Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My New Sewing Machine!!!!

Ok, I am 45 years old and just received my first ever NEW sewing machine from my precious husband just a few weeks ago. My new machine is a Brother 80 stitch computer machine. It still has a pedal but, you pick the stitches by pressing buttons. I love my Brother sewing machine!! I have worn out the last two Singer machines within the last 24 years.

For as long as I have been married (24 years), I do alot of sewing for Christmas. Handmade gifts are a must in my household. You never know what the holiday time will be like. My husband is self employed. Our children love to see what Mommy has made in the Christmas Shoppe (Scrapbooking Room). Recently a friend had her fifth child and I made her two burp rags. On the internet is where I had found a great simple pattern. Best of all it was FREE!! I love FREE stuff.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Feeling a bit like Fall...........................

My goodness, here is beautiful Northern California it feels like Fall. Yesterday was beautiful too. My family and I attended a baptism for several people from church. It was such a huge blessing to see these people profess their faith and then baptized. My God is doing many wonder things in the lives of others around us and in our family too.

School starts for us next Monday. I am really excited to see what God has planned for the kids and I. Still waiting for a few books to arrive from Ebay. Yes, I am a frugalista. Used books are the only way to go in this economy.

Hoping your day is wonderful and Blessed.

12 X 12 Scrapbooking Page

Most people I know really love Pixie Dust. Yes, this is another great phrase from the Tinkerbell and Friends Cartridge. My setting were about a 5 in and it turned out really great.

Friday, August 24, 2012

12 X 12 Leaf Page

Loving all the fun images on my Tinkerbell and Friends Cartridge!! Even by placing just one large image can really make a difference in the way a page looks neat.

As you can see our family loves to vacation at Disneyland. Thank goodness for Disney Visa Points.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

School is Aproaching Quickly

At our home we homeschool. Our new school year is quickly approaching, a bit faster than we choose. Officially our start date is September 3rd. My daughter will be in 6th grade and my son in 4th grade. It amazes me how quickly the time has flown by and my children are growing up. Seems as if it was not very long ago my daughter was starting kindergarten!! The Lord has been very good to my family through the years regarding purchasing school books. I don't think that many of the books were brand new. You see, I am a major researcher, finding used books at super low prices. Being frugal is a must in our home. My own feelings are these; "I know that I can find it cheaper somewhere else if I just look around".

With the economy the way it is, more families are trying to make their dollars stretch. On average my family of 4 spends less that $300.00 on groceries per month. In fact, there are times where we only have less that $100.00 to spend in a months time. Sometimes life can be hard and the struggles are really rough. This scripture really helps me through those days; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and monehtary troubles are achieving for us and eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I hope your day is joyful and a blessing.

12 X 12 Scrapbooking Page

This page was made with the Tinkerbell and Friends Cricut Cartridge. I used one of the fun phrases on the cartridge. Using pretty sparklie paper made it even better. Perfect for some of our Disneyland trip photos.

I loved how the letters q and e has the swoosh on the end and the flowered dot for the letter i.

Hoping your day is creative!


Monday, August 20, 2012


In life there can be so many different changes. Some are good and some not so good. For my family this year has been interesting. Work was a bit slow for my husband, my van has been having issues, and God continues to take care of our daily needs. Proverbs 3:5-12 is a favorite for me. Trusting when things in my life don't seem to be going how I should think they should. God is completly in control and has only the best for my family. Knowing that there are many others we know and don't know who are experiencing many of the same struggles.

I decided to change my blog not to just have scrapbooking ideas, but include sewing projects, blogging and everyday life things. Changing the background and fonts were a good change too. I really love the FREE backgrounds that are on the internet.

Hoping your day is filled with much joy and thankfulness for a new day.


12X12 Scrapbooking Page

This scrapbooking page is created using the Pooh and Friends Cricut Cartridge. This Summer has been busy with many activities such as Girl Scout Camp, Scrapbooking (catching up), Sewing on my brand new sewing machine. As of today, I am into my Fall 2011 photos. Hoping to be completely finished and working on 2012 photo's by the end of the year.


Pooh and Friends Cricut Cartridge

Cricut Expression Machine

I decided to make a huge log to be the focal point decoration. Make sure to do a large inch choice. I always cut the first part out of a piece of scrap writing paper to make sure it is the size I like. Then I proceed to cut the image from my cardstock.

There are times when simple pages are better for me. I really like the printed papers from KI paper mats 12X12 size. I purchase 4-6 large packs of paper at Michaels when they are on sale. That way it last me a long time. Hoping you enjoy this project.

Have a great Day!!

Blessings, Carol