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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Retirement Thank you cards


Well, I am now officially retired!  Last week we spent the week at Disney World in Orlando!  What better way to celebrate!  I was busy before I left trying to make all the Thank you cards that I needed to send.  I love Stampin Up's new Stylish Stem dies!  I layered the small die on top of the larger one to give it some dimension.  They are so pretty and really easy to make!


I received so many flowers from everyone!  The bouquet below was from my employer, Norway Savings Bank.  I was there for almost 15 years!  The flowers below are from  Skillins's Greenhouse in Falmouth, Maine!  They do a fabulous job!  Aren't they  beautiful!  Believe it or not- they are still beautiful after a week away on vacation!  That's me below- did you see the little boxes I made with Stampin Up's Curvy Keepsake die?  They were fun to make since I made them all different and filled them with Hershey's kisses.    I am still getting used to being retired!  I really miss my wonderful staff.  I think that is what has been the hardest - not seeing them everyday.  I am trying to keep busy so I won't wonder what they are up to....

 The next couple of pictures are of some of the flowers I received.  I thought it might be nice to see them since we are in the middle of a blizzard here in Maine!  Boo Hoo!  I was hoping Spring would be closer..It is supposed to be 6 days away.  Hard to believe!  They are talking about more snow on the weekend but not as much as we are getting now- 18- 22 inches!!  Really...!!





I can't leave you without at least one or two pictures of our trip to Disney!
This one is of the fireworks at Epcot!  My favorite!
The one below is of the new attraction at Animal Kingdom-River of Light!  I loved it! 
I will leave you now- since hubby and I are going out to snow blow so that we won't have 2 feet to blow tomorrow.  Fun! Stay safe!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Thank my Lucky Stars



Today was my last day of work!  I am now officially retired.  Wow, it seems so weird to type that. I have been at my current job as bank Manager for Norway Savings Bank for 15 years - in banking for 40 years.  The title of this post says it all.  I have been fortunate to  have worked with some wonderful people. That is what I will miss the most.  I made the boxes above for my staff.  I wanted them to know that I realize how lucky I have been to have worked with them and to have known them! My heart is heavy right now because I will miss seeing them every day.  I have wonderful memories of our time together.  We shared a lot of laughs - that is what I will remember most.   Now on to new adventures!!


I have had so many people ask me "What are you going to do?" Well, I know I will be spending more time in my craft room!  It is great to have a hobby that is so much fun and relaxing!  I can't believe how time flies when I am working on a project! Of course, I hope to spend more time with Hubby
( who is already retired) and the Kids and Grand kids.  Spring is coming and with that gardening and just enjoying the outdoors.  I am hoping to have more time to get back into cooking too.  My Hubby has always been the main cook for our family- I would like to experiment with new recipes.  That could be good or bad for my poor hubby!


I found the instructions for these adorable boxes on Pinterest!  I know they are featured in the Stampin Up catalog.  I added some bling to the top of my boxes.  The height of the box itself  is 2 inches -  the cover is 1 inch wide.  But you can make your boxes any size you like.  Here is the link to the Serial Stamper and the instructions -



I used the largest Star die to make my boxes so the strips are scored at 1 1/2 inches.  Also, I used two 9 inch strips to make the sides of the boxes as well.  The best part is the fun in decorating them.


So I have joined the ranks of the Retired!  Hopefully, you will see more posts.  We are planning another trip to Disney.  That will be fun as always!  I am ready for the new adventures to begin!





Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine's Day Easel Treat Box


I made these for my co-workers for Valentine's Day!  I had fun coming up with different things to put in them.  I still have this awful cold- I am into my 2nd week!  I think I will survive but my energy level is very low!  The picture below shows what I was able to put in the treat box that is on the front of the easel.  I would have done a video but my voice is so awful with the cold- I sound like a man!





The cupid has a tiny clothes pin that I hot glued to the back. The little square you see with the heart has a Ghiradelli chocolate square inside.    I love the saying I used on the tag- "All you need is LOVE but a little CHOCOLATE now and then, doesn't hurt"  How true!  I found the instructions for the Easel Treat box on Pinterest -


Easel Treat Box





I did add a paper clip that I had tied bits of ribbon around it and then hot glued a little rose.  I love the Prima doll stamp that I have in my stash.  I also made some Teacup treat holders!  These are filled with Hershey's kisses.  I think these are adorable!  Hope your Valentine's Day was fun!






Monday, February 6, 2017

Rocket Ship Birthday


Hi all!  I am home sick today!  I don't remember when I have had a cold this bad!  Usually, I am over a cold in one or two days with maybe a few sniffles.  I have had this thing for 4 days and still feel lousy!  Worse- my husband has it too!  He is a couple days ahead of me- since he gave it to me!  He said today was the first day he felt better.  Great...

Anyway, I thought I would share a picture of a card I made for a co-worker's Grandson.  He likes Rocket ships!  I found the inspiration on Pinterest.    I can't seem to find the link to the person who inspired me.  Sorry, it doesn't help that my nose is running and I am coughing.....The window in the spaceship has mirrored paper in it.  You can almost see yourself in it..  


I made this  last week.  When I was feeling much better than I am today.
This will be a short post.  I have to go blow my nose and take some more Advil.  Hope you day is fun...Hope I feel better tomorrow.....

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Snowman Hugs!







I wanted to share the cards I made for our Grandson's for Christmas this year.  I loved these cute snowmen!


When you open them it is like you are giving the kids a little hug!




You can see the instructions for this adorable card here -


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/307792955767106989/


Here is a update to the Center Island that my husband built for me!  We had looked everywhere to buy one but couldn't find the right size or price!  So he made one for me!!  I love it!



Here it is after we painted it!  I Hemmed and Hawed over the color- but I love how it ties in since we have chairs and a smaller cupboard this color.



This picture is of the side that faces the sink.  It is open but it works for us since we can just pull out those small appliances that we use most often.




It is so much larger than the island that we were using.  The previous island has no storage at all.



Oh, did you want to see where that island ended up- Yup... my Craft room!  It really gives me more
space to work on.  I just added it as an extension to my white working desk.  I can put stools up to it so that when I have company- they have a work area too!



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year !



 I made a couple of Card in a Box Thank you cards!  I have had this Sizzix snowman die forever!  I decided to use it in my Thank you cards this year.   I bought the Card in a Box die a while ago so it makes putting together this card really easy.  I even used some stickers I had in my stash.


 The card above was another version of the 1st card.  I added the scalloped edges to this card.  But it is essentially the same card.   The picture below shows the sentiment that I used on all the cards.




Just to change it up a bit- I made a Snowflake card using Stampin Up's stamps and die from last year.  I still love to use these - they are embossed with gold embossing powder.  I love the look with the Christmas paper.




Here is another view-


The new year has begun!  Hard to believe it is 2017!!  This year will bring some changes for me as I am looking forward to retiring in this new year.  I have worked in the banking world for over 30  years!  But it will mean more time in my Craft room!!  My husband has already retired.  I have him working on some projects around the house.   I wanted to share a picture of the Headboard he made for our bedroom!!!   We have been looking everywhere for the right one - he decided he could make it and he did!  I love how it came out!



Now he is working on making a Kitchen Center Island.  He already has it framed out- He is taking a break in this picture.

I will share more pictures of the finished product!    I can't wait!  Happy New Year to everyone!





Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Pocket Letters


I am sneaking a little bit of time to post pictures of the Pocket Letters that I made for my co-workers last week!  They aren't real Pocket Letters in the sense that they are used to swap between crafters.  I used them to put gift cards in!  They worked perfectly! 



Here is a picture of the back of the Pocket Letter.  I loved decorating each pocket with something different. 


Here are a couple of pictures of the other Pocket Letters I made. 


I also made Pocket Letter boxes!  I folded the letters into thirds and they fit perfectly!  The pictures show the boxes before I decorated them.


And here they are after I decorated them!  I used Graphic 45 paper on the covers ( my favorite paper)
and added a Navy satin ribbon.  The directions for the boxes can be found on Pinterest if you search for Pocket letter boxes tutorial.  I tried to add the link but for some reason it would not work. 

I love making Pocket Letters!  I am sure I will be making them again!  Have a Merry, Merry Christmas!! 



PS....

I had to share the cutest  Pocket Letter that my sister, Rochelle, gave to me for my birthday!!  I think it really shows that these letters can be used for any occasion.