My Frame of Mind

These are my thoughts, however I may quote those who are smarter and wiser than I am.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

No Trends Here….just a bit more of Artwork!

I have tons…TONS I say! retired papers and stamp sets…duh!
Making some Card packs for sale at work (by popular demand) is a great way to unload those papers to make room for more. (I didn't really say I needed more, right?)

So in no par-TIC-u-LAR order however these are my favorite of the 10 in each pack:

this one…the colors and papers, definitely numero uno!

this one, second fav!

 always will love this "Stitched" stamp set...

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Every time there is a natural disaster somewhere, I try to help.
Give blood no problem…$5, $10, $20 here n there whether I have it to spare or not.
I send it off, tweet about it and "hope" that in some way my little bit will add to a huge melting pot that others have thrown in.
I see the aid on the news…and think OK…I guess it did help so it does make me feel better.
Locally I see those in need as well. These are my neighbors, co-workers and family.
I take an elderly neighbor a plate of food and know they are nourished.
I see a homeless teen going barefoot and see her happy in a pair of my barely used shoes.
I see children lonely and sad in a hospital, so I take bags of Beanies so each child can call one of them their own and won't be so lonely.
Don't get me wrong…I don't have the need to get something in return….well…until now!

I know how great Close to My Heart has always been in time of need…and as Jeanette our founder says,
"If we all do a little, together we can do a lot. Let's show our support and together, provide real HOPE for Japan!"
So she whipped out this:
A stamp set I can love and use for a long time…but better yet ALL proceeds of this set will go to ARC efforts for Japan!
In fact, I might even find a tattoo in my future with this image in PINK!
You can order yours easy peasy from my website using order #A118 or go straight to the Hope for Japan link.
Don't forget to treat yourself to some highly discounted items and specials so you can also earn free My Acrylix blocks while helping others!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ode to Rooster

He came to our yard scrawny, weak, and mangy looking last summer and could barely croak out a cock-a-doodle-doo.

Kept sayin', "the KI-yotes'll get 'im, won't last long".
Somehow he found various places to "roost" and rest.

I complained about him crowing at all times inappropriate…
I complained about all the peanut shells he left behind…
I complained about the small poop piles on the deck and sidewalk…
But he lasted through the winter..even started developing some plumpness around the breast area…his color became a beautiful varigated tone of white-on-gold, his rear tail
feathers became tall and sure.

Then one day last week…I slept in. The alarm actually woke me.
I realized…no crowing. No scratching at the door. Nothing but silence outside.
That night when I got home from work, I took a mag-lite and searched around the perimeter of our property, the neighbors, anywhere looking for signs.
Nothing. No feathers. Nothing.

I miss the dang crowing. I live in the country after all! There should always be a rooster crowing somewhere right? The peanut shells have blown away with the spring wind.
The poop piles have washed away with recent storms.
And I now rely on my alarm clock to wake me up in the morning.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Meanwhile…back 'n da Hood...

Hi Bloggers;
This was either sunrise or sunset over our "back yard"…just looked so cool I had to run for the camera.
Working on a new little "goodie" in the Studio, but since vacaysh is over, it'll be a few more times before I finish. I still zone out after a few hours after I get home from work.
Be patient. It's the way it rolls for me these days.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Hi all!
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! I'm doing a Blog Hop again!
If you've found me from Betsy's Blog, welcome!
This month we are featuring the gorgeous papers from the new CTMH Miracle Kit.
I somewhat cheated…when this kit was a special, I had a Scrapbook for Hire project and the papers went really well with that theme, so I'm showing them off here. This was one of the pieces in the kit…Using a flip flap, it opens to reveal more pictures.
 The center strip is actually the stickease from the kit
 This is a cool way to add more photos without using a flip flap…mount a large card on your layout and mount on the top of the page protector…it reveals…….
 3 more photos!

The "family tree" also lifts up to reveal more photos using a single flip-flap.
and for a cute use of word stamps, click on the photo and see how I "wrote" on the tree!

 I love this set…using TONS of Colonial White large brads they add focus to the photo.

Thanks for stopping by! To purchase any of these products of course, visit my website
Hop on over to Mary's Blog to see what fabulous things she has in store for you!