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, March 31, 2014

Spring

I love the spring...
I love to see the flowers grow, smell the hyacinth, watch the trees start to blossom, see the bees at work.
It's such a refreshing feeling.  I can't complain by any means that we had a hard winter and I'm looking forward to warmer days, as the states had it so rough this winter.  We're counting our blessings here on this side of the pond.

For last time's card club, the swap was a "1-dimensional" theme.  Below are the contributions from my friends:




The above project (beach scene) was Annette's addition to the swap last time.  She was in charge of the projects for this month, and we loved her card.  It became our project yesterday and we learned this fun "post it note" technique."  

The swap theme for yesterday was "Kid's birthday."  Below is the card I used for my swap:


I'm on the prowl for an unclaimed magnolia tree in the area.  It's in my top 3 favorite flowers.  I may have to go knock on a neighbor's door and beg to snatch a few from their tree to enjoy in my own home...I already know of an unclaimed lilac bush to stalk out when they are in bloom.  For those of you know know about me and my love of lilacs...
;)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Paris!

Ahh -- Paris!

My kids and I just had a wonderful weekend visiting Paris for the first time.  Two nights and three days wasn't enough to see it all.  I guess you could say the same about London...

It was wonderful seeing what sights our tour bus could squeeze in as well as enjoy the local cuisine.  We saw from the bus:  Notre Dame, Arc de Triumph, Champs Elysees, several museums, the huge Library, and we saw in person the Eiffel Tower, city center Obelisk, Sacre Coeur, the Louvre (and Mona Lisa), many of the 37 bridges there, and took a boat ride on the Siene.


I was pleasantly surprised that I remembered the language more than I thought I would.  Even after only one year of it my junior year!  It sure did help when ordering food and paying/negotiating with vendors.  Thanks for stopping by and avoir une bonne jour née!  Check back soon, card club is Monday and I haven't even begun my swaps/competition card, ha!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Luck o' the Irish Be With Ya

Yesterday I posted a blog showing a votive box holder.  I wanted to do "more" with the box.  Here's a fun St. Patrick's Day box.  Inside are Peppermint Patties.  They were a big hit with my coworkers!  



And my blog wouldn't be complete on St. Patty's Day without my favorite Irish saying:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Easy projects

Just a quick posting...

Here are the 2 projects we made for Card Club in March.  The first is a votive holder, and the second is a candy holder.
They were a huge hit and everyone enjoyed making them!

The best part is that they weren't too complicated!  Yeah for easy!!

Yes, getting ready for EASTER!  But not before St. Patrick's Day.  Stay tuned and come back tomorrow!





Sunday, March 9, 2014

Cherish

Being a military family...with constant moves, living VERY far away from home, constantly making new friends (or saying goodbye) really makes me cherish all that I have.  

We are blessed with company right now!!!!  (We haven't been blessed with a house guest for 2 years!!!)

Kent's brother from Missouri has come to visit.  Well, he didn't come over just to see us as he is in England for official work business up north in England.  But we're making it work out, and he's staying 2 nights with us, then we'll spend next weekend with him up north seeing a castle and some sights before his "work trip" is done.

Here is the card (below) that I used for my swap for the last card club.  The flowers are from a retired stamp set, with the Sassy Salutations for the sentiment.  The black border is done free hand:


I also am working on new techniques, and here is my attempt at a sun with my new SAB (sale-a-bration) stamp set See Ya Later.  We especially cherish the sunshine and have been blessed with wonderful sunny weather lately!  And when skies are grey, we are blessed in knowing family and friends say prayers for us until we are "home" again.



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Talent

We all possess a talent in some way, shape or form.  I'm not great at science and math, but my husband is.  My talent is organizing, thinking "outside the box" with creativity...my son likes to draw, and my daughter likes to organize (gee, where did she get that from?)

My Turkish friend that lives on base recently gave me a gift. She HANDMADE this gorgeous shawl!  She hand sewed the beads, sequins, etc.  Here's a couple of photos - it's absolutely amazing!



I had card club at my house on Monday.  I love seeing the talent from these ladies!

We had a nice time and made some fun "boxes"  for our project (I'll post those soon).  The competition card was a "monochromatic" theme.  Here's the card I submitted:



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Chinese...no, Spanish...no, English!

Today our family tried a new chinese restaurant for lunch.  It wasn't bad, but I think we're still looking for our next "favorite" place to eat.

We had to laugh while awaiting our meal to be served, as the visual ambience in "chinese style" was accompanied by the auditorial sound of Enrique Iglesias' song:  "Hero" in Spanish.  Two songs later, we heard the SAME song in English.  Needless to say, it was interesting with the setting...

It was a beautiful day with the sun shining.  It was a bit chilly, but I think spring is just around the corner.

Here's a fun spring card with poppies and a butterfly.  The ink colors I used with the black were poppy parade and real red.

And here is the photo I promised from yesterday of the flowers I picked.  I gave the kids a hard time since they won't hardly pose for photos anymore...but I got the dog to pose!  Thanks Zeus!