Hi and Happy Tuesday! Sorry I couldn't post yesterday - my camera died on me and needed to be charged and Neal had the cord with him at school because it works for his camera also. So....here is actually yesterday's card. It's a chicks rule Lilli from Pink Petticoat. The cardstock is Tempting Turquoise and cream, and the DP is from K&Company's Berry Sweet designer mat pad. Also used is a border punch, bold brights markers and ribbon. There is also some pink Cotton Candy Stickles on her necklace, bracelet and belt buckle. I learned how to do this ribbon rose at Christine's Creations. She has a tutorial on her blog and after a little practicing I finally got it.

I had a great time on Saturday at the Close to My Heart card party. I like that all of their stamps are the clear unmounted kind. Especially for storage. We made a little Easter basket which I didn't get a pic of before I gave it to Ali to take home. Also a little girls dress (luv that corduroy button) and thanks to Ronah we all had a fun time. Thanks Ronah!!

This week we've got a card swap on Thursday. Since it's the day after April Fool's the theme is to make a humorous card. I'm already done with my 12 and I hope everybody likes them. I will post one on Friday. Saturday is a new recipe swap that we're starting. It's to scrapbook a recipe x 12. The finished size is 81/2 x 51/2 and I really don't have any ideas yet. I guess I should decide on a recipe first, I bought some kitcheny paper, and see where it goes when I start to play around. If you have any ideas, I'd gladly welcome them.

I have no news on the job front, which isn't good, but I know that there are people who are struggling more than I am right now and we've all just got to be patient and hope for the best.

I hope your week is going well so far, take care of yourself out there, and I'd luv it if you'd leave me a comment.

Peace and Luv,



There's no place like HOME!!! I was driving around yesterday thinking that AZ is such a beautiful place to live and it does feel truly like home for me now. This is a Shirley's 2 Girls stamp, and every Thursday they have a Twisted Thursday challenge, this is #4. This card is for it and so this is one of their awesome stamps. If you know me at all, you know I LUV the Wizard of Oz and everything about it. I am (still) reading Dorothy on the Rocks right now, and so this was the perfect card for me to do for the challenge. The fun striped paper is also S2G's, from the Soar package, then the rest are cardstock scraps. Also in the challenge you were to do add some paper piercing, so you'll see that on it as well. It's a very glittery card in person, I also put some Frosted Lace Stickles on the top of the ruffle socks and rhinestones on her ruby slippers. The glittery dragonfly sticker is from Stampendous. The beautiful sheer green ribbon is S2G's, the Blissful-aqua, sky, lime set. Then I put some white twine around it with a blue and silver brad in the middle. The main image is just colored in with markers and it has many pop-dots to give it a lift. Go on over to Paper Therapy - Karolyn's blog for all the details on this challenge and join in! You've got until Sunday midnite to come up with your creation and you can win S2G's stuff - it's a win-win situation!

I do hope your Friday is going great and so your weekend will be as well! Leave me some luv in your coments before you go, and take care!

(By the way - the Scrapbook shop I went to yesterday was, well, just ok).

Peace and Luv,

I saw this on some napkins at Michael's and since I luv puns, I just had to do it. I knew that I had some wine stickers laying around, but didn't realize that they actually said merlot on them! Who knew? Anyway, I used some burgundy textured cardstock that I think I got back in Colorado at Archiver's, boy do I miss them. Then some Mellow Moss, Sunflower and cream. The Sunflower background was embossed using a Cuttlebug backgrounder. I used an EK Success border punch and a leaf Sizzlit, a couple of heart rhinestones, some pop-dots and some ribbon. It fits an A6 envie.

So today I think I'll take a drive to a town called Cave Creek. My Stampin' Up gals like a scrapbook store that's there, so I think that I'll check it out today and see if I get any ideas. Like I said above I really miss Archiver's and all of the great ideas and inspiration you can get by just walking in. I'm still trying to find someplace like that here.

I hope you have a great Friday-Eve, thanks for stoppin' in, leave a comment if you feel I'm worthy, and take care!!

Peace and Luv,
Jeannie



Yesterday a trio - today a quad, of birthday cards that is. I like this layout (obviously) and while I'm trying to get an inventory built up, this is the easiest way for me to do it. The papers are from Stampin' Up's Pattern Pack II. They are 6x6 papers, and reversible, so I used every bit of it for these cards. The cupcakes are downloaded from Pink Petticoat and I colored them in with the markers that match the colored cardstocks used. Also a large and small star punch, some ribbon, Frosted Lace Stickles, my usual rhinestones and pop-dots. They are all a little bit different in their own way tho. I still have green paper here on my desk to do one more card with. These are all of the colors that come in the same pattern pack of papers. Luv that they are reversible too. These are some bigger cards to fit some A6 envies that I have.

It's early - for me right now anyway. It's about 7:30 and I had been getting stuck in the stay up late and sleep in late rut that happens when you're not working, so I thought I'd better break that habit. This way I get much more done I think.

Weatherwise, it's going to be beautiful here and I've got a little bit of running that I want to do today, but not much. Hopefully there won't be any snotty customer service brats that I run into, but if I do you know I'll be sure to share it with you. My hope is that I run into someone with a positive attitude so that I can share a good moment with you, as I'm sure everybody would rather hear about that.

Have a Happy Wednesday, drop me a line or two, and take care!

Peace and Luv,
Jeannie
Babies, babies, babies! My niece in Texas asked me to make her a couple of baby boy cards, so while I was doing it I decided to make a few more. Not sure that you can see what they say, I think if you click on the pic it makes it larger. The purple says - oh happy day a baby is on the way. Blue - boy oh boy! Pink - sugar & spice and all things nice. I used cardstock from the Bold Brights and Soft Subltes line as well as matching markers on top of white and cream. Then just matching ribbons and rhinestones. Of course the gals are downloads from Pink Petticoat. Fun!

I've done my running around for the day, managed to get pissed off at a kid at a paper store, and now I'm back home. I just finished eating my lovely lunch salad and talking with Neal on his lunch break and so here I am back at it. Why that kid twisted my mood I'm not sure, but he did. Regardless of why I went to the store, the storyline is this - I walk into the store and was asked immediately (which is great) if I needed any help. I said yes asking if they had any of these (me holding up product)? He said no, that I could probably find them on the internet. I said that I knew (I named the store) had them, but they were a much longer driver to get to. His reply is - well I guess you should go there then. I didn't even look at anything else in the store, I just turned around and walked out. Don't people believe in manners anymore?

So.....some good news is that I did get pre-screened yesterday on the phone regarding one of the resumes I sent out. That was interesting and so I at least know that these things are reaching someone. I do hope to hear something back soon.

Well Happy Tuesday to you - I hope your day is good. Thanks for visiting, leave me a little note to let me know you were here, and take care!

Peace and Luv,
Jeannie
Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was great, as was mine. Today's card I really, really like. So much so, that I made another one in a light orange and I wish I could make more, but I don't have anymore of the Brilliant Blue cardstock. This one all started really with the ribbon. Do you see the dragonflies? It's from Michael's and it's from the Sugar 'n Spice line. Like my Iowa blogger and fellow dragonfly friend Carol, I bought a bunch of ribbon there recently, all with dragonflies. So the cardstock then, like I said earlier is Brilliant Blue, Cameo Coral and white. The DP is from the Pattern Pack II. Then I used my new leaf Sizzlit and cut out 2 of them, one in Kiwi Kiss and one in Wild Wasabi. The flower is Prisma. The stamp is from the new A Little Somethin' set. The little bitty flowers are the punch outs from a flower border punch. I finished it off with a pearl sticker. Hope you like it.

So every fall when football season starts, I start an afghan. Living in AZ there isn't too much call for big heavy blankets, but the evenings do get chilly. This year I decided to use up some colors that I had around, and so there's chocolate brown on both ends, then some of what they call Lace, some off white, and in the center a black stripe. I finished it on Friday so I thought I'd share a pic of it with you. There are a lot of friends and family out there that have one of these, as when I sit and watch tv, especially football, my hands still need to be working on something. Now that I'm not working, and have a bunch of nervous energy, this is perfect for me. Unfortunately, now that it's getting hot, I won't be making any over the summer, at least not like this. Neal's little one, Ali, wants a red one tho. So I think I'll make a tiny one for her as her birthday is in June and I promised it. This one can just about fit a queen size bed, but maybe that's the ticket for over the summer is to just make some smaller ones. I've also been thinking about checking out some of the baby hospital's to see if they accept little baby blankets, so I may just start doing that if they do. If not, I know there are many charities out there that do accept them.

I guess I've rattled on enough here this morning with too much java next to me, so I do hope your day is great, and I appreciate you visiting and your comments!

Peace and Luv,
Jeannie

Happy Friday! I was playing around with some punches and started with the tree and from there I wasn't sure what to do. When I put it on top of one of the top note die cuts, it all seemed to come together. So I used Close to Cocoa cardstock with a little Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Garden Green and white. The DP is from K&Company's Berry Sweet mat pack. The tree trunk and branches is a punch that was on clearance at Michael's for $6.99, then I used the circle scallop punch for the "leaves" and a border punch for the shrubs. Then some flower rhinestones, a bit of ribbon, a flower chipboard button, some twine and the dream sticker. Oh, and I can't forget the itty bitty dragonfly, which is also a punch. No stamps, but the edges were inked with ColorBox Chestnut Chalk.

I had a bit of the DP left from the card above, and this is the other side of it so I had to do something with it, right? I had gotten this stamp from my Stampin' Up friend Jan, not sure what set it's from, but he sure is a cutie. The rest is all cardstock, Tangerine Tango, Certainly Celery and white. I used a Fiskars zig-zag scissor, a couple of rhinestones, ribbon and pop-dots. The edging ink is ColorBox Olive Pastel chalk. We can all use a little "chirping up" I think these days, ya?!

I'm going to run over to a friends today, the friend with the awesome garage turned craft room, to play with the Cuttlebug for a little bit this afternoon so that'll be fun. Tomorrow, Neal and I have lots of running around to do in Tempe, and Sunday is probably just a lay around day.

Dinner was great last nite, and I actually have a dinner menu planned out for the rest of the weekend. This is a rare thing, but since I'm sitting home on my big butt these days I have plenty of time to plan things like that. Plus, between Kraft, Pillsbury and Betty Crocker you can surf their websites for endless possibilities.

I hope your weekend is good, whatever it is you're doing. Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your comments very, very much! Be safe and take care!

Peace and Luv,
Jeannie
Hey there! Well I found amongst my "stuff" an office envelopes template. I've also had this paper from Flavia for awhile, so together I created these cards with matching office envelopes. I used the stamps from So Many Scallops for these two and then basically then just used the round scallop punch so that the flower is pop-dotted and comes thru the front. I also used a scallop border punch and a little bit of ribbon and a couple of rhinestone brads and they were certainly quick and easy. The Flavia papers are from the Peaches and Pomegranate and Mint and Moonlight paper packs. The ink used is Pacific Point and Riding Hood Red.
These little cuties are from the same template that the one above came from, and since Neal left me such a sweet comment yesterday here, I thought I'd tuck these into his lunch today. The same Flavia papers, the stamps are from the Tart & Tangy set, and then I used ColorBox chalks for all of the inking. The ribbons are a glittery netting sort of thing. I hope he finds them before he throws away the bag!

I don't have much to do today really, I do need to think of some sort of vegetable to go with tonites dinner, Crispy Potato BBQ Stacks, probably some coleslaw unless I find something else fun to go with them. I'm making these with some leftover chuck roast from the other nite. Also, I forgot to mention that my rueben on St. Patrick's day was fantastic if I must say so myself.

Did you watch Idol - kind of a snoozy week, huh? I do like all kinds of music, but these kids singing Grand Ole Opry songs is always just somewhat uncomfortable to watch. Most did a fantastic job, but Adam - well I just won't go there. Tonite is Survivor and Grey's, can't say I'm super excited about either one.

Have a great Friday-Eve and thanks for visiting. Luv the comments, so thank you very much!!

Peace and Luv,
Jeannie
Hey there and Happy Wednesday. I haven't put the green paper away yet! This card was inspired by a few different people; the basic layout is from SFYTT and then the card made by Susie Stampalot. The flower from Sue Robertson on SCS. I hope I didn't leave anybody out. The cardstock is Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Sunflower and Baja Breeze, with off white of course. The stamp set is Polka Dot Punches. I used the round scallop punch and a dragonfly punch, 3 yellow brads, and the ribbon is Offray. The green cardstock is embossed with a Sizzix swirly background, which is hard to see. Kinda sweet and simple today, but hope you like it.

I've got a little running around to do today; post office (to put Shawn's package in the snail mail), the library and Staples to get another color cartridge for my printer. That'll be my big fun for the day. Of course I'll be creating, so that gives me my positive energy, and therapy, for the day.

Have a great day whatever it is you're doing today - it'll be close to 90 here so maybe I should stop and stock up on some deodorant too! hehe!!

Thanks for visiting and when I was looking for a new background for today and I saw these monkeys they cracked me up - I hope they make you smile today too!

Peace and Monkey Luv,
Jeannie
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Well I was holding back not showing you this card until today that we also made on Saturday at the Stampin' Up party. Jan struck again with a great festive card perfect for today. All I did was add a couple of rhinestones for some bling. I do luv the hardware tag holder. Another great card ala Jan made with the Polka Dot Punches set!
These little shamrocks are the only St. Pat's day stamp that I have, and I couldn't let the day go by without using them. I mentioned about learning and wanting to do the versa mark and chalk technique, and so that's what I did here. I just dipped the stamp in the versa mark and then used 3 different colors of pastels (after the versa mark is completely dry), and I have to play around more with this but I do like how it turned out.
So also just in time for the holiday are these awesome wine glasses that I received from my blogger friend Juls at Papier Creatif.
Are they gorgeous or what??!! They match my colors PERFECTLY and I told her she needs to market these because they would sell like hot cakes! I can't stop staring at them and then to also have the dragonflies on them - pure heaven!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart Juls!

Here is a close up of the magic that she created - how lucky am I today?!

I have some ideas brewing in my head for some cards to create today, so now that I'm done job surfing for the morning I think I'll jump right in and start. Here's hoping that a bit of luck (even tho I don't think I have a lick of irish in me) will happen for me today and the phone will ring. I did get a little corned beef for din-din that I'll be smelling up the house with this afternoon and I will be running to the bakery down the way to get some irish soda bread. Nothing better than a good rueben sandwich on St. Patrick's Day! Ya gotta luv it!

I hope your day is good and green and lucky today and thanks for visiting!

Green Peace and Luv to ya!

Hi there! Sorry I didn't post over the weekend like I said I might. I was very busy and I luved it! Saturday's party went great, I had loads of fun and it was about a $430ish party so I was able to pick out some fun stuff for myself. I left the house at 11 and got home I think around 7. Above is a basket that we made with a great template that Jan found. So we made 2 baskets with So Saffron cardstock and put them back to back. The patterned paper is from the Delicate Dots set. The flower stamp is from the Polka Dot Punches set. We decided that the oval we punched out for the handle made great looking egg tags, so it was great to see what everybody came up with for them. Next time I'll have to remember to take my camera to take pics of what everybody else did too.

Here's a little onesie card, I'm not sure why I chose pink over blue, I don't know anybody having a baby, but I did and this was really fun to do too. The don't remember the name of the set where the snail stamp is from, but he sure is cute. So thanks Jan for all of the great ideas, I had a great, great time!

Sunday 5 of us went to the Rubber Stamp show at the Civic Center here and spent another 3 or 4 hours there having fun learning some new stuff. I got to be a personal shopper for another gal who was on her way to Disneyland and couldn't join us. That was fun to be able to spend somebody elses money except that she has so much of what was already there that I didn't spend much because I was afraid I'd duplicate what she already has. I'd never seen the shaving cream technique done and so now I've got to try that as well as playing with versa mark and chalks. Tuesday nite a couple of us are going to get together and play too and share each others stuff, so that'll be fun.

I'm glad I had these projects to show because I just realized that I am out of double stick tape, so I've got to make a stop at Michael's. This is probably my biggest expense, but I don't like using any other adhesives, and believe me I think I've tried all of them. At the show on Sunday they had that big 700-something dispenser, but geez it's bigger than my head so I don't think I'd like using that!

Anyway - I hope your weekend was good, thanks for visiting and do leave me a comment since you're here anyway, ya?!

Happy spring break to those of you off this week!

Peace and Luv,
The gang's all here! Sorry for the late post today. We had the kids, and took them to lunch and then bowling. I had these done this morning, but I didn't have time to post until now. These are the party favors for my Stampin' Up party tomorrow. There are 10 gals signed up, so I made 12 in case somebody brings a friend. I hope that's enough. They are the sour cream containers that you've probably seen before, and the gals that I will be seeing tomorrow luv Lola so I thought I'd make some tags that could be re-used by them. Inside are some brads, rhinestones, hearts, and some things that they can use in their cardmaking. Below is a closer look at one of them, but they are all different:
I think I have everything ready that I need to do except pick up the food on the way to the party. I'm excited to see everybody, it's always fun creating together, and I'm REALLY looking forward to some adult conversation. It's 4 weeks today since I got laid off and stir crazy doesn't even describe it at this point. To date I've sent out 58 resumes. Not sure what else to do but hope something happens real soon.

I hope you have a great weekend. I will post what we create tomorrow at the party for you to see maybe even tomorrow nite or Sunday, not sure. I'll probably be kinda tired tomorrow nite tho. Thanks for visiting, whenever it is that you're here, and I appreciate all of your kind words and thoughts very much.

Peace and Luv,

I never pass up the opportunity for a good nap and this guy certainly isn't either! This is another fun stamp from Shirley's 2 Girls. I basically stamped it 3 times; twice on white cardstock, and then on the patterned paper, which is also from Shirley's from the Soar package. So I cut out the chair and put it on top of the whole image piece, and then I cut out the dog from the 3rd white piece and colored him in with More Mustard and pop-dotted him and put him on top of the chair piece. I colored the buttons and cushion on the chair with the Handsome Hunter marker. The cardstock is Handsome Hunter, cream, white and the chocolate brown is the reverse side of the chair paper. That was actually the easy part. I couldn't decide what kind of ribbons to put on the bottom portion, since this is for a man, and I know that I have some brown with white polka dots somewhere, but I couldn't find it. In the end I think this looks ok and my favorite part is the rhinestone bone!!

Are any of you watching Idol? I agree with who went home last nite and I'm especially excited about who they have left performing. This year so far my hometown of Milwaukee is represented (Danny), as well as Scottsdale (Scott?).

I luv cooking shows and Top Chef is my favorite reality-based show, but there are a couple others that I do watch also. Hell's Kitchen and Chopped and now there's another new one called the Chopping Block that started this week. The pressure is way more than I could ever handle, and I luv to see what they come up with.

I know I mentioned my little party favors yesterday that I'm making for Saturday, but you'll just have to come back tomorrow when they're all done to check them out!

I hope your day was great, it's supper time already and we've got Vanna tonite so her and Neal will be making their special spinach manicotti for dinner. Thanks for visiting, and leave me a comment to let me know what you're thinking, I appreciate it very much.

Peace and Luv,
My inspiration for this card today came from a layout on Paper, Scissors, Superheroes. I've had some of this self-adhesive dragonfly felt fusion from Queen & Co. for awhile, but wasn't sure what to do with it. When I saw hers I decided to give it a try. The cardstock used is, Wild Wasabi, cream, Lavendar Lace, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery with a little bit of So Saffron. I used 2 of the top note die cuts from my Stampin' Up gal Jan. The DP is from the Tea Party set. The heart stamp I stamped in Perfect Plum, and is from the Polka Dot Punches set that I just cut out and then colored in with the Pretty in Pink marker. The sentiment is computer generated. Then I just put a purpley, pinky, rhinestone on the heart. There is also a heart with a rhinestone on the inside, as well as a stamped heart on the envelope.

I'm busy getting ready for the Stampin' Up party this Saturday that I'm hostessing. I've been cutting out some templates to make the cutest darn baskets you've ever seen and I'm going to run to Joann's in a little bit to get some things to put inside the thank you favors I'm putting together.

Thanks for visiting me, have a great day, and do leave me a comment, I enjoy reading them tremendously.

Peace and Luv,
This is a set that I just received, Puns from the Past, and since I luv puns and I've seen some cute things done with it, I knew I had to have it. I used one of the top note die cuts that I have made out of Baja Breeze and the background DP's are K&Company's Wild Saffron line. There is also some Close to Cocoa and Sunflower and cream cardstock. The ink for the stamp is Chocolate Chip, and the ink used for distressing is ColorBox Chestnut Brown. The brown grosgrain ribbon is Offray and I'm not sure where I got the little button brads or the blue flower. They were just laying around in my stash is all and lookin' for a home. This is a good reminder to dust off my sewing machine one of these days.

How about some chocolate covered strawberry cookies? Well I've had a strawberry cake craving, had a box on the shelf, and I heard about this recipe to take any cake mix flavor at all, add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup vegetable oil and you've got cookie dough! My oven runs hot, so it took about 10-11 minutes at 350. Don't let them get any more brown than just around the very edges or they are crispy. Otherwise, they are soft deliciousness. I just melted down a giant hershey's kiss I got for Valentine's day and drizzled it over the top. Yummy!

I hope your week is going well so far, thanks for visiting me, and I do appreciate your comments very much.

Peace and Luv,
Hey there and thanks so much for all of your kind words over the last several days. It's just a reminder that tomorrow is not promised to us and to hug and luv all of those around us today!

I'm posting today a set of notecards that I made last week, but didn't want to post until they were received by Juls, who I made them for. She likes them, so I guess I did good!



Basically, the cardstocks used are some Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red, Sunflower, some Teal and cream, I think that's it. Then I used the flourish stamp from the Carte Postale set and I used some ColorBox Frost White ink on the Green Grocer's brown bag paper. All of the DP is from the same set from Daisy D and is some of my favorite that I use only rarely and for a special occasion because I don't want to use it all up! Silly, huh? I also used my Fiskars scallop scissor, the flower is a Sizzix die cut, and the inside of the flower is a small coneflower punch. Then both ribbons are Offray, and I distressed everything with ColorBox Chestnut Brown chalk. Of course there are rhinestones inside and out.

Thanks for stopping by, let me know what you think and what you're up to, and do have a great day!

Peace and Luv,


Today's post is dedicated to Neal's sister Lori. The following was written by Lynn, another sister and best friend to Lori:


On Thursday, March 5th 2009 at 1:15am we lost our beloved big sister when Lori Ann Johnson succumbed to the effects of cancer. She was 54. Many will remark that she left us far too young - you will get no argument on this end. But she lived life her way and in the fullest possible means, and isn't that the purpose of existence on this small, mystifying planet in the first place?

Following the wishes of her parents and younger brother who went before her, Lori chose to be cremated. In lieu of any flowers we ask instead if you can leave a place in your hearts to remember someone who was sensitive, loving and caring on one hand, while also sarcastic, outrageous and very witty on the other hand. Not to mention being drop-dead gorgeous!! (She would have demanded that I say that).

My siblings and I would like to thank all of you for your support and sympathy during the past year and we would like you to know that we love all of you.

Lynn, Gary and Neal Johnson


Peace and Luv,
I luv you Shirley's 2 Girls!! This is one of the stamps that I won from their first challenge. Since strawberry cake is my favorite (and unfortunately has been on my mind) that's what I had to color today. I used some paper that I also got from "the girls", the berry solid color as well as the green and white circle patterned paper, are from the Soar package. Also used are the cardstocks Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, white and cream. The ink I used is Chocolate Chip. Also used are: Fiskars small scallop scissor, small and regular sized hole punch, star punch and some rhinestones. The ribbon is Offray. They also have some great NEW stamps featuring all kinds of feathered and furry friends, so please take a look at their blog and new products and order some of these awesome stamps! If I had a job right now, I'd order every one!!!

I watched the Bachelor's Final Rose Part II last nite, which was really just a recap of everything that they already showed and to say how happy and in luv they are. I missed Ellen today, but the next 2 days will have Melissa and then Molly and Jason on Friday. Thanks for that info Karen! They also announced who the new Bachelorette is going to be, Jillian who was the 3rd runner up and the one in the "hot tub scene", and it will start May 18th I think they said. I know it's sappy, and silly, but it's fun to laugh at and, like I always say, cheap entertainment. Ya just can't take it seriously, like any of the reality shows.

What else did I do today? I went to see Lori at hospice. Such a nice house and people running it. I brought her a red rose and I'm not sure she knew I was there, since she was in and out of sleeping, but I talked to her for a little while.

Then, I had a dr's appointment to get a prescription that I need filled, and since I don't have insurance anymore, my doc is willing to work with me and just charge $40 for an office visit. Helps him too, I guess, since there are a lot of people in my situation I'm sure.

Also, they are finally working on the water line outside of our townhouse. I haven't gotten into that whole story, but let me just say that 3 months of dealing with the HOA and water company, I'm glad to see that at least something is in the works. Good thing I was home, because they needed to use an electrical outlet.

If you watch Idol, I think the winner was on last nite. Her name is Lil Rounds - interesting, huh? If she keeps singing like she did last nite, a Mary J. Blige song, she's got it in the bag!

I hope your day was good. Talk to me and let me know what's on your mind and let me know how much you spent over at Shirley's 2 Girls - you CANNOT resist the cuteness if you're an animal luver, can you?!!!

Peace and Luv,
Hey there! Sorry for the late post. I was busy with another project today and so this was a quick throw together. I had my Sizzix Sidekick out, so I dusted off my Garden Delights alphabet for the letters and the watering can. The DP's are K&Company's Berry Sweet. The ribbon was on Christmas clearance at Michael's. I figured pink is pink, right? It does have some glittery stuff in it too. Then the cardstock is just Sunflower, (I used Versa Mark on the paper behind the letters with a small leaf stamp), some black and cream. Add some rhinestones, and there you go.

Well now we have to talk about the Bachelor now don't we? I'm not mad like I'm hearing about all over the computer or like Elisabeth on The View, that's for sure. If anything, isn't this more like real men to begin with? Do they ever really know what they want, or even women for that matter? I don't think I'm that naive and that this was a staged event at all. I saw Jason on Jimmy Kimmel last nite, and he's just one very confused guy. My take is that because he was divorced and then dumped by the bachelorette previously, and he's got a little kid to think about, commitment is not going to be something that is going to come easy to him. He's gun shy, and throw 25 gorgeous women at him all at once to boot, and what do you expect? I haven't sworn off the show, to me this guy is more open and real than any of the other prima donnas they've had on, and it's cheap entertainment. There's another hour on tonite, not sure what else they have to say, but I'll be watching.

Hope your day was good and let me know what you're thinking - I luv to hear from you!

Peace and Luv,
Shabby chic meets garden dragonfly? Not sure how I came up with this combo, but I like it. I'm on a green grocer's brown bag paper kick again I think. Anyway, this stamp is another sent to me by the wonderful Carol Dee. I colored it in with Rose Red, Regal Rose and Old Olive. I polka dotted the paper bag paper with the polka dots backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms and then I used ColorBox Chestnut chalk around the edges. The cardstock is Brilliant Blue, Certainly Celery and cream. The DP is from Joann's and it sez it is from Glitz Design. Then I used my oval punch and scallop oval punch, some ribbon, and some rhinestones and pop-dots. I also used a Signo pen to dot the scallops. The font is Scriptina. Let me know what you think.

So is it a happy Monday for y'all? I have nothing to be UN-happy about, except the whole job thing, which is big but I'm doing my best and hoping I hear something soon. I have sent out, to date, 42 resumes in 2 weeks. It's a crazy world out in the job market right now, and scarey too.

It's been really hot all weekend, in the 90's, which is crazy stuff right now. Neal's allergies are going bonkers right now, so we've got the place closed up tight trying to keep all the junk in the air out. I saw what New York looked like on the View this morning and they're getting hit with cold and snow big time as I'm sure others of you are too. Sorry!

Well what's on tonite kids???.......The Bachelor season finale!!!! Wow - has this season had a following, or what? Can't wait!

Don't forget to leave me a comment on this card and whatever else you feel like talking about - I luv hearing from you and appreciate your comments. Hey - what about the new polka dot blog background from thecutestblogontheblock.com? Too cutesy? I'm still looking for a better one, but let me know what you think about it anyway.

Peace and Luv,
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