Monday, December 11, 2017

Never A Dull Moment

I was matching cards to envelopes to send my latest batch to South Carolina Juvenile Justice System so I had this box of envelopes out.  Chloe doesn't miss a chance to curl up in boxes.  You never know where she'll curl up. She's just so stinkin' cute.

After she sat in the lid for a while, Chloe changed to the deeper box. I had to laugh, she get into these things and just sits looking at me like she's ready to have her picture taken.

 Here's our Christmas tree. We traded with the kids for their 6 1/2' tree. We were ready for something smaller to decorate. This tree already has the lights so we just had to add ornaments. We were all happy with the tree switching. We gave Brianna and Sarah our big tree. Ben gave us the multi-colored tree he had. We gave the white lighted tree to Ben.  I grew up with multi-colored lights and prefer that for my tree.  Rachel grew up with white lights and prefers that. So glad it all worked out.
This is the card I made using an old Stampin' Up set called, Tart and Tangy. The clean and simple challenge was to use food.
 This was made for the technique challenge today. It is a gift card holder. The directions can be found here.  I sponged navy ink onto the designer paper and sponged the sentiment oval. I colored the lid with copic marker B99 then added clear wink of stella to the bottom of the lid. Lastly, I added the gold ribbon.
 The green panda card was made by Becky who was the featured stamper this week. I used her card for my inspiration and made this cute little Panda. Both sets will be available in January.
I saw this on FB and really liked it, so I re-posted it here.  I have a birthday this week so it hits me in the face about aging. God has been so good to me. There is nothing I lack. I am so fortunate that God doesn't give me what I deserve, but gives me what I need.

To all my female friends of "age''...
Most of us are going through the next stage of our lives. We are at that age where we see the wrinkles, gray hair and extra pounds. We see the pretty 25 year olds and sigh. But we were once 25 too, just like they will one day be our age. What they bring to the table with their youth and zest for life, we bring with our wisdom, experience and good hearts. For all we've been through earning each gray hair... raising kids, bills and ills and whatever else life brought you/us over the 30s, 40’s, 50’s, we are survivors... we are warriors... we are women. Like a classic car or fine wine. While our exterior may not be what it once was, it is traded for our spirit, our courage and our strength to enter this chapter of our lives with grace and pride for all we've been through and accomplished.
Never feel bad about aging. It is a privilege denied to many.

My twin Anne and I love cardinals. I saw these pictures and just had to share.  I love watching them at the feeder during the summer. They really stand out in the winter with the white snow all around.

I keep saying each year I'm going to do this but forget. I have to find a way to remember to do this. What a fun New Year's Eve it would be to go through all of them.  I might do a prayers answered jar.
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Verse of the Day:
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This is a new song for me called, Witness by Jordan Feliz. Give it a listen.

Today was a busy day. I had an 8 a.m. meeting at PHCA where I volunteer. Then I mailed my Christmas cards and went home. When I got my text that groceries were ready, I picked up my groceries, then went to a grocery store called, Giant Eagle and picked up many gift cards for the kids. By shopping here, I get a discount on gasoline.

Then I stopped at a drug store to get their gift cards. One of  my daughters lives next to CVS and one works at  CVS. So they both are there often picking up what's needed.

I came home to find items I've ordered had been delivered plus cards for Christmas and birthday. My birthday is Wednesday. So I looked through those and finished watching the second season of The Crown.  I cleaned a bit and made a couple of cards. Whew, I'm tired! It's been a busy day.

Blessing of the Day: More and more is done for Christmas shopping. Sarah texted and asked if she could take me to breakfast for my birthday.  Ben called and asked if he could take me to lunch. So Ben and I will celebrate on Thursday. How sweet is that!

Thank you for stopping by.
God's blessings to you.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ice, Cards, Josh

A beautiful sign of Christmas is the gazebo in the Medina Square. Isn't this just gorgeous? Medina is a city about 30 minutes south of here. They also have  an annual ice festival.
Medina Ice Festival in Medina, Ohio:  Brrrrr. If you have “cabin fever” and want to spend some time outside in the middle of a northeast Ohio winter, you need to stop in the historic town square in Medina, Ohio for their annual Ice Festival. There, you will see a small downtown seemingly from Norman Rockwell painting. Even more, you will see beautiful artwork made from ice as carvers compete in crafting ice sculptures. Don’t worry, there are plenty of nice little shops to duck in and warm up a bit. It's always Presidents' Day weekend. You can see artisans create breath-taking sculptures from ice. It's an incredible thing to watch.

I've been making cards but haven't posted some in a while. This card was a technique card.  The tutorial I followed was, Alcohol Ink Baubles by Heather Telford. I only had glossy cardstock, so I used that. I mixed Tim Holtz alcohol inks and dragged the cardstock through it. Then I used the sponge with alcohol inks and alcohol on it and dabbed the white areas. I added a bow and pine to the top. I dry embossed the background then used a large oval punch and the scallop oval punch for me greeting.

This is a card I made inspired by a very talented woman named Karen Barber. Karen has a style all her own. When I see her cards in the gallery, I know without looking who made it.

This was a color challenge card. The colors were,  berry burst, rich razzleberry,  and pacific point. I love the little Gerda Steiner character. She makes some of the cutest animal stamps. I wish Stampin' Up did.

This is a card a friend and I made. We used the snowflake embossing folder, then stamped the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree. Then we added Wink of Stella to the  tree and snowflake.

Isn't this a stinkin' cute card? It's made with a Panda set that will be in the Saleabration Set in January. For each $50 of product purchased, you receive a free stamp set, or other item from the Saleabration catalog.
The birds are a new set that will be in the Occasions catalog which will begin in January.  I've found Lawn Fawn brand plaid designer papers lately. I'm finding that Most anything looks good on it.

This is a video I came across in a Christian blog I read often. It is a look at the Christian men on the Eagles football team. It's so interesting to see what they do off the field. So many have causes that are very dear to them.

Verse of the Day: 1 John 2:22-25
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This is one of my favorite songs. Listen to how Celine Dion met Josh Groban.

Blessing of the Day: I have my Christmas letter printed so I'm ready to begin getting Christmas cards out this year. I finished some cute cards using new Stampin' Up sets. We had a nice relaxed day at home today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook December 4, 2017

For Today, December 4, 2017

This is where the Daybook began.

Looking out my window it is a sunny day. I'm seeing someone cutting their lawn. It's been warm here in Cleveland, Ohio.

I am thinking that I have a lot to do today and need to get going.

I am thankful for friends and family prayers for Tim's new job. A new job is very stressful and affects so many people, not just the new job holder.

One of my favorite things is putting up multicolored Christmas lights all over the house. I love putting up our outside lights as well. Now Sarah helps me with that. She's just like me in loving lights. She keeps lights in her room all year long.

I am creating our annual Christmas letter to family and friends.
I am wearing jeans, a t-shirt with short sleeves and slippers.

I am reading  nothing right now. I order books to read but couldn't get into the book by Nicholas Sparks called, Two by Two.  I've never had that problem with his books.

I am hoping to finish the cards I need to send to South Carolina Juvenile Justice System soon so I can send them.

I am learning to lean on God, family and friends more and more.

In my kitchen I hope to get more chili made. I love chili the second day. Yum. Rachel loves it too. When they lived here, she and I would eat the left-overs together.
In the school room-I started volunteering again at PHCA. I had lots of fun connecting with the teachers again.

In my upstairs garden I have added another plant holder. Some of the outdoor plants have been on top of my armoire and aren't getting much light.



A moment from my day
This is Chloe, who is a year old, sitting in the wreath that will go over the fireplace. It had some loose flowers so I will hot glue them, then hang the wreath. 
This is Phoebe. She loves sitting under the tree. I'm not sure if it's because it's relaxing or if she's hiding from Chloe.
Closing Notes- I've been working on cards of encouragement for the South Carolina Juvenile Justice System. Inside the first two cards is says, AMAZING.

The inside of this says, "that's who you are."

Verse of the Day:
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Blessing of the Day: Knowing God is with me each and every second of the day. No matter where I am, He is there also.


Friday, December 1, 2017

And So It Begins-The Christmas Season

I've been working on cards for Christmas and for South Carolina Juvenile Justice System. This card is done in silver glitter embossing powder and silver glitter paper. It is very sparkly. Here it looks gray and it's disappointing how badly it photographed. 

I also saw how little versamark ink was on my ink pad. The three larger snowflakes are much lighter. I added ink then stamped the smaller stamps. Wow, what a difference!

This is one of the cards for the Juvenile Justice system. Isn't this a cute image and saying? The image is from Gerda Steiner. She has some of the cutest animal images around.  The inside says, I really, really, really miss you.

This was a surprise stamp from Michaels. They had a sale, buy one, get one half-off. This set came with 6 stamps and several dies. I was very surprised how well they worked. The dies looked thin like they wouldn't cut paper. They cut very well. I cut out the truck and the presents.
Here's another cute stamp I just got. It is from Whimsy Stamps. It was drawn by Chrissy Armstrong. It is called, Penguin and Bear. I had such fun coloring this then choosing paper to go with it. Here is the stamp I mentioned above. I used it on the front then put the hug message on the inside.

Some of the word stamps I got were for encouragement cards. This card was made for a sketch challenge this week where we had to add greenery.

I came across an article on FB that showed restaurants that aren't around anymore. We had a Burger Chef nearby on Pearl Road. I remember walking up there to get fries or something to eat. We didn't often go there though because McDonald's was at the end of our street.

At the corner of Pearl Road and Snow Road we had a Red Barn. I remember going there to eat.

Verse of the Day: I remember paraphrasing this verse as the kids were growing up: Pride goes before the fall. I tried to teach then to be a servant with a servant's heart.  A while ago Sarah said, she remembered me telling them, if they saw a need someone had, and they could fill it, to do just that. Funny what kids remember.
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When we Pray by Tauren Wells-Tells about the importance of prayer. I've been praying lately for Tim. I'm asking God to help Tim and I pray our way through life right now. He knows what we need so we need to be open to what God needs us to do.

Sarah helped me put up Christmas lights and it was fun. She loves doing that kind of thing.  She said she gets her enthusiasm for Christmas and the lights from me, growing up. (aww, the things we learn.)
She also showed how special helping to decorate for Christmas together was. She tried to remember where we've traditionally put things so they could continue to be the 'same' as we've always done it. I told her things could go anywhere, but she said, "No, it's a tradition where they go."
So I guess it goes to show me that these little things have really had an impact on Sweet Sarah Annie.
Thank you God.

Blessing of the Day: Sarah helping with decorations and lights outside. Tim entrusting me with how he's feeling about his job.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mom Turns 86

Yesterday Mom turned 86. I made this candle card for her. I had seen something on Pinterest that was similar and I thought it would be fun to give Mom something a little different.  She loved it. She started to count the candles and I  told her there were 10 on each page. When she got to 80, she said, "I'm not that old!" I asked her how old she was and she said, "I don't know." I told her it was right, she was 86. I told her I don't feel as old as I am either. Isn't it amazing how we each age year by year but don't 'feel' older? We recognize changes in our body and mind, but not in how we feel age wise. 

I had a great visit with mom. She seemed settled for the most part. She didn't ask to go home. She didn't wonder where she was. She spoke as though she's accepted this place as home and those around her like family. She spoke about those around her and their routine. She continues to be independent in most everything there. She still has a tough time coming up with nouns and words she wants to say. That's remnants of the stroke in February.  She was very talkative which really sparked our visit. It was almost like visiting her at home where we'd spend hours knitting, crocheting and talking.  Good times. Thank you Lord for the blessing of this visit today.

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 I saw this on FB and laughed. Thought I'd share since it applies to all of us! LOL

This reminded me of Sarah. When she lived here she'd drink Redbull. She liked this post.

 This is the card I made for today's featured stamper at SCS. Here's the inspiration for my card. My card has the border cut out and the ribbon.

I saw this online and it took me back to the days of making these myself. Sarah also spent lots of time making these. In fact, she had a business day in middle school where she had to have a product to sell. She made lots of these to sell. She sold some and I ended up with quite a few that became coasters. I still use them today and think of her.   Isn't it fun how the simplest things can bring about sweet memories? 

We take for granted all we've been given. Often we take for granted all God does for us. I'm so sorry Lord for not keeping you first in my life. Thank you for being here every second of every day.
Today I knew you were near. My visit with Mom was amazing!

Verse of the Day:
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God's name is the one that matters to me. I hope that applies to you as well.

Blessing of the Day: Today's biggest blessing was my visit with Mom. She was animated and talkative, initiating conversation about her surroundings. I'm thrilled that she's getting used to being at Parkside Villa. She's been there since March. Praising you God for giving her peace and comfort in her life where she lives now.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Cats and Cards

Here's sweet Chloe in her little cave. She comes up early in the morning and wants to snuggle under the covers. I put my little, white travel pillow up which lifts the blanket and sheet and gives her a little area to sleep in. She usually slides in between the pillow and me.  She purrs and is so warm. Even if I'm ready to get up, I stay there a little while with her. She is so sweet.
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Today's challenge card. This is my card for the inspiration challenge. Here is my inspiration and then my card.

 This is my card for the new technique challenge. You take white paper and put it on the raised side of an embossing folder and rub it with the side of a white crayon. Then you use a brayer on top of the same cardstock. Where the crayon is will resist the ink.
 This is my card for the color challenge this week. I embossed with gold embossing powder that had glitter in it. Then I watercolored the image with ink from the lids of stamp pads using my aqua painter.
 This card was for Wednesday's sketch challenge. I had this plaid paper left over in strips so I made 1" squares and pieced it together like a quilt then dry embossed it with the quilt embossing folder from Stampin' Up.
 This is another challenge card made for Friday's challenge. You had to use something left over on your desk. This background was left over from Monday's technique challenge. When I looked at it I saw snow, so I used it for these snowmen.

When I saw this I thought of people I knew that actually tied their Christmas tree to the ceiling so it would be knocked over by their cat. This will be Chloe's first Christmas roaming the house. Last year she was restricted from the first floor unless we watched her. The two cats were trying to get used to each other. We'll see how Chloe does with the tree this year.
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Verse of the Day:
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Blessing of the Day: Got our Christmas lights up and we met our new neighbor.
Got all of the Christmas stuff out of the attic. We'll see when Sarah Annie can help put it up.

Thanks for stopping by.