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Long Time No See

Wow, I can’t believe how fast time is flying by. It is already March and this is only the second post I have done this year so far.

So how have you been doing with your New Year’s resolutions? I heard or read somewhere that a study was done and that most people that make New Year’s resolutions only stick to it for the first two weeks and then give up. So if you are one of those people don’t feel bad you are not alone. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore, because I know I won’t stick to it for more than a few days. I do however make small goals for myself weekly throughout the year, that way I don’t disappoint myself.

Speaking of goals, back in October 2018, I set a goal for myself to start a Twitch channel and I did. Then in November 2018, I set a goal to stream live on a regular basis with a set time every day, I did that. In Dec. 2018, I reached my goal of 20 followers. Now in March of 2019, I have reached my next goal of 50 followers. This may seem like a slow process to some but for me I am very grateful and quite happy with the progress. My philosophy is quality over quantity. Meaning I would rather have a few great people around me rather than just a lot of people.

This process has been fun and quite rewarding in so many ways. I have met some really wonderful people and made some really good friends. I get so inspired by all the artists, crafters and creators that I have met through my channel and on Twitch itself. As an artist/crafter you find inspiration everywhere and in everything around you, but I never imagined this.

Crafting is my passion and I am so thankful that I am able to indulge myself every day with my passion, plus share it with others as well. So if you would like to come join me any time you are more than welcome. You can also meet the wonderful group of people that I hang out with every day. See you there

Now for more family news – Hubby started a new job and is loving it so far. It is something totally different from anything else that he has ever done so it is still new and exciting for him. He is happy and likes the fact that he works for a very professional company that treats its employees with respect and like real human beings rather than $$$ signs or robots.

Jackson has gotten so big (not fat just solid) he weighs about 18 lbs now. He likes to make a daily appearance on my Twitch stream and everyone love him. Jackson also has a “pride” of 12 female stray cats outside that he keeps a close eye on through the front window and garage door all day. On “dads” day off the boys go outside together (weather permitting) and the girl cats all take turns coming up to Jackson and rubbing up against him and a couple of them even touch noses with him. Poor boy doesn’t know what to do with all that attention. He did run off one stray male that came in the yard one time, we have never seen that cat again.

Takara is doing so good with her every two hour feeding of boiled chicken, she hasn’t gained any weight but she is strong and is herself again. We have noticed though that as she is getting older she has become more vocal and very demanding. She has begun carrying around one of Jackson’s toys (that he never played with) this last year. When she is ready to sleep and we aren’t going to bed she will bring us her “baby” and cry until we acknowledge her, if I tell her to put the baby to bed she will put it in her shoe box or lay it on the blanket on the couch, it is so cute. I never thought that you could train a cat like that. Another cute thing that she does with her “baby” is if she is hungry and we don’t feed her fast enough then she will carry her baby around crying acting like the baby is hungry. LOL She really is something, and we love them both so much for their unique personalities.

Well that is about all I can think of right now as far as catching you up on what is going on around here but I would love to hear from all of you about what you have been doing. Let me know what your goal is for this month, week, or even year. If you have reached a goal and would like to share it, I would love to hear about it, so I can be excited with you. If you need help or encouragement in reaching your goal please let me know because I would like to be there for you.

A smile doesn’t cost anything, but it is worth everything to the receiver.



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Final Day

Yes, today is the final day to order one of the wonderful bundles that Stampin’ Up! is offering right now until tonight at 6:50 pm (MT) by phone or 11:59 pm (MT) online. These bundles are from the Share What You Love Suite and are an exclusive offer right now until 11:59 pm (MT) tonight online only.

Check them out here Share What You Love Suite and below are a few of the cards I have made using the Gotta Have It All Bundle.


If you are just now getting into scrapbooking, card making or paper crafting of some sort then any one of these bundles would be great for you to dabble with and get you started. But don’t wait because today is the last day to order one of these bundles and get the FREE items included with each bundle.

Today is also the last day to order any items that you may have wanted from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. So make sure you get everything you Gotta Have today, because as of 12:00 am (MT) June 1, 2018, the New Stampin’ Up! 2018-29019 Annual Catalog is launched and thus the New is in and the Old is out.

Happy shopping everyone and as always if you need any help in placing your order or have any questions regarding the bundles, ordering or anything Stampin’ Up! related please feel free to contact me and I will be glad to help you. If you have your own  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator then please contact them with your questions and placing your order, otherwise I would welcome your business by being your Demonstrator.




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Recovery Update

Yes, I know it has been a while since the last “Recovery” post and that is why I am updating you today.

Eight weeks ago I completed my weekly check in with my after care Dr. for the incisions on my back, from the surgery. It was actually a bitter sweet day because I had gotten to the point where I enjoyed the challenge of the weekly weigh in to see how much I had lost from week to week. Plus all the staff in the office were just great, I really liked all of them and even got to know them all by first name.

So, with that said my back is all healed up and I’m back to “normal” as they say. I am still dealing with the diabetes, but the PA. and I had worked out an eating plan and I designed my strict daily routine (with approval of the PA) in order to achieve my goal of being diabetic free in one year and losing 52 lbs. I will list my daily routine below, if you are interested.

In the following few weeks my husband got a new job and in the process found out he had high blood pressure and had to start taking medication for that. Wow, we really make a pair! I guess all those years of my clients telling me that after 50 everything starts going south and breaking down, they were right.

My husband loves his job and they have been really great to him. They wanted him so badly that they held his position for him for three weeks while he got this blood pressure situation under control. The job is very physical and mentally challenging, but he loves that so he is happy. Another plus for him is that he knows one of the managers here, they used to work together at their previous employment. Only thing is this manager wasn’t a manager over there and my husband had more seniority over him. So you can only imagine what they are like with each other over here, pranks all the time.

Ok, back to me, (you know “I wanna talk about me” like that Toby Keith song) LOL…. Four weeks ago I had my first appointment with my new primary Dr., the one I have to see to monitor my diabetes. All my daily blood sugar tests looked good, we went over my goals,  my daily routine and my eating plan. He said that he agreed I could be off all my meds if I lose 40 lbs and be diabetic free by Jan. 2018, if I truly stayed strict to this daily plan. So talk about incentive…

That same day the Dr. took me off my insulin and gave me this pill called Glimepiride it was supposed to replace the insulin. I was still suppose to take the Metformin, but he also lowered the dosage of that as well. The Dr. also ordered some blood work that day and told me at the next visit in two weeks we would go over them or if there were any discrepancies he would give me a call. So as you can imagine I was so excited I got off the insulin a whole month earlier than I expected/projected and the Metformin dosage was lowered which I didn’t see coming until maybe Oct. or Nov.. Woooohooo! That was a good day.

Well, the news was good and the elation last all through the next day which was Friday. By Saturday mid morning I was so sick it was coming out both ends (sorry if that was too graphic for you), my head felt like a vice was on the inside trying to push out my skull, I was so dizzy I didn’t even want to move and eating was not even happening. I knew this was the side effects of the new pill Glimepiride so I figured I could give it a couple days for my body to adjust. By Monday it hadn’t let up and I didn’t feel like it was getting any better. Tuesday morning I did not take that tiny pill and that day I did not feel nauseous, but still had a little dizziness, headache and diarrhea. It actually took me until that following Saturday to feel “normal” again.

One week ago today I went back for my follow up with the Dr. and told him what happened and what I did to resolve the problem. He looked at my daily blood sugar tests and said that he agreed with my decision and said that he saw no reason for me to take anything other than the Metformin at the same dosage. We went over all my blood tests and guess what? Everything was excellent, my kidneys, my liver, my cholesterol, and my A1C was at 5 (6-7 on the A1C is considered borderline diabetic, anything over 7 on the A1C is considered Diabetic). I still have 40 lbs. to lose to be completely off the Metformin, and my goal of 52 lbs. so I can be happy with myself.

SET BACK #2 – Now for the last week I have been dealing with a tooth ache, which I found out two days ago is being cause by what the dentist thinks is either from a major sinus infection or nerve damage. So currently I am on antibiotics for the next ten days to clear up the infection and then we will go from there. The pain is still there but the energy level is not. If this is what being in my 50’s is going to be like, then just put me to sleep and wake me up when I turn 60.

I am so sorry for ever laughing when my clients used to say they had to schedule their days around their Dr.’s appointments, NOW I get it!

Well, thank you for  sticking with me through all this babble, but now you are caught up.

Oh, yeah my Daily schedule.

  • 4 am – 5 am – make husband breakfast, pack his lunch and see him off to work
  • 5 am – 6 am – meditation
  • 6 am – 7 am – yoga
  • 7 am – 8 am – do a little house work (we have 2,400 sq. ft. so I have something to clean every day)
  • 8 am – 9 am – breakfast, meds, vitamins,
  • 9 am – 10 am – shower and get ready for the day
  • 10 am – 10:30 am – Mid morning snack
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 pm – make phone calls if necessary, check emails, take care of household business.
  • 11:30 am – 12 pm – take a nap
  • 12 pm – 1 pm – lunch
  • 1 pm – 1:30 pm – walk outside or on treadmill
  • 1:30 pm – 2 pm – cool down, stretch, drink water and take a break
  • 2 pm – 2:30 pm – mid afternoon snack
  • 2:30 pm – 4 pm – I work on my blog, crafts, cards, etc..
  • 4 pm – 5 pm – yoga
  • 5 pm – 6 pm – dinner, night meds.
  • 6 pm – 7 pm – shower and get ready for hubby to come home.
  • 7 pm – 8 pm – visit with hubby
  • 8 pm – bed time.

Yes, it seems like a very boring day, but believe me it has been a challenge making sure that I get everything on my schedule done every day. To be honest, this last week since I have had this tooth ache and sinus issue, I haven’t done much but sleep. I am hoping to be back on schedule next week.

Have a great weekend everyone! Be safe…






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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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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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The Big Tin Gin

Last night the weather man said it was going to be windy, cold and raining today and all weekend, so I was a little bit discouraged, yet hopeful that a he might be wrong (for today at least), because I have been planning for a few weeks now to make this trip to The Big Tin Gin. Guess what? It was cold and raining but no wind when I woke up this morning. After a few minutes of going back and forth from the front and back windows of the house I decided to just tough it out and go, and was I ever so glad that I did.

Today turned out to be a wonderful day even with all the rain, cold and mud, because I met some really great people and saw some beautiful pieces that they were selling. One of the great people that I met today, and got a chance to chat with for a minute, was the owner of The Big Tin Gin and the organizer of this event. She is a beautiful lady inside and out, and she was telling me that after her husband passed away she decided to start this event not only to give this old gin a new life, but also to bring local artists together and share their beautiful creations with the community. Most of the artisan vendors at the The Big Tin Gin Vintage and Repurposed Market have been regulars pretty much since she opened her doors, “so” she said, “they all feel like family”. I found that very touching, because to me it sounded like she really did enjoy having all these “girls” (as she called them) come back every month for this event. The atmosphere was very cozy and pleasant (even thou it was a little cold due to the rain) inside. I really did enjoy my visit and plan on going back.

While there I also got permission to take pictures of some of the items that I wanted to share with you. I hope that you enjoy scrolling through these pictures, but remember there is a lot more to see there so if you live in Arizona, or are here visiting, then you need to take the time to go check out The Big Tin Gin Vintage and Repurposed Market. The event is only once a month in the winter months, so it is going on this weekend  January 20-22, 2017  Fri.- Sat. 9:30 am – 4 pm, Sun. 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Their website has a listing of up coming events for the next two months and a map on how to get there, plus contact information if you would like to be a vendor.

This is the gin and the very first booth I saw right out front. I want that chicken on the stand and the chicken wreath, I just love them both.


This was in one of the booth’s right inside the door, I had to take a picture because I just thought that this was such a clever way to display her rings.

I am in this crazy faze about chickens, so anything with chickens I am automatically drawn to and this cute collection of chicken items are on my love list. This is all from Dragonfly Designs by Lynn Edwards. These were just a few items that she had in her booth, she has a lot more awesome stuff. You definitely must go see her if you are looking for restyled furniture and/or whimsical decor.

I found these to be very cute and functional, but she did have a lot more really cool stuff on the other side of this wall. Her name is Joey Nelson and the shop name is “the luckiest collection”.  This was a really fun booth, that is probably why it was so busy, plus she was very outgoing and  friendly.

I think that the little light blue dresser and mirror are so cute. She had a lot of those wall hangings and my favorite was “all you need is love and a Margarita”. I loved that trunk. Wouldn’t this box of drawers be great to store crafting items in to keep things close at hand and organized. There were so many cute little decorative items here too. Check out their facebook page at Pistol6.

Here is some jewelry at one of the booths I thought was pretty cool.

When I saw this little blue dresser it brought back memories, because I had one just like this as a kid, only mine wasn’t this pretty, it was oak I do believe and it had a big round mirror attached to the back. I just loved this big white entertainment cabinet so I had to share it with you.

The sign has a little bit of a glare but it says Twiggy’s Furniture and that is the name of this beautiful shop. I loved and wanted everything in this booth.


This was my favorite jewelry booth, she had everything displayed so nicely. I loved the charm necklaces and the bottle cap charms. The license plate bracelets are totally cool. Check out Corona Couture and the designer Lilia Corona.

Now these were my most favorite items, but I fell in love with a lot or should I say almost everything under the gins roof. You will just have to go see for yourself.

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my blog and I hope that you enjoyed my little outing with me today. Have a great weekend and stay safe!


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Started Out Sad…

Well, this was disappointing. Not one person signed up for today’s card class. What should I make of that? I guess I could wallow in it and think it was because no one liked the cards that I came up with to make, or that they don’t like me, or that I didn’t do enough advertising, or etc., etc., etc.. But instead I am going to look at this as a blessing, because maybe this is Gods way of saying “you needed this time to finish your Scottsdale order and to start on next Saturdays class project ideas.”

This is also an opportunity for all of you as well, because I am going to have all these kits available to purchase in my store. If you would like for me to assemble the card or cards for you before shipping, I will at NO extra charge. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to get ahead on your holiday cards this year.

Thank you everyone for being so patient with me and continuing to follow me and my little blog. So for your patience I would like to share with you some pictures of a few of the exploding box cards and regular box cards I’ve made this week.

All my box cards and exploding box cards are sold exclusively at Two Plates Full in Scottsdale, so in order to purchase them go to the shop, go online or call them. This is a wonderful boutique filled with just about everything you can think of for gifts from young to old, gag gifts to elegant hostess gifts, yard art and so much more. I love this shop and I think once you take a look around in there you will understand why, and you just might fall in love with it too.

Have a wonderful weekend!



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Life Events

This has been one wonderful week in our household and I would like to share it with you.

It all began one week ago today with a road trip my friend K and I took up to Scottsdale to this wonderful little boutique where I pitched myself and my cards to the owner in hopes that she would carry my cards in her shop. Thankfully she said “yes” and bought a bunch of the cards right then and there. K and I had a wonderful morning in Scottsdale shopping and then had lunch before we headed home. The next day I got a call from T, the owner of the Scottsdale boutique, she said that she sold out of all the cards and needed to place an order for more cards. I was so surprised that they sold out so fast, and yet I was very excited at the same time. The first thing I did was call my friend K and tell her the good news and thank her for taking me to Scottsdale. Then I got to work on the new order.

The next day Wednesday, my husband got a call for an interview (at one of the many places that he has been applying to since he resigned in May, 2016, from his previous employer of 28 years) for Thursday, at 12:00 pm. He was excited because it was where he really wanted to work and had hoped that they would call. So as you can imagine we were both on cloud nine and thanking God for answering all our prayers. After a wonderful summer off and having time together, which God knew we both needed, he gave us both what we wanted.

I also learned a lesson this summer – PATIENCE. All summer with all the applications my husband and I were filling out for different jobs and all the resumes that we emailed or handed out, it really got under my skin when we weren’t getting any responses. My husband was all calm about it and kept telling me “just be patient, when the time is right we will get the jobs that are meant for us” and I would tell him “yeah, yeah, but patience isn’t going to pay the bills.” My husband was never worried about that either, his favorite saying is “Buddha will provide”. His patience and calm attitude sometimes got on my nerves to be honest, because I thought that he didn’t really care about our future. But a couple weeks ago we were talking and I realized that he was right (yes, I know it shocked me too), if I just stopped pushing and dropped the reins and let things happen as they may then I wouldn’t be so stressed. So I did! One week later he gets a job and my cards get picked up.

Today my husband did his orientation for work and starts his new job Friday. I took my second order of cards up to Scottsdale and started on the order for next week. I also got another order from a new customer for a dozen Christmas cards, and then I have a card class this Saturday. Patience, prayer and belief in yourself and a higher power really do work!

Here are some picture of our little family for you to enjoy!

The girls love this window because is it great for sun bathing and bird watching. Our boy has always loved bright colors and this is his newest favorite blanket.

Have a great day!