What a Great Friday!

We didn’t haven’t have a typical Thanksgiving.  We drove 2 1/2 hours to go pick up our middle son and his family at the Jacksonville airport.  We stopped by Cracker Barrel to eat a Thanksgiving dinner.  Today we are having the homemade feast.
Can’t wait.

But what is so exciting is having part of my family here.  I haven’t seen them since last Thanksgiving and my heart has hurt a lot during that time.  These kids (even the 1 1/2 year old) have taken to us as if we had seen them yesterday.  So sweet.  I love my grandkids so much.  It is also so wonderful to see my son.  You go from raising them and your life consumed with theirs on a daily basis to this enormous distance between us.  What is great, too, is having a female in the house.  It is so nice to have someone look at things from the same perspective.  I love my daughter in laws.

Here are just a couple of pictures to show what sweetness I am wallowing in over the next few days.

One of my middle son's favorite foods is bierocks.  The day before he came I made a lot so that he could enjoy them (and all the other yumimes) while he visited.

One of my middle son’s favorite foods is bierocks. The day before he came I made a lot so that he could enjoy them (and all the other yummies) while he visited.

Brother and sister playing with cars - one of their favorite toys.

Brother and sister playing with cars – one of their favorite toys.

The joy of making noise.

The joy of making noise.  Look at those finger fly.

Well, I am going to get off here and continue with making the feast and enjoying the noise of small children.

I am so thankful!

God bless!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have always loved sunflowers so this picture is perfect!

I have always loved sunflowers so this picture is perfect!

I found the above picture on Google.  The next one was from a Thanksgiving past – 2010.  My CA friends came and picked Tim and I up.  We went to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  We did that two years in a row.  So awesome because as a kid I would sit in front of the tv and watch the parade every year.  It was always a dream of mine to go.  You know, a bucket list thing.

One of the floats and an amazing amount of people at the parade.

One of the floats and an amazing amount of people at the parade.

I am one thankful lady.  I have so many blessings and I am smart enough to realize that I don’t even know what most of them are.  God takes care of me (us).  I hope your day is wonderful!

God bless!

A Ducky Banner

Today’s page is bath time themed.  The picture had Absey with a huge rubber ducky so I wanted rubber duckies all over the page.  I started with a plain piece of cardstock and added the photo in the corner.  I had a scrap of decorative paper that had rubber duckies in circles all over it.  I punched them out and adhered them to the remainder of the page that wasn’t covered by the picture.  Then I created a banner out of velum paper.

To create the paper I cut 5 strips out of velum.  I then added a touch of adhesive to the top of each piece and placed them beside the picture.  The adhesive was to hold the paper in place while I sewed it onto the cardstock.  I used my Sew Easy to make the design stitch that I wanted.  I then sewed the velum onto the cardstock.  This wasn’t as easy as I anticipated.  The velum tried tearing so I had to be very careful sewing.  Finally, after the velum was sewed into place I adhered three duck buttons and two plastic bubbles with glue dots onto the banner.  The page is complete and the page is adorable.

Scanned layout, incomplete.

Scanned layout, incomplete.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Close up of the banner.

Close up of the banner.

Love this page.  I liked the velum so that the duckies would show through.

Hope your day is a fun one – don’t stress out too much over the big meal tomorrow.  Take time and enjoy your family and friends!

God bless!

 

 

A Fun Banner

To make this layout special I used wee little buttons.  I used them in creating a sweet, quick banner.  I had letter flag stickers.  I put them on adding a wee button in between each letter.  I attached the buttons with small glue dots.

Scanned incomplete layout.

Scanned incomplete layout.

Complete layout, taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout, taken with my cell phone camera.

Before I attached the letter, flag stickers and the buttons I adhered the picture to the paper.  After I made the banner I added a cute journaling card and a date tag created with my label maker.

Have a wonderful fall day – almost Thanksgiving!

God bless!

 

Monograms

Hi!  Happy fall, y’all!  I am still (and will be for awhile) creating a scrapbook for my oldest granddaughter.  The picture I am scrapping today is really special to me.  It is of my granddaughter on a blanket that I crocheted.  It is my first crochet project and involved the help of my friends.  Thank you, Rosa and Colleen.  Absey is also wearing a dress that her mama and I bought on the day that we found out that she was a girl.  Precious memories!

So, this page is super easy.  I found a piece of paper that looked a lot like the blanket I made.  I used that as the background.  I then matted the picture on a piece of light green cardstock (it is a color that is in the blanket).  I then adhered the matted picture to the decorative paper.  I punched three 3″ scallops out of white paper.  I punched three 2″ circles out of “It’s a girl!” decorative paper.  I glued the circles to the scallops.  I then Glued those to the background paper and then attached Abigail’s initials to the top of them.  The only thing left was adding a journaling card and writing about the history of the blanket and the date.

Cute, fast page!

Scanned layout - incomplete

Scanned layout – incomplete

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

The nice things about monograms – they are a great way to use up those extra letters.

God bless!

 

I’m SICK! :(

Hi friends,

Towards the end of last week and over the weekend Tim had a cold.  He had a sore throat and a lot of drainage.  Well, a few days ago I thought my throat might be a little sore.  By the next day I really felt bad.  Last night I woke up (about 3 a.m.) with a 104 degree fever.  Brad got me some ibuprofen and I went back to sleep.  I slept through Tim going to school (Brad woke him up and then went to work).  When I woke up it really scared me because everyone was gone.   I text Tim to find out if he was at school.  He shot me a quick text back.  I sighed with relief.  I really wish he would have woke me.  My fever is now down to 101.  If it doesn’t go that high again I think I will forego the doctor.  I haven’t found one since moving.  But if it does that crazy temp again I will have to go.  I don’t think I’ve had that high of temperature for a LONG time.

I have a few pics to share from last week and the previous weekend when Tim and I went back to NC.  They have my wonderful friends and their gorgeous baby in them.

Karl, Fannie, and Jensen.

Karl, Fannie, and Jensen.

Jensen eating frozen yogurt.  He loves it!  He is a smart little guy!

Jensen eating frozen yogurt. He loves it! He is a smart little guy!

Our very small b-day celebration.  Brad worked late and we really don't have friends here yet.  But he is very happy with his family and cheesecake.  He loves cheesecake (and his family).

Our very small b-day celebration. Brad worked late and we really don’t have friends here yet. But he is very happy with his family and cheesecake. He loves cheesecake (and his family).  Tim has never liked cheesecake.  Well….his taste has changed and he loves it now.  Watch out Brad!

I sure hope that I get over this quickly and I especially hope that Brad doesn’t get it.  He and Tim both had flu shots but Tim got this bug (whatever it is).  It just wasn’t as severe.

Hope all of you are staying healthy!

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

Hand Sewing a Circle Frame

Hi friends,

On the picture I am scrapping today I wanted to emphasize how ROUND my Absey’s cheeks were at this time in her life.  To do this I cut the picture into an “almost circle”.  I left the very top and very bottom flat.  I used the Creative Memories circle cutter.  It is a very easy system.  My sister-in-law gave it to me and showed me once how to use it and it was very easy to figure out.  I then cut a piece of cardstock slightly bigger than the picture but in a complete circle.  I decided I was going to make a flat spot on the top of the cardstock, too.  I decided to sew the circle frame on the cardstock.  To do this I poked holes with a needle instead of using the Sew Easy.  I thought it would have been hard to be exact going around the circle with the Sew Easy.  I then sewed on the cardstock and then adhered the picture to the decorative paper.

To complete the rest of the 12″x12″ page I punched different size circles from pink cardstock and added stickers to them.  Then I glued them with quick dry glue to the decorative paper.

Incomplete scanned page.

Incomplete scanned page.

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

Cute page and a Cute chubby baby.  Love her!

God bless!

 

Sewing Frames

Today’s layout was in constant change.  First, I messed up the decorative paper I was going to sew on.  I found an alternative.  Then, I used my Sew Easy and poked holes where I thought I wanted them to be.  I sewed lines where I thought I wanted them to be.  Then, when I went to punch the pictures to the size I thought I wanted, one of the pictures I couldn’t punch – it was too precious as it was.  It was Ben’s (my middle son) hand showing the size of Abigail’s foot.  If I would have cut it then it would have taken away from the sweetness.  So….I decided to put three pictures on the page instead of four.  And, I covered up part of the sewing.  I still like the results.  I guess we just have to roll with the punches.  🙂

Scanned page - incomplete.

Scanned page – incomplete.

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

The layout is of my grandbaby getting her footprint taken and the smallness of her foot.

So sweet!  Life is precious!

God bless!

 

Emphasizing Time

Today I have an idea on how to show how fast time flies with a really quick, fun, and easy idea.  I haven’t used my label maker in a long time so it is time to pull it out and blow off the dust.  🙂

All I did was to type out several of the months with a space in between.  I wanted to make sure that the month of May was included so I started a few months before that.  I only had 12″ so I knew I wouldn’t be able to include from January through December.

Close up of the top 1/2 of the page that includes the month label that I made.

Close up of the top 1/2 of the page that includes the month label that I made.

I used a piece of decorative paper for my background.  I then off centered a piece of pink cardstock.  I then adhered Absey’s picture to the page – also slightly off centered.   I then put the month sticker all the way across the page.  I trimmed off the extra by turning the page over (to make it a perfect trim job).

Now – let me tell you about my boo boo.  When typing the month of August the label maker got stuck on the letter u and made it kind of funky.  I cut off the tape and started making a new label at the month of August.  I then spliced the labels together when I was putting them on the page.  There was an obvious seam so that is where the candle came in handy. I then put on the birthday hat sticker and the page is complete – boo boo and all.

Scanned picture (incomplete).

Scanned picture (incomplete).

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete layout taken with my cell phone camera.

Pretty easy, huh?  You can also use days of the week across the page for another take on the idea.

God bless you!

 

It’s a Banner Day!

Today I made some really cute banners for my layout.  I’ve made banners before but not quite like this.  First, I used toothpicks as rods.  Second I used decorative paper as the banner.  Third, I attached the banners to the rods with washi tape.  Fourth, I tied twine to each end of the “rod”.  I did add a little quick drying glue before I tied the strings.  Here is a closeup of the banners.

Cute banners with girlie stickers.

Cute banners with girlie stickers.

To complete the page I added three 4″x6″ photos with a some rounded corners to the decorative paper.  I then attached the banners using decorative safety pin brads.

Scanned, incomplete page.

Scanned, incomplete page.

The only other thing I did was add a sticker to the top of the page.

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

Complete page taken with my cell phone camera.

Such a cute page for a cute newborn!

God bless y’all!