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I have been overwhelmed with the support, encouragement and congrats that I have rec’d! I can’t thank you enough!! Believe me… I appreciate the good vibes coming my way!!! 
I have to admit to being totally stressed out, to the point of GROUCH. I really need to apologize to everyone that has to be around me… especially Emily… sorry!!! It’s the stress/tired/nervous/worried/PREGO/too much to do, too little time etc. etc. etc.
It’s DEEP BREATH time…
It’s ESCAPE time… without fail, when I feel totally backed up against the wall, I have to do something that is completely un-necessary… and I am talking un-necessary to the point that it’s ridiculous that I am wasting my time on something so un-helpful to my current totally-and-completely-behind situation…
i was at recollections a few weeks ago, and picked up these basic paper letters. I am sure you have seen them… I think Michaels and  even wal-mart carries them… I bought the word “LOVE” anticipating the season! So they have been sitting patiently on the floor inside my closet since I got them. I decided to play this afternoon. I even resorted to watching one of my all time favorite movies: “you’ve got mail”.  I am TOTALLy addicted to TIM’s Distress Inks…seriously…how cool is Distress… if you don’t know how to use it- find out.  I may even feel the need to do a tutorial on my blog about how to use it, because I had NO IDEA how cool it was until I had the personal one-on-one instruction with the master (tim).
This was fun. The “L” is frances meyer paper, and the “V” is 7gypsies.
It’s so important to play. To relax. And do something that is not required. I should have been finishing my dark load…giving the boys time tests and working on my BPS class…
i’ll get to it. i feel relaxed a bit. happy.


It’s been a very exciting week for eric.   He has been working for months on a ‘vision’ of his own… for a couple of years, he and his partner have been building an import company for building supplies… particularly iron doors.  Several months ago, his attention and passion settled on iron GARAGE doors. This is a photo of one of their very first garage doors installed. They are stunning. I can’t wait to get mine! It’s such a thrill to see it become a reality! So much work… congrats babe.


And FINALLY… the Creative Escape website is updated with the new info, new teachers and price! Remember registration is Feb. 3rd.  It’s going to be an amazing event. AGAIN.  We have some freaky-cool surprises planned! (I love surprises!)

Well, I am going to go throw in some darks.

  • chanel

    25 January, 2007 at 12:46 am Reply

    i agree … so good to just play, as adults we don’t do it enough. enjoy your night!

  • Anna-Lena

    25 January, 2007 at 1:49 am Reply

    I loved your letters beautifull!!!! And BIG congrats to your pragnancy!!!! Remember take time to think of yourself, an just as you sad do think for yourslf and the baby, and remember to enjoy this special time that it is to cary a baby!
    I have three so I know 🙂 (I loved beeing pregnant)
    Love from Me in Sweden

  • Amanda Fuentes

    25 January, 2007 at 1:55 am Reply

    Congrats on baby #5!
    I need the “O” you decorated today for my daughter, Olivia! Its so pretty!

  • PROLIX from la Normandie

    25 January, 2007 at 2:10 am Reply

    Are the doors in a spanish style???
    They are quite beautiful!!!
    The letters are stunning and with a lot of taste! I’d like such a thing in yellow (my fave) one day, I’ll try!
    {ThE fReNcH tOuCh}

  • alison

    25 January, 2007 at 5:18 am Reply

    i “love” the letters and those garage doors are beautiful! i need to go play too!

  • Sandy McTier

    25 January, 2007 at 5:33 am Reply

    Love the letters – “E” is my favorite – totally Heidi Swapp style ~ guess they all are since you created them but the “E” speaks HS the loudest!
    Oh, how the creative play releases stress.
    Congratulations on your pregnancy ~ what a blessing.

  • Courtney

    25 January, 2007 at 5:46 am Reply

    wow those doors are AAAA MAZING!

  • Lisa Cohen

    25 January, 2007 at 6:44 am Reply

    Those garage doors are AMAZING. So unique and palatial looking! Good luck with finishing your laundry.. I have piles waiting for me tomorrow! 🙂 I love your letters.. what a great reminder for the upcoming “loooove” season! Hope you are having a DAY to remember. xoxo, L

  • Andrea D

    25 January, 2007 at 6:52 am Reply

    awesome project. i’ve put up little valentine’s decorations around the house lately. it’s a holiday i never really decorated for, but being a newlywed makes me want extra loveyness around the house!
    also, “you’ve got mail” is totally my comfort movie. (and i met my husband online, so it makes it that much more special!)

  • Cyndi

    25 January, 2007 at 8:00 am Reply

    Yes yes, tutorial on the blog!!! Love those little helpful how-to hints. The wash will always be waiting, take time for yourself, it’s the best you can do for your family 🙂

  • Danielle Casello

    25 January, 2007 at 8:07 am Reply

    The garage doors are stunning!! And your love letters were perfect! Have a great day.

  • Diane McVey

    25 January, 2007 at 8:31 am Reply

    I’m wanting the tutorial, too! Your letters are perfect…just gorgeous. And those garage doors…FABULOUS!!! Congrats to Eric on his venture! And don’t forget to get enough REST for you, your family, AND the baby! 🙂

  • Aimee

    25 January, 2007 at 8:34 am Reply

    please, please put a tutorial up about the distress inks. you are a great and inspiring teacher!

  • Alice P.

    25 January, 2007 at 8:52 am Reply

    Luv the LOVE! Luv the doors! Luv #5 – I hope to meet he or she at the Escape (if I make it). Take care.

  • Eileen

    25 January, 2007 at 9:42 am Reply

    Oh, please, please, please do a tutorial on how to use distress inks on your blog. I have one and have not liked how it turns out when I have used it and there is no where near me to take a class. This would be SO GREAT if you did that for all of us.
    Thanks and congrats on the new baby!!

  • Amy

    25 January, 2007 at 10:05 am Reply

    My professor told me “you have 168 hours in a week, it is up to you how you use them” so true! Congrats on all the good things in your life.

  • vicki

    25 January, 2007 at 10:35 am Reply

    love the letters. very cute. you are going to do fine at CHA. i wish i could be there just to see everything. fantastic doors. i love those. goodluck at cha, even though you do not need it.

  • Talia

    25 January, 2007 at 10:41 am Reply

    Good for you for creating something just for you and just for fun. I think that’s great. I am still awaiting my AYTR package…I cannot wait!
    I just finished checking out the CE website…aaahhh!! Rebecca Sower?? Rhonna Farrer?? I’m having total anxiety about registration…what will I do if I don’t get in??

  • Charin

    25 January, 2007 at 11:01 am Reply

    Love the letters!! 🙂 Awesome. And good for you for taking time to have fun! We all need to do more of that 🙂
    Congrats on your hubby’s work! 🙂 They are gorgeous! 🙂

  • maryellencarlise

    25 January, 2007 at 11:12 am Reply

    Hi Heidi–(sorry you are feeling grouchy…BAKE CHOC CHIP COOKIES–always works for me) 🙂 Very cute letters…Can totally see these in “CAPRI” in her pink and black room on the wall! You know the GIANT foot tall letters from Joannes…
    HEY! Are those doors on the WEST SIDE? Near Pinnacle Peak and 55th ave??? I think I SAW them?? VERY cool…CONGRATS to “Bruce Willis”
    :)so glad BOTH your dreams are coming true! and I SOOOO want to go to Creative Escape!!! I’m working on it…
    Glad you gave yourself a fun “time out”!
    Mary Ellen

  • Vee

    25 January, 2007 at 11:36 am Reply

    congrats Heidi!! so cool to have little babies, love the babies!! 🙂 your project is awesome as always and the doors are amazing!!

  • Jolene George

    25 January, 2007 at 11:55 am Reply

    Being overwhelmed has a way of making us grouchy. The love letters are so pretty! Congratulaions to Eric on getting his business up and running. His work is beautiful! I love that style.
    Oh how I wish I had the $$$ for creative escape…I want to go so bad! It will be wonderful for all who attend…just look at that list of amazing teachers…so fun! http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  • kim Loewen

    25 January, 2007 at 12:33 pm Reply

    I am loving your decorated letters! It’s good to do something for yourself! And those garage doors are beautiful…you and your hubby are so talented!

  • j

    25 January, 2007 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Those doors are stunning. A vision indeed 🙂

  • jen

    25 January, 2007 at 12:48 pm Reply

    does your husband have a web page? I would love to see some more.. we are building in a few months and I would be interested in seeing more!

  • Ros Oakes

    25 January, 2007 at 7:31 pm Reply

    Congrats on #5! I am currently pregnant with my 4th and we will have 4 under 4, so I totally get the mood swings etc.
    Now that your pregnant again any chance of sharing your choc chip cookie recipe?

  • AnnB

    25 January, 2007 at 10:17 pm Reply

    Freakin’ cool garage doors. Talent and drive is all over this family!

  • Valerie

    25 January, 2007 at 10:27 pm Reply

    glad to see that you got some “YOU” time those letters came out soo pretty! GREAT JOB!

  • Marije

    25 January, 2007 at 11:48 pm Reply

    Ohh the letters are beautiful! I wish we had walmart here! Love the shape of the “O” and love what you have done with all of them!

  • Ashley

    26 January, 2007 at 1:38 am Reply

    And I would love a tutorial! (As if you don’t have enough to do, right?)
    Thanks for sharing some inspiration!

  • Joy

    26 January, 2007 at 5:52 am Reply

    Hello Heidi,
    You don’t know me but I love your blog and your creative talent! Your enthusiam is infectious! Does your husband have a website for these new doors? They are quite something!
    ps. Congrats on baby #5!

  • Linda

    26 January, 2007 at 8:08 am Reply

    As for this comment – I may even feel the need to do a tutorial on my blog about how to use it, because I had NO IDEA how cool it was until I had the personal one-on-one instruction with the master (tim).
    yes, please do think about doing a tutorial. xo

  • Linda

    26 January, 2007 at 8:09 am Reply

    As for this comment – I may even feel the need to do a tutorial on my blog about how to use it, because I had NO IDEA how cool it was until I had the personal one-on-one instruction with the master (tim).
    yes, please do think about doing a tutorial. xo

  • Mellisa

    26 January, 2007 at 10:09 am Reply

    I am glad things are finally falling into place and am so happy that you took the time for you and the unnecessary things that make a day so much better. More people should find the time to do the frivilous more often.
    As for the tutorial – YES PLEASE! I love THs Distress Inks but have only ever used them to rub against my paper to create the distressed look. I would absolutely love being challenged and inspired to do more .. and add to it his wonderful new embossing powders – – whoooo-eeeee! Exciting!

  • aliciaking

    26 January, 2007 at 10:57 am Reply

    absolutely LOVE the letters! soo cute! and I can’t wait to show my husband the garage doors, he will love them!

  • Katrina Faulkner

    26 January, 2007 at 12:03 pm Reply

    You’ve got mail is one of my all time favourites too! I love that movie! The letters are great, I would love to do some like that but we don’t get many things like that in the craft stores in the UK. Those garage doors are beautiful, well done Eric! Make sure you make more time to chill and kick back, especially in your condition! Take care. Katrina, UK

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  • Elena

    26 January, 2007 at 7:47 pm Reply

    Love the letter project! And the garage doors are AMAZING! Are they heavy? Would you need a special opener for them? Very beautiful and unique! I want some! 😀

  • Ashley Harris

    26 January, 2007 at 11:03 pm Reply

    Those are fantastic letters. And the doors are amazing! You will have to let us know where to get some!

  • LenaS

    27 January, 2007 at 2:07 am Reply

    Letters are wonderful. Hugs are good for the “grouchies”. Gorgeous Doors–Congrats to Eric. We will have to remember about these doors when we custom build our dream home. Husband wants to retire here so we have the land. Now if he would just get old enough to retire really, really fast. Hope you’re still in biz 10 yrs from now. I was disappointed Tim H isn’t on CE list. Rhonna should be good. I’ve had most of the other teachers so I sure would like to be a volunteer. LMK 🙂

  • Kim

    27 January, 2007 at 6:56 am Reply

    ***…would LOVE a tutorial on the distress ink…***
    and too sweet, congratulations!
    ~ kim

  • leigh austin

    27 January, 2007 at 9:55 pm Reply

    yes, teach us!! i just picked up my first colors because i’ve heard they are the scrapper’s gift from the gods. and love the love…esp the o!

  • Delaney Gates

    27 January, 2007 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Adore the letters.
    Completely stunning!

  • Lyneen

    28 January, 2007 at 1:25 pm Reply

    Your “LOVE” is beautiful… I’d love to see a tutotrial on the distress inks… I use them all the time. Always can learn more… Hey you are amazing, just take care of yourself!!!

  • Raven

    29 January, 2007 at 11:59 am Reply

    Those letters are amaaazing! And who knew that garage doors could be so gorgeous?! 🙂

  • Cathy Vargen

    29 January, 2007 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Heidi! Loved your blog! The LOVE letters are super — I’ve decided to buy them at Michaels and spell out the word CREATE for my scrapbooking room. I think I’ll copy some of your ideas, too..especially the glitter — well, actually, all of it..tee hee. Glad you took the time to recharge – it pays off in the long run. And Eric’s garage doors are VERY classy — good luck to him!

  • Cathy Vargen

    29 January, 2007 at 2:42 pm Reply

    P.S. Would love a tutorial on the distress inks…I’ve never used them before but would love to.

  • alison

    30 January, 2007 at 3:11 pm Reply

    i just re-read your blog entry and i am feeling those exact same feelings you had a few days ago. tomorrow i am leaving out of town with my husband without our girls (we are going to nyc. yay!). i am so excited, but in trying to get ready i am finding that i am irritable and nervous and in a funky mood. it is good for me to see that we all go through that.

  • Amber C

    30 January, 2007 at 5:18 pm Reply

    Cute letters! Tell Eric those doors are stunning! I LOVE the look! Big congrats to him!

  • Julia

    30 January, 2007 at 11:28 pm Reply

    Can I ask you a favor? Could you do an entry one day where you go through your typical day or week?
    I am in total admiration for you in being able to juggle 4 children, a pregnancy AND your own business. I have 2 children and my own business but I never feel “complete”. I always have to neglect some aspect…like housecleaning! Do you have help? When do you ever work with four children? Just yesterday I spent 3 hours in the car just shuffling the kids from appointment to appointment. Thanks! and a huge congratulations on the new pregnancy.

  • Andrea Singarella

    1 February, 2007 at 3:53 pm Reply

    Love the letters! I’m inspired to go make some of my own. thanks for sharing!

  • Celina Manriquez

    17 February, 2007 at 9:42 pm Reply

    Love the letters kee up the good work!

  • bejing honey

    19 September, 2007 at 9:47 pm Reply

    so heidi…where’d ya go? did it get too hot in the kitchen? are these the doors that have ya leaving our country for big buckaroos?

  • Garage Doors Santa Barbara

    2 December, 2009 at 3:07 am Reply

    Loving the style of those doors, especially with the stone.

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