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!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

In Memory...

A dear childhood friend of mine lost her father yesterday to lung cancer.  He hadn't smoked a day in his life.  It was a diagnosis less than a year ago, and he fought a glorious battle.  He was singing God's praises practically and literally until a couple of days before he entered into eternity.  I have great childhood memories with my friend and her father:  numerous sleepovers with him reminding us it was time to go to bed, solos he sang with his rich bass voice in church, their backyard musical productions they put on for the neighborhood were always wonderful.

I made a sympathy card for my friend.  I wish so much I could fly to the states and hug her.  I wish I could be there in person for her.  Such is the life we lead as a military family.  But for now, until I fly home next summer to the states and see her, this is just about all I can do.

So say a prayer for all those who are cancer survivors, those currently battling cancer, those who have lost the battle, and those who will suffer with cancer in the future.  My prayers are also for scientists to find a cure...RIP Pat M.

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face." Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The craft bug - game on!

I had a great time today at Card Club...Vicky had these two fun projects for us to make.  The bow was made from Stampin' Up "Be of Good Cheer" paper (with glue dots and a brad).  The card was made with The "Scentsational Season" stamp set, the framelit die "Holiday Collection" and the Big Shot embossing folder snowflakes.  The stamp was from "Greetings of the Season."  I think the best part was using the new scented emboss powder on the candy canes so they smelled like Peppermint Sticks.
Aren't these cute??!

Being a card club, we also always do a card swap.  I was the hostess, and was able to choose the theme in advance.  I kept it broad to be just "fall."  I was thoroughly impressed with everyone else's cards.  Fall can be so FUN!

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to leave a comment.  Happy Fall!

Fall is definitely in the air

Last week, this time, I was in Kansas soaking up the Flint Hills sunshine.  I think I was wearing my tank, capris and flip flops (aka used to be called thongs, but that word has been declared something else).  Now that I'm back in the UK, I don't think there's any hope in the horizon of seeing that fabulous 75+ degree weather again until next June. Boo!  I don't like that!

On the flip side, fall is / used to be my favorite season.  Key word - used to be...as it was a relief from that 100+ degree Kansas (and Turkey) heat.  I do, however, love to see leaves change and feel the crisp morning air no matter where I live.

Today I'm headed to my card club.  Here's my swap.  I had fun experimenting with the Stampin Up colors:  Old Olive, Pumpin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Daffodil Delight.  I also used Swirls and Curls Verses "hello" stamp, the XL Oval Punch, Decorative Label punch, and the My cuttlebug did the stitching for me on the side.

Happy Fall!

Monday, September 24, 2012

To feel young again...

I survived my 20 yr HS reunion in the states!  I had an absolute blast.  Everyone looked amazing, and I felt like I was 17 again.  It was so great seeing everyone and to dance the night away like we did 20 years ago.  There was a super fun photo booth at the main weekend event, and I had fun taking crazy photos with my crazy friends.  Here's one of them:

And of course I had a great visit with my family and eating out at all those fabulous restaurants/fast food chains that are also associated with my youth.  Dog-N-Shake in Wichita rocks!  My sister and I went there:

Thanks to everyone who made the extra effort to welcome me home.  Love you all!
Check back again soon, as tomorrow is my monthly card club get together.  Fall is definitely in the air...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

I can't believe it - I'm headed to the states this next week!  I'm very excited yet I have butterflies in my stomach.  I'm not traveling with the family this time - flying solo.  Plane tickets were just too much for the kids.  It's that time in my life when my 20-year HS reunion has arrived.  Will others recognize me?  Will I recognize them?  Will friends bring up memories and I'll have a "deer in the headlight look" because I can't recall that version?

Regardless, I'm so excited for family time, warm (ok, HOT) weather, outdoor swimming pools, Walmart, Target, Kohl's, Hobby Lobby & Michaels, Bed Bath & Beyond, and most importantly:  good 'ol American restaurants!!  I miss "American" chinese food and mexican restaurants AND a really good STEAK.  I've been trying to make my recent food intake portions smaller...gotta balance it out when I gorge myself back home!!

All military spouses can relate to another favorite thing - "friend" time.  I've made friends along the way who I will always hold in my heart, but I also have some true friends that have kept up their end of the deal since we graduated HS - they get me - they understand me - they don't judge me - they can speak from their heart and know that I'll listen and get it.  That's been a void in my life since 2008 when we moved overseas is a constant true friend that I can: hang with, be stupid with, just show up unannounced.  But as military spouses, we are used to it.  We're used to the "want to be a friend" but not "get too close" because we know how it'll tear us apart when our husband's job just up-and-moves us to another country.  

Ok, enough of that sappiness..here's one of my favorite projects.

And inside is a fun surprise:

So if you are fortunate enough to have a best friend that's within a 1 hr drive from you - don't forget to let them know how much you care and keep up your end of the deal.  Good friends ARE hard to come by!
Love and hugs to ALL of those friends who have come and gone in my life - I thank God for the footprints you've left behind.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sometimes they just need a reminder...

As a military spouse, I feel a need to help look out for other military spouses.  That's why I'm involved on base as a Key Spouse.  When their spouses deploy, I'm a liaison between them and their military spouse's supervisor.  I'm there to offer support, help out if a pipe breaks, cook them a hot meal on a rough day...the "duties" vary depending on the spouse.

I made this card for one of my deployed spouse's birthdays.  I think sometimes they just need a reminder that there are people close by thinking about them and sending support.  And what better than good 'ol SNAIL mail!  Who doesn't like opening that little box finding a surprise when they least expect it?

I used Pacific point blue, real red, a retired flag stamp (Land of the Free), silver brads, and Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp.  

Here's the inside where I used two stamps from the Service and Sacrifice stamp set.
I love it and I hope she does too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


That's the greeting the brits use around here "hiya" followed by "you all right, mate?"  That's slang for Hi, how are you?  It takes some getting used to, but I do say it to my british neighbors and when I'm out and about.  That's what you do when you're in the military.  You adapt.

In Turkey, Kent always called me Abla (Turkish for woman).  Here, he calls me Mate.  But then again, he also calls the dog Mate.  Really?  Are you serious?  I told him he isn't allowed to call the dog the same name he also uses for me.  So he needs to revert back to what he called me in Missouri:  sweetie.  Yeah, that's the ticket to a woman's heart!  (Yes, he really calls the dog "mate.")  And I am sweet-er when you call me by a name that speaks to ME!  lol

Here's a card I made recently for a friend...but I haven't seen her yet to deliver it.  The flowers and grass are all from a retired stampin up set.  But the colors are the new ones (2012-2014 In Color), the words are from Happiest Birthday Wishes and my favorite....is the butterfly!  It's from the Sweet Summer set and I colored it with chalk.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to leave a comment.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Spool Time funny video

This video starts off a bit cheesy for my taste, but watch it to the end.  Love her method for cleaning up!
I almost forgot!  Check out September's special for Stampin' Up...
Promotion Details: While the kids are heading back to school, Stampin' Up! is going back to 'spool'! For the month of September, get a FREE package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for every $40 you spend!

You can see more about this offer and get your craft on HERE.  Let me know if you have questions or want to place an order.

Chirp Up!

I had a great time doing this card for my card club swap!  I have a weakness for cards that "function" and was inspired by my friend Teri's card (she's a military spouse too I met in Turkey).
I used from Stampin' Up the large oval punch and 1/2'd it for the bird bodies.  The wing is from the bird builder punch, hand cut beak, and the word stamp is from "A word from you" set.  I especially like the pull out card to write on with the Up word from an older set and it's accentuated with the circle punch.  Thanks for stopping by!  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

It's a new blog!

We had a wonderful summer with family visiting in May (yes, I know that's still officially spring) and June.  Between my parent's visit and my sister's visit (with her family) I travelled over 1,000 miles across England.  And believe it or not, we stayed on "the island."  We had a great time seeing Stonehenge, Bath, Cadbury World, London, Anglo Saxon West Stow Village, and more.

School has started back up now, and I officially have a teenager in our house!  YIKES!  Where did that time go??!  I have a 7th grader and 4th grader.  I have a feeling this school year will zoom by!

I'm getting ready to travel to the states for my 20 - yes, 20 HS reunion!  I'm very excited about it and seeing friends I haven't seen since graduation day.  I've chatted with some on facebook (thank goodness for technology) and that has been fun.

Kent will probably travel to his friend's book signing in Kansas sometime in October.  Those plans are still in the works.  No other immediate plans that we know of yet.  We still want to go to Ireland, Germany, France...so much to do, and so little time (or funds!)

Blessings to you all for a fabulous fall!  I stopped the other website posts (www.tullisfamilyof4.webs.com)...I'm not able to keep up with it as much as I'd like, and I'd like to incorporate my crafts into it (kill two birds with one stone).  I've changed to this site.  Let's see how tech savvy I am to figure it all out...

I love the fall season even if we were robbed with a lame summer, but I'm excited to start my crafts again soon!

Does anyone read this?  If so, please leave a post so I know you popped by!  Here's a sample of one of my crafts: