Thursday, February 06, 2014


Random balloons I made recently:

Jazzy January

The first big thing in January was that I went to the Florida Super Jam. I already wrote about that though so I won't bore you. 

Then we went on a cruise. We booked a 5 day cruise to celebrate Calvin being potty trained! Because if you are potty trained you get to go in Camp Carnival and Mommy doesn't have to hold you all day. But guess what? I never ordered my copy of Calvin's Birth Certificate. Didn't realize that until two days before the cruise. As we left on a holiday there was NO chance I could get one. Super stinky bummer, especially as, for months, we had been telling him "If you can go in potty you get to go on cruise ship!" and then, "We are going on cruise ship in X number of days." I felt HORRIBLE. I almost stayed home with him. But that's just silly. So off to my mom's he went. Which is probably good anyhow, he got to super bond with her and my Step-Father more. They had a great time. :) 

here are cruise pics: 
Brian looking totally thrilled, the boys in their sunglasses.

Brian and the boys in Nassau 

Me and the boys in Nassau

This awesome iguana was on the private island. I loved him. 

Brian getting his karaoke on. 

Brian and Stephen at dinner.

I also made balloon animals on the ship. Some just to hand to kids, some I put randomly around on the ship. Then there was a talent show and I made balloons in it. Too much fun.
The cruise was totally relaxing. I took a nap every day. It would have been fun but less relaxing with Calvin, so I guess it worked out OK in the end. I promised him he can come next time though.

I also went to a book club party this month. We read the book Garden Spells. I love that book. We ate food from it. I made an amazing chicken sandwich. One girl made marigold rice that I was IN LOVE with. I could eat it every day. Our next book is The Night Circus. I'm going to make balloon animals, but ALL in black and white and gray with touches of red. (colors in the book) I'm not making food this time. My last two foods cost me a small fortune. LOL.

I also hosted a going away party for my friend Cynthia. She moved to Arizona. That stinks. People should not move, it's awesome here. Thank heavens for Facebook.

I twisted balloons at the martial art school party. Paid gig and all! Woot Woot. It was fun. I love kids and balloons.

My class I teach at church is going well now. I had a few stumbles feeling it out at first, but I think I have it under control now.

I did out taxes, which I like because I'm a huge dork.

It was the coldest month EVER. Our electric bill was TWICE what it was in December. We lucked out here though, the whole country was having crazy snow and single digit temps. Awfully cold out there! Course it's Florida so it was in the 80's the other day.

I guess that's about it for January. It was busy and fun. And I need to take more photos. I don't have any normal photos, just the cruise ones. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Florida Super Jam pics and chatter

Did you know I am also a balloon artist? I mean in addition to being a mommy, teaching a Sunday School class and occasionally making cards. 
Well I am. Last week I went to a HUGE Balloon Jam. (think convention) I learned tons of new twists and figures, some awesome tricks with balloons, one magic trick and lots of business info. I also met some of the coolest people ON THE EARTH. 
Here are some pics! 
Ken Stillman Super Hero. Ken is a super balloon celebrity by the way.

Me and Bauldy the Clown of youtube fame. I actually totally geeked out of meeting him. 

Jerry Crab. He's a clown and balloon artist. He taught me my favorite trick "tearing a balloon". 

Dale Campbell teaching his famous baby seal figure. 

I can't remember who made this Tardis, but it is awesome sauce.

Sanders' Nyan cat. He made this huge thing in response to my "what kind of fast cat do you make?"

Mermaid from Mattson's webinar. With some tweeks to fit balloons I happen to have this mermaid is the one I'm gonna be doing from now on. LOVE HER.

Other balloon chatter:
*I know what I charge now.
*Balloon Artists know how to party.
*Bauldy the Clown rode in my car!
*bee bodies are more useful than I thought
*everyone is really nice
*stuffed toadstools are HARD
*I need better hand moisturizer
*spider eyes - not just for spiders
*spider eyes, should come in white
*you can never have enough white rounds
*I need more magic tricks

Well that's about all. I mean, it's not all, but it's all I can remember right now. Latex hugs, Erin

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Delightful December

December flew by. We went to a bunch of parties, including one where I made this peppermint cake:
 We did a ton of activities in the community activities, light shows, Nativities... I made balloon animals at the Catty Shack Ranch, which is a exotic animal rescue place here in town. We saw a tree lighting downtown that had this adorable sleigh Calvin sat on:
 And you could tour the Mayor's Office and sit in his chair:

 Even though we always swear we are scaling back on Christmas this always happens:
Sooooo many presents! Even more appeared before it was over. But most of it was books so that's fun. I got he boys TONS of books at he Friends of the Library used book sale. They loved them.

As busy as December was, we expect January to be even more so. Just wait for that update, I'll try to take a bunch of photos.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Paper Smooches December Design Draft

I was looking around the net for cardmaking inspiration and saw this post:

It is for a sketch type challenge. I love this particular sketch and Paper Smooches is one of my favorite stamp companies. I had to get right up and give it a try.

And this is what I made:
 Please note the matching envelope. I make all my envelopes. I might enjoy that as much as making cards actually. I like to think of the fun of finding these bright, colorful envelopes in your mailbox.

All the stamps are by Paper Smooches and you can get them at the link I put above. I put the word strip and the Earth on pop dots, give them a little depth.

And that is that. I will be posting soon with my December update.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Notable November

This first pic isn't actually from this month, but it was in the November file on my computer and it's stinking adorable: 
So I told you last month that we got a boat. If you look super closely in these next pictures you can see, we keep seeing dolphins from our boat! This is in the St. Johns river near the Cruise Terminal. Awesome! They were so close to the boat and playing in our wake and jumping all over and swimming under the boat. It was amazing. I've never been super into dolphins, but seeing them in the wild from your own boat is amazing. Calvin is sure they were whales and tells everyone that we see whales from our boat. Which would be scary and amazing. I mean, whales are huge.

 Calvin had his birthday. He got a bunch of fun presents. He had a tiny birthday party, he only wanted to invite two friends this year. Easy peasy.
Ethan got his teacher switched on him. It was HARD for me. I had a two hour meeting with the principal about it. I didn't want him to switch, he has had such a hard time with school and his teacher was so very good for him. But eventually I agreed to try it out and the new teacher is great too. I actually really like this school. The principal is awesome, and all the other people I have talked to have been great. It is a good school year.

Brian traveled. Boring.

I did a thing on Facebook where I put what I was thankful for every day. More than half of them were about sleep. I value sleep so much more highly than I used to. I wish Calvin did too.

I finally went to Chamblins book Mine here in town and I hated it. It was huge and all, but so much more expensive than I'm used to paying for used books. I also went to the Friends of the Library book sale and that was AWESOME. Cleaned up there.

I borrowed Napolian Dynamite to show the boys and to give it another chance for myself. Didn't even get through it, that is the most boring movie I've ever seen. I mean really, why do people like it. I truly abhor it.

Ethan is watching me type and he is amazed at how fast I type. I am just about out of content, but I want to keep typing so he can keep being amazed at me.

Oh my friend Laura came down from SC where she moved. We went to a party and the Hunger Games premier with a bunch of friends. We dressed up like people from the movie and all, super, silly fun.

Started a book club. We are reading Garden Spells as our first book. It's awesome, I've read it before, but I'm happy to read it again.

 I loved the mid season finale of Walking Dead. I was kinda hoping they killed off Carl though. I bet he is the psychopath who is doing crap to rats. I get a sketchy feeling about that kid.

Well, I rekon that's all I've got for this month, more stuff happened but I can't remember it all.