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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme, of course! :)

I've been drinking some wonderful Irish teas from the quaint little tea shop up in Ann Arbor, Michigan that we love so dearly. they have an online store and monthly special that we have just become aware of. so happy happy happy to discover this! :) this month's special is all about Irish teas, so of course we ordered some. oh my goodness, are they ever delightful! now if we could only get them to ship their lavender shortbread and macaroons! grins! It's called the Tea Haus if any of you are interested.

I am still battling this terrible migraine. it has been years since I last had one of this magnitude. some days I can't even get myself downstairs to say hello to anyone. I need the dark because any kind of light is just too painful. this one is a doozy.... my high powered migraine medications aren't even touching it. ick. hopefully it goes away soon. this is getting ever so tiresome.

so I do apologize to all of you that I haven't been able to share any craft projects with you. I really want to get to my craft room and create, I really do. hopefully it won't be too much longer.

until then, wishing all of you a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!
love to you,

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Not Quite Yet...

Coffee of the Day - Coconut Salted Caramel

Sorry that I haven't posted any craft projects yet. a nasty migraine has taken hold, and I am having a tough time with it right now. I take medication daily to deal with these, so it's been a long time since one has knocked me out to this level.

hope to be back in the game again soon. so very sorry to disappoint. just as soon as I think I have it licked, it comes creeping back again. :( yuck.

here's a photo that Danielle sent to me last night of a banner that she made. she and her maid of honor were able to get several made. isn't it so pretty? several of the ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I think this gives a total of about a dozen that have been made so far. some of them have burlap and denim banner pieces in them with the ribbons and trims. lots of vintage laces are added to them as well.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Coming Soon! It's Almost Time for Crafty Stuff! :)

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel

Hello to all of you! Thank you so much for your patience and friendship. :)

It's almost time for some crafty stuff to finally appear here on my blog. The goodies are arriving in the mail and the ideas are flowing like a river. We have been busy working on wedding things, which has caused me to want to get into my craft room and play play play! :) Hoping to get started here in the next few days as the last few items come in the mail. I have big plans and high hopes for projects, so stay tuned! so many pretty toys to use, so I know it will be great fun to see what the end results turn out to be. :)

while we wait, I am listening to one of my all time favorite guitar players today, Stevie Ray Vaughan. here's one of his tunes, "Tick Tock" that he recorded with his brother. enjoy!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Coffee of the Day - more tea! :) Citrus Thyme -  a flavor I picked up yesterday when visiting Mick and Lauren in Ann Arbor, Michigan at a wonderful tea shop there that we love.  this is an orange blossom, currant, and thyme blend that is so delightful! just so you know, I did have a wonderful coconut hazelnut latte on our way up there to fulfill my coffee quota for the day! grins!

image from The Graphic Fairy

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! Even if you aren't in a romantic relationship, know that you are surrounded by so many people who love you for the beautiful person that you are!!! You are important, you are necessary, and you have people who count on YOUR smile each and every day. :)

I am not only working on wedding crafts and projects, as I mentioned in a previous post, but am gathering goodies to get back into my craft room again! wooo hooooo! can't wait to get inky and get into those papers & ribbons & buttons!!!! have so many ideas running through my head.....

take care and see you soon! much love to you!

Monday, February 5, 2018

What's Been Going On....

Coffee of the Day - is tea! :) Lemongrass Ginger Basil green blend

Hello! We are busy busy busy over here with the big autumn wedding that seems to be quickly approaching! So much crafting to do to get ready!

Tyler and Danielle are having all aspects of the wedding out at Camp, from the rehearsal dinner all the way through to the brunch the day after, so we are making all kinds of shabby, vintage pretties to decorate and beautify! :)

The house is over-run with vintage treasures we have been picking up at antique stores all across Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as ribbons & fabrics, mason jars, grapevine wreaths, and more kinds of moss than you knew grew in the forest! tee hee!

of course the bride will be the star of the show, as she should be!!! everything else is just setting the stage until she makes her appearance when she comes down the aisle.....

Much love to all of you!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Happy Anniversary, Women's March!

Coffee of the Day - Maple Nut

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the single largest protest in world history, with over 5 million people participating worldwide. The Women's March brought together people of all races, all socio-economic levels, for so many crucial causes, to let their voices be heard.

I am honored to have been at the march in Washington DC. This weekend marches will once again take place all around our globe, focusing on important issues such as #metoo, #NoBanNoWall, DACA and the clean Dream act, ever important racial equality, gender pay disparity, and LGBT rights, just to name a few.

Sadly I have to work this weekend, so I am unable to march. But I will be wearing my t-shirt from the march last year to show my solidarity with all of my sisters and brothers who are taking to the streets.

I think of all that has happened in this past year, the changes our country has been through. It's been difficult, but we have seen a beautiful voice emerge of courageous souls speaking out and stepping out for the first time. I truly believe that we will collectively come to find that peace and love will prevail. Respect for others and compassion for our fellow neighbors, ALL neighbors, will win out over hate and fear. We will join together hand in hand. One day... Oh yes, one day... :)

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Coffee of the Day - Eggnog

I must begin by apologizing to all of you for being away for so very long. I have had some difficulties with my health these past months.

But, as with all things in life, I am counting my blessings and rejoicing in all that is good & beautiful in this world! :)

May this new year bring  to you all your heart desires! I hope to see more of you and will try to do better with posts...

Happy New Year, dear friends!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beer Barrel Dwarf Publication

No Coffee today... feeling poorly and having juice instead.

I am finally getting a chance to share the card that was recently published in issue #110 of PaperCrafter magazine. I was so excited when they let me know they wanted to use one of mine in their publication!!! I am still waiting on the issue to arrive here in the States so I can add it to my collection. :)

I made this card for Tyler, our oldest son who graduated last month with a degree in bio-technology. He wanted to go into either the craft beer or winery industry, so I thought it would be fun to use this cutey little dwarf by Mo Manning, one of my ab fab fave artists.

papers are from the Basic Grey Boxer collection, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, ric rack is by Really Reasonable Ribbon, and vintage buttons & twine are from my stash. liquid applique is added to the top of the tankard for beer foam. the beer label is from one of Tyler's favorites to add a bit of a personal touch. ;)

He actually started working for The Winery at Wolf Creek right after graduation and loves it!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Happiest of Birthdays, Pretty Fairy!

Coffee of the Day - actually, today I'm having a yummy tea - Strawberry, Lavender, Mint Green blend from a wonderful tea shoppe in Ann Arbor, Michigan :)

Hello to everyone! yep, once again I have been missing from my blog. all for good reasons, I assure you. I had even picked up a few goodies to do a birthday blog candy, and then didn't even get around to posting. how sad is that?! ;) I'll try to get that up by the weekend though.

I have been to several protests against pipelines and fracking, so traveling all over Ohio. hubby and I are also delivering water and other supplies to Flint, Michigan every Saturday to try to help the situation there. Even Palmer went along on our last trip! Country dog in the big city! :) of course he was a big hit. He celebrates his fist birthday next week.... oh how the time has flown! When not traveling, I am busy working at Camp. yep, life is lots of fun and filled to the brim!!!

So today I am sharing a card I have made for both the progressive monthly challenge in the Simply Betty Facebook group and for a very special young lady we know. :) I hope she enjoys it as much as we enjoy having her in our lives! :)

The challenge is to use at least one decorative paper, the colors red, black, yellow, and cream, and also add glitter.

I used Prima digital papers and elements from the Doodledux collection, added touches with stickles glitter and the wink of stella pen, included flowers from Michael's, Prima, and Wild Orchid Crafts, vintage buttons, and finished the card with glitter ribbon also found at Michael's. the inside is decorated, too, with elements from the same Prima digital paper collection. I added cream acrylic paint to the card edges.

Thank you so much for stopping by! love to all of you!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Graduation Extravaganza!

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Macadamia

I promised that I would share photos from all of our sons' graduations, so here I am.... grab a cuppa and sit back. :)

it all started with Ryan graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University. he is now working for The Salvation Army in Marion, Indiana as their Assistant Director. :) Pictures show him with his girlfriend, Elizabeth, as well as his dad.

the next week was Mick graduating from Hocking College. he and his girlfriend, Lauren, are moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan in just a few weeks. She will be starting work at a nature center there, and he will be working for Plant Wise Restoration, a company that manages invasive plant species with native plants to the environment.

lastly we have Tyler who graduated from Kent State University. photos show him with his fiance, Danielle, as well as Mick and Dave. Tyler has started working for The Winery at Wolf Creek after obtaining a degree in bio-technology.

yes, I am a VERY proud mom! they are all in jobs doing exactly what they love with wonderful women who both love & support them. (and vice versa!!!) I couldn't ask for more!!! :) life is good indeed!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Strong, Beautiful, Kind

Coffee of the Day - Bourbon Pecan

Hello everyone!  Sorry I've been away for ever so long! I didn't realize that I haven't posted here on my blog in ages.  I apologize for that. with all 3 of our sons' college graduations, life here was just pretty crazy! :) but all in a VERY  wonderful way!!!

I'll do a post this weekend to share photos with you. I have them on my Facebook page, if you would like to see before then. :) yep, I'm the proud momma bird!

My post for now needs to be fast since we are dog sitting Mick's pup for almost 2 weeks. Brutus and Palmer are begging to head back out to Camp for their daily romp, so I'll come back to add in all of my card details.

I'm scooching in by the skin of my teeth for the Simply Betty monthly progressive challenge.  the theme for this month is to use at least 2 designer papers and add flowers. isn't the image gorgeous?

digital papers are from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection, main image & matting die are from Spellbinders, pretty floral dies are by Sizzix, mulberry flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts, and buttons are from my vintage stash.

okie dokie, I am back. the dogs and I  had a grand time playing in the rain out at Camp! we were soaked through to the bone, but had so much fun. :)

the neat little embellishment by the sentiment circle is from Webster's Pages. it has a pretty sparkle irl. I added touches of shimmerz paint to the pearls and buttons on the main image. the seam binding, which I distressed, is from Zipper Stop. crochet trim is from my stash. I think it might have come from Hobby Lobby. it has the prettiest satin finish.

have a most amazing day! love ya!

Double D - flowers galore
Digi Choosday - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - anything goes

Monday, April 24, 2017

Feathers and Pearls Progressive Challenge

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel

Hello again! I bet you are surprised to see me back so soon. :) While I was in my craft room, I decided to get my card finished for the Simply Betty Facebook group's monthly progressive challenge. the deadline is in just a few days, so I'm cutting it close this month. nothing like losing time from computer crashes and illness....

The theme for our challenge is pearls and feathers. we were given this neat roaring 20's image to use.  isn't she pretty?

I decided to go with a bit of a retro feel with my card. I found some neat digital feather paper online that fit with the entire 1920's look. I wanted to paint her hair blue to show her independence and rebellious streak that was so prevalent in women of the era. :)

flowers and leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts, ribbon & twine are from Really Reasonable Ribbon, crochet trim, vintage button, & tag are from my stash and little pearl accents are by Studio G. the little pearls on the image are painted with shimmerz.

thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a most amazing week! :)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fun Blog Collaboration with Debra and Celeste! Science Themed Projects

Winner at House Mouse & Friends

Coffee of the Day - Maple Fudge

Today I am part of a fun collaboration with 2 great ladies, Debra and Celeste! and guess, what? they love coffee, too! :)

One of the things these lovely ladies do is show photos off their coffee cups. Well, today's cup is in honor of our son, Ryan. these next 3 weeks are going to be a whirlwind here in our family. all 3 of our sons are graduating from college!!!  in just a few short days, Ryan graduates from Indiana Wesleyan University, so today I am drinking from this great mug he gave me. I usually drink my veggie juice from it because he absolutely hates vegetables. :) it makes me giggle every time to think of him cringing in horror that I would dare drink my kale and cucumber juice out of his IWU mug! yeah, I am sassy that way! but today it is filled to the top with coffee. Moon Pie would normally be in the photo, but he and Palmer are off playing right now. :)

here is last week's photo of him with my normal coffee cup. you can see there is a wee bit of a size difference in the mugs! ha!

Since I am the guestie of the month, I was allowed to choose the theme. With yesterday being Earth Day as well as the March for Science, I decided to use that as our theme. we are going to "Geek it for the World!" truly, science is all around us and impacts absolutely every single part of our lives. I had high hopes of being part of the March for Science, but a nasty case of pneumonia has had me sidelined for more time than I care to count. thankfully I was able to get my card finished in time to post though. again, thank goodness for science, this time medical science and the medications that have kept me from the hospital!!!

for my card, I decided to use my adorable House Mouse stamps and create a card that focuses on sustainable farming. In the past 9 months or so, we have gone from giving up all beef to eating an almost completely plant based diet. we stay away from all palm oil products as well as soy based items whenever possible. our food choices can make such a difference in helping leave less of a carbon foot print.

Papers are from the Basic Grey Hillside collection, bg die is by Tim Holtz, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and seam binding (which I distressed) is from Zipper Stop.  vintage buttons and ticket are from my craft stash.

if you look closely, the bg paper looks a little like the wind turbines you periodically see. as we drive out to visit Ryan in Indiana, we pass a huge wind farm. we always know that he is about 2 hours away at that point. wouldn't it be wonderful to see more and more wind turbines everywhere?

Netflix has some wonderful documentaries on sustainable farming as well as the impact of animals as a food source and their effect on our planet. I recommend "Sustainable", "Forks over Knives", and National Geographic's "Before the Flood" to start.

Thank you so much to Debra and Celeste for inviting me to be a part of their fun collaboration this month! I had a great time making my card! :) please be sure to stop by their blogs to say hello! :)

House Mouse Lovers - Stop and Smell the Flowers or anything goes

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Coffee of the Day - Moon Pie (I'll drink their coffee until it's gone, but we no longer eat their treats. discovered that they sadly use palm oil in their products. insert sad face here....)

Happy Happy Easter to each and every one of you! well, at least those of you who celebrate the holiday, that is. ;) Happy Sunday to the rest of you. :) may your day be glorious whether you celebrate the holiday or not!!!

I want to share with you a project I made for our son's fiancee's family. I also made one that I gave to our neighbors.

I started with a cardboard cheese box, pained it several shades of green with acrylic paint, added cs grass, and then topped with some fabulous wooden veneer fencing pieces I found at JoAnn's. the fence pieces were distressed with Tim Holtz distress markers. various sizes of Prima flowers dotted with stickles were added to complete the little garden boxes.

This sure does say 'springtime,' doesn't it?! :)

Have a wonderful day! Jennifer

Friday, April 7, 2017

Where I've Been...

Coffee of the Day - none, actually! eegads! out of milk at the house, so I'm drinking Bolthouse Farms Greens.....

Sorry I've been away for such a long time. hubby and I took some time off last week for a fun trip to Boston. we've always wanted to go. let me tell you, for a history buff like me, one week was NOT enough time! ;)

Only saw a small portion of the sites we wanted to see, but LOVED every single moment of it. we took our time. could have rushed and had a chance to visit more, but we really wanted to enjoy the visit.

oh my gosh, are the people there ever so nice!!! yummy food, too. some of the best was to be found in a fabby little pub not far from The Commons. it was the only place we actually went back for a second visit - Emmet's Irish Pub. Willie, the bartender, made the trip all the more enjoyable. :) of course he knew exactly how to pour my Guinness!

one of the highlight's of the trip was getting to see Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren at a speaking engagement. we were privileged to be invited to volunteer for the event. both are quite inspiring.

I hope to get some crafting done this weekend. Easter is right around the corner, and I am not the least bit ready!

we still have lots of snow on the ground. I hope the sun is shining wherever you are! :) enjoy your weekend and be blessed!