Hello from England!

Welcome to my blog!
We are a christian family living in the Sunshine state (before that we spent four years in England and two years in Turkey).

My posts are of everyday life and my love of crafting. I hope to inspire you in some way to share your talents too.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment.
Cheers and God's blessings to you and yours!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

In His Awesomeness

Drinking tea this morning, I thought to myself, "It's been about a month since I posted in my blog.  I'll put up some new pictures."  I then proceeded to log on and my jaw dropped - it's been over 2 months?  How can that be??  So for anyone out there who does like to read my posts and look at my crafting addiction, thank for your patience!

Summer (of course) flew by and is over.  Done.  Finished.  It's good to get my kids back into a routine and out of the house and their laziness.  Yet, at the same time, my heart breaks for my daughter who is inundated with homework.  I'm not kidding.  Common core stinks and with that - my kid struggles!  2-3 hours of homework each night? Are you kidding me? And on weekends.  It's just not right.  I turned out smart (or so I think), educated, I have a college degree and I did just fine without the excessive homework she has.  It makes me wonder if the teachers are not teaching what they need.  That they are not getting the information across - my daughter is super smart (like her father) and she doesn't understand the geometry.  Three chapters/lessons ago she became lost and my heart breaks for her because I am NO help!  English?  Oh yes, I can help. Math?  Uh - nope. And her father works long military hours and his analytical mind doesn't fall under the "teaching" category.  He tries to explain, but she doesn't get it.  But through God's awesomeness, we will get through this!  (hopefully sooner than later).

We survived all the recent hurricanes unscathed.  It's all due to HIS awesomeness!  (and prayers from family/friends - thank you!)  Fall is on the calendar but not in the air.  It's been almost 90 degrees the past few weeks and the upcoming weeks ahead.  The long sleeve shirts will have to collect dust in my closet a little while longer.  On a side note, I did decorate my house for fall and it makes me miss the midwest and sugar maple trees!  To celebrate, we're having friends over for game night with Snicker apple salad, taco salad and eclair dessert.  :)

Here are some crafts I made this summer and working into fall.  There's also a beautiful sunset photo from last weekend I wanted to share.  Another shining example of His awesomeness!





Monday, July 10, 2017

Relaxing????

Isn't summer supposed to be relaxing?  Filled with lazy days...summer projects...vacations...Not here!  We have been busy entertaining company (I'm not complaining, I love it when family or friends visit!), cook outs, birthday parties, working and more.  I have had some relaxing moments at the beach, going on date nights (happy belated 20 years to my handsome husband and me!) and the kids went to camp.  Father's Day came and went, and I have squeezed in some cards along the way:


My friend Annette made these 2 super cute cards for my brother in law (he loves to fish!)




This one was for Kent - it looks better in person and he guessed correctly that is a kilt!

Happy Independence Day!  Here are some cards I made for 4th of July, and we went to Pensacola beach for the amazing Blue Angels air show.


I guess summer would be boring if we didn't have anything on the calendar, right??  (my friend Susan says "nope!")
Happy summer to you and God Bless.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wrapping up

And just like that...another school season is winding down.  Seems like yesterday my 8th grader and junior in high school were getting into a routine and learning the ropes.  Now they have major "summer-i-tis" and are just about done.
I have been crafty, just not frequent to posting.  Here are belated Easter gifts with candy I gave to my sorority sisters and kids:

And here are graduation cards and other seasonal cards:






It's been a very busy last couple of months with 2 weddings, 3 graduation parties, Olivia had prom, Isaac had prom and was voted next year's SGA President - and my sister and family are visiting in less than 2 weeks! I am still in denial that I will have 2 kids under my roof that are in high school.  It's really zooming by now.  (insert SAD face!!)

God is SO good!  Celebrating with my gladiolas in full bloom!  God bless!



Saturday, May 6, 2017

It's Spring!

I love watching the flowers bloom, hearing the frogs melody and listening to the birds sing their songs.  Here are some cards to celebrate the season.  The first has bees...


This card was used as a birthday gift to deliver a gift card:


We enjoyed this Easter season and here are the Easter cards I sent to family and friends:



Here's hoping the season brings you showers of love, grace and blooming colors to brighten your day!

One more!

Just when I thought I had posted all my Valentine cards...I found one more!


Happy belated birthday to my niece, Ella!  I still can't believe she is in middle school.  Being a military family, I have missed watching my nieces and nephew grow up.  I guess the same could be said for them...watching my kids grow up.  Such is the life of a military family.  Out of that rabbit hole...

Ella had a fun birthday with a sleepover in a hotel.  What a great idea:  hotel swimming pool, double beds...dinner in.  And the maid cleans up.  Fabulous! 
I thought she'd like this fingernail polish card.  It was super easy and they are even in a clear "jar":


And finally, with Valentine's Day behind us, we move on to St. Patrick's Day:


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Corsage...but as a ring!?

My supervisor tasked me last month with a special project.  I was to assist her in making ring corsages for her son and an event they were hosting.  What??  Get paid to craft?!  Be still my beating heart!

Here is the finished project. Super cute ring corsages with feathers, bling, hearts, and lots of hidden glue from a glue gun.  These were fun to make.  But after making #19...I was looking forward to being done with #20.  Yes...20...feathers...greenery...string...heart...shiny things...
I did have fun telling my friend and sister about the new fun project.  


Here is one I made for my sorority sister as her gift congratulating her as our Valentine Queen:

And my sister thought they would be a fun idea she wanted to give to her sorority sisters for their ball:





These were fun to make.  The feathers were a little "all over the place" and I am still finding a few here and there...but what a fun idea...ring corsages!











Saturday, February 18, 2017

Valentine's week!

My daughter says Valentine's Day is her least favorite celebration...I think she associates it with holding hands, butterfly kisses...and I'm ok with that since she's a teenager. I don't want her to get comfortable at this age with any guys being affectionate toward her!

Here are more Valentine cards I wanted to share.  Sorry the first is sideways...I lost patience in trying to rotate it.



Here's a sneak preview of my latest crafting craze...check back soon for some corsage fun!!!  Thank you to my amazing husband for a wonderful Valentine's Day celebration!



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

L-O-V-E

I hope your Valentine's Day has been filled with love.  Here are some of the Valentine cards I made.  I've been busy crafting, I just haven't had time to publish them.  Thanks so much for stopping by!