"Wake every day with a WINGED HEART and give thanks for another day of LOVING." (Khalil Gibran)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WOWZA! 2 1/2 lb. more to go and I'll.....

...have lost 100 lbs.  That's ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!!!  Tooting my own horn, you betcha' I am!  LOL  It has been a loooong battle since I have limited mobility and a non-functioning thyroid.  I went to my endocrinologist today and was weighed.  Three years ago I weighed 396 lbs.  Today I finally was below the 300 threshold and weighed 298 1/2 lbs.  Yay for me...think I'll go have a hot fudge sundae!  NOOOO, just kidding.  ROFLMBO!  I weighed right about 200 lbs. when I graduated high school way back in 1970.  Only 102 1/2 lbs. more to go and I'll be back there.  It might take til' my final days but, heck, at least I'm determined to do it. 

Forgive the indulgence, but I just had to share.  I'm so very happy and PROUD of myself.

Blessings to you and yours,


Sad news...and re-share of an old kit.

My stepfather passed away.  Mel has been my stepfather for 52 years!  Mama passed away a little over 18 years ago, on Halloween in 1996.  I spent most of the day on Monday at the nursing home with him and was able to say goodbye and thank him for always treating myself and my two sisters as his kids, and for loving our mom so very much.  I told him to tell Mama that I loved her and to tell my baby sister, who passed away in January of 2015, "Happy Birthday" for me.  She would have been 58 on the 24th of March.

Mel was in great pain and was taking morphine every two hours the last two days.  His lung cancer had returned for a third time, and he had a brain tumor.  There was nothing to be done and he wouldn't have wanted anything.  He made sure we new his wishes as he had a living will.  He was an ornery son-of-a-gun and was flirting with the nurses and aides until he was too sick to do so!  I will miss him greatly and I feel like an orphan.  I was blessed with two great step-parents and a wonderful mom.  My maternal grandparents and two maternal aunts were also big influences in my life.  They are all gone and I miss them so much, and I feel so alone without them, especially at the holidays, on their birthdays, etc.

I was blessed with Mel's presence in my live...he really was not my stepfather, but my father.  I love him very much.  Please keep him and us in your prayers and send us good thoughts.

On to happier things.  I'm re-uploading my old kits and I'm going to share them again with new links.  Instead of making everyone go to the old posts, I'll make new posts as they are ready to be shared.  Today, I'm going to share my "Victorian Easter" kit.  Thought it was appropriate to share this one first.  Here are the previews:

 Download "Victorian Easter" here:

Papers 1
Papers 2
Elements 1
Elements 2
Quick Page Album Thanks, Charles, for the heads-up on the problem with this link.  It's been corrected.

PLEASE NOTE NEW TOU'S:  All my older kits are now freebies but they will have to remain personal use only.  I had a hard drive crash and lost a lot of info as to whose actions, templates, etc. that I used.  Some are mentioned in the old TOU's that are part of the zip files.  Updated TOU's are also included with the files.  In all the kits using Victorian graphics, they are royalty-free, in the public domain, commercial use graphics from a disc that I purchased years ago (and, thank goodness, still have!).  One thing I have noticed is that a lot of the CU designers I used regularly are no longer in business, like Atomic Cupcake.  I had a subscription to her site and have almost all her actions.  It broke my heart when she stopped designing.  I also especially miss Fishinmom.  I wish I had joined her Creative Team earlier than I did.  It was a blast. 

I welcome any and all construction criticism, but please be kind as they are old kits and were created before a lot of the new trends came into play...things like clusters, tattoo-type graphics, etc.

Happy scrapping and blessings,


Freebie Share - Pixel Scrapper April 2015 Blog Train

Hey there, everyone.  I finally finished my contribution to Pixel Scrapper's April Blog Train - Reflections.  My contribution is named "Mirror Reflections" and, as the name suggestions, takes it's inspiration from mirrors.  CU product credits are included in the TOU included in the papesr zip.  Here are the previews (click on them for a better look) and the links are below are the previews:

And here are the links (Dropbox):

Elements I
Elements II
Elements III

I hope you enjoy this HUGE freebie kit and don't forget to check out the rest of the parts of the blog train at Pixel Scrapper!  There's some great stuff there.

Here is my beautiful great-niece, Jenna, who was my inspiration for this kit.  I love her lots and lots.

I intend to do an alpha, more word arts, and some other things like clusters, etc.  I just ran out of time as I was in the hospital for a week.  I know, same old same old.  I hate it.  As always, I appreciate constructive criticism and if you find any of those ole' nasty stray pixels, please let me know!



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Getting Forgetful...and Pixel Scrapper Announcement...

Happy hump day to everyone!  Well, I think I'm getting forgetful in my "old" age -- either that or it's been too long since I've designed.  I mentioned in my last post that I was going to work on a small Easter kit.  However, I forgot that I made a HUGE one already.  Oops.  So now I'm going to continue working on a Vintage Milliner's Kit that I started ages ago.

Also...some news!  I'm going to start participating in the monthly blog trains at Pixel Scrapper.  The theme for April is "Reflections" and we can interpret it in any way we like.  I'm going for a kit I'm calling "Mirror Reflections" and it will be full of mirror graphics, quotes with some link to mirrors, etc.  I've found so many quotes that I'm having trouble paring them down.  Look for the active links to appear April 1st.  There are some really creative people at Pixel Scrapper so make your way over and check it out.  I'm really excited to be getting back to it.  Here's the color palette:

Hope you'll stop by to download not only my portions, but all the wonderful designers who are contributing to what should be an inspiring blog train.

Blessings to you all, as always,


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Back once again -- hopefully for good!

Jeesh, here I go again saying, "I'm back!" After the last message I became quite ill again and have been struggling. I finally left the nursing home/assisting living facility on the 4th of December of last year. I feel SO free! LOL I'm really still having health problems and in January had a stent put in my heart. There are so many issues I could talk about, but I'm trying to forget that the doctors told me my health is "precarious." Whatever that is supposed to mean.

I want to say that I appreciate everyone of my past customers, whether freebie or paid, and hope to see all of you on my blog again. As well, I hope to make a lot of new scrapbook friends. I really have the desire to scrap and design again and just found a site I really think I'm going to love. It's Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking.  They appear to have a great community of scrappers and are much more "personal and up close" than any site I've seen. They do still have freebies, in fact over 300 of them! You do have to join the site to access them. Also, they have a point system where you earn community credits for being active on the site and also you receive download credits every day just for showing up on the site. They do not accrue so you have to download something daily. I am going to join a paid program they have. You can choose from personal use only for $10.00 a month, or commercial use for $20.00 a month. You then have access for everything! Go check it out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

I have to take the time to refresh everything on my blog. I have to fix some links and make sure all the blinkies actually still go to sites that are still up. I am thinking of making a small Vintage Easter freebie kit for next month if everything goes well. Check back and we'll see. If not a kit, I'll at least do some elements. Well, blessings to all of you. Stay safe, play nice with others, and scrap your hearts out!