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!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lego My Eggo

Olivia's latest craze for breakfast are Eggo waffles.  Just the plain ones...minimal butter (enough to make it a bit soggy) and no syrup ("that's only for pancakes, mom").  Makes for a quick breakfast on rushed school mornings.

Card club is tomorrow and I'm excited to get crafty.  The theme is "Kid's birthday" so I started my search for ideas.  

Below is my kid card.  I usually don't post the completed project, but I loved the fun colors so I couldn't resist.  These were quite easy to do.  I tried three different "happy birthday" fonts to give it a bit of a different feel.

What do you think?

And as my friend Teri C. always taught me, if you make one, you might as well mass produce and make several.  So that's what I did!  Thanks, Teri!

Monday, February 25, 2013

To Be or Not to Be...

We had a great weekend visiting Warwick Castle and Stratford on Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace).  Wanted to share some photos before going to bed before long.  Thanks for stopping by!
Inside Warwick castle grounds

Outside view of Warwick castle, owned by King Henry VIII, but he never visited it.
Queen Victoria did though...

Strutting his stuff by the Conservatory

Warwick's St. Mary's church where William Shakespeare is buried.

William Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford on Avon

W. Shakespeare's last residence before his death.

Love the wood timber homes in Stratford.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Crockpot - Aztec style!

I came across a recipe by accident and decided it was worth a go!  This is called Chicken Aztec.  Of course, the best part was that it was healthy.  The second best part is that I could use the crockpot - you KNOW I'm not a slave to my kitchen.  Lol

Here's what it looked like before serving.  The second photo is what my plate looked like after I put the dish in my tortilla shell (served with 7-layer dip and fritos).  Scroll down to see the ingredients.  

I'll be posting photos tomorrow of our trip to Warwick castle and our visit to Stratford on Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace).  AND my Card Club meets Wednesday, so those photos will go up this week too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chicken, 5-7 skinless tenders thawed
1 C corn
1 can chicken broth
1 can black beans
1 tbsp cumin
1 garlic clove minced
(I also added 1 can water, so it wouldn't boil dry because my Low setting is more like a medium)

Cook in crockpot at least 6 hours until chicken is cooked.  Remove chicken and shred with 2 forks.  Return to crockpot.  Use slotted spoon to strain extra juice so it can be put in tortilla shell.  Crunch shells work too.   Enjoy!  Even my picky son liked it.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


A while back I had a request for a custom order.  Here are some organizers using scrap paper and a variety of embellishments.  Here's the covers:

And here is a photo of the insides.  There are post it notes, tabbed pockets, and an expanding paper for photos or special notations.  God bless those who have time to do scrapbooks!  I'll stick to my cards and 3-D items...and leave the photo albums these days to Shutterfly and Snapfish!  Thanks for stopping by - and to those in the midwest I know who are being blanketed with snow, I'm thinking of you across the pond.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hook, Line and Sinker

Below is a photo of my lovely roses from hubby on Valentine's Day.  I had to share them.

A while back I went to my first auction.  It was a great experience here in England.  I've purchased some little antiques here and there:  a tea trolley, teapots, a sewing stand and spinning wheel chair.  They're not super old antiques, but I like them.  After going to the auction, I think I'm officially hooked on antiques!  I'm not into the "chic and shabby" look where they're painted and distressed.  I prefer the original stains.  Kent and I also enjoy watching The Antiques Roadshow.  There is even a UK version we can watch here.

I found the below desk (I have been searching for some time now) for the kids.  It has the barley twist legs on it which is very popular here.  This will be a nice place for the kids to spread out with their homework rather than using the dining room table (which caused much complication when it came time for supper.

The kids love it, and so do I!  I already have my eye on a buffet hutch.  I hope to find something to display my teapots in but also is functional for cabinet storage.  Keep checking back or sign up to follow my blog so you'll know when I fell victim to the hook, line and sinker of the antique world!

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Today is a day of love...
I feel very spoiled for a substitute teacher.  I've been in a preschool class for 3 weeks now, and I've never seen more love shared amongst each other!  The kids and their parents were SO generous today.  Chocolate covered strawberries, cheese borek (Turkish!), chocolate candies, Valentines, brownies, cupcakes, and even a mini rose plant.

Here's the Valentine I made my husband.  I stuck with the simple route.  Hope you like it!  Remember:  even if you don't have a special Valentine on this day, God loved your first - and He always will!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Just a quick note before I'm off to bed...we've been super busy getting ready for Valentine's day!

My friend Andrea placed an order.  I love a good excuse to craft, so I made her these cards to choose from  (she needed 3).  

I made her 6 to choose from.  Below is my favorite - it must have been Andrea's too, as she picked it first!

Of course as you can see from below, they were all spinner cards!  Wheeeeee!!

I've been busy with a bit of baking too...above are pretzels, with melted kisses and hugs, and then I placed a pink or red M&M on them. They were sooooo yummy!  

Above and below are goodies for co-workers at the school.  They're filled with...CHOCOLATE!!  

I had to save the best photo for last; above are Olivia's class valentines she made!  She had fun using the cuttlebug, big shot, and letter stamps.  Each child has their name on their bag.  She's even more excited because she gets to wear her pajamas to school.  Fun times!

Whew!  Now I'm really tired.  The bed is calling my name.  Nighty night!

Sunday, February 10, 2013


My husband recently worked hard on the stationary bike at the base gym.  So much, that he complained of his ankles hurting the next day.  I personally am not a fan of stationary bikes.  The official exercise class of this is called "spinning."  

I prefer a different type of spinning...one that can be found in a card!  These are Valentine cards I made for families and popped in the post (that's british for "put in the mail") this past weekend.  When you open it up, the heart inside spins in a circle (it's been tightly wound before closing causing it to release when opened).

I had fun making these cards.  I did my "exercise" by rolling it thru the cuttlebug for the heart embossing, as well as the big shot for the "hearts a flutter" framelits (big heart and small spinning one).  Cherry cobbler color paper is always fabulous too!

So SPIN away!!
P. S.  After Valentine's Day I'll switch back to the blue background.  I had to make my font bigger this time as the red seemed to diminish the letters.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Laid-back and whimsical

My friend recently had a baby, and I wanted to get more creative with my projects and branch out of cards (just a teensy bit).  My generous friend created me some vinyl letters.  I took the colors from her baby's room decor and found some scrapbook paper.  Here's a nice-sized wall hanging where they can put in a picture of their new little girl.  I hope they like it!

My sister sent me this photo on Facebook...it caused me to laugh out loud!  I've had the nickname "doodah" since we were stationed at Offutt AFB in 2000.  I definitely need to visit this diner when I go back to my hometown of Wichita!!  Thanks, Delynn!

To add to my daily whimsical self, I'm subbing at the school for the next couple of weeks where there's a little girl who has the same name as me, and it's spelled EXACTLY the same way!  I think that's happened less than 5 times in my 39 yrs of life.  AWESOME!  This little girl is also "laid-back and whimsical."

Happy Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Valentines 2012

I wanted to pull out some ideas that inspired me last Valentine's Day.  Below is a fun card with lots of ideas:  
The heart stamps (some hand cut, LOVE stamp punched out), paper tearing, word window, corner rounder, and the brad embellishment.

Below are some candy holders I made:  Hershey slider card, and a tic tac holder:

And we can't forget teacher gifts!  Last year they got these fun popcorn holders.

Hope this inspires you - happy stamping!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Love is in the Air

Happy February!  This first day of the month is not as sun-shiny as I had hoped here in England.  It's a bit chilly out and drizzly.  Although, there isn't snow and/or ice on the ground, so I'm happy about that.

We're upon the most romantic month of the year.  At my last card club, the theme was wedding cards for the swap (one of our members is engaged).  I took an idea from a pinterest Christmas card and made it into a wedding card.

I used my scallop punch, black Stampin Up satin ribbon, white card stock, and tried out just about all of my embossing folders whether Big Shot or Cuttlebug.

If you take a look below, the note your message goes on pulls out of the box (flower is attached to the writing paper.)

I made 8 of these but only show 3 in the photo above.  I'm pleased with how they turned out...I think I liked the polka dot embossing folder the best.  Thanks for stopping by!  Oh - I almost forgot...Olivia has already started on her Valentines for a class exchange.  This has motivated me to start on my personal valentine cards.  A clue about them - they're spinner cards (thanks for the idea Vicky!)

Happy Friday, and Happy February!