Blog Candy! **CLOSED**

I wonder if anyone has been waiting for this?!  :)  It's blog candy time to celebrate 5000 visits to my blog!  Thank you to all of you who have been a part of that number!  It's wonderful to hear from those of you who have the time to stop and leave a comment.  When you leave a comment, I can come and see your blog too (if you have one)!  I love discovering new blogs, so comment away and I'll come over and visit your blogging place!  :)

Here's what one lucky winner will receive in their blog candy package:
1 Sew Easy mat
1 Sew Easy stitch piercer
6 Sew Easy piercer attachments (zig zag, cross, burst, scallop, blanket and hem)
A little chocolate for good measure
Some other goodies just because I like happy little surprises

The Rules:
1.  Become a public follower of my blog, if you aren't already.
2.  Leave me a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite chocolate is and leave a link to your blog (if you have one for me to visit)!
3.  Post a link to this blog candy on your own blog to spread the word!  (If you don't have a blog, let me know in your comment - rule #2)

A winner will be chosen (by my DS2 drawing a name out of a hat) on Wednesday, June 1.
Be sure to check back as the winner will have 5 days to claim their prize!

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Hope of the Butterfly

I played along with this week's Featured Stamper Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  It's been awhile since I've had the chance to participate in this challenge!  I love looking through the featured galleries!  What inspiration!

Stamps:  Hampton Arts (butterfly), Stamping Sensations (sentiment)
Paper:  Paper Trey white
Ink:  SU Pacific Point
Accessories:  gemstones, SU Pacific Point marker

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Friday Favorite: Queen of the UFO’s

(A.K.A.  Unfinished Objects)

Parenthood seems to have given me a sort of disorganized multi-tasking characteristic that I'm not the most proud of.  Yes, I have a lot to do as a parent, but I wish I was better at focusing and accomplishing more than I do in the course of a day, even the course of a week!  Maybe I'm a bit unrealistic when it comes to the expectations I have of myself as Queen of the Castle, but I can dream, right?!  :)
Last weekend, when my DF and I spent the day at Archiver's, I rounded a corner in the store and came across this bag:

I laughed and knew I had to have it!  It's just perfect!

As I'm typing this, I'm also in the middle of meal planning for a holiday weekend of company.  :)  My grocery list is getting made and then I need to make a grocery store run (hopefully beating the Memorial Day weekend crowd), while picking up some much needed pictures from the developer.  However, my DH has offered to pick up the pictures on his way home from the lumber yard.  Maybe that's the key to motherhood...delegation?!  I'm workin' on it.

**DON'T FORGET!!**    There's blog candy to be won!  :)
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Bee Happy!

Time flies when you're having fun!  Is it really Monday already?

I spent an entire Saturday scrapbooking with a friend this past weekend and the day just flew!  I'm in the process of making an 8x8 scrapbook for my grandfather.  He moved into an assisted living facility the first part of the year and I wanted to make him a little book of memories to have there with him.  It's not easy getting old, you know it?!  I feel for those who have to make the leap from their comfy homes into an institution after that many years of independence!  I just want to try to be supportive and an encouragement to those who find themselves going through such a move.

Anyway, I made some good progress on the album and am inspired to keep going on it!  I can't wait to complete and deliver it!  :)

I played along with today's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers this morning.  What a great sketch to follow!

Stamps - Unity Garden Variety set
Paper - SU Daffodil Delight, Basic Black cardstocks
Ink - Basic Black
Accessories - SU Melon Mambo polka dotted ribbon, 1 3/8" circle punch, ticket corner punch, Cosmo Cricket DeLovely DP, white gel pen, sponge, pink pearls, foam squares (popped up main image), Crystal Effects (on wings)

Did you notice the counter at the bottom of this blog?!!  It's reached the 5000 visit mark!  Who wants to celebrate with me?!  Check back in a few hours and I'll show you some blog candy to be won!  :)

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Friday Favorite: Chocolate Heaven

Thinking about what I was going to share as a favorite today, I suddenly realized that I haven't mentioned anything about chocolate, my daily vitamin!  :)  I've been trying to live in moderation in the chocolate world, but sometimes you just have to jump into the deep end and enjoy the creamy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of an entire candy bar!  Recently, I stumbled across a new candy bar that may have become my new favorite!  I've always favored the 100 Grand bar with its rice crispy and caramel filling, but Milky Way has shoved that favorite aside, I'm afraid!  Introducing the new Simply Caramel bar!  One word:  YUM!

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Girly Birthday

It's a sunny day here today after a morning of some rather dense fog!  Hooray for sunshine!  I decided to combine some of this week's challenges over at SCS: the Color Challenge, the Sketch Challenge and the Ways to Use It Challenge.  The colors remind me of something out of an ice cream shop!  I used a cupcake instead since I adore cupcakes!  :)

Stamps - SU Out of the Box, Punch Bunch sets, SU Music Notes Stampin' Wheel
Paper - SU Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Regal Rose CS
Ink - SU Rich Razzleberry
Accessories - SU Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry markers, Sizzix embossing folder, baker's twine, SU scalloped square, scalloped border punches, sponge, CM corner rounder, purple rhinestones, foam squares (popped up the main image panel and cupcake image), pink Stickles (used on the frosting)

Now off to switch gears so I can edit photos and plan some scrapbook pages!

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