My Frame of Mind

These are my thoughts, however I may quote those who are smarter and wiser than I am.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

May and June GONE? Welcome July!

Whew! Here we are in July TWENTY FIFTEEN!
This year has flown by…

As I prepare for our annual Convention with Close To My Heart, here's a quick shout out to those who have been begging for our Hostess Rewards sets but for some reason weren't able to qualify with our Annual Inspirations Hostess Rewards program….ready, set, go!

During the month of July, when you purchase $25 USD in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE **OR** any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5 USD! 

That is a savings of up to $17.95 USD! The July Stamp of the Month is a cute, versatile stamp set. 
Very trendy used with colors or faux chalk.

Aaaaand, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! 

To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 USD Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 USD of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month or current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone! 

Yes, you can receive both the Stamp of the Month and a Hostess Rewards set for $5.00 by ordering $50 in current stamps. (for additional $5.sets current stamps increments increase by $25.)

Check out the retired list before placing your order for the Jump On It July deal…
With the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book coming in August (going live Sept 1st), it's all going to be new baby! Like with any other special or retiring Idea Book, these are while supplies last, so don't miss out!

Keep an eye on the horizon as I try to post some sneak peaks from Anehiem!


Monday, April 13, 2015

April's Deal of the Day…No joke!

 Check my online shopping site each day at 3:00 pm (MDT) to see the new deal, which will be available for 24 hours or while supplies last. Keep in mind that while each day’s deal will feature grab bags at the same price tier, there will be a variety of grab bags available at that price. This means that you may purchase multiple grab bags on a single day and get different products in each one.

New Summer Products-

New Seasonal Expressions-2
Jackson papers and Treats of Friendship Stamp set

I am posting remotely, so visit my website for all the details and the new Semi Annual 
Seasonal Expressions 2

Monday, March 2, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 1…last month

All good things come to an end…and that includes the items in our first Seasonal Expressions!

Loved Hopskotch papers and all of the featured sets that went with it…

To order, head on over to my site

And remember that your SOTM for March is only $5 (with qualifying purchase)

Oh, and this could be a sneak peak to what's up next!
(or not…!)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February and a few NEW arrivals!

February is for the "love" of all things and people.
Celebrations of Love.  Love to celebrate.

I love my sweet daughter who just turned 28. Twenty EIGHT?! Wow! Where did those years go?
Some are a blur for me, some I wish didn't happen, some shouldn't have happened. Somehow in spite of tough years, she turned out A-Okay!

LOVE the woman she's become and her adventurous spirit. She's now living in Kansas…yes Kansas!
And YES, with her little dog Bugsy, too. 

Here was her birthday card this year…

Our February Stamp of the Month will be a big hit and will only be $5.00 after you choose…Drum roll

Your choice of our NEW Albums! Aren't they gorgeous?!
Purchase one and receive the 2nd for half price…how sweet is that?
Visit my website to order yours today!

Speaking of NEW ARRIVALS…
Addison Jo arrived January 21st and it was LOVE at first sight for everyone in the family!

 Can't wait to meet Miss Addie Jo and snuggle her with more LOVE!

Stay tuned for more LOVE!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Isn't it a "drag"…..

to make multiple trips from your car to drag all of your schtuff into a Crop or Craft Day?

Here's the answer!

Limited supplies, so drag yourself over to my website and order yours PDQ!
Don't forget that it's National Scrapbook Month, check out the special and you can also get the Stamp of the Month for only $5 too!

And a final call for these darling stamp issues…gone girl, soon!

And…AND…won't your new darling Chevron Album look great in your new shoulder tote?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Oh, gimme a break!

After the worst year ever, I was ready for a long break and vacation…2 full weeks!
The plan was to start here…and it did. 2 great days of Disney with my team prior to Convention.

 Then on day 3, a little trip out by the hotel pool (there may have been a Cabana Boy involved) landed me in 2 ERs after seeing Dr Mickey Mouse at Disney's Medical Clinic. Hello Cigna? I delayed surgery. Come ON! NOT the kind of break I was counting on! Surgery? In Anaheim? Ain't happening' people!

Fix me up, Doc…I have a Convention to attend!
 Yes, I'll be taken care of...

And then I had my girl and her little dog and friends to see!

Surgery had to wait until I got home…
Stay tuned

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Yes, I'm Back! and a Tutorial!

I know.
It's been a year. A really hard, hard year. I'll be spending the first half of 2015 explaining and showing all about 2014. Sorry. That's all I can say about that. If you follow me on FB you understand.
If not, you will understand in about March.

OK, so here we go: This tutorial is for a slip cover for CTMHs newest Score Board. It's sleek and very sturdy, however I travel with mine, so I wanted something to give it a bit of protection.
You can see and order it from my website. Click here

I've found my love for "craft" sewing again! Sew glad! Notice how I said "craft" sewing. I am by no means a pro. I can fudge with the best. I don't worry about the grain, or in most cases pre-washing. Don't hate or sue me. 

Here's where I scour the internet (or Pinterest) for the basics, then have to fudge for what I wanted.
Basic idea. Click here. Lots of differences, we don't need a slip pocket nor a piece of elastic.

All seams are "about" 1/2"
2 fabric pieces cut 10 3/4" by 15 1/2"
2 flannel pieces cut 10 3/4" x 15 1/2"
Contrasting fabric 1 piece cut 7" x 12" (shown first) sew on long end. Turn and press. Set aside.

On the short sides, sew each fabric piece to it's flannel piece, press seam allowance towards flannel.
there's this strange dark spot on my pictures…hmmm hello? new cameras shouldn't do that.

 On the front on one fabric piece center the sash to overlap evenly. Baste. (you could skip the basting if you are a better sewer than me with multiple pin layers). Do not trim yet.

grrr..there's that dark spot again! what the heck?

Lay the two pieces right sides together.
Here's one important step. Match those top seams. (never mind the bandaid, I have accidents often)
oh good it's gone!

Leave about a 2" opening to turn inside out. I do this on the flannel piece.
seriously, there it is again!

Turn inside out. I usually stick my fingers in the opening and aim for the farthest fabric corners first.
omg! what IS THAT dark spot?!

Then push the fleece back into the main fabric. 

Now before you press and close up your opening, I slide the tool in just to make sure. Not sure why! I've made 22 now and they all turn out fine. But go ahead and humor me. Plus it's good practice.

Ok NOW, turn back so the inside is on the outside and clip your corners, and trim the sash ends.

Now, stick your fingers back in the corners, pull right sides out again. 
Work the fleece into the corners at the bottom. Press. Sew your opening.

Now get your button maker out and use a piece of the main fabric and make a 2" button. 
What? You don't own a button maker? Quick! Hop on over to I Like Big Buttons to get yours!
I add a bit of our Liquid Glass around the inside edge and center just for kicks.
 ok, this dark spot makes me think I need my eye exam a bit early this year...

 I don't worry about stitching the actual sash to the main cover, just secure your button well in the center.


Here's some others I've made for some very special Scrapbook Diva friends!

Whew! This Blog post felt good. and that stupid dark spot is gone…

It's good to be back.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Good Bye are the Saddest Words

For those of you who follow my blog, you can tell something has been remiss.. 
Ergo me.
My mother weakend in the Fall, bounced back, then became a lot more fragile.
Thanksgiving came and the day didn't go well. She was "off". 
We had given her care-givers the Holidays off; Christmas Eve afternoon and Christmas Day.
She and I had a quiet Eve and Christmas Day watching Christmas chick flicks, wearing our new holiday socks, but that night and subsequently through the morning, she was trying to tell me something. 
She was still "off" a bit.
But alas, what she was trying to tell me was she knew this was it for her.
By 9:30 that morning she was gone.
She lived "loudly' so when I say she was "off" this was something I didn't catch. 
Listen to your Mother.

From our Celebration of Life today:

Mom never wanted a subdued event, she always wanted a Party or Celebration, so by gosh, we made it happen for her and are glad that you are all here to share.

Through this journey, my mantra has been #cry.laugh.remember.repeat.
And we have done all of the above. I hope you’ll do the same and feel free to share some of your memories a bit later.

When I meet new friends, they never believed me when I would tell them that I grew up with I Love Lucy as a mother. I mean, sure she worked Full Time, read books, gardened, cooked large family meals, baked cookies, our birthday cakes, made crafts, sewed costumes, decorated for holidays with flair, and loved to entertain.. 
but REALLY? Whose mother is Rudolph?   Twice in their lifetime? almost 35 years later!
Whose mother does skits with neighbors themed to “This is Your Life”, reinacting everything from the stork arriving to their wedding night? 

That era, that red-headed icon must have ignited a spark of inspiration and gave permission if you will, for the shenanigans that filled her life with joy, laughter and fun...and dragged anyone else willing and able to follow right along with her including I daresay the family.

She loved to laugh and to have the last punch line.
I’m sure most of you have heard a poem titled The Dash. 
I’d like to read just a small excerpt of that poem..
The Dash
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

She was not a “famous” named-icon, never walked on a Hollywood red carpet but she was the “Star” of her own life and she did it her way. 

Helen could have starred in AND deserved  a 4 part Mini-Series, however we tried to pick some of the few favorites of the millions of memories she has left us that represent her dash.
(still trying to upload the seems to be a tad too long for loading)

Our venue and display table of momentos...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

More Spooky Pinterest Ideas and....

As most of you know, I love, lOVE Pinterest!
If it were my FT job, I'd be rich! ha!
Whenever possible, I will use CTMH products and this time, I pretty much nailed it with that in mind.
I also love our exclusive Cricut Cartridges Art Philosophy, Artiste and the newest Artbooking. And along with Cricut vinyl I can create til I drop!!!!
Here's the latest and tell me what you think...
The top set is my version for a full Halloween variety...
The bottom was gleaned from

I love how they turned out and the very best part is the cylinders, candlesticks were all $1 or less and the ribbon was on sale at HL! Woot Woot!

Lately I've been doing some For Hire jobs for co-workers and with our Artist cartridge made these:

(the round bag was from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, Tall Ball feature with the shopping bag)

If you're not into Halloween...check out the Sunflower projects made with the pointy flower from Art Philosophy

Home Decor quick and easy using supplies on hand...gotta love that!