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Thank you Thursday…

Huge thank you to my coworkers that have reached out to me this past week and a half. I still consider them my coworkers even if I don’t work with them anymore. I was laid off from my job of 22 years and I miss them so much. I think of you daily ladies and I hope you think of me too.

Chia: my days are not complete without you. Thank you for staying with me while I packed everything up. It means so much to me to know that I can always count on you. Our friendship is everything to me.

Mrs. Glorie: I can’t even type without crying. Thank you for always believing in me, for always appreciating me and for always being the friend that we all need in our lives. Don’t let me hear that your giving anybody else a bowl of potato salad or your going to hurt my feelings.

Mrs. Ima: my morning coffee is so boring without you, and who am I supposed to get my news from now? The weather report and the entertainment news from. Thanks for always being the light of my day. Thank you for always loving all my crafts and for always telling me no to give my talent away. I miss you.

Arlene: i had to start making my own pancakes since I don’t have you around to make them for me. Stay positive and stay eating all the yummy tofu. Thanks for always being a good sport and for always being so nice to me even when I was mean to you lol. I hope that you finally learned how to pronounce pescatarian lol.

Maricela: I wish I could have been there your last few days with the company. Best of luck with your new job. I know you will be amazing. Thank you for your support and for always appreciating all my crafts!. I hope I still see you every Christmas for your family photos!

Thank you ladies!

Thank you Thursday…

So much to be thankful for lately. But today I am thankful for friends who invite my sister and I over for their birthday lunch. Friends who take their time to make lemonade.

How beautiful are these lemons!!!

Friends who take the time to make us salad and soup.

Thankful for a good lunch that was cooked from scratch but even more thankful for nice conversations, for fun stories and for how appreciative friends are. Thank you Alma for such a fun afternoon.

More blogging…

I got a cute little message from my niece earlier today.

She asked me to blog more because she liked my blog.

It was already in my 2018 plans to blog at least 1-2 times a week.

So her message today was so encouraging.

There is so much out there to talk about, so I won’t just be blogging about crafty stuff.

With Christmas coming to an end and the excitement of a new year right around the corner.

I want to thank those of you who have purchased handmade goodies from me all year long.

I also want to thank those of you who take the time to comment and like the stuff I make.

I appreciate it so much. I have so many pictures that I should have posted all year. Maybe I will come back and do that in the next few days.

But for now, I leave you with a couple of pictures of Smitten.

I love her dress!!!

Thank you Dani girl!

Baseball…

I love baseball (gooooo Angels)!!!

I love crafting!!!

Today I brought them together to help my sister with decorations for a retirement party. I’m not done and I also didn’t take very many pictures. Hopefully more tomorrow.

These are going to go in a basket full of baseball goodies.



I just have to throw in some Angels pictures lol.

The Big A.


This is where I hang out from April-September and this year hopefully, in October too. 


See you at the Ball park or in a craft room somewhere. 

Paper flower workshop…

I’ve made a few large paper flowers before, but I eyeballed them and wasn’t sure if I was making them right. When Jamie at 702_ flowers4U offered a paper flower workshop. I decided to make a weekend out of it and travel to Las Vegas to take her workshop. Jamie was so nice and answered all my questions and didn’t hesitate to give us info, that is usually so hard to get answers to. 

We made 2 flowers using her templates. 

Here is the first one.

Those close up of the center is more true to color of this beautiful salmon colored paper.


My petals are a little wonky but I will keep practicing. 

We also made this flower, that I am so in love with. 


Love the center with a little “bling”


Thanks for all the goodies Jamie <3


Have a great rest of the weekend.

Las Vegas…

It’s been years since I’ve been to Vegas. I decided to make the trip for a paper flower class!!! Super excited. I got here a day early and I’m already enjoying the yummy treats. 

Sugar free desserts have come a long way and I’m so glad there are more options.


Taking pictures of the strip like I haven’t been here a million times before.

The Mirage.


Love all the palm trees.



Find this beauty at the Wynn.


I love carousels. This one is stunning.


I could have stood there for hours.


One last picture.


Have a great weekend <3

Origami…

I love folding paper. It’s one of those things that relaxes me. When I travel I like to take origami paper with me and always make something to leave with the housekeepers tip. Years ago when I went to Aruba for my friends wedding. The housekeeper at the hotel I was staying at, asked if i could  teach her how to make a swan and heart. She said she wanted to teach her granddaughter. She was so cute. I left her a pack of paper. She was so excited. It warms my heart to imagine her folding paper with her granddaughter. 

I miss Aruba.


Okay back to folding paper. 

I used to leave hearts behind that said. “All you need is love. Love is all you need”. I love making them for Valentine’s Day too.

The shirt is perfect for Father’s Day. Add a bow tie, tie, pocket and buttons and it would make a cute card. 

How perfect are those swans for weddings. Years ago I made them in gold and white for a bridal shower and wedding.

Those flowers are super easy to make and the possibilities are endless. You can add bling, buttons, small flowers to the center. Or so many other things. 


A closer look at the flower.


Have a good evening <3