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!

Friday, June 21, 2013

That's british for...

My baby girl celebrated her birthday recently and is now a "double digit."  Where does the time go?  I made her a birthday card (surprise, surprise) and a brown bag photo album per her request.  She filled up the first album!

Here's the card.  It's a "spinner" card and the cupcake spins in a circle when it's opened: 

Here is the photo album.  She picked out the paper from the arts and crafts store on base.  I didn't photograph all the pages, but you get the idea:

And lastly we went to Wicken Fen on Tuesday.  The weather was good (a little muggy, but that's ok).  Thankfully, they had a "boardwalk" to follow on most of the fen areas that would have normally required our wellies (that's british for rain boots).  So we lucked out with only wearing our trainers (british for sneakers).

We're headed to the states soon...and will be away on holiday (that's british for vacation) for about 4 weeks.  Depending on internet connection will factor in my ability to post blogs.

Keep checking and be sure to "follow by email" (see option on the right side) so you know when something new has been posted.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

On Your Way

I was flattered when my friend, Lori, asked me make graduation announcements for her daughter.  The school colors at Bath University (United Kingdom) are dark blue and silver.  I had fun using a retired stamp graduation cap, my silver embossing powder, a star from stamp set "So Happy For You" (sale-a-bration 2012), and white and blue card stock. I also used glitter paper from Stampin Up with my circle punch and blue scrap ribbon.

Jessica also wanted included a poem from Dr. Seuss.  Here is the finished product!

Congratulations Jess!
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Father's Day blessings go out to ALL those who have been fathers, are presently fathers, and who will be fathers!  Especially to my father, my husband, and my father-in-law.

Here are the tuxedo cards that Kent and my father received...I had fun making these and they weren't too complicated (yeah!)

The last photo is the fun bow-tie card my father-in-law received.

Hoping you all have a very special day!!   Thanks for all you do!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Mahna Mahna

In coming up with a title for this blog, I contemplated the above or "Purple People Eaters."  Purple - specifically because our theme for card club was monochromatic purple.  I went to youtube to find a good version of Purple people eaters.  

I wasn't successful in finding one that I like, and then THIS song popped in my head.  Looks like I'll be singing it ALL day!  That's ok, the words are easy to remember, lol! 

Here are some of the swaps:

This was my card swap:

And since Mahna Mahna is a random song as posted above, here's some random cards I gave to the teacher I worked with as a thank you:

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Seeing Red

Last Thursday night I was busy seeing red.  I was pressed for time in making cookies for Isaac's school fundraiser.  I used my "cheat" cookie recipe, because it's so fast to whip up and inexpensive to make.  Not to mention minimal ingredients.

My only set back was that I forgot just how many cookies can be made in one batch.  I planned ahead for a "double batch" and was sick of seeing red 2 1/2 hours later!

Here are my red velvet cookies and the recipe is below.

I also had a Shellac Manicure...RED of course!

And the kids and I went to Alton Towers and I survived the SMILER new ride/roller coaster.  But I think I may have been seeing a little bit 'o green after that one...lol!
(cookie recipe is below and check back soon -- card club is today!)

Cake-Mix Cookie Recipe
1 Box of your favorite cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 C canola or vegetable oil (or one small snack-size cup applesauce)

Blend ingredients well in mixer.  Makes about 4 dozen depending on size of scoops used.  Batter is thick!  Bake on 350 until top cracks an bottom is a little crisp.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

16 years and counting!

Happy one-day early anniversary to my fabulous husband!
June 7, 1997 I married my best friend.  I never knew 16 years later we will have lived in Nebraska, Missouri, Turkey and England!

We also celebrated our dating anniversary in March (yes, we love a good excuse to eat out and go on dates!) on the 20th.  We've been together for 20 years.  WOW!  That number sounds so big, but I still feel young.  

In honor of my wonderful hubby who is serving our country apart from us as we speak, I made an anniversary card.  (It was the least I could do - I also mailed more peanut butter cookies, lol!)  I loved the first card so much, I decided to make another and this one will be sent to my parents for their 47th wedding anniversary.  Sorry Kent and folks, it'll be late.  But it WAS postmarked before our special days!  Hahaha!  

I used on the first card cherry cobbler ink pad, scrap paper (the wallpaper and border), white card stock, and the Towels for Two single stamp.  The second photo uses Garden Green stamp pad.

Thanks for stopping by!
I love you Kent!

Monday, June 3, 2013


You can tell summer is on the way when we start to get "senior-itis."  Not necessarily the "senior" part, but you know what I mean.  It's time for summer...a break...a vacation...a change of scenery.

The kids have 7 1/2 days of school left.  I think I'm counting the days more out loud than they are at this point.  What?  Another book report?  Did I read correctly - another big assignment due?  Teachers - where's your -i-tis?  You're lucky my kids still take a shower and show up with a backpack!  My funds are depleted from donations.  My time is already stretched thin from baking, volunteering, following up, going to meetings, submitting paperwork on time, etc.  THIS MOM agrees with me on this subject!

It doesn't help that it's June 4th and it's still jacket weather here in England.  Ugh.  Thankfully the sun does shine a little more (at least this week it's supposed to).  I feel like it's our spring (finally).  Although my Kansas spirit is ready to SWEAT!  lol

June is a busy month for our family.  My mother and daughter have a birthday, my parents and my husband and I have have an anniversary (stay tuned for those cards!) and my mother-in-law has a birthday.  ALL happening by June 18th.  

Here are the cards my mother(s) will be receiving:

I liked the concept so well, I decided to try other colors/stamps too (and there's a fun glitter spray I used!):

Thanks for checking out my blog.  Summer will be here before I know it, and then I'll be wishing for the kids to go back to school!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bedford, UK

I recently went on a road trip with my friend Samantha.  She LOVES Cath Kidston.  I had never heard of this shoppe before, so was intrigued to learn more about it.  We visited the outlet store so she could find some great bargains.  It's known as a "purse" store.  HERE is a link.  

What cute items!  They were a bit "flowery" for my taste, but still had fun perusing the items.  In talking to the checkout employee, we found that the village it was by, St. Neots, didn't have much to offer.  She recommended a neighboring town of Bedford.
So we hopped in the car and punched the info into the Sat Nav (that's british for GPS).  Off we went!

What a hidden gem Bedford is!  The River Ouse runs thru the town.  Population is about 30K, modern buildings, old churches, shopping (see photo of a shoe that made us giggle at TK Maxx) -- I had to try it on!
...what a great time we had.  Lunch was a Nando's!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE Nandos!!

Here's a plaque by the bridge over the River Ouse:

This is a sign by St. Paul's Church

Check out this sign below.  Twenty-four kids???  Oh my GOSH - no wonder her name was Patience!!!!!

We had a window view from Nando's of the river.

What a great time!