Thursday, January 14, 2021

Happy New Year & a card

 Happy New Year! I am not a regular blogger, so I did not end up posting December Daily photos. I still took a variety of photos and enjoyed the holiday season. It was different with Covid, but we made the best of our situation. 

I made a retirement card for my mom. It was fun to try a slimline card and my new cardinal die. I tried more shading with Distress inks on the card. 


Card stock - Neenah Solar White, Stampin Up! Real Red and Crushed Curry

Paper - Stampin' Up! (retired)

Inks - Stampin Up! Night of Navy, Distress Inks in Fired Brick and Black Soot

Dies - Tim Holtz Cardinal and Close To My Heart "Happy" (retired)

White foam stickers

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December 2

 Our neighbor gave us a table top easel that her kids outgrew. Today was a good day for some painting, and I had bought some washable tempera paint. It was messy with Carolyn, so I am glad to have our basement for this creative activity. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December 1

 Our first snow fall began yesterday with enough to make a snowman today. Some kids from the neighborhood helped, and it was fun to watch them all play in the snow. Alex's Halloween costume items for Cousin It were repurposed for our snowman, which will melt soon as temperatures climb on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Being Present

 I decided to table my bigger "to-do" list item until January. I am planning to send off all my transcripts and test scores to the state to check on an elementary teaching license. I realized that I want to stay present with my family this holiday season and figure out how to make fun memories during this uncertain time. I am lucky that I get to be home with my kids right now. 

We had our first snow fall yesterday, which gave me some perspective on this time. I  get to bundle up and play outside with Carolyn and make sure that Alex has enough warm clothing as he goes off to school and to play in the neighborhood. I can spend more time settling into our new house and making the space work for all of us. 

I will try to write December Daily blog posts and might make a scrapbook for the month. There are great ideas at

Here are some pictures from November 30th in the snow:

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Freshly Made Sketch #463

 I made another card during nap time with the Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit using Freshly Made Sketch #463. It was another quick card and focused on the pattern paper from this kit. I went to link the kit and jut noticed that it sold out. I am glad that I ordered one! The papers are from Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole and will be featured on more of my cards. 

Other Supplies Used:

Close To My Heart white card base and assorted jewels

Card in 25 Minutes

 I wanted to make a card for the last Mojo Monday sketch of the year, but I new my time would be limited. I used the Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit and set my timer. I was a fun challenge to put together a card quickly and start using this great kit. The style of this kit is a little different than some of my current supplies, and I don't often use ephemera on cards. Yesterday, Carolyn helped me emboss some card stock with the snowflake embossing folder. I have a little craft buddy now! 

Other Supplies Used

Close To My Heart: White card base and card stock 

Stampin' Up!: Stitched circle die, Stampin' dimentionals, Winter Snow embossing folder

First Pie from Scratch

 Until this Thanksgiving, I never made a pie from scratch. I bought pies or at least the premade crust. Alex started to learn to make pie with his grandma earlier in the fall, so he and I made out pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving. 

We used recipes from Crazy for Crusts for the crust and filling. We learned a few lessons along the way. I need to still flour our non-stick mat. We also have to be careful not to overfill the crust. The result was tasty, and I will try more pies in there future.