My Beautiful New Grandson

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Little Home Will Hold As Much Love As A Big One

I love this saying. I have used it often over the last few decades. (Ugh, did I say that??!) With a "little person" as a son, I think it fits just as well for people. A little heart can also hold as much love as a larger one. I am slowly turning my new place into my new home, starting with the bedrooms.

Everywhere my youngest goes he "adapts" to the things around them. Although many items in his room will need to be changed as he is NOT a baby anymore. *Sniff* He loves having things (in his words) "Just my size!" A nightstand cut down for a desk, a small blue dresser he can reach, curtains on rings he can open and close himself. So besides in his room, I have scaled down chairs for him inside and out.

I love the seasonal changes, and as the weather turns cooler, and nights become longer, the flicker of flameless candles add a comforting and safe light he loves. Warm flannel sheets, a cuddly fleece blanket, and quilts smoothed with a mother's loving hands are easy ways to welcome nighttime. I often make chamomile, or "sleepytime" tea as my oldest boys call it, add some honey and serve it in each child's special mug. A simple and inexpensive gesture even my eldest son still loves.

Thank you to my cousin who comes to visit and help me, I appreciate you SO much!! Thank you too for letting me use your camera! It has been AWFUL without one!

Friday, August 27, 2010

FREE image Friday, and a QUESTION

Hello Dear Friends!

Here are this weeks images! I also would be happy to search through my files, paper and digital to try and find something special you might need.

Here is my question. Do you use paintshop? I don't, and was wondering if it was difficult. Remember I learned on an abacus as a kid!! not a calculator!!! Wouldn't it be nice if changing things in real life was as easy as a few clicks?? Thank you for any tips, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

For Safety's Sake......Back to School and for YOU!!

I don't have any crafty stuff to post for "What Are You Making?" Wednesday. However I would like to share with you some important info. I know we all worry about our kid's and our own safety. Most of you probably already know this, but for those of you who don't, you can find if
SEX OFFENDERS are living in your neighborhood. In the United States check out your County Sheriff's official site. Here in SNOHOMISH COUNTY Wa. the link is HERE.

You can see how many predators live within a half a mile to 2 miles from your home. It will tell you if they are level I II or III. What they were convicted of, how many counts, the sex and age of the victim(s), the general area they live in, and a photo.

I think being pro-active and staying informed, can at least hopefully help keep our children and our neighbors children safer.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tres Magnifique! Or Lucky me in French!!

Oh I may be unlucky in amour, (and use French terms very loosely) but I am a lucky giveaway winner!! (I think it's worth it! :-) While it may not keep me warm on a cold Winter's night, It thrills me just the same! Thank you SO much to the talented Rhonda over at "A Little Bit French" !
Check out this BEAUTIFUL envelope made from lovely lace, fabric and vintage ephemera. It's filled with yummy tags and mini postcards. Rhonda certainly knows how to bring French flair to all she does.
So grab a croissant, a petite four, or glass of champagne, and click on over and visit her beautiful blog. Her French Friday giveaways are amazing!

Off to buy an electric blanket..............................................

Thursday, August 19, 2010

FREE image Friday

Thank you to everyone for your e-mails and tips on cameras! I am POSITIVELY sure I still have no idea which to choose!! No submissions for this weeks "SHOW WHAT YOU MADE". If you make something from an image from this blog, I will post it, and a link to your blog. I have been busy at work for giveaway goodies, maybe I will have to borrow a camera! Hope you all have a safe, happy weekend! REMEMBER YOU MATTER!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

WHAT are you making Wednesday?.................

Well so another Wednesday is upon us. First I have to say that I am constantly awestruck and often drooling over the way you all create things, and decorate your homes!! ( I know drooling is not at all attractive, but I can't help it!) *SIGH*

Here is a pic or two courtesy of Cassandra (Thank you!) of the hostess gifts I sent her for the Petite Bead Box swap. I wish I had had a camera! One is a pincushion and pins I put together, and the other is some bits from a little craft kit I made. I will let you decide which is which. I was trying to give the cup a bit of a French feel. In the craft kit, the pink jars I put together were filled with beads. I included a mini shaker filled with glitter, as well as a embellished tiny glass bottle that had some vintage rhinestones in it. Thanks for hanging in there with me!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Purely Lovely

Hi gals!
I just had to share some of the yummy collage sheets I purchased with the gift certificate I won from the lovely and oh-so-talented Cassandra over at MY ARTFUL ADVENTURES .
I had so many lovely choices! Although I chose her digital art, she makes gorgeous jewelry too!
I just had to show you a piece. Yum!

When I won I jumped up and down like a madwoman. Okay, not really. I thought about it.
I should get exercise points for that. But I was REALLY thrilled!!

So for a good time (isn't shopping a good time?) please visit Cassandra's blog, or one of her Etsy shops! HERE or HERE.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Beauty Via the US Mail

Hello Dear Friends!!
Just a few things today. First off, I wanted to thank Bryanna of THE CANARY'S CUPCAKE for the gorgeous statement necklace. It was a wonderful and unexpected surprise. Bryanna creates many beautiful pieces, and takes custom orders. Please visit her Blog, and e-mail her directly if you would like her to create something scrumptious for you! You will love it!!
Next as many of you who visit me here know, I have been camera-less. So sadly I won't be able to post any pics of the lovely beads I received in Cassandra's petite bead box swap at this time. So I apologize if you clicked here looking for pics.
Thank you so much for spending a few minutes with me, and I hope you are staying cool!!!

I am having trouble with Blogger. All the blogs I follow are showing up in my dashboard, but not my blog page. I have contacted them about it. Are any of you having this problem??

Friday, August 13, 2010

FREE image Friday

Hello Gentle Readers!
Please don't be shocked that I am actually posting on a Friday!! I hope you enjoy these. Remember you can send me a copy of what you create and I will be happy to post it!! If you have any image requests, I would be happy to search my files and see if I can assist.

I would love YOUR help!! I am now without a camera. ( It was the husband's) I need an easy to use digital that takes good pics. If you have one you love, please tell me the name!! Thank you SO much!! I will need pics for the upcoming GIVEAWAY!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WHAT are you making Wednesday?.................

Hello my Dear Friends!
I wish I had a new "WAYMW" post but as they say in those romance novels (Uh'hem, not that I ever read any) "Alas"!! I haven't had any time. So I am posting some ATC's and a button tag from my Flickr I made ages ago. However for the exciting part! The lovely collage is by Kay Mace, using images from this Blog. It's the first one! Yippee! I would love to share something YOU have made!! Please send me an image of something you have made using an image from here, and I will post it on Wednesdays. I hope you have a great rest of the week!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thank you Cassandra!!! (and Her Cutie Dylan)

Well my wonderful blog friends, I am as always humbled by you! Thank you for the visits and laughs! I want to say THANK YOU to Cassandra over at

Most, if not all of you, are probably familiar with her beautiful creations and gorgeous collage sheets. I have ordered them before, and they are stunning! I was one of two winners in her awesome giveaway. It was for a 40.00 gift certificate to her shop!! Swoon! Drawn by who else? Her adorable son, Dylan. (Thanks Sweetie!!) Please click over and say hello! She has added some new and always beautiful goodies! Now to try and decide on my choices..............................................

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Yeah!! I'm Back!!

My Dear Gentle Readers!! I have missed you these last weeks. Thank you so much to everyone who sent me messages and for your kind words and support. I have been catching up on my WAY behind e-mail. I am really looking forward to catching up on your Blogs. Thank you all so much! All I can say is, Murphy- of Murphy's Law has been living with me, and I am ready for his departure. It has been one thing after another. Blech!!

Here is a late "FREE IMAGE" group for you. Next week I am going to start showcasing creations made "by you" using any of the images from here. I would love to show yours. Just e-mail them to me, and I will post some each week.

I think it's time for a THANK YOU giveaway. WATCH for it!!!