Friday, April 25, 2008

We'll miss you, Kiersten

In fact, I miss her already.

From her obituary:

Kiersten E. Hickman-Perfetti, 22, of Highland Park died at home with her parents at her side, after an almost four-year battle with cancer, on Wednesday, April 23, 2008.
Kiersten was born in New Brunswick on July 5, 1985. She attended public school in Highland Park. Kiersten played varsity basketball, threw the shot put, discus and javelin, and managed the football and baseball teams at Highland Park High School. She swam at the YM/YWHA and the University Swim Club from ages 5 to 14. Kiersten was an avid music lover. She played the clarinet and was in the high school band.
Kiersten attended Goucher College in Towson, Maryland for her freshman year in college (2003-2004). Kier played basketball at Goucher College her freshman year, and she was awarded an honorary degree by Goucher in 2007. She was an avid Rutgers women's basketball fan and friend to the team, and a member of the Rutgers Cager's Club. The RU women's basketball team dedicated their 2007-08 season to Kier.
Kier enjoyed scrapbooking, reading, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, music, and movies. She took art lessons. Kiersten loved children and became an important person in the lives of many children in Highland Park and at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
During her illness Kiersten developed a list of things to accomplish. She went to The Daily Show four times and met Jon Stewart and Tere Abrams, who were very kind to her. She went to the Ellen DeGeneres Show, several Fab Faux concerts, Saturday Night Live, The Lion King, Rent, the WNBA 2007 All-Star game, and the NCAA 2007 Final Four women's basketball game. Kier also started a foundation, Kier's Kidz, to raise money for research into the treatment and cure of pediatric cancer.
Kiersten is survived by her mother and father, Mimi Hickman-Perfetti and Larry Perfetti of Highland Park; her brother, Keith Hickman-Perfetti of Highland Park, and her grandmother, Betty Perfetti of Maple Shade. Her other grandparents, Al Perfetti, and George and Nancy Hickman, predeceased her. She has numerous other relatives and friends.
Viewings will be held from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at Jacqui-Kuhn Funeral Home, 17 S. Adelaide Ave., Highland Park. Full memorial services will held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, Kier would appreciate your making a contribution to Kier's Kidz Lemonade Stand, c/o Alex's Lemonade Stand, 333 E. Lancaster Ave., #414, Wynnewood, PA 19096.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


A couple layouts for Tiger Scouts:

I love how well the Sassafras Lass Whale of a Tale works with the Tiger Scout pics.
This is a layout I did for my LSS using the K & Co. Tiger collection. I added some BasicGrey dinosaur stamps to it, too.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Take a sad song and make it better

We're still listening to The Beatles around here. ;) In Kier's honor, Linda has started a Beatles layout challenge.

Here's my first Beatles inspired layout. I used some of the lyrics from Dear Prudence. All Daisy D's Wonder Years collection.

Thanks and have a great night/day.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Alvin and the Chipmunks

I'm so sick of this movie. I didn't want to see it when it first came out and I didn't want to rent it either. However, the kids have been begging to see it ever since it was in theatres. I would feel pretty darn guilty if I didn't let them rent it.

It's Monday and we rented it on Friday. It has been played five times since then. Ugh! Thank goodness it goes back tomorrow. I'm not buying it no matter how many times they ask.

Here are some layouts:

Sweetwater Everything Autumn plus 3 different pieces of Hambly.
Daisy D's Saltwater Taffy. I love that silver paper!!

BasicGrey Archaic & Sugared.

K & Co. Urban Rhapsody.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

I've declared it a Beatles weekend

As some of you know, my friend/our friend, Kiersten, is dying. She is losing her battle with cancer. She's only 22.
Her father is reporting that she hasn't eaten or had anything to drink in weeks. There seems to be no amount of pain medication to relieve her of the pain she feels constantly. She's now starting to hallucinate. I feel so helpless. She lives so far away and I can't visit her or hold her hand or tell her how much she means to me.
Kiersten LOVES the Beatles. Over these last couple of months, her father reports that she asks to listen to the Beatles. She finds peace and comfort in their music. So, while it may seem kind of silly, I'm asking that everyone listens to a Beatles song this weekend in Kiersten's honor.
Here's one to get you started:
Have a nice weekend everyone. I'll post some more layouts tomorrow. Maybe.

Friday, April 04, 2008

New Technique Tuesday

I love this new set from Technique Tuesday, Home is Where the Heart Is. That little house is just so darn cute!

Also, stamps from Swiss Dots, Loopy Labels, Start Me Up - Broadway and Borderlines: Notions.

Here's a Sassafras Lass layout:

and another Daisy D's Sweet Baby Jane layout:

I changed the background of the layout I did the other day. I like the turquoise background better:

I don't normally rip apart layouts. This one needed it, though.
Have a great day/night.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Some Wonder Years and a Cosmo

I'm still working on Wonder Years stuff. I just love this line.

I used all Cosmo "Get Happy" for this layout. This was made for my LSS, Pages In Progress.
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