Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thank You Ronald McDonald House!

Look what I received in the mail today!

and here's what they wrote:

Wasn't that so nice of them?!

I still think that we were the ones who should be saying "Thank You" to them. WE were the ones who were blessed on Sunday...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ronald McDonald House Charities - Christmas Cards!

Crafters -

Yes, I know it is nearing the end of November, but it is still "nice" weather here. Although it is becoming a little cooler...

On Sunday, Geneva, Steph, and I went to Ronald McDonald House and made Christmas cards.

Here are the designs we used:

If you recognize the pretty bows - they are made using Lee Conrey's Magic Bow Maker (LOVE that thing!). Geneva demonstrated it at the Dames meeting in October.

And, if you look at the cards and go "those look familiar, but..." you may be right! I patterned them after Sandi MacIver's Countdown to Christmas Project #5 card. In case you didn't know, Sandi and Lee are in the same Stampin' group! How fun is that?

Anyway, we had about 9 children who made about 20 cards, we also had 3 adults making cards as well. It was a kinda rainy, drizzly day - PERFECT for cardmaking!

If you have never made cards at Ronald McDonald House, you should. You will be blessed tenfold. We were so busy, I wasn't able to take pictures of all the cards that were made, but I was able to get a picture of a card that one little girl (and her mom, of course!) made. We all know we can purchase cards that are storemade - but which one would you prefer? I know THIS card has MY vote!

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. - Luke 12:48b

Hope you are able to join us for the next time we are at Ronald McDonald House to make cards. We are scheduled for Sunday, January 15th. Let me know if YOU are available to attend!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

BEAUTIFUL Handmade Birthday Cards and the Boy's Creation!

Crafters -

Here are some of the birthday cards I received. These are the handmade ones. Aren't they just beautiful?

You can click on the picture to enlarge it. I will tell you that this picture just does not do them justice. They are SO MUCH PRETTIER in real life! You will notice the one on the bottom right doesn't really look handmade. It's from Stampin'Up! and it is made using My Digital Studio. THEN, those beautiful jewels were added.
This photo just doesn't show the shimmer, sparkle, and shine!

These wonderful people were so kind to send me these handmade cards - and you notice, the WOW! style (when you open the envelope or card, you can't help but just say "WOW!").

So thank you to these wonderful crafters for their gifts and talents by sending their beautiful handmade creations to me.

Please know - I appreciate ALL of the wonderful cards that I received for my birthday (and there were some BEAUTIFUL storebought cards - I will SO be CASE*-ing those!), but since I do try to stay with crafting and stamping on this blog, I thought it was appropriate to show the handmade cards. 

Thank you to ALL of my wonderful friends and family who sent me my birthday cards. They were removed from the mantle yesterday so that we could place the boy's creation on the mantle:
The boy put it together himself!
I even let him use my Stampin'Up! hammer from my (retired) kit.
It was the PERFECT size for him!

We went to the Lowe's store to do this, but there were so few (only one) other children near his age that we decided to bring it home and assemble it. So after he put it together, we colored it yesterday afternoon using shimmery gel pens. (Yes, "we" colored it - he picked out the colors and started, then I finished it.) We used a bit much - it's still "damp". Thanks to Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Workshop for offering this. It was so much fun!

Enjoy this Thanksgiving Week!

*CASE - Copy And Share Everything

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Birthday Butterfly...

Today is my birthday, and I think our son was more excited about that than I am! Maybe something with the number of my birthday, but... (HUGE smile!).

So, yesterday the boy had Art class at school and came home with ink all over his hands! You know what that looks like! When I asked him about it, he said that he was making me something in Art for my birthday but he wouldn't give it to me until tomorrow (now today). Oh the anticipation!

Guess what I received this morning, beautifully decorated?

As that wonderful person Anonymous has stated "If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies." So although I don't like getting older, I do like the experiences I'm able to enjoy. Especially through the eyes of my child.

And I think he may like paper crafting as much as his dear old mom! And, his words not mine -  "because butterflies are symmetrical," he signed BOTH wings on the back (name and year) - how wonderful was that?

Off to enjoy my FREE Birthday coffee from my FAVORITE coffee place in the whole wide world (I do substitutions, but...) STARBUCKS!  How nice was that of them to send me a postcard for a free coffee? If YOU haven't signed up with them for YOUR Birthday free drink, you should. I just LOVE their stuff. My retirement job... someday...  :)

And as my friend always says "Make it a GREAT day!" Enjoy!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Taking a little break...

Crafters -

Thanks so much for everyone who came to the Crafts Fair on Saturday. I had so much fun! It was nice seeing faces I only see once a year, at the Crafts Fair, too!  :)

In all seriousness, I am now officially in my final MBA class. There is a paper, a project, and lots of work each week in this final class. That's ok with me - I don't have to write a thesis!  :)

With that in mind, I will be off-line for a few weeks. I'm not saying that I won't be posting. I am saying that it will be hit or miss. Instead of you checking my blog and being disappointed because I haven't posted anything, you may wish to sign up for the "follow by email" on the right side of this posting. Then you will receive an email WITH the new posting sent right to your inbox!

Thank you so much for understanding. This has been a long year and a half, but as my very first real boss told me when I was just 18 years old "an education is something that can never be taken away from you." Linda is a very smart woman. Glad I listed to her - all those years ago (let's see, I'm 40-something, oh wait, I mean 35 with how many years experience, oh wait, carry the one.... well, you get the idea).

I will be at Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, November 27th and am hoping to have a posting about that!

Look forward to chatting with you soon!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cypress Crafts Fair on SATURDAY!

Where does the time go? I do this every year, and you'd think I'd realize it is nearing the first Saturday of November, but... Oh well.

Here are a few of the items that I have been finalizing and will have for sale on Saturday, November 5th at the Cypress Christian School Craft Bazaar. It is open from 9a-3p and admission is $2.00.

Complete with matching pen!

Those of you who know me - KNOW that I'm not a purse-type of gal.
But these are just too stinkin' cute! I really like the polka dots too!
PERFECT size for a little treat or a gift card, and an easy package to give a gift!

These file folder notebooks are just the best!
You may not be able to see in these pictures, but these also come with a matching pen!

Cypress Christian School is located at 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway. To get there, you will take 270 to 70 west, exit at 91A and turn left on Hilliard Rome Road. Cross over the bridge and take the first right (Feder Road). At the intersection of Feder and Alton Darby Creek you will turn left. The church will be on the right side of the railroad tracks.

I will also have some of my retired items for sale (stamp sets, papers, ribbons, etc.). 

Hope to see you there!