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Monday, July 31, 2023

It's August ~ Challenge Time!

 Hello!   It's August,  that means Challenge time over at Once Upon A Time!   My Card this month features a Bee,  with the Sentiment "Just Bee You"     

The Bee = Close To My Heart

Sentiments = Stampendous - Honeycomb Wishes

Coloring = Water brush using Distress Crayons and Distress Inks - Tim Holtz

Trim = Fancy Fibers - Stampin Up - found at my local flea market

Corner Punch = Stampin Up - found at my local flea market

Here is my card:   Just Bee You 

Hope to see you at Once Upon A Time!     Hugs, Mary ♥ ♥

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Happy Day Flowers

Hello Crafting Buddies,    This evening I felt inspired to listen to some soothing music and to work on a craft, my project is - "Happy Day Flowers"  This is a stamped image from Stampendous, and one I found at a local flea market.   These reminded me of Coneflowers that used to grow in my summer garden.   I wanted to give them a "wash" of color using a water brush and water color pencils and Distress Crayons ~ I think it turned out lovely.   I then used some netting from a vintage wedding dress and tied with a soft green trim, with the words stamped: Happy Day.   The butterfly is made of wood,  this was ordered online.  The green paper background is  from my stash.   While the colors of the petals remind me of Autumn or late Summer, I wanted to give my card the feel of a pretty Summer garden.  The words are stamped, with a light "wash" of color in the background.  


Thank you for stopping by ~ please leave a comment, it will inspire me to create more cards.   Hugs, Mary ♥♥

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:

We Love Stamping - July Challenge Fabulous Florals & Anything Goes Option ♥ ♥ Challenge closes Aug. 2nd - My entry #107

Stamping Sensations - July Challenge - Theme Summer Flowers ♥ ♥ My entry #92


Hospital Visit

Hello!  Just wanted to give another update on how my hubby is doing these days.  He has physical therapy twice a week, until the middle of August.   It's been a little over 3 weeks since his knee replacement, and he has made great strides in his walking abilities without really using his cane.  Well done!   I don't really have to "coach" him to do his regular at home exercises either... he just wants to keep making improvements.  Yay!    This does my heart good.  :)   So, what's up with the hospital visit you ask?  Well, he now has a problem with his eye, with seeing flashes of light just in the corner.   The doctor & his nurse were able to numb the eye to get a peek inside to see what might be happening and they couldn't detect anything really.  We won't have a final diagnosis until he makes yet another appointment with his eye doctor.   Because he is a military veteran we usually go out of town to see all his doctors, but they weren't able to get him in any earlier than November (which is when he see's the eye doc),  that is also why we ended up at the local hospital. Thankfully we weren't there all day waiting to get in which is amazing.  In fact the waiting room was empty.    So if you wish to send up a prayer we would so appreciate it very much.  Thank you, and many hugs, Mary

BTW:  I am now just getting back into making greeting cards again, I feel some normalcy.  So that is another yay! 

And an added note*  My leg muscles are doing a bit better too.   Let's keep making improvements.
I get to work this weekend, so I will be busy.  Hoping your weekend goes very well.   

Friday, July 21, 2023

Jolly Santa

 Its Christmas.... okay, maybe not Christmas yet, but thought I would make a card featuring Jolly Santa.  

♥ ♥ The materials for this card came from a card kit that I found at my local flea market, so it really did not have a brand attached to it.    The gifts are layered or "popped".   Diamond Stickles were added for a glistening effect to the top of his hat, down to the boots and snow.  The background papers are from Paper Adventures.   With an added mint candy sticker.     I really do like how this card came together... thanks for stopping by to visit, and leave a comment too! ♥ ♥

I will be entering Jolly Santa into the following Challenges:


Tuesday, July 11, 2023


 It's been a while since my last post.   I have been busy with my hubby and his recovery.   The surgery went very well, they had him to spend the night and the next day he was brought home.   Just after a few hours of rest he was up using his walker and just tooling around the house!    He has had some pain following surgery but that is to be expected but he seems to be doing very well.   He is currently going to physical therapy twice a week.    

We certainly do appreciate the prayers!   

I would like to get back into crafting here soon, as I am growing restless much like my hubby.  LOL  He stays busy throughout the day, which is very good.   And watching tv here and there, I think we are getting weary of watching episodes of the Love Boat.    I may have told you that I had injured my leg about a month ago, well finally I am seeing some improvements in the way its been feeling.   The muscles used to hurt if I sat down at my desk for too long a period.    

Also, not sure if I mentioned to you but we are now a three parakeet household!   We recently adopted Bonnie & Clyde, we decided to keep the names they were given, and now our Abby has friends that she desperately needed.  Hah!     Many years ago we used to have parakeets as we were renters and we couldn't have 4 legged animals in our residence.   We always enjoyed our birds.   And even trained them.     We think Clyde might have been trained to sit on shoulders but we haven't really had them out of the cage.   Anyway they can get very LOUD at times but then that is their nature.    Our dog Bella doesn't seem to mind them a bit.

Supposed to get up to 88 degrees F., today... whoo that is a might warm.

I like to keep my hair trimmed up a bit so I got out the scissors and just worked on it... I don't like to go as short as my mother always urged me to go.   She always said, "Mary your face is round so your hair would look better short".    That was her opinion, and at times, much to my husband's dismay, I would allow her to create a cut that looked good on me.    I would draw the line on getting perms or color added.    The things I remember.   *Rolling my eyes*     I'm not saying all of this to be sarcastic, but in a way just a chuckle.    

Well, I just wanted to "yak" and my thoughts just got in a ramble...  I do miss chatting away on the telephone with mom.    Those were the days.   

Hope you all are fine as frog hair,  and I'll catch ya later,