Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy 2019!

2 Co 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

T Stands for the very best to you, my friends!  I am sitting here on New Years Eve looking at our hostess Elizabeth's wonderful cruise journal pages.  So fabulous!  For sure, I wish I was having high tea on an ocean cruise!  But here I sit with my tea and leftover Christmas Snack mix,  in front of my laptop.  I do hope to visit  you to celebrate T Stands For Tuesday.

Here is a shot of all the lovely homemade Christmas cards I received this year!  So gorgeous and creative!  Some came all the way from Australia and Spain!  Thank you to all my friends.  These cards gave me so much pleasure and enjoyment!  I hung them going down my stairs to be admired by family and guests during the holidays!

Now, I promised to show you my big gift project that I did this year and every year for the past 15 years!  I cut, stamp and color 15 sets of these little mini calendars for some family and friends.  They are originally given with a 3 1/2 x 5 inch acrylic frame.  Each month fits in the frame for display.

It has been a wonderful year, and you all have helped make it that way!  Thank you for all your comments and encouraging words in 2018!  I look forward to more inspiration and sharing with you in the new year!

Happy 2019!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 17, 2018

T Stands For Truly, Have A Merry Christmas

Luke 2:11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

I can not believe it is Tuesday (or almost) again!  I want to post so I can join Bleubeard & Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover for T Stands For Tuesday.  The T-Gang all link up with her and feature a drink related item in their post.  

I have been creating Christmas cards, still!  My list just keeps getting longer!  
Here is one I made today.  Both the die cuts were from a friend.  I just layered them on top of a Cuttlebug ornament embossed panel.  I was inspired by a Featured Stamper Challenge to CASE DiHere's SplitcoastStamper gallery.  She used an ornament with a sentiment in it, but I put Mary & Jospeth and baby Jesus in it.  I got the idea from her to make the dots with a white gel pen.  I added the little shiny stickers to the ornament.  Now, I have to stamp the inside, and the envelope and it will be ready to address.

The above was made for several challenges on SplitcoastStamper including my First Christmas VSN Challenge this week-end.

Here is a really simple gift card holder I made following a Dawn Griffith video using a Top Note die from SU!  The papers and cardstock is also SU!  The ribbon is from my stash


That is what I have been doing!  Still need to show you another teapot!  If it is a Christmas teapot, I utilize it for decoration.  This is one that I used to decorate the top of my cabinets.

That is it for this T Day post!  Hope you all have a great week.  

                             Merry Christmas!   
  I probably won't see you  next  week as I  will have company, and it will actually be Christmas Eve and  Christmas!  Can you believe it, one week!  

Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, December 10, 2018

T Stands For Too Much Goodness!

Luke 2:11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

That is the way I feel, like I have been given too much goodness!  Today, I had friends over for a small brunch, Christmas gift exchange, so of course I had to have the house decorated and cleaned.  We had such wonderful fellowship, as we heard Christmas music in the background, and smelled the aromatic  candles in the background and felt the aura of  the lit tree.  I just felt God's goodness as I enjoyed the closeness of my deer friends.  I know it is early, so I guess I could say T Stands for Too Soon!  I do have about everything done, except gift wrapping and cards mailed.  I think most of them are made, but I keep adding to my list!  I have made some gift calendars.  I will show those another time after everyone gets theirs.  But here are some of the Christmas cards I have made.  I tried to make them all year round.  Most are one of a kind, but some I made several. I try to stamp the inside sentiment as well as the envelope.  If I don't, that makes a lot of work at the end.

For Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday over at Altered Book Lover, I took some photos of our outing on this past Wednesday.  We went to a Senior's Wednesday Christmas program at the Art Museum, which meant we got into the museum free, too.  They fed us a scrumptious concoction of ham in some kind of bread thing.  I didn't get a photo of that.  But we sat right under a piece of art!  We heard some delightful third graders sing some wonderful Christmas songs.
After the program,  we visited the Kansas Farm Photos exhibit.  I am so glad I got to see that, but sorry I missed the Monet exhibit!  We also went to one of our favorite rooms, (my husband and I), the Western artist Russell.  My husband loves the western paintings.
After leaving the museum we headed to a popular diner!  And I ordered something very sinful!
I saw this waffles and chicken on the menu, and since I have heard a lot about this food combo lately, I decided to try it.  It was absolutely to die for!  The waitress said to be sure and put a little waffle, syrup & Chicken and sausage and gravy on each bite.  It was soooo good!  You see there were two big chicken strips on there.  I took one off right away to bring home.  In the end the waitress also gave me a little bowl of more sausage and gravy.  I brought home half the waffle, one piece of chicken and lots of sausage and gravy, and that is right, bacon with chocolate on it!  I had another meal on Thursday! LOL

You notice how good my husband was!

Best Breakfast in Kansas! Just ask Harrison Ford!

Don't you just love that name!  This is a gem of a place, almost hidden under a US Highway!
Waving to all of you!  Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate it when you let me know you were here!

Monday, November 26, 2018

T Stands for Thanksgiving for my Health

Hebrews 13:15  "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." 

Good evening!  I hope the ones in the U. S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  As it is still November I am posting another thing for which I am thankful.  I am thankful for my health!  Sometimes I hurt, like tonight, as I have been unpacking decorations, putting up the tree.  All of this took a lot of lifting, twisting, stooping and other contortions of the body.  But I can walk, talk, hear, see, and craft!  I am thankful that I can put up our tree!  It is lit and some of the decorations are on it, the china cabinet is decorated and part of the upper cabinets in the kitchen have decorations on them.  When we moved here six months ago,  I had gotten rid of a lot of stuff.  So, I will be going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to get some poinsettias.  I think I threw them out last year because they looked so ratty.   So here is a photo of my Christmas teapot for Bleubeard & Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday.  We link  up with her and our post has something drink related, like a teapot! :)

Also, today, I am linking up with Tag Tuesday! We were to make a tag choosing items from  a tic tac toe board of items.  I chose stenciling, punch or die cut, and lace.  My stenciling was a failure!
But, I think it still looks okay on this tag. The die cut is a TH stamp and die, and the life adventure is a stamp in that set, too. It is the first time I have used it.  The cities stamp is from Mrs. O'Leary's Artful Illusions.

I wanted you to see the cities.

And I love this sentiment!

I will be making another tag.  I like this challenge.  Maybe a Christmas one.  I probably will use this tag on a scrap page.  What do you do with your tags?

Thank you for stopping by!  Waving to the T-Gang!


Monday, November 19, 2018

T Stands For Thanksgiving For My Husband

Hebrews 13:15  "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."

Here it is time for our drink related post for T Stands For Tuesday, over at Altered Book Lover with Elizabeth and Bleubeard.  Hello to all the T Gang!
      Again, there is so much I am so thankful for this entire year!  God is so good and faithful,  even when I am not.  I am thankful for my husband, especially when he is so good to me.  This past week-end,  I went to a four day Scrap Retreat, while he stayed home and made 10 loaves of pumpkin bread!  Isn't he good?  And, he had dinner ready for me when I got home Sunday evening! But,  I had a wonderful time, and got a lot done.  In fact I got my entire Maine vacation album done, 20 pages!  Here is a photo of all of them, but the ones one the top step don't show up very well.  I didn't realize that until too late.

Since I started doing these drink related posts for T Stands For Tuesday, I have taken more photos of eating out.  I never did that before.  Then, a couple of times I haven't posted and I have these photos building up.  I don't know what I have posted and what I haven't.  But I wanted to share these with you.  Recently, we had to go back on the side of town where we used to live (20 miles across) to run some errands, so we visited one of our favorite places over there.
It has been around for years and is locally owned.  They have really no atmosphere, but are heavy on the comfort food!

My husband and father used meet here for lunch when we were first married.

They have lots of roosters for their décor.

Comfort food!  They always give you homemade rolls and homemade cinnamon rolls, and then I even ordered bread pudding for one of my two sides!  I took half of this home and the desserts!

More roosters!

I always love looking at the old photos in the lobby. 

Cool photos aren't they?

Well,  thanks for stopping by!  For those in the U.S, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

T Stands For Thanksgiving For The Seasons

Hebrews 13:15  "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."

Here we are already celebrating T Stands For Tuesday!  I have decided that T will stand for Thanksgiving the whole month of November instead of just that week.  In fact like our November Bible verse says, we are to be continually giving thanks!  I am so thankful for God's wonderful world.  This past week I have enjoyed the changing of his seasons.  Where we live in a fairly new addition,  there aren't a lot of trees like where we formerly lived.  So, I am sharing with you today the view out my window. This was before the wind blew all the leaves off the tree.

 For What's On Your Work Desk? Wednesday I show my desk below!  This is my computer desk, but I do a lot of work here, when I am not turned around at my craft desk. When my stamping buddie comes over , I pack away my laptop and she sits here and crafts.  Check out the other deskers over at Stamping Ground, where Julia hosts this occasion.

ow all those leaves are on the lawn! But it was pretty. I enjoyed my view while it lasted!  But here is a photo of what the trees looked like in November where we formerly lived.  One of the reasons we downsized!  We love trees, but with the upkeep, trimming, leaves, disease, etc., it just became too much for us.

We took a day trip this past week-end and I will share my two photos with you!  I am so bad about remembering to take photos, yet I go to scrapbook them, I have way too many!  

 It turned out to be a glorious day Saturday!  We drove to Quivira Wildlife preserve. We saw birds, ducks, gulls, and even hiked a trail.  See that little hut out there, we walked down to that. Then we drove all through the area.  Just gorgeous.

On the way home we stopped here for lunch.  And no photos!  They have wonderful comfort food!  We brought home their gigantic cinnamon rolls!  We warmed those up for Sunday's breakfast.  So, for Elizabeth at Altered Book Lover for T Stands For Tuesday, where we share drink related posts, I took a photo of our Sunday breakfast!

This is a luncheon size, not pie, plate.  The two rolls were over a half pound each, because the package said 18 ounces. I am trying to give you an idea of how large they are.  My husband says lets split one today and one tomorrow, but no, I wanted the whole roll.  We both ate them, just fine, but weren't hungry for dinner!

Thanks for stopping by, be sure and check out the rest of the T-Gang over at Bleubeard's & Elizabeth's at Altered Book Lover.  Sorry this is so late on Tuesday, but the good news is it is early for Wednesday!  I was gone all day.  I started it before I left early this morning and couldn't get it done before I left!    Happy T Day!  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 29, 2018

T Stands For Too Old

  Lamentations  3: 22 It is of the Lord 's mercies that we are not consumed, because his  compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

I had a birthday yesterday, and that makes me too old for all this technology!  I just read an older article written several years ago that at that time  Facebook's Zuckerberg was an old man of 28 and that was the average age of his employees.  The average age of Google's workforce was 29.  Sure makes me feel too old for all this technology.  I only bring this up because the last few T Parties, I haven't been able to figure out how to comment on some of the T-Gang's blogs.  I write the comment, and push submit, and the comment goes away, but I can tell it didn't take.  So, I think maybe it is a matter of comment moderation, and I go back later and comment is still not there.  So, I will try this week, again!  Thanks for your patience while I try to figure this out!

Meanwhile, here is a photo of all the wonderful homemade cards and goodies that were sent me for my birthday! 

And a few more of our Maine photos.  Even my kids don't look at all our vacation photos, so this is it;  promise!  We went to the Penobscot Marine Museum, which was very interesting.  So much history that I never knew!  I guess that is why we go to museums to learn more history!  Searsport's early history was very interesting.  It's major industry was shipbuilding and cargo handlings and the town is famous for it's sea captains in the mid 1800s.  It was once home to 10 percent of all American deep water shipmasters.  That is a quote off the website.  We went through a house that a captain had built.  They displayed  photos on the walls,  hundreds of photos of the sea captains from this town. Over 500 ship captains came from Searsport!  They had 11 shipyards and built over 200 ships.    Some families had three to five captains in their families.  The sons, fathers, and grandfathers. Some of the wives even went on their trips with them!  I just found all of this amazing!

This is a big thing in Maine, the Museum in the streets, where you can do a walking tour and see historical homes and sites.  

I had to take this photo because the ship ropes were the railings.  I thought that was pretty cool.

I wanted to sail! 

 And later that day we stopped for lunch at this quaint little place.
Lobster, lobster and more lobster!  Love it, and the lighthouse border, too.

In this photo is a cup and a bottle up in the window.  That is my drink related post! :)  I forgot again to take a photo of our drink or our meal!

Don't you love it?  Lobsters R Us!  This is the back of the cute inside restaurant.  It doesn't look it, but it had a very pricy menu!  We ate salads this time, since we had eaten so much for a week!  This was last local restaurant before coming home.  We stayed the night in Portland and flew home the next morning!  Loved our trip to Maine!

Stop over at Bleubeard (who just had a birthday yesterday, too) & Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover and see some more of the T Gang!  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great T Day! 

Monday, October 22, 2018

T Stands For Taking a Break From Our Maine Photos

      Lamentations  3: 22 It is of the Lord 's mercies that we are not consumed, because his         compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Hello to the T Gang and all my other followers!  I have been sharing our August Maine trip photos for the past few posts, but today I am taking a break from those to show more current ones.  These are from our excursion a few weeks ago to the Seniors Expo.  We like to go every year and visit the venues and see what the venders have to offer.  We usually get our flu shots at the Walgreens Booth,  get our photos taken at the Say Cheeze Photo Booth besides seeing the venues.  This year it was held at the our new library,  the Art Museum and the Botanical Gardens.  

It was our first time to get a chance to see the new library.  It is really something, too, with places to eat,  to have coffee,  to meet.  They had  little media niches, and of course lots of books.  
I was a tiny bit disappointed that you couldn't see the river from the outside terrace on the second floor of the library.  I had hurried up to the second floor to see the view, and no river.  They were setting up for a lunch for the seniors when I was up there, and for sure a very nice setting for an outside luncheon.  Lovely library!

I think the river is on the other side of those trees.  Notice the chair inside the window on the left?  What a lovely view as you sit and read there.

We didn't stay for lunch, we had more to see and other lunch plans.

What beautiful art work and can be seen from below on the first floor.  Are those chairs art or to sit in?

Next we visited the museum where we got our flue shot and photos taken. 

Just took this to show what a gorgeous day it was!

Photo of the art work hanging at the museum and of all the Seniors picking up info and freebies at the different booths.

This was our first chance to visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship, a Scholar-style-inspired garden design at Botancia.

My dear hubby posed for me in the Chinese Garden.

I couldn't get over all those fish!

Art work on the Chinese Garden walls as we left.

I was so glad to see these, as I had heard the woman who is restoring them speak last year.  She was so interesting, because as a child she road these horses on the Merry go round and now she was restoring them.  She said they talked to her.  These will be wonderful when all done, but each horse takes many months to restore.  The Botanica Carousel Project :  These are the first of the restored horses of the  merry-go-round that once stood as the heart of the now-shuttered amusement park here.  They will restore the carousel and have it in Botnaica  for future generations to enjoy. 
Well, I said we had other plans for lunch and although they served special lunches at each venue, we went to TJs.  I am sure our hostess will recognize this place!

Great nostalgic décor, but I only took one photo of it!  I thought I took more!

At least I remembered this time to take a photo of our drinks for our drink related post for Elizabeth!
And this is the best chili cheese burger in town!  Their French fries are great, too.  We split the fries.  We should have split the burger, too, because we each took half home!  We had our usual water with lemon.  Is that a senior thing?

So Hi, T Gang!  I am hooking up with Bleubeard & Elizbeth over at Altered Book Lover for her T Stands For Tuesday!  Go on over and check out the rest of the gang's TSFT posts.

Happy T Day!  Thanks for stopping by!