Sunday, January 3, 2010

I'm already thinking (Full Steam) Ahead...


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What have you been doing on this first weekend of the new year? I've been snooping around some of my favorite blogs and I see that some lucky friends have spent the new year in the mountains, some in Las Vegas, and many at home with family. Wherever you spent your holiday weekend, I hope it was a delightful one to start your new year off right.

Just in case you are wondering what I did this weekend...I stayed in my jammies about 90% of the 4 day holiday weekend.

I watched Julie and Julia, Angels and Demons, and Knowing, which were all great movies by the way.

While watching them, I learned that I can multi-task as I was busy having a blast making these embellishments...

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and these...

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to make some Vintage Valentine Fabric Fat Book pages for a swap hosted by Sarah (Gypsy Mermaid).

Now you know that I can't show you a photo of the finished pages in fear of spoiling the surprise of the other participants...but being the sweetie I am, I can at lease give you a peek...

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And since I'm REALLY a about another one???

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They aren't due until the 20th but since I'm leaving on my cruise on the 9th through the was crunch time for me!


Oh my...I didn't mention where I was going...silly me! The Man and I are going to the Bahamas for 7 days of cruising, relaxing, and pampering ourselves. We have a balcony room so between the casino and the spa...that is where you'll find me...sipping on my Crown and diet Coke...enjoying the waves, the sunrises and most of all, the sunsets...on my balcony. One of the highlights of the trip is that we are going with two couples who are long time dear friends of ours and we are looking forward to having this experience together! No birthdays, no anniversaries...this is a "just because" trip. Our rooms are side by side all in a row and share one huge balcony...isn't that cool? A seven day party vacation with best friends...I am so looking forward to it.

However! I will miss our little 365 day party that we have going on over here on our blogs. I won't have my laptop nor my iPhone (since this IS a vacation after all)  so I'm going to ask you of ONE little favor to prevent me from going into detox on the ship...

Please don't have any fun without me.

I know that's greedy of me to ask that of you since I will be having SO much fun...but I...I just...I just really hate to be left out!   ;)

Thanks for not posting anything until after the 17th when I return...I just knew you loved me!!!!!

Just kidding (about the posting part...ya'll have fun!) but you better not have too much fun without me!!!!  ;)

ps...I'm still working on the watermark post before I leave. I'm trying to pack and write a post at the same time. This multi-tasking is do ya'll do it????  ;)



Okay Jodie, your just go and have all the fun without us...we won't have ANY until you get back (wink wink)...Hope you have a great time and we can play when you get back!

Obee Designs said...

Hi Jodie,
I have spent the first weekend of the new year in my PJ's too! Funny thing though, I will probably still be in PJ's when you are, oh, I don't know, ON YOUR CRUISE....LUUUUCKY!! I'm sure you will be having a blast on the "just because" cruise with your friends, sipping your crown and diet cokes, sunning, spa-ing and relaxing. I am so happy for you to be able to do that. You will have such great memories with friends to remember for a very long time!! That's what life is all about.

So go have fun with your friends, see if we care...HA HA! I hope you don't have withdrawl from technology for that long:) Oh yeah, don't miss us too much, even though we'll be missing you!!!! Take great pictures, we'll want to see what you've been up to when you get back!

Robin Thomas said...

Your work loves beautiful. Enjoy your trip, you had a tough year. Let the sun warm and fill you up. That and the Crown...

Of course you like a liquor called Crown.

VS said...

Hi Jodie....
I'm sooooooo excited for you & your hubby & friends, can you sneek me into one of your bags & put in a corner on the balcony like a can throw a blanket on top of me to hide me from the others. {I've actually thought this out, LOL!}
I pledge to have absolutely no fun while your away, well maybe just a little bit of fun, ok I'm still going to have fun, but I will miss your posts & can't wait for your return & all your amazing photos. Your pages look awesome & I so want to make those embellished bookmarks, they are lovely!!!
Have fun friend & enjoy all those stunning sunsets!

trash talk said...

Now just what kind of mischief do you think we could get into without our intrepid leader? We'll just be running amuck until you return! Seriously, the best things in life are the "just because" moments. Go and have a wonderful time, bring back photos so I can get seasick looking at 'em. I'll do your one little favor if you'll do one in return for me...girl...walk on the wild side while at sea...have a real "Coke" with that Crown!

Anonymous said...

I am not sure just how this commenting works; whether you are notified if I responded to your post. Just in case you are not, I did reply to your timely comment on my blog. Have a wonderful cruise with your hubby and friends. I know you will return running over with creative ideas!

Lee said...

Ahhh soaking in the rays enjoying lazy deserve it, we will miss you...

I love the turquoise beads... can't wait to see more.

You are so creative! Looking forward to watermarking... Lord in Heaven knows I need to do that with my artwork.

Have fun!!

NicNacManiac said...

Oh my are like a machine, I purchased my fabric and goodies yesterday and will get started later once I have packed the last of the Christmas decor away!
You are the multitasking queen, this is a well deserved vaca for the both of you and your diet coke and crown sound absolutely yummy when consumed under the rays or in a big comfy chair while catching a show! Have the best time Sweetie!!
Big Hugs, xOxO Nerina

Geralyn Gray said...

grrrrrr......I knew I would regret not being a part of that fat book swap.....I can't sew.....but I am so so lucky I get to see Zandra's book......your cruise is well deserved and I will miss you but I am happy you are getting some sunSHINE and some time on the slots--I need that myself. Have a cocktail and some time on a fun slot machine for me!

Hearts Turned said...

Sounds like fun, Jodie! Enjoy every sun-soaked second!

LOVE all the embellishments you've been working on! WOW! Lucky swap partners! Never done something like that--looks like a lot of work, but I'll bet it's a lot of fun! Love those fabric tags--it's all Valentinishly divine!

I can't watch a movie without doing something--usually knitting, so I don't have to think about it too much!

Hope you're still in your jammies relaxing--talk to you soon!

The French Bear said...

Jodie, your work is fabulous,I am going to come over and sneak some of it when you aren't looking. Well maybe I'll leave the silverware you like and then you be lulled into a sense of bliss, but I will have the new exciting creations you are working on!!!!
I love your sneak pictures, they make me drool!!!
Ha ha, have a fun holiday and don't worry, I won't have fun while you're gone, I will miss you too much!!!!
Margaret B

Jane said...

How dare you leave on a cruise when I am going to be in Louisiana that week :-)
It sounds like an awesome vacation and you are going to have such fun! I know I don't have to tell you to take lots of pictures because you will.
Your sneak peek of your swap items look amazing...and the pictures....fabulous as always.

Debra@CommonGround said...

OK, Jodie, what I'm wondering is when all us GIRLS will just plan a Bahama cruise for US. So we can all get together and hug and laugh and get to talk with our bloggy buds! We promise no fun without have a wonderful time! And think about us just once OK?
p.s.did I mention it's snowing and 15 degrees here?

LiLi M. said...

Ah the Bahama's you lucky girl! Have a lot of fun! I love that sneak peek and especially those embellishments you made out of textile. Did you print or stamp them, they are just gorgeous! Get a good rest and enjoy yourselves, take care!

Theresa said...

Jodie, I have spent the last week trying NOT to take down decorations but finally giving in:) My honey and I took a quick trip to the North Georgia Mountains and otherwise... non-eventful. How could you go on a cruise without all of us? It does sound like sooooo much fun with a shared balcony. Enjoy your trip and I can't wait to see pictures! Stay safe!

Jessica Rodarte said...

You always post the prettiest projects, Jodie! Have fun at the Bahamas! :D

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I am SO jealous!! It is 22 degrees here today and I am YEARNING for beaches and warmth!! I know you will have blast!!

Your photos are gorgeous, of course! I have read and reread your tutorial and photo taking! Check out my efforts!!

Thank you and have a GREAT trip!

Lou Cinda :)

kana said...

Love those sneek are good. Oh and do enjoy that cruise! Eat some good food for me!!

Hopelessly Romantic Art Studio said...

Hello Jodie,
I adore your blog! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment :) I can't wait to see the rest of the fat book pages I hope you will share when you can. I have spent my new year holiday dreaming of new projects and sigh... taking down the beloved Christmas tree. Have a wonderful cruise it sounds soooo romantic.

gina g said...

Criminey girl! How do you do it all... and without glitter?! Have fun on your cruise!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Looks like you are creating something wonderful.....I guess we will just have to wait.
Have a great time on your cruise.


Sandi said...

I finally started posted again. Don't tell me to stop now!!!!
Seriously, enjoy your cruise. That's a long time for you to be unconnected. I know you'll have a great time. Can't wait for the pictures.

Lori said...

Jodie, it sounds like you are going to have the best time on your cruise...sounds like fun to me...i love the little peeks of your valentine project...the colors you are using are gorgeous...i can't wait to see more!!!

CarLe Etc. said... go girl and have a blast...times a tick'in and you don't want it to get away...Looking forward to more of your post...that Valentine Fat Book...looks mighty sweet!!!!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

Your creations are wonderful, dear friend.
What lovely Valentines gifts you are making, you are so clever.
How neat that you are going on a Cruise! What fun and good luck with the packing and getting ready for your fun trip away!


KayEllen said...

Oh what fun projects and goodies you are showing!!

Happy New Year:)

Blessings to you~~~


Unknown said...

Okay, you lucky girl! Asking us to stay home while you vacation and not have fun! You better be bringing some serious goods home to share:D

A Fanciful Life said...

Man, you are killing me with your Valentine fabric book pages... Don't you have a job - haha?! Okay, so I spent the day today working on my fabric pages and I'm 80% finished. Weird colors appear to be the same as yours. I don't know how you just whip these pages out but your sneak peek looks gorgeous. I can't wait to see everyone's pages. Oh, and can you believe this is the first time MIss Gracie did not help! Maybe because it's winter and she is too cold. She did try to hop under the Ott light but it just isn't warm enough for her. So you are going to the Bahamas! That sounds just fabulous - you know you'll be missed in the blog world. I"m not going to give you a bad time about not bringing your iPhone with you because I hear international rates are really high! Have you downloaded any apps yet? Well, got to add a few more embellishments to my pages before bed... some of us are just not so quick!
Sharon :-)

Karen said...

Oh girl! You are a tease! I have my page all laid out - now it's just making all of them! Oh the pressure!
You go Girl! You will all have a fabulous time - so nope - don't give all of us that have to stay home and work and cook and clean and raise children and diet another thought . . . we'll be just fine (sniff) without you. No really! Don't give us another thought!
Big hugs! I know you'll have a wonderful trip!
:) Karen

Sandy said...

I am sitting here with 3 feet of snow on the ground and the temp in the teens reading about your trip to the Bahamas. Man, am I jealous!

KeKe said...

Jodie, your fat book pages look wonderful! I wish I had known...
Anyhoo, enjoy your vacation. I am in South Florida, but it's no warmer here right now. It's in the 30's.
I hope it warms up before you head to the Bahama's (it's in the 60's there....)

Have fun and talk to you soon~



Julie Ann said...

Jodie- I can't wait to see your finished fat book pages!! They already look gorgeous!!! You lucky duck! The Bahamas!! Enjoy your fabulous trip and have a yummy drink for me!! :)

The Victorian Parlor said...

The Bahamas!!! Wow! That sounds fabulous (especially since our temps have dropped into the 20's the past few days:). I will do my best to post as little as possible while you are gone-heehee (Kramer has agreed to try to stay off the computer while you're gone too). BTW, Kramer has mastered a little more French and wishes you a 'bonne voyage' on your trip!



GwendolynKay said...

Have a fantastic time soaking up the sun and fun! Love all your embelishments. gorgeous!

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Jodie ~ have a great time on your trip! Sounds dreamy to me right about now. Loved the movie Julie & Julia charming! ~Stacy~

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Your Valentine fat book is gonna be fabulous! I love the colors, the fabrics, the embellishments. Gorgeous already and you didn't even start! Enjoy your cruise with wonderful friends. You so deserve time for pampering! You just think about all of us while you are off on your fantabulous vacation! Wishing you all the best always, Tammy :)

Tara said...

It sounds like my kind of weekend, relaxing and not getting dressed! I spent some time getting the house in order after taking down the Christmas paraphernalia. Your cruise to the Bahamas sounds like lots of fun. I think the scenery there is some of the most beautiful in the world. Not that I've actually ever SEEN it in person. All that blue water thrills my soul though.

Your projects you've been working on here look loveleigh and so much fun to make. Someone will be very lucky indeed. Good luck with the packing and have a great day Jodie!

Cindy said...

What beautiful bits and pieces you have assembled there! Yum! You are such a tease with your sneak peeks! :D Can't wait to see the completed book, looks like it will be fantastic.

yapping cat

June said...

Don't worry Jodie there won't be any fun going on at my house until Winter's over, so you won't be missing anything here. I hope you have the best of times with your dear friends. It all sounds wonderful except the waves part. I get terribly motion sick, but I can still be jealous.
These pages are going to be to die for beautiful, I can tell already!

June said...

Don't worry Jodie there won't be any fun going on at my house until Winter's over, so you won't be missing anything here. I hope you have the best of times with your dear friends. It all sounds wonderful except the waves part. I get terribly motion sick, but I can still be jealous.
These pages are going to be to die for beautiful, I can tell already!

Pamela Jane said...

All the parts to your Valentine fat book look so yummy - can't wait to see the delicious finished project! Enjoy Valentine's Day in the Bahamas!!

Mollye said...

Hey Jodie, I am playing catch up on blogging as my "pooter" has been sick and in the hospital with the Geek Squad.

Hope your trip is amazing and you bring back to us pictures and funny stories.

13-3 ain't half bad ya know. who dat. Hugs, Mollye said...

Jodie, I'm happy that your going on a cruse but I'm jealous. My friend is going on one too. I've never been on one. Bring me a thimble.

I love your blog for I'm looking forward to seeing what your doing this next year.


Pam @ Frippery said...

Gorgeous page elements. I can't wait to see it finished. For some reason your blog isn't updating on my sidebar. I just saw an update today and thought you hadn't been posting for a while. Yikes, I am missing out on the action! Have fun. Hugs, Pam

Becca said...

Thank you Jodie!!! I SO need a bit of help with this and it is great to be let in on a secret! enjoy the cruise xoxo

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