once I placed the order it seemed like an enternity before it arrived. I was constantly tracking online. And then finally I checked the package's progress and saw that it had ariived. Only there was nothing on my desk. I made it to reception in record time and between breathes of excitement asked the secretary if there was a package for me. "Oh yes, right here. I was just about to walk it back to you", she replies. But the box was already in my hands and I was on my way back to my desk. I tore it open like I was starving and it was a bucket of fried chicken. Ahhh...the smell. The smell. The smell. Way better than fried chicken. Instantly swirling around my nostrils. All the flavors mixing around. I brought it over to Lauren's desk and we smelled each item individually. (Except for some lotions Laura ordered becuase those were in plastic containers.) I really had no idea the magic that was in store for me.

The first time I showered with my new products was a bit awkward at first. I don't think I have used bar soap since Reagan was in the white house. Yet I held the Rock Star soap in my hand. This bar was a little square and clunky and the bubblegum color was a little weird. But let me tell you the foam that came out of this block of pink goodness. It was so creamy and smelled great. The scent may not be my absolute favorite, but I am certainly willing to experiment with other bars. I do have two more to try. I was impressed with how little I actually had to use. Which was also the case for the shampoo bar. My hair is so thick that I was a little worried when I saw how small it was. I go through shampoo and conditioner like Britney goes through depression medication. But I was pleasantly surprised. Just a little wipe of the wet bar across my hair and it was a release of wonder! My hair lathered up quickly and the smell was so delicious. This bar is supposed to have glitter in it to make your hair a little sparkly, but that didn't happen. Althouh my hair did smell pretty kick ass! It was one of the most enjoyable showers I have taken since the last time Fred & I...well we won't go there. Anyway, I was in such a little morning euphoria I started glancing around at all the little nuggets in my room that make me happy and thought I would share a few...

my vanity from the younger years

my favorite snuggly blanket covered in cat hair (the cats like to snuggle with me when I am wrapped in the blanket-and I am ok with that!)

This book that is so good I am forcing myself to read it slow so it doesn't end!

Happy Frosty Friday everyone!!

Monday, February 4, 2008

One, Twice, Three times a layout

So I started this layout last November. I was so excited when I found the patterned paper at CKC last summer. I knew it would be perfect to scrap the pictures from my cousin's wedding. I was also excited becuase I was actually pleased at how I looked. I really liked my bridesmaids dress. I loved the colors and thought I looked ok which is rare for me in a dress. There is something I love about getting all dressed up like that. I had gotten my nails done the day before and hair done that day. I felt like a lady. I was excited to scrap these pictures and had a really great idea to play up the red/black them. Having a vision prior to actually sitting down to scrap always seems to end in disaster for me. When I think too long about a layout or plan it too far in advanced from the time I will actually scrap it, I always end up dissapointed. I think I spend so much time working up the idea in my head that by the time I try to put it on paper, I've exhausted it. That is exaclty what happened with this layout. I got all excited when I finally sat down to work on it but just couldn't seem to translate it from my brain to the paper. Last night I sat for the third and final attempt. Although I was way less than satisfied with the results, I was at least relieved to call it a complete layout. And I will call it a lesson learned. A lesson that is certainly apllicable to the rest of my life. I have a habit of overthinking/over analyzing things and then end up frustrated or dissapointed.

After I finished the red & black layout, I decided I needed a mental repair. Laura had bought me KC's kit from SiSTV. Now on first glance, I was a little dissapointed. It was not quite my cup of tea. But as no one but Laura knows, I am a KC stalker. For real. I do not think this girl is the greatest scrapper out there, but I full on respect what she does, what she represents and give her mad props. I've been reading her blog religiously pretty much since the begining when I stumbled across her on Two Peas. She just plain rocks. (Plus she is a fellow Long Islander!) OK, enough of that. So the kit was sitting on the bed next to me as I was scrapping the red & black atrocity. I felt like I needed some artistic clarity or something. So I dumped the contents of it on my table and without much thought or deliberation, this is what I came up with:

It took me about 20 minutes and I got much more satisfaction than I did in 3 sittings with the red & black layout. Although, I put the wrong date. I actually said yes on October 20, 2007. Go figure.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Becoming a Bride

That's what I am doing...apparently. I did get my dress and veil so I guess I am on my way. That experience turned out a lot better than I expected. Me & my mom had a lot of fun. We started the day off with manis & pedis, went to the diner for breakfast and then the shopping began. The dress I chose was the second one I tried on. I have to say, I never expected to find something that I loved so much and actually thought made me look pretty. The dress is gorgeous and I can't wait to wear it. I got my veil to match. That was so much fun, when we got home I was walking around with my veil on. I didn't want to take it off. Being a bride is more fun than I thought it would be!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Classes At Riverside Scrapbook Co.

"Love Story"
Celebrate Valentine's Day by telling your "Love Story". Relieve the journey with this special mini album. There is room to retell all the juicy details from how you met to your first kiss and plenty of room for photos! There are also pockets to hold all your cherished memorabilia such as letters and ticket stubs. Learn some new techniques with foam, stamps, and paint. And finally get to play with that Glimmer Mist everyone has been talking about. This is a great gift for your partner or a wonderful way to document the story for future generations.
Please bring basic class kit. Cost: $20
Dates: Wed., Feb. 6, 7pm-9pm OR Sat., Feb. 9, 10am-12pm

"Valentine's Cards"
Spread the love this Valentine's Day by being your very own cupid! Make Valentine's cards to share with your loved ones. Celebrate the season of love while learning some new techniques at the same time! We will make 4 cards using techniques including embossing, emboss resist, distress inks and paper distressing. 2 of the cards are 3D!
Please bring basic class kit. Cost: $15
Dates: Wed., Jan 30, 7pm-9pm OR Sat., Feb. 2, 10am-12pm