Don't forget...

*Please scroll down for more pictures of things I've done. I wouldn't want you to miss anything since my additions have been coming pretty often! Looks like I'm getting the hang of this blogging thing, after all. Thanks for visiting, Debbie

Friday, June 7, 2013

2 -fer June!

Hi Ladies and welcome back!

I have been busy working on my club projects for June and am now ready to post them. This month we at Close To My Heart have all sorts of specials and I will refer you to my website, to see pictures and get more details on them. Just briefly with every qualifying $25.00 order from me you will receive a FREE Mini Banner set. value $5.95. We have two Patriotic stamp sets for the months of June and July with a portion of the proceeds going to the American USO. The June Stamp Of The Month is so cute I could just about cry! and for the first 10 orders I receive over $50.00 before ship and tax, I will include a FREE 'Thank You' stamp set valued at $2.95. This is a special through the month of June with ALL PROCEEDS going to help the victims of the Oklahoma tornado disaster. Loads of Specials.
I am calling this post 2-fer June because we will be doing two separate un-related projects at my 2nd Monday Club. Haven't finished the card club yet but you will be among the first to see them.
First, this is the page layout we will be doing using the Tommy paper from CTMH. It also features the coordinating stamp set and our special flip-flaps. These can be used to maximize the amount of pictures you can use in one layout. Simply stick it on over another photo and it gives you places for two more photos.

Next is the little card featuring the June Stamp of the Month. Love these little flowers. I stamped the image three times, used the first for the first layer, then cut the next two up, colored them and then popped them on the first for a fun effect. I saw this on the CTMH site and it is my take on Tamytha Jenkin's card.

Hope you like these and maybe find some inspiration of your own. Please visit my CTMH site to purchase some of the goodies that are available this month and be sure to check out the While Supplies Last section under 'Shop'. New product has been added and you won't believe the deals!
Thanks again and I appreciate your support,

Sunday, June 2, 2013

All Talk, No Pictures, yet.

Hi there,
I haven't posted pictures, or anything else for that matter, in awhile and I figure if my oldest son can actually ask about my blog the least I can do is get on here and write something! (love you G-man.!)
It has been a goofy Spring here in Michigan. We went from cold and snow to hot and humid with just about 63 hours of real Spring weather in-between. My husband has been helping me around the yard and we are making great progress after about two years of my boycott on gardening. Oh, I had my Victory Garden by the pool the last two years with my 14-foot tomato plants and massive tangle of cucumbers (that my youngest son and I fight over eating the second they are ripe enough) but my other gardens and lawn have kind of been on their own. Funny how 18 years ago when we moved here it was easier to get out there and haul dirt and stone for hours on end. Now it takes a lot more to get this old girl moving.
I sure am glad I did those years of hard labor when I did because I can really enjoy it now. Our homestead is on an acre in the township with golf course on two sides and a great neighbor on the other. In 2000 my step-son graduated from High School and I had just started my 'cement paver patio' phase. So I put in the first of what would become a long line of paver areas around our house. That one was about 15' x 10' if I remember. The next year my oldest graduated and I did a second one next to the first and just about the same size. Two years later my middle son graduated and I put a sidewalk to the front door. Of course you know I chose the hottest days of each year to do these massive projects. Sort of like we look at the Farmers Almanac and decide that's the time to do the hardest work. I'm telling you it can be 40 degrees one day and we plan to get the pool open the next and we wake up to record highs. It has never failed.
Well, the year 2000 was a long time ago and all three of those projects have been taken up and re-done. (is that a real word? re-doed?, nope.) That's one of the things I love most about paving stones. It isn't permanent. If you don't like it or it goes wonky over time from weeds or tree roots, pop 'em up, and start over. I take full credit for where said pavers and walkways go and what they look like but I have to admit that over the years I have had to depend on my husband and youngest son to do more and more of the heavy work. A ton or two, or three (literally) of stone and rock seems to weigh more than it did in 2000!
You might ask "When will it all be done, Mrs. Bag Lady?" And to that I have to honestly say "Never." I know myself well enough to know that if I get an idea, no matter how ridiculous or seemingly impossible to finish/ accomplish, that I am likely to just go for it.
My poor family never knows what's next. I guess it's OK to keep them on their toes. But one thing is for sure and they can pretty much count on it never changing- I will never be done! There is something very liberating in admitting that.
I have a club project to do this week so I need to stay out of the garden and work on that. I promise to post some pictures of what I come up with for my great club ladies. Thanks for stopping by to check up on me,