Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Juneberry Yarn

My etsy shoppe is up and running! Check it out here, and stay tuned for more items to be added shortly. In the meantime, I'd like to say thanks to my sweet little models for helping me out. Aren't they adorable??
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I love these kids!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

One Year Later + Template Freebie

I found this amazing scrapbook layout by Kelly Purkey on Pinterest, and immediately started making my own digital version. I figured it would be perfect for documenting my husband's travels over the past year. Can you believe it has been a year since he left me for the open highway?? And would you believe that during the last twelve months he has visited 38 of the 48 lower states? He comes home with the most amazing photos of some pretty obscure locations, and he is thrilled about every one of them. It reaffirms my conviction that we made the right choice.

Here is my layout:
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Here's a closer look at each page:
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I'll admit, this layout was a lot of work. I used the pen tool to create vector masks for each state, and I actually think this was the easiest part of the layout. Figuring out which papers to use and where to put them? MUCH more difficult. I decided that since I put so much work into the template, it would be a shame to limit this to one layout. So I'm offering it for free to anyone who would like to use it. Just click the image below or here to download. 
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Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

2010

I found this awesome idea at Freckle Photo and absolutely had to make one:
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The best part is that the template and font are both free. I had my picture printed on double-weight matboard at Mpix, and I bought the frame from Amazon. The photo is 12x12 and the frame is 14x14 to give the photos room to breathe. I had to place a piece of cardstock behind the photo to hide the brown cardboard/provide a mat for the photos. Here is a poor photo of the end result:
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I hope to do this every year...I absolutely love it! Link me up if you decide to do one yourself. I can't wait to see them!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

It's Good to be a Princess

I just have one question:
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Could they be any cuter??

And, last but not least:
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

James Rollins

A couple of years ago Hunter dragged me into the Uintah mountains for the weekend. We made a quick run to Walmart for a few supplies, and realizing I was dangerously close to finishing my current novel, I grabbed a backup from the paperback section. Little did I know that last minute decision to pick up "The Judas Strain" would change my life. Or at least, my weekend.

We headed into the woods and found the perfect camping spot. I proceeded to begin my new book, and just like that I was hooked. Fourteen novels and a short story later, I can definitely say James Rollins is one of my favorite authors of all time. His stories are the perfect combination of mystery, science, adventure and intrigue. I seriously can't get enough. Hunter is equally addicted, so when we realized Mr. Rollins was coming to town we were all over it.

We ended up waiting in line about 90 minutes to get our book signed. I felt like a groupie...I was so excited to meet him! Finally it was our turn. Hunter graciously hung back to take a few photos of me with my hero:
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I'll admit it...I was totally giddy. He was gracious and apologized for the long wait. Here's me hanging on his every word:
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Here he is asking about my personal photographer:
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I have no idea what I'm saying at this point...I just can't stop talking!
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And here I am trying to convince James (I can call him that because we're best friends now) that I'm his best friend:
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Do you think he looks convinced?

The best part of the entire conversation happened off-camera, though. After introducing Hunter and then continuing to dominate the conversation, I expressed my gratitude to James. You see, his latest book The Devil Colony includes a Mormon character and contains many references to LDS beliefs, particularly regarding the Book of Mormon. Well I'll be honest, when I first saw that the story referred to the Mormon church, I was skeptical...even reluctant. I didn't want to read a book from my favorite author and subsequently be disappointed or offended by his approach. To my surprise (and relief), the story was extremely respectful and even presented a possible explanation for Mormon beliefs regarding the history of Native Americans. I expressed my gratitude to him for treating my religion with such respect, and let him know how much I appreciated his efforts. And you know what?? He gave me a hug!! He was very kind and appreciated my feedback. And of course I practically floated out of the bookstore. It was a very happy day for me. :P

Friday, June 24, 2011

4Ever Bloghop Freebie (Stop #39)

Please note: the bloghop is now over. Thanks for your participation and we hope to see your amazing work in the gallery at JessicaSprague.com.

Hi there! As you probably know by now, JessicaSprague.com is celebrating its fourth birthday! In honor of this big event, everyone at JessicaSprague.com has been working hard behind-the-scenes to make it a rockin' party!

If this is your first time visiting my blog, hello and welcome! My name is Rachael Sheedy and I am honored to be a Creative Team Member at JessicaSprague.com.

In case you started here, please visit Jessica Sprague's blog first. Her blog will lead you through the entire blog hop so you don't miss any of the 47 (yes, fourty-seven!) amazing freebies. Here's a reminder of the game rules:

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And now for my freebie! It's a 12x12 png quick page, created with love just for you. Just add your own photo and journaling, and you're done!

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Click on the image above to download the quick page (or click here). The quote strip for the special raffle is also included. And don't forget to post your creations in the gallery at JessicaSprague.com. We would love to see your creation! Here's a closer look at how I used my quickpage:
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Your next stop in the birthday bloghop is:


 
Head on over for the next amazing goodie.

Thanks again for joining us in this celebration!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I'm Back, Everybody!

I have to confess, I stole this blog post title from my sweet niece Madison...it's not an actual promise of things to come. Ever since she made this announcement from a microphone stand onstage during our Thanksgiving celebration, I've been looking for any opportunity to use this phrase. I'd say right now is pretty appropriate. :)

So ya, it's been a while hasn't it?? I'm gonna spare you the nitty gritty details, and give you a short summary of the major events in the Sheedy household over the last few months:


  • Hunter's dad came to visit
  • I traveled to Florida for business purposes
  • Hunter started leasing his own Kenworth t660
  • The Rigbys and my mama came to visit
  • Hunter got stuck in the black hole of Texas
  • I traveled to Utah for non-business purposes
  • I got older
  • I got stuck in the black hole of Pinterest (wish I never had to leave...)
  • Hunter bought me a bike to make me feel better about getting older
  • We visited a good friend from Utah who now lives in LA :)
  • Attended a gorgeous beach wedding/spent time with more good friends from Utah
And that's about all I can come up with. Things have been great...busy, but definitely great. I will be back later with a couple of completed projects and some fun family photos. In the meantime, come back Friday for a bloghop party! Check out the details here:

See you then!

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    Roommates

    Last week I got a couple of new roommates:
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    Mary and Anna were actually my roommates a few years ago, when I lived with their family while my new house was under construction. They are the daughters of my dear Aunt Gretchen, and I love and adore them. And of course, the fact that they came to stay with me makes them 500% cooler.

    Hunter made arrangements to be home while our guests were in town, and we had a blast. We went to the beach, ate tons of delicious food, got feathers in our hair and visited the zoo. It was four awesome days that were over way too soon. I did manage to document a little bit of the awesomeness, with the specific goal of luring other visitors (hint, hint...). Take a look and then book your reservation at Chez Sheedy now:
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    Oh ya, and then there was this:
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    Do you see the size of that thing?? How did it happen? The good news is that my handy-dandy mechanic happened to be readily available, thank goodness. He fixed the tire and saved the day. Yay for personal mechanics!

    Moral of the story: I love visitors. Nice, happy, fun visitors. And good food. And beaches and shopping. And last week was the best week ever.

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Winner

    The winner of the CSN giveaway is:

    Miss Angela "I Have Three of the Cutest Boys Ever Invented" Barker

    Yay!

    Now because I don't like having a blog post without photos, here's one of me and the Barker clan circa 2009:
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    And here's Ang helping me fix up my very first house in 2005. Here's the living room before:
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    And after:
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    Ang and her awesome husband helped me tile the kitchen/dining area in this house. As you may have noticed by the quality of my photos, this is before digital cameras were invented. Check out this awesome tile job:
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    Check out Ang checking out my awesome tile:
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    I should mention that Home Depot did the tile in my bathrooms, and the Barker version was 500x better than their version. It was also 500x less expensive and 500% more fun. So ya, I'm pretty sure Ang has earned this teeny tiny little "thank you". :)

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    CSN Store Giveaway!

    I was contacted by Caitlin at CSN stores and asked if I would like to host a giveaway. After doing some research and verifying that this is in fact a legitimate offer, I decided there is no reason my blog readers shouldn't benefit from an opportunity for free stuff! I should also mention that I am not being compensated in any way for doing this.

    CSN is comprised of over 200 online stores, where you can find everything from home office furniture to fitness equipment or cookware! I think it's a good thing I'm living in a small apartment, or I'd probably be blowing all my money on awesome decor items like this

    I did (of course) find something that I'm pretty sure I need to have:


    It's a mini herb garden, with basil, cilantro and parsley although there are a couple of variations available. The best part is that this set is $19.95...perfect for the $20.00 giveaway I'm hosting!

    So, on to the details. The contest is open to US and Canadian entrants only, and there may be international shipping charges for Canadian residents.  To enter the giveaway, simply comment on this post. The winner will be chosen on March 1st.


    Good luck and happy shopping!

    Saturday, February 12, 2011

    A or B?

    Jessica Sprague's Digi in Deeper course began this week, and it's rocking my socks off. So far I've done one lesson and I've already learned enough to fill an entire course! And considering that I've been digi-scrapping for more than a couple of years, I'd say this is an impressive feat.

    Anyway, here is my first layout for the course...but I'm having trouble deciding which one I like better. So, you tell me: A? Or B? Which is your favorite?
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    And can I just say how much I love that little girl? Her cute family came to visit in January, and it made my entire week. Now if only I could get them to move in next door, then I'd be in heaven! :)

    Monday, February 7, 2011

    Digi Day

    Just popping in to give a quick update about the Women's Expo. It was downright awesome! I had some amazing sponsors, and I was able to give everyone who stopped by a code for a free Shutterfly photobook! I was also thrilled to get some freebies from Jessica Sprague as well. She provided some adorable mousepads, pins, and of course coupon cards for the Up and Running course. It was perfect because honestly, I don't know of a better way to learn digital scrapbooking. It was fun to show off some of my photobooks, meet new people, and share the excitement of crafting and memory keeping. Here are a couple of my photos from the event:
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    And here are some photos from a REAL photographer (Evan Yamada):
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    You can view the entire slideshow here. Thanks Evan, for letting me use your photos! :)


    I had such a great time and I was so happy to be a part of this. Thanks to my sweet friend Vy for the invitation, and to all the amazing women who participated and shared their talents and enthusiasm. It was a wonderful afternoon!