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Friday, December 9, 2016

Some Christmas Cheer

A new Christmas decoration addition for 2016.

Some oldies but goodies!

A lonely Nutcracker!

His & Hers stockings.

Very slowly, but surely the Christmas decorations are making another yearly appearance in our home.

A Santa here and there ...
snowflakes, and ...
snowmen!

HAPPY are they who take life day by day, 
complain very LITTLE, and are THANKFUL
for the LITTLE things in LIFE.
~Anonymous

Thursday, December 8, 2016

All I Want for...

Christmas!!!

Dear Santa,

I already have everything I could possibly wish for this year.  Got my family, good friends and LOVE.  Please take care of those who need you.

Thank you!!
XX
~A Charlie Brown Christmas

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Poinsettias and A Picture

 Every Christmas is a must for us to have Poinsettias in our home.  Dutiful Hubbie came home with 4 this year.  He picked really pretty ones this year!!!

Picture: Church had picture day for all members. Hubbie and I are not big on having our picture taken, but we went ahead and did it.  I'm happy we did.  I think our picture came out really good!  The last professional photograph was taken 8-10 years ago!  This picture of us will be added to our church's directory coming out in the new year.

Beautiful red flowers!

So pretty!

These flowers make our home so festive!

 Poinsettia in our bedroom, and ...
a white one to boot!

Meet me by the...
 mistletoe

Meahwhile...

back home in Minnesota...Brrr!!!

Good tidings
of
COMFORT & JOY!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cakes, Cookies, and Pies...OH MY!

  Last Friday, my sister Veronica and I attended Vivian's Edged Glass Cake Plate Class.  This workshop had nothing to do with her Stampin' Up! business.

We had admired a cake plate she had made at a glass edged workshop she took.  She was kind enough to hold couple of classes for us to learn how to do this technique.

Vivian had all of the step-by-step instructions and supplies ready for us.

Here's my sister washing off the edging cream off of her cake plate dome. 
We had a great time doing this project together, and we're ready to do it all by ourselves now!!!

These are the cake plates with edged glass a doily on.
Can you spot the cake plate whose owner didn't follow directions?...LOL!!!
Phew...glad it wasn't me.

Cakes, Cookies and Pies...OH MY!!!
is glass etched around the outside of the cake plate dome.

I have taken several classes/workshops from Vivian.  I love her classes and quality of her work.  You can also find her on Etsy: CVivCreate

It takes a BIG HEART 
to teach
Little Minds

Monday, December 5, 2016

Welcome...


 My sister Veronica made this beautiful Welcome sign just for me!!!

 I love it!!!
Thank you my Dear Sister!!!

She was inspired to make these type of signs this summer after attending a craft show.  She decided that she could make them herself cheaply.  Her Hubbie Ron brought her pallet wood from his work (picked right out of his work place trash bin).  Ron nailed 2 boards for her, and my sister did the rest of the work!!!

I'm so proud of my Sissy!!!
She's very talented and artistic, and for years I have been trying to get her involved in arts and crafts.  Luckily for me, she loves working on big projects like these.  I, on the other hand, like small projects...๐Ÿ˜‰

Because I have been given too much,
I too must GIVE BACK.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Today, take time 
to ENJOY the beauty
of the SEASON.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Flowers & Coffee...Life is Good

 I had forgotten how much I love and enjoy flowers.
It has been a while since I last treated myself to flowers, and I'm so glad I did.

 You would think placing a bouquet of white roses in a bathroom would be silly, but it actually was just the right place for them.  It brightens the place up and makes it feel so luxurious.  The rose's scent is so pleasing as I walk into the bathroom.  I especially feel pretty special as I get myself ready every day in there...applying my makeup, doing my hair, getting dressed, and getting a beautiful peek of the roses as I walk in out betweem the bathroom and walk-in closet.
I need to make it a habit of always having fresh flowers in the house.  It's good for the spirit!

Another of my well earned nice treats to myself, is to have my morning hot delicious coffee in peace!
These are some of the little pleasures that give me so much joy in life.

Be filled with WONDER,
Be touched by PEACE.

Friday, December 2, 2016

December CD Calendar Page

I made this December 2016 CD calendar page for my swap partner Mary.
I did it...all 12-months!!!

For this last calendar CD page, I recycled/upcyled one of my extra Christmas cards.  Actually this card was one of my very first Christmas card sets I made when I first started stamping and card making.
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**I have decided that this coming year, I will not be participating in card/stamping swaps.  If I do, they will have to be super special swaps where I know the participants take pride and put effort into their work; or I plan on making the project for myself.

I am not one to complain or be negative.  I tend to be a very positive person, and always try to give the other person the "benefit of the doubt" (not making excuses for them).  Unfortunately I have come to learn that by not speaking up, I only perpetuate for these individuals not to put their best work forward, and to continue to participate in swaps.**
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My idea of Christmas
whether old-fashioned
or modern, is very
simple: loving others.
~Bob Hope

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Welcome December

Isn't this Christmas - Winter vignette so cute?!!!
My sister Veronica arranged it on of her kitchen counter.
I just had to share it with you, because I just love it!!!

   
Here is Julian (with his mom) having his first hot cocoa of the season; and I'm sure it won't be the last.  Julian is my sister's grandson.

Grandmother and child keeping warm!

Are you all set and done with decorating your home?  Is it all cozy and beautifully decorated for the season?
I'm slowly but surely decorating our home for Christmas.
The wreath is hung outside, tree is up minus decorations, and a few little other Christmas decorations are out throughout our home!  Hoping that by the end of the week, our home is all set for the Season!

Find JOY in the ordinary.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Serving Our Country

This month has been a whirlwind of non-stop activity...phew!  I was barely able to keep up, and left me with little time to blog or take pictures.

 Yesterday I shared with you about being a member of the CDA (Catholic Daughters of the Americas), and becoming our Court's Program Coordinator.

For the month of November, each member received a toy soldier to take home in honor of Veteran's Day.  The soldier came with a little tag that read, 
"Place a SOLDIER somewhere that will remind you to PRAY for Our Men & Women Serving our Country".


The other activity I included for us to participate in was Empty Bowls.  
We usually have refreshments right after our meeting and visit.  I thought that instead of having refreshements, it would be a good idea for us to give it up and increase our awareness of world hunger.  So in lieu of refreshments, we collected non-perishable food items and donated to Valley View Community Food Bank.  
I was very happy and touched by our group's generosity to help others.
We are truly GRATEFUL & THANKFUL!

KINDNESS is a wonderful way
to let another
struggling soul know that there is still 
LOVE in this world.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Scripture Cookies

I most certainly hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend, and you're now in the spirit of Christmas!

A year ago I joined the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Our local chapter is called Court Madonna and I am really happy I did.  We are a group of women from three different parishes who are deeply spiritual, and we share our faith and the love of God.

I was asked if I could be their Program Coordinator for the 2016-17 year, and I happily agreed.  Our goal for this year is to bring more spirituality to our monthly meetings.  So that in mind, I planned a monthly activity where we would take home a little something to remind us to stay focus on our goal.
For the month of October, each lady received a favor called Scripture Cookies.   The activity involves in looking up the scriptures given to find the missing ingredients to make this recipe.

The ladies were so surprised to find the favor on their seat as they came into the Hall.  They were very appreciative and really loved the gift and the activity!

I used Pumpkin Seed Crafts' idea!

Thankful
Grateful
Blessed

Friday, November 25, 2016

I'm another year older,
wiser, and more
grateful!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

China Hutch Fall Decor

It was time to finally change the china hutch decor to blend in with the fall season, and get it ready for our Thanksgiving dinner.

I decided to showcase a collage of different dishes, platters, china and pictures with an autumn theme, 

along with some old family loved heirlooms.

It costs $0.00 to be
GRATEFUL
for what you HAVE.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Snail Mail Thank You Cards

Don't you just love real snail mail thank you cards?
I do!  It makes me feel so special that someone took the time to write a personal note to me!

One very important part of participating in Stephanie's Tea Cup Exchange Swap is to write a thank you note to your swap partners...which should be done without saying in my opinion.

I received this very pretty monogrammed thank you card (and letter included inside card) from Barbara.  It was a great pleasure reading Barbara's letter and telling me more about herself, and how much she enjoyed her package.  It also reminded me how much fun I had putting her package together.

This is the thank you card I made and sent to Libby.  Libby sent me a beautiful tea package, and I have been enjoying reading her blog Artistic Expressions by Elisabeth.

Stamping Supplies all by Stampin' Up!:
-Framelits Deco Labels (130102)
-Botanical Builder Framelits Dies (140625)
-Flower Dies
-Circle Framelit Dies
-SU! cardstock & designer paper

Snail Mail at its best!

All I have 
Is all
I need.
-Mary Davis

Monday, November 14, 2016

Daily Light House Cleaning

This is my "other" favorite toy!!!
It's a Hoover LiNX Cordless Vacuum and I ๐Ÿ’— it!!!!

It's so light and easy to use, and cleans really really well.  It's super awesome in helping you stay ahead of the daily debris that falls onto your clean floors...especially when you have a white tile floor in the kitchen like we do.
We have four pets, plus us two and we live in the desert where it's dry and very dusty, and it's incredible how much debris (crumbs, hair, fur, fine dust, ...) we drag from outdoors into our home or comes in through open windows...and we make sure we wipe our feet before coming into the house, and not wear outside shoes indoors.
This vacuum's suction picks up every tiny little speck visible to my eye.

It takes me about less than 10 minutes or less to quickly vacuum up all of our floors and empty the canister...bam!!!
So much better than using a broom, which usually just scatters all the stuff all over the place...especially hair and fur.

 Other PLUSES:
+ battery life lasts long enough to vacuum all of our house
+ it gets into spaces that my big heavy vacumm cleaner cannot
+ suction is terrific!
+ great to vacuum rugs
+ cleaning dirty canister is a breeze and so easy
+ I even use it to vacuum our garage floor and front door entrance!!!
+ CORDLESS...goes anywhere!
+ Did I mention how super light this vacuum is!?!

I highly recommend this product.  It will make your life so much easier and not a drag.  It gives me more time to play golf, craft and Girlz Time!!!
***Hubby bought the first one for our summer home at Costco.  This new one he got it through Amazon for a lot cheaper (included S&H).

~Life is Blissful~