Thursday, November 3, 2011


Good Morning  Friends,

Another day to be thankful for.  Yesterday was just beautiful it was almost 80 degrees here,  I spent most of the day working on ATC's and laundry. I had a lot of mail when I got home from my trip some of it was junk, but some of it lifted my spirits. One of my dear friends, Diane from college sent me a Halloween card.

Here it is:

I have made cards as far back as I can remember, and my goal in life was always to be an artist.  She really is the one who inspired me or should I say created a monster out of me with this card making epidemic.  I am working hard to convince her to start a blog.  I try to make my cards as professional as possible, being an exhibiting artist, I usually have cards of my paintings for sale at my shows, if it is allowable and I have been doing this since the 80's.

Next, (I'm actually not sure what was next it was all in a pile for me to open) I received a Thank you card from Amy over at  Amys crafting space   Isn't this beautiful, I just love the embossing on the kraft card stock, the tree in the middle has a bit of texture I think it is just the sweetest card ever, maybe because what she wrote inside was just too sweet.  I am thankful for you to Amy.  Check out Amy' blog if you get a chance, she is so creative and sweet.

Then, I opened a card from Lisa, it has such a beautiful fall look to it, I just love the flowery paper, but the element in the middle with the stamp on it is something I need. What is that Lisa? The really funny thing is, I look on the back wishing there was a recipe on how the card was made and what products were used. Wouldn't that be fun?
Along with it was my winning from a blog hop,  a stamp set of inkadinkadoo butterflies--- I love this set-- and I don't have it and I almost bought it.
I'm on this kick right now making background paper -- This will be great, I'm going to use it today.  I'll post it later.  Make sure you check out Lisa's blog (Click Here) she has some awesome work.

I also got a stamp set from Joys Life -- Mother & daughter stamps, this was a win from the Link up for pink link up party.

So Yes thankful Thursday is really a daily thing with me I have to count my blessings and be thankful for everything, everyday.  My mom is really my hero-- she says, "I don't complain, people don't want to hear it, and I thank God for everyday I am here. It was great seeing her and spending so much time with her. I miss her already, but I will see her again in the spring.
On a sad note one of my Knit wit friends passed away while I was in MI. the memorial was yesterday. Oh-- On a happy note my niece had her baby girl on Monday, a Halloween baby, Leila Jane, very healthy. I'll post some pics when I get them.
What I have to say about giving --- It seems to me the more I give the more I get- It really amazes me. The things I receive have so much meaning  to them, which reminds me of the goodness in human nature.

So on to the GIVEAWAY
I have come to the conclusion that  everyone likes the Starbucks Gift Cards,  so a $15 Starbucks gift card   and these cute little gift card enclosures  that I just made---- a set of 6, ends November 14 @midnight
 For a chance to win:

1. Be a follower and leave a comment on this post
2. Second chance post on your side bar link it back to my blog, then leave another comment
 I Know this is a long post, but there is so much to be thankful for.
Comments are always appreciated


  1. Wow. You recieved some wonderful surprises while away. Even with the sadness, you have a great take on life and life's bumps in the road. Thanks for the chance:) Take care.

  2. We should be thankful more often, sorry to hear about your friend and congrats to you and your great niece. Have a blessed day!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Loved getting a peek at all your goodies. Love your reminder to be grateful everyday, so true.
    So sorry to learn of your friend. All the best to you & your niece.
    Take care of yourself.
    Crafty best wishes,

  4. Great products. So pretty.

  5. wow lots going on at your blog! love that tree card but I am an earthtone girl!

  6. You've had some highs & lows. Amy & Lisa are wonderful. I follow their blogs and they have wonderful creativity. Thanks for Starbucks giveaway which if I win I would give to my daughter who is studying Art Animation in college since she likes Starbucks.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  7. Thanks for sharing all your news, the good and the bad. So sorry for your friends passing, but now you have a new baby in the family.Life really does just go on. The cards you received were all beautiful. Thanks again for a chance to win.


  8. So sorry to hear about your loss and happy to hear about the birth of a new beautiful little girl. These cards are absolutely beautiful, love their work and yours! Thank you so very much!

  9. Hi Diana! I am so glad you like the card & I am very thankful for you as well! How fun to have so much good mail to open upon your return. So sorry to hear about your friends passing- and happy about the new baby (it really is a circle isn't it?). Your blog friend- :)Amy

  10. I would say that you are right there at the top of those with a "Giving Nature" :-) Wonderful things to have upon returning home! Congrats on the sweet new niece and sorry for the loss.
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  11. awesome goodies!! It is always nice to receive goodies in the mail...those cards are so special!
    I am so sorry for your loss and congrats on the new addition to the family.
    Have a super day!!

  12. I loved reading about your wonderful mail! I felt like I was the recipient also! LOL Sorry for your loss and congrats to your niece! Awesome giveaway.. thanks for the opportunity!


  13. You have alot to be thankful for. Im sorry to hear of the passing of your friend, but a new baby came into your life which is very happy occassion. Thank you for a chance to win, and have a great weekend.

  14. Super fun candies! Sorry about your friend and thanks for sharing your updates!

  15. wow, you got some really awesome things. I am sorry to hear about your friend. I am not too religious but always believe that in death there is always a rebirth and your niece having a baby may be just that!

  16. I am a follower of your blog. I love Starbucks Tazo China Green Tips tea and pumpkin loaf. Yum! Now you know what I will use it for. Thanks for a chance to win. Edwina Brown

  17. It really is true, the more you give of yourself, the more you get back! I'm glad you had such happy, fun mail to open!

    I posted your link and pic on my candy page.

    Oh, I have a giveaway going right now too...hop over and take a peek when you have a chance!!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

  18. I just love getting happy mail! Love the cards you received. What a great thankful thought - your mother is a wise woman :) Thanks for the chance to win this gift card - not much for Starbucks coffee but I will take a Chai Latte and one of their scones any day of the week 24/7.

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  19. gfc and thanks for the great giveaway! I love giving and receiving cards in the mail!

  20. What wonderful friends you have to send such great cards. Thanks for the chance to win. papermemories4u@

  21. I am a follower. :)
    Thanks for the chance
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  22. It's always fun to get things in the mail. These cards are great! Sorry to hear of your loss. Congrats to your new addition to the family. Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway!
    Have a great wknd:)
    Sherrie K

  23. Just posted your candy on my sidebar!

  24. Great happy mail!!!
    I'm a follower, thanks for the chance to win.

    mvasquez69 at aol dot com

  25. Thank you so much for the chance! I follow you on gfc as Dee :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  26. i follow on gfc as christina! cgul689 at gmail dot com

  27. You are so sweet my friend! The stamp is from one of Kristal's newest stamp sets, Crafty Friends. It has so super-fun sayings on it! I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. And I look foward to seeing pics of the new addition to your family :)


  28. What a great giveaway especially for the colder months.


  29. Thanks for the chance to win! I love your blog!


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