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Valentine’s Post It Pad



Are you in the mood for love? If you’re not you should get into it–Valentines Day is almost here! I believe I am a hopeless romantic at heart. But I’m also cynical about love. When I hear that someone is getting married first I think—suckers! Then I’m like awww how romantic!

Love is love. It’s beyond anything material, sometimes it’s beyond our reach, sometimes it’s the most beautiful thing ever and other times it’s the worst thing every! We’ll never understand it…

But materialistic or not getting gifts on Valentines Day is awesome!

I made this adorable post it holder for my swap group.  The embossing of the sentiment gave it a little elegance.


Isn’t it lovely? I used the embellishments that I made a while back with vintage sheet music.


The inside cover has a paper that’s a bit more modern.This comes together very quickly so you still have time to make some.  This is the perfect little gift for anyone who you:

  1. Love
  2. Like
  3. is addicted to paper

and many other reasons which I’ll let you come up with!

Happy Wednesday!



Supplies: Stampin’Up!, vintage sheet music, misc. supplies



Christmas Tag 2015



So I believe I’ve been making myself suffer more than I have to. I am doing as little as possible right now so that my foot  heals really well. People might think I’m trying to milk it and I’m being lazy but I’m not (my family won’t allow they’re pretty spoiled.)…I’m just trying to literally get back on my feet. I  am used to doing everything at home from working all day,  cleaning, cooking and dealing with the everyday stuff. So it’s hard just lying around being bored. Thanksgiving Day I was on my feet all day. I could barely walk for the next two days. The pain in my feet was excruciating-it needs to go! So I’m a little crabby-big deal. I’ll get over it and my family will too. I have to do something for myself once in a while.

Anyway…about two weeks ago I made my Christmas tags for this year. The funny thing is that I have only been able to use it on one gift! Since I am not going up and down the stairs my daughter has helped me wrap a few gifts and she missed putting the tag on. What am I going to do–nothing.


It’s the easiest tag to make and you can use paper scraps and recycle some pop tabs. Easy and cute.

OK…I’m going back to the couch now to watch like my 50th movie in a week! I sometimes post more on my  Instagram or here on Facebook so check them out.




Supplies:  misc. pop tabs, Stampn’Up!, misc. paper


Decorated Steno Pads



I hope everyone is doing great! I’ve been kind of missing in action on my blog. Do I have an excuse? Kind of but not really…just life in general! Since my mom was sick back in November of last year I just kind of felt like I had one thing after another going on.

Quick run down… My mom was sick in November and December of last year so it was crazy busy. Then I studied and passed my vision and hearing tests I needed to be able to do screenings at school. My son graduated from NIU and is currently working. Yay! I went to Florida for 2 weeks this summer and had a great time with my sisters and my two youngest. My baby started high school this August and I went back to work for the new school year. Things just seem a bit off since last November but I’m hoping everything smooths out! I did about 4 canning sessions and have salsa to last me a loooong time! Last week my bestie and I finally made it to Kane County Flea Market…I love that place!  There’s been all sorts of other things in between all that so life in general has just been busy.

Today I have some decorated steno pads to share. I gifted these to my two sister in laws for Mother’s Day this year.

I don’t know any Mom who does not write lists! I am a total list maker both at work and at home. That doesn’t mean that I cross everything off my lists but at least I have good intentions!

I love using cute notepads for everything, especially at work. At the end of the day I like to close my cute notepad and feel a bit accomplished although there are days that I work all day and feel like nothing was accomplished!

Have a great week!

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things! If I don’t post here I am always posting to my Instagram or my Facebook so follow me!

Supplies: Wiltons, Stampin Up!, PTI, misc. items




Decorated Kraft Bags



Happy Monday!

Here I am…on vacation, nice quiet morning. I have no obligations or responsibilities today other than what I have to do at home. It’s pretty nice. Shame on me but I am sure that in two weeks I will be ready to go back to work. I am so accustomed to being busy all day. But I am going to relax read some books, cook, enjoy the time.

By now you all know that I enjoy crafting. I try to do as much crafting as possible when I am home but lately I don’t have much mojo for it. I need to find that mojo because I have tons of pictures waiting to be scrapbooked!

I do have some cute little bags for you to check out!

These little cute bags were so easy to make. If you have scraps then use them. Washi tape? Use it too. Handmade embellishments? A must! I’ve used all this and more on these adorable bags. They can be used to gift handmade cards, gift cards or any small gift.

They are not all matchy matchy but that gives them a bit of charm!

There is something so old-fashioned about these flat kraft bags that I love. Someone I love bought them for me through Uline. You could probably find some plain craft bags to purchase on ETSY , ebay or other places.

I love keeping some of these on hand!

Have a great day!



Supplies:  Uline, Stampin’ Up, Pick your Plum, misc. items

Ice Cream Cone Birthday & Weekend Wanderings



Mother Nature is playing with my emotions. I get teased for a few days and I get to wear some peep toes shoes. The next day I am wearing boots again. Please, Mother Nature send me some really nice weather that will stay for a long while. I’m done with the teasing!

It has been busy and also lazy here. Some days are pretty busy others I find myself just laying around!

Last weekend we went to a food truck festival. I learned about it on facebook and have always wanted to eat food from a food truck. Why? I don’t even know.

I thought the food was a little pricey. This was a sampler from an asian food truck. It included a Lemon Grass Chicken Taco, Pork Belly Slider and Filet Mignon Slider. The chicken was delicious! It had such a fresh taste. The pork belly was not my thing! I don’t like gooey fat. The beef slider was ok. More than anything this sampler just looked pretty!

I had to have a Lobster and Crab Roll so I waited almost two hours in line. It was funny because for the first hour everyone was real chatty and happy. When we were in the second hour a lot of people around us stopped being so happy (including us) we just stood there quietly because of the long wait and in my case my feet were killing me! And I felt that the rolls were just OK. My husband only took one bite out of the lobster roll.

The lines, OH, the lines! I waited 2 hours for some jerk chicken that truthfully would have tasted better if I had made it at home. I was so crabby by the time we got the jerk chicken that I didn’t even take a picture of it.

I have experienced a food truck festival and will never go again. I sound like a big downer. Maybe I’m too old for that kind of thing…NAH! It was the long waits in line that made me the most unhappy. It was nice to get home and put my feet up!

A while back I made this birthday card but I don’t think I ever posted it so here it is. Isn’t it cute?

I like the gatefold card because of the way it opens up. Just a little different than the everyday card.

Thanks for stopping by! We’ll chat again soon!



Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, vintage book page





Christmas Tag, 2014



As I type this post my kitchen looks like I emptied out every single kitchen cabinet! I am making more popcorn to give as food gifts.

The weather is beautiful right now! It’s the perfect day for going downtown but we haven’t made it there this winter yet.

This years Christmas tag is super duper easy to make.

I used the chalkboard technique and added some bling as well.

Ok, I’m off to finish making popcorn and try to clean up a bit!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up! Misc items

Have a great day!


Give Thanks



I hope everyone is well!

I have been quite buys going to my parents house almost everyday to make sure my mom eats something and takes her meds. It’s been a bit hectic and I have been unable to post like I usually do. I think my moms recuperation is going to take a while so I will be running around crazy for a bit of the  near future.  I wanted to take a quick moment to let you know that I am thankful for many, many things. I have been very blessed. I am also thankful for you! Thank you for hanging in there with me and checking out my blog.

I usually send out a Thanksgiving card to my best friends but this year things  were too busy to even get cards done. I did make at least one card and I love the way it turned out.  This card is simple, has minimum stamping and yet makes and impact with the top layer.

I am currently doing like 5 things at one time. I am posting this, have a cake in the oven and in the process of making something else. Thanksgiving will be here at my house and I am getting everything ready.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy  your time with family and friends!

If you are Black Friday Shopping good luck to you…I will be sleeping comfortably  in my bed through all that madness!



Supplies: Stampin Up!, PTI, misc items