Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I was just getting ready to leave work yesterday, when I hear my name over the loudspeaker, calling me to the front office. (I thought that rather strange for a moment, and then I could hear "C", one of our students in a rather loud form, so I thought maybe she was wanting to talk for a few minutes) Anyway, by the time I got to the office, there were many, many people gathered. The employees of the Children's Home (where our school operates out of) had gotten together, ordered a cake, and were having a Retirement send off for me. It was very nice to feel the love of these people - they have been my 'family' for over 13 years, and I love them all. Mandy (Amanda), one of them, actually signed up yesterday to follow my blog! Mandy, if you are reading, thank you for everything, and I am so happy that you are following me - hopefully, we can stay in touch!
Sigh..., another of those bittersweet moments! Good friends, good cake, happy day, sad day...you get it, right? I was finally able to read my card at about 10:30 last night, and yes, I did cry - buckets full!!!
I feel so blessed to have been able to know and work with these people. All are wonderful, Christian, thoughtful, and caring folks, who give above and beyond on a daily basis to the kids that we all work with. There is a special place in heaven for these people!
Take care my friends - off to work I go!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Good Morning! I hope that you are all enjoying a beautiful Sunday morning.
~It is admirable for a dad to take his son fishing, but there's a special place in heaven for the dad who takes his daughter shopping! (Sorry about all of the ***'s - I could not get the paragraphs to space this a.m. Hope this works!) Just checked again - it didn't, so we are stuck with whatever we get today! Arggghhhh.....
Friday, June 19, 2009
This week's challenge, over at Unscripted Sketches was a fun sketch. As soon as I looked at it, I knew that I had to grab one of my all time favorite Stampendous Stamps!
The lady on this stamp is just having the best time, and her cheerfulness is contagious. Whenever I want to stamp "happy", she's what I reach for!
The sentiment is from the TAC Tag Tidbits set, and the paper is Cloud Nine Designs. (love that too!)
Caryl, I think we really need to name this lady too!
For the staples, I opened up one of the ends, strung them with little pink beads, and then punched holes where the staples needed to go. I pushed them through, and closed them on the back side - fancy ladies need fancy staples!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I saw that there was a challenge over at Three Clovers. The challenge was to do a ONE LAYER card! You could add an embellishment, but the card needed to be one layer. Wow - that's a big challenge for folks like me that just keep adding another layer, another flower, more bling...you get it, right?
Well, I thought - what better opportunity to show the new duster technique that I learned from Darlene Domel last weekend at the Rubber Stamp Getaway!
So, without further ado, here is my card. I will be nice, and just list the supplies below! I've named this card "Dream Girl", as my only embellishment is a little metal piece that says "dream", and this gal looks to me, like she's dreaming of a handsome man coming to rescue her on his beautiful white stallion! If I had to name her, it would be something exotic, like Jasmine, or Genevieve.... I hope you like it! Let me know what you think!
Eclipse Art Masking Tape
Marvy Uchida Matchables Dye Ink
Judikins Color Duster Brushes
Stamps: Clock, Tower, Star, Girl are by Stampland Chicago - Vines are Inkadinkado
Thanks so much for looking!
~Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The next two awards were given to me by another faithful reader, Lisa. Lisa lives in sunny California, and never misses a chance to drop me a comment on my blog, or even a personal email to let me know that she’s thinking of me. I felt an instant connection to Lisa, and I think if we were closer, we would be crafting buddies! Lisa, also has an amazing blog - be sure to visit her too!
The first is an award (above) came to Lisa from her friends, Debbie Pamment and Kristine Breach. According to Debbie's post, it was created by Kellie Winnell and passed along to her with the following quote: "I feel that there are a lot [of blog awards] out there that are awarded for the creative sides of things, and I love them, but few [blog awards] to just appreciate the people that follow and comment on your blog, which to me nothing makes my day more than having gorgeous comments left on something you created, really lifts the spirits and makes my day."
Kristine paraphrased that by saying this award means, "Thank you for your support... for leaving sweet comments that really lift my spirits and make a bad day better... for comments that go beyond the typical "Great card!" and really connect with you on a personal level."Like Lisa, this award has been a pleasure. Making friends with folks from all over the world has just been an incredible experience! It’s wonderful to wake up in the morning to comments from Malaysia, or Sweden, or Canada, or Indiana! These comments truly lift me up and make me feel like I should continue on!!! Days when my mojo seems to have got up and went, I get a pat on the back that picks me up and sends me back to my desk! Thanks Lisa, for thinking about me with this award! Your friendship is a blessing to me!
This blog award (above) is the Spreader of Love Award, and is for people who have made a difference to you by their visits to your blog, the things they write, the interest they take. Again, this made my day!!!
The award above comes to me from my blogging friend, Pat. I'm not sure where Pat lives - I've tried to find it on her blog, but can't find a link. I'm pretty sure it's a LONG ways from here! Pat is another good friend that rarely misses leaving a nice comment when I post a new entry.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The first pictures are of some thank you notes that I made for the new mommy and daddy.
There were SO many scraps of paper, that it seemed sinful not to use them for something.
So... I took some Ivory Wasau CS, and some Ivory envelopes and made some cards with the scraps. (Lisa, are you reading this??? Windy City Stamper??? I USED SCRAPS!!! The sound you are hearing is me patting myself on the back!
I then took some blue and brown CS and made a box for them. The lid is scalloped with a Martha Stewart edge punch. I could absolutely NOT get the lid exactly right, thus the strip across the top to hold the ribbon in place to hold the stinkin' box lid on!!! Lol... Whatever works!
The gorgeous basket was made for me by a friend from work, Paige Reid, for my retirement. The nugget favors fit into it beautifully. A piece of 2" dotted ribbon tied it all together.
Again, the photo's just seem dim to me. The colors are so pretty IRL, and I'm a little disappointed with the pics. I'm working on an outside spot, so hopefully if it ever stops raining, and the tornados run their course, that will work better!
DD is in charge of the food for the shower, so except for a couple of easy peasy games, I think I'm done!
Hope I have not bored you all to tears! Thanks so much for looking!
On a personal note... My countdown is at 14 work days now. It's very bittersweet. I'm itching to get started cleaning and painting and fixing things here at home, but at the same time, it's breaking my heart to think of leaving the kids that I work with. To some of them, I'm like the 'mom' they have never known. Anyway, the days are flying by, the tears are falling, I'm giddy with excitement, and frozen with fear over what the next phase of my life will bring.
Arghhhhh....enough of that dismal, depressing, boo-hooey stuff! Life is good!
(except that the power has gone off 3 times while I've been trying to save this!!!)
Have a wonderful night, dear friends!
If any of our Wisconsin family is reading, we had such a nice visit this weekend! Loved seeing each of you - BIG hugs!!!
~Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant...
Off to look at shower recipes, think about games, etc.
Will post later - DD is to be bringing me in some batteries for my camera later this evening!
Have a great evening...
~Good examples have twice the value of good advice.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Just wanted to let you all know that we are fine. No storm damage - this one seemed to just go all around us!
Hmm...what else? OH... I was ready to take photo's of the newest additions to the baby shower, and realized my camera batteries are dead! Tomorrow after work......I promise!
Eyeglasses are fine!
That's all for tonight - sleep well!
~If you blame others for your failures, do you also credit them for your successes?
Monday, June 8, 2009
Instead of a card tonight, I decided to post a few photo's of the storm that is currently blowing through (literally) our little area in Missouri (again!)... Tornado warnings, thunderstorm warnings, etc. - you know the routine!
Anyway, the sky is just so awesome, that I had to shoot some pics. The brightness is actually lightning all over the night sky, lighting it up! Nights like this are good for the soul! A majestic sky, a storm smell in the air... God's beauty is at work once again!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
There is much to do, and Saturday begins with a 1 mile run, a 1 mile walk, or a 5 mile run. Well, I am certainly not physically able or mentally inclined to attempt anything that says 5 miles, and does NOT include wheels and an engine... So, at the sweet young age of 55+, and probably at LEAST that many extra pounds, I decided to get up at 6-ish this a.m. and go into town with DD for an attempt at something a bit smaller. I have never, EVER done a walk or a run before, so this was a first. I got very brave and decided that after DD ran the 1 mile, that I could certainly WALK the one mile. (especially, as DD was going to come back from running her mile and walk WITH me!!!)lol... So... I get in line, am trying to be so very brave, and Senator Kevin Engler, who is in charge of the event, says, "okay, we are about to begin - are you ready?" Of course we are. (ugh). THEN he says, "runners in front, walkers in back, it's one mile down and one mile back". Yep, I panicked BIG TIME! I'm nearly hyperventilating at the thought of walking TWO bleeping miles when I have not even had my coffee yet!!! Of course, DD says we can do it, and off we go. The long and short of this story is that Patti J. walked her very first official MILE race! We went oh so far, and decided that we would only walk half of the two miles. Anyway, long story, and I really didn't earn the shirt, but it's paid for, and I did walk the mile that I intended, so I am spending the rest of the day patting myself on the back for a job well done. Next year, I will walk between the cones and cross the finish line!