Fun Getting To Know You Christmas Questions

Dec 19, 2014

Here are some fun get­ting to know you Christ­mas ques­tions you can share with friends and fam­i­ly at a fam­i­ly gath­er­ing or par­ty. I always find it inter­est­ing in how oth­ers cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son. If you don’t cel­e­brate Christ­mas you can eas­i­ly change the ques­tions to fit your hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion. My sis­ter and her fam­i­ly arrive late tonight and I can­not wait to have some fun with every­one. You know I’m on “best week­end ever” notice for Made­lyn and Isabel­la. I LOVE being their aunt. I have a week­end of fun all planned out that includes lots of hot choco­late, s’mores, cook­ie bak­ing, hol­i­day light look­ing and presents. It’s going to be a fab­u­lous week­end. 1. Wrap­ping paper or gift bags? This year it’s all about Gift Bags.  2. Real tree or arti­fi­cial? We...

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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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Bellie’s Here For A Visit

Jul 30, 2014

This past Sat­ur­day, Isabel­la (a.k.a. Bel­lie) my 7 year old niece came for her week of every­day fun. We have had a blast doing one paint project after the next. This girl LOVES to PAINT! She wants to paint over going to see a movie, get­ting a makeover at Sweet & Sassy, eat­ing break­fast at IHOP etc. I sug­gest some­thing fun to do for the day and all she says is can I just paint. So paint is what we have done all week. I asked her Sun­day what she want­ed to paint and she said a horse. At first I pan­icked because this aun­tie does not draw espe­cial­ly hors­es. So I found some col­or­ing pages of My Lit­tle Pony online, print­ed some out, let her pick which one she want­ed to paint then...

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Being an Aunt…

May 29, 2014

Means you can sur­prise your nieces before bed for a sur­prise adven­ture in their jam­mies. Means you can load your nieces up on a Son­ic Shake sug­ar high right before bed, take them home and let your sis­ter deal with their sug­ar high. Means you will crawl out of bed bright and ear­ly to take them to school for Muffins with Mom & their Book Fair. Means the only pay­ment you want for get­ting up super ear­ly to attend Muffins with Mom and the Book Fair is a sweet self­ie with your nieces plus one best friend. Means you get to throw a sur­prise mini birth­day par­ty for a very spe­cial 7 year old when she comes home from school. Being an aunt is the next best thing to being a mom. Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and...

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Family is Everything

Dec 26, 2012

This is the can­vas I cre­at­ed for Mom. I made her a fam­i­ly tree sor­ta can­vas. You will see me at the top as I’m the old­est, then I placed my two daugh­ters Ter­ri and Ans­ley under­neath me. Next is my broth­er Richard, then my sis­ter Belin­da and her kids Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and Isabel­la (Bel­lie). I cre­at­ed this can­vas using the Maya Road Por­trait Chip­board pieces, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Acrylic Paint Char­coal Black, Tra­di­tion­al Tan and Blank Can­vas. I accent­ed the sides using the Heart sten­cil by Dina Wak­ley as the hearts were the per­fect size for this piece. I traced mine onto the sides using a pen­cil then using a paint brush filled them in with black paint and white accents. I paint­ed each por­trait chip­board piece using black paint. Once dry...

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Water Well Carved by Dad

Oct 24, 2011

Dad is a wood­carv­er and has carved items for years from sea life, walk­ing sticks, canes, box­es etc. but I think this water well he carved last week is just the cutest. He got the idea from a carv­ing mag­a­zine and thought it would be fun to do. The well sits on top of a clear bot­tle so you can watch the buck­et move up and down. This bot­tle is an old milk bot­tle from my grand­par­ents. Mom told me gram­my and gram­pa Childers used to sell whole milk to locals in the small town of Salem, WV,  from one of their jer­sey cows. I had no clue and was cer­tain­ly hap­py to learn this tad bit of fam­i­ly his­to­ry. The tiny buck­et dad carved is small­er than a thim­ble. You can see it near...

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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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Memory Makers…

Oct 16, 2008

Here is the last lay­out I did dur­ing my Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Mas­ters term. It is in their cur­rent Nov. Dec. issue. I love these papers by Mak­ing Mem­o­ries and the pho­tos well, they are two of my favorites. But thanks to my sis­ter I need to take anoth­er group pho­to because we need to include Isabel­la Kate. Now about the oth­er big thing that is keep­ing me pret­ty busy and is one of the rea­sons my blog lacks new stuff off and on… my book. I am so hap­py with all the things I have cre­at­ed, which is a big thing for me because usu­al­ly I can always find some­thing I don’t like about every­thing I’ve made.… I just have 73 more projects to go. Hope­ful­ly after today it will be 72 and by...

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45 Years…

Jun 3, 2008

Dad says dif­fer­ent­ly but in Dad’s defense Juani­ta was­n’t a very pop­u­lar name back then… Well that night Dad called her house to tell her Mom and Dad that Juani­ta would not be com­ing home tonight.

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I’m back home…

Sep 19, 2007

Here is a pho­to of I took of him just a lit­tle over a week and a half after his surgery. Aman­da had her braces tak­en off, got her dri­vers license and start­ed her first job.

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Maya Road Sneak Peek… #4

Jul 12, 2007

old) now known as the “Big Sis­ter” of the house (nev­er mind that Aman­da “THE BIG SISTER” will turn 16 in just a few days) said this the day Isabel­la Kate came home.

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How sweet…

Jun 30, 2007

Since every­thing I am work­ing on at the moment is for CHA and I can­not share I thought I would share a few pho­tos my sis­ter sent me of Made­lyn and Isabel­la. Made­lyn and Isabel­la were watch­ing a movie, then Made­lyn decid­ed to read Isabel­la a book and before she knew it Isabel­la was out like a light…

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I’m home…

Jun 8, 2007

There is noth­ing like a new baby to bring loads of hap­pi­ness. I can almost smell the “Baby Mag­ic” lotion on Isabella.…why does “Baby Mag­ic” lotion smell so good on babies and not on adults?

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We had a photo shoot

May 30, 2007

Far more than Isabel­la Kate but I think it has some­thing to do with being a new­born with a full tum­my and a 3 year old that is always ready to play. Tomor­row I am going to take pho­tos of Isabel­la Kate’s toes and fin­gers.

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Belinda and Isabella are home…

May 28, 2007

Here are a few new pho­tos of Made­lyn and Isabel­la.

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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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