Saturday, November 14, 2015

25 Tags of Christmas

Hello, Hello!
Long time since I popped in here.
Didn't realize how much time had passed...
I didn't actually mean for it to be this long but I guess life happens and takes priority sometimes.
It's been all good but just really busy around here lately.

So having you been catching all the gorgeous holiday tag inspiration with Tracey at In My Creative Opinion and The 25 Days of Tags?
I always make my own gift tags for the holidays so I look forward to this every year for all of the great inspiration in one spot.
This year Tracey has a link up for everyone to join in and since I needed to get some tags done because trees are up and gifts are ready to be wrapped...
I thought I would join in.
Also...she has some really prizes up for grabs so you'll want to go check it all out if you haven't already. *wink*

I knew I had red/white, black/white, green/white and chalkboard themed paper so I wanted something that would coordinate with those colors...
and something that was simple and easy to mass create.
I was inspired by Lenny Sacreas' tag on Day 10...
loved her color scheme...
perfect for what I needed...
and here's my take...

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I finally got to play with my new Make It Market All Through the House from Betsy Veldman and PTI...
mine didn't arrive till after we had left to go out of town for a couple of weeks and been on the run since returning...
LOVE the retro style of this kit though and knew I wanted to use this fabby snowman on my tags.
The trees are from Petite Places: Holiday Lane and the falling snow is stamped from Oh, Tannenbaum...
worked perfectly on Tag Sale #2 when stamping.
The sentiment is also from All Through the House...
and the snow drifts are cut from In the Meadow dies.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I'm down with really bad allergies/sinuses...
but hoping to catch the new Peanuts movie later today if I feel up to it.
Take care and till next time!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Folk Art Beaded Ornaments

Hello, Hello!
Hope you're having a wonderful day!
Popping in quickly with a trio of ornaments using PTI's Beaded Holiday dies.
I was inspired by the colors in this pic...


Maybe it's just me but they just give this project a primitive look that I adore so I wanted to recreate it and this is what I came up with...

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Someone on the forum posted a pic using the Key Fob Medallion #2 die for the stitching and I wanted to give it a try and I gotta say I love this snowflake pattern that came out of it.


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Again using the Medallion #2 die.
These ornaments are also my first time using a blanket stitch...
I had a bit of trial and error getting started but once I found my groove it was pretty easy...
but I felt the blanket stitch help lend to the folk art feel so I really wanted to learn this stitch.


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I used the tree motif from the kit for this one but kept it super simple and with no sequins to again help lend to the folk art feel.

So I just got a new couch for the family room and I'm dyeing our leather chairs from a deep burgundy to black...did you know you can do that?
I just finished the first one and I gotta say while it is a bit messy...
make sure to wear gloves because that dye is almost permanent on skin...
don't ask how I know *grin*...
and now I'm imagining red throws and plaid pillows on the furniture for Christmas and can't wait to start decorating trees...
only hubby made me promise I won't put up the tree in the family room before November but I can't wait to see these particular ornaments on that tree and can't wait to get it up!
And BTW...I didn't promise not to put up the other trees before November. *wink*

Hope you have a wonderful week and till next time!

Monday, September 14, 2015

One More Quick Ornament

Good afternoon!
Thanks for the sweet comments on yesterday's ornaments...
back again for one more and then you probably won't see me blogging till Thanksgiving! *giggle*
While waiting for a load of laundry...
and for the dew to burn off so I can get outside and do some mowing...
I decided to stitch up another quick beaded ornament.
I found this pic on Pinterest and used it for inspiration...


And using some of the first Stitch Kit dies put this together...


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While it took a little longer than I originally thought...
it was worth it because I thought it turned out really great and now I have one ornament on hand for a gift card!

And with almost 6 acres to mow...
and the riding mower is down...
I'm off to the yard!
Hope you have a great rest of the week!
Till next time!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Beaded Ornaments

Hello! Hello!
Remember me? *grin*
Don't worry if you've forgotten...
it's been quite a while.
After starting our summer off with the ER and 23 stitches...
we've just been SO busy.
Which BTW...Robert is doing great.
The surgeon did an incredible job and you can barely see his scar right now.
Granted before school started back in August he did have me shave his head both for football...
and so everyone could see his awesome scar when school started. *grin*
But now his hair has grown and you have to look for it to see it.
He still has no feeling on the top of his head...
he severed all the nerves and we were told not expect sensation to come back but we were hoping...
only now we're really thinking he'll never regain that.
We're still just in awe and wonder how we still have him with us...
and thank God everyday for that...
so not having any sensation on the top of his head...
we'll take it!
Thank You to everyone for the sweet words and prayers...
they were so very appreciated.

Now to why I'm popping in here again after a few months hiatus...
stitched ornaments!
I had to have the new Beaded Ornament Kit from PTI earlier this month...
even though I can sew...
the dies just make everything SO incredibly easy.
I can cut everything out and even take it with me on some errands...
like waiting for football practice to be over (which always goes at least 30 minutes over the scheduled time!)...
soccer practice...
school pick up lines...
the in-laws in a few weeks *wink*
So I've been busy doing a lot of cutting but did manage to stitch a couple together to see how easy they come together...
so easy BTW!
I'm using a lot of fabric with these...
have been busying ironing stiff interfacing and then cutting...
but I LOVE the fabric/felt look with these...
and even before Erin posted her peek of some red gingham on the forum...
I had already pulled my stash of favorite red gingham that I've been hoarding to use on some ornaments...

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I LOVE this and have many more cut and ready to stitch together...
in all the shapes and fabrics!


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Super simple...
just cut the star shape out of vintage cream felt and I used some gold sequins and clear beads from my stash...
I can't wait to see the Christmas lights reflecting off those sequins!

And I can't wait to get more of these stitched together...
I have 3 full size trees that I decorate each year...
and then I would really like to have some on hand and at the ready for some gift card holders...
so I guess I need to get cracking!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
We have some gorgeous weather coming our way...
and have had a teaser of fall weather this weekend...
loved every moment of it even though I now have a teaser of fall allergies...
not good!
Till next time!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Thank You

Good afternoon!
Hope your week is off to a great start!

Popping in quickly with some cards using Betsy's new Make It Market Kit: Nostalgic Notions.
If you happen to have caught my post about my oldest son and the freak accident he had a couple of weeks ago then you'll understand why all of my cards today are Thank You's...
I have a long list of people to thank for dinners and gifts and such.
If you need a catch up you can read about it HERE...
but I do want to warn that there are some graphic photos and details.

Anyway...
to the cards!
My first one is a CASE of one of Betsy's...
I just kept it slightly more on the simple side because all of these have to go into the mail...

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And because I've got quite a few cards to make and I'm hoarding the gorgeous patterned paper included in the kit until (I hope) they sell it individually (PLEASE!!!)...
I dug into my stash and found some older October Afternoon paper pads that work perfectly...

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I can tell you that Tinsel and Tags is my favorite MIM kit...
though I'm REALLY excited to see what Betsy has in store for this year's holiday kit...
but Nostalgic Notions is neck and neck for favorite now.
I waited almost a year for this one...
ever since her SAF kit last year and it was worth the wait...
I LOVE this kit!
I've been cutting and stamping these gorgeous blooms all weekend and then assembling them "assembly line" style...
that way I can make 2-4 of each style easy peasy.
I still have more in the works but figured this was enough cards for one post.

And a quick update on Robert...
we got his stitches out last week and the surgeon said he's looking great.
He should be able to start summer football by the time it starts in July since his helmet pads should hit lower than where his scar is and shouldn't cause any problems.
He still has no feeling on the top of his head...there was a lot of nerve damage and the surgeon said he may recover some sensation but there is permanent damage so not to expect a lot of it to come back.
He finally let us shave the rest of his hair off to match the front of his head...
which while his haircut would have fit right in on the show "Vikings"...
he kind of stood out in our little town.

He's healing.

He's still here with me.

I get to tell him I love him every day...
and hear him say it back.

I thank God every day for that.

Thanks so much for stopping by and till next time!




Sunday, May 31, 2015

12 Kits of Occasions...May

Hello!
Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend so far.

My sweet friend Jeanne asked me a while ago if I would join in this month with the 12 Kits of Occasions...
and how could I refuse...
I'm so glad she sent it early or else after the last week I would have absolutely nothing to show.
I got a couple of cards done when it first arrived and then got wrapped up in other projects...
Mother's Day, Teacher gifts...
and had planned on working on some more projects last weekend when rain moved in...
but plans got changed.
A HUGE thank you for all for the sweet messages and prayers...
I appreciate you all more than words can ever express.

So anyway...
par for Jeanne she sent an AH-MA-ZING kit.
There's enough goodies to make 50 cards...
no lie!

So while I did not get to explore all 50 possibilities with this kit...
I'm gonna be digging back in with the kids very soon making cards for hubby for Father's Day.
But here's what I did get...

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Jeanne...Thank You again for such an utterly incredible kit...
you just made Father's Day so easy this year!
Make sure to stop by the 12 Kits blog HERE to see what all the other girls were able to come up with using this kit...
along with a couple of special guests that Jeanne has invited!
Knowing how much of this kit I have yet to play with and explore...
I know I can't wait to see and there's probably gonna be a lot of CASE'ing going on. *wink*

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous week!
Till next time!

Friday, May 29, 2015

We Had Plans

WARNING:  This post contains graphic images and details.



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We had plans.
One more day of school till summer break...
a long holiday weekend...
and hubby not only had the holiday off but also the weekend...
first time in years it worked out that way.
So we made plans.

Hunter loves the pool.
She gets so excited when they're going into the pool at school and after 4 years of not using our above ground...
not since I fell with her and busted my knees and found it difficult to get her in and out...
earlier this spring we went shopping for a new in-ground pool.
But then it hit me a few weeks ago that Hunter will be out of school in just 4 years and we have so much work to do to be ready for that...
fencing in the property...
building a greenhouse and raised berry beds...
creating paths that her wheelchair can be pushed upon between the boxes...
I decided to hold off on the new pool until we have her "job" up and going and instead ordered up everything we needed to revive our old above ground...
new liner, pump, in pool steps and talked to my uncle about building a new multi-level pool deck with ramps so that we can actually get her in the pool.
We had plans.


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It was Thursday night and with our oldest son Robert off at friend's celebrating the end of spring football...
end of the school year...
and just being 12 year old boys...
we ordered pizza for dinner and then hubby and I planned to hit outdoors and get a start on the yard so we could drop the new liner on Saturday.
Rain was expected to start moving in late Sunday so we were hoping to get everything but the deck done before it got here.
We had plans.

Then I heard him on the phone.
"Yes...this is Patrick."
"Yes...Robert is my son"
And I knew.
Before he took off back down the stairs and started out the door...
I knew.
And I said a prayer.

I prayed he was at the police station.
I prayed he had gotten picked up for some juvenile prank...
didn't matter what it was...
we would deal with it...
please let him have gotten arrested.

Please let him be alive.

It was a head injury.
Patrick was speaking to the paramedic.
They were taking him to Vanderbilt.
Then Patrick was talking to him.
I yelled to the phone "Baby we're on our way...I love you"
Even though I had spoken to him not 2 hours earlier when he called to say he had arrived at his friend's and the last words I had said to him were "I love you" before hanging up the phone...
I had to make sure that if this was the last time he was ever going to hear my voice...
those 3 words were the only words I wanted him to hear.

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We had had plans.
But we found ourselves heading to Vanderbilt where we prayed our son would still be alive when we got there.

We knew no details.
He wasn't with us and we didn't know anything other than he had a head injury.
So it was reasonable to think it was a bike accident.
And that's what I kept thinking...
it was a bike accident.
He and his friend had had one a few months ago...
they had collided and literally bent a bike in half...
and broke one of his friends ankles and he wore a cast for months.
It had to be a bike accident.
And he wasn't wearing a helmet...
he KNOWS to wear a helmet...
WHY wasn't he wearing a helmet?!!!
This is what I just kept repeating as I drove as fast as I safely could towards Nashville...
Patrick just kept saying he didn't know what had happened.

His phone rang.
It was the paramedic.
Because of where we live we're only minutes from Nashville but the accident happened in town...about 20 minutes in the opposite direction so they were just leaving out.
He was stable.
He was talking.
He was alive.

I've never been so terrified in my entire life.

We finally arrived at the ER but had to wait for him to arrive and when he finally got to the hospital and they came to take us to see him they first took us aside and into a small room to give us a more detailed description before letting us in to see him.
He and 2 friends were in a storm drain/culvert.
He slipped and fell or he raised his head as they were running...
no one knew...
but he had scalped himself from ear to ear.

Yes.
You read correctly...
I said scalped.

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By the time they let us in they had his head entirely bandaged so we couldn't see the injury but seeing as how he was he literally covered in blood we didn't need to see to know it was bad.
You know that scene in "Carrie" when she's on stage and they dump the bucket?
She was cleaner than he was!
His face...
in his ears...
his arms and hands...
even his legs.
When I walked up to the bed I just remember looking at him and saying something stupid like "I think there's something on your face"...
when I'm nervous or upset the obvious is all I can manage...
and he grinned.
He was alive.
He told me he didn't even cry.
But we heard he made the paramedic earn his paycheck when he went to put in an IV.
I can testify about his fear of needles and the fact that he can scream like a girl...
and very loud.

They did a CAT scan...
no hemorrhaging...
no broken bones...
thank God...
so they prepared for surgery.
It was almost midnight before the surgeon came out to talk to us and let us know that he required 23 external and a handful of internal stitches where he tore deeper but everything looked really well.
They were pumping him full of antibiotics and had cleaned his wound really well before stitching...
so while infection was still the biggest concern at this point they felt they had been proactive and it would be a small risk.
It was a while longer before they led us back to see him in recovery and that's when I broke.
His head was no longer covered.
I wondered how he had survived this.

Hunter had fallen asleep in the waiting room laying on one of the couches...
Ryder was still going strong with Haley chasing after him but they needed to get home and get some sleep so when they admitted Robert to the children's cancer ward since they knew he was "clean" and he needed critical care which they could provide, Patrick said he would stay with him since he was going to need help with just the basics and he would be more comfortable with his dad for those things versus mom...
he is 12...
so I brought the others home for a little sleep though I didn't do more than just doze for a bit.

When we got to the hospital the next morning he was awake and waiting...
I had promised Chick-Fil-A if the doctor's said "OK"...
and they did...
so I couldn't get there fast enough for him.
I prepared the kids before going into his room...
he didn't look like he did the morning before as I dropped him at school...
and it was a little scary but he was gonna be OK.

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We actually came home later that afternoon.
For this type of wound he was doing really well and since it was now going to just be a matter of healing and he would be more comfortable at home...
there was no need to stay.
His nurse told me on the way out that in her 37 years of being a nurse she had never seen an injury like this...
and that it was a miracle that he survived.
I agree.
And I haven't stopped thanking God since.

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The friend that he was supposed to stay the night with and was with him in the storm drain was here minutes after we got home...
his parents told us that he was so worried that they couldn't get him to go to sleep or calm down until he knew Robert was alive.
The paramedic had already told us that the boys had not been honest when questioned what happened...
Robert kept saying he just fell.
He didn't realize that he had more than a cut and a fall didn't begin to explain what had happened and when they finally got more details from them the first thing he said was "Don't tell my mom...she'll kill me".
I always tell him to be safe and that it only takes a split second for something to happen...to not take chances and he had been warned about that storm drain the last time he had been over at the 3rd boys house.
We don't have a huge homeless population in our small town...
sadly, probably more than I realize...
but apparently they hang out around this storm drain and that's why Patrick had told him to stay away from it because anything could happen.
He never imagined this scenario though.
His friend's parents told us how the police had actually thought that it was attempted murder because the boys had not been honest about what exactly had happened...
and when they finally got the truth they couldn't believe he had this injury from a concrete culvert...
they thought someone had intentionally tried to scalp him and were about to open an investigation.

He was alive.
He was home.
And since we celebrate life every year with cake I decided there had never a better reason to celebrate life than him coming home and went to buy a cake.
The lady at the bakery looked at me like I was beyond crazy when I told her what I wanted written on it...
but once I briefly explained she smiled and seemed to understood.
He loved it.

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The next day I mentioned to him that his new "do"...
what we are now calling "The Skullet"...
stitches in front...
hair in back...
would actually fit in really well on the show "Vikings" so in typical 12 yr old fashion...
he now wants to keep it.
Plus...
it will also allow what he believes is going to be the coolest scar in town to be seen...
and what good is having an awesome scar if no one can see it?

We went to have his drain removed Tuesday...
Patrick said it kind'a made him look like a cyborg with that tubing coming out of his head and normally that would be a reason for Robert to want to keep it...
but it was the thing that he said hurt the worst so he was happy to have it gone.
As the nurse was leading us back she told us that everyone had heard about him...
I guess when you think of everything an ER and surgeon see every day I still don't think it's often they see a scalping...
much less one walking and talking.

We're blessed.
He's alive.
He's healing.
We truly are blessed.
I mean he hit his head hard enough to rip his scalp from his head and yet he walked away...
how is it that he lived?
How did he not hemorrhage?
Break his neck?
How?
I can only express my heart and that's that God had his guardian angel on overtime that night...
so I will thank God every day that I still have my son.

And now I'm sharing this story so that maybe you will hug the ones you love a little tighter...
and you never miss a moment to tell them you love them.
Life turns on a dime and plans change so don't wait.
We had plans.
Our plans changed.
The pool isn't ready.
The yard hasn't been mowed.
The laundry has now piled up.
But we'll deal with all that later.
Right now my only plans are to enjoy every moment I have with my kids and to tell them how much I love them every chance I get.


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