Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cleaning Up

Lately I have been on a "finishing up projects" that I began, but was almost done and never completed...hehehe!!!
PhDs (projects half done) or WIPs (works in progress) whether they're half done knitted sweaters, half done crochet afghans, half done hand sewn quilts, Christmas cards, scrapbooks, pocket letters... all tucked away in boxes, bags, or baskets...
one by one are coming out to be finally finished!
Why so many unfinished projects?
I ran out of yarn, paper, ribbon, thread, fabric, time, motivation...
Or I just simply moved on to another new more exciting project to make!
I'll be honest, but it is hard to sit down and re-start an old project; but once I make up my mind, I simply do it!!!  
I get a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment after each completed project!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2015


It has sure been a while since I've had a chance to sit down, drink my coffee at leisure and visit my own blog!  We've had a very interesting and very active month back in Arizona to say the least!  To keep my sanity intact, I had a chance to work in my craft room and worked on one project, while everything else around me/us is CHAOS!

Besides trying to keep up with swaps, Pocket Letters and not being able to meet some deadlines, Church activities, Bunco, Mom's Chauffeur, vet appointments for all four of our pets, learning to give Oliver his insulin shots twice a day, my own medical appointments, and going to bed with a huge painful migraine...I did managed to spend yesterday afternoon in my craft room and work on a little Christmas project !!! 

I made a Christmas card holder out of a big binder clip.  It can also be used as a photo holder or place card holder.
It was very easy to make and the best part was that I used those little paper scraps, bits & pieces, odds & ends I've saved just in case I needed them some day.
I'm thinking it would make a cute little stocking stuffer or gift to tuck away for someone special!

Here's a preview of our living room in progress...
 ...and it has been a project!
A little surprise under the carpet: very old linoleum tiles and tested with a small percentage of asbestos!  Old tiles removed and floor treated by experts; the tiling finally began!!!
Oh but wait!  While tiles were being laid, Leo the Tiler, found out that several of the tiles were warped....which more had to be ordered...and the saga continued of a home renovation...LOL!!!
After all the ups and downs and all tiles laid down, "the grouting" is being done...yeah!!!

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Share Your Cup Thursday ~ Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Friday Features Linky Party ~ Oh My Heartsie Girl

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

Autumn Pocket Letter for Lisa

Since fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year (especially when I get a chance to experience autumns in Minnesota) I went a little crazy and participated in another fall PL swap!
I made this Fall PL for Lisa.
It simply describes all of fall's pleasures!
I made the little FALL Banner on the top left pocket.
I love making big tags, and I added a pocket envelope filled with fall goodies for Lisa.
This is the back of the Fall PL filled with goodies!
If you're interested in participating in a Christmas Pocket Letter Swap, please stop by Deb's Garage Sale Gal for more info,
To learn more about Pocket Letters you may go to Janette Lane's Pocket Letter
Facebook Pocket Letter Pals

Have a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Pumpkin Patch PL and Life So Far

Things are getting better day by day and feeling much better! :-)
  1. I had an IBS flare up due to all of the recent stress I let myself  in.  I got it under control, and feel so much better!!!
  2. Our Church's Bazaar and Bake Sale was a great success!!! I helped out at the Christmas Table for two days, and boy was I tired, but it felt so good to feel useful and have a purpose in life.  
  3. I baked the most delicious heavy duty pound cake for the Church's Bake Sale!  I will share recipe and picture in another post.
  4. Mom and I attended the Peoria Community Center Halloween Bash Party and wore the cutest little witches' hatbands. 
  5. The tile has been delivered and tiling of living/dining rooms is scheduled for next Wednesday, November 11th!!!  Maybe we can host Thanksgiving dinner here!
  6. Oh...and I'm so behind schedule (swaps, visiting friends' blogs, life in general ...) so today I start the first day of my life all over again!
I better post this Fall Pocket Letter before the Christmas season begins!
I made this Fall Pocket Letter for Julie.

I used the front cover page of our Community Center Fall flyer to create Julie's PL.  I cut out some clip art, sunflower picture and Fall 2015 from the same flyer.
This is the back of the Fall PL!
I included a My Fall Favorites tag checklist and a card pocket filled with more fallish goodies for Julie!
To learn more about Pocket Letters you may go to Janette Lane's Pocket Letter
Facebook Pocket Letter Pals

Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Acts of Kindness for November

You can go here for a better view of printable!
I'm still having issues with Windows 10 brightness :-(

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Pocket Letter for Waunita

Happy Halloween and I hope you get lots of treats!!!
This is my Halloween Pocket Letter I made for Waunita.  We both participated in a Halloween PL swap for the month of October (Facebook Pocket Letter Pals Group).
The above photo was my sneak peek post on our Facebook PLP Group to show we were ready to mail out to our swap partner.  I like to give a sneek peak shot of what to expect for a surprise factor.
The completed front page of Halloween PL.
~back of Halloween PL~
I added a Halloween tag, and ...
a ghost cookie cutter, a black with gold polka dots glass magnet, and  ...
  other goodies!
~back of PL with the added goodies~
I just hope Waunita likes it!!!
To learn more about Pocket Letters you may go to Janette Lane's Pocket Letter
Facebook Pocket Letter Pals
Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Bunco Night

Me at Bunco Night hosted by Sue.
Whoever got a Bunco that night got to wear the Halloween headband (instead of passing around the giant stuffed dice).  Even though I had 3 Buncos that night and wore the headband 3 times, I did not get to win a prize, but I surely had a great time!!!
Sue took this picture of me with her cell phone.  Even though the lighting is awful, I actually like this photo of me.  As you'll probably know by now I absolutely detest pictures of me; luckily this picture passed the test!

I've known Sue for many years.  We met through one of her Longaberger Parties.  Two years ago I get an email from her announcing her next Longaberger Party at her new was a total surprise finding out her new address!   She and her husband moved one block behind our house and not only that, we share the same house about a small world.
It's wonderful having her as my very close neighbor and friend.  On Bunco Nights I simply walk over to her place, which makes it so convenient and perfect since I bring the wine to share for our get together.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Crafty Plans and Better Days

Calmer Days are here again!
  1. We still have the "brightness issue" with our computer, but I'm not going to worry about it.  Eventually this will be taken care of soon.  
  2. Our family room looks like a storage room, because all of our living/dining room's furniture is crammed in there.  In a week, the tile will be laid, and our home will be home again.
  3. I'll have a very busy weekend coming up helping with our Church's Bazaar.  I'm actually looking forward to this.
  4. Must not forget to drop off a "homemade cake" (not store bought) Friday afternoon at Church for Bake Sale at Bazaar!!!  Yikes...I haven't baked in a long time!!!  Maybe I should bake two for practice.
  5. Since I'm back in town I'm Mommy's chauffeur.  Take this as an opportunity to spend quality time with Mom!  
Note to Self: Turn a negative into a positive.  Stop, close my eyes, take deep a breath, exhale, relax, & SMILE.  Every thing will be fine!!! :-)

Now for the the Crafty Plans...
While out and about "Thrift~ing", I found a big bag full of wine corks!  Once I got home, I selected only the wine corks actually made out of corks (saved the non-corks for another project).  I can make a wine cork wreath, a Christmas garland with added red beads, or ...
these gorgeous wine cork balls I spotted at the Bachman's Fall Ideas House.  In my crazy mind I can see me having a WINE ROOM...hehehe....I can dream!!!
I also found these two packages of ruffled trim.  I know that it will eventually become useful in one of my projects!
I just love the feeling I get when I find excellent treasures while on the hunt for treasures.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Trash to Treasure Pocket Letter

Happy Monday Tuesday!!!
I say Happy Tuesday, because Monday was not so good!!!  The big issue this past weekend was the "computer" while upgrading to Windows 10.  The problem has to do with "brightness", and we still haven't been able to resolve it.  So very frustrating!  What a this point I have given up, and just happy to be able to get to my blog with yucky resolution!  We will probably end up calling the Geek Squad to figure it out and just fix it!!!

I apologize for not having been able to stop by and visit.  I will try to do so today and see/read what you've been up to :-)

 I participated in a Trash to Treasure Pocket Letter last month.
The challenge in creating this PL was to use only things/items that were recyclable (example: labels, tags, magazines, flyers, ...) nothing store bought, but with a theme.  My theme was 2015 Summer in the Twin Cities.  I used ticket stubs from a Twins game, MN State Fair, and a Cat Video Festival we attended.  A flyer from the Bachman's Fall Ideas House visit, the Schwans' bi-weekly next delivery date reminder, and a "next in line" stub and logo label from Hackenmueller's Butcher Shop (Hubby and I were on a low carb diet over the summer).  This place has the best meat in town!  The quote in the middle center pocket "Do something creative everyday" is from a ...
... paper bag from the Paper Source store.  I love shopping at this store!  They have the prettiest handmade paper I've ever seen.  I followed their advice printed on the bag: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
I recycled the rest of the paper bag graphics and design to do the back of PL (picture above); and added a sample of their handmade paper from this store.
This picture shows the back of PL filled with goodies for my swap partner.  The hanging tags were recycled as well.  One tag was from a pair of pants Hubby bought over the summer and the smaller tag is from Scout Vintage Store.
To learn more about Pocket Letters you may go to Janette Lane's Pocket Letter
Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Scrapooking Old Family Photos

~This is my mother-in-law Caroline (Cally)~

Over the summer one of my goals was to organized and simply scrapbook my Hubby's family's pictures.  For some reason, most of the old family photos were kept in two metal boxes all thrown together and abandoned.  
I sorted them as best as I could with Hubby's help.  I used photo corners to place on the pages, that way they can be easily be removed and we can be able to read some of the notes written on the back of photos.  Sadly the information written on back of photos do not contain enough information to answer several questions: Who? Where? When?
Furthermore, as far a s I know most of the people in the photos are long gone.  Luckily, we are able to recognize my mother-in-law, her two sisters, her parents and grandparents.
My sister-in-law Jan has beautiful penmanship and I'm recruiting her to help me label/notate using a white ink pen below photos.

I love this picture of "Cally" very happy and content!  I believe she was about 9 years old.

"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday ~ How Sweet the Sound

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thrifty Nifty Finds

On one of my last thrifty jaunts in Minnesota, I found the following little treasures!  I just love when right out of the blue I find things that I wasn't even looking for!
This is the cutest teapot and the perfect size for my daily afternoon tea!!!
I didn't have a teapot that I could call "my very own" back in MN.  It will be there waiting for my return next late spring.
We have some teapots left behind by my late in-laws, but I have never used them...I have no idea why...hmm...funny!
Now this teacup and saucer was my prize of the day!!!  I love blue and white china!!!
It is called Blue Danube Onion Pattern.
This particular blue is called cobalt blue.
I had been looking for a big simple sugar bowl, and BINGO there it was...nothing special (I think it's from Target), but perfect for our tiny coffee station.  Hubby LOVES his sugar in his coffee!

Arizona Update
Yeah...we are finally settled in Arizona!

I went to my Bunco group last night, and I was a BIG WINNER$$$  These group of Ladies are so much fun, and we have a wonderful time!  I got to meet three new wonderful ladies, and I'm looking forward to our next Bunco Night in December!

Right before we left Minnesota, we found out that Oliver (Big Boy Kitty) was a diabetic.  I was very sad and distraught over this; but the good news is that he's now on insulin and on a diabetic meal diet.  Supposedly cats can go on remission, and won't need twice a day daily insulin shots.  We're praying that this happens! 

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Heart Coasters

About two weeks ago, I made these three quick and easy heart crochet coasters.  I thought it would be nice to have a couple of nice little handmade gifts handy to place in gifts, packages, or thank you cards.
I use this pattern to make them.  I made the first coaster following the instructions step-by-step, but the other two I kind of tweaked the pattern.  I added two extra rounds to actually make the hearts bottom more pointy (like a heart).  I was so engrossed making the changes, that I did not make written notations...argh!!!

This is the crochet coaster that started my inspiration in making them!
I received this pretty crochet coaster from Karren from Oh My Heartsie Girl, as part of my teacup gift package from her.
 I thought it was so dainty and so cute, and decided to make one myself.  Of course, one turned into...
another, and then tweaking the pattern.  I just added little picots to the shells on the finishing round.  And after making three of these cute coasters, it made me pursue in venturing out of my comfort zone, and making the heart coasters.
These were fun and quick to make and they look pretty, too!

Arizona Update
Things are running smoother now...yeah...knock on wood!

Yesterday, I met with our Church's Women's Guild weekly morning get together. It was a busy morning and it was so nice to get back to and feel useful!  I volunteered to become the new receptionist/welcome person for our group.  Not a hard job to do at all.  All I have to do is be there half and hour earlier (8:30 am) to greet the ladies as they come in and make sure they sign in, and also to welcome new comers (and potential new members) with a HAPPY and BIG SMILE!  I can do it!!!
The Guild is in full swing in getting ready for our yearly Fall Bazaar in less than two weeks!   Honestly, I was exhausted by the time I got home.

Hubby is obsessed in getting the formal living and dining rooms tiled!!!  So after many months of planning and finally both us agreeing on the tile, we decided to go ahead with the project.  Yesterday he met with the "tiling person" and has scheduled the job.  So in about a week or so, we will be moving furniture (what we can move) and all of my breakables (dishes, crystal, glass, knick knacks, etc...) out of the way!!!  I'm looking forward to it though!!!  I think it will make the rooms look so much bigger, and best of all our doggies will have more room to roam.  They are off limits to any rooms with carpet...hehehe!!!

Good news: We haven't run the AC in the last two days!!!  Days are so much cooler and so nice...still wearing shorts!