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Monday, November 29, 2010

I WON!! I WON!!! Okay...Breathe. In. Out. In. Out

I am so excited and I couldn't possibly convey that excitement in any font that my computer offers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I WON A SILHOUETTE SD!!! me. ME!!!! I cannot believe it! I wanted to win this so badly, but never thought I would. I mean, what are the chances, really? But, Praise the Lord!!! I won. WOW.

This is what I won:

(Laptop not included.) And I won it from the most wonderful blog called Shanty2Chic.

If you don't know what a Silhouette is, you can learn all about it here.

I am SO amazed, in shock really. WOW!! God is SO good.

I can't wait for it to come!!

*BIG smiles*

Friday, November 26, 2010

Our Thanksgiving Feast

Last Thursday night, we hosted a Thanksgiving Feast. This was a project that my children needed to complete for their school (we homeschool and use Learning Adventures curriculum). We worked for several days planning the meal, the costumes and the games. We made decorations
, made and sent out invitations,  created and printed the programs, 

and made the costumes.

 Finally the night arrived!

The table was set.

The guests arrived, all in their costumes!

Notice my two Indians and one Pilgrim:

We had a wonderful meal:

We ate turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and vegetables. And, of course, for dessert...

 Pumpkin Pie! Made by:

My oldest dd!

We also ate Pilgrim Hat cookies, which were made by me (Emily-Friend, where were you?? I needed your cute cookies!! Or, at least your help, lol. )

After supper we played traditional Pilgrim games, and took a few more pictures.

 Don't you just love this hat?!

We had a very fun night!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We, like the Pilgrims, have so much to  thank God for!!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Silhouette Giveaway!! OOOH!

I am, yes, I really am posting AGAIN today! BUT, you will thank me, because you could win this:

Check it out at Thrifty Decor Chick HERE. Or, (a SECOND giveaway!!) The Idea Room HERE Or, (yep, a THIRD giveaway!!) The Shanty2Chic HERE Or, (*gasp* a FOURTH giveaway!!!) MomsReview4You HERE, Or, (Oh My WORD! A FIFTH giveaway!!) LoveStitched HERE. WAIT! Here's a SIXTH!! (breathe. in.out.in.out.) DecorChick HERE.

Okay. Calm yourself. Go enter. The giveaway ends Sunday, Nov 28.


Courtney's One-Dale Sale!

Check out Courtney's One-Day CTMH Sale...QUICK! It is for ONE DAY only--Friday, November 26. All of the details can be found HERE.

In addition to an awesome sale, Courtney is also giving away Blog Candy! Here's a pic:

YUM! You can see all of the details and enter HERE.

The smell of turkey is about driving me crazy...it's almost time to eat. YUM! I hope you all are having a wonderful day with family and friends.


Crayon Roll Giveaway

I just LOVE a quiet day, don't you? I mean, they are so infrequent in my house! I enjoy them so much when they do happen.

We are having one of those quiet days today...mainly because it's a holiday.  My house is full of good smells...turkey, mainly, and my hot crab dip (to tide us over until the BIG dinner). I did most of my cooking and baking yesterday so that I could really enjoy our time together today.

One of the things I really enjoy doing on a quiet day is blog surfing. I love to see the wonderful ideas that people have, and I also love to learn about new products and possible gift ideas. You are so creative, People!

While surfing today, I came across a blog called Sweet Treats by Jesseca...who couldn't be drawn to a blog that involves sweet treats?  Well, Jesseca is hosting a giveaway right now (another of my favorite things!) for a handcrafted crayon roll by K&M Handcrafts.

If you had cleaned broken crayon pieces out of your van as many times as I have, you'd know why I want to win this, LOL!

You can head over here to enter. This giveaway ends Nov 26. I'm crossing my fingers! :-)

Hope you're having a quiet day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Photo courtesy of Photobucket

Wordless Wednesday and a Photo Contest

I thought I would enter this in my dd's photography contest here. Just for fun, since the theme is 'water'! :-)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thank You Card

I received some wonderful goodies from Kat, and I wanted to make a thank you to send.

Here is my card: 
 I didn't like the brown CS (SU! Chocolate Chip) just plain, so I embossed the outside with brown EP.
Here is a closeup of the ribbon (My Mind's Eye "Madison Avenue") and the flower (Mulberry Paper).

 Here's a view from the top, so you can see the inside:

I used some of the things that Kimm sent in the candy I won from her (thanks, Kimm!). I just love the "Madison Avenue" line from My Mind's Eye. It's SO pretty!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
*Stamp Something -- Something with Thanks (ends Dec 2)
*Paper Playtime #26 -- Thank You (ends Nov 28)
*Raise the Bar #45 -- Grateful (ends Dec 4)
*The Sisterhood of Crafters -- Things to be Thankful For (Ends Nov 23)
*Simon Says Stamp -- Sparkle (Ends Nov 23) -- The brown dots are glitter, and there is glitter around the punch with the bird on it. I also spritzed the brown cs with shimmer mist.

I hope you are gearing up for a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am beginning to realize that I am not half as prepared as I thought I was (oops!). Guess I'll be running to the grocery later today...

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holly Jolly Christmas Card

Hello! I finally got about 30 seconds of semi-sunshine...just enough to take some pics of my card so I can post it, lol!
 I am really enjoying my FIL's visit (he's here for a week), and the slower pace is giving me some time to 'play'! YIPPEE!! I love it when I get to play, lol.

Here is the card I created today:

I followed this sketch at Craft Your Passion Challenges:

Here's a view from the front:
I added some sparkly wire for the circle part of the sketch. I found this on clearance at Wal-Mart last Christmas.

I added Diamond Stickles to the letters:

And to the center of the snowflake:
(I also added a thin layer of white Liquid Applique on the snowflake.)

Here you can see the Shimmer Mist a little better. I spritzed it all over the card to make it sparkle. I love sparkle!
Sentiment: SU! Christmas Punch; Image: Hero Arts Grand Snowflake; Ink: SU! Ballet Blue;
Embellishments: Ribbon (stash), Rhinestone brad (stash), Fuzzy Cord (Wal-Mart)

I am entering this card into these challenges:
Pile It On #46 -- Winter Means.... (Ends 11/30)
*Totally Gorjuss #57 -- Not So Traditional (Ends 11/27)
*Totally Papercrafts #43 -- Snow and Snowflakes
*Pollycraft Challenge #71 -- Blue (Ends 11/28)
*Creative Belli Blog Challenge #104 -- Old (fuzzy cord), New (snowflake stamp), Borrowed or Blue (ink)
*Anything Goes #25 -- Let it Snow
*2 Sisters Challenge #14 -- Snowflakes (Ends 11/26)
ECP Challenge #26 -- Snow (Ends 12/3)
*Crafty Calendar Challenge #14 -- Winter Snowflakes (Ends 12/4)
*Wild Orchid Challenge #10 -- Blue Christmas (Ends 11/29)
*Fussy & Fancy Challenge -- Christmas with No Red or Green! (Ends 12/3)

I am really hoping to make another card or two tonight, so hopefully I'll have another post. I am almost ready to post about our Thanksgiving Feast (for school). Stay tuned!


Friday, November 19, 2010

wee Memories has Candy!

Good Morning! Happy Friday to everyone. I for one am SOOO glad it's Friday, because today is the first day of our week+ vacation! My FIL is coming for Thanksgiving, so we are taking 6 days off of school--YIPPEE!

To add to my great day, I came across this awesome candy from wee Memories. In honor of 700+ followers, Jen is giving this to two winners:

The candy runs until 11:59pm on November 24, so head over HERE and sign up!

I'll be back soon with a post about the fun Thanksgiving Feast my kids and I put on for our school project. We invited friends, dressed up, and had a traditional Pilgrim Feast complete with Pilgrim games.

I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


This is my second post for today. Scroll down or click HERE for my earlier card post.

Scrapcollector aka Yenni, is giving away some awesome candy in honor of her birthday. See!

You can enter for yourself here until Dec 12. Go wish Yenni a Happy Birthday--who knows, you might win!


Man Card with a Charm

I had some time to "play" this afternoon  (YIPPEE!!), so I decided to enter the Simon Says "Prince Charming" Challenge. Cute name, ha? What it means is to make a man card with a charm on it, hee hee.

What I came up with is VERY different from my usual card...but it is very fitting for the recipient--My Dad. Dad and I enjoy walking in late afternoon or early evening, when it is not quite so hot and the crickets are chirping (am I losing you to Memory Lane yet?...)...so I decided to make this:

All paper is Stampin Up! The only stamped image is the tree (a stamp my friend made), and the sentiment is from SU! Lovely Labels. Everything else is done with scraping and sponging the inks (all SU!). I am no pro, that's for sure! But it is a technique that I would like to try again (hopefully with better results next time, lol.)

 Here is a closeup of the tree. I stamped this in black and then heat embossed it in clear embossing powder before I added any of the other colors.

The charm is from my stash, and it is a leaf--fitting, I thought, since both my Dad and I love Fall. Dad and I don't get to walk together very often now, since we live 1,000 miles apart. *sigh*

I appreciate your comments! I must say, I am a little nervous about giving this to my Dad since my Mom is an artist. We'll see what she has to say about it...lol.

I am entering this in the Simon Says Challenge--Prince Charming.

I hope you can make some special memories today!


Monday, November 15, 2010

WOJ Thank You Card

We had such a great time with our family this weekend! It was so nice to see them (Bro & Sis-in-law, 2 nieces), especially since we hadn't seen them since last December. The only problem is, the visit was TOO short!

I just have to tell you...I discovered this weekend that my Sister-in-law is actually as much of a designer paper addict as I am! I really didn't think anyone could be as bad as I am, lol.

Anyhoo...I made a Thank You card using this sketch from Truly Scrumptious:

Here is my card:

 I really need to figure out the lighting when I am taking pics! My cards look so much better IRL, but I don't know how to get that across in a picture. UGH!

 Here's a closeup of the image. I think she is so cute, don't you? WOJ has such pretty stamps.

I love the flowers that I just got in the mail! (Thanks, Kimm!)  I also added some pearl sticklers to the right of the sentiment and along the scallop border here:

Image: Whiff of Joy: Paper: BasicGrey Wisteria; Ink: SU! Pastels with Blender Pen; Embellishments: 
Flowers fromMulberry Paper, Ribbon from stash, Pearl Stickles; Punch: SU! Scallop Oval

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

*Truly Scrumptious Challenge #45 -- Sketch
*7 Kids College Fund Challenge #8 -- Give Thanks!
*Cute Card Thursday Challenge #138 -- Anything Goes
*Top Tip Tuesday #9 -- Use An Image/Sentiment
*Paper Sundaes Challenge #44 -- Ribbons, Punches, & Blue

I hope you are enjoying your day! We are having several students over tonight to watch a football game, so hopefully I will have time to stamp tomorrow.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

WOJ Willow Card for Mom's Birthday

Morning! I finished up my Mom's birthday card this morning. Her birthday is the 17th, so I need to get this in the mail today.  We also have family coming in tonight (can't wait!), and I need to finish getting the house ready, but I wanted to post this first.

I tried something a little different (for me), and followed this sketch from Cupcake Craft Challenges Blog:

Here is what I came up with:

Here's a pic to show (hopefully!) the Shimmer Mist. The card is so sparkly IRL, but I had a hard time capturing that with my camera. :(

Image: WOJ Willow with a Basket
Paper: BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses, SU! RidingHood Red
Ink: SU! RidingHood Red (sentiment and image), SU! Pastels (colored with Blending Pen)
Pink pearls, ribbon, and flowers from my stash
Lace border: Cut from Martha Stewart "Thank You" note 
SU! Champagne Shimmer  Paint (mixed with alcohol and sprayed on)

I am entering this in the following:

*Cupcake Craft Challenge #116 -- Sketch
*Fresh Brewed Challenge #22 -- Two or More Patterned DP
*Inktegrity Design #22 -- Ribbons and Flowers
*The Sisterhood of Crafters -- Birthday
*A Crafty Little Place Challenge #64 -- Red, White and Green
*Flourishes Challenge #FTTC92 -- Glitter (I used Shimmer Mist all over my finished card--love that!)
*Lexi's Creations Challenge #26 -- Anything Goes
Let's Ink It Up Challenge #6 -- No Digies and Recycle (I cut the lace border from the bottom of a MS Thank You card)
*2 Sisters Challenge -- Birthday
*Top Tip Tuesday #9 -- Use an Image
*Cute Card Thursday Challenge -- Anything goes
*Paper Play Challenge #45 -- Ribbon, Lace & Flowers

Well, that is probably enough challenges, 'ya think?! :-)

I'm off to mail Mom her card and to finish getting ready for our company!!

Hope you have a craft-making day!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Angela's Birthday Candy!

Angela from Angelwood's Crafting Corner is having a birthday...and is giving away CANDY:

You have until November 23 to enter, so head over HERE and leave Angela some birthday wishes!

Dawn's AMAZING Blog Candy!!

Dawn over at Dawn's Craft Place is giving away this:

                                                   A BRAND NEW COMPUTER!!!

She is going to be giving away several other things, as well, from now until Thanksgiving Day. It is a progressive giveaway, so check out all of the details here.

What a nice giveaway (from a nice person!). Thanks, Dawn!!

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