Saturday, February 14, 2015

IN MEMORIUM

This past Thursday my dad died at the age of 96 after a rapid decline that started only a month ago.  Up until then he had been doing well with Assisted Living, well loved by the residents and staff there.  He was truly amazing!

All who knew him will remember him most for his sense of humor, constant smile and friendly personality.  Wherever he went, he looked for ways to be helpful and positive, with never a complaint.  I consider it a blessing and a privilege to have had him in my life for so long.

We are all sad, of course; but the one who is feeling the loss most is our youngest grandson.  He was recently bragging to his friends at Kindergarten that he had a great-grampa who was 96.  My dad was here for Christmas, walking into our house on his own and eating dinner with all 12 of us around the table.  I'm so glad he was able to be here for one last family gathering, leaving a happy memory of that special Christmas, especially for his youngest great grandchild.

We look forward to the day when God "will wipe away every tear from (our) eyes, and death shall be no more..."  (Rev. 21:4)




Friday, February 13, 2015

FROM THE SCRAP DRAWER--Danish Heart Valentine

After making Danish Heart cards in Mothers Class this week, I had some left over pieces and scraps from other cards.  So I put them together in this smaller version for someone special.

Enjoy!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CRITTER CHICK

This set of Cheerful Critters makes happy cards!  This one is for a birthday.

The image is layered over a scrap of white cs cut to size and edged with a yellow marker for a perfect match.  The orange embroidery floss was wrapped around the top 2 layers before being mounted with dimensionals onto a small piece of dsp.  The green textured cs is from a pad I purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Using this set is super quick!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

FISHY VALENTINE

Since I'm not in school (as a student, anyway) I plan to send this to one of my students in the Mothers Class.  I also made a bunch of shaker cards with this design for my youngest grandson to hand out in his Kindergarten class.

What a cute set this is!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

DE-CLUTTER DE HOUSE--Low cabinets

Just the lower cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms...  You know the ones I mean--like the one that has the  _____(fill in the blank)_____ that fall(s) out when you open the door.  For me, it's the tupperware cabinet!  Time to straighten them out and store things more securely and/or more reachable in the back of these cabinets.

If you don't have cabinets in the bathrooms, then hit the linen closet!  Rise to the challenges in this year's series, and you'll be ready to enjoy the great outdoors come Spring!  Remember, clutter is not something to organize--it's something to give or throw away.  Once the clutter is gone, cleaning is soooo much easier...

Go for it!

Monday, February 2, 2015

SALE-A-BRATION GOODIES!

WOW!  Did I clean up with my SU! party!  Here is what I got:

2 pkgs of cardstock and 2 of designer papers
2 pkgs of dimensionals
the coordinating embossing folder
the tag punch
1 pkg of twine
1 container of silver embellishments
and SIX! stamp sets

With my hostess benefits, the Sale-a-bration freebie and the Christmas gift certificate from my favorite DIL, this whole assortment cost me less than $40, including tax and shipping--YAY!

I'm ready to start stamping!  (understatement...)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

TIME TO DE-CLUTTER DE HOUSE AGAIN!

With all the winter storms badgering our area this winter, forcing us to stay inside waaaay more than we would like, it's time to put some cabin fever to good use!

HERE'S THE CHALLENGE:  Start with purging the paper piles in the house.  We don't need those Christmas catalogs any more, do we?  File what needs filing, shred what needs shredding, and do some purging and tossing.  Then brag about your accomplishments here where it might give someone else a boost.

Next week will be a new challenge, so let's get started!

Here's a tip:  I've cut down on the space used for white cardstock scraps (I use them for small greetings on cards) by following my rule of keeping only those pieces that are larger than a business card.  When the scrap drawer gets too full, I just go through it and toss the smaller pieces (or give them away.)