Merry Christmas 2015

As I sit at our daughter’s dining table with my coffee this morning I reflected on the love and joy in my life….even though I do quite a bit of whining about it. 

There are many individuals and families who will not be having a very good Christmas this year. 

Our military personnel will be off in far flung places doing their duties. Christmas Day will be in unfamiliar locations without the sights and sounds of home. The military families will be missing their loved one as the tree and decorations twinkle brightly through the windows. 

Someone will have recently lost a loved one. This will be the first Christmas without a much loved husband, wife, or child. 

There are wives and husbands facing this Christmas Day without their spouse. The loss may be a couple years or many years. The ache and loneliness doesn’t change. 

These families need to be remembered in our thoughts and prayers as we celebrate this special holiday with our friends and family. 

Merry Christmas to each and everyone.  May your heart and faith be refreshed in this remembrance of Jesus’ birth. May you take delight in your traditions of this holiday and know that you are loved by family and friends. 


I remember when….

my daughter, Carissa, was little- starting at 3 years old. Christmas time was not much for us because I didn’t make enough money for a lot of the hoped for and dreamed of toys and things for her. 

What I did have was a kitchen stocked with everyday pantry standards. The bit of extra money I had went to buy stuff to make Holiday cookies and candy. 

Carissa at my side as I mixed, baked, and cooked. Her asking me all the important questions of life. 

Where does Santa live?  Does he live near baby Jesus?  Do Santa’s reindeer have wings like angels do to make them fly?  Will Santa come to Arizona?  We don’t have snow yet so his sleigh of toys won’t be able to land.

In a couple years she will be answering these very important questions posed by here sweet little girls. Pearl and Ruth. 


Yesterday I got to be at Carissa’s side as she made the Christmas cookies. This Mom is all testy eyed remembering those long ago days. 

Enjoy your Holiday traditions as a family and revel in the memories as those traditions get passed down. Now I need to wipe my eyes and blow my nose. 



On the road again

Joe needs my help for a while.  I reluctantly agreed knowing that it would be weeks before I saw home and my craft room again. 

The first trip out was from Fort Worth, Texas at an auction site to delivery in San Bernardino, California. 

The truck Joe picked up in Ft. Worth had an automatic transmission. Plus the batteries were dead and had to be jump started. That truck had many issues, the least of which were the transmission not shifting and leaving Joe beside the road a couple times. 

I had to sign on with Coldiron Companies to be able to help Joe. Until the results of my mandatory Pre-Employment Drug Screen came back I had to follow Joe in our pickup.

We were headed to Amarillo, Texas to get Joe’s second truck. A real Princess with problems. 

Three days later my drug screen test results came back negative and I was officially signed on and could drive or ride with Joe. 

Flagstaff, Arizona greeted us with tons of problems. The truck Joe was driving was reluctantly shifting into the lower gears, just barely. He got it to a Freightliner shop in Flagstaff and things went haywire. The customer had a fit, the service shop had trouble understanding what the needs were, and Joe was told to leave the trucks there. 

We were planning to visit our daughter in California since she lived near where delivery would have taken place. Plans changed and we were told to head for Pacific, Washington for the next set of trucks. 1300 miles from Flagstaff. 

Keeping a secret from my kids or Joe is one thing I can’t do. We were, however, able to surprise our daughter with a Christmas visit before heading to Washington. 

Halfway to California the plans changed yet again. We were dispatched to Brighton, Colorado instead of Washington. Still 1300 miles away. 

We are spending a day and a half with our daughter and her wonderful family before heading to Colorado to see more of our kids before Christmas. Then it will be delivery in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania.

I’m trying to figure out my iMovie app on my phone to keep in touch with my FABULOUS YouTube subscribers. 

So, till later my friends. MERRY CHRISTMAS, Happy Holidays, Happy Hannukah, and all other Season’s Greetings.


New series of card making tutorials using graduated dies.

One of my YouTube subscribers posed a question:  “Which dies are the best to purchase for the first time?”  She was getting a brand new die cutting machine for Christmas and needed guidance.  At the end of this post you can watch the video I made to answer her question.

Choosing dies is a very, no let me emphasize this better, EXTREMELY difficult thing to do.  The paper crafting market is flooded with choices.

  • Stamp and die sets.  Matching dies to cut out stamped images
  • Multi layer dies for 2 dimension creativity (Tim Holtz “Old Jalopy” die)
  • Nested or Graduated dies (Spellbinder)
  • Thick steel ruled dies (Sizzix)
  • Acid etched dies (Sizzlits) with a low profile
  • Wafer thin dies which require a magnetic platform

The list goes on and on.

For the next couple of weeks I am going to be featuring ONE nested die set by Spellbinders titled “Blossom” to demonstrate the many ways to use graduated dies.  Yesterday’s card tutorial was for this card.

OWH Card Sketch #77

OWH Card Sketch #77

Tomorrow’s video will feature this same die set from Spellbinders – Blossom – to make this card.

Original card design

Original card design

So for anyone that is considering purchasing dies for the first time, I hope this video is helpful.