Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's resolutions (or accomplishments)

Today is New Year's eve! I have been thinking of what I wanted to accomplish this next year. While this list could be never ending, I will start with these few desires:

To eat and be generally healthier. Hopefully that will include exercising (when my heel, heals) as well as getting outside more with the girls.

To de-clutter my home (hubby will be very happy with this) and get rid of things I haven't used or may never use (again hubby will be very happy).

To organize my craft supplies (sewing and paper crafting).

To reach more women with my scrapbooking business. I want to have everyone I teach feel better about themselves, while realizing they too, can do more than they expected (just as Jesus is teaching me, I can do more WITH Him than without Him!)

To start my (sewing or paper crafting) gifts lots earlier than this past year! I think the goal should be at least once a month.

While these seem like a few, it could take me all year to accomplish.

What are your goals?

What ever they be, may you be a blessing to others.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gifts made with Love

Looks like I am not the only one that likes to make gifts. This is what my sister gave me for Christmas. I remember her making this at a crop we went to in Rockland in November. I thought the black and white combo was striking! Little did I realize I would be the recipient! Lol.

Here is the whole shabang she included into the stationary box. You can click onto the pics for a better view. I have tags, 3x3 gift tags and 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cards with envelopes as well. Also a place to put all my addresses, and stamps! What a lot of goodies packed into a small package!

Another view of all the goodies!

Here it is when you first take off the top!

Here it is all boxed up! What a beauty!

Thank you dear sis, I LOVE it!

May all of your days be blessed and all of your gifts, if not homemade, given with love.

Christmas Morning

Santa left the girls with great goodies! They each got board games (age appropriate), card games and cd players with a cd each.

They had several games of Chutes and Ladders, Connect 4 and listened to their new cd's until the family arrived for Christmas dinner.

We had a good time opening up the gifts this morning. Santa chose not to wrap the gifts he gave this year. So the clean up was minimal. Smart Santa!

May everyday be filled with joy and happiness.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Reveal day

Remember this image I was teasing you all a few days ago?

Well here is my reveal. I made this for my sister for Christmas. She has a passion for lighthouses (as do I). When I saw this panel at Walmart some time ago, I immediately thought of her.

Since I had the time when Emmy was recovering from the flu (and later pnewmonia), I thought why not check out my stash of fabric for Christmas gifts?

I made the wall hanging first then had some panels of matching fabric (probably for pillows)and decided to make her a tote bag as well.

This shows how large the tote bag turned out to be! Wow! She should be able to put quite a bit of stuff in there! LOL.

I have my two girls showing off the bag here. They were more than happy to model for me.

Here is a pic of the wallhanging hanging on my wall. The tote bag is in the chair beneath it.

Not sure if she will like it. I hope so.

Merry Christmas everyone.

May your Christmas be merry and bright.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wall hanging for hubby

This is the gift I made for my hubby, Les. He loves eagles, and when I saw this panel at Walmart a while ago (could be 3 to 5 years ago now), I knew I had to get it for him.

Well last week my 5 year old was sick with the flu and pnewmonia so I started digging thru my stash of fabric in my closet. I found many delightful things I could work on. Here is another of my stashes.

May your Christmas be Merry and bright and your New Year the best ever! Many blessings to you and your family.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

More Christmas gifts

I have been working on more gifts this morning. I have now completed Christmas stockings for Mark and his family, all 7 of them. I will let them choose their stocking and put their own names on it.

I hope they like them! At least they will know it comes from my heart.

May all of your gifts come from your heart. God bless.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shhhhhh Don't Tell!

But I have been busy! Making Christmas gifts.

I have more I need to take pics of. Will post more later.

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Destiny turns 10!

It is hard to believe that Destiny is now 10! Wow WHERE has the time gone? It seems like yesterday I brought her home. She was so little then, and such a cutie. I had wondered all those years ago if I had done the right thing when she sat on the floor and cried. Little did I know she would soon blossom into the beautiful young lady she is today.

I look at her and realize how blessed I am. What a kind and loving heart she has. If more people were like her, the world would be a much better place for all of mankind. I find I learn from her too. Her, with her innocence wrapped around her like a cloak. Trusting in her instincts when she sees a child that has withdrawn from others, she walks over with a smile on her face, and says "Hi I'm Destiny. Would you like someone to play with?"

When her sister Emily came to live with us almost four years ago, Destiny was right there helping us. Destiny saw Emily was withdrawn and indifferent to us, she was the warm and loving Big sister. Destiny tried to get Emily involved in playing with toys, with walking and talking. Soon Emily came out of her shell, and now adores her sister. You can see the adoration for Destiny Emily has in some of the pictures I have taken. Emily is smiling brightly looking adoringly at her sister.

I hope Destiny will continue to bless others as she has our family. My wish for you, dear daughter, is to have a happy and peaceful life. May you spread joy where ever you go.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

30 Cards and 5 Totes made today!

I got the Jingle paper pack from Close To My Heart last week. I didn't have a chance to use it until today. Yes from the name of the paper pack it does say Christmas, but I thought I would use it for birthday's. Here is my take on it.

Yep, I didn't even take out the right cards to show how I used it! Groan! Well, the cards out of the tote is from the Perfect Day paper pack. I like the colors in this as well.

Now the cards with the Jingle papers are made with the polka dots and the presents. To me that can also say BIRTHDAY!

May you have a blessed day.

some Christmas cards

Here are the cards I made yesday (Wednesday). I used the same formula as I posted earlier today.

How do you like them?
May all your days be blessed.

How to make 100 cards in 5 days

This is my recipe for making 100 cards in 5 days. You will be surprised how quickly these work up!

Step 1. Choose stamp, card stock and Designer Paper to go with the image desired.

Step 2. Cut out card stock for the image times 10. This is where you will save time.

Step 3. Stamp images onto pre-cut card stock.

Step 4. Color images. I color all images with the same color first, then go to the second color, and so on. This saves time as well.

Step 5. Cut the designer paper for the front of the card, remembering to cut 10 for each card you are making. You can also make the number of cards you desire.

Step 6. On the inside of the card bases stamp the saying you want for each card.

Step 7. Glue the designer paper to the front of each card.

Step 8. Glue or use foam tape (for dimension)on the images you have stamped and colored.

Step 9. Add other embellishments (if desired) to the cards.

Step 10. Match up the cards with the envelopes and viola, you have 10 (or how ever many) cards finished!

Of course you can do as many cards at a time as you desire. This is how I make as many cards as possible in a day.

Happy cardmaking!

May you have many blessings.