Wednesday, January 26, 2011


First I must say that I am very thankful all this rain is not snow. But having said that, I am so sick of winter and gray dreary days. It is raining again today and very windy. Not typical southern North Carolina weather.
And with that in mind, I made this card. Not for anyone in particular, but for my dwindling stash of cards. When I was browsing in my stamp collection, I came across this rainy day girl in one of the monthly kits from Unity Stamp Co. and knew she was the one. She knows what its like to live around here these days.
The sweet sentiment is also from the same kit. The stamps from Unity always give a nice clean image.
Her umbrella is paper pieced from some scrap paper. The base of the card is an older Stampin Up color, and the patterned paper is Chloes Closet by Making Memories. She is colored in with Copics and cut with Nestabilities. This pretty butterfly is from Close to My Heart and is in one of their new sets.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope its sunny where you are! (or at least not snowing!)

Monday, January 24, 2011


It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Madison, our beloved Yellow Lab became our "furry angel" and got her wings on Friday, January 21, 2011. She was 13 1/2 years old. We got her as an 8 week old puppy~ a gift from some dear friends only ten days after my first Husband passed. His best friends thought she would be protection for me (all of the sudden a single Mom), a new companion for my 3 small children, and some comfort and solace during a time of intense sorrow.
Boy were they right. She became an instant family member and kept us all on our toes. In typical Lab fashion, she was quite the handful, staying a naughty puppy for at least 2 or 3 years. Chewing, jumping, barking and causing mayhem whever she was. But we loved her to pieces.
Family members would come bearing gifts of chewies, new beds ( as she tore up several of those!), rubber toys, (and lots of pig ears from her Nana Carol.)
Thru all her naughty times, she was always an extremely loving and friendly dog. Very trustworthy with kids and an instant friend to anyone who wanted to play with her. She was, and always will be a big part of our family.
We have buried her in our backyard, next to her sister "Missy" who was a Toy Fox Terrier. I purchased a St. Francis statue and we are planning an Angel garden in that special corner of our yard.
Here are some of my favorite (although there must be hundreds!) photos of Madison from the last 2 years.

Madison~ we love you and miss you, but will never forget you!!!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Hello everyone!!! Sorry I have been such a bad blogger the last month. Hope you all had a great holiday season! We had a wonderful time, as my parents flew down for 3 weeks to spend the Christmas season with us.
We also had Michael home from college for a month. It all goes by so very quickly though. My poor negleted blog took a far backseat, as did much of my crafting, although I did get to finish 2 layouts this past week. Im waiting for a sunny day to take photos of them.
I will be back at once to do some regular posts. Below is one of my favorite ornaments. It is a Christopher Radko and is now 10 years old!!! Wow~ where did that time go. So much has changed, two of the biggest things being I got married and moved to a brand new state. And this little guy hangs in a prominent spot on my Radko tree ( I set up many trees each year) so I can remember the good times of the past years, and look forward to whats to come. We are in the process of redoing our kitchen and it is taking forever!!!! Ughhh~
And I am really liking all the felt food I have been seeing all over the internet. I need to try and make some of that. ( Like I need another thing on my plate- no pun intended).
Be back soon~
Many thanks for stopping by...