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, October 28, 2014

Fall fun

Halloween is almost here and before we know it we'll be on a plane back across the Atlantic!

I wanted to share these crafts before the season passes by too quickly.

Here is the project (1 of 2) we made at Card Club last week.  One is for me, the other is for Annette (who moved back stateside too).  The hostess provided us with a battery operated tea light.  Aren't these cute??!

Here are some of the other swaps.  Alison made these canning jars to look like mummies.  She, too, provided a battery operated tea light inside.  It really shone nicely through the ace bandage.  How creative!

Below are more swaps...cards, candy holders...

And lastly below is our second project we did.  It uses the treat cup and you it slide open/shut to get the goodie.  I put candy corn in mine.  Some of the other ladies put in red hots.  I have two - as one is (yes) for Annette.  I'm excited that I get to hand-deliver this!  

We're into single digits!  Woo hoo!  Fall blessings to you - thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Up cycling

A word I seem to run into more and more all the time is "up cycling."  It's a nice change from recycling (where we think of saving the environment, turning trash into treasures, etc.)

I was recently inspired by a post my mother-in-law put on my Facebook page (of course, I can't find it so you'll have to take my word for it).  I took the challenge and made the creation below.  It was super easy to pick up freshly fallen and colorful leaves.  I rolled them up overlapping as I went.  Here's my finished product:

Sadly, I put it in our compost bin when I was finished.  Moving back across the Atlantic limits us on what we take with us in our suitcases and this didn't make the cut.  Besides, I can't imagine how it would look upon arrival after being tossed around by the workers at the airports.  It was easy enough that now I have a good foothold to make more next fall.

At last Monday's card club, Kristy (the hostess) had made some super cute decorations up cycling some glass bottles.  Wine bottles, soda bottles, etc.  She said she used spray paint and I thought they were so adorable!  It's nice to see fun fall decorations even when I have practically none myself.

I think the icing on the cake of card club was Joanne's sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel topping.  OMG!  This was DIVINE!  Popped into the microwave for 30 seconds to heat up and served with a dollop or two of ice cream.  It makes me hungry thinking about it.  For those of you unfamiliar with sticky toffee pudding/cake, it's like carrot cake on crack!  Here's a recipe I found online.  

We're almost into single digits!!!!  Prayers please for our safe travels and for a smooth final out inspection of our rental.  Thank you!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Better Person

As our time here in England winds down, I reflect on the abundant blessings that have been given to us.  I have such a great respect and perspective of the world, other cultures, and value all the opportunities that have been bestowed upon us.

I hope to take back with me some wonderful European ways of life:

  • Eating healthier and using more seasonings/spices/herbs in my cooking
  • Recycle, recycle, recycle
  • Support local farmers and businesses
  • Not only stop and smell the roses, but smile at your neighbor, and make time to have a cuppa (yes, that means cup of tea) with a friend
  • Avoid the calling of being lazy by walking more (to the local store, etc.) when able
  • Don't take life so seriously or let "it" (whatever that may be in your particular walk of life) get you down 
  • Experience what your area has to offer (trips, museums, camping, nature reserves, etc)
  • Get out of your routine to keep your spirit alive by doing the things you love

I do miss drive-thrus, businesses being open 24/7, and large shopping malls with stores I love.  But in looking closer, those are materialistic things and not what makes the world go round (at least not in my world).  Don't get me wrong, it will be great to get back to America, land of the free and home of the brave.  Since 2008, we have seen family only four times  - so I'm most excited about that!  Turkey and England were very good to us and I hope our children will look back someday and feel the appreciation I feel today.

I could go on and on philosophically, but I don't want to put my readers to sleep.  Today is my last card club in England, and I'm looking forward to crafting after sitting in an [almost] empty house.  Sadly, I won't be making any Christmas cards this year due to our move stateside.  So expect a masterpiece for 2015!

Here are a couple of photos.  The first photo is the second project we made at card club last month.  Cute little lady bugs with a hidden surprise using the Stampin Up treat cups and some punches.  What a great idea from Kristy!  The second photo is the swap that I am sharing today at club using a framelit.  The theme is Halloween.  

I'm saving another photo for while we're in the hotel.  It has to do with fall and the leaves...and I was inspired by a potential project on FB via my mother-in-law.  The leaves here seemed to have changed quickly and are already falling.  Pop back soon!  


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Echo echo

Fall is in the air, time is moving faster, and I hear a lovely sound:  an echo in my home!

The reason it is so lovely is because crates filled with our household goods pulled away Thursday.  Destination:  United States!

Three and a half weeks - WOW!!  That's it???!!  That's CRAZY!!  I get butterflies in my stomach thinking about it.  It's bittersweet...that topic will be saved for next time.

We made a nice fall project at card club last time.  I saved it to post when it was definitely fall.  The leaves are starting to change here and the flowers are almost done blooming and will soon wither away.  The project used stamps, die cuts, embossing folders, ribbon, punches...it would be super easy to mass produce these babies.  My favorite aspect is the stamped tissue paper to match.  Love it!

Below you can see what our house looked like a couple of days ago.  Things went smoothly for the most part.  To me, the true test is seeing what survives on the flip side.  I have some cherished antiques that I pray make it intact and mold free...and it all will arrive mid December.  

We were supposed to be using loaner furniture provided by the base, but paperwork was messed up - of course - Murphy's law, right?  So we're roughing it until it is delivered on the 15th.  We have blow up mattresses, camping chairs, a TV, folding table, bedding, etc. borrowed from generous friends.  (I have AMAZING friends)!!!  There's an echo in my house and it's nice living in the simplicity for a while.

Card club (my final one!! *sniff*) is on the 20th.  I've already made my swap of course.  The theme is Halloween.  Check back soon!