Monday, March 1, 2010

#15 - ANG Handmade GIfts

It's been awhile since I have been able to really let the creative juices flow. Partly due to the fact that I have NO ROOM in this house to do it! And now that we have packed everything up...CRAFT stuff included in order to make the house presentable for prospective buyers...I am completely naked! I have realized just how much I miss having good, organized access to all the things that help me create! I know what I am looking for in the next house, and maybe it will be here sooner, rather than later!

This is when my Brain is at its Best...when I can sit down and put my ideas together! I challenged myself to create all HANDMADE gifts for ONE YEAR! And so far, 2010 may just be it! I made this handmade TUTU for my niece Genesee who just turned 5 this past week. SUPER EASY!!!

I bought 4 different colors of Thule...2 yards each.
Then I cut them into strips.
The longer the strips, the longer the TuTu,
the shorter the strips, the shorter the length...

I then take the strips and loop knot them over a piece of Ribbon...
Creating the waist band.

Knot the ends closest to the Thule and then tie the end into a Bow.
This is how you will put it on and take it off.

My idea paid off...I had a lady approach me in the restaurant last night asking about these. I explained how easy they were and she told me I should sell them. I told her she could do it herself, and she looked at me and laughed...she said she isn't the most creative when it comes to things like this...and I gave her my information. Told her I would be happy to create and sell a few to her. AND I really think she's going to call. Funny how things work.
I have a few other projects I completed that I will post about soon!

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Age: 29.5
Bed size: Queen.
Chore I hate: Most any chores...we did them EVERY Saturday growing up...and dreaded EVERY minute of it. But have to admit, I know how to do ALOT of domestic things...I just don't want to most of the time.
Dog(s) names: Riley (7.5yrs old) Chocolate Lab / Cody (5.25yrs old) Yellow Lab
Essential to start my day: Sadly I have become some what dependent on Coffee...
Favorite color: Blue in pretty much ANY shade!
Gold or silver: Silver for sho...
Height: 5'6"
I am: Too Busy for my own good...
Job: Office Manager
Kids: Numero Uno - Sydney Corinne 21 Months
Living arrangements: Working on and upgrade!
Mom's name: Kathleen Sue
Nickname: Berndt, Ang, Gigs, Angie (However I don't prefer that last one unless its coming out of the mouth of one of my many nieces or nephews...)
Overnight hospital stay: The night before I was induced...she was a week late. Strange checking into a hospital like it was a hotel. A REALLY expensive one! And we stayed two nights after she was born!
Pet peeve: Noisy eaters and People who don't use BLINKERS when driving.
Quote from a movie:
Right or left handed: Right
Siblings: Allison (33) Tyson (31) Travis (28) Timothy (24) Kenneth (19)
Time I wake up: varies...lately between 6 & 6:30
Unique thing about my car: Windshield cracks from all the roadtrippin we've done!
Vegetable I hate: Radishes...never been a fan, they take too much like dirt.
Ways I run late: Having kids can slow you down a bit...but I try!
X-rays I've had: Dental...nothing else.
Yummy food I make: Matt and I made a really good Italian Chicken Bake the other night that was definitely a hit, which we will make again!
Zoo favorite: I always like the seals/penguins. The KC Zoo has definitely come a long way since I was little.

the NOTEBOOK journey here is a little (actually its pretty big) project I came across today as I was surfing for interesting or humorous blogs today. But I have to give kudos to the path that brought me to here I go...

I was on my our blog EppersonFam and I jumped on over to Hyperbole and a Half ... this chick makes me laugh. She has a sense of humor that I relate to and I think her posts are hilarious! I usually check Hyperbole to see if she is following anyone I might also I hopped on over to Steam Me Up Kid and then went on to Calling People Names which in turn headed me in the direction of What Were You Thinking? ... where I saw the Mean Girl Garage ... which finally landed me in touch with THE NOTEBOOK JOURNEY. That was a journey in itself...and to be honest I didn't even read that much of the others as I sifted through to see if I was interested. There are a few I think I will get back to...but I just wanted to point out that this internet thing is so freaking endless and it lands you in places you thought you might not be...and can put you in touch with people doing cool projects like this.

This NOTEBOOK is about to take an amazing Journey around the world...and I have signed up to take part in it! I just received confirmation that I am in...and it will eventually land here in KC.

So here are a few of the rules...from its originator!

1. Write / Draw / Quote whatever your heart desires.
Jot down a poem, draw someone a picture, quote your favorite person, tell us about your day, review a book, tell a joke, journal about your year, send us a recipe. The notebook is your free forum. Just keep it to one page.

2. Include your Name [or nickname if you want to be anonymous] and location at the top of the page.

3. Include your email Address / WebPage / Twitter … but only IF you want to. I’d love to contact everyone after the notebook has made its way back to me.

4. All I ask is four things…
a. Send me a quick email/tweet letting me know the notebook has been received.
b. Send me a POSTCARD from your location when you send out the notebook.
(My Address is included in the notebook!)
c. Email me a Picture of you with the notebook and a snapshot of what you have contributed (if anonymous, just the notebook is fine.)
d. Let me know when you have mailed the notebook (via email or twitter) so I can inform the next person that it’s on its way!

5. When the notebook has reached its final page, please send it back to me! I would love to see/document/update everyone on its progress. If there are still people available to send it to, I will add additional pages and send it back off.

6. Please feel free to hand this off to a friend or relative, but please make sure they are aware that they need to email me for an additional address to send it to if they have no one. I don’t want this notebook getting lost. And please try to send it out within 10 days of receiving it!

7. And finally, I trust all of us to commit to the rules of this project, so the notebook doesn’t get lost in transition. If you have received the notebook, and want nothing to do with it or just don’t feel like participating anymore, kingly just mail it back to me.
I am excited to hear how this goes and what people include / create! Be sure to follow the Blog at to see where it might be next, or to sign up and participate!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

on THE market

It's OFFICIAL...the house is on the market.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

ANG #5 - The Lost Symbol

Once again I have failed to read a book on my list...however with so many new books coming out that intrigue me, it is hard to stick with the ones I chose. I am trying to rethink my approach on this book may come down to just reading a certain number of books rater than trying to read everything on my list...but we'll see. I still have time to figure it out. So here the latest book I just finished...I am a fan of Dan Brown after getting hooked on the Divinci Code, and his new book didn't fail me either. I was a little un-impressed with how Langdon's Character was acting in this plot...but in the end it still came together well. I look forward to adding this to my permanent bookshelf some day...we actually borrowed this one from the library!!! And for all those Movie-goers, this one is due to hit the big screen in 2011 or 2012.
In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling--a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths... all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale. As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object--artfully encoded with five symbols--is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation... one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom. When Langdon's beloved mentor, Peter Solomon--a prominent Mason and philanthropist--is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations--all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth. As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown's novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown's fans have been waiting for... his most thrilling novel yet.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Sooo...the problem with the book list I that I tend to read what intrigues or interests me at the time, and not everything on my list is jumping out at me right now. Coming down off the Twilight Saga (yes you can leave your sigh of patheticness right here), I just couldn't get into I decided to stick with the same author and chose to read Stephenie Meyer's "The Host". Which by the coming to the big screen one of these days...and this one just might be a better movie than a book. Twilight and New Moon as movies still felt like they missed out on what the book had to offer...but the Host's storyline has so much more to bring to the big screen visually and I think they will have more fun with it. So I added this one to the end of my list...I am sure there will be a few more before this challenge is over. But here is a brief explanation of the plot...
"Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love."
Now I am not much of a sci-fi gal, but I kept reading and did enjoy the story. The whole invasion thing tends to be played out way to much, but I liked how Stephenie approached this one. But I guess if I ever want to get through my list though...I need to start reading the books that are actually on it!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

#68 - Sunrises

#1. @ the Cabin in Montana - July 18, 2009
This was the day we were leaving to head home to KC...

#2. Erfurt, Germany - Monday August 31
Just leaving Erfurt enroute to Berlin for the day.

#3. Mandalay Bay, Vegas - Tuesday October 27, 2009
Morning of our departure home to KC.