Monday, January 16, 2017

Family -- featuring Doodlebug Designs :)

Hi everyone :)

Today our latest sketch is live over at "The Memory Nest," and I wanted to share my take on it :) 

I used the "Home For The Holidays" collection from Doodlebug Designs :)








And here is our sketch :)




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Friday, January 13, 2017

Good Cheer -- featuring Elle's Studio :)

Hi everyone! :)

I wanted to share a layout I made using the "Tis the Season" collection from Elle's Studio :)







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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tote bags for kids :)

Hi everyone :)

Most everyone that visits me knows that I taught myself how to sew -- it started when some scrappy friends taught me how to sew on my lo's .... and then moved onto Brian and the in-laws buying me a sewing machine, and then figured, I have a machine, so I wanted to see what else I could do :)

So I wanted to make Brian's little cousin and Brookie some tote bags for their coloring books for Christmas -- I watched one YouTube video on a kid's tote bag -- didn't QUITE understand how she did the lining of the bag -- so I totally winged it on my own :) 

So here is what I came up with :)





Brookie's is a little bigger -- as she is now into Adult Coloring books -- and those are a little bigger than the ones her 3 year cousin uses *wink* :)












And here is Brookie opening hers on Christmas Eve :)




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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch :)

Hi everyone :)

I wanted to share some of the Christmas gifts that Brookie made this season :)

I got the idea from this post :)

We didn't use construction paper for his hat, rather I used felt and found some fuzzy yarn for the trim on the hats :)

Then instead of making this a "mean" Grinch Christmas presents, I found a "feeling good" quote to add to each one :)

Brookie painted the toilet paper tubes, then she used one of my circle punches (she used half the punch to make a half circle) for his eyes ... then she finished off the eyes and drew on his face :)

I did the hats and added the quote :)








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Monday, January 9, 2017

Snowflakes -- featuring MME :)

Hi everyone :)


I wanted to share today one of the Christmas gifts Brookie made this season :) -- and a little story to go with it :)

We were at a vintage market back in early November, and I came across a vendor's booth, and she had these antique mattress coils, at 2 for 50 cents, I thought maybe we could make something with them ... so I called Brookie to over where I was and asked her if we were to buy these ... what could she make with them for Christmas gifts?? 




So she is looking at them ... and says, "If we took three of them, we could turn them into snowflake ornaments!" :) .... sounds good to me!!! 

So we started counting them out to make sure we had enough for all the family members .... the owner of the booth came over to help us count them out .... 

.... and then .... this other customer ... (insert rude woman entering the story... grrrrrrrr!) ... and she looks at Brookie and says, "So, what are you making with these?"

Brookie tells her snowflakes ... 

The woman then gets a sneer look on her face and says, "What? Did you get that idea from Pinterest?"

Brookie looks at her confused and says, "I have no idea what that is, this idea just came from my brain."

You.Go.Girl. :)

So proud of her for not giving into this mean woman's taunting.... ugh! Some people! :(

And needless to say, Brookie's answer shut the woman right up ... and earned a wink from the vendor :)
Yes, I have Pinterest.  I regularly Pin things from my friends blogs and other sites -- but Brookie doesn't know the site -- when I start gathering ideas for Christmas gifts, I show her the things I have pinned on my phone, and see if anything on there is something she is interested in making (which you will see tomorrow ... on another project we made for Christmas).  But, Brookie has no idea that it's Pinterest, or what that site is.  She just thinks she is looking at ideas on Mom's phone. :)


Attention woman at the vintage market ... NOT all ideas comes from Pinterest ... some of us come up with things on our own too you know ;) 


So without further ado -- here is what we made with these vintage coils :)






We painted them white, and then I spray painted them with silver glitter.  Then we wrapped them in twine (to make sure they stayed together), and then added a brad to each one from 2 different My Mind's Eye collections :)











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Friday, January 6, 2017

Exciting news!!!! :)

Hi everyone!! :)

I am excited to share that I am now a member of the Paper House DT!! :)




I sure would love it if you headed over to the blog to read my intro! :)


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Reflections :)

Hi everyone :)

I hope everyone's new year is off to a great start! :)

I wanted to reflect back on our 2016 today, including sharing my top 12 pages I made in 2016! :)

This year I FINALLY met my weight loss goal of 80 pounds down!!! :)  It took me 449 days to accomplish this, but it has now been over 2 months since I have lost the weight, and I have maintained that loss every since! :)

We got to see Adam TWICE this year, and BOTH times we surprised his sister with his visits!! She was over the moon happy to see him! :)

We went to Las Vegas once (one of those times when Adam came to visit!), to visit my BFF from New Jersey who was going there to see her Dad! :)  That was a whirlwind weekend, but I wouldn't change it for the world! :)

I didn't create AS much this year, mostly because my weight loss journey was 80% walking ... hard to walk and craft at the same time! LOL!! I did still manage to make lots of stuff this year, but not as much as previous years! :)

I started getting serious about my stamping and coloring! :)  I have always 'dabbled' in stamping, but have never mastered it, and coloring ... forget about it!! But all that changed this year, and I am taking steps to learn how to get better at it! :)

Brookie TURNED 10!!!!!!! So hard to believe that she is now double digits!! No more BABIES in the house for us! :)  I am 5 foot 8 inches tall ... and she at 10, is ALMOST as tall as me now! LOL! 



And now ... here are my top 12 layouts I made this year :)




February




March





April




May




June






July





August





September





October





November





December





So, there you have it! :)

Now ... I have to go get more steps *wink* :)


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