This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.



Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Fall

Fall has certainly come to my backyard! We have a couple giant cottonwood trees growing along the creek.

Grandpa Cottonwood



They are beautiful from a distance – but – as they bud in the spring they shed little green sticky things, then comes the flying cotton, all year they shed LOTS of twigs and in the fall they lose their great big hard-to-rake-up leaves.


We've only just begun!



They don’t even have the decency to turn a beautiful color before falling, just a dull rusty gold color! LOL


Plenty more where those came from!



At any rate we end up raking our yard many times before the season is over. If we waited until they were all down we’d need a bulldozer to push them into piles!


With my thoughts on all those leaves, I designed this fall wordbook. I scanned the leaf shapes from leaves I found in our yard.


Coming Soon to Cutters Market

Quotes:
*Falling 4 U
*Feels like fall
*Autumn riches - scarlet, crimson, russet, gold


Happy weekend!


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Play Ball!

Here’s a layout I completed at Scrap Night last Friday. If you’re a regular reader you’ll recognize parts of it from a previous post.



DH is such a good athlete, it is hard to name a sport he couldn’t do well in (maybe gymnastics!) I, however, am the total opposite, can’t name a sport I CAN do well in. LOL He is competitive in everything he does, I couldn’t care less. Evidently opposites really do attract!!

Today’s share includes some of the files I designed for this layout.

File available at Cutters Market.

Winning Quotes:
*Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. ~ Babe Ruth
*The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love. ~ Bryant Gumbel


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Four Fancy Folded Foto Corners

As I was scrapping last weekend I was wishing I had some large decorative photo corners. So I sat down this morning and this is what I came up with.

File available at Cutters Market.

As I was test cutting and thinking of what I should call them I came up with the title of this blog entry, which got me thinking of tongue twisters. So I got out one of the kids old books and found the perfect tongue twister to go along with all this thinking I’ve been doing . . .

I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought.
If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought, I wouldn’t have thought so much.

What do you think? LOL

Perhaps I should just keep my thoughts to myself.
Enjoy the file!!


Thoughts on thoughts:
*I think there's a little child in all of us and we all too often forget to let the child out to play - Donna A Favors
*Wise people think all they say; fools say all they think.
*Dreams are only thoughts you didn't have time to think about during the day.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Can you stand any more recipe pages??

Here are a couple more recipe pages I’ve completed.


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Did you notice I have finally included a vegetable! LOL
I promise, tomorrow we’ll move on to other things.




File available at Cutters Market.


Quotes & Such:
*That’s the way the cookie crumbles
*Family, Food & Fun
*Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without! – Amish Proverb



Can't read the recipes?? Click here.

**Corn Casserole file available here.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Puppy Chow & Pumpkin Cookies

Making progress on the recipe album. So far I’m not providing DD with a very balanced diet as far as recipes go!!

I’ll get to the good-for-you stuff . . . eventually!
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Journaling - Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies
Strange name - but a yummy snack! One of your specialties!

Journaling - It's Tradition - After carving our Jack-o-lanterns we bake up a spicy batch of pumpkin cookies! Did You Know? - These cookies won a blue ribbon for me in my first (and only) year in 4-H.
Available at Cutters Market.

Quotes:
~Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. (LOL)
~Kiss the Cook
~Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven! ~ Pillsbury

Can't read the recipes?? Click here.



**Dog House file available here.
**My Puppy file available
here.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Random Thoughts & Halloween Card

It is such a beautiful end-of-summer day today! They don’t get much better!
Had to get outside and wash my car - just because it was so nice out.

I worked on this little guy last night. You could use him as a Halloween card or invitation. He could also serve as a place card at your Halloween party – write (or cut) guests' names on the card he is holding. He could even hold a small photo, and you could add hidden journaling on the inside for a scrap layout.

File available at Cutters Market.

Random Quotes:
Beauty is whatever gives joy. ~ Hugh Nibley
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are. ~ Mary Jean Irion
One layout, like one cookie, is never enough!


I’m going to a crop tonight – hoping to get some more recipe album pages finished.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Our weather is supposed to hold through next week!! Glorious! :)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Cornhole

My hubby and in-laws are a pretty competitive bunch when it comes to games. During our weekend visits the guys have an ongoing competition going playing Cornhole. I honestly think they could play it day and night - mainly because no one wants to be on the losing end and be teased until the next match!

Cornhole is basically like a beanbag toss, except the beanbags are filled with corn. My BIL has built several sets of the game platform, a slanted board with a single hole. The goal is to score points by tossing the bag into the hole, or at least to land it on the board. It is a popular tailgating game. BIL has given his boards customized paint treatments, one Notre Dame green & gold, the other the local high school colors of red and black.



File available at Cutters Market.

Hope you are able to enjoy fun times with your family today!



Quotes:
*Family Times = Best Times
*Live, Laugh, Play
*Boys are beyond the range of anybody’s sure understanding, at least when they are between 18 months and 90 years old. ~ James Thurber




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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Farm Life

I visited the farm yesterday. Noticed the fields are really drying down. Dad was in the shop working on the combine prepping for the harvest season. Garden produce is winding down; Mom’s picking the last of the tomatoes, canning juice to make chili this winter. Even the trees are starting to blush with the colors of autumn.

Looking through the photo albums it is amazing to see the change in farm equipment. Dad started farming with a simple tractor, an umbrella for shade and implements borrowed from his brother or my Grandpa. Now there are giant tractors with air conditioned cabs and the latest stereo and GPS equipment. (Of course, Grandpa started his farm career using horses!! Talk about progress!)
Harvesting equipment has evolved from a simple 2 row corn picker used with the tractor to monster-sized 12 row combines.
Amazing!!
But even with all the improvements and advances I know Dad still has a soft spot for his little IH Farmall “B”; 'cause it is the shiniest tractor in the barn. :)


Hope you enjoy the tractor border – I think all little boys like tractors and machines that make noise!! I cut it in red because in my Dad’s eyes any other color really isn’t a tractor! LOL

File available at Cutters Market.

Quotes:
*A day on the farm
*Keep Growing!
*Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. ~ Og Mandino

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sewing & Scrapping

I was sewing long before I started scrapbooking.
While I didn’t really enjoy sewing as a teen, once I was married and discovered how much I could save by making my own curtains and pillows I was hooked.
Sewing cute ruffled dresses for two little girls was also a joy.


It was so exciting to discover that I could combine two of my crafting loves by stitching on paper and adhering my fabric and trim stash on my pages.

And now, with my cutter I’ve discovered I can design cutting files to mimic the look of some of my favorite fabric embellishments.


File available at Cutters Market.

Hope you enjoy this file. It includes an eyelet-look beading trim. You can either cut the strip of paper ribbon to weave through the trim or use 1/8” ribbon from your stash.

Sew-Sew Quotes:


*Buttons and Patches and the cold wind blowing, the days pass quickly when I am sewing.
*Friendships are sewn…one stitch at a time.
*A family hemmed in prayer will never unravel.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Lisa was kind enough to send photos of recipe layouts she has created using my files. Take a look.



Great Job Lisa!! - Thank you for sharing!

Those recipes sound delish!

Just Desserts

Since I’ve been thinking about recipes lately I thought I’d share
this title.



File available at Cutters Market.

Has anyone else ever eaten leftover birthday cake for breakfast?? LOL

Sweet little quotes:
*The best things in life are SWEET
*Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart. ~ Erma Bombeck
*Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~ Jim Davis



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Friday, September 14, 2007

Take Time Every Day to do Something Silly

When I saw a request for this quote I knew I had to come up with something.

File available at Cutters Market.


Before I purchased my CR cutter I made & sold kitty paper piecings called “Cat-Tales”. Here is one I made last September. It has the same sentiment.



Hope you can find something silly to do today!

This evening I'm baby-sitting my niece and nephews, ages 5, 4, and 14 months. There is bound to be something silly going on around here!! LOL

Have a great weekend!

Silly Quotes:
*It's lovely to be silly at the right moment ~ Horace
*Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind

*Simply Silly


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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Recipe Album is Started!!

Sis & I had a great day yesterday. Not really that productive in terms of number of pages completed, but enjoyed catching up with each other’s lives. Her hubby has been out of town for a few days so she was eager for a dose of adult conversation as well. LOL

I have three pages completed for DD’s recipe album! Here are two of them.


Journaling: Kool-Aid?! A recipe for Kool-Aid? At my wedding shower in 1982 guests were asked to share a favorite recipe – but no one was told about it until after they arrived. It is hard to recall a recipe from memory – especially when you’re the bride’s 10 year old sister. I like the last step “and drink it.”




Journaling: Blueberry muffins – our traditional Christmas morning breakfast. Grandma Miller started the tradition using frozen blueberries that our family had picked the summer before in Michigan.




Although I’m most comfortable making 12x12” pages, 8.5x11” seems to be working well for this album.

Today's share is the file for the blueberry border and tile.

File available at Cutters Market.


Have a great day!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Scrapping Day!

Tomorrow my sister is coming over and we’ll have a whole day to devote to scrapping!
This is a real luxury for her as she has 3 little ones at home!
My plan is to get started on a recipe album for my DD who is getting married next year. I’ve made a list of some of her favorite foods/recipes and started rounding up photos of us in the kitchen cooking or eating. I’ve got a few recipes hand written by relatives that I received at my wedding shower that I want to scan for pages. I plan to check with other family members to see what kind of photos and recipe stories they may have to contribute too. The more I think about the album the more ideas I come up with - this is going to be fun!
File available at Cutters Market.
Hopefully I’ll have at least one page to share when the day is finished. (Sis & I sometimes get sidetracked! LOL)


Quotes:
*No recipe’s complete till you add some love! (I’ve had this hanging in my kitchen ever since we got married – it is going in the album somewhere!!)
*Kiss the Cook
*Food, Family & Fun
*Food for thought

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Lasting Legacy

Yesterday our church celebrated its 100th birthday. We held services under a giant tent in the town’s park. Many former pastors and their families were honored, stories were shared about the many building projects and the many lives touched and changed through the years. This church started when a married couple began holding Bible studies and prayer meetings in their home. They moved their meetings to a saloon (?!) when they outgrew their home's space, then to a seed mill, before a church was built. From these two people with vision and faith a congregation that now numbers over 800 was born. They left a legacy not only for their own family, but for a whole community - and as members leave to live elsewhere, the whole world!


Legacy as defined by Webster is “Something handed down or derived from an ancestor or earlier time”.
File available at Cutters Market.

By scrapping about our lives, with their joys and trials, we can help assure that our values, beliefs, personality and character will be recognized by future generations and we can leave a legacy that could possibly effect the whole world as well.
Happy Scrapping!

Quotes:

*The love in our family flows strong & deep, leaving us memories to treasure & keep.
*Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.
*Legacy of love.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

September Freebies

I've just designated seven of my files at Cutter Market as "September Freebies"
Browse my gallery to pick up these files.

Happy Cutting!


Friday, September 7, 2007

Grandparents

In the USA Grandparents’ Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day – that’s this Sunday, September 9.

A couple things I remember about visiting my grandparents –
Many times when we visited Grandma would make popcorn as a snack. I remember the little yellow melmac bowls she served us in and the way she drizzled melted butter over the top of each bowl – I always saved the most buttery bites for last! Those little yellow bowls were also used to serve vanilla ice cream with a splash of chocolate syrup on top! YUM!


Grandpa kept a treat in his shirt pocket – every once in a while he’d give us a ½ stick of gum! (Thrifty farm folks, my grandparents, LOL)


When we visited my other Grandmother we got to play with her Tupperware mosaic tiles. I don’t remember what they were called, but you put tiny plastic pieces side by side to create pictures and designs. They would not be a child-safe toy by today's standards – those pieces were TINY!! LOL

Hope you enjoy the file.




File available at Cutters Market.



Grand Quotes:
*You Put the Grand in Grandparents
*When a child is born, so are Grandparents.
*Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap. ~ Doug Larson

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Boo & Eek

Halloween is fast approaching.
I like to focus on the Fun/Spooky side of things and stay away from the Evil/Scary stuff. Some of the trick-or-treaters that come to our door are downright frightening! Lucky for me I had girls who were happy to be pretty princesses and ballerinas! LOL
Although, I remember one year I did have a Bride of Frankenstein and a Dracula . . .

Besides trick or treating a favorite activity of ours has always been carving jack-o-lanterns. Since we grew our own pumpkins, most years we usually carved at least 4 – one for each member of the family. Pulling out the pumpkin “guts” was always a messy thrill. Then was the task of deciding on the perfect face design and getting it carved. To finish off the evening I would bake up a batch of Pumpkin Cookies to fill the house with a sweet, spicy smells of autumn. Then we’d stick a candle in the pumpkins, turn off the lights, and enjoy our short-lived Halloween guests.



Hope Boo & Eek can help you with your holiday craft projects. And don’t forget to scrap your family’s favorite traditions!


File now available at Cutters Market.

Quotes:
All dressed up and ready to spook.
Do one thing every day that scares you. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Aw Shucks

Okay – the Indiana farmer’s daughter in me is definitely showing in this file. LOL

Harvest season will soon be upon us, the crops in the fields are starting to turn brown and dry down. In our area we had a very hot, dry spring. The kind of weather that is great for getting seeds planted, but not so great for sprouting seeds and growing a crop. Just when things were looking pretty bleak the rain showers came. The crops look pretty good right now, but a good farmer knows to never count the crop before it’s harvested. An early frost, strong winds, hail, soggy fields can still play havoc with the year’s income. Farming is not an occupation for the faint of heart or the worry-wart!


File available at Cutters Market.

I think this title could find many uses. Fall festival photos, picking out a pumpkin, eating sweet corn, visits to the farmers market, gardening, or any of the “aw shucks” slightly embarrassed, slightly proud moments of life. You could cut the husks in brown and the corn in an autumn print to make Indian corn. Enjoy!

Scrapping Ideas & Quotes:
*Corny jokes
*An open home, an open heart, here grows a bountiful harvest. ~ Judy Hand
*May the bounty of the season fill your heart and home!





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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Still Got It!

Please excuse me for doing a bit of bragging today . . .

DH played in a softball tournament this weekend. They put together a team consisting of recent high school grads (several of whom played baseball in school) along with their dads and other more “mature” fellows who had played ball together 15 or more years ago. It was a great group of competitive, athletic guys, who were just hoping to have some fun and not get injured!

Being the wife of one of the age 40-something guys on the field, I was prepared to spend the time on the bleachers in constant prayer that we didn’t have to make a trip to the ER! I am happy to report that no one had to visit the hospital! (although many Tylenol were administered - LOL) They played a total of 6 games, won 4 and lost two (the last game by only one run - 20-21). DH was the only one to hit any home runs – and he had 3! Needless to say, although he was pretty sore, he still felt pretty good! He’s Still Got It!



I actually got a photo of his 3rd HR hit!

File includes the welded title with a mat, along with the words He’s, She’s, We’ve, and I’ve – so that you can personalize it depending on who you know that has Still Got It. LOL
File available at Cutters Market.

Quotes:
*Holy Cow - Harry Caray, Sports Announcer
*We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing ~ George Bernard Shaw
*Game well done




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