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



Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat! Hope everyone has a great Halloween. Stay safe and have fun! Tonight I’ll be here watching for trick or treaters. We usually have about 50 neighborhood spooks come to the door.

I was able to snap a couple photos of my mom’s scarecrows.


This one has given a few visitors a surprise – at first glance they think it really is my Dad and even wave back. LOL



This one’s head is a hubcap that was picked up along the side of their road. She has quite a sparkling personality, don’t you think?

No tricks but today's "treat" is a layered scarecrow. You get lots of detail without having all those tiny pieces to glue on.



File now available at Cutters Market.

Enjoy!

Halloween Page Starters:
*Pumpkins & Goblins & Candy, Oh My!
*Peek-a-BOO!
*Candy Collectors

Monday, October 29, 2007

My List of Awesome

Today’s share is another option for an Awesome title, this one is a little more masculine version.

File available at Cutters Market.

So I was thinking – what are some of things that are “awesome” in my eyes?? Here’s my short list, in random order:

  • Ocean waves
  • A baby’s laugh
  • Sunrise
  • God
  • Grand Canyon
  • The Universe
  • My family :)
  • Sunset
  • A thunderstorm
  • A babbling brook
  • Clouds
  • An atom
  • DNA
  • A butterfly
  • Eyes
  • Tree bark
  • Hummingbirds
  • My friends
  • A snowflake
  • A rainbow

What is awesome to you?
Wouldn’t it be fun to poll your family? – see what is on everyone’s “Awesome List” – a great conversation starter!

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Awesome!

Awesome – now there’s a word we hear a lot (especially if there are teens or pre-teens in the house). Hope you can find a use for this title. It could be used for a layout, an “I’m proud of you” card, a birthday greeting, or even a thank you note. This one’s a little girly – tomorrow's share will be a more “manly” version.
Have an “awesome” day!



Available at Cutters Market.





Ponder:
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle ~ Albert Einstein

Friday, October 26, 2007

Oh Deer!

Not a good day for our car.
As DH was traveling to work this morning a deer decided to cross the highway and ran right into the side of the car. Thankfully hubby is fine, just had to shake the glass out of his lap from the shattered driver’s side window. The deer must have been okay, since he was nowhere to be found. The car, however, needs a bit of work. The driver’s side door was dented in, the window broken, the rearview mirror is gone and there are several other dents along that side of the car. The police officer said it was the second car/deer accident he’d worked in the last 30 minutes. Insurance will take care of the repair bill – so other than the inconvenience of being without that vehicle we can’t complain. Could have been much worse, so we’re counting our blessings.

Today’s share is pretty specific for my situation – but I thought you may be able to use the deer for a Christmas layout (he'd look cute perched on a package, or title).



Have a safe weekend!!

Thoughts to Ponder:
*Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?
*Anything can happen to me tomorrow, but at least nothing more can happen to me yesterday.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Leaf Napkin Holder

Dress up your dining table with today’s share.

Available at Cutters Market.


These could look very classy if cut from a rich shade of cardstock and outlined with a gold paint pen.
Or how about embellishing with a bit of glitter? Just some ideas :)
Enjoy!

Happy Thoughts:
*There are two essentials to happiness: something to do, and someone to love.
*True happiness consists in making others happy.
*A smile is a whisper of a laugh.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Circle Frames

I found that in my scrapping I tend to avoid circles – mainly because it was so hard to cut them “perfect”. With our cutters that problem is solved!! I’m going to try to use more circular accents from now on.
With that thought in mind I’ve designed these circle frames. You can use them to frame photos or as a fun accent to move your eye around the page. Frame a photo and use as a Christmas ornament or gift tag.

Coming Soon to Cutters Market.

Resize and mix & match to your heart’s content. Just like a circle – your options are endless!

Page Starters:
*Running in Circles
*A life richly blessed is one encircled by true friends.
*Love is a circle ... without ending ... never narrow ... always bending.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Anniversary Card

Boy, this day flew by!!

I did get an anniversary card cut for my aunt & uncle.

They will be celebrating 60 years of marriage this week. My uncle's health is not good, so I'm sure it is not the way they would have imagined celebrating. They are, however, a terrific example to family and friends of loving in sickness and health.


Hope you can find a use for these card sentiments. Attach them to a card front as I've done, decorate a package or gift bag or even cut confetti!

Thoughts of Love:

*Celebration of Love
*Marriage is like a flower, it grows more beautiful the more you nurture it.
*Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. ~ Jean Anouilh

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Little Nutty

Have you ever seen a squirrel bury a nut??
I had the pleasure last week. While standing at the kitchen window preparing supper I saw the little guy scamper across the yard with a big black walnut in his mouth. There on the ground looking right in my direction he started digging with his front paws while holding the nut in his mouth. After digging a bit, he stuffed the nut in the hole. He did a funny little wiggling dance while pushing the nut and burying it and then scurried away.
I snapped a photo - although you can’t really tell what he was doing. He was fast! He was finished in a matter of seconds!


Later I went out to see if I could find the little buried treasure. Since I was searching for it and had my photo for landmarks I was able to locate the nut. There was just a tiny bit of upturned dirt on top, and the actual nut was buried deeper than I expected. Made me wonder how many other "treasures" I was walking on while unaware.
It was a silly little reminder to me to take a moment to notice what is going in the lives of those around me. Keep an eye open today for the “little things.”
File available at Cutters Market or here.
Little Quotes:
*Treasured Moments
*Little Things mean Everything ~ Samual Johnson

Stormy Weather Update

Thanks again for all your care and concern for our loved ones. They are doing well, roof is temporarily patched, electricity has been restored, and the insurance adjustor is working with them. They are ready to get back to “normal”. For many of their neighbors however, normal will be quite a ways off.

We joined 100’s (maybe 1000’s) of volunteers Sunday in the cleanup effort. We were bused to stricken areas, supplied with trash bags and went about collecting all the bits and pieces of debris littering the ground of neighborhoods, parks, parking lots and fields. Officials were awed (and a bit overwhelmed) by the turnout, volunteers felt happy to be able to help out and the town now is ready for the professionals to come in and do the heavy duty tear down/rebuild. It truly was amazing to see all the work that got done in so few hours with everyone working together!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Stormy Weather 2

Thanks for all the notes and prayers for our family. We did make it over to help with cleanup at SIL’s home. They feel very fortunate. Evidently they were on the edge of the storm and their home (and family) is intact, although they lost probably 10-12 large trees which filled their yard with debris and damaged their roof.

Their yard was full of workers and the cleanup on their place was progressing smoothly. They had neighbors (only four doors down) who no longer had walls or a roof. In their small town there were 200-250 homes and businesses damaged, half of those look to be a total loss. The devastation was almost too much to take in (and we only saw a small portion of it). Miraculously there were only 5 injuries, and they were minor. I feel for all of you who have gone through this type of disaster.

Makes me come home and take a look at all the “things” I have that I have grown so attached to. They could be gone in an instant – and would it REALLY matter?? Maybe it is a good time for me to do some housecleaning!


Available soon at Cutters Market.

Safety & Blessing to you this weekend!


Friday, October 19, 2007

Stormy Weather

Sitting here feeling a little helpless today.
Northern Indiana (along with many other parts of the country) was hit by severe weather last night. My SIL’s home was damaged when one of their trees was blown onto the house due to a tornado. They are safe, but are trying to assess their damages. We have offered to help with cleanup, but right now are not sure we can even get into the area. Their damage sounds minor compared to the devastation that has occurred to other homes and businesses in their small town community. Thankfully, injuries from the storm were few and minor.
Haven’t talked to them since last night, so don’t know what the damage looks like in the daylight hours. All the little things we take for granted (electricity, clean water, roof over our heads) are now #1 priority, and may not be available for several days or more.
Stay Safe.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Caramel Apples

I've completed another recipe page!


One of our favorite fall treats is Caramel Apples. We like this recipe because it makes a lot of caramel, if we have some left over we save it for ice cream topping - yummy!


Purchase this file here or at Cutters Market.


Autumn Page Starters:

*Bushels of Fun
*Amazing Autumn Days
*Phenomenal Fall

Can't read the recipe?? - Click here

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hurray!

I completed my sewing projects yesterday. I hemmed 5 pairs of jeans for my niece, the sleeves on a jacket for my MIL, and three dresses for a family friend (and did some ironing that had been waiting for my attention). Today is gorgeous so I went outside and did a little clean-up work in the mulch around the house and potted my rosemary plant so I can bring it in this winter. (Hope it makes it, I’m not very good with plants in the house. Luckily it should require little care!)

The parting thought from Bible Study yesterday was to seek out and celebrate the everyday joys. So with the earthy smell of rosemary on my hands I share with you this little flourish of a title.
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Ponder:
*Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ~ John Ruskin
Enjoy!!


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Normal Day

Not much to say today. I have several sewing projects I need to get finished (mostly hemming garments for others - no "fun" stuff. LOL) and I have Bible Study after lunch.

Here's today's share - another file for your Thanksgiving collection.


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Quotes:
*Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are ~ Mary Jean Irion
*Write in your heart that everyday is the best day of the year ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Joyful Noise

Our younger daughter came home for the weekend, bringing along 4 of her college buddies. She had a great time showing them around her hometown and we enjoyed sharing our home with them. It can get pretty quiet here at home with just DH & I around, but over the weekend you would have thought we had a houseful of 50! The girls laughed about the “noise that followed them” – we just couldn’t figure out how they could hear each other when they were all talking at once!!

Saturday night they enjoyed a bonfire in the backyard, visiting and roasting marshmallows before the darkness and night-time noises in the trees and leaves chased them indoors. They provided the inspiration for today’s share.

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Thanks for sharing your weekend with us ladies!


Quotes:
*If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends. ~ Merry Browne
*The great outdoors
*Friends in the Firelight



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Friday, October 12, 2007

Turkey Challenge

This weekend’s share is a layered turkey paper piecing. I’ve designed it so there are several layers, but a minimum of tiny pieces. I’d love to see how creative all you great blog readers can be with this design.



Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to make the most creative/unusual turkey and send me a photo. The winner will receive the file of their choice from my gallery (or request a customer design!) Deadline for submitting your turkey is Sunday, November 11, 2007. Winner will be announced shortly thereafter.



Purchase this file here or at Cutters Market.

Cut a whole flock and let the entire family get involved in the challenge - when you are finished you will have some great Thanksgiving decorations or scrapbook and card embellishments. Don’t forget to take photos of the process for a fun layout for your family scrapbook!

Quotes to create by:

*It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. ~ Herman Melville
*The family that glues together sticks together.
*Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and thrill of creative effort. ~ Franklin Roosevelt


Happy Weekend!!




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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Scarecrows

Have you seen any interesting scarecrows lately?
My mom has made a couple fun ones – unfortunately I don’t have any photos. I’ll have to take my camera on my next visit so I can share with you. One wears Dad’s old clothes and waves hello as you drive up the driveway, the other has a sleeker look – it is adorned with mirrors and a hubcap and reflects the country scenery.


My Little Scarecrow 10 years ago.

Did you know there is a relationship between scarecrows and the bogeyman?


Here’s some history I found:
Immigrants who moved to the United States during the 1800s brought with them a variety of ideas for making scarecrows. In Pennsylvania, German farmers built human looking scarecrows called a bootzamon (or bogeyman). His body was a wooden cross and his head was a broom or mop top or a cloth bundle stuffed with straw. The bootzamon wore old overalls, a long-sleeved shirt or coat, a worn woolen or straw hat, and a large red handkerchief around his neck. Sometimes a second scarecrow was built to keep the bootzamon company. A bootzafrau or bogeywife, dressed in a long dress or coat and wearing a sunbonnet on her head, was placed on the opposite end of the field. The bootzamon and bootzafrau guarded cornfields, strawberry patches, and cherry orchards.
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Do you have a scarecrow? I'd love to post some photos on my blog if you want to share. Any kind is fair game!

Page Starters:
*Just Hanging Around
*Silly as a scarecrow
*A scarecrow's work is never done

E-mail your requests, comments and scarecrows!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Pizza!

Here’s another recipe page I’ve completed. It’s our favorite pizza crust recipe. It is yummy, rises nicely and gets crispy on the bottom. It makes two large pizzas, so I can either use them both or stick one in the freezer for next time. I can even mix it up in my bread machine for an even easier meal!



I drive DD crazy with my recipe experimentation – I’m always adding a little of this or a bit of that, trying to add more flavor or nutrition. For this page I thought I’d help her remember that by giving the option of making it “Mom’s Way”.
Available at Cutters Market


Appetizing thoughts:
*Savor the moment
*Variety is the spice of life
*Taste the love

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Blessings Flourish

This file was designed as a reminder to me. In these busy days how easy it can be for me to take all I’ve been given for granted and forget to say thanks.

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As I number my blessings I want to thank all of you, my blogger friends, for your kind words and encouragements. Who would have guessed when I purchased my CR that I would make so many new friends and get to know so many helpful, creative, and caring people. A big thanks also to those who have purchased my files. It is much appreciated!



To Think About:
*It is not he who has little, but he who wants more, who is poor.
*It is smart to pick your friends – but not to pieces.
*From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. John 1:16

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Monday, October 8, 2007

A Day at The Park

We enjoyed a beautiful, unusually warm, fall weekend here. Saturday DH & I headed off to a local Fall Festival. We took in the street-side car show, enjoyed the vendors displaying and demonstrating their techniques (candle making, copper smithing, an apple press, wood turning.) The town was also hosting a Vintage Base Ball tournament - The Hoosier Huzzah Pennant. Dressed in vintage inspired uniforms the teams played the “polite" form of the game using the 1858 rules.
The Clodbusters at bat.
Some differences from modern baseball include – no ball mitts are used, a hit that is caught after one bounce is an out, and the players determine if they are out or safe on base, if there is a dispute the umpire can ask the opinion of the bystanders.
The Saints after warm-ups.
It was a competitive but fun environment. After the games we took a hike down the nature trail in the park and enjoyed watching boats on the lake.

Today’s share is a title to accompany your photos featuring a day at the park.

Available at Cutters Market.
Quotes:
*A Day for Play
*In the swing of things

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Sweet!

A couple sweet treats for you today.
First, in order to help you celebrate
World Card Making Day (October 7, 2007), I’ve priced all my cards at Cutters Market at $.99 for the entire weekend! Visit my gallery and enter card99 into the search to find these cards – values are up to $1.49! Thanks for taking a look!

Did you Know:

  • 86% of scrapbookers also create handmade cards
  • 73% of card makers use their computer in part or all of their design
  • 92% of paper crafters create cards more than any other type of project

The second treat is this candy corn border. I've designed it so there are no tiny pieces to adhere - cuts in three easy pieces. Enjoy!


Purchase file here or at Cutters Market.

Quotes:
*Halloween Wishes & Candy Corn Kisses
*Enjoy the little things
*One craft project, like one piece of candy, is never enough!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, October 4, 2007

Harvest Love

Yesterday was good! It was nice to get out and away. True to form I kept my spending pretty simple, some adhesives and cardstock. LOL
It was fun to see a store filled with inspiring do-dads and design samples.


Once I got home I was inspired to add a little touch of fall to my outdoor decorating. I received this wreath as a gift last spring, with just a few silk flowers I think it looks appropriately fall-like now.


Before


After

I was surprised at what a change those few flowers could make! Just used leftovers from around the house - no $ involved!!


My good friend from high school stopped by my blog yesterday and left a note!! Hi Lorna!! That was such a nice surprise!! (Too bad you had to catch me playing hooky! LOL)




Coming Soon to Cutters Market.

Friendly Quotes:
*Friends know you as you are . . . and love you anyway.
*Side by side or far apart, true friends live within our heart.
*True friends leave footprints on your heart.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Playing Hooky

Taking a little time away today. Paying for two in college and a wedding in the near future, I’ve learned to become quite a penny pincher. Wanna know my best tip for saving money???
Stay out of the stores!!

Avoiding temptation works for me. Either that or shop with DH, we shop so fast it is almost the same thing LOL.
But today I’m feeling the need to get out and see what’s new; fall seems to do that to me.
Thriftiness is pretty well ingrained in me by now, though, so most of the shopping will be the “window” variety, but that seems to satisfy (most times). I plan to visit the scrapbook store a couple towns over, they also have a JoAnns and I want to visit their Walmart (why don’t they have the good bargains at MY Walmart??) Sounds like quite a splurge doesn’t it? LOL


Hope you can find the time to do something fun today!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving almost seems like the forgotten holiday.

Retailers don’t have the time or shelf space to squeeze a holiday between Halloween and Christmas. Actually, since it hasn’t been “commercialized” as much (there’s no must-have gift to buy, no decorating contest to win) it allows us to celebrate in our own personal, traditional, (or untraditional!) way.

It really is the perfect time to take a breath, count your blessings, and thank God who has provided all those blessings and brought us through another year.

Hope you can use these photo corners as you scrap your blessings!

File available at Cutters Market.

Page starters:
*Let everyday be thanksgiving day
*One blessing after another
*Blessed beyond measure





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Monday, October 1, 2007

Birthday Card for "Him"

Saturday night we gathered to celebrate my BIL’s birthday. I’ve added this card to my collection of masculine cards – thought you might have a use for it too.



File available at Cutters Market.

Quotes:

*Oh Deer - another year!
*Some guys will do anything for a Buck
*Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.


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