Thursday, December 31, 2009

End of another Year!

2009 might not have been a great year however I am thankful for the people that have come into my life thru all the 'stuff'. I really enjoy facebook too because it has allowed me to re-connect with some friends that I had lost track of.

I hope everybody has a safe and wonderful start to the New Year! Happy 2010!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

How funny!

Yes, in the middle of brand new houses there are 3 Emu's, a llama and a horse!! It is the funniest thing to see! My son was actually 'talking' to the emu's and they were walking next to the fence with him! The llama is quite a character and the horse just wants lots of attention!! I never knew they were right here until a friend of mine got lost on her way to my house and told me about the animals. It's really worth seeing!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Teachers Prayer Bookmark

I made this bookmark for a friend of mine who is a missionary, currently in Africa. She teaches grade school children.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vicky's candle

My niece, Vicky had the most unique candle on her birthday cake! I had never seen anything like it. It started off closed, pic on left, the special candle that went in the middle of the flower reminded me of a sparkler. It lit the smaller candles which appeared as the candle opened, pic on right. All the while, the flower spun around and played the tune to Happy Birthday!

Monday, October 19, 2009

2009 Flip Album

After I fell down the stairs, I couldn't do alot for afew days, so I crafted!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

This one of the angel bookmarks that I made.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Heaven to Betsy's Rescue

The cat is Vivian and the dog is Sandie!

These are pics taken of two of the animals in the rescue, awaiting their forever homes.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hope to get a new camera soon! Been working on afew things!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


I'm thrilled to published in the Just Cards Holiday issue!! I just received my copy today!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Taste of Thornton Township

A great day to be outside! The weather was perfect!

Birthday Boy!

My boy Jesse, turned 16 years old today! He's still doing good for his age.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Busy Summer!

So many kids, no time to create! Summer is the time of year that we have sleep overs with the cousins. I have had as many as 7 kids and then again no kids, not even my own son! (My house only has 1 bathroom! There has been a line sometimes! Quite long at that!) It has been a lot of fun! I do all kinds of special things with the kids, from movies to just going to the neighborhood park. With school starting soon, it's time to get back in the swing of things and settle down again. Time for shopping for school clothes!

Although, I have been doing some reading and here's a quote from John Ortberg's book, If You Want To Walk On Water, You've Got To Get Out Of The Boat. "Failure is not an event, but rather a judgement about an event. Failure is not something that happens to us or a label we attach to thing. It is a way we think about outcomes."

An interesting point he made about failure is that Winston Churchill failed a year in grade school. Winston Churchill said in regards to this, "I never failed anything in my life. I was given a second opportunity to get it right."

Maybe we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves and should try Winston Churchill's thinking instead.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

"The heart that gives-gathers."
Hannah Moore

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

House Rules for Dogs and Cats!

NASCAR did not design the stairway. It is not a racetrack. Trying to beat me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me will not help you win because I will fall faster than you can run!

A king-sized bed is the largest that is made. I cannot get anything bigger. Do not expect me to continue to sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort.

Dogs and cats are capable of curling into a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular next to each other and stretched out to the fullest extent possible!

There is no secret exit from the bathroom! If by some miracle I manage to beat you there and get the door shut, it is not necessary to whine, meow, claw, try to turn the doorknob, or squeeze your paw under the door to try to pull it open. I have to exit through the same door I entered.

Also, I have been using the bathroom for many years--feline or canine attendance is not required!

Monday, July 06, 2009

"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?"

George Elliot

Saturday, July 04, 2009

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

Anne Frank

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Girls!

I traded my son for 3 girls! My nieces are staying with us this week and my son is staying at my sister's!! We're having fun together!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

I want to be a cat!

I walked around the corner into the living room this afternoon and look who I see napping in the recliner! What a life! She looks really big all stretched out but she really isn't!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Quote of the Day!

"We are here to add what we can TO, not to get what we can FROM life."
Sir William Osler

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quote of the Day!

Positive attitudes create a chain reaction of positive thoughts!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gratitude Monday...Tuesday in this case!

There is a blog that I enjoy written by a friend of mine named Kris, her blog is, and she has started doing Gratitude Mondays. I like her idea and have decided to do it to. There is alot to be thankful for and alot we take for grant it. Boy do I know it!!

First of all, I'm grateful for my dog's health. He is almost 16 years old and was having some 'old' dog issues, but the vet said yesterday that everything looked good, just to watch him.

Secondly, I'm thankful for my home, my family and friends.

Thirdly, I'm thankful for the firemen in our town and their quick response and willingness to check out a situation that I thought I had under control but needed that reassurance of. I decided to bake a dessert that I hadn't made in awhile. I put the two glass baking pans in the oven. About half way thru baking one of the glass baking dishes broke into pieces spilling half baked batter all over the bottom of my gas oven. I was trying to clean it up when some of the batter that had run down into the area where the gas comes out caught on fire. I put it out but needed that reassurance that everything was OK. Thankfully, just a big mess, no damage.

I hope everybody can think of something to be thankful for today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sorry I've been away for alittle while! I've been busy working on my Stamping Studio Design Team try outs and a Stamping Studio challenge. Hopefully, I'll be finished tomorrow and will be able to post the challenge photo anyway!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Blog Candy!

Check out Jodi's blog at for a chance to win some great blog candy in celebration of her 20,000 hit mark on her blog! You can enter to win the blog candy until April 20th, so there is plenty of time!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Happiness is a habit - cultivate it."
Elbert Hubbard

Saturday, March 14, 2009


I had fun combining stamp sets from The Stamping Studio, Close to My Heart and StampinUp! to create this card.


Here I combined stamp sets from The Stamping Studio. I just love those butterflies!


I just love the new stamp set from The Stamping Studio! It has 3 rounders and 3 of the most beautiful butterflies!! I have been having lots of fun with the set! I combined it, Butterfly Rounders, with two other Stamping Studio sets to make this card.

Friday, March 13, 2009


This is a photo of my ATC that was published in Just Cards! Spring issue! I received my complimentary copy of the magazine yesterday!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Spring is in the air! And how I'm looking forward to it! Along with Spring goes Spring Cleaning, which I have been busy doing plenty of! Since I needed a break from that, I decided to start some cards and these are afew of them.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Toni Lynn

Well, my son and I decided Toni Lynn should wear a dress not a shirt that says 'Jeep the worlds most useful vehicle.' The shirt is cute but too tom boyish.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Blog Candy!

Check out Nana's Memories And More! My friend, Beth, is going to give away blog candy when her blog has it's 10,000 hit! All you have to do to enter is post about it on your blog! How fun is that!! Congratulations Beth!! Beth has alot of great blog candy that she is offering!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Toni Lynn!

Well, since the cone wasn't working out very well and after some quick thinking, we came up with clothing! It works! She is leaving the stitches alone! Of course, most of the night we were up because she figured out how to take the outfit off! She took it off and I put it back on! I think that she has finally given up, realizing that I'm going to keep putting it back on her no matter how many times she takes it off! Who knows, maybe she'll end up liking clothes and next time you see us she'll have on cute dress!!! In the meantime, my Danny is jealous because she is getting extra attention due to her surgery!

Toni Lynn!

This is our Toni Lynn, after she came home from the vet after being spayed. She immediately decided to try to remove her stitches herself! The result...the cone! She hated that thing! She would only walk backwards while wearing it!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The book has arrived!!

I just received my copy of 'Blood Stained, When No One Comes Looking', by Dory Maust. It is a true story about David Maust, the Hammond Indiana Serial Killer. Dory is no relation to David and makes that clear. The book is based on David's own autobiography that he wrote in prison with the help of his attorney, Thomas Vanes, and the arresting officer, Ron Johnson.

I worked with David at the Trophy Shop in Dolton for several years. I worked with him the day of his arrest, too. One of the victims, Nicholas James, also worked at the shop with us.

It was a very difficult time. David told us 'his life story' according to what he wanted us to believe and it was very hard to see him on the evening news that day, shackled and to hear the REAL story. Even worse to realize that he had killed Nick!

I can hardly put the book down! It is very well written!

Thursday, January 29, 2009


I love an unveiling of a new stamp! On Melissa's blog, she posted that she will be unveiling the new flower of the month stamp on Saturday!! How exciting is that!! Check out her blog at

I mistyped the blog address the first time. I'm sorry if it caused you any inconvenience. It's definitely worth checking out.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

25 Random Things About Me (some pretty, some not so, but all me)

I have been tagged by my good friend Katharine to share 25 Random Things about me. Here goes!
25 Random Things:
1. I have one son who I am very proud of and my desire for him is grow into a good person!
2. I love paper crafts of all sorts!
3. I have a guinue pig named Shadow, who is about 1.5 years old.
4. I have 3 cats! Yes, I must be crazy but there are 3 of them. All with very different personalities. All rescues. I love them all!
5. I have a dog who is 15 years old!! He is spoiled rotten and is definitely my boy!! He has been a wonderful protector for all those years but now it is time for me to be his protector!!! (I think I am scarier than he is anyway!)
6. I left my job of 25 years in December of 2006! Yeah!!!
7. I wish I knew then when I was much younger, what I know now!
8. I am working on redoing my sons baby scrapbook because it has the sticky pages that were so popular back then. (That probably is dating myself)
9. I just finished a flip book all about my animals!
10. I really enjoy my coffee time once a week with my friend! We love to sip Starbucks and chat!11. I am waiting for the arrival of my new book about the Hammond Indiana Serial Killer, David Maust who I worked with. I was the manager of the shop when he was arrested. He killed a member of my crew, 19 year old, Nick James on the Memorial Day weekend of that year.
12. I have been asked by my husband to keep his secret that almost ended our marriage of 18 years.
13. I have read a book called 'When People Are Big and God Is Small' that I would recomment to everybody!!!!
14. When I got my dog, I went to the pet store for fish food and came home with my dog!
15. We used to live in Norfold, VA. while my husband was in the Navy.
16. I am going to paint my house this year. Last year, I redid my sons bedroom, which took more than I expected!
17. I have almost always lived in South Holland. My parents moved here when I was in second grade and the only time I left was when my husband was in the Navy. We did live in the neighboring town for afew years.
18. Our newest cat, the only other girl in my house, can really get herself into a lot of trouble!
19. My cats really like to talk!!!!
20. When I grew up my grandparents on my dad's side lived on the family farm in MO, where I spent alot of summers.
21. Because of spending so much time on the farm, I am a better shot than my husband who was trained in the Navy.
22. My grandfather on my mother's side was disowned by our family.
23. My grandmother on my mom's side is missed very much now that she is gone.
24. I miss all of grandparents very much! My son did get a chance to meet them all before they passed on, which I am very glad of!
25. I think someday I'll write a book!

I hope everybody willl take some time to pick 25 random things about themselves to share.Dot

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pictures of my Flip Book

This is the Flip Book that I started just before we adopted our last fur child! I had to stop making it until I had some pictures of her to add to the book.

I got the Flip Book idea from my friend Beth's blog. Her blog is Nana's Memoried and More. She picked up the idea from a tutorial on Paper Craft Planet by Jessice Fick.

It is a fun and easy project that yields great results! It is hard to photograph, so I hope you get the general idea.

This is the 'Dear Dogs and Cats' saying that I already posted earlier.

Front of book.

Back of book.

Top view.

Our 3 cats all together!

My son is playing with them and they couldn't resist being together! It's only been two weeks and they are getting along pretty well!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Too funny!

I was looking for a pet poem for my flip book that I'm making and ran across this and laughed so hard! I just had to publish this! My flip book will be finished soon and I will post pics of it on my blog. But here's the letter I couldn't stop laughing over!

Dear Dogs and Cats,

The dishes with the paw prints belong to you and contain your food. The rest of the dishes belong to me and contain my food.

Please note, if you put a paw print in the middles of my plate or food, that does not stake a claim for it. It is still mine. I also do not find it aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

NASCAR did not design the stairway. It is not a racetrack. Trying to beat me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me will not help you win because I will fall faster than you can run.

A king-sized bed is the largest that is made. I cannot get anything bigger, sorry about this. Do not expect me to continue to sleep on the cough to ensure your comfort.

Dogs and cats are capable of curling into a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular next to each other and stretched out to the fullest extent possible.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I manage to beat you there and get the door shut, it is not necessary to whine, meow, claw, try to turn the doorknob, or squeeze your paw under the door to try to pull it open. I have to exit through the same door I entered.

Also, I have been using the bathroom for many years -- feline and/or canine attendance is not required.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


This was taken today out my living room window! That lump in the front of the picture nearest the window is my bush, the rest is pretty flat after all my flowers die out.
I remember living in Norfolk, VA. many years ago when my husband was in the Navy and it snowed! Just a dusting but I was still one of the only ones who went to work that day! They closed everything! It was the only time I went to the grocery store and it was completely wiped out of food!!! When I asked one of the employees what was wrong, they said that everybody had come the night before when the snow was predicted!


This was taken out my kitchen window into our backyard today!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Blog Candy!

Here is a short cut to a fun new site called Crafts 4 Eternity challenge website! By adding this link, you can enter to win blog candy! Check out all the fun!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Freezing In Midwest!!

Here, outside of Chicago, it may look beautiful when you look out the window, however the temperature will make you think differently!! At a balmy 11 degrees this morning, we are at a high for the last two days! My son had school both yesterday and today! Most schools in the area were closed to due extreme cold temps. Well, we won't have to make up those two days!!!

All of my fur children have been snuggly so I've been plenty warm!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Our newest addition!

This is Toni Lynn! She is about 6 months old. From the picture you can tell that she already picked her human! My son!! He is loving that!! Toni Lynn is doing well with our other boys also! Now we are up to one dog, three cats, a guinea pig and a tank of fish.

Our newest addition!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Thinking of You card

I needed a quick 'Thinking of You" card for a friend, so I came up with this design.
I used the tulip stamp from The Stamping Studio and the words are from SU!
Those are micro beads on the left side. They are from Penny Wise Arts.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Two Cards

The card on the bottom of the below picture has a moose brad off to the left. It's kind of hard to see in the photo. It was a birthday card for my uncle. The Thank You card was made for another uncle who was very generous to Matt at Christmas and for his birthday.

I liked the color combination.

Two Cards

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Blog Candy!!

Queen Kat Designs is offering blog candy!! Go to their blog at to enter to win!! You can enter any time between now and January 15th!!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Cute Video!

Here's a cute video of Griffin asking President Elect Obama to adopt a dog from a shelter!

I received the link from the lady in charge of Heaven to Betsy's Animal Rescue that I help with thru fundraising.

Friday, January 02, 2009

A Book Being Released this Month

BLOOD STAINED...WHEN NO ONE COMES LOOKING, is the title of the book being released this month about serial killer, David Maust. It is written by Dory Maust, no relation. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the charity STAND UP FOR KIDS.

For those that don't know, I was the manager at the shop where David was working when the last 3 murders were committed and when David was arrested. (The murders were committed at his home and he was arrested after leaving work that day.) One of the kids he killed was Nick James, a 19 year old kid who also worked with us. It was hard for me to believe, at first, that David did what he had done because after several years of working with him, I had thought I knew him. It turned out that all I knew about him were lies.

This book is written with the support of legal documents, reports and words from David himself that he wrote. I'm interested in reading this book, to see what was really going on all that time. And I'm glad to see that the author has selected the Stand Up For Kids charity to receive 50% of the net proceeds.