Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Night Chit-Chat


Welcome to the Sunday Night Chit-Chat! You will surely want to visit our host, Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily! Be sure to check out the beautiful bag she made with some Summer Lovin' fabric she received! What a fun summer bag!!!

My picture for tonight is a granny square I made...actually have made 17 so far! I plan to put them together for an afghan and hopefully soon! Not sure yet how many I need but I have 10 skeins of yarn to work with. So let's get started with the Sunday Night Chit-Chat!

I am...

Reading...I will finish up Quentins by Maeve Binchy tonight:) My next book will be the Covenant by Beverly Lewis.

Listening to...The movie we are watching.

Watching...We are watching Chasing Mavericks today (note: this was one amazing movie--I really enjoyed it). I will be watching the Next Great Baker on Wednesday night:)

Cooking/Baking...Too hot to cook or bake! We had tacos for dinner.

Happy I accomplished this week...I got a bunch of stuff ready to go to the thrift store. I have a few more loads to go but feel good that I got a start on it anyway.

Looking forward to next week...Visiting my daughter and granddaughter July 4-7. That is always something to look forward to.

Thankful for today...Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

Bonus Question: What was my very first "real" job? My first real job was working in a place that made mousetraps and louvers. I spread the louvers on a conveyor belt after they came out of the saw, before they went into a sanding machine. I was 16 years old that summer and thought I was a pretty big deal!

Well, that's it for me tonight! I hope you have had a good weekend! I will be back tomorrow with my third installment of  Fancy Fold Swap Cards.

Kat


Friday, June 28, 2013

Fancy Fold Swap Cards #2


This first card today is from Loni Holt. I think it is a gate fold card, if I am not mistaken. She said this type of card was featured in CardMaker magazine, Summer 2013 edition. For this card Loni used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

  • Paper: Night of Navy, Strawberry Slush, White Naturals, and Daffodil Delight card stock; Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Feels Good stamp set
  • Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Accessories: 1/4" Night of Navy Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Dimensionals

This is what the card looks like when opened. Please check out Loni's other creations at her blog, Loni's Life.

This next card was the creation of Sandy Hancock made by Cathy Malago. Cathy was so sweet to send Sandy's tutorial along with her card!


For this super cute card, Cathy used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:
  • Paper: Primrose Petals, Pool Party and Whisper White card stock; Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (retired)
  • Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Other: Scallop Edgelits Adorning Accents; Basic Rhinestones; 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch; 1 3/4" Circle Punch; Adorning Accents Embossing Folder

And this is what this card looks like opened. I don't think I have seen one of these before and look forward to trying this fold.

I hope you have a great weekend! I will be back next week with some more great Fancy Fold Swap Cards!

Kat

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fancy Fold Swap Cards #1

Good Morning! Yesterday seemed to slip through my fingers and didn't get a post up. That happens sometimes! 

Please pray for my friend Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily today. There has been a family crisis and they need our prayers.

Back at the beginning of this month I shared a card I made for the Fancy Fold Swap via VC Rocks. You can see that HERE! Well, on Tuesday, hubby picked up the cards I received at the Post Office! All I can say is WOW! These cards are stunning and you are going to love them!!! My card was voted hostess favorite but honestly, I don't know how the hostess was able to choose! I would have just had to give a prize to all of them! But where to start?!!! I guess I will just reach in the bag and pull from the top:) Enjoy!


This first card I am calling Secret Garden Gingham! Fortunately for you (and me), most of the participants included the ingredients for their cards. For this card, Loydean Wood used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

  • Paper: Whisper White and Melon Mambo card stock; Vellum card stock, Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper
  • Ink: Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad; Versa Mark Pad
  • Stamps: Secret Garden and Blooming with Kindness (sentiment)
  • Other: White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Basic Rhinestones, Large Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Secret Garden Framelits, Sponge or Dauber

See the card inside above. I have been trying NOT to purchase the Secret Garden stamp set with matching Framelits because I didn't think I needed it but after seeing this card I just might have to get it! Sooo many stamps; so little money:(

The second card I have for you today I am calling Baby Bundle! 


I was totally blown away by this card by the fact that I would not have thought of using Soft Suede and Summer Starfruit on a baby card! But as you can see, this card totally rocks!!! I LOVE IT!!! I will definitely be working some of these colors into my baby cards from now on. For this card Jamie Adcock, Fancy Fold Swap Hostess, used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:
  • Paper: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Whisper White and Summer Starfruit card stock; Soft Suede and Summer Starfruit Designer Series Paper 
  • Baby Bundle stamp set (retired)
  • Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Rose Red and Summer Starfruit
  • Other: 1/8" Mini Brads, Baja Breeze Ruffled Ribbon (retired), Scallop Oval Punch, Dimensionals

I don't know if you can tell but the blue piece that's tucked under the Scallop Oval opens up and the bottom Soft Suede piece opens up to look like the picture above. Oh so clever. If you want to see more of Jamie's creations, you can check out her blog at Wanna Be Creative.

Well, that's it for me today! I will be back to share some more Fancy Fold Swaps with you tomorrow:) I love, love, love these swap cards!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June Thank You Cards


I have been busy working on my June Thank You cards! I decided to do the ones for my customers and hubby's clients all the same since I was doing them at the same time. I wanted a Patriotic theme and found one in this card. I also wanted something Clean and Simple since I didn't have a lot of time. Besides it's fun to see what you can do quick and easy sometimes. However, I really like all the layers and fussing so don't do a lot of Clean and Simple! I CASEd this card from Loll Thompson at Stamping with Loll.

I stamped some of the cards with Real Red...



And some with Midnight Muse because I gave the Brilliant Blue stamp pad to my daughter because it was retired. Good for her; unfortunate for me this time.



For these cards I used the following Stampin' Up! supplies...

  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Designer Series Paper: Brilliant Blue (retired) and Polka Dot Parade
  • Sassy Salutations stamp set
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Midnight Muse or Real Red
  • Other: 1 1/4" Punch (to make flag ends); Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Basic Rhinestones

After making several cards, I got the brilliant idea to color some rhinestones to make them red, white and blue! How fun is that?!!! It just takes the right color Sharpie marker and tada! you have colored rhinestones. It works on the Basic Pearls, too.

So, if you purchased Stampin' Up! products from me in June or are in my downline, you will receive one of these cards in your mail box real soon!

Kat

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Granddaughter Won, of Course!


I'm sure you remember this cute Zippy Pouch I won over at Carla's My 1/2 Dozen Daily and received last week. Well, first of all I felt bad about the picture as I took it right out of the shipping package and it was definitely smooshed! So I wanted to straighten it out and show you what it really looks like!


The back looks way better to and I think I had better light this time so the colors were better. So now I want to show you what I made to put in it for my darling granddaughter...


I had purchased the little mini Composition Books at Target so covered one with the very cute Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper (now retired from Stampin' Up!'s Spring Catalog). 

Back of little notebook

I covered the front and the back then cut a strip for the spine. I am going to tuck this inside the Zippy Pouch with a tube of Burt's Bees lip balm, a pack of gum, a pen and a little coin purse. She will be ready to go to town!!!

Does Gramma know how to take card of her granddaughter or what?!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Kat


Monday, June 24, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Homemaker Monday button courtesy of Sandra @ Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Fortunately the day is not over yet and I can still get in on Sandra's Happy Homemaker Monday! I was afraid Sandra might not do it today because she in hot in the throws of moving but...she is a better woman than me! I am not a mover! Fortunately I haven't had to move for the last 19 years and hope to not have to for 19 more! I understand that military wives get a system going and really become quite good at moving but I am not sure even being a military wife would do it for me. I am so excited for Sandra and her family to be moving to a nice home in Idaho and will look forward to hearing more about it and seeing pictures in the coming months! If you want to follow along with Sandra and her family as they move to Idaho, check out her blog at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

So, on to the Happy Homemaker Monday!

Weather...It is 60 degrees and raining today! The plants are all loving it but me, not so much! I know in a week or so I will be longing for days like this but I really do like sunshine and a little warmth to my day:)

Right now I am...Drinking Zip Fizz (I need a little energy this afternoon), talking with hubby about purchasing a new blue tooth stereo for the car and doing the Happy Homemaker Monday!

Thinking...about all the things I need to get done before the 3rd of July!

On my reading pile...Enjoying Quentin's by Maeve Binchy and determined to start The Covenant by Beverly Lewis. Our read aloud at the moment is The Sky-Liners by Louis L'Amour--we are working our way through the Sackett series! I think we have six left after the one we are reading.

On my TV...I am really enjoying the Next Great Baker on Wednesday nights:) 

What I found while surfing the net...This really doesn't count but when I was visiting Diary of a Stay at Home mom yesterday, I clicked on one of her sidebar links, Cozy Things, and found myself in another world for about an hour. Kristen has so many beautiful things she has made photographed that I kept going back, back, back to previous posts to make sure I wasn't missing anything. Well actually I didn't make it back to the beginning but had a great time visiting. 

On the menu this week...Still not in the menu planning mood. We had pinto beans with rice yesterday piled high with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, sliced olives, avocado and salsa. I have enough left over to have today and since hubby could eat it every day, that is what we will have:) Tomorrow Hubby will be gone all day so I will most likely just have a sandwich or bowl of soup; maybe both!

On my to do list...I am already starting to stress trying to get ready for the 4th of July! Trying NOT to procrastinate!

  • Thank you cards for my customers and downline ladies
  • Swap ATCs--need to mail July 7
  • The Cupboard Trilogy design team card
  • Graduation card
  • Congratulations cards X 2
  • Clean apartment for guests (before July 3)
  • Get items ready to take to the Thrift Store on Thursday
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Do I have time to shampoo the carpet before the 3rd???
In my craft basket...I hit the mother lode last week at the Thrift Store! I got a kitchen can sized garbage bag of yarn for $3! There was enough Red Heart yarn in the bag to make an afghan. The previous owner had started one but her granny squares were too big and too loose for my taste so I am taking them apart and starting over...


I finished four 5 1/2" X 5 1/2" squares yesterday. I am thinking about adding some solid color squares too; what do you think? This is the first Granny Square Afghan I have done in years! It is sooo relaxing! Besides at least 6 extra large skeins of Red Heart yarn for the afghan, there were also at least 6 balls of cotton yarn I can use for dish cloths or pot holders! What a bargain!!!

Looking forward to this week...My first Stampin' Up! order from the new catalog will arrive this week! Also looking forward to some extra "stuff" going to the Thrift Store! After 19 years, I have sooo much to get rid of!

Looking around the house...Rocky's been at it again...toys everywhere! He is sooo funny! I love seeing him digging in the toy box trying to find the right toy. Then he runs and jumps in his bed as if to say, "safe"! The kitchen floor needs to be swept and mopped--lots of dog hair:(

Rocky loves his toys...and every one else's!
From the camera...


Our little plants are sooo happy! They love the cool weather and rain we have been having. I was excited to finally get basil in the ground and check out the rosemary that weathered over from last year!

On my prayer list...
  • Sandra and her family as they move to Idaho and get settled in their new home.
  • Carla to find some "me time" with four kids! Easier said than done but oh so important.
  • Friend's brother who had his leg crushed.
  • Thanking God for my precious granddaughter's 8th birthday (yesterday)! She is so precious:)
Bible verse; Devotional...
"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16

I hope you have a wonderful Monday! 

Kat

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Afternoon/Night Chit-Chat

I don't remember what this lily is called--do you know?

My picture today is of a lily we got as a gift several years ago. It blooms for a brief time but is gorgeous while it's in bloom:) That dirty window is the greenhouse window, not my house window! 

So glad you could join me for the Sunday Afternoon/Night Chit-Chat this week! Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily is our host each week. She will have some amazing reveals coming up next week that you won't want to miss. She designs for Warp & Weft (a Canadian company) so has some amazing fabrics to work with. She also has an amazing eye for purchasing fabrics that are beautiful and just a little big trendy! Check out her blog to see what she's up to this week!

Sooo, let's get started on this week's chit-chat!

I am...


  • Reading: Ah, I told you last week I was going to read The Covenant by Beverly Lewis but started Quentins by Maeve Binchy instead:) So far, so good. My hubby saw me reading this morning and said, "Starting another book?" I said, "Always!" He reads a lot of news stuff on the internet but doesn't read a lot of books. However, after 34 years, you'd think he would be used to me reading books! Hmmm...
  • Listening to: Our English Bulldog snoring. He has such a sweet "little" snore! I thought I would find it annoying but it is somehow comforting.
  • Watching: We are going to watch Safe Harbor today! Besides that, I am looking forward to Next Great Baker on Wednesday night! I am really enjoying this show but missed the bread baking competition last week because of stamping club.
  • Cooking/Baking: Today is pinto beans and rice; tortillas optional:) Friday I made a big pasta salad and yesterday was baked potatoes and baked Butternut Squash! We really do eat pretty good around here--simple but good!
  • Happy you accomplished this week: Stamping Club done and the order for this month placed.
  • Looking forward to next week: Stamping order will be coming in Wednesday or Thursday--whoo hoo, first order from the new catalog!!! Also looking forward to taking A LOT of stuff to the thrift store! It needs to leave my house!
  • Thankful for today: My darling granddaughter turned 8 years old today! We will celebrate with her on the 4th of July! I talked to her on the phone this morning--she is growing up so fast. She is now a 3rd grader! It seems like just yesterday that she started Kindergarten:(
  • Bonus Question - What was your least favourite part and your most favourite part of the last week? Hmmm...most favorite would have to be my Happy Stampers Club--great bunch of ladies and we always have such a good time! The least favorite would have to be getting ready for stamping club because I always procrastinate so am pressured. It is all worth it though when I get to the meeting and everyone is so complimentary of the projects and they have so much fun! One of the stampers calls it her "Calgon moment!" If you remember that, you're nearly as old as me:P I feel the same way...after I get there! These ladies are my monthly therapy! Don't know what I would do without them!
Okay, that's it for my chit-chat this week! I don't know if there will be a Happy Homemaker Monday this week because Sandra is in the process of moving from Arizona to Idaho but if there is, I will join in this week!

Kat

Friday, June 21, 2013

Everybody Loves a Bride


While getting ready for my Happy Stampers Club earlier this week, I decided to make a bridal shower card for a bride-to-be whose shower I wasn't able to attend. Well, after getting it made, I decided maybe my stamping ladies would like to make one similar and this card is the result! It is a tri-fold card and this is what the inside looks like...


Yup! Sentiment is just a hair crooked:(

Isn't that the sweetest card? Easy, fun and cute!

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

  • Card Stock: Basic Black, Old Olive and Very Vanilla; Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (retired)
  • Love & Laughter Stamp Set
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Basic Black and Pretty in Pink (retired)
  • Other: Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim (retired), Clear Embossing Powder and Basic Pearls

Above is the card I made for the Bride-to-be! I used colors similar to her invitation--Midnight Muse and Baked Brown Sugar. I stamped the dress in Whisper White Craft Ink and embossed using clear embossing powder. The flowers on the Baked Brown Sugar card stock are stamped using Versamark stamp pad.

Both of the cards are very different yet similar. Which one is your favorite?

I will be back on Sunday for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat!

Kat

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Celebrate Mosaic Madness


Last night was the June meeting of our Happy Stampers Club! We had a great time as usual. The card above is one of the three cards we made. I found it on Pinterest, of course. The card I found was made by Loretta Springer but she said she CASed (Copy and Share) it from Amy O'Neill at Amy's Paper Crafts. Well, I just want to say "thank you" to both of these ladies for this great card design! As you can see I totally CASed it!!! The Mosaic Madness stamp set has been all over the internet and you can see why! Super cute!!!

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

  • Card Stock: Whisper White and Strawberry Slush; Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Stamp Sets: Mosaic Madness and Perfectly Penned
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Island Indigo
  • Other: Mosaic Punch and Dimensionals
I will be back with another one of our club projects tomorrow!

Kat

I Won @ Carla's Creations


This is the cute Zippy Pouch I won from Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily! Please forgive the little wrinkle in the bottom of the bag as I photographed it after removing from it's mailing envelope! Doesn't this look great for summer!!! This is the second of Carla's Creations I have won! Check out her blog or her Facebook page and see all the beautiful things she sews!


The backside has a pocket with a pretty blue snap


And the inside is a beautiful blue and white bracelet print fabric.

Now, here's my dilemma! I really like this little Zippy Pouch and would like to keep it for myself but my darling granddaughter would LOVE it and her birthday is coming up! What to do??? Wouldn't it be cute with a little wallet or coin purse, chap stick, comb and maybe a pack of gum? I think my granddaughter would be over the top excited (she is going to be 8).

I hope you are having a great day! I have LOTS of housework to do today so better get to it!

Kat

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

VC Rocks Happy Mail


I have mentioned VC Rocks a time or two (at least) in the last two months:) It is a virtual convention for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and customers to have a fun experience during the summer meeting new people, stamping and having a good time. This is an especially great experience for those of us who can't go to the Stampin' Up! Convention in Utah for one reason or another. 

As part of the Virtual Convention experience, you can choose to have a room in the Virtual Hotel complete with roommate! My roommate is Ellen Boyle and she lives in Minnesota! She sent me the card above and I love it! Check out the way she stamped medallions from the Daydream Medallion stamp set on the Island Indigo card background and also on the back layer of the Label Collection Framelits. She used a sentiment from the Trust God stamp set which is on my "must get" list! If I'm not mistaken, I think she used Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper from Sale-a-bration! 

Closeup so you can see the stamped medallions.


Thank you, Ellen, for the card! I think this is going to be a fun summer with Ellen as my virtual roomie:)

Kat

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

I saw this photo on Pinterest this week and nearly wet my pants laughing!
The caption read:
"You can choose to live your life with the joy of the front row or solemness of the third row. The choice is yours." So true!

So glad last week is finally over! It was a stressful week but it looks like stress is on the agenda for the next month! Not bad stress, mind you, just more on my plate than I'm comfortable with. But that also means more fun things to share with all of you:P

It's time again for Carla's Sunday Night Chit-Chat! The super talented Carla hosts the Chit-Chat each week from her blog, My 1/2 Dozen Daily! You should browse several of her blog posts to see all the lovely things she sews! Truly impressive! And then when you realize she is self taught and has only been sewing for about 2 years...well, it puts me to shame! I have been sewing for nearly 40 years and can't do nearly as well as she does! Enough bragging about Carla and onto this week's Chit-Chat!

I am...

Reading...Just starting The Covenant by Beverly Lewis. We are finishing up The Sackett Brand by Louis L'Amour as our read aloud.

Listening to...the new living room ceiling fan stirring the air...ahhh:)

Watching...Movie today is Life of Pi. Not sure how I feel about it. DD told me it has a lot of violence and I don't do violence so need to make sure I have a good needlework project to distract me while Hubby and DS are watching. I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

Cooking/Baking...Too warm to bake but we are having pasta, green salad and garlic bread for dinner.

Happy I accomplished this week...
  • All Father's Day cards to their destinations on time:)
  • House was cleaned early last week so I could spend Friday with Hubby in Portland (his request).
  • Hubby and I celebrated 34 years of marriage on Monday, June 10.
Looking forward to next week...It's time for the Happy Stampers again on Wednesday:) I always look forward to stamping with the ladies!

Thankful for today...My hubby and our 34 years of marriage:) It just keeps getting better!

*Bonus Question* Do I have any summer weddings to attend?

Yes, one in August!

Well, I guess that it for me tonight! I hope you had a great Father's Day with the man or men in your life.


Kat

Friday, June 14, 2013

Zen Water Filter

We have lived in our current location for nearly 20 years. We have a 20 acre piece of property that is surrounded on two sides by wheat fields and on two sides by range land. No neighbors for a couple of miles. When we drilled our well we were so thrilled to have pure, clean, good tasting water. We had plenty of water for a long time. However, last summer it seemed that our pump was not keeping up with the demand so we had to let our lawn go dry to have enough to water the garden. 

Fast forward to this spring! Hubby decided to put a new pump in the well and found out the pump was not the problem, we had a hole in the pipe so the water was pumping up and out; not into our storage tanks! We went ahead and put the new pump down because if you've dealt with wells and pumps and well-drillers, you know that it's expensive just to pull the pump! 

During this whole process we got to thinking about our water and how the wheat farmers spray their fields and perhaps some of it was getting into our well water--who knows! Our well is deep, 650 feet, so maybe isn't a problem but we decided to get a water filtration system just to be sure we have safe water to drink!

After much research, we decided on the Zen Water System. The water goes through a micronized ceramic dome filter first then onto a 5-stage mineral filter cartridge then last are the mineral stones. We had been using a Pur Water Pitcher but I was having to fill it up several times a day and the filters aren't cheap. We were having to change the filter 2 X a month because we use a lot of water. With the Zen, we wash the micronized ceramic dome about every two weeks (they say to do it once a month but we think ours needs it more often) and change it once a year. The 5-stage mineral filter cartridge needs to be changed about every six months. 

We have been super happy with the Zen Water System! If you are in the market for a water filtration system be sure to check them out!

I am going to make every effort to be back for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat! 

Kat

*I was not asked to do this product review nor was I compensated in any way. Just want to share a good thing:)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Artist Trading Cards

I am still trying to play catch-up from last Sunday when we got home so late! Monday and Tuesday I couldn't get enough sleep then last night I think I only slept about two hours:( It will all straighten out soon.

I signed up for another swap via VC Rocks! This one is an Artist Trading Card Swap. First I had to find out what an Artist Trading Card is! Well, between the hostess of the swap and some Googling, I found out that an Artist Trading Card is a 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" one sided card that you embellish either with your own artwork or stamping or whatever then trade much as you would trade baseball cards. So, I tried my hand at one today...



I need to tweek the Create flag but other than that, I am pretty happy with it! Last night when I couldn't sleep I was thinking about how I wanted to put this card together! You can use these little bits of art on a bigger card or a scrapbook page or just save them. There are even shadow box type frames to put them in to display. Who knew?!!!

For my Artist Trading Card I used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

  • Card Stock: Baked Brown Sugar, Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla
  • Stamp Sets: Creative Elements; That's the Ticket and En Francais
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Baked Brown Sugar and Crumb Cake
  • Ticket Punch for corners
  • Other: Chantilly Crocheted Trim (retired), Antique Brad, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Glue Dots and Dimensionals


I need to do something with the end of the Create Flag but will work on it. Honestly, I think I could get addicted to these! I'm not sure yet if this is the one I will be making for the swap but wanted to try it out. The deadline for me to get it in the mail is July 7. Creative Elements is one of my favorite stamps sets and I really like the Shabby Chic look this card has.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kat

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Oh My Poor Tree


Awhile back I promised you the story of the tree. See this big, beautiful tree that provides a lot of shade in the summer? Well, in addition to shading the house--good; it was also shading the building on the right--not good. Hubby is planning to put solar on the building on the right--9 panels to be exact! And he didn't want the tree shading the solar panels! (The lower part of this roof is over the greenhouse) So, what did my hubby do???


Yes, this is the same tree! I nearly cried! Hubby assured me it would grow back and be as beautiful as ever, just shorter. Well, a week later there was no new growth. Two weeks later, no new growth. Hubby started to question--maybe it wouldn't grow back after all! Now, nearly a month later the tree is started to bud in places--whew! Looks like we're going to have a pretty tree again after all! 

When we get the solar up on the roof I will show you pictures! Actually, I think we are going to have a Solar Raising Party in July! For more information about our whole off-grid system, read Skinner's Fractured Off-Grid Tales!

I hope you have a great day!

Kat

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bashful Blue Baby Bundle

I really wanted to get back for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat but hubby got sick and we had to take him to the doctor (yes, on a Sunday) so didn't get home till nearly midnight! I was totally wiped out on Monday--I am NOT a night owl! So didn't get the Happy Homemaker Monday done either:(

Hubby is better but now my week is all messed up! Please bear with me.

I got my Father's Day cards in the mail today--yay! You can see them HERE and HERE. I had to make one more of the fishing cards today before mailing. Then I needed a card to mail off with the baby afghan I showed you HERE! So, went to Pinterest and found a darling card by Cindy Elam. Her blog is Heart's Delight Cards. I decided to use Bashful Blue since it's for a little boy! 


It looks like I need a little more light for my photos:( I will work on that!

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:


  • Card Stock: Whisper White and Bashful Blue (retired)
  • Stamp Sets: Baby Bundle (retired) and Sassy Salutations
  • Midnight Muse Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Adorning Accents Embossing Folder
  • Other: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, 1/4" Navy Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Vintage Faceted Designer Button, Real Red Marker
Thanks, Cindy, for a great idea for the perfect baby card!

Kat

Friday, June 7, 2013

Baby Boy Crocheted Blanket


For those of you who have been faithful followers of my blog from the beginning, nearly three years ago, this baby afghan might look familiar because I made a few of them right after retiring from work. This is a pattern that my mother taught me before I learned to read a crochet pattern. I was wondering one day how many of these I had made over the years since I learned to make it in 1975 and the total is over 200! My favorite is yellow strips joined together and bordered with white--sooo pretty! I use Bernat Baby Coordinates which is an acrylic yarn that the mommies say washes and dries like a dream! The yarn has a shimmery thread that weaves through it and gives it a little extra pizzazz:)


In the picture above you can see the pattern and the shimmer!

This little blanket will go to a special couple having their first baby and his name will be Zachary! I am trying to come up with the perfect card to go with this gift.

Have a great weekend and I will be back on Sunday night for the Sunday Night Chit Chat!

Kat

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Happy Mail


Today when I picked up my mail at the Post Office, there was a package from Loni Holt--the blog candy I won! What a cute kleenex holder using Stampin' Up! fabric (retired but a favorite of mine)! You can check out Loni's blog at Loni's Life! No more tissues in a ziplock bag for me!

I was working like crazy getting the 11 cards finished that I needed to send for a VC Rocks Swap! Why do I get myself into these things?!!! Because I love the cards I get in return, that's why. However, with my Fibromyalgia, when I get stressed I get headaches, body aches, and start shutting down mentally:( So not fun! I just need to pace myself a little better. 

So, I had this project...the 11 cards...that needed to get done and I had a great card I was going to CASE from Connie Stewart at Simply Simple Stamping. She made it look so easy but after 5 tries I had to give it up! I am usually not so easily stumped. So then I thought I would WOW everyone with the Swallowtail Butterfly Surprise Card but alas couldn't make that one work either! So, this is what I finally came up with...



This was a little out of the box for me because I usually don't do bright colors and this is definitely bright! But I love it! Don't you love the border stamp?!!!



This is called a Tri-fold Card and the picture above is what it looks like when opened.

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

  • Card Stock: Whisper White, Island Indigo and Pool Party
  • Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Stamp Sets: Mosaic Madness, Sassy Salutations and Papillon Potpourri
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Island Indigo and Strawberry Slush
  • Other: Basic Rhinestone; Mini Glue Dots
So far on my card list I have made 16 Thank You Cards (all sent out); 13 of the card above (10 of them sent out as we only ended up with 9 in the swap) and two birthday cards (also sent)! I have the following to get finished in the next week:
  • Graduation Card
  • Bridal Shower Card
  • Father's Day Cards (2 done and 2 left to do)
  • Anniversary Card for Hubby
  • 2 Baby Cards
  • 3 projects for the next Happy Stampers Club
  • Congratulations card for new downline member--Yay! Charina!!!
Well, that's it for me today! Wait till you see what I have to show you tomorrow!

Kat

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Mosaic Madness Thank You


I just received some really fun new products in my last Stampin' Up! order and was anxious to use them so decided to make some Thank You cards with it--15 to be exact! WOW! Is this amazing or what?!!! The inspiration for this card came from Heather Heroldt but I couldn't find a stamping website for her so you could see her version. Suffice it to say, I changed it quite a bit--Yay me! That's really something for the person who always copies *exactly*! Maybe I'm learning something:)

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! products:

  • Card Stock: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Cantaloupe (these are two of the new InColors)--love Baked Brown Sugar
  • Stamp Sets: Mosaic Madness (NEW) and Sassy Salutations
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Big Shot with Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder (NEW) and Apothecary Accents Framelits (new to me:)
  • Other: Dimensionals and 3/16" Metallic Brads (retired) 
I used the new InColor, Pistachio Pudding on a few of the cards because I happen to know one of my customers really likes that color. Just had to see what the card looked like with a different color!


I added pearls instead of brads to my downline cards. What do you think? I love the new InColors and though I was hesitant about the Mosaic products, I have learned to love them while doing this project. I think you will see more of them over the next year!

If you placed a Stampin' Up! order with me last month or are one of my team members, one of these cards will appear in your mailbox soon:)

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Kat

Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday


Ah! Happy Homemaker Monday! For some reason, being able to sit down and participate in Happy Homemaker Monday just makes my week start off better! Happy Homemaker Monday is hosted each week by the talented and very busy Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Check in with Sandra to see what she's up to. Right now she is packing up her home in Arizona in preparation for their move to Idaho! 

Sooo, 

The weather...It is sunny, windy and warm. At 9:00 am, it is 70 degrees! I am not complaining as I was cold most of last week!!!

Thinking...About all the cards I need to get made today! Some days you feel it and some days you don't! My mojo is missing but hoping I will get it back once I start playing with my paper and stamps!

On my reading pile...I am currently reading The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood; next up is Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews. I know I had these on my reading pile awhile back but then got a book for Mother's Day so set the others aside but now is the time. I am really enjoying The Knitting Circle but then again would most likely enjoy any book that had knitting involved:) 

For our read alouds we are reading Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory and we will finish up Mohave Crossing by Louis L'Amour tonight. We will start book 10 in the Sackett Series tomorrow night, The Sackett Brand.

On my TV...Nothing much on but will likely watch Cash Cab and part of The Chew while walking on the treadmill.

What I found while surfing the net...I didn't just find this website but it is one that I really enjoy...6PM.COM. They carry name brand shoes at great discounts. Each week they have one or more brands with BIG discounts! 

On the menu for this week...It's really hard for me to plan a menu since I don't know more than a day ahead whether or not I will be the only one home to eat it! 

On my to do list...

  • Laundry
  • Water hanging baskets and plants in greenhouse (daily deal)
  • Bake loaf of gluten free bread (Thursday or Friday)
  • Search for good gluten free website (we're not gluten free but have friends who are)
  • Make cards, make cards, make cards--hopefully get them all in the mail by Wednesday.
In the craft basket...I just finished the baby boy afghan I was working on so need to decide on my next project. I haven't done anything yet toward making hexies so maybe that will be my next project!

Looking around the house...Dog toys everywhere! Someone needs to teach them to pick up their toys! lol Dishes need to be done and the bed needs to be made yet. All in all, not too bad.

From the camera...


We are three weeks away from the cherries being ripe and the birds are already pecking away. Hubby put come reflective tape in the trees to see if it will scare the birds away. Last year we got a few pounds of cherries but have three trees! As my husband said, we would be happy to share but the birds don't want to share; they want them all!

On my prayer list...
  • Sandra and her family as they find a new home and move.
  • Ed following his surgery. 
  • My brother as we near the 1 year anniversary of his wife's death.
Bible verse; Devotional...

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8