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Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy 2015 to each and everyone of you who have taken the time to visit my blog.  God Bless and I hope the new year brings wonderful experiences for all of you.

I love painting using the One Stroke method and this year have been painting a lot of ornaments to give as gifts and for our own tree.  It  has been fun and I have totally enjoyed being into the crafting mode once again.  Here are some pictures of some of my painted ornaments.

These Gingerbread Ornaments were painted for my nieces and nephew...

I love bells and really enjoyed painting and giving these to friends...

This one I painted for my granddaughter...

I have a lot of fun painting these and now am ready to branch out to something that is Spring Like.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Me Again...

It has been quite awhile since I have last posted.  I have been just living life and enjoying every minute of it.  I hope everyone that visits my Blog is doing well.  Sending love and God's blessing to each and everyone of you. 

I am still Breast Cancer free (4 years as of October 30) and have been truly blessed.  I have learned so much from this life experience.  Mostly, I have learned to rely on God's guidance and to totally enjoy what life puts in front of me.

I used to do a lot of decorative painting and have recently picked up the brushes again and am totally enjoying it.  I will be posting some of my work here as time allows.  Crafting and scrap booking have been pushed to the background for way too long now.  I have truly missed the design aspect of it and am so happy to finally have the inspiration and desire to get back into it. 

Big, Huge Hugs to all from the Cricut Board.  I have thought of you often and hope you are all doing well.  I visited the Board last week and did not recognize any of the names now.  I know time has changed things in the Cricut world and that many have went on to other options for scrapping and creating.  I hope to connect with you via the web again. 

God Bless

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hello to Spring

Although, here in Michigan Spring has not sprung as yet.  It has been a very cold and snowy March here this year.  Today it did get as high as 36 and was bright and sunny.  Last year on today's date it was 87 degrees here.  No buds showing up yet on our trees so this year maybe the apples, cherries and such will be in abundance. 

I have not blogged in such a long time and am sorry that I have not been around much.  I mostly have just been living life.  So far, the Breast cancer is still in remission and all has gone very well for us.  We have been working very hard on our yard and house since we moved here and it is finally beginning to come together.  Once the weather breaks, we will be able to get the yard the way we want it and will be able to sit back and enjoy it. 

I have not scrapped in over a year, but this week I did decide to paint some birdhouses.  Once I have them finished I will post them here.  I had not painted in over 5 years so it almost feels like a new hobby.

Anyway... I had received a couple of emails asking how I was doing and thought I should post here.  God Bless you all and I pray your Easter is filled with love.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Anniversary Card

My mom-in-law asked if I would make a card for her sister and brother-in-law for their 50th Anniversary.  It felt so good to actually sit and come up with a card.  I used Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes for the words, the Sweethearts Cart for the heart, and Indie Art for the birds.  I decided on an Easel card and used lots of bling at her request.

Halloween Centerpiece

Now that we live in a neighborhood that has kids in it, we should have a lot of trick-or-treaters.  I love it when the little ones come to the door for goodies.  I had this hat sitting around and decided to decorate it to sit in our front window as part of our Halloween Decor.  I used the Happy Hauntings cartridge and had fun making it. 


Sunday, October 9, 2011

One Year Breast Cancer Anniversary month...

OK, here I am one year after my breast cancer diagnosis. It has been a strange year for sure. Emotions have been up and down (mostly up) and the understanding of life after a double mastectomy has been a slow process at times. For me, the soreness and tenderness is still present and according to my doctors, may always be there. Well darn!!!

I do miss “the girls” at times, especially when it is in the 90’s and I don’t want to wear the heavy, silicone fake boobs because they sweat! YUCK!!! Do I regret not having reconstructive surgery… honestly, yes at times I do. But, most of the time I am perfectly happy with the way it is. After all, I can go bigger or smaller if I want…hehe! I also learned why the fake boobs are heavy… I was outdoors wearing the lightweight foam ones and I reached up to cut a dead branch from a tree in the front yard and the little suckers ended up being up around my neck instead of where they should be. My hubby looked at me in shock and I just couldn’t stop laughing. We had moved to our new house a week earlier and I think he looked around as fast as I did see if anyone was watching. I have not worn the foam ones since. LOL!!!

I have learned that people who love you do not like to talk about the fact that you have had cancer. It is always there, yet I think the word cancer still scares people so much that they are afraid if it is discussed, it makes it too real to them and the thought of my death and suffering gets in their heads even though I am cancer free at this time. Also, I think the reality of their mortality come to mind.

I’ve also learned that there are those who feel that because they removed the total cancer with surgery and that I didn’t have to go through chemo, that I really didn’t have cancer. For awhile I felt guilty that I didn’t have to endure the stuff others have had to go through with this dreaded disease… duh! I now feel totally blessed that mine was found at such an early stage. I was told by my cancer doctor that due to the type of cancer I had (negative receptor estrogen and very aggressive cancer), if it had not been found at the time it was, that by the next scheduled mammogram would have possibly been too late to save me. OK, that totally put it into perspective for me. Guilt gone!!!

Yup… A lot has happened in the last year… we have sold and bought a new home. I had forgotten how much work is involved with all that, but it is so nice to finally be settled in. I have a new scrap room that is smaller than my old one, but I love it. I have spent much more time with family and friends and am grateful for the opportunity to do so. I am finally finding some time to get in my scrap room and think I will begin making Christmas cards this week. I have missed a lot of information about the scrapping world this past year and have not spent much money on anything new. I don’t even know what the new carts that have come out look like as it doesn’t appear they are putting the books on the Cricut site now. I have seen the new Expression 2 and hopefully, next year it will be my new machine of choice. At this point, I will use my trusty expression, my pazzles and all of the stuff I have accumulated over the past four years. Maybe then I will actually have room to add new stuff.

Most importantly, after all that has happened, my faith is stronger than ever. God certainly has been with me and my blessings have been huge. I have so much to be thankful for and my internet scrapping buddies are right up there at the top of that list. Life is good – God is GREAT!!!

Please take time to be tested for breast cancer. If you do not have the insurance or funds to do this, this is the month to look for free mammograms offered everywhere. Do not be afraid and please, DO IT NOW!!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Finally Moving...

I have missed my craft room so much!  All of my stuff has been packed for what seems like forever and waiting for the move to our new house.  Finally, next week we will be moving and in a couple of weeks I should have my room set up again.  Once this is done, I will be posting again.  Hugs to you all!!!