Saturday, January 31, 2015

welcome little Scarlett!

 welcome to the world!   welcome to my world!  welcome to your world!  welcome new little baby pie!
You are Neroni princess number 4!  you are grandpie number 5!
 You have a big sister.. who is gonna love you to pieces!    watch your nose and eyes.. shes into those things right now!  and shes really into kisses... so youre sure to get lots from her!  and lots more from the rest of us!
You bring the total count for grammies family to the magical number of 17!   but I have not doubt that you are not the last...  sometime I expect there will be a couple more. 
 But for now... you are the center attraction!  you cute sweet little adorable princess girl!  
Scarlett Rose!  8 '14.. 20 1/2 inches.. born on your mommys birthday.. and now your own as well, 1/30 at 10:27 am.
This grammie pie and your sweet sissy... LOVE you love you love you!  and cant wait to see you again today!  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Wednesday!

 Good morning bloggy pals!  happy Wednesday.  Only two more days til my (our) new baby Scarlet arrives..  I really am so excited!  Plus, Vanessa's mother and I are sharing Violet for the weekend and Im also very excited about that.  Just need to get through the next two days at work, lots to do there to get caught up.  I have been  a bit overwhelmed at work lately and its hard to stay on top of all those cases.   I dont usually talk about work here.. but let me just say there are some really Messed up people out there that are doing a good job of messing up their kids.....    end of subject...
 Ive been working on some little Valentine projects for my swap partner and a few extra little things that need to go in the mail this weekend as well. I have a couple more things to finish up over the next few days, then I am feeling the need to make myself a little something special.. .  dont know what yet as there are several little things dancing around in my head.
Ive also been puttering around with two bear orders.. I probably should finish those tonight. I want then to go in this weekends mail also.   I suppose I could be working on those now, rather then being on the computer!  I havent been very productive in the evenings lately..   It seems I get home from work and Im too drained from the day to hang out in my craft room!!  I feel sort of lazy...and I dont really like that.  I think its just the winter weather.  I cant wait for spring and warm weather.  I cant wait for warm sunny beach days. ...really... cant... wait...!
We were not in the path of the winter storm that hit new england.  we got a little bit of snow, but nothing unusual.  We're used to snow here.  I dont want to jinx us, but its actually been a fairly mild winter in the snow dept. for us......    lets keep it that way.   lol!
anyways my friends..   I better get a move on.  I think I'll work on those bears for an hour before I have to get ready for work.  
Happy Day Girlie Pies!

Friday, January 23, 2015

face book and friday!

AHHHH!!!!  Its Friday!  you know I love my Fridays...   I actually appreciate every day of the week.. but you know those Fridays are just a little more special, you know, being followed by the weekend and all! lol! 
This past week I took part in an Art Chain on face book.  My friend Marlene asked me to join in.  I was supposed to show some sort of art each day.  These are the pics I posted.   I think it would be easier to do something like that on blogger because you could easily link to the people you nominate or that others nominate.  On face book, you cant always see the others if you're not "friends" with them.  So, I missed a lot of what the others did.  
Anyways.. I thought I'd show you all what I posted on face book.. though, some of you may have seen them on face book already if you play there.   These are the pics I posted this week. It was really hard to decide which photos to choose!  Ive made sooo much stuff over the years and I feel like Ive shown it all already.  You've all probably seen all these things before.. with the exception of these miniature bears in punch needle bags.   I made them about 10 years ago.  I did a set for each month one year. I really like doing punch needle..   maybe I'll start a new punch needle project soon!  You can see individual pics of each of the bears on my flickr if you want to see them.  I just took new pics and posted them there.
So what is everyone up to this weekend?  I'll be finishing up my Valentine swap stuff for my partner Susie and doing some shopping on Saturday.  Then Sunday, I'm having Vanessa's birthday get together here. Providing she doesn't have the baby before hand! I hope she waits til after dinner Sunday! lol!  She is scheduled for a C-section on next Friday.. so I know that by next Friday I will have a new grand daughter!  woohoo!!  you know how much I love my babies!  this new little pies name will be Scarlet Rose ♥

We're going to have homemade veggie beef soup, homemade bread, salad and carrot cake for Nessa's birthday dinner..  I'm glad she choose Carrot cake!  I cant wait to eat it! lol!  then.. on Monday... this fat girl has got to start eating healthy and losing some weight!  not a lot of weight!  lol.. I say lol.. but really its not so funny!
santa baby 
I hope everyone is having fun working on valentines goodies! ! Ive been puttering.. but plan on really playing tonight and tomorrow!  
Happy Weekend Girlfriends!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

crafting ... with help...

 Finally Im getting a little bit of time to do some Valentine crafting this morning.  I have a little bit of help..  Arent they stinking precious?   I seem to be in a fog...   not for a lack of inspiration.. but maybe from too much.  I dont know where to start or what to make!  so I just started cutting stuff up.. and we'll see what comes out of it all.

 I went shopping yesterday for craft supplies and really I didnt find anything that got me excited!  that sucks..  so I bought no craft supplies. I did pick up enough other unneeded stuff though! lol!   and some needed goodies to tuck into my package for my valentine swap partner! 

I really need a trip to Buffalo stamps.  they always have the best papers and supplies. but I cant just make a quick run there. It takes half a day to go up there and back  I live in the middle of nowhere..  an hour from rochester, and hour from Buffalo.   but.. I am feeling the pull to go!  maybe tomorrow.  

 Today we have a birthday party to go to for our beautiful red head, Ella.   But not til 2:00, so I have lots of time to play before then.   If I could just stay focused on one thing...    Im feeling so scattered lately.. or, maybe thats nothing new.   lol!  I am a scattered brained person..  I do think its getting worse though.   

OK.. back to the craft table, otherwise, I need to do lastnights dinner dishes..  (I had ice cream, he had sandwhiches.. so theres not really many dishes.)  
have a great sunday and hopefully you have tomorrow off too!  I do! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

thank you!

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Thanks to Oliva!  she saved the day when I suddenly needed a new swapper.  I knew someone would jump in.  so many creative and fun girls out there in blogland!
soo.. lets see.. whats been going on around here this week.. oh.. yeah.. I know,  I hate to admit this, but I am sick again!  Again, I say.. Again!  whats up with that?   I think Ive been sick 5 times with nasty colds in the last few months.  Ive got to start eating more fruits and veggies!   
Spring just needs to come, theres too many sick people!    I Gotta be well... got a new baby coming anyday now! 
Soon Nessa and Tony will have another little girl!  they had a little false alarm the night before last..   so I spent the night with violet.. she is a freak'n hoot.  funny and so smart! 
but no baby yet..    
 I love me some grandpies!!
Okeedokie.. I guess I should get ready for work...  looking forward to a three day weekend of valentine crafting!  
happy thursday girls!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

uh oh...

Girls,  I need one more valentine swapper.  Someone had to drop out due to illness.  So I have afriend with no partner.  Please let me kow if you want to join in.

Monday, January 12, 2015

dear valentine swappers,

I'm stepping up on a little soap box for a minute....  just for a minute.. just a little something that is on my mind, brought to my attention by another swapper friend, that I think is important to talk about for a minute. 
ok.. I'm on my box.. here goes..
Before you sign up for a swap you should ask yourself a few questions.  You should ask yourself if you have the time and energy to put into a swap, Do you have the resources, supplies and money needed to put together and mail out a package that will DELIGHT the receiver?   If you sign up for a swap, you need to follow through with the swap rules.  If you aren't going to be able to for some reason, you should bow out gracefully and early on.    Please never leave your partner or your hostess hanging wondering what happen to you.  
You should pay attention to the swap details, the sort of things you are supposed to send and the mail out date.   The mail out date is important.  I am guilty of mailing late sometimes due to a crappy memory and over busy schedule.. but I will be the first to say, those are not good excuses.  mailing on time (or early) is important.  When we sign up for a swap, we are making a commitment to someone else who will be thinking about us and putting something special together for us as well.  And don't we want them to mail on time? 
Most of us have probably been in lopsided swaps.. and lets be honest, they sort of suck.  That's why I always say,  put together a package that you yourself would be THRILLED to receive! 
be creative, be generous and be thinking about how to make your partners day extra special.  and with that said its nice to also take the time to wrap it up nicely.. The presentation of a gift adds so much to the fun of receiving it.  Doesn't it? 
OK.. stepping off my soap box now.  Just felt the need to put this out there today.  probably preaching to the choir.  but just in case..   I just don't want anyone to end up disappointed.   Lets make this the bestest swap we can for each other! 
Okeedokie... that's all for now folks!
If you don't know who your partner is yet, please read the previous post.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Giveaway winner and Valentine partners

OK.. announcement time!
the first announcement is the winner of the calender and that is......NO# 5  Margaret!  woohoo!   So please email me your address maggie! or inbox me at facebook.
The second announcement is ... 
I will post them here rather then emailing  everyone individually.  Please let me know with a quick message here that you have seen this post and have made contact with your partner as well.  You will need to contact each other through emails, blogs or facebook. 

Martha Brown (  and  Hope

Sandy McClay  Courtney Bougie  (courtney does not have a blog, but is my friend and wants to join in the fun she is on face book.  so please find each other there.  XOXO!!)

I hopefully I have not left anyone out on accident!  if you find a problem finding your partner or if there is any other issue here, let me know. 
The rules.. 
You are putting together the sweetest Valentine package.. something that you would love to keep yourself.  It should include a homemade valentine card.  As well as an ornament and whatever other sweet and awesome valentines decorations you can make or buy.    Please please please  be sure to mail out by feb 1st.  You are responsible for getting your partners address.   and then... when you recieve your package please post pics so we can all see..   Courtney, Sandy can probably post yours with hers.. or ... you could always start your own blog girlfriend!  
to Tami Mcafee, I would have loved to include you but was unable to find a way to contact you. your google + account leads nowhere not even an email. I contacted a couple longtime blogging girls and asked if they knew you or how to contact you and they did not.   I even looked for you on facebook.  I feel terrible about leaving you out and I hope you will update your google site so that you can participate in the next swap. so sorry.. xoxo  

Its time to play girls!
Have fun !!  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

valentine swap time!

OK.. Valentine swap info and official sign up time...
This will be a one to one swap.  everyone will have one partner that you will send a package of awesome valentine goodness too!   You should include a handmade valentine, a valentine ornament and what ever valentine fun things you can find.. make up a package that you would love to recieve your self.  remember my main rule for sending out.. dont send it until its so awesome you want to keep it yourself!   We will all love to receive something special in the midst of winter.. something bright and cheerful from a kindred spirit!
rules.. you need to have a blog, or at least be known to me as a blog visitor.  I also need someone willing to send to canada.  I want our mail out by date to be feb 1st.  
so leave me a comment here and email me as well to make sure I have you in.   even if you've already told me on the other post about it. let me know again.  I dont want to miss anyone. I will assign partners on saturday.  
sooo....   my house is all decorated for Valentines day now!  lol!  The job of packing holidays up and getting the next out is getting to be more and more overwhelming for me.. takes me days...but Im not ready to stop.. I love the outcome too much! 
OK.. sign ups start now!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Giveaway time!

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so, lets start this year off with a give away!   Ive not done one in sooo long.   I thought it was about time.  besides, I have the perfect thing to start the year off with.
a calender!  I just ordered two custom calenders, one for me and one for one of you!  
feb 2
Do you like these pics?  because these are all the pictures on the pages.
march 1
Ive been thinking about doing this for a couple years believe it or not and finally am just getting to it. 
bunny cart
some of my favorite pics ...
favorite creations....
june 2
favorite gifts..
july 1
favorite toys!
to the beach
hopefully all the pages turn out well....
sept fav
Isnt Frannie beautiful?
couldnt leave out my fresh skellys!
anyways....  leave me a comment and I will draw a name in a couple days...   lets say..   wednesday!
And then, I will send out the winners calender as soon as it arrives.   Ordered from snapfish and they come fast!  I had 6 other calenders with pictures of the kids made for christmas presents for my family.  I ordered them on a sunday and they arrived that wednesday!  no kidding.
soo.. leave me a comment!  maybe tell me which is your favorite picture. 
OK.. back to work I go..  I have christmas all packed away.. except for the porch and outside.   now its time to clean and then play with my valentine friends!  lol!
Happy Day!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

a new year!

 I couldnt decide which pic to post.. so I posted them both! 
I hope you're all ready to start a sparkly clean and fresh new year!  Im looking forward to another year of blogging with all my bloggy girl friends..   I love seeing you all here and at your blogs as well.  the internet is amazing, I am so grateful for the opportunity to know so many girls in so many other places that I would never had known otherwise!  We have a great neighborhood here dont we?  Im looking forward to many more cups of tea while I visit with my bloggy girlie pies this year! and looking forward to making even more bloggy friends as well. I couldnt think of anything really impressive to say about saying good bye to an old year and hello to a new one...   so let it just be... Happy New Year!!