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Monica B
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Posted: 10/10/2012 9:36:07 PM
Anyway, hello everyone! I can't believe it's Wednesday already...

Monday I subbed in a 5th grade class. I LOVED it - 5th grade is right up my alley It sure wore me out, though, and I didn't feel myself yesterday. I managed to run a few errands, but mostly took it easy. Today I met my best friend for lunch at the Mexican restaurant across the street from the Mexican restaurant my bro worked at! I felt like I was "cheating on" El Patron. haha!

Believe it or not, I have started on Christmas cards already! I don't know what has gotten into me... Here are the first few:

holiday card set

And this is a layout I did a couple of weeks ago for a blog hop:

Thumb Sucker



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Posted: 10/10/2012 9:57:35 PM
'evening all,

Not much going on around here. Only Charlotte's life is different from day to day. This week we have one new tooth (barely noticed she was teething, again) and can walk all over the place pushing anything that will move with her. She's pretty close to trying on her own, too. She'll be walking before long. *sigh*

THERESA -- I thought of you, Emma, and her family all day. It's so nice to hear that your community came out to support her family. What a difference that would make on such a tragic day. And I'm glad it helped you get through the day, too. A child's funeral is one of the worst experiences on earth and I'm so sorry you all had to go through that. To be honest, I experienced a small bit of post traumatic stress just thinking about it...Don't know if I've mentioned this before but my brother died when I was 16 (he was 7) and it is still quite painful to remember (and it's been a looooooong time ). Time will bring everyone peace, but it's a rough process.

TONI -- so sorry to hear about your PayPal account! I've never heard of one being compromised...what a nightmare that must be. I sure hope it gets fixed soon. That is really scary.

MICHELLE -- I think we are *all* jealous of your brother now.

DEBI -- I know what you mean about the piles of paper. I find it difficult to be 'present' for my girls *and* keep up with the menial parts of running a household. There simply are not enough hours in the day to get those sorts of things done. (I say as I sit type-chatting with my friends! ) I think if I did find time to keep up with everything, I would be a mean person because I'd be so unhappy that I never had time to do anything fun...so I excuse myself for some of the clutter and just feel happy that I have pretty scrapbooks for my girls. I'm glad your tummy is feeling better!!

TAMMY -- I am so sorry to hear about Gary's job. Stay strong, you *will* get through this!!

SHARMIECE -- Hoping everyone gets healthy before you travel! I'm pretty sure I would *not* be willing to travel with a sick family. I'm glad, though, that Cam got to enjoy a b-day cake & candles.

MONICA -- 5th grade? Really...that is about the age that I think children should be shipped off Just as puberty hits, that is...you are a special person if you can handle them...and have apparently found your calling so stick with it because the world needs you...DESPERATELY!! I was a terror at that age, you would NOT have liked me.

LINDA -- I'm glad you're staying as moderator , and if I can help in anyway, I'd love to do that...I had been thinking that I should offer to help next year. I don't know what I could do, but let me know if there is anything. And I have to agree with Theresa...I like having many options for our challenges. I've done 4 LOs for this month already. I just haven't had time to photograph & post!!

I like Sweet Peas! I'll send a separate PeaMail, too.


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Posted: 10/10/2012 10:10:34 PM


Dedra, please forgive me, I missed your birthday today.


We all wish you a wonderful Birthday Week since I was so slow. I would have posted a cute photo, but I have worked for an hour and can't get it to post.

So here's a BRIGHT RED HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!


-Nylene


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Posted: 10/10/2012 10:42:05 PM
Well that was weird. That's not the photo I was trying to post.
Could I be any more computer challenged????


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Posted: 10/11/2012 5:51:53 AM
Morning all, it's freezing here this morning!!! 38 degrees, going to be back in the 80's this weekend. Going to have people sick all over the place!

Monica, 5th grade would not be my favorite either! May have found your place.

Nylene, any new news on Steve?

Barb, sorry about the flash back to your brother's funeral. How horrible for you and your family to have to go through that.

Best get my lazy butt off the couch and into the shower. I woke up early and I swear it makes me later than if I get up on time. Seem to think I don't have to get ready when I do that.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 6:40:04 AM
Good Morning Sweet Peas!

This week has been a blur. I'm headed to deal with an employee with issues this morning and then have interviews all day. I'm opening up 2 new programs right now, so I have a bunch of hiring to do...which is not my favorite thing to do. It's such a crap shoot, it's so hard to know if people will actually do the work when you hire them.

I did find out this week that I'm going on the next round of interviews for the position that I've been looking at. They are interviewing four people. I think I have some hurdles to overcome if I want the job, I'm on the young side for the position (which is funny to me, since I'm not that young) and most of the CEO's are men, so we'll see. I don't have my heart set on it anyway, I have really mixed emotions about it.

Anywho, I hope you all have a good Thursday!

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Posted: 10/11/2012 11:59:59 AM
Hi,

I am procrastinating. I seem to be doing that a lot lately...lots of projects going on and I feel overwhelmed. The good part of procrastinating seems to be that I SCRAP!

To show how much I have to do, and my proportional amount of procrastinating, here's what I've done so far this month!!

Sketch Challenge:SHOES

Technique Challenge: Amazing Charlotte

Card Challenge (I used the weekly GG sketch and submitted for that challenge also): Hallow's nigh

Bookmarks Challenge:
Moments

Stash Challenge: At the Beach - Me 1971

I have also finished the Scraplift challenge (not yet photographed), I am working on the Digi (stamping for me) challenge, and I did the weekly GGirl challenge (Be Inspired by Art). Here's that one:

Supernatural Delight

Here's a little game for those of you watching from home: I will send a scrapbooking goodie package to anyone who tells us where I got the title for this art-inspired LO.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:00:12 PM
Checking in and marking my praise mark while Charley takes a morning nap. Thanks for all the good thoughts for Gary's job. Trying to just surrender it each day without getting overwhelmed with the magnitude of it all.

Theresa- glad Emma's service was peaceful and just as she would have wanted it. Now a chapter of grieving and finding a new "normal" for her family without her physical presence. Such a difficult thing to do when your heart is in so much pain.

Barbara- I've seen your runs on FB.- good for you!! that is awesome. I need to spend more time crafting and less time online! I did well when I would put away my computer instead of leaving it open on the kitchen island. Need to do that again, but the spot I had it stored at is cluttered in a paper mess. LOL.

Nylene- how funny about the computer picture.

Dedra- incase you pop on, Happy Birthday!

Tina- how exciting for you to be in the running- a testament to your character for sure. Praying that you are guided in the process with peace.


My thoughts on the thread for 2013:
I like both Chatty Scrappers and Sweet Peas. I think Chatty suits us a bit better though
I do like the idea of using any challenge on 2peas for challenges. How about combining Linda's idea of 2 challenges from the hostesses and then any other challenge is open to any of the other challenges on the 2peas site (garden girls, other threads, from the gallery contests, blogs etc.). There is SOOOOO much content at 2peas that I NEVER see, because I usually just come to our thread only. I know when we included the GG blog the year we did blogs as challenges, I did a lot "outside my box" from challenges on the GG blog.
Linda, are you sure you want to keep hosting? You have a lot going on and seem to be elsewhere nowadays and not a frequent poster. It's OK to let go of the burden and lighten up your plate. Of course I love you and enjoy your hostess with the mostess posting skills, but don't want you to think you have to keep doing it if it's a chore or troublesome.

OK, that's enough thinking from me for the day.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:28:31 PM
BARBARA sorry that Emma's funeral brought back painful memories of losing your brother when he was so young. I know for some reason I was thinking about losing my best friend when I was 14 to a car accident. if affected me for years. Death is so devastating and we just don't know how to deal with it very well. Hugs.

MONICA B I like the 5th grade kids too...and actually all the grades below that. I like the subject matter taught in middle school, I so could be a math teacher, but I don't like dealing with adolescent attitudes, profanity and exclusive behavior. So middle school may not be my best place. LOL

LINDA thank you for volunteering again. I was about to step up but perhaps if you decide to limit the challenges, I can create my own off-shoot for digi challenges in another thread. We'll see. I do like having more challenges to pick from as often card, recipe and stash challenges don't always work for me. I guess it might be important to decide what the primary purpose/goal of this thread is...is it to have a social connection or to promote scrapping? I personally believe it's in that order: Social connection THEN scrapping. Given that, I'd vote for CHATTY SCRAPPERS as our new name or something along that line. I really think if we posted challenges separately rather than grouped together we'd get more people outside our inner circle participating (i.e. CS Oct Template challenge; CS Oct Stash Challenge, etc). If we decided to go with that approach and it's more than NYLENE wanted to take on, I'd be willing to do that part of it.

Today I decided to stay home and ORGANIZE or CLEAN whichever needs to happen first. I have to pick up the boys after practice as they hadn't gotten their grade verification forms and I have to sign it as well as every teacher or they can't play this Saturday...oy, I hate when they wait til the last minute to do things (just like their mother-LOL ) They are bringing home a friend for the night, so I need to grocery shop as well. No school tomorrow. But curriculum night tonight of which I'm going. It feels like there is always so much to do. I can understand why some families just check out...especially if you have more than one kid in different schools; hard to keep up with it all.

And as for keeping up or catching up, if I don't go shower soon I'll never get my list of things to do today even started.

Of those of you with kids at home, what are they going to be for Halloween?

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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:36:48 PM
My post was truncated (did I babble on too long?!).

I wanted to say that I really like the idea of adding the GG Blog challenges because it takes some of the burden off of those of you who have to keep 'producing' for us every month. But I am also willing to help with that, if people would rather keep our challenges 'in house.'

Specifically let me offer this: is there anyone who does one of our monthly challenges that would like me to take it over for next year? Or maybe do it every other month? I really would like to help out.

I see out group waning and waxing and I want to help keep us together...

And in the interest of that, let me repeat my little game (complete with prizes) for today:

Can you guess where I got the title for this Layout? If you can guess (be the first person to post to our thread), I will send you a goodie package of scrapbooking stuff:

Supernatural Delight

(I apologize if I'm stepping on our thread keeper's toes with this game. I'm in a good mood today and need ways to keep myself from getting my chores done!!! )


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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:43:56 PM
hey girls -

read everything, so I'll see what I can remember:

Theresa - what a wonderful way to celebrate her life. I mean that sincerely; all those people coming out, the prayers the balloons, just so heartwarming. Prayers for the family.

Tina - good luck with the job. A bunch of men though...ugh. Of course, in a way it could be better

Tammy - I am soooo sorry about Gary's job. It's so painful to hear of so many jobs being eliminated these days. I hear so much from customers at work, too. It's startling that the higher ups don't see it that way. Prayers for all of you, and Gary, as I know this will be a depressing situation for him.

Monica B - I like 5th grade, but 6th is my favorite. 5th graders still need a lot of guidance, and 6th fits me just right I'm glad you found the grade you love though. Good luck.

Barb - WTG getting all those pages done, girl. That's awesome. I'm a terrible procrastinator I procrastinate procrastinating, LOL.

Sharmeice - Hoping everyone is starting to feel better. I know it's been up and down here. Kevin and I are still coughing, and Megs and Larry are still not up to par, but we're doing better. Hope yours are well enough for your trip. I hate to travel with sickies too.

Michelle - So how is school going? Everyone getting settled in?

Nylene - How is that new cute grandbaby doing? Looking foward to those days Post some new pics when you get a chance.

Linda - Are you sure you want to continue to host? It's super if you do. Like Theresa and others have said, I like more than one or two challenges, but I'm good with anything. Truthfully, lately I have had no desire to scrap...at all. I sure hope it ends soon though. I sit and look at stuff and just sit and look at it. No desire whatsoever.
As far as the name goes - this is the Libra in me - I'm not picky about it, and couldn't choose one or the other if you held me against the wall with a gun to my head...seriously, I'm not that type of a decision maker. That may be a bad scenario to depict, but I couldn't think of another one to show how bad I am when it comes to things like that.
So, needless to say, whatever you all call it will be fine with me.

Debi - Yes, bullying is bad. I've noticed one kid lately, and I'm trying to get one of the kids to admit to me that what he is doing is bullying...I'm going to bring it up to a couple of teachers when we go back. I've caught him three times now and each time the other kids are saying oh, it's ok...it's not. They know it, but don't want the bully to know it bothers them. I'm on a mission now, LOL. I would have gone to the teachers earlier, but the last one just happened the last day of school at our Wide World of Play day...so now I know that he is just a bully. Good luck with it.

Well, I know there is more...but I've got to go. I've really not accomplished much this week...a lot of clothes washing, ironing, stove cleaning, bathrooms, but no real big projects, and the week is almost over...sigh. Oh, well...more for later to do, LOL.

You all have a great day.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:53:34 PM
It's me again. I think I'm going to finish off Page 3 for us all by myself.

I agree with Debi that we should figure out what our priorities are for thread. It's hard for me to do that, though because I feel so differently now than I did when I first starting posting on CGs.

The *main* reason I joined was because all of you were so nice to each other. I really like giving/receiving feedback on LOs and the challenges are a huge, HUGE motivator for me. Those were the reasons I kept coming back to the thread.

That being said, I would now follow you all wherever you go. If you decide to do a separate thread for challenges, or only have one challenge...whatever we decide is fine with me. Now you're my friends and I will go where you go.

I know I'm not helping to decide anything, but I guess my take on it is that I want to do whatever makes it easiest/most fun for us.



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Posted: 10/11/2012 2:33:34 PM
Yay, I have actually praised all the LOs up to here!! Gorgeous work ladies!!



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Posted: 10/11/2012 3:26:47 PM
I think I hopped on today at the right time.

Barbara, I love your pages and card. I think that your art inspiration was your favorite Miro painting (which hung on the wall in your apartment for 10 years)– The Dancer II. I wish I could say I knew enough about art to have just recognized it, but, no...I read it on your description.

Tammy, I am so sorry about Gary's job. I know that you have faith that the Lord will lead him where he needs to go, and that there is something else out there for him. You guys are in my prayers.

Theresa, we just got the reports on Steve and they want him to undergo some more tests. They will insert a radioactive isotope and then scan him to see if more cancer cells show up. We both have a good feeling about it. We'd rather check it out than just wait for the next attack. What did you find out about your tests?
So sorry for Emma's family. This will be a difficult holiday season for them. Our Rachel just got home on Tues and the entire mile square area was littered with signs of welcome and big yellow bows. Many of the signs said, "Rachel, you can do hard things!" She's always been a trooper! Time will tell how successful the treatment has been.

Linda, you are so sweet to do the hostess job again next year. I wish I could help you more. I was almost in tears last night trying to post a birthday sign. I need my dd get back on her feet and come help me, and give me step-by-step instruction. If I can get some help, I'll do birthdays again, if you'd like. But if there is someone who really wants to do it, I won't object. Either name is fine for me. I'm leaning toward Chatty Scrappers, but I'm not choosy.
I agree with others that it would be fun to include some of the challenges on 2peas. I get so little time to scrap lately, that if I'm locked into really specific challenges, I won't do them. I DO like to be challenged to do new things, I just need to work those into my available time. I love you for all the work you have done for us, my friend. I'm so glad I got to meet you and your DH.

I spent the day with Em and little baby Alex yesterday. And I made a big pot of THERESA'S wonderful potato soup for them. (I took out enough for 2 bowls for DH and me. (I waved my magic wand over it, Theresa, and removed all the calories for us!) It's so nice to have a new baby around. He lost almost a lb. in the hospital and they made them stay an extra day, but he's eating fine now. He's a cutie.

Hi, Lori, it's so nice to see you.

I had the worst day ever in Cubs this week. It happened to be Crazy Hair Day at school. So the boys came with ridiculous hair. It is really true that "dress dictates decorum". My quiet, bashful, proper little guy from England hopped up on my couch to do air guitar at the top of his lungs as I left the room to help boys staining their wood in the kitchen. (3 steps away!) I was mortified. I was not happy and they knew it. I'll check with the school for Crazy Hair Day next year, and Cubs WON'T be held that day! DH took me out to dinner afterwards, but I think what I needed was Valium!

I know I've missed tons, but I need to get moving. Have a great weekend everyone.


-Nylene


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Bluna, did you get your title from International Delight coffee creamer?
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I hope that everyone is having a good week it's almost over!! I lovethe layouts and the cards that have been posted. I'm not having the time at the moment to leave comments but I will. DH has a bad sinus infection and Cam has just worn me out!

Monica- I don't know how you handled 5th graders. Congrats lol

Deb- I just don't under why kids bully each other the way they do. It so sad.

Tammy- Sorry about Gary's job. I pray that Something better comes along for him soon.

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Posted: 10/11/2012 7:26:39 PM
Barbara, I'm a doofus. I thought you wanted where you got the inspiration for the layout...not the title. Just ignore me.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 8:17:28 PM
Nylene, you crack me up!

I am *still* working in my craft room and avoiding real chores. Today I fed my children, and I took Julia to swim lessons. Other than that, all I've done is work in and clean my craft room. And I'm not done yet! LOL

I want to make a card for a friend and I want to do one the 2Ps weekly challenges. Maybe both...

I suppose I should feed my husband...Yeah. I'll be back...

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Posted: 10/12/2012 1:15:03 AM
Well Ladies, I have no problem with staying around. I haven't been on much because I'm looking for a new house. I can't do the stairs anymore. So, something had to go.

Okay here's what I'm thinking so far.

Technique Challenge
2 Peas Challenge
Sketch Challenge
Stash Challenge & 1 other challenge.

So far, Sweet Peas has 4 votes and 2 votes for Chatty Scrappers.

Here's my thought=The only real chatty scrappers we have on her are Debi and Theresa. We don't want to end up with the Debi & Theresa show...lol

Let me know if you have any other ideas.




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Posted: 10/12/2012 6:12:47 AM
Linda, I don't think you've read the posts here, almost everyone so far as said they prefer Chatty Scrappers if they had a choice. Since we do more chatting than scrapping it does make sense. Of course since it's just me and Debi keeping the thread alive we may have to just take over as hosts too, LOL!

We'll have to add Barb to that list too since she did the job yesterday--go Barb!!!

I was just too tired to even chat last night. They're trying to change the way things are done at the office and it was chaos yesterday. Didn't get home til almost 7. Off to Madisonville today. Hoping that since there are no patients in the Owensboro office today they will leave me alone and let me deal with the patients in Madisonville.

Have a great Friday all!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:06:47 AM
Good morning. Praised to here.

Today a friend is coming over for coffee and chatter. Gary left for a mens retreat. Good time for that for him. Thanks for your continued prayers. I alter between sheer panic and total calmness and not much in between!

Yes, my vote preference was Chatty over Sweet. Even for the sparse times that some of us come here now, we are still chatty.

Nylene- I can imagine your face when that cub jumped on your couch! I have two new girls this year and two have moved, so I am hovering at 11 still. This year the parents want to be more involved and we're adding 15 minutes to the meeting to have a bit more time.

Theresa- hope you can get some work done.

Barbara- good for you for escaping to your craft room! I need to do the same. is your title from a song?

Debi- I suppose we shouldn't be surprised to see the rain, but it was nice while it lasted, huh?!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 2:18:17 PM
Debi, we are getting lots of rain, but we really need it. I can feel winter coming though, and I dread it.

Tina, good luck on your continuing job quest. You are so brave. They'll be lucky to get you. Does it require a move?

Toni, any good news on the car situation?

Linda, buried in my long post I think I mentioned I'm leaning more toward Chatty Scrappers... but maybe I forgot.

Hooray, I actually scrapped today. This is for the BOS challenge, and I scraplifted the right layout, but when I saw it was Susan Stringfellow's work, I cheated and also went to her blog to see the sketch. Mine looks more like the sketch than the layout, but it was my inspiration. I used my mists for the first time, and misted the title letters which were white. Do you know how hard it was to leave the elements slanted? I think I straightened them up about 10 times, but made myself leave them. Do you think I'm a bit rigid????

Sam @ 5

I'm in the mood, so may let my dirty house go and scrap the rest of the day. It can be my reward to myself for not strangling some of my sweet Cubs this week!





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Posted: 10/12/2012 3:11:29 PM
all praised up!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 4:25:38 PM
MID-MONTH CARD CHALLENGE

Let's show them what the Calendar Girls can do.

When you see this beautiful girls face, you'll tell yourself this is something I must do

Furthermore, I will give a $50 gift certificate to the one who sends the most cards. Must post the cards in the Calendar Girls Thread.
Ends Nov. 15.

Check it out!!!

http://kellybertram.blogspot.com/2012/10/card-drive-for-addison.html




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Posted: 10/12/2012 4:31:11 PM
LINDA I hope the house hunting goes well. After all the customizing your current house to reflect YOU it must be hard to think about leaving. Guess you'll have to recreate a pink bathroom somewhere new.

Although the the name SWEET PEAS is nice, it doesn't exactly conjure up any specific reference (other than flowers) to me when I read it. As a new member of 2 peas or even a current member that hasn't participated in Calendar Girls, I'm not sure we'd draw any more people in, which I thought was our goal. I know CALENDAR GIRLS kept me out because I thought it was about designing calendars, which I didn't do. I just happen to stumble in one day when I was browsing out of boredom and stayed. CHATTY SCRAPPERS lets people know we scrap but we also chat, perhaps making us more approachable. I thought the whole purpose was to encourage more people to connect. I know it's much more fun for me to scrap and post when there is a select crowd that notices my LOs rather than just posting randomly in the gallery and getting absolutely no feedback. That's why I love being part of different groups. Perhaps I'm a praise-junkie, but I also like having somewhere to talk about my life's ups and downs, especially when I have few IRL friends that I can do that with.

As for comment about the "THERESA and DEBI" show, I'm afraid I took that as criticism. I'm sorry but if feels like you are implying that we dominate the boards. I personally thought we were helping. I come to post because
1: I enjoy having contact with my virtual friends,
2: I make a page every other day or so,
3: I thought it was important to keep the thread on the 1st page among other things.
I miss hearing from lots of you (WANDA, MONICA M, JODI, JAN, and you LINDA among others) but I know people come and go as they will and as life's other occurrences allows space. So if you have a different perspective of the purpose of this thread, please enlighten me. I'm willing to contribute in whatever ways keep it in the forefront (create challenges, post the challenge links, host the thread, post to the thread,... whatever). I enjoy being part of this group; I have no intention of taking over anyone's responsibility unless they want to move on. Which is why I'm a little confused about some of your recent posts, since you announced you wanted to hand over the hosting of the thread at the end of the year, and as people have offered to step up, you've reconsidered and decided you want to continue to host, which is fine by me. But for whatever reasons, (all are valid) you've not been able to participate much in the chatter lately, and you seem frustrated that THERESA and I do, so I'm curious as to your change of heart. I will support and welcome you however you want to be involved.

TAMMY the weather is changing. I haven't felt rain yet, but it's dark and cooling down and the wind is picking up so I suspect we'll be hit with it sometime today. I spent 2 hrs yesterday and 2 hrs today blowing the fallen leaves, branches and 1000s of walnuts off my backyard. I'm out of bins to put all the yardwaste. And since we haven't had any rain to speak of since sometime in July, the majority of leaves and walnuts haven't yet fallen, so I know I'm in for a long wet yard clean-up season this fall...probably my least favorite activity as it's very hard for me to do those kind of chores.

The curriculum night went well; I met all the teachers. We have a new principal this year; she seems nice...and young. The school, not only has changed their calendar but also have switched this year to competency/standard based grading meaning that none of the homework, classwork, projects contribute to their grade; only their test scores. In Japanese it means the kids have to self correct their worksheets...which I'm skeptical of. For Owen who breezes through exams, this isn't a problem. But Noah who struggles with test anxiety is likely to fail geometry even though he will probably continue to test in the 98th percentile on the standardized tests (as they have a long enough time frame for him to complete without stressing out). It's been over a week since I talked to the counselor about this issue, who was supposed to talk to the geometry teacher, but when I asked the latter, he hadn't heard a word. Argh! It is so hard to advocate for your kids, especially when they have learning challenges, isn't it?

The kids who take Biology, Algebra 1 &2 and Geometry have to pass a End-of_Class standardized test to be given credit for the class to count towards high school graduation. It was generically said in passing that all the kids at our school passed the Algebra 1 E-O-C last spring, but when I asked about their scores, I was told they don't ever post the scores. I find that odd and also odd that they don't post anything to indicate they've passed. Wondering how this information is tracked.

Boys only stayed up til around 1 a.m. last night, surprisingly as usually when they have a sleep over the goal is to see how long they can stay awake. Noah said, "It's hard to stay awake during school year, much easier in summer." I agree. So they got a decent night sleep, up around 10ish, a nice big breakfast of french toast, OJ and sausage links. Now they are off to the park to play Frisbee. And I'm finally sitting down to rest, although I need to throw in another load of laundry.

As for scrappy tasks, I've been msking a spreadsheet listing all my LOs by year to see what type of copy (PSD, TIF, JPG 300 dpi, jpg 72 dpi) I have (because I lost tons of photos and LOs when my laptop crashed a couple years ago and I didn't have any backup). Even with losing a lot, I still have a lot. Just something to do and realize that I haven't been as thorough as I thought in creating printable copies as I thought so may be going back into those PSD/TIF files and creating 300 dpi jpg copies. Time to back up what I have and looking for an online source as well.

What are you all doing this Friday? Any plans for the weekend? I think I'll be watching Frisbee under an umbrella here.

Debi


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Posted: 10/12/2012 5:54:55 PM
Well Ladies, I am glad to say that I am still caught up on praise, lol. I did some organizing in my room today and it felt great. Kevin is off this weekend which is rare. Tomorrow we are heading to the zoo for the day and on Sunday Kevin is cooking turky, SO, I am hoping to escape to my oasis and get a page or 2 scrapped.



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Posted: 10/12/2012 7:12:00 PM
I also vote for Chatty Scrappers - I like it and I think it fits.

Pretty soon I'll get to chat more. Looking forward to it. Still need to photo the layouts I managed to get done this summer. I'm so slow! I have looked at a lot of the stuff everyone has done. Need to get some praising done on the October thread though.

Does anyone know the best way to get rid of those brown flies - I think some people call them attic flies. All of a sudden we have a lot of them in the house. We have two cats so I'm afraid of using some things so if you have any suggestions I'd appreciate it. Hoping when it freezes for good it will take care of them. Ugg

Love to you all!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 7:17:39 PM
Evening all. They painted the hall that we were on today and it made my head hurt. Took a nap hoping it would be better but it didn't help. Am rested though.

Tina, prayers for your job interview, if it is what God wants, you'll get it.

Tammy, hurray for a girls day for you. Also glad Gary is able to go on a retreat, he's probably super stressed right now too. Maybe he'll find him a job while he's there!

Lori, so glad to see you posting again. I've missed you! Have fun at the zoo.

Debi, your boys school work makes me tired! Have fun watching frisbee in the rain.

Nylene, don't know if I told you or not but Austin has started boy scouts and he LOVES it. Trish said to let you know that they made your rockets the other day in her group and year after year it continues to be a favorite. She asked if you'd send us anything else that works great. She took the little boy's troop since Jackson has moved up to the middle school age and women don't help with them. She's using the same stuff she did with Jackson's group but would like to throw in some new stuff too.


My thoughts on the new thread, and with a dollar, it'll be worth a dollar:

    Have seen way more posts here saying Chatty Scrappers so sounds to me like it's the clear winner. Not sure why Linda said to send her peamails and that the highest number would win. It's not a secret ballot. Majority usually wins. The name has to convey who we are and although I do think we're all Sweet Peas, Chatty Scrappers is more appropriate. The name needs to be one we all agree on.

    Whoever hosts it needs to commit to keeping it going. That'll mean frequent posting and leading comments that will get others to post in return. I bow down to the mighty leader Jan in reference to the greatest! She kept us on the front page. Posting it at the first of the month and then letting everyone else keep it going isn't hosting, it's just posting.

    Challenges, yep we need them but we also need the freedom to post anything we make. If we just use the other challenges on the thread and don't post any specifics here I for one won't be prompted to go search them out. Doubt you all will either. I like the sketches, the lifts of each other and the pushes to try new stuff. I will post any one of challenges that need posting just let me know. I love linking my layouts here because I'm a praise junky.

    Most important thing we need to include is each other. We need to feel like we can come and share whatever we want and that we'll be welcome. We shouldn't feel like we can't share something that we want to share. If a person doesn't want to read something then they can just skim over it and go on. No one should feel obligated to be chatty. No one should feel obligated to post on every comment and most importantly no one should be made to feel guilty if they post a lot or don't post a lot.


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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:08:26 PM
Not that I am here enough to actually have a say in how the group is run(me saying that, not being made to feel that) I agree with what Theresa has said. The challenges are what inspire me to scrap(just wish I could find the time) and I agree that everyone should feel welcome no matter what.
I have noticed a lot of the awesome calendar girls that were here when I left have had life move into full throtle and aren't here as much as they used to be but I remember the thread being the first place I went as soon as I turned on my computer. I loved hearing about everyones day. I appreciated being able to ask a question about anything and getting helpful advice. Wether it was scrapbook related or not.
I look forward to my days getting back to that. I miss coming here. I miss scrapbooking and I hope that with winter coming, I can get back into enjoying my hobbies again and spending time with all of you wonderful peaple.



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Posted: 10/12/2012 10:36:36 PM
Hi LORI. So happy to see you hanging out with us again. Sounds like you've got a plan. Nothing like a clean scrap room to make you want to mess it up again. You go girl. I look forward to seeing some LOs after this weekend.

MELANIE I have no good suggestions. I give my kids the fly swatters and let them go at it. Not fruit flies (small)...attracted to food, fruit so if I see them I know I have something that needs to be tossed. I hope the cooler weather makes them go away. I don't have flies, but did have a big moth in my room last night. Not sure where he came from nor where he went. I'm not fond of flying insects...ewww!

THERESA my boys school work makes me tired too...they expect so much from a 8th grader these days. I think it makes Noah tired too. Noticed he put on his headgear and was snuggled in bed reading a book at 8 p.m. tonight. Now that's unusual.

Nylene I can't imagine you having to restrain yourself from "strangling some of your sweet Cubs" but I'm sure they had a blast. My boys used to love crazy hair day until they reached last year when they transposed into "cool kids" and crazy hair day wasn't "cool." I still like it though but I wouldn't want the kids jumping on my couch either. LOL

We've had lots of discussions concerning defining this group. I'd be interested in knowing what made you open your first Calendar Girls thread? What inspired you to stay?

Debi


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Posted: 10/12/2012 10:50:41 PM
You know Deb, that is a good question. I do not remember how/why I opened the thread. I would suppose it was just curiosity. I had never heard of the calendar and only got one after I discovered this thread. As for why I stayed or keep coming back, I like the idea of being a part of something good. And this is a good place to come. I enjoy the friends and the scrapping.

Finished a layout I've had sitting on my table for quite some time. Put some stuff away too. yay me!

Goodnight all


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Posted: 10/12/2012 2:31:11 PM
Although the the name SWEET PEAS is nice, it doesn't exactly conjure up any specific reference (other than flowers) to me when I read it. As a new member of 2 peas or even a current member that hasn't participated in Calendar Girls, I'm not sure we'd draw any more people in, which I thought was our goal. I know CALENDAR GIRLS kept me out because I thought it was about designing calendars, which I didn't do. I just happen to stumble in one day when I was browsing out of boredom and stayed. CHATTY SCRAPPERS lets people know we scrap but we also chat, perhaps making us more approachable. I thought the whole purpose was to encourage more people to connect. I know it's much more fun for me to scrap and post when there is a select crowd that notices my LOs rather than just posting randomly in the gallery and getting absolutely no feedback. That's why I love being part of different groups. Perhaps I'm a praise-junkie, but I also like having somewhere to talk about my life's ups and downs, especially when I have few IRL friends that I can do that with.

As for comment about the "THERESA and DEBI" show, I'm afraid I took that as criticism. I'm sorry but if feels like you are implying that we dominate the boards. Debi, the next time that you have an issue with me, I would appreciate a peamail to discuss whatever the issue. Also, the comment about the Theresa and Debi show was because many of the days in the past couple of months you and Theresa were the only ones posting on the thread. I personally thought we were helping. I come to post because
1: I enjoy having contact with my virtual friends,
2: I make a page every other day or so,
3: I thought it was important to keep the thread on the 1st page among other things. we used to be able to because there we enough people to keep it going.
I miss hearing from lots of you (WANDA, Wanda just became a first time Grandmother, her biological father is on his death bed, and she is in the process of getting a divorce. MONICA Mshe told us why she could no longer post, JODI, Jodi just had a baby, she works full time and is taking 3 classes in order to finish her degree. JAN, and you LINDA I have been too busy to be around, between being ill and trying to run 1/2 a business among others) but I know people come and go as they will and as life's other occurrences allows space. So if you have a different perspective of the purpose of this thread, please enlighten me. The purpose of the thread has always been a place to come and post our project and to praise other's projects. I don't know when the thread became a daily "bitch" session, however that is when our group members started dropping like flies. I'm willing to contribute in whatever ways keep it in the forefront (create challenges, post the challenge links, host the thread, post to the thread,... whatever). I enjoy being part of this group; I have no intention of taking over anyone's responsibility unless they want to move on. Which is why I'm a little confused about some of your recent posts, since you announced you wanted to hand over the hosting of the thread at the end of the year, and as people have offered to step up, you've reconsidered and decided you want to continue to host, which is fine by me. But for whatever reasons, (all are valid) you've not been able to participate much in the chatter lately, and you seem frustrated that THERESA and I do,No worries, not frustrated so I'm curious as to your change of heart.It's personal, that's all I'm going to say. I will support and welcome you however you want to be involved.




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Posted: 10/13/2012 3:06:02 AM
Now to address Theresa's issues.

Have seen way more posts here saying Chatty Scrappers so sounds to me like it's the clear winner. Not sure why Linda said to send her peamails and that the highest number would win. It's easier to keep track of that way. It's not a secret ballot. Thank you, that was certainly snarky. Majority usually wins. The name has to convey who we are and although I do think we're all Sweet Peas, Chatty Scrappers is more appropriate. The name needs to be one we all agree on.


The statements: "Majority usually wins." and "The name needs to be one we all agree on are oxymorons. We don't need to all agree on. It's the majority. Which ever name with the votes wins.



Whoever hosts it needs to commit to keeping it going. That'll mean frequent posting and leading comments that will get others to post in return. I bow down to the mighty leader Jan in reference to the greatest! She kept us on the front page. Posting it at the first of the month and then letting everyone else keep it going isn't hosting, it's just posting. Yes, and we had 50 members back then too. How many do we have now? About 15 regulars, maybe. When the bitching started, I would get endless emails about it turning into a totally negative thread, but only a few people wanted to post it on the thread because they didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings

That was a nice slam against me. So, my suggestion to you would be for you to run the group because after this comment, I QUIT.


Challenges, yep we need them but we also need the freedom to post anything we make. If we just use the other challenges on the thread and don't post any specifics here I for one won't be prompted to go search them out. NO ONE SAID THAT YOU COULDN'T POST YOU'RE OWN WORK THAT WASN'T A CHALLENGE. Doubt you all will either. I like the sketches, the lifts of each other and the pushes to try new stuff. I will post any one of challenges that need posting just let me know. I love linking my layouts here because I'm a praise junky.

I was trying to make it so that everyone had a little of what they liked. Oh well, I guess I don't have to worry about that anymore now do I.






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Posted: 10/13/2012 3:39:10 AM
LINDA I'm sorry that I seem to have stepped on your toes. I'm only trying to understand why you are so vehemently holding on to hosting when you proclaim to be so busy, don't like the way the thread is evolving and so rarely post yourself. The only issue I have with you Linda is that you've been inconsistent with what you proclaim you want. I was hoping an open discussion could clarify not only your involvement but others too as this thread really belongs to all of us.

You said,"
The purpose of the thread has always been a place to come and post our project and to praise other's projects. I don't know when the thread became a daily "bitch" session, however that is when our group members started dropping like flies."

If you want to keep the board as strictly a place to post projecys and feedback on those, then by all means continue as the Calendar Girls/SweetPeas and state that as your purpose. In that light, I certainly can understand now why you don't want the name "Chatty Scrappers".

Personally I want a place where I can share my scrappy efforts when I have time to scrap and my life (which sometimes gets in the way) when I don't. What has kept me here is the "chatty" nature of the thread. I have not felt that it is depressing at all, despite the fact that everyone at one time or another has shared news of injuries, illnesses, loss and struggles, even you Linda. We are human, our posts reflect that. When I joined, the boards were quite chatty so I'm not sure when it wasn't. I don't want to divide a group that is already small, but if I can only come and post when I have a LO to share or praise others, I'm afraid it will become even quieter. And worse case, since I tend to scrap more frequently than most of you, I'd still potentially dominate the board if I chose to participate .

So are you suggesting that we really need 2 separate different purpose threads? CALENDAR GIRLS/SWEETPEAS for scrap efforts only and CHATTY SCRAPPERS for those of us who want to share our daily lives as well as our scrap efforts? I hope not, but I suppose it could evolve that way.

As for why people choose to participate on the boards or not, really that is their business. We all have times in our lives where we have to focus on what is going on and don't have the free time or inclination to participate in social media. I made NO accusations (direct or indirect) as to why people weren't posting; I just said I miss hearing from them...and I'd welcome all back when/if they choose to come.

I like our group of friends here and would love to see this thread flourish and add more. So in light of that goal, I will continue to post as I have until I'm told directly to cease and desist.

Kindly,
Debi


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***EDELINE MARTA DESIGNS creative team***
***POLKA DOT PIXELS creative team***
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Posted: 10/13/2012 9:49:31 AM
Wow, Linda my heart hurt after reading your response to concerns/questions people are sharing with you, as one of the group hostesses. This should be a "no-stress" situation really. As my good friend, Tina says, "it's not deep." You took the comments made by Debi and Theresa as a personal attack, when honestly they voiced some thoughts many of us are having over the thread. Their comments were not intended as snarky/hostile or provoking but you certainly perceived them that way. For that I am sorry. But we need to be able to voice our thoughts and input without repercussion or reprimand from our hostesses. We are a group of adult women and should be able to carry on discussion of varying opinons. I hope today, we can all take a big deep calming breath, or a shot of vodka, and carry on with respect and courtesy to each other while remaining true to ourselves and our opinions.


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Really should go back to bed! Keurig needs a new filter (which I have somewhere in this mess but can't find) and it won't brew my coffee. Computer took forever to load. Then open up the thread and see all that!

Linda, if you're still reading. If you wanted a private peamail from someone before discussing things then you should have sent a private peamail yourself. You brought the snarky remarks out and I think Debi's comments were appropriate and were questions I would have liked to ask as well. I did get the connection with the "Debi and Theresa show" because I have made numerous comments about us being the only one posting and "my thread" in jest but if you go back and read your comment it wasn't posted with that inflection. I read it to Randy and he said, "wow what did you do to tick her off?"

I've had my feelings hurt several times over comments that have been made with "bringing the thread down" and have heard from a few peas that say the thread was depressing at times. I agree, at times it has been. Life is depressing. We don't live with rose colored glasses in princess castles where everything is perfect. EVERYONE of the people that has made a comment about the thread being depressing has posted their own life issues in the past, also depressing. We've been there to support them and I know that they have appreciated it. I think that is what has kept us going for all these years. As an example, Toni made numerous comments that she wouldn't have made it when her Son died if we hadn't been there for her. Should she not have been able to post, nope. Same for everyone else. We've went through deaths, illness, surgery, adoptions, divorce, drama with kids, lost jobs, new jobs, boyfriend issues and you name it, we've covered it. Some people are more private than others and don't post everything. That's fine too. They have the option to skim over what they don't want to read.

As for Debi's comment about missing others, don't think she wanted a run down on their reason for leaving, just that she missed them. Wanda didn't want that out BTW.


The statements: "Majority usually wins." and "The name needs to be one we all agree on are oxymorons. We don't need to all agree on. It's the majority. Which ever name with the votes wins.


You decided--you--that you would change the name based on a peamail vote. Peamail vote that you say has 4 to 2 to change to the name that you want. I went back and read the posts and NO ONE has posted on this thread that they want Sweet Peas to be the name. They like it but prefer Chatty Scrappers. Not sure who the four people that you got a peamail from are but they're not posting on the thread and there have been more than four posts on the thread where we all can see. I don't even know who came up with the name, I know last month we were tossing out suggestions and that was the one that seemed to work the best.

Now to the comment about Jan being the greatest. Didn't mean to hurt your feelings but I stand firmly by that statement, she was. Not directing it at you, Tammy, Monica, Tina or anyone else that has tried to keep the thread going, I appreciate the effort you've all taken because I know it takes a lot of time. Jan set the bar high because she was on the thread numerous times a day posting things to encourage chatting. Was it easier when there were more people, you bet. That's the whole reason we're trying to change the thread now, to get more people.

Again I hate that you've gotten your feelings hurt, you've had a rough year and you don't need any more grief. Don't want you to quit the thread because I'd like to be here to continue to support you too.


To answer Debi's question, the reason I started on the CG thread was my sister in law Trish bought me the calendar for Christmas when I first started scrapping (she got me scrapping too btw). She bought her own calendar after seeing the thread and it encouraged her to scrap she figured it would me too. She was a lurker on the thread and realizing how chatty I am, knew I would love the camaraderie and she was right. She bought me the calendar and told me about 2P's and I've been hooked ever since.


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Posted: 10/13/2012 10:38:13 AM
First I wanted to answer TAMMY: YES! It is!! Do you know the son?? I'll send you a prize regardless. mil:

Oh my, I am so sad...I was off line all day yesterday because my mom came to town a day early. And I just jumped up here this morning to find my friends...well, *fighting.*

I said this already, but I do consider you all my friends. And it made me really sad to see how things went over the past couple of days.

I hope we can pull this together and find a direction (and a name) that makes us all happy to keep coming here.

~ Barbara


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Posted: 10/13/2012 10:49:48 AM
you guys, please stop. please take it 'off line.' please.


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Posted: 10/13/2012 10:51:19 AM
LINDA - If you're still reading...I am starting that mid-month card challenge! Thanks for sending that. Poor girl!!


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Posted: 10/13/2012 11:08:05 AM
I'm going to keep this short... I'm with Barbara, sad to see the thread going like this. But we are all adults, and we should be able to resolve the issues in a mature way.

I'm just going to ditto Theresa & Debi -- The truth is that they really have been keeping this thread going. I'm sure it would have either died or ended up on page 10 of the GS board if not for them. And I agree with them that life happens and we are here to support each other (not a "bitch session" )... The reason other people have left the group is their own personal issues and, well, things change in life! Friends (both real & virtual) come and go. You know what? We are constantly going through the same changes on the Young Scrappers thread, but there has never been arguments or hostile feelings or anything on our thread. It's just a fact that as people grow & change in their lives, some drift away.

I have to say I think that Theresa should be the one to host the thread next year. Linda stepped down, and Theresa graciously offered to take it over. It's rude to say "nevermind, I'll keep doing it" after Theresa already agreed to take over.

I'm with Debi -- I think Chatty Scrappers is a very appropriate name for our group! (and correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I suggested it?? LOL!) Like she said, the reason many of us came to the thread was for the challenges, but the reason many of us stayed is because of the chatting & sharing of our lives. The friendships we developed.

And, lastly, I want to say "AMEN SISTER" to Tammy:

Wow, Linda my heart hurt after reading your response to concerns/questions people are sharing with you, as one of the group hostesses. This should be a "no-stress" situation really. As my good friend, Tina says, "it's not deep." You took the comments made by Debi and Theresa as a personal attack, when honestly they voiced some thoughts many of us are having over the thread. Their comments were not intended as snarky/hostile or provoking but you certainly perceived them that way. For that I am sorry. But we need to be able to voice our thoughts and input without repercussion or reprimand from our hostesses. We are a group of adult women and should be able to carry on discussion of varying opinons. I hope today, we can all take a big deep calming breath, or a shot of vodka, and carry on with respect and courtesy to each other while remaining true to ourselves and our opinions.


okay, I'm done now! I'm going to have a nice, relaxing day of scrapping while it storms outside my window



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Posted: 10/13/2012 11:15:47 AM
oh, just one more thing -- It wasn't any one host who kept the thread going through the years. It was all of us together as a collective group. Okay, so Jan was host for many years, but that was during our "peak," when there were a lot more people on the thread, posting on a daily basis. Not trying to be rude, but Jan just up & left without any explanation and no sign of return. She is still actively scrapping & taking part in the hobby, she has just chosen to not take part in the thread anymore.



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Posted: 10/13/2012 11:33:22 AM
Wow, haven't checked in for 3 days and the thread has exploded!

Okay. Barbara - Haha, I thought the 'supernatural' may be inspired by the TVseries or Twilight, but that is just my obsession sufacing with the release of the next movie next month. This Twifan has her ticket already!

Tammy - so sorry about Gary's job. How did the other job he was looking into pan out? Is this maybe the push he needed? Didn't you say that it would be a bit of a leap of faith? I'm so sorry for the stress this adds to your lives. 2012 is sure heading for the record books as a baddy.

Right, now to add my 2c to the debate. I'm really sorry about the way some are 'fighting'. I agree with Tammy that we should all be able to post without fear of treading on each others toes, or, if we get our feelings hurt, to sort it out/ clear up the matter. Linda, if you are reading this, I have to say your reaction does seem a bit extreme (I've read the last few posts twice) though I can see how you feel offended. Unfortunately the intent of the written word is so easily mis-interpreted because we cannot see facial expressions/ hear inflections. We are a group of friends here and I'm sure there was no malicous intent on anyone's part. I truly hope you do stick around and don't just disappear. As Tammy and Debi have voiced, I too was a bit confused about the change of heart but you don't owe us an explanation if you don't want to give one. Though you must admit not sharing your thoughts leaves it open to speculation.

I, too, vote for Chatty Scrappers, because that's why I come here. To chat to my virtual friends. Yeah, the praise is great, but I'd be here anyway. I love the challenges, though I'm often a month behind in execution. I love the inspiration. I like the idea of including the 2peas challenges. How about a rotation one a month, like Finally Friday one month and Glitter Girl the next? PLEASE keep some sort of sketch challenge

Sorry, tried to send a pmail but I seem to be able to receive them but not send. Been that way for months now.

I opened the thread for the first time at the end of last year. Must admit I was a bit intimidated by a thread that had so many pages each month, but I lurked a little, then tried a challenge, posted and got sucked in,lol. Everyone was so nice and have now become friends. So I don't think taking the challenges away will bring in more people. But, I do have to ask, why is everyone so obsessed with getting more 'regulars'? Had to ask. It seemed to happen almost naturally at the beginning of the year. There were a lot of new faces though not everyone stayed - and others have returned after a break...

PS Wanda - I've missed you and am sad to hear of all your challenges right now. Theresa, you said she wanted it kept quiet and I respect that, but I'd like to send a (((hug))).




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Posted: 10/13/2012 11:39:33 AM
praisemark

Happy belated birthday, Dedra!





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Posted: 10/13/2012 12:40:26 PM
I HAVE A SUGGESTION

What do you all think of "October Challenge and Chat"?? (insert appropriate month name, obviously)

I know it drops the word "peas" but we didn't have that before. And it clarifies that we are a monthly thread. (a huge draw, i think), that we have challenges, and that we chat with each other.

We could also try: [month name] Challenge, Chat, and Cheer." which is a nod to the fact that we praise each other's work. ??

Comments?


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Posted: 10/13/2012 12:48:04 PM
Barbara- I like it!

Challenge, Chat and Cheer Nov, etc. Easy to abbreviate to 'CCC' too.

I change my vote, lol. Hey, we are women, we are allowed to change our minds with no rhyme or reason...




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Fighting? no. Discussion? Yes I tried to state my concerns, questions and inconsistencies in understanding as diplomatically as I know how in an effort to come to a clear consensus in defining/redefining who, as a group, we are/want to be, in response to our current host expressing the need/desire to have a change. Inclusion was my primary goal since all of us who post here are affected.

I am not blaming, pointing fingers or accusing anyone of misconduct of any kind. I was only trying to understand what seemed to be some very inconsistent pieces of information.

Everyone is welcome here. I, personally, do not have to like or comment on everyone's post. I am not privy to everyone's private life happenings...only what they talk about and I'm more than happy to support my "virtual friends" as I have been consistently supported by them. I have no restrictions on what people post about. That is probably why I don't feel the board is negative, or depressing. It just reflects life. I am saddened though to think perhaps some people have stopped posting because they feel they have to filter their comments to reflect just the upside of life, when in reality they could benefit from the support of on-line contacts (sometimes it's easier to confide in someone you don't see every day IRL).

I don't usually get ruffled by people's comments and can let them slide. But when the same sentiment is repeated over and over, it does have a way of worming itself in. Sorry, I let myself become reactive. I apologize to all of you.

I check in several times a day here. It's my go to place when I log on to my computer. Perhaps I'm pathetic in that I have so much invested in my "imaginary friends" but I care about all of you and am thrilled when you post. I miss you when you don't.

I also love to see all your projects and I like that this thread allows us to link our projects here to make them easier to peruse and comment on. I also look through the gallery every day. It's one of my past-time activities.

Our dwindling numbers may simply be the result that people post less and less on these types of threads (other threads I've participated in over the years have dwindled also) and more on FB, Pinterest, and other social media. But since I'm not thrilled about having to keep up with those, I limit myself to this avenue. It's more manageable to me.

So here's to extending a hand for a peaceful resolution.

Now back to "our regular programming"
I am resisting getting ready to take my boys to their Frisbee game because the weather has turned cold and I don't want to get out from under my nice cozy blanket. How lame is that? But I will.

Since the weather is deteriorating, I will focus on the interior of my house today...would be a good day to tackle some of that lingering paperwork I keep shuffling aside. I'm such a hopeless procrastinator.

May be a good day to light a fire, pop some popcorn and throw in a DVD.
A good set-up to get some scrapping done....perhaps.

Hugs to all. Have a fantastic fulfilling day.
Debi


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Posted: 10/13/2012 1:34:55 PM
I came here to post the birthdays for the next two days and now I want to cry! I don't know how we got so off-track from the great camaraderie we've had for years. I echo Tammy's remarks.


Wow, Linda my heart hurt after reading your response to concerns/questions people are sharing with you, as one of the group hostesses. This should be a "no-stress" situation really. As my good friend, Tina says, "it's not deep." You took the comments made by Debi and Theresa as a personal attack, when honestly they voiced some thoughts many of us are having over the thread. Their comments were not intended as snarky/hostile or provoking but you certainly perceived them that way. For that I am sorry. But we need to be able to voice our thoughts and input without repercussion or reprimand from our hostesses. We are a group of adult women and should be able to carry on discussion of varying opinons. I hope today, we can all take a big deep calming breath, or a shot of vodka, and carry on with respect and courtesy to each other while remaining true to ourselves and our opinions.
(I, however, will refrain from the shot of adult beverages!)

I love this thread and came here when I met Diana in Florida and she presented me with a beautifully decorated DW calendar in a binder and invited me to join you. I have never been able to get on the thread every day, but this is where I come when I get a few minutes. I love ALL of you guys. My heart just aches that there are hurt feelings.

I also love posting my layouts and getting a few comments on them. But that is not the #1 reason I come. Some regular CG posters hardly ever praise and others are 100% faithful in leaving comments. I just appreciate seeing your work and not having to hunt thru the gallery, and I love to leave praise.

But mostly, I love having a whole group of virtual friends. I've met some of you, but not everyone. I feel as if I know you; your families, your interests, your concerns, etc. A big piece of my heart will be gone if this group fizzles out. So, PLEASE, ALL OF YOU STAY! I really miss those who no longer post. I totally understand that LIFE gets in the way and that a message board is not PRIORITY #1 in the scheme of things. But please, everyone STAY. and that includes you, Linda. You add a lot of color to this group.

And again, I apologize if I helped bring down the thread so that others quit. The 18 months of traveling to and from Idaho, Mom's Alzheimer's, and then the death of both parents left me exhausted and I know I complained here because I had no other place to vent. You all gave me strength to carry on. I really think that is something we can do for each other.


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Posted: 10/13/2012 1:43:25 PM
Now on a more upbeat note!



Please help me wish Mandy a Happy Birthday tomorrow, Sunday, October 14

and because I know I won't have a chance to get on the computer on Sunday,

please help me wish Toni a Very Happy Birthday on Monday, October 15 . (I happen to know she turns 29 this year!)


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Posted: 10/13/2012 2:25:32 PM
Debi -When this group was originally formed, Autumn Leaves put out a calendar, which had 365 samples (one for each day). Jan started the group and Autumn Leaves provided the prizes. Everyone's name was thrown in a hat, so to speak, and the name that was drawn was the winner. There were also little challenges that the hostess would provide. We had a distinct purpose and distinct samples to scraplift. It was simple, and it was fun. Wanda is the reason I joined. Then, lo and behold, about 3/4 years ago, Autumn Leaves stopped putting the calendar out. So, the group had to go a different direction all together. I hope this helps with how the group was defined.


If you want to keep the board as strictly a place to post projecys and feedback on those, then by all means continue as the Calendar Girls/SweetPeas and state that as your purpose. In that light, I certainly can understand now why you don't want the name "Chatty Scrappers".


I have never said that I wanted to keep the group as strictly a place to post and praise. Plus, I never said that I didn't like the of "Chatty Scrappers."

This is a group, and as in the past, we throw ideas of the members of the group until we reach general consensus.


So are you suggesting that we really need 2 separate different purpose threads? CALENDAR GIRLS/SWEETPEAS for scrap efforts only and CHATTY SCRAPPERS for those of us who want to share our daily lives as well as our scrap efforts? I hope not, but I suppose it could evolve that way.


NO! I am NOT suggesting that at all. It should stay as one.


I like our group of friends here and would love to see this thread flourish and add more. So in light of that goal, I will continue to post as I have until I'm told directly to cease and desist.



and that's the way it should be.




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DO NOT go to Wal-Mart today--it's a madhouse!!!!!!!


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