Thursday, December 27

Chilly Chums

Here is another project I painted this year.  Penguins are so cute and fun.  They are like Snowmen.  You can keep them out all winter if you choose.





I use my Craftsman Scroll saw to cut out most of the wood.  



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Wednesday, December 26



I painted several ornaments this year.  Penguins seemed to be the theme along with a few Snowmen and Gingers.   My paint of choice is Decoart Americana.   Sit back and enjoy the many pictures.














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Tuesday, December 25

December Magic

This is a project that I made for December.  I used my painters tray that I shared previously with my Fall project.  I had the digital images printed on heavy cardstock at Office Depot.  All of the shapes are cut using my Cameo.   It took a bit to assemble but worth it.  I sponged the edges with Vintage photo distress ink and added a little ribbon and bling here and there.  Kerry Bradford has some awesome SVG files.

I hope you are enjoying time with your friends and family!


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Monday, December 24

Roller Coaster

Isn’t this Adventureland stamp by Taylored Expressions so cute?   I’ve had it for a several weeks and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to ink it up.   It’s been awhile since I’ve made a card.  I almost forgot how! 



Products used:   Basic Grey – Picadilly.  Taylored Expressions – Adventureland. Spellbinders – Labels 17 and Labels 10.  Copic Markers. Seam Binding ribbon.  Old sewing tool. Button. Bakers Twine. Distress ink – vintage photo.


I’ll have a couple more projects to share this week.  There are too many peeking eyes here....


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Saturday, December 22


Some people believe in miracles.  Some people believe in fate.  Some people believe in Karma.   Some people believe it is what it is.

This is forever in my memory…

Three years ago today, my son was shot in the heart with a nail gun.  He was at work in Tamarack working on an addition to big resort home.   It was cold, windy and snowy. His crew was trying to finish so they could head home to Boise for Christmas.   He was climbing up the ladder with the nail gun and slipped on an icy step.     The nail gun hit his chest and shot the nail.   It entered on impact.

He stepped down the ladder and called 911.   It took awhile for the ambulance to get to him from McCall.   The emergency room took X-rays and  weren’t sure if the nail was in his heart or not.  They called Boise and it was determined to Life Flight him there.   Again… it was windy and snowy.   Life flight could not take off.   An airplane had to be sent to McCall from Boise to pick him up and take him back to Boise, then to the hospital.  

Friends and Family were gathering at the Saint Al’s Emergency room anxiously awaiting his arrival.  It took 5 hours for him to get there and into surgery.  We were crying,  nervous, anxious, talking, comforting each other and praying.  We had no idea what to expect or even how serious the injury was.  

The surgeons had a room waiting for him with their plans in place.   Just before his arrival they escorted us to a waiting room as they took Jenn, his wife,  to be with him for a few seconds as they wheeled him to surgery. We were told it would be a couple of hours before we knew anything.  Time stood still.  More silent prayers.

I don’t remember the exact time, but it was less than 2 hours and the surgeon came out.   The first words out of his mouth was that Eric had survived a fatal injury.   Several of us started crying.  The doctor continued to explain that they cut his chest open,  quickly pulled the nail out then opened him up to see the damage.   The nail had gone through two chambers of his heart.  A small clot had formed around the nail.  It took one stitch to sew the hole in his heart.  Much more to sew up his chest.

5 hours!  With a 3 1/4” 16 penny ring shank nail in his heart.   I believe in the power of prayer.  I believe in divine intervention.   I believe that he was being protected all those hours before his arrival for the surgeons to take over.

He was able to go home Christmas morning.  He spent the day surrounded by his loving family and gave us a Christmas Miracle of 2009.


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Here he his with his beautiful family.



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Monday, December 17

Garden’s Aglow

My Handyman took me on a date the other night to the Botanical Gardens in Boise to see the Garden’s Aglow.   I didn’t realize the gardens were so big.   The lines were huge.  It was windy and cold.. but we had a blast and loved it!     There was free hot chocolate and cookies, Kettle Corn,  Choir’s singing, and Santa and his reindeer for the kiddies to visit.















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