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!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy National Chocolate Day!

It's almost here...Halloween.  Some of my friends L-O-V-E this event.  They love dressing up, they love going to haunted houses, the corn mazes, they love the candy (Ok, I love candy too)...they just can't get enough of it.

I have some more crafts that were made early on with my sweet friend Annette.  Here was her masterpiece with the concept of a layout (see blog post before this one).
She did an amazing job!

And a card I made using acetate, Annette's "Boo" die-cut and versa mark with embossing powder on vellum:

In all honesty, I'm not as all geared up for October 31st like I used to be.  When I was little, it was fun to dress up and go door to door.  It was fun to pick and choose candy and ration it to see how long it would last (ok, my mom made us ration it as it sat on top of the fridge and we were allowed 2 pieces a day).  It was fun to wear costumes to school and parade around the playground.

I just don't enjoy it as much.  It's dangerous for kids to go door to door, some of the candy could have razor-blades in them...some of the costumes are down-right SCARY, and there seems to be so much more evil associated with it than ever before.  I do love the corn mazes and celebration of fall harvest.  Hoorah for churches that provide safe environments for kids with trunk-or-treating and activities/games.  And for the farmers that magically create mazes with aerial designs in them to get lost in.  And the hayrides...and bonfires...Hmmm, all of a sudden I am craving s'mores and hot chocolate.  Nope!  It's almost 9:00pm at night.  That chocolate (Oh  -- happy National Chocolate day!) will gladly settle in my tooshie where it doesn't belong.  Ahh, the days of higher metabolism!

My kids did carve pumpkins yesterday.  Isaac carved the letter "I" and Olivia carved Stitch from Lilo & Stitch.  We did just visit Magic Kingdom where they had a L&S ride.  We'll put the pumpkins out this weekend to showcase their artwork.  How many other times do they ever carve in a vegetable that I get to showcase?

I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins recently.  Quite delicious and H-E-A-L-T-H-Y.  No kidding!!!  I would encourage you to double the recipe.  You can find it HERE.

So grab some candy corn (or just spoonfuls of sugar as it's practically the same thing), chocolate, marshmallows, support your local businesses, and get ready for the Christmas music.  It's coming and you know it is!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

No, I don't scrapbook

When people find out I like to stamp and make projects, they automatically assume I scrapbook.  Nope, that's what snappish.com and shutterfly.com are for!  

I wanted to share a project that Annette and I worked on last month in preparation for fall.  I found a fun sheet that kind of reminded me along the lines of scrapbooking....but I don't scrapbook!

Here is what I started with, and then I filled up the page!

 Here is my finished project that I displayed in a frame.  Lots of detail, check it out!  I think my favorite part is the broom in the word "boo".  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

A mouse

We had a wonderful time last weekend.  We saw a mouse.  A mouse you ask?  Yes, the friendly, black eared-5 ft tall-talking mouse Mickey.  It was my kids' first visit to Disney and it was a great weekend!  Pricey, yes, but worth it!  I've been 3x now in my life:  when I was 6, on my honeymoon, and in my 40's.  I loved MK (that's slang for Magic Kingdom) and how it hasn't changed much over the years.  They still have It's a Small World, the Teacups, but have some awesome rollercoasters too.  And we rode all of them!!  It was great being care-free and just letting go.  

I finally found the purse pictures!  I made this purse and also made 4 coordinating cards.  I gave it away as a door prize when I hosted Beta Sigma Phi meeting at my home in September.  It was well received.  Here they are:

I also have a pumpkin goodie to throw in from a die-cut my friend shared with me.  The picture doesn't do justice, as it's missing the battery tea-light in it.  Trust me, it's super cute!!!    More seasonal crafts coming soon!

I do remember a not-so-fun story about a mouse when my kids were 7 and 3.  My husband was deployed to Iraq and it was warming up outside in Missouri early May.  I wanted to bake some brownies (I hadn't used the oven in a while) so I preheated the oven.  There was this horrible stench!  I realized a furry critter was being cooked.  I immediately turned it off, let it cool and went searching.  I pulled out the bottom drawer entirely, looked under the cookie sheets, and to no avail couldn't find it.  I soon realized he had climbed up inside somewhere.  I didn't know what to do!!  I called my father-in-law and asked his advice.  He said "put the oven on the CLEAN option," (this was a gas oven) and take the kids outside to play.  You have to burn it out."  
EWWWW!!  But I did it and it solved the problem. Thankfully it was beautiful enough to open the windows and air out the house.  I was also thankful that the smell didn't linger around like burnt toast or burnt popcorn. I still make a "stinky" face when I tell the story or think about it.  Well, it's not my stinky face below, but rather, my sweaty face with my cute hubby wearing my mouse shirt in sunny Orlando:  

Have a blessed day in the name of the Lord!