Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas!

 Christmas is almost here!  I would like to be like the little girl above and go caroling amongst the falling snow in a perfect Christmas outfit!  I would sing my favorite carol which is Joy to the World!  There are so many truly wonderful Christmas songs....what a beautiful time of year this is.  

Of course, every year, I am never ready!  I have great visions of the perfect decorations, perfect gifts and spending lots of time with loved ones.  Not all of it gets done; but what does get done is very special. 
 A true highlight of my Christmas season was getting together with my stitching friends!  Here we are at Karin's beautiful home.  We spent time gifting each other with wonderful presents, stitching, eating and just generally basking in the glow of being together.
Several of us did an ornament exchange.  Here are the treasures that were exchanged!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!!!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Well, I'll Be......

Phew.....I thought it was curtains for me and my blogging days.  I received that message yesterday about not being able to upload more photos and put out the SOS to you all.  Thanks for all of the comments and help!!!!!  

I sat down tonight and was determined to figure it out...I spent the last 30 minutes on Photobucket and that was fun.  I barely scratched the surface of that.  Then I came back to the blog and tried to upload pictures like I normally do because I still could not figure out how to do it with Photobucket and lo and behold....they uploaded just like usual.  I don't know if this is a temporary reprieve or what...but I will take it.  

I wanted to show you that over the last few weeks I have been drawn back to making cards and stamping.  I saw this new paper collection by October Afternoon - Make it Merry and I just had to have it!!!  Above is a card I made using different papers from the collection.  I put it in the mail to my Mom.  She is always my #1 fan so I knew she would love it.   

Above is the first card I made.  I was just fooling around with stamps, etc. and this one came together with a collage sheet I had been hoarding for about 4 years.  It is from Red Lead in St. Louis.  I sent this one to my friend Dorothy because we have an inside joke about Ellen Clapsaddle.  She is the artist of the image on this card.

At one point I had been making Christmas tags using family pictures.  I ran across this one which has a picture of my cousin Bobby and me with my brother Todd in a doll carriage.  This just melts my heart!
Here is my secret craft for this year.  I purchased some vintage Christmas Seals from Ebay and I am turning them into gift tags.  Fun, Fun, Fun.  Here are some tags in their first stage.  They need some stamping and some "ribboning,"  but they are going to be great fun to make.  This new little task has even turned into a Stamping Up order for the first time in years.  I needed more red cardstock and that also turned into getting a new table top paper cutter.  UPS should deliver all of that on Wednesday and I will be back in business.

As I was driving today thinking about the fact that I no longer could easily add pictures to my blog I seriously thought about packing it in.....but then I got home, started listening to music, and reading other blogs....I was overwhelmed by all the love, friendships and joy blogging has brought to me.   I will have to work through this technical glitch.  

Happy December everyone!!!!

Saturday, December 01, 2012


I was all set to update my blog today.  And I got a message that I had used up all my space to add pictures to the blog.  I do not want to have a blog entry without pictures!!!!!  I have to figure this out.  One way is to spend a certain amount of money each month to upload pictures...and I don't want to do that.  I am kind of having a panic attack about this whole thing.........will be back as soon as I figure this out.  There is talk of Picasa and Monkey Pic or something when I looked on line to figure this out.  I don't even know what they are talking about.   Rats.

I thought I was a genius because I could figure out how to get my pictures from my camera to the blog.....