Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Children's Pageant at Church (the angel Gabriel and Mary)
Christmas Eve dinner and opening presents (at Aunt Amy's instead of Grammie & Grumps' since they were just getting in from their South American cruise)
We went back to church for the 11:00 service because Ansley sang a solo! She sang the first verse of the processional (Once in royal David's city...) a capella, and as Father Yeary said, it was the voice of an angel.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I just finished reading the 6th Women's Murder Mystery (The 6th Target) by James Patterson. I like this series because the main character, Lindsay Boxer, is a "chick in charge." Because she is a San Francisco police officer, each book has several cases in them. These are not all "happily ever after" and seem pretty real.
Mystery is just one genre that I like to read, but it's what I seem to be reading the most of lately. I have read several of Patterson's Alex Cross series, but I had to take a break. They just weren't working for me. I recently read my first Stuart Wood on my brother's recommendation; when the library reopens next week I'll go back for more. I could not finish Martha Grimes' Stargazey. It was just too boring, and life is too short. (I used to have to finish any book that I started, but seriously, life is too short and I have way too much to do.) I have an M.C. Beaton waiting for me that my 11-year-old read from our church's lending library. She liked it and said I would too. (She's currently re-reading Twilight that she got for Christmas.)
Who is your favorite author? I really need some new stuff to read!
Hope you had a lovely Christmas! I hope to post a recap later. Ours was wonderful.
Friday, December 25, 2009
We say a special prayer for members of our Armed Forces who are not with their families this holiday season. Their service does not go unnoticed nor unappreciated!
May God watch over and bless you all. Merry Christmas!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
'Twas the night before Christmas,
I'm glued to the tree.
I’m wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock or inkpads or lace?
Or some stamps, I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him.....
"Hi Santa," I said.
He replied, "You know, good girls should be in their beds."
"I know I should Santa, and now I've been caught.
But I was just so excited to see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look in this room where you work."
He shook his head quickly, and left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear:
"You've got enough crap,
I'll see you next year!"
Maybe Santa will be good to YOU this year! ;)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
really good this year.
It’s always nice to hear it.
With freezing weather
you’ll need to
warm the spirit.
So here’s a little
Add hot water and sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I just had to make a Grinch card for my dear friend and co-teacher Traci! Not only has she worn her Grinch pin every day this month, but she "starred" in our class's reader's theater rendition of the Grinch. The kids LOVED it! LOL
To create this card, I first found a Grinch image online. The one I liked was already in color, so I printed it out on glossy photo paper. Doesn't it match the Jingle paper perfectly?!? That was total luck. I perused my Originals and Wishes card how-to books and settled on the perfect pattern: "Roundabout" from Wishes.
Since I don't have the Close To My Heart stamp set that actually includes the Grinch's famous message (Peace on Earth stamp set), I "made do" with the Card Chatter- Christmas stamp set. (You do know what famous message I'm talking about, don't you? The one about Christmas not coming from a store?
Finally, I embellished the card with some Tulip Twinkle brads and a Juniper photo anchor. (Remember, you can find all these products and tons more at my CTMH website!)
We had such a lovely dinner last night with our friends, the Maggios. They made scrumptious homemade crab ravioli. Oh my heavens! We all had so much fun!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The pair of Desert Sand/Chocolate photo holders are embellished with some tiny paper flowers and sparkles. They're for our dance teachers (Hi Stephanie & Shelley!), but I left them at home by accident Thursday. :( They'll have to get theirs on the 12th day of Christmas instead of early!
Friday, December 18, 2009
We have a fun weekend planned. I am going to get my Christmas cards finished and mailed and hopefully also get all the presents wrapped. How are you doing on getting your Christmas "chores" completed? I LOVE this time of year!
Here's a peek at the girls after Sunday night's Advent Lessons & Carols service.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Here is a card I made recently to present the gift certificate in style. It is based on the Wishes pattern, Lower Layers (turned 90 degrees). I used my Evergreen and December Word Puzzle stamp sets and the Jingle paper pack.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The Felicity Collection features decorative die-cut paper, three gorgeous color schemes, and a D-size stamp set that includes flowers, flourishes, argyle, birds, and an entire alphabet! This collection has a retail value of $34.95. You can buy it outright, or get it free! There are two ways to qualify for a FREE Felicity Collection:
*Purchase a minimum of $60 in full-retail priced stamp sets (A, B, C, D, and E-size). (Excludes Stamp of the Month, Art & Soul®, Workshops on the Go™, and customizable (K) stamp sets.)
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Ask me how you can get yours, now through January 31!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Tonight, both girls read a lesson for our church's annual "Advent Lessons and Carols" service. They did a beautiful job, and the service itself was incredibly beautiful. It is such a nice way to prepare for the Christmas season and to remember what it's all about. So what that I still have cards to finish, gifts to buy, gifts to wrap, and so much more!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
My card uses my Four Seasons and Snow Flurries stamp sets, White Daisy card stock, Juniper card stock and ink, Jingle creative basics paper pack (which includes the Juniper ribbon), and a stapler. My square scalloped punch is from Marvy Uchida (I think). I will be making more of these, and may add a touch of glitter to the snow. You can't go wrong with a little bling, can you?
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Can you see the shine in glitter rub-on I used (the present)? I know those twinkle brads sparkle! (Please pretend that you don't notice how crooked they are!)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
12/1 our Advent countdown calendar
12/2 the girls with Grammie & Grumps (my parents)
12/3 Ansley's 6th grade band Christmas concert
12/4 our first Christmas card (It actually arrived 11/30! It's from my lovely friend and downline Debora and her family.)
12/6 Goofy Girls: "Mason" the detective with the moustache courtesy of Big Sis.
Thanks for looking!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I have a basket full of old Christmas photos we've received. I've thought about trying to do a scrapbook page of each family and adding to it each year, but haven't ever managed to do that. What about decorated 6x9 envelopes with holes punched in the side and book rings to hold them together? You could get really fancy with these- or not. Or what about page protectors in a 3-ring binder? You could always use cardstock to make the pages stiff so that they don't flop around. If they sent a holiday newsletter, it would be easy to display it on the page, and you could just keep adding to their page each year. Ooh, one of our 9"x9" albums would be lovely used this way!
Okay, this is starting to sound like a fun project! Do you already do something like this? If so, please share! Is this post sparking any other fun thoughts of how to corral but preserve those special holiday greetings?
Friday, December 4, 2009
Aren't the little Badge Buttons fun? My August Word Puzzle stamp set (retiring 12/31/09) provided the perfect sentiments and images to complement my layout.
Also, I'd like to wish my Uncle Bob, who is also my Godfather, a very happy birthday today!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This layout, using the Silhouette papers, showcases some of my favorite photos of the lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park (SC). We went camping there for several years but were unable to go up in the lighthouse (closed for renovations). Finally, when we went in 2007, we were able to climb to the top. The iron staircase inside is incredibly beautiful to me.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Here are the December stamp of the month participants (in order) to help you hop.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Did you know that you can still order any of the Workshop on the Go kits? I plan to hold my final class of the year, featuring the Jingle kit, after Christmas.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Are you getting ready for Christmas? My husband's family's tradition was to put up their tree Thanksgiving day, after the turkey was eaten and everyone was stuffed. We have modified his tradition to fit our family, so today we bought our tree. It looked beautiful on the lot, and I can't wait to get it inside and decorated. (Yesterday before our turkey dinner at my parents' house, I cleaned and rearranged our living room to accommodate the tree.)
These particular photos are from Christmas 2006, my nephew's very first one! My sister and I got my girls and her son matching outfits, and we couldn't resist a photo shoot.