Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays Fellow Bloggers






Merry Christmas Friends and Family!     

Before I get lost in the hustle and bustle of the season I wanted to take the time to send holiday wishes to all of you!  I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to share in your creations.  I love visiting your blogs and sharing a bit of our lives with one another.  Best wishes this holiday season,
    ~Samantha

I decided to play around with stamps on this glass candle.  A smaller stamp would work much better!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Priceless Memories


Today was one of those days where I found myself smiling.  I did not dwell on the wondering if my husband will be layed off today, tomorow or next week.  Forget for a short time that I still have not figured out Christmas for my children and focus on all the good in my life.  I have five beautiful children who tell me every single day that they love me.  I have a roof over my head, my cupboards are full and my loved ones are well.  I received a phone call today inquiring about two or three dozen all occasion  cards being ordered and I had a wonderful evening celbrating the 21st birthday of my first born child. 

“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”

Blessings,
  ~Samantha~

Monday, December 14, 2009

SU - Forget Me Not Keeper


I can't believe how fast the days have passed.  We are halfway through December and I am still trying to figure out how to get Xmas done.  I don't think my children would be thrilled with handmade gifts under the tree!  A while ago I watched a SU video where they used the Forget Me Not Keeper for a card box.  I decided I was going to give it a whirl.  To put my own twist on the idea, I decided to stamp the inside with Staz On.  Once I did that I decided I didn't want to add embellishments all over.  It looks so much better than the picture depics.  I used the Calendar stamp on cardstock, reduced it so I could add a bit of design around the calendar.  I love the idea that this is a gift that can be used year after year ... now I just need to fill it with cards.  If you want to see the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmcShgN9i94

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!

Blessings,
   ~Samantha

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Winter Wonderland ...


Whew ... finally a few minutes to sit down and post a blog.  Life has been a whirlwind of emotional challenges to say the least.  We are experiencing some very serious concerns with one of our children and have been called into several 'emergency team meetings'.  I feel my confidence as a parent and as a psychology major are being challenged to the very core.  I have been in a very serious depression - yes, I'm sure the holiday season added to the bulk of things has had an impact.    The craft fair went pretty well and though my items were priced very low I actually made a profit!  I made a bunch of these cute little 'Maple Boxes' for my sister in Virginia and filled them with pure Vermont maple candies!  I thought that they were perfect for her.  I wanted to share my 'big seller' at the craft fair.  I found a stash of these boxes that SU sold years ago before the dies evolved.  I stamped on them with white craft ink and added a tag to them.  Originally I filled them with Xmas candy.  However, I was across from a Lia Sophia booth where a lady was selling all of her inventory at discounted prices.  I overheard a comment from someone who made a purchase that she wished the jewelry came in boxes.  I opened these boxes and emptied out the candy and voila - cute little jewelry gift boxes!  They were an instant hit!  Thanks for stopping by.  I'm off to blog hop before curling up with a novel (yes a novel and not a text book!!  The semester has ended and I have a month off!)
Blessings,
    ~Samie