Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Animal Party!

Thank you so much for your sweet comments about Cortney.  I did pass along what you said to her.  She was smiling from ear to ear.  (My daughter is a bit of a ham!) ;) And to answer Debby's question, yes it is an Origami Owl bracelet she had on. ;) 

I wanted to share something crafty today using a darling image from Crafty Secrets.  It is a digital image from the set called, Animal Party.  I colored it with Copics. 
The red polka dot paper is also from Crafty Secrets and is part of the Radiant Paper pack. I added a bit of ribbon, string, old fashioned stick pin complete with sentiment, and a bit of gold tinsel. 
I am heading to work in a bit, so this is going to be a bit short!
Have a great day and thank you for constantly cheering me (my family) on!  It means the world to me!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Illinois Miss Amazing Pageant

This weekend was a whirlwind of activity! As you know, Cortney participated in the Illinois Miss Amazing Pageant, on Saturday. It was a very organized event run by a host of wonderful volunteers. The participants had to take part in an interview process, where the 4 judges ask them various questions about themselves. My girl tends to get shy and clam up. But her helper, Jasmine said that she shook her shyness by the second judge and answered the rest of the questions.

She was coached on how to introduce herself. Many of the gals in attendance could recite long paragraphs. Cort was able to tell everyone her name and give them her million dollar smile.

She adored the attention,loved having her picture taken all day, and was excited to meet the other girls. :)

It was an amazing experience (no pun intended) for her. For us. The stories the girls and women shared were beautiful and heart warming. It once again reminded us that everyone deserves a chance to shine.

And shine, she did.

She didn't win. But in my book she was the winner from the moment we stepped into the pageant doors.

Have a sweet day my friends, and thank you for letting me share. :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Chalkboard Canisters...

I should have something Easter related today....but I don't.  For whatever reason this slacker of a girl just didn't make many Easter cards this year. So instead you are going to get little chalkboard canisters.
 I purchased a box of silver canisters in the wedding aisle at Michaels.  I gave them about 3 coats of paint.
While the paint was drying I found this gorgeous Poppy flower at the Silhouette store.  I cut the pieces, inked the edges, and ran it under some water. Having the petals wet makes it easier to shape each one.  
I assembled the flowers and added a bit of gold yarn and cording, and several leaves to finish them off. As a final touch I used a sentiment from SRM Stickers over a piece of gold Washi tape. 
This picture is totally random of my dog, Myla.  But honestly she is the silliest dog ever!  What dog sits like this on the back of the couch?

The next couple of days are going to be a marathon for me. 
I am enjoying the last peaceful relaxing time this morning and then BAM! 
Let the races begin!
*Clean the House
*Finish laundry
*Prepare potatoes and vegetables for Sunday
*Color eggs with the kids
*Set table for Sunday
*Deal with pool installation guys today
*Final fitting for Cort's dress
* Attend beauty pageant allllllllll day tomorrow
* Get home late
*Have company over for Easter.

Wish me luck!
Happy Easter my friends! Have a blessed holiday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vintage Thanks

I love this sweet digital Kewpie image from Crafty Secrets. It says, love, to me. That lil' bunny and his kewpie friend.  Sometimes a hug is all we need to know we are not alone in this big world. 
I went back to my comfortable color palette.  Soft pastels of pink, white, cream, and blue.  It's like an old pair of jeans that you throw on because they are broken in. Comfortable. Familiar.  
The image was colored with Copics and cut out using a Spellbinder's die.  I inked the edges a bit. 
The card shape was cut using my Silhouette. The rosette is a quilling kit from Provo Craft. I also added a doily. The flower was created using coffee filters and Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I added a bit of ribbon, coordinating string, and a few sequins to finish it off. 
I have so much left to do this week and am in a bit of a panic hoping I can get it done.  Sometimes I load my plate a bit too full and then I kick myself later for doing that to myself! 
So wish me luck that everything I need to do gets done!
Have a great Wednesday!
Hugs to you all my sweet Kewpies! ;)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hydrangea Cupcake

I want to thank you all for your kind comments and your overwhelming support. 
Sometimes I forget that there really are people out there who read my little blog. Your kindness towards me and my daughter truly have overwhelmed me.
I felt so much love and support, and I was able to carry that through our meeting on Friday.
Our meeting went well.
Everyone loved Cortney including the other residents there.
I left there knowing that this is the right place for her. There are no immediate openings yet, but hopefully in the near future something will open up and a place will be awaiting her. 
Until then I will keep doing what I always do. Love her. Enjoy her. And appreciate the time I do have with her. Right. Now.
This little hydrangea cupcake keeps bringing that song, "Happy" to my mind. It is a pretty darn cool Silhouette cut that creates this dimensional cluster of flowers.  I decided it would make an adorable cupcake. 
I actually glued a golf ball inside the flowers to give it some weight.  I hot glued that to a half of a styrofoam ball and inserted that into the cupcake holder.  
I added a few silk flowers, ribbon, string, and of course my sentiment using my Dymo Label Maker. 
I have lots coming up this week. I am having Easter, I am having a new liner installed in my pool and having it fixed on Friday.  (Long story, but I will tell you the winter was not kind to my pool!)  Cortney is participating in a beauty pageant for special needs kids and adults on Saturday. We have one more fitting for her dress this week as well. 
I will be a busy gal for sure! 
Thanks so much for taking time out to visit me!
Have a great day!

Friday, April 11, 2014


Today is an important day for my family.
For many years we have been trying to get Cortney on a wait list, for a wonderful residential placement to live, as she becomes an adult.  Today we have our last interview with them,  and afterwards she will be "officially" on their wait list.  That means she could be placed a week from now, or a year from now. But the call can come at any time. It is bitter sweet for me. I know when that call comes, I will not be ready. I will never be ready.
It's hard letting go.
Giving control to someone else.
Being sure that people take care of her the way I take care of her.
But I know she will love living there. 
She is social, chatty, loves being busy, and loves her friends.
She will have a "job" there. 
She will participate in so many fun events.
She will create a life there that doesn't include me. Or her dad. Or her brother.
I know logically that this is the best place for her.
But my heart aches at the thought of it. 
I have faith that everything will fall into place when the time is right. 
It is exciting.....and scary.

I have been still pursuing the modeling for her.
I've not had any luck which I find frustrating at times.
Even this crazy guy tried to help us!  His stage name is "Can Head."  He was on the Ellen show and several other talk shows for the ability to stick things to himself, and they actually stay!  He and I ran into each other at the local Jewel. He offered to help and took some photos with Cort.  I've been e-mailing them to Ellen with Cort's story. So far no luck. I keep plugging away hoping that someone, somewhere will see her cute face and see her potential.
I know you all came here for my card, so I probably should stop rambling and get to the details!
It was a card I created when I was part of the Dirty Dozen at Splitcoast.  It was a Silhouette cut that I had added loads and loads of glitter to. A few gemstones, a great big ribbon and it was complete!
I thought it was appropriate for today.
Have a wonderful day my friends!
Thanks for listening to me!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Good morning my dear friends! I am heading to a field trip with my 5th graders to the great outdoors! (As great as the outdoors can be in the Chicagoland area!)It is supposed to be sunny and near 60, so I am thrilled that spring has finally decided to arrive! 

I found this adorable Silhouette cut designed by the talented Samantha Walker. A purse gift bag.....what could possibly be cuter? I love purses but honestly, don't have a ton of them because well, to be perfectly honest, I am just too lazy to switch purses.  I have girlfriends who change them with every outfit. Kudos to those fashion forward trend setters....but this gal...well...she uses the same purse until it pretty much just falls apart! ;)

I love that all of the details are so realistic!
I also added a rose that was also a cut from the Silhouette. I gave it a bit of color using my Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I added a bit of ribbon and string, and a sentiment from SRM Stickers.
I am off to enjoy the fresh air, spend time with my 5th graders, and learn about the French fur trade. 
It's all good.
Have a wonderful day....and thanks so very much for visiting!