Friday, November 2, 2012

Winner of Blog Candy

Hello my dear sweet friends -

It's time to announce the winner of my blog candy give away - and the winner is..............  


Congratulations Anne-Marie.  Email me your address information and I will get your package mailed out next week.

Thanks again ladies.  

I am having another blog candy give away - just need to finishing getting the package together and take some photos so I can post all about it.  

Be back Sunday evening!

With hugs and smiles


Thursday, November 1, 2012

THANK YOU & More of This and That......

Hello my dear sweet friends -

I will be making the big announcement of the winner of my Pink Blog Candy tomorrow morning.  


I want to say a big huge THANK YOU to all of you for your support of Breast Cancer awareness last month.  

Your words of encouragement and thoughtful comments made me smile and touched my heart deeply. 

And for those of you that shared your deeply personal battles with me - I am honored and I hope you know you are all in my prayers.

I treasure each of you!!

I am also going to have new blog candy giveaway starting tomorrow.

Lots of last minute details to finish up tonight and I hope you will be back tomorrow to see who the winner is and to join in the next candy giveaway.

With hugs and smiles always


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Give Thanks Always - Gratitude

Hello again my dear sweet friends

I have slowed down considerably in making cards this past year and have realized I miss making them.  I had some cardstock I have been wanting to use and so began the process of seeing what I could come up with.  I have been thinking a lot about gratitude lately and decided to have that as my theme.  
My only goals were to keep it clean and simple, use fall colors, add some bling and use a sentiment rather than an image.  It was so much fun making this card and my passion for cardmaking has been reignited and I can't wait to make many many more.

I am submitting this card into the following challenges:

Hugs and smiles


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Birdie Pirate goes Batty - CH38

Hello again dear sweet friends - hope you are doing wonderfully. 

It time for this weeks challenge at Tuesday Alchemy.  In all honesty I am not a big fan of Halloween (never have been) and so this challenge was a bit of a challenge for me.  I wanted to make something cute and adorable rather than scary and creepy.  I still hope you will join in the challenge and since we have two sponsors this week there will be two changes to win a prize.  The sponsors are:

Can you believe it??  I actually made a card and it was so much fun.  I fell in love with this little Birdie Pirate and just had to create something with him.  (The adorable image is from 2 Cute Ink).   I honestly can't say he is very spooky looking.  I am hoping with the bats hovering above him and the row of skulls he is standing on will add the spooky look to the card.  What do you think??  By the way - I have been hoarding these little bat embellishments and the skulls border for several years now.  I just hadn't found the right project to use them on until now and I am so happy I waited.

Sure hope you will join us this week and I can't wait to see what you create. And of course - you never know - you could be this week's winner.

I am also submitting this card in the following challenges:

Through the Craftroom Door - Challenge #42   11/5

Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes - Challenge #4     11/1

Spark Your Creativity  - Anything Goes Challenge #2    11/1

My Mums Craft Shop Challenge - Bold and Bright   11/6

Crafty Mess Challenge #20  11/2

Use It Tuesday #42 11/2

With hugs and smiles


By the way - there are two more days left in my blog candy giveaway.  All you need to do to enter is become a follower of my blog (unless you already are),  and leave a comment on the link below:

and you will get another entry into the drawing if you post the link on your blog with a link back here.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Huge Explanation

Oh my dear sweet friends - I am incredibly sorry for my partial blog post (earlier this morning) that caused confusion.  I am deeply touched by each of your emails to make sure I was okay.  Thank you so much for caring.  

I want to reassure you I am doing fine and to explain what happened.  I was working on a blog post (a rough draft) and must have pushed the "publish" button instead of the "save".  Sometimes I do a lot of editing before I publish my posts and I had only begun to write my post this morning and I mentioned the word "goodbye".

This morning (Sunday) I was feeling incredibly sad and heartbroken.  I was going to have to say goodbye to all my cyber -friends, close my Etsy store and stop posting on my blog due to losing internet access on Tuesday.  I just couldn't stand the thought of one more loss in my life - the friends and connections I have made through the world wide web is how I have started to rebuild my life these past 18 months and has been my primary way to connect with my family and friends.  My Etsy shop has been a form of therapy for me.  Ironically I didn't start Etsy to make money - it was a way to keep creating things and something to look forward to every day.    

I lost my job about a year and a half ago for blowing the whistle on coworkers. I ended up in the doctors office and diagnosed as having PTSD.  Ultimately  the doctors say I am disabled and no longer able to work.  It has cost me a great deal financially including the loss of my health insurance benefits.  I am 1000 miles away from my daughters and grandsons and I miss them terribly.  On Saturday I had a mammogram and also went to visit the grave site for the love of my life and discovered he had no headstone.  And Monday is the one year anniversary of my youngest sister taking her own life.  In other words - its been a pretty emotionally draining weekend.  

However the way I felt this morning and the way I am tonight is different (other than I do have a headache).  I truly believe God never gives us more than we can handle.  And yet - I have moments when I am weary and tired and start wondering what is going to happen next and forget who is ultimately in control.  It's not always easy because I like to be in control whenever possible but when I let go and trust in God and in His plans for my life - there are blessings and even miracles to be found.  My best friend told me 20 years ago I am the only person she knows who falls into a pile of poop but crawls back out holding a bunch of diamonds.  To me - that's the power of God. 

Eight months ago my sister and brother-in-law opened their home and hearts to help me begin rebuilding my life.  My sister tells me I have been a blessing for them too!!  And through their incredible love and support I am able to stay connected.  God has provided a warm safe place for me (and Hercules) to live and I really do feel blessed.  

Thank you again for caring!!

Hugs and smiles