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Old 02-16-2020, 06:23 PM   #3721
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Kandie, you made me laugh when you said putting all the mess together....that’s how I think of mine but oh what fun. I can’t wait to see what you make. Such special books for your girls. I loved that shepherds crook...awesome.

Linda, I don’t make a lot of cards at present but I do chat. I miss a lot of chat too and just pick up where I can. Kandie is right, you aren’t alone.
Ann, I hope it’s just allergies too. Take care.

Catherine glad everyone is well again.

Well I keep receiving emails saying that my package is being delivered today. I don’t have a package coming. I’ve just received a text saying it can’t be delivered due to unpaid postage. I checked the country code the text was from. PNG......mmmm. I wish I knew how these people get hold of my email and mobile. It’s annoying and I sometimes think these scammers think I’ve fallen off a tree lol.

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Jayne, that is so weird that you get those messages!

Catherine, can't wait to see your card, x is a hard letter!

I've been stuck working on genealogy!  Did make one family connection but still so much to take care of and scan!  But I am making progress!
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Oh Ann, genealogy...  I really need to include my DNA info and as far as I got on the family tree...  gosh, my head is spinning from all the stuff that should be included!  Good thing it’s called a smash book so I can just smash it in somewhere!

I finished my grandparents’ section yesterday.  Now I keep thinking I need more info but I’m not sure why.  I wonder if this is another sign of the infamous “full set syndrome”?  
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Here are a few photos.  But what happened to my formerly immaculately clean dining room table?  :O
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I think you're doing a great job Kandie.
It is a holiday for family day here but the weather is gross. It's minus 27c with the windchill ( about -16F). We shall stay in and play games this afternoon. This morning will be spent finishing up art work so that I can get framing done this week.
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Morning!!

Kandie, what a fantastic job you are doing!!  Great layouts!!

Wet snow is creeping in for us in a little bit!  Looks to be a dreary day!

I've got sheets changed and wash going, dogs are fed!  So I'm not so far behind today!

Need to go look at challenges and isn't new dirty girls today?

Kathy, I hope you are doing well, praying for you and your family! Big gigantic hugs!
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I could use a little help from my friends. I am having a hard time coming up with a title for this piece. What are your thoughts for it? It is encaustic on glossy cardstock painted with an iron.



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Caught in the Wave

It looks to me like there is a giraffe caught in the water!  It's very cool!
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Ann, I love that you see a giraffe in there and I see the tail of a whale or dolphin.
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Hi everyone! I just uploaded a couple of cards to the Alphabet gallery, about time! Poor DH, he is the only one who had to go to work today. DD1 is off from college, DD2 is off from high school, and I have today off too which is how I was able to make a couple of cards. I do need to get some housework done. DD1 is about to head off to meet up with a friend (male, that she kind of likes).

How annoying, Jayne!

Kandie, love the photos of your progress, they are great and you are making great progress.

That is lovely, Annette! It made me think of Fire Falls in Yosemite. You should google it.

Praying for Kathy, Vickster, Shirl, Sharon, and others that I haven't seen on here for a while. Missing you!
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I miss you all too!! Just not the lurker Hahahaha.....well I'm not fully back yet but wanted to let you all know your truely missed and loved with each passing day more and more...
Prays to all that need them and I have never stop keeping everyone here in mine and  I definitely still need my prayer warriors!!
Just popped in to disappointment any lurkers that I'm still alive and kicking and taking names even harder then before Hahahaha !! Hui Jayne where you at? 
Miss you all Fairy Much....Yeps graduation is just a skip away seem just like yesterday so not sure my link works but I got to post a  letter X'!! Mahalos Fairy Much Sis Ann!!
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I googled it and they look amazing! 
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Annette, I also see the huge (gorgeous) wave but I see a surfer, lol.  So my title suggestion would be “Surf’s Up!”  
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The parchment paper I used for my grandparent section didn’t photograph very well.  Once I got all the pages from the funeral home book used I switched over to different scrapbook papers and pieces leftover from other projects.  I also learned my uncle was a helicopter pilot for the infantry, which I NEVER knew, by tracking down the two small collar insignia pins that I have had for years.

The ladies sure dressed foxy back in the 40s and 50s, shorts, halters and heels!

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Kandie!  I am so jealous you are getting these scrap pages done!  When you decide to do something, you get it done!  Please help me ! LOL
So glad your eyes are healing, well.  Still doing drops, and no heavy lifting?
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Hawaiian, I was so glad to see you in the gallery, and now posting!

Praying for you, Mitch, Des, Kathy, and Linda.

Ann, are things going better?

Katherine, I hope all sickness is gone from your house.

Amazing artwork, Annette.

Two more days till I go to doctor to find out what is next for me.
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HI all!
Kandie that smash book is awesome! I love your photos of your hot-looking mom! No wonder you are such a fashionista, you inherited it from your mother! You are inspiring me to get going on scrapping!

Hello Sis Vicki! Glad to hear from you! Awesome butterfly lei!

Jayne, my DH has been getting those same type of texts every day about a package being delivered, but he doesn't have a package coming; and texts saying it can’t be delivered due to unpaid postage. He's been getting them for 2 weeks! Crazy spammers.

I haven't had any "creativity" or motivation since I returned from vacation. I have to catch up on all the great cards you all have been posting. And, I've got to get my rear in gear and get making cards again!

Hi Ann, Annette, Kathy, Sharon, Catherine, Melody, Linda, and everyone!
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Happy Tuesday everyone....no craft for me today..boo! Too busy today and most of this week. I must not complain..life is good.

Gracie, the scammers are crazy and I just smile and delete them. We still have telemarketers from India calling on our home phone about our internet wanting to check it. Honestly.

Kandie, your smash book is coming on great. Love the photos and they did dress in some hot items...agree with Gracie, you have inherited your mum’s style..ooh lala. I remember halter necks...I used to love them when I was in my 20s...oh those were the days. Stockings, heels, pencil skirts, satin blouses....when I see some fashions today I say to our DIL1, I used to wear those lol. I’m sure she rolls her eyes at me.

Gracie, I hope that you get your mojo back...post hol blues are not good. Glad you are back chatting.

It’s also good to see our sis Vicki back...yay. At last. I can’t send any PMs to you Vicki..your box is going to explode lol.

Sharon, I hope all goes well at your Drs appointment and you are soon back creating with us.

Annette loved the artwork...I saw a whales tail. I like some of the suggestions put forward as a title.

Has anyone heard from Kathy...miss her on the threads. Sending hugs is case she pops on.

Hi to everyone else.....Have a fun day. Must check out who the new dirty girls are.
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Hello everyone!

We are back home, it looks good, but they need at least one more week to get everything finished.

Yesterday, I finally found time for crafting. 

Welcome back Gracie.

Kandie your smashbook looks great. I love old photos. 

Hi, Vicki.  

Sharon, I hope all goes well at your appointment.

Hugs to Kathy and Linda. 

Ann, I hope you feel better today. 

Hi, Jayne, Annette, Catherine, Melodie and everyone I missed. 
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Good morning.  Our thoughts are with Ryan Newman who was in a horrific crash at the Daytona 500 yesterday.  He is from our home town.

Thanks so much for compliments on my smash pages even though they are nothing special and not even close to the details so many of you give to your pages.  I’m not a scrapper, and this book is supposed to have stuff smashed together, but I can’t quite do that, you know?  Not after years of making detailed cards, lol.  I want SOME kind of order to it!

Today the pages are about me, whoohoo!  I’m not including a few childhood school photos because oh my gosh are they terrible!  Bangs cut crooked (mom said I never sat still), hair stuck out in all directions, missing teeth!  Ugh!  Horrible!

Has anyone heard from Kathy?  Thoughts and prayers are with her.

Welcome back, Gracie and Dagmar!

Little Sis, so good to see you pop in, sweetie.

Good morning, Linda!

Hello to everyone I missed!
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Hello friends. Just Checking in to let you know I do read the posts. My heart just isn't into chatting and I'm not sure how long it will be. I tried crafting a bit. I found tomorrows tutorial early, so I did it. I'm surprised at how well it turned out considering my mental state at the moment, but I'm pretty sure I won't be finishing this round of alphabet. Just continue the prayers and know I'm reading, even though you may not hear much from me.
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Kathy sending prayers and hugs your way! So sorry to hear you are having a hard time right now. So happy you checked in, we miss you!

Hi Jayne, hope you had a productive and fun day!

Hello Dagmar! So happy you’re back home and that your renovations are almost done! Yay!

Kandie, I hear you about just "smashing" things together...it is a hard thing to do when you’re used to making cards. I have a hard time "letting" go of my perfectionist tendencies.
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Good morning! So lovely to sign on here and see posts from Vickster, Sharon, and Kathy. 

I did get four alphabet cards made, now just two to go to be caught up. I also need to catch up on my commenting. You all have been busy creating!

Yay, Vickster, so glad to read your post and see your gorgeous lei!

I agree with the others, Kandie, that you got your fashionista style from your mom. You should include those photos of yourself, too, Kandie. 

Yay, Sharon, that your next appointment is right around the corner. I hope you are healing well.

Gracie, did you forget to bring your creativity back from vacation with you? Glad you are chatting though.

Jayne, it is so true that fashion just cycles back around. I've heard multiple people comment that they should have held onto whatever fashion it was they liked because here it was back again...of course, the question is would it still fit?! (Nobody wants to think about that!)

Dagmar, glad you are back home, sorry the work isn't done but glad it looks good!

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Afternoon ladies!

It's sunny here for now but the cold is coming this afternoon! Looking forward to 40 degree weather for the weekend!

My granddaughter called me last night.  Her birthday is Friday and no big party this year.  Her parents are taking her out to dinner.  She will be nine.  She is so funny she was calling to find out if I knew that the surprise was that her parents told her about is coming on Saturday.  

I had to lie and it was so hard not to start giggling.  All her parents told her that a surprise was coming.  She has all sorts of ideas in her head of what the surprise will be.

The surprise is that grandma and her favorite uncle (my youngest son) are taking her out for the day!  We are going to take her shopping for new outfits and out to eat!  Never done this before for her and I think she will really love it and have good memories of me!

So happy to see everyone checking in but prayers going out for all that are suffering for no matter what the reason is!

Dagmar, happy to hear you are home!  

Sharon, hope it is good news for you at the appointment!  So glad you are healing!

Off to start a card for the 15 year old in the teapotters challenge today!  
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Hello Ladies,

I am hating the weather. It is so depressing. And I am trying happy and smile. But it is sure hard to do these days. I am ready for spring. What is going on with my alphabet friends? I am still fighting allgeries but starting better in other aera in my life!
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Has everyone heard Dani lately? I have been thinking about here!
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(((Kathy))) glad you checked in. Take care and hope you are fully back with us soon.

Ann, it’s our DGDs birthday this weekend (she will be 7) and she has also been told she will be getting a surprise from her parents. No party this year. They are taking her to stay in a farm over the weekend. Enjoy your outing with your little poppet..so special.

Hi everyone else..quick hello as I’m heading out and have a full morning. Will be back later.
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Hi all, back home from work finally.

DD2's first day back at school went better than I think she expected. It also cleared up some of her questions about the homework she missed. I picked some of it up for her last week once she was feeling a little better. She was surprised at how many people were glad she was back. She didn't realize she had that many friends there. Funny girl.

DD1 only has one day of college this week because her class days are Mondays and Wednesdays and Monday was a holiday. She wasn't mad about that!

Is this a new trend to not have birthday parties for young girls? I think we had parties for the girls faithfully until they turned 10 or so, then it was more sporadic. We always celebrated but it might have been just family at that point some years.

When DD1 graduated 8th grade, we had a big party for her with a meal and everything. I told her she had to give the presidential address and she worked on that with our supervising teacher as well as our pastor and did a great job. It was a lot of work and fun but, when DD2 graduated 8th grade, she absolutely declined a party - even with DD1 telling her that people would give her money! She knew I'd make her do a speech too, mean mom that I am.

What fun you are going to have, Ann!

Linda, glad you are doing better with your allergies. Mine should kick in soon, spring is terrible for me allergy wise.

Jayne, I hope your full morning was a fun one!
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Old 02-18-2020, 06:29 PM   #3751
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Catherine, I always had birthday parties for my boys!  And for me it was too bad if someone did not like it in the family.  My one brother said "we stopped having parties for our kids at ...."  I told him you have your traditions and I have mine, and if you do not want to come over for the party then don't!! 

But you know today the kids want such big parties and it gets so expensive.  Look what a big dinner costs these days!  And I'm not for just a cake and coffee event. I figure if I invite you to my house and you are to bring a gift you will get food and you will get stuffed and leave with leftovers!  LOL!  That's just me!




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Old 02-19-2020, 01:03 AM   #3752
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Catherine we had parties for the boys until they were about 16 I think and of course when they turned 18 and 21. It was expensive as they got older. Now we all try and get together as a family when it’s someone’s birthday or we go out for brekkie or lunch. That also is expensive as we end up paying for everyone.

DIL1 has started holding the poppets birthday parties in a park and just doing simple food and an ice cream. The other parents just drop their kids off or some stay, and she says it is so much easier than paying to go to McDonalds or somewhere or hold it at home. I rarely held the parties at home but I worked full time and didn’t have the energy..it was easier to pay for a few close friends to go with the boys somewhere...movies and a meal, etc.

I did have a full morning. I met a couple of friends and one isn’t well. She didn’t say a lot but she has lost a lot of weight. She’s been unwell since last October but we haven’t caught up other than a text at Xmas and she never said a word about her health then. I will touch base with her after her next Drs appointment end of this week. I’m worried about her. All she said was that it was bad and she wouldn’t say more.

I also went to our local craft shop to get something for a friend.....oh dear. I ended up buying a stamp and die set for my scrapping and journals plus some craft paper. I broke my vow but I am telling myself that it’s an early birthday or Mother’s Day pressie from either the hubby or kids. They just don’t know they’ve bought them yet lol. That’s it now...no more. I would have been so good had I not walked through the door. I felt as though I were in Aladdin's Cave lol.

I’ve been downloading free templates for my journals since I got back and now on here...cruisey day lol.

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Old 02-19-2020, 05:38 AM   #3753
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Good morning to everyone.

Kathy, so good to hear from you, and I’m so glad you are keeping up on the chatter.  That way you know we are thinking about you and keeping you in our prayers.

Linda, good morning to you as well.

Sharon, so glad it’s time for your checkup already!  You are healing quickly!

I didn’t work on my smash book yesterday.  I only had two documents to put in this section, my parents’ marriage certificate, a few old photos from the late 40s of them together, and then their divorce decree paperwork.  Kind of depressing.  Blah.  I’ve been instead crocheting away on a baby blanket for DH’s DS1’s first grandchild.  

Melody, have you ever worked with Alpaca yarn?  Expensive, at $10.50 a small skein, and it’s not as fine as baby yarn but close.  I bought 7 skeins to make a baby blanket.  It’s been so long since I crocheted that even doing two rows made my hands ache, but now I’m zipping along!  I have to work on it early in the morning while Dusty is still snoozing, otherwise she gets bent out of shape because I’m ignoring her and wants to sit in my lap, lol.

DH woke up around 1 am because he was cold, and he discovered our furnace is out again.  It is on the list of issues to handle.  Since this is the second time in two months the furnace has quit working, DH says he thinks it just got moved to the top of the list!
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Good morning all!

No, Kandie, never worked with that kind of yarn.  Actually, it's been years since I've worked with any yarn, except recently some cotton.  I prefer thread crochet, especially because it is easy to take with and work on anywhere.

Going to play at my sister's today.
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If you want a good belly laugh today, check out You tube video. I don't know how to link it, so you'll have to go on You tube and search for this title. I'm still laughing. 

Not my Hands with Gina K, Jennifer McGuire, Kathy Racoosin! 

I'm going to go work off some of my vacation blubber. Back to chat later!
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Good morning! I made a round lasagna for dinner last night...did I mention that it was vegan too? And I made it in the instant pot and even DD2 LOVED it (DD1 and DH are vegan, though DH isn't even eating food at the moment, I put his part in the freezer, hopefully it will freeze well!). DD2 even said she wanted that for her birthday. I know, some of you are saying, "Why would you want to make vegan lasagna?!" But it is actually good and filled with delicious veggies.

Why am I not surprised that you send people home with leftovers, Ann? That just sounds like you, what a gift and blessing. We always celebrate the birthdays, just not in the conventional birthday party way. DD2, especially, didn't like having parties. Though she might now, she discovered she has more friends at school than she realized!

Jayne, yes, birthday parties get expensive. Do you have "golden" birthdays in Australia? Where you celebrate big the year that their age matches their birthdate? Both girls were born on the 18th, so their 18th birthday is special in more than one way. DD1 has already had hers, DD2's is next year.

I remember my mom had an open house for my 21st birthday so no meal was involved, just cake, ice cream, and snacks. But it was so much fun to have so many people come over and just visit with them.

Kandie, that is a good funny this morning! Crocheting is something I've always wanted to learn to do but when my SIL tried to teach me, she didn't slow down enough for me to understand what she was doing. I'm sure I can learn with the help of Youtube now but haven't taken the time to do it. Maybe I'll be like my mom and teach myself when I retire. She taught herself both knitting and crocheting when she retired.

Have fun at your sister's house today, Melody.

Gracie, I'll have to check it out later. Just guessing, but from the title, I think they are trying to craft using tiny hands. I saw a video before with Rina doing that with someone, can't remember who. It was hilarious!
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Morning!

It's very cold but sunny here today!

Nice work on new supplies Jayne!!  

Melody, have fun at your sisters!!

Kandie, make sure you post a picture of the blanket when you are done.  I stopped crocheting too due to the arthritis in my hands.  
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Hi Jayne! Sorry to hear about your friend! I also broke my vow to not buy any more stamps, but Susie Australia made a card with digi stamps from Whimsy Stamps, they are donating the money to help animals in Australia! So technically, that was a donation and not a stamp purchase! LOL...OK, I lied, I had to buy a couple more stamps, too,  because Whimsy gave me a 10% off coupon for joining their email list. I had to use it!

Sorry to hear your heat was out Kandie! Too cold for that! Cute cartoon.

Melody, hope you had fun at your sister's today.

Ann, I always had birthday parties for my kids at home (as a single mom and a teacher, I didn't have much money for skate rinks, bowling, etc.) We played old fashioned games and did crafts and my daughter would have sleep overs. The kids love it. Fun memories.

Catherine, that lasagna sounds really good! I'd love the recipe! I've taught myself to crochet and knit since I retired, but it took me 2 years to make my daughter an afghan! LOL
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hello everyone,

My life is crazy right now. But so are the allergies too. I hope everyone is doing Okay. I have busy at the church and such this week! 
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