Friday, January 30, 2009

I am overwhelmed!!:)

This is my middle Granddaughter..Lexi. She is the one who always poses and asks me to take pics of her. Sometimes it's of her making faces and sometimes a dance pose...you just never know.This time..she had the tissue paper from one of my presents and wanted me to take a pic of her with it.:) hehe
If I had to choose a favorite card from the wonderful ones I received for my bday..this would have to be it.LOL Lexi ( first pic) made it and surprised me with it. I made sure to get a pic so I could show it to you.:)
It says"Even though you are very old you are still a special Grandma and a very nice one and you crack me up on jokes" hehe
Oh..and I wish I was that skinny too...hehe.Click on the pic to take a closer look at her drawing of the two of us!!:)
I think I will have it framed and I definitely will scrap it!!LOL
That is my BIL's profile peeking in the right side of the pic.:)


I want to thank you ALL again for the wonderful day you have given to me.!!You are ALL sooo sweet! I don't think I stopped smiling all day!:)

Yesterday Jimmy and I babysat Katlyn(great niece) while Mom went to her Doctor's appt. Then Mom came back to my house and we spent the rest of the afternoon together watching Katlyn.Jim came home from work just before Mom had planned on leaving and then I had to start supper..clean the kitchen and by that time... my back..which had been protesting the last few days...decided it had had enough..I could hardly sit in my desk chair without squirming and I finally gave up and sat in the recliner with the heating pad on my back...and drank hot tea while watching TV.:) Sooo..if I haven't replied to your wonderful comments..that is why.I will try to get to them as soon as possible.:)

I wanted to ask you to continue to pray for my "unspoken" request. It concerns a dear dear friend of mine. Thank you soo much!

I hope to be back tomorrow with some really cute pics I took of Katlyn yesterday.:)

Hugs,
Valinda

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My 55th Bday and I give you my Heart!!:)

Background not included..it's in a previous post.hehe Today is my 55th bday and I have become a Senior Citizen...and now I get those fifty cent discounts.LOL Jim made waffles for us this morning.No..not the frozen ..pop in the toaster kind...REAL ones..where you have to put the mix in the waffle iron and wait for the ready light to pop on.LOL They were VERY good.Thank you Jim!!
I couldn't believe the emails and comments I got for my birthday this morning.I think every forum I ever joined had a special birthday wish for me.Thank you soo much!!:)

My brother..Lewis..said Happy Birthday..sorry I had to remind you.LOL He's older than I am or I would get him back.hehe

Mama sent me a message this morning wishing me a Happy Birthday and making sure I knew she loves me.:)

Christy left a note and placed it right in front of my monitor ...Happy 55th Birthday Mom..Love you..Christy.Now ..how did she know to put that in front of my monitor????hehe

Jimmy gave me a big hug and wished me a Happy Birthday..and the list goes on and on....

I want to thank each and every one of you who sent email to me and also those who came to my blog and wished me a Happy Birthday.I was overwhelmed when I saw soo many birthday greetings ..and the day has only just started!!:) Jim and the family are taking me to Golden Corral this evening to celebrate it.Bet we get the fifty cent discount!!LOL Hey..that gives me more for the thrift store..right?hehe

Anyway..I wanted to make something for you all..but my puter is running slow and it seemed to take me all morning to make this ..but I would love to give you my HEART! You ALL mean soo much to me.Wish I could take you with me this evening.:) We could fill up one of their back rooms and have the time of our lives ..and wipe the salad bar clean!!LOL

Hope you like it!

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  • Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    So far ..so good..and more thrift store finds.:)

    First..I wanted to show you an arrangement I made for my dining room table.I took the one I had made before apart and washed it all up..then made a whole new arrangement with the artificial flowers.Etc. I love using my thrift store finds in these too.The glass globe is one of them.I fill the globe with potpourri..then I will add some cute what nots to the arrangements or a candle inside of the globe..etc. and I think they turn out just as nice as some of those expensive ones you find at Michaels.:) I think I need a "do not light the candles" tag on them though.LOL I went through a phase where I had sooo many arrangements I was giving them away.LOL I have some pics of them and I may just show them to you if you would like to see them.:)

    I couldn't resist this cute chick!! She's all puffy and has STITCHES.LOL Only $2.50.
    Here is another item I couldn't resist.My dish towels will find a home on her if and when I find a spot on the wall for it.hehe Only $2.00.
    I HAD to get this beautiful crystal (glass) candle holder for my Mom.She LOVES and collects crystal and also angels. Now would you have passed it by for $1.91?:) She is around six inches tall and heavy too. There is a candle holder behind her...the top of her head is a halo.
    My most favorite find!!! An Oreo cookie jar.!!! If you keep up with my blog you will know I collect cookie jars and I could not resist this one at only $5.00. It was more than I usually spend on them..but It was in perfect condition and I just love it! See that big Oreo cookie for the handle and the milk splashing out of the cup? It could be ice cream and that would be even better.LOL

    Well..Christy is waiting for me to go shopping with her.Guess what.....she wants to go to thrift stores to see if they have any weights. Cool!!!LOL

    Thanks for looking!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Monday, January 26, 2009

    Computer issues.......again.:)

    I thought I had better pop back in and let you all know I am having computer issues.My puter started acting up about the same time we did the Yahoo Messenger update..to 9.0.I didn't put two and two together until I had Mom update hers day before yesterday cause I thought it was sooo cool to have the videos show up in the messenger window.She started getting the same kinds of problems I did.Computer freezing up and going soooo slow it was like trying to pour cold molasses out of a jar.I'm not kidding!!:( We aren't 100% sure that is the problem..but Jim uninstalled 9.0 and we went back to 8.0 just to see if that was the problem.I will let you know what we find out.I know I have read on some of your blogs that your puters have gotten slow lately.If you find the problem..please feel free to inform the rest of us.:)
    Christy said she visits "My Space" blogs and ends up with a virus that takes her ten or more attempts to remove it before it finally goes away.
    I won't tell you what I think of people who put virus's on the web sites.You probably know that already!!LOL
    I know they say whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger..so I should be able to lift my house by now.hehe

    Have a wonderful day!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Thursday, January 22, 2009

    Valjs Qp 1-21-09 plus Layout

    I finished a layout this morning of Christy (DD) when she was about two years old.She is thirty two years old now and when this picture was made..I had it done at Kmart.Over the years..and it didn't take long at all...the photo started yellowing really bad.I was soo disappointed.Back then we were just younguns ourselves and couldn't afford the expensive photo's done in a studio.Anyway..I took the yellowed photo and made it black and white in PI 11. and then recolorized her dress with the purple.I made the background paper..not knowing I was gonna use it for this pic.It's a simple layout but I love it..cause Christy's cute little self is standing out for all to see.:) I am also offering the QP for anyone who may like to have it.Hope you like it.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for your wonderful comments you have left for me.I am soo glad you like my stuff and I also want to thank you for your prayers.How sweet!:)

    I haven't forgotten the wonderful awards you have given to me and as soon as I can I will post them.I am soo honored that you would add me to your list of receivers.:)

    I have set today aside to clean out my closet.You really don't want to go there.LOL Then tomorrow I am babysitting Katlyn(great niece) again.Yay!! More pics.LOL She is a sweety and learning sooo fast.You have to watch what you are doing..cause she copies what you do.Soo cute!:) The last time I babysat her..she was playing on the floor with the toys and I got on my hands and knees and started crawling slowly around the coffee table towards her and telling her I was gonna get her.She jumped up..screamed and started running ..laughing.hehe..a few minutes later..I was sitting in the recliner and she came over..grabbed my hand and took me over to her toys and pointed to the floor.I was willing to sit and play with her ..but when I sat down to play..she went over to the other side of the coffee table..got onto her hands and knees and started crawling towards me real slow..naturally..I had to jump up and scream.LOL Oh to be a kid again.!!Nope..been there..done that.Hehe

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  • Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    Valjs QP 1-18-09


    I'm baaaack:) Thank you ALL sooo much for your prayers.!!! Jim and I were on a minutes notice last week.His Mom was possibly going to have to have a back operation and we were all set to travel to Florida to be with the family while it was being done. The news came in on Friday last week(Jim's Bday on the 9th)...and she had decided not to get the operation at this time..so since we were all set to go and arrangements had been made with Jim's store and his asst.manager had given her notice (she wants to stay at home) ..Jim said this was the best time to take his vacation..before he had to train someone else to be his asst.manager.This way he could relax ..knowing he had someone who knew what they were doing while he was gone.:) This wasn't the only prayer that was mentioned though.I have an unspoken one that I would love for you to pray for if you don't mind.:) I won't go into details here on my blog..but it has to do with his parents health issues.Thank you soo much for your support by praying for us.:)

    I made this page Saturday night while resting.I had played some last week with some background papers and I really liked the way this one turned out.I made it from a picture of my white azalea bush in the front yard when it was in full bloom.:) Don't you just LOVE the colors?:) Be sure to click on the preview for a closer look.The small one doesn't do it justice.:)

    Well..I need to do a lot to catch up from being gone last week..plus Christy wants to go to town and do some shopping when it warms up a little and I want to get as much done before we leave.I tell you...there's never a dull moment around here! Cept yesterday..I was sooo tired from the trip that I only did a load of laundry and cleaned the kitchen up...and I sat and watched TV most of the day..under my warm electric blanket.mmmm I was so comfy.:) I now know what they mean about needing a vacation after your vacation.hehe

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  • Monday, January 12, 2009

    Taking a break.:)

    I just wanted to pop in and tell you all that I will be taking a break for a week or so.Thank you ALL so much for your prayers.You are just too sweet!!:)

    Big Bear Hugs for Everybody.:)

    Valinda

    Friday, January 09, 2009

    Valjs QP 1-8-09 and a Question???? :)


    Here's another one I finally finished this morning.I used my swirly design and a texture made from one of my floral papers and I made the lifted corners on the frames and... am quite pleased with the way this one turned out.:) Hope you like it too!

    Thank you ALL sooo much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I am so glad you like the last QP.You are most welcome!!:)

    I spent yesterday taking care of Katlyn.She is adorable!!!:) Jimmy and I had a full day of playing with her. She is two years old and smart as can be.She learns soo fast!! She is in the process of being potty trained and I did not have to change a diaper the entire time she was here.YAY!! She got here at nine a.m. and was here until around five p.m. Gooo Katlyn!!hehe

    Today is Jim's (DH) 56th bday!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM!!! I love you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!:)

    You're my BEST friend
    and confidant...

    To be beside you
    is all I want!

    You're kind and loving
    as can be....

    And I'm so glad..
    you've chosen me!!:) hehe

    Here's the question...I was told by an anonymous commenter..that I don't need to do a psd file in the folder for Photoshop users if I have a png file in the folder.That is okay and I can take the psd out if no one else needs it.My question is..do any of you have another program that will require the psd file?Please let me know..cause it will really cut down on the file size if I don't have to put it in them.:)Thanks!

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  • Thursday, January 08, 2009

    More links fixed:)



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  • I took the time to look back in the archives to see what links were broken and found these..so far.
    Please keep in mind that the older..2007 pages I made were done in 1200x1200 DPI or pixels.They will stretch to an 8x8 page..just fine.:) They have been tried and tested and that is the size I used for over a year.:)

    Today I am babysitting Katlyn ...my great niece.She is sooo cute!! She is the one in the Brag book album I made for my sister.:) Jimmy will be helping me ..he is soo good with kids too.:) He use to work at Discovery Zone and then when that was taken over by Chuck E. Cheese..he worked there for a few years.He even got a standing ovation(when working at Discovery Zone) from some of the parents that were in the dining room.A little eight year old girl was crying soo hard because she didn't have anybody to play with her.I guess it must have captured the attention of all who were dining...and they didn't seem able to console her. Then Jimmy sat down next to the little girl and told her that if no one else would play with her...he would...then a couple of girls came by and he asked them if they would play with her and they said yes..and off they went.The parents all stood and clapped for him.:) He has a heart of gold...and I wouldn't change a thing about him...well..he needs his hair cut!!LOL

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Wednesday, January 07, 2009


    I had some time yesterday evening to work on another QP.I really love the colors in this one.Hope you do too:) This is an 8'x8' QP. My paint program bogs down if I go any bigger..so this is it!:)

    Thank you ALL so much for the wonderful comments you have left for me.I truly appreciate your taking the time to do that.It means so much to me.!

    Jim had a half day at work today and I went with him to keep him company.:) I couldn't just stand there so I straightened the shelves after he moved things to count them for inventory.:) Then we went next door to a Mexican restaurant and I have had indigestion all afternoon!!!!Bummers! That hasn't happened to me in a longggg time and I hope it doesn't happen again for a lonnnngggg time.LOL Glad I only had the one tortilla.:) I would be rolling on the floor if I had eaten any more.hehe

    As you can probably tell..I don't have much else to say...

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  • Tuesday, January 06, 2009

    Valjs QP 1-5-09

    I thought it was about time I gave another QP away.:) I used a color scheme I had found. Hope you like it.:) Oh..speaking of color schemes..if you take a look in my upper right sidebar ..I added one you can play with.:)

    I want to Thank all of you who have stopped in to say hi and leave a comment for me.I sure appreciate your taking the time to make my day!!:) How sweet!

    Whew!!It's been a busy couple of months hasn't it? I am still not caught up on the things I had wanted to get caught up on... but I guess they will be there when I can get to them.LOL Christy wants to go shopping today and with her birthday coming up this next week..she will need to go get her new tag for her car.All three of us sent off for our driver's licenses instead of having to stand in line and that is WONDERFUL!!:) We got the ten year ones.I bet my pic won't even look like me after ten years more added to this "getting older" body of mine.LOL

    Did you notice my blog design???hehe. We have five birthdays this month.The first one is Jim's..on the ninth..then Christy's on the eleventh...then Jim's sister's on the thirteenth...then my sister's hubby's on the fifteenth and mine is at the end of the month...28th. I will be 55 this year.Wow!!Senior discounts!!LOL

    Well...Jim wants to pay bills this morning so I guess I need to go now.Oh fun!!:)

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  • Monday, January 05, 2009

    My Cookie Jar Collection-mostly:)

    I thought I would show you a few more pretties I had collected from the thrift stores.:) These sit on the top of my kitchen cupboards. I just love looking at them.Isn't it weird that I have sugar diabetes and still have my cookie jar collection??:) Oh well..I can't reach up there anyway.Hehe
    These pics start at the left side of my kitchen just right of the open window that looks out into the livingroom.We start with a pitcher that was given to me...then move onto the cookie jars.The first on the left is made to look like a coffee grinder.(cookies and coffee I guess).:) The next one is shaped like a mushroom and although you can't see it in the pic..there are mushrooms along the bottom of it too.
    Then we move on to a rabbit cookie jar.This one was given to me as a gift from a friend as a thank you for letting them stay with us for a couple of weeks while looking for another place to live. It is soo cute.:) The cow and Pillsbury dough boy were Christmas gifts from several years back.

    I just LOVE these Victorian looking ones.I got them at Goodwill for less than four dollars a piece and just HAD to have them.:)

    I just HAD to add these two also.. especially since they said "Bakery" on them..because I had been a cake decorator for a grocery chain for seven years and a Bakery manger for two of those years.:)

    These are the pretties I have to the right of them all and above my refrigerator. I also collect pitchers ..but not as many as the cookie jars.:) The middle one is an older one and is handed down to me from my Mom.It was hers from back when she had first gotten married.It is in a safe place..wouldn't you say?LOL The turkey one isn't a pitcher..it is a planter or can be used as a gravy bowl..or to sit on a shelf above the fridge.LOL The flowers are from the planter I showed in yesterday's pics.
    I thought the wall looked bare behind all those pretties and had Jim help me put a wallpaper border just behind them.I LOVE the way it looks!!:)
    I hope you get inspired to go to the thrift stores to see what lovely things you can collect for very little money.:) I can remember going to friends homes and seeing all the wonderful things they had.Their cupboards were full of dishes etc and I had just enough to get by.Then I discovered..the thrift stores.YAY!! I realized..that I could collect dishes that were perfectly good for pennies and all they needed was a good cleaning.I would get about six dollars a week to go spend at the thrift stores and would buy what I could with that.It took a little while to get my cupboards full of all kinds of dishes..cups ..etc. That was during our hard times raising the kids when only one of us could work cause of my bad ankle. It taught me a lot though.You don't have to spend lots of money to have nice things.:) Why pay twenty dollars for something you can get ..that looks just as nice and works just as well..for less than four dollars? KWIM? Thank the Lord times improved and we have been blessed tremendously...but I still hit the thrift stores and LOVE it!!:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Sunday, January 04, 2009

    Thrift Store Finds for Under $4.00

    I know some of you love to thrift store and swap meet shop.If you come to my home..you will find all kinds of wonderful goodies that I have collected through the years at the thrift stores.I can't remember paying any more than four dollars each for any of these that I am showing today.Some of them were only a couple of dollars and I grabbed them quickly.LOL Please excuse the lighting.:) These cuties sit on the top of a tall pantry cabinet in my kitchen. Click on the pic and hopefully you will get a closer look..but please not too closely cause I haven't been able to dust much during the holidays.LOL

    I just love this one.It sits on the back of the commode in our master bathroom.I added some flowers I got from Walmart or Dollar Tree..not sure which.:)The mat under it is actually a placemat for the dining room table.LOL (no..I no longer use it for the dining room.) hehe

    Okay..I love this one too.!! It sits on top of the refrigerator...along with a pig napkin holder and another stray duck.:) I took it down for the pic.

    This one sits on our garden tub behind the faucets. I have no idea what it is suppose to represent with the boy on the dolphin..so if you know..please let me know.:)

    I have seen several of these wash cloth holders at the thrift stores and decided that since the marble holder at the bottom matched Jims shaving mug and holder..I would get it.:) I wish I had thought to take a pic of that too. Too late!!:) Maybe next time. If I get a chance tomorrow..I would like to show you some of the cookie jars I have collected from the thrift stores. See..you too can have pretty things for pennies and no one would know unless you told them..oops.LOL

    Back to work.Cleaning the refrigerator out today!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Friday, January 02, 2009

    A few Brag Book Layouts to show:)

    Here's the first BB layout I finally got done.:) This is Christy's cat Meowse.Pronounced..Me-ows.hehe. Christy got her a little cloth box with a hole in it for the entrance and she put some cat nip inside before wrapping it up so Meowse would be curious...Looks like it worked huh?LOL
    This is Mama Christmas morning at our house showing her pretties.:)She loves crystal and pins.:)
    Here are our three granddaughters.Destiny..in her Spiderman suit with a can of silly string Jim picked up for her.We all know she loves Spiderman.We even found a pair of Spiderman house slippers for her for Christmas..before Kmart went out of business.She screamed with excitement when she saw them.:) The silly string probably didn't last long..but it's the closest thing to a web that she will get near to.LOL Lexie..in the middle.. got an E-pet.From what I understand..they can go online with the info that comes with the pet and take care of it ..virtually..on a special site made just for that.Feed it etc.:) Carrie..who just turned thirteen this year ..got a brush and mirror set and Christy is brushing her hair for her.:) These are only a few of the things they got for Christmas.
    This is our son...Robby.He got a cool shirt from Jimmy (brother) for Christmas.It says...Real Men Love Jesus.:)
    This is Jim..the Santa in our family...as the title says. I got him to smile for me when he turned his head.:) He doesn't have a beard this year.Yet!LOL

    If you would like to use any of these brag book pages..scroll down and also go to the previous posts.They are there somewhere.hehe

    We had a really wonderful Christmas Eve..Christmas Day and New Years Day.Family coming out of the woodwork.LOL Such a great joy to have your loved ones near.:)

    I wanted to tell you about something that happened a couple of days ago.I was going through the line at Walmart when I asked the cashier if she had had a nice Christmas.She said yes..she had a nice one..but she didn't sound like she meant it.I said..well..having family around really is the main thing.( thinking that presents weren't everything)Kwim? In the course of the conversation..she told me about her nephew coming back from Iraq and being able to be with the family for Christmas.Then she said something that brought tears to my eyes and also a flow of tears to hers...her nephew had just gone back to Iraq and had only been there for two days when he was killed.:( How utterly sad. I told her how sorry I was and gave her a hug before leaving.She said she thought she was coping with it but she guessed she wasn't doing as well as she thought she was. It really makes you think about the sacrifices our men and women are making so that we can have these wonderful times with our loved ones.I want to Thank each and every Service person for the sacrifices they make for us.Not only those being sent to the front..but those that are behind keeping the supplies going and being prepared for a moments notice.Thank You!!:)

    Today I am taking down the Christmas decorations around the house and going to put my regular pretties back where they belong.:) Busy busy.hehe

    Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping in to take a peek...and leave me some luv!:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Thursday, January 01, 2009

    Just popping in to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!:)

    I have been sooo busy!!:) I finally got to put together a heritage album for myself and some brag books for gifts. I used several freebie QP's from Stone Accent and an assortment of BB pages for my BB albums.I have had FUN!! I thank you ALL for being so gracious to share your talents with me!! :)

    Hope you have enjoyed your holidays!:)

    Gotta run!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda