Monday, July 4, 2022

T Stands for Thankful for My Country

 " Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."  Psalms 33:12 KJV

Today in the U.S. we are celebrating our 246th year of the publication of our declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.  We usually celebrate with family gatherings, and firework displays.  Personally, we have no family near here, so it will be just the two of us, and we will watch firework displays on TV.  Another way we did celebrate was to sing patriotic songs in church this week, and we listened to a wonderful rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic by one of our pianists.  I always get teary eyed as soon as I hear the first few notes. Yes, I am thankful for my country.

Here is some 4th of July cards I have created either this year or in the past:

I think this image is from a local stamp store Mrs. O'Leary's aka Artful Illusions.  She makes her own stamps.  I purchased them as just pieces of rubber.

The image is also from Mrs. O'Leary's aka Artful Illusions from years and years ago!

I actually used this for an anniversary card for someone whose anniversary is on the 4th of July!

This past week, I was invited to tea by someone I met on my trail.  She served Indian tea, which I loved!  I have to find out what it was.  It was spicy and strong, just the way I love it!  She served it with biscotti and a confetti Bundt cake, all delicious.  There were three of us and we enjoyed hearing the birds sing and taking a tour of her gardens.  It was a very enjoyable morning chatting and getting to know these ladies. 

I hope you enjoyed a little 4th of July with me as well as tea in the lovely setting.

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy T Day, (a little early).

Monday, June 27, 2022

T Stands for Break from the Heat!


The LORD is my strength and song,
and he is become my salvation:
he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:2

Hello!  Yes, we have cooled down a bit!  I was able to walk after not being able to for almost a week because of the high temperatures!  I missed it!  But, since I wasn't walking, I was able to stay inside and do some crafting! To the T Gang, I will tell you I have been preparing napkins for the swap and making and designing ATC Cards for that swap.  I am ready for the big celebration; the ninth anniversary of our TSFT blog party every week!  

I can't show you any of those things yet, but no worries, I have scrapbook pages to show you that I completed this week:

I used lots of items that have been in my stash for years!  Remember Mrs. Grossman's stickers?  The zig zag border piece across the middle is from Creative Memories from years ago.  The papers are from who knows where?  I really like using what I have rather than buying anything else!

I did several more also, but these are the only ones I will share this week.  Now for my ticket to the TSFT party over at Bleubeard & Elizabeth’s at Altered Book Lover. We ate at Hog Wild again a couple of weeks ago, so I took a photo of our iced tea and this time instead of taking photos again of their fun signs, I took photos of their wall near the order window.  We are big shocker fans, so I like looking at that wall and remembering how good our team did a couple of years ago, and how we made it to the Final Four!  

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate seeing who all stops by, so be sure and say "hi". 

Have a great week!

Monday, June 20, 2022

T Stands for Busy Week-end!

 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7 KJV

 Happy Day, everyone!  I had a busy week-end finishing up our VSN challenges on Splitcoaststampers.

I completed all 19 challenges with 8 birthday cards, a Christmas card, a 4th of July card and 1 thinking of you card.  The other 8 cards could be used for a choice of occasion.  I love doing these challenges as they make me used long forgotten items in my stash; like brads, or stickers, or just older stamp sets. One of my favorites was one I made with stencils.  I tried a new technique; a spinner card. 

Here is a photo of the fruits of my labor:

  This will be short today.  My ticket for the TSFT party over at Altered Book Lover hosted by Bleubeard & Elizabeth is below.  We did go out to eat last week at our very favorite restaurant (Angelo's) that has reopened in a new location since closing because of the pandemic.  We celebrated Father's Day early.

Of course I can't get the photos in the right order!  But the top photo is the delicious cheese cake they brought us for free as an apology because they ran out of garlic toast and had to bake more and it didn't come with the beginning of our meal.  The cheese cake was out of this world and came with little bowls of chocolate, and caramel, which we used liberally!   The garlic toast was worth waiting for ; the best we have every had anywhere.  Our manicotti was out of this world as well.  We even brought home a sleeve of it each for supper the next night!  The middle photo was a wall  painting by our table.  And, is last our water!  Best meal! 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Monday, June 6, 2022

TSFT & Retreat

Happy TSFT!  I know it is only Monday, but I post Monday evening because it is already Tuesday over the pond.  First, I will post stash that I brought home from my Junk Journal Retreat a couple of weeks ago.  We all took junk and swapped! I have to say I should have taken a lot more, because I brought home a lot more than I took.  I met a junk journaler from UK who was over here for her daughter's graduation.  I met several others.  We were all meeting for the first time.  So fun!  Here are photos of things that will use in future junk journals or projects.

The hostess made & bought some of these for each of us!

Do you recognize this?  It is player piano music!

Lots of goodies!

And more goodies!

I didn't have a lot of stuff that junk journals call for, but I do, now!  No excuse to not junk journal! LOL We had a lot of fun.  I just stayed for the day, but the rest of them were there for the week!  Our hostess was wonderful, generous, and also the best cook!  Of course, I didn't remember to take photos of the food or drinks while there.

So, below are photos looking both ways on the trail, and me drinking my water, which is my ticket to T Stands for Tuesday.  This is a party held over at Altered Book Lover hosted by Bleubeard & Elizabeth.  

I used Sage Shadow & white cardstock.  The image is Inkadinkado.  I blended Oxide inks through a oval cut out, and then stamped the image with Archival Jet Black ink by Ranger. The Bible verse is a Verve/

This is a card I made today for about 4 challenges on SplitcoastStampers: Virtual Stamp Night Mini to feature a hummingbird, Divine Design Bible Verse Challenge, Featured Stamper Challenge to feature FayeMakesCards and Creating, Challenge Your Stash.

I wanted to say that I tried Elizabeth's method for taking apart the napkins, and it works!  Thank you Elizabeth for the great tip.  Wishing everyone a great week!  Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, May 30, 2022

T Stands for Time for Tea!

" Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:"
 2 Timothy 2:8

Yes, it is again time for Tea with Elizabeth & Bleubeard over at Altered Book Lover. I hope you drop by for her tea party.  I totally missed the party last week!  So, here is my ticket right off!  We went to lunch last week, and I remembered to get a photo of our water.

Orange Chicken, very good!

Our fortunes: "Another door is waiting to be opened" & "A daily ritual will lead to great comfort."

This is the craft I have been working on today; a folio for a challenge on SplitcoastStamper.

Front with lace on closure panel, and rick-rack tie closure.

Inside: left is back of front cover with pocket and journal.  

back cover

additional pages: left with corner tuck and additional journaling book.  Center page has a flip up flip down journaling pocket with tag.

Middle has pocket with another journaling booklet.  (Elizabethe, do you recognize something?)

I watched a May May Made It Crafts you tube on how to make this folio, supposedly for a photo album, but I made it more like a junk journal.  She bills it as I CANNOT STOP MAKING THESE.  It was pretty easy and very sturdy.  I am thinking of making one smaller.  This one is about 8 1/2" x 6".  I plan on adding more items to it.

I   wish our American readers a safe Memorial Day.  I know many are traveling to cemeteries to put the flowers on loved one's graves that have passed.  We do that sometimes but choose not to do it on Memorial Day when so many are on the road.  

I did take my long walk on Saturday and found it decorated for Memorial Day.

I also found a large snapping turtle, so didn't get too close.  It was as large as a large platter you serve the turkey on at Thanksgiving.

As we remember our service men and women  who have given their lives for our freedom, today, I pray we never forget!  My father , step father, and husband were all in the military. My grandfather fought in two wars.
Thank you for stopping by today.  Happy T Day to the T Gang!    Have a wonderful week!

Monday, May 16, 2022

T Stands for Trips

 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Hello readers!  I am back from one trip and getting ready to take another.  Last week I went to see one of our grandsons graduate from college and got to see the other grandson's home.  Visited with our daughter and family and had such a lovely time.  I wish they didn't live so far away.  This week, I am taking a day trip to a craft retreat.  

This morning I took a lovely walk as it was so nice and cool.  It has been hot here, so I have to get up early to get a nice walk in for the day.

I saw these dogs one day on my walk.  They are Norwich Terriers: Rosie and Mia, Mom & daughter.  Aren't they adorable? They wouldn't pose for me.

These guys were right out front of my house when I started out for my walk!

And I saw a turkey on my walk!

 And this was a pretty view from my walk.

Wildflowers on the trail.

Our daughter reads my blog and knows about the drink related post we do for our entry to Elizabeth's TSFT party over at Altered Book Lover.  But still it surprised me when she reminded me to get a photo of our drinks when we went out to eat. LOL. She picked me up at the airport in Atlanta, and we went to Chick-fil-a to eat. 

But I believe this founder of Chic-Filet is holding a drink, so this is my ticket!

I have been scrapbooking today, but no photos yet.  I wish you all a great T Day and a great week!