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Still Working Toward 40 Bags Before Easter

I knew there was more junk stuffed in that craft room (and the overflow storage room next to it)!! I’m still cleaning and purging at home and adding to my rising total in the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.  By my latest count I believe I’m up to fourteen total boxes, bags and large items that have exited the house this Lenten season. Not even halfway to my goal, but every little bit, or lot, counts. My husband just commented that I might not have enough stuff to get to 40. . . but then we both had a good laugh!… Continue reading »

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“Sweet” Shaker Card for Summer

Winter still has a grip on our little part of the Midwest, so I spent a couple of hours this afternoon dreaming of sweet treats and summer skies as I put together a little something for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches. This is my first solo shaker card, so I was working without a net. Other than a few too many beads (rookie mistake) I think this “Sweet” card turned out pretty cute. I just can’t wait to send it to someone special when summer finally arrives. . . I do realize spring has to get here first. *sigh* I… Continue reading »

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Chapter 3: Still Winning by Losing with Weight Watchers

Today is another Weight Watchers weigh-in night, which reminds me that I am completely behind on my updates. With all the crashing and redesigning going on here at Small Talk Mama, my February WW post got lost in the chaos. So to bring everyone up to speed (other than my mother who gets a call from me the very minute my meeting is over;  I’m glad she’s proud), I’m still losing weight on the Smart Points program and I’m still not starving. I do, however, need to buy a new pair of jeans and a new bra — I’m sagging and… Continue reading »

Putting the “Spring” in Small Talk with Design Changes

I just keep waiting for Spring to do its thing, but each time I think this quirky little season has arrived Winter fights back with some pretty harsh ammo. Such is life in the Midwest, I guess. I am so itching to get outdoors with my family and get my hands dirty in the yard, but at least I’m using the cooler days to get a few things done indoors. As you may have noticed, I’ve been doing a bit of redesigning here at Small Talk Mama and I apologize if you tried to visit while things were a bit wonky…. Continue reading »

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Mother of all Messes — My Craft Room

Hello Tuesday, I’m happy you’re here. If you tried to find your way to this little blog during the weekend, you probably received a really ugly error message. . . and so goes the world of technology when I happen to click one wrong button. *sigh* As you can see, Small Talk Mama is up and running once again and I’ll try (but can’t promise) not to maim my little site anytime soon. So with my blog out of commission for a few days, I decided to concentrate on more of my Spring cleaning and attacked the mother of all… Continue reading »

Stuck Sketch

Stuck Inside with a Stuck Sketch

Yesterday was an snow ice day for my son’s school but he was still running a fever, so I knew it would be another long housebound day for the two of us. After making the trek through the basement to feed the chickens, I flipped on the space heater in my craft room on my way back through the house. I anticipated a crafty kind of day and thankfully I carved out a couple of hours to do just that. I decided to continue working on my 2011 scrapbook (save the “poor things” and “bless her hearts” please — I know I’m… Continue reading »

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