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.

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Cheers and God's blessings to you and yours!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Finally!

The wait is finally over!
We found out we are moving to (drum roll please...)

FLORIDA!

It was more of a shock than anything and it's still soaking in.

The more we learn about it the more excited we are.  White sandy beaches, no winters, blue sky days, tons of shopping, turquoise waters...God is SO good!!

We're hoping to have plenty of visitors (hint hint...save your money now!)

I know family is a bit disappointed we won't be closer to them, but since it's our last base, I feel like we can celebrate with style.  The schools have good ratings, we know 4-5 families already there (at least), and the housing appears affordable.

The first card below is a wedding card I made for one of our card club members.  We're so happy for Joanne.  She "popped on over" to Poland for her wedding!  Her nickname is "the olive lady" as she hand marinates olives in all kinds of exotic flavors.  I'll trust her reputation- unfortunately, I don't like olives but we love Joanne!!


The next 2 photos are swaps from club.  The flower one below is Danielle's, the box is Kristy's.


Here are 2 more - the postcard is Annette's, and the little green boxes were from Jamie.  We were short in attendance, so next club they're filling in the gaps and there will be belated photos to post of 3 more that were missing here.  Share the inspiration with a friend!!


Lastly, here is a photo (below) of my recent day trip to Hampton Court with Annette.  This place was HUGE and had so much history (ok - most of it negative because King Henry the VIII).  It had been on my "bucket list" and I'm so glad I went.  There were amazing gardens (about 6 of them), fountains, statues, formal rooms, courtyards...we didn't even see it all.  But we felt we saw 80% of it and had a great time.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Card Club

Here is the card I made for our swap.  It was a "friendship" theme.  
Front:  It's always fair weather
Inside:  When friends are together

This is a photopolymer stamp I picked up from a local craft show.  I love the English village theme and decided to emboss some white flowers for a bit of dimensional effect.  


Below is the second project we made to match the card (see last blog post).  We filled it with tootsie pops and used my pillow box die cut in the Big Shot.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, July 25, 2014

HURRY UP and wait...

Those who are knowledgable of the military are all to familiar with the title of this blog.  The government (or your employer) expects things to be done ASAP by the employee.   But when it comes to you waiting on them...you just have to wait!

I think that applies to life too.  "Hurry up and pay for this - put it on your card."  And the amount is immediately deducted or applied to a credit/debit card.  Yet, when plans change, and the amount needs to be credited back to your account...it can take about 10 days.  Ugh!

Below are the recipe pages from July's recipe book swap.  I now have 8 more amazing recipes to try out!  Some are American dishes and some are British dishes.  Yummy!  With so much going on, YOU, the reader, will have to wait until next year for me to try out some of these dishes.  I'm low on flour, sugar, etc., and I'm trying not to purchase those "staple" items if I don't have to.



We made two items on Monday at Card Club.  One is shown below - this card uses the scalloped tag topper punch.  Annette showed us an easy way to get this amazing effect without cutting it out/gluing it between matting, etc.  I turned mine landscape direction.  Her sample was portrait.  I'll definitely be making more of these someday.  The second photo is of the card opened up.

Check back soon to see the 2nd project and our swaps that used a friendship theme!
:)


Monday, July 21, 2014

Repeat

In relation to my prior blog posting, below is a set of cards I made with similar inspiration from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  It's almost a repeat.  They are 3"x3" blank little cards and I think they turned out super cute!


I decided it was time to slave away in the kitchen and do some baking.  It coincided with a bake sale our area Girl Scouts were doing for their camp.  

I defrosted the chopped rhubarb the night before and purchased fresh strawberries locally.  Here is a great recipe I found for this delicious crumble. 




It was delicious!  

The rhubarb dessert was a hit with my finicky kids.  I guess you can't go wrong when you use that much sugar as the recipe called for.  In the finished product, it doesn't show all the batter.  My friend received a treat and I put some of the rhubarb dessert in a graham cracker pie'd dish.  I would recommend only using 1/2 of the one cup called for in the recipe of the white sugar.

I was a little sad when I was washing up the empty baking dish in that my childhood memories of my grandmother and her dessert were a bit on the "back burner"  -- until next summer when rhubarb is in season again.

Suppers will start to get interesting as I sift thru my deep freeze chest seeing what needs to be used up before we move.  I was digging in the above/refrig. freezer to see what things I needed to use up...when before my eyes was ANOTHER ziplock baggie of more frozen rhubarb!!  

YIPEEEE!!  
REPEAT!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Where else shall we go??

It's finally sinking in that we're moving soon!  I'm working on my "bucket list" of places to visit before we head stateside.  The kids and I went to Sandringham Palace (the queen's winter home) recently.  Here's a view.  We couldn't take photos inside...but were able to tour the bottom level:


Below is the second project we made at last month's card club.  We made good use of the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the ladies were inspired to see potential future projects for themselves.  


Another check mark on the bucket list consisted of the Newmarket Ladies' Day horse races.  It was a typical England day with rain, but we made the most of it and had a good time.  No, I didn't place any bets (too lazy to get back out in the rain and loose our seats...)


Of course, I had to fit the part and wear a hat and fancy dress!  Loved every bit of it with the exception of the rain (which put a "damper" on things, lol).


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!

It was our last 4th of July celebration here in the UK.  Last year was a bit of a downer:  Kent was deployed and the base didn't have any funds to light 'em up.  I understand with budget cuts and all (mostly cuts from the wrong areas mind you).  But last night sure did make up for it!  It was a great celebration out at RAF Feltwell and it was open to the public.  There were rides, food booths, activities, and fireworks.  The weather was fabulous too.  It was bittersweet.  More sweet knowing that next year we'll be back in good 'ol USA.  

Below is one of the projects we made at card club this past Monday.  It's a cupcake holder.  I found a tutorial link through YouTube.  This one I gave to my friend Lori, and then remembered I hadn't snapped a photo of it, so she helped out (hence, the calendar in the background).  Thanks Lori!

The ladies in club seemed to like this project as well as the angel food cupcake I provided for inside.



 The below cards are of course, season appropriate.  I was the recipient of the Remember card during Memorial week.  It inspired me to make the small 3x3 card as a gift for the SU party I had last week.


Finally, here is a photo of the Red Angels that entertained yesterday.  They were amazing! 
THANK YOU so much to all those who have served in the past, present and who will serve in the future.  To those who are deployed, in the states, or serving overseas.  Thank those who serve, they are under appreciated and make amazing sacrifices at home and abroad!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Just a little early...

I had a small Stampin' Up Party at my home last Friday to introduce the new catalog, showcase some of the products (new and present) as well as make some projects.

We made a fun bookmark (or it can be perceived as a gift tag) using the scallop punch.  It was a great and easy project and I think the results speak for themselves.  I love the colors too!


I also shared my Paper Pumpkin (monthly kit that is available for $19.95) and we all made a pinwheel.  I loved the fun red, white and blue colors just in time for Fourth of July!  The kit was as great as always as it arrived in time and had all the necessary tools needed (paper, brads, glue dots, photopolymer stamps, straws (or candy cellophane bag if you preferred) and twine.

It was fun making this project even if it was a bit early from the actual holiday.  It sure does put me in the mood to watch fireworks!  Although they're going to have some stiff competition with the fireworks we saw in Cambridge in June!