We Interrupt this Program

Hello Sweet Friends! Happy Wednesday!

Sometimes, a girl makes plans… and things just don’t work out. I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about.

Now I’m not really a huge planner, overall, but I did have some general ideas of how my week would go. Today I was to have my new flower girl prim dollies ready to list in my shop, and share with you. I mean, I was all set. The pieces are cut out, and even partially assembled. But then I hit a snag, and all work has come to a grinding halt. And now I’ve got nothing…

Why, you ask?

Well, I have a little visitor here with me this week. I am baby sitting. And this baby sure is keeping me hopping.

Savannah 9 weeks
And like most babies, this one needs constant attention. This is little Savannah, aka Annie, a sweet Golden Retriever pup. She belongs to my kids and their dad, but she will be staying with me quite a bit. And at nine weeks old, she is a ton of work.

But seriously…. look at that face!

And I guess the work can wait, right?




On Our Way

It’s another big week for our family. This morning, we have loaded up the car for a little roadtrip and we are off on a summer adventure. In celebration of Pete’s graduation, we are spending the week in our nation’s capital, Washington DC.


I haven’t been to DC since I was very young. We have plans to visit all the major sites, which will keep us quite busy, as you can imagine. There’s the monuments to visit, as well as the Library of Congress, the Senate and House buildings, the Capital. I believe the White House is currently closed to visitors right now, so we’ll miss that. But then of course there is the Smithsonian. And Arlington. And probably a hundred other places, as well.

I shall miss you while I’m away. I know I haven’t had the chance to keep up with you all as much as I would like these past few weeks. Just busy, busy right now. After DC comes Peter’s college orientation, which will have me running off again…….but then things will slow down for awhile. And in the mean time, I have some fun projects scheduled to share with you the rest of the week. So I hope you enjoy, and I hope you all have a fabulous week, my friends!

Quiet on the Home Front

Hiya Peeps! Happy Saturday. And happy National Scrapbooking Day, too. I’m sure a lot of you are planning to do some scrapping today, right?  Perhaps you’re going to cruise the internet and do a bit of blog hopping, or play along with the fun contests and challenges that abound on a day like today. I sure would love to join in. But I’m afraid things are on the quiet side here at my house this weekend. Don’t think I’ll get to do any scrapping. Because this weekend, I’m having one of these….


It’s a neighborhood-wide sale. And I guess they don’t care that it’s National Scrapbooking Day today……sigh…..

I couldn’t NOT take advantage of the opportunity, though. Sure do need to purge and clean-up a bit around here. Wish me luck that I’ll sell lots of stuff. Maybe everything?? 😉

Better get going. But before I do, there’s somebody here who would like to say hello. Do you all remember little Benjamin Tinpins?

He’s awfully shy. But he’s getting braver. Because he’s a big boy now. Little Benny is now one year old. And he wants to say hi.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friends! I’ll be thinking about you, and I’m looking forward to seeing all your fabulous scrappy projects from today. Make one for me, will you?

Duck, Duck, Goose?

Hi Sweeties! Happy Pi Day! Are you all thinking what I’m thinking on this annual observance of 3.14 day? Time to celebrate with a little pie?

On Monday, my girlies came over for another day of crafts. I’m so happy that we started up our old tradition again. As you can see, we had spring and Easter on the brain. My friends may not have known much about paper bags before, but they’ve become pros by now. I think I’ve converted two more crafters over to the dark side.

There’s just no end to things you can make with a recycled grocery bag….

I designed the tall bunny. You’ve seen him before, last week for Glue Arts Kids Crafts. I made a second one on Monday, a bit shorter than my last one. Now I have a big bunny and a little bunny. Too cute.

My friend, Paige, designed this bunny. This guy got some whiskers and an actual cotton tail.

And then Joanne designed the duck.

Or is it a chick???

Or could it be a goose?? 😉

Crafty Club

Years ago, I had a little crafty club with my girlfriends. Every couple of weeks we would get together for lunch, laughs, and crafting.  We had a ton of fun, but to my friend, Linda, it was a business opportunity, also. She was always hoping that we could have fun, and make a few bucks on the side. After months of working, we threw a craft sale in Linda’s garage and invited all our friends and neighbors to come. I still remember how excited we were that day. And it makes me smile.

Not long after that first sale, my friend Linda moved away, and the rest of us got busy with other things. Life has a way of doing that sometimes. But recently, after an entire decade, us remaining crafty gals decided we should start up the club again. Just for fun. Just for us.

Yesterday we made our first project.

Joanne picked it out. A paper bag owl for us Halloween lovers. Goodness knows, I sure enjoy a nice paper bag project! 😉

We may be ten years older, but it sure feels like old times.

I guess some things never change. 🙂

Beach Retreat

Some of you may remember that I recently got to sneak away for a long weekend in Myrtle Beach for a scrapping retreat at the beach. I had such a great time with my girlfriends. How lucky I am to have such people in my life. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in such a long time. I even got a bit of crafting in…….amazing for me at a crop. I usually blab too much to get anything done.:)

We stopped off in Wilmington along the way to have lunch at the most quaint little spot along the riverfront.  It was warm enough that we were able to dine on the back deck and enjoy the scenery.

Then it was off to Myrtle for 3 1/2 days of scrappy happy at the beach.

All told I made 7 cards, a wall hanging, and started a mini album. Considering it was possible I would accomplish nothing, I thought this was pretty good. I’ve shared a couple of the projects with you all already, but here’s one of the cards I made using leftovers from our recent Glue Arts partnership with Simple Stories. I do love this Year.o.graphy line.

Life is sweet, indeed! Especially life at the beach. Can’t wait for Scrapping at the Beach Retreat 2013!

Thanks for stopping by everyone. Wishing you all a wonderful day.

Lake Walk

Hi everyone! Happy Friday to you! It’s SUCH a happy day today.  I’ve been looking forward to this day all week. Of course it is Friday, and the start of the weekend, but it’s not just any weekend. It’s a very special loooong weekend. Almost a mini-vacation kind of weekend. Because not only do my kiddos get both Monday and Tuesday off, but today is a half-day, as well. Sigh………what bliss!

We’ve got big plans for today. Mr. Pete is heading over to his buddy’s house this afternoon, leaving Missy Nik and I free to go on a little mommy/daughter date. We’re stopping at Panera’s for lunch, and then it’s off to the lake for a long walk and leisure. Nik will sketch on the pier….

Her passion.

While I plan on doing some stitching. An old passion of mine.

I began embroidering when I was a wee little thing. Used to stitch all the time, but I’ve gotten out of the habit. I want to pick it back up again. Made this little pillow with leftover fabric this week. It has put me in the mood for more.

I just love simple days like this. Hope YOUR day is wonderful, too! Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends. See you all soon.