Archives for March 2014

Happy Monday! Some new cards to share

thankyoujar1I decided a while back that I had started to stop making cards for friends and family because I kept making cards for my shop. But I enjoy the reactions I get (yup, glory to be had!) from family and friends when I send them a handmade card. So I am on a mission to make cards that I can share separate from my shop.  This is one of the cards I made while at the crop. I used this cute Silhouette file (Design ID #54492). I think it is still on sale so snatch it up if you can.  The cool think about this file is that you can save the inverse (hearts from the jar) and use them on another project.

I made a couple different ones with a little different sentiments.


Silhouette Sunday #9: Tips and Tricks for New Users

Hello Happy Silhouette Sunday! I was working on a video to share with you but somehow it isn’t ready yet so I am sharing something else that is equally important – tips and tricks.  I am always looking online for information to make my Silhouette experience more fun. I came across this website that is filled with lots of cool projects but I felt like this post is very helpful for everyday use of the Silhouette Machine.

So take a look and let me know if it’s helpful.

Have a blessed day!


Fun Photos Friday #20: Fun times at IKEA


Happy Friday!!! I love Fridays. I always wake up happy because I know I have two days off from the regular routine and more time for fun.

On our recent trip to IKEA I snapped a few photos and thought hmmm these would be good for Fun Photos Friday.  I am not sure about others but my family gets pretty pumped when we get to go to IKEA.  It is about a 35 minute drive from our home.  Everyone in our family has different reasons for the excitement. My husband, I would guess he likes the idea of saving money and DIY stuff, the boys love the cafe. I like walking the floors and finding inspiration in their layouts. I enjoy finding things for my craft room.  On this trip I bought the ever so popular kitchen cart to use in my craft room. I am working on my first video to put on this site and it will feature the cart and how I store my Project Life supplies in it.  So stay tuned.

funphotofriday21We went early and did all of our shopping and then Leao and Nicholas put them in the car while Apollo and I waited for them in the showroom before heading to the cafe.  Well the picture above is how Apollo chose to wait. This was a living room display and I sat in a comfy chair close to the escalators to wait for Leao and Nicholas. Apollo found it necessary to tinker with the computer. Despite the fact that I told him it was a fake computer.  He made me laugh so hard while he was typing away and then periodically looking up as if I was wrong and words would appear on the screen.

funphotofriday22After we left IKEA we stopped in at the local Target and the boys couldn’t resist standing in this open space. Oh and yes, Apollo is sporting his Starbucks Chai tea in his hand (like mother, like son!).

Have a blessed weekend my friends!



Belinda’s Book Nook: My Love affair with Books

Lately I have just been so engrossed with books that it has got me thinking about my on-again and off-again love affair with books. I can’t remember exactly what book that was the turning point for me, but as a child I remember reading Ann of Green Gables and loving it. I loved how they transported me everywhere. I would sit in my bedroom and read my favorites feeling like I was the luckiest girl to have it.

When I reached high school, boys were on the brain and I slowed my pace. I also remember resentment at some of the school selections I had to read and it souring me a bit.

In addition to the fictions I was reading while in college, I became exposed to more African American History books so I tried to learn more about my heritage.  I always still felt that warm feeling when I went inside bookstores and perused the shelves for a great find.  I began to find pleasure in the hunt for the next book.

Right after college, I read mostly in the summer at the beach. I discovered chick lit and would tear through them like a good chocolate bar. It was a welcome break from the serious non-fiction that I was previously reading.

While working my second real job out of college at a newspaper, I renewed my love of books.  I got exposure to many genres I never knew existed. I started reading historical fictions, mysteries, science fictions, biographies, non-fictions and realized there was so much more to books.

I joined a book club at one point and was exposed to the joy of talking books with friends. We would pick a book and meet once a month at each others’ house bringing food to eat while we discussed our selection.

After I married, I was focused mostly on my career and read mostly on vacations. I would call them my beach reads.

Years, later after my two beautiful boys were born, I struggled to find the time and energy to devote to my first love (books) and stopped completely for  a short spell.

For the last few years, I have renewed my vows with my first love and can’t get enough of them. I am opening up to even more experiences (YA, paranormal, dystopian, self-help) and so happy to have books in my life again.

Have you ever thought about your journey with books? Are they just something you do on vacation or has it been a long love affair with ups and downs?

Happy Reading!



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