Friday, November 30, 2007
Labels: STAMPIN' UP
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
**ETA - I forgot to color the bird, but then again Doves are white so I guess it's o.k. Tired & ready for bed.
Labels: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY STUFF, HANNA STAMPS, Papertrey
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Labels: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY STUFF, HANNA STAMPS, STAMPIN' UP
Monday, November 26, 2007
Labels: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY STUFF, GIFT IDEAS, Handmade Jewelry By Me, STAMPIN' UP
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Labels: HANNA STAMPS
Labels: GIFT IDEAS
Labels: STAMPIN' UP
Labels: HANNA STAMPS
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Labels: HANNA STAMPS
Friday, November 23, 2007
Labels: HANNA STAMPS
Now I'd like to share a special story about the stars here. When I first visited my future DH, we were outside late one night (in the Hill Country about 20 miles west of Austin) with a picnic & blanket looking at the sky chatting. I noticed there just weren't any visible stars in the sky and I thought that was strange especially when I thought about that song...Deep in Heart of Texas where it talks about the big & bright stars - well this California girl was not a believer.
He proceeds to ask me a question, not any question but THE QUESTION (we were already talking marriage though so it wasn't a big surprise) and after he got down on his knees, went into this sweet proposal about wanting to spend the rest of his life with me and showed me the ring - I confused him with starting to cry (they were tears of joy) but managed to get yes out and we kissed, ah. Then I looked up in the sky and lo and behold - those Big & Bright stars appeared! I know it sounds unreal but he was my witness...I had a feeling it was a 'sign' from God of his approval because we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt HE was the ONE who brought us together.
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS by Alvino Ray
The stars at night are big and bright Deep in the heart of Texas
The prairie sky is wide and high Deep in the heart of Texas
The sage in bloom is like perfume Deep in the heart of Texas
Reminds me of the one I love Deep in the heart of Texas
The coyotes wail along the trail Deep in the heart of Texas
The rabbits rush around the brush Deep in the heart of Texas
The cowboys cry, "Ki-yip-pee-yi" Deep in the heart of Texas
The doggies bawl and bawl and bawl Deep in the heart of Texas
"ETA: I have to tell you that there is a new Hanna Stamps (Thing Hanna Would Say) coming out soon with 28 sentiments to go with current & future sets that Kristi (owner) is giving away on her blog Kreations by Krissy and if you check out the Design Team's blogs (links on there) they are all giving away a set there too. I want to win one SO badly I blog hopped the other night to increase my chances. I think I will cry if I don't win a set because I ADORE these stamps!! O.k. I guess I shouldn't be so greedy after all, Kristi has offered FREE shipping up until today, so all the $ I saved can go to the new set.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I nearly forgot I got a set by Rubbersoul Wordsworth called Classic Christmas at the clearance section in Hobby Lobby a month ago (for, get this $5.03!) It retails for $14.95!! Last night after trying to figure out what else I could do with Hanna (I gave up until I saw what Michelle Wooderson did with the saying and Hanna hanging stars, I knew I could do something else with her and then I saw the swag in the set (it has ornaments, I just didn't ink them so I could use my ornaments in Tis the Season set). No fireplace to put it on thought, so I drew one! What do you think? I wish I could capture the sakura glitter on the ornaments & the top of her boots, but I couldn't. It's just so pretty IRL. The berries in the swag are stickles. I used my Basic Grey Fruitcake paper, thought it went real well with my Not Quite Navy. Since I didn't have anymore room for a sentiment, I had to find one that would fit on the fireplace and Papertrey's Holiday Wishes fit the bill.
Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Labels: STAMPIN' UP
Monday, November 19, 2007
Labels: GIFT IDEAS
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Labels: THANK YOU CARDS
It's also going out to my two sisters (and their DH's) for blessing me with my recent trip to CA to see them & my precious niece. There really aren't enough words to express my gratitude for those wonderful memories a few weekends ago. Doesn't matter I came back with the worst cold EVER (that I am still nursing but with lessened congestion), doesn't matter I was away from my DH and my fur babies for 4 days (and I missed them), doesn't matter there were a few frustrating moments while I was there (won't re-hash the details).
What does matter is that I had a ride from/to the airport, I had a wonderful home cooked meal when I arrived (and my sister was hurting the whole time she made it), the fact I got to see my Godson Avery for a little while that evening (thanks, Don), the happy faces as I doled out handmade gifts that night (that brought tears to my oldest sister's eyes), the fun my niece had as I showed her all the clothes I brought her (and she was thrilled about them even though they are second-hand), the fact that my sister is going to have another baby I can love on, the sweet moments I saw my niece acknowledge the baby with lifting her momma's shirt real high & patting her tummy and giving a kiss to her little brother (or sister-we'll find out Dec 27), the sacrifice of time friends and family made to come visit me that weekend, the fun we had playing the new cranium (and laughs at certain people's expense), the night I got there my niece called me 'Auntie' for the first time, the one-on-one time her and I had playing, eating, and changing (where I taught her what sound the blender makes, how to say 'Upsy Daisy' and how after every time I finished changing her she hugged me, kissed me & patted me on the back, the endless laughter at her antics, teaching her how to do the new puzzles I got her (and she actually put a few pieces together without my help that last night), how she quickly started to kiss me just like she does her mommy & daddy only, and how utterly blessed, loved and missed I am by my family. I look forward to talking to them several times a week (thankfully we have unlimited long distance) and hope to some day get webcams set up so we can make our visits more 'real'.
My heart aches as I write this because I am not there to see them every day. I don't get to see my niece learn new things every day. I hang onto the sweet memories I have and I find myself counting the days until I see them again. What matters is family and this is the one God put me in and no matter how many miles separate us...there is an invisible thread that passes between our hearts that no one sees but is an instantaneous link up via our love & many memories. Each trip brings more precious memories than the last, I know...I have the pictures & my heart to prove it.
*E.T.A* What does matter is that the morning Gabby's daddy took me to the airport (and I had to kiss her forehead to say good-bye because she was sleeping) my sister called to tell me that morning once she woke up & was eating her breakfast, she heard the front door open and she excitedly said, 'AUNTIE?' and her mommy had to tell her, "No, Auntie had to go back on the plane to Texas. But she'll be back to see you again" you bet I will! That made me cry like a baby when she told me!
I Love & Miss Y'all!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
7 random things
scary movies - my mom let me watch when I was real young (I'm thinking like 8, maybe) and instead of them freaking me out or being scared of the boogeyman, I grew to LOVE them. Can't get enough...in fact, most times I'm disappointed there aren't enough GREAT ones out there! My all-time faves are: Halloween (original, I haven't seen the most recent yet *GASP*) Jeepers Creepers, all the SAWS, Hostel and Hostel II.
favorite food - my favorite food of all time is Indian food. In fact, if I was told to pick one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, that would be it. I LOVE kheer (rice pudding) and Palak Paneer (spinach) and all the BREADS they serve like roti, naan, chapati. YUM, love the spice, aromas, etc.
mud - I love the smell of wet dirt. When I was a kid, my mom would get me ready for a bath and once I had all my clothes off...I would dart out the back door and play in the dirt real quick (hey, I had to have a real reason to get clean) the neighbors would see me and laugh as my mom would run after me. I used to make (and eat) mud pies.
ice cream - LOVE it, couldn't live without it. Well, it's not like I eat it everyday. But, when my mom was pregnant with me, she did. every day - black cherry ice cream - that's the only kind I don't like, wonder why?!
don't sweat the small stuff - those are some of the best books I have ever read and they work! I used to let little things bother me and then I would allow them to control my mood. When I was introduced to those, boy oh boy I realized how much wasted energy and unhappiness I was allowing in my life. Things are much better now, not that I am perfect and don't allow little annoyances, but it's good to get things in perspective. I have read the original, the one for women written by the author's wife, have 1/2 to go in the work one and 1/2 in the love one.
sleep - I savor every moment of it. My mom always had me take a nap when I was little and as ad adult I realized how sweet they were so why stop? I love to take naps and I can fall asleep ANYWHERE, with noise of people, the t.v., the washer, dryer, dishwasher, people talking. I think I'm a pretty sound sleeper, but DO NOT under any circumstance, take your guard down when I am woken up suddenly. Zero to B in 2 seconds...I woke up kicking and swinging at my middle sister before when she woke me up. Lately if I fall asleep before DH and he wakes me up moving, I snap! It's usually just when he's trying to get comfortable. I move to the other room if he irks me. I guess I may be sweating the small stuff? Nah, just don't want to be woken up.
sisters - if you have one or more you know what I mean. If you don't, I think you may have missed out on one of life's joys. My oldest sister and I always got along, we played together, we worked together, we would shop, watch t.v. and gang up on our middle sister (I'm the baby). But there's a bond there that will never be broken. My sisters and I went through loss early on with our dad of a heart attack when we were 14, 13 and 9. I used to fight constantly with my middle sister, I hated the air she breathed, everything about her bugged me. Then when my mom said that the only thing she ever wanted was for us to get along, we really tried because when we were only 31, 30 and 26 we lost our mom to lung cancer. My sisters and I are all really close now, and my middle sister and I can hang out without fighting (probably helps I live 1,000 miles away though) but we truly like and love one another (our mom's wish came true). It was through our loss that we were knit closer together. This past weekend I had a sweet flashback of when we were little. My niece is learning to be potty trained. Well the night I arrived, we were all in there watching her and encouraging her and so happy and cheering when she went. It reminded me of when my sisters potty trained me. My mom said they would sit on the edge of the tub and cheer me on, just like we were with my niece. I am sad when I think that our mom and dad are missing out on their first granchild, but have to believe they are somehow able to still watch us and were smiling on us during that moment last week.
That's it - kinda long, huh? If you read this far, thanks and you're a star!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Here's another little gift I made for my sisters (I fly out at 3:15 today and arrive in CA at 4:55) incindentally in San Jose (where I fly to) had a 5.6 earthquake at 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday. I will see my godchild Avery this evening for a little while and we are going to have a dinner party on Sat. night with family & friends (it's easier to have them come see me at my sister's than me try to go see all of them individually). I'm so excited! So I may not post until some time next week. I'm bummed, I just got my Tis the Season set by Hanna stamps too (maybe I can stamp something before I leave today. For this project, I found the red/brown tin at Target for $1 clearance with spiced caramels in it that DH got to eat & really liked! I knew I could re-use it with kisses & my new How Sweet It Is set by My Favorite Things and I like how it turned out! I embossed the saying & kisses on the outside (cute that there's 3 sisters & 3 kisses to represent us, huh?) and found the sister poem on line sorry about the slight glare. It says, "There is no better friend than a sister. And there is no better sister than you." Author Unknown.