I made these ATCs for a “Stash Buster ATC Swap” over on sistv.com 

The challenge was to choose 5 items from the list and use up some of your scrapbook stash.  I chose: buttons, bling, photo corners, pattern paper (bird/cloud) and flowers.  It didn’t really put a dent in my stash, but it was alot of fun to make. 

I love this stamp set….I got it for my birthday from papertreyink.com 

Thanks for stopping by! 

that’s how I see it

Ok. Well, don’t let the picture scare you.  It’s not the best. 



I’m 40. 

I  have never needed glasses. 

And now,

I do. 

But only for reading. 

Ouch.  It is a big adjustment. 


So, what am I reading? 

I received this devotional for my birthday.  I loved Women of the Bible, so when I saw this book by the same author, I couldn’t wait to get started! 
My husband received this cookbook/CD combo to review for his Christian music website.  So, lucky me, he handed it over!  The new Point of Grace Cookbook, you can pre-order it here.  I have a list of yummy recipes that I will be trying out in the next few weeks…along with their new album, which you can pre-order here
I just started “What Your Son Isn’t Telling You”.  As a mom, with only a sister, having a son, has been an eye-opener to the differences between the two sexes.  So, I saw this book advertised last week and went out and bought it.  After only reading one chapter, I am anxious to finish the book.  I think it will be very informational. 
For fun, I have been reading many different fictional mystery series. 

Currently, I am reading book 2 from the Candy Shop Mystery books.  I usually read Christian fiction, but came across The Coffeehouse Mystery series and decided to give them a try.  (Of course, the whole coffee-theme is what sucked me in.)  I loved them!   

After the coffee themed series, I discovered MANY MANY themes, such as scrapbooking series, knitting series, tea series, hair salon series.  All mysteries.  So far, what I’ve read, I’ve liked.  Also, depending on their theme, either contain coffee brewing tips, recipes, scrapbooking ideas etc.   (Side note: they do contain a few *choice words* here and there) 

What’s on your bookshelf? 

february friday fun facts 3

Hello again. 

It’s Friday, and it’s still February, so that leads us to February Friday Fun Facts! 

This week’s topic is Coffee Facts

  • Coffee is a no-calorie drink
  • It takes about 45 coffee beans to make one shot of espresso
  • 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide, making it the most popular beverage
  • Sprinkle spent coffee grounds around the base of your garden plants and it will stop snails and slugs from munching them!
  • The US Navy used to serve alcoholic beverages on board ships.  However, when Admiral “Joe” Daniels became Chief of Naval Operations, he outlawed alcohol on board ships, except for very special occasions.  Coffee then became the drink of choice, hence the term “Cup of Joe”.
  • Bach wrote a coffee cantata in 1732
  • For reducing wrinkles and improving their skin, the Japanese have been known to bathe in coffee grounds fermented with pineapple pulp.
  • Coffee, as a world commodity, is second only to oil
  • Iced coffee in a can has been popular in Japan since 1945
  • Regular coffee drinkers have about one-third less asthma symptoms than those non-coffee drinkers. So says a Harvard researcher who studied 20,000 people.


Well, I survived my 40th birthday!  Whew! 

It was quite the birthday!!! 

I received some new stamp sets from PapertreyInk.com, so I’ve been working on some cards. 

For these few cards, I used this set.

A good friend of mine had to say good-bye to her dog a few days ago.  Her dog was a loyal furry friend and will be greatly missed.  I made the card below for her, using another new set from papertreyink. 

That’s all for today.  Just a quick post. 

Time to refill my coffee cup. 

my shopping trip (day 2)

BEST Out-of-Town Birthday Shopping Trip EVER! 

That was my day today. 

My husband & son took me out of town today. 

Not only that, but they took me to all of my favorite scrapbooking stores (Archivers & Michaels), Target, they let me pick lunch,(Chili’s which included FREE birthday dessert for me) and of course Starbucks. 

They not only took me to scrapbook stores, but followed me around endlessly, (and I do mean endlessly….even I was wiped out after Archivers) without complaining. 

It was wonderfulllllll. 

***I had previously posted about Starbucks new doughnuts and the fact that they are peanut-free.  If you look at their website, they do not list peanuts in the ingredients, nor do they list it on their allergen checklist, but to much disappointment, when double-checking in the store, the barista checked the package and they are ‘processed on shared equipment’.  Huge disappointment. 

***Chili’s Molten Lava Cake, although it doesn’t directly contain peanuts,  it is ‘made in a facility which also processes peanuts’.  Bummer. 

2 days till 40~ 

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day tomorrow!!! 

february friday fun facts 2 (day 3)


Well, it’s time for February Friday Fun Facts!!!!!  (the crowd goes wild!!) 

This week’s category…..(drum roll please…..) 

1970!!!  Why?  Because that’s the year I was born!!!! 

1970 Fun Facts:

  • IBM introduced the floppy disk
  • the Beatles break up
  • also born in 1970, Andre Agassi, Mariah Carey, Matt Damon, Kelly Ripa, Tina Fey
  • Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl
  • TV hits: Mary Tyler Moore and the Partridge Family
  • a loaf of bread costs .24cents
  • average hourly wage: $3.23
  • average yearly income: $9,400
  • average monthly rent: $140.00
  • Cost of a gallon of gas: .36cents


yes, please (day 4)

Yes, please.  One of each, please. 

  • Starbucks Valentine’s Day cups
  • Chocolate Mini Sparkle Doughnuts
  • Vanilla Mini Sparkle Doughnuts

I guess these are all new products at Starbucks! 

The doughnuts are only 120 calories each, which is low for a doughnut.  AND according to the website, they are also peanut-free!   

…hoping to get some soon! 

…only 4 days till 40! 

punch collage love (day 5)

Lately, I’ve been wanting to make a punch collage. 

Ali Edwards’ inspired me by her examples, here and here.  

I have a friend, who also turns 40 this week, so I thought I would make something special for her 40th. 

My spin on this project, instead of filling the entire frame with punches, I included a set of her favorite verses from Psalm 139.  I also alternated every other bird, using a 3D foam dot, to add some dimension to the page. 

Basically, other than the new frame, this was created simply using supplies from my scrap stash.  VERY EASY and VERY ADDICTIVE!  (I have all sorts of color combos and gift recipients in mind.)  It’s so versatile too!  You could use annnnny of your favorite punches, or even your favorite die cut machine. 

I haven’t given this to her yet, because we’ve been snowed-in….and I don’t think she visits my blog….so hopefully she will be surprised! 

Only 5 stinkin days till I turn 40!!!! 

craftiness all around me (day 6)

This little post is dedicated to the craftiness all around me! 

By that, I mean, friends & family that have recently given me handmade birthday gifts!!

Above is a scrapbook that my mom made for me!  She has never scrapbooked, but she put together this album for my 40th, so that I can fill it in with many photos and embellishments from my party.  She even admitted that she could see how scrapbooking could be addicting!!!!  (yes!) 

Below, is, of course, homemade chocolate biscotti from my SIL!  I have blogged about her biscotti many times.  It is FABULOUS!  She even altered an oatmeal container to store it in!  Way to go, Jan!   

A few weeks ago, I tried to learn how to crochet little scrapbooking flowers…and failed miserably. 

So, (probably out of pity–just kidding), my MIL and my nephew’s wife, Meagan, made me gobs of those little cuties!!! 

Lisa, my amazingly creative scrapper friend, made me a little mini album out of used gift cards!!!!!!!!  She included pictures of us, family pics and of course, Starbucks stuff!  Look at the cute little coffee cup paperclips that she bought on Etsy!  She even gave me a few with my gift!!!! 
Amazing craftiness all around me….such an inspiration!  Thanks everyone!!!! 

6 days till 40!  It’s getting closer! 

whatta surprise! (day 9)


A surprise party…for me!??? 

Tonight my hubby, along with my son, parents, sister and in-laws, threw me a surprise party! 

For ME!  I couldn’t believe it! 

I had a wonderful evening.  Lots of family, and my best friend & her husband…lots of laughs…I had a great time. 

Above is a picture of my tiara & wand.  Don’t all princesses need one?  lol 

Thank you Kevin, I love you!

Thanks, Nick! I love you too!!
Above is a picture of my personalized M&M’s.  We are an M&M family.  There are ALWAYS M&M’s at any and all get-togethers.  My parents are big fans of ordering personalized ones.  These even had my baby picture on them!  Too cute. 
My party was done in my favorite color combination…green/brown/pink.  (It’s lovely to scrap too!) 

All details were thought out.  My favorite coffees were brewed.  I really appreciate all of the planning and time that went into it.  I am thankful for my family/friends that were willing to spend their Saturday evening with an old lady turning 40.  I am truly blessed. 

oh no, you're going to sing to me?

...you're still singing...

now the pressure of cutting the cake?!
I had a great time. 

I feel really loved & blessed. 

I am so thankful for my family and friends… 

(more pictures to come….)

(only 9 more days till I turn 40…maybe it will be ok after-all)