I’ve been doing the Throwback Thursday posts for a year now.  Maybe it’s time to quit but I think I still have some older posts and projects that I love and it helps me to have something each week for Thursday.  However, it is now getting hard to remember if I’ve already shared something or not. Hmmm…I did a quick search on my blog with key words but that didn’t show all of them so I looked at the posts for January – April 2015 and I don’t think I’ve shared this one yet.  If I have, please forgive me. Ha, ha.

Anyway, I created this card for the Clear it Out challenge back in September of 2012.  I remember that I loved how this card turned out!  Here are a few details of how I created it from my 2012 blog post:

Here it is! Time for another Clear It Out Challenge to help you “clear out” some of your stash! This time we are sponsored by Mel Jen’s Designs so I used this cute “Little Girl Bear Hugs” digi image. And my stash to use up  on this card is assorted scraps of ribbon–even if the colors don’t really go together but work with the colors in the paper and the image!

I haven’t done any coloring lately and think I need to get some coloring going on.  Maybe this evening or tomorrow.

Happy Crafting!


I started on this new project Sunday afternoon.  This is a mini album for 4×6 photos and I’m using the Graphic 45 World’s Fair paper.  Plans are for it to be either a February or March class at Flossie Scrapper with a case box for storage which would be a class on a different day–the album will be taught one month and the case on a different month so we have time to finish them and both will be out of this same paper collection.  I’ve had to stop work on it for a few days so I could do office stuff that HAD to be done this week.  Nothing like waiting til the last week but the 1096, 1099, W2, W3, 940, 941, TWC report etc. have been finished and are in the mail! Whew! The 1120 (is that the right number??) and the 1040s will be done in a month or so. I really hate this time of year regarding tax stuff.

This afternoon I’m uploading another video for the Dog House project and working on a quick instruction sheet for the Journal/ Planner book from the Saturday class.  Busy, busy but thankfully the cats are all back to normal for now.

Happy Crafting!


The text for this post and the photos are from my photography blog and were originally posted April 2013.

Down the road from our house is a lamb farm.  Every spring there are baby lambs.  Last year I grabbed my camera and took a few photos.  One is a bit out of focus because I had to really zoom the lens to get a photo of the “twins.”  I saw these in my photo folders on my computer yesterday and since I don’t think I shared them on my blog last year, I’m putting them up for today.

These photos got me to thinking about an old song my mother used to sing to me.  She sang it like the lyrics I’ll share below  and I guess that’s why I always knew the words to the song or the nursery rhyme.  I sang it to my daughter as well but somehow she didn’t realize what the words really were.  I helped her out the other day with them. Ha, ha.  So…did you know what the words really were?  Have you ever heard this song?
I know a ditty nutty as a fruitcake
Goofy as a goon and silly as a loon
Some call it pretty, others call it crazy
But they all sing this tune:
Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?
Yes! Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?
If the words sound queer and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey
Sing “Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy”
Oh! Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you-oo?
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you? (a kid’ll eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?)
Below is one of the ewes and her newborn lamb–
Another mother and baby–
And the twins (a bit blurry photo as I had to zoom really, really far to get them)
Yesterday was a really nice, sunshiney day.  Today it is overcast, dreary and the wind…oh my that north wind cuts right through you! But if we make it through today, the weather gets better and better this week.  The weather men (and ladies) say we will have temps in the 70s by this weekend!  Also, my cats are so much better today. Quinton is finally  more like his old self.  He is now eating and drinking water, grooming, stretching, meowing and holding his tail high.  Right now he is on the top of our tallest cat tower bird watching.  Makes me happy!
Happy Crafting and Picture Taking!


Oops! I’ve been MIA again here on the blog!  I have a good reason though….well, several good reasons.

First, I was busy cutting and bagging class kits for my Journal/Planner class that I taught at Flossie Scrapper on Saturday.  Second….

Cats at Vet

Yep. That’s two of our cats at the vet.  Piper (not in photo) went to the vet on Tuesday and Sassy (on the left) and Quinton (on the right) had to go on Friday.  They were all sick. Very sick.  Upper Respiratory Infection (URI). Very contagious among cats.  Very.  They all three got antibiotics. Quinton quit eating and drinking water so he had to have other meds.  My daughter Brandy was their primary nurse but I still spent a lot of time helping her, cleaning up after them, checking them, wiping noses, washing eyes and feeding them. They’ve been confined in our bathrooms which has been interesting.  Have you ever tried to shower or go to the bathroom where the room is consumed by cat beds, litter boxes, water bowls, food bowls, etc.  So…update.  Piper and Sassy are both well enough to go outside to enjoy our incredible warm weather and sunshine today. They still have a few coughs now and then and sneezes but are feeling good again and eating on their own.  Quinton is better but is still in the bathroom as he has to be monitored and coaxed to eat and drink.  In fact, I have to go and pick up some eye antibiotics for him this afternoon.  So, yeah, not much blogging going on and not much crafting either but I did manage to re-vamp a Valentine album kit from last year.


I sold some kits for this super cute paper bag Valentine Mini Album last year and had a few kits left. I had given the original album away but decided to make another and change up the cover a bit.  The pages inside are all the same as the one from last year.  But I saw these cute chalkboard frames at Michael’s and thought they’d be cute on the front and you could write your own message in white ink.

So, if you like this album and want to make one for yourself or to give away, send me a message via the contact link above and I’ll let you know if it’s still available.  Cost for this one is $22.00 (USD) plus tax if applicable and shipping.  You’ll be invoiced via Paypal with payment through Paypal as well so make sure to send me your Paypal email address and your mailing address so I can figure the shipping cost prior to invoicing.  This album is quick and easy to put together.  The pages are all made out of Valentine stripe paper bags and the papers are pre-cut.  If you order in the next day or two so I can get it off in the mail to you this week, I think you’ll have plenty of time to get it done for this years Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a close up of the lettering on the chalkboard frame…mine says Me +You.


And of course you want to see the inside of it, right?  If so, here’s the showcase video I just uploaded.

Also, for those of you waiting for me to resume uploads of my Dog House Box and Mini Album Tutorial videos, I hope to get a couple of them up for you this week.

Happy Crafting!



Okay. So spring is several month away. But you can start hoping and wishing for it now, right?  I took these photos in April of 2012. Sometimes spring comes early, sometimes it comes late and sometimes…not much at all (we jump right to summer hot). That’s the way it is in Texas. But for those years that Spring comes in full bloom like in 2012, we have some glorious wild flowers.  Of course, the Texas Bluebonnet (our state flower) is the most exciting to see but I do love all the others too.


Look at the beautiful purple flowers below right alongside with the cactus!


Below is my most favorite Bluebonnet photo that I’ve ever taken so far.  It’s my “mirror image” photo in that the Bluebonnet behind the first looks like it could be in a mirror.  This is a term I coined for this. Nothing that I’ve ever read. Ha, ha.



So there you go.  If you’re tired of the cold, too much snow, missing Texas, etc.  Here’s some lovely wildflower photos to give you hope for Spring!

Happy Crafting and Picture Taking!