Wednesday, 30 November 2011


I wanted to find out what all the interest in  Pinterest.  AND I am hooked. I was using tumbler to store and catalogue all those crafts I someday wanted to return to but it was a time consuming job. Now I have signed on to Pinterest it does all the work for me I love it. If anyone needs and invite leave me your email and I will send you one.


Rediscovering Christmas


We started a new tradition this year. We will have our traditional daily Advent for James but I wanted to do something as a family that might have more spiritual significance. When we lit the first candle we read the Bible story in Luke 2:21-40 about Simeon and Anna awaiting the Messiah. We will lite a candle each week and the large one on Christmas day. Counting down to Christmas is reminding us that we are celebrating his birth and awaiting for his return.

For an advent Bible study look at ‘Rediscovering Christmas’ on You Version.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Decorated Frame


Found this metal frame at my local store and decorated it with ribbon and die-cuts

Monday, 28 November 2011

20 Days of Thanksgiving Day 7


Look at these turkeys!


We recently celebrated Thanksgiving with our church and this was our entry for the ‘construct a turkey from newspaper competition” I am so thankful for my church that gives us good fellowship and solid council from the Word.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

The Big Weigh In

Jim is at goal weight and experiencing what it is like to stay there and I see goal appearing on the horizon.  The question in my mind is what should my goal be?  10lbsA healthy weight for my height and age has a 2 stone (28lb.) variable!  In my mind I am 1lb. away from goal but Slimming World have put my goal a few pounds lighter. In any case a few more weeks should do it.

I have also noticed that my weight is shifting around. I lost 2lbs. this week but the difference in inches around my hips is amazing. I can only deduce that the weight is pre-proportioning itself around my body. Probably not very scientific but it makes sense to me. 

I feel quite rich now that I have a wardrobe full of barely worn clothes that I am able to use.  It was quite depressing to only have a few outfits that fit and a feeling that nothing ever looked decent.

Jim and I feel quite pleased with ourselves these days. We admire each other from across the room and make comments about how good we look.  No one else seems to have noticed. Either they are not saying much or they are not as shallow as we are and honestly don’t see a difference!Smile

Saturday, 26 November 2011

November Color Challenge


I have always got a lot of inspiration from Magazine layouts and I have always loved this front cover. So, November’s color challenge is from this cover page. Lots of traditional Christmas color but mixing it up a little with the country blue. 

Watch this space in December for my entry.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

The Big Weigh In

The big news this week is that I reached a 1 stone weight loss (14lbs to my USA 10lbsreaders). Slimming World have determined that another 7lbs loss would be a healthy weight loss but I haven’t decided if I want to go that small yet.

I only lost 1/2 lb. this week but it doesn’t trouble me as I celebrated an early Thanksgiving with my church yesterday and ate a sumptuous feast. Yes, one of the reasons I started weight loss when I did is so that I don’t have to miss out on the celebrations for my favorite time of year!

I am aware, now that I have lost weight, that it is time for some toning exercise. I get plenty of cardio type exercise but now I need to tone and build. This will be my next adventure!  Hope you have a healthy week. Smile

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Color Challenge Show and Tell

 Here are my entries for the October Color Challenge. (Instructions Color Challenge. ) 


Old Provo Craft Paper, Labels from DCWV stack – I think it is ‘Doodling Around’. Stamp is from Stampin’ Up


Supplies as above plus cotton background paper on a cheap block I picked up from a craft fair and the leaves are taken from a stem of fake silk flowers.


Embossed cardstock was done with a Cuttlebug folder and inked with Ranger ink pad.



I used lacquers to accent the background papers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Look out for November Color Challenge coming 25th November

Monday, 14 November 2011

20 Days of Thanksgiving Day 6







DAY 6. November 14th

I am so very thankful for my DH who is a wonderful partner, colleague, and friend.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

The Big Weigh In

Nothing10lbs much to report this week. 1.6 lb. weight loss. I have worked very hard with little to no cheating and it seems to be coming off very slowly.  However, now that I have lost 13lbs in total I am able to see the whole picture instead of the small amount week by week. 

I walked four days this week and did Zumba once. The fact that Zumba is a planned event with a colleague helped me to do it even though I was too tired.

DH has reached his goal of losing 20lb. WELL DONE! and I can’t wait to get there.The School Christmas Party coming up and I have a little black dress that I am hoping to fit into. Smile

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Digital Goodness!


I love Jessica Sprague and all the talented designers she show cases so when I was nominated as one of the 24 winners to receive some digital goodness I was thrilled.  I was the lucky winner to receive this lovely calendar and I can’t wait to use it. All the lovely pieces will be hung on my mantle.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

20 Days of Thanksgiving, Day 5


Day 5. November 9

Today I am thankful that I discovered two fraudulent checks attached to my checking account. Hopefully they will not clear.

I am thankful for an inspiring, interesting role at work.

I am grateful for lovely co-workers!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

20 Days of Thanksgiving, Day 4


Day 4. November 8th

I am thankful for occasional moments when my son opens up and lets us in.

I am thankful for co-workers who take their time to help me get ahead.

I am thankful that my son is accomplishing good grades in school. 

For these things I give thanks,

Monday, 7 November 2011

20 Days of Thanksgiving


Day 3. Monday 7th November

I am thankful for opportunities to affect peoples lives for good.

I am grateful for young hearts eager and full of hope.

I am happy for online shopping that delivers my food on a hungry tired evening.  

Thank you for a thought provoking movie to end the day  with hubby.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

The Big Weigh In


I have had a good week. I went back to work this week and there was no more trying to figure out what morsel of protein I could shove in my mouth for lunch. There is so much choice with the Slimming World plan I had loads to eat.

I exercised plenty this week with three 25 minute walks and a Zumba class. So, the scales have shown a 2lb loss this week which is encouraging. I am looking forward to reaching 1 stone loss (14lbs for my American readers).

Hubby is about 3lbs away from his goal and has slowed down a lot in the weight loss department. However, he returns to work this week and also plans to start working out with DS so I am sure the last 3lbs will be off before he knows it. 

20 Days of Thanksgiving Day 2


Day 2.  Sunday 6th 2011

Today I am thankful for ;

The freedom to attend corporate worship with like minded believers.

Lunch with my family.

Good neighbors who don’t mind ‘shooting the breeze’.

Good health for me and my loved ones.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

20 Days Of Thanksgiving

I like this post at The Little Red House and I was inspired to do something similar.


20 days of thanksgiving.

Day 1 Saturday 5th November.

Waking up without an alarm .

Eating breakfast with my family.

Dressing down and hangin’ out at the house all day.

Time to read,pray, journal and plan.

Doggy dreaming, DS playin’ and DH reading.

Movie night.