October 21, 2017


well, i'd say time sure flies but then, i ALWAYS say that.  however, this week, it did because, for some reason, i had a busy week.

fall is here, there is SOME color in the leaves.  we had a torrential rain and our complex got flooded.

we had 8.5 inches of rain.  this is the 4th time in 17 yrs that this has happened.  FORTUNATELY, being ALL manufactured homes, the house itself may be on a slap, but it IS elevated, so no water gets INTO the house.  this flood went entirely from the streets, under the house, thru the garage and into my yard.  my yard was the worst of all 4 of the floods.  it did recede fairly quickly - at least the backyard did.  my house, my neighbor to my right and the 2 houses across from house seem to be in a "low lying" spot so the water remained in the streets for a good part of the day.

i had nothing on my floor in the garage so nothing got ruined.  it did come up about 3 inches in the garage and it made it to the bottom level of a shelf on which i had a case of typing paper.  that's about all that got wet.  GOD IS GOOD.

of course, once the water receded i still had to clean out everything.  the smell was yucky and the salt & calcium deposits on the garage floor were ugly!  always something!

now we head to halloween... of which i am NOT a fan.  call me old.  we're a 55+ community so we really don't get kids in here... which is good because then i can stay away from the candy!

that's my story and i'm sticking to it!

have a great week and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

October 14, 2017

Mixed bag of October

...and here we are in the MIDDLE of october already!  the weather has been typically fall and even without rain the leaves are starting to change.... to they are not very vibrant, but they certainly are still pretty.  the skies are grey - which is normal IL skies for october - and the world seems to be in chaos - which is definitely NOT normal for ANY month.

funny tho, i've been busy. the country store where i was invited to sell my cards notified me that i sold 2 this week!  not bad for the 1st week!

next on the list will be winterizing my house and working on xmas cards.  ... some of which i have started.  here's one for you....

found this scrap of which i had punched out the star and thought...
hmmm, now what can i do with this.  TAAAA-DAAA!
very happy how this turned out.

have a busy week coming up.  hope your week is AWESOME!!!

October 07, 2017

Hello October

ok.  i'll say it AGAIN.... boy time flies!  the ONLY thing i'm not liking about october so far is... it's 5 weeks long.  that hurts a bit when you're on a pension.  otherwise.... i LOVE october.  the smells of fall, pumpkin spice, clove, leaves turning colors (which is not going well this year because we've had very little rain).

been keeping myself busy.... which means... playing in my room.

 i am a HUGE fan of UNITY stamps.  in my opinion, they are the
best made out there.  tho i find them a tad pricey... i cannot
complain about her sales.  they are to-die-for.  she recently
had a sale that said... 3 stamps for $8.99.  BUT....
when you put the stamps into your cart... they were each
on sale for $3.00.  now THAT'S a sale.  needless to say
i was a hair's breath away from the poor house!!!!  just kidding.
this set is called BUNDLE OF SPRING.

again, just playing with an old SU set.... DOODLE THIS
and some old shadow stamps.

..... and that's how my october has started.  hope yours is tons of fun too.

September 30, 2017

A Wedding & a Meeting

well, the weather for the end of september has been gorgeous.  house is all opened up.  the leaves are starting to turn, but we have had no rain - almost to the point of drought, so the leaves are falling off the trees. there will be little color this year... so the weather people are saying.  the world, in my opinion, is a mess.  mother nature has totally lost her marbles.

3 people have died this past week.  the lady who asked me to sell my cards in her store, lost her 32 yr old son.  he "just never work up".  drs say his heart just stopped.  there were no drugs or alcohol involved,  he was a father of 2 young children.  the other 2 i just heard about and not anyone i knew.  death happens in 3s.

a young man from church got married on the 24th.  it was the most elegant and well coordinated wedding i have ever been too.  i am soooooooo very happy for the both of them.  may their lives be filled with happiness, love, laughter, miracles and blessings.

took me 2 hours to make their card... as i wanted it to be very special.  you know me... i'm queen of clean and simple.  on this one i went way more fancier.  here ya go...

the big layer was a creamy white with a shiny irridescent finish.
it was gorgeous.  the gray is glittery.

this is the inside.  this part opens up to a sentiment.
i'm very proud of how this came out - even tho the photos do NOT do it justice.

after 6+ years of being facebook friends, and her being my stampin up go-to, i FINALLY got to personally meet my friend linda.  it was better than FABULOUS!!!!  i know i have a friend for life.  i am blessed.

and now we welcome october.  jade has a birthday this month (12).  all i know so far is they're doing lazer tag for her party.  

i don't do halloween at all.  i don't make halloween cards and i don't participate in the neighborhood.,  but then, i live in a 55+ community so kids are very scarce.

i thank you for stopping by and hope your october starts off beautifully!  

September 23, 2017

Goodbye September

well, here i go saying it again.... time just flies.  september came and went .... or is just about "went".  geeze.  did i accomplish anything?  sure i did.  is it worth mentioning?  probably not!  i, once again, cleaned out stamps, put some stamp sets that i had separated back together again, cataloged them and reorganized.  seems endless!

one of my neighborhood craft stores asked if i would put my cards in her store!  now THAT'S exciting.  soooooooo, there's another thing i need to do... go thru my cards and see what'll fit in her "country-style" store.  heck!  they ALL will!  LOL.

anyway, here's one that's going there....

she said she needed sympathy.  easy peasy here...
washi tape and pan pastels.  i LOVE the pan pastels!

well, the last week of september will be busy for me.  i have a wedding on sunday; eye doctor on tuesday and meeting up with a FB friend on thursday.  soooooooooooo, happy fall y'all!

September 12, 2017

Blue Ribbon Birthday

my heart and prayers go out to TEXAS and FLORIDA and any other state / country hit by storms and/or disasters.  so far where i am at the weather has been gorgeous!!!  we are blessed and my praying has been very heavy these past few weeks.

not much else going on for me.  i FINALLY got my stamps (again) put back together and cataloged.  i'm good to go there.

my card inventory is good and i had a fabulous sale yesterday.  a neighbor brought her mom by and she purchased 25 of my cards!  now how fun is that!!!!  of course, with all the chatting and laughing we were doing i  NEVER marked which ones she took.  soooooooo, now there's a weekly chore for me... going thru the cards i have and checking off the ones on my inventory list.  always something!  but hey!  it keeps me (a) off the computer and all the crap on it and (2) out of trouble and the stores.  i'm happy.

in between it all, i did get in some playtime...

playing with stampin' up's BLUE RIBBON set.  wasn't sure
if i liked it, but it works.

well, once again, have a great week, stay safe.  i'm praying for all of you.

September 03, 2017


my-o-my.  did august zip by?  seems like it just stayed a little while and not a whole month.  my mother was RIGHT!!!  the older you get, the faster time flies.

 september has arrived.  my house has been opened up all week.  love that!  tomorrow, labor day, is supposed to be the warmest - almost 90 degrees - and then into the 60s.  weird!  but then, weather has been weird all around.  the flood in texas, the fires in california, the unrest every place else.  what a mess!  i sure been doing alot of praying lately!!!!

it's been quiet here.  the busyness is the fair is getting ready to open it's gates on wednesday and go til sunday.  150+ years of the SANDWICH FAIR!  the official close of summer in our small town!

as for me, i've been quiet.  got all the labels done for my stamp folders; put some sets back together and i did get some playtime in....

i found this set ... PERFECT PETALS by stampin up (1999)
in my local consignment shop for $3.  this is just one of 3 
more flowers that are in the set.  i HAD to grab it!

son and grandson came by.  you would think i would grab my phone OR my camera and take tons of pictures of him as he's getting soooooo big!  but do i?  nooooooooooooooo!  never even enters my mind..... until they leave!  boo hoo!  bad gramma!

he is just too darn cute and soooooooo very active.  he ran around the yard, the house (inside and outside), we played ball, just on and on.  the dog is TERRIFIED of him and can't get away from him fast enough.  liam ALWAYS says... "neenah no like me."  nope.  she doesn't.  who couldn't help but like this cutie????  but then, she's a dog.

one of his favorite places... TARGET.  the other
is WALMART.  he's a shopper for sure!

well, HAPPY SEPTEMBER.  hope you get to enjoy all that "pumpkin spice" stuff that is already on the shelves!

thanks for visiting!


well, i'd say time sure flies but then, i ALWAYS say that.  however, this week, it did because, for some reason, i had a busy week. fa...