Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
“When you have come to the edge Of all light that you know And are about to drop off into the darkness Of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or You will be taught to fly”
Monday, December 14, 2009
So how is everyone coming along with their holiday preparations. I'd love an extra prayer as my husband faces a possible layoff this week!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I woke up today with great optimism. The house had an unusual warmth to it. I sipped coffee in the solitude and thought about the past few days. I found myself smiling. Except for the incident with my dog (I still am trying to forgive her for the craft feast), I came to the realization that I have been very relaxed. Having a short break from school allowed for some quality time with my children - how precious those times are. I snuck into their rooms and found their jounals - small books that we leave notes to each other in and left them all a note at their place setting. When they came down for breakfast and found their journals they broke out in these great big grins - all a mother needs! After some holiday preparations, lots of silly singing and of course some candy canes ... I made a few bags of Holiday Tags for next weekends craft fair. They are in sealed totes I might add! I managed to also get a dozen Reindeer Food made and a few other goodies. However - all are tucked away where my mischievous dog can not get to them! Thanks for stopping by! Off to blog world to see what you've all been up to!
Monday, November 23, 2009
I decided to give this week's MOO a whirl. I have found that I love Chocolate Chip and Not Quite Navy together.
I loved receiving the Mini Occasions and Sale a bration today. I couldn't put it down. I must have looked at it twenty times. Stampin' Up really has exceeded my expectations. I hope Santa brings me money for Xmas ... lol.
Off to play for a bit longer before heading to dreamland. thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Hope everyone is having a great start to their week!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I wanted to share this picture. It is an image that I stamped on SU cardstock (whisper white) and then stamped on white cardstock from another company. Big difference huh! Shows the quality of SU products. How this came about was I had a friend over helping to put some crafts together. She grabbed a piece of cardstock from a bin (not realizing it was my non SU paper). I kept thinking it was the ink so I tried three different Chocolate Chip pads and finally grabbed another piece of paper ... voila! A clear stamped image!!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I'm trying to figure out how to decorate this simple cocoa card for the upcoming craft bazaar. I would love to hear what you have for ideas!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I "lifted" this cute idea for reindeer food from Splitcoast. They are super cute and so easy to make. I'll be back to get feedback on a card that holds a packet of hot cocoa mix. Not sure I like it ...
Thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
For all those who have found my blog through Late night Stampers ... I have to say that I can't wait to visit you! I'm trying to check out everyone's work - feel free to leave a comment with your link and I'll hop on over!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I think that the Santa card is adorable. I can't believe what you can make with a circle punch!
My favorite card was the ornament card. It was such a quick carad to make. There are so many different ways to use the ornament punch featured in the holiday mini .
I am praying that someone signs up for my upcoming holiday stamp a stack. It is a lot of week cutting and prepping for these events and it is so detrimental to self-esteem when you find yourself sitting at an empty table.
My baby girl turns 9 on Tuesday so I'm off to make some party invitations!
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I can't believe that is nine o'clock on a Sunday night and I am preparing to head to bed ... this coming from a woman who functions on four to six hours as an average. I found today to pass rather quickly - sitting in class for eight hours typically makes it drag on. I am not sure why but today felt different. Perhaps it was our opening exercise. We were asked to draw a symbol of something representing who we felt the greatest mentor in our life has been ...
I did manage to put a couple of quick cards together. All Stampin Up products used!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Today was one of those days...I woke up full of energy and with a bounce in my step. It only got brighter when I opened a card from my sister Marie. She put a smile on my face that noone could wipe off. As the even began to wind down, I decided to whip up a 10 minute MOJO. Something simple before I curled up on the couch to watch Law and Order and think about the mounds of homework that are beginning to collect dust! I finished with a "so-so" feeling about my card and grabbed my camera to take a pic and post it. I had completely forgotten that of the daycare kids had picked up my one prized possession - my camera - and dropped it on the wooden floor. It wouldn't work. I let out a bit of a screech and ran to my hubby who said "yup -it's broke". I didn't realize a four year old could make a grown woman cry so. It was a once in a lifetime gift and the only time in our 20 yrs together that my husband surprised me. He had kept an x-mas bonus and spent $900 on it. I am so heartbroken!
All Stampin Up products used except the Pearls. I love the Seasons of Joy stamp set.
Thank for looking!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
1- I belong to that classification of people known as wives. I am A Wife.
And, not altogether incidentally, I am a mother.
2- Not too long ago a male friend of mine appeared on the scene fresh
from a recent divorce. He had one child, who is, of course, with his
ex-wife. He is looking for another wife. As I thought about him while I
was ironing one evening, it suddenly occurred to me that 1, too, would
like to have a wife. Why do I want a wife?
3- I would like to go back to school so that I can become economically
independent, support myself, and, if need be, support those dependent
upon me. I want a wife who will work and send me to school. And while I
am going to school, I want a wife to take care of my children. I want a
wife to keep track of the children's doctor and dentist appointments. And
to keep track of mine, too. I want a wife to make sure my children eat
properly and are kept clean. I want a wife who will wash the children's
clothes and keep them mended. I want a wife who is a good nurturant
attendant to my children, who arranges for their schooling, makes sure
that they have an adequate social life with their peers, takes them to
the park, the zoo, etc. I want a wife who takes care of the children when
they are sick, a wife who arranges to be around when the children need
special care, because, of course, I cannot miss classes at school. My
wife must arrange to lose time at work and not lose the job. It may mean
a small cut in my wife's income from time to time, but I guess I can
tolerate that. Needless to say, my wife will arrange and pay for the care
of the children while my wife is working.
4- I want a wife who will take care of my physical needs. I want a wife
who will keep my house clean. A wife who will pick up after my children,
a wife who will pick up after me. I want a wife who will keep my clothes
clean, ironed, mended, replaced when need be, and who will see to it that
my personal things are kept in their proper place so that I can find what
I need the minute I need it. I want a wife who cooks the meals, a wife
who is a good cook. I want a wife who will plan the menus, do the
necessary grocery shopping, prepare the meals, serve them pleasantly, and
then do the cleaning up while I do my studying. I want a wife who will
care for me when I am sick and sympathize with my pain and loss of time
from school. I want a wife to go along when our family takes a vacation
so that someone can continue to care for me and my children when I need a
rest and change of scene.
5- I want a wife who will not bother me with rambling complaints about a
wife's duties. But I want a wife who will listen to me when I feel the
need to explain a rather difficult point I have come across in my course
studies. And I want a wife who will type my papers for me when I have
6- I want a wife who will take care of the details of my social life.
When my wife and I are invited out by my friends, I want a wife who will
take care of the baby-sitting arrangements. When I meet people at school
that I like and want to entertain, I want a wife who will have the house
clean, will prepare a special meal, serve it to me and my friends, and
not interrupt when I talk about things that interest me and my friends. I
want a wife who will have arranged that the children are fed and ready
for bed before my guests arrive so that the children do not bother us. I
want a wife who takes care of the needs of my guests so that they feel
comfortable, who makes sure that they have an ashtray, that they are
passed the hors d'oeuvres, that they are offered a second helping of the
food, that their wine glasses are replenished when necessary, that their
coffee is served to them as they like it. And I want a wife who knows
that sometimes I need a night out by myself.
7- I want a wife who is sensitive to my sexual needs, a wife who makes
love passionately and eagerly when I feel like it, a wife who makes sure
that I am satisfied. And, of course, I want a wife who will not demand
sexual attention when I am not in the mood for it. I want a wife who
assumes the complete responsibility for birth control, because I do not
want more children. I want a wife who will remain sexually faithful to me
so that I do not have to clutter up my intellectual life with jealousies.
And I want a wife who understands that my sexual needs may entail more
than strict adherence to monogamy. I must, after all, be able to relate
to people as fully as possible.
8- If, by chance, I find another person more suitable as a wife than the
wife I already have, I want the liberty to replace my present wife with
another one. Naturally, I will expect a fresh, new life; my wife will
take the children and be solely responsible for them so that I am left free.
9- When I am through with school and have a job, I want my wife to quit
working and remain at home so that my wife can more fully and completely
take care of a wife's duties.
10. Now who wouldn't want a wife!!!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wow ... I am so glad I decided to pump out a Mojo this week. I have visited the blogs of some truly amazing artists. I don't know how I've missed Chris Olsen's blog in the past because her work makes me drool - or maybe it's the Candy she's offering. Anyway ... you can check it out here:
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I'm sharing my very first ATC trade card with you. It's a bit difficult to pick up the color no matter how many different ways I tried to take it. I did use the Wild Wasabi from SU - it's one of my favorite colors to craft with.
Here is a very simple card I made. I've been trying the "less is more" angle. My daughter thought it was to plain!
I actually thought this project turned out kind of cute! It is tri-fold and inside is a mini bag of M & M's. You could also place a gift card or whatever you like inside. The ribbon slides up to hold it closed (the layered square has pop dots on the top only).
Yup - I lifted a project from Convention 09. My upline was kind enough to let me go through all the goodies she brought bac from Convention and I fell in love with this. (My mom loves bit o'honey so I'm gonna leave this where she can find it).
I promise to do my best in keeping my blog up to date. I appreciate all of you who take the time to visit!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Anyone out there remember me? The hobby crafter pursuing a dream of becoming a successful SU demonstrator... well I'm still here. I've been forced to slow down. It seems that my role as Superwoman is beginning to take it's toll on my 40+ year old heart. I've missed sharing and hope that my re-entry into the blogging world will allow for some much needed me time. I need to commit to some de-stressors. I will begin slowly over the course of the next few days and then jump back into some challenges! Miss you all!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Dates: October 1-31, 2009 During the month of October, Stampin' Up! will offer several discounted products as "Deals of the Week." No limits and no minimum purchase required.
Week 1 Deals of the Week
Item 109183: Trio Flower punch Special Price $10.99
Item 109041: 5-Petal Flower punch Special Price $10.99
Item 110709: My Way punch Special Price $11.99
Deal #1: Thursday, October 1, 2009; 12:01 AM (MT) through October 12, 2009; 9:50 AM (MT)
Deal #2: Monday, October 12, 2009; 10:00 AM (MT) through October 19, 2009; 9:50 AM (MT)
Deal #3: Monday, October 19, 2009; 10:00 AM (MT) through October 26, 2009; 9:50 AM (MT)
Deal #4: Monday, October 26, 2009; 10:00 AM (MT) through October 31, 2009; 6:50 PM (MT)
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
I have been told all my life that I am a "people person". I have a bubbly personality and seem to contact with almost anyone. I give freely - of more than just "things". I believe in treating others with respect. So why, I ask, do I feel so jolted? I can't believe that I had only four people show up to my open house - my stepmother, my friend Sandy and her mom and another friend from down the road. We played around and I showed them how to make a card using the Delightful Decorations and matching punch, some Halloween treat bags, some envelope bags and little envelope cards which hold a small treat (I used mini bags of M&M's). I ended up with only one order ($35) and a possible booking. I don't know how else to make connections. I've advertised, sent newsletters, left catalogs at offices, hung flyers ... if only I could make one connection!
"When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."