A Simple Woman’s Daybook~

It’s been nearly a year and a half since I’ve posted a blog entry and I’ve been hankering to do so. I deleted my facebook account last spring when the Oregon weather drew me outside and I figured I would hop back on facebook after summer came to an end. I am not excited about facebooking anymore but I do enjoying journaling so I turned to my blog again!


Yes….I think this will work perfectly for me….I found The Simple Woman’s Daybook, another blogger and I really loved how she journals her daily entries…..so I joined her group of journaling women. Fingers crossed this format will keep my interest 🙂


For Today: Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Outside My Window: It is beautiful out today! Sunny and bright….temps in the low 70’s…..wonderful Indian Summer 🙂

I Am Thinking: About what the garden has in it for some dinner tonight.

I Am Thankful For: My husband 🙂 oxoxo And for the beautiful fall weather we are having this year….it couldn’t be better at all.

I Am Wearing: Jeans and a new lavender hoodie.

I Am Remembering: The Columbus Day Storm (Oct. 12th) here in Oregon almost 50 years ago…..I was 5 years old and I remember sitting in the safety and warmth of my house, looking out of the window over the back of the couch while trees and power lines were falling all over the neighborhood. Some landed on house….other’s landed on cars and still others fell into the street.

I Am Creating: Christmas gifts! Handstitching several different items this year, making cards and other treats from the kitchen. Can’t say what they are though….some of you might be on my list 🙂

I Am Going: To have coffee with one of my longtime best friends tomorrow morning. You know I love you Becky 🙂

I Am Reading: The Bible, a Hal Lindsey Book and a book called The Lifer, a true story about a man named Ted Winters….a little Oregon History.

I Am Hoping: The weather continues to hold for a few more weeks here in the Pacific Northwest……the sunshine is so wonderful and once it goes….we won’t see it again until late spring……

On My Mind: My unsaved family and friends……

Noticing That: I could stand to vacuum today…..uuuggghh….

Pondering These Words: Jesus gives us real eyes, so we can realize, the real lies…..

From My Kitchen: Homemade Pizza last night…leftovers tonight! I think I might have enough tomatoes left to make a nice big batch of homemade pizza sauce…..we’ll see…..

Around My House: I’ve noticed I haven’t put away my spring/summer decorations….only about 3 weeks late this year! Usually I have my fall decor out and displayed by now….but the sun is still high in the sky so I refuse….:)

One Of My Favorite Things: Driving around Oregon in the fall….stopping at local Farmer’s Markets…..Pumpkin Milkshakes…oh stop me….

Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Coffee with my bestie on Wednesday…coffee with another bestie on Thursday…make up a batch of pizza sauce and get it canned, Prison Fellowship Ministry on Friday and then spending Friday afternoon with my mother in law 🙂

Picture From My Journal:

One of my potholder patterns.....

If you would like to join us in The Simple Woman’s Daybook, please see Peggy for details.

In His Wonderful Grip~


A *Latte* of course!!!

This weeks MoJo Monday Challenge:mojo78sketch

Here is my go at it :)))

I Miss You A Latte!

I Miss You A Latte!

I really had fun with this card and I made it with several different sentiments. Such as *I Love You a Latte* and *Take Time to Smell the Coffee*


In His Grip~

Thanks to Carol from Carol’s PaperPlayce, I found another nice challenge blog to learn from! This one is called The Creative Card Crew and this week their challenge was to make a card using green as the main color. Here is my try!

Top O' the Morn' To Ya!

Top O' the Morn' To Ya!

It didn’t turn out quite like I had envisioned so I am going to keep working at this one until I get it looking the way I want. I wish I hadn’t quartered the printed paper…..I thought it was going to look so so so cool, but alas…..back to the drawing board for me! LOLOL

Happily In His Grip~

Phew!!! I am getting in just under the wire this week with my MoJo Monday Challenge! Below is the challenge sketch:mojo77sketch

And here is my try at it!

The Best Place to be...is together!

The Best Place to be...is together!

Have a fantastic Friday everyone! The sun is shining here in the Pacific Northwest and we might get to be outdoors this weekend! Woot Woot!


In His Loving Grip~

The first Monday of every month I take  class from a friend of mine who teaches card making, her name is Denise and she is da bomb!!!!! She designs for Sheetload each month and she makes some of the most gorgeous cards I’ve ever seen in my life…..and she lives right here in my hometown! Yup……lucky me!!!!! Anyway….she helped me with a template for a card I’ve been wanting to make to welcome new arrivals >wink< You can see both color versions below…..
Welcome Baby Boy!

Welcome Baby Boy!Welcome Baby Girl!

Welcome Baby Girl!

Welcome Baby Girl!

I loved how these two cards turned out! Thanks Denise !!! I love you man….I mean friend!

I was also asked to make a card for a young man…29 years old. That was an easy one for me because I have a 29 year old son! I knew I couldn’t use pink, fluff, lace and stuff like that so here is what I came up with….

Happy Birthday Masculine*ish*

Happy Birthday Masculine*ish*

At class on Monday….we got to make two of the CUTEST cards!!! The first one below is an Easter Egg card and I’ve made dozens this week already…in all kinds of colors! The second is a take off of Denise’s original….she taught us how to make a folded card…I don’t know the technical term for it…..it had several folds…..so so cute but I didn’t want to re-create it with so many folds so I did it straight up with a standard sized card. I LOVE the feel of this card and you can see on the bottom, there is room for a sentiment….I left it blank bcause I wanted to be able to put what I wanted there for that special reason or occassion. Again….thanks Denise for all the fun and inspiration you provide us!

Easter Egg Card

Easter Egg Card



OK…..last but not least….a birthday card I made for a gal in a neighboring town for her mother in law……I really like the brown, pink and green together!

I wish my camera would behave...sometimes these pics are great...other's...not so much.....can't be operator issues....nah! It's that dern camera...I just know it!

I wish my camera would behave...sometimes these pics are great...other's...not so much.....can't be operator issues....nah! It's that dern camera...I just know it!

I hope you enjoyed my parade of cards tonight….I’ve got a lot of bloggin’ catching up to do……it’s been awhile!

Happily In His Grip~


…….blogging, ladybugs, my massage therapist daughter ( I’d love her even if she didn’t give me massages >wink<), square foot gardening, my Solara, people who visit my blog and leave comments, papercrafting, being a grandma, reading good books, friends, cooking, MY HUSBAND :), being a child of God….oh there’s more…..I am just bursting with gratitude this evening and had to share it with someone!

I just found out yesterday that wordpress has chosen my blog as their featured CRAFT blog!! Who knew!? I’ve only been blogging for about 2 months now, so I’d love to know what I did *right* to earn this honor! I am thrilled to have been chosen for it and I guess I should not concern myself with *how* it happened and just keep doing more of what I’ve been doing! Just sharing my heart and interests here on my virtual journal……..yup…..that’s what I’ll do……just keep on doing what I love doing and sharing it here in my lil’ corner of the net!

Last week I created an award for blog pages that I love visiting and since then, I’ve been contacted by people in the UK, Germany and Australia, letting me know the award had traveled to those countries. How fun to know that my *Makes My Heart Smile* award has traveled so far! WOW! It really makes my heart smile to know that my award has made so many other hearts smile!

Happy to be In His Grip tonight~

At the risk of repeating myself…..I join these challenges because I learn so much about cardmaking from them! I found another challenge blog called MoJo Monday!  http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/ Each week the designers there present a challenge *sketch* and the participants create a card that expresses their own take on the challenge. Pay a visit to MoJo Monday and join us in the fun!

Here is this weeks challenge sketch:

MoJo Monday Challenge #75

MoJo Monday Challenge #75

Here is my interpretation!

It's a Bee-utiful Day!

It's a Bee-utiful Day!