Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I wanted to share

a few layouts I did with photos from last fall.
 [I LOVE this time of year!]
This gorgeous tree is at DavID Crocket State Park, near the cabins, 
and I couldn't resist putting a favorite scripture with it. 
The Skunk Train!
A wonderful get-a-way!
[Northern California]
Just a few favorite photos -
at home and out and about...
I had such a wonderful time at our family reunion
 -- despite the sadness of not having Mama with us - 
LOVE those cabins at Joe Wheeler!
We've SO ENJOYED getting back into camping with sweet friends!
LOVE the crunch of leaves under my feet!
And here's one from a few years back - still a favorite -
[I think this one was in the Hobby Lobby magazine -?]
I wanted to invite you all to join in with out on-line crop 
over at the Faith Based Pages group on face book - 
November 10-14.
click here to go there - 

Friday, October 24, 2014

I'm so glad I took the time

to pull together our Halloween Mantle 
before we went on our fall vacation a couple of weeks ago -
[more on that when I can get the photos together -]
When Halloween is over, I'll  take down the wicked witch,
the vintage pumpkin/cat art, and the Halloween subway art,
and put up something for Thanksgiving
I've been out / town working a couple of different times since then -
... soooooo, that's seven  + nights for fun [so far] and four nights [so far] for work -
just this month - whew!
I love Halloween and it's fun to come home to a sweet pumpkin-filled mantle!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A few weeks ago

I shared on FB / Instagram a photo of the baked pumpkin doughnuts I made with the recipe from King Arthur Flour [it's on my pinterest board for fall] - DELISH
 They are soft and moist - so very good.!
So I wanted to try some other muffin recipes and see how they would do in
My thoughts IMMEDIATELY went to a favorite muffin recipe that I would make during high school after  sleep-overs at my house -
 I got the recipe from an old Betty Crocker Recipe Book - 
Light and fluffy with buttery sugar coating.
Oh. My.
[I mean, just LOOK at them --]
Note: I use extra nutmeg - and don't put cinnamon in the sugar coating...
Next up - spice cake doughnuts with maple frosting...
I'm sure I'll be sharing on FB --

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Favorite Photo Friday

[and yes, I know it's not Friday -- 
But I haven't had an opportunity to post on my blog until now --]

-- We had a great time traveling these past few days -- 
Savannah - Ormond Beach -- and, 
It was so fun to have some time with our boys and their gals - 
and visiting with some great friends too!
[Thanks so much for taking this photo!!]
But I've gotta say --  
I've been to Disney MANY times 
and this is the first time I've come home
COVERED in mosquito bites.
I'll share more of our week soon ---

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It's been a year

and I still feel this way sometimes ---
I did this art journal page soon after my mama passed on - 
I love how the overlapping words show how this thought 
was constantly swirling through my head 
-- to the point of not being able to think clearly about other things --
It perfectly represents that time in my life...

... all scrambled up in my brain...

And there are moments, or days... 
when I still can't believe she's never coming back to me... 

Process: I opened the page in my [old spiral recipe] book and took a marker and just wrote this phrase over and over and over [and over] again - overlapping and on top of each other and all jumbled up just like it was in my head.... 
and I left it like that for months...
Then I created a text box on the computer that clearly stated 
what had been
swirling around in my head... 
stuck it down. 
This is art journaling to me --

Sunday, October 5, 2014


... I just want to crawl back into my dreams 
and have a little more time with my Mama  --- 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Some of you know that there's a

precious, tiny, newborn in our family.
Meet Hank -
and his parents, Jacob and Jaime Hatcher.
[Their photo - 
We've not had the opportunity to get up North to see him for ourselves -] 
Hank was born at 27 weeks, weighing  a whopping 2 pounds, 12 ounces.
He's got a struggle ahead of him - so prayers are much appreciated!
Here's the deal, I CAN sew, I know HOW to sew, 
but I don't LOVE sewing - 
But we know how much this little family LOVES Alabama football - 
so we wanted to do something special for them, 
to bring a little 'happy' into their day-to-day struggle with a baby this tiny -
I found this tiny jersey and cap and decided I could alter it  a bit so that it could go on around all the medical stuff he needs right now. [It was originally a pull-over...]
I bought some soft fabric and made plackets [?] on each side of my cut up the middle, then I sewed down some velcro for a closure. 
[I'm not a professional and it's not perfect, but it IS CUTE.]
Then, I thought - he needs a diaper cover like the ones my mom made for our boys. I found the pattern on the internets and stitched one up out of the same fabric. 
The cap was left just like it was purchased [about three inches across, laying flat above]
I think they liked it - 
[Their photo of his and daddy's 'matching caps'.]
But, oh my goodness - he's still gotta grow into it!
[Again - their photo - ]
Praying for sweet improvements everyday!!
Won't you join me?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hey y'all - I was tagged

 in the scrap booking blog hop fun that's making the rounds on the internets...
 Here goes!

1. What am I working on right now? Seriously - I've been dissecting albums and putting the pages in NEW [American Crafts] albums that are centered on people we love, things we do, places we go, and all about us, naturally [a - la Stacy Julian and Library of Memories -] It is SO MUCH easier to find a photo this way - MUCH easier than trying to remember what year it was taken ---
2. How long does it take me to create a project? A layout? I can do that in as little as 15 minutes or I may take as long as several days - just depends... but I'm mostly a quick scrapper - I use kits that have everything coordinated for me to use -- 
3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment? My kits from Noel Mignon, hands down. [Take a look at her stuff HERE -]
4. How does my writing/creating process work? I almost always start with photos - usually more than I will use in the finished layout - I crop and combine them into a sensible [to me!] pattern and then add the patterned paper and embellishments around them -
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired? I enjoy seeing other people's layouts - but, honestly, most of mine are based on magazine advertisements [I like that clean, graphic style -]
6. What is my signature style? I notice trends in my stuff from time to time - I had a 'circle' period where I used GIANT circles on just about every page... and I've had a 'multiple tag' period where I'd gather a bunch of tags together and journal over all of them... currently, I think I'm in a  banner period - I just can't get enough of banners - all shapes and sizes... I love to use patterned paper as my background paper, and I'm loving these giant instagrm prints from costco --  But mostly, I think my pages are pretty clean with graphic lines that let the photos shine -- 

Now to tag some friends - Viji - Kathy - and Cindy - come on, girls - get your blogs updated and show us what you've been working on!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's FINALLY beginning to feel like fall

here in North Alabama -- 
My favorite time of year -- We LOVE camping in the fall - 
and hanging around a campfire 
making s'mores
We still have warm days [in the 80*s,] 
but we're beginning to have some awesome cooler nights ---
 I enjoyed doing Bible Study by the light of a lantern 
while Craig was watching a ball game.
[Hey! I never said we 'roughed' it!]
 And we love cooking hobo meals 
in foil packets placed in the coals of hot [HOT!!] fire -
These photos are from a couple of weeks ago [have I shared them already?!]
We camped at one of our favorite campgrounds [DavID Crockett] and just enjoyed a relaxing time together - had a quick visit with a sweet cousin of mine who has recently fully embraced the camping lifestyle - wish I'd realized we were in the same place sooner!
[See, I told you --- no roughing it here -
Our little RV - just big enough for the two of us -]
This weekend we camped a little closer to home - 
at a great campground up on Monte Sano!
It was fun to get away with friends and 
enjoy dinner together on Friday evening - 
[Thanks for the photo Doris -
but we should have got one with ALL of us in it!!]
More friends joined us for hobo meals 
[we love them, what can I say?!?] on Saturday night.
We should have taken a  photo then too!!!
Great place to camp, with wonderful trails to hike, etc.
But there was a problem -
The cell service was sketchy -- 
As in, run-the-battery-down-hunting-for-a-signal sketchy -
And sad to say... we've just got to be connected --
Soooo - I'm not sure if we'll be back, 
even if it is just 20 minutes or so from our house...

Monday, September 22, 2014

We still have lots of tomatoes -

I actually froze a batch or two last week before they spoiled...
But we know it's winding down.
Our local farmer's market will only be open for a few more weeks...
During a recent visit we bought a cantaloupe [still not good --],  a butternut squash [? - I obviously over-cooked it], green beans, okra, and of course those delicious cinnamon rolls.
But since Craig only eats one , it's really better all 'round if we just buy two individually -- 
 So one evening I got busy prepping the okra - I just give it a good rinse and slice it directly into a pie plate of corn meal, give it a good toss 
and then pan fry it in batches on top of the stove.
Before I got started on that I prepared a macaroni and cheese from the family cookbook 
[I'm thinking I need to scan this in for the younger generations!]
and popped it into the oven, and had the green beans cooking with some bacon...
 We served it up with fresh tomatoes from the garden
[I have LOVED having the tomato plants right outside the back door!!]
And I've really enjoyed cooking a meal or two each week that is 
fresh / local with no preservatives -
Good stuff.