Spring in Texas!

 

Spring in Texas means Texas Bluebonnets………and another photo shoot for mom.  I was a little disappointed in my photos, overall, but this one is pretty cute.  I’m not telling the girls just yet, but we’ll probably try to do this again before the bluebonnets fade away.  They really don’t like doing this each year for me, but it is something that we always do.  They just know that the faster they smile and pose, the faster we can be finished 🙂

Charles enjoyed getting out of the house and riding with us to see the bluebonnets.  He is still pretty exhausted, but doing as well as can be expected.   We have received so many calls, e-mails, and TONS of food.  We have been so blessed!  

I hope you have a had a great weekend.  That’s all for today!

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Home and Resting

Hello friends and family.  Just a quick update to let you know that we came home Friday afternoon and we are recuperating.  Charles is doing OK, although his spirits are a little low.  He continues to feel continuous “extra heartbeats” which he describes as almost constant flutters in his chest.  He is a little bit discouraged, but perhaps in the future he will get past all of this.  They started him on 2 heart medications (the same ones he was taking before surgery) so they should kick in tomorrow and bring him some relief.  Maybe he will feel better then, although they make him VERY tired and fatigued all the time.  Side effects of drugs are the pits, aren’t they???  Just keep on praying that everything will continue to improve and that he will gain his strength back quickly.  He is not too keen on sitting still all the time……..as you can imagine!  He wants to be up and doing something.   The girls helped me in the yard this morning so he wouldn’t be upset about that.   He wanted to go outside, so he sat on the porch and watched us!  Quite a change for me!

I will get back to doing some Stampin’ Up! posts tomorrow.  My Tart and Tangy Class for Thursday is full, but I can take orders for kits and get them to you in the next 10 days.  I am ordering more supplies today.  I hope you will continue to follow the blog and will enjoy future classes.  Thanks for your enthusiasm for the TART and TANGY class. 

Dawn

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Another Update

Hi friends!  I am using Charles’ laptop and trying to catch up with everyone.  We will hopefully get to go home sometime today, but we had a long visit with the Dr. this morning.  Charles is still having “extra heartbeats” which was half of the problem before the surgery.  Part of his problem is gone, but this still continues.  He told me all night long that he still felt them, and they do indeed show up on the EKG.  So, we may have to do the surgery again in 3-6 months.  She will be able to tell for sure in 4-6 weeks at his post-op visit.  She was unable to determine the precise origination point for his problem, but knows it is in the right side of the heart.  She says that alot of times the scarring that results from the burning she did in the ablation procedure will build up and it corrects the problem over time.  She said about 50/50 that we will have to do this all again.  GRRR!  So, let’s all start praying that the scarring will result in total success of the surgery.  Charles is very tired and exhausted, and of course we got very little rest last night.  We are looking forward to going home and sleeping tonight in a quiet room.  His bed makes all kind of noises like it is inflating at random times.  He is so tired, but can’t sleep!  Have a great day!

 Dawn

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Report on Charles

Well gang, it has been a very long day!  Charles ended up being in surgery for 8 hours!  We started here at 7:30 a.m. and he is just now coming out of the anesthsia and talking to me without saying super silly things.  It has been a rough day, and the surgery took much, much longer than they expected.  It was a VERY complex ablasion.  I am going to keep it very short for now, but I will write more tomorrow.  I am very tired and ready to TRY and get some sleep.  That is a very “relative” term in a hospital setting, but I am going to try.  Thanks for all of your prayers and phone calls today.  I appreciate them all so very much!

Dawn

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Just B….

Good morning!  We made these cards at one of my club classes awhile back, but thought I might should share them with those of you not in my club.  Doesn’t it make you want to join my club when you see all these cute projects???  A new class starts in August when our new catalog is revealed!  Come join the fun and get the new catalog for FREE!   This stamp set is called “Just B”.  You stamp the large letter “B” and then you finish the phrase with other pieces in the set……things like B is for Baby, way to B, B yourself, and B is for birthday.  There are 9 combinations and 2 images of a flower and a bee.  This card also uses our NEW FLower Fusion felt flowers.  There are more than 130 individual flowers in a cute little metal tin.  I love the packaging as much as the flowers!  They sell for $14.95.  The stamp set mentioned about is on page 140 of the catalog and sells for $27.95. 

Supplies used:  Just B, Flower Fusion Flowers, Bali Breeze paper (card on the right) and Cutie Pie paper (card on the left), Cardstock:  Purely Pomegranate, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Tempting Turqoise;  Ribbon:  Bashful Blue and Tempting Turqoise narrow grosgrain; Ink:  Purely Pomegranate, Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue.

On a personal note, Charles is having surgery tomorrow to try and correct an arrhythmia problem in his heart.  I will try to update everyone on his condition as time allows.  Please say prayers that all will go well and that the doctors are able to correct this problem quickly and easily.  We are estimated to be in surgery for 5-6 hours.  We are very anxious to get this all done.  Thanks in advance for your prayers!

Love, Dawn

 

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Mother’s Day Topiary

Our excitement yesterday…..Sarah is getting glasses!  After several weeks of not seeing too well, I finally decided that she must REALLY be having trouble.  I guess I was hoping that it was just a “phase”.  As it turns out, she definitely needs glasses.  She is super excited and chose some rosy-pink metal frames that are adorable!  We won’t have the “real glasses” until Friday, but she can’t wait!   She has several friends with glasses, so she is not upset at all!  YEAH!

 

Well, I didn’t find the time to stamp anything with the wheels from our  Wheel Promotion, but I did find the time to finish this paper topiary.  Isn’t this cute???  I made 7 of these for Easter gifts and the teachers just loved them!  No matter what colors I used, they were all gorgeous!  I hope you will join me on April 29th and I will teach you how to make them! At the class, you will get a package of Designer Series Paper (9.95 value) and all the supplies to complete this topiary.  Since our papers are Double Sided, you will have 12 options for the prints you use on your topiary.  These are quick and easy, believe it or not!   The class fee is $15 which includes the paper, the topiary supplies, patterns, door prizes, and creative assistance from me!  This is a great Mother’s Day gift, and you will have plenty of paper left over to make more at home!  You will need to provide a circle cutter and adhesive for this class.  Please let me know if you do not have a circle cutter so I can help you out.

CLASS DETAILS:

Mother’s Day Topiary

Tuesday, April 29th 6:30 P.M. 

$20 fee includes all materials and items listed above

RSVP by e-mail me at jdderrick@sbcglobal.net

This class is limited to 15 ladies.  You must have a circle cutter and adhesive for this class.

More tomorrow!  Dawn

 

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What a fun weekend!

 

I hope you had a great weekend!  We had so much happen that I can’t even begin to tell you all of it!  Our Drum Line won their division and Allyson won the Junior Varsity Pole Vaulting at the District Track Meet!  Yes, she won first place — gold medal!  She was so excited!  Sarah advanced another level in our Bible Drill competition on Sunday, so that was awesome, too.  We had some great family time this weekend and even managed to do some Spring Cleaning, lawn work, and cleaning out the van (that sometimes appears lived in!)…….all of you moms can relate!  Let’s just sum it up by saying we got alot done, stayed busy, and had a great weekend!

I hope you enjoy this little Stampin’ Up! post, too………this is a little metal pail from WalMart that I fixed up as a hostess gift for one of my workshops.  These pails are only a dollar at WalMart and are usually in with the seasonal stuff.  Colors vary depending on the season.  I always buy alot of them when they first come out, knowing that I have lots of projects for them.  Now, the neat thing is that I embellished it using our Crop-A-Dile tool.  It cuts through almost any material, including metal, with great ease.  I set eyelets in the holes (also done with the Crop-A-Dile) and then wove ribbon through the holes.  I filled it with candy or chex mix, or something like that.  Add a cute tag and you’re ready to give out a really cute little gift!  The image on the tag is from Fun and Fast Notes on page 54 in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog and Idea Book.  You will love all 8 images and verses in this set.  A must have!!!   You can also check out our monthly special.   This month’s Free Wheelin’ Promotion  is a really great deal.  If you purchase one of the six stamp sets featured, you will receive the JUMBO WHEEL that coordinates with that set for FREE!  I will try to show you more about that tomorrow.

Have a super Monday!  Dawn

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Ladybug Notepad

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Just a quick good morning today!  I am headed out of town briefly to see Allyson’s Drum Line competition and then back late tonight because we have yet another track meet on Saturday morning!  Can you tell how excited I am about that?  Sorry, I am just not in to track 🙂  However, this is the LAST sporting event of any kind for the school year!  Kinda sad for me to realize that another school year has come and gone (nearly).  The seniors at the high school keep track of days……….I think we have 36 days til graduation, or something like that.  Summer will be here soon!

We had a fabulous class last night and I have 2 kits left if anyone wants them.  I have ordered all the supplies for the Tart and Tangy Class, and have already received several sign-ups.  Let me know if you can make that class. 

The notepad shown today is a 5×7 notepad from the office store.  It was very quickly embellished with my little ladybug friend from the Garden Whimsy stamp set and some Designer Series Paper.  I think you have figured out that I really love patterned paper!  I made a dozen of these for my workers at church on Weds. night.  They are a fabulous group of teachers that help me every week teaching girls grades 1-6 about missions.  Thanks ladies!  This was a super quick and inexpensive “thank you”.  Do you have someone that needs to know how much you appreciate them???  Maybe you should do a little something for them……….it would make their day!  Pick someone right now and decide to do it………my challenge to you today!

Have a great weekend!  You probably won’t hear from me ’til Monday………

Love, Dawn

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Another notepad!

Garden Whimsy Notepad and Pen Set

Isn’t this cute?  I turned another little scrap of Summer Picnic Paper into a cute little notepad and pen set.  I love the little phrase about friends…….isn’t it so true?  Your best friends can read you like a book!  They know when something is wrong before you even tell them……they read between the lines…………they come to your aid before you ever ask!  Do you have friends like that?  I do, and I am so grateful!!! 

I have my Badge Book and Cards class tonight, so I am trying to get the finishing touches on everything today.  Have a super day, and if you have not signed up for the class, I have some openings.  If you can’t come, I will probably have a few kits left over.  Have a super day!

Supplies:  Garden Whimsy Stamp Set;  Cardstock:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Bashful Blue;  Punches:  Scallop Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle, 1 3/8″ Circle; Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2-Way Glue Pen, Grosgrain Ribbons, and a Real Red Marker (the dots around the circle)  The pen is by Pentel – RSVP Pen.  You unscrew the black cap at the end and place a small strip of rolled up paper into the pen.  VOILA!  A matching pen for your pad!

Love, Dawn

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Just a quick note!

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Just a quick note and a little Stampin’ Up! project today………..the week is flying by and my weekend is going to be even crazier that the last one, believe it or not!  I hope you all have a great day and didn’t get “fooled” by too many people!  Sarah said one of her friends wore an eye patch for the first 3 periods of the day and had them all believing he had been scratched by a tree branch while 3-wheeling………..took off the patch 3rd period………April Fool’s to all of the 5th graders! 

Well, can you tell I am still enjoying the Summer Picnic papers??? I made these really quickly with some scraps left over from the cards from the class.  The Post-It notes cover measures 3 1/2″  x 8 1/2″.  I folded it in half and then added one more fold for the “flap” on the front (about 3/4″ down).  I tied a ribbon at the top and decorated the front for a very quick little treat.  These would make some cute teacher gifts!  (The apple is from Tart and Tangy and the snail is from Garden Whimsy.)

 That’s all for now!  Thanks for all your positive comments!  I hope to see some of you at my classes — and don’t forget that you can order the kits if you can’t make the class!

Dawn

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