Monday, December 14, 2009
The problem was that I was painting over that ugly color that wasn't accepting my new color, white, which is a semi-gloss interior paint. I'm thinking now that I probably should have brushed on a primer or something prior to attempting to cover the ugly beige-yellow with my clean white paint!! Oh well, Jaime - full of patience and wanting to rescue mom - did a great job! He says we'll actually apply one more coat tomorrow and it should be good-to-go! Then I can finally finish setting up my craft space. AND just in the nick of time because I have some sewing projects and papercrafts to complete before Christmas! Don will be ever so grateful to have our dining room table back!!
Hopefully pictures will follow tomorrow night or Wednesday!! I'm so excited! It's a small room but accommodates my crafting just fine!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
But all is well when they're settling in for the night. They just chat like little girls!! Nicholas says his complete 'Night Prayers' at least 4 times before he drifts off to sleep!! It's precious ~ if he happens to wake up for a bathroom run or when Madalyn wakes up for a bottle, he says his prayers all over again before going back to sleep. I love it and I'm so proud of him and the fact that he's already believing in the power of prayer, even at his young age. He's quick to say he's going to pray for you when he hears you're going to the doctor or if you have to travel! Oh, it does a Mammy's heart good!
Just felt like sharing!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Well, Jessica began sewing a few months ago, using my old Singer, and is doing a great job! It sparked a seamstess fire in me, so I got my machine back out and am about to get some sewing done. And lucky ole' Jess got an early Christmas present from her sweet mother-in-law - her very first Singer Sewing Machine!! She's thrilled and I'm happy for her! She said to me, "Now we can have a sewing party, mama". Well, that just tickled me to death!
And to top it all off, we have a brand new JoAnn's! I had never been to one and of course, once I stepped thru the doors, I didn't leave until about 2 hours later!! Don thinks that's so ridiculous! But I loved it - that's where I found the Charms and Fat Quarters! I'm so excited! They will work great for a couple of gifts I have in mind for my mama. I had made several Biscuit Pillows back in the day when I was sewing regularly and she mentioned last week how she thought those were so nice, so she's getting her own special one for Christmas along with a little semi-quilted lap throw! The fabrics in the charms pack and the quarters pack are so like my mother - dainty, soft, old fashioned and pretty! Her favorite color is yellow and she loves flowers so I know she'll like it.
I plan to start tomorrow afternoon and possibly have it complete this weekend so I'll be sure to post some pictures! I'm so excited!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Cooper dressed as a skeleton as well and he didn't like Mammy's treat-giver either! But once his daddy picked him up, he was fine with the 'scarey-man'! Trick or treating didn't really appeal to him - he actually fell asleep!
And little Miss Madalyn was a pretty fairy!! She actually had a cute head piece also and did fine wearing it, but it came off when everyone was passing her around! She was so busy crawling around, that I kept missing getting a shot of her sweet little face!
Such precious Grandchildren! They bring so much joy to me and Papa!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Stamp lovers rejoice! Whether you're a long- time fan of stamps or are just venturing into this fun hobby, now is the perfect time to grab some My Acrylix decorative stamp sets. From November 3rd-30th, 2009, when you make a purchase of any two stamps sets (sizes A, B, C, D, or E) at full retail price, you will receive a third stamp set of your choice for FREE! (equal or lesser value- a savings up to $22.95). Choose from any stamp set offered in any of the 2009 Idea Books or current product review!
Take advantage of this month's great offer and add to your assortment of these innovate stamps!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I so enjoyed working with this Jingle Paperpack last night!! I like the traditional Christmas colors but this variation is so nice especially with the addition of Hollyhock and Blush, two of my favorite CTMH exclusive colors!!
Embossing ink and white embossing powder
THEN, Jessica asked had I been outside yet this morning!! "It's the beginning of our favorite time of the year." The sun's peeking out, the air is light and crisp, cool even and it feels great! We so love this time of the year! Homecoming at school, hunting season begins, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!!! All times shared with family! We're so blessed!! Thank you God, for family, for nature, the beautiful seasons that you orchestrate so wonderfully, and for the privilege of experiencing them!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I’ve been home since last Monday night but went straight back to a very busy week at my day-job; that’s why I’m just now back to my blog!
Leadership was held in sunny Long Beach, California. I actually flew into San Diego a day prior and my gracious upline, Bren Yule, hosted me in her home the evening I arrived. Of course, I was in awe of her craft room!! It is fabulous! Bren challenged me to try something new every day so that first night, she treated me to an awesome dinner at her daughter and son-in-law’s restaurant, Harney Sushi!! That was definitely something new for me, actually incredible. I enjoyed several dishes I had never eaten before and the ambience was wonderful. We walked through some of the historic part of San Diego and I really enjoyed that! The weather was just right and Bren’s a great tour-guide! Then we went to a precious little scrapbook store on Thursday morning before we got on the road to Long Beach for the conference. The store was beautifully decorated and had tons of scrapbook and paper-crafting supplies. Of course, I’m pretty loyal to Close to My Heart products and supplies, but I DID purchase a cute little brown (chocolate) and pink (blush) organizer!! Lunch was on the deck of a quaint little place called Cody’s at La Jolla, CA where I enjoyed another new entrée while looking out at the Pacific Ocean !! It was a beautiful sight – actually breath-taking to me.
Thursday evening began this year’s Leadership Conference with a focus on artwork! We got a sneak peak at a new Workshops on the Go™ project along with new products from the Autumn/Winter 2009 Idea Book. You’re going to love it!! Our new products were introduced via a runway show featuring our founder & CEO, Jeanette Lynton, along with two fashion divas, VPs Kristine Widtfeldt and Monica Wihongi!! CTMH models walked the catwalk holding covers of each of the past Idea Books up through the NEWEST and the AWESOME Autumn/Winter 2009 Idea Book!! Included on the runway was a sampling of the hottest new products for fall !! New products were given away to many in attendance and each consultant received a newly redesigned Shoulder Tote!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I'm all packed except for 2 clothing items and at the moment, I'm attempting to clean out my purse!! What a chore! I don't know why or how my purse gets so filled with so much STUFF but it drives me crazy. I don't know how all of this was even in there to begin with - don't think I could cram it back in now if I tried ! Crazy ~
I just finished gathering my supplies from the list Corp sent us of products to bring that we'll use for Crop Night and our Fall Create and Takes!! I had everything on the list except for 2 sizes of the Acrylic Blocks and I'm surprised because I really thought I had them all! Of course they could have gotten picked up by mistake after a workshop or something. I'm sure I can check them out from Corp or borrow from my terrific upline Bren who is graciously picking me up from the airport and hosting me in her home my first night in California as well as the night before I fly back home!! Thanks, Bren for your hospitality!!
I plan to take lots of pictures and will be posting daily (THAT'S the plan!). So stay tuned . . . .
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I used our Colonial White Textured cardstock for the base, Blush CS for the front and side panels, white ric-rac and a sticker strip from the Emporium - My Stickease pack that has the Sweet Leaf color in it (one of my very favorites!) that matches the green in the little sleeper.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I literally have butterflies in my stomach and feel just like a child at Christmas!! I've been counting down the days for about a month now! I leave one week from today (July 29th) and get to spend 3 fabulous days with hundreds of CTMH consultant friends ~ some I've met, more I'll meet next week for the first time! We'll be attending a great line-up of classes that are geared toward helping us take our businesses to the next level. We'll be hearing about all the awesome new things that await us through-out the coming months as well as spending time creating with our new Product line being introduced in the Fall/Winter Idea Book. Oh! My! Goodness! I can hardly wait!
I was a hobbyist/semi-consultant for so long (until I attended my first CTMH Conference last year - see my previous post about my history with CTMH here ) - but through a wonderful program that CTMH began last year called Journey to Director, I've already brought my business up a level and am now a Supervisor, having 2 new members on my team! This program was created to help consultants reach the upper management levels in the company that, actually, I never thought would happen for me. But through the awesome training we receive, the literature and networking available and very importantly, our Journey to Director Bulletin Board, it is SO achievable! I'm reaching higher!!
And by all means, if YOU would like to be a part of this awesome company, please contact me at Rather.Be.Scrappin@GMail.com .
Did I mention how excited I am !!!!! And the great news is that you can share in this excitement too!! Close to My Heart is open to Business Builders as well as Personal-use Consultants, which is where I began. July is a great month to begin your own business as a CTMH Consultant - when you sign up during July, you get to choose five fabulous products from our Favorite Five list for FREE - with no additional shipping or tax. What this means for you is that you'll be getting product worth up to $100 for no charge, just for signing up in July!! How awesome it that?!! For your sign-up fee of only $99 you'll receive about $400 total retail in product! It's an incredible deal that will really jumpstart your business and your artwork!
Again, you can contact me via e-mail at Rather.Be.Scrappin@GMail.com or phone at 601-479-3053. Hope to hear from you soon!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wait a minute ~ what in the world is this lady doing and why is mommy holding my arms down AND PRESSING ON MY FOREHEAD - Mammy, HELPPPPPPPP.
Boy, what an experience! Madalyn has a good pair of lungs!! She startles easily anyway so I think it was more the click of the piercer that actually upset her more than pain, as well as being held down. But she was a trooper and looks precious with her new earrings. And she's done quite well not messing with them last night or today. Her mom (my sweet Jessica) was 6 months old too, when we got her ears pierced - that would be almost 21 years ago!!! Oh my!!!
Just thought I would share our little adventure we had yesterday!
(Remember you can click on the images to get a larger, closer view!)
Friday, July 17, 2009
A beautiful charm from Close To My Heart that features the signature “heart key”! It’s a Congratulatory gift for reaching a milestone in my Close to My Heart business – my 5 year Anniversary! The letter included states, “At this special time, we want you to know how deeply we value your loyalty, energy, and creativity. We’re honored to have you as a member of our family.” And a family it is!! It’s amazing the bonds you create, over so many miles, with people (most of whom you’ve never met) who share your love of preserving memories through the art of scrapbooking and paper crafts! AND with a company as awesome as Close To My Heart, wonderful friendships are formed, memories are created thru meetings and Corporate Events, and business goals are met uniquely for each Consultant. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Close To My Heart family! Thanks to our founder and CEO, Jeanette Lynton and everyone at Corporate! And thanks to all my sister- and brother-consultants for all the inspiration and encouragement! Here’s to many more years with Close To My Heart!!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY PRECIOUS JAIME!! My oldest, Jaime, is 24 yrs old on the 4th but he’s off-shore so I’m hoping he’ll get to call at some point so I can sing “Happy Birthday” to him! It’s okay – he lets me!!! I know this is SUCH an old saying, but it REALLY DOES seem just like YESTERDAY that he was my ‘little man’, toddling around. Jaime was a very calm, laid-back little boy and then young man. But he’s always had a great sense of humor and loves to make me laugh. He’s lifted my spirits through many hard times with his precious sense of humor as well as his sensitivity. Jaime has such a big heart and loves his family and friends deeply with it. I’m so thankful to God for giving me the honor and privilege of being Jaime’s mom. I’ve cherished every moment since the pregnancy test read Positive!!
Well, I’m off to finish our church bulletin. I normally prepare it on Saturday afternoons but since we’ll be gone all day, I’d better get it done tonight. All 3 babies are asleep now so here’s my chance!!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
My day JOB has been wild the past few weeks and I haven't even had much time for any kind of crafting OR completing my new room. PLUS, I forgot to mention that the air is not working in there. Of all the rooms in this house that don't get used much, MY NEW SCRAPROOM is the one that has issues with the air ducts!! Don had our son-in-law come out and climb in the attic to check things out and he found nothing electrically wrong and the damper was open so we've yet to know why that room is so uncomfortable. But I've been running a box fan from down the hall and that's the only way I've been able to hang out in there!
But I AM planning to work on a project for my Mother-in-law at some point today since her birthday is July 6th. I need to get it in the mail by Monday, so I'll post some pics of it tonight.
Don and Josh are playing golf today so I'm going to get some housework done (Saturdays are the only time I can really get any of that accomplished!) Then we have our Annual Church Picnic this afternoon at 5pm and I'll be preparing for that! SO, to unwind this evening - I WILL spend some time crafting!! (hint: I'm psyching myself up!!)
Hope everyone's having a great weekend!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I found this on Karen Pederson’s blog -http://karenpedersen.blogspot.com/2009/05/abcs-of-me.html while surfing my favorites tonight and had to join in on the fun!
You can participate too - just copy and paste this list of questions and change to your answers and post it on your blog with a link to mine – http://sharingmysweetlife.blogspot.com. Then leave a comment here so I’ll know you’ve done it, including your blog address and I’ll visit and learn more about you!!
ABC’s of Jenn ~
Bed size: Queen
Chore you hate: folding laundry
Dad's Name: James
Essential start your day item: E-mail
Favorite actor(s): Kevin Costner, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks
Gold or Silver: Silver
Instruments you play(ed): Piano (I’m the pianist at my church, my mom’s the organist, and my dad is the assistant Music Leader!!!)
Job title: Close to My Heart Supervisor (fun JOB!), Information Systems Coordinator / Application Support (Home Health agency) – my day JOB!Kid(s): Jaime, Alison (daughter-in-law), Jessica, Alex (son-in-law), Amber, Mike (son-in-law), and Josh
Living arrangements: own a home in Quitman, Mississippi and live with my husband, Don and our one remaining child at home (who graduated Friday night from High School and will be commuting to Junior College in the fall !!)
Mom's name: Patricia (mama, Mrs Pat, Granny, Aunt Pat, Shug (to my daddy!)
Nicknames: Red (wonder why??) But mostly I’m called Jenn.
Overnight hospital stay other than birth: tonsillectomy at 18, near fatal DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) after major blood transfusion following still-birth of my last baby in 1997 (story for a later time).
Pet peeves: Loudness/Obnoxiousness
Quotes you like: If you don’t stand up for something, you’ll fall for anything.
Rightie or Leftie: Rightie
Siblings: one sister, Theresa
Time you wake up: 6:30 am (clock is actually set for 6:00 but I have to snooze a couple of times!! – my husband HATES this!)
Vegetable you dislike: tomatoes
Ways you run late: too much time spent on the CTMH Bulletin Boards as well as surfing blogs! Plus I’m OCD about some things so before I leave the house, I have to check all the bathrooms and the kitchen to make sure nothing's left plugged in – I check at least 3 times before I leave and have sometimes gotten in my truck and cranked up, only to unlock the door and go BACK in to check again!! WEIRDO!!
X-rays you've had: left foot and left hand after tripping over the baby’s stroller in my office
Yummy food you make: All my Pampered Chef recipes!! My family’s favorite is the Taco Ring and Chicken Broccoli Braid. We also have a great recipe for Chicken Roll-ups that are their absolute favorite. Plus they say I make a ‘mean’ home-made Spaghetti!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Amber is here on the left in this picture - she and Jessica shared 2 pregnancies!! Her two baby girls, Raley and Autumn, and Jessica's last 2, Cooper and Madalyn were born within a couple week of each other's. It was a blast!! Amber is a beautiful young lady and has an awesome voice! She also played 5 instruments while in the band in High School. She's a great young mom to her 2 precious girls and I'm so proud of her.
So you've briefly met my immediate family and now know the inspiration behind my passion for photography and scrapbooking!
Now I'll begin posting more artwork!!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
** Being a mother is my greatest joy!! I'm blessed with 4 children and 6 grandchildren!! We're so fortunate that we all live within 20 minutes of each other, now that my oldest son Jaime is home from the Marines. They were stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC. He served 4 years, with 2 Tours of Duty to Iraq. When they became pregnant with Kameron and the initial 4 years were up, they made the decision to make their home here in Mississippi. Ally is from Tennessee and travels there often to visit her family. This is the most current picture I have of Jaime and Ally and it was in March this year.