" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "
Gandhi

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Birthdays Galore!


Happy Birthday, Evy!
I have been right out straight working on birthday cards for the month of January and February.
  Our granddaughter, Evy, is turning one year old. So hard to believe it has almost been a whole year since she came into our lives. We are so blessed.
  She loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so I made a Minnie Mouse birthday card for her. I got the idea from a card I saw on Pinterest. I changed a lot ,but kept the layout, pretty much.
Minnie is so cool!
   The inside of the card I pieced together from graphics I found online. I fussy cut Minnie and the balloons and arranged them under the sentiment.
She is be a one year old. 
For Kristin.
   Hope Evy likes it!  Well, at least some day she may appreciate the cuteness of this card.
 Our daughter-in-law, Kristin, and Evy both have a birthday
Bette's card
  It is a lovely stamp set that you can use in so many ways. I fussy cut around the rose after using my copic markers to color the rose.
  I embossed the background with the same floral design and added the leaves and ribbon. I used a Spellbinders die cut for the Happy Birthday sentiment.
  I made another birthday card for my sister-in-law, Bette. She is my husband's sister and what a delight she is to me.
  I used Stampin Up's owl punch and the Top Note die cut. The branch and leaves are from Memory Box.
  I like how I did the eyes. Kinda cute, huh? Birthday's are done until April. Whew!
Tri-fold pocket 
  My friend, Elaine, sent me a pin from Pinterest that was a video tutorial in French. Now, I do not speak French, but I used the internet to translate the written words on the video. I felt pretty proud that I could do that and get this project done. I have put the video in here in case you would like to see this girl work.
  I had to convert her measurement from centimeters to inches. I made a few mistakes but I think I got it right.

Pull out the cards for pictures or for jounaling.
 These pictures show the inside of my tri-fold. I had a fun time working on this project. It did not take long at all.
  I think you could substitute the envelopes for paper. Just remember to leave both ends open for your pockets. You would not have to color the edges to hide the white of the envelope.
  I think I might try it on another one .
This would be great to add to a mini-album or a folio.
 I added pull tabs.


My written directions
  I took a picture of my written directions, if it would help you with making your own tri-fold pocket projects. Have fun!
 We are off to Disney World again. Looking forward to a restful time there. We just finished shoveling and snowblowing our driveway, so putting our toes in sand sounds mighty good.
  Thanks to Jenna for house sitting for us. It makes us feel like we can go away and not worry.
  I am going to try and do blog posts of our trip, but I have to use my iPad and that can be tricky. My posts may be short.
  Thanks to Don Small for snowblowing our drive while we are gone. I hear there may be a Nor' easter while we are gone. I hope not..
Happy Winter.....

Monday, January 25, 2016

Christmas Came and Went!

Love punch art!
 I finally got over all my ailments and feel human again. Russ and I got the flu/cold and thought we would never get over it. I feel like blogging again and doing my papercrafts again, too.
  This is a card I made for Christmas for a friend. I love doing punch art even though it is alot of work. I used SU's word window punch for the mouths and I have a die cut that looks like a book. Too cute, don't you think?
Christmas tag for dinner setting
  I found this idea for a Christmas table setting on Pinterest. You use a candy cane tied to a bit of green and then add the tag. I loved using my papercrafting tools to make it look festive.
  We came back from Disney in October. I worked on an envelope mini album to give to Jillian who went with us. She is a good friend to my niece, Emma. They had a great time , so they told me. We had a ball.
The album was wicked fun to make. You can use your scrap paper to cover the inside pages. I made some pockets and flaps to get more pictures in it. You trim the outside edges of the envelopes to make a pocket where you can put photo mats inside.

The cover of the envelope album


  I love making these mini albums because they work up so quickly and are easy to do. You just take the envelope flap and feed it inside the next envelope. There are tutorials on Pinterest all over the place on how to make these mini albums.That's where I found the directions on how to do this one.
An upper flap
A belly band
I thought Jillian would like to put her own
pictures in her album. That is half the fun of
doing an album.

 I am finishing up another envelope album  that
will be done in no time. I will post pictures of
that one when I am done. I am putting the pictures
in because I am giving it away. I had to put a clasp
on this one because it is too thick to close
nicely like this Mickey one does.

Yummy!

The back with Mickey die cut
 Finally, I wanted to post a picture of the
peanut butter balls I made for Christmas
Inside the mini album
this year.I really loved how they came out.
Again the recipe is on my board on Pinterest.
They tasted great and looked great. I will be making
these again.

I hope spring is around the corner soon. And we
didn't even get the snow that everybody else
got . Thank goodness.....

Monday, October 26, 2015

One Man's Dream!

What a great room!
We wandered through the Walt Disney museum at Hollywood Studios today. It is called One Man's Dream. I love how they change up on of the exhibits.
   This room caught my eye as I am an avid Mickey Mouse collector. I love the bookcase that holds all things Mickey. It also has books in with the other collectibles. I am thinking of changing my collection to include other items.
  This picture will help me remember how much I like this exhibit.
   We were at Hollywood Studios for the morning. We were able to do Toy Story Mania. Russ beat me as always. It is such a great ride.
Everyone heads here first.
 We headed for Epcot. To eat at the French pavilion. Yummy sandwiches were just right for us along with a ginormous chocolate chip cookie.
French pastries








   We decided to try and use a fast pass to get on Test Track. It worked out great cause we could get n in 30 minutes. We got there just in time. There was a 75 minute wait for everyone else.
  We went on Soarin probably for the last time cause they
are closing this ride for February and March to
add another track. 
  We had a lovely snack in Sunshine Seasons where I took this picture of the balloons. So pretty.  I am ready for bed so I will close with balloons. 
  Tomorrow we go to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. 



                                  

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Happy Halloween from Disney World!



Ready for Halloween!
I am so proud of myself. I'm ready for Halloween way before Halloween. That is very unusual for me. I have to admit that I found this idea on Pinterest. Since I have been sick I needed a quick but cute idea. I printed this out and stamped "Happy Hallween". I am ready when we get back from our trip.
  We are at Walt Disney World with my sister, Andrea, and her daughter, Emma, and her friend , Jillian. We are staying at Beach Club. This is our favorite resort.
We went exploring when we got here to get
The lay of the land. The weather is quite warm
but lovely. We walked over to Boardwalk and
ate a late dinner of nachos, corn dogs, and a
Beach club at Disney
meatball sandwich.
  The girls went swimming in the pool and I am
here working on my blog in an air conditioned room. Love it. We are planning the next few days to get the most fun here.
 The rooms here are so spacious. We have a two bedroom. There is a living room with a kitchenette.  The best part is that there are two bathrooms. It doesn't hurt that we have a washer dryer in the room either.




A king sized bed
 Well, it is getting late. The girls are still at the pool. The bed is calling my name. Looks like Russ and I might be going to Epcot tomorrow with everyone else heading to Downtown Disney.  It will be fun no matter what cause we will be in shorts!
    Here is a picture of a cute little friend we met while exploring the grounds. 

A little bunny 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Missing Mom

Miss you Mom!
 I have not been working on much for projects this past summer or fall due to the illness of my mom and her passing into glory on September 2nd.
  Mom has been living with Russ and I for the past 4 years. It has been such a blessing to have her here with us.She loved to read and enjoyed her family getting together for whatever occasion or event. She was a painter, and played the piano ( self-taught). She would walk around the flower gardens and enjoy the spring when plants would begin sprouting up. I shall miss her very much.
  The stress of her  illness and her passing was difficult  for us all. As a result I ended up with shingles. A mild case thank the Lord, for I had the vaccine two years ago. I am now dealing with Vertigo. Not a pleasant feeling to have at all.
   But time and life go on. The hard part of losing someone you love is the moving on without them. When I am on the computer in the early hours of the morning, I hear a creak in the house and I forget and think it is Mom stirring. I am not sure I  will ever get over that feeling of her presence.  Not sure I want to either.
   Anyway, I have not really done much of anything in the way of project. I have worked on a few cards that I have given to people for various reasons. I will post those another time.
Love her so much...
 My greatest joy right now is babysitting for our granddaughter, Evy. She is such a blessing to our family.
We see her every Tuesday and Thursday. I love her expressions and how everything is new to her.
  She loves Micky Mouse and is so enthralled when the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse comes on TV. Music is another treat for her. The songs on that show will stop her in her tracks to listen to the music.
   I think seeing her and watching her grow has helped me to deal with losing my mom. Family and friends are a great comfort too.
   I am feeling ready to start paper crafting again now that I am on the mend. My next post will hopefully  have some pictures of  projects that I have started and not yet  finished finally done. Til the next posting then...
   

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Is Moving On!

  I can't believe that July is almost gone. We have been so busy with gardening, golfing, and taking care of Mom. Time has just slipped away. I am feeling guilty that I have not posted in awhile. I guess I said that last month . It is easier to sit down at the computer in the fall and winter than spring and summer.
  I am very happy about one of my clematis plants. It bloomed big time this year. The other two plants are
So pretty this year!
  growing but not blooming like this one. Hopefully, next year.
Happy Times
    In June, my sister, Adrianne, got married to a wonderful guy. Lenny is a nice addition to our family.The weather was perfect that day. The reception took place at Sebasco Harbor Resort. It was all perfect.
 I made a wedding card for them that I really enjoyed making. Wedding cards are one of my favorite cards to do.
Wedding Day card
  I was on Pinterest and came across this card that I cased. I used a different embossing folder for the sections. Navy was Adrianne's wedding color so I chose it as my base color.  The flower I had purchased on one of my shopping trips to either Michael's or A.C. Moore. I love how it all came together.
   We have been babysitting for our granddaughter, Evy. She is such a joy. I have millions of pictures and videos of her. She is growing and changing every time we see her. We are so truly blessed to be a part of her life. Nathaniel and Kristin are doing such a good job with raising her.
Happy baby.... 
A good friend of mine, Helen, recently lost her sister. I felt so bad. I know how difficult it is since I lost my oldest sister a few years back. I made a card to send to her to express how I felt.

For Helen
  I used my Stampin Up set called "Garden Collage". I love all the different patterns are there in one stamp. The sentiment is a separate stamp. I used another flower I had purchased at Michael's or A.C. Moore. I love mixing the different patterned paper to come up with just the right combination.
Surprise... surprise....

          We also planned an early surprise birthday party for my sister, Rochelle. It was suppose to be a get together the day before Adrianne's wedding, but we added her birthday celebration to the event. It worked!
  This is a gift we gave her that I found on Pinterest. The gal makes these posters and you can add a picture of your loved one. She does a great job and it is real reasonable . I had the frame already so it worked out perfectly.
 
Phillis and Cary
 My sister, Phillis, and her husband, Cary were up for the wedding; along with their daughter, Danielle, and her husband, Kyle. We decided to spend the day at Boothbay Harbor. It was a lovely day to be near the water. We had not been there for a long while. 
Boothbay Harbor
It is so picturesque there. We found a little restaurant right on the water and had lunch. The time went way too fast. I am hoping they come up again next summer, if not sooner. 

Yarmouth Clam Festival
  Last week we went to the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Russ loves to go to a good parade and this festival usually has a good one. We took our chairs and enjoyed the crowd and the music. We were a little disappointed that the Shriners were not there.I am not sure why, but that is Russ's favorite part. Ice cream was good, though.
  Well, that has been my summer so far. Busy, busy as you can see. We are also dealing with my mom not being so well. She lives with us and her heart is not what it used to be. Lord willing we will have her for a few more years. 
Thanks, Elaine!
  My friend, Elaine, gave me this golfer's pin. I really need this because the last time I played I really sucked. In fact, I have not played since she gave it to me. We hope to get playing more in the next few weeks. Thanks, Elaine.
  I have not done much in my craftroom for most of the summer. I have a need for an inspiration. I need to finish the album I started for my daughter in law on the baby shower last year. How is that for being behind. I hope to have it done by the end of the month. 
  I wish you a wonderful rest of the summer. Happy crafting!



                                          

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Love a Family Get Together!

  I have been working on making a Mother's Day card for Mom from all my siblings. We are getting together for a lunch at Macaroni Grill on Sunday. We are pooling our money to give it to her so she can spend it as she wants. It's really hard to get something for Mom.
Bright and yellow
   I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. It was bright and sunny and I thought Mom might like that with all the cloudy weather we have been having here. I really like the pocket I made inside to hold the cash. I used hinges made out of half inch strips that you fold down the middle and glue to the paper. Should hold everything nicely.

Love the pocket to store money.


      I made another Mother's Day card from Russ and I. I love Graphic 45 paper and have become a kind of hoarder; using this paper only on really important projects. The paper for Mom's card came from the Botanical Tea collection. Love it. Again I was inspired by a card on Pinterest, where else?  I really like the way the card
For Mom
has texture with the dotted embossing folder side and then using the
 Graphic 45 paper on the other side. I also used my new Stampin Up edgelit for my interest and to finish that side. I know Mom will like this card 'cause it has a bird on it and she is a bird watcher.
    My sisters and I just finished hosting a bridal shower for my sister, Adrianne. She is getting married in June. We are all so excited for her. We are praying for great weather.
   We have been planning this shower for months and I think it all came together and everyone had a ball .
Greeting our guests

Nautical themed decor

View from living room


















     We held the shower at my sister, Chris's home. She and her husband just moved in this past winter. It was the perfect location. On the porch we put my wedding dress on a dress form and had my niece, Lindsay write on the chalkboard. She is talented .
  Mom helped out with the food preparation. The straws are holding dipped marshmallows. We all made sandwiches and dessert . I think we had plenty of food. The tables looked so nice.
  We had all seen this cupcake wedding dress on Pinterest and decided we had to try it. Andrea knew a bakery in Biddeford called Riley's, I think. They sell frosting by the bucketful. They told us how much we needed. It was the right consistency for decoration. Something I have a hard time doing at home. Chris did a great job decorating each cupcake to look like one big cake. I love how it came out.
Finished
Chris is working on the wedding cupcake dress.
 
    We made Adrianne wear the veil we bought her. She was a good sport and wore it for most of the shower. We had alot of fun that day. Can't wait
The future bride to be
until June when the whole family will be together to celebrate this wonderful event in Adrianne's life. Her fiance is a really nice guy, too.
Lenny is a great addition to our family. There will  be pics of the wedding day to come.
  I can't end my blog without a picture of our granddaughter. We babysit two days a week and are just in heaven to take care of her. I love to make her smile and can't wait until she giggles.
Evy smiling.



 I hope everyone has a perfect Mother's Day with their mother or remembering their mother's love. It is a day for families to get together and share what is happening in their lives. After all it started with a Mom and a Dad. Happy Mother's Day!