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Hanging with My Kiwi Friends

Did you know Dr. Pepper is harder to find half way around the world....in fact most places in New Zealand don't offer fountain soda at all. Then there is the issue of ice...apparently not a big thing down here. Water is typically served out of the tap in a glass.

Not that I am complaining, but who would have thought ice and fountain drinks would be what I miss the most...aside from my family and a good Internet connection.

Here is a couple of quick observations about new Zealand...

1. The people (aka Kiwis) are so nice...polite, patient and kind!
2. Driving on the left looks hard....even the escalators are opposite of ours in the US and even had a hard time navigating those too.
3. Barefoot is OK. It is very common here for the Maori people here to walk around in public without shoes. Oh and flip flops are called "jandles".
4. Many things here are priced very high...especially scrapbook supplies, shoes and food...all the things I love. I am sure its the price the kiwis pay fo…

Airplanes....making my way to New Zealand

I have never been a big fan of airplanes...but flying half way around the world is a new experience all of it's own. I think I slept for about 7 hours but I feel like I barely closed my eyes and then woke up to the lady in front of my laughing loudly as she watched her tv or was it the baby crying...oh wait it was the bathroom door opening and shutting for the fiftieth time (did I mention that we are sitting right by the bathroom?)

Time stands still on the ride that should take us about 13 hours....that doesn't count the seven hours our first leg of the trip took. Right now my iPad says it's 11:20am....but 11:20 where? The little tv monitor says we have less then 3 hours before we arrive. I think I am hungry but my internal clock is so whacked out considering e border this flight in LA at about midnight and they fed us dinner about 2am...why did we eat that late? I think my mom and I were worried they wouldn't feed us again. Which they will but it won't be for almo…

The Bead Farm - Great Place to "Bead" for Girls Night Out

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Ever wonder what to do on a Friday night? Grab a few of our girl friends and head to a darling shopping spot in Salt Lake City called Gardner Village. It's a unique village of boutique style shops that range from Sassy Babies, baby couture style products to ready-made quilts at The Village Quilt Shop or quilting supplies at Pine Needles. Of course it's one of the best locations to find unique and great home decor items in the valley at Down to Earth or Country Furniture.  


But what I love best about Gardner Village is a cute little bead shop called "The Bead Farm". We happened upon it one weekend after having dinner at the delicious Archibald's Restaurant there at the village. We learned that the cute owner Callie, offered free beading classes if you schedule "table time" and purchase your supplies at her shop. So we planned another weekend there and it's one of my favorite things to do with my friends. 
One of our favorite things to create when we go…

Review: Doodlebug Storybook Albums (and video)

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Here's some things I really love about these albums: 
3-ring album - I don't scrapbook in order so post-bound albums are torture for me and I prefer to be able to move things around easilyFaux Leather inside & out - after having a kid drop a drink on previous cloth albums I know how important it is to be able to wipe down an album. Not all albums go to the expense and detail to add the same faux leather on the inside of the album...usually it's just paper.D-ring album - these are non-slip interlocking rings so my pages to slip and fall outHolds up to 150 (true) 12x12" pages or 900 photos (75 page protectors)Colors - let's face it, who wouldn't want all these yummy colors on their book shelf Now my most recent scrapbooking has been using the 4x6 scrapbook method. I still like to scrapbook the typical 12x12 layout, but an entire theme in 12x12 format seems daunting at times. So I'm mixing it up a bit and I love it! Here's some of the page protectors Do…

Creative Ways to Use Vinyl for Home Decor (sneak peek of my craft room too)

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So the other night I stayed up until 3:30am making a variety of vinyl cut-outs with my Cricut Expression 2 and Gyspy. I couldn't stop and I wasn't even tired, but decided for that I better go to bed and finish up the next day. 
I've always loved vinyl as a home decor option, but until recently I'd always ordered it created by someone else. But now with my Cricut Expression and a load of great vinyl by the sheet from Oh My Crafts I couldn't stop. And at the prodding of my friends, I decided to share creative ways to use vinyl in home decor and I'll give you'll a sneak peek at my new craft room.
The first project is a simply vinyl cut that I cut thanks to my 12x24 cutting mat and added just below a cork board that I spray painted black. I really like how this turned out. 

So this definition of scrapbooking I found one night on Pinterest and loved it...had to copy it!! I couldn't do this one without my 12x24" cutting mat either (invest on these if you…