Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Didn't I tell you I was loving Pink Cat Studio digital stamps? This one I turned into a treat pocket for Halloween. I followed directions for these from Teri, at terisplace, but I can't find the link at the moment...grr. Basically you take a standard card envelope and seal it. Then turn it to trim about an inch or so off of the longer side. This provides the "pocket". Decorate with DP, etc. then cut another piece of DP to fit inside the pocket. A quick and easy treat!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." -Charles Dickens, from the novel A Tale of Two Cities.
My siblings, my Dad, and I were blessed to be around my Mom's bed as she died yesterday,
9-9-09 at 3:00 pm. For almost a week, my brothers & sisters, among grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and numerous friends, waited and prayed for Mom as she walked the final leg of her earthly journey. I can't tell you how many times I laughed and cried in the last few days. There was more than one 3 am memory fest around the coffee pot, and I can't believe how many of my siblings snore! Leave it to my Mom to make sure we had everything we needed spiritually!
She was like that, you know. Anyone could come to her back door and she would welcome them in with a smile. She'd probably try to get you something to eat/drink and offer you a place at her kitchen table.
She had this presence about her that made you feel as if she'd been waiting all day to see you, and when she did, her joy was complete! And when she looked at me, her blue eyes shown with the fact that she thought I was the best kid in the whole world (which I'm not, trust me.)! But in her blue eyes, I was. (My family would each argue that she only looked at them like that :)
Unconditional, pure love. No matter what. Oh, my dear readers, I pray you have someone in your life like that!
So, it is with joy that I will wait to see her again when my time on earth is done (with God's grace and mercy). But if you happen to make it to Heaven before I do, be sure to look her up. You'll know when you find her.
Just look in her eyes!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The rest of this post is on a personal note.
It only takes a phone call to put life in perspective.
If you've read my previous posts you know my dear Mom suffers from Alzheimer's. This last month has been especially hard on her.
The phone call came on Thurs evening. My Mom's body has begun to shut down. Not a surprise, as her nutrition intake for the last week has been measured in sips of water and teaspoons of food. She is so weak and frail. All of my family has been called home and we are with her. Morphine has made her comfortable, but her body is working so hard to breathe even in a coma.
So...we wait. We pray. We sleep in 1 or 2 hour increments around my parent's house. Even if it's the hallway. And we try to keep some sort of balance in caring for our own families.
Have you lost you Mom? I'm sorry. Truely, deeply, and sincerely sorry!
If you still have your Mom...Call her. Better yet go see her. Touch her hand. Hug her. Breathe her in. Even if she isn't perfect, she's yours!
For now, my postings are suspended while I'm with my Mom.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I had a chance to play with Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge (WSC95) this weekend. I loved this sketch! My niece Jen, (hi Jen!) gave me the color inspiration. She is helping with another niece's marriage in October and her wedding colors are Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Not Quite Navy.
It sounded so unusual, but when I pulled my sample cards out and laid the colors together, they were gorgeous!
Thanks to you wonderful girls who leave me such sweet comments!
Stamps: SU Trendy Trees
Paper: SU Old Olive, Chocolate Chip dp, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Tools: Cuttlebug embossing, nestabilities dies
Other: Ribbon brad, ribbon, twine, paper piercing
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
PPA Challenge 5 is Halloween. I was thinking I didn't have much in the way of Halloween in my stash, but remembered these cute pumpkins in the hostess set: The More The Merrier. I so tried to get orange in this color combo! I couldn't do it! I liked the Rich Razzleberry, black, and white so much, I just went with it. The pumpkins are stamped in black Staz-on on clear card sheets (like acetate). I then cut out a window on the front of my card and positioned the clear sheet inside my window. I also used a piece of RR cardstock to along the back side of my card. Gives a nice frame look.
Kansas weather was PICTURE PERFECT today! Deep blue skies and 72 degrees. Hope your day was good wherever you are.
Stamps: SU The More the Merrier
Ink: Black Stazon
Paper: SU ww, black, Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Nestabilities, SU word window, scalloped edge punches
Other: SU ribbon, cuttlebug embossing, misc black rhinestone
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
¾ c. Crisco
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. mashed bananas (very ripe)
½ tsp. salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 c. flour
¾ c. buttermilk
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
½ c. walnuts, chopped
Cream shortening, sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Add mashed bananas. Add dry ingredients alternating with buttermilk. Add vanilla and nuts. Mix. Pour into 2 -8” greased and floured cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
1 lb powdered sugar
1 stick butter, room temp
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp
1 tsp. vanilla and ¾ c. walnuts
Beat until fluffy, then mix in vanilla & nuts. Remove cakes from pans. Frost first layer completely, add second layer and cover with remaining frosting. Refrigerate leftovers.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
She is so into mermaids! When I saw this set from CC Designs (All That Scraps), I knew I had to order it for her birthday. She was so excited when we received it she had me open it up and stamp some images for her to color right away.
I had this card laid out on my stamp table (it's based on week 98 Mojo Monday sketch) when she spied it and her voice got all soft and dreamy when she said, "She's soooo bee-u-ti-ful!!"
I told her it was for her, but that I wanted to take a picture of it first (ok-- don't say anything, you know you us crafters think along these lines :)- So later I set up the card for photography and get distracted for a few minutes (spotting my weightlifting 15 year old because hubby was mowing...Mom's do what need to be done, you know?), and when I came back she was no where around, but had carefully placed her 2 versions of this little mermaid next to mine so I could photograph them. How adorable is that??!
Those pictures didn't turn out as well, so I took another one of just some of her art and she is patiently waiting for them to appear on this blog. So here's her version:
Stamps: CCDesigns -Sugar Plums -Underwater Adventure
Paper: Ptrey White CS, SU Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey Urban Prairie
Ink: Momento tuxedo black
Tools: SU word window punch, nestabilities circle
sketch: Mojo Monday Week 98
Monday, August 10, 2009
2 large carrots, chopped
1 medium leek, white portion, chopped
3 medium zucchinis, cut into ½” pieces
2 cans (14oz) fire roasted tomatoes
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 can white northern beans, drained
3 T. minced fresh parsley
1/3 c. grated parmesan cheese
In soup kettle, cook sausage and onion until meat is not pink, drain. Stir in other vegetables and cook for 3 minutes more. Stir in remaining ingredients, except beans, barley, cheese. and pasta. Cook in large crockpot on low 6-7 hours. Add pasta, beans, and barley the last ½ hour of cooking. Garnish with grated cheese. (This makes a VERY large crockpot of soup 10-12 servings)
Time for Week 2 Challenge at PPA (see my sidebar for link). This week's challenge was a sketch challenge. Perfect timing to finish a birthday card for my now 15 year old son. I did not use the scallop border at the bottom, but rather used the binary stamp that came with the SU! set, Lots of Bots. My son is a no frills kind of guy-- no ribbon, no bling, no cutesy sentiment. It's part of what I respect and love about him--so I felt this clean and balanced end result was just right.
Stamps: SU Lots of Bots
Paper: SU kraft, whisper white cs
Ink: Not quite navy
Other: Eyelets, pop-up dots
Hope your Monday was productive!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
So here's all my little beauties! My 11 year daughter (my biggest fan and cheerleader) went crazy when she saw all these! She told me it was some of my finest work! (Remind me to give that girl a raise in her allowance--what a sweetie!)
Now, it's hard to capture all the details in one image, so here are some close-ups of most of the items. (It's also hard not to get a glare from the acetate).