Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hitting the Wall.......FMS192

The good news is that my kitchen is almost done - just painting and crown molding to do.  And my mother's apartment is almost completely packed, sorted and ready for the movers.  Notice I'm saying almost......there was no work to be done today because I hit the wall yesterday and needed a break! That must have been on my mind when I made this card because I used the new brick wall embossing folder - such a cool effect! A beautiful flower from Bountiful Blooms and words from Tin of Cards look terrific on my wall! If you're going to hit the wall it might as well be a pretty one!

Oh that talented Jen Mitchell has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hang on Swoopy! PPA256

Soft Suede and Early Espresso work well together to say a simple hello.  I used SU's new Greetings thinlits for the hello - I love how swoopy it is.  It works perfectly with Kerry's sketch this week at Pals Paper Arts - hope you play along!  I would love to see what you swoop across the top!  


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tea-licious! FMS191

One of the hardest things about my recent kitchen renovation was not being able to brew tea for a month. Call me crazy but microwave tea just doesn't cut it for me.  I need a good boiling kettle of water to brew my tea!  I think the big guy would say one of the hardest things for him was some of the wild things I made him eat for dinner!  We fell into a pattern of ordering out a big late lunch and then figuring out something creative for dinner - like toast, hot fudge sundaes, oatmeal or popcorn.  We had pizza one afternoon before leaving for the mall - an hour's drive for us country folk!  After shopping I got the bright idea to get movie popcorn and cokes for the ride home.  Two small cokes and two medium popcorns came to $26.71......there are no nice words to describe what I was thinking when I paid that bill......let's just say that I could have bought a mighty fine stamp set for that! 

The amazing Jen Timko designed a wonderful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  So brew a pot of tea and play along!

I was also inspired by this tea-lightful photo at The Challenge!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Stamp Review Crew - Petite Petals

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Petite Petals this week. I used a bit of Painted Blooms DSP along the edge and Adventure Bound DSP for the bucket and then just filled it with flowers.  A perfect summery way to say hi!  Now I am off to enjoy this summery day at the lake - have to cherish every one we get in the northeast.  Someone I know is already there guarding the beach against pirates!

If you are hopping along in order you have arrived from my very talented friend Heidi Baks' site. Technically I am the end of the line but if you didn't start at the beginning then hop over to Debra's site and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Goodness of Life....FMS190

Life is truly hectic around here as we transition my mother from her apartment to assisted living. She is working hard in the rehab center to regain strength and the rest of us are working hard to sort out her apartment.  But I do take time to visit her every day......I bring my own cup of tea and I bring her an iced coffee and we sit and chat after lunch. Weekdays I also bring along Miss Emma -  who has managed to charm the staff and residents - she does know how to make an entrance.......  

Our talented and also charming Amy O'Neill has created a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! 

I am also linking this card to the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop led by that bundle of energy and oh so talented Amy Tsuruta!  Such Fun!

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Happy Time........PPA254

Sound advice on my card today!  Whether it is stamping, reading or eating cake......three of my favorite activities......take some time for yourself and enjoy!

Don't forget any time we have a color challenge you may substitute a similar color if you need to!  I used the new in color Watermelon Wonder instead of Strawberry Slush. Hope you play along at Pals Paper Arts!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It's the Little Things....FMS189

It is always the little things that drive you crazy.....whether it be ants at a picnic or just a slight 2 and a half inch adjustment on your new kitchen cabinets to accommodate the refrigerator.  That slight adjustment led to a widening of the sink cabinet, a narrowing of cabinets near the fridge and just a bit of a skootch on the filler near the stove.  Just little things I thought......but as I reloaded my cabinets this week I discovered nothing fits where it used to.  The plates and the bowls have switched cupboards, a pull out spice rack occupies the spot of the former tray cabinet and the Pyrex baking dishes are living where the dish towels once were. The dish towels are stacked on the counter waiting a new room assignment.....and my poor cookie trays are still in the corner of the dining room hoping for a new spot in the kitchen.  In the meantime the big guy and I open the wrong cupboards and drawers constantly looking for things. Thanks Heaven for those new self closing hinges or we would be slamming doors left and right!  After 35 years in the old kitchen it is going to take a while..........

I used Happy Summer from SSS, a sentiment from SU's Hello Life and some die cuts with Narelle's wonderful geometric design!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!