Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Success. I don't know if it was the more expensive baby food, the type of fruit chosen, or being able to feed herself but Kendall is finally eating baby food happily. Having her open her mouth willingly to eat the peaches made my day.

I had a bit of a crazy morning with an emergency trip to the pediatrician which led to the resolution of Kendall's #2 problems (we'll just say that she ended up going what I would call a #4 which resulted in both of us needing a change of outfits), missing Bible Study but running up there to confirm everything for our card party here on Friday, gathering supplies for said party and then cleaning up the house.

Also, I mentioned that I'm in another art fair this weekend and I made these super sassy little pad covers (note the velcro closure) in all different papers and most of them have matching post-it note covers. Love it, keeping one for myself. notepad $6, matching post-it note $4, writing in a super sassy paper chick product...priceless. Let me know if you want one!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Who are Your 10 Most Fascinating People?

Okay, so tonight is Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2005 and I have to say that the 10 people that she choose (at least the ones that they are revealing) are not nearly fascinating enough to make me want to watch the show. a) Kayne West: he has been in the media one time this year and that was to make a completely idiotic remark about President Bush b) Tom Cruise: More fascinating is why Katie Holmes has decided to marry him c) Dakota Fanning d) Jamie Foxx e)Lance Armstrong (I have to admit I am intrigued by what he is capable of) e) Thomas Meserau (Michael Jackson defender) f) Beth Halloway Twitty: I'm not so against this one because I do think that she is the most real of them all.
What is fascinating to me (or more so troubling) is America's absorption in Hollywood. What is it really that makes us so curious about these people? Honestly, even if we read everything that is printed about them, we don't know them. I will admit that I occasionally read a People magazine but I compare it to rubbernecking at an automobile accident. However, who am I to judge? The person that I find most fascinating drools and thinks it is hilarious when I make stupid noises.

PS I signed up for another art fair that is this Saturday

Monday, November 28, 2005


I finally completed a page for Kendall! These little tissue flowers are one of the things that I have been wanting to do. The photos and papers are all stitched on with my sewing machine and the photo on the bottom left is actually a flip book that you can flip through and see her learning to put her pacifier in her mouth. The journaling talks about how I had envisioned her using cute pacifiers but that she only liked this kind :)
We had a good day today, Kendall and I did a lot of running around but she was incredibly good. I did make it home in time for her naps so that helped a lot. I'm off to work on a special album now. I'm so excited about it, I think it's going to look so cute. I'll post pictures after Christmas. We still have time so if there is someone special in your life that would like a customized album let me know!! :)(Shameless self advertisement)
Brian went back to work today. It was so nice to have him home & we had such a good week. Yesterday we worked on the landscaping in the front, it felt great (well other than the cold and rain part). The manual labor felt great though, it's sort of like the feeling that you get after exercising with the tired muscles. Afterwards you feel like you really accomplished something and you feel so strong! We still have a little left to do, I'm going to put down the weed barrier and mulch some day this week.

I finished my scarf and made five rice pouches this weekend. We also ordered our Christmas cards. It was so hard to decide on which picture to use since we had so many good ones (thanks Lorie!). Anyway, here are two that we did not choose...

Kendall is taking a nap and then we are running to Dee's (one of my very favorite stores) to get some supplies for the gift album that I'm working on.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

A Couple of Paper Chick's Favorites

Kendall had her first taste of juice today and boy did she love it! She is having a good day today and is actually taking quite a long nap right now, a rarity. I'm afraid seperation anxiety may be setting in...all is well and good in her world until I walk out of the room.

Okay, here is a paper chick favorite...Lists. I love lists. Today, it's a list of things that I want to make:
a) a scarf, loving knitting right now (thanks alex for re-teaching me how).
b) gift tags for the Christmas presents
c) scrapbook pages. My scrapbooking well has been dry lately but I keep thinking of things I want to try.
d) a recreation of the expensive garland I saw at Target yesterday for my outside tree.
e) a little pouch to hold rice that I can microwave to warm my feet (I'm using one of Brian's socks right now, not so attractive.

Another favorite right now is Target but this is nothing new. They have so many cute things! I could make a whole list of favorite Target things...but maybe later I actually want to start doing some of the things on my list now. Live life, don't just blog it :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Gobble, gobble

It's almost Turkey Day!!! I love this time of year, I love twinkling lights, fire places, hot chocolate, nippy weather, cute sweaters, bundled babies...I could go on and on.

I had a doctors appointment this morning. The nurse asked for my business card because she (and other people at the hospital may be interested in my clipboards). Yippee!! That would be very cool. I came home and sent her some pictures of my product and offered to come to the hospital or office to show samples.

I went to Books-A-Million, Michael's, & Target with Lorie, Alex, & CJ and we got a few things to take pictures of Kendall tomorrow. I probably won't post them though because I'm going to use them for our Christmas card.

I have SO MUCH to be thankful for this year. It's fantastic to be spending Thanksgiving with family, can you believe that for the last three years we've had Thanksgiving with just the two of us? It will be fun to hang out and have a big meal. I'll take pictures, actually, Lorie is the photographer so I bet she'll be taking pictures.

Here is an older picture of Kendall in honor of the holidays. Her Gram gave her this bib that says, "Are these people really my relatives?"

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Mmmmm mango

This is going to be short and sweet. Brian is home for the rest of the week, yippee. We went and bought our first Christmas tree today. I think that Kendall likes it, yes, I already have it set up. It's a little early but I get so excited with the holidays coming. We also bought some plants for our front yard (finally). We've been talking about doing this forever but of course waited until it is painfully cold to do it.

Kendall tried mango today, I think she liked it. Yes, this is the face of a girl liking her food. You should see her eat what she doesn't like.

Monday, November 21, 2005

On the Agenda **Updated

I realize it has been a few days since I posted a picture. I can't download the pics from our camera on my computer (until Brian loads some program on it) and he is on his computer now but tomorrow I will do it. Brian will be home for the rest of the week so at some point he can fix it so I can download them here. For some reason once we got married I completely became computer illiterate. That is okay because for some reason Brian completely forgot how to cook and how to put dishes into the sink or dishwasher so it all evens out.

I did take my camera to the grocery store today and took a couple pictures of Kendall riding in the shopping cart. She has started riding in the front of the cart now which is so cute. We have one of those little mats that you put in the buggy that has toys attached to it so she never actually comes into contact with the nasty cart. However, she finds the grocery list that I carry around ten times more interesting then the toys and is constantly trying to grab it out of my hand. She was such a good baby today. She was so giggly and talkative we had fun just playing together all afternoon.

I've decided that tonight I'm going to do a little scrapbooking in her baby album. Tomorrow I will get supplies for an album that someone ordered from me(whose name will remain anonymous just in case the recipient is reading the blog, hmmmm is it you???).

I found this picture that I took one day (a long time ago it seems) when she was having a little tummy time. I love this little skirt and the way her diaper sticks out the side. The socks that are too big for her in this picture are already too small, it's actually kind of makes me sad, she is growing up so fast!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Fair Wrap Up

I was so exhausted last night. I did okay at the fair, but turnout was really low so I didn't do as well as I had anticipated. I did get a lot of great information on stores that sell local artists work and I plan on following up with them over the next couple of weeks. One customer was telling me that she had been published twice in magazines and that I absolutely had to start submitting my work because she thought that I would get published (most magazines pay money too so that would be nice). I really can't complain I did make a lot of sells I think that I just had my expectations set so high that I kind of set my self up to be a little disappointed. I am not giving up on art fairs though and I have already started my research on other opportunities to display my stuff.

Today though, I plan on recovering. Passion and excitement is really tiring.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Art Fair High

I'm revved up, I really don't think that I'm going to be able to sleep tonight. What a fun experience talking to other crafty people, getting endless compliments on my work, making money. I could get hooked on this. Traffic was a little low, but the craft fair experts say it will be better tomorrow. Sold a good amount of stuff, the post-it note things are almost gone and I've had people ask if I have more. I may have to run get some supplies on my way there tomorrow and make them there. You know the "tool belt" thing I mentioned that I made?? Well, I have two orders for them, too funny. Actually, one of them I bartered with another vendor for one of her bracelets (really cute). It's hard not to buy stuff while I'm there. I've got a lot of good information about how to get connected with other fairs and a woman asked for my business card because her friend that owns a card shop wants to call me, very cool.

Brian had a good night with Kendall, what a relief! Evidently she likes his singing. I'm really glad that it went well for him. When I got home he had some shoes that I had left out at the bottom of the stairs and on the next step up he had put her tiny little shoes, loved it!

I think I'm going to try to go to bed now. I'll post pics tomorrow.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Blog Wisdom

I was emailing with my sister Nancy about blogging and I was telling her that when you have a blog you are more aware of what is going on during your day. You are looking for something meaningful to talk about that night and I really like that. Pre-blogging it happened too often that Brian would come home from work and ask what I did that day, I would have to think about it for awhile and finally reply, "I don't really know, nothing I guess, but I know I was busy!" It is just making me think more, 'hmmm, what can I send out into the blog world tonight?'

I tend to visit scrapbookers blogs. There are four or five women that have blogs that actually have scrapbooking careers that I follow (they are on design teams for websites, work for magazines, write their own books...). I've seen their scrapbooking pages for years so you kind of feel like you know them and then you actually get to read their thoughts on their blogs. Very neat for me. Anyway, one of the ladies that I follow is Cathy Zielske and today on her blog she wrote this:
When you see passion in action—in whatever form it takes—you cannot help but to feel inspired. You cannot help it. There are goosebumps that run the length of your spine. You feel it. You dream it. You wish it upon yourself.
No, i'm not saying that after I learn to play the guitar, i'm going on the road.
I'm saying this:
get excited about something to the point where you're talking louder than anyone else in the room
act like you just discovered something for the first time and cannot believe that you never before knew and tell everyone you know who will listen
clap your hands when you're happy about something
sing along to songs you love, loudly
get engrossed in something until you realize it's 2 p.m. and you haven't eaten lunch
talk to yourself more when you are alone
don't take advice you read on blogs unless it seems to make sense.
then by all

I really liked that because I think that I've been doing it lately. Well, we Kelly girls have always talked louder than anyone else in the room but that has nothing to do with excitement it has to do with being one of eight children and having to yell just to be heard. But, just the whole becoming passionate about something gets me excited. I love to see passionate people. I think that when Brian and I met he was really passionate about his job and at business school he was passionate about school and the possiblities of his future. It's so easy to get excited with someone when they are passionate. This morning I was so excited about the whole art fair thing that I found I was holding my breath and smiling and I didn't eat anything until after noon because I was just so busy building the table.

Anyway, just wanted to share this bit of blog wisdom. Thanks Cathy!

Art Fair Display

I did my test run today. The pictures don't do it justice but here they are anyway. I'm glad that I did this because I didn't have enough fabric. Now I just have to measure it to ensure I have stayed within my booth size. I also emailed the lady in charge of the fair to see if my booth is along a wall (so my frames will be propped up) if not I'll have to devise some sort of plan.
I wish it didn't all look so crowded but next time I'll know to get a bigger booth! I'm a little nervous about the setup since I'll have Kendall with me, say a little prayer for me! Pray for Brian too because he is going to have to put her to bed tomorrow night, ha. I'm so excited but I'm already so tired. I have stayed up way too late the last two nights and I'm sure that I won't be able to sleep again tonight.

By the way, if you see something that you like you can place an order by either emailing me or leaving a comment with your email address. You can click on a picture and they will get bigger. The pricing guide is at the bottom of this post.
I made the cutest little waist apron (sort of like the nail aprons from Home Depot) to hold my money at the fair, too cute. It was the first time my sewing machine actually touched fabric, it has only been used on paper up until this point. It was fairly painless, I only sewed it to itself in one place and sewed the apron strings so they went into the apron instead of on the outside but it looks fine now. I'm sure I will get pictures at the fair with it on me and I'll post it to show you. Pretty proud of myself though. It may not work as well as I have hoped it would since I will probably be wearing Kendall in her Snugli as well, ha.

Speaking of the Little Bug she does the cutest thing now. Anytime she gets her hand on anything she swings it back and forth immediately. What is really cute is sometimes even when nothing is in her hand she balls her little fist and shakes it back and forth, I just imagine her saying, "Why I oughtta..." It always cracks me up.

Well, I think that I might try to grab a ten minute nap before she wakes up. By the way the laundry on the guest bed is folded and I'm making a yummy slow roasted beef with mashed potatoes, look out Martha!

Cards $5 each or 10 for $40
Large gift albums $80
Accordion albums $50
Altered Clipboards: Large $10 Small $8
Altered Paintcans Large $13 small $10 ( I think, I'll have to verify that one)
Post-it note with cover $4 each (you can throw them in your purse and they won't stick all over the bag, I will also put a magnet on the back so you can hang them on your fridge)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

To Have and to Hold

We have officially been married three years today. I heard a quote from Dr. Phil the other day that I really liked, he said that in order to be half of a couple you don't have to give up half of yourself (insert Texas twang). It's nice to be reminded of that every once in awhile. I think that women especially are in danger of giving up all of their self for their families. It's possible that our culture encourages it, we want to be the perfect CEO of our homes like Martha Stewart (maybe that is a really bad example since she is a)divorced and b)a convicted felon but you catch my drift). Regardless, I think it's an important point and one that I have been embracing recently. Maybe that is why The Paper Chick has become so important to me. It's my own, it's time spent doing something that I love and a dream that could come true. So, to Brian: Thank you for encouraging my dream, thanks for not saying anything about the pile of laundry that is sitting on the guest bed while I make cards, and thanks for 'parenting' (it's not babysitting if it's your own child)every so often while I create....and dream. I love you!

Update on progress, I have officially completed one entire framed chicken wire and it looks fabulous, if I do say so myself. Tomorrow I will finish the other and actually put together my 'tablescape' (to quote the Food Network's Sandra Lee). Some of the ladies from Bible Study are going to come to the fair, very cool of them. Speaking of the Bible Study ladies I had a great time lunching with all of them today!

What an amazing group of women, I really enjoy my Wednesday mornings studying with them. They are what I think of as 'transparent' women, they are open, honest, and not trying to hide portions of themselves from you, and I respect that.

Special thanks to Lorie and the family for watching the Little Bug while we dined at the oh so trendy Outback Steakhouse.

I feel like I had so much more to say tonight. I'm sure that I'll think of it later, if so I'll be back.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I Can't Sleep

I'm just so excited about the art fair. I keep running through my head possible display ideas, questioning if I bought the right sized booth, thinking of all the things that I need to do still! I've decided that a really cute way to display my cards is to frame chicken wire and then use clothes pins to pin my cards to the wire. I, like always, dove in to the project and bought molding and paint from Home Depot to build my own frames (maybe I should have done a little research first). My brother-in-law John took time out of his day off to cut my pieces at a 45 degree angle so that I could build the frame. I returned home, set Kendall up in her swing on the deck, and proceeded to build... absolutely nothing. Let's just say my woodworking skills are not quite as advanced as my card making skills. Back to John & Lorie's with my "frames" and once again John came to my rescue. I'm picking them up tomorrow with the intent of attaching the wire, cross your fingers!! I also haven't really decided which table I'm going to use. My booth space is only 8x3 and I took a look at my inventory today and I think that I'm going to fill it!

88 cards, 3 Accordion books, 3 gift albums, 4 altered paint cans, 14 post-it note thingys, & 8 altered clipboards. Phew, I've been busy. I'm also going to take orders for custom made albums. My investor (Brian) has told me he is ready to see some cash flow and I'm hoping to make him proud. I have two fears: a) I don't sell anything and b) I sell everything on Friday and have nothing on Saturday! Regardless of the outcome I've had a lot of fun planning and creating but of course I would like this little company o' mine to succeed.

I would love to have business cards to hand out but since I don't have a website yet it would be kind of pointless. Maybe I'll make some cards with my logo and email address and staple them to the bags of purchases. Add that to my list of things to do.

Exciting day planned tomorrow, I have my Bible study in the morning (that I'm loving) and all the girls from the group are meeting for lunch. Tomorrow is also Brian and my three year anniversary and Lorie is watching Kendall for us so we can go out. Busy, busy week!

The Chick's List

The *Chick's* List

A list of my current "favorites"

#1 Hi, my name is Ashley and I'm addicted to paper. Yes, you read it correctly, paper. So the very first item on the very first 'Chick List' is my favorite paper! I am really loving Wild Asparagus right now. I love the muted colors and the distressed look that they have.

#2 Okay, this is a life long love affair of mine. I love school supplies! I would get so excited right before school started when I got to go to the store and get all my school supplies, I would bring them home and have Kristy write my name on everything (because I really loved her handwriting) and then pack and repack and repack it all in my backpack. I love getting new pens and and love blank notebooks. Writing on the first page of the notebook was so hard for me because I didn't want to mess it up! Now I've finished school which is a very good thing except no school supply shopping, sadness. However, I still like to organize my "studio supplies" and I have been eyeing these forever but I just can't bring myself to spend that kind of money on them! I like the rubber band that goes around the binder and how the index tabs go across the top as well as the side. Ah, such pure school supply bliss.
Note: only five more years until Kendall starts Kindergarten...Target here we come.

Item #3 I first saw this company in one of my favorite magazines Home Companion the company is called Hable Construction. What an inspiration to me, it's two sisters that have started this company that sells amazingly cool things like bags, pillows, paper products (!) and even some really cute aprons.

Stay tuned for the next installment of the "Chick List"

Finally, my day was pretty uneventful. Kendall had a rough morning and was a little fussy but by the afternoon it wore off and she was a giggle monster. I think that she will be pulling herself up to a standing position (using furniture) soon. She will hold onto my fingers and pull herself up now. Here is a picture that I took last week. I bought this little sweatsuit at a used clothing shop and I think she looks so cute in it! She is top on the Chick List of favorites!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Lurking No More

After months of lurking on everyone else's blogs I have finally bitten the blog bullet. The world can never have enough blogs of scrapbooking stay-at-home moms right?!

This week I'm getting ready for my first art fair and the introduction of The Paper Chick to the art community. There are few things better then finding a way to get paid for doing something that you really love! The fair is on Friday night and all day Saturday, I'll post pictures of the event as well as pictures of my 'fun & funky product'.

Kendall is the perfect ball of love right now. There are even fewer things better then burying your nose and lips into her soft baby neck. I doubt that any six month old has been kissed as much as she.

Stay tuned for updates on my babies.
baby a) Kendall
baby b) The Paper Chick the company