Change is in the Wind

My lovelies…

I had not intended to be out of the scene for so long; I have had my hands in a little bit of everything this holiday season! When I left you last, I was headed off to take an insurance course. The class was wonderful, and I learned SO much! A much needed “vacation” from my daily grind. It just so happened that during that week it was time to renew our insurance policies. It was crazy timing! I understood absolutely everything that the agent discussed with me…FIRST TIME EVER!

Learn Something New Every Day

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On that first day of class I was convinced that I had made a horrible mistake! I was a blubbering idiot compared to the rest of the class (as they were already working in the industry), and low and behold, the first topic we tackled was the Tennessee state laws. NOT my forte, let me tell you! As each day passed though, I grew a little more comfortable in my abilities, and ultimately, became a sponge for knowledge. Learn something new everyday, that’s what I always say. Since class has ended, I have been reviewing my handwritten flash cards ( in excess of 1,000), and am nearing my comfort level to proceed further and take the exam to become a licensed agent. I took a mock exam a few days ago which consisted of 569 questions, and I scored a 95. I would have scored even higher than that if I had not fat thumbed some of the answers.

In addition to my diligent studying, I have been preparing for a memorable and joyous Christmas with my family, and have been stocking our home with delicious treats which come but once a year. Our Christmas was an absolute success, and everyone was surprised and overjoyed with their gifts.

My grandson Maddox turned one yesterday, and has been battling with RSV. I pray that the doctors can find the right medications to give our precious little bundle of joy to provide him the much needed comfort he so deserves.

Change is in the Air

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Also, during my absence from WordPress, I was offered (and have accepted) a position at the hospital in the next town over. I will begin my training on January the 9th. I have enjoyed my time teaching these past 11 years, and have formed some amazing friendships with not only my co-workers, but with my employers and their families as well. As much as I hate to leave, this is a wonderful opportunity, another open door, that I just cannot pass by. I pray that this transition be a smooth one that will enable me to get even closer to my ultimate goals in life. With love and support from my family and friends, I know that I will be successful!

I trust that each of you are happy, healthy, and loving life, and that great things are happening in your day to day. I have TRULY missed our interactions! As we move towards a new year, I wish you all the peace and prosperity that life has to offer. May 2017 be an unforgettable year for us all!

Tell All Tuesday Series: Christmas

Q-Did you enjoy your Christmas?

Merry Christmas!

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A-We sure did! It was hard to get into the spirit this year with SO many different things on our minds and our plates this season, but it ended up being one of the best Christmas’ we’ve had to date!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

WordPress Costume Contest

Happy Halloween

How many of you still dress up for Halloween? I would love to host a  friendly little competition here on WordPress, and be able to share in your festivities. What will your Halloween consist of this year? Are you going Trick or Treating? Do you have a spooky party planned? I would love to hear the details! Do you have some Halloween pranks in the works? Spread the good ideas.

Make sure to post a picture of yourself all dolled up in your costume ( in the comments below) to have a shot at getting voted #1 in the costume contest.

Tell All Tuesday Series: The Ideal Life

Q-How do you envision the Ideal Life?

The Ideal Life

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A-Bills paid, pantry stocked with groceries, money in the bank for necessities, a savings account for a rainy day, a separate account for a retirement fund, and knowing that I will never again HAVE to stitch up holes in our clothing. My ideal life will allow me to help and inspire others, while allowing me the opportunity to work from home (my beach front condo) doing all that I’m passionate about.

My desires are modest, and I KNOW that every item above is realistic and obtainable. I WILL have these things, it’s all just a matter of when!

Your turn…How do YOU envision the Ideal Life?

Tell All Tuesday Series: Words of Wisdom

Q-Does your family have a motto?

Back Door

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A-Other than the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”), we teach and practice how vital it is to have a “back door” in ANY and ALL situations. If you always have an alternate plan in mind, then you’ll be better able to handle any unfavorable situation that may occur. Hope for the best, but ALWAYS plan for the worst; that’s our motto!

How about YOU? Does your family have a motto?

Birthday Party Success!

I just wanted to touch base with each of you, and let you know that my daughter’s birthday party was a complete success!  Everyone had a great time, and my daughter was beside herself with everything; she actually thought she was going to have a “Boring” family party.  HA!  Don’t think so!  The food was great, the scavenger hunt was fun and challenging, and her BIG gift (a new laptop) was completely unexpected.  Am hoping to edit down her video so you can see her expression when she opened up her Popping Card.  I rigged up a greeting card with a party popper…PRICELESS!  Also, baby girl passed her permit test today.  SO proud of her!

Happy Birthday Sis!

On a side note, my sister in law left work yesterday morning and went to the hospital.  She ended up going into surgery this afternoon.  Our prayers were answered, and after an overnight evaluation, she should be released to come home tomorrow.  I cannot wait to see her!

Surprise Surgery

I hope that all is well in your world!  See you again Friday.

How to Make a Waterfall Card

Are you sick to death of hearing new card making techniques yet?! Well, I’ve put together just one more SUPER tutorial that I wanted to share with you. This one is a bit more complicated (just slightly) than the other 3 (Never Ending Card, Squash Card, and the Pop Up Card), but nowhere close to impossible to tackle.

Water Fall Card 1

Okay, so let’s discuss our dimensions…

You are going to need:

  • 2 pieces of 4 ¼ inch x 5 ½ inch heavy duty card stock paper (these are your sturdy “base” cards)
  • 2 pieces of 4 inch x 5 ¼ inch patterned paper (these decorate your “base” cards)
  • 1 piece of 1 inch x 4 ¼ inch card stock paper (this strip holds your “waterfall” onto the card-it needs to be somewhat sturdy)
  • 1 strip of 9 inch x 2 inch heavy duty card stock paper (this will be your “waterfall”)
  • 4 pieces of 1 ¾ inch x 1 ¾ inch card stock paper (these will have your stamped images/photographs on them-can use photographs cut down to these dimensions instead)
  • 4 pieces of 2 inch x 2 inch card stock paper (these will hold your stamped images/photographs that will be displayed on the “waterfall” portion of the card-I used the 2 inch x 2 inch squares that I set aside from creating my original pop up card)
  • 2 brads
  • 3 inch strip of ribbon
  • Ink pad (if you want to distress the edges)

As in the other card making tutorials, you are going to need your “base” papers to be constructed from a sturdy, heavy duty card stock, as well as your 9 inch x 2 inch strip. These three pieces will endure the most abuse from your recipient, and you will want to make sure that they are capable of weathering the storm.

If I were you, I would gather all of my supplies and prepare each piece according to dimension. Once this is done, you are going to want to take 1 of your base papers and 1 of your patterned papers and adhere them together (I used a glue stick). Grab your other set and prepare those as well. Set them both aside to dry.

Grab your waterfall strip (9 inch x 2 inch), your 4 pieces of 2 inch x 2 inch squares, and your photographs (cut down to size) and/or your 1 ¾ inch x 1 ¾ inch squares if you choose to use them. If you are stamping, gather your chosen stamp and ink pad, and prepare your image. Set aside to dry. If you’re using photographs, adhere those to your squares. Now take your waterfall strip and score at 2 inch, 2 ¾ inch, 3 ½ inch, and 4 ¼ inch. Using your bone folder, crease each score mark in both directions to allow flexibility. Now place the strip before you with the scored side facing you. Starting at the bottom 2 inch score line, apply a strip of double sided tape or a smear from the glue stick and place your “bottom” image (2 inch x 2 inch square) on top. Make sure to align the top of the image flush with the score line. Press to secure. Repeat this process by moving up a layer each time. Set aside to dry if applicable.

Let’s put her together, shall we?! Grab your prepared “base” papers, your prepared waterfall strip, your piece of 1 inch x 4 ¼ inch card stock, and your 2 brads. You are going to want to position your newest card stock strip horizontally, against your base card about ¾ of the way down, and apply a small tab of double sided tape on both ends to lightly secure it to the card. Slip the long (undecorated) portion of your waterfall strip (pictures down) underneath this newest strip. Position in the center of the card, flip the images around to face you and then glue the bottom image to the outside of the horizontal strip. I forgot ALL about this step when I first made one, and was SO confused as to why my waterfall wasn’t flipping around, so make sure that you don’t forget this step. You can also stamp a greeting below that bottom image if you would like. Once that’s done, poke a hole about ½ inch from the edge of the horizontal strip and poke your brad through. Flip her over and press the tabs flush against the paper. Repeat this step on the other side of the strip.

In the tutorial that I watched, they only called for 1 “base” paper and 1 patterned paper. I chose 2 of each so that I could hide my brad backings; especially since I wasn’t giving it as a card, but including it as a pull out in my exploding box. You can do it either way, according to what your plans call for. So, let’s make a pretty backing, shall we…

Glue your 2nd “base” paper on top of (the brad backing side) your other “base” paper. I placed a small strip of tape on top of the backs of the brads to stabilize them prior to gluing; NOT a necessary step, but one that you can do. Make sure that you line up your edges when putting these 2 pieces of card stock together. She’s almost done!

Water Fall Card 5

Underneath your waterfall strip, you are going to want to create a half circle punch out to allow your recipient easy access to the “pull tag” that operates the waterfall effect. Now, if you have a circle hole punch you should definitely dig it out, otherwise, you can grab any small circular object (I used the cap from my Tacky Glue).  Make sure that you center either your circle punch or your circular object and proceed to punch or trace. If you trace, very slowly cut around your traced image. If you inked up the edges on your other papers, make sure to ink inside this freshly cut area. Now, pull your waterfall strip down and attach your ribbon (folded in half) to create a pull tag. You can glue, staple, apply a brad…

There you have it…a fun Waterfall Card. Glue it to a greeting card, tuck it in an envelope, throw it in a gift box, but don’t forget to sign your work. Give it to that special someone and watch their eyes light up!

So, what do you think? Are you going to try your hand at it? Would LOVE to see what you come up with!

 

Managing your Super Busy Life

For those of you who have subscribed to follow my blog, you are aware that there are several freebies available to you on the club page.  Included among these items, is an eBook that I put together that will aid you in managing your busy life.  I have decided to share this valuable resource with others around the world that are not familiar with my presence here on WordPress, so I have posted this eBook for sale in my Etsy shop.  If you haven’t gotten your FREE copy yet, make sure to click on the link (Join the Club) below (on mobile devices) or on my sidebar (if using a PC) to join the club.  If you would like to support the cause, head on over to my shop and purchase it for only $3.00.

10 Steps: How to Manage your Busy Life eBook

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Make sure to tell ALL of your friends about this great guide of tips and tricks.  I spent a good decade as a single mother, and these are the techniques that worked best for me!

If you’ve already read this eBook, let me know how you felt about it in the comments below…

A Night to Remember

Happy Birthday

Have made huge strides with my new “toys,” but am taking this evening off to celebrate my son’s 17th birthday.  The family is gathering together, and we are having my infamous cheese enchiladas for dinner per request.   Top it off with some chocolate cake smothered in homemade cream cheese icing…YUM!!!  Have a great night.  Will see you again on Friday.

A Dirty Joke from the 60’s

I remember hearing this joke when I was around 5 or 6 years old.  My grandma had a printed version that she read to the family after dinner one night.  Grandma didn’t joke much, so when she read this joke aloud, I died laughing!

Apparently, this was a joke that Jack Paar told on “The Tonight Show” back in the 60’s, but due to it being deemed “dirty,” it was cut from the broadcast.  So, let’s get to the joke…

The White Chapel (a.k.a. WC)

“An English lady, while visiting Switzerland, was looking for a room, and she asked the schoolmaster if he could recommend any to her. He took her to see several rooms, and when everything was settled, the lady returned to her home to make the final preparations to move.

When she arrived home, the thought suddenly occurred to her that she had not seen a “W.C.” [water closet, a euphemism for toilet] around the place. So she immediately wrote a note to the schoolmaster asking him if there was a “W.C.” around. The [Swiss] schoolmaster was a very poor student of English, so he asked the [Swiss] parish priest if he could help in the matter. Together they tried to discover the meaning of the letters “W.C.,” and the only solution they could find for the letters was “Wayside Chapel.” The schoolmaster then wrote to the English lady the following note:

Dear Madam:

I take great pleasure in informing you that the W.C. is situated nine miles from the house you will occupy, in the center of a beautiful grove of pine trees surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 229 people and it is open on Sunday and Thursday only. As there are a great number of people and they are expected during the summer months, I would suggest that you come early: although there is plenty of standing room as a rule. You will no doubt be glad to hear that a good number of people bring their lunch and make a day of it; while others who can afford to go by car arrive just in time. I would especially recommend that your ladyship go on Thursday when there is a musical accompaniment. It may interest you to know that my daughter was married in the W.C. and it was there that she met her husband. I can remember the rush there was for seats. There were ten people to a seat ordinarily occupied by one. It was wonderful to see the expression on their faces. The newest attraction is a bell donated by a wealthy resident of the district. It rings every time a person enters. A bazaar is to be held to provide plush seats for all the people, since they feel it is a long felt need. My wife is rather delicate, so she can’t attend regularly. I shall be delighted to reserve the best seat for you if you wish, where you will be seen by all. For the children, there is a special time and place so that they will not disturb the elders. Hoping to have been of service to you, I remain,

Sincerely,

The Schoolmaster”

***Joke found online***

Have you ever heard this joke?