Saturday, December 31, 2011

To the faithful few who still follow my blog, thank you! I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, but I am hoping to spend more time with you here next year. I've missed you and my little online scrapbook...

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Two new little ones in the family!

This precious little girl arrived October 18th, making me a GREAT-grandma!

We'll be bringing this little '57 Shasta home next week, making me one happy camper!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

'Wedding Bells' June and 'Independence Day' July Happy Homemaker Tags

Whew! I finally made my June tag and finished my July tag just in the nick of time! I think a lot of the swappers have dropped out, so it's been hard keeping my momentum going. No new techniques to share. Both tags are pretty simple and involved sewing on trims. I did design the brides dress, veil and sequin shoes though, lol. Thanks for stopping by!

Oops, I almost forgot the link to more Happy Homemaker tags... 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Compassion Bloggers: Philippines 2011

This year a group from is traveling in the Phillipines to meet with the children they sponsor through Compassion International. Each day they blog and tweet about it hoping that more people will share their enthusiasm and joy in sponsoring children by sponsoring a child themselves. From what I've read, Compassion International is a great organization. I love the support and encouragement they give their sponsors through projects like Compassion Bloggers and these yearly trips.

We have been child sponsors through World Vision and Holt International for almost thirty years because of our ties through adoption. (Melea was adopted through Holt, which began, in part, through the ministry of World Vision founder, Robert Pierce.) Each experience has been different. Some long term. Some short term. Sometimes we've learned more about 'our' child than other times. Some correspondence has been personal, some generic. Of course we love it when we receive letters and pictures from 'our' child, but the most important thing to us is to make a difference in the life of a child who otherwise would have little or no hope. Period. That is our greatest joy and reward. If I can encourage others, if I can encourage you, to find it in your heart (and budget) to sponsor a child, I promise you this; you won't regret it! Feel free to send me an email if you'd like to hear more about our experiences.

Our sponsored child from Ethiopia. (Since 2010)

Our sponsored child from Haiti. (Since 2002)

Monday, May 09, 2011

Happy Homemaker Tags for May

Welcome, Happy Homemaker Tag-a-longers! Can you believe we are almost to the half way mark? Yep, we are, and once again I opted for a tried and true theme for my tags over the more ambitious options such as Oyster Day, No Diet Day, Lumpy Rug Day, or Potatoes and Limes Month.

My Mother's Day/May Flowers tag is pretty simple, but I thought I'd include a close up shot to better show three of the less visible 'techniques' I used on it. #1. I machine stitched the flower stems. #2. I cut flowers from Material Girl patterned paper to put behind the Material Girl chipboard flowers for added dimension. #3. I folded the Material Girl's arms behind her back to make it look like she was hiding her bouquet for mom.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you again next month. Who knows, maybe I'll go with something crazy for my theme. Which would you choose? National Splurge Day, Waffle Iron Day, or the ever popular Name Your Poison Day?

Friday, April 08, 2011

Happy Homemaker Tags for April

Welcome Swappers! Welcome spring! We've had a huge dose of April showers already this month (39 days straight!), but that's Oregon for you. It's also the reason I went with April Showers for my tag theme even though April is also National Pecan Month, National Welding Month, and International Guitar Month :)

I used a cocktail umbrella I've had in my stash for the umbrellas. The handles were little plastic swords, also from my stash. I struggled over what to use for the clouds. I fiddled with ribbon, felt, craft foam, and cotton balls. I liked the pieces of cotton balls best, but after I stuck them on with Herma dotto I didn't like the look after all. I tried to pull the pieces off but some of it stuck. That turned out to be a happy mistake because I liked it! So added enough Herma dotto to cover the top, added more cotton, then pulled it off.

To complete the rainy day theme I applied JudiKins Diamond Glaze to make a "puddle" along the bottom and over the Material Girl's galoshes. She sure looks happy holding that butterfly. Maybe she's thinking about the sunny days and May flowers to come? I know I am!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Multitude Monday

76 ~ Memories of Hawaii spraying from a bottle of Plumeria perfume

77 ~ Open hearts like Ann Voskamp's

78 ~ Ann's book, One Thousand Gifts

79 ~ Mr. & Mrs. Duck living in our ditch and eating from under our feeders

80 ~ The wide variety of birds that come to our yard: house finches, chickadees, woodpeckers, doves, hummingbirds, scrub jays, red winged blackbirds

81 ~ Clean water from the tap

82 ~ The machine that washes our clothes for me
83 ~ The machine that dries our clothes for me

84 ~ Grace upon grace

85 ~ Waking up to snow in February

86 ~ Pain medication in my cupboard

87 ~ Winter storm warnings, snow? :)

88 ~ Hard Eucharisteo that means opportunities to trust God and grow in faith

89 ~ Waking to snow. Again!

90 ~ Watching it snow with a cup of coffee from my cozy, comfy couch

91 ~ A happy phone call from Melea (no work due to snow day)

92 ~ Woke up. Again :)

93 ~ Dandruff shampoo

94 ~ Beautiful sunny, clear, crisp morning. 21 degrees!

95 ~ Abundant food choices

96 ~ Full pantry

97 ~ Full freezer

98 ~ Full fridge
99 ~ A husband who washes dishes for me

100 ~ God's comfort and strength during my dad's illness and death

101 ~ New birds at feeder, Varied Thrush

102 ~ Spring is in the air. Lord willing this will be my 56th!
103 ~ The blood shed from Christ's torn body speaking grace for me today

104 ~ The (in)courage book club

Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy Homemaker Tag for March

Hello, Happy Homemakers! Sorry I'm late to the swap. This picture of my dining room table gives you a hint as to why I'm late. I kept telling myself that I would clean it up so I could start fresh and make a new mess making my tags. But, by the 10th that still hadn't happened, so I decided I just needed to take the plunge, to "just do it," as they say at Nike. So I did. Right on top of all the mess you see here. I hope some of you can relate!

ere it is. I really struggled with coming up with a creative theme for March. As you can see, I lost the struggle and went with the obvious St. Patrick's Day. Did you know that March is also Deep Vein Thrombosis Month, National Eye Donor Month, and National Kidney Month? Hmmm... on second thought, maybe St. Patrick's Day wasn't such a bad choice after all!

Another thing I have been struggling with is using the little Material Girl on all of my tags. Should I, or shouldn't I? I still haven't decided for sure. Will my tags all look the same if I do, or will she tie them all together? Decisions decisions...

One thing I didn't struggle with at all was the button card. I've been anxious to use my new Button Boutique stamps from PAPERTREYinc. There are about 24 stamps in the set so the variety of button cards you can make is limitless. Perfect for Button Floozies like me! And even though I have oodles of green buttons, I "made" these myself from glittered foam shamrocks from Michaels by taking my handy dandy whole punch and punching two holes in the center of each one.

So that's my story for March. Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to the Happy Homemaker Tag Along blog so I can follow the links to your tag :) After I get some breakfast and take a shower, that is!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Inspired Ideas Digital Magazine

I just bought my first copy of Inspired Ideas Digital Magazine by Inspire Co. It has lots of fun craft ideas and eye candy to browse through and get the creative juices flowing- perfect for a snowy day like today and I didn't even have to leave home to buy it!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine Sweets for My Sweet Valentines

This is the adorable card I received from Elizabeth, of Bluebird Papercrafts, for participating in her Dolly Dingle Valentine Exchange.

This is like the one I made for her. You really should check out her blog to see all the Valentine goodness going on over there. Check out the links at the end of her Dolly Dingle post for even more fun!

But before you go, a little something I made a few years ago...

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

*Happy Homemaker Tag Along Swap, the fun continues!

Welcome! These are my "Material Girl" tags for February. Elizabeth suggested that we share the techniques we use on our tags. Mine are pretty simple really, and not too difficult to figure out, if I'd taken a close up shot, but it's late and the lighting is bad, so I'll just point out a few:

At Elizabeth's suggestion, I sandwiched a cereal box foundation for the tag between the background papers on the front and patterned paper on the back of the card. Then I stitched around the edge a couple of times.

The heart was also cut from a cereal box, then adhered to self-adhesive felt and cut out again. I used pearl cotton thread to hand stitch around the heart and secured the needle in the paper doll's hand for a fun affect.

To stick to my theme of using sewing notions on all of my tags, I also glued a teensy button to her dress and tied bows of pearl cotton to her pigtails.

That's it for this month! Maybe next month I'll take pictures of the steps involved in making the "Material Girls."

Thanks for stopping by,

*Click on the post title if you want to see more tag along tags.

*Sew* much fun

I'm having *sew* much fun with the Cosmo Cricket Material Girl collection! Besides using it all year for my Happy Homemaker Tag Along Swap theme,  I'll be using it for Valentines like these, and a few more to come.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Welcome Happy Homemakers! Let the fun begin!

Yeah! I managed to pick my Happy Homemaker Tag Swap theme, Material Girl, and finish my first tag on schedule :) I chose Material Girl for my theme because I love Cosmo Cricket and I love using sewing supplies for embellishments.

The banner on the clothesline reads, "2011," and the words in the grass say, "Fresh Hope," because that's how I feel about the New Year. It's fresh and full of hope! This year I'm hoping to make some new friends as we share this tag along journey. How about you, what are you hoping for?