Monday, January 31, 2011

Add A Burst Of Flavor!

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Update: Delay Of Grand Opening

Although I planned on announcing the grand opening of my etsy store, things (no, I wasn't on the phone) got in the way. But, the good news is that it's still in the works and I'm working on a few more items to get it started.

P.S. Be sure to enlarge the pic above to read the ad... I would never have made it as a woman of yesteryear!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My New Shop

Like it? I will be making an announcement about it this weekend! Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Say Hello To Rachel

Say Hello to my good friend Rachel. She is a fellow nurse, former co-worker, a friend, and truly a lovely person.
I don't think Rachel knows this, but she is actually the person that introduced me to the blogging world. (and I am forever grateful!) She has an awesome blog... Rachel vs. The Kitchen...
and I'd love for you to check it out! She features yummy dishes like this one below - Crunchy Garlic Chicken.

She also offers other delicious recipes. Rachel gives you an honest opinion of the recipe, including whether or not her picky hubby likes it! ;)
Please stop by her blog and let her know I sent you. Happy cooking, my bloggy friends!

Loving My New Job!!!

ForBecky Jane ;) - I'm a Phone Triage Nurse

Thanks to all my friends for your wonderful well wishes and congratulations! I LOVE my new job and the fabulous people I am working with.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lost My Mojo

I've lost my MoJo and can't seem to find it. I've been unemployed for two months and I never dreamed it would be taking this long to find a new job. Don't get me wrong, I could get a job, but it would mean nights, weekends and other undesirable things. I have a 16 year old daughter. She is very trustworthy and has a good head on her shoulders, but I NEED to be home for her. She will only be in my care and under my roof for a couple more years and I don't want to miss any more than I already have! The stress from no job is affecting my craft MoJo. I can't seem to find the creative me lately. What do you do when you're stuck creatively?

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Ever have a huge craving? One that you just can't make go away? Well, I did today. So I drive to the local cafe' only to be told... "SORRY, we only have vanilla ice cream right now".
:( So I had an anemic (supposedly chocolate) shake. Somehow, it just didn't hit the spot.

The object of my affection - the TWIST cone.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Little Window Shopping and Unexpected Bargains!

I decided to visit my local TJ Maxx on a whim yesterday. Didn't really have money to spend, but I pick up a few bargains once in a while.

Rarely do I make it past the clothing section, but since I had some time to kill, I wandered to the back of our small store, through the bedding and linens, and into the home decor section. Much to my surprise, tucked away between items that I had no interest in, I found Martha!

These aren't the exact punches I found, but my excitement over the finds was overwhelming! $3 and $4 for name brand quality paper punches! I also picked up some ribbon and scrapbook paper.

I also found a santos-style metal dress form for $3. Perfect for my Just Jewelry display. Score! All in all, a happy, thrifty day for me.

Where are some of your favorite bargain deals found? (Besides Goodwill)

Sharing the Love

Visiting one of my favorite blogs today... stop by and say hi to Christina at Christina's Adventures for her 20 below Thursdays!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


This took entirely too much longer than it should have, but here it is. My finished (first) stamping project. I realize every time I sit down to create that I need about a million more items to keep on hand.

The Challenge stated that you could increase/decrease the size of the template as you desire, and in hindsight, I wish I'd increased the size, due to the size of the basket being so tiny. It was hard to make too much of a statement with the tiny space provided.

(Kind of hard to see, but it's a birdcage)

Am I buying a suitable camera at tax time? Yes I am!!!!!

Buttons, fabric, cardstock, scrapbook paper, pearls and ribbon.


(And I HAVE to have a flower!)
My personality makes me want to pick it apart, (thanks Mom) but, overall, given my limited craft supplies, I'm happy with it!
I linked up to

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I bought the newest issue of Stampers' Sampler. It was the first time I've purchased it. I swear! I could buy every Stampington publication and never leave my chair. They have amazing artists and I so enjoy their work. Turns out, they put a template in each issue and challenge their readers to come up with creations to submit. Guess what I'm going to be doing the next couple of days? It has a deadline of January 15th, so time is a wasting!!!

Handcrafted also offers the work of amazing artists.


The cover project was not my favorite in this issue, but it had some really cool ideas inside.

And my most favorite of all. The magazine that began the love affair for me... Where Women Create. I salivate over each issue I get my hands on, and cry tears of sadness when I miss the newest issue. I dream of being one of those women with an amazing studio and the ability to create full time. If you're not currently reading any of these, pick one up! I know you'll love them too! If you can't find one at your favorite Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's, you can visit the Stampington website. They also offer lots of cool craft supplies. You'll thank me!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

We're beginning the New Year in beautiful Gatlinburg, TN. Lumpkin's church youth group attends Winter Extreme. There are speakers and bands performing and the kids have a great time. I love spending time with my daughter, but loud music is beginning to be TOO loud. I guess that's a sign of my advancing age... ;)

(I hate having my pic taken, but it made my baby happy.)

(Lindsay and Alison - having a blast)

(Skillet - this band was awesome!)

LIVESAVERS!!!! I was so happy to have earplugs.

Tonight we'll be headed downtown again to the Convention Center to Winter Extreme.

Happy New Year to all my blog friends!