Wednesday, December 30, 2009
About two months ago I realized I could not find my engagement or anniversary ring! It is not unusual for me to take them off, as I work in a daycare and have to pull latex gloves on and off all day; the rings get in the way. I have several little jewelry boxes on my dresser where I usually put my rings when I am not wearing them.
Well, one day I went to retrieve my rings from their usual safe storage and could not find them! My heart skipped a few beats, I calmed mylself down and told myself they have to be here somewhere! After a week or two of unsuccessful frantic searching, I told my husband that I feared I had thrown away my rings. I remembered one night in bed that the prong on one of the rings was catching on the blanket, so I removed them and put them on the night stand. I was dealing with a miserable cold and lots of used Kleenex. I assumed I had tossed the rings in the trash along with the used Kleenex. There was the possibility that I had taken the rings off in the car before I went into the daycare, but I also had used Kleenex there that I had cleaned out and that could have been when I threw the rings away.
I grieved for my rings! What made it all worse is that I had had my engagement diamond reset along with my mother's diamond, and now it meant her stone was gone, too.
Well, my Christmas present this year was a new set of rings! Larry and I picked out a lovely solitaire, with ring guards and ordered them in yellow gold, to be picked up at the end of December. My husband was a real sweetheart about the process of selecting new rings! He wanted to be sure I was happy with my selection!
Yesterday, a bright and sunny day, we were leaving to make the trip to Nashville, 100 miles away, to meet my son and his family for lunch. They were on their way home to Michigan from a visit to Atlanta for Christmas, and would be passing through Nashville. It was worth a 100 mile trip to hug the grand kids and visit for an hour with my son and his wife. As we prepared to leave the driveway, I asked my husband if he had his sunglasses. He said no, but he keeps a pair of clip ons in the car we were driving. He clicked on the overhead sunglasses container, and calmly and quietly and unemotionally announced, "Judy, I found your rings." There they were, in the sunglass container where I had put them for safekeeping before I went into work!! Of course, then I remembered having done it!! It was sureal to have the rings in my hands again!
Since my new rings have not yet arrived at the jewelry store, we probably had the option of canceling the order. But smart man that my husband is, he told me he wanted me to have the new rings anyway. When we bought my first ring, we were very busy raising children and establishing our new blended families. He said I deserved an upgrade!!
So, that's the ring story with a very happy ending!!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This amazing Christmas card was sent to me by Michelle who lives in British Columbis as part of Deborah's Card Chain. Feast your eyes on all the details!
And look at the inside! What a perfectly wondrous piece of art!! Thank you, Michelle!
It is Christmas Eve, and my wishes for a blessed Christmas and a joyful holiday season go out to all of you! God bless us one and all!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Welcome Hero Arts blog hoppers! Hope you have some hopping energy left to see all the wonderful art created with stamps from the Hero Arts 2010 Catalog. I think you will agree that there is inspiration no matter what your style!! I had a great time using the new stamps and I'm excited to share the results. Thanks for stopping by and my heart would sing if you would leave a comment!
Hero Arts S5316 Silhouette Grass
Hero Arts CL278Great Flourish Messages
Hero Arts Note Card, Endive
Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Martha Stewart Butterly punch
Ionic Studios punch
Brown cardstock and brass colored pearls
This Row of Houses woodblock stamp by Hero Arts is another "all occasion" stamp. Think about "Welcome Home', "We've Moved", "New Home" as well as a party invitation stamp. I've used it here to just say hello.
Hero Arts H5328 Row of Houses
Hero ARts CL380 Truly Appreciated 6x4
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Fiskars Upper Crest border punch
Gingham ribbon and buttons unknown
It would be fun to paper piece different colored roofs
Maybe turn on some lights in the windows
Separate and rearrange the houses, maybe vertically
Note: My dh wants to know how come I haven't sewed the button on his shirt, but sewed 5 buttons on this card. He just doesn't understand!
Aren't these little dolls the sweetest? They're from the Hero Arts 2010 catalog clear set Sweet Wonderful You. Perfect for cards to any little girls you know! I've tucked the littlest dolls behind the sentiment and they can be pulled out to play with. There's a suitcase image that comes with the set which adds the option to make bon voyage themed cards! Great images for coloring or paper piecing!
Hero Arts CL381
Hero Arts CL380
Cosmo Cricket, BoBunny and Reminisce card stock
Memento Rich Cocoa Brown ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Flowers and brads unknown
Would be fun to stamp, color and cut out extra outfits and use the images as paper dolls.
Well, blog hoppers, hope you have enjoyed your visit to Livin' the Dream! I have had more fun than should be legal playing with the Hero Arts 2010 Catalog stamps. Hope you've been inspired and tempted by the cards I made.
Next on the hop-a-long is the incredible
Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop!
This is an image I stamped at a friend's house last year! Decided he needed to get dressed up and on a card!
This is the blue version of the red card I posted earlier.
I had fun doing this one!! This is a stamp I bought for 75 cents at a resale two years ago and I finally took it out of its wrapper to see what it could do. I cuttlebugged the background on green card stock. Stamped the flower again and colored it with Copic markers. Mounted the second flower with pop dots. Then added two layers of crystal lacquer. Didn't make many of these! But I love the way it turned out.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
This lovely tag was sent to me from France by Jacqueline.
And this beauty came from Paula in Australia.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I have had this Stampin Up stamp for several years, and it is a favorite.
This is a new stamp from Stampendous. I really try to send cards that remind us of the real Christmas story!
When I saw this little bird in an online shop, I knew I had to have him. Sorry I didn't keep the information about where he is from so I could credit the artist. Now that I have a blog, I will keep better records!
That's it for today! There are three more designs, but I will save them for later. I am totally unable to make 50 cards the same!! Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I haven't been very creative lately and it's been worrisome! I've been hoping it's because I have been fighting a sinus infection and preparing for Thanksgiving company. Today I finally had a couple of ideas for Christmas tags that weren't already used by the super creative stampers on the Hero Arts blog! Both tags were stamped with the Hero Arts Design Block Flourish and embossed with white empbossing powder. The best part? Super quick and easy, yet distinctive enough to set your packages apart from all the others under the tree! I can mass produce these ... just as soon as I make my Christmas cards. I know I am way behind, as I have already received several Christmas cards!
Alabama license plates bear the song title "Stars Fell on Alabama", but last night SNOW fell on Alabama! This is the scene we woke up to this morning. It was only 6:30 a.m., but I handed my dh the camera so he could take photos of this rare sight! This is the first snow we've seen on our lawn since moving here four years ago. You people up North may notice how considerate Southern snow is; it did not stick to roads, driveways or sidewalks!
To celebrate the snowfall, I set the breakfast table with the snowman dishes and hummed "Frosty the Snowman" while cooking up our eggs and bacon. Glad we celebrated when we did as the snow was gone by 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Jenn Biederman has generously decided to give away the prize she won on the Hero Arts blog for her digi card!! Click on her blog http://createdbyjb.typepad.com/created_by_jb/ to find out the details! And while you are there, take a peek at the wonderful work Jenn does!
Thanks, Jenn. You are a sweetie!! You are a very talented sweetie!
Here's the Thanksgiving company posing for a group photo before they set off for the golf course and a frindly scramble! If the folks in the photo were numbered from 1 to 8, reading from left to right, (1) is the new man in my daughter's life, Dan. (2) is my DH. (3) is youngest son, Scott. (4) is daughter Kathy. (5) is my nephew Ken. (6) is Scott's girlfriend Sara. (7) is my first-born, Todd. (8) is Ken's wife Ikwe.
We had a great visit! Our family plays cards and board games when we gather. Someone pulled out a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle which was worked on over two days. We had a hilarious game of "Beyond Balderdash" and stayed up one evening until 1:30 am playing Hearts!! Lots of laughing, sibling bickering and memory sharing! I love it when someone starts a conversation with, "Mom, remember when ...." and off we go, down memory lane!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
because I make these rolls that the whole family loves! They have replaced cookies for the holidays; they have been used as a test to determine if the new love interest fits in with our family; and they are jealously coveted to the point of sibling squabbling!! I made 90 rolls today and I don't know if that will be enough. Wish you could smell the yumminess.
I would share the secret recipe, but then I would have to send you to a witness protection program. There is one member of the Hero Arts blog family who somehow talked me into sharing the recipe. I haven't slept soundly since.
THANKSGIVING!! Our family gave up traditional Christmas gift giving many years ago when kids were in college, young families were getting started, and Mom and Dad had everything they needed! But a few years ago, we began playing a game involving wrapped gifts, of limited financial cost, and had so much fun, we do it every Christmas we are together. Well, this year, those of the family who can, are coming for Thanksgiving from Wisconsin and Minnesota to our home in Alabama. So, even though it isn't Christmas, everyone wanted to play "the game". So, here are my gifts, ready to join in the fun! The decision to play the game was last minute, so DH and I scooted to the mall and within one hour we had selected seven gifts! Can't tell you what's in the boxes yet, but here's a hint: one of the presents flies!! Can't wait to see the surprised faces!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This is the lovely card and bookmark I received from Dawn Turley who lives in New Zealand. Dawn also sent a New Zealand themed notepad and a bit of Christmas ribbon. Dawn and I, and many others, took part in Deborah Nolan's Card Chain. This is my second time to participate and I plan to do it again! It is a joy to go to the mailbox and find such lovely cards! (I am having a little difficulty with this card, however. It seems to want to stand on its head A little adjustment issue from no longer being down under!!) Thanks, Dawn and thanks, Deborah for making this happen.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I haven't had time to explore it too much, just liked the turkey countdown!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
When we retired to Huntsville four years ago, my sister invited me to play in her monthly bridge group. I was terrified! My bridge skills were pretty rusty, but this group of women was very welcoming and patient and I was surprised how much I remembered. Sheila taught me well!
I now play about once a week, in four different bridge groups. My husband plays in one of the groups, also. We have met some lovely people who are excited to meet new bridge players. It seems to be a lost art! And that's a shame, because it is a great card game!
When groups gather to play bridge, besides cards and a score pad, every couple needs a tally. This is a little card that opens and has space for the players' name and the score earned in each round. At the end of the evening, the scores per round are added and the highest total wins!
My sister and I are hosting two tables of bridge tomorrow evening and I made four tallies, one for each couple. I have made tallies for this group before and everyone enjoys them, usually tearing off the front cover to keep and only turning in the part with their scores!!
I used a stamp set called "Autumn Beauty", designed by Theresa Momber and purchased from Gina K. Designs. The set includes images of sunflowers, wheelbarrow, and rural mailbox, along with Thanksgiving sentiments. I chuckled as I stamped "Happy Fall, Y'All" on the tallies. Couldn't be a better sentiment for my friends in Alabama!!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Well, I sat in front of the computer, played several tutorials over and over and I finally made some cards using Copic markers that make me smile!
This one is a Magnolila stamp called "Tilda in Overalls". The background paper is Basic Grey "Bittersweet".
This one is called Tilda Holding a Fall Bouquet, also by Magnolia.
This one is Shy Kiki.
I bought the stamps online from Little C's, located in Hawaii. The fresh ocean breezes wafted out of the box when I opened it. I am grateful to these sweet girls for motivating me to practice, practice, practice with my Copics!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Well, back in our old life in Madison, Wisconsin we went garage saling almost every Saturday morning. We were out of the house by 6:30, out to breakfast by 9! We had such fun and found such bargains. It became quite a story within our family about the sets of dishes we bought! I would give away the current set to one child or another and enjoyed the variety! Our "good" china was a wonderful garage sale find.
Well, when we retired and sold everything, all the dishes were gone! Since settling in Alabama, I have had the same set of dishes for four years! A record! So, feeling nostalgic about the fun we had garage saling, I told my dh to "buy me some dishes".
I almost fell over when he walked in the house with a gargantuan box! And he told me there were four more!! He had acquired this entire set of dishes, service for 16, with SIX serving platters, FIVE serving bowls, a soup tureen, two gravy boats, two sugar and creamer sets, a large pitcher, two salt and pepper shakers, cereal bowls, soup bowls and mugs! There is even a four piece canister set!!
We took this photo after unpacking the boxes and before we ran the whole batch through the dishwasher.
I spent the morning cleaning out the cupboards to make room for all these dishes and I now have to spend time at my sister's home, making room for my "old" dishes that we both love! It was hard to part with my current dishes, but my sister lives just down the street and I can visit them!!
Oh, by the way, this whole set of dishes cost $20!! Negotiated down from $25!!!
I am a happy participant in the Hero Arts blog and post my entries to their challenges in Flickr. Here is a card I did recently:
The image is a Hero Arts stamp called Pine Bough and I love owning such a versatile stamp! In this image I have embossed it with white embossing powder and stamped it on a background created wtih a mixture of alcohol inks. Love it for its cheerfulness!
Besure to check out Heroarts.com for a great blog as well as contests, videos and great ideas!
See you next time!