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, May 26, 2015

Right Around the Corner...

It's the last school week for my kids.  Right around the corner will officially be "summer" to them.  A couple of months ago, you'd think the world was coming to an end with difficult Algebra questions and frustrated teenagers in my house.

I'm relieved not to have to recall how to do math problems for a while, not to have to get up at 5:30am with my daughter for her to catch that 6:05 bus to school, and not to have to ask my kids the after-school questions:  Do you have homework tonight?  Do I need to sign anything?  Any reports due this week?  Do you need to print anything out?  Any tests to study for?  Did you wear deodorant?  Hahaha...

With school being out tends to be the time for weddings.  Living overseas for the past 6 years, we didn't attend any weddings.  Take that back, not on purpose.  We came across a wedding in Turkey and I was having fun admiring the new bride's wedding dress and bridal party.  They even decorated the car with a bow across the hood.

We are attending a nephew's wedding next weekend near Naples, FL.  This will be my daughter's FIRST wedding!  (I'm secretly very excited for her).  I think all kids should experience attending a wedding.  To see a couple take that act of commitment in front of God and family/friends.

Here are a couple of wedding cards.  I'm sure the soon bride-to-be feels the wedding is right around the corner, and I know we feel the same way as we get to see my in-laws that we haven't seen since Thanksgiving.

I wanted to go with "beach" colors.  And, I had to include my wedding photo as well as my sister's (where my son was a ring bearer...)  And with school being out this week, my son will next be a sophomore and my daughter will be in the 7th grade.  Yikes!  That IS right around the corner!  {sniff}

I embossed the flower on both cards and reversed the words (on inside/outside). 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

This time last year I was oceans away in another country envisioning being back stateside.  Wondering where I would be, if the weather would be good, if the kids would like their new school and Kent his job, if I'd have employment, etc.  I am still warming up to the fact that I live in Florida.  Kent and I were just talking about how it still seems surreal.

I woke up yesterday morning with abundant blessings on my heart:  the weather is amazing, we live in the states, we have a gorgeous home, I have a wonderful family, we have our health, we have a new church home, we have a garage and closets (I do not miss England teeny tiny homes)...SO much to be thankful for!  It was a great day with breakfast made by my family, flowers, lunch out after church, and a movie in the afternoon.

Of course I wish I lived closer to family, but God doesn't have it in our cards right now, so I will accept that and call them every week just as I have since I was 18!

Here are my Mother's Day cards!  I tried to post these yesterday but I had difficulty retrieving them in my upgraded Photos program on my computer.  FINALLY, here they are!  I love embossing and wanted to try and make the  most of it with the flower and words.  I also wanted all three to be unique in their own way.  My mother-in-law's is first, my sister's in the middle, and my mother's is shown last with the dragonfly:

I was also busy last weekend with some landscaping.  Here are my new flowers!  I love how they look.  Previously in this pot was a branchy, dead, grass-growing SOMETHING that has since been picked up by the compost trash workers.  I'll never know if it bloomed or not, but it was so unattractive.  This is much better!

And finally, here are the results of sweat, labor, and sore muscles (and 35 lava rock bags along with 4 topsoil bags) that I did all by myself!  My first attempt ever at landscaping!  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!  

(the dead grass that used to line up right next to the house - how unattractive.  Now to work on trying to grow grass on the sand.  Yes, under our dirt is a mixture of sand!  Maybe this is why my sunflowers didn't survive in the back yard???)

What you see when you drive by the house.  Thanks for visiting my blog, please share it with family and friends and if you have a google account, please "follow!"
Have a God-filled week!

Saturday, May 9, 2015


20,000?!  My blog has had over 20,000 page views?  I think that is awesome!!  I'm so excited.  It may seem like small potatoes to you, but I think it's a great accomplishment.

My sister and I were chatting on the phone a couple of weeks ago as our daughters both had birthday parties. It IS that season!  May - June are especially busy when it comes to the cards I will make soon:
2 Anniversaries
5 birthday for family members and 1 friend
Mother's Day
Father's Day

Not to mention the birthday parties my kids attend.  I can't make those "cheesy" cards anymore - they're not "cool enough" or they're "too embarrassing."  {sigh}

Here are three cards I made for my teenagers to give when they attend parties.  I hope they're "acceptable."  Haha!

I also purchased off Etsy a new stamp for my creations.  I think it looks great!  THANK YOU for checking out my blog! Mother's Day cards went out in the mail, I will post those cards hopefully tomorrow!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

More Tea please

I was pretty excited to find in my pantry my Turkish ground loose tea.  Chai here I come!  

Here are photos I promised from the second set of goodies I made when I decorated a table for a mother daughter luncheon; Turkish style.  The packets opened like a matchbook cover with the circle-flower punch adding extra pizzaz. 

The tea bags were fruit flavored and smelled really good.  It's not like the real Turkish chai, but the fruit reminded me of the fresh markets readily available.  I still struggle with how much processed foods Americans eat...

I'm off to drink chai...