Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Rush

Thanksgiving behind us, and now the mad rush to get ready for Christmas. I have my decorations up.  I still have to do a little shopping for my 2 grandaughters,  They are 17 and 20, a hard age for this nanny to buy for.  We will give them a check to help with school expenses, but I like to have a couple of gifts under the tree for them to unwrap.

Then the Christmas cooking begins.  For the past several years we have just done a HUGE spread of all our favorite Christmastime snacks, finger foods and nibbles.  Everyone requested the same this year. I really think it is less work to prepare a big sit down meal. LOL !!!

I am anxiously waiting for Anna Griffin's 8th anniversary on HSN.  I love all of her papercrafting supplies. January 10th will be an all day crafting event.  I had better get the credit card ready for overload.  #annaversary  #celebr8annagriffin

Here is a Sweet card made with Anna Griffin papers and  die cuts.

I have lots more cards listed in my Etsy shop.  The button is in the right hand margin.  Just click on it and it will take you there.  I have my Valentine cards for sale already and soon will be adding my Easter and Mother's Day cards.

Have a safe and happy Christmas Season.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wishing each of you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Back After A Long Absence

Can't believe it has been 4 and a half years since I last posted on my blog.

To catch you up we finished sprucing up the house and put it on the market and sold  it.  We had found a new home all on one level and with handicap accessibility in a 55+ community. We have been here a little over a year now, and couldn't be happier with our decision to move. We are still in the same small town, so didn't have to make any other changes.

I have cut back on my crafting quite a bit, but still sewing and making quilts and such.  Card making is still one of my passions.  I list a few of my items for sale on Etsy, but have quit going to craft fairs.  The set up and break down got to be to much for me.  Not to mention if the fair was more than one day it was really tiring.

Here are a  few pictures of my Etsy offerings.  Pop over and check out the sale I have going on right now.

I will try not to stay away sooooo long this time.

Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

In A Whirlwind !!!

Hi Friends.  Sorry I have been away so long. I have been extremely busy lately.  Trying to get the whole house packed up so we can finish painting and get new carpet installed.  WHAT A JOB !!!

We did sneak in a 4 day vacation to Okaloosa Island Florida.  Thought we could get away to a little bit warmer climate, but it was cool and very windy while we were there.  Did enjoy the sightseeing and shopping though, and some nice restaurants.

I have been back to work in my studio again and have a few things to show you today.

I have never made an Explosion Box Gift Card so I thought I would give it a try.  Not as hard as I thought it would be.

I also finished up a couple of all occasion cards that would be appropriate for Graduation or Weddings.

Finally I have some more Christmas items to add to my Etsy shop.   I am always making extra items for Christmas.  I participate in a Holiday Gift & Craft Show the first week of November, so I need to make lots of items up ahead of time to have a full booth.

I had better get busy now and finish packing.  The carpet installers are suppose to be here Monday morning and I still have some work to do to get ready for them.  Can't hardly wait for the new carpet !!!  LOL  It has been a long time since we did any redecorating around here.  Looking forward to having a brighter fresher look.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day !!!

Hope everyone is having a SWEET Valentines Day.  My True Love took me to one of my favorite restaurants yesterday for lunch.  We decided it might be to crowded if we went today.  It was crowded yesterday !!!  LOL  We still enjoyed our outing and our time together.

Here are a few additions to my Etsy Shop.  I was in a Birthday Card mood and just kept on and on making them.  The first card has Paper Roses that I made.  I had seen several tutorial on making them and thought I would give it a try.  It was not hard at all, and I like the way they turned out.  I also put one of my handmade stick pins in the rose bouquet.

Talk to you again soon.

Hugz, Carol

Monday, February 11, 2013

Recent Additions and Trying My Hands at a New Craft

I have been using stick pins for a while as an embellishment to my decorative cards, so I thought I would try my hands at making some custom beaded ones.  You can find them in my Etsy shop along with some more recent additions to my greeting card collection.

Hugz,   Carol

Sunday, February 10, 2013

BABY Paper Pretties and Happy Valentines Day

Hello !!!  Just dropped by to post a couple of pictures of some Sweet Baby cards and tags I made this week.  They can be found in my Etsy Shop.

It is still pretty chilly and windy here, so I am staying close to home.  We are going to head out a little later to see the granddaughters and take them there Valentine gifts.  They are so busy with school activities that it is hard to get a chance to see both of them on a week day.

I thought you might also like to see the Valentine packages I made for my Granddaughters.  A pocket with a card and a separate pocket with a little folding money.  ;0)   and a treat bag filled with chocolates.

Hope they like them.  You can't hardly go wrong with teenagers with money and chocolate.  LOL

Hope you have a SWEET week.
Hugz,  Carol

Monday, February 4, 2013


It has been cold and windy the past few days so I have been staying in as much as possible.   Went to Sunday school & church yesterday and hubby offered to take me out to lunch after.  It was so windy I opted to get a salad at our favorite drive thru instead.  Had a eye Dr. appt. this morning to recheck pressure on my eyes.  I had been diagnosed with glaucoma a while back.  Dr. said everything was fine now though.  The drops seem to be working for me.  But other than that I have been staying close to home.  Spring time can't come soon enough for me.  LOL ;0)

While I have been home bound I have been working in my studio.  Here are a couple of Easter cards I made and put in my Etsy Shop.  I also listed a couple of my treasured collectibles I decided to let go of in the downsizing.  Take a peak if you have a moment, and check back often, I am trying to get the shop full so the house won't be so full.  LOL ;0)

Have a warm and cozy week ahead.

Hugz,  Carol

Friday, February 1, 2013

Busy Week !!!

     I have been working on inventory for a Christmas Craft Show that I do the first week of November.  I mix my Studio time between Christmas items and general merchandise for my Etsy Shop.  This week the Christmas items seem to take center stage.  They will be sitting in my Etsy store for now until I need them for the Craft Show.  Hop over and take a peek.
     I also have for sale some sweet Easter Tags and Wish Tree Tags I finished up this week.
    We are trying to downsize still, hard to let go of thing you have treasured for years.  I have added a couple of my Cup & Saucer Sets to my shop also.  Way to many Cups & Saucer here.    LOL   :0)  More to come as I can bear to let go of them.
     Back to work for now.  Have a great weekend.

Hugz,  Carol

Friday, January 25, 2013

I'm Back !!!

It has been a year and a half since I last signed into my blog !!!   Time flies when you are having fun.  ;0)

I highly recommend retirement to those of you thinking about hanging up the 9 - 5 work routine.

To catch you up on what has been going on in our lives ---  We have been doing a lot of traveling.  This Thanksgiving holiday we took the whole family, son, daughter, son in law, and 2 grandaughters to Disney World.  Although the rest of the family has been a few times,  I had only been once 25 years ago.   It was interesting to watch the crowd of people manuvering back and forth.  What a mad house !!!  We have taken a couple of trips to the beach,  and a couple of day trips to the mountains.  We also attended 2 military reunions, one in Ohio and one in Florida.

Most recently we have started to do some sprucing up around the house, long overdue, painting, carpet, and hopefully updating the kitchen and both bathrooms.  Since we are not adept at any form of carpentry, tileing, carpet laying, etc.  we will be hiring all of that work done.  We are pretty good with a paint roller though, just slooooooooow !!!   LOL

Now don't think that is all I have been up to since I closed my retail store,  I am still doing all the needlework and crafts I have always done.  Just on my own time schedule.  No special orders and no deadlines.  Just work when I want to and make what I have a whim to make.

I am enjoying playing with paper these days, making cards, tags, and decorative pieces.  I have been designing some graphic on my computer.  I am not very computer literate and can't figure out all the different techniques to altering graphics.  Especially the transparent backgrounds or PNG.  Their are lots available to purchase on Etsy so I guess I will just have to use them for now.

My all time favorite,  I still love making Lavender Sachets using vintage graphics, vintage lace and vintage linens.

Here are a couple of pictures of things I have made and listed on Etsy.  Hop on over and check them out.

I will try to get back in the swing of things here in Blogland.  BTW -  I have been following the rest of you out there even though I haven't been posting myself.

Bye for now.