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Acrylic Stamp Storage

img_2453.jpgThis is a Black-eyed Susan vine that is growing on a trellis outside my front kitchen window.  I planted this about 6 weeks ago and it was very small.  With all the rain and sunshine this vine has gone crazy.

When I look out of my window every morning, the vine has shoots that look like they have grown six inches over night.

I’m currently working on a different type of storage for my acrylic stamps.  I’m one of those people that needs to see things or I forget that I have them. 

I’ve been storing my acrylic stamps in sheet protectors and then storing them in an accordion file.  That is not working for me, so I saw a new way and decided I would try it.


I’ll post more tomorrow as I finish up changing all my acrylic stamps to this new system.  I can tell you I have about 7 of them completed and I can already tell this system is going to work a lot better than my old one.

Be sure and stay tuned……

Mother’s Latest Creation

Yellow Day LillyThe DayLillies in my flowerbeds are beginning to bloom.  Even after all the rain, it looks like I’m not going to loose anything.  Whew!!!!!

I love gardening, there is something about getting out and playing in the dirt that I love.  I also love the results of the hard work when they bloom.



I found a new Crochet magazine (I’m always looking for my Mother) and in it was a pin cushion.  I asked Mom if she would make it for me and before I knew it she whipped it out.

TopPin Cushion - Bottom






I have these decorative pins I purchased from JoAnn’s and bought me a stuff animal to keep them on display.


My girls always thought it was odd to stick pins in a stuffed animal, but I was trying to find something cute to display my pins and be functional (decorative).





Finished Pin Cushion

I removed the pins from “Duckie” and put them in my new crocheted pin cushion.  The pin cusion does a very nice job and actually gives me more room to see what I have.


Duckie, says “thank you” now would you please pass the Tylenol!


Thanks Mom, for another outstanding piece of work.  Hmmm, I need to see if there is something else I want out of that magazine.

Build It They Will Come?

Asparagus FernToday is my youngest daughter’s birthday.  It has been a very busy day for us.  Our church had 12 baby dedications today.  We know that dedication services are more about the parents because they have been assigned the task of raising that child.

We left church, picked-up my Mother drove about 30-40 minutes to Amber’s, picked her up and headed to meet the rest of the family at the restaurant.  We ate at a place call “Buca’s” (Italian) and you know the rest of the story we ate too much.

One of the things Amber said she wanted for her birthday was to have help hanging some blinds.  She had mentioned this earlier and I came prepared with my drill/screw driver.  I got one hung, and then because I don’t have a very powerful drill, I could not get the other two hung.  I broke off one drill bit and another is stuck.  Hopefully, we can get that stuck drill bit out and find a more powerful drill (hmmmm, I’m sure I need a professional grade power drill/screwdriver and I also discovered I need a table saw).

Air Conditioner Brace

My Mother’s air conditioner brace needs replacing, so I decided I could make it myself.  We tried the one they sell at HD but it puts a lot of weight on the window frame and Mother was not comfortable with that.

What you can’t see is this is a rectangle with a middle board for a brace and I have metal corner anchors to keep the corners square.  I’m painting everything white to go with her house.

Air Conditioner Panels

Finally, these are the two side panels that will go on the inside of the house between the air conditioner and the sides of the windows.  The air conditioner came with plastic expandable panels but they are coming apart.  I’ll place these new white (Masonite) panels then caulk around them.

Right now I have kilz on them and then I’ll finish painting them white.  Yep, we measured nailed, screwed, cut the masionite and painted.  Now we’ll see how well these fit, I’m shooting to get this completely painted and installed next Friday.

The picture at the beginning of this post is an Asparagus Fern that is in the flowerbed as you walk up to my front door.  This fern has been divided and moved numerous times and it is about 5-6 years old.  I love it’s beautiful green color and because it has been in my garden for years it feels like an old friend.

Ok, now that Amber’s birthday is here, I’ll be putting up the information about her card.  Thanks for looking and be sure and leave me a comment, I love hearing from you!

Where did that come from – 20%

img_2189.jpgThe forecast said only a 20% chance of rain.  Then the next thing I knew the sky was green and the wind was blowing like crazy.  I heard the crash and knew instantly that my table on the deck had bit the dust.  Unfortunately, it scattered the glass in millions of pieces and broke the umbrella.  Fortunately, most of those pieces of glass were on the inside of the unbrella.

I get to add to my list of things I’ve done in my life….fishing for glass in grass.  We cleaned up the mess and our city was also having a “green-up” week so the remains of my lovely table and umbrella was taken out to the dumpsters for scrap metal.  It was a matching set, so now I have to start the process of finding a table, umbrella that will coordinate with the chairs that were left and not cost us an arm and a leg.

I know I haven’t posted any cards or tutorials lately, but I’m currently working on three different cards and a napsack for my granddaughter.  So, coming up very soon (that would be next week) there will be a series of new items to look at.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure and leave me a comment, I love hearing from you all!

Love A Many Splendored Thing..

Day Lilly - Pink Blush

There are all sorts of phases and degrees of love but nothing more significant than that agape love, that loves without conditions.

Our heavenly Father loves us that way and oh for a world that would do the same.



 Love Card

This is one of my favorite cards.  I think it is because of the black, red and white color theme. 

It’s pretty simple, black CS with two pattern papers, some rub-ons, a bracket with a couple of grommets and I stickled the heart.  The word love was cut out of one of my cricut cartridges (unfortunately, I can’t remember which one).  The ribbon is from Michael’s.



The hearts are actually flocked red and then I drew in the sting on which it looks like they are hanging.

Simple, sweet and an easy peasy one to make.

The flower at the beginning of this post is a Day Lilly in Blush Pink.  I have fallen in love with Day Lillys the beauty is so fleeting but when you catch a glimpse of it, it will take your breath away.

You just click on the picture to get a larger view and don’t forget to let me hear from you!

Two Peas, but oh so different…

img_2107Good afternoon all!  I apologize for the late post.  I’ve been very busy with a challenge on the Cricut MB and got lost in the moment.

I have two daughters (Brandy and Amber).  When I was pregnaent with both I prayed that God would give me girls and my prayer was answered both times.  These girls are the light of my life.  I don’t know that a mother has loved two girls any more than I have.

These girls are so different, isn’t it amazing how they can be raised in the same household and come out differently.  I love them both because they are so different and equally as challenging.  They keep this Mother on her toes .

Brandy's Mother's Day Card

This is the card daughter #1 gave me.  She always seems to get those cards that make you LOL and make your thoughts go in one direction and then when you open the card and read the the punch line you realize she had you right where she wanted you.

This child works a full time job, has two children and runs her household (with an awesome SIL) like a well oiled clock.  She is truly a beautiful woman at heart and loves her little family.  Her gift to me on Mother’s Day was this website.  My SIL set it up and got me started and it is a gift that I am enjoying long after the package has been received.



This is the card that daughter #2 gave me.  There is a store here in the Dallas area called Paper Source and you can find all kinds of creative things in that store.  This is a very beautiful and simple card.  Bonus, she gave me the template for the vase.

This child has a gift for creating and along with that the eye for those unique items that just seem to work no matter what you put it with.  She is constantly on the go but seems to find time to allow herself to be creative in various mediums and elements.  She is a beautiful women with self confidence and desire to give to others.  She is a wordsmith and poet.  Her ability to paint a picture with words amazes me.


This is also one of the items from Paper Source and as soon as I get them made you will get to see them here on the website.




Gift Card

And finally, the card that keeps on giving for awhile and they wonder why I have so much stuff in my craft studio…..they keep enabling me.




The flower at the beginning of this post is a Marigold.  I love the cherriness of this flower and the dual tone in the petals.

To see a closer view of the picture just click  on the picture.  Leave me a comment, I love hearing from you.

Oh how things have changed!

I needed a TV for my craft studio and have been watching the newspaper for pricing.  I also have been doing a little investigating at my local Walmart and I’ve discovered they basically don’t make the same kind of TV that went on the blink.  Bummer, that TV is what I use to do Dance Dance Revolution.  I think I still have that Playstation 2 somewhere.

Finally, I couldn’t wait any longer and off  DH and I went to see what Target had to offer.  We found a nice 15″ flat screen.  Of course the size of my flat screen is nothing compared to his 60″ monster.  That’s ok, I like the petite size.  We were walking through Target to make a quick dash by the frozen food section to grab Archer Farms’ Apple Blossoms (another story for another time) when DH says “Isn’t this different, we are carrying a TV through the store about the size of a small suit case, using one hand”.

Progress who would have thought!