Sausalito, California

Monday, November 30, 2015

Rachel's Birthday

Just a quick post to show a birthday card for my daughter's roommate.  Her birthday was last week and I made a building block card.  I used the Graphic 45 Couture paper collection.  I have been hoarding this paper line and have made several cards with it.  My sisters birthdays are coming up and I made theirs from this collection too!  Just love it!  I used Elizabeth Craft's glittered stickers on this card.  So pretty!  Happy Birthday Rachel!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Turkey Day!  I took this picture a couple of years ago near my sister's house and loved it. People have these inflatables for every holiday.  Love seeing them!  This turkey is huge!

For Jeremiah

My daughter's boyfriend and my boss have birthdays coming up so I made the same card for them because they both love music.  I saw this card on pinterest and thought this would be perfect. I have been told that vinyl records are making a come back.  So happy Birthday to Jeremiah and Steve!
For Steve

Happy Thanksgiving to  everyone!  Today is the first holiday without my Mom and Dad. We all thought of them the whole day.  Mom loved Thanksgiving.  She would start about 3 days before Thanksgiving making pies.  She made just about every pie that you could imagine.  She wanted to make sure that everyone had their favorite.  My siblings and I were very lucky to have such wonderful parents.  We also have wonderful memories of them at Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Birthday Shoes

Love these building block cards especially for birthdays! I have made a few of these this year for birthdays and get well. Graphic 45 Couture paper collection was used for this one.  My sister-in-law is a shopper and her favorite item to purchase is shoes and handbags.  Loved making this card for her. I used cut aparts for the card and a shoe die as well as spellbinder dies.  The handbags are little 3-dimensional handbags from K & Company.

A closer look at the inside of the card.  I think Charlotte will like the saying, "A girl can never have too many shoes".  Happy Birthday Charlotte!  Enjoy your day!  Love you!

The back

Monday, November 2, 2015

My Best Friend

My mom passed away 2 months ago today on September 2nd, 2015. It is still hard to believe that she is not with us. She was my best friend.  She was always on my side no matter what was happening in my life. She made you feel that you were the most important person when she was talking to you.  Mom and Dad had 8 children and they certainly had their ups and downs but their strong faith in God got them through it all.  Dad had tuberculosis when my older sister was a baby and Mom made the trip to Worcester, Mass from Small Point, Maine every weekend with Terri.  That was not easy back in 1950-1951. Mom loved to garden, paint and play the piano. I was always so impressed that she was able to teach herself to play the piano especially after I only took lessons for a year.   Mom loved  her children, grandchildren and great-children.   My Dad died 5 years ago and my oldest sister, Terri, died 6 years ago.  They are all together again and it helps me to know that one day I will see them again.  Love you Mom and will miss you everyday.

I made this clipboard memorial of mom with a poem that my sister, Chris found on the internet shortly after my mother died.  It was perfect for Mom called A Mother's Garden.

My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life it’s start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem…
And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love

reflected back from me.