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, April 29, 2013

April has come to an end

Isaac's school is having a basket raffle auction soon at the Mildenhall Mayfair Bazaar.  His "house" is doing a baby girl/baby boy theme for their basket.  I decided they needed to add a craft to it!  Here's what I made up to contribute:

One boy and one girl photo acrylic frame

And the girl frame up close:

Hope the school is able to make a nice profit from all the themed baskets.  

I also picked some of the tulips from my front flower bed that are so beautiful!  April has been celebrating month of the Military Child, and the theme color is purple.

April has been a decent month despite my husband having to deploy.  Thanks for your prayers for all those deployed and their families!

I'm ready now for a REAL summer!!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Beep Beep Beep *snooze*

A good thing about keeping busy is that the time doesn't go by slowly.  A bad thing about keeping too busy is exhaustion!  It was a super busy week...I've never been a "snoozer" but I sure was tempted this week every morning when I woke at 6:00am.

Kent has been super busy on this deployment working everyday.  Since he's been there he's had ONE day off.  Poor baby!  He was supposed to have today off too, and higher ups changed those plans...

My preschoolers (they don't know it yet) are going to send words of encouragement to him and his comrades.  We're going to make cards this week.  I pre-stamped, cut, die-cut, glued, and prepped supplies for them to assemble cards:

Stay tuned to see their creations when they assemble the above materials.  I can't wait to see their creativity!  There are 16 kids in the class...that right there gives me something to snooze about, lol!

May 14th is Card Club and I've already asked for the day off from my long-term sub job.  We're doing a cookbook.  Here's a sneak peak of some paper I'll be using!  

My daily devotional:  "In alarming situations, listen for God's wake-up call."

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Sunny Day

It's been another long week...not a bad week, just a long week.  There is hope:  the sun is shining and it's going to be a great weekend with temperatures finally seeming to stay average high 50's everyday.  What a late spring this is that has finally arrived!

I haven't met with my friend yet who picked up swaps for me from card club (see last posted blog).  Once I get those, I'll post photos.  I also haven't had time all week to be crafty...but I wanted to share a craft I had made in the past.

I don't recall where I saw this idea on pinterest, but it's not my idea.  I have used up all my cards like this, so it's going to be time to make more again soon.  CASE it!  (Copy And Share Everything!)

Monday, April 15, 2013


Tomorrow is my monthly card club.  I forgot to ask off work (as a long-term substitute teacher) before spring break, and I didn't feel right coming back today - and then asking off for tomorrow.  I will therefore be missing card club.  I am having friend/girl/craft time withdrawal...

The theme is "anything goes" an I made some pinwheel cards.  My gracious friend picked up my swaps to share and will be collecting my goodies (swaps from other friends) to bring back to me.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's creativity!

Today was a busy day and my body is telling me it's just about time to go to bed.  It was a good day (except for an annoying afternoon headache).  My hubby's been deployed about 2 weeks tomorrow.  It seems like longer...I'm already missing his hugs!  Withdrawal!

Here's my cards, they put a little "pep" in my day and make me smile when I see them.  The pinwheel actually spins in a circle when it's tipped.  I got the idea from Pinterest HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  And I'm excited that my blog "views" have hit over 2000!  It's F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!  Your numbers keep me motivated!

Saturday, April 13, 2013


When Olivia was in the 3rd grade, she was introduced to an author named Tom Blofeld.  He wrote some great chapter books for her age that are truly imaginative.  These books became so popular and well know in the UK, that there is a small "adventureland" based on the books.  This place is called Bewilderwood.

We visited this fun place yesterday.  It's about 30 minutes northeast of Norwich (about 1 1/2 hr drive each way).  Olivia brought a friend with her and we had a fun time.  I think teenagers would be bored here, but it was great for pre-teens.  It's set in the woods where there's a boat ride, slides, zip lines, obstacle courses, and more. We took a picnic lunch, toughed out a couple of spells of rain (of course, we are in England) and made the most of it.

Here are some photos to share.  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

There was a crooked man, who walked a crooked mile...

There was a Crooked Man poem
There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

I love to travel in the UK!  I was able to mark off another village on my "must see" list yesterday with a friend.  There's a village about 45 minutes away from me called Lavenham. For my American friends, the correct pronunciation is "lav-in-um" with the stressing on "lav" and you say it quickly.  Then you can sound like the locals. (You just said it out loud, didn't you?  Good!)

It was known back in the day as a wealthy wool town.  It was also home to an US Army Air Force in 1944-1945.

According to wikipedia:

"In the late eighteenth century, the village was home to poet Jane Taylor, and it was while living in Shilling Street that she wrote the poem The Star, from which the lyrics for the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star are taken."

They also think that the Mother Goose nursery rhyme about a crooked man originated from this village, and some other exciting things have happened here according to wikipedia:

"Lavenham's Market Square was a location for the 1968 Vincent Price film Witchfinder General. In 1986 a more contemporary film Playing Away, about a visiting cricket team from Brixton, was also filmed there.[20] The Market Square is the setting of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1970 film Apotheosis.[21] Other filmmakers who have used the village as a location include Stanley Kubrick[6] and Pier Paolo Pasolini.[22] In 2010, under conditions of strict secrecy, scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2 were filmed there.[23]
Lavenham is also the setting for the final episode of the mid-1990s BBC TV drama, Lovejoy. The episode, which aired in December 1994, was titled 'Last Tango in Lavenham'.[24]
It is believed that the distorted, or "crooked", appearance of many of the town's buildings inspired the poem, "A Crooked Little Man."

Lunch at The Swan was nothing but pure joy.  This building has served as a lodging since before the reign of King Henry VIII.  Even with my stuffy nose and lack of taste buds, my butternut squash soup tasted divine.  Dessert (below) was Caramel and Roasted Hazelnut Brittle Parfait.  Yum!

View of the path headed to the main market square (below)

The church was larger than I expected and was a delight as always with wood carvings, marble, and stained glass windows.

Thanks for stopping by!  Cheerio!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Carrot season

When it comes to carrots, I have nothing against them.  They used to be just an ordinary staple snack until I moved to England.
Have you ever tried an England carrot?  As funny as it sounds, I think England has the best carrots I've ever tasted. I was almost drooling on the highway the other day as I followed a pick up pulling a big trailer full of carrots.  

There's just something about them here that makes them wonderful.  I think it is an extra sweetness in the flavor rather than a bitter taste.  A belated thanks to my friend Shelly for making sure 

The below goodie I made my kids for Easter.  It is in honor of british carrots.  

Here's a fun quote:

"I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond."

To offset my healthy carrot-eating, here are some brownies I put in Easter cupcake liners.  I was adventurous and put a caramel in the center of a couple...yumm-o!

Thanks for stopping by, Hallelujah, He is risen!

To Keep in Touch...

My husband left Tuesday morning to start a 6 month deployment in the Middle East.  We're so thankful for technology to keep in touch:  skype, facetime, email, instant messaging.  We didn't have that when he went to Iraq.  And I remember my great aunt (God Bless her soul) saying how her husband was gone for year during WWII and all they had was mail.

I still like "snail mail."  And, snailing IT IS when you live overseas!  Mail takes average 2 weeks for arrival.  I do miss mailing things and having it only take 2-3 days.

I have always saved love notes from my sweet husband.  Rather than purchasing store-bought stationary, I decided to use my crafting skills and make him cards.  Don't worry, I don't expect him to mail back all the cards I made.  I'm hoping they're generic enough to send to family and friends if he wants too.  I had fun making these quick cards.