Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Live in the moment. Sharing some cards

Hey friends!
I'm hoping you are all doing well, and enjoying some nice weather.  I am just loving having some sunshine!  I used the last couple of rainy days to get my creative fix and make some cards. 
After going thru my craft room, doing some major purging and organizing, I just fell in love with Crafty Secrets images all over again, and I said in my last post.
Today I thought I'd share a few more cards I created with some of my favorite CS images.
I really didn't plan for them to be all "Bird" images lol. I must really be in the mood for Spring!
Well actually I think CS bird images are just at the top of my list of favorites.
It's always to amazing to me, that with just these images and some random scraps of paper, you can make something so pretty.  The images seem to just stand alone... to make the card.



This image is just the sweetest, isn't it?

Another favorite.

Sandy's attention to detail was just amazing with these images ( and stamps).


So, on the  sunny days... I am LOVING being outside.  Spending all last Summer basically "inside", after my accident, just makes each day now even sweeter.
I love my outdoor plants, and spend time just sitting out on the deck enjoying them.
I can't begin to tell you how chill I've become since stepping back from my Design Team  commitments.  I believe it's true that everything has it's Season. Being on DT's was always a great way to keep stretching my creativity with new assignments and new product.... and the amazing friendships I made  being on DT's, were wonderful.. but now... it feels so great to have more time to just create when the mood hits me.  Not to be committed to deadlines.
I love being creative, but I'm also remembering that I love all kinds of other things too. There is something to be  said for taking walks, reading books or just sitting and chatting at a friends. I did these things before, but I don't think I totally took time to enjoy them like a  do now. Being present in the moment, not always thinking what needs to be done later in the day.
I'm taking time to take care of myself.   Working on being healthier. Loosing weight.
It feels good.
When I  have a difficult time doing all the things I did before the accident, and look down at my swollen hurting ankle... I remind myself how much better this Spring/Summer is than last year.  My accident was a year ago this month.  I certainly thought things would be different.. that this joint would have healed properly.. but it will be ok.
Thankful for my husband who carries the laundry upstairs for me now, gets things down with the ladder, because I can't climb it, and million other things . Thankful for the friends and family who are willing to walk slower and sit and rest when I need too.  And even thankful for these crazy dogs who who seem to understand that our walks have to be shorter and slower.
Man...  I am so blessed


remember to....


Thanks for sticking with  me friends.


Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Sharing a card and memories

Hello friends!
I've been really digging in and doing some organizing and purging of my craft room this past week.  Defiantly realizing that I tend to keep anything craft related.. sure that someday I may need it! lol 
Time to narrow things down a bit.
I've really been a crafter all my life, but in about 2000 it became more than a hobby.  I've loved traveling, teaching, and designing, and most of all meeting amazing people and making new friends. It was something I never imagined myself doing. I was so blessed to have people to believed in me and my abilities. (usually more than I did myself). 
As I was going thru all the things in my room, it sure brought back memories.
I will always be a "maker". Its' something I just have to do.  Life has different seasons, and we seem to know when we are needing change.  These last couple of months have been bitter sweet for me. I knew I was ready to step back from my Design Team requirements and have more open time for ... well.. whatever :)   It was something I've been thinking about for some time but still, it was hard to actually do.
As I was going  thru the things in my room and organizing.... I looked at the products from the companies I had worked with over the years and realized even more ,why I loved them and worked with them for so long.  They were owners who worked so hard to put out amazing products and are just genuinely good people!!  Two that stand out are Sandy Redburn (Crafty Secrets owner), and Jodi  Stanford (Fancy Pants Designs owner ).  I can't thank them enough for the opportunities they gave me. Amazing people!
As I went thru things... those were the products were some of the  main ones I kept, and will continue to use.
I  sat down last night and created a card using Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage images.. and it was like coming home.


I am defiantly NOT giving up crafting.... but stepping back from things and just creating what I want, when I want is going to be so nice.
I sold and donated so much and still.......


And yes, it still over flows to the  upstairs hall closet.  I was kind of disappointed that, after getting rid of so much ... it really didn't look like I had.   I guess it's because all the bins are there, they just aren't as full. lol  Since I'm not teaching, I don't need 20's and  30's of everything.


It feels good to have king of "taken inventory" of the things I have.  That way I'll remember to actually USE them. lol

I was looking thru old photos of Trade shows and teaching to share here, and boy that was a trip down memory lane, all it's own.  Some of these were even before digital cameras.lol

Above, Fancy Pants Designs (Trade Show)

Below, and Amazing teaching cruise with Crafty Secrets



Trade show Class
So thankful for all those experiences!

I also realized that as of last month, I've been blogging for 12 years!   I will continue to blog. It's just part of what I do now.  lol

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So back to the present.   We had some crazy storms here last night.  They had been saying we were  going to get some nasty weather for days, so we were keeping an eye on it.  I was working up  in my room when I noticed it start to roll in.

 

Dan was at work., but I was getting radar updates from him and both boys.
Jarad send me this photo from there place


This photo was taken and posted by Haylea LaMar, on Facebook.  It's just a couple of miles up the road from us.    Trust me, at this point we were taking cover.

Wes and Amy were at the cabin.  I love this photo Amy took of Jep and the storm rolled in.


And Wes got this one as it was passing.


It was a bit scary, but passed by without any tornado's touching down.  Some had damage from Hail.
Thankful it was not more serious.



This saying seemed fitting to close this post with

Thanks, friends, for stopping by and letting me share.
Vic

Monday, April 23, 2018

"Hello There" wood sign and random other things

Is it really Spring??  It sure hasn't seemed like it around here.  Finally the last couple of days has been nice, and I hope that means winter in Nebraska is really over.   This has felt like the longest winter ever!   Spring weather popped in just long enough to make us think it might be here to stay and then .. poof, gone. I have my fingers crossed this time is really it.  I'm sure this past winter seemed extra long any way because I spent most of last Summer inside recovering from the accident. 

They other day when I pulled in the drive, I thought... man our house looks like IT has the winter blahs too!  I was thinking I really need to go thru my wreaths and such in the garage and see if there is something I can hang on the house by the front door. hmmmmm

Instead I went in and pulled this blank wood piece out of my craft closet, along with some paints and stencils. It will do for now :)
It's about 1.5 by 2.5



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It's hard for me to believe May 2nd it will be a year since the accident.  I was sure  hoping things would be different. That I'd be walking better and with out pain.   I have what is called non-union of the joint, Which means  just what is sounds like. The joint did not heal. When it doesn't heal, it starts to fill with arthritis . Unlike knees, hips ect, these joints can not be replaced.  My only other option is fusion surgery. I did not want to spend another Summer inside so I will probably be having the surgery this winter. Doc says that waiting will not do any more damage.
I am thankful that the injuries where not worse! Very thankful!  And thankful no one else was injuries!  So I should not complain.  
I have been trying to get our each day for a little bit and walk the dogs, ( and myself) lol.
The country road is too uneven for my foot, so I have been going up the road to the  cemetery.  It's a  very sweet, small town cemetery. I can go at my own pace and not worry about cars.  Our house is just up the road a bit past that grove of trees.
This beats walking a track at the gym any day!


Friday this little buddy came to visit.  They are getting ready to move to a new house, so his mom and dad were in Omaha appliance shopping and big brother was at an overnight Birthday party.
These kids are growing up so fast! I cant believe he will be in Kindergarten, and Wyatt in 6th grade!
I'm eating up all the time I can, before they are took busy with school, sports, friends ect.. for this old lady. lol  We watched movies later in the evening and had popcorn.  I guarantee Lily was loving every minute also!





My hubby went into town to get his car serviced and come back with these.  hmmm  Don't know  what I did to deserve them ..but no complaints :)



Since everything about this post is pretty random, I'll just toss in something else lol
I always like to share with others, if I find something I really like.  I'm not saying everyone will like it. .. .we all have different tastes, but I thought I'd share something new I really like.
I had  tried these when they first came out and wasn't crazy about them but I'm wondering if they changed them over the years because I really love them now.
A great snack if your wanting something crunchy, and watching calories or carbs.

 This blog post couldn't be more random unless , oh maybe a shared a video of me dancing a jig or something . lol   I will spare you that!  I couldn't dance a jig if I wanted too anyway, so you're safe.




Hugs, Vic

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sharing a Nautical themed card and Florida memories

Hey everyone!
Hope you have all been doing well. We had an amazing time with family in Florida! A-maz-ing!!
I was wanting to post some photos to share in this blog post so I started going through photos on my camera and my phone.  Ugh.... it made me miss everyone and want to get on a plane and head back!

I will probably drown you in photos below... so if you are here for the creative stuff, I'll share that first. After that ... beware! lol
The first thing I created after getting home was this Thank you card.  Fancy Pants Designs has some great nautical themed lines.  Which is what I used for this card.  It seemed only fitting since I was sending it to my Florida family to thank them for such a wonderful time.


It was so hard to narrow down photos I wanted to share :(
Brace yourself for photos of my with windblown hair and no make up ( well, it was vacation right?) lol.  I'm never fond of posting photos of myself, but it' just me.. who I am. And in these photos there was no forced smile. I smiled the entire time I was there!
In the photo below.... my heart was full!
These time with them were precious.


Below is my sis Sharon and her great grandson Carter.
We spent a lot of time out on the dock. Chatting, fishing... just enjoying.  Below is my niece Dawn with the Grandbaby. ( We even got to be there for Anastasia's first Birthday).

So many great times!


Oh yes, lots of time in the pool too.




And time in the boat.


I was so glad Wes was able to come with me. I was nervous traveling with my foot problem.  He was a great help to me.. and he loved getting to be with the family as much as I did.
Weston and his Aunt Sharon.

We went to the beach on this beautiful day.  I really wanted to go but was nervous about how painful walking on the sand might be. ( uneven surfaces are hardest).  It was much better than I thought it would be, so I was really thankful for that. I even got my feet in.  Woo Hoo!
 Wes was in the water for hours. He was loving every minute!

Proof my poor swollen foot made it


When the Florida family comes to NE, there are so many of us that want to visit with them, so there is not a lot of one on one time.  Here, we got to spend time time together. I got to play with the kids, paint Arias toe nails, give the baby a bottle and rock her, lay on my sis's bed and chat with her before bed.....   all the good stuff!


Oh yes... and we had dogs!! Who could ask for more!  Meet Becca's dog Harley and my sis's dog Roxy.  They are going for a ride in Harley's doggy stroller :)
 
They had this new home built since I was there a few years ago.  It's SO beautiful!  After my brother in law passed, my sis sold her home and now has her own suite here with Dawn and Gary ( my niece and her husband). It's so great that she is right there with them. She gets to spend time with the kids and grand-kids often. It's the perfect situation.


Everything about our time there was fantastic. I we laughed a lot! The memories we made that week will be ones we will cherish forever
  Family, great food, perfect weather and dogs to play with.. who could ask for more. 


It's always hard to say goodbye. But.... before you know it, it's time to head home.

And guess what we came home too?

You guessed it ......
                          snow

Thankful for the time we had with Sharon, Dawn, Gary, Becca, Harley, Christine, Riley, Carter, Aria, Anastasia, Kathy and David and Roxy!!!


                                                                                                      Ode to ol Triple Fin



Thanks for letting me share and for stopping by. If you made it this far... thanks for getting thru my   photo overload! lol

Vicki

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Birthday cards.. and some Easter fun

Hey friends!  Happy Easter!  We had a wonderful day with family today, and now we are home relaxing.  I was thinking it's probably a good time to finish up this blog post I started days ago.  Crazy how easily I can get side tracked. lol
I actually  had some Easter projects to share, but today when I charged my camera battery before heading to Easter, I also cleared it, thinking I had only "OLD" photos on it that I had already imported to my computer.  Wrong :(   On it were my Easter projects.  They were little Easter decor pieces  I had make for the girls group and Easter tags for our adult kids Easter baskets.  Well, at this point all the projects have been delivered and are no longer with me.... so , I guess that's not what I'm sharing in this post. lol    Instead I'm sharing some Birthday Cards.  March is a big Birthday month for our family.


I love this Jillibean Soup Collection.  It's so fun.





This week we had Wes and Amy here for dinner for Amy Birthday. It's fun to have girls around.. they are much more fun when it comes to things like birthday parties. lol   The boys never liked me to make a big deal out of it ... but Amy is giddy about it. I love that.


I always have to share a few photos from Easter.  It was a great day with the family and so fun to watch the kids hunt for eggs.

Check out these handsome guys :)


We were lucky enough to have my niece from CA and her little boy here for Easter.  This is sis Jan's little Grandson.


It was a chilly day, but they kids were able to still be outside enough for an egg hunt and some bubbles.
If this photo doesn't scream excitement.. I don't that what does. lol

I once again got caught up in things and didn't take all the photos I should have, but I guess there is something to be said for enjoying the moment also. I am trying to find a happy medium were I get some photos but also don't get so caught up in getting the photos that I'm "missing the moments".   Not sure that makes sense, but I've noticed that there are times I just need to lived in the moment and enjoy.


It seems like it wasn't that long ago that it was our kids doing this. Time goes by so fast.
I get such a kick out of watching the kids.  They all have their own unique personalities.


I hope you all had a wonderful Easter also!

I'm not sure if  I'll be blogging again this week or not. Friday I'm heading to Florida to see my sis and the rest of my Florida family,  for a few days. I'm really looking forward to it. Dan will be holding down the fort here with the dogs ( with some doggie help on the days he works,. thanks to Gabby and Andrew).
I am counting down the days.... until .. family and sunshine!

Thanks for stopping by as always!

Vicki