Friday, September 19, 2014


 This is one of my very favorite photos of Caleb. We have one of those play tunnels that you can crawl through.  Caleb was standing, and I dropped the tunnel over him....he just looked up and gave me a big smile!  This smile makes me so happy!

Yesterday I heard some Caleb news that made me really happy!  Caleb is non-verbal (you can read about that here), and he goes to the Kennedy Krieger Institute every Thursday morning for speech therapy.  Joe usually calls me with news about how his therapy went. Today he was very excited when he called.

Here's what Joe shared on Facebook yesterday:

"This morning, we were at Kennedy Krieger for Caleb's speech session. His therapist was working with him and I was watching from another room on CCTV. All of the sudden, you hear a little voice say "bu-bye". I about fell out of my chair. Caleb spoke!! It made my morning!! Here's to many more words hopefully!!"

How's that for awesome news!!
Totally made my day!
It's amazing what a couple little words will do to you.


Please remember Caleb in your prayers.
He works so hard at learning....he just wears himself out!
Remember his family too...never seems to be a dull moment in their lives!  The photo below was taken at the State Fair this year.  It's the first year that Caleb was tall enough to get on the Tilt-A-Whirl.  See what I mean?  Never a dull moment!! 

Thanks to Johanna and Joe for the photos...I got them off their Facebook and Instagram feeds!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time For A Change

This is some of what's decorating my dining room these days (and a lot of days in the past too).  I think it's time to make some changes...maybe some brighter colors, maybe a simpler look.  I'm not real sure about what kind of changes, but I don't want to spend any much money!  Time to shop my basement...and maybe a thrift store or yard sale too!
Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The House Is Done....

Remember this blog post?
Well look what shipped today!!!
I am so excited!
Now I just need to keep it a surprise until Christmas.
(which, by the way, is 100 days from now!)

I'll share it with you again, once it's in a frame!

Monday, September 15, 2014


You can find the cutest things on Pinterest!
Then those "finds" lead you to some of the prettiest blogs.

I need a few more hours in each day to visit Pinterest and the blogs it introduces me to.  
There's so little time and so much inspiration!!

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Swap For All Seasons

This year long swap has reached the has been great fun. Linda - our swap hostess extraordinaire - guided us through a year of fun themes and color choices!! Now, I have a collection of great cards, cute tags, and plenty of destash to use in future creations.

Here's a look at what I received for the September swap. The theme was Halloween and the color, appropriately, was orange.  

Rinda sent me a fun "trick or treat" card, a pretty fall tag, and a little bonus...a "scary" bookmark...complete with skulls!  She also sent me LOTS of orange destash.

My favorite bits of destash are this cigar band and the tiny orange safety pins.  The jack-o-lantern stickers will be a perfect addition to goodie bags for "the littles".  

My send-to swap partner was Pam.  This is the card I made for her.
I love this vintage has a "ghost-like" quality about it.  I think this is one of my favorite cards (that I made) from this swap.
I'll be sharing another peek at all the cards I made next week.

I decided against "scary" for the tag...I think it turned out simple and kind of sweet!

I also sent Pam this bag of destash...I've already heard from her, and she liked it all.  I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with the orange #54 tag.

Linda! Thank you so much for a wonderful year of swapping fun!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


"Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” 
President George W. Bush

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Buyer's Remorse...or Pure Genius

I bought this piece several months ago.
I'm not sure why.
Maybe because it was only $4.00 plus another 25% off!!
Maybe because I think it's kind of interesting...and has some potential. 
Maybe because I'm a little bit crazy!

Obviously it needs a paint job.
Any suggestions on a color scheme, or on the piece itself?
Be nice.....