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!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Passing the Time

Any day now I should be receiving my next Paper Pumpkin. Last month's was quite impressive with plenty of leftover for more creativity.  There were 'regular' sized cards as well as fun minis.  I took some of the surplus and made more minis. Below are those results:


I used the same concept just changing the background.  It was a great way to use up some scraps.  Once I ran out of the stars and heart shapes, I decided to try my own "shape." I put my butterfly punch to work!  Below is that result.  I created the same concept-look by holding the punch in place, and before punching, I traced on the inside of the punch to create the guaranteed border.  Try it out - it's a great and easy way to get a fun look with whichever punch you want to use!


Sunshiny days are ahead as we get closer to moving to Florida!!  Below is a Dublin sunset across the Guiness bridge.  It WAS lovely!!  

Have a blessed day!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

More thanks...

Before our Ireland trip, a friend at the school had asked me to make her niece a card.  There was a project I had yet to complete from card club over a year ago.  I felt it was an opportune time to work on it.

Below is the result.  You can find a demo video Here.  There are also several youtube videos as well if you search.  It was a super EASY card to do and I think the results speak for themselves.


Below is the swap that I exchanged at club last Monday.  Following the thank you theme, and implementing a fall aura, here's what I came up with when I made about 10 of them.  I used my "thankful" frame lit from last year's holiday Stampin' Up catalog.  Some said "thankful" and others had a couple of letters trimmed out to read "thank you."  I also tried the new blendabilities. 

You know how at Christmas we have visions of "sugarplums dancing in our heads?"  In house hunting, I'm having visions of my future craft room dancing in my head!  It'll be so nice to have more space - I am already thankful!  Can't wait!!




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thankful

I am continually praising God for our blessings such as:

The opportunity to travel the world and live in other countries
Our families, friends and health
Our freedom
(that we are moving to Florida!)
but most importantly, my salvation

Tomorrow marks an anniversary the world "will never forget."
I say special prayers during this week for world peace and safety of our troops at home and abroad (and their families). I'm thankful that this year my hubby isn't deployed but safe and sound with us.

We had card club Monday.  Our swap theme was "thank you" cards.  Here are the goodies we traded and received.






And I can't forget our canine...I finally snapped a decent photo of our super busy staffie Zeus.  I think he's thankful for his family too.
:)




Monday, September 1, 2014

Reality

Happy Labor Day!

School is back in full swing as of this past full week.  I even substitute taught the first 3 days of school.  I'm officially the mother of a high schooler and middle schooler.  (sniff)

The kids had a really good first week of school which puts my mind at ease (and then we move and get to go through all the starting up anxieties all over again mid November).

It's all about facing the facts; such as the aforementioned of my kids growing up as well as some other concepts:


  • My son will forever be taller than me (thank goodness)
  • Crafting is therapeutic to me
  • It never gets easier telling friends goodbye
  • It doesn't always get easier making new friends or the anxiety that comes with it as a military spouse/family
  • My daughter isn't little anymore
  • Moving (or getting ready to) is stressful
  • God is in control (the most important one)



I finally pulled out crafts this past week.  It had been quite a while since I worked on some projects.  I didn't realize how therapeutic crafting is to me.  I have been cranky lately with this whole move thing...and it was great to "step away from it" and make some fun things.

I opened up my Paper Pumpin from Stampin' Up and went to work.  The first photo below is on the cover of the kit:


I opened the kit and pulled out all the supplies that were included in the box:


I was pleasantly surprised at how much the kit made.  I made 4 large cards, 4 mini cards as well as envelopes.  It was nice to have everything pre-cut.  There were even extra white cut-out words that I can use for future projects.


Here's a better photo of the cards I made:


With our time drawing to an end in England, I still have a couple of "wishfuls" on my bucket list.  I was able to tick one off yesterday.

We ventured off to the beach north of us yesterday.  The weather was great (mid 60's IS great for England this time of year) with the sun shining.  I had been wanting to go visit a village called Wells-Next-the-Sea.  I'm so glad we went.



The tide was very low so we had quite a bit of sand and rocks to overcome to get to the water.  But the sand was fine like sugar and the kids couldn't have been happier.  I even found the beach huts I'd been hopeful to find (below).


And the beach huts were in abundance too as you can see in the below photo.  They stretched all the way to the next bend.

A final thing on my bucket list is Leeds Castle.  Not sure if it will work out or not.  But, God is in control, so if it works out, then it was meant to be!

Craft club is in about a week.  I already have my next 3 swaps done!  Hence, the reason I haven't crafted much lately since I finished things before our Ireland trip.  So check back soon for photos!  Swap theme is "thank you" and if it's incorporated with a fall theme, then more power to us!
:)