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Greetings From Summer

I’m just a bit behind on the latest Operation Write Home color challenge this week, but here’s my version of their red, white and blue request. With Independence Day behind me, I wanted to create something with a little less Americana (although, I’m U.S.A. proud every day of the year) and a bit more summer. So I reached for my Simple Stories Summer Fresh paper pack and this is what I created.

I started with a couple of close up squirts of Glimmer Mist then added a strip of washi tape and some different shaped paper elements.… read more

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Off the Shelf — Live Inspired Book 2

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and personal opinions.
I’m finally getting the chance to pass along my thoughts and opinions of Live Inspired Book 2 as a member of the Beacon Hill Press Off the Shelf Bloggers. I’m really excited to be a part of this group of book reviewers and hope that you find this critique helpful for your future book selections. I haven’t read Book 1 of this series, so I won’t be comparing the two, but I did evaluate Book 2 on it’s own merit and content.… read more

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Putting on My Card Making Cap

I’m finally trading in my VBS craft hat for an OWH card making cap. . . and it’s about time. Vacation Bible School was great again this year, but I’m always exhausted when it’s all said and done. Today I finally found some time to create a fun little butterfly card for Operation Write Home’s sketch challenge, and I hope you like the combination of grunge and sweet.

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I used assorted papers from the Basic Grey Hey Girl paper pack and inked all the edges.… read more

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Behold the Float

The small town where our church is located hosts a parade every Fourth of July morn. This year, we decided to build a float to advertise our upcoming Vacation Bible School; but I have to tell you, my float-building skills are pretty rusty considering the last time I did any sort of thing was for the class of ’88 homecoming float (yes, I’m just that young).
Even with a group of novices, we pulled off the floatish looking ride and had a great time handing out candy and waving to the public.… read more

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Put the Blur Behind and Find Some Friend Time

Last week was just one huge VBS, MOMS Club and Independence Day blur. My home was actually one big revolving door of kids, moms, float building, pot-lucking, craft making and Fourth of July prepping and playing. But in the midst of all the not-so-finely-scheduled chaos, I had not one, but two surprise visits from out-of-town friends and daughters.
In a week where I believed I had not a moment to spare, I barely hesitated at the chance to visit with girlfriends (one of whom I haven’t seen in over ten years) and was rewarded with some great conversation and a realization that this was exactly what I needed. … read more

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Does the Wild Weep

It has been a tough spring and a very sad day for wildlife babies in our woodland backyard. We lost a baby bunny dragged away from home by the neighbor’s cat, found the remains of a baby bird below our deck and carted off a severely wounded juvenile groundhog to the Lakeside Nature Center on Monday.
This morning, I woke to discover that all six of our days-old wren babies had been carted off by a predator in the night. Mr.… read more

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Welcoming Rosette for Independence Day

Today I’m showing you the newest addition to my patriotic home decor, complete with easy instructions and printable.  This door-sized rosette was easy to make and you should be able to whip up your own in about half an hour or so.
Materials:

Three pieces of red cardstock – 8 1/2 x 11″
Two pieces of decorative blue paper – 12 x 12″
One piece of coordinating decorative paper – 12 x 12″
Paper adhesive
Small piece of twine (for hanging)
Craft Glue
July4Rosette printable (pdf)
Dark brown ink pad

Instructions:

First, let’s make the large blue rosette portion of the project by cutting the two pieces of blue paper in half so that we end up with four pieces of 12 x 6″ strips.… read more

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A Banner Celebration — Link Up Your Favorites

I’m trying to decide just how to create a new banner for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration, but I can’t decide what to do. I want to keep it simple and unassuming, so I’ve been seeking out a bit of inspiration. I’ll let you know what I come up with, but in the meantime, here are three of my favorites.
Do you have a favorite patriotic banner project? Link it below and share with the world!
From Catch My Party
From Spotted Canary
From Simply Kierste… read more

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Seeing Circles

Operation Write Home’s sketch challenge this week had us seeing circles, and I added circles upon circles to create a gender-neutral, sentiment-free cute card for our armed forces. I started with a mix of papers from the 7gypsies Venice 6×6 paper pad and attached them to a kraft paper card base. I added a dash of Glimmer Mist to the main paper and inked all the my edges. I also used a total of six different punches to create all the shapes and glued buttons on top.… read more

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Garage Sale Score

I love garage sale season! So when my three-year-old son spent a Friday with my in-laws I made the most of the morning and hit several sales, including a couple of neighborhood-wide ones (usually a lucky score with less driving).
Not that I go looking for something specific in the land of recycled, well-used and just plain junky world of sales, I have been searching for “new” old chairs for my dining room table for quite some time. I definitely wanted antique with a bit of character, but nothing ornate (oh, and of course cheap).… read more

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