New Etsy Listing


A new product was added to my Etsy shop on Monday... Nursery wall art in calming shades of blue, white, and gray that is sure to turn baby's room into a dreamy space.  Even if you don't have babies at home anymore, you probably know someone who does, and these would make an amazing gift!

These are digital items that you can download instantly after purchase.  There are two sizes, 8x10 and 11x14, but you should be able to adjust it to any size that is suitable for your needs.  You will receive jpg format and pdf format.  All the details are in the listing description.  Simply print at home or take to a local print shop, frame them (or not) and gift them.  Easy!  And at only $3.99, they're a bargain!

I am adding another new item to the Etsy shop tomorrow.  This one is gold jewelry and would also make an awesome gift!  I hope you'll come take a look!  

Heeeeeeere's Tuesday!

 Do you remember Johnny Carson?  They just don't make late night hosts like that anymore!

Well... hello.  Thanks for stopping by.  I want to share a photo that popped up on my Facebook feed today that has my right brain working overtime.  What inspiration am I receiving from this photo?

Drachenburg Castle
The colors, the style, the spires, and just knowing that Drachenburg means dragon gives it an even more mysterious aesthetic.  Here's another photo

This castle, the dragon castle, has a storied history that you can read about here,  And the fact that Drachenburg means dragon makes my 10th grade self kinda happy.  You see, I had a math teacher that year whose name was Drachenburg.  If I had known then that it meant dragon, bad things probably would have happened because we did not like each other!  She later went on to become an assistant principal, but luckily, I was gone by then.  She was definitely a dragon!

So I love that first photo so much, with the storm rolling in from beyond and the tall trees on the left side of the castle that remind me of dragons.  I just love that photo!

While I let that steep in my brain, I will show you a few cards I made recently.

I wish I could sell this money card in my Etsy shop, but I can't because I borrowed one person's design and another person's idea to create this card for personal use. You roll money up and put in the plastic case then glue it down.  On the back, you can perforate the edges where the money roll is so the whole card doesn't have to be destroyed to get to it.

This set of cards includes 2 birthday, 1 hello, and 1 thanks card. These are in my Etsy shop.  I love some of the delicate features such as a bow, lattice work, faux pearls, and hexagons.  They're currently on sale and have free shipping!

The last card I made was this one below which I gave to my husband for our anniversary.
I literally almost ruined it.  I wanted to make some of the pieces have some sparkle, so I got out my stickles and pops of color ( I truly almost ruined it, but I was able to save it and it was almost none the worse for wear

This is most definitely a happy Tuesday because the craft room is my happy place!  How about a few funnies before I go?

I can relate!

So much so that I don't even have a bedtime anymore!

They must have used one of those snapchat filters to make this photo.  But it's only a joke because I will NEVER do everything on my to-do-list in one day.  There just isn't any way!

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Random Happy Tuesday Thoughts

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The grandbabies (7 months and 3 years) and their parents have been visiting with us for a few days!  I think as we get older, we forget just how hard it is to have children, but we did get a  taste of it as a reminder.  We babysat (babysitted?) for a few hours one night so they could go to dinner, and it was hard!  But we sure do love those little girls!

I made them each a dress.  I don't know if they fit, but it was good to go back to a pattern I had used 2 years ago and to see how my skills have changed since then.  Here are the dresses:

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This dress was supposed to have five buttons in the back, but I thought snaps would be easier.  Well, I was wrong.  They were so difficult to sew on and to match up!  It might have been harder for me, but I think the snaps will help them because, once sewn on, a snap is easier than a button.

How about some giggles?

This would be the perfect meme if it said "Hobby Lobby" instead of Michael's.  Not that I don't love Michael's.  I do, but Hobby Lobby is much bigger around here.  I could spend hours in there!  

And just a few more:

That's all for today!

Crafting Brands I Like


When I am making crafts, there are certain brands that I like...

  • Pops of Color from    There are similar products elsewhere, but Pops of Color are sold exclusively at, and they do just that... add an enamel pop of color like the dots on this card.

  • Soft Minky fabric (also from JoAnn Fabrics).  There is not much that is softer thank this fabric, and it comes with "dots" or plain.

  • MFDSJ Key Fob Hardware sold at Amazon.  This hardware is very sturdy and a good quality product.

  • The Team Shop, also at JoAnn Fabrics.  If they don't have your professional football, baseball, basketball (etc.) team in stock at your local store, chances are you can get it online.

  • Picture frames from Michaels.  They have a great selection in  several different prices ranges, and in my experience, they are made well.

  • Digital Art from Creative Fabrica. They literally have millions of graphics, fonts, and designs, including pages and pages of freebies!

  • Menkey earring hardware that is sold on Amazon.  I prefer the Sterling Silver hardware that comes with silicone backs.

  • Fonts to use in graphics (in addition to Creative Fabrica) from So Fontsy.  Silly name, but a huge selection of fonts to use in your crafting.

  • I prefer to get my cash back from Rakuten.  Most of the shops I've mentioned, obviously not Amazon, but the other retail shops both online and brick and mortar offer cash back when you use the Rakuten app which costs absolutely nothing.  I buy the same products I will normally buy, but now I get cash back for it.  It adds up, too.  I got my biggest check last year in February.  It was over $100, and seriously, I bought nothing extra to get it, and it cost me nothing to sign up.  In fact, they give you a sign-up bonus after you make a purchase or two.  I still don't understand why people don't use it! 
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Happy Tuesday and Random Tuesday Thoughts


Hello!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I certainly did!  Fantastic!  Got to see three of the kids and got spoiled with a gift card, flowers, plants, cookies, and lunch.  I couldn't ask for anything more!

Father's Day is always more difficult for me because my dad passed suddenly - with no warning except a headache - in October 2004.  Even though it's been quite a while, it still isn't easy.  But I'm still going to get some things put in the Etsy shop for dads.

I've been making cards for my friend and my mom lately.  This one was for my friend's daughter (who I taught when she was a sixth grader).  She graduated from Texas A&M last week.  The plastic thing on the bottom is to hold rolled up money.  

This next one was my mom's Mother's Day card.  

I've also got some birthday cards in my Etsy shop that I think are really cute!

Etsy Shop
In the next day or so, I will be adding another set of cards as well as a card kit.  I'm excited about this!

Before I go...

And speaking of dads...

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It's Random and Happy

 It's random and happy, so here goes! Cats!  Random topic. Cats are a happy thing!  I know not all people agree, but I love cats!  Look at this adorable cartoon cat!

Creative Fabrica, Designed by Skaw0414

This is one of 4 cats in a file I downloaded yesterday from Creative Fabrica.  I can make it into a sticker, but I'm thinking of other things I could do such as make it into an embroidery file, use it as clip art, or put in on paper crafts such as scrapbooks and cards.  Maybe you'll see this in my Etsy shop soon.

Did you know that cats can sense when their owner is depressed?  They respond by rubbing against them more, likely to try to cheer them up.  Just the act of petting a cat releases oxytocin, the so-called cuddle chemical, in your brain.  Cats get a bad rap, but it's not necessarily deserved.  Who could resist this feline?

She loves burrowing under (clean) clothes in the hamper or under the covers.  Now, I'm off to Creative Fabrica to find some more cat images to use in my crafting!  But first...

And one more you won't be able to resist!

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Shabby Chic Card Set

Card Set avaible in Etsy!

Feminine Shabby Chic design with a variety of extra details

4 Cards:  2 Birthday Cards, 1 Thinking of You, 1 Thank You

$9.79 including FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the U.S.

Scrapbooking Tools I Can't Live Without


Aside from paper and photos, there a so many tools that people use when scrapbooking.  Here are the top tools that I can't live without.

1.  A good tape runner - I swear I use more of this than anything!

2. Sharp scissors - Creative Memories and Fiskars are my go-to craft suppliers.

3. Paper trimmer - This is the one I have.

4. Quality Photos, of course!

5.  Ruler - any ruler will do.

6. Reverse Tweezers  These are great when you need to pick up someting small.

7.  Corner rounder for photos.

8.  Embellishments such as bows, flowers, ribbon, buttons, stickers, die cuts, brads, bling.

9.  Cute paper that is also high quality and won't tear in my cutting machine.

10. Quick Stick by We R Memory Keepers. This really helps when you need to place small items in a very specific place.

11.  Cricut Machine (doesn't really matter which one, but the Joy has fewer features and only does small projects.)

12. Xyron machine (for making any cut item into a sticker without a printer)

13.  Computer to connect with Cricut for cute images and titles.  And sometimes I want to type out my journal box and print it instead of handwriting. Any computer will do.

I could probably go on, but these are the basics.

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