Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Christmas Present from Christy.:)

I saw this Tim Holtz case in a magazine sometime before Christmas and told Christy.."You can make this one for me." :) At the time..I was kinda like..that is a hard one for her to do. NOT!!
Look what she made me for CHRISTmas!!:) She even put several cuddlebug embossing folders in it for me.The unopened ones are the new ones she had in this box for me.I LOVE IT!!!:)
It is just the right size to hold the embossing folders AND the plates.:) My GIRL...talkin bout My GIRL!!!!:)

I had a WONDERFUL CHRISTmas!! Not just because of the gifts ...but the LOVE of my family helping me during the time of my "aching" back.!! :) They are soo SWEET!!

Tomorrow ..if I remember ..I will show you what Christy made Jim for CHRISTmas.:) You have GOT to see this too.:)

Happy New Year!!!!

Hugs,
Valinda

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christy's first Turkey Dinner...YUMMY!! :)


For the last couple or three years I have been unable to cook our CHRISTmas dinner because of my ankle and back...so my DIL ..Liz has taken over for us. She is a very good cook and I am happy to have handed that chore over to her.:) Problem is....for years and years I was the one who made our CHRISTmas dinners and we would have several days worth of leftovers for our family to share.Christy misses that...so she decided this year..to try her hand at making all the favorites herself. I supervised and told her how I did it and she followed my instructions and recipes etc. Turkey,dressing,green bean casserole,Mac and cheese,sweet potato soufle',pistachio whip and frozen fruit cake salad,celery and carrots with ranch dressing ,cranberry sauce,dinner rolls and then a chocolate pie for dessert. She tried her own hand and a recipe she found online for the turkey this year.MMMM it was soo moist and flavorful!!! We all raved over how moist and delicious it was.:) Christy made this for us ( Mom was there too) on CHRISTmas eve and then we gathered at Liz and Robby's for CHRISTmas dinner. Liz,Carrie and Melisa all cooked for our meal.I took a Waldorf salad I had made and some dinner rolls for our addition to the meal. Needless to say..we have had leftovers!!!LOL

My back is gradually getting better.Thank you Lord!!! :) Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers too!!I still have to be careful how I turn and bend to pick something up..but it sure feels good to be able to walk again standing up instead of bent over and cringing in pain.:) I was able to go to Shogun's Japanese restaurant Tuesday for Liz's Birthday celebration. Robby,Liz and their whole family ..then Jimmy and I gathered there for lunch. The whole meal including the drinks and entertainment(watching them cook in front of us and show us their talent juggling eggs and spatulas etc) was about ten dollars a piece including the tip.:) It was sooo yummy too!! ( still had leftovers in the fridge at this point) LOL

Yesterday Jim and I had to get another Microwave cause the one we had gotten a little over a week before stopped heating.It would run..but not heat anything up.:( So..took it back and got our money back and then we were in the market for another one and were trying to find somewhere to go to get one.We looked at several online ads and places in the area and Jim looked at a couple of stores when he was out shopping while I rested my back at home. We got ready to go shop again for one yesterday and in the middle of trying to decide where to go..I remembered to consult the Lord. :) I asked him to please lead us to the right place to get one like we wanted and IMMEDIATELY..the word Kenmore came to my mind. Well..the first place we went was to Sears ..cause Kenmore is their product. Jim dropped me off at the door so he could go park and I wouldn't have far to walk. I waited for him and while waiting..walked down the main aisle and saw microwaves at the next turn.:) Jim met me and we walked to where they were and immediately the sales man came to us and we told him what we were looking for.We had measurements of the size we wanted and he led us to a KENMORE that is exactly what we wanted AND the price we wanted!! Thank you LORD!!! :) It is soo much easier when we remember to consult the Lord about things.He's always ready and available.:)


Hope you had a WONDERFUL CHRISTmas and will have a FANTASTIC New Year!!

Hugs,
Valinda

Friday, December 23, 2011

Update !

Merry CHRISTmas everyone!! :)

Just thought I would pop in to wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! :)

I am finally able to get around again..howbeit ...a little slower than usual...but it sure feels good to be able to get out of that bed and stand and sit for a while. Praise the Lord!! :)
I have had to have the kids and Jim help with getting presents for family and friends.It's been interesting to say the least.:) I have a couple of presents to wrap and Jim and I are planning on going to supper tonight and pick up his present from me. ( I wasn't able to shop for him).
Christy is making Christmas Eve dinner here tomorrow evening.Her very first turkey!! I am really looking forward to it.She has planned on making all the things she loves about the Christmas dinners I use to make before my back kept me from it. I can't wait!! :)
I sure hope you understand that this year I am not able to get cards etc to those of you who got them from me last year. I just wasn't able to catch up in time.:(
Well..Jim has breakfast ready for me..so I guess that's my cue to go.LOL

Merry CHRISTmas!!

Hugs,
Valinda

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Becky Kelley - Where's the Line to See Jesus - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

A Funeral and a Birthday party -the same day.

And I won't be able to go to either...cause my back is still recovering..

There was a sudden death in our extended family just a couple of days ago.The memorial is today..although the body is being autopsied to determine what actually was the cause of death. The man is my Niece's Father in law. He was away on a business trip when he called home from a hotel to let his family know..he thought he had food poisoning. When his son got to the hotel ..he had to ask the manager to open the locked door because when he knocked on it there wasn't an answer. Nicole's husband..Troy found he was too late.His Dad was laying in the bed and had already passed away.:( SOOO sad!

The Birthday party is for Zander.He turned one year old on Nov.3oth but was sick and we weren't able to celebrate it until he got better. He is better and had a check up and is growing and in good health.Praise the Lord! Melissa...Zander's Mom had thought about bringing the party here but we discussed it and I told them that Zander would want me to hold him and pick him up etc..and I would really WANT to be able to and can't...so it might be best for them to have the party at their house. Zander is one of the SWEETEST babies!! He has the cutest smile when he sees me...and now gives me kisses. I asked my Chiropractor how I could resist picking him up and he just looked at me and pointed to the shape I am in now because of it.LOL I guess I had best stay home and recoup.hehe

I have such mixed emotions today. Sadness and Joy...and happy that the Lord is in control of each and every situation. HIS will IS being done whether we believe it or not. Those who BELIEVE it..are at PEACE because they KNOW that ALL things work together for GOOD to those who LOVE GOD and are the CALLED according to HIS purpose. :) I give you PRAISE my LORD!

Thanks so much for stopping by.:)

Hugs,
Valinda

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Update :)

Just wanted to stop in and let everyone know that I am still taking it easy until my back gets back into shape. I really did a number on it this time around and it isn't happy about it at all! :) After about seven or more trips to the Chiropractor..my tailbone is still twisted enough to cause me to make scrunchy faces when getting up from a sitting position. YOWZA!!! It is better pain wise today though.YAY!!:)

Sorry I haven't visited your blogs as often as I use to before this happened...but I do plan to as my back heals a bit more.:) Thank you so much for being patient with me and for your SWEET comments too! LOVE when you visit me.:)

I dug into my hard drive and pulled out an old Christmas header and then went into the templates for blogger and tried several backgrounds and after many previews... this is the one that looked best..so this is it for now.:) It looks a lot better than leaving my fall colors up.LOL


Huge hugs to you ALL!

Valinda

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mojo Monday #216


Here is this weeks Mojo Monday card. I think the sentiments just about cover it all.:)

The background paper and sentiments come from atd Christmas Party Premium Scrapbook kit.:) The snowflakes are cut outs from my Silhouette SD machine.I added glue and glitter to them and then a pop dot to make them raised up a little and then added a gem in the center of each one.The gems are from a bag of assorted gems that Christy gave to me a while back. The vertical reddish flag ...I first cut it out..then used decorative scissors along the top and bottom...then embossed with a snowflake embossing folder from Cuddle bug. It really looks a lot more festive in person.:) The snowflakes are actually white and not with a green tint. Oh well...at least you get the idea.LOL

Thanks for stopping in and please don't leave without saying hi.:)


Hugs,
Valinda

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christy made a Beautiful Jewelry Box

I just LOVE this jewelry box Christy made!!!! I just HAD to show it to you!:).


WOW!! ..can you believe how big these pics are? I uploaded these from my IPhone using the new blogger app..hehe.What's wrong with this picture?LOL

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Christy's update.

Well..Christy had her appointment with her Doctor this morning. She called me just a few minutes ago to let me know what the Doctor told her. I couldn't go with her because of my back acting up again.:(

Seems since they have already given her two rounds of different antibiotics..the Doctor took blood to test for infection and put Christy on three Advil..three times a day ( to try to bring the swelling down) until she can see an Orthopedist on Monday...because she ..the Doctor..has done everything she knows to do for her and needs to refer her to someone who might know. The Orthopedist deals with the extremities and I guess does more than just the bones. Christy told me her arm doesn't hurt..it isn't red like it was and it is beginning to itch. I hope the itching part is actually a result of it healing.KWIM? It still leaves an impression in her arm if she pushes it and the impression stays for a while. Doesn't spring back up like it would normally.We think this is from the swelling.

Guess we will know more Monday.Hopefully they will be able to tell us it is mending.:)

Thank you ALL for your thoughts and prayers concerning Christy.WE sure do appreciate your concern!

I do have another prayer request if you wouldn't mind praying for it. My BIL..Jim's sister's husband had an accident Monday before last.The bucket of a
  • Front end loader
  • landed on his foot and crushed the toes and part of his foot.His toes turned completely black and he had to have the crushed parts amputated yesterday.OWWW!! Jim's sister told me they had to remove half of his foot and are waiting to see if any more of his foot has to be removed.Please pray for them.They have been going through SOO much lately.His Mom just passed away a couple of weeks ago from a long painful illness and now this.:( You just never know when something like this will happen.

    Thank you sooo much for your prayers!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Mojo Monday #215


    Here's my Mojo Monday card! Hope you like it.:) I used some different papers from the Recollections "Holiday Traditions" paper pack that I used on last weeks Mojo Monday card. The bow is from "Make It Christmas" and the sentiment stamp is from "Craft Smart". The gems are from the bag of assorted gems that Christy gave to me a while back.:)

    Please stop by my friends blogs to see what they have been making.Such TALENT!! :)

  • Barb

  • Judy

  • Nina

  • Samantha


  • Hugs,
    Valinda

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Christy got the results to her CT scan!

    First of all I want to thank those of you who have kept Christy in their thoughts and prayers.Thank you SOOO much!

    Second..she received the results from her CT scan and they show she has Cellulitis.:( Which means infection in her arm. I looked it up on yahoo images.Fortunately she hasn't gotten bad like those pics..ewww.:( The Doc wants to see her again this coming week. Christy took her last antibiotic yesterday afternoon..so she has to go through this weekend not having any. I hope they don't have to admit her to the hospital for a couple of days.Cat bites sure are a bad thing!!:( Some people have to have IV's with medicine in them to get them over this.We will do whatever it takes to get her arm taken care of!! It's still swollen and hot to touch.:( Please continue to pray for her.:)

    Cats are a lot harder to work with at the Animal hospitals.They scratch and bite. Christy has scars where cats have scratched her.She told me this morning that it is difficult to get x-rays when they are moving all over trying to get away too.Dogs are included in that part.:) She loves working with the animals though..so she stays there through all the unpleasant parts of the job. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by and please don't leave without leaving a comment.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Mojo Monday#214



    I FINALLY got my Mojo Monday card made..plus a card for my Brother's 60th Birthday..which is today.I will show that one tomorrow.:) This card was made almost entirely from Recollections Holiday Tradition paper pad.Christy and I both used our 50% off coupons and we each got a pack!! LOVE those coupons!!! :) The only other things I used is a bow made from ribbon called...Make It Christmas ..that I got from Hobby Lobby this week.:) To make this card I just cut and pieced different papers and placed them where I wanted them. No Stamp needed this time around. All the extras were included in the paper pad. :) How COOL is that?

    Well..That is about all I have time at the moment to post...cause I have a Big Birthday Party to go to in just a little over an hour. :)

    Thanks for stopping in!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Happy 60th Birthday Tom!!:)

    Just recently my brother ..Tom..had a
  • Cochlear Implant
  • installed into his right ear.My brothers and several members of our family..(my immediate family not included..thank you Lord!) have had hearing loss from nerve damage ..due to high fevers. It's a hit and miss situation.Some of the members of the family get it and some don't. It's hereditary and since their teenage years have had to wear hearing aids.It gradually gets worse as they grow older. My brother ..Tom...the one between my older brother and me...suddenly lost total hearing in his right ear recently.

    He opted to get the implant and just this last week he was able to have the outer part attached to the inner part..how ever they do that.:) After the surgery.The surgeon said Tom was "hard headed"..hehe I can't remember how long Tom had to wait for the surgery site to heal before he could have the outer part of the implant attached and be able to find out how well he will hear from that ear. He said he is doing really well with it now and seems to be thrilled to be able to hear again in that ear.YAY!! Praise the Lord!! What better birthday present could he get? :)

    I want to wish Tom a VERY HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY and say..I think your wish has come true already!!:) I LOVE YOU!!

    hugs,
    Valinda

    Wednesday, November 09, 2011

    Update to Christy's CT Scan....

    First I would like to thank each of you who have been praying for Christy's arm. She did fine during the CT scan although she wasn't thrilled with having to have an IV with stuff in it so they could take the scan and see what is going on.:) We will have to wait for her Doctor to call with the results..or to make an appointment so we can get the results from her.
    Christy's arm doesn't seem to be swollen as bad as it has been ...since this second dose of antibiotics. YAY...Praise the Lord!! It's still swollen..but it was pretty bad last week. She can still press on that arm with her fingers and the skin stays indented for a while.Really kinda freaky.:( She still has a few days of taking the antibiotics..so hopefully they are doing their job.:)

    Thank you ALL so much for keeping her in your thoughts and prayers!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Tuesday, November 08, 2011

    Prayer request for Christy.

    About a month ago..Christy got bitten by a cat someone brought in to the clinic to get checked.It was an outside cat with really itchy ears.Christy had a towel around it's body to prevent any scratches...and while reaching for an ear swab..the cat sunk it's teeth into her other arm... right forearm. She had to actually pull it off of her.:( She washed it and medicated it really well..and then went to one of those instant medical places and the Doctor there looked at it...for about two minutes and gave her a prescription for antibiotics.One a day for seven days. In the meantime..Christy's arm began to swell really bad and was hot to the touch.She finished the medication that Doctor had given her and was waiting a couple of days to see if the swelling would go down.As it continued to be swollen and aching..and generally feeling ...as she said..WEIRD ..she finally went to our family physician and she..the DOC..put Christy on a larger dose of an antibiotic...plus..today she has to have a ct scan to see if there is infection in her muscle.If there is and they can't get rid of it with the medication..Christy will have to have surgery to remove the infection.Here is where the prayer request comes in.:) Please pray!!
    Thank you so much!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Monday, November 07, 2011

    Christy's CUTE Journal!!:)

    This first set of pics is the Cover to the Journal and the first few pages. I just LOVE how they flip up and out to show more and more surprises.The papers sticking up and out are for Journaling. Some are embossed and when you turn them over..there are lines for Journaling.SO CUTE!! :)

    There are tags for adding pics or Journaling too. You choose.:)

    This one shows before the page is opened and then after. I took the pics as I was sitting in my recliner letting my back rest.(been having some trouble with it again.) The red..green and yellow quilt is a small one Christy made for me several years ago.:) She later made a larger one for me..that I have hanging in my bedroom on a quilt rack that Jim made for it.:)

    Here are the last few pages of the Journal.The back cover looks just like the front only the opposite...so I didn't put it on here. I'm not sure if Christy is finished with this or if she might come up with some other CUTE things to add to it.:) Either way..if she decides to give it away..someone will be extremely happy to receive it!!

    I don't have a list of all the things she used in making this...but I do know she used Once Upon A Time paper pack that she purchased from Micheal's Craft store. She also used a Martha Stewart punch for the corners of her papers etc. For the stamped titles..she used..a stamp we got for $2.00 at Big Lots..if I am not mistaken.Looks like she did some embossing on it too.:)

    Thanks so much for stopping in and I hope you will leave a comment for Christy before you leave.I would LOVE to know what you think of her Journal.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Saturday, November 05, 2011

    Christy's Almost Completed Castle.:)

    The front of the Castle is completed now.:) I went downstairs this morning to take a pic of it after I had seen she posted it on Facebook.LOL She had left for work already so I wasn't able to ooo and awww to her yet...but I sure will when she gets home this afternoon.She already has a friend who might be interested in it for a centerpiece for a baby shower...who's theme is Castles.Christy didn't know this at the time.:) It might not be big enough for what her friend would want it for though. They want to have a box decorated with a Castle...with balloons that pop out of it for the gender the baby is going to be.Surprise everyone at the same time.Sounds FUN and I just really don't think Christy's castle will be big enough for that.It's only 12" across..and 10" high and 3" deep. Would have to have really SMALL balloons.LOL

    Christy finished the door to the castle.We shopped for something for the chains to hold to the walls of the castle ..but couldn't find what she wanted..so she MADE her own. She pounded metal into the shape she wanted and added a ring to it. She didn't want to have to order it and pay shipping costs.I guess she really lives by the saying"where there's a will..there's a way." :)

    Here is a closeup of the peeks..or dome..whatever they are called and if YOU know..please let ME know.:) She used Martha Stewart border punch for the ruffles and I am not sure what she used for the moon and stars..yet.:) She used sand in her black paint to add texture to the peek/dome and a heart shaped punch for the flags and a tiny punch (inside the heart) that she found at Micheal's for a dollar.I will have to wait until I see her this afternoon to find out what she used as flag poles. Christy said she has a little bit to finish on the back side..and then she will have it done.:)

    I am really pleased with her talent. Okay..I am sooo PROUD of her achievements in crafting.:) She makes me want to try harder ..or give up ..hehe Just Kidding.:)

    Thanks for stopping in and please leave Christy a comment if you don't mind.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Thursday, November 03, 2011

    Christy's Paper Castle- SOO COOL! :)

    Christy's latest project.She got the idea from a YouTube video by "follow the paper trail". She said she isn't finished with it yet.She still has to put more of the "stone" around the front of the castle and attach a chain for the door to come down with.:) The "peaks" she painted using sand in the paint to make texture. I will have to come back with ALL the info when I find out where she got everything and what she used..etc. I just think this is SOOO COOOL!!:) The angle of the pic makes it seem tilted a bit...but it really is measured perfectly.:)

    Christy has started taking Thursdays off along with her Tuesdays. We plan to go to the craft stores and do some Christmas shopping. I like to start early so there isn't such a rush the closer we get to the day! :) Guess my Mojo Monday card will have to wait ...again.LOL

    Thanks for stopping in again.LOVE your visits!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Mojo Monday #212


    I finally got a chance to make my Mojo Monday card for this week.YAY! :) While Jim was watching the cable guy change our DirecTv boxes around etc..I played with this weeks sketch.:)

    Credits:

    Paper=atd cardstock
    Punches=corner : EK Success ... Snowflake punch: No Name on it..just a patent #
    Embossing=Snowflake embossing folder from Cuddlebug
    Stamp=Reflections
    Snowman=atd Under the Tree
    Ribbons=Micheal's Craft Store
    Gems= Christy's gift bag to me... and Reflections
    Snowflakes= Cutouts from my Silhouette SD machine.

    Thanks for stopping in and please don't leave without letting me know you were here.:) Thank you!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    I got an AWARD:)

    My dear friend,Kyra..surprised me with this Beautiful award this morning.!! Thank you so much my friend!!:) How SWEET!

    BEAUTI♥LICIOUS AWARD !

    This award is for the Beautiful Women

    (and Men)
    who grace us with their talents
    in the Tagger Community.
    The intent of this award is to pass it
    on...
    to the Designer, Tagger, or Artist
    who has inspired you with their
    endless talent
    and who has touched your heart.
    There are many out there

    Once you have received this award

    Please pass it on to five blogs
    to show some love
    for those who truly are BEAUTIFUL.
    Let's see how far we can pass this on !!!

    Kyra has become a dear friend to me over the past couple or three years.:) She makes some of the most GORGEOUS kits and gives them away for free. I LOVE reading her blog! She lives in Holland and shows and tells us of her adventures to the many sites in her area. She and Jan..her hubby..take walks and she shows us photos of what they see. Kyra tells of her day to day routine and you feel like a neighbor who has popped in for a visit.:) Thank you so much Kyra for letting me come into your life and share it with you!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Christy's Domino Pendants :)

    I asked Christy if I could post her latest project on my blog.She said it would be okay with her.So..here it is.:) She is making Domino Pendants!! This is a box of Domino's that she got from Jim's store the other day.It has a set of thick domino's and is in it's own pretty wooden box. Christy collects boxes ,Jewelry boxes etc and when she saw this one at Jim's store..she couldn't resist it...cause it had the domino's AND the pretty box too.:)

    This pendant ..she decorated the flower using a sticker and Sakura Glaze Gel Pens and the background she designed using Ranger Alcohol Inks.

    This one she decorated using Stickers, Sakura Glaze Pens, Pigment markers and Slick Writer markers. She covered the top with a crackle medium with black paint and then wiped it off ..leaving the ink in the cracks. There is a glare from the camera on the top part of this one...but in person..it is as pretty as the bottom part.:)

    This one she used stickers, Sakura glaze pens and black pigment marker.

    This one she used the same products as the above but covered it with the Diamond Glaze to finish it off.:)

    A couple of them she used a stamp on it and then painted them. They are the butterfly and the lady bug. ( you can see them in the box ) :)

    Aren't these SOOO PRETTY?:) Hope I get at least one of them this Christmas.:)

    Thanks for looking and please leave a comment for Christy if you don't mind.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Mojo Monday #211




    I was able to take some time to do this week's Mojo Monday #211. (My towels are still in the dryer waiting to be folded..but first things first.LOL ) I LOVE the sketch for this week.:) Please be sure to visit my friends blogs to see the GORGEOUS cards they have done...or going to get done.I always get a PLEASANT surprise when visiting them.:) They are listed in the upper right corner ..over there>>>>with links to their blogs!!

    Credits:
    I used red,purple and yellow card stock and cut out then embossed the flowers on the left side of the card..with a Cuddle bug embossing envelope... and then used a Swirl Vellum paper I had gotten from Hobby Lobby on one of Christy and my shopping trips a few weeks ago. They were on sale so I got about six papers. I used some tape for the center of the vellum and covered it with the ribbon so you couldn't see it.Then in the upper and lower right corners..I used glue and covered that with the corners that Christy cut out for me on the Cuddle bug machine. That effectively covers the glue that would normally show through the vellum. I used a studio G stamp as the sentiment and one of my carnation paper flowers I had made a while back as an accent.I made the leaves with green card stock and decorative scissors. I added a pretty bow with the yellow ribbon and some gems I had gotten from Micheal's.

    Thanks for stopping in and please don't leave without saying hi.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    Another Mojo Monday #210


    I really LOVED this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch and decided to make another one.:) I didn't use the string in this one...but I might when I figure out which one I want to use. The colors are really brighter and more colorful in person.:)
    Well..Christy is off today and Micheal's has a 20% off sale for just about anything in the store. Guess where we are going?LOL Christy told me the other day that she is a GOLD member there...cause she spends so much time there and buying supplies etc.hehe She asked me if I was one and I had to tell her no.I shop cheap.LOL

    Papers=atd Under the Tree.
    Gems= Micheal's Dollar bin
    Square with Santa= atd Christmas Party kit.

    Thanks for stopping in and please let me know you have been here.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Christy's Mojo Monday #210


    Christy decided to join me again this week in Mojo Monday!! YAY!! The card above is hers and the card below ( previous Post) is mine. It's FUN to do this with someone you love.:) Christy found a GORGEOUS paper stack from.. DCWV named "Four Seasons". The middle paper on her card is all glittery.:) She used CuddleBug embossing folders on the top paper piece and the third(red) one. She used Tim Holtz "Alterations on the Edge" die cut for the ruffled edge. The ribbon is from Micheal's. She used one of my Christmas wooden stamps from Micheal's dollar bin for the sentiment. I just LOVE how this turned out!! She is soo talented!! Even if I do say so myself!!:)
    Please take time to leave a sweet comment for Christy. I tried to get her to post this on HER blog..but she said her blog is a mess..and to put it on mine.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Mojo Monday #210




    This is my card.:) I used some open stock papers from Micheal's and embossed the top and bottom paper pieces with my snowflakes CuddleBug embossing folder. I then tied the bow string (from Big Lots) around the top on the opposite side from what the sketch shows.(so I could hang a snowflake above the sentiment.) Then I cut some snowflakes out with my Silhouette SD and then glued and sprinkled white glitter on them. I used a wooden backed stamp that I got in the dollar bin at Micheal's and some blue chalk ink from Studio G for the sentiment. I tied a dangling snowflake to the string bow.( I think that was the hardest part of the card.LOL)

    Thanks so much for stopping in and please don't leave without letting me know you were here.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    How To: Tea for large gatherings.:)

    I have had many occasions where I needed to make a large amount of tea. Mostly for my family who come over to visit often and EVERYONE seems to LOVE my tea. I will get asked to make it for family gatherings etc..so I thought I would tell you an easy way you can make LOTS of tea without having to carry gallons and gallons of tea to them. First of all I only use Lipton tea. I have tried several brands..but Lipton is the BEST. Some things I will skimp on and get because they are cheaper..but Lipton tea...Miracle Whip salad dressing and Jif Peanut Butter aren't one of them.:) First I get a small sauce pan ..as seen above and fill it almost to the top with water.Add four tea bags to it and bring it to a boil.

    Turn it off after it boils and then let it sit for a few minutes to cool a bit so it doesn't melt my container.:) Remove tea bags and discard.

    Put the tea in a closed container..with a lid. These are quart size I think. I got them at the Dollar Tree.(buy one for each gallon of tea you will need.They are a dollar a piece at the Dollar Tree. Add the amount of sugar you use for a gallon of tea to the container.Stir to mix sugar with the tea until it dissolves. You can place these in a box for carrying to your gathering...or place in the refrigerator..according to how many you make. * Make sure you have a one gallon tea pitcher to continue this process. Now..when you get to your gathering..take one of these containers of prepared tea and add it to your gallon pitcher.Then add water to just below the pour spout.Stir and serve tea.When the gallon pitcher is empty ...repeat the process...add a container of the prepared tea..fill pitcher with water ..stir and serve. This makes it soo easy and you don't have to worry about not having enough tea to go around.Plus..even the rest of the family knows what to do when the tea pitcher gets empty.:) Your work has already been done!! They also don't take up as much room in your refrigerator if you are needing three or four gallons of tea.

    This works really well for me so I thought those of you with large families or church gatherings..might find this info useful.

    Now..onto other things...I missed the last two steps going down the stairs yesterday afternoon.My heel caught the step I was coming off of and tripped me and I went tumbling.Fortunately ..it was only the bottom two steps...otherwise..I may have been confined to the bed for a while.:) I told my friends on Facebook that I now have a new meaning to "Stop..Drop..and Roll.LOL Let's see...I have a kink in my neck..a sore knee..on my left leg....my bad ankle (right leg)is hurting more..I bent my big toe back on that same foot. Hit my shin and bent my bad wrist back when trying to stop my fall.All in all..I am in a lot better shape today than I thought I would be.Just really sore.:( I am moving a bit slower today too...but thanking the Lord that I didn't do more damage.:)
    I won't be making a Mojo Monday card today cause Robby called and said he and family are coming over in a little while.Thus..the story of the tea.hehe Had to make some for their visit.:)

    Thanks for stopping in and please don't leave without letting me know you were here.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Thinking of You card.:)

    This is NOT a Mojo Monday card...it's a "just because" card.:) Christy and I were playing around with some new Cuddlebug embossing folders yesterday.Micheal's had 50%off coupons.Gotta love them!:) Christy used my Studio G chalk to highlight the butterflies and I used some to highlight the flowers in the background paper. I put some gems I got from Micheal's in the place of the butterfly heads.:) I added a cute bow and a sentiment and called it finished. As usual..it looks a LOT better in person.:)
    We..Jim,Christy and I had a rather busy weekend.Bible study Saturday evening with the kids...then Sunday afternoon..a trip to Micro Center (computer store) ..cause I needed some disks and printer ink..then we stopped at Captain D's for some fish and chips etc.mmmm:) Then we went to Micheal's while Jim went next door to Best Buy..then we went to Walmart to get a few things we were running out of ..then headed home and watched one of the movies Christy picked up from the Red Box at Walmart. After that I worked more on my card until it got late and I was about to fall asleep on my feet. Got up this morning..ate breakfast...got Jim off to work and finished this card.Whew!! Hope today is a little bit slower...cause I am not as young as I use to be.LOL
    I am waiting for the Mojo Monday blog to give us the sketch for this week.Last I checked they still had last weeks up. I DO NOT guarantee I will get it done today though.Just saying.LOL

    Thanks for stopping in and for letting me know you were here.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    Mojo Monday #209




    I finally got my Mojo Monday card done this afternoon. It took a while..cause Mama and I had a busy day yesterday cleaning up from the weekend and then today..Christy was off of work but neither one of us felt like going shopping ..so we stayed home and finally got some crafting done.YAY! :) As you can tell I flipped the design from the sketch...and used vellum for the ruffled edge. I thought the ribbon beads looked somewhat like icicles...if you let your imagination go.LOL

    Credits:
    Paper= atd Under the Tree
    Ribbon beads=Ribbon FX
    Stamp= Katie and Company
    Rhinestones=Micheal's Rhinestones
    Embossed snowflakes=Cuddlebug
    Glitter from Martha Stewart Glitter markers.

    Thanks for stopping in and please don't leave without saying hi.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Sunday, October 02, 2011

    Christy made another Box with drawers.:) PRETTY!





    Actually..Christy made this PRETTY box with drawers prior to the last one I posted.I just didn't get the pics of it posted first. I LOVE how she decorated it and most of all..I LOVE that she gave it to ME!!! :) I have it sitting on my scrapbook cabinet so I can see it ALL the time while I am scrapping or making cards etc. I LOVE having a TALENTED daughter! :)

    Robby's (youngest son's) birthday was Friday..and I was invited to join them ( Robby,Liz ..his wife..Melisa..her sister and Zander ..Melisa's baby boy) at Shogun's Japanese Restaurant for lunch again this year. I have pics and hope to have some layouts done really soon showing our time there.:) The cook wasn't as entertaining as last year..but the food was fantastic. Zander couldn't get enough of it and was practically climbing out of the high chair to get more.LOL Too funny!!

    Thanks for stopping in again and for leaving lovely comments for me.I really LOVE your visits!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda