Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lost Puppy

Budweiser once again creates an adorable and heart warming Super Bowl commercial..........and just like last years "Puppy Love" commercial it brought back memories of when Beau was a puppy.

I was a wreck! I had let Beau and Buddy out to use the potty and within a 15 minute time frame (long enough for me to fold a load of laundry and put another in the dryer) ........Beau was missing. Buddy was at the door as usual, but as I looked around the yard and called for Beau he was no where to be found. I was living way out in the country with the house up a very long lane. The property was surrounded by cow pastures and row crops with a CFO a field away.  I called, I walked the fields, the pastures, the creek, the woods edge down the hill from the house, out to the road and back and forth for the majority of the afternoon. Buddy was by my side the entire time as though he too was looking for his pal.  I was in tears. My little Golden was gone.

As night fell my heart sank.

The next day I made flyers and posted them everywhere, I called every veterinarian, animal shelter, and rescue place within a two county radius. Heck I even called the local Police and Sheriff.  I put out Ads online and offered a Reward for Beau return.

Days passed.........and nothing.

Then I noticed that Buddy kept going up to the truck and walking around it, looking up at it - he had never done that before. He kept looking over at the CFO and he would bark. Maybe he was trying to tell me something. So I took action.

I packed up Lilly and Buddy in the Jeep and drove over to the CFO. They already had one of the flyers I made, but I wanted to double check and ask if anyone had seen Beau. Nope............they said they hadn't. But something still tugged inside me. So I drove over the other CFO the company owned and spoke to the supervisor. .........I was stern, I gave him another flyer........I told him that if anyone knew something or had seen Beau they needed to contact me immediately........I made reference that I had contacted the local police, Sheriff, Veterinarians, etc........ then I left.

The next morning a man pulled up in the drive and as I walked out to greet him and ask what he needed he said, "Are you missing a puppy"..........I was floored. He had Beau at his house...........someone (so he says) had put Beau in the back of his truck and he didn't know Beau was there until he was nearly home (approximately 8-9 miles away). The man worked at the CFO next door. No wonder Buddy kept searching around the truck and barking over at the CFO! Smart dog!

I followed him home and there was their yard tied up. I walked over to him and tears streamed down my face as Beau jumped on me and gave me puppy kiss after puppy kiss!  I was filled with joy and relief! I presented the reward to the man and his wife and took Beau home. The pic above was taken that evening. It was a happy ending to a very stressful and worrisome ordeal. Within days Beau had a new micro-chip. Something I  highly suggest every pet owner do.

So with all of that said...........the Budweiser commercial brought back the memory of my lost dog and the happiness I felt as he jumped into my arms to take him home.

There's just something about puppies...........something about being in the country.........something about the friendship between pet owners, and between the pets themselves.............if it hadn't been for Beau's pal Buddy, I would never had went back over to the CFO.........Buddy knew what had happened to Beau.........and he let me know in his own special way. .........

and I know Beau misses his pal Buddy and    ..........just as I do.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Little Project

I started this little wall hanging a long time ago and I finally pulled it back out and finished it.

My granddaughter had a crib set by Pottery Barn Kids and I'm recycling it for her room.  So I took the crib bumper and cut out the flowers and appliqued them onto this for a wall hanging. I left the edges raggy to give it a more shabby chic look. I went ahead and washed it for that crinkled "quilt" look. Now that I have I think I'll pull out the iron and iron it! LOL

It's not my best work, but I thought it turned out just fine.  There is enough fabric with these flowers to make window valances (one of my next projects) and a couple of throw pillows for her bed.

Sorry if the pics are a bit blurry - I didn't use my good camera to take these and with the dreary winter day there wasn't really good light.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Snow and Cold!

I confess I am NOT a cold weather person. Never have been, never will be. Once winter hits I could just curl up and hibernate until spring. Oh to be a bear and spend the winter months in slumber! Since I don't have that option I've been spending my free time sewing. Quilting to be exact.

 I've completed 3 queen quilt tops (one for each of the kids) which I still need to have Long Arm quilted.........a twin for my granddaughter, which I actually quilted on my small easy feat considering I only have about 6 to 7 inches of "neck" space on my machine..........and this is my latest project.........

Those little sail boats are buggers........HST's (half square triangles) are not hard to make, however the pattern called for cutting the squares on the diagonal and sewing each HST individually along the diagonal certainly didn't leave any room for error or squaring up the block. I cut the first 6 sail boats as per the instructions of the pattern and then thought heck with it! I get a more precise HST making them the other way. 

and then there is this project................

Dresden plates are new to me, and they are not as hard as I thought. Isn't this pattern beautiful!! I love it!!

So that's the update in my world............just spending my free time playing with fabric and staying warm either working on a quilt or cuddled up under one.

Before I forget, no new update on what's happening over at Weeds and Wildflowers........I'll keep you posted as I learn more.

Stay warm!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Check out the Pins

I love Pinterest! it's so easy to find something you're looking for, and I find myself searching on it instead of Google (for such things as recipes, DIY's, workouts, quilt blocks, etc...) To me it's nice to see a page of photos with a short explanation of the link.....and then scroll though them. I get bored and frustrated going through a list of search results from Google.

Anyway..........Pinterest has a digital scrapbook freebie board you can follow. I'm a member of the "pinners" and believe me the board has a multitude of different styles with links to all kinds of they kits, quick pages, papers, clusters, etc....

Take a look, you might find something you like and scroll, scroll, scroll because new pins are being added all the time. As of this writing there are over 10,000 pins.

If you are not on Pinterest I suggest you sign up! It's a great resource for nearly everything!!

Check it out -------------->>>>>  Pinterest Digital Scrapbook Freebies

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A New Year

Much has happened over the last year. When I reflect on everything I discover just how much I have grown as a person.  I don't sweat the small stuff, life is too short; I have concentrated on being a better me - listening more, getting in shape, creating and learning new things, rediscovering my confidence, and best of all looking forward to what lies ahead.....regardless if I know the path or run into a new one. 

On one of my kayak ventures
I have been able to do and enjoy all the things I love.......gardening, being in a canoe or kayak, walking through the woods watching for birds (or the deer I always always see), keeping an eye out on the local Eagles that roost near by, having big cookouts with family and friends, spending warm evenings sitting on the back porch listening for the hoot of owls......just basically living life in a simple, uncomplicated fashion.

I can say with certainty that  2014 was a year of renewal.

Now that 2015 is here, I'm excited about what it will bring. I do know a change is coming and it's a good change, one that provides me with an abundance of future opportunities.  I know in my heart that life will be exactly as it's meant to be. I have a drive inside me to do more, be more, accomplish more than the mediocre.......and I will never again settle for less.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Christmas Quick Page

Today is the final day to get any Weeds and Wildflowers kits you want at up to 75% off. After today, everything in the shop will be gone forever and replaced with something new! All of us on the CT can't wait to see what Gina has in store and what her creative mind has been up to.

This is also my last Christmas Quick Page for you. I gave you a preview on a previous post and I finally got around to putting the download together. If you haven't already noticed, I just posted a screen shot of 4Shared to show you which download button to use. I know how confusing that site can be!

Enjoy the quick page!! You can download it HERE

Downloading from 4Shared - Which button to Use

I know 4Shared is very confusing as to which "download" button to use, for the quick pages I post. I too get aggravated with it. Sooner or later I'll have to sit down a find another site to use, but until then here is a bit of information that should help.

The file name will always be at the top right under the 4Shared banner, as you can see here. It's tempting to click on the large blue button since it is right underneath the file name, however that is not the button for the file. This is a tricky site and they set up their advertisers download buttons in very strategic places.

The download button for the file is under the smaller file name beneath the top Advertisement. I have put a red dashed square around the correct download button. This and only this button is for the file.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion, I too have clicked on the incorrect download and my virus/adware protector goes crazy. However clicking on the correct download does not create or download any of the dreadful adware on your system. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Post Holiday Rush

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and you're looking forward to the New Year.

The last several weeks leading up to Christmas were so busy! I was a baking machine and my oven is finally getting a well deserved rest.  I went to Chicago Christmas shopping and it was sooooooo fun! I love love love shopping on Michigan Ave at Christmas time, all the stores are decorated so pretty, people are hustling and bustling around in the spirit of the season, and even the cold crisp air adds to the ambiance.  A quick dinner with a few beers, at an adorable Irish Pub finished off a great day.

I will have one last Christmas theme quick page for you in a few days. Here is what it looks like. It's a picture of my grandson Parker - his first Christmas. I have tons of photos to create pages with and now I have to find the time! Life is just super busy right now.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Happy Merry Merry!

I have a 3rd Christmas quick page for you and once again I used Weeds and Wildflowers Jolly Holiday collection. Don't forget that everything at WW is on sale for 50% to 75% off!! and once the new year arrives all of the current kits will retire to make way for something new and fresh!

Hope you're enjoying the holiday festivities......I've been busy baking and making candies!

You can pick up the quick page.............. Here

Monday, December 15, 2014

An Early Christmas Gift

My oldest son Lee made a surprise visit over the weekend! He told me he was coming up next weekend but surprised me and arrived last Friday! I nearly burst into tears when he called and said, "Mom.....thought I would let you know I'm only 67 miles away"........he had been driving all night (it's a 16 hour trip) say I was excited and happy is an understatement.  He couldn't stay long as he had to get back for work........but it was so wonderful having him home! I so miss the days when the kids were little and in awe of the Christmas season, with all of us spread across the country it's hard to get everyone together at one time. If you have little ones........enjoy every single minute because the years pass oh so quickly.

The excitement of the weekend is over, and the house is once again quiet (too quiet much of the time), therefore I created another Christmas quick page for you. As with the last one, I used the Jolly Holiday collection from Weeds and Wildflowers.

If you're having problems figuring out which download button to use on 4shared - it's the grey button with the blue arrow just under the file name. I don't really like 4shared because of the confusion, but I have to use it until I can find time to research other sites.

You can pick up the quick page Here
Hope your holiday season is going great! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

'Tis the Season......

for giving...........and I have a Christmas theme quick page for you.

Last night was one of those nights, when I just couldn't shut off the thoughts spinning around in my head long enough to fall asleep. So I thought, what the heck, might as well make my sleepless night a productive one!

The quick page was created from Weeds and Wildflowers Design Jolly Holiday Kit and some of the elements are from the Sweet and Simple Kit 12. The Jolly Holiday Kit is so huge that I couldn't fit all of the previews in. You can see them on my previous  post. And.......don't forget that Gina has 50% to 75% off on the entire store until the end of the year!! 

I plan to have more Christmas quick pages for you soon!

You can pick up the quick page............Here

Personal Use Only! and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's Starting to Look like Christmas!

I hope everyone here in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now on to Christmas! I've been so busy preparing for the holidays  I haven't had a whole lot of time to create new quick pages or even post here on my Blog. But......I have some news!! and you will definitely want to take advantage of it!!

Weeds and Wildflowers is going in a new direction in the new year, so right now Gina has EVERYTHING in the shoppe at 50% to 75% off!! Whoo Hoo!  but you have to grab them soon because once the new year arrives all the current kits will be gone forever :-( 

I know, I know........I love them all too!! The exciting part is what she has in store for the new year!! All of us on the CT can't wait to find out.  So between now and January 1st  head over and grab all the kits your heart desires at rock bottom prices!! Here are the previews to the fantastic Christmas kit, Jolly Holidays Gina created awhile back - I still love it and use it (lots) and you will too!

and........keep an eye out on this blog because I'll be creating some Christmas and Winter themed quick pages for you. In the meantime...........visit Weeds and Wildflowers Design and grab the kits you've been wanting.