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Wow! Time has flown and is been forever since I posted anything here! I'll start with a couple pictures of my Halloween countdown calendar that I just finished.this project was inspired by Margie Romney Aslett Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Time again, another cake for Kaylee! I think she is five this time, lol! She said that she wanted to have a party in Hawaii, so I tried to come as close as I could. I made a 3 tier round cake, and covered the outside with the tube shaped cookies, I wish I could remember what those darn things were called. I made the cake topper from the Life's a Beach cartridge and my Cricut machine. I also made a topper for Aria since it was a joint party for both girls! Flowers were real, seemed like less work... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Last Wednesday, June 4th, I got to cross one thing off my bucket list! I got to see Cher in concert. Cyndi Lauper was the opening act. Steve and Ray went with us. Anthony's Mom Tina, Hb, and Grandma were also there. . . they sat right behind us. My Mom and Janet were also there with Michelle and Elise, but they were on the other side of the arena. Great minds think alike! Here are some pictures, our seats were good but off to the side. A great time was had by all! Gotta love this shot of all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Sharing a few quick moments from Easter, a whirlwhind of a weekend as usual. I helped cook dinner at Grandpa's house on Saturday night for my Mom's side of the family. We had cranberry chicken, roasted brussels sprouts, texas potatoes and all kinds of other yummy treats! Elise, Jill, Lanna and myself. Molly! I found the bunny ears at Hobby Lobby. Michelle and Elise. Bella chose to wear her ears on the side of her face, because that is how she rolls! Sunday evening brought an Easter egg hunt at Grandmas house. These two had fun. Finally, we have Anthony,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Time again, another cake for Kaylee! I think she is five this time, lol! She said that she wanted to have a party in Hawaii, so I tried to come as close as I could. I made a 3 tier round cake, and covered the outside with the tube shaped cookies, I wish I could remember what those darn things were called. I made the cake topper from the Life's a Beach cartridge and my Cricut machine. I also made a topper for Aria since it was a joint party for both girls! Flowers were real, seemed like less work... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Oh hello blog that I seem to have forgotten about! Sharing a few pictures of a window frame that I made for our friend Renae. I used old family pictures on this one. I love that her Mom had bought the window before she passed away last year; she wanted to start crafting. I used Cricut and the Teresa Collins cartridge for the photo mats. I also used the dcwv Once Upon a Time stack for the mats and the rosettes which I then topped with Krylon glitter spray. I've had the chipboard forever, but I think it was from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Just a few pictures from Carter's First Birthday Party. It was held at the Eagles last Saturday. Carter is the Grandson of my friend Steve. This is the banner that I made for the party, or for his room after the party. Supplies included DCWV Safari Stack, Silhouette machine and Cricut, Don Juan cartridge for the letters. The banner hanging in my craft room. Pictures from the party, sometimes you just need a real camera; I was glad I had more than just my iPhone. Carter and Grandpa. The cake and the smash cake before. Did you know that if... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Lots of pics, projects and memories to share here. This is the box of paper that was planned for hsn. It should have been here a while ago but I screwed up and put the Marion zip code with my Johnston City address. Oops my bad! Rosettes made with the silhouette from the paper that was in the box. Here are some projects that I made with the paper. I love the weight of American Crafts paper. It cuts like butter on the silhouette. I have also been enjoying sewing lately. Now onto valentines day, Anthony worked, but these were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Last Friday was another fun (even though it was short) day on HSN! I was shocked to receive a Silhouette cutting machine for Christmas this past year. I have to say that I really love this machine; it cuts better than any other electronic cutting system that I have ever used. Oh, yeah I really had to think on my feet on this one, Lisa mailed me some paper and supplies to use, but the box got lost in the mail, oh well, no stress! Good thing crafters are resourceful and can work with what they have on hand! Project... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Instagram pictures from my recent Valentines Samples from HSN! A very sweet trip to the Dollar Store on my lunch break at work last week. Yes, this was the first time I had left at lunch, and I set the timer on my iPhone lol. You never know what you will find on my craft table late in the evening. This one happens to be a pile of heart "scraps" and a hostess cupcake that I was using for cupcake wrapper sizing. One of the treat bags that I made. One cut file in the Silhouette online store! Screen capture... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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So what if January is almost over! My calendar will be enjoyed on my wall and my blog for a few short days! Basic Grey 2014 calendar kit. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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This Cake feels like it was forever ago, but it was actually on January 11th, Addie's 3rd Birthday. Yes, I have made all (or all but one) of her cakes. . .yes, I know she is only 3! I honestly think this one was my favorite yet; I was getting tired of all the pretty princess stuff, lol! I used the Cricut "Give a Hoot" cartridge for all of the nature cuts. The cake was a very simple 3 tier square cake with chocolate mousse frosting. Now on to the pictures: Addie with her cake. Kaylee encouraging Addie to smile... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Oops, I meant to add these pictures to my last post, no worries, here they are. Many may remember the window that I made for Tyler in September for his sons first birthday, see below. I also made two more smaller versions at the same time. One was planned for Tina, and one was for Grandma Jan. Here they are opening them on Christmas Eve. I think they were surprised! Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Let's see if I can do this from my iPad! Here we go! Christmas is always a crazy and creative time of the year for me, and this year was no exception! I love making and receiving handmade gifts, and sometimes I think they are much easier and less expensive than shopping. Now onto the projects, all pictures were taken with my iPhone. Every year in my family, we draw names for Christmas gifts! I love the simplicity that this (attempts) provides! I had Aunt Toni's name this year. I got her started on a Project Life (jade) album of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Apparently I am obsessed with this little fur ball! Look closely, that bone is bigger than she is, but she is giving it her best shot! It's official, I'm a "dog person!" Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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On a picture taking roll tonight! I should breakout my real camera! Bella barking at the window in my craft room! Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Happy 2014! This New Years Eve was great, and very low key! We had appetizers at home, and Steve and Ray came over. We had Italian beef, beanie weinies and Velveeta cheese dip, I cut my finger chopping the Jalapenos, but it was well worth it! Here are some pictures from the evening! Anthony brought a box of "props" from work, and I discovered how to use the timer function on my Nikon. We all made it to midnight, but just barely. Anthony was starting the flu bug, so he spent most of the night on the couch, fortunately he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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Christmas 2013, two words: "a blur," well, that is barely two words. I worked on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but y0u know what, that is okay. It is all part of it. After work on Christmas Eve, I met Anthony at Grandma Jans. I was late as usual, but here are a few pictures. I was fighting with my camera a little, not sure why. Renee, Tyler and Gage. Gage opening presents. Bryant Lee and Charlotte. I am sure he loves me for posting this picture. Grandma Jan opening the window frame that I made for her. More about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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The night before Christmas Eve, not traditionally a concert time, but this year was different. Anthony and I knew we wanted to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on the last year of The Lost Christmas Eve Tour! Rene went with us on our adventure! We parked at the Hyatt and walked to the concert, yes we were freezing, but parking was a lot cheaper by the hotel than at close to the concert. We also walked to Union Station for a quick dinner at Subway before the concert. Did I mention that we got a little lost on our walk, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Michael's Blog
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You may see this image again, just saying! Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Michael's Blog
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I could start this post by saying "Black Friday 2o13 brought to you by Speed Stack and Gloria Jeans," but that would imply that I needed a lot more energy than I actually did. I very rarely drink energy drinks (besides coffee), but sometimes you just have to! Black Friday started at about 5:00 pm on Thanksgiving night. Tina and I headed for Walmart. It was busy, but not insane (by my definition) we each ran our separate ways for our 6:00 pm door-buster items. I got a 60 inch tv, and two laptops, two Beats headphones, plus an Ipad... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Michael's Blog
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As all Holidays seem to, Thanksgiving went by really fast. That could be do in part to the fact that we were at Walmart before 6:00 pm, but that will be a separate post. :) Anthony and I enjoyed lunch at Grandma Jan's in the afternoon; of course, there was lots of Black Friday ad peaking after dinner. :) We also enjoyed time with Aunt Palanita, Uncle Steve and Megan and Kevin. Here are a few pictures, mostly of Anthony's family. Anthony and Renee. Charlotte enjoying her Crescent roll. Anthony with Donnie (uncle) and Ashley (cousin). Yes, that is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Michael's Blog
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My very talented Aunt Palanita took these shots during the weekend. Most are of the canoe ride, but some are just of the beautiful nature scenery. This was the start of our canoe ride, I broke the rope on the canoe, and then pushed it way too fast into the water. Sorry Anthony. Coming back into the dock after we were worried that the boat might sink with all of us in it. Trish, Renee, Anthony. All in all, a very enjoyable canoe ride, but not a very relaxing one. Renee's pants got soaked and she blamed it on my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Michael's Blog
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What a good time! After the chicken and dumpling luncheon, I rushed to the cabin to kick off our fall scrapbook weekend. It was the usual cast of criminals! Everyone had a blast! It was great to have Trish spend the night with us this time; like we actually slept! The best part of the weekend was getting to spend time and laugh with my "scrapbook girls!" No surprise here, but the food was fabulous! Rosemarie made cauliflower salad, Palanita made chicken salad, I made chicken cacciatore, and Trish made peanut butter cup cookies and pretzel hugs! I worked on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Michael's Blog
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Every year on the first Friday in November, our church and small chicken and dumplings day. I don't have exact numbers but I'm sure we served over 400 this year! I have to admit that this event kinda kicked my butt and I wasn't even the one in charge of it. Thank you Michelle Baxter for all your organizing and leadership and to all those volunteers who pulled together! Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Michael's Blog