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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 1

Count your blessings and your problems.  If your problems out number your blessings count them again.  ♥  Chances are the things you take for granted were not added.  ♥
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Halloween is done.  The candy is not.  Hello, treadmill!  And so the holiday season begins!

I love the thought of November and sweet memories of Thanksgivings past have begun their yearly appearance in my mind.  Memories that still portray special grandparents alive and well, carefree cousins at play and laughter from all of them blending together into one beautiful picture of happiness.  How I cherish those memories!  I love going through my photo albums from years past and hope I remember to capture a few new memories with my camera again this year!

This month, I want to focus on being content.  Content with life as it is now.  Thankful.  Not dwelling on what I'd like it to be next week, next month, next year.  Not wishing to change the past.  Content with today...this very moment.  I've wondered before if we realize that in our modern day and age, we struggle with contentment despite the fact that we have it so good here in this country.  Third world countries struggle with having enough of the very basics.  We struggle with having so much within our reach, so many options for so many things, that it seems like there is always something to wish for.  Something more, something bigger, something greater.  But, really, what greater thing could one possess than contentment itself?  It's the little things in life that make life worth living!

I want to thank all of you for your kind words here on the blog.  Encouraging words.  We all need them and I apologize to those who have left comments so faithfully over the last few months without receiving a reply from me!  It means a lot.  I hope I can return even a small portion of that kindness in days ahead!

I also hope you'll join me this month as I pay attention to the little things that make life worthwhile because you, my friends, are one of them!

Hugs to all of you!

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Happy Halloween!

No tricks here, just a little glimpse at some of the sweet treats around here this week...


This young vampire happens to have teeth falling out right now, so wasn't showing his pearly whites.


This mini skeleton should probably go as a boxer tonight instead after a trip to the ER last night!  He crashed into the edge of the fireplace while playing with DS1, hitting rather close to one of his eyes and now is the owner of a rather swollen, black eye!  Poor guy!  That's our boys for you!


This little one could have gone as herself, of course, but given the colder weather in the evenings, I bundled her up in a fuzzy jack-o-lantern costume that was just a tad too big!  It kept her toasty warm, though, and she eventually fell asleep in my arms as we made the rounds in our old small town neighborhood!  I didn't get a photo of her all snuggled inside, so you'll have to use your imagination!

I have yet to catch the other skeleton in our house as he seems to be running out of his usual enthusiasm for the holiday.  Maybe tonight.  That's to be expected as he is getting a bit older now!

Tonight it's trick-or-treating here in our current neighborhood.  We don't get too many visitors because those who wish to visit must make the trek up our hill.  I'm giving out regular size candy this year for that reason.  I figure if the little ghosts and goblins are willing to make the effort to get to our door, they'll be rewarded for it (or their parents will)!


I hope you have a Happy Halloween!  Stay safe!

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Black as Night

 

It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word at CASology!  This week, we're exploring the darkness of black!  With Halloween arriving in just a couple more days, this word probably brings to mind some rather scary things!  I definitely had night on my mind, but since I don't really care for scary things, I went with a more relaxing theme!


I don't know if I like this card much, but I'm giving it a chance by posting it here!  Some days are like that, aren't they?!  I simply masked a moon with a punched circle in a Post It note and added star sequins.  At the last minute, I decided to add some twinkle to the stars by adhering some little clear gemstones to the stars!  I stamped the sentiment on top of the masked circle in black.

I hope you'll play along with the BLACK challenge this week!  I think this is going to be an interesting week, I think!  Be sure to visit the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog for inspiration!

 Jen
Melissa 
(you're here!)
Remember to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!


Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Monster Party

We're into our second no school day!  It's school conference week, so we had DS1 & DS2's conferences Wednesday afternoon and now we get to enjoy two full days of home goodness!  We've been baking, crafting and will be carving our jack-o-lantern and roasting pumpkin seeds this afternoon!  It's a beautiful, sunny day and I'm sighing a contented sigh right now.


While playing in the craft room with the boys, I came up with a fun little card for the Sweet Stamp Shop's Use What You Have Challenge #20.  We are to use our stamps in creative ways this week!


I started out using the Fall Gratitude set.  The tree tops and limbs were used to create the monsters, and googly eyes were added from my stash of embellishments (see photo below).  The finished creatures were popped up with foam dots for dimension.  Gold star sequins were then added along with lots of fun shapes from the Starts Here set.  The sentiment is from the Cityscape set.  To finish things up, I added a tiny dot of Stickles to the center of the hexagons and stars.  These monsters are really having fun!!!

Here's a portion of my embellishment stash:


I keep different shapes and clear gemstones in this drawer and the rest I have organized by color in these ClosetMaid bins:


DS1 (a.k.a. Chef BOY-ardee) says lunch is ready (homemade pizza!), so off I go!  We hope to go soak up a little sunshine this afternoon and grab some crisp autumn air!


Have a fabulous Friday!

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Country Living

 

Country.  At first glance, this word brings memories of fun times with my brothers growing up.  Forts built in the trees.  Tree house drawings that never seemed to leave the paper and materialize outside.  Baseball.  Hide and seek.  Oh, the fun we had in the country!  These days, country brings thoughts of the farm where my in-loves live.  Pigs.  Cows.  Wheat.  So many ways one could interpret this week's cue word over at CASology, but I'm going to leave that to your imagination!  Here is what I came up with:

Stamps:  Mama Elephant, Inkadinkado (sentiment)
I decided to go with classic black and white, adding just a pop of color and glitter to the kite!  One layer except the kite is popped up with a foam dot.

You'll want to be sure and visit the other design team members' blogs as well as our two guest designers' blogs this week because there are some fantastic interpretations of "country" to inspire you!  You'll find yourself smiling at their creativity!  Then, don't forget to link up your own creations on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) for your chance to win a gift certificate from 7 Kids College Fund!

 Jen
Melissa 
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Guest Designer:  Hannelie
Guest Designer:  Lori
A little of that white stuff is forecasted this morning here!  I'm cringing, bracing myself for what's yet to come.  Sigh.  I keep reminding myself that winter simply helps me appreciate the other seasons that much more!  Besides, hot chocolate tastes so much better when it's cold outside!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Ramblings

The week has flown and here it is Friday, once again!  The craft room has been rather neglected, but that's okay.  My camera, however, is frantically trying to capture the last of the days outdoors before the frigid temperatures arrive!  There's an urgency in the air with extra trips to parks and, of course, ice cream!


The leaves seem to be changing color more quickly now and with each rain shower, more and more of them find their way to the ground.  The sunlight itself seems more golden than in the preceding summer months.


House projects abound and DH has been putting in long hours to finish this year's fall projects, a retaining wall and a new window for the future basement craft room.  Indoor projects will start once the weather turns cold!


As for me?  I'm just trying to focus on my family...


I love how photography forces you to notice all the little details...the big, beautiful eyes, the dimpled hands, even the dirty fingernails filled with dirt from play!  Sometimes it's those very details that we tend to miss when life becomes so full of responsibilities.  I want to capture them, each and every one.


Have a wonderful weekend!

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Hello, Pumpkin!


I've been digging through my autumn decorations lately and found a jack-o-lantern to set out on the front porch.  I purchased a real pumpkin in town and plan to carve that with the boys in the next week or so for Halloween.  Then, I happened upon some cute sparkly pumpkins for the fireplace mantel.  Pumpkins are just a part of autumn!

This week at CASology pumpkin is the cue word and it's perfect for this particular month!  Creative ideas seemed to elude me this time, however.  The pumpkin stamp images that I own were not inspiring me at all, so I ended up focusing on the color orange and using a sentiment that I've always found rather cute.


I nabbed my sons' sponge daubers and created a polka dotted card.  I simply stamped the sentiment over one of the dots and then added three star sequins.  As I added the stars I realized I was thinking about Cinderella and her pumpkin carriage!  Too bad I don't have any Disney themed princess stamps!  With DD in the house I suppose it will only be a matter of time.

What does the word PUMPKIN make you think of?  We'd love to find out!  Be sure and visit the rest of the design team members' blogs for more inspiration this week!  Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!

 Jen
Melissa 
(you're here!)

Busy days around here and, thus, the lack of posting.  We've got a landscaping project going and overnight guests arrived last night!  We're hoppin' around here and I keep looking for those lazy autumn days people talk about!  Not happening!


 Have a terrific Tuesday!

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