Wednesday, April 29, 2009


This is a picture of us last fall at a reception for Commended National Merit Scholar recipients. Kenny was a recipient and we were very proud of him. Today, we received more good news. Kenny was accepted into the Honors Program at UNT in Denton! Way to go Kenny!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I've been thinking a lot about my Mom today, this week and this month. Actually, I probably don't go a day without thinking about her - having some special memory of her, but this month was the 6 year anniversary of her death and Mother's Day is approaching. She died the day after Easter with her entire family with her. It was truly a holy moment and I know she left this Earth knowing how much she was loved. She was an extraordinary human being, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter, friend, and wife. Her sweet, loving spirit truly matched her physical beauty. She was funny, kind, strong, compassionate, loving and she and my Dad lived every day to the very fullest. She lived with kindest and dignity and she left this world thinking about others. I learned so much from her and received so much from her. One thing I shared with her (when I was in my twenties) was my love of plants and flowers. Boy did I reap the benefits of that one!! She loved her rose gardens and a variety of other flowers. Weekly, my Dad would send me a picture through e-mail when another flower bloomed. I loved it!!

This card is for my Mom and her rose gardens!

(Thanks Libby for the loan of the stamp!)


Good morning! Maggie is 22 today! She never ceases to amaze me. I'm so proud of her and what she has accomplished in her 22 years and I can't wait to see what the future holds! More importantly, I've never seen her happier! Have a great day, Ms. Mag!!! Love, MOM

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Touch of Many Things

Happy Sunday!

Maggie is turning 22 on Tuesday and we are taking her out for her favorite dinner tonight -- sushi. She is absolutely loving her spruced up condo and living alone for the first time - ever. I've never seen her happier and that makes Mom happy!!

Last week was so crazy getting out stamps orders that I asked Tom to get me a scroll saw for Mother's Day. He said OK and then today asked if I might want an IPod or flowers. Not really. How about a scroll saw and some new cactus for our cactus garden. Fortunately, Kenny works at Hill Country Water Gardens and they have awesome native Texas plants, etc. there!

Today I had an opportunity to play with several techniques and products. For our Texana Designs Cactus Border stamp, I used Versamark and Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and then embossed it with Ranger Clear. I used the Cuttlebug on the background paper and flowers from my Calypso Tin of flowers. That was really cool! I used Copic markers on our Texana Designs Cactus Border Stamp and around the edge of image with a touch of sponged StazOn Timber Brown and the sun was with my new fiskers squeeze punch, colors with Copic markers and then a touch of Flower Soft on the cactus flower. And, of course, a few bling.

Friday, April 24, 2009


Happy Friday! Life has been crazy good around here and this week didn't leave much time for creating. I have a stamp order to get out, but decided to take time to try out my new Flower Soft products I got at Wendaful's Scrapbooks in Temple yesterday. Joyce taught a Cuttlebug class and I went along to play and deliver a stamp order. We treated ourselves to a pedicure after the class. Aah!!!

I used one of my very first stamps to make this card. I thought the flowers would work well with the Flower Soft. I used the Cuttlebug, Momento inks, Copic markers for the vase, and a few bling.

I look foward to more play time over the weekend!

Have a great one!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I have a dear friend (Kay Childers) that I used to work with at Cedar Valley M.S. I turned her on to scrapbooking and cardmaking when I worked there. About a month ago, I introduced her to the Cuttlebug and shortly thereafter, she purchased one. I went over to her house one afternoon and gave her a mini-tutorial. She has been one busy lady ever since - producing gorgeous cards. These are two of my favorites. I love what she did with our Texana Designs mini butterfly and I love the colors in her flower card! Love your cards, dear friend!!

Joyce and I are off to Temple tomorrow. She is teaching a Cuttlebug class and I'm going to play and deliver a stamp order!! We are treating ourselves to pedicures and one of Crow's famous burgers after the class. Too much fun!!

Monday, April 20, 2009


Good Monday morning! I thought I was through posting prom pictures, but I just love these two pictures. They show the personalities of Kenny and Meaghan. They are best friends who really care about each other and they love to be goofy and have fun. We took these at the Arboretum Saturday night!

Well, I'm off to play with the Cuttlebug today. Can't wait to see what we come up with.

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Well, I promised new Prom pictures. Here they are! They had a great time last night. Kenny took the weekend off from work. Poor Meaghan had to work today.

I'm hoping to do some creating today and I have a play day with Joyce tomorrow. I hope to have something to post Monday night or Tuesday.

Have a great day on this absolutely gorgeous day!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Well, Kenny just left to pick up Meaghan for the Prom. I took a few pictures before he left. I need a good pic for his graduation invitations that I will be doing (haven't a clue what I want to do yet). I really like this one. We are meeting up with them in an hour to take more pictures of the group (11 couples) at the Arboretum. The first picture is Meaghan and Kenny before last year's Prom.

Next post will be this year's picture.

Meaghan will be attending U.T. next year and Kenny UNT.

We also partially moved Maggie back into the condo today. Tom is working on installing a new kitchen sink for her, and, of course, it didn't go as smoothly as planned. Back tomorrow to complete the project.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Hello. I can't believe it's been a week since I posted. Life is going way too fast over here. Prom is this weekend. Maggie is moving back into her condo after several weeks of sprucing it up a bit. We are going to garage sales this weekend to look for treasures for her place!! As soon as Tom puts in the new sink, she's homeward bound. It's been great having her around! And she will be only 30 minutes away. Our rent house, that was vacated the first of March, is moving right along in its renovation. We hope to have it on the market by May.

I spent Monday with friends at the Scott & White hospital in Temple. Pam's hubby had major back surgery and 3 of us kept her company. As of the last update, Rich is doing OK but lots of pain!! Something I wouldn't wish on anyone. Hopefully, he will be home this weekend.

I went to Rubber Maidens class last night where my friend Joyce taught. We had a great time, but how can you not have fun when Joyce is around!! I will post my project when it's completed. I have a few little final touches to do!

And, Etsy has been pretty good to Texana Designs this week!

Last week, I did a CRUISE album (Heart of Texas Studio chipboard word blooms) as a sample for a possible class. The class didn't work out, but I now have my Cruise book from a cruise I took last year with a friend of mine. I immediately made her book, but dropped the ball on mine. I love this book made with Bo Bunny polka dot papers. It's amazing how one's looks can change in a year. In the book, I have short red hair. Now I have medium length silver hair!

Have a great day and enjoy the rain!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Happy Wednesday! My son, Kenny, is a senior at McNeil H.S. He has been in theatre all 4 years and every production in all 4 years. Last week was his last high school play competition and last production. They performed "Madwoman of Chaillot". Unfortunately, they did not advance, but everyone did a great job. As the year draws to an end, I'm about to complete a chapter in my life. The chapter of public school volunteering. I've been in PTA (mostly officer role) for the last 16 years and Theatre Booster Club Officer for 4 years. It was a great way for me to be part of Kenny's public school experience and I met an extraordinary group of students and parents.

Kenny will begin his new chapter in life at the University of North Texas in the fall. His major will be in psychology and hope to go to grad school and study "sleep disorders."

Maggie continues this chapter in her life with a slight change. She will stay at U.T. at least one more year and get a double major in anthropology/biology so she will have more options for grad school. She has been leaning more toward the study of cephalopods (octupus, squid, etc.) and not just primates. Santa Cruz on Monterey Bay is looking pretty good right now!!! Mom wouldn't mind visiting at all!!

I'm looking forward to the next chapter "It's All About Me" (just kidding). But it's time to focus more on my passion "creating". I'm looking forward to learning new techniques, taking classes, teaching classes, meeting many, many like-minded people, and spending time with the friends I already have in my life!

And, Tom and I would love to continue our travels. We hope the economy works with us on that one!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

It's Another Copic Wildflower Day!

It's already been a busy weekend. I have an order for 4 sets of coasters (bluebonnets and chili peppers) and worked on them all morning. I'm almost done. I need to protect them, pad them, and pretty them up with ribbon!

Here's another one of Joyce's wildflower stamps painted with Copic markers! Too much fun!

Have a great weekend!

P.S. If anyone is having a birthday soon, this card is for you!!