Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
What has happened to people? Is it the hard economic times? This is the Christmas season! A time of joy! I guess there alot of people out there who just don't know the Lord.
On a good note, my neighbor was so sweet and shoveled my snow this morning!! I'll post some pictures soon! The snow is really beautiful!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I came home this morning from taking my son to school and was greeted by only one of our cats. So I started looking for the second and found him watching 'kitty TV' aka the fish tank! My husband moved the piano bench in front of the fish tank before leaving for work, to make it more convenient for the boys to watch 'kitty TV'!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The pic below is of my son and our cat Danny. Matt has now outgrown me! Only by a half inch right now, but he loves it!
Our cats are litter mates, so they are literally brothers! They are alittle over a year old. They are part Maine Coon, which explains their size! They're big boys!
They add so much to our lives! We are so thankful to be blessed with them!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I had a really hard time photographing this card. The acetate is what made it hard. I used some of the new stamps from The Stamping Studio for this card. (Sentimental Christmas for the saying and Snowflake Tree) I stamped the tree on the acetate and the rest on a simple white card. The bow at the top holds the acetate on. Of course, it needed some bling for Christmas, so I added some rhinestones.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Over the summer, my nieces and nephews took turns staying with us. I made sure the kids had fun and had some little treats too. One of the treats they just loved, were Lunchables. Inside the lunchable was a cute little folded card that I decided I wanted to figure out and make. Well I did it! Only to realize later that in 'Paper Crafting with Carol Duvall' are the instructions! It is called the 'Never-Ending Card'.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I will have wait until the beginning of next week probably because of the flooding and massive clean up that needs to be taken care of first. Storm drains in the streets need to be unclogged and branches need to be picked up.
It is a hard time for alot of people in our country, with unemployment, hurricanes, high prices, etc. I just pray that the upcoming election will help all of us. It makes think of my grandparents and how hard it must have been during the Great Depression. I can remember my grandma would never put any food on her plate until everybody else had their share.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008
KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.
The performances were incredible! The set was beautiful! The costumes were stunning! The enter performance was wonderful! My family really enjoyed the opportunity to see the show in person!!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't ever supposed to let you down probably will.
You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's more painful every time. You'll break hearts too. Remember how it felt when yours was broken.
You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did.
You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love, so take too many pictures.
Laugh too much and love like you've never been hurt, because every sixty seconds you spend upset, is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.
LIVE YOUR LIFE TO ITS FULLEST
LAUGH AT ALL THE THINGS THAT DON'T MATTER
LOVE WITH ALL YOU HAVE AND MORE
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I been using aluminum foil for as long as I can remember! Great stuff, but sometimes a pain. You know, like when you are in the middle of doing something and you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The roll comes out at the wrong times.
Well, I would like to share this with you. Look at the end of the aluminum foil box and it says, Press here to lock end. Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place.
How long has this little locking tab been there? I also looked at the Saran wrap box and found the same thing! I can't count the number of times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up.
I hope I'm not the only person that didn't know about this!
Monday, May 19, 2008
The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became irrated with the mess. 'We must do something about father,' said the son. 'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'
So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four year old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just as sweetly, the boy responded, 'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.' The four year old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:
A rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
I'VE LEARNED THAT MAKING A 'LIVING' IS NOT THE SAME THING AS MAKING A 'LIFE'.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
I'VE LEARNED THAT IF YOU PURSUE HAPPINESS, IT WILL ELUDE YOU. BUT, IF YOU FOCUS ON YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS, THE NEEDS OF OTHERS, YOUR WORK AND DOING THE VERY BEST YOU CAN, HAPPINESS WILL FIND YOU.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I'VE LEARNED THAT EVEN WHEN I HAVE PAINS, I DON'T HAVE TO BE ONE.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch...holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I'VE LEARNED THAT I STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Tonight, we're going out to dinner as a family and then we plan to sit down and watch our wedding video! Our son will probably get a kick out of that!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Crayon Resist Technique
You will need:
Dye based inks
A white crayon or I used the clear crayon that comes in Easter egg decorating kits
Stamps of choice, I used stamps from The Stamping Studio
Black StazOn ink
Let's get started:
1. Stamp your image onto white glossy paper with stanzOn ink. Allow to dry.
2. Trace the image with the white or clear crayon. Trace to imitate shadowing.
3. Add color by blotting or swipping ink applied to a sponge. Blend colors as you go.
4. When you are finished adding your color, wipe and buff the image with a clean paper towel. The areas of resist will pop.
It's fun and easy!!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes; even more important that what other people may think or say or do. It is more important than appearances, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.
Monday, February 04, 2008
YOUR DAY IS COMING
Recently, I was diagnosed with: A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:
I decided to water my garden. As I turn on the hose, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.
As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the table that I collected from the letter box earlier.
I decided to go through the mail before I wash the car.
I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the rubbish bin under the table, and notice that it is full.
So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish first.
But then I think, since I'm going to be near the post-box when I take out the rubbish anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke I'd been drinking.
I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.
The Coke is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the fridge to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the worktop catches my eye - they need water.
I put the Coke on the worktop and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the worktop, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote control. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote control, but I won't remember that it' s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.
I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
So, I set the remote control back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
-The car isn't washed.
-The bills aren't paid.
-There is a warm can of Coke sitting on the worktop.
-The flowers don't have enough water.
-There is still only 1 check in my check book.
-I can't find the remote control.
-I can't find my glasses.
-And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I'm really tired.
I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my email.
Friday, February 01, 2008
The thing about Chicago, is that if you don't like the weather just wait a day and it'll change! By Sunday evening it's suppose to be raining.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The wedding was beautiful and the rain held off til after the ceremony! We enjoyed our visit with family that we don't get to see very often. It's hard to get everybody together when the family grows and grows!