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, May 27, 2013

It's more than just a BBQ...

Happy Memorial Day!  I wanted to create something patriotic to celebrate Memorial Day.  So many sacrifices have been made at home and abroad.  I am so thankful I have freedom:  freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to have a Bible, freedom to an education, and freedom to even hop in my card and drive wherever/whenever I want.

I used my cuttlebug embossing folder, my big shot framelit die cut, pop dots, markers, some paper from our local arts and crafts store, ribbon I had on hand, and a stamp I purchased a few years back on my holiday to the states while we were living in Turkey.

They are all different in a little way.  I tried to make good use of my negatives/positives with the big shot framelits (using the cut out as well as what was left).

I am also a proud new owner of a Court Cabinet!  I've been looking for about 8 months for the perfect one...this one met my dimensions and budget.  My father laughed at me recently when I told him I was slowly getting into antiques.  I wanted the "fresh and modern look" when Kent and I first got married.  None of that "old" stuff.  After seeing all the mansions, castles, wood carvings, marble carvings, etc. here in England, how can you NOT love these??!! 

I have to stop purchasing, as I don't have any more room in my house...unless I get rid of the kids' beds?  Hmm, that's an idea!  Just kidding!  

Thanks for stopping by, happy Memorial Day and please say prayers and "thank a military member" whether they've separated, are currently serving, or are a veteran.  

Be safe traveling to festivities, and remember - it IS more than just a BBQ.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Happy birthday to my wonderful husband!!  Today is his birthday, and he turns 40.  I want him to know how much I love him!

I'm disappointed that he hasn't received his care package/birthday box yet on his deployment.  I mailed it almost 3 weeks ago. (Sad face).

I filled it with LOTS of goodies:  homemade peanut butter cookies, balloons, muffins, twizzlers, notepads/pens, envelopes, ticky tack (to hang his kids' drawings on the wall), streamers, candles, party poppers, and whatever else I could squish in the box!  

Here's a photo of the homemade PB cookies I made (see recipe at end of this blog)

And here's a photo of the box before I sealed it up:

Last weekend Olivia and her Girl Scout troop went camping at two-mile bottom.  We did a bridging ceremony for those bridging up (using bridge in below photo), went canoeing, made hobo foil packs, cooked s'mores over the campfire, and had omelets for breakfast.  I also learned a new type of s'more:  SMEEPS!  Can you guess the ingredients?  Think hard, I bet you'll get it!  They were better than expected - YUM!

I do miss going camping...it's May in England and feels like early spring. It's cold, wet, and windy.  We all FROZE at night with the temps getting into the 40's.  So let me rephrase what I just said:  I do miss going camping in WARMER weather, haha!  Our family loved camping in Knob Noster at the state park and walking on trails (and chasing off raccoons - ok, I don't miss that part!)  

But we had a great time, and I was thankful I slept until 9:40 this morning!  Yipee!

Hope you get your birthday box SOON baby, we love you SO much!!!!!  Happy birthday Kent!

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/4 C flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 C butter or margarine
1/2 C peanut butter (creamy* or crunchy)
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1 egg
* 1/4-1/3 C chopped peanuts if using creamy PB.

Combine flour, salt, and baking soda, and set aside.  In large mixing bowl, mix butter and peanut butter until well blended; add granulated and brown sugar, mixing well, and beat in egg.  Stir flour mixture into PB mixture until well blended.  (*stir in peanuts if using creamy PB). Drop by spoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet; flatten criss-cross with a fork, and sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Cool on wire rack.

Makes 1 1/2 - 2 dozen cookies depending on dropped spoonful sizes.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I had the chance yesterday to be crafty and was quite productive.  Here's my finished product!

Monday, May 20, 2013

He chose me!

A couple of Sundays ago was Mother's Day...I am finally getting around to show off how wonderful my kids are!

Olivia wrote me this sweet little poem:

Isaac picked my favorite seasonal flower (lilacs) from around the corner, and Olivia made me a cute little fortune teller filled with compliments no matter which one I pick.

I'm so lucky to have such amazing children - and I'm SO thankful that HE chose ME to raise them.  I guess I learned from the best - my mother!  Luv u mom - hugs and kisses!  I'll always be your Dayna-babe!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My first recipe scrapbook!

For card club, we did a recipe swap.  I had trouble finding an abundance of ideas to see online.  I did find some ideas here and there, and this is what I came up with:

Here's the paper I used from our craft store on base (the only kitchen-related pages they had).

I found this template (below photo, tabbed page on the right) on my mac computer from a pamphlet sample and tweaked it:

I didn't have many kitchen-related stamp sets to use, but found a very old set and figured it would work!  I used my scallop punch, circle punch, and retired Stampin Up chalks to color in the girl:

I was pleasantly surprised to find some scrap ribbon and brads at our local craft store on base...

It needed some "sparkle," and what a better way than with orange glitter!

And here's the finished product.  I am quite pleased with this - I usually avoid "scrapbook pages" because the space is a bit overwhelming to me.  The pages are 8x8...I am pleased with how they turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again soon to see how I decorated my cover at card club!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Windsor Castle!

The kids and I had a good time Saturday as we visited Windsor Castle for the first time!

The town is built up around the castle with modern shopping, fun eateries, and history along the Thames River.  We had lunch (see below photo) at the Blarney Stone...Olivia and I had lasagna and Isaac had pizza.  

Below is St. George's Chapel which is located inside the walls of Windsor castle.

The castle and cathedral were oozing with history.  Here's a list of those buried here - to include 10 monarchs (i.e. King Henry VI, VIII and Jane Seymour.  We also saw Mary's State Apartments (apartment, yeah, right?!) and her famous Dollhouse.  Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos inside the chapel or apartments.  The rest of the castle is off limits as it's occupied by the queen and other important people in her "court."

They had some guards too, on duty.  I'm sure this guy DESPISES tourists!  I'm sure glad my military husband doesn't have to wear a fur hat year-round!

Here's a view from the street of one of the towers.

This was a fun nonfunctioning phone booth with some great artwork (with castle in the background):

 Amongst the shopping...we found the candy store.  I took a photo of all the American candy that isn't always easy to find on their economy:

Their "Crooked House" with Isaac trying to hold it up:

My first Green mailbox encounter:

Tourist season is in full swing, as it was a busy day with crowds.  I can't imagine what it's like in June or July.

Check back SOON as I have Card club today!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

"A" for Effort

Teacher appreciation week was celebrated this past week.  Here's a huge shout out to all those out there who are working on a degree towards being a teacher, are student teachers, are presently teachers, are retired teachers, who have ever taught (this goes for Sunday school teachers too!), and substitute teachers.
Teachers don't receive enough pay for this job:  they are the ones that help mold, prepare the minds, educate, and encourage all those out there from little tykes to big fancy lawyers.  They all get an A for effort in my mind!  Some are praised, some are ridiculed, some are promoted, some are fired.  Regardless, they have all impacted the life of a child.  (This goes only to those who are in good standing).

Here's a journal Olivia and I decorated for her teacher that she delivered this past week.  It was sent along with some flowers for her to plant in a garden.

Today is Mother's Day.  I received a nice surprise at work on Friday with roses from my husband for an early Mother's Day.  I sent cards out to my mother on Monday this past week (sorry, it will be late!).  Happy Mother's Day to my mother, sister, family and friends. May you feel especially loved today!  You get an "A" from me!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May Day

My original intention was to make May Day baskets.  I remember when I was a child making paper cones, putting in wildflowers (hopefully they weren't all weeds), putting them on a neighbor's door, ringing the bell, and RUNNING with my sister!
I really wanted to do May Day baskets for my neighbors...time just got away.

I love spring [into] summer and enjoy watching God at his best.  Butterflies, bees, ladybirds aka ladybugs (that's what they're called her in the UK), flowers...
I was so excited to see some lilac bushes in bloom, and I already snagged me some!

Aaahhh, I love the smell of lilacs!

Here's some cards I made in honor of Mother's Day AND May Day with fun butterflies...

I made these with my big shot "beautiful wings" embosslits, Madison Avenue stamp set, chocolate chip ink pad, and 2 1/2" circle punch.  Ribbon and paper were scraps, and of course embellishments.

Next Tuesday is CRAFT day with my monthly craft club.  We're doing a cookbook page swap!  Stay tuned...

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Little artists

Here's a follow up from my previous blog:  the project my preschoolers did this week.  The artists were hard at work in class making cards to send downrange.  We had a good time making, assembling, and sprucing up the cards.

I think the kids did a great job!

Olivia was asked to join her teacher for lunch this week.  I decided to send in a special dessert...
here's a photo - they were a huge hit!