Monday, October 15, 2018

Unicorn in da House!

Good morning and happy new week.  I was released from the hospital last night and when I got home I was greeted by two surprises.  First, the house did not look like there had been a four-day frat party while I was in the hospital and, second, my husband had put up a 6-foot tall lighted unicorn in the living room.

Right away I decided that it needed to be moved to my bedroom.  He replied that it was an "outdoor lawn ornament" and that he had merely put it together inside the house for simplicity.  "I can show you the box where they call it an outdoor item and not a toy!" he said.

Too bad.  My sister unplugged it and put it in my room where it's going to stay until I say otherwise.  No way I going to let it get rained on or have dogs pee on it.

Here is my sister moving the unicorn.


Here it is and here it will stay!


I'm planning on taking more photos when my granddaughter shows up today.  Here's the layout where I'm putting the photos.



Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a wonderful and blessed day.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Happy Thursday!

Good morning! I hope everyone is safe after Michael. All my friends from the Hive live in the area where the hurricane hit the strongest. Everyone is fine, so far and praise God, but with lots of damage to their properties. 

Well, today I am having my 7th back surgery. This time they are putting screws on both hips (SI Joint) and expanding the screws and fusion all the way to the tailbone. I have been dealing with chronic pain for the last 9 months and every day it gets worse and worse. I am tired of hurting 24/7! I am in the hands of my Healer Jesus, as well as an amazing neurosurgeon, Dr. Greg Sheer. I am all packed up and ready to get fixed! My grandchildren helped me packed my bag and most of my unicorns are in, as well as my unicorn headband, unicorn pj's, unicorn everything. Oh yes, they told me that they will bring me cookies and balloons to the hospital. 

Have you ever see the movie "Life is Beautiful"? It came out back in 1997 and it won all kinds of awards.  The story line goes like this: In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank.

It made an impact on my heart back then of how everything in life depends on the attitude you have towards everything. Move the clock to today, I find myself playing a game with Andrew (6) and Carolina (4). I told them that a good doctor is fixing my back so I can go canoeing, bike riding and swimming with them. I made sure that  my hospital room will look like a unicorn dream room and that they will see the good in all of this instead of worrying about their "Lita". 

My sweet neighbor gave me this to drink after I come home. She knows I love unicorns and smoothies, the perfect combination!


In one of the crops I attended last weekend I bought a sunburst template from Creative Memories and I love it! I made these layouts using it.



Please pray for me for a fast recovery and also pray for the people who has suffered loss in the storm. I am praying for you as well. Blessings and be happy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Heartfelt Creations Honey Bee

Good morning and happy Wednesday.  I hope that your week is going well so far.

I have been working with the Honey Bee line of papers from Heartfelt Creations.  They're kind of a cross between and insect and a fairy.  They're absolutely adorable.

Here are a few of my layouts.





What a great time I'm having with this line!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a wonderful and blessed day.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I Am Back

Good morning! I am back home after being gone two long weekends in a row. I attended two amazing crops. The first one was Scrap Central in Orlando and the second one was Vero Scrapbook and Events in Cocoa Beach. They were both awesome and if you follow me on FB I'm sure you have seen some fun pictures there.

I made several layouts and here are a couple of them.




I just love the detail on these metal roses.


Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a wonderful and blessed day!




Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Pumpkin Spice Latte - The First Sign of Fall

Happy Tuesday! Hope you are enjoying the change of season. Here in Florida, even though the outside temperatures are still in the 90's and the trees are green, we know that it's Fall because all of the chain restaurants are offering their pumpkin products!  There's pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cake, pumpkin spice this, that & everything!

We used to live up north in Southern Indiana and I remember fondly the changing leaves in Brown County and elsewhere.  How beautiful it was.  Now we have to close our eyes while we sip our Pumpkin Spice Lattes, remembering those days.

Here's one of my new kits that has those beautiful Fall colors that I remember so well.  the background paper reminds me of a drive through Brown County State Park.


Thanks for visiting my blog today and reminiscing.  Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Cousins Make the Best Friends

Good morning and happy Monday!  I hope that you had a great and restful weekend.  We had a very nice time as a cousin of mine and his family came to visit.  He's actually my cousin's son, but that's still a cousin.  I used to babysit him when I was a teenager and they were up here in Gainesville from Ft. Lauderdale visiting their daughter at the University of Florida.  I don't have to tell you that this makes me feel old!

I also released yesterday a new batch of scrapbook kits on this blog.  If you haven't seen them yet, just click on the happy shopper to the left.  This month's Family Series kit is titled Cousins Make the Best Friends.  What an appropriate title!


Take some time to check out these new kits.  Send me an e-mail to let me know which ones you would like to buy.

Thanks for all of your support.  Have a wonderful and blessed day!



Friday, September 21, 2018

China Layouts

Happy Friday! Do you have any plans for the weekend? I actually have family visiting from out of town and I am so excited to host them!

I recently made a custom order for a friend who traveled to China during the Olympics. That must have been an amazing adventure! She told me that in addition to watching some of the competitions, they were able to do a lot of sightseeing





Have a wonderful, happy, safe, fun and blessed weekend!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dinosaur Birthday Party

Good morning! Hope your week is going amazing, so far. Madison Rose turned 7 years old last month. She is crazy about dinosaurs just like her two brothers and cousins are. She wanted them to be the theme of her party, which took place at a Bouncing Park. Lexie wore the cutest skirt ever to be in tune with Madison's outfit. They are some of my favorite fashionistas!


Danny decided to entertain the kids riding his dino as well.


These were the goody boxes everyone got as a present as a thank you for coming to her party.


Lexie's mom (the other grandma) made this beautiful cake! It had three different flavors, including the volcano made with rice crispies. It was yummy!


And of course, I already made a layout for some of these pictures. This is actually one of my new kits this month.


Birthday celebrations are the best ever! Have a fabulous, ferocious and blessed day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Track and Field

Good morning! I have been making lots of sports layouts lately (new batch of kits). This particular one brings sooo many memories of my children growing up. They both ran and competed all the way to high school. I used to cheer my daughter Valerie and tell her "run my little deer, run"! Almost like run, Forrest, run! right? She tells me that she still hears my voice when she jogs, especially when she is running out of fuel.


I was told yesterday that I have to have another back surgery. They will extend my pins(lower back) and put screws on both hips. Ouch, it sounds painful! I'm glad they have amazing "happy pills" to help me go through it once again. It is scheduled for October 11th. Please keep me in your prayers.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a fabulous, happy and blessed Tuesday!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Long Distance Bible Journaling

Good morning! Hope you had a great weekend and were able to relax and enjoy the goodness of the Lord. I was able to get a lot done! I did a little bit of shopping, cooking, cleaning and worked on several new kits coming out next weekend.

Last week I started teaching my niece's 8 year old daughter, Aminah,  about Bible Journaling. They live in Turin, Italy. We use Facetime and we spend about an hour together 3 times a week. She loves it! She is a very talented little artist and most importantly, she loves Jesus.


This is her take on Creation.


This is her take on the Fruit of the Spirit. I love the expressions of her girls! Sooo super cute. Aminah is tri-lingual. She speaks, reads and writes, English, Spanish and Italian. They are moving to Germany next month and we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that German will be her 4th in no time at all. She is one precious and bright little girl!



In another part of the world, there was some filming going on at Danny's house in California this weekend. They were doing a documentary of his journey for the Joe Niekro Foundation gala in November. Danny has been invited to be the keynote speaker.


Lexie is a natural in front of the cameras. She is our very own movie star!



My dear friend Tatiana had this custom made for Danny. It is sooooo cute! They did an awesome job making it look like Danny. Even the  box had printed pictures of him throwing out the first pitch after his brain surgery. What a thoughtful and meaningful present this is. Thank you, Tatiana!




Well, no layouts today to share but only memories of happenings in our family. Like I said before, I will have over 30 new kits coming up this weekend, so stay tuned! Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Once Upon a Time ...

Good morning and happy Friday.  Hope you have had a great week.  This one has really flown by for me.

I had some "princess" papers and wanted to make a layout for my grand-daughter who has a number of princess outfits.  I asked her for help but she couldn't make up her mind so we made a composite with many of them.  Here is the result.


However, in spite of her princess outfits, she still wants to be a pterodactyl for Trick or Treat (she has that out fit, too!)

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Good morning and happy Tuesday!  It's hard to believe that it's already football season; youth, high school, college and professional.  Seems like everybody has a team that they follow.

Here are a couple of recent football layouts of mine.




Thanks for visiting today.  Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Happy Monday!

Good morning dear friends! Hope you had a great and restful weekend. I was able to make my rounds to Michael's, JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby this weekend to see all of the new seasonal decorations as well as take advantage to some amazing sales. I am ready to start working on the new September kits. I will have about 25 new ones by the 25th. Can't wait to get my hands on so many new products and papers!

Wedding and anniversary layouts are always popular during this time of year. Here are two I made recently.



Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Friday, September 7, 2018

A Very Cool Day

Happy Friday! Hope your week was productive and amazing. Yesterday we celebrated another grandbaby's birthday. Landon Alexander turned 3 years old.


This is a layout I made recently inspired by the beauty of summer here in Florida. I know it's been raining a lot and it's very humid but everything is sooo green, bright and colorful! I love it.


Have a wonderful, safe and blessed weekend! Come back on Monday for more family and  scrappin' inspiration.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thursday already

Hello dear friends! I am back home and all rested up after my trip to California. I hope you never get tired of my posts sharing family adventures and posting cute pictures of the little ones. This blog has become a personal journal for me and my family. They love it when "they make it" into the blog! Well, scrapbooking is about preserving memories, right? I guess I do both right here.

When I was a little girl, our next door neighbor had some chickens for fresh eggs as well a couple of roosters to keep the hens happy.  Every morning without fail those roosters would wake up the neighborhood earlier than anyone wanted to be woken up.  I find it amusing that roosters in the U.S. say "cock-a-doodle-doo" when they crow while ours in Latin America say "ki-kiri-ki".  Go figure.

Here's a layout that I made with the early morning advice to "Rise and Shine".  Some morning I will say, "OK, I will rise but I'm not going to shine!"


Thanks for reading my blog today.  Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

It's a Zoo in There!

Good morning and happy Tuesday.  I had a great time in California this week with my son and his family.  Yesterday we went to the mall and, while there, took rides on "wild jungle animals".  I have to confess that this is my type of zoo; no heat or humidity and no bugs.  There's no animal smells and the next meal is as close as the food court!

Here's Madison on a panda.


Landon and me on a cow


And Liam on a tiger.


Here are a couple of layouts where I can put these photos.



Thanks for visiting today.  Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Happy Birthday, Madison!

Good morning and happy Friday!  I hope that you have big plans for the weekend.  I'm headed out to California for the 3-day weekend to visit my son and his family.  Yesterday was his oldest's birthday.  She turned 7.  Her brother Landon turns 3 next week.  We're going to have a big party to celebrate both birthdays.


Here are a couple of recent layouts where I'm going to attach the pictures!




Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful and blessed day and a safe and restful weekend.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Working at the Car Wash

Good morning and happy Thursday!  Yesterday, my neighbor and I decided to have some fun and wash my car.  It had been a while and it was really needing a bath.

Here is my neighbor Stefanie, her daughter Allie, Andrew and Carolina giving my car a good scrub!


And after it was all over, what could be more fun than each of the kids having their own private pool.


Here's the layout that these pictures will go in.


Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Remember, whatever you do today, "Keep It Clean"!  Have a wonderful and blessed day.