Sunday, June 29, 2014

Paris With My Sister

Paris with my sister - June 11th - 19th, 2014.
We had the time of our lives!

We arrived to a demonstration right outside our hotel.
There was a multitude of various unions.
They were having a transportation strike.
Our taxi had to drop us off two blocks from our hotel.
We had to walk through the demonstration.
Complete with riot police.

This is our hotel!

Oh, my!  Welcome to Paris!

But that didn't stop us from checking in -
dropping off our luggage - 
and heading out for a bite to eat.

We saw the Arc de Triomphe...

We shopped and bought pretty hats from vendors at the Louvre...
We shopped as we walked!...

We saw the Eiffel Tower...

She bought lots of shoes and scarves...

We saw the Musee d'Orsay...

We rested on the lush grass of the Louvre...

We visited the Louvre - along with thousands of others!...

We took silly pictures...

We rode the Metro...

And didn't get lost even once!...

We ate yummy food...

We visited Notre Dame Cathedral...

We felt blessed...

We took a river cruise on the Seine River...

We had the most wonderful time together.
My sister and me!

Come back tomorrow for
more pictures of our adventure.  :D

Listen To Your Heart

Oh, I am a bad mommy.  I very, very bad mommy.  :(

On Tuesday of this week I made the decision - very poor decision -
to surrender ownership of my dear Roxey.

Roxey barked too much.
Roxey ran when the front door was opened.
Roxey chewed up random things.
Roxey peed and pooped in the house.

Roxey is the most loving and loveable dog ever!

Belle missed her sweet friend, Roxey.

I missed my snuggly bed buddy, Roxey.

My daughter was sad that her mommy didn't have Roxey.

The terrific trio were not together.
Roxey was gone.

I had a long talk with God last night -
(A very long talk - I couldn't sleep)
 He told me to "bring that baby home where she belongs."

A peace filled me. 
 I awoke this morning feeling it would all be okay.

So a friend and I went to the human society to retrieve my Roxey.
She will be 'released for adoption' on Tuesday.
Roxey and I will go to doggy school together.
I will be a better mommy.  :)

Roxey is coming home!

I have learned to always Listen To My Heart!

Thank you, God, for protecting my precious baby
until she can be home in my arms.

Roxey kisses to you all.  Woof!  :D

Monday, June 2, 2014

Oh, My! 5 Months Have Gone By!

Oh, my!  5 months have gone by!

I said I was going to post on a more regular basis...
well, I haven't been doing so good now - have I?

I read other people's wonderful blogs 
I see all the wonderful things they are making or doing, 
all the wonderful places they are going ---
and then I wonder...
why haven't I been sharing 
all the wonderful things in life?

So here's some of the wonderful stuff I've been making...

...crocheted scarves for my soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Christy,
and my two daughters, Bekah and Jenn.

...and a scrappy batik quilt that I taught at our quilt guild.
It is from one of the "Stack The Deck" books.

...and my Sylvia's Bridal Quilt blocks.
I using all Civil War reproduction prints.

What have you been working on lately?
Quilting - crochet - cross stitch?
Art journaling - daily planners?

Tell me!  I'd love to know! 
What wonderful things have you been doing?

blessings, denise   :D

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Blue Monday

Well, one of my New Year's Resolutions is to blog on a more regular basis.

It makes my heart smile when I go back and see that there are
real-live visitors who read my blog and
 my faithful followers who stop by every now and again.

I feel like I'm letting these fellow bloggers down by not having anything new,
so here we go with my first post of many for 2014.

It's Blue Monday!

You can read more about Blue Monday on Smiling Sally's blog. 
Participants are invited to post something blue on their blogs each Monday.

Here's what I have for you today...

This is my best friend and bestest sister, Sherri.
We were in Ruidoso, New Mexico on a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

It was gently snowing on us as we enjoyed the jingle bells and Christmas lights.
Then we were warmed by a cup of yummy hot chocolate.


Next I want to share something very special to me...

The necklace above is one of my late mother's many pieces of jewelry.
She always was so well put-together --- 
with beautiful pieces that complemented her outfits
(Which more often than not were handmade.)

Her jewelry wasn't fancy - what most call  "costume jewelry" -
but she was always gorgeous in my eyes!

I was in an online Charm Swap awhile back.
The color theme was blue and silver.
I made my charms from my mother's necklace. 
I wanted to share her legacy.  :)

And now I'd like to share her legacy with you as well.

Here's what you gotta do:

First leave a comment on my blog.
    Then I will contact you about a one-on-one charm swap.
   (ie you send me a charm and I send you a charm.)

Simple as that!  What do you say?...wanna play?

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for stopping by.
blessings, denise  :D

Friday, November 8, 2013

"For The Boys" Blog Hop! It's My Day!

Oh, Boy!  Welcome to my blog on this 3rd day of the
"For The Boys" Blog Hop!
Thank you to Madame Samm and Amy
for another great blog hop.  :)
The project I created is for a very special young man
named Nick who has been blessed to grow up
with his very special cousin, Miriam.
Here they are as young 'uns!...
And here they are as young adults...

...with Nick's dog, Sarge.
Nothing like a boy and his dog!
So I made Nick a dog quilt.
I didn't get it completed - still need to finish the binding.

The pattern is "Yellow Brick Road".
Here is a close-up of a couple of the blocks.
By the time you read this I will have had surgery for diverticulitis.
During my recovery time I will be able to
put the binding on many quilts in my WIP pile(s).
Be sure to check out the other bloggers scheduled for today:
November 8th
Thanks for stopping by!
blessings, denise  :D

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"WiCkEd" Blog Hop! It's My Day!

Welcome to my blog on this final day of the Wicked Blog Hop!
Thanks to Wendy, our Cheerleader, and Madame Samm!
Please be sure to visit the other blogs today:
 Thursday, October 31st mother always said,
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
Definitely my mantra for this swap!  :{
I started out with plans to make
 this cute little cross stitch
into a cute little pillow
 using this cute little fabric...
...well, that didn't happen!
Then I found this darling little Halloween panel
and was going to make it into a darling little quilt...

...using these darling little fabrics...

...well, that didn't happen either!
Oh, my! - There's those good intentions!
So instead I decided to share with you
an oh-so-cute little Halloween book I made.
This is the completed book closed (above)
and these are the cover and pages (below) ---


Happy Haunting!
Wishing you all a Wicked Halloween!
denise  :D

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wicked Blog Hop

Just wanted to let you all know about the
Wicked Blog Hop that is now in progress!
Our cheerleader is Wicked Wendy at

And our hostess in the wonderful Madame Samm at

Here is a list of the participants:
Tuesday, October 22nd

Wednesday, October 23rd
Thursday, October 24th
Friday, October 25th
Monday, October 28th
I Piece 2-Mary
Tuesday, October 29th
Wednesday, October 30th

Thursday, October 31st
Wishing you a wickedly wonderful time -
Have fun!
denise  :D

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Lot Has Happened...

A lot has happened since I last wrote...
My father went to heaven.
He had a terrible fall that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
Because of where the damage was to his spinal cord
it affected his breathing. 
He was given 72 hours to live.
It was horrible to see my father so helpless.
He has always been the rock of our family.
His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren
gathered around him.
He died July 19th - the day after my birthday.
It was a wonderful birthday.
I got to wake in the hospital beside by father.
My family was all together.
We ate strawberry birthday cake and ice cream,
because that was his favorite.
My sister and I had grilled pork chops
for my birthday dinner,
because it was his favorite.
I miss my Daddy.
My dog, Liberty, got diagnosed with heart worms.
It's my fault.
I didn't give her the monthly heartworm medicine.
I feel horrible for letting her get sick.
We are doing the heart worm treatment.
Poor Liberty.
She has to be confined to a kennel.
She can only go outside on a leash to pee and poop.
She's such a trooper.
She has been great.
Mommy has been a mess!
I had to go to the ER on Wednesday night.
Awful pain in my left side.
After a CAT scan, EKG, and ultrasound
they determined I wasn't going to die there.
Sent me home with meds.
Good pain meds.
Went to my doctor the next day.
He is now treating me for diverticulitis.
I will see my colorectal doctor on Monday
for more test.
This isn't fun.
I'm now choking down a tall, cool glass
of magnesium citrate.
We all know what that will do---hopefully!
Being sick sucks!
But all in all ---
Life is good!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

HaPpY FaThEr'S DaY!

I am so blessed with my wonderful family!
We were able to be together for Father's Day yesterday.
This is the first time my brothers and my sister and I
 have been able be together in over 5 years.
That's my Daddy right there center-stage.
He is so proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren!
Here are two cards I made using Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz products ---

For my most awesome big brother...

...and for my wonderful father...

blessing on this Father's Day 2013,
denise  :D