Life can be full of F words!

Get your mind out of the gutters!  I am talking Fiscal Close, Family, Friends, and Facebook--sheesh you people.  Warning not much scrappy here!  

Life has been pretty hectic with the end of the Fiscal Year and all the work that is necessary for that.  I can honestly say I never thought that becoming a librarian would require me to do math, not my favorite subject, but become and acquisition's librarian and well I live in numbers.  In fact this year I felt like Scrat, the little squirrel in Ice Age.  I tell you when $.07 yes seven cents has you all tweaked out, trust me you know what exactly how he feels about that dang acorn.  But, its all worked out so whoop whoop for me and my team!

On to Family.  My mom's birthday was last week and I really wanted to do something nice for her, so I did.  I surprised her by showing up at her house on her birthday.  It was great fun to surprise her like that.  Only a hand full of people knew I was going to be up that way, didn't want the cat to get out of the bag, and so I was off.  My dad picked me up at the airport where we devised the rest of our scheme.  I had a plan and just needed to get him in on it.  I needed a balloon and a bow, he needed a card.  On to the store, no worries, all three attained.  Then it was on to the house.  Dad went in and I waited a little while and then called mom.  I wished her a happy birthday, asked if she got her card, and then asked if her present was there.  Hee hee, I can be so devilish at times.  She was like no but I haven't looked, and we were talking.  At one point she asked me if I was at home and I was like, hum, nope at work just wanted to call.  Did I mention I was walking in the back door of my childhood home, lol.  So, in the short, she was greatly surprised to see that her present had arrived, right on time.  She even called me a little shoot, lol, and said something about cell phones.  

Friends and Facebook actually go hand in hand.  I just gotta say that I am so glad that I checked the graduating class ahead of me from high school because I finally found a friend I had been hoping to find for a while.  But wait it gets better, she only lives 3 yes 3 hours away, I am so stoked.  I have not seen her since like 1996 I mean, wow!!  Crazy, I know.  So its been a great thing catching up with her, now just to find time to get together.  

I can say Facebook is a beautiful thing, its also allowing me to stay in contact with my cousins better--it was great seeing them all while I was at my parent's.  We had a great visit at Grandma's 90th birthday, and I just need to add, elderly say the darnedest things.   I also got to see some good friends, missed one but she knows I will get her next time.  And until then keep fighting like a girl, we are all here for you.

Other than that just gearing up for AALL this next week.  It will be nice to see colleagues I have only emailed with over the last year or so.  I am also excited about going to the Library of Congress--I truly am a nerd, but I am ok with that.  It will be a full hectic week, but I am up for the challenge.  Well, that's it from the bunny hole for now, peace out!

Sketches Anyone?

I absolutely love sketches, creating them, using them, changing them, and they can be down right handy when preparing for a crop.  So, I am always on the look out for new sketch sites, and well with the help of Picnic I found a super place for sketches, the blog 52 sketches.  I was really on the look out because I was getting ready for a benefit crop I attended last weekend.  It was a great crop too, more on that later.  Anyway, I wanted to scrap the group picture I have from the Acoustic Lunch that Jayne and I went to one afternoon, and since it was such a fun crazy thing I thought the page needed some of that attitude too.   And 52 sketches had it, number 23, with a flip of the design it was perfect.

What do you think?

Here is a close up of the Grunge Board skull with I painted with Smooch, I just need to say I love this stuff.  The circles and the title were cut out of the Black Magic Coordinates paper, it is black on top and red underneath, I love the effect it gives when all distressed--done with sand paper.d

I used the Cricut Indie Art cart to cut the barbed wire, the silver paper was a little difficult only because the color was like a film over the paper so, next time I will use some Bazzill most likely, but I have had this forever and just wanted to use it.  

Materials for "With the Band"
Bazzill Card stock
Coordinates Card stock
Karen Foster Pattern Paper
Love Elsie Pattern Paper
Silver Paper unknown
Cricut Expression--Indie Art, Wild Card (circles), Lyrical Letters
Me & My Big Ideas Bling
Making Memories Sandpaper Block
Zig Millennium Journaling Pen
Grunge Board

Good times for sure.  

Oh and the crop, the crop was a lot of fun.  I got a total of eight pages done, which for me is good.  I was just shy of my 10 page goal, but man was I tired.  The crop raised money and brought in a lot of non perishable foods for Harvest Hope Food Bank, which is good.  I made some new scrappy friends, so hopefully we will be able to get together soon and get our scrap on. 

Not much else, the Fiscal Year End was this past week, we have a few things to get done and then we will do our annual roll over in our system.  It was a pretty crazy week, working with numbers and making sure we were balanced to the penny--trying to find 7 cents in a 16 page invoice can get a touch nerve racking, but it was found.  I have also already started getting things in place for the coming fiscal year, so this way things can transition smoothly.  I learned a lot this past year with the budget cuts and all so I am looking forward to another year or challenges, growth, and perseverance. 

Seeing that its the 4th of July, I think I will celebrate my freedom by scrapping some and thing going for a swim.  Have a great and safe holiday, from the Bunny Hole, peace out!