Weekend of Family Fun

Dec 23, 2014

This past week­end, my sis­ter and her fam­i­ly came up for the week­end. Her Christ­mas gift to Brit­tain was a tick­et to see the Cow­boys play the Colts, Sun­day. It was­n’t the game Brit­tain was hop­ing for but it was a fun time spent with his mom. Since he isn’t able to go to Beau­mont for Christ­mas I decid­ed to have a fam­i­ly Christ­mas par­ty for him at our house. Sat­ur­day morn­ing, Made­lyn and Bel­lie made snow­men out of donuts for break­fast. These were a big hit with the girls. All you need are pow­dered donuts, orange jel­ly beans for the nose and mini choco­late morsels for the mouth and eyes. A cup of hot choco­late is a great drink to go with the snow­man donuts too. Sat­ur­day evening, we had our fam­i­ly par­ty....

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Teeny Tiny Needle Felted Terrarium

Oct 20, 2014

I’ve been in Beau­mont help­ing mom and dad with a few of their aches and pains these past few weeks so while I’m sit­ting in the evenings I’ve been doing some nee­dle felt­ing. Over the week­end, I decid­ed to give it a go at mak­ing a tee­ny tiny ter­rar­i­um. The jar for this ter­rar­i­um is only 2″ x 2″. Which means the mush­rooms and gnome house are real­ly tiny. The tallest mush­room mea­sures 1″ and the gnome house is only .75″ and I LOVE the tee­ny tiny acorn cap used as the roof. Mom and dad have some super tiny acorns on their oak tree that are per­fect for these lit­tle hous­es. It’s a bat­tle between me and the squir­rel on who gets them first. I plan on mak­ing sev­er­al more of these tee­ny tiny nee­dle felt­ed ter­rar­i­ums because...

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Needle Felted Doll

Oct 14, 2014

I’m in Beau­mont for a bit get­ting mom and dad tak­en care of, they are nick­named Gimp 1 and Gimp 2, at the moment. Dad has a nerve in his leg both­er­ing him and mom has a knee that wont straight­en. Between the two of them they are quite the pair. When I arrived last week my youngest niece, Isabel­la came down with a 24 hour tum­my bug so while watch­ing her for a few hours I made her a nee­dle felt­ed doll. She picked the wool col­ors and instruct­ed me on how she want­ed her doll to look. Col­lab­o­rat­ing with kids on a project is real­ly fun. She loves her doll and I was ever so hap­py to make it for her. The tum­my bug hit my niece Made­lyn, last night. I’m real­ly hop­ing...

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Home For Christmas

Dec 27, 2013

This year, we seemed to cel­e­brat­ed Christ­mas a lit­tle bit at a time. We had a fam­i­ly get togeth­er with Ter­ri and Laren at their loft on the 23rd then a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion at our house Christ­mas Eve.  Christ­mas morn­ing, my nephew Brit­tain and I head­ed down to Beau­mont to see fam­i­ly and cel­e­brate Christ­mas with my par­ents. Alan and Ans­ley both had to work on the 26th so they could­n’t come along but when I return home they’ll have a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion with the gifts I bring back. We arrived at mom and dad’s house in the late after­noon and every­one was ready to exchange gifts. It’s always a flur­ry of excite­ment dur­ing Christ­mas at mom and dad’s. I’ve been very blessed to always have an amaz­ing Christ­mas. Mom and Dad...

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Send Your Kid to Art Camp

Jul 18, 2013

This week my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie are attend­ing “Art Camp”, at the Beau­mont Art League. Each day is split into two ses­sions, Paper Mache and Draw­ing. Made­lyn has always loved to col­or and paint and Bel­lie has loved draw­ing since she was old enough to hold a pen­cil. I guess you can say my fam­i­ly is cer­tain­ly of the artis­tic side. Real­ly we are, if we had to walk into a cal­cu­lus or physics class we would all look at each oth­er and the pro­fes­sor with the blank­est set of eyes he/she has ever seen. But if you are talk­ing paint­ing, carv­ing, cro­chet­ing, sewing, papercrafts,mixed media, assem­blage, cross stitch, pas­tel draw­ing, sketch­ing and so on… we could instruct our own col­lege cours­es about any of these. This we know well. Mom can draw...

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Snow for Christmas

Dec 21, 2011

I LOVE snow and hope we get some this win­ter… so far all we’ve had is rain… which we need ter­ri­bly BUT snow sure would be awe­some. We have a chance for flur­ries Fri­day and Sat­ur­day but most like­ly it will be short lived and turn to rain. We will see and you can bet I will be watch­ing the fore­cast like a lit­tle kid. I have a true love for any­thing with snowflakes so when Maya Road came out with their adorable “Let It Snow” stamp set, I was thrilled. And their Blue 1″ Ink Pad is a gor­geous win­ter blue ink, so keep this in mind for any of your win­ter projects. If you would like to recre­ate this card cut a piece of white card­stock to 8″ x 11″ then fold...

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Growing up with Santa

Dec 19, 2011

No mat­ter how old San­ta’s grand­kids are they’re nev­er too old to have a pho­to tak­en with San­ta. This year, Laren (SIL) and Ter­ri my old­est daugh­ter went to Beau­mont for Thanks­giv­ing. This meant they were able to get their pho­to tak­en with San­ta. It’s been sev­er­al years since they’ve been able to make it down for the hol­i­days and Mr. and Mrs. Claus were very hap­py to see them. This pho­to is of San­ta and my sis­ter Belin­da’s kids… from left to right is my adorable nephew Brit­tain (poor boy he is the ONLY boy out of 6 grand­kids), Isabel­la, Paw Paw San­ta, Made­lyn hold­ing Grand-Dog Zeus and niece Aman­da. Believe it or not this pho­to was the first one they took! Talk about a Christ­mas mir­a­cle. Even Zeusy was good and looked...

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Took a quick trip…

Oct 12, 2011

I decid­ed to go to Beau­mont over the week­end for some antique and thrift store shop­ping as well as hit this won­der­ful flea mar­ket. Mom, dad and I were up and out ear­ly Fri­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day and found some AWESOME items for me to use in upcom­ing class projects and work­shops. I was so hap­py. I just give mom and dad a list of items I’m look­ing for and they are off and run­ning. They scored some great finds for me this trip. Those two are keep­ers I tell ya. I took a few pho­tos of some of the items we found. I have box­es filled with great vin­tage stuff. But some I’m gonna keep a secret as a girl can’t share all her sur­pris­es… can she? We found salt and pep­per shak­ers,...

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Friday Night Lights

Sep 12, 2011

Thurs­day after­noon, Alan and I head­ed down to Beau­mont to sur­prise my nephew Brit­tain at his Home­com­ing game, Fri­day night. I love try­ing to sur­prise my niece’s and nephew although the old­er they get the hard­er it gets. But I did it this time and it was so fun. See­ing a sur­prised smil­ing face look­ing back at you while you hold a sign say­ing, I♥ #22, is the best feel­ing in the world. Warn­ing: This post is heavy on Fri­day Night Lights pho­tos. Brit­tain was part of the Home­com­ing Court and before the game they per­formed all the Home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties. Mom and Bel­lie wait­ing for the game to start. As you can see Bel­lie was ready to see some action. She had not warmed up to me quite yet. But once she did she...

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A quick trip…

Jul 11, 2011

Ans­ley and I decid­ed to take a quick trip down to Beau­mont to see my par­ents and aunt since she had sev­er­al days off last week. The plan was to sur­prise my mom and let’s just say, every­one kept the secret but me… even my 8 year old niece kept the secret. I called mom, Wednes­day morn­ing ask­ing what she was doing just like I do every morn­ing… and fold­ed like a cheap tent. I told her well we are all packed and on our way down to see you. I swear noth­ing has changed… I get so excit­ed I just can’t keep it in. So she was still sur­prised just not open the front door and see us sur­prised. So while we were in Beau­mont we drove to Galve­ston Island. On the way...

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I’m not sure who…

Jun 29, 2009

is hav­ing more fun run­ning to the mail­box me or Made­lyn. Here are the two cards she has sent me so far. I think they are so cute. Made­lyn cre­at­ed these all by her­self with scrap­ping sup­plies I gave her. Not too bad for a near­ly six year old (she might be read­ing so if I say 5 well… you know how that goes) I love her but­ter­flies… to me there is noth­ing cuter than kids art. I just love, love, love it. And then of course there are the hilar­i­ous top­ics of dis­cus­sion. Today’s card made me laugh out loud. Buster is our dog and Zeus is her dog. Glad he was just sleep­ing and that she isn’t drink­ing hot choco­late con­sid­er­ing it was over 100 in Beau­mont a few days ago. The...

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Back Home…

Jun 16, 2009

We had a great time in Beau­mont vis­it­ing fam­i­ly. It was an action packed week to say the least. So this week will be full of fam­i­ly type blog posts for those fam­i­ly mem­bers that live so far away. A few sneak peeks of some Amer­i­cana Work­shop projects will be thrown in here and there too. I can­not believe we are already into week 3’s projects. But first I must say being 2 and 5 sure is fun when school’s out for the sum­mer. Isabel­la and Made­lyn did a lot of this each day… They each loved it when I would pull their feet to get them swing­ing. Not sure what it is about that but they always want­ed me to start them swing­ing in this man­ner. I guess it is the thrill of...

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Getting back in the groove…

Dec 30, 2008

Today I have about as much ener­gy as a slug. Get­ting back into the groove after all the hus­tle and bus­tle of last minute hol­i­day prepa­ra­tions always seems to be hard for me. We open presents at our house on Christ­mas Eve. I love bak­ing cook­ies all morn­ing and after­noon, cook­ing the din­ner and watch­ing Ans­ley go nuts count­ing down the hours until we open presents.  It is all so much fun and see­ing hap­py faces on our girls is hon­est­ly the best gift ever. We had a won­der­ful vis­it with my mom and dad as well as my sis­ter and her fam­i­ly. Alan, Ans­ley and I left to head down to Beau­mont Christ­mas day. I love going home on Christ­mas day. Hav­ing the car filled with gifts and the excite­ment of see­ing every­one...

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My new niece “Isabella Kate”

May 25, 2007

was born May 23rd at 12:25 in the after­noon. Isabel­la is just adorable and should be com­ing home with my sis­ter soon. I will be in Beau­mont until June 5th so my blog­ging will be a bit off and on.

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Busy, busy, busy

Mar 22, 2007

I fin­ished two lay­outs for Scrap­Gal, three lay­outs, an altered box and a make-n-take for Cocoa Daisy and will work on chal­lenge lay­out for Scrap­Gal that is due Mon­day. Today Jane Guthrie from Scrap­book­ing and Beyond e‑mailed me want­i­ng 6 of my lay­outs and gave me 2 assign­ments.

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