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Monday, July 4, 2016

AROUND HERE

It has been over a month since my last post, so I thought I should offer an update as to what's going on around here:

Around here, I have been spending all my time studying. Between studying and summer stuff, I don't have a lot of free time. Most of my studying time is spent sitting on my bed because that is where I can get the quiet I need to focus.



 Around here, Kevin has gotten a job offer that was one of the most difficult decisions he has ever made. More on that when we get a definitive answer.

Around here, I bought some peonies at the store and have loved having them in my kitchen. Smelling them every day. Hmmm...


Around here, Karli is moving out of her apartment so lot's of driving and loading and unloading. She's moving into her sorority house in the fall, so it's a transition from the apartment now to that. Unfortunately, that requires three moves..out of the current apartment, into the new apartment for the remainder of summer session, out of the new apartment and home for two weeks before fall classes start, and then into the sorority house in August.

Around here, Kyle is staying busy with summer activities like watching Friends, playing Xbox, working at McAlister's, eating at Steak and Shake,  and going to DQ way too much.

Around here, I am starting a new healthy eating plan today. Summer has caused a few pounds to creep on, and I have to get them off. It could be above mentioned frequent trips to DQ.

Around here, we have not gone on a vacation in about a year and a half, and I am hoping we can at least get away for a weekend when Karli comes home.

Around here, we are going on college visits because Kyle is a senior this year. His first choice is The Ohio State, but it's expensive because we are out of state. He's hoping for scholarships to make up the difference between in state and out of state tuition. We'll see. University of Cincinnati is choice two, but only because Ohio State has been where he wanted to go since he was three.


Anyway, that's the update for me. Hopefully, I will be able to post more frequently once I can get into a routine. And once things settle down a bit from my school, summer activities, and Karli's school.

Have a blessed day!
Grace and peace to you all.













Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BATHING BEAUTIES LAYOUT





Today I want to share with you a layout I made about my children and their bath time. As I have been cleaning and purging, I found these awesome die cuts from about eight years ago by Frame Ups. And in the spirit of use it up, I pulled them out to use right away. So I looked through my photos and found these gems.

I dry fit the layout trying out different options until I found one that worked. So I mounted the pictures on white or yellow cardstock except for the one of my daughter. There was a frame in the set that worked well for this picture to highlight her beautiful face. I put pop dots on the Bathing Beauties title, the duck on the left page, the head wrap person and the small duck on the right page to give the page some dimension, and as I looked at the page, I realized I needed a little something else. So I added the punched white dots to resemble bubbles. I also found the word strips "we'll be having some fun" in my stash for the beach but they fit great in this layout. I think they are by TPC Studios. The last step was to die cut two circles and add my journaling.

Tomorrow I am going to share my Week in the Life pictures for Monday.









Friday, April 29, 2016

Scrapbook.com Giveaway!



Good Morning! 

I just wanted to let all of you know that Scrapbook.com has a giveaway going on where you can get $2500 worth of Sizzix supplies. What??!! Yes, you heard right! You can go to this link and sign up for the giveaway. Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

GOING BACK TO COLLEGE


I know, it's been forever since my last post, but I have had a lot going on. I have, at 41 years old, enrolled in college. Yeah, go figure. I AM a little old for this, but it's never too late! Anyway, I decided to go to Concordia St. Paul online because it was the one that worked the best with my schedule, budget, and was actually a legitimate degree. (I found a number of online school that issued a degree that was not even worth the paper it was written on! Imagine spending all that money and not even getting a legit degree!!!) So school starts on May 10, and I have found college has changed A LOT since I went way back when. There is definitely a learning curve as this is all online, and I have to log in with Webex and post to discussion boards. So figuring that all out has been an adventure.

I was recently having a discussion with a friend that asked why go back to school now? (Seeing as how we have one in college right now and one going to college in the next year.) And my reply was that I have been wanting to do this for about 7 years now and have been praying and praying about it. And, truth be told, afraid of it. College is hard, and I am not as young as I was the last time I attended college. As well as, I have a life now, with a husband and kids and a home to run. However, the first time this came up, instead of pursuing it, I chose a job at the mall. I quit that job about a year later because it was taking a lot of time away from my family on the weekend. I revisited the college issue. Then got offered a job at a local lunch spot. So I did that for about a year. Then I got let go from that. I revisited the college issue again. But decided to work as a server at lunch. Then I had an accident which ended that job. So, the question becomes, is God trying to tell me that college is the way to go by ending all the other options? I am not sure. I only know that I have prayed fervently for the Lord's guidance and direction in my life. So is this the answer to my prayer? Is this the way God wants me to go? I am not sure. But a friend of mine told me the other day that when God asks you to jump off of a cliff, He either catches you or gives you wings to fly. So here's to jumping off a cliff!


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What's Real Right Now


What's real right now: I still have not fully recovered from my visit with my family almost a month ago. I can't seem to catch up on my rest.

What's real right now: We have been trying to help out my dear SIL do some home improvements, which have been left for far too long. This past weekend, Kevin cut down 14 trees in her backyard. We cleaned her house for her, dusted and vacuumed and straighten and cleaned bathrooms. She had an accident five years ago and has recently had some health issues related to that, so she has been unable to get around easily for a few months now.

What's real right now: We just had carpet laid but it was an adventure in waiting and moving furniture and taking beds apart and then putting them back together again. The carpet guy just could not seem to show up when he said he was, so it was frustrating. But a week and a half later, its all in and looks great!

What's real right now: I am still debating going back to college for an Exercise Science degree, but the cost is just so much. 

What's real right now: Kyle is working and hanging out with friends so much that I NEVER see him. Maybe an hour a day. We laugh and say that his car does't even have time to get cold. Boy, does he burn up the road.

What's real right now: I have four rooms that need painting: downstairs bedroom, kitchen, Karli's room, and laundry room.

What's real right now: Karli is gearing up for her exams that start in a few weeks. She is very stressed and anxious about them.

What's real right now: I woke up at 4:30 this morning. (Not helping with the catching up on sleep thing.)

What's real right now: I am still trying to purge a bunch of stuff, so I have listed quite a few things on eBay. And they are selling! I love that. I hate to throw things away that still have a life. I would prefer to give it, or sell it cheaply, to someone who will use it.


Friday, April 1, 2016

FIRST FLOWERS OF SPRING!!

It's so exciting to see the flowers start to bloom here in the Midwest. Although this winter has not been too bad for snow and REALLY cold weather, it's still been a Midwest winter. So it's nice to see flowers and green grass and warm sunshine and birds chirping. 


Spring is the time of year that reminds me of new beginnings and renewal. It is a season of fresh starts and new growth. I am reminded every spring how awesome God is. To look around at the cold, seemingly dead, barren landscape and see grass come alive and flowers bloom. How, from such lifeless things, such beauty can emerge.


It reminds me of myself. How lifeless and desolate my soul gets sometimes, and how God can bring such beauty from it. I go through seasons of growth and seasons of testing in my Christian life, and, although, the seasons of testing are difficult, Romans 5:3-5 reminds us of what those difficulties produce. It says,

     "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces 
        endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope 
does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts 
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."



I have been going through a season of testing for a few months and keep reminding myself of this promise. God is still good, all the time.  I pray for the desire to seek God more. And I pray for the desire to open my Bible more. I pray for the renewing of my soul, and the beginning of a season of growth spiritually. I pray that I can remember the promises and grace and forgiveness and sacrifice that was made for me. That I can find JOY where I am. I know there will be an end to this season, and on the other side will be endurance, character, and hope. Because that is what GOD promises.

I am so very thankful for this journey, and that I am so very blessed.

Grace and Peace





Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Good morning everyone! So glad you joined me today!

Today I am sharing with you a page I made about my faith. I am very rooted in the word of God and have a very strong faith, but I always am humbled by how very much I have to learn.

Here is God's definition of faith from Hebrews, and the world's definition from the dictionary. Somewhat similar aren't they?


I love how this verse says so much in so little. It is the assurance of things hoped for but not seen. God created the universe with His word. Out of nothing he created something. Which to me describes the awesome power of God. If he can do that, I can't even fathom what he can do in my life.

The dictionary definition is telling in that it says complete trust, not trust when its convenient or when it suits me, complete trust. So in ALL things trust in the Lord. If God can move (or create) mountains, I think God can handle all my problems.

I also think it's interesting to note the second definition that says it is based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof because I have seen "proof" of God a number of times in my life. I have seen miracles happen. I have seen things happen that are unexplainable, in life and in people. Where the world says coincidence or luck, I say God.

So moving on to details of the layout, the base paper is Heidi Swapp color magic. If you haven't been able to tell, I am trying to use up all of my stash (because I have WAY too much stuff) and have been dipping into it a lot lately. YAY! The large black letters are from a Studio Calico kit from last year. And that's the gist of the page. Pretty simple but beautiful.

Thanks for joining me and have an awesome day!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Good Morning!

Happy Monday to you.

I am here today to share with you a project I have been working on involving some Prom pictures that may or may not have been taken a way long time ago. Better late than never! I used a project by Jamie Pate as an inspiration. Some pages look similar to hers and some are different because I used what I have! I loved the combination of black and white with my daughter's beautiful red prom dress.


So first up is the outside. I started with a Heidi Swapp memory file and then just layered on top of that. I started with a sheet of the color magic paper that I sprayed with tinsel color shine, then layered an empty photo frame with my title in it. I sprayed some white seam binding ribbon with tinsel color shine and put it on top of the photo frame. I also rubbed the edges of a heart and an arrow with black color shine and mounted those on top. I added two small pieces of washi tape and a clear banner to finish off the front cover.


On the left side, I started by adhering a piece of color shine paper that I sprayed with black color shine and then painted with white acrylic paint. I then used a standard 4x6 photo and added another heart and arrow that I edged with black color shine. I also added a title that I had in my stash. On the right side, I again started with a sheet of color shine paper that I sprayed with black and painted with white acrylic paint. I then layered on top of that a sort of flip book. The top page is a color magic frame that I attached a #grateful clear tag on the bottom with staples.


When you flip that first page open, I sprayed the back of the frame with black color shine and covered the binding mechanism I used for my book with a strip of washi tape. The right side is simply a 4x6 picture trimmed down to fit the back of the frame.



On the back of the picture, I adhered a piece of scrap paper I had on hand, a Heidi Swapp flag from my stash, two strips of washi tape, and some color shine arrows sprayed with black color shine. On the right side, I put a picture with a color shined bow at the top adhered with a small binder clip.


On the back of the picture, I put a color shine tag, sprayed with tinsel, with two black color shine hearts and an arrow under the back of the binder clip. On the right side, I have a color shine tag, sprayed with black color shine, placed horizontally with a picture on it.


On the back left, I have adhered another color magic tag sprayed with black color shine. On the right. I used a piece of color magic paper left plain and adhered a loved clear tag first, then I layered on a label, an empty photo frame, two color pop banners, some flowers from my stash, and a sprayed arrow. I then layered my photo on top. I did not photograph the last page as it has my journaling on it. But I simply adhered a Midnight Project Life journaling card that fit with the theme. I journaled about where we bougth the dress and how beautiful she looked. I stamped the date and called it done. 

Hope you have enjoyed my latest project! Have an awesome day!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kappa Kappa Gamma Mom's Weekend



Good Afternoon! This past weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to see my sophomore daughter at college. She has joined a sorority this semester and has the honor of being a Kappa Kappa Gamma girl. She was kind enough to host me in her apartment and indulge in movie night on Friday! Man, am I spoiled! 

We had a wonderful time with all of her sorority sisters. We had dinner on Friday night at the Union and yoga on Saturday at the house. It was so much fun spending time with her and her friends. They are so much fun and such a good time. Thanks to Kappa Kappa Gamma for this great weekend and to my daughter for being such an awesome host! Tell Olivia I said it was so rich!

Have a great rest of the weekend! God bless!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Welcome to my Blog!

Good morning. Today I am going to share with you a couple of things I have been working on right now. The first is a card for a dear friend of mine whose Mother-in-Law passed away recently and the second is a layout of my kids. Enjoy!


First is the card. I used an old My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad called Lost & Found Two for the base, then I cut a piece of dark brown from the pad at an inch wide and mounted that in the middle of the card. I die cut a circle from the polka dot paper just slightly larger than my stamped piece. Then I stamped the Unity Stamp Co. ...Everything Wonderful sentiment stamp on the circle stamp that comes in the set. I die cut that out as well and mounted it on the polka dot paper. I have a set of Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles Die Set that I use to die cut all of my circles which makes it easy to cut nesting circles like this. I then mounted the circles onto the card with pop dots to give it some dimension.


Next up is the layout of my kids. I used a Studio Calico kit from February of 2015 (I am WAY behind on those kits!) called Cirque Scrapbook Kit.The whole title and papers at the bottom of the layout are from that kit. The top of the layout is Heidi Swapp's line called Favorite Things. The paper, the word strips, the flower, the label sticker and the epoxy stickers are all from that line.

Thanks for visiting and have an awesome day!