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!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Not New York, but Old York

For the first time in my life, I did not have turkey on Thanksgiving.  I actually missed it a bit, but celebrated with ribs and bbq chicken.  I certainly didn't miss slaving away in the kitchen and ending the day with sore feet and a kink in my neck. 

We took a road trip to York. This was my 2nd visit there and a first for Kent and the kids.  It was just a fabulous the 2nd time around!

We saw the wonderful York Minster to include a tour of the tower (and all 275 steps each way), walked the Wall, saw Clifford's Tower, the Castle Museum/dungeon, and visited the daily market.  What wonderful history this town boasts.  William the Conqueror has ties to this town as well as vikings thru their Jorvik museum.  

We stayed two nights at a B&B within walking distance to downtown and ate our Thanksgiving meal at Frankie and Benny's.  Yum!

We then spent Sunday at the Birmingham/Frankfurt Christmas market! 
It was well worth the extra time on the road.

Tomorrow I'm focusing my efforts on my Christmas cards.  I have finally narrowed down the layout/colors and such, and have started cutting, punching, and stamping.  Now to put away the fall decorations and get out Christmas.  There are not enough hours in the day sometimes.  Am I alone in those thoughts?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, November 19, 2012


I had an awesome Saturday with my Girl Scout troop!  My co-leader and I took 6 girls (and each had an adult) to London!  We went to the PAX Lodge - it's one of only 4 Girl Scout World centers (the other 3 are in:  India, Mexico and Switzerland).  We also worked on a badge put out by the London Girl Guide office called a "transportation" badge.  The requirement was to ride 3 London modes of transportation.  

We left the house at 8:30am arriving in Ely at the train station.  We took it to King's cross in London, hopped the tube, at lunch by Parliament Hill, walked back to the station, took a bus to PAX lodge area, (had a tour, shopped the gift shop, ate scones and drank tea, & had a pinning ceremony), took a cab back to King's Cross station, took one train to Cambridge/another back to Ely, and drove home!  WHEW!  We arrived home about 7:00pm.  What a wonderful time!

I think the highlight of my trip was getting pinned at the ceremony.  It's a special pin that you can ONLY get if you visit PAX lodge.  Olivia originally didn't want to go, but I think she had a good time.  She was exhausted, and a little grumpy.  But, par for the course.  Maybe someday she'll look back and realize what a wonderful opportunity she had living in England, living in Turkey, and experiencing things some only dream of.  Someday...
Here we are with Flat Juliette (like Flat Stanley).

Day 16: I'm thankful that we have 2 cars.
Day 17: I'm thankful for holidays and special family time.
Day 18: I'm thankful that I grew up knowing my grandparents Bill & Violet Kingsbury and Stella Murphy. I think of them often and miss them so much!
Day 20: I'm thankful for Wendy's fries and chocolate frosty (and that I get it 1x a year if I'm lucky!)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Decisions, decisions...

Usually by this point in time, I have narrowed down the decision of what my Christmas cards will look like.  This will be my official 4th year of making my own cards.  I wish I could spend all day crafting.  I did get more done before I discovered Pinterest...Anyways, I am having a heck of a time deciding what I want to create.  I am a bit further along today, but not where I want to be according to my OCD.  Tee hee!

I finally got the die for my Big Shot (above) that I've been saving up for.  I love it!  I'm excited for all the little Christmas goodies I'll be making.  The bird punch from Stampin Up made it that much easier for a quick project.  
And you can never go wrong with Dove chocolate!

Day 14:  I'm thankful for technology - email and video chat!
Day 15:  I'm thankful for the opportunity to live overseas and travel.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veteran's Day

Hubby and I had a nice romantic (and too short!) one night get-away celebrating our belated 15 yr wedding anniversary!  We stayed in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK at the Washingborough Hall.  What a fabulous place!  (They have the BEST ribs we've found in England!)

We then ventured into Lincoln the next day and saw the Lincoln Cathedral and the Lincoln Castle.    They had a great shopping district as well located by Steep Hill.  Maybe someday I'll make it back to their annual Christmas market!

Day 10:  I'm thankful for my friends!

Day 11:  I'm thankful for ALL those that have served: whether they didn't make it home, were wounded, were/are POWs, did their time, or came home with the guilt of leaving a comrade behind. THANK YOU!! Happy Veteran's Day!

Day 12:  I'm thankful to my soldier and his dedication and love for our country.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Kent and I are excited for a romantic getaway this weekend!  This is a very belated anniversary (June 7) celebration.  Timing just never worked until now.  The kids will be going to a friend's house for the night.  So check back again for photos!  There's a cathedral in this town and a couple of castles too!  

Below is my birthday competition card...I had fun making it with my big shot, cupcake punch, scoreboard, and stamps.  No, I didn't win, but Allison did and it was very deserving!

Happy Friday!

Day 7:  I'm thankful for going home to my parent's house for Spring Break my college freshman year (as much as I didn't want to go), because I met my husband!

Day 8:  I'm thankful for my seeeeeeeester!

Day 9:  I'm thankful for my freedom!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

35 days

Yesterday was the monthly card/craft club I belong to.  I had a great time crafting with the girls.  We made a fun spinner card which was a first for me.  I was surprised how easy it was!  We also had our monthly card swap.  Below are my creations. 

Here's the front of our project above - a spinner card.  
And here's the inside, this is SO cute!  You twist the inside of the circle and close it up twisted.  When the receiver opens the card, the spun circle "un-spins" resulting in some spinning fun!

Vicky pointed out on facebook, that we have to wait a whole 35 days to meet again.  Drat - that seems so far away!

I had fun CASEing a simpler version from Pinterest of my snowman card for our swap:

I almost forgot, it's day 6:  I'm thankful to be a military spouse and help show support for the love of our country.
Don't forget to VOTE!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Getting my craft on...

I've been proud of myself lately for staying on top of my mental "craft to-do" list:  Thanksgiving cards, card swap, competition card (for card club), project idea/preparation for a Stampin' Up workshop, and soon I'll be working on CHRISTmas cards.

Today I get to continue the fun with my card club group.  Looking forward to seeing them and sharing our creative ideas.  Below is the project we made at the workshop last week.  It's so much easier than it looks!  So join me - and let's get our craft on!

Please leave me a post and let me know what kinds of projects you would like to see me do...

Have a great day!


P.S.  My thankful day #4 is that I'm thankful I was raised in a Christian home!
day #5:  I'm thankful that my husband comes home tonight after being gone almost  3 weeks!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Day 2 of Thankfulness posting made it to FB, but didn't make it here:

I'm thankful for my husband, children and family.

Day 3:  I'm thankful for my health (and my families').

We're off to a friend's house in a bit for some board games and chili dogs.  I'm looking forward to the adult interaction since Kent is in the states.  I need another grown up to bounce ideas off of, and lately I've been overdoing it on the "can't say no"part.  I have no one to blame for my recent stresses but myself.  But I'm trying not to complain, as my blessings in life surpass anything negative that falls out of my mouth!

A childhood friend of mine has a birthday coming up and I mailed off her card.  
It turned out better than what I pictured in my head.  
LYLAS - you know who you are!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Call me silly, but I like to see how many "page views"  there are.  I have hit the 500 mark and couldn't be happier!  I hope this means I am getting some faithful browsers out there who peek in every so often to see what I've been up to.  (Surely it's not my parents and sister all the time??)

Happy November!  I was truly inspired by an email my cousin, Mark, sent me.  It was called "Portraits of Grace" and had several examples of random acts of kindness:  A man giving a homeless woman his shoes, an older couple paying for a younger couple's meal leaving a note that they were doing a good parenting job and to keep it up.  I think the most profound one for me was a line of hospital staff lining up beside a patient's bed.  They were all showing complete gratitude and respect as the patient was a child who was an organ donor.  The gratitude was immense as the patient would donate a couple of organs to two other patients, ending his life - and -  who would help two others become survivors thanks to the generosity.  I don't think there is enough generosity in the world.

Not only will I try harder this month to be more generous, but I am posting 30-days of things I'm thankful for!  

#1)  I'm thankful for my salvation!

Here's the Thanksgiving cards I made recently (spoilers to family who are reading this).  Have a great day!