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!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Turkey'd out

My friend recently approached me asking for assistance with a teacher appreciation craft for November.  Here are the "toppers" that they will receive.  I was flattered to be asked and 80 toppers later...I'm turkey'd out, lol!

We had a great Thanksgiving celebration seeing family -- it had been a little over a year since I had visited Kansas.  It was SO good to see all of them.  

Happy belated Thanksgiving to you all, may you count your blessings and pray on this special holiday EVERY DAY with your loved ones.  It will not only bless your heart, but theirs too.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


There have been some recent tragedies that are all highlighted on the news.  Part of me is frustrated, as these tragedies, as terrible as they are, have been going on all along.  It just happened to occur in a well-known city.  But because it happened in an iconic area, it's a REALLY big deal (all of these tragedies should be a big deal).  

I don't want to air any dirty media laundry, but I just want to remind everyone reading this the power of prayer.  There are lots of questions and actions that our world will need to answer and take in the very near future.  And all though I go about my daily life with it in my thoughts, I know that our soldiers and government are dealing about it with decisions and actions.

Prayer is incredibly powerful.  Our nations need prayer more than ever.  Please take a moment every day to stop and pray for our leaders and protectors.  Freedom isn't free and sacrifices will be made.  Why can't we all just get along?  
I made a fall card recently, and wanted to share it.  The pumpkins (and leaves) are all different colored and shaped, yet together, they appear unified. Let's pray for peace and unification. 

Why pray?  Because it's:
1)  FREE
2)  Not complicated
3)  Doesn't pollute
4)  Won't hurt you
5)  Doesn't take up much time

God Bless anyone that reads this.  God loves each and every one of us no matter how much those who are non-believers defy Him and his ultimate gift.  

JOHN 3:16

Friday, November 13, 2015

I wish I could be like...

Ever walk into a friend's home and think, "gee, I wish I could decorate like that."  Or you wish you had a talent of someone else?  That's how I felt when I visited my friend recently.  She had made some SUPER cute things for fall and put them decoratively in her home.  I loved it all and wanted to take it home and display in my house!!

Here are some placemats she used and turned into couch pillows... 

And she used our scrapbook layout concept from last month to create herself a Thanksgiving page:

Here is a super cute burlap wreath:

It was her birthday (a day late) celebration when we got together last week and I saw the loveliness in her home and decor.  Here is a little gift box I made her.  I gave it to her filled with our favorite tea bags:  Lady Grey from England!  Yes, I'm still rationing it, but sharing it with her because she is THAT special!!  :)

In pondering my wishes for her designs in decorating, I have to remind myself that I have my own special talents. And it's ok if decorating isn't one of them!  God made each of us according to his will. 

So remember to look in the mirror, find what you are good at, and be sure you are sharing your God-given talents with those around you.  That's what make us all special and unique and how we learn from each other!

I'm having a hard time finding the pin for directions on the gift box.  If / when I do find it, I'll post a link on here.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Flowers and Chocolates

Here are the goodies I passed out to my roommates at the recent church Ladies Retreat.  I personalized each bookmark with a flower stamp and little note.  I just wanted to share them with my followers! 

The retreat was a wonderful time.  I received a book gift that weekend and love reading it.  It's called The Power of a Praying Wife and it has been a blessing to read!  I highly recommend it to ALL my lady friends out there.  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  You can read a snip-it of it by clicking HERE, and of course you can google it to find out where to buy (Many options).

And here are some treat boxes I made and filled with chocolates (Hershey's Miniatures, Kisses, etc.)  They were super easy to make with my envelope punch board and THESE instructions.  Those are pictured below: 

Besides, who wouldn't love to get "flowers and chocolates?"  I know I'm willing to accept them ANY time!  ha!

I have added some items to my Etsy shop for the Christmas season if you want to check it out.  Click HERE.  Have a blessed day!