Sunday, November 27, 2011


I received a Kindle Fire as an early Christmas present and I am loving it. Books, magazines, etc etc etc! I am enjoying it all. Now I have tons of books where ever I go. So fun!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Upcoming Classes I am teaching at Scrap Happy Sisters!

You all know Halloween is my favorite Holiday (besides Christmas) so I am teaching a haunted house album. Here is a peak at it (it will have blue rings not the big silver ones, just wanted you to know.) I will post more pictures next week. Here are the details. Date: Saturday, October 15th from 2pm to 5pm. The cost of the class is: $38.00 What to bring: Pencil, scissors, paper trimmer, 3-in-1 glue, glue dots, Tom bow (dry adhesive) hole punch or crop-o-dile, 3-in-1 glue or Zip Dry (wet glue),and black ink. Call Scrap Happy Sisters if you are interested at 623-376-8257.

My November class is a wall hanging. This is a fun piece to have by your front door or anywhere you want to greet people. Here are the details. Date:Saturday, November 19th from 4pm to 6pm. Cost of the class is around $25, that's not final yet. What to bring: Pencil, scissors, paper trimmer, 3-in-1 glue, glue dots, Tom bow (dry adhesive), 3-in-1 glue or Zip Dry (wet glue),and brown ink. Call Scrap Happy Sisters if you are interested at 623-376-8257.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Feeling crafty!

I just wanted to share some projects I have been working lately. The first project is a diaper clutch I made for my sister-in-law who is due to have my new niece any day now. I got the pattern from Simple Quilts & Sewing Magazine Issue #121 pages 44-46. I love this project because it came together quickly and its something I wish I had when I was having babies. The clutch holds a diaper mat, a small package of wipes, and a couple diapers. Its perfect to fit in your purse or keep in your car. You close it up by wrapping the ribbon around the button. I can't wait to make more of these.

I had another baby card that has been long overdue making. My friend April is a patient new mom, who realizes that I don't always have it together. I think her chunky cute little man Dylan is just amazing.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Unfulfilled expectations

Okay so I told you all awhile back that I was taking another scrapbook that started on August 15th. I started the "Words to Live By" class by Big Picture. Well, I hate to say it but I am totally DISAPPOINTED. I am not sure what I expected for a free class, well not totally free by my choice because I bought the kit ($37.00) that they advertised for the class. I guess I had forgotten my cardinal rule of scrapbook classes: DO NOT SIGN UP FOR ANYTHING UNLESS YOU CAN SEE THE FINISHED PROJECT YOU ARE MAKING! I live by this, heck, its why I like teaching. People see what I have made and then decide if they want to take my class. Needless to say, I am trying to make an attitude adjustment and may attempt to do the projects for the class. I have until August 28th to finish it to enter into their drawings but its going to be a challenge I can already tell.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Up coming classes I am teaching

I am teaching this cute car shaped album this month; here are the details:
Class title: Road trip
Class date & time: Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 2pm to 5pm 
Cost: $21.00
Location: Scrap Happy Sisters 67th Avenue and Happy Valley Road
Telephone number: (623) 376-8257
Items to bring: pencil, ruler, scissors, wet adhesive like 3-in-1 glue or Zip Dry, glue dots or dry adhesive like Tom Bow (tape runner.) Crop-o-dile or hole punch. File set or sand paper.
I have limited number of spots in my class so if you are interested don't wait to sign up!

                                                            My September 24th Class
Class title: Tag you're it!
Class description: Create a tag album that has it's own cute box, to display your photos in a fun and unique way using Bo Bunny Ad lib papers and stickers.
Class Date & Time: Saturday, September 24th, 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Class Cost: $32.00
Location: Scrap Happy Sisters 67th Avenue and Happy Valley Road
Telephone number: (623) 376-8257
What to bring: a ruler, a pencil, scissors, a nail file or precision file set, paper trimmer, crop-o-dile or paper piercer, brown ink, and liquid glue.
I have limited number of spots in my class so if you are interested don't wait to sign up!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I am taking a scrapbooking class - again!

I enrolled myself in a Big Picture Scrapbooking class that starts on August 15th and ends on August 27th. Ha ha just in time for my last child to start school! I seriously think I could get addicted to online scrapbooking classes. I have plans to sign myself up for another online card class in November. I just thought I would share my fun!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Christmas in July Day 22 The birth of Jesus Christ

Every year on Christmas Eve my family and I read the story of Jesus Christ's birth from the New Testament in the Bible. Luke Chapters 1 & 2. Before I had children of my own I did not truly understand the faith Mary would have to have had to be the mother of the Savior. And Joseph would have been an exceptional man to go against Jewish law and marry Mary while she was pregnant. They had trials to overcome, traveling to Bethlehem, and hiding from Herod in Egypt.

I know that I am grateful that the Savior was born, lived, taught the gospel, and died for me. At Christmas we celebrate Jesus Christ birth but we also practice what he preached: charity and love. 

I hope that although I have talked about many things during my Christmas in July celebration, that what I tried to share is that giving to and serving others is what Christmas is all about. I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that through his sacrifice I can live with God again someday. I hope and pray that for the rest of this year that I and all that I share with will take the spirit of charity and put it into action. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Christmas in July Day 21 Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

As a family we started participating in the Salvation Army Angel Program when the girls were little because they were getting a nasty case of the "I wants." So each year the girls pick an angel off the tree and buy a present for a boy or girl who wouldn't otherwise have presents. This reminds my children that one of the most important lessons in life is that it is better to give to others than to worry about what you will receive in return. I know this has made an impression on my daughters because they remind me each year as soon as they see one of the Angel trees go up. Its the end of July but you can take your Christmas spirit out now and participate in a back to school drive to help less fortunate children get the school supplies they need.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Christmas in July Day 20 Cookies Round 2 Peanut butter-candy bar brownies

Oh yes, friends more Christmas Cookies, I promised I would let you down. Here are my cookies.

Here is the recipe:

Seriously read the ingredients, its an insane amount chocolate peanut butter goodness!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Christmas in July Day 19 Christmas Eve and Serving others

Today is July 24th and in my way I like to compare it to December 24th. December 24th is my Dad's birthday and that reminded me of the Christmas Eves my mother, sisters, and I spent serving the officers of the Phoenix police force dinner. My father was a police officer for 35 years. I was 34 when he retired and honestly I was sad in a way that my children would never get to serve the people who protect them everyday like I did. You see many officers worked on Christmas Eve which meant dinner was usually fast food or whatever food they could get if places were closed. This was back 20 years ago when restaurants and other places were not open 24 hours a day. So, my father and mother would cook food and my sisters and I would dress up in dresses and go feed the officers my father worked with on Christmas Eve.  It wasn't really until I was a teenager that I realized that the sacrifices my family was making were appreciated very much by those officers. To this day I cannot tell you any names of the officers we fed but I remember the look on my Dad's face as those officers thanked him for caring about them.  Who can you serve and help? Can you donate your time? Can you donate food? Can you open a door for someone? Can you smile at someone and brighten their day? Why not start today? 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Christmas in July Day 18 Going to see Santa Claus

I am pretty sure my parents took my sisters and I to see Santa when we were little. I usually had a long list of things I wanted for Christmas to tell him. When I became a Mom I thought I would take my daughters to see Santa. Mostly this backfired on me; my children were either too scared or did not want to go. The picture above of my Anaya with Santa is probably one of two pictures in the last 12 years of one of my children with Santa. I know why my children were hesitant and I didn't force them to go once I realized why they didn't want to. Did you visit Santa? Do your children like going to see Santa?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011 Week 4

I am sad that this card class is over but I have had a great time working with color combinations I never would have thought to use. I have loved the sketches and the videos. I wish all my scrapping friends could have taken this class it was great! Here is my card for week 4.

Christmas in July Day 17 Gifts for Teachers - Christmas Card Keeper

When my girls started going to school I would make gifts for their teachers for Christmas gifts. Over the years my favorite gift to make has become a Christmas Card holder that the teachers can hang up in their classroom. Its a nice place for the teachers to keep all the cards and notes they get from their students and then they can take it home and keep the cards they receive at home as well.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Christmas in July Day 16 - Christmas in July Celebrations

I was unaware of this but the city next to mine, Glendale, had a Christmas in July Celebration recently. Their was a street fair, sales at the down town stores, and even Santa. I want to thank my friend Tina for letting me know about it. Does the town you live in have a Christmas in July Celebration? Does your favorite store have a Christmas in July sale that you shop at each year?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Christmas in July Day 15 Traditions Food gifts

The Christmas tradition I wanted to talk about today is giving food gifts. You have already seen the Christmas cookies but I also give other types of food gifts. The tin I decorated in the above photo I filled with toffee and fudge in 2006. Other years, I had made breads,peanut brittle, and even Texas sheet cake. I usually take the food gifts to people local so that the food stays fresh.


I have also been the recipient of many plates of goodies over the years from friends and family members. One of my favorite food items to get from my friends is Divinity, I love that sweet fluffy stuff. I have yet to learn to make Divinity maybe I will learn someday. What food gifts do you make for others? Have you tried anything new?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Christmas in July Day 14 Traditions Christmas Dinner

Every year we have Christmas dinner. Dinner might be with our extended family or just the 5 of us at home. Each year the menu is different; one year it might be traditional with turkey and trimmings (see the fabulous turkey David made in 2007 up above) and the next  year Mexican food with tamales and enchiladas. The other favorite thing I love at Christmas time is my mother Marilyn's cheesecake. I LOVE her cheesecake. I learned to make it just because its so darn good. (See the cheesecake I made below in 2006) What traditions do you have for dinner? Do you eat anything special? Do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Christmas in July Day 11 Traditions Opening gifts

When my daughters were little we decided that we would try different ideas about how to open the presents on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. I wanted to avoid the "dash and trash" that did not allow the girls to really appreciate the gifts they were given. I didn't want my girls to look at a gift for 5 seconds and then toss it on the pile. What we do is we give the girls one present to open on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning the girls get to look at what Santa brought them. When David and I join the girls we all take turns opening one gift at a time so we can ooh and aah over everyone's gifts. We also decided to limit the gifts that were given (see my note of 5 seconds per gift and then it goes on a pile.) The picture above is from 2010, that's my Lela being photo surprised while opening her gifts. What traditions does your family have? Do you wake up at dawn to open gifts on Christmas morning? Do you open on Christmas Eve? If you get a gift on Christmas Eve is it a special gift, pajamas maybe?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011 Week 3 card #1

Christmas in July Day 12 Traditions Gift traditions

Today I wanted to talk about gift traditions. Growing up my parents usually gave all of us one gift that was the same but slightly different for each of us (that happens when you have three girls.)  Every year it was something different. Some times my mother made the gifts. My family (David, Me, and the girls) started a tradition with gifts in a very funny way. A few years ago we decided to give our daughters more practical gifts like pajamas, socks, and underwear because of a tight holiday budget. The girls laughed at the socks and underwear and ever since then they can't wait to see what kind of crazy stuff we will buy them. The picture above is of my sweet Cora 3 years ago at Christmas with Christmas pajamas on. Do you have special gifts that you give your family?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Christmas in July Day 11 Traditions- Stockings

Sorry this is so late today but hey, life happens. In my family growing up we hung up our stockings every year at Christmas time. Usually we got an orange, peanuts, or even small gifts. Christmas stockings were like the "appetizer" before the Christmas present "meal." I have carried on the same tradition with my daughters, they never know what Santa will bring them. The stocking pictured above is my Anaya's when she was just two years old. Do you hang up your stockings? What other traditions do you have with stockings?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Christmas in July Day 10- Traditions Christmas Trees

Every year we pull out our pre-lit fake Christmas tree (I'm allergic to pine trees) to be decorated. My children started helping us decorate when each of them was about 2 years old. They help hang up their stockings too. The date we put out the tree varies from year to year. We replace our ornaments every 5 years and we usually leave the tree up until New Years. What is your family tradition with your Christmas tree? Do you go cut down your own tree each year? When do you put your tree up or take it down? Do you have different themes each year? My mom has had a Southwestern theme with chili lights, another year it was ornaments with everyone's pictures on it, and this year she may change it again. Do you get a live tree or a fake one? So many of  my memories include present under the tree: Do you put yours under the tree?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Christmas in July Day 9- Just for you ladies- Holiday Hair Styles

During the Holiday Season there are parties to go to, people to visit, and other events that you may attend. I'll admit I am obsessive about my hair but I know that during the holidays we ladies sometimes like to do a little something extra with our hair. My dear cousin Kristina posted on her Face book page about an e- book that was offered on a Hair Blog. I don't know how she found it but I was glad she posted it. I did buy the e-book "The 30 Days of Twist & Pin Hairstyles" because she gave instructions on how to do each of the hairstyles. I actually put the PDF file on my I-pod so when I travel I have the book with me. On her blog she has pictures of each of the days and if you are talented enough to figure it out from just the pictures Kudos to you. (Sorry to you ladies out there with short hair I did not find any holiday styles for you.)  Here is the link to her blog:Hair Romance 

I actually tried several of the styles on my hair. This one is from Day 12. Here is my hair.
Here is her hair Day 12, yeah its way better than mine but hey I tried.

Sassy hair during the Holidays is fun, but you can give it a try any day!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Christmas in July Day 8- Cookies Round 2 Peanut Butter-Toffee Turtle Cookies

This batch of cookies is courtesy of my thoughtful friend Denise, who loaned me one of her cookbooks. Denise is a great cook so I was very excited to borrow this book. I loved the picture on the cover (see below.) One cookie on the cover in particular caught my attention and I knew I needed to "audition" the recipe for Christmas cookies. Besides borrowing cookbooks from friends I also get recipes on-line. I especially like the websites that have reviews. I like reviews because I know that people tried the recipe and often people will give recommendations on how to alter the recipe or things to watch out for that might not be spelled out implicitly in the instructions. Getting ideas on-line is a free way to try new things. I loved this recipe and cannot wait to make it at Christmas time!

*Just a note on the recipe before we launch into this awesome cookie. You will notice that the recipe calls for all-purpose baking mix. I did not know what that was so I looked it up on-line. Here is the recipe for 1 cup of all purpose baking mix:

1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt

Here are my cookies
The recipe (*see my note above)
The cook book

Friday, July 8, 2011

Christmas in July Day 7- Using the skills you have to make gifts- Sewing

Now I know I already talked about using fabric to make gifts but that really was not the reason why I posted that in  Christmas in July Day 3. Today I am talking about using the skills that you have to make gifts for others. This is a long standing tradition my family, I encourage my daughters to make things for gifts as much as they can. The project I am going to show you today, is from my Fourth of July crafting I did but its the idea that matters. I made head bands for my daughters. I have posted a link to the pattern I used (with alterations of course.) Think about what skills you have: do you sew, crochet, scrapbook, do woodwork, or construction work (seriously who wouldn't want a new patio for Christmas.) Everyone has skills of some sort that can be a gift to another.

These are the headbands before I finished them with the elastic.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011 Week 2- 2nd card

Christmas in July Day 6- Gift ideas Books the classics re-visited

I thought that I would share a gift that was given to me while I was bedridden and recovering from my surgery. I love to give and get books as Christmas gifts; so when theses titles were given to me I knew I needed to share them.  At first I wasn't sure I could handle the paranormal twists to classic literature but in the end it helped the story along in an interesting way. I enjoyed all of them.

Do you think all the classics would be more interesting with a paranormal twist?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011 Week 2- 1st card