Monday, July 16, 2018

ADORNit art play card trio

Hey friends!
Wow, believe it or not, last night I actually sat down and played with paper! It was so nice, no pressure, no deadlines or rules... but just because I wanted to :)
For a while there I was wondering if was ever going to get the bug again to want to go up to my room and dig into paper.  I guess it's best to just go with the flow, and when other things just feel right, take a break and enjoy those for a while.  More about what we've been up to below.  For now.. I'll tell you about what I used on these cards.
 

These are the images I used Daisy Delight from ADORNit

Again, this is for those of you who are afraid of painting and shading with watercolors, or you don't want to invest in lots of fancy markers.  Trust me... you can still color and make gorgeous cards!

All the coloring on these cards is done with fine tip Sharpies!  The blue edging is done with old school  chalk.  These images are fun and easy to color and the perfect size for cards.
I'm not on the ADORNit Creative Team any longer..but I LOVE using these!  ADORNit is a wonderful company with great products.
You can see all the paintables  HERE
 


I just used random scraps of paper for assembling the cards.  I LOVE mixing patterns so much!






I am so thankful it's Summer! I know a lot of people are complaining about the heat now, but when I am tempted to, I think about the "sunless" days of Nebraska winters... and I stop myself.
The older I get the more I dislike winter.



I spent so much of last Summer inside after my accident that I am loving every minute of this sunshine!
I sit out on the deck for a while everyday, and when It's getting too hot and just come in and sit in the air conditioning for a bit.

I've been freezing some strawberries for this winter. They have been so good this year.  They are going to taste good in my smoothies this winter!


Saturday during the day we went to a family reunion for my moms side of the family and then that evening I hung out with these dudes while their mom and dad attended a wedding reception. Emmett will be starting school this Fall and Wyatt will be in 6th grade. What?

We also got to meet our new grand-pup.  Everyone please meet Piper ( on the left).   He is a rescue from Hurricane Harvey.  He is so adorable. Friendly and playful.  She and Riley get along so well.
They are showing off the scarves I made them. lol Don't they look proud?


I also got a new do. I told myself when lost 50lbs I was getting a new do and a couple of new things to wear. Finally
I'd share a picture of Dan, but they poor guy now has Shingles. He is just trying to get built back up after having a terrible Bronchial infection they past few weeks.  He has had quite a time. Trying to put weight on him while trying to take it off of me has been quite a chore.






And.... I this past week got to go see my favorite singer, so there was that.  Super fun! I was very worried how I would do with my foot, but it went surprisingly well.  Luckily my sis Jan is always so great about going with me, so we make a fun time of it. We even spotted a fun little shop to check out before the show. Here is what I came home with.  I love it! Especially with the canvas of Dan and I that my sweet friend Jane sent me.

A fun night. Great show!


I'll leave you with a bit of Roger Clyne


Thanks so much for  stopping by!  And for being patient with me between my posts. lol

Hugs all around!

Vic

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Happy Fourth of July!

Hello friends! Just popping in to say hello and wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July.


 (above photo is of Emmett when he was a little guy).


I have been neck deep in these layouts for hire I've been working on for over a year now.  I have done hundreds over the past year. She has 9 grandchildren so it's quite an endeavor.  But, what an amazing gift for a Grandma to give her grandchildren.  I'm working in the year "2003" right now, sooo that tells you how much there is to do. She has them totally organized in envelopes and marked as to what they are with the dates . I cant begin to tell you how much easier that makes things.
 I have plenty of supplies, and it's a great way to use some of them up. The layouts are basic and not super time consuming so they are  enjoyable to work on. It's also nice that I can work on them when it works best for me. It always makes me smile when she tells me, what a kick the kids get out of looking at them when they are there for holidays. ( the kids are all teen now).
It nice to be doing something you know will be a treasure for these kids ... hopefully for the rest of their lives.


I have had time for fun also :)
We celebrated Independence Day last weekend.  We had a few friends here at the house.  It was a fun day filled with fireworks, friends and food.


Amy's mom was able to be here with us also.  Her parents are now moved here from CA.  They had a new home built between here and Omaha and it's finally finished.  Her mom is settling in at the house while waiting for Amy's dad to finish up work in CA.  Amy is their only child so it will be so nice for them to be here closer to her.

I wish I would have thought to take more photos before the others left, but you know how it is when your trying to get food set out ect.
Everyone brought yummy things to eat!  Temptation everywhere! ugh

Lyla and Henry's family was here with us also. ( again missed the photos).  But it was so great to have them here and get to spend time with them.
Wes had picked up some daytime fireworks for the kids to enjoy.
Below Lyla is helping Amy and Wes catch parachutes.


This little punk'n is such a little ray of sunshine in my life.
Henry has grown so much! By the time I took this photo he was napping :(    I will post a photo of him soon.


It was great to get to spend time with everyone.  Jarad and Kate were attending the river parade so we will see them tomorrow.  


Sure hope all of you had/ or are having a safe and happy 4th of July!


                                                     Vicki

Friday, June 15, 2018

Girls craft day and a little blog catch up

Hey friends! Wow, I was just thinking today about the fact that I used to blog every other day. lol  Those days are gone, but I need to blog more often than I have been ... because I have a hard time limiting my photos.  I am a total visual person, ( not so much .. a writer. Which I'm sure you've noticed) lol  Photos say so much. They make you feel like you were there.  Speaking of which, I sure wish all of you crafters could get to enjoy time with this group of gals, like I do. I don't know how I was ever so blessed as to have them in my life. Yes, we all love to craft, but there's so much more to these friendships than that. We are there for each other. We all know we can count on each other for anything. We've been there for each other thru all of life's joys and sorrows. We laugh together and cry together.
Today, there was lots of laughter. Those days are best!  :)
( Deb was unable to make it, so we missed having her there, but Karen's friend Renee joined us. Always fun to meet someone new, who enjoys crafting. She was sweet and didn't seem to mind the non stop chatter than happens when we are all together. lol

Karen had us all to her house and she lined up this fun project. She had seen it on the cover of her Jary Janes Farm magazine.  Super cute project... and one that we could do while we chatted. So that was great.



A little silliness.Some shenanigans


 Always so much fun.. and food!

We also celebrated my sis Jan's Birthday.

Karen and her husband farm, and they recently built a new house near their original home.
I had to take the photo below to show you the view they have out all of their windows.    Is that amazing or what?  Miles and miles of beautiful farm land.


Until our little get together, I hadn't really gotten any 4th of July decorations out at all.  We all bring little gifts for each other when we get together and these were all 4th of July themed. Yay! it inspired me to put some things out.


I have my flag hanging here for now.. but haven't decided on what else to put here yet. Pondering :/

And a little something out in the trees on the side yard.


Have I mentioned lately that I'm still so glad it's not winter!  And we are supposed to have triple digits the next few days.
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Since I posted last, we made our trip to Minnesota to our great nephews graduation and it was wonderful!  We are all so proud of Austin!  This guy has had to overcome some major hurdles in his life, and he comes out shining like the star he is!  Austin has Autism... but nothing stops this kid! He also battled Leukemia when he was 4 and beat that! He amazes me! Sometime I'll share photos of some of his Art work. Talented guy!   

He success has been a team effort. This is a family that works together!  Greg and Trina are the most amazing parents, working and encouraging Austin all the way.  And Adriana is such a loving and supportive sister. It's so heartwarming to see how they work together.


This ( Greg, Austins dad)  is my sis from Florida's son .  ( I have a big family, so I'm always trying to keep that straight here, when I talk about family) lol.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think about my little nieces and nephews being grown adults with children. lol  Dan and I used to take "Gregor" with us camping and fishing when we were first married and they lived in NE.  He was around 10-13. We have such great memories of that time.  It's crazy sometimes how fast time seems to go.

I had to go look at photos in my files and found these.  Decided to share

Greg ( and Dawn) when they were little


Austin when he was little. 

So... we were especially lucky enough to get to see my Florida family again! (after us just being there for a visit).   As you can see from the cars... those of us who were close enough drove.
Their home is so beautiful and inviting. And luckily had room for all of us.lol
They are the kindness, most loving bunch and we enjoyed every minute of getting to visit with everyone.


We spent lots of time out on the deck visiting. The weather was beautiful and check out the view of their back yard.

Loosing our sister Donna unexpectedly in January has been hard on all of us.  We sure thought of her a lot when us three sisters got to be together for this celebration.
I get a little teary when I think about how blessed I am to have these two in my life. They are just the most kind, loving and giving sisters any one could ask for.
We chatted it up, big time... as you could imagine. lol



So thankful for this amazing time with family. We came home with hearts overflowing.



credit: One Velvet Morning free printable


Thanks friends for stopping by... and I hope your week has been wonderful!

Vic

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Live in the moment

Hey, Hello!
I haven't forgotten the blog, and I'm still alive... it's just been so busy :)  I realized as I was thinking about what photos I wanted to post here today.. that I can't let it go this long between posts because I have too much to share. lol   I feel like I'm drowning you in photos today.
I'm just so happy it's finally NOT WINTER!

Today I'm sharing some simple note cards I made using Authentique papers. Since I've been creating less since I'm stepped down from designs teams, my "go to" card supply box is getting low.  I love to send little hadmade notes, so I sat down with this Picnic collection, which I adore.
There is something so relaxing about creating simple little note cards like these.  It satisfies my need to play with paper.... even when life it busy.


What else have I been up to?  Well..... using up some rhubarb from the cabin for one things.   I feels like it's been for ever since I've baked a pie, so I thought I'd better, before I forget how. haha
I've been working on weight loss, so it's not exactly what I need around, but It's Amy's favorite and  we had people over to grill out on Memorial Day, so It got  eaten up. whew!

I also used some of the rhubarb to make the jam that mom used to always make for all of us.  I made rhubarb strawberry and rhubarb blueberry.  I love pulling the old aqua club pot that make always used when making this and  just reminiscing about her as I chop rhubarb and stir away while standing at the stove. Somehow it makes be feel closer to her.
I think of mom and dad and all the great memories they created for us kids.  I think of them everyday, but I guess even  more because of memorial weekend.
I took flowers out to their graves on Friday.  As I look at those dates on the headstones, I'm always taken aback when I realize how long  they've been gone.  Crazy how it seems so fresh in my mind. It never seems like that many years have passed.
 I'm so thankful for all the great memories they left us with.


I have spent more time sitting out on the the deck relaxing .. this year, than I ever have.  I feel like I'm truly "getting" how to slow down and enjoy life. I love it.  I can honestly say, now.. when I sit down to relax and enjoy a glass of tea on the deck.. I really "relax"and enjoy.  I know that sounds weird, but I feel like I used to think I was doing that, but actually I was sitting there thinking about what I  was going to work on or try to accomplish later.  It's not the same.




I'm also enjoying cooking so much more, now that I have more time.
For the most part, I'm cooking so much healthier since I've been doing Keto.  This was Monday when we had  company so there was pie. lol  But otherwise most of this is Keto friendly.
Do any of you do Keto?  I feel like it's something that is actually sustainable for me.  I'm down 40lbs ( but with much to go).   Thankful for each day I continue to try to eat healthier.  Weight has always been a issue for me, but I think for me, like  many of us... as you get older you give much more thought to your health rather than just  appearance.


We have been grilling and eating out on the deck since it's been nice.  I had been looking for a little holder for paper plates, napkins and silverware, that I could just grab and take out with us.  I found this ( 1/2 off ) at Hobby Lobby.  I love it and it works great!

 Wes and Amy have been working on projects at the cabin so I spent the day out there one day last week ( when I picked the rhubarb).   Amy had left for work already when I took these photos :(  , but  I loved  these of Wes and Jep.   

 We are a dog  loving family


Which brings me to some  sad news.  I feel like I need to share, because many of you who have  followed my blog, have seen many photos, over the years, of this sweet girl.  Our grandpup  Chloe.   We had to say our goodbyes to her after 15 years.  Kate had her even before her and Jarad were married and she became part of the family when Kate did.  She was the kindest, most gentle loving dog you could ever imagine.  We all miss her so much.  It was a hard, and heartbreaking decision for Kate and Jarad, but it was just time. She was so loved!!



It seems with all the good things in life, there is always some tough ones.

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I found this quote and loved it.. so I wanted to share.
I added it to a photo, and I'm going to use it as I screen saver on my phone, as I little reminder.


Thanks as always for stopping by. I love that you do


Vicki