Friday, April 24, 2015

Crochet Edge Pillowcases

It's such a gorgeous beautiful day here.  Cool, overcast and breezy!

I took advantage of this beautiful morning to organized and cleaned out a box full of accumulated Christmas and assorted gift bags (by occasion) out in the garage. I'm so glad I have been keeping up being organized in the garage cupboards/closets.  It's a great feeling now to go there and find exactly what I need.
Another belated project finally finished.
I added 2 different crochet edgings to this set of pillowcases. Last summer I learned to sew pillowcases.  This set of pillowcases will be flying back with me to Minnesota, and will be used for our bed.
I used this pattern for the top pillowcase crochet edge from a vintage crochet magazine I found at an estate sale.  I collect old crochet magazines...I just never know when I will need a pattern
For the bottom pillowcase crochet edge, I simply came up with the idea myself.  I now wished I had used the pattern from the magazine.
My decorated Easter egg gift from Jacob, my 4 year old nephew!  He did it all by himself!
Thank you!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crochet Sunflower Coasters

So glad to be back!
I didn't take a break because I wanted to, but because for the last 2 months our lives were interrupted by life's hiccups.  We have been in this home for 7 years now, and it seemed like anything that could go wrong after another$$$  So very thankful they were things that could be fixed, replaced or tossed away.
After all of the chaos, I had a chance to sit down, relax, put my feet up, and enjoy iced cold Arnold Palmers.  But alas, it has been hot here and my glass would sweat and get water all over the coffee table! So out came the yarn and hook and made a quick set of 6 sunflower coasters.  Perfect for spring and summer.
 Our first red amaryllis of this season, and...
pink amaryllis.
So very lovely!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Baby Shower Invitations

 When my sister found out that she would become a first time grandmother and got over the shock...surprise, she immediately gave me the job of making the baby shower invitations!
 Once we found out the sex of the baby, I got busy!
I had fallen in love with the onesie baby card, and finally had the opportunity to make it.
I used assorted blue designer paper to accent the onesies.
The beginning of making 40+ cards!!!
What 40 plus finished cards look like!!!

I was so happy to be done making them.
It made it easy that I was pretty organized and assembled the cards in stages (onesie cutout, bows, stamping, ovals, ...).

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A New Life

Julian Anthony
March 13, 2015
8 lbs, 3 oz, 21"
He is perfect!
I'm a proud Grand-Aunt!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring is Here

Happy Spring!
So happy to be back to our so called "normal" life!
This is Daphne Moone our new family member.  She's 4 months old and a sweetheart!  We have adopted her.  At first our plan was to be her foster parents until we would find her a very sweet loving and caring family.  Well, Hubby simply fell in love with her and couldn't bear parting with her.
She's all ours now!

What a whirlwind last couple of weeks have been!  When something goes wrong in our life, there's a string of  more to follow.
Let's see: our computer crashed, front door knob broke, irrigation watering system needed repair, the vacuum cleaner belt broke and now replaced, and I had a nasty cold/allergy...

and of course while this is all going on, we also had good come into our lives.  My sister's first grandson was born ~ Julian Anthony, 8 lbs. 3 oz. 21" long.
We had very pleasant company (except for a little hiccup: my niece accidentally fill her gas tank with diesel on her way back to California...actually a big hiccup!...on a Sunday afternoon.  Don't ask how in the world she managed to do this, because I still can't figured it out!!!  As bad as this sounds, luckily for her and us, our whole family were able to help her in our own way with this situation, and a couple of hours later she and her mom were back on the road again!  A reminder to all of us how blessed we are to have the good times and the bad times!

March has been a very busy birthday month!  Lots of birthdays which at times is hard to keep track of all of them!!!

Well...I hope that now I'll find sometime to blog and have fun!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Computer Crashed

Our old computer totally crashed!!!!
What a headache!
New one up and trying to figure out how to work and re-establish all of my favorites!!!
I've a huge headache!

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

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 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


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

Monday, February 2, 2015


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