April 23, 2015

Beautiful bouquet given to me by my wonderful sister

Italian Visquitte

Italian Easter pie Cazole
so delicous, egg, cheese, ham and our homemade sausage and crust


Easter at our home this year..

 Table set for 8
Menu: Roast of lamb, ham, scalloped potatoes, salad, asparagus
and of course angel food cake with strawberries and whip creme.
These little pink bunnies in a bowl, looks like they are in a hot tub!

all of our old decorations from the past put out each year.

Spring flowers and the Los Banos Mayday Fair

My first BIG bouquet of roses that got saved from the remodel, simply beautiful this time of year!

The Los Banos Fair chaity quilt I donated to be auctioned at the Kickoff dinner raising $ 1,500.00.
The grand marshall is a Ford dealership owner, so this quilt had to have FORD in it, and many things you would see at the fair. Celebrating 125 years of the Los Banos, Merced County Spring Fair!!

Board members gathered to decorate the hall.

Hello, Spring of 2015..

 In 2013 we decided to remodel our home..
What an endeavor it was... we have lived in this house 28 years... raised our two boys, now married and on their own.  There was this sudden "want" to do something for ourselves ( my husband & I).  I have been wanting to remodel for a very long time, but waiting for the "right" time.. with both the kids on their way we jumped in!! Tear down started in October. But the rebuilding didn't start till Jan. of 2014.  We knew we picked the right contractor, after all his dad built our house over 40years ago..
This is a picture of the sunroom that was just an enclosed patio. As you can see it didn't take long for it to come down... The hardest thing during this remodel was always what to do with my two dogs,  going thru a winter, rain, mud and all was pretty demanding.. Early to rise, and taking care of Easton & Roscoe.  The crew learned quick what to do if they had to be moved without escaping from the back yard...
     The packing started back in 2013, so no Christmas went up that year. I just kept saving boxes, and packing.  The kitchen got totally remodeled as well. Cooking and washing in the garage was quite an experience, but I was quite a trooper being a farm girl from way back I just kept moving forward. I still had my  microwave which I had plugged into the garage, worked off the top of my washer and dryer and had a utility sink in the garage as well.. I was good to go. Over all it was a great experience, I loved watching the tear down, take out, and the re-building of the new structure I called "the bones", like raising a barn.
The crew even dug up my roses and replanted them.  Watching all the subcontractors come in and each do their specific thing was so fun.  Sometimes I would come home for a lunch break to make them all a snack, after all they were all working so hard. Check on my dogs, and head back to work.
The new   addition, family room, and laundry/sewing,
yes a new sewing room and indoor laundry!! 
With a porch the whole length of the addition where the old was...
Old kitchen coming out, my beautiful blue cupboards... going....bye bye...
kitchen wall being revamped, sheetrock, reinforced.

 Getting there, cabinets in, granite, floors coming..
My beautiful kitchen, once kitchen/dining, now ALL kitchen, I love it, decorated for Christmas 2014.
I love how one side of room is my bake area, with everything I need, and the other is the cooktop area with all that I need on that side. I can finally now see what I have, the only new thing I bought were the barstools, 3 for this center island and 3 for the backside of the sink/bar area...
 Family room/ dining room, decorated for Christmas...
Laundry room/ Sewing room
I loved working in my new space getting ready for Christmas this year.. even decorated it!
Christmas cookies baked.......
My favorite Queen Anne cookies... and the Cuccidati ones too, and of course I made biscotti too!

Lovin' my new kitchen especially the double oven!!
Hope all had a Merry Christmas this past 2014.. mine was very busy with re-decorating the house, my job at the hospital with all my volunteers (my sunshine everyday). Enjoying getting back into my crafting, sewing, and cooking.. create something everyday, it is good for your soul!!
Happy New Year 2015
Batch of Italian Sapala


August 1, 2013

August Summer nights

It has been a very hot summer.... with activities such as visiting one son and his new wife down south. It was fun to see where they live, and all the things we did. I especially liked playing with their dogs, and just hanging out spending time with them all. Best dinner was at their house, cookin' in the kitchen together!

Other activities were, my husband and other son were in a warf to warf race from Santa Cruz to Capitola. He trained for 3 months, and finished the race. It was fun, and had a great time with my son and his new wife and family. Her cousin also ran the race, along with one of my nieces. It was fun standing on the side lines, cheering them on and watching them finish the race!

There are two expected babies to be entering into our family this summer, NO not my boys.... LOL. A cousin, and a nephew, and a wedding  coming soon for another cousin.. So bridal shower, and baby showers... Fun times.

At the same time it has been a sad summer, my sisters' husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and has gone down hill so quickly. My heart goes out to her. Trying to be there for her and her family. We are a family that always pulls all together in times of need. Brother n' laws, nephews, nieces all helping her when needed. Cancer is NOT a pretty thing... but God gives us things to test us within our lives. So just being there, and helping to do anything can make such a difference. The key gift you can give anyone, is your TIME, because they may not be there someday. Say a prayer, and reach out to someone tomorrow, give a smile, hug, or just 1/2 hour of your time to listen to them.
God bless you all, and stay cool, drink your water, and thank God everyday for the blessings you have received from HIM.

November 2, 2012

New Stampin' Up! paper trimmer

The new paper trimmer is now available.... go to my website
go to products, then to tools, check out our new paper trimmer... awesome!

May 16, 2012

Meced County Spring Fair-Los Banos, CA

 "Circle of Life, down on the farm" Quilt. I donated to the Saturday auction.  Loved how the bright colors just popped. The fabric is all kinds of vegetables, and fruits, and Cotton ball border.
 Watching the parade-the little ones got tired.
 My brother entered his truck in the parade.
 Out back of the auction arena, watching the animals come in for sale.
Pee-wee showmanship. Dressed up, and lamb to match. Telling the announcer his name and the name of his lamb. They were all so cute!
Our future 4-Hers and FFA students.

I love this small town fair, my hometown. Will always be close to my heart!

Bridal shower card

My son is getting married, and I have been attending bridal showers for his fiance'. Here is a card I recently made for her last shower, using our new "In color"-Midnight Muse" which is coming out June 1st in the "NEW" catalog.  I used the punch "Punch extra large Blossom Petals".  It came out beautiful.

May 15, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to all!

 This is my mother's day card. I loved making this. Stamp set "Tea Shoppe" 125547 , and Designer Series paper Floral District # 126919. I made the tea bags. It was such a fun card to make. Love the Floral District paper! Ink Rich Razzleberry . order here!!
This is my card that I made for Patty's Emboss Resist challenge.
Stamp set "Betsy's Blossoms" # 126006. I used embossing powder in Melon Mambo # 123223, and Wild Wasabi # 123224. And black embossing powder too! I stamped it first with Versa Mark #102283 , one at a time, and sprinkled on the powder, heat set it, and continued with the other colors. Last I took a sponge and used Marina mist ink as the background color.. Added the rhinestones, ribbon, and edge piece of the Floral District Designer Series paper, and it is done. 
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April 8, 2012

Stampin' Up! demonstrator,Bridget,Merced CA,

Stampin' Up! demonstrator,Bridget,Merced CA,
Host a workshop, earn free product. Make it a girls night out, add a theme for your workshop, be creative!

Stampin' Up! demonstrator,Bridget,Merced CA,

Stampin' Up! demonstrator,Bridget,Merced CA,
Host a workshop, earn free product. Make it a girls night out, add a theme for your workshop, be creative!

January 4, 2012

January 2012 A NEW YEAR!

     January, wheehh, a time to clean things up, refresh, and plan for the up coming year... resolutions????? Well, let's just say I always have a few.  If it's about getting in shape, I just don't have the time. Well, I would if I didn't clean house, work, laundry, and have a business to run. So eating right is on my top list, and drinking a lot of water, which only means one thing!!! LOL!! :>) I have learned to listen more to people and to help someone in any way that I can. Giving of one self is a true gift that you can give someone. My new job has given me the opportunity to work with some wonderful people, volunteers, who give their precious time to the hospital that I work for.  Just working in the gift shop has not only introduced me to them, but some of the visitors and patients who are just looking for a bright place to be.  Hopefully putting a smile on their face, or just listening can make someone not feel alone in what ever they may be going through.  Giving of oneself this year is my top priority.
     This year is also a BIG change for my husband and I. Both of our sons will be getting married 3 months apart from each other. I just want to make this time for them special, and to be as individual as "they" both are.  To keep "their" special moments unique to them. I will keep you posted with pictures. So excited to have "girls" in my house!
   Say a prayer for those that are less fortunate than ourselves, and for those that got diagnosed with an illness. May God put his hands over them all and bless them with a miracle, hope, love, grace and FAITH! Believing in HIM is the answer to all! Here's to a wonderful new year 2012!

December 14, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

 Wishing all of you and your family a very,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

The top of my tree, it never changes.

Stockings hung....

Not done shopping yet!

Baking to do!
Never seems like enough time!
But some how it always gets done!
By the skin of my teeth!

Find PEACE within yourself!
Remember the reason for the season!
God bless you all!

July 14, 2011

New Catalog Open House

 The new Big 2011-2012 Catalog is out!! And brimming with wonderful stamp sets, paper, new "IN" colors added to last years, and so much more!

  Here is a simple card made using the new "In" color Island Indigo, and the DSP Beyond the Garden, which was featured in the Summer Mini, but is ALSO in the NEW catalog too.. I simply cut around one of the floral designs, and added our wonderful rhinestones.. scalloped punch the edge and added another strip of DSP to inside edge. I am a blue person, and this card is so clean and fresh .
 For this one, I used punches only. The new Doily Triple Layer Punch, and the Lace border punch, which again came out in the Summer Mini and is Now in the New Big catalog.. You get three looks from the Triple layer punch, to play and have fun with your designs. I made this to resemble a lace table cloth, and cut around the edges. All colors are the New IN colors.
 Beach time fun! Used the stamp set Summer Splash which is in the Summer Mini catalog, you can order this only through Aug. 31, and then it is retired.. I had fun brayering the sky and ocean, made and tore my sand piles, and Crystal Effects on surfboards and all.. Love how this came out...
 This stamp set is also featured in the Summer Mini -Fabulous Flowerettes, but is also in the New Big Catalog. I used water color paper, heat embossed the flowers with our new colored embossing power, and water colored the flowers, sponged the background. This is such a pretty card, for all occasions..
 I love this Postage stamp look, using the "Pretty Postage Stamp Set', and now there is a punch just for punching out these wonderful pieces, called Postage Stamp. I have other stamp sets that I can use this punch on, and know there will be more in the future.. These tiny little cards perfect for gift giving fit our small envelopes as well..
 I used the embossing folder "Flower Garden" to create this embossed design, then I water colored it using our Aqua Painters (I love these) Eyelet border edge, and the DSP is from Beyond the Garden both in the Summer Mini and the New Big catalog.. I am so glad that they included lots of product from the Summer Mini into the new Big catalog..
Pendant Parade stamp set coupled with the punch, Petite Pendant Builder, makes this card a snap to make, I used all the NEW IN colors. and the DSP is, Just add cake.  Eyelet border and the word saying is from Swirls and Curls hostess set from the Summer Mini catalog, only available till Aug. 31.
 My husbands Fathers Day card, using the stamp set Countryside. I also used DSP Just Add cake. I used the 1/2" circle punch to punch out the letters that are on this DSP paper, mimicking type letter keys.. the tag is made using the onboard "Merry Medley", so many choices there to create so many different looks..
This card is using one of the New In colors Pool Party, and the DSP "Flirtatious Specialty" paper, with it's two sheets of lazer cut paper, and using the Lace border punch, stamp set Swirls and Curls. So fun...

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