Wednesday, August 28, 2019

My Mom was Buried Today

Today my mother was buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.  She was 89 years old.  She was my best buddy.  She had been suffering from COPD and had been hospitalized several times with pneumonia.  Each time she had pneumonia, it was harder and harder for her to recover.  She finally felt that she had lived a good, long life and didn't want to be hospitalized anymore, so hospice came in to care for her 24/7 until she passed away last Wednesday, August 21st, at 7:28 p.m.

When she was in better health, we sure had fun together.  We tore up the roads here in Katy shopping for all kinds of things.  Her favorite store was Tuesday Morning.  I'll never be able to visit a Tuesday Morning without wishing she were with me.  I used to do her grocery shopping......and I hated every minute of it, but now I'd give anything to get her grocery list and do that shopping for her.  I miss her sweet eyes and her sweet voice.  I'll miss fluffing her hair with a hair pick.  I'll miss taking her shopping for T-shirts and beaded jackets and white hoodies and shoes.  She loved going to Wal-Mart, which I absolutely despised doing with her.......but now I'd give anything to take her to Wal-Mart one more time and let her browse up and down the aisles. One of my fondest memories will be when I would drive into The Atria parking lot to pick her up. She would be standing there under the carport, perfectly dressed, and smiling because she was happy to see me. 

I'll miss you mom!  You were my biggest fan and you encouraged me with my jewelry and you were so complimentary about my stamped cards.  I didn't realize it at the time, but you were so generous with your kind words.  You encouraged me.  I wish I could hear those words again just to remember how sweet they were.  I wish we could tear up the roads around here going to IHOP for waffles or French Toast or the Memorial City Mall where you loved to shop or Tuesday Morning.  I'm happy that you're with dad now, and your mother, your father, and your sisters and brother.  I wish you could tell me what it was like to meet your dad for the first time in Heaven because he passed away when you were an infant.  That must have been such a sweet reunion.

Whenever I make brownies, I'll think of you.  Whenever there is Kleenex left in a pocket that is washed and Kleenex is strewn all throughout the washer and dryer, I'll think of you.  Whenever I see a black Dachshund, I'll think of you and how much you loved Schnitzel and Heidi.  Whenever I eat Milky Ways, I'll think of you.  Whenever I sit in church, I'll think of you.  Whenever I see quilts, I'll think of you.  Whenever I make Peach Cobbler, I'll think of you.  Like my brother says, when I look up into the night sky and see stars twinkling, I'll ask you if you're one of them.  Thank you for everything, Mom.  I'm going to miss you so much.  You are my best buddy and I love you.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Babies, New House, and Sympathy!


Yesterday I had to (or got to!) pull out my stamping stuff and make some cards.  Although I have totally immersed myself in making jewelry lately (gosh, it's just so much fun!), it felt really good to do some stamping and it reminded me of how much I love it!  I have a good friend whose daughter just had a baby.  Babies are my favorite theme to stamp for!  When I saw the elephant punch being discontinued in the Stampin' Up! catalog, I debated and debated over whether to get it........and I'm so glad I did.  I love this little guy - and using vintage papers with him is something I can tell I'm going to repeat over and over again!

The other exciting news is that my niece has purchased a new home!  Champagne?  Yes, please!  Here's the card I made to celebrate this great occasion with her.  On the inside, it says, "Come sit with me and drink champagne"!  I'm so happy for she and her husband! This is Stampin' Up!'s "Good Neighbors" and "Balloon Celebrations" stamp sets.  I cut out the houses and roofs and pop-dotted them up on the base.  I put a tiny little rhinestone on all of the door knobs.  SO CUTE!

Unfortunately, I also needed two sympathy cards.  I like this style, easy and elegant, but gets the respectful message across.  The little pearl on the tag is the finishing touch!

Have a wonderful day - and keep on stampin'!

Monday, March 11, 2019

I'm Still Here and Kicking

Frona, I hope you see this post because I mainly did it for you!  Yes, I DO still stamp, just not as much as I used to.  Here are some note cards that I just made.  It's gotten me back into the stamping mode!  The top note card was made using Stampin' Up!'s standard note cards.  Love that they're cut, scored, and ready to go!

The "Mon Amie" note card was made using Stampin' Up!'s narrow note cards.  I will be using these quite a bit because I tend to like smaller cards.  I pulled out a really old and classy brass template, Finest Flourishes, from Stampin' Up!  Just a simple dry embossed image with a greeting is all you need.  It looks so crisp and clean.

What originally got me into making my own cards years and years ago was my love for dry embossing.  I made a set of eight of these narrow note cards using different French terms:  Mon Amie, Bonjour, Carte Postale, and Amour.  I've been on a French kick lately! 

I also made some really small business-sized cards (which has become a favorite of mine) with images of the Eiffel Tower.  Yes, please!  You can't see it, but there's a rhinestone in the center of the Eiffel Tower.  The cards fit into a coin envelope, so they are as cute as can be.

I've still been making jewelry, too - another passion of mine.  I saw this fleur-de-lis heart with crown charm and it had to be mine!  See?  It's the French thing!

I love the pink pearls and the antique brass together.  It's so pretty and feminine.  So, see?  I'm still here and kicking - and enjoying all that retired life has to offer! 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Making Jewelry Again!

Greetings to those of you who continue to check my blog.  Yes, I'm still here - and thank you for always checking on me.  I've been so caught up in making jewelry that I haven't been stamping very much lately, although I did make a collage thank-you note that I'll post soon.  But for now, I'd like to share some of my newest jewelry creations with you.  I changed the name of my Etsy Shop to One Cent Productions.  It's nice to have an outlet where you can post your "things."  I had closed my Etsy Shop down and realized I missed it over the past year.  It gives me something to play with and brings me joy, whether I sell anything or not.  It's more about the sharing that I love so much.  Okay, on to the photos!  I really enjoy making all types of jewelry - it's hard to stick with just one style - but one of my favorites is vintage-looking jewelry.  I'm in love with this necklace.  It's feminine with all of the tiny little pearls - and the bling puts a smile on my face. 

Here's the next!

I love this beach set.  It's made with sea glass.  All of the elements are sterling silver.  This is luscious and, yes, please take me to the beach.  It's always my happy place!  This is my last post for now.

See?  I'm smitten with jewelry.  It's a wonderful creative outlet and just as much of a money pit as stamping.  LOL!  Anyway, this necklace looks adorable with bluejeans and a white T-shirt.  It's more casual and fun and great for everyday wear.  Thanks for checking in!  I'll post my collage thank-you note as soon as I can get a decent picture of it.  Ta-Ta for now!

Friday, March 17, 2017

My Lucky Charm Necklace and Earrings

Top o' the mornin' to ya' - and Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I love celebrating St. Patrick's Day because, after all,  I do have a wee bit of Irish blood in me!  I believe I have more Scottish blood, but I do have some Irish blood - so I'll KISS THE BLARNEY STONE!  In celebration of this special day, I made a green garnet necklace and earrings.  The necklace has a sweet little antique brass connector that has shamrocks on it.  I wore this necklace and earrings today to meet a friend for lunch - Mexican food.  I was wearing a cream-colored shirt, which looked beautiful with my green garnets.......until I dropped some cheese enchilada on my shirt.  LOL!  I just can't seem to eat a meal without getting it somewhere on me.  The cheese enchilada "drop" fell just beneath where the end of my necklace falls, so I looked very classy indeed!

Have a great day - and drink some green beer (or a Margarita)!  Happy St. Patty's Day!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Easter Morning Jewelry

One of the new hobbies I've been enjoying is making jewelry.  If you think stamping is an expensive hobby to have, try making jewelry.  It will bankrupt you to a whole new level!  But man, oh, man is it a world of fun and the creativity is insane!  Here's a necklace and earrings I put together with Easter in mind, although you could wear it all during the spring.  The pastel blue pearls give these pieces a nice touch of spring.  The antique brass connector is filled with blooming flowers.  My favorite element to add to any piece I make is, of course, bling in the form of rhinestone rondelles.  You can see more of my jewelry in my Etsy shop at  I'll have more jewelry coming up soon - it just takes some time to photograph things and get it in my shop - and I usually have a limited amount of time to do it!  Have a lovely day and we'll talk soon.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Home Sweet Home Sampler

Good Morning to You!  One of my favorite things to make is samplers - and here is one that I made for a couple of friends who recently moved into new houses.  For the first one I made, I used red and black because I absolutely love red accents in my home, but then I got the idea to make the houses really colorful - they kind of remind me of the homes I saw in Bermuda!  I think they turned out so cute.  I used My Favorite Things dies for the houses and a variety of different scrapbook pages.  I framed mine with black frames, but the colorful houses also look very cute in a white frame.

I spent last weekend working on these and it was total and complete therapy!  It's renewed my love for samplers.  Working with paper is good for the soul! 

Have a great weekend.  I'm off to make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing.  My daughter is turning 22 tomorrow and that's what the birthday girl has requested.  GOOD CHOICE!