Saturday, December 6, 2014


Hi Everyone !

Like me, I am sure you all have read, seen or heard recommendations about wrapping all your Christmas gifts in the same paper. 

When the pretty bags came along, a lot of us were pretty thrilled to have our wrapping dreams come true !  But they just don't look or feel the same as a beautiful package all wrapped in gorgeous paper and tied up with ribbon or string.

I began wrapping my gifts all alike a few years ago, and I must say, it really isn't all that much harder than putting them in a bag.

This is paper I picked up from Costco around $10., and we used it for three years, and still have some left.  I only bought different but similar paper this year as our main tree is black and gold.

I also bought some kraft tags from Target, about $5 or so, which I used for a couple of years, and the ribbon is always wired, maybe three rolls a year for (on sale at Michael's) about $10.  So, you can see it is a pretty cheap project. 

I generally wrap the ribbon around the package just once, and do a double knot on top.  I fishtail the ends of the ribbon, and since it is wired, I can poof it into a little bow look-alike.

The final look, as you can see, is so beautiful.  Funny, but no one thinks they are REAL presents !

Wrapping like this is pretty fast, and so simple my husband always wraps all of my gifts just like these.  Give it a try - it is so festive !!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2 Wall Projects

Hi Everyone !

Today we are going to look at two really easy peasy projects for your wall.


There are several companies that make cling type sayings that look as if they have been handwritten on your wall.  I have seen these at a number of stores, including JoAnn's, Michael's, and Home Goods.  The prices have sure come down in recent years, and they are easier than ever to adhere.
Just make sure they are level, and that you flatten them down with an edge, such as a credit card.
Less than 5 minutes to do, and sooooooo cute !


All this is, is a white canvas, white letters (and in this case Dream is all one piece), glue, spray adhesive, glitter and a sawtooth hanger.  This one MIGHT take as long as 5 minutes !

1. In the back center, hammer in a sawtooth hanger.

2.  Glue the chosen word on the canvas.

3.  Spray adhesive all over.

4.  Add the glitter.

5. Hang !!

This one too is pretty cute, and so simple.  Both projects will add a lot of interest to your wall, and
make your holiday home so festive.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Red and white tree


Every year Dom and I put up a few trees, usually 3-6.  This year we have 3 full size, one pencil tree, and one small undecorated (so far) flocked tree in the kitchen.

The more the merrier I think !  Although, it can be pretty exhausting, lol.

This year we chose a red and white theme, a black and gold theme, and a white and silver theme for our full size trees.  Today we are going to have a peek at the red and white tree !

We don't use red much in our holiday decorating, mostly because our house is green inside, and we strove for many years to maintain a monochromatic look.  But this red was such a happy surprise after it was complete !

This is a new tree we bought this year at Walmart, already flocked.  So, not a real expensive one, around $150 on sale I think.

Initially I filled the inside with red silk poinsettias, just to give some depth to the tree.

I added ribbon, berries, a sign, and some balls.  I also popped in a few little squiggley items, a red bird cage filled with red and white balls, and a framed photo of Spencer sitting with Santa.  I will have some close ups of those later.

This tree is in our media room, so we see it more than the others.

Also later, we will be looking at a garland I made for this particular tree !

Have a great day, and there is more coming tomorrow !!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014



Hi Everyone !

Today kicks off a month of photos and tips on Christmas decorating, and maybe even some recipes.

Thanksgiving comes tomorrow, and I always have a fall tree up to celebrate !

Here is one of our trees from a couple of years ago ....

and this year ....

This is always a simple little tree, so I can strip it quickly and redo it for Christmas.

I think the green tree, now that I see the photos, is the better choice for fall.

I am of the "stuffer" mind set, and stuff silk fall flowers and leaves quickly.  I add some brown balls, and acorn decorations to complete the fall look. 

I will be posting a lot of really easy quick decor ideas, so I hope you will join me !!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The house telling you to close your eyes


Wow, things are so busy !  So much coming up, including our trip to WDW with our Brie, Jason and Spencer at the beginning of 2015.  Whew.

We are coming up on Thanksgiving but doncha know we still have a large pack of wild turkeys on our street.  (Someone should warn them ....)  Last year we had 9, but this year we have about 24, one of the hens is an albino.  I have seen two other large packs around town, but I have heard they have invaded all over.  Anyone else having turkey troubles ??

Well, today I did get a card done, thank goodness ...

Today's card is heading over to 

with this sketch ...

I turned it on its side ...

Pretty simple.  Hope you like it !!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Truth may vary this


Today's post is heading over to

and here is their sketch this week ...

Though usually at this time of year I am still working on Halloween, I am finding myself a little ahead, and went with Christmas instead !

Hope you like it !!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

your mind is playing tricks on you


We had one fall day, and then right  back to summer again.  Today is mid 70's, a wee drop from the 80's we have had, and we have more of the same coming.  Endless summer for certain, and it is my least favorite of the seasons.  

Today I am entering the challenge at

with this sketch ...

and here is my card ...

Hope you like it !


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Buried with our past


Today's card is going to

whose DT has been so supportive of me this year.  Thank you soooo much !

The theme this week is Thanksgiving.

Canada's Thanksgiving is coming up this Monday.  I always think of it, remembering the 9 years I spent living in Canada, and the Canadian accent that comes out in me on occasion !  

Here is the sketch ...

and I turned it on its side ...

I have to laugh, as I start out with just a slight change, and then it morphs all by itself into this.


Hope you like it !!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Little talk


Almost my sweet daughter's birthday, and I haven't made her a card yet, yikes !!

Today's harvest card goes to

with this sketch and a harvest theme !

and my card ...

Hope you like it !!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We must all go home ...


Big thank you to the ladies at  Try Stampin' on Tuesday who counted this card in their top 3 !!

Busy busy fall here !  Sunday our street participated in Sunday Streets, which closes off  two neighborhood miles to autos.  We had several thousand people pass our way, and I swear, every one of them stopped here at our house.
The fun thing is that we had no idea what might come down the street, and they had no idea what was up ahead.  Of course, Spencer had his strawberry lemonade stand, and a sandwich board, and he was quite the hit with his silliness.  We also put out a couple of hundred lunch boxes, what we had left from our garage sale on Friday and Saturday.  People enjoyed the nostalgia, and we even sold a few.  A great way to spend a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

Today, we finally had rain, it has been 6 months since we have had a good rain soak.  Doesn't sound like Oregon, does it !  But we are back to gray skies once again, and I have missed it so.  No one is complaining !!

Today's card is entering the challenge at

whose theme is trees and leaves, and this sketch ...

and my card ...

Hope you like it !!!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Some Trouble Tonight


Big thank you to the ladies at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday
who counted this card in their top 3 !!

More beautiful days for us here in Oregon.  It was a good time to clear out the attic, or so Dom thought, and have a garage sale.  Turned out we made a few bucks today, and will be open tomorrow, and Sunday, when the city will close our street for Sunday Streets, a time to bike, walk, visit neighbors, sell some lemonade, have a sale, and give away some balloons, all of which we plan to do.  Along with Spencer, of course !

So I have not been making many cards, but I did manage to get in this sketch


and here is my card ...

Hope you like it !


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Satin dress


I have actually found more and more uses for Halloween cards, which is a weird surprise for me.  No one has actually ever given me one, but I think they make for fun random acts of kindness.  As long as they aren't too scary, right ?

This one is going over to

with this sketch ...

and here is my very scary card,
and it's lil tag ...

Hope you like it  !!


Look what I can do with my feet


We are having one delightful day after another, although we are heading into the 90s this weekend.  

Today's card is for

with the inspirational word

and here it is!

Hope you like it !


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The endless skies


Big thank you to the ladies at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday
who counted this card in their top 3 !!

Although it is September, we still have a few gorgeous weeks of summer yet.  But I cannot help thinking of fall coming, with great delight !  Spencer went back to school today, and I wonder if he will be the same character he was last year.  

Over the weekend we let him use a video camera of ours, and he was such a riot as he introduced his "Kid's News", which included a section on plants, on storm drains, and a reminder to wear sunscreen, along with interviews.  He interviewed Patti at Albertsons, who works in the bakery, and showed Julia, our server working hard.  It was really quite well done, considering he is only 6.

Well, today I feel the back to school spirit of all moms, and join in throwing up my arms in joy, even though that part of my life is long gone.  I had to make a card, right away, of course, and off I was to

with their sketch, and the last of week of 
whatever makes you happy !

Here is my card. Although not an exact rendering of the sketch, it "made me happy" to stray !

Hope you like it !!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sometimes you're the bug


Second post today - I have been so busy this week things kind of got away from me.

If you missed the nice story in the newspaper about my daughter, see the post below !

This card is going over to

and here is their fabulously fun photo this week !!

and my card  ....

Hope you like it !!