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Friday, February 12, 2016

Friendship

Have you ever met someone out of the blue and just connected and it feels like you've always known each other and have lots of things in common with?

Two months ago I met Mary at our Church group and it was instant friendship!  We found out that we are neighbors (she lives down the street from me); she comes from the Minneapolis area; she's a talented quilter, and also a beginner golfer like me. We also have similar likes and dislikes.

We are both part of the Sewing Group at Church.  She's such a great asset to our group.  You don't tell her twice, and she's done with a project or request right away!  She made about 10 lap quilts to be donated to Veterans.  They turned out beautifully and they were very much appreciated by the nursing home.

 Mary made this very cute throw pillow for me!  She knows I love my wine!
She made a beautiful wine quilt (which I love!), and she used some of the leftover fabric for my pillow.
I am blessed to have few but very good friends!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pom Pom Luggage Tags

I have always thought pom poms were the cutest things ever invented!  I remember this pair of slippers I had as a child that had this huge fluffy pink pom pom on each slipper...I just loved them!!!

Last week I had to learn how to make pom poms and it reminded me of my pom pom slippers and how much I loved to wear them!  
I have been volunteering in our Church's little shop (Clementique)  twice a month for a about two hours at a time.  Our shop sells many handmade items that the Church Ladies donate for our shop to sell (funds from these sales go towards charity).  From curly knitted scarves, crochet afghans, quilts, kitchen scrubbies, and so many other beautifully handcrafted items.  I can always find something different and new!

We had a request for 20 luggage pom pom tags from one of our parishioners.  This lady is going on a Girls' Cruise trip, and she is giving each of her friends one pom pom luggage tag.  Our shop was completely out of them.  I was asked if I could make them, and of course I said YES!!!  After watching a YouTube tutorial, and a couple of tries, they were not hard to make at all!
 Each pom pom will have this Traveler's Prayer tag attached.
The ladies will be able to tie their pom pom onto their piece of luggage so they'll recognize it as it comes down the chute (I think that's what you call it).  The colors are bright and I tried to make them really tight, full and fluffy.
Bon Voyage Ladies!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine Treat Holder

 I made this treat holder for a Valentine treat swap.  
I had always wanted to make another one.  I learned to make one years ago, and it was for Halloween and I remember how cute it turned out to be. 
I hope my swap partner likes it!

Golf: Today I get to play golf again with the Women's 9-hole Group.  Last week was so cold...brrr...sunny and breezy, and we all blamed the weather for our game...LOL!  So far I'm really enjoying it.  Last Friday I had my third golf lesson, and the most important thing is to practice, practice and more practice.  In my case I need to learn to relax and not grip the club too hard!!!  

Church: Sunday was Coffee & Donut Sunday, and it was the Women's Guild group's turned to help serve after each of the three masses.  I helped served after the the 7:00 am mass. I actually enjoy doing this as well.  I like to meet other church members and their families; and the donuts are so good!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Love is in the Air

February is such a happy sweet month in my opinion.
Hearts, chocolate, pinks and reds, Valentine cards, friendship and love!
 It was time to add a touch of Valentine decor to our dining room.
A few of my Valentine collectibles.
This is one of my many favorite Charming Tails figurines...Sweets!
I changed the china in the hutch and displayed these pretty cherry blossoms dishes...pink!
Lots of red hearts in the crystal and of course,
must have candles for a romantic dinner.
Now what to make for dinner?
I feel like having Red Velvet Cake!!!  I'm an adult and I can have anything I want for dinner now.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Puppy Love Valentine Card

I'm so glad to be able to have time and get back to blogging again!  I missed doing this so much!

I received the cutest St. Valentine's card in the mail from Deb.
Deb thank you so much...I love it!!!
 This card is simply too precious for words!  I love every thing about it...puppy tag, vintage Valentine cards, and the card itself!!!
 ~inside of card~
See the handwriting on the back of the vintage card?  Precious!
 It's obvious why I named Deb's card Puppy Love Valentine card .
The Chihuahua tag is adorable...looks so much like my little Jack & Daphne!

Deb does such a wonderful job in making anything she makes so very special.  Thank you Deb for making my day!   I have your card by my computer and every time I look at it, it brings a smile to my face.

Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Gift Card Holder

I have been playing around in my craft room and making different kinds of cards for upcoming birthdays.
My first try was making a simple gift card holder.  I have seen these kind of cards and I think they look so cute and make it extra special for the recipient.
~inside of card~
I tweaked my card compared to the one in this tutorial.  Once I got the measurements and scoring right, it was pretty easy to make.  
I hope that by the end of today I can finish the 3 cards sitting on my craft table...of course each card will be decorated differently!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Forever in my Heart

I see hearts everywhere I go!
It must be that St. Valentine's Day is just around the corner!
 I made this card for an Easel Card Swap last month on Happy LadyBug Card Swap Facebook Group.
 ~inside of easel card~

 I love making these type of cards.  For some reason I become a little more creative with them.  I can add lots of layers and embellishments without making the card look too overly done...in my opinion.

This is the easel card I received from my swap partner.  Makes me look forward to spring!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Coffee Card Swap

It's another gorgeous sunny day here, but pretty frigid for us Desert Rats...brrr!

 I made this coffee card that holds little packets of instant coffee for my swap partner Tammy.
 It's the size of a regular coaster.  I used a stamp set that I have and never ever had used it!  I knew that one day it would become handy.
I included a little note card with a tab, and different kinds of instant coffee packets.
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee Tammy!

I received this coffee card from Tammy.
The sentiment describes me so well!

Taxes:  Good news...We are actually getting a refund...phew!!!  So happy we don't owe them!  BTW...the Margaritas (2) were so good!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Welcome February

I'm so happy February is here!
Why?  I get to slow down and really enjoy life one day at a time!
January was super busy and I was spreading myself thin trying to get everything done.  Note to Self: Stop and smell the roses!
 I had been wanting to share this snowflake garland I made at the beginning of the year.  It was super easy, cheap and simple to make.
I bought the snowflakes (different sizes) at the Dollar Tree.  I came home and strung them onto silver string tinsel.
I had planned on hanging it onto the living room mirror, but never got around it...I planned to next year.

Taxes:  Today Hubby and I drive to Mesa to get our taxes done.  I just hope we don't owe a cent!  Also, while in Mesa we will have lunch at our annual trip to Rancho de Tia Rosa.  I plan on having a Margarita!!! 

Ladies 9-Hole:  I'm officially a member of this group of Ladies!!!  OMG...so much to learn, but it was fun!!!

Super Bowl: What are your plans?  We'll enjoy the game from our comfy Lazy Boy!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

January Hexies and Pocket Letter Swaps

I am so behind in posting and sharing some of the swaps I have received in the last two weeks!

 I received these very pretty hexie flowers from Vicki all the way from Australia!  I love polka dots, blue and daisies!!!

I also received this pretty Using Your Goodies Pocket Letter from Tammi.
Here is the one I sent her.

Tammi was so generous with me in sending me even more goodies!

Golf Update: Friday morning I had a bunker shot lesson.  The very handsome instructor made it look so easy...but it's not!  I need lots of practice and I also need to learn all of the names of the clubs and their uses!  Oh Boy...I just hope the Ladies don't kick me out of their group...LOL!

Mom's Health Update: Thank you God mom is very healthy.  She simply needs to realize that she's getting older, and with age her body is not the same as a 30 something!   So far no more doctor appointments until next month! 

Church Women's Group:  Loving it!!!  Last Wednesday our group had an awards ceremony where $5,000 was given to 5 well deserved organizations/groups: Ryan's House, Pets for Veterans, St. Matthew's Catholic School (located in a really bad part of town), and two others.  These groups are totally funded by donations and local support.  
My favorite organization is the Pets for Veterans.  It was funded by a local Veterinarian. 
Basically pets are rescued from shelters/euthanasia and trained to be partnered with a Veteran who suffers from PTSD.  These pets can be of assistance to their owners for emotional support or for handicap assistance.
When I found out how much each group received, it may me realized how hard these group of Ladies work and also how generous (monetary wise) others are who can't attend the meetings.  God Bless Them.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Today is the start of another gorgeous beautiful day here for us in AZ!  A high of 75 degrees is the forecast for today Friday!

I had not made tags in a long time, and it reminded me how much fun they are to make!  I made the following 3 tags for a swap.  We could create any theme for our tags.
 I wanted to make mine shabby for my swap partner Andrea in England.  I used Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection designer paper for all 3 tags.
 I went through my collection of ephemera to add decorative touches to each tag.
It also gave me a chance to use my stamps on the tags.
I gathered all of the ephemera first (stickers, lace, ribbon, flowers, chipboard, stick pins, etc...) to embellished the tags.  I'm amazed at the end result of the tags as to how all of the supplies go so well together.

Today I start a new adventure!
I have joined a Ladies 9-Hole golf group.
I have never ever played out in the course...hehehe!!!!  The Ladies tell me not to worry!  These Ladies are so nice!  We meet every Tuesday at 1:00 pm to play; but today I'm going to the Club for a lesson...my first!  So excited!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!
  

Monday, January 18, 2016

Friday night I worked on some upcoming swap projects while catching up on my favorite Soap Opera: The Young & The Restless

For this card swap I was to create 3 Vertical Blind cards...any theme for each person in my group.  Luckily we were a small group of four.
This is my favorite of the 3.  I just love the Designer Paper background!

The Designer Paper for this card is also so pretty and shimmery.
I wasn't too creative in making each swap partner a totally different card.  I just hope it's not a big deal.

Saturday's Bunco Night was a blast!  I did win though...$1.50 for the most losses!
About half of the group are originally from Wisconsin and BIG Packers' fans!  While playing Bunco we were also watching the game: Cardinals vs Packers.  Every time the Packers scored...OMG...did it get loud...and when the Cardinals scored & won the game it got even louder!  I wonder what our neighbors think of us now!!!  These ladies don't need any alcohol to have a good time!!!  I told you we are a bunch of wild and crazy Ladies!!!!

Sunday I stayed in my pj's all day long and recouped!  I'm realizing that I can't party like a Rock Star anymore!!! 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Using Your Goodies Pocket Letter

It's another gorgeous sunny Saturday!

  I created this Pocket Letter for a swap.  The challenge was to use "goodies" you have received from previous PL swaps.  
It's amazing how quickly you start collecting gift/goodies included in swaps.  Some are so hard to part away from, but I had to sacrifice them for the making of this PL.  I don't know what style this PL turned out to be, but I think it's sort of shabby vintage...
This is the back of the PL filled with more goodies for my swap partner.  I'm sure she'll put them to good use!

Today I have a super busy day!  
It's my turn to host Bunco tonight, and sadly to say I have not had a chance to prepare the main dish (lazagna) or tidy up the house or even gone to the store to pick up what I need for tonight's get-together...so off I go and get myself ready for the day...!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Birdie Told Me

You mean everything to me.
{EVERYTHING}
 This week I made time to work in my craft room and made this bird card (1 of 5) for a swap.  We were to make our cards out of a color that we have difficulty with or have an abundance of that cardstock.  Well I have lots of my favorite 2 colors: black and turquoise.  
In return, I will receive 5 different cards from other participating swap partners.

The New Year started out so well!  I have kept myself very busy and productive.

So far this year I played Bingo at Church for the very first time and had a great time.  I'm sure I had Bingo, but being a first timer I probably didn't know I did.  I had a great time though!

Mom and I went to a local casino with our Church group.  It was my mom's first time ever at a casino.  As beautiful as this casino was, I'm still not a fan of casinos.  Too much cigarette smoke and came home with a horrible migraine.

In our Women's Guild Sewing Group we started working on lap quilts to be donated to our veterans.  I finished making one this past Wednesday...and a couple more to go!

This Saturday I'm hosting Bunco...we're a group of 12 fun and raucous Ladies!!!
So today I will spend most of my day getting our home ready and preparing a huge pan of Lasagna for tomorrow's fun evening!

And today I meet my BFF for lunch!  She's still working and we haven't had a chance to see each other since before Christmas!  We have lots of catching up to do!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Poinsettias and Special Christmas Cards

Christmas to me is not complete without Poinsettias!
Hubby brought these home!

I received the following beautiful handmade Christmas cards from very special crafty friends!
 From Enedelia who I just recently met.  She makes unbelievably gorgeous cards!
 From Vivian who I have known for several years now, and never ceases to amaze me with her talent at creating gorgeous cards!
 From Deb who I will be meeting in April.  She and her Hubby will be celebrating their wedding anniversary here in Arizona.  She wants to see a real life giant Sahuaro Cactus...and boy do we have them!
 From Jennalee, a new Instagram creative friend!  She loves using old photos, and can you believe that she handmade 75+ paper poinsettias!!! 
 This beauty came all the way from Puerto Rico!  Mayra and I met through a Facebook Pocket Letter Swap group.  She is unbelievable so very meticulous and creative with her artwork.
I received this adorable "doggie" card from Deb!!!  I get a big smile every time I see this cute card.  Just way too cute!
Thank you Ladies for making my Christmas special!

Have a great and safe New Year's Eve!!!