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Biff’s Flip Book

When Biff first moved to CA, I gave him a lot of grief for not decorating his room.  For a while there, his walls were pretty stark.  (I used to tell him it was like a prison cell, except that even in Shawshank Andy Dufresne had a Rita Hayworth poster.)  As part of my secret mission to get him to give his bedroom some character, I really wanted to give him a framed picture (or two) of both of us.  But I always kinda felt like framed pictures might’ve been going a little bit overboard.  (It’s one thing to put a framed picture in your own room, but when someone gives you one you kinda feel obligated to put it up.)  So for the next couple years I continued to buy him Snakes on a Plane posters to put on the wall, and settled for making him scrapbooks w/ pictures of us that lived on the shelves.

Until last Christmas, when I finally found the perfect combination of framed picture & scrapbook.  Enter, the flip book.

If you remember, I’d previously made a flip book for my college roommate Sophie and one for my grandmother. (Sorry, there’s no blog post that one; I forgot to take pictures of it before I gave it to my Grannie.)  Both of them had been well received, so I decided I’d make one for Biff.  I used the Mayan Road calendar stand and  Cosmo Cricket’s Cogsmo paper pack and picked some of my favorite pictures of the two of us.

And you know what? Biff LOOOOOVED it.  He told me for weeks how much he liked flipping to a new picture every day.  It was basically like a small scrapbook that you can display like a picture frame.  While it probably would’ve been ok for me to give him a framed picture, this was definitely a bigger hit.

So if anyone’s been thinking about making their significant other something crafty, I’d definitely recommend making a flip book!   Here are the pics (sorry for the quality, I took them after I gave it to Biff & I didn’t want to be too particular while he was waiting for me to finish).



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Tessa’s Engagement Card

At the very end of last school year, my dear friend Tessa from Carolina got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Boris.  Her mom & a couple of our friends threw them a surprise engagement party in June.  I wasn’t able to go, so I made a card for Sophie to take.  Tessa had emailed out a couple pictures from the night they got engaged, so I decided to try to recreate that scene out of paper.

They got engaged in Boris’ apartment, where he’d moved all the furniture out of the way, draped Christmas lights, and recreated a scene from the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on the wall.  The ring didn’t arrive in the mail in time, so Boris ended up proposing w/ a ring pop (something they’d joked about for years).  Ok, I think that’s all the background you need to understand the card!

Paper Boris & Tessa



And this is what my crafting table looked like once I’d finished the card:


Congratulations again, Tessa & Boris!

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I’m Back!!! (or, What I Did This Summer)

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since Christmas!  That is just shameful.  But I’m about to start a new school year, and with that comes a new commitment to blogging.  I did a lot of crafting over the summer and I’ll write individual posts about those projects in the coming days, but to get things started I thought I’d start out by posting some of my favorite pictures from the summer:


At the end of the school year, Biff came to see me in Atlanta and we went to the World of Coke and tried on these funky hats.  I love this picture so much, I kinda wish I’d bought my funky hat.  (Though not really, cause I really don’t wear hats that often.)


When I first started baby-sitting this summer, Tate & Martha taught me how to use a pogo stick!  We also did a fair amount of Slip ‘n’ Sliding:



In June, Martha & I made 2 trips to the zoo in one week while Tate was at science camp.  Our favorite part was the new flamingo exhibit.  If you ever have the chance to see flamingos, I highly recommend it.


Tate & Martha & I read a lot of 1990’s era comic books (mostly Sonic the Hedgehog) this summer, and they all included dated ads like this gem.  Gotta love Jurassic Park!



For July 4th weekend, I visited Biff in CA, where I of course had to try on the fedora he received for winning our fantasy football league.


On that same trip, I also (finally) got to meet Biff’s friend Stephanie’s California king snake, Henry!  He was unbelievably cool.


The kids & I also made our yearly trek to Chick-fil-A’s National Cow Appreciation Day and got some free food!


In the middle of July, my family spent a week at a condo in Navarre Beach, FL.  While there, I saw this:


….and this:


….and got to spend time with this little bundle of cuteness:




The kiddos got a dog at the end of the summer, which basically made Martha’s life.  Here she is, gazing adoringly at her Gabby.


The epic Lego scene Tate staged of the final battle between Harry Potter & Voldemort.


Went to a wedding the first weekend in August and reconnected w/ lots of high school friends.  This is the lovely Megan Wanee and the not-s0-lovely-looking me, in a photo accidentally taken by my brother.


I capped off the summer w/ another visit to CA to see Biff, where, among other things, we went to the beach.  And took a lot of pictures:


Here’s a little-known fact about Biff: If you turn to him and say, “Let’s take a picture to be your new Facebook profile pic!” he panics.  And does not know what to do.  And ends up saying, “I”m a little tea pot” and doing this:

This is unlikely to ever appear as Biff's Facebook profile.


So long and thanks for all the fun, Summer!  I’ll catch you on the flip side.

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