Monday, December 31, 2007

For a a New Year's Eve baby..

My niece had a baby girl this morning.. I was thinking she might make it till midnight and have the first baby of the new year, but nope! This is a card I made for her.. working on another with a photo of the new little one.. Used some of my favorite WeRMEmory Keepers paper and old BG paper and one of about a gazillion round coasters I have in my stash, a baby pin and beads and a vintage MF tag.. oh and some pearls. Love these little pearls! A little stitching and some inking and it is finished. I should have waited until the morning and taken a good photo, but used the scanner instead.. easier!! Will deliver this tomorrow along with some little felt booties and burp cloths I made.. Love making baby cards!! Don't drink too much bubbly tonight! We have already been out for dinner and played games at my parents' house.. had a little bubbly with them and now we are home.. safe and sound before all the wacky traffic gets on the roads..

Friday, December 28, 2007

A whole month!!

I can't believe it has been a month since I posted. All I can say is that December was a busy month for me and my family. I have enjoyed having my sister her fiance and my nephew here for Christmas but they are now back at their home and we are winding down.
I am one of those people who love the Christmas tree and decorations for a few weeks but am ready for them to come down as soon as Christmas day is over!! That being said my house is now decoration free and all clean and tidy to ring in the new year.
We have had quite a bit of snow here yesterday and today and it looks lovely outside. The kids and I are off to see The Waterhorse and pick up a few groceries.
My sister celebrated her birthday here and I made her this card. This has been the extent of my playing in my happy room for a few weeks. I hope to work in here tomorrow and have several ideas in my head! I hope you all enjoyed a lovely holiday with your families.. Oh!! Adelle and Trish please send me your addresses so I can post you something in the mail. You were the three that responded to my Pay it Forward post!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy..

It IS a busy time of year. I have been making little felt booties, burp cloths, felt cookies, felt tooth fairy pillows and lots of caramels!! all for a craft show I am doing at Patrick's school. I did finally have time to make this card. For a friend..image is from Paperbag Studios and I stamped it using Ancient Page ink.. used an old receipt in the background, a piece of old trim and a couple of old buttons. I want to get our Christmas lights up this weekend and hopefully a tree. I am definitely feeling the spirit now! Looking forward to all the carols, goodies and house decorations. HOpe you are all feeling the spirit too!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Pay it Forward

PAY IT FORWARD : handcrafted gifts :)
I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this Pay it forward exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
So basically, if you comment, I’ll send you something crafty that I’ll make!
Once you sign up, copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work.I found this at Barb's blog and really like the idea.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! I have been so busy making things for gifts for Christmas I haven't had time to take pictures! I would love to send some of you a nice little something!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Mom!! quick come here..

"heaven is shining in my room" Patrick, age eleven said to me yesterday morning. The sunrise was amazing and made his room look golden with the glow.
I walked out onto the porch and he was right.. Golden, everywhere we looked. So gorgeous that I had to take a picture.. But it was fleeting, within five minutes it was gone..I have had that thought a lot this weekend.. how fleeting things are. We had quite a time with our little Puck. She is our mini pin who is 12 years old. She hasn't been so well lately, drinking way too much water, losing so much weight and just sleeping.. after our visit to the vet Saturday we were told she was severely diabetic and going blind. We spent the weekend in tears and trying to decide what the best thing for her would be. Our vet also gave us insulin for me to give her as he said he couldn't leave her once she had been diagnosed. We pretty much decided Saturday night that it would be kindest to have her put down. We were all heartbroken. Then, Sunday night came.. Wow! what a difference three insulin shots made. It is like she has a new lease on life!! so we are going to treat her.. it means a very strict diet, a very strict routine and VERY regular exercise.. William and I are taking it on gladly.. it made my heart happy to see her today playing with whether she has six months or a year, we will enjoy and love her. .I haven't created too much the last few days, but this picture was so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you all.. Thanks for listening to my ramblings..

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sparkle and Shine!

I have a Mary Engelbreit craft book that shows different projects for the seasons. She had instructions on how to paint a pair of ice skates to hang outside your door.. Being the ME fan that I am I had to try them.. We are not a big ice skating state and so I asked my friend Jeannie (who lives in Minnesota; BIG skating place!) and she send me two pairs.. this little pair with the double blades and then an adult pair.. I am just thrilled with how they turned out! I just used acrylics and then put a coat of sparkle modge podge on them when dry. Laced with silver sparkly ribbon.. I should put some glitter on the blades , but it makes such a mess.!!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Harvest Moon..

This is my interpretation of a Harvest Moon.. and isn't she cute? A fabric postcard.. I stamped the image (Tin Can Mail stamp) and then colored yellow. Used some sparkly silver net on top of black fabric and the bottom fabrics are shimmery.. Stitched with silver metallic thread.. Hard to see the detail.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tiny Tootsies..

My niece is having a baby in January.. a little girl.. so I made this little pair of felt crib shoes for her, along with a matching burp cloth and receiving blanket. Easy things to do while watching tv.. I have a hard time just sitting and watching tv, so if I have something to occupy my hands it is much easier!! These are easy to make and look so terribly sweet.. I embroidered the green leaves and sewed those little pearl beads on the top and sides. just lined them with some flannel that has tiny pink roses on it.. ahh... would love to have a baby to hold just now!! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 5, 2007

What would I do without her?

Of course, I mean my mom.. when I was little she always used to tell my sister and I "No matter what happens, you always have your mother" and you know, she was right.. although I wouldn't have believed it at the time!! We cry, we have fun, we argue, but most of all we can laugh.. those belly laughs that leave you feeling exhausted, but oh so good! So this one is for her... for her birthday.
I used some Melissa Frances paper that I cut up, some Bazzill scallop paper and a rusty heart I found at the craft store and punched a hole in with my cropadile. Also a Maya Road chipboard flouish that I painted with a copper leafing pen. I am loving this feather stitch and also inked it up!! I think I need to start photographing my cards outside instead of scanning, they look so much better, but it is dark so early!!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Stars and Snowbanks..

that was the look I was trying to achieve here with these fabric postcards. It is difficult to see the detail, I think. The background is pretty netting with silver stars on it.. I also used silver thread on it. It is so pretty and sparkly in real life!! Maybe I will try to take pictures outside instead of scanning them.. I think if you click on them you can see the detail so much better.. the fabric behind the star netting is acutally a pretty blue!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Nothing fancy here..

My sweet, sweet dad's birthday is Monday.. I made him a couple of cards and this is just a funny and very simple one! The old man stamp is from River City Rubber Works the saying I found there also, but just typed myself.. I have to say this is a wonderful company.. Their service is super fast. I ordered some stamps on Wednesday and I had them on Thursday!! There are some hilarious stamps there and also some lovely vintage ones and I am not even a stamper.. I bought the postcard stamp to stamp the back of my fabric postcards.. Enjoy

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Missing my paper..

and I needed a card for my dad's birthday. I saw this ghost flower made with the sunflower on this yummy blog Scrapperlicious This lady does uses some gorgeous bright colors and lots of layering and shading.. I think I can learn lots from her! I used all scraps.. the music paper and gingham and brown bazzill.. I did buy the cheap sunflowers from Walmart and got the ghost clocks today. But I do think you could make your own clocks and just copy them onto a transparency. I used StaZon Timber Brown to stamp the dragon fly. The stamp came from my friend, Anna in Japan. Thanks Anna!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Here a chick, there a chick...

Corny!!.. This is all I have to post today..a chicken fabric post card!! ( you can click on it to enlarge)I have been teaching quite a bit this week so haven't had time to play so much. Found this cute chicken fabric at Walmart tonight and wanted to use it..I used some little scraps of warm and natural for the eggies.. Also bought some of the varigated thread. It is soo pretty.. around the edges.. I gotta just keep making them..till I find the best way to do it and am happy with my for now paper is on the back burner.. Since I joined this swap I am feeling just a little bit intimidated by the others. I am thinking they are hard core quilters and I am just not going to measure up!! The thought of sending something to someone that isn't just the best really bothers me..I gotta get over that!! Have a super weekend.. for me and my family, we will be getting the yard all pruned and ready for Winter.. supposed to be a nice mild weekend!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Say say oh playmate..

come out and play with me... that is the song I think of when I see Raggedy Anne and Andy. I finally finished the album I had to make .. 46 pages!! Whew! Now I can play with my fabric some more.. I do have to make a sympathy card also tonight.. This is the postcard I made this afternoon.
Not sure if you can tell that is a heart in the corner.. I still need to play some more.. it gets a little easier with each one..

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Fun new hobby!!

Along with teaching a couple days a week, working on scrapbooks for a client, doing all those household things that need to be done and taking care of the four furbabies and two boys I have joined a Fabric Postcard group.. Not only that, I kind of volunteered to set it up.. I think the majority of the work in setting it up is over.. I think it will be AMAZING>. there are 23 ladies from all over the world.. We have committed to a one year time frame and will send out two postcards a month.. Since I just started this new hobby I hope I can keep up with them. some of them sound like awesome quilters.. Here are two more cards I have been practicing on.
One is a Santa that I pieced.. think I need a plainer fabric in the background. The other uses my favorite mary engelbreit fabric.. with pieced cherries on it and felt leaves and stems..

Monday, October 15, 2007

Fairies and Fabric..

My mom loves her garden and I wanted to make a special card for her.. Another fabric postcard..Printed the image and sentiment onto muslin then stitched them down.. I wanted to ink it a little, but resisted the urge. I think all the stitching makes enough contrast to the fabric..hmm.. but I STILL want to ink it.. maybe the next one!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fabric Postcards!!

I have discovered a new addiction! These little works of art are just so fun to do.. and you can incorporate stamping, sewing and inking into them..This is my first one and I just love it.. Playing with the fabric is like playing with paper. I am going to try and make them for Christmas instead of Christmas cards this year. I have some wonderful vintage Santas and Snowmen that I want to use. Here is where you can find a marvelous tutorial on how to make them.. It is really simple..and you don't need too many supplies to make them.. I should have taken a little more time with my stitching and also changed the bobbin to match the thread, but patience never was one of my virtues.. just too impatient to see how it would look.. I think I need to work on the edge sewing as well! But it has been such a nice change to do this.. I started to put my name on the back as I am sending to a friend but then thought I should post this before I do that! I used Ancient page brown ink to stamp with.. I can just see so many possibilities for these!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A sad day for my friend..

I got word the other day that my friend Julie, in Nova Scotia lost her boyfriend (he was so much more than that) to cancer. While it was not unexpected for her, a loss like that must still be so heart wrenching. My thoughts are with her and Debbie and all the family.. I am making sympathy cards and this is one I made today. This poem just touches my heart.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Goblins, Ghoulies and Ghosties..

It is another glorious day here in the Northwest..Sunny, a little breezy and cool! Definitely starting to think about Halloween.. I am in a Halloween themed postcard swap and I needed to make a postcard that would go through the mail.. Well, I do hope this one will! I secured everything REALLY well! I had some leftover osnaburg fabric (a little like linen) and decided to print my image onto it.. Also used a cross stitch font and printed the saying.. for some reason the photo looks like the fabric is wrinkled and dirty and it really isnt!! I added a smidgeon of rick rack and stitched it all around.. soo.. do ya think the mail people will take this? I hope so..
The second card I made I also printed the image and sentiment onto the fabric.. sewed that onto a piece of felt to make it "cushy"! added some mini rick rack and some vintage buttons..It too will be going out in the mail tomorrow..

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Another one today!!

Heavens, not sure what got into me today, but I was like a maniac cleaning this morning and then went off and taught this afternoon.. Freshman at my sons high school. Loved them.. They are quite the characters... Anyway, I came home and finished up this card I was working on last night. Used some cheery paper from Daisy D's and red dot paper from MM. The pretty flower is Bazzill and the gingham brad is MM too. Sending this to my sister in Albuquerque (who, does not read my blog!)
Hope it makes her smile.What would we do without our sisters? Wanted to share this recipe. I am making it again tonight.Capellini Pomodoro. We are having it tonight with this yummy bread. No-Knead Bread If you click on this, you will see the video that shows you how to make it.. It is too easy not to try! So Here is my recipe for the Pomordoro.. great for using up your garden tomatoes..

1 lb. thin spaghetti
28 oz can of Whole tomatoes or fresh from the garden tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
12 basil leaves
Parmesan Cheese
Olive Oil
Black Pepper and Salt

Splash some olive oil into your skillet,, add the garlic and just saute lightly. Add the tomatoes in their juice.. crush up and let simmer for about ten minutes.. Meanwhile, cook the pasta.. Add the basil leaves that you have cut into ribbons to the tomatoes.. After pasta is done, drain and add to sauce..Salt and Pepper to taste.. Put parmesan on top.. Easy and Yummy!!

Publish Post

Tag, you're it...

I suppose Anne has tagged me! I am posting a Christmas Tag. I used a kraft tag that I covered with Melissa Frances paper, then embossed in gold with a music stamp from All Night Media. Put lots of buttons on the end and added the gold ribbons. There weren't any directions, but after looking at Anne's blog, I think I know what to do!!

4 Places I have worked:
In McDermitt, Nevada on an Indian reservation.. My third and fourth years of teaching.. and it was quite an experience!
In a trailer manufacturing company, my first job and it was hard work!!
St. Mary's, Sacred Heart and St. Nicholas--All Catholic schools! Wonderful experiences!
At HOMe!! I love being a SAHM and love seeing my little house coming to order when I clean and putter around. I do partime sub work as well and like the variety of children I see!

4 Places I have lived
Andover, England- Born there- my mom is English.
California- Only loved that because of Disney!
Idaho- Most of my adult life..
France- As a three and four year old I went to nursery school there!

4 Favorite Foods
Bread-Rustic, old world breads!
Pasta Pomodoro
Maltesers -A delightfully light, crispy, malty, chocolate creation!
My mom's Christmas pudding

4 Places I would rather be
Nova Scotia- visiting my lovely Canadian friends
England- visiting family and friends
Hawaii- watching for whales

Ok, that is it for me.. I will tag Debbie and Selena .

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon..

that is what my house smells like right now.. The boys asked me to bake some cookies and pumpkin seemed the logical choice.. Put lots of yummy fall spices in them.. then a little caramel frosting on the top.. I don't suppose they will last long around here!
I must start doing something different with my cards.. I promise this is the last "printed on felt, dick and jane, schoolish" card. I just wanted to use up the scraps I had and this image I had printed awhile back. Also needed a thank you card for a teacher..I also sewed the tag onto a piece of felt and pinked the edges.. then fixed it onto the card with a black gingham cloth brad from MM.
It is another lovely fall day.. Windy and sunny, but cool. Still haven't turned the furnace on, but we have put the gas fireplace on a time or two. I have my flannel sheets back on the bed though! Definitely soup and stew weather now. Hope you are having a lovely fall day as well!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Friends near and far..

With the computer, faxes and emails, I think old fashioned cards and letters have become even more important. I just love receiving a card in the mail. Something that tells me someone has been thinking of me and has taken the time to write a card or letter, put a stamp on it and put it in a mailbox. I know that these things don't take that much time, but it definitely takes more time to do that than just dash off an email. And while emails make it even easier to keep in touch, it is just nice once in awhile, to have something to hold in our hands that someone who cares about us, has taken the time to send. I was thinking of a friend yesterday and just wanted to take the time to make a card for her.. Rusty Pickle paper is one of my favorites and the Bazzill scalloped edge cardstock. I used the Bow-Easy that a friend gave me.. It makes bows perfectly.. Happy Friday everyone!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

My little arch..

I am just a fan of little old fashioned children and this Rusty Pickle paper is just precious. I have been holding onto some scraps of this for awhile just hoping I would be able to use it and ..Voila!
Used a little scrap of twill along the bottom with some tiny precious little buttons. At the top is a metal filigree oval with some copper brads securing it. I stitched a piece of cream felt between the two layers and then pinked the edges. The paper behind the children is a piece of handmade paper that was embossed that I inked over. It will go off in the mail tomorrow! Thanks for looking!

Pretty, Pink Gothic Arch

I am in a Gothic Arch swap in a private group I belong to. This is the arch I received in my mailbox yesterday..from Linda I am just in awe of it!! I love the pink and gray together and the quote so speaks to me.. I am new to arches and am working on my first one now! Hopefully I can post it later today..
It is a crisp fall day here. Rained last night and it is cloudy and windy out now.. The house smells deliciously of a roast cooking.. I also baked some bread this morning. I hear tell that this "No Knead Bread" recipe has been around for at least a few months since it came out in the New York Times.. BUT, it is new to me.. It has to be the easiest bread I have ever made..A rustic bread with a light chewy interior and a crisp crust. Anyone can make this..Trust me!! If you are interested, check out the blog for a tutorial with adorable photos!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Remember S&H stamps??

A good friend was cleaning out drawers and found lots of odds and ends. Among them were some old S&H green stamp books. She sent them to me knowing I love old stuff! I found a wonderful use for one of the pages this morning.. Another good online friend has been very ill. We were in recipe swaps together and share a passion for cooking. I made this card for her using an S&H page, MF vintage stamp and a little felt square I printed on. Added a piece of rick rack and a few buttons. I hope it cheers her up.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Itty, Bitty little card..

This is a little 3 x 3 card I made for a swap I am in. The image is one I got from my friend Anna, quite awhile ago. She is an amazing card maker.. She always inspired me and I can't wait until she is creating cards again.. She has quite a talent using vintage "things". This image was from an old baby book.
I know it looks fuzzy, but that is because I printed it onto felt. It feels all warm and soft, just like a baby! I used Crate Paper's Busy Bee line for the base and one of the little stamps from Michael's for the sentiment. A small white button finished it off along with the stitching and inking.

Monday, September 17, 2007

This stamp is so sweet and sentimental to me..

I made this card quite a few months ago, but have never had it on my blog.. It so reminds me of my oldest daughter when she was about six years old(she is 23 now!) Anyway, I have been so terribly busy lately that ideas are just swirling in my head.. I hope to have some time by the end of the week to create. I kind of like it when this happens because when I finally DO sit down I can just create for days! So.. this stamp is from Paperbag Studios and I wanted to use a paperbag as the base for the card. I stamped the image using navy ink onto some blue ticking paper. Covered a chipboard corner with red paper, printed the word onto a scrap of cardstock and then stitched it all onto a paperbag I had folded and inked it up well. Added the flower and red gingham brad. Voila.. a true "Paperbag" card. I haven't used these stamps for quite some time.. Think I need to get them out.. Thanks for visiting..

Thursday, September 13, 2007


I like ATC's, but I don't know lots about them. I joined a couple of swaps and these are what I did. The first was an "In the Garden" ATC and since I just love little garden gnomes, this seemed appropriated. I printed him onto canvas and used some Daisy D's paper in the background, a Prima leaf and also stamped a flourish. Of course, I had to ink it and stitch on it. I had this cute little frog stamp and used it on the back. The second ATC I made nine of in half an hour!! Literally!! I had totally fogotten about the swap and when I was gently reminded, I whipped through my craft room and came up with this. You had to use a barcode and one main color along with black. My favorite color is yellow and I like this quote.. The silver embossing just sounded good.. Stamped the background with a music stamp using white ink. Thanks!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I am pretty fond of Disney too...

Have been since I was a little girl and I guess I just never outgrew the wonder. It still amazes me when I walk into The Magic Kingdom at WDW that such a place can make me feel so happy. I know many people think it it just total commercialization and maybe, in a sense, it is. However, Disney also has the capacity to take all people ( adults and children) to a special magical place where you just forget everything else and enjoy yourself. That's my take on it!! And yes, I definitely cry at the soppy Disney commercials. Love them!! So, I found a box of vintage Disney stickers that I bought a few years ago. On this particular trip I met up with an online friend for the first time. Both she and her husband were the first time. Both she and her husband were delightful people and we both bought a box of these stickers. Using this Dumbo one reminded me of the wonderful time I and my son and mom had with them (are you out there, Paula?) This quote is also a quote from Walt Disney.. Could there be anything more appropriate.
Hmm.... I think I am getting the urge to plan a trip... Have a Magical Day!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

I LOVE to read....

in fact, I need to have at least three books on my nightstand ready and waiting.!I just finished a wonderful book by Anita Shreve, Fortune Rocks. Tonight I am starting a new book by Anne Rivers Siddons. Outer Banks. I am extremely lucky that my children love to read also and we all enjoy trips to the library. I just can't imagine not enjoying it.. Since I was born in England and began school there at the age of four, I learned to read at an early age. ( I remember my first books were the Noddy series ( I still have them) and Enid Blyton books. so....what does this have to do with my blog?? I am in a bookmark swap and want to post the bookmark that I made. The Dick and Jane primer illustrations are wonderful and so I chose one to print onto felt. I also used Rusty Pickle school paper, black rick rack and some alphabet twill and the top twill is more like a tape.. Found an old red metal button and sewed it onto the top..I so wanted to add more "stuff" to it, but knew it wouldn't work so well as a bookmark if I did!! All this is stitched onto a kraft tag. So what books have you read lately? I am always looking for some new titles..

Monday, September 3, 2007

Two Posts in One day!!

I totally forgot!! I wanted to show you the neat little Christmas Countdown Clipboard I made. I used a dollar clipboard from Walmart , some scraps of christmas paper, felt and some washers and magnets!! Voila!! a countdown calender for the school auction! Now I am off to pick a huge bunch of glorious basil from my garden. That along with the fresh garden tomatoes will make a wonderful pasta salad for lunch today.

Happy Labor Day!

I really should be "laboring" at my house.. It needs a good cleaning, but I decided to wait until tomorrow when everyone is gone.. So much easier to clean when there is no one here!!
Haven't gotten much paper crafting done lately, just been making more little booties.. I love them. There is something about holding that finished pair in your hands. Just so sweet.. I have added burb cloths to make a cute ensemble. This little pink and white pair, I decided to line with flannel.. Found some vintage looking pink and green flower flannel at Joannes. The blue pair I lined with yellow and blue dot flannel, then found some adorable pooh flannel. I have at least ten pairs cut out!! Ok, enough of booties..

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Felt is flying around here!

and it isn't going on cards! I have discovered a new fun activity that I can do while I am waiting for kids, or at the doctor's office or anywhere for that matter. It tucks nicely into a little bag and I can just take it out whenever I have a minute to spare.. I was inspired by an old acquaintance. You must visit her blog.. Old School Acres.
She makes the most amazing things from felt! I went out hunting and found some wonderful colors of real wool felt and some sweet little embellishments from my stash that work wonderfully on these little tiny things.. With each pair I make, not only does it become easier, but they look nicer. The yellow and blue pair were my first ones and then the little yellow ones with the pink flowers. Made the red ones last night and lined with a cozy flannel. Patrick (my eleven year old) said he thought they would be nice to wear in the winter and could I maybe make him a pair!
Hope you all have a super day!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Thanks, Debby for the cute disney tag!!

Hope you like the tags I made for each of you.. I tried to do something that reminded me of each of you..Here is the original "tag post" from Debby's blog..
The tag goes like this: Write 8 of your blog friends names in a unique way and post them. Then come back over and let me know. You must write the blogger's name that tagged you.

Friday, August 24, 2007

I really truly believe that..

fall is finally on its way. It is crisp in the mornings now and Patrick even wore a sweatshirt this morning..Of course we do have to leave the house at 7 in order for him to get to his school on time! It will be a long year with all this commuting but well worth it! We just love our charter school. Oh well, this is his last year there! The first card I have posted is one I made for my older son to give to an 80 year old lady he plays Mahjonn with. If you don't know what this is, it is an old Chinese game that uses tiles and lots of patience and memory! Perfect for him! My mom plays and he wanted to learn so she taught him.. The only problem is, there aren't that many people that play it around her. She plays with a group of ladies and she is the youngest at 72! No matter, he has played with them all summer and his friends think it is a hoot! All the old ladies love him and loved the card. I hate to tell you the inside sentiment (his choice) "It is so Awesome you aren't dead yet" He assured me that she would love it.they all thought it was hilarious!!

The second card is for a challenge I posted over on another site. The challenge was to use felt in some way. I have been using felt now for quite awhile and love the softness it gives a card. It also adds dimension and texture. Love to pink the edges and sew on it too! I used an image from the net and printed it onto the felt then just sewed around the edges. Hope you can find some felt and make a felt card today!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

It 's Back to school time!

Well, I have to say that I am glad it is time for school to start.. so are my boys! As I have said before I really don't like summer. at all!! It has been so hot for so long now that it is nice the mornings are starting to be cool. Love to sit out on my patio in the morning with my cup of tea and look at my pretty rose bushes.. Patrick's school always has a "Back to School" fundraiser and I, of course, always get asked to make something. This year I made one of my "Teacher Survival Kits" I used the same Daisy D's paper (LOVE that vintage school paper), but this time I also used some felt and tags and rick rack. I really like how this turned out and I hope it nets lots of money! My picture taking skills leave lots to be desired, as does my patience when taking pictures, but I wanted to show you the tin itself. I used a Provo Craft lunch box and filled it with lots of little necessities..with a matching poem to go with each one. Skittle, Hugs and Kisses, a rubber band, an eraser, some marbles, lifesavers, a puzzle piece and finally a piece of string..
The boys and I saw the new Rush Hour movie today and it didn't disappoint.. FUNNY!! Now, I am off to the kitchen to make spaghetti for dinner and whip up a chocolate zuchinni cake.. The cake is by special request! It is the easiest recipe and yummy to boot! Have a wonderful Saturday evening,,whatever you are doing!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Since my muse has been away (visiting who knows who!!) and I have just been purging and organizing, I decided to post some of the cards that I made a while back.. I started these "Life's Simple Pleasures" cards for my parents last summer. I made them file folder style and gave them a box to keep them in. This was the first one. They so enjoy spending time with Patrick that I thought it would be appropriate! Making the cards also made me think about the little pleasures in life that I so often forget to appreciate.
The number two card were some photos from their garden.