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!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What Valentine's Day should be...

Happy Valentine's Day!
Today we are supposed to focus on love...on letting others know we appreciate them and value them in our lives. I changed things up and rather than mass produce the same Valentine card, I made a variety.  It was fun trying out different styles and techniques.  Most of the concepts are from Pinterest, but with my "flair" on them.





My heart breaks and I send love and prayers to the victims' family and friends of the Florida school and the shooting that occurred today.  On a day that is supposed to be filled with love, many are in mourning .  My heart goes out to all those affected by the Parkland tragedy.  Especially to those who will think of this day for years to come as a day filled with painful memories.  May the Lord be with them all and give them comfort, peace, healing and love. God bless the police and school administration on their quick action in helping save so many lives.  
Matthew 5:44
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do go to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Still a chill in the air...

It was SO cold last week!  Ok, I know I live in Florida and am 10 minutes from the beach, but we are in the panhandle and right close to Alabama and Mississippi.  It did get below freezing temperatures and we even had a "snow/ice" day as the bridges were frozen and not safe to travel on.  My super awesome boss let us stay home one day this past week.  It was great!

Since it's still post-holiday season, I'm posting my final holiday cards.  Below are some of the thank you cards I made for family:



And here are the Christmas cards I gave to my coworkers.  The green and silver/embossing turned out great!




I did make some birthday cards but didn't get those photoed before they left in the mail.  I have already begun Valentine cards (made 5 so far!) so I'm on the ball now!  Please check back when those are posted.  I'm sure we'll all need a distraction until we see spring!  ha!
God bless you and yours!


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Fall and Christmas

Is it me or does time go by faster the older we get?
Fall was JUST yesterday, right? Oh, no, that's not right- CHRISTMAS was yesterday!
Oh my!
Ok, once again I am late posting my crafts / cards.  So you get to enjoy them all in this post!  
We had a great quiet Christmas at home. Gifts, games, music, singing, ham, looking at Christmas lights and other traditions we have.  
We face-timed with family in the midwest and enjoyed participating in a church Christmas concert.  Now we have some quiet moments until the kids go back to school on January 8th. 
I hope my craft photos bring you some joy like they brought me joy too!








My friend had a birthday, and my co-worker had a baby, so here are those cards too. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas season and a very blessed 2018!



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: