Birthday Box

Feb 18, 2011

This is a small gift box for a spe­cial birth­day some­one. I think my favorite part is the vial with the can­dle inside and the make a wish jour­nal­ing strip wrapped around it. My hus­band Alan was look­ing at me a tad bit strange­ly as I was burn­ing down the can­dle so it would fit inside. He is not a visu­al per­son so he could not fig­ure out what in the world I was doing. But once he saw the fin­ished project it all made sense to him and he loved it. I real­ly like the tis­sue tape bow too… it is cov­ered in crys­tal coarse glit­ter and out­lined with Plat­inum Stick­les. Any­thing birth­day themed has to have glit­ter. Ha who am I kid­ding, it’s more like any­thing I cre­ate has to have glit­ter....

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I’m home

Feb 3, 2011

It sure did feel great sleep­ing in my bed last night although I was hang­ing on for dear life because Chief was hog­ging my entire side of the bed. I must say the dri­ve was a whole lot of scary get­ting home. I have nev­er seen so much ice ever in Texas. Ans­ley has not had school since Mon­day and will not have school tomor­row either. Tonight and tomor­row morn­ing we are sup­posed to get snow so no telling what tomor­row will bring in the weath­er depart­ment. Although they say it should get warmer Sat­ur­day so the ice should melt. We shall see. I cer­tain­ly have enough work to keep me busy for the next month as my step-by-step pho­to shoot is next month. While at CHA I was hap­py to get a new...

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Snowglobe Class…

Nov 30, 2010

I’m so look­ing for­ward to this week­end as Trisha Con­lon and I will be teach­ing our “Win­ters Won­der­land Snow­globe” all day work­shop at The Crafty Scrap­per. Today I will be busy kit­ting my part of the class and typ­ing up instruc­tions. I will help you with the paint and paper part, Trisha will help you with the snow­globe assem­bly and sol­der­ing part. It is going to be so much fun and lunch is includ­ed. I real­ly wish you could see this beau­ty in per­son as it shim­mers from top to bot­tom. The pat­terned papers used are from the new Melis­sa Frances Line “Home for The Hol­i­days”, you will adorn three sisal trees with Mica and the roof of the house with Dia­mond Stick­les and Iri­des­cent Glit­ter. You will out­line the house with Plat­inum Stick­les...

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Super fun gift for both Dads and sons

Nov 26, 2010

I have got to tell you about this neat toy my broth­er-in-law Dou­glas has that I think will be a great sur­prise gift for all the men in your fam­i­ly. Last year he thought these remote con­trolled heli­copters or the Phan­tom 6010 as he calls it were so cool he bought one for Alan. Let me tell you Alan was enter­tained for hours which I deeply appre­ci­at­ed and I am sure you would too. Although, Buster our schnau­zer thought it was an alien com­ing down from out­er space try­ing to invade his ter­ri­to­ry, so he was set on see­ing it destroyed. I sug­gest if you have dogs in your house you might be a tad bit care­ful fly­ing this thing around them. If it ends up in their reach it will expe­ri­ence instant death....

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What a busy week…

Nov 24, 2010

I hope you all are get­ting ready to enjoy a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day with friends and fam­i­ly. We will be hav­ing a very slow paced day tomor­row. This year we are stay­ing put as we decid­ed to do our trav­el­ing to see fam­i­ly for Christ­mas. I must admit it will be nice to just relax and not wor­ry about enter­tain­ing or trav­el­ing. This Thanks­giv­ing I am get­ting off so easy… all Ans­ley request­ed is “Stove Top” stuff­ing and a pump­kin pie!!! Can you believe that… Ans­ley is not a big turkey eater and Alan does­n’t want me to go to all the trou­ble of cook­ing for just us three. So they got major brown­ie points with me this Thanks­giv­ing. I’m think­ing a big pot of stew or chili will be great to eat while...

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Online Workshop Sale…

Oct 29, 2010

It is that time of year again, get­ting ready to start cre­at­ing for the hol­i­days. I love, love, love cre­at­ing projects for Christ­mas and my two online work­shops “12 Days of Christ­mas” and “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” are work­shops that will nev­er go out of style. You can change the pat­terned papers or embell­ish­ments I used to cre­ate the projects fea­tured in my work­shops to fit your style or hol­i­day theme if you wish to do so. So if you are new to my blog you might want to check out these work­shops and if you have been around for a while and just nev­er had the time well you are in luck because I have coupons for you and you will have unlim­it­ed access. Alan is work­ing hard on chang­ing all the info...

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Live life with Joy…

Oct 18, 2010

My newest online work­shop “Live life with Joy” is a mixed media online work­shop using Clau­dine Hell­muth’s Stu­dio Paints. If you have not tried her paints I high­ly sug­gest you do so as they are incred­i­ble. I real­ly like them as they are not chalky as some acrylic paints can be and their col­ors are won­der­ful. You can use them as they are or mix them to make awe­some col­ors. In this online work­shop you’re going to need to get your apron, wipes and paper tow­els handy because this one is all about Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Paints and Maya Road Maya Mist so it is going to get messy! You will alter the can­vas cov­er and two can­vas pages of your album using Claudine’s paints; cre­ate col­or­ful glazes to use with sten­cils. Accent areas...

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And finally we are done…

Aug 18, 2010

Oh I do not miss those stripes and stars for one sec­ond… not a tear was shed when they got cov­ered by this gor­geous col­or by Valspar. It is called Prairie Brush and I love it. Now I walk into a room that looks like this… Every sin­gle prod­uct is in its place and every sin­gle draw­er, box and nook and cran­ny has been cleaned out. It feels so good. I love that I final­ly have a spot for my Under­wood type­writer… this poor thing has been all over the house.  I still need to hang a shelf over the one you see for items that I need but do not use all that often. And I want to dig around some thrift stores to find some vin­tage prints to hang on the wall....

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Just have to show you…

Apr 2, 2010

So this evening Alan and I found out my book “Delight In The Details” was in stock at Barnes & Noble at Stone­bri­ar Mall here in Frisco. Yes we raced over to see it and noticed they only had one left on the shelf. So far the only oth­er place I have been able to see my book in per­son is The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, Texas. I must say it does feel strange walk­ing in and see­ing it sit­ting on a shelf. Although it is a good strange and cer­tain­ly makes me smile. Remem­ber, I have this RAK give­away going on. If you want to par­tic­i­pate send me a pho­to of my book in a store near you… you do not have to be in the pho­to if you don’t want to. Just...

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Where is “Delight In The Details”?

Mar 13, 2010

I have a fun lit­tle thing I want to do and a won­der­ful RAK could be yours if you decide to par­tic­i­pate. If you see my book “Delight In The Details” while you are out and about take a pho­to of your­self hold­ing it. Include the name of the store, city and state then email me the pho­to. If you already pur­chased my book send me a pho­to of you hold­ing it and include the city and state you reside. I will have Alan make a pho­to album that I can post all the pho­tos into so you too can see all the dif­fer­ent places it has land­ed. After you email the pho­to to me your name will be entered for a chance to win a won­der­ful RAK (Medi­um Flate Rate box filled full)...

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What was I thinking?

Feb 11, 2010

Seri­ous­ly, I had no idea I would have such a won­der­ful response over my book. I hon­est­ly put my heart and soul into each project and wrote in the hopes that you would feel like we were sit­ting at the kitchen table chat­ting. You all have been so incred­i­bly won­der­ful and I thank you so much. This being said I had NO idea I would be so busy after I came home from CHA. My feet hit the floor run­ning. Every­one that pur­chased a book from me… it is on the way so start stalk­ing the mail­man now. I have been answer­ing email like crazy so if you sent me one and I have not respond­ed as of yet please know I am answer­ing them as quick­ly as I can. I am also design­ing...

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Chili anyone?

Jan 3, 2010

A few weeks ago my friend Rachael shared a Weight Watch­ers chili recipe that was so yum­my. We have already had it twice. Well I was going to make some last night and total­ly messed up the gro­cery list. When Alan got back with what I sent him for I quick­ly real­ized I sent him on a wild goose hunt so I decid­ed to just add what he bought and see what hap­pened. Oh and I should tell you he had to go back to get 2 cans of diced toma­toes because I for­got to put them on the list… mind you I was read­ing the darn recipe as I was mak­ing the list. Not sure where my head was with this task but it clear­ly was not with mak­ing a list this is...

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I have wonderful blog readers…

Dec 23, 2009

First I must say WOW… thank you all so much for all the won­der­ful com­ments and emails you have sent me regard­ing this post. I have decid­ed to keep it real on my blog this year. I cer­tain­ly do not want to give the false impres­sion that every­day is a hol­i­day for me. Most days are real­ly great don’t get me wrong. But I think we woman some­times get caught in a trap and feel it sets us up for unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions on our­selves when we read that every­thing is always peachy or things always seem so per­fect at all times on oth­er blogs. Real­ly life is not that way and I cer­tain­ly do not want to por­tray that mine is. Yes I do have so many things to be thank­ful for and I...

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What a wonderful way to wake up…

Dec 2, 2009

This morn­ing we got snow… not a lot, maybe an inch which was just enough to make the neigh­bor­hood look so pret­ty. By the time I got home from tak­ing Ans­ley to school the snow was turn­ing into rain and it was start­ing to melt quick­ly. We are expect­ed to get more Fri­day. We will see. Since this is Texas you nev­er know what the weath­er will bring each minute. And look­ing at our house it reminds me I have got to wrap some wreaths around the out­side lights… they look so bare. I am work­ing on the next Advent style pock­et and will post it hope­ful­ly tomor­row. I have not been feel­ing too good late­ly which explains my lack of blog post­ing. Should be back on track in a few days. Alan has...

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Want to see some pages inside my book…

Nov 28, 2009

Oh I love hav­ing a techy DH. Alan added pho­tos of the inside of my book to this post. If you want to see them check it out. I love see­ing the pages in col­or as pret­ty much all I have seen is black and white. I can hard­ly wait to get my two advanced copies… I am count­ing down the days as it should be some­time in Decem­ber. You will all here a huge scream when they arrive. I tell ya my Edi­tor Kristin Boys (love, love, love her so much… seri­ous­ly she is the sweet­est per­son and such a plea­sure to work with… I’m so glad my book land­ed on her desk) Design­er Cor­rie Schaf­feld, Pro­duc­tion Coor­di­na­tor Greg Nock, Pho­tog­ra­phers Chris­tine Polom­sky (it was a BLAST get­ting to work with Chris­tine in...

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19 years and counting…

Nov 10, 2009

Today, Alan and I cel­e­brate our 19th wed­ding anniver­sary. 19 years… how can this be? Time real­ly does fly right on by. Hap­py Anniver­sary, Alan. Love is one long sweet dream, and mar­riage is the alarm clock. ~Author Unknown That quote cracks me up! And this is my favorite pho­to of the entire night… me at the time with my two favorite peo­ple (pre Ans­ley, now I have three just want to make that clear). The pho­to was tak­en right after the I do’s. The sweet adorable 2 year old is my now sweet adorable 21 year old Ter­ri. I asked her why she was­n’t look­ing at Uncle Don when he took the pho­to and she replied in the cutest lit­tle “Roo” voice ever… ” I did­n’t want to step on my dress, Mom­ma.”...

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What a great day…

Jul 3, 2009

Yes­ter­day my niece Aman­da arrived. I picked her up from the air­port at 10 a.m and we did not stop until 10 p.m. She will be going to col­lege in the fall so the  first stop was IKEA… lots of great fun there. Then she want­ed to hit Mar­shalls as this girl can nev­er have too many shoes. Then we ate lunch and head­ed over to Tar­get. Once we fin­ished there we came home and made this.… well it was more like Aman­da not me… I just grabbed stuff for her to use. I think she cre­at­ed the cutest doll. Now to find a lit­tle glass plate for her to sit on. I have been want­i­ng to make one of these dolls since I saw them online here… actu­al­ly, I still want to make...

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Weekend Run Down…

Apr 26, 2009

I hope you all had a won­der­ful week­end. I had lots of fun yes­ter­day chat­ting with every­one dur­ing Cocoa Daisy’s Spring Crop. That mes­sage board was hop­ping. I also start­ed get­ting the projects ready for my sum­mer work­shop. Lots of red, white and blue hap­pen­ing in my scrap­room right now. Today Alan and I worked real­ly hard get­ting my “Vin­tage Sam­pler” work­shop ready to debut for Nation­al Scrap­book Day on Sat­ur­day, May 2nd. This is a free work­shop. If you are inter­est­ed you can sign up for it here. I have the sup­ply list post­ed so you can have every­thing ready to cre­ate Sat­ur­day. As always all my work­shop and blog projects are for per­son­al use only. Please do not teach these in your store, as class­es or recre­ate them to sell in your...

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A little bit of this and a little bit of that…

Jan 5, 2009

First, thank you for all the sweet email of well wish­es for Ans­ley and Alan. They are feel­ing bet­ter. Ans­ley did not go to school today as she is still pret­ty zapped but she is bet­ter and should be able to go back tomor­row.  I think I can now take off my nurse cap. To all you nurs­es out there… Big huge cheers to you… you all earn every cent you make and I’m cer­tain you should be paid more… what a job. I am so glad it warmed up here a bit over the last few days or we would be hav­ing a nasty icy mess right now on the roads. Ici­cles are not a com­mon site on my bird­house. We are hav­ing lots of driz­zly rain that is now start­ing to freeze...

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The Flu Bug.…

Jan 3, 2009

has hit our fam­i­ly… First Ans­ley yes­ter­day, poor girl end­ed up need­ing 2 bags of flu­ids… sick sick girl I tell ya, but bet­ter today just real­ly weak. Then Alan was hit with it at 5 a.m. this morn­ing… I am spray­ing Lysol like a crazy woman and scrub­bing any and every­thing they come in con­tact with… I pray you all miss this stuff because it is bad, bad, bad! I will be back to post­ing in a few days. I hope you all start­ed 2009 bet­ter than...

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Thank you…

Oct 31, 2008

I am amazed at the response I have received regard­ing my work­shop. Alan and I have been very busy get­ting every­thing ready for tomor­row morn­ing. We have every­one all set up that has reg­is­tered, if you are not able to log into the 12 Days of Christ­mas blog please let us know ASAP. Here is a lit­tle some­one that just makes me smile. I won­der what he could be? Those that reg­is­tered will find out tomor­row. It is not too late to sign up for the work­shop as reg­is­tra­tion is still open. I feel like a lit­tle kid on Christ­mas Eve and don’t think I will be able to sleep a wink all night. See you in the...

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