Sausalito, California

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Daytona Beach Bound!

Yes!  We made it! Traveling for 2 days from Maine, not that there were any problems but it definitely was worth the wait seeing this morning's sunrise!  Just gorgeous!  Mark and I are going to walk this beach today before we do anything else.  Yesterday when we arrived it was 59 degrees which still was warmer than Maine but today it is supposed to get to 70! Yay!  I am in flip flops and seeing the ocean makes it perfect for me!  Thank you Lindsey for taking care of the homestead, you are a gem! Here are a few pictures of our trip on the way down!!

No traffic over the Tappan Z!

This place was so cool!

What we found at the Antique store!

Perfect Halloween decor!

Love this!

Bridge to Daytona!

Daytona Speedway!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January Birthday Cards

Last month I purchase from Stampin up the Coffee Cafe bundle and this is the second card I have made.  This one is for my husband who is a coffee drinker and I love all the sayings that you can use for cards. This style card is a Z-fold which worked out perfect for my husband's card.  Inside the card - "Coffee! Coffee! It's our drink, if we don't get it we can't think!"  and I also used "No matter what historians claimed, BC really stand for "Before Coffee"!  Love this set and they give you everything you need, from small cups to the little coffee beans and ice cubes for lattes!!  They even had paper to go with the set but I didn't get it yet (you never know) but it is so cute!!  The paper I used is from Stampin Up - they do have beautiful paper collections!

For the Coffee Addict!
Birthday Girl
The second card I made for a January birthday is another bundle I purchased from Stampin up called Balloon Adventures.  I purchased it a while ago and just realized that it has been retired which is too bad because it is a great set.  You can do so much with it.  I have seen on Pinterest that you can made luminaries with it.  This pop up card is perfect and I used the balloon punch with it.

The ice cream cone was a die that I just got from Spellbinders and it worked great with this card.  Who doesn't like an ice cream cone?  Happy Birthday Betti!

My sisters and I are still working on decorating cookies and our craft day last week was again making cookies.  Below are some pictures of Valentine's Day cookies.  Practice, practice, practice!!

Packaged and ready for friends

Love Spellbinders heart die!

Working on my lips!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy 2018!

So here we are again with the group picture for the 17 or 18 time, celebrating together!  These guys make New Year's Eve so much fun!  We always have to have the party favors, hats and, of course, the glasses!!!  This year was all about the frames with embellishments to hold.  Anna always finds the cutest things for the party!  I know I am a little late posting these pictures but Happy New Year Everyone!

The Guys

The Girls
Since our Wedding Anniversary is on December 27th, I have to show the cards that my sisters made for us.  They are very lovely and I hate to put them away.  I love the colors and the beautiful dies that Chris and Connie used which were from Heartfelt Creations--so beautiful!  Thanks again Chris & Tom and Connie & Russ!!

37 years!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christmas Gnomes!

Before next year gets here, I wanted to show some of our projects from our Craft days that we had in December.  I love  making these cute gnomes from this video on youtube.  My sisters and I added some arms but still no sewing just gluing!!  Everything is from the Dollar Tree except the rice and beard fabric. I added some snowflakes to their hats later.  Making the nose was the most fun!!  Bigger the better for sure! 

These snowflakes are made from toilet and towel paper holders.  I dipped them in glue and then glitter.  The upper right snowflake I painted blue and then dipped in glue and glitter.  I have been saving my rolls for just this and I want to make more in the 2018!  There are lots of ideas for these on Pinterest but it is fun to do your own design! 

We didn't make it to my sister's house this year because of the blizzard here in the Northeast on Christmas Day.  We stayed home and had our Christmas with my daughter and son.  My son drove from California with his new puppy, Oscar.  It was so nice to have them all here under one roof. Oscar was so much fun!  He didn't like the cold because we noticed when we took him out that he kept lifting his paws.  He is a West Coast native for sure.

Oscar resting

Oscar playing
Blizzard outside!
My husband and I are getting ready for a New Year's Eve dinner/party for friends that we have been celebrating with for 15 plus years.  It is our turn for the dinner so here is a picture of the table. I made napkin poinsettas for our guests with a snowflake in the middle.  Our menu is lobster stew, seafood casserole, sweet potato casserole and spanakopita (Greek spinach pie), dessert and appetizer to be brought by friends.  I know what my resolution will be tomorrow as it is every year   -  Diet!!!
                                               Happy New Year  Everyone!!
More Gnomes in the background

Napkin Poinsettas

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Birthday Coffee Card

Stampin Up has this stamp and die set which was perfect for my brother-in-law's birthday card!  He can't start the day without his coffee like many people.  The doily for the background is a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die.  I used copics to color the latte and glossy accents to make the ice cubes shiny.  The inside of the card reads, "You are just like coffee, you  make everything better!"  I found the sentiment on Pinterest.
Happy Birthday Russ!
This fall I have been working on cards and gifts for friends and family.  I am glad that I started early because I could enjoy the Christmas season.  Below is a picture of  a test tube holder and  a small coffee tote to hold candy for friends.  I will add the links to each of these projects below the picture.  The paper I used was from Graphic 45 and Authenique.  Love both of these paper collections!  So pretty! Thanks for stopping by!

Love the Stampin up penquins!
The Link for the test tube holder -


The Link for the small coffee cup tote -


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Window

Made this Christmas Card for my hairdresser.  Today is my appointment so I wanted to get this to him today.  This is a Waffle Flower window die that actually opens.  Loving it!!  I made a fun winter scene with Impression Obsession deer dies and Lawn Fawn hillside stitched dies for the scene.  Some glittery snowflakes which is a MS punch.  The "Merry Christmas" sentiment was just perfect from Papertrey!  Lastly, I used the Brightly Lit bundle from Stampin up for the wreath.  I am heading back to my craftroom right now to make another one since all of these stamps and dies were so much fun to play with. 

Also made this Christmas cup with a little sentiment from Stampin Up.  I have made a few of these cups but they are so easy had to make another one. 

This is the second large second Christmas scene I have made with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix church die.  Love that little bell in the tower.  This time I have carolers and used a cloche.  I have had it lit up at night and it is so pretty.    Having a lot of fun this holiday season!  More to come!  Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy this holiday season!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas is Coming!

I got my Christmas cards done and mailed!!  Love Stampin up's "Hearts Come Home" bundle!  I made a bridge card with it.  Navy, white and Gold were my colors for Christmas this year.  I did make a few with silver instead of gold which was pretty too! The sentiment for this card is on the back which gives you plenty of room.  I made a regular 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 size card also, which is pictured below.  Also below, are some pictures of our first snowfall here in the Northeast - 4 inches of snow in this one storm.  The first snowfall is always the best --so pretty. 

Love this one too!
Our Christmas Tree!
First snowfall of the season!

Let the snowblowing begin!