Sunday, April 19, 2015

I want it, I want it!

EDITED:   Well, I went to check to see if I won, and very sadly I did not.... someone who saw it here (and said so!!)  did.  Way to go REGENA!

I do want one of these, but it's not in my budget this year.  I hope I'm lucky enough to win this one. she's posting a winner on April 26th, and after the past few weeks of trials I've been through I want it to be me!!  You can go to  and check it out yourself.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Husband passed....

Bob, my husband of 42 years, passed early yesterday morning.  He met the goals and more that we had set and died peacefully in his sleep.  It's been a long road since July and his terminal diagnosis. We've had some really good things happen during this time, but they were overshadowed by the knowledge that this day was coming much sooner than we'd like.

I don't know how much I'll be on this blog for a while.  Definitely not for many upcoming days.  I ask for your prayers to help me and our sons and family get through this time.

EDITED:  wanted to add this pic.  My local newspaper delivered yesterday - WOW, what a surprise.  My husband would be so happy (as a reporter) to be both what they call above the fold, and nearly all the whole front page!  The paper has done several articles, and you can go to and find them if you are interested at all.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Very little blog candy out there lately.....

Is it just me, or is there very little blog candy showing up any more?  I don't seem to find much.  I admit that I don't offer it nearly as often myself as I should.  Course, if you follow my blog, you'll know why the past several months have not left me any time to blog myself, let alone look at as many as I usually do.

But there is a blogaversary I found with candy:  go check it out:  She just posted her 1,000 blog post as well.  You can find the link over on my sidebar!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

update on hubby....

Well, I haven't posted again in a long while.  My husband Bob got to come home from the Nursing home and my youngest son Steve and I are taking care of him.  That happened back in late October.         Well today we had another checkup with the Oncologist, and they are placing Bob in Hospice care today.  His recent MRI shows that the lesions in his brain have grown and there is nothing else that can be done.  He's had all the brain radiation allowed, and the chemo isn't affecting the brain lesions at all.  So there is no point in continuing the chemo for the rest of his body. So we are just going to try and make him comfortable and without pain as much as possible.  We've had 5 months since the diagnosis and that's good.  We'll push for all we can get.
      One thing we were hoping for early on was that Bob would last long enough to see our new grandson, and that has happened, even if not in person yet.  Finn Patrick was born on Sunday, and after a few days recovering with his Momma,  we hope to see him next week or at least by Christmas Eve, which is our family traditional get together.  He's adorable.

Thank you all for the continued prayers for my husband, and the entire family.  We can use them all.

And Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Some lovely halloween candy

I just saw this, and would love to win them.
LiaStampz has a new realease on discount! until the 26th of October !!
Aren't these cute?
We will chose, randomly,  3 blogs that will share our promotional link below, and send them the Halloween collection FOR FREE! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

A couple more cards...

 Here's a few cards I've made recently.

I'm trying to remember to post some before I lose track of them, or my computer crashes again like it did in February and I lost everything because my backup failed also!

These were all done before my husband's hospitalization.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Need PRAYERS from everyone! UPDATE!

Prayers are needed, desperately.
We have just received really bad news about my husband.
He has Stage 4 Kidney Cancer which has also infected his lungs and brain.
He's a strong, faith filled man and is determined to beat this despite the very poor prognosis.
Please pray for my family as we deal with this.
I won't be posting much or even checking in often, but I would so appreciate all the prayers.  You guys have helped me through some bad times before and I have come to really appreciate all the blessings from having such blogging friends!

This is his "mug shot" used when he was still working at the newspaper!  I love it  I think it shows clearly what a positive outlook type person Bob really is!!

UPDATE:  Aug. 27, 2014

Bob is getting to come home later today!!  He's been doing really well in rehab, and although he must continue a stringent range of therapies, he is getting to come home tonight.  We are so looking forward to that!  He's completed all his radiation to his brain, and is currently doing his chemo.  But his strength is returning to his left arm and leg and he's doing so much better!  Thanks for all the prayers. and keep them coming.  I've received a lot of emails, and comments on my facebook as well!  So appreciated.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

first attempt

Well, this is my first attempt at this type of card. Overall I like it.  Sorry that my photo isn't too good.  I'm way out of practice with that.  This is for Pat,  a former classmate of mine who has a birthday this coming week.  We just lost another classmate last week.  I come from a very small town and we've tried to stay in touch with each other.  I use my cards as one way to do that.  I hope that Linda (the one who passed away) enjoyed all the cards I had sent to her.  I heard back from most of them that they enjoy getting the cards.  And of course, there are a lot of them I don't have snail mail addresses or birth dates.

Monday, July 7, 2014

a few of my recent cards...

 I'm way behind in posting here, but I have been making a few cards.  Here are a few of those.  Many I've not even taken photos of, but wish I had.  Oh well, things do continue getting a little better.  Hope you enjoy seeing some of these, and I'll try to do better.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Can't believe it's been so long....

since my last posting.  Where has the time gone.  I know February was really bad for me (with losing my brother Doug) and although I'm much better with it now, it's been hard.  And my poor Mom, it's been very hard on her too.  She couldn't remember it for a while, and that stressed the rest of us, having to keep bringing it up so much.  She has a photo of Doug and his obit framed that she must walk by many times a day, and that has helped keep it fresh in her mind.  I almost wish we could just let her forget but she needs to know why she isn't hearing from him any more.  Every now and then she still comments when talking to me that she wonders why he hasn't called lately.  Little brother John is having a struggle too.  So its been pretty rough, but getting onto better now.

And I do have some absolutely wonderful news to report, and maybe that's partly why I'm getting more into the mood of getting back in control of things and writing here again!!

Anyway, my good news is that my oldest son and his wife are expecting a new baby boy just before Christmas.  And we are all over-joyed.  They've been married 10 years, and this is a long time coming!

I want to thank all of you that have stayed with me during this down-time, and I promise to get more and more cards shown.   Thanks for all you who have sent me cards and emails.  It's been wonderful.
I have still been making cards now and then, but maybe not as many, and I just haven't been putting any up here on my blog.  I'll have to go back through and see if I still have pictures of many of them.

Have a fantastic day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Want to pick your brain for a minute...

I'm hoping to get some comments about where you find your best deals on dies.

I'm wanting to buy a few new ones (got a few dollars from selling a few cards) and I've always waited for what I felt were the best sales - and then end up finding I've missed even better sales and better values (like free shipping or really reduced shipping) within a matter of days.  So very frustrating, especially if you have a tight, tight crafting budget like me.

Now I own a fair amount of the basic dies (most of them I've won) like Spellbinder Nestabilities.  And I do own a few of the smaller misc. shapes of various Companies dies (like a couple of Verve and 3-4 from Simon Says.
AND, maybe more importantly, I only have the cuttlebug, no other machines, so they must be compatible.

So let me know where you shop for the best bargains!! I'd love to know.  Oh, I am in the US - so keep that in mind too.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I just won some blog candy.....

and I wanted to share that with you.  I won it from a blog called:  Needful Things.  Melissa has a tab called:  Pay It Forward, and I love this idea, and was lucky enough to win the February giveaway.  Go check it out, and remember it's always extra nice to Pay it Forward!!  March starts a whole new chance to win.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sad news

My brother Doug passed away on Sunday.  Very unexpected, although he had been in failing health for a while.  He'd been in hospital and in bad shape once before, and I'm just so very grateful for the past 10 + years extra we had with him.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ever get frustrated in card making and ...

not making a design team, or not winning a blog candy, or.... Well go read this post:   Cardmaking and SAT scores.  I found  her link by reading one of my regular blogs Susan's Simplicity.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to you, and I have a winner...

** Edited:
Here's a photo of all the items won by JANIS in my blog candy.  It went into the mail today!  Besides the die set, I added a stamp from Fresh Brewed Designs, and one from Tim Holtz; about a dozen misc. ribbons, some bling, some stickers.  I don't remember what all else.  ENJOY Janis.

I hope you are all enjoying a lovely Christmas day.  

Yesterday, my family got together for a lunchtime gathering, which was very different, but very nice also.  We kept things very simple and just enjoyed being together.  We only get gifts for our little one, which is Dahlia, and she loved being the center of attention.  She loved all  her presents, even the clothes!  (she got a few new skirts which she loves).   She thanked everyone with each present opened.

Anyway, after everyone left I forgot to post the winner of my candy.... and the winner is:   JANIS
Janis did leave me her email, so I will be sending her a note asking for mailing information.  She must acknowledge her win by commenting here, and I also must hear back from her within 2 days ( to terriavidreader at yahoo dot com - subject: winner) with her address or I'll draw another winner.
I'll try to remember to take a pic of the final items in her package right before I mail it.

Thank you everyone who joined in my candy draw.  I wish I could send something to each and everyone of you.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Just a few more days to enter my candy....

My candy draw will be coming up on Tuesday evening, and will probably be posted Christmas Day.  
You can still enter, and remember there will be more than just that set of dies. 
I have scrabbled together a few other goodies into this package (sorry, they aren't really edible)..

Monday, December 2, 2013

a Small BOG CANDY!

Hi Everyone,

I have a small blog candy to offer for my followers.  Very simple, just be a follower of my blog, and comment with your most favorite ever Christmas gift you have received.  

I'll be adding a few little things to this Shapeability die; like maybe ribbons and bling and whatnot!  And this contest will last until December 24 when my family gathers for the holiday.  I know you won't have them to use on your cards this year, but you'll be ahead of the game next year!!

I'm also hoping to have some news to share by that date!

Merry Christmas everyone.   I hope you all enjoy some time with family - whatever that means to you and yours!  Be Blessed.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tammy Louise is having a sale....

My blogger friend is having a sale to buy some craft room furniture - and I could win these!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Some new books on my reading list....

The writer is not a relative, I promise, but I think I like her!  These are on my newest wish list for reading!  And she has a contest going right now too, through Nov 26th

My favorite genre is mysteries, especially murder mysteries, but once in a while this is what I also read.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I just had to share

Isn't she just adorable?!

Her first  year she was a princess, then last year she was a dragon.  This year she is the  Knight!      

We are expecting cold and rain tomorrow - Halloween.  But hopefully she'll have a good time anyway!  She's coming by Grandma's house to trick or treat!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I need some help....

EDITED:   I found out - it's Papertrey Ink.  They have the dies that help to make popup or cut outs for a few things to make it easier!  I think I have some shopping to do in the next couple of weeks!!

Just in the past couple of weeks I saw on a blog about some dies that I hadn't seen before, that help you make pop-up cards.  I know one in particular made the cutout of the word HAPPY  and I know there were a few others.  I thought this was on Youtube, but I cannot find it again.  I was sure I had bookmarked it, but maybe not.
SO... If anyone has an idea about this or knows what I'm talking about, please let me have that information again.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Still a few days left

to join in the challenge at Imagine That!  Here's my entry.  They provided the cute little penguin image and I wanted him to dominate the card, so I just added the little oval saying onto one of those little spring things so it bounces.  My sister-in-law likes penguins, so this may be a card for her!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Stamping Chef challenge entry

I got this image free from the Stamping Chef, and I just love it (she has tons of cute ones!). Check it out and then go enter one for yourself.  I saw on facebook that the next one is fantastic too and I definitely want that image!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

YUM - Blog candy goodies!

Doesn't this sound like something you'd love to win?  Well, I would!  Check it out here:  - sorry - you need to post here:

Monday, July 15, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

sorry for not posting for a while

Hi everyone.

Sorry it's been SOOOO long since I last posted, and here I thought I would do better.

I've been making cards for family mostly (and a few friends) but nothing else crafty for a couple months, trying to just enjoy the summer with my little granddaughter Dahlia and taking things easy.

I've passed a milestone birthday recently - turned 60 on July 3rd.  That's a biggie.  Wasn't sure I'd make this one.  The COPD has worsened considerably.              As many of you know, I've had a lot of health issues, and I'm now on disability (finally -- a little help financially) but having to drag oxygen around 24/7 is very tiring!  Better than the alternative, but still.  So I'm taking treatments and more meds again and trying to spend some quality time with those who matter.

I'm hoping to spend some time with some former classmates later this fall too.  It's been over 40 years since graduation - how time has passed. But I think it's a great bunch of people and I hope to see a few more of them this next get-together!

We are also planning a trip to St. Louis soon to visit all the in-laws.  Always a fun - noisy bunch!  And that Great Grandma wants to see Dahlia - it's been too long.

Take care everyone.  I hope to get back into commenting and blogging soon.  I do visit as many blogs as I can every single day (and I do a little better commenting there too!)

Here's a few pics of my little sweetie.  What a joy to have her living nearby and that her parents are very willing to share!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Just a quick note....

I am alive and well.  Just been extraordinarily busy!  Had Mom and Stepdad Mel up with us for a week or so, and all the family gathered here at my house for Mother's Day.  And tons of cards to make for this month with birthdays galore in the family and several friends who have been ill.  Just not finding enough time to blog much.  thanks for the emails wondering where I am! June should be a slower month and I'll get back at it then.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Have been pretty busy

I have been making cards, but just not getting them posted!  Here's a few of them.  I've also had to do several other get well, a couple sympathy, and even a couple other birthday ones that I failed to get photos of for the blog.  Sorry.  I've also had to have one sleep study - and they goofed up, so now I have to do it all again tomorrow night!  And we are planning a trip to visit family for my MIL's 89th birthday!  Things have been pretty busy around here.

But I do have some wonderful news to share!
I did get my social security disability approved!! So I've started getting some little income now, and then in the fall I'll be able to get medicare which was what I mostly needed!  With my hubby's buyout plan ending next month, I'll have to start paying my insurance with Cobra for a few months coverage but then the medicare will kick in late fall.  What a relief that is!!

Well, with the visiting I'll be off here for a few days again, but hopefully things will slow down in another week or so and then I'll be busy with taxes!

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Paper Shelter Celebration

Here's a card I made for the Challenge at The Paper Shelter.  They are having their 100 Celebration Challenge with a special prize and I want one!  this happens to be a pre-colored image and I love having it for a quickie card.  I never seem to have enough birthday cards around, so this comes in handy once in a while!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

WHEW! Cannot afford to ship more packages....

Well, what a rude awakening I received today.  I finally got my package completed to ship to Nikki, my blog candy winner, and went to the post office to ship it, and it was over $20 for a little over 3 pounds!!  Talk about shock!!  Last time I shipped one of these bigger boxes it was less than $10.  and I think it weighed more.   I knew this would be a little more in costs because it had two punches in it, plus several stamps, and paper - which does get heavy.

But If I give more candy away, it's gonna have to be gift certificates I guess.  I simply cannot afford shipping costs like that, on top of what the items themselves cost.  I've not worked for the past nearly 3 years, and have not qualified for disability yet, so this is just too expensive.

This truly makes me much more appreciative (I've always been really appreciative because it's allowed me to do this hobby!) of the blog candies that I win. I really do thank you each and every one for absorbing all those extra costs!