Feb 8, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

A Twist on a Love Banner

It’s February, right?  Love is in the air!  This Saturday night is Valentine’s Date Night for us…if my husband’s plane lands on time!  It better…

Well, each “season” I try to hang something up on the mantel to have a little decoration around the house.  I’m not a decorator.  It doesn’t come easy for me.  I am NOT one of those people who have boxes in the attic for each season.  I am a SAHM. I homeschool one of our children (soon to be two).  I am the cook and cleaning lady around here.  I don’t have time to decorate for each season.  If a banner gets hung up and a wreath change gets worked into my schedule, I feel very proud of myself.  The decor in my house has been the same for years. Seriously.  But, that’s just me.  I would like to change a few things but I just don’t feel that should be very high on my “to do” list.  

Anyway…I saw this idea for a “Love” Banner online somewhere and I thought that it would be an easy idea that would benefit us all. A simple banner using PL cards. Each day, you find a Bible verse that talks about love and you write it on one of the cards. By the end of the month, you will know more about God’s love. The most important love of all. 

Tip:  Those cards and pins are heavier than you think. Tape the ends extremely well…not that I have any experience with that fact…

Jan 28, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

A Look Back

I’ve got to fix that watermark.  It’s hideous and all up in my way when I upload these pictures.                          — My Random Thoughts

This week was a blur.  There was only one day that actually was spent at home with no outside interruptions.  What?  It was a little crazy.  For the last 24 hours, one of our children has been somewhere else.  We have been a one child family for the last 24 hours….but, every few hours it was a different child that was home.  I actually had two hours alone at the house today.  Alone. What did I do?  I cleaned.  Yep…that deserves an eye roll.

It’s been a little crazy.  So, yes, I am just getting to blog for the week.  I’m going to make my deadline. :)

This week, I needed to make a few cards to send out. The one above is one of them.  Just needed to brighten someone’s day (hope I succeeded).  Everyone needs a little sunshine now and then, right?

As for my PL layout, I have not done it yet. That is tomorrow afternoon’s project, hopefully.  I do, however, have the pictures printed.  I.  Love.  My.  Canon Selphy Printer.  Love. It.  I just printed out my weekly pictures and a few PL cards off the app…because I am NOT going to waste that photo paper.  

So, here is to all you PLers and card makers out there who actually got something of note done this week. Good job.  

Have I mentioned how much I love my new printer?  

Jan 21, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Playing Catch Up

^^^ This is what the hubby doesn’t like about my scrapbooking.  I do TRY to have it cleaned up some before he gets home and needs to get through the walkway of our room to bed, the bathroom or closet.  You know…basically to be able to get inside the doorway.  Bless him.  He rarely voices a complaint, I just get “the look” when he needs in the room.  :) 

This is what my craft area (that sits on a wall of our bedroom as you walk into the door) looks like when I am doing PL.  The Raskog cart was a lifesaver but it can get in the way.  But the best part about it is is that you can just roll it back into place.  Quick and easy like.  It’s wonderful to have.  It’s organized chaos when I have PL stuff out.  I’ll admit it.  All of my PL collection (let’s just call it what it is) has it’s own place (organized) but it looks like a nightmare (chaos).  

Even though it looks like a tornado went through my room this week, I still got several pages done.  Done.  I finished 4 pages and a cover page in the summer travel journal of 2014.  I am up to date on my PL weeks for this year. (I know we just finished the the third week…but, hey, I’m counting all the progress I can.). I also made a “get well” card.  One.  :)  Again, I’m counting it. 

Here are a few of the pages I made….Don’t judge the quality.  It’s been awhile and I need to get into the groove again.  The stamps might be lopsided but I am NOT going to let my OCD take over.  I.  Will. Not.  (The truth is is that I am TRYING not to let it take over.)

These are in no particular order…

These are the tabs that I put on the pages that needed to be finished… Yikes.  I need to get back to work…

Jan 11, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

For Real This Time…

A year and a half ago, we chose to homeschool our oldest child.  Needless to say, homeschooling a child(ren) is a huge leap for a family.  It takes some getting used to.  Along with that decision, the amount of time that I had once spent on scrapbooking, card making and general paper crafting diminished to almost non-existent.  Some things just weren’t as important as others anymore.  But, here I am, a school year and a half later, and I miss it terribly.  

So, I intend to set a little time each week aside to work at my craft desk.  I hope it remembers me as well as I remember it and all the fun times we once had together.  As always, my paper crafts will be simple and quick.  (Life, in general, demands it.)  The following is my plan…  I hope you can come along for the ride.  It might be bumpy.  You’ve been warned.

My First Project:  This album you see above will be my first project.  Oh, you’ve seen it before.  I won’t admit how many years ago.  I think I did a video on it once.  ;)  Our family had a busy summer in 2014 and I made a special album just for our road trips that year.  Is it done?  Nope.  Should it be?  Yep. It’s ridiculous.  Seriously.  So, that’s first on the agenda.

My Blog:  It’s been a really long time since my last post.  And this time, I plan to stick with it.  I hope to blog once a week.  I write like I talk.  I’m not in this because I’m a “writer.”  Just a heads up if this is your first time here. :) The blog posts might be Project Life based.  It might be card making.  It might be sewing adventures.  It might be random crafty thoughts.  Who knows.  But, I’m going to do it.  For real this time…

My Scrapbooking:  The last two years, I had planned on scrapping digitally on the Project Life (PL) app.  Yeah, I made it to April both years.  Yep.  Sad.  So, that’s obviously not my strong point.  :)  This year, I plan to finish those years and work on this year on paper.  I have bought a 6×8 album. I’m going smaller.  Hopefully, this will work better and more quickly. Right?  I have also purchased a Canon Selphy printer.  It should be in the mail today.  Yay!!!  I hope that this will make it easier and quicker to scrapbook as well.  It will, right?

My Card Making:  I have run out of cards.  Almost.  I send cards via snail mail a whole lot.  I need ideas that I can make several at a time to have on hand.  I love making easy, elegant or cute cards that can be made in bulk.  Then, I have them.  They’re handmade.  They’re cute.  There are lots of them.  Done.  

Other projects….we’ll see where the wind blows.  :)

I’m gonna do it.  For real this time…  

Apr 2, 2015 - gift, Gift Idea    No Comments

Cute Carrots


  Do you need a quick Easter gift? These are great for a little, simple gift for teachers, Bible class teachers, etc.  All it takes is a 4 x 6 piece of paper, a few green strips, some glue or tape, and a paper crimper. And of course, a treat to put inside. I used jellybeans.

You can see below how I put together the green pieces. I took a few strips of green paper, placed them how I wanted them, and used the mini attacher to make them easier to place into the carrot. The stamp is a little baby chick and I used a 1 inch circle punch to cut those out. That’s totally optional but it just made a little bit cuter.


I made about 25 of these in about an hour and a half. Part of that time I had “help “from my four-year-old. So really it should not have taken me quite that long. So, we will be handing the majority of these out at church services to the kids Bible class teachers, preachers, elders, etc. The rest will go to the kids’ school teachers.

Mar 21, 2015 - Card    No Comments

Birthdays And “Old Hands”


Birthdays. They come around each year. March is a big birthday month in my family. My two siblings and myself were all born in March within 10 days of each other. My brother’s is the 18th, mine is today, the 21st, and my sister’s is on the 28th.  And in addition to all that, some of our family friends (while growing up) were born in March and I married into a family that also have two birthdays in March. So, in short, March is a time of celebrating around here.

Yesterday I had to make a couple birthday cards for some family members. I looked around on Google a little bit just to get a few ideas and saw one very similar to this layout.  Like always, I always tend to pick the simple and easy cards. One that you can make several of in just a few minutes. When you have a family of four, laundry, and all the other things that come with that, you always need something simple and quick.  

 Today is my 34th birthday. Yesterday, just in time for my birthday, my daughter, while sitting next to me at the computer, says, “Mom, why do you have such old hands?”  She’s four. Even though she is only four, I replied, “My hands look like Grandma’s, hers look like my Nanny’s,  and one day yours will look the same way.”  She gave me a blank stare and then said, “Oh. Okay. Good.”  At that point I didn’t know if I should be offended or glad. I chose the glad option.

I don’t think they look THAT old…


Mar 9, 2015 - Homemade Clothes, Sewing    No Comments

Sewing Spree

These are a few of the fabrics that I bought this weekend to work on this coming week. These fabrics will all become something for my daughter to wear for this spring/summer. The lack of modest shorts or comfortable, cool (as in temperature) capris at the kids consignment sale that I went to recently, made me decide that I need to make her some things for the spring and summer. I had planned on doing this last year as well, but I never got around to it. So, this week begins a sewing spree.

I plan to cut out the patterns today and tomorrow and start sewing tomorrow night or the next day. To me, cutting out the pattern is the worst part. Call me crazy but I just can’t stand doing that part of a sewing project. 

What are you working on this week?  

Mar 4, 2015 - Craft, Decorations, Tips    No Comments

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Truffala Trees

The Lorax has been one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books since I was a kid. So, it seems only right, that I would honor this book, the week of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, for my son’s class activities. I volunteered to make cupcakes for them on Friday to celebrate the end of the week which is ‘Reading Across America’ which includes Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

So, of course, I hit Pinterest in search of ideas. When I saw these Truffala Trees made out of pixie sticks and pom-poms, I knew that that’s what I wanted to do for a cupcake decoration.

Instead of using pixie sticks, as the person did on Pinterest, I used decorative straws. The pom-poms came in a large bag of different sizes and I use the largest size. I bought all these items at Hobby Lobby. 

It was basically just a few minutes of work with my glue gun. These trees will now just stick into the top of a cupcake that has white icing with green sprinkles on top to make it look like grass.

Monday was wear your wacky or favorite hat. He represented in his Auburn hat. 

Tuesday was tacky tourist day. Cuteness. 

Read a few Dr. Seuss books this week to your kids.

Feb 14, 2015 - Card    No Comments

Valentine Card

Okay. I know that this is way past Valentine’s Day but here’s a quick card that I made my husband for this past Saturday. This is a card layout that I saw on Google Images. It was a little bit different but the basic layout was the same. I used a 6 x 6 pad of paper that was designed for Valentine’s Day. This layout could be used for any celebration card that you might make. This would be really cute for a birthday card.

I haven’t made many cards lately and I miss it. I was talking to my friend at church services the other day and she asked me if I had made any lately. Because of the holidays and everything that goes along with that, I have not been making as many cards as I would like to. When I have needed/wanted to send a card I have been going through my stash that I made in the past. I’m going to work on putting a stop to that. Hopefully you’ll see some more here soon on the blog and in my ETSY account. Hope you guys have a great day!

Feb 14, 2015 - Card, Craft, Stamps    No Comments

Pegz Snap-Together Stamps

These snap – together stamps are great and are useful in so many ways. My husband got these for me for Christmas this past year and I have used them several times since. They are great when you want to make your own phrase. I have used them several times in my Project Life layouts…I have made my own hashtags and such with them to put on certain pictures.

This week we used them on my son’s Valentines. He had about 40 to make, and since he sat down and made them all, I stamped “Love, Harrison” on the back of them. I did the same thing with my daughter’s. When you have so many valentines to make, a quick tool like this will help you finish signing them much easier.

These types of stamps are now a little cheaper than they used to be when they first came out. I think you can buy a set for about $20. They are very versatile and helpful and I believe they are very much worth the purchase.