Friday, May 25, 2018

Welcome Spring Blooms

Hello friends,

I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted.  Time has been flying by and Pippin is growing up fast.  The gardens are looking great!  Would you like to see what has been blooming over the past month or so?  Please come along and stroll with me.

Purple tulips looked so stately this year.

Magnolia blooms in pretty hues of pink.  They remind me of tissue paper flowers.

Pear tree covered in white blossoms.

The violets have taken over.  Carefree and spreading their wings ...

Brunnera 'Jack Frost' with beautiful forget-me-not like flowers and frosty heart shaped leaves.  A spring favorite of mine.

I have five different varities of lilacs now.  The old fashioned variety has started to fade.

Cleome by the fountain.

Pulmonaria so bright and cheery.

The ever so dainty bleeding hearts.

Iris 'Cristata' blooming in front of the pond.

I just love this time of year.  All the blooms make me smile.  I will be back to share some photos of Pippin with you.

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Wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

S'mores Parfaits

Hi everyone,

Happy Sunday!  I have been MIA lately and have a good excuse for that.  Our little Pippin is growing up so fast and I want to spend every minute that I can with him during these early months.  Also, he is way to active right now to let me do any crafting - soon that will change.

Today I want to share with you some gluten free & dairy free S'mores Parfaits I made.  I used a recipe from Gluten Free Palate and tailored the ingredients based on my diet.  This recipe yields 4 single servings.

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (gluten free)
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of non-dairy butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (gluten free)
  • Kinnikinnick Graham Style Crackers (gluten free & dairy free)
  • So Delicious CocoWhip!  
  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, whisk together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and almond milk.
  2. Continue stirring until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Boil for approx. one minute then add non-dairy butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Remove pan from heat and let cool until it reaches room temperature.
  5. Spoon crushed graham crackers into glass jars or bowls (reserve some for topping later).
  6. Add pudding over graham cracker layer.
  7. Place jars in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  8. Top with non-dairy So Delicious CocoWhip!
  9. Sprinkle leftover graham cracker crumbs on top.
  10. Enjoy!

These 1/5 liter glass Weck jars are so adorable!  You can find them at World Market.

Pretty layers of sweetness ...

I didn't have any, but you could add some tiny gluten free marshmallows to the top.

Wishing you a week filled with treats! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Valentine Rose

Hello friends,

I have a card to share with you today.  This was made for a special gal, who after battling cancer, is now paying it forward by helping to build the spirits of other cancer patients.  I think she deserves a medal!

The roses were stamped in Pretty in Pink & Regal Rose, then cut out.  I used an aqua painter on the lighter areas.  Star Dust Stickles were added to both the rose and bud for a little shimmer.  The leaves were done in Mellow Moss & Old Olive.

Pure sweetness ...

A bow was created using 1/2" Pink Pirouette seam binding.  I thought a silver glittered heart would look elegant in the center.

A peek inside ...

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Wishing you quiet moments with the one you love ...

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  SU A Rose is a Rose, PSX Happy Valentine's Day
Paper:  Natural White Linen, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Rose - Pretty in Pink & Regal Rose; Leaves - Mellow Moss & Old Olive; Sentiment - Basic Gray
Accessories:  Pink Pirouette 1/2" Seam Binding, Recollections Silver Heart Glittered Brad, Star Dust Stickles, SU Mini Heart Punch, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles Die, JustRite Custom Dies, Aqua Painter, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Two Step Stamping
Card Size:  4 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Our Little Pippin

Hello my friends,

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love cats.  After losing our precious Cheops life hasn't been the same.  So I have been keeping a secret!

We now have a new member of the family, a fawn Ocicat.  He is just the most adorable, handsome kitty!  After going back and forth with names we finally decided on 'Pippin'.  If you are not familiar with the breed it is a cross between a Siamese and an Abyssinian and looks like it stepped right out of the wild!

The rarest and most exotic colors in Ocicats are the 'champagne' colors (blue, fawn, lavender, blue silver, fawn silver and lavender silver).  Pippin's coat is fawn spotted on a pale ivory agouti ground.  His cute nose and paw pads are pink.   

Below are pics from his first photo shoot.

He still had his baby fur in these pictures.  As he matures his spots will be more pronounced.

All paused, and posed ...


Pippin celebrating his 4 month old birthday!  He is growing up quickly and is so full of energy.  He is involved in everything I do.  

After a day of running around and playing fetch he is tired ... zzzzz

For now, Pippin is not allowed in my craft room.  There are way too many shiny objects, rolls of ribbon and trinkets. 

Remember, no one owns an Ocicat they own you!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Beginning 2018 ...

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year!!!  When I awoke this morning it was -19 degrees outside ... brrr!  I grabbed my Stampin' Up Wintertime stamp and began creating.

The frame and die cuts are from the Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty-Five & Labels Twenty-Five sets.  I masked off the flourishes and stamped Happy Winter in Buckaroo Blue.  Then, I masked off Happy Winter and stamped the flourishes in Soft Sky.  Sponging around the image was done in Soft Sky.  Kaiser Pearls in Bliss accent the flourishes and Studio G glitter was added to Happy Winter.  These colors gave me the effect I was looking for.

A bow was created in Soft Sky 1/2" seam binding.  For some bling I hung a Frost Finishes embellishment from white jute.

Can you see the glitter?  It's always difficult to capture in the photos.

The inside sentiment was stamped in Buckaroo Blue.  Snowflakes were stamped in Soft Sky on the background paper and embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder.

Wishing you a wonderful start to the new year!  May 2018 bless you in surprising and joyful ways.

Stamps:  SU Wintertime, Serene Snowflakes, Sentiment by Northwoods Rubber Stamps
Paper:  Solar White Linen, Buckaroo Blue, Soft Sky, Shimmery White
Ink:  Buckaroo Blue, Soft Sky with Iridescent Ice EP
Accessories:  SU Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding, SU Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Hobby Lobby White Jute, Kaiser Pearls in Bliss, Studio G Glitter, Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty-Five & Labels Twenty-Five #4 & #5, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Two Step Stamping, Embossing, Sponging
Card Size:  4 1/2" x 6 1/4"  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Forever In Our Hearts

On December 9, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. my beloved Cheops went to kitty heaven. He is now with his brother and no longer in distress. We were with him right up until the end, holding him and comforting him. After 15 1/2 wonderful years Cheops will always be in our hearts. He had such a big personality and brought so much joy to our lives. 

In April of 2015, Cheops was diagnosed with diabetes.  For two years we gave him insulin injections twice a day.  He never once minded getting his medicine.  In September of 2017, he started to lose weight and wasn't eating as well.  It was necessary now to administer fluids.  Once again he was so cooperative.  I think I was affected more by this than he was.  Nothing will ease the pain, but I know we did absolutely everything we could for him.  He lived a long and happy life.

 Happy trails until we are together again.

I love you my sweet Cheops!

As long as you remember me,
my memory will live on.
My spirit will be there with you
At every breaking dawn.
I’ll sing to you through birds in spring
and whisper through the trees,
I’ll bring you gentle comfort with
A warm, caressing breeze.

As long as you remember me,
my love will fill your heart
and help to ease the sorrow
That you feel while we’re apart.
With thoughts of me,
perhaps you’ll see
the wonder of each day,
the joy of sunlit afternoons,
and nature’s grand display.

As long as you remember me,
I always will be near
to lend you sweet tranquility
as nighttime stars appear.
The bond that we have shared
will be a link from me to you
to give you hope for brighter days
and strength to see you through.

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Hello my friends,

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Wishing you a day filled with blessings and the comfort of family and friends.

Recently, I created this gift bag for my wonderful, compassionate and caring sister-in-law.  I filled it with some great goodies from Young Living.  I've been using their lip balms for quite sometime now and wanted to share them with her.  Right now my favorite one is Cinnamint, which contains Cinnamon Bark and Peppermint essential oils with Wolfberry Seed Oil.  It is super for quenching dry, parched lips. 

Now, onto how I made the gift bag.  The leaves were created using the Stampin' Up Vintage Leaves set with the coordinating Leaflets Framelits Dies.  This combination makes things quick & easy!

With Gratitude was stamped in StazOn Timber Brown on a Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two.  Sponging was done in Crumb Cake and ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown.

I'll leave you on this day with one of my favorite quotes about thankfulness.

"O Lord, that lends me life, lend me a heart
replete with thankfulness."

~ William Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 2 ~
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