Sunday, January 31, 2010

happy blog award

my daughter sent me this blog award. the Happy 101 Blog Award rules are as follows: list ten things that make you happy and try to do at least one today.

here is my list in random order:
1. chocolate
2. smooth music
3. anything purple, especially butterflies
4. moda jelly rolls, layer cakes & turnovers
5. a warm fire
6. glowing candles
7. a good book
8. stampin'up!
9. fine wine
10. a clean house

I tag any of my blog friends to grab this award and help spread some happiness.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

helping haiti

for the past few weeks my friends over at the fat quarter shop have been hosting an online auction to support haiti relief. i was hesitant to participate at first. it just didn't feel quite right that i may end up with a beautiful quilt while knowing so many abandoned and scared little children were suffering. yet the need is so great and i applaud the efforts of kimberly and kevin trying to help. so today i was notified that i am the lucky owner of...

...this delightful dora s'mores baby quilt. my daughter and i are both girl scout alums, so we have been indulging in s'mores for many years. ohh and i so love the charming mocha swirl backing...

...we also both love every line by barb and mary for me and my sister designs. we will greatly appreciate adding this autographed quilt to our collection and will always remember the significance of receiving it.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

an old favorite

sadly, i have been creating many sympathy cards lately. i've been using different designs as i go. tonight i decided to make a few extras. i found myself going back to one of my old favorites, from the garden. do you have a retired favorite or two that you just can't part with?

i have used many colors with this large flower, yet for sympathy cards i find myself going back to soft sky and blue bayou, both also retired now.

very soothing colors with a clean design make an appropriate card. i just wish i didn't have the need to send so many out. my heart is with you dear friends.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

it's a wrap... this excellordinary, amazirrific, magnifitastic,
wondermendous, outstonishing
...cudos to Hallmark for creating these
new words not found in any dictionary which
describe it so perfectly...
and thank you to everyone who made
it so special!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

a bowl full of candles...

...delight the senses
...sweet fragrance
warm ambiance...

...scents of illumination
fruits & citrus, edible & spicy
floral or fresh, herbal & woodsy

Friday, January 22, 2010

my nifty fifty gift...

...from me...'s been a long two years
without my creative studio...
i promised myself it would be ready
for the launch of the half of my life

Thursday, January 21, 2010

delight in the mailbox...

...all week long
from the talented gals... the We Bee Stamping birthday club
lead by Linda Bauwin
our Stampin' Up! senior executive
thank you all...
for the creative thoughtfulness

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

a priceless memory...

...from my mother... grandmother's engagement ring
...lovingly received in 1910
twice the years i celebrate today
an heirloom treasure
the greatest gift indeed

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

wings and cents...

...or freedom and sense...

...the sybolism catches me off guard
until a wise child
reminds me of the half century...
we are celebrating

Monday, January 18, 2010

greetings galore...

...from friends and family...

...near and far...
i'm blessed to be loved by many
thank you...
from the bottom of my
50 year old heart

Sunday, January 17, 2010


...can take the ordinary
and make it extraordinary....

purple passion is preferred...
as paisley is precisely
my pattern of preference
...for peace
and prosperity

i've Created...

...a legacy...

...with a wry sense of humor
an eye for color and texture...
...creative designer detailing
and a heart of gold

Saturday, January 16, 2010

picture perfect and purple...

...just a glimpse of my oldest...brought out the tears... wonderful guys have arranged such surprise...

Friday, January 15, 2010

today is the day...

...a plate full of cheesecake, whip cream...

...strawberries and edible confetti
makes welcoming fifty... much easier

Thursday, January 14, 2010

the countdown Gift that has been giving all year... of the greatest gifts...
of the year, of the decade, of my life time...

...just because...
it is a beautiful story
such love... such inspiration...such faith
you have changed me...forever
thank you for sharing.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

like mother, like daughter nears the top of the countdown to 50

...many mothers take
handing down this tradition
for granted...

...i've learned to cherish each moment
patiently waiting, never knowing for sure
if my only daughter
born with Down syndrome
would be capable or have the interest
...imagine my recent thrill

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

getting back to my 50 nears referencing my original curls...

...Redken #60r
Orange/Red should be a
perfect match

Monday, January 11, 2010

counting down with a box of creativity

The UPS man arrives on day 4 with a delivery from Stampin'Up!...stars and ribbons, stamp sets Party Hearty and Everything Nice...

...2010 colors Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay
Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry
and Dusty Durango

Sunday, January 10, 2010

#1 Novels continue the Countdown...

...described as "an absolutely beautiful, deeply moving portrait of female friendship. You'll laugh and cry along with these characters, and if you're like me, you'll wish you knew how to knit."
-Kristin Hannah

"as comforting, enveloping,
and warm as a well-crafted afghan."
-Publishers Weekly

Saturday, January 9, 2010

counting down with Minnie...

...and Mickey at Disney on Ice...'s a tradition that my daughter
takes me to the show for my
birthday each year.

Friday, January 8, 2010

the Countdown continues with a Noodlegram...

...from my favorite restaurant in Columbus.

...i can just taste the
whole grain tuscan linguine
with parmesan crusted chicken, yum

Thursday, January 7, 2010

the birthday continues...

day 8...a dozen new designs from the Moda Bakeshop...

...calorie free sweet treats!!!
how will I ever pick a favorite?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The 10 Day Countdown to the Big 5-0...

day 9...wishes from the scarlet and gray

...sweet home alma mater

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The 10 Day Countdown to the Big 5-0 Begins...

...with Cookies by Design!!!

I love, love, love the beautiful butterflies. Thank you Lori:)