Saturday, October 18, 2014

T stands for Two times the fun in one night

Hello and Happy T Day! I'm posting this Saturday night so I don't miss out on it this week. Hope you everyone had a good week. The weather is cold and yucky but the scenery is gorgeous and colorful!! Today I'm sharing pictures from our chili cook off fundraiser for Kristin. We had a great time and Rich won first prize in the spiciest chili category. This is the basket that I made as one of the prizes, not Rich's. I filled it with chili stuff, fall goodies to make, fall candle and this fall mug like mine. Rich even added a bag of his hot and sweet peppers from the garden. All the baskets were awesome tonight. Rich won a basket filled with hot sauces and spices and pepper things for the kitchen.
We all wore our blue prayer shirts again, remember these from our other fundraiser for her. I love seeing us all in matching shirts and supporting her while she's out serving on her mission. Tomorrow we are hoping to Skype with her from church. It will be so nice for others to see her and talk with her. We've been so lucky and get to face time her almost daily and text daily but for some they haven't seen or talked to her all this time.
I took pictures of the poster board at church that has pictures so far from Kristin's countries. She sends me a few each month so I put them here for others to see. If you click on it you can see better.
Here are the ones from right now in Romania, love these ones. She is doing so good there and having the most amazing experience with everybody there. YAY!!
I got this picture before everyone showed up.
Not only was it chili night but homecoming was that night too. Summer helped Renee get ready in our bathroom at the church. YAY!! Lots of room and lights and Summer got to practice curling like she is in cosmetology class now. So much fun having them there and everyone got to see Renee too.
There she is going to her senior year Homecoming dance!!! So pretty and the perfect dress for her.
Here is Sam catching up to her now that he passed me and Summer.
Here she is with her date, they went as friends. He was so cute and polite, they had a great time.
I'm so excited to share my new ATC from Dianne, I'm sure you recognize her style here. She loves fall and Halloween just like I do. I LOVE this ATC so much and even her art business card she attached to it. I just love it all, she actually pieced all these together, so awesome!! Thank you Dianne for trading with me.
If you would like to see what everyone else is doing this Tuesday stop by and visit at Elizabeth's and say hello, feel free to share what your doing too. Thank you Elizabeth for hosting us this week and every week. I'm amazed at how you always show up and get so much done each week.
Have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Hello, I'm here and doing well, not so for the computer again. It's this old one we are using from Rich's work, it's verrrry slow and makes coming on here not fun. I hope to post next week for T Time. Hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the weather and changing of seasons.
Around here we had a chili cook off that went well
Around here Renee went to homecoming
Around here we has summer weather days and it was great
Around here the leaves are changing and it's so pretty
Around here we had the windows open and shorts on, YAY
Around here time is flying by fast
Around here the kids are all doing well in school
Around here Sam is already asking for winter and snow, sorry friends
Around here I'm getting ready to do Week in the Life next week with Ali Edward's
Around here I'm trying to decide if I should do a December album
Around here the little ones are doing super good, getting bigger too
Around here this month makes it 4 years since we got Lucky, YAY
Around here Kristin is in Romania and doing VERY GOOD
Around here I missed seeing Nancy at church, hope you will be there Sunday
I love doing these kinds of posts, so fun. Have a great weekend and see you on Tuesday.

Monday, October 6, 2014

T stands for Tea for Two and Monday Mandala Together

Hello and Happy T Day! Today I'm sharing with the lovely ladies at Elizabeth's what's in our cup and what's new this week. This picture was taking two weeks ago when I went over to visit my cousin Jennifer who was in town for a week. She asked me right away if I'd like tea and a homemade scone! YUM! So nice of her to do that and she knows all about my linking up here for T day, so there is our tea in the picture. We had the best time talking and catching up, the few hours I was there went by way to fast. Can't wait to see her again in December. I'm sure there will be tea involved.
Rich is happy some of the watermelons made it and could be picked. It tasted very good, fresh from the garden and didn't last long once he cut it up. Little Colt has been waiting for it to be ready too, forgot to get a picture of him eating but he loved it.
Hello Project Life! I've been working on mine and getting caught up, sat one day for about 2 hours and got it done. That was two weeks ago, now I need to do the last two weeks since this week shown, lol. Will do that today and tomorrow and show you next week. The cards I used this week were from my secret pal at church, love the colors of them and the filler cards. You can click on the image to see better and read it or click on the close ups below.
Here is the left side. Look at the sky and backyard, love seeing this and never tire of taking a picture. Soon it won't be green but fall colors instead and the garden will be gone. I took a self timer picture of me doing the dishes, need to do this more, it took me 8 tries to get it. The bottom picture is of Kristin sharing her nice camera with a little one, LOVE LOVE THIS!! She is doing great by the way and is in Romania this month. Very busy month for her there and her leg is slowly healing still. The bottom picture of our amazing dinner Rich cooked. Everything was so good and I had been craving this all day so I had to get a picture of it.
I love this side because it means I got all my kids in this weeks pages, Kristin is on the left side remember. This doesn't happen often so I'm happy. As a bonus my nieces are both in it too. The bottom right one is my favorite story, Sam has had a growth spurt and passed Summer and me and is on his way to hopefully passing Renee next. He hasn't grown like this in sometime so it's so crazy to see it now. I tease him now at bedtime not to grow anymore while he's sleeping. Click on the image to see and read better.
Happy Fall Mandala Monday too! I am so thankful for finding these leaves and acorns on a walk down the road. That mini pumpkin is from our garden, excited that we got about 20 of them. Made this out on the deck with a small breeze so I worked quick to get this. Next week I will be sharing why it will be even harder for me to make these now and it's not because of the weather.
Hope you have had a good week, thank you for the wonderful comments and visits. Can you believe it's October already. Hoping these next two months go slow so I can enjoy fall to the fullest. Have a great day, I will be coming around to visit you and see what's new.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Hello to the colored leaves popping up everywhere
Hello to cooler weather, but not to cool
Hello to jumping and playing in leaves
Hello to beautiful fall sunsets
Hello to walking at track and not sweating
Hello to candy galore
Hello to warm cider and apples
Hello to pumpkins and pumpkin pies at the store
Hello to jeans and jackets
Hello to the last of fall soccer
Hello to turning back clocks, I don't like that part
Hello to the last month before Sam is 13
Hello the magic and beauty October brings when you go outside
Hello to staying in more and crafting, reading, napping, baking
Hello to Kristin being in Romania and on month 4
Hello to Renee going to her senior homecoming
Hello to all the fun and adventure a new month brings
My computer is acting up again, looks like a virus. Rich got it kinda working now, once we turn it off, not sure if it will turn back on. That's why you haven't seen me this week. Now I babysit the next two days and have activities each night too. Will come and visit everyone soon as I can.
Hope you are all doing well and excited for another month of beautiful FALL!!
Hello Nancy, see you Sunday!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mandala Monday and T that isn't tea again this week

Hello and happy T Day! I'm sharing a favorite drink of ours for family parties. It goes way back to when I was growing up and my Nana would make it. Nothing fancy here but it goes with our holiday meals nicely, thought you might like to try it. We use a pitcher and fill it with half ginger ale and half with fruit punch, looks pretty in glasses too. Let me know if you've tried it before? To see other yummy drinks and/or cups visit us at Elizabeth's where we get together every Tuesday to share what's new and in our cups. Come by and say hello, it's always fun!
Today I have some fun art to share with you, YAY!! Happy mail came in this week and I love them.
My fall ATC swap came in, so excited about this one since fall is my favorite time of year. I love each single one of these so much. Some of these were from ladies I've never traded with before, YAY! We still have 4 of them being mailed from overseas but she sent these ahead for now so we don't have to wait any longer. Click on the image to see better if you need.
here is a surprise happy mail I got this week. It's a way to use up your scraps, LOVE that idea, right!! You use the big packing kind of tape and put your scraps on it, then another one on top and trim it up to fit. You can make it this size or go smaller. As you can see she used two stamps on this one, it was a bit bigger then she planned. There is a playing card you put in the middle and paint over the one side and write the address on it. Isn't it cool, now for the other side:
Here is the other side, NO SCRAP LEFT BEHIND, love that! She wrote her message and name for me on that little scrap on the right side. I was so surprised and happy to see this, so fun! I'm going to try this once I get some tape. Have anyone of you tried this before? She sent out a few of these surprises and they each looked amazing.
I made another mandala this week too, YAY! These were just from my own yard this week. Loving all the purple ones that are growing in my ditch right now. I found some fall leaves on a walk yesterday and hope to make one for next week. Thankful still that Dawn inspired me to make these.
Hope everyone has had a good week. The weather actually got hot for a couple days and now rain and wind are here. The kids have had and still getting over bad colds/coughing. Can't believe how fast September is going either, trying to soak up each day we can before the nasty winter gets here.
Thank you so much for the sweet comments last week on my mandala and the zentanbles I received. I still love looking at them! So nice getting these little bits of happy mail from all over.
Take care and thank you so much for your visit!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mandala Monday and T stands for no Tea today

this was made with flowers from my neighbor, so thoughtful she is to share
I'm joining our wonderful very busy painting hostess Elizabeth for T stands for Tuesday. Notice the fall in my picture and in my mug. Remember I bought this orange mug last fall, it was time to pull it out again. We've had very cold temps here, needed jeans and jackets several days. To warm me up I bought my first jug of cider and a donut to go along with it. Love donuts and warm cider together! Also, sharing my cute tiny mini pumpkin, I keep it by me on the table beside me and smile when I see it. I'm sure there will be more cider photos to share these next few months, YAY!! Thank you Elizabeth for hosting us and making us always feel welcome.
I'm so excited about these zentangle ATCs from a swap!! Love them! Hoping to do more of these, it was hard and took a long time but so neat to see them afterwards. It was a small swap which helped too. I'll be working on a Halloween theme one next and my Fall ones should get here later this week.
More fall fun to share with you
Thank you so much for the visits and  comments last week. I'm glad some of you liked Summer's doll, Tiffany. She has just given her a perm this week and is looking totally different.
I have shared some Project Life pages below if you'd like to take a look. So glad to be catching up and hoping to do better at that now that summer is over. The sun is out and feels warmer already today. Have a great week, will be around today to see what's in your cup!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Hello and welcome to my Project Life catch up post, YAY! I haven't shared PL in over 2 months, that is so crazy. I know the computer not working is part of that and the other part is my not being on the computer much anymore. I have been stuffing pictures in the pockets when I can all summer and that's it, just didn't feel like journaling again, not sure why this keeps happening this year. Anyhow, this is what my table has looked like for a few days now, PL on one side and all my other creative outlets on the other side. I have snuck fall goodies in here but want to clean up the table so you can see only fall on it. I've been lucky to get some PL goodies from my dear friend Nancy who spoils me and my secret pal at church and a friend on IG who saw some on sale at Hobby Lobby and sent me several new theme packs. So blessed and inspired by all these new goodies to play with.
So here goes some pages for you, click on the images to see better. It wasn't very light out when I took these so hoping they aren't to bad for you. I have more done that I will share later, didn't want to do too many in one post. Thanks Nancy for nudging me to get these done and posted!
Here is the start of June, sorry for the glare. We had last day of school fun and out oor DQ treats.
I meant to show you this one first, it's my into page for June. My plan was to use summer colors and fun but for some reason kept being pulled into these tans and blues.
more June fun
More June, make sure to read these if you can. Good stuff here, sigh.
here is my intro for July on the left side and the 4th of July on the right. I hope it shows these cards as white on your screen because on mine they are cream. Everyone knows I love red/white/blue !
I have most of July done, just journaling on one page and not sure how to fit it in. August needs journaling a bit and September is coming along well for the first couple weeks. These pages will show my new goodies, YAY!!
Thank you for visiting and hope you enjoyed them. My heart is with those from 9-11-01 today, hugs and prayers go out to all the families affected by this first hand and even for those like me who didn't have someone there but still feel a big loss in their hearts for those that passed. So sad.
I will see you Monday/Tuesday for my mandala and T post. Have a good weekend.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Monday Mandala, T Day and back to school

Hello and Happy T Day! I am sharing our first day of school pictures from 3 weeks ago, time is flying already. I was waiting to get a good one of Summer before I could share though, she started school later then these guys. Notice my nieces in the middle, nice to have them here in the mornings again. They all look so tall to me, Sam has now passed me and Ryan is the only other one left to pass me. I have to admit these are the worst first day pictures ever, no one wanted them and the sun was bothering them and they were not happy about it. So far it's been a good 3 weeks.
Here she is, look at her cute uniform for cosmetology class and a name badge too. Her first project was French braiding, she got it after about 50 tries, YAY SUMMER!! She has started on hand/arm massages and scalp ones too. Next up this week is shampoo washing, think I will go in as a volunteer, love having my hair washed. They also had to pass a 100 point safety test before starting and label every little/tiny/micro size item in their beauty kits. Lots of work before they got to play.
I LOVE THIS ONE! Here is Summer's new friend, a head piece to practice on, named Tiffany. They have to give them names and talk to them like you would with a client. Every week they have to change their names since you have so many names you hear all day and don't want to get to attached to just one, lol.  Anyhow I had helped hold "tiffany" several times and had chores to do so Sam said he would take over. Everyone but me is freaked out by Tiffany but I like her.
I made a quick red/white/blue Mandala for Labor Day, some are plastic and some are real
Here is the birthday card my mom made for me last month. I couldn't wait to share it since it goes with the reason why we share on Tuesday's. But first, see all those little hearts, my mom made them and tucked them into the pocket on the front of the card. These are little ideas we can go do together when we have time. Isn't that the sweetest and she knows I love these colors together too. The envelope was homemade also, she's a woman of many crafty talents. Next is the back of the card..
A pretty little teapot!! Perfect for my mug/cup/ teapot choice for today with Elizabeth and gang this week. Can't wait to catch up with everyone, missed you last week.
The weather has been so hot, had the a/c on most of the week and then Saturday we woke up and needed jeans and a jacket for Sam's first soccer game. CRAZY!! This week looks like normal temps, just right for more soccer days and my walks at the track.
For those of you who read the bible and want a way to combine reading it and doing art with it please read my post below. If you've never read the bible feel free to read it also, might interest you.
Thank you for your visits and comments, love them all. Happy T Day!