Sunday, January 25, 2015


Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday!  Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the One Little Word blog:

I was challenged by one of their design team members, Jessica, who visited my blog and asked me to join them this month at OLW for the word sing.  She said:  "maybe you can release your inner voice!"   Since release is my one little word for 2015, how could I resist?  

So  . . . here is the layout I came up with using their word for the month, sing:

with some different views:

I love that Sesame Street song "Sing a Song" that was sung by the Carpenters!!  It just makes me happy and want to smile.   I used my new papers from Webster's Pages - the collection is entitled "Nest," and it is filled with beautiful papers like the one I used for the background.  And I found this photo of a robin singing in my stash, so I enlarged it and cut it out.   Thank you,  OLW, for the inspiration to make this layout!

I also would like to share some photos of Anne - we celebrated her 12th birthday on January 15th, then had a little family party for her.  (We sure did miss having Katie here as she is back at Penn State!)

Anne loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

Her cousins came to help her celebrate her birthday:

She enjoyed all of her gifts:

And my mom came because it was her 84th birthday this month, too!  
Anne loved sharing her party with Nana!

And here is Anne with her cousins:

A fun time was had by all!  

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  I hope that you are having a good January so far.  We were just hit by a snow storm and got about 7 to 8 inches of snow on Friday night.  I heard that we may get some more tonight and tomorrow night, too.  Old Man Winter is definitely here.

Hugs to you all.  Stay warm!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One Little Word!

Good morning everyone!  Welcome 2015!  I am so sorry that I have not been to my blog in a month.  It has been a very busy holiday season for us, with lots going on every day.  I hope you all had a wonderful one!  And I would like to wish you all a very happy and blessed new year!!

I have a special reason for being here.  Today is reveal day at Challenge YOUrself And Lynn has an amazing challenge for us- it's One Little Word as follows:

"Challenge YOUrself #14: One Little Word
Choose a word that you will focus on and reflect upon all through the year and create a layout that celebrates your chosen word.
Remember to include YOU in the photo :)

One Little Word was created by Ali Edwards and is defined as a word that you invite into your life and let it speak to YOU.  You focus on and reflect upon this word as you go about your daily life.  There's no right or wrong word.  The main thing to remember is that it is YOUr word."

This year I picked the word RELEASE.  
Here is my layout:

 with some close-ups:

I saw that this month's "One Little Word" is RELEASE so of course I am entering my layout there, too. Check out their blog here!

I used a photo taken by my daughter, Katie, of Karen and me with our cameras on Christmas day.

I love this photo and thought it was perfect for my layout.  I also used more paper from the "All that Glitters" collection from Webster's Pages.

Finally, I used a new stamp that was part of my winnings from last month's Once Upon a Sketch challenge - it is a rubber stamp made by Designs by Ryn!

In addition, I am very excited to be taking a new year-long Life Book class!

I did my first warm up lesson using my new one little word:

 . . . and I will leave you with some photos that I took during a magical photography class that Karen and I attended in Bethlehem, PA during the month of December.

Under the bridge:

Bethlehem, PA, at dusk:

The police on horseback:

A beautiful church:

Photographer Karen(my twin sister!!) in the Hotel Bethlehem:

A welcoming staircase:

The Moravian Stars:

The Hotel Bethlehem sells Creamery ice cream!

The Hotel Bethlehem still has it's old phone:

Apples for the guests to enjoy:

And you could take a magical carriage ride:

And a view of the Hotel Bethlehem by night:

That's it for now!  I have lots more photos to share, so stay tuned . . .

Have a wonderful day everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Christmas Season is here!

Good Morning everyone!  ♥ Welcome to the 7th day of December!   I know that I always say this, but I am amazed at how quickly time is flying by this year.  Wow - the 7th day of Christmas is already here, and I know it is going to be a wonderful one! Can you all feel the holiday spirit in the air?

First of all, I have to thank everyone at Once . . . Upon a Sketch for choosing me as the winner of their very last challenge.  It is quite an honor and I will always appreciate them for it.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!  ♥ I wish them all of the best in their future endeavors and I know that we all will miss this blog so much!

Now on to the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself!

This month is a magical one, and Lynn has asked us to scrap about a holiday tradition. (It doesn't have to be Christmas!!)  Here it is:

Challenge YOUrself #13: Traditions
What are some of your traditions for the upcoming holiday season?  Do you have an old tradition that you continued from childhood or did you start your own?  Tell us about it.  
Remember to include YOU in the photo :)

I did not have to think about this one very much!  I knew right away that I wanted to scrap about our Christmas tree traditions!!  It has become a beloved tradition to invite my sister and her husband over to our house to help decorate.  My sister, Karen, is just so much more technically minded than me, and she always gets our train tracks set up and the Polar Express train started in no time.  Then we always have dinner with our Santa hats on and take fun pictures of us with all of the different hats that we have accumulated over the years.  

Here is my layout featuring a photo of Karen, me, and Anne:

And some different views:

I used my new stash of Webster's Pages "All that Glitters" papers once again, and it is hard to see, but I also added a good dose of gold and red Stickles for some added sparkle!

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed working on this layout and preserving these wonderful memories!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Now in conclusion, I would like to share some photos that I took early in the morning last weekend of the snow:


Happy December everyone!  Don't forget to check out Challenge YOUrself this month!  You won't regret it. 

Hugs to one and all this holiday season! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Celebrating my greatest inspiration!

Good Morning Everyone! I cannot believe that today marks the beginning of Thanksgiving week - - - and we will be decorating our home for Christmas soon afterwards!  Oh my goodness, time has flown by this year.  It seems to fly by much faster as I have gotten older.  Our weather has been very winter-like, too.  But I hear that we may be getting some much warmer temperatures today!  YAY!

I would like to share a layout that I just made today.  I used the current sketch from the
Once Upon A . . . Sketch journaling challenge blog. ♥ 

Here's the beautiful sketch:

Their journalling theme this month is . . .  "Inspiration/I am inspired by etc..."

I immediately  knew that I wanted to use this wonderful sketch, and here's the layout I created with my newest scrapbook papers that my daughters gave me from Webster's Pages:

The "All That Glitters" paper started out like this:

Isn't it awesome?  I just HAD to use this paper right away, so I fussy cut a recent (and favorite!!) photo of my daughters, Katie and Anne:

I printed the photo on vellum and reversed it to add their beautiful reflection.  And I sprayed the words with glimmer mist and stamped their reverse images on my page to make the reflection of the words!

My journaling reads as follows:

I've been so many places and have seen many things
But none quite as lovely as the two of you
More beautiful than the Mona Lisa
Worth more than gold
And my eyes have the pleasure to behold you both
I cannot believe that God has graced me with such wonderful daughters
Katie and Anne, you're my greatest inspiration!

I was inspired by Teddy Pendergrass' song "My greatest Inspiration"  for my journaling!  Of course, the words come from my heart!!! ♥ 

And . . . here are some different views of my layout:

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making this layout and want to thank
  "Once Upon A . . . Sketch" for providing me the inspiration to start my page.  
I couldn't have done it without out you!  HUGS!!!! ♥ 

And now I would like to share some photos that I took when my husband and I went for a walk yesterday morning.  It was cold, crisp, and clear, and the clouds were so pretty:

The farm down the street from us looked so beautiful:

The geese were having a great time on the pond:

And the oak tree still has quite a lot of it's leaves:

As you can see, it's not quite winter here yet!  I think Autumn is still in full bloom!

And a great big thank you to YOU for stopping by my blog today! ♥ 

Hugs to you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your visits here!  And to those of you who live in the USA:  Happy Thanksgiving!
♥ ♥ ♥