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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Year of the Sheep

This is the year for people born on the Year of the Sheep!
Be it business, love or health, everything will be in your favor this year.  Take calculated risks to succeed.  Your courage, optimism and enthusiasm will be infectious to people around you.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fasting & Feasting

Lent
Fasting & Feasting
Lent should be more than a time of fasting.
It should also be a joyous season of feasting.
Lent is a time to fast from certain things and to feast on others.

It is a season to turn to God:
Fast from judging others; feast on the goodness in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on unity of all life.
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives; feast from affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.

Fast from hostility; feast on non-resistance.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal Truth.
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.

Fast from facts that depress; feasts on truths that uplift.
Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence. 

Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that supports.

~William Arthur Ward

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Happy St. Valentine's Day!!!
 Some Valentine cards I made and mailed out with love!





Friday, February 13, 2015

My Valentine

Valentine's Day is always such a fun and sweet holiday!!!  
Especially when you participate in a Valentine Swap!  Viv out on a Whim hosted such a delightful swap, and my swap partner happens to be Courtney all the way from Maine!  Courtney doesn't have a blog, but I'm hoping that after this swap experience she might start one.
 Courtney absolutely outdid herself!!!
 I received this gorgeous Valentine box filled to the brim from Courtney!!!
I found this stunning heart embellished ornament!!!
 I love the way she lovingly wrapped all of my gifts with lots of  tissue!  I was totally speechless!  All I could say over and over again was, "ooh, aah, & wow" as I was unwrapping! 
 Scented soap, Valentine emery board, CD, book, magazine, starfish, ...
 candles, cupcake cups, nail polish, Chili Chocolate..spicy hot but good,  nourishing massage cream, a tiny glass angel, ...  
and my favorite flower scented candle ~ Pink Peony!
 A book inspired by the ever elegant and lovely Audrey Hepburn, and...
 the perfect romantic Valentine CD by Pink Martini!  I can't stop listening to it, and have added Pink Martini to my Pandora playlist!
A beautiful Valentine card with a sweet message and my very own monogrammed flag!
Thank you so much Courtney for the amazing and fabulous Valentine gifts!  You outdid yourself...went above and beyond!!!
This was a true Girly Girl gift that every woman would love to receive!
Thank you!

Thank you Viv for this great swap experience!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pink & Grey

Phew...I'm all done with baby shower invitations...now moving onto baby shower's favors and decorations.
Busy crazy week, but fun!!!
 PINK & GREY are this week's "Less is More" challenge!
When I think of pink & grey together it always reminds me of baby elephants...or Dumbo!!!  I love this color combo!
~interior of card~
Congratulations "Less is More" on your 4th Year Anniversary!!!

 Favorite for the week ending 2/15/15

Saturday, February 7, 2015

LOVE & Recognition

Super busy for the past week working on a swap and 40 baby shower invitations!!!
I'm a little STRESSED and haven't had time to play!  Play is very important to me!
 I made this card over a week ago for a sketch challenge and color challenge.
I had this piece of heart designer paper that had been calling my name for awhile!!!  Finally had a good reason to use it!
 ~interior of card~

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Jack's Shadow

 
Jack's Shadow
Jack: 6 months; about 3.6 pounds
Picture taken: January 7, 2013

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Heart

 I love the look of this little girl...reminds me of my "inner child"!
~interior of card~ 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Red

My Dad would have celebrated his 81st. birthday yesterday February 1st.
Happy Birthday Papi!
I associate RED with February, hearts, juicy sweet strawberries & cherries, red gingham, St. Valentine's Day and Be My Valentine cards!!! 
~interior of card~

I'm participating in this month's Photo-A-Day Challenge: February 2nd~RED
#thegirlcreative

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jack

First thing I see every morning!
My Little Jack...with "sleepies" in his adoring eyes!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tea

Cold cloudy rainy day equals a perfect day for hot tea!!! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Black Dahlia

 Hubby named this card "Black Dahlia...like for a dinner reception"!
Clean & Simple card...it is to me...
The flower was from a flower swap I participated in.  This Lady made the most gorgeous flowers!  Not only did she make the flower, but also put the button together.
While organizing my craft supplies, I came across this black & white Washi tape.  I don't know if it's actually Washi tape, but it's made out of fabric.  It's so nice to work with new things.
~interior of card~
Supplies:
Stampin' Up (SU) Silhouette stamp set
SU Cranberry Crisp ink
SU border punch
Handmade Silk flower with pearl button

Thrifty Shopping

Do you have days where you just need to get out of the house and go window shopping?
I had one those days yesterday and it was fun!  I didn't expect to buy anything, but most of the time I never come home empty handed!

 I went to one of my favorite local Thrift Stores and I hit the jackpot!!!  
50%  Off Day!!!  I love going to this one store, because I always find interesting and nice things to craft with.
I found this handmade crochet border edging which I will definitely use.  I have always wanted to add a crochet border to a white flat sheet and make it look a little vintage.
 I also found these beautiful lace embellishments!
Last week I was complaining (or more like feeling sorry for myself) because I didn't have any rick rack to use for a card!
Also I'm stocking up on seam binding which I use as ribbon in my cards/projects!

All in all, it was a great day yesterday!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yummy in the Tummy

So far I have been good about following some healthy goals I set for myself!
I make sure I get to the gym, even though I fight with myself to find the motivation to do it!!!  I do feel much better afterwards though!!!
More importantly watching what I eat!  No more second helpings and making good choices what I eat!

 So that in mind I created this card to remind me to stay healthy and eat more fresh fruit!!!
~interior of card~
I can't wait for summer's Farmers Market so I can have my fill of sweet ripe cool juicy fruit!!!
SplitCoastStampers~ F4A256 Cutting Back on Calories

Monday, January 26, 2015

Super Bowl?

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday?
Hubby is!!!  He's having a couple of his friends over to watch the game and they're all male!!!  Testosterone off the roof!!!
I like watching football, but with a room full of men it's just too much for my poor little ears!!!
I've decided to spend the day with Mom.  I think shopping would be nice!

 Well off to crafting!
It's never too late to start making Christmas cards!  Why wait til the last minute like I always do?
I've decided that it would be nice to at least create one Christmas card per week, so as the Holidays approach, I'll have a nice stash...and ready to be mailed out.
I literally used bits & pieces from my Christmas basket to create this card.  It makes me feel good that I didn't run out to the craft store to get more stuff!!!  I'm getting to become so frugal.
~interior of card~