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Happy Thanksgiving….

Hello everyone, just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to you and your families this Holiday Season.

This year I made the mistake of waiting until today (two days before Thanksgiving) to go get everything for Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn’t too bad this afternoon, but patience isn’t my virtue when I am in a hurry. Good thing my husband was with me to make light of everything, which kept me calm.

My husband and I are going to have a quiet dinner together and then he will probably watch his football. I on the other hand have three different orders I got over the weekend that I need to get started on.

Speaking of last weekend, oh my goodness we had so much fun. This last weekend was the November show at the The Big Tin Cotton Gin, and it was beautiful outside. We had a few repeat customers from last month, last season and even met a few newcomers that plan to come back.

I did really well in sales and only have a few Christmas items left so the next few weeks are going to be crazy busy trying to restock everything and make more new stuff. Plus I have three really big orders that have to be done before the first of Dec.. No pressure! Actually I love having this kind of pressure it makes the blood flow and the brain works faster (when you get my age that is really important, it means your still alive), LOL……

Any who, things on the home front have been busy, fun, hectic, and you know just normal for us. Everyone has their own level of normal, so that is why I say “for us”.

Oh, have to tell you this cute story about Jackson. Well you all know about his little “pride” of female stray cats out front, right? There are 11 females that he has in “pride” and they all love him. He actually fronted off a neighbors lab that was running down the street towards them one day, although my husband was right there to grab him and put him in the house before anything happened. It was funny because Jackson just stood in the middle of the street while all the girls scattered, and the dog just stopped in front of him all surprised that he didn’t run too. It actually looked like the dog wanted to play with Jackson but my husband didn’t want to take the chance.

Jackson actually takes his duties of protecting his “pride” very seriously as well as keeping them in line. One night my husband went out to feed the girls and one of the older ones began to hiss at my husband before he even put the food down, Jackson ran over and got between my husband and her and proceeded to chase her away. So she didn’t get to eat with the rest that night, and that female has never hissed at my husband or I again.

Takara is doing really well with her high protein diet and is almost herself again. She just needs to gain a little more weight, but otherwise she is just as ornery as ever. She knows her eating schedule and she makes sure we don’t forget either, every two hours on the dot.

Well that just about covers everything for now. If you want to chit chat with me while I am crafting the next few weeks come on over to my Twitch Channel and say hi. I would love the company and then you can see what I am working on as well. I stream Monday – Friday 3 pm – 11 pm except holidays. I haven’t made any new You Tube videos recently but I still have the old ones listed and I plan to make a couple new ones soon.

Many, many thanks for reading this post, for following me and for your feedback. I really do appreciate all of you who have stuck with me these last few years and all my new followers. I love you all and wouldn’t be as inspired to continue this site if it weren’t for all of you. Thank You!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!



P.S. Please say an extra prayer this Thanksgiving for all those in California that have lost a loved one, all those that lost their homes, the people that are helping the displaced, all the firefighters, police, and emergency personnel. These fires were devastating and now they are going to have the rains to contend with.


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Memorial Day

Well I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and paid tribute to those who have given their lives for our freedoms in this great country of red, white and blue.

Having been an Army brat and now married to a Marine (yes, I know. But I couldn’t resist the Dress Blues), this is a very special weekend in our house. We spent the weekend talking about and remembering my husbands uncles, great uncle and his dad who all served in different wars at different times. My husband also likes to watch Band of Brother’s, Generation Kill, and The Pacific every Memorial Day weekend, they are really good movies.

I know many people just look at this long weekend as just an extra day off from work or getting a good deal on all the sales that the stores are offering. But Memorial Day is actually the only day out of 365 days that is actually set aside for us to pay respect to those who voluntarily gave their lives serving this country.

Here is a clipping from that gives the background of the holiday.


Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.

Every year one of our traditions my husband has always done on Memorial Day, as long as we have been together (20 years), is buy a couple poppy’s from one of the Veterans raising money for the local American Legion. Many have forgotten the significance of the Poppy over the years, so here is a wonderful blog post by Cassandra Crosby that gives the reason and significance of the Poppy on Memorial Day to all veterans.

by Cassandra Crosby

My office is filled with art work depicting poppies. When I first started working here I thought how appropriate it was, remembering as a child when I would go with my grandfather to sell poppies for people to wear on Memorial Day and raise money for the local chapter of the American Legion. Some of the younger people I know, however, didn’t realize the significance of the poppy and what it means for Veterans around the world. Since this event was always so important to me, selling poppies with my grandfather, and I hate to see traditions get lost, I wanted to do a blog on the significance of the poppy to our Veterans.

After World War I, a day of remembrance was set aside by the Commonwealth of Nations member states to memorialize the fallen from all the countries that had fought in what was then known as The Great War. Remembrance Day or Armistice Day is held on November 11, memorializing the end of hostilities, “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” This is a familiar date to all of us in the United States. While it is still called Remembrance Day in Great Britain, it is now known as Veteran’s Day in the United States.

However, in the United States, we have our own Memorial Day. After the Civil War, women’s and religious organizations started the formal practice of decorating the graves of the fallen soldiers and in 1865; the federal government began creating military cemeteries for the Union dead. This practice evolved into the Memorial Day we celebrate today and was merged with the wearing of poppies in the 1915 after the publication of the poem, In Flander’s Field, by Lt. Colonel John McCrae, , following the second battle of Ypres. A copy of the poem can be found at the end of this blog.

The poppy, in Europe and the United States, quickly became a symbol of the fallen military after the publication of In Flander’s Field. The opening line refers directly to the sight Lt. Col. McCrae witnessed as he, a physician, walked among the crosses laid out to mark the site of so many who died for their counties. While the poppies grew among the graves, they are also a resilient flower. The poppy is able to lay dormant for many years in the soil only to reappear in great numbers, covering fields which had lay bare for many years previously. This also held significance for Lt. Col. McCrae as he wrote of the heroes who appeared in great numbers to come to the aid of others against oppression and tyranny during this Great War, and who would lie dormant until their call was heard again.

In 1918, Moina Michael wrote another poem that was a tribute to Lt. Col. McCrae’s accounting of the death on Flander’s field. Her poem, together with her promotion of using the poppy as the official symbol for the remembrance of the fallen, created what is now an iconic symbol of history that many do not know the story behind. Poppies, due to her enthusiasm became the symbol of the American Legion and funds were, and still are, used to help support the needs of disabled veterans.

My grandfather was a veteran of WWII who fought in North Africa and Italy and lost his leg after being shot the day before VE day. Even as an amputee and after 60+ surgeries, he still took me every Memorial Day to stand on that corner of the local department store with the poppies in my hand to pass out as he collected money for his “band of brothers.” It is a memory that I will cherish and one that my children and their children, because of his service, and the service of all veterans, will hopefully never have to know.

In Flander’s Field
By Lt. Col. John McCrae, 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow.,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Lt. Col. John McCrae is buried in Wimereux, France after succumbing to pneumonia in 1918.

“We Shall Keep the Faith”
By Moina Michael
Oh! You who sleep in Flanders fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders field

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that you wrought
In Flanders field

Cassandra Crosby is a Veteran’s Claims Advocate for Hill & Ponton. She has over 20 years of experience in the management of non-profits programs specializing in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Victim Services. She is currently focusing on research and reviewing files for evidence that can be beneficial to disability claims. Cassandra is especially versed in helping with mental health issues but she has great knowledge in an array of areas including chemical exposure cases and individual unemployability issues. She is a Florida native and is also a full time student working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this post and I hope that you have a great rest of your week.


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March 10, 2018 – Card Class


Alright are you ready? Yes, we are going to be having another card class…….

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:00 am.

The theme is Easter so we are going to be making three Easter cards and one project. Listed below are pictures of the cards we are going to be making, the project will be revealed to the attendees only.

All supplies and materials to make each card and the project will be provided.

Coffee, water, tea and snack will be provided.

Now to give credit for the inspiration for each of these cards. The bunny card idea came from The Easter basket and eggs card idea came from Sigrids kreative ART . The beautiful floral cross card idea came from See Julie Stamp . Please check out these sites and all the other wonderful ideas these ladies have.

I would love to see, chat and create with you. So please bring a friend and let’s have a good time making these adorable little Easter cards and awesome project for attendee’s only.

Space is limited so please contact me and reserve your seat by March 7, 2018.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!




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Valentine Cards

I had hoped to get this post out Saturday evening after our card class, but you know how that goes….life gets in the way. So you still have a day before Valentine’s to whip up a quick card and here are a few samples if you would like to copy them.

I got the Bloomin’ Hearts thinlit die cut card (top left corner with butterfly) idea from Carol McCarron at A Crafty Cat . Originally I found a picture of this card on Pinterest and just copied the picture, then before I wrote this I found the picture again and followed her link. For your convenience I included her link so that you can go check out her other very pretty card just like this only with a little bird instead of a butterfly. She is a very talented lady.

The other two cards are my idea’s. I really like the “Love” card I think that card is one of my better ideas yet. The coffee cup one…I don’t know, I really struggled with that one.

Now this next card is one that we made as well, on a request from one of the ladies that wanted to learn how to make the box card. I think this one is so cute and we had so much fun with the coloring and decorating. I think one day I am going to just host an adult coloring day, because it was so relaxing and fun just chatting and coloring with other creative people. Anywho, here is the box card that we made.

This is not a Stampin’ Up stamp set it is from Art Impressions/Hampton Art. The paper is from a retired Stampin’ Up DSP collection, and the card stock is also retired it’s called Blackberry Bliss. My husband drew the little wine glass and wine bottle you see on the front flap and on the back, and then printed them all out for me to fussy cut enough for each kit.

Don’t these lovely ladies look like they are having fun? I really love this stamp set. I am not a big wine drinker (maybe a glass or two, once or twice a month) but I love everything wine related. Weird, I know, but that’s how I roll….LOL!

Ok, time to go I am getting delirious from sleep deprivation (it is half an hour past my bedtime). Goodnight all!



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Card Class


Here are samples of three of the cards that we will make in our card class January 13, 2018. Each of these cards is made using stamps and/or cardstock from the New Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.

If you would like to attend the class please contact me by January 11, 2018 no later than 5 pm.

Class Cost: $10.00

Class Time: 10 am

Class Date: Saturday, 1-13-2018

Class Supplies: Everything will be provided for you.

Coffee, water, and hot tea will be provided, you are welcome to bring a snack to share.

Bring a friend and share the fun of crafting/card making.

To order additional kits to take home let me know at the time you sign up. If you cannot attend the class and would like to order this kit or kits please contact me by January 11, 2018, no later than 5 pm.

If you have any questions regarding these cards/kits please contact me.




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Welcome to 2018

So how have you all been? How was your holidays? I hope that everyone enjoyed time with their family and friends making memories. My husband and I had a busy holiday season but it was a fun busy and we had a wonderful Christmas together. My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year and I got exactly what I wanted. Below are some pictures of what I got for Christmas this year.

We moved my craft room upstairs (I will post pictures of that in another post) and painted the downstairs den and entryway, hung up new curtains in the den/my office and moved the living room around so that now it is a formal sitting area again. My husband taped everything off for me and I did all the painting, I think we did a pretty good job. I still have to get some frames for a couple of my husbands charcoal drawings I want to hang in there and finish painting that ugly brown cabinet, but other than that the room is done.

Here are the before pictures.

Now I am waiting for my husband to ask me what I want for my birthday in a couple months. Hint: There is only one room left downstairs and it is going to be the biggest project. I think he is deep down hoping that he gets a full time job really soon that allows him to work over time again, so he doesn’t have to help me with my “projects”.

I didn’t decorate the house for Christmas this year because of the little guy, I knew he would just destroy a Christmas tree or anything that we put out. Next year he will be older and hopefully more mellow or at least out of his destructive phase.

All three of the cats got spoiled by their Aunt and Uncle from “across the pond” as they do every year, but this year I forgot to take pictures as they opened their gifts ( I am so sorry). I think it was because we were so excited to see Jackson’s reaction to his first Christmas present, that we both totally spaced the fact that we didn’t have the camera with us. They each got a toy and yummy treats that they all loved. Jackson has since hoarded all the toys and gets very upset when the girls mess with “his” toys – he really doesn’t share well.

Well, it is getting late and Takara is curled up right in front of me laying across the bottom half of my laptop and my arms as I am trying to type, she wants me to go to bed. This is her way of saying “ok, see me now? I am more important than this thing you are looking at and typing on.” She is getting really annoyed that I am moving my hands around the keyboard and is starting to stretch out more as if to try and grab my fingers, there goes the tail. Gotta go before she starts biting.

Goodnight all..






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First Day of Show

Here we all are our first day of the Big Tin Gin Vintage and Repurposed Market for the month of November.

Today has been a beautiful day, the weather has been just perfect and so far we have met a lot of wonderful people. All our booth neighbors are back so we have had fun catching up because a lot of business has happened over the last three weeks since we were all here last. Below are a few pictures of my booth from this morning.

Last night as I was packing things up it looked like I had enough of everything to last all three days but now that the day is winding up it looks like I will be very busy tonight making a bunch more of just about everything (or at least cutting stuff up and putting them together here tomorrow). I have enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of everyone that bought items from me today and hearing the stories of who they were planning on giving there purchases to or how they were going to use them.

Well time to close up shop so I must go.




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One More Day…

One more day until Big Tin Gin opens again for the weekend of frenzied shopping, friends and fun. The last three weeks have been a whirlwind of frantic Christmas crafting but it has been quite fun and very challenging, below are a couple pictures of my craft room and what it has looked like for the past three weeks.

Tomorrow is set up day for all the vendors so tonight I will be packing everything and getting ready for a long day of setting up and decorating my booth. I am so excited to see all my booth neighbors again and spending the day outside enjoying the nice Arizona fall weather while we set up. There won’t be much time for socializing, because it’s going to be very hectic around there, but I know it will be a good day and no matter how crazy it get’s you still have to smile.

So, the Big Tin Cotton Gin will open at 9:30 am on Friday and Saturday and close at 5 pm and on Sunday 9:30 am ’til 3 pm. Be sure to come out back and say hi, I will be right outside the back door second booth to your right. Below is a sneak peek at a few of the items that I will have at my booth.

Have a great day and I will see you this weekend.




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I’m so excited….

Last week I was busy working on my first order that I received from my weekend at The Big Tin Cotton Gin. This week I will be working on another order and also prepping for the next show November 17 – 19. It’s only a couple weeks away and so now is the crunch time for making all my Christmas items and rearranging my booth to accommodate all the new stuff. This is the first year that I have done anything like this and I am loving the whole vibe that you get from being around so many other creative/artistic people. I plan to take a lot more photo’s at the next show so that I can share the experience with all of you.

Here are a few pictures of my booth from this month and the items that I had.

I will be having more Christmas items for the next show and a lot more stocking stuffer type items.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for items I should have in my booth please comment or email me I would appreciate all feedback I can get.

Thank you all for following me and putting up with all these long in between lulls with my posts. When I get in a zone I kinda tune out the rest of the world and only focus on the task at hand, I even neglect my poor husband and our cats of my attention. Although I’m sure my husband doesn’t mind the quiet during my “creative times”.

Below is a picture of just a few of the cute little trio nugget boxes I made for this last weeks order.

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This is not my original design for these little boxes I actually got the design and instructions from Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie. She is also an Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and she has a lot of really cute gift box ideas. I really like her instruction videos because she takes you step by step and makes it very simple and easy to follow (I like simple and easy). Be sure to check out her new 2017 cute Christmas gift box ideas.

Have a great week!



P.S. Everyone that stops by my booth at The Big Tin Cotton Gin November 17-19, and says hi will receive a free gift from me.

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Big Tin Cotton Gin

Yes, I have been absent for the past few weeks because I have been so busy working and getting ready for this show at the Big Tin Cotton Gin. It has been worth the loss of sleep and last minute stressing, because I have met so many wonderful people and all of my “neighbors” are the best neighbors a person could ask for. Everyone is so talented, and as I looked around today I realized that every booth out here complimented one another with all the different items and crafts that are being sold. Pam and her team did a great job of planning and placing all of us where she did in order to get this kind of flow, thank you Pam.

Now I would like to introduce you to my outdoor “neighbors” so you can get an idea of what I am talking about and if you get the chance come by tomorrow Oct. 22, 2017, and say “hi”,  we are all going to be there from 9:30 am to 3 pm. These following pictures do not do justice to any of the items being displayed, but they are just to give you an idea as to what is available and to introduce you to the vendors and artists.

Siouxzie Thomas is the owner of Gingham Ladybug and she makes the cutest little pocket pouches, headbands with bows, beautiful little top hats that can be worn using a headband or ribbon, and all her different bags. Please go check out her Facebook page at Gingham Ladybug and her Etsy shop to find out more about her and her products.

Laurel and James Dickie own LJ Ultimate Designs and they make some of the most fun T-Shirts and hats. As you can see from the pictures above the metal work is phenomenal but don’t take my word for it come check it out for yourself or go to their Facebook page LJ Ultimate Designs Printing and Apparel or email them for more information at

Over The Top is the name of this shop and she has some really beautiful pieces in here,  these pictures only show a small portion of what she has. Be sure to go check out her Facebook page at Over The Top to see all the items she has to offer.

This shop is right in front of my shop and I have been looking at it all day for two days now and still have not seen everything in it, because she has so many little decorative items that are vintage or just old looking but definitely very cool stuff. These pictures only show a small portion of the wonderful treasure to be found in this shop. I will post tomorrow with the information and more picture for this shop, I am so sorry I did not get a card for her today.

This is an awesome lady that owns because of LOVE Boutique and everything she has in her shop reflects her personality and the name of her shop.  A portion of all the proceeds for the angel ornaments (photo in upper right hand corner) goes to the Jonathan Dale Miller Foundation and right now until November 1, 2017, if you pre-order these adorable little angels you SAVE 20%. For more information about these and the other items she has to offer please go check out her Facebook page at because of Love boutique.


I hope that if you are out in the San Tan area tomorrow you will stop by the Big Tin Cotton Gin at 1572 W. Ocotillo Rd. San Tan Valley Az. 85140, we will be there from 9:30 until 3 pm.

Goodnight everyone!



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Paper Pumpkin Holiday Kits

Check out this video for the October and November Paper Pumpkin kits.

October and November Paper Pumpkin kits

If you are on the fence about committing to card making and other paper projects because of space, money, time or not know where to start. Paper Pumpkin is the perfect solution, it has all the supplies you will need to complete what ever project they send you each month including the instructions. Plus everything fits in the little box that they are shipped in and you can easily store it in a drawer, on a shelf or under your bed. They are quick and easy to put together, yet they look like you spent hours designing them, so your friends and family will be very impressed when you tell them that you made it just for them.

The other great thing I like about Paper Pumpkin is that you can pause your subscription at any time for any reason and restart it when you are ready. You can also cancel your subscription at any time for any reason with no strings attached, meaning that there are no hidden fees, penalties or hoops to jump through.

For more information please follow this link Paper Pumpkin and be sure to contact me if you have any questions.

Have a great day!



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Sample cards for Class

This is going to be a short post because I just wanted to get these pictures out so you can get a peek at some of the cards we are going to be making in this Saturdays Class (9-23-2017). Oh my goodness, can you believe that September is almost over  already?

So far I have four Christmas card kits and one Thanksgiving card kit made up, but I have a couple more Thanksgiving card ideas of my own that I am working on so those will be a surprise for class. Give you a hint: one is a shaker card. So now for the samples.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. I appreciate all feed back, it’s what keeps me inspired.

Have a great rest of the week and do something create, it’s great for relieving stress.