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I have nothing exceptional to share here today, but isn't life more about the little moments anyway?


Weekend guests are scheduled to arrive this evening.  The kind that make you feel like it doesn't matter if your house is a total wreck when they walk in the door.  The ones that make you feel like you are doing a great job being parents even if you feel like you're not.  The ones who turn into children themselves while visiting for the sake of your children.  Who could it be, you ask?  My dear father and mother-in-love.  They are passing through the area on their way back from Canada and will spend the weekend with us!  The boys are pretty excited and DD will be meeting them for the first time!

I have some grocery shopping to do before lunch, so off we go!  DD has been a bit fussier during the day lately, so no big projects going on around here (for me, anyway) and there won't be an organizational post tomorrow.  I find my days go much more smoothly if I resign myself to the fact that DD is just going through that typical new baby phase of unpredictability.  Besides, what could be more precious than extra snuggles with a precious little one?!


Enjoy your weekend!

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I {Heart} Fall

I love fall.  The golden hues.  The colorful leaves.  The laughter of children as they jump into the leaf piles that their parents have just finished raking.  The comfort food that appears on the table.  The warm drinks that soothe cold hands.  The sweatshirts and fuzzy socks that feel like extra hugs.

I whipped up a handful of clean and simple cards Tuesday afternoon, so I will actually have some things to share here on the blog!  I had fall in my head and ended up making all the cards with kraft cardstock!  I go through phases like that where I'll make a whole bunch of cards using one kind of product, image, etc.  One week it's kraft cardstock, another week it's a certain size card and so on.  Do you find yourself doing that too?

This little acorn and sentiment from Lawn Fawn caught my attention and I thought it was the perfect little image to welcome the season!

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn
This is a quick, one layer design that would be so easy to mass produce!  Both the acorn and sentiment were stamped in dark brown ink and then a little red heart was stamped over the heart outline.  The lower corners of the card were rounded last.  I'm going to link this up with CASology's AUTUMN challenge!

I've been in the mood for something pumpkin the last week or so may try to make some of our favorite pumpkin bars today!


Have a great Thursday!

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Rushing into Autumn

**Disclaimer: I'm posting this in a hurry, so please excuse any incomprehensible language that may be present!


Autumn has officially arrived on the calendar and over at CASology, but the slow, lazy days it supposedly brings are not happening yet here in the house!  I did, however, eek out a very clean and simple autumn card for this week's challenge over the weekend and it felt so good to have just a moment of quiet, creative time!

I've been seeing a lot of kraft cards recently and realized again just how much I love kraft cardstock!  It seemed like a good color for an autumn card, so I went with it.


I layered a panel of kraft over kraft for dimension and kept the rest of the design one layer.  I simply stamped the bare tree and sentiment and added one little red leaf, holding on for dear life.  That's a picture of how I typically feel when autumn begins to give way to winter!  I'm just never really ready for the cold, white stuff.  Thankfully, autumn gives us some gentle preparation for the inevitable.

Be sure and visit the rest of the CASology design team members' blogs as well as this week's guest designer's blog for more wonderful autumn inspiration and then be sure and link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to DeNami Designs' online store!

 Jen
Melissa 
(you're here!)
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Little Hello

Well, today is getting away it seems, so I'm just bopping by with a little, "Hi!" before heading on into the evening! I thought I'd share the CAS card I made for this week's CAS sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. We are to make 8 x 4-inch cards this week, a size I don't have any experience with whatsoever!


The majority of our family has colds, so we've been fighting those since last week. DD has increased her frequent crier miles, so last week I made many a trip just pacing the floors with her during the day. This too shall pass, but it's interesting how you forget how exhausting the first twelve weeks of babyhood are! Thankfully, she's sleeping fairly well at night!

Now it's off to get the boys from school and then on into supper prep and evening activities such as homework encouragement and sibling squabble control.  Loving the sunshine coming in the windows and the fresh autumn air!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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To Everything a Place: Week 4 – The Kitchen Pantry

Since I didn't get much organizing done this week due to lack of time and energy, I thought I'd share with you the before and after photos of the pantry makeover that we did last summer!  Our biggest problems?  The original shelves were too deep!  I spent a lot of time digging for what I needed!  In order to organize things like we wanted to, we needed more shelves and the area on the right side was pretty much wasted space to us as we only used it to store our vacuum and broom!

BEFORE
The vacuum was relocated, everything was taken out (Yes, the kitchen was quite something that day!) and DH went to work measuring, cutting shelving boards and installing them.  The end result?  A pantry that looks like this:

AFTER
Since then, we haven't really changed anything!  It's worked out very well!  The shelf just above the folding chairs is now a shelf with kids' activity types of things on it and I'm loving having those things so easily accessible for rainy day kitchen play!  There are three white plastic bins on the left side (just above the bottled water) that hold potatoes, onions and garlic, three frequently used ingredients in our house!  These bins I found at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  This project is one that I was so happy to have done!

It's on into a new week.  Hopefully, one without any new respiratory bugs.  All but DH and DD came down with colds and coughs last week.  Thus, the lack of energy on my part to tackle too much in the organizing department or down in my craft room!  Onward and forward!


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Cupid Who?

It's Tuesday and you know what that means!  It's time for a new cue word over at CASology!


This particular word got me to thinking about Cupid.  You know, that little mischievous guy who seems to play tricks on hearts of unsuspecting souls somewhere around Valentine's Day?  He seems to always have a quiver filled with arrows!  I thought I'd make a card in his honor (kind of).


I clustered all the elements of my design into the center of the card this time and I think it works okay!  I have to smile everytime I read that sentiment and couldn't resist using it along with the heart and arrow images!

I hope you have time to play along with us over at CASology this week!  There are always great interpretations of the cue words each week and we love to see what everyone dreams up!  The fun part is you don't have to use the literal meaning of the word if you don't want to!  Just go with whatever the word makes you think of!  In my case, I did use an actual arrow, but I was thinking of Cupid and didn't have any images of him on hand!

Be sure and visit our guest designer's blog as well as the blogs of the design team for even more inspiration before you get started on your own creation!  Then, go ahead and link up over on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT)!

 Jen
Melissa 
(you're here!)
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Mother of Mondays

Today is going to be a Monday filled with unpacking from a long weekend away from home.  We spent a few days at our annual church convention and always come away feeling so encouraged, rested and renewed.  So thankful for peace within that keeps a person settled when peace around us in the world is so shattered.

I created a card for this week's color challenge over on the Clean & Simple Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  We are to use hot pink, gray, navy and white.

Stamps:  Uniko Studio, AMuse (Chevrons), Paper Trey (sentiment)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white)
Ink:  SU (Melon Mambo, Midnight Muse, Smoky Slate)
Accessories:  pink gemstones, flower & leaf dies (Uniko), foam dots
I envisioned a big, pink flower and went from there.  I just love this set from Uniko Studio!  The chrysanthemum is so pretty!  I used the flower and leaf dies and layered the cut images over the chevron stripes.  This would be a good Mother's Day card, but I may just use it before then as a little happy mail!

It's on to preparing for upcoming weekend company.  DH's parents are coming up to see DD for the first time!  It's their only granddaughter, so this will be extra special!  Can't wait to see them and introduce them to her!  The boys are pretty excited and will be counting down the school days until they come!  First, however, I need to unpack suitcases and tackle Mt. Washmore!


Have a marvelous Monday!

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Happiness is…


...a babe in arms.

...a shortbread cookie.

...smile lines on a face.

...freckles on a youngster's nose.

...the fluffy, evermoving tail of a squirrel.

...a soft conscience.

...a thankful heart.


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