Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Great giveaway from Enfys at Going-Buggy!!

Oh my!!  This is an amazing giveaway from Enfys at Going-Buggy  An ENTIRE set of 148 Promarkers!  WOW!! 

She has an amazing blog.  So check it out for some great ideas and a chance to win some Promarkers!!

Sneak Peeks of Peechy Keen Stamps Starts today!!

Peachy Keen Stamps Winter 2010 Release

Sneak peeks start TODAY!!  New stamps will be released on Nov 12th!  Whooo hooo!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Twenty Dollars.....

$20 dollars…most of us don’t have second thoughts about that $20 dollar bill sitting in your wallet. Zachary has been holding on to this same $20 since his birthday in January. Every once in a while he would want to spend it on this new toy or his new all time favorite Hot Wheels. Well guess I should say he would spend a little bit at the store promising to give me that $3 or $4 when we got home, heck I guess over the past 10 months he has spent that $20 by spending a little here and there. But we never pushed the issue and asked for the money from him. So he has had this same $20 bill…guess he was waiting for the most perfect thing to spend it on. Disney has been on his mind lately, as we are going at Christmas and he decided that Disney was the best place to spend that $20.
At school, they have been having a food drive. Turkey’s Tackling Hunger, it’s the Hays county food banks annual food drive. The kids have been told that a $20 donation will feed a family this Thanksgiving. I knew that it was going on; however I had never discussed it with the kids. Well Thursday he came down to the office and handed me a $20 bill. My first thoughts were great someone lost $20, how am I going to find the owner of this money. Then he told me that he had “accidently” taken his Cars wallet to school and his teacher had told him he needed to come down and give me the money. She was afraid that if he put it in his backpack it might not ever make it back home. I took the money and gave him a short lecture on how that is wayyyy too much money to bring to school, and that he shouldn’t ever take money without talking to me first. He agreed, and gave me a quick hug and headed back to class; never once mentioning the real reason for taking his wallet to school.

It wasn’t until later that morning that I learned the whole story. His teacher came down and asked if Zachary had given me the $20. Then the whole story came out. He wanted to give is money to Turkeys Tackling Hunger, he wanted to make sure that a family had a good Thanksgiving. She said the other kids in the class were surprised that he would give away his money—they were telling him what all he could buy with it. Of course he told them that he had planned on taking that money to Disney. Apparently she could tell that he was having second thoughts, the other kids were making him feel a bit uncomfortable, and she wondered if I even knew what was going on. So that is when she gave him his money back, told him to come talk to me and give me the money.

When she told me what he had wanted to do, I wanted to cry. I was soooo proud of him. During his lunch I went down to take him to the book fair that was currently going on at school. I casually asked him about that money, and he so “matter of factly” told me that he wanted to give it to Turkey’s Tackling Hunger…he wanted to make sure that a family could have a good Thanksgiving because “you know Momma, there are families out there that won’t have a Thanksgiving dinner”. “My $20 will buy a family a whole Thanksgiving dinner.” I was beaming with pride. I did ask him about not having money to spend at Disney and he said “Momma its okay. I really want a family to have a Thanksgiving dinner. And there really isn’t anything that I NEED from Disney”

Never was he pushed by his teacher, never did he come to us and tell us that he wanted to donate money and ask us for the money. He put this all together on his own. He had to have been thinking about it for a while, to remember that he had $20, to make that unselfish decision to help out someone else. He did tell me he wanted to think about it over night. Later that evening he told his Daddy about what he wanted to do, even Daddy was surprised by his generous act. Daddy knew how long he had been holding on to his money. He offered to still donate $20 and let Zachary keep his money. Zachary told him No, we can both donate $20 so TWO families can have Thanksgiving.

The following morning shortly after school started he came to me and said he wanted to take the money to the teacher in charge of the collection. We walked, hand in hand, up to the 5th grade class that she teaches, and he handed her that crumpled up $20. At first she thought the donation came from my wallet, and then he explained the whole story to her. Well she fought back the tears, and so did I. As we walked out, he looked at me and gave me the biggest smile and said “Momma I feel good! That made me happy! Oh!! and Momma we now have to get $20 from Daddy—so we can help TWO families!”

As he skipped down the hall I couldn’t help but smile and to be soooo proud of my 6 year old son, who had decided on his own that he wanted to help out others. Little does he know now how many people have been touched by his little act of kindness. Nor will he ever see the faces of those 2 families who will have a Thanksgiving dinner because of him, but he learned that by doing something so selfless a true feeling of happiness, one that can’t be gotten from the newest latest toy but a feeling from doing something AMAZING!

I’m sooo proud of you Zachary! May you continue to be a blessing to others! I love you!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Great giveaway on Party Pops!!

Party Pops is celebrating their 1 year anniversary.  They are giving away a $50 gift certificate!!  You can see the details and enter here!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

My FIRST blog award!!

Thanks to Cindy for passing this award to me!!!!

Check out her blog ~*Scrap-tastic Addictions*~ .
She is soooo creative and always has great projects and ideas!

With this award, I have to share 7 things about myself..

1.  I have the worlds best husband who supports me in all my crazy hobbies!!

2.  I have 3 beautiful children who are the reason I love to scrap...to be able to pass on wonderful memories of their childhood

3.  I live in the house that was built by my great grandfather in 1920 and quite proud of my family's accomplishments

4.  I live in the country, with chickens and all...and LOVE it!

5.  I love crafting and wish that I had more time to create.

6.  I'm pretty old fashioned--love antiques and things with a story behind them.

7.  I really am shy...until I get to know someone!

Now to send this to a couple of my Friends/Followers- Here they are!

Gena @ http://thedosshome.blogspot.com/

Lori @ http://thecricutlady.blogspot.com/

Sandi @ http://magnoliasandmudpies.blogspot.com/

Felisha @ http://workoutlikeagirl.blogspot.com/

Now there are strings attached with receiving this blog award. You have to say thanks to the person who sent it to you, list 7 things about yourself and pass it on to some of your friends/followers.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Flower Treat bags

Two years ago I created a little flower treat bag in honor of Okieladybug (Cricut MB).  I was chosen as the Project Corner and Highlight in the Chrip, March 17, 2008 edition.  Talk about excited!!!  Anyway the thread keeps popping up and my link keeps expiring...so here is hoping that by putting it on my blog it will last longer!  LOL!

It’s a Flower treat bag. I thought that these would be great for teachers or mothers day or just anytime that you want to give someone a little treat. The base is about 4 ¼ inches across…and it is in the shape of an octagon.

There are 2 seperate files, one for use with the Expression and one for use with the Baby Bug

Link for the Expression Cut File

Link for the Baby Bug cut file

About the cut file….

E bug file was created with George and Plantin Schoolbook.

Cutting and putting together with the E bug is pretty simple and once you have it all cut out it goes together in a snap. One note though…on the first tab the bottom triangle is slightly out of the cut line…so you will have to round that one off with your scissors. I tried moving it back but since you can’t group everything and move it a once I did not want to do it.

The Baby Bug file was created with ALL George. This one is a little more time consuming to put together but I did not want to leave anyone out! Hope that everyone who is interested in the file will be able to use it!!

Instructions to piece together for the baby bug:

1. First be sure to change the mat size from 12x12 to 6x12! If it is not already that way.

2. Cut tab #3 TWO times…this will become the “pedals” to the flower. You can either do them the same color or do 2 or more colors.

3. Tab #4 are the rings…that goes at the top of the treat bag…one is the flower and the other is the leaves.

4. Tab #5 This is the base to line everything up. I made 2 one to go on the bottom and the other to go on the top…so you are going to sandwich your “pedals” that you cut from tab #3 in between these two pieces. When you line up your “pedals” I put them under the top layer. You can mark a center point on the octagon base and center point of each of the pedals…or eye ball it...roughly 3 ½ inches from tip to where it needs to meet the base.

Hopefully these pictures will help

Expressions is on the left and Baby bug is on the right
These are the elements

Piecing together for the Baby Bug

This is what it should look like once you have all the pedals placed. This will be the inside of the bag.

Now flip it over and it will look like this. I ran my other octagon piece through my Xyron and put in on here. So the pedals are sandwiched between the octagons.

Fold the pedals towards the middle of the flower

After the pedals are folded in, unfold it and flip it over. Now fold in the ends to make little tabs.

The finished product...I really like the 2 tone flower (and that is the one that can be created on the baby bug)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Treat boxes for Zachary's class

With Valentines Day quickly approaching I thought that I would put my Love Struck cartridge and Cricut to work.  These cute boxes are on the Love Struck cartridge and they go together pretty quickly.  I put 4 on a sheet of 12x12 paper, so its not a project that takes tons of paper!!  Zachary LOVES them and is ready for Valentines to be here!

I used the Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots folder to emboss the acetate window.