Saturday, March 18, 2017


Yesterday my first daffodil bloomed.  My first EVER daffodil! I'm thrilled - they've been coming up every year, but this is the first time they've actually bloomed. Or if they've bloomed before, I wasn't here to see it....I think I lucked out this year, as we don't leave on our spring trip until tomorrow. 😀
The wire makes it a bit hard to see, but those are the cages I have to put around the tulips so the rabbits can't eat off the leaves.  Who knows, maybe I'll even have blooming tulips this year too! (Of course I won't be here to enjoy them.

I'm working on a little sewing project also. It's The Ultimate Wallet by So Sew Easy - and it's a FREE pattern. Can't get much better than that.  Of course after I started I realized I didn't have enough of the fabrics I had chosen, but found some that is a close enough match at JoAnn's yesterday. I wish I could have found more of the adorable alligators, but I don't remember where I got that piece. 😕

I love my Brandt's Boulevard Wallet (Chris W Designs), but want more card slots. And my current Necessary Clutch Wallet  (Emmaline Bags) is amazing and it's been WELL used, but I've been wanting a different fabric just for a change. I've discovered I love making wallets, and have made several NCW's for various folks in my life. I'm going to try graduating to larger purses when we get back from Arizona. I have to blame Rachel Anaya for getting me addicted to making wallets!!! She is an incredible sewist and makes beautiful wallets and purses, as well as other gorgeous items. If you get a chance, check out her blog at TigerInATornado.
Top: NCW - Bottom: Brandt's Boulevard

Friday, March 17, 2017

March Technique Blog Hop

A Year of Card Techniques - March

Hello! This would have been my post for our monthly blog hop of card techniques, but due to some personal and technical issues we had to postpone this month’s hop to April.

We apologize for the inconvenience but we promise, our next hop on April 21st will make up for it. Please join us in April for a brand new hop: “Stamp Set Showdown”. Hop along and leave a comment at all of our posts because we love to hear from you.

Every month one winner will receive a prize for commenting on the blog posts throughout the hops. We will draw a winner on each Saturday before the next hop goes live and the name will be announced in the upcoming hop.

This been said, our February Blog Hop Winner is

Jennifer Earley …Congratulations!

Jennifer, please contact Claudia Henderson to claim your prize!

We also will add another little incentive for all of you who leave a comment on our blog hop posts…Some of our blog hop members draw an extra winner and give away one of their creations each month.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for April 21st and if you haven’t done so already, check out our past hops:

Thank you for your understanding and support. Please spread the word about our monthly blog hop - “A Year of Card Techniques." We hope to see you back here often.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

My First Bloom Box!

I joined a Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box group last month. Our 6-month hostess club was finished, and the February Bloom Box was SO beautiful...seemed like a great time to start! Five of us got together for a couple of hours and were able to finish 3 of the 4 card kits and today I finished the last one.  I really really love this butterfly, and the colors are gorgeous.  I jotted down the measurements of all the pieces in the kits so I can make more!  Here are the results - aren't they awesome?!?

The two on the left are very dimensional and they're all SHINY! (There's no such thing as too much glitter!)

I honestly don't want to ever give these away.  They just made me happy as I was creating them!

This month's box is called Punny, Punny and is a very different style from last month's.  That's one nice thing about the Bloom Box, is you get a variety of styles and colors.  I'll post those four cards one of these days.