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, March 30, 2013

Easter blessings!!

Here is this year's Easter card.  I was excited to use my embossing on this one.  It's all Stampin Up material:  paper, stamps, ink, embossing powder, foam dots, framelits on the big shot.

Unfortunately, family and friends that I mailed this too probably won't get it until after Easter.  I wasn't proactive enough to allow 2 weeks for delivery.  
Oh well, it's the thought that counts!
 Lots of hugs and kisses to family and friends.  We miss you and hope you have a truly blessed Easter remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season!

 I'll try tomorrow to post the Easter goodies I made the kids...

Friday, March 29, 2013

Card Club Talent

I love seeing the creativity the gals have in card club and look forward to our swaps.  We pick a "theme" and that's the only stipulation!
Our March theme was "masculine card."  Only one is of a more feminine nature, but it's still a great card!

Aren't you proud of me for finally posting them!  Sorry for the delay.
Our project that we worked on was an "easel display box."  It's cute - has a "drawer" that pulls out too. The first photo below shows the box when the easel is put up. 
The second shows how it stores flat.

The pretty bag was a gift from a friend with Lady Grey tea - it was delish!

Thanks for stopping by!
I'll post my Easter card this weekend.  Happy Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hosanna in the Highest!

Happy early Easter blessings to all those reading this!  I've been having fun making some cards and candy holders since last weekend.  I tried to take photos with my ipod of the cards from club, but they didn't turn out clear.  I'll have to try and photograph them again with my camera.  

I have a new big shot die cut that makes little "bags" so I've been experimenting with them. I also received in the mail my order from JoAnns which was a pillow box die cut.

The first photo is beside my cookie stampers available from Stampin Up:

Here's the pillow box die cut that I enjoyed making.  I used a retired Stampin Up bunny stamp and even pulled out out the markers and chalk to make the picture more fun.  I'm using one of these for Olivia's teacher gift, and the other will be hand delivered to my british neighbor.  They're filled with jelly beans:

Lastly, I mass produced (yes, again!) and am quite pleased with these little bags I made for my choir practice attendees tonight.  They're filled with rolos and starburst jelly beans.  It shows that practice does pay off.  I hope the gals liked them.  Regardless, it seemed to put a smile on their face which was my goal.  Just as God has a smile on his face when we turn to Him and count our blessings!

  I am gracious for everything the Lord has done for me and my family.
Check back soon to see my Easter cards! 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Green with envy

There's a preschooler of mine who has a very talented mother...here are photos of her sugar cookies she brought for the class!  Oh my goodness, they were SO divine!  (She sells them on the side and they cost $2 each).  I have her secret recipe for icing...I hope to try it sooner than later.  Wish I had her talent!

And we made leprechaun hats in class.  Here's mine  - eventually I even added gold braids to the side.

Lastly, it's March madness aka Mustache March!  Here's a goodie from Vicky at our last card club.  If you can't laugh at yourself sometimes, who can you laugh at?

Palm Sunday services were cancelled due to the snow.  That means our Easter Brunch following services were out too...it's a good thing my family liked my 9x13 dish of sausage egg and cheese casserole!

We received about 4 inches.  The kids are praying for a delayed school day tomorrow...we'll see!
We're still going over to our friend's house at Feltwell for some yummy food.

Happy Palm Sunday everyone!  Hosanna in the highest!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Old Fashioned

Where has the time gone?  I had my card club on Monday and now it's Saturday.  Sorry it's taken so long (for me, anyway) to post it.  I intended to do it sooner.  It's been another busy week.  A good week, but busy!

I had a good time at card club.  Our swap was masculine theme.  (I'll post the other cards soon - I promise!)  Below is my card.  I used my new stamps earned from the sale-a-bration called "Sentimental."  There's the old bicycle, ferris wheel, and a fabulous british phone booth.  I found a circus bear riding a cycle too from a set called Tagtastic from a 2012 hostess special, and felt he complimented the theme well.  The sentiment is from a 2012 set as well, and then I used scraps to punch and markers:  pumpkin pie, chocolate chip, and pacific point.

I also have a very dear childhood friend (we have over 30 years of friendship!) who celebrates her 39th birthday.  She dreads each birthday year after year and refuses to age.  I wanted to send Over the Hill things this year, but I think I'll save it for next!
Here's her birthday card I popped in the mail along with a gift.  Hope you like it, Nikki!  I miss you!
This sentiment set is from another 2012 hostess collection called Swirls and Curls verses.

Easter cards are being made TODAY!  I feel like suck a slacker knowing that mail can take up to 2 weeks for delivery.  Oh well, it's the thought that counts, right!

Thanks for stopping by, it's snowing flurries here on a Saturday morning as I also think of family/friends getting snow in KS and MO.  Stop sharing those fluffly flakes!   Send me some sun!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Crayon names

I love the creativity that goes into crayon names.  Sunshine yellow, Purple passion, etc.  I think that also carries over to eyeshadow color names and fingernail polish.   

This weekend I was invited into a friend's home to give her and friends a Stampin' Up party.  Here's a photo of the make-n-take we did.  

I used colors Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo, and Poppy Parade (fun names!)  I made two of these, and jazzed up the second one (below) using the scoreboard to make a frame, embellishments and embossing my cupcake punch.  Yes - I finally saved up and purchased an embosser!

The bow pulls out to reveal white paper to write a personalized message.

I also made the hostess a little thank you gift (below) for inviting me into her home.  Thanks for stopping by, check back soon as today is CARD CLUB!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

And a blessing in each trial...

I say many prayers that we haven't had to deal personally with recent trials.  Yes, Kent is deploying soon which will be a 6 month trial, but we'll get thru it.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day!  Luck o' the Irish be with ya!
I made some treats for my co-workers and passed them out yesterday at school.  Nothing too fancy, and I found some velvet green paper to make it even more fun.

Of course you can't go wrong with a big shot and punches.  They were fun and easy to make.

Last weekend Kent and I went to the Cotswolds.  We had a great time just the two of us at Chipping Camden and Chipping Norton.  

It was a great getaway with out the kids - who wouldn't have appreciated the history starting here about 1205!

Passing along an Irish blessing to you.  Have a wonderful day!

May God give you...
For every storm a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial,
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Ok, I had a request from my sister to post more recipes.  Well, I won't post more, because I love crafts (I'm working on St. Paddy's day things) - but I will post a recent recipe that I used over the weekend.

Here they are:  Brownie Nuggets

This recipe came from a book I received when I graduated from HS.  It's called Where's Mom Now That I Need Her?  It's filled with useful laundry tips, recipes, first aid, car/bicycle maintenance, etc.  It is a book that I will continue to use.  The recipes are quick and easy with ingredients I usually have on hand.  This is where I first came across the recipe "dump it cake" and "mayonnaise cake" (which is delicious by the way!)

Here's my kitchen aid ready to do most of the work for me.  And I'm getting ready to sift the ingredients.

After the ingredients, these blobs of chocolate were put on my favorite Pampered Chef bakeware (because I don't have to ever pre-grease and NOTHING sticks to it!)

Here they are fresh out of the oven

And of course on a red, white and blue Polish Pottery plate for support of country!

They weren't my favorite treat, but I did enjoy them and ate more than I should have!

Thanks for stopping by, the recipe is below.  Cheers from jolly 'ol England!

Brownie Nuggets Recipe

1/2 C shortening
2 C sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 C milk
3 1/2 C flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 C cocoa
1 C chopped nuts (I chose walnuts)
1 C raisins (I didn't use)

Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy; add eggs and vanilla.  Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa.  Stir in half of flour mixture with the creamed mixture; stir in half the milk; stir in the rest of the flour mixture, and then the rest of the milk.  Stir in nuts and raisins.  Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes; do not overbake.  Great for a crowd; makes about 3 dozen depending on size of spoonfuls.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Card Club show n tell

We had a good time at Card club this past week.  With the card swap (kid's birthday theme), we enjoyed seeing each other's creations.  Below are three other swaps I brought home.  Olivia loves monkeys - this may be her card for her birthday in June!

The sun wasn't out much this week, but it did peek thru for a gorgeous view one morning when I got up to get ready to work.  This was the view outside our back window.

The forecast this week for the next couple of days is high 40's, low 50's - with possibly some sun!  I can't wait!