Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Stand Up and Care ~ Day 3 !!

First let me wish you all a very Happy New Year.... seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2008 ... and wow what a year.

Here is my freebie for the 3rd day of my part of the blog train party !!!

Image is linked !!!!!!

Have fun tonight !!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Day 2 ~ Stand and Care Event at my blog....

Well let me tell you a bit just to mix this up ... as a bus driver I have the unique opportunity to chat with the girls from Kingergarten on up ..... and I try very hard to influence them in a positive way ... you'd be surprised how many worry about weight and looks in Kindergarten/First grade.... it's unbelievable and I always worry they will miss out on just having fun if they start stressing about that so soon.

I am not a small woman and I try to explain to them that if you love yourself for who you are and no matter what you weigh, what your hair looks like etc.... you ARE who you are inside nothing changes with less/more weight or different color hair..... maybe in a small way I'll get through to them ~

Meanwhile here is my second day freebie (image is linked)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Stand Up and CARE !!!!!

Divine Digital is supporting a great charity .... and if everyone influences one girl in a positive way then the difference made would be amazing..... and if everyone purchased our charity kit the difference we make in young girls lives with the support would be AWESOME.....

Here is a preview of my first day freebie for you !!! Enjoy :)

(image is linked)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hope and George... My Twins

Today I'll tell you about Hope and George (or Nope and Porge as I called them so much) Hope came to live with me when she was 5 weeks old and shortly after the owner's who had kept George were kicking him for peeing on the back porch (not even 6 weeks old) so I told them they'd let me have him or else I was calling the Humane Society on them.... so George came to live with me ..... and I lovingly started calling them my twins :)

Their only downfall is their absolute hatred for cats.... even Hope now will bark if a cat walks near her kennel.... goofy girl is 13 years old and is pretty sure she's still young and frisky !!

I lost George 1 month from him turning 11 years old and I was devastated for him being such a big dog (and goofy himself if you see in the picture ... whenever I had the camera he had to be right there for a CLOSE UP) he was such a gentle friend. Always happy ~ loved to run and explore ~ I was so afraid since Hope and him had been together all their lives that she would not live long after he died but she is still going strong... wagging her propeller tail (wags it in circles instead of back and forth)

I used to lay on the floor and they would burrow in my hair ~ pull on it ~ I was their human chew toy .... but they were always so much fun :)

This is Hope last winter.... she's looking so old and yet keeps going strong !! So today is in memory of George and in honor of Hope..... Please don't forget to check out our charity kit ~ it's a good cause and there are a lot of furbabies out there needing our help !!!

Here is a preview of my day 3 freebie for you ! (image is linked)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone !!!!!

Murphee James...

Yep my dogs all have "human" names.... maybe because they are each like my children :)

Today I want to share with you Murphee (Murph) ~ Murphee came to live with me when he was just 6 weeks old. He was in poor health and I quickly got him back to good health and by the next summer he was starting to get bad skin... I called the vet and they said come get some pills he's probably allergic to fleas.... so I put him on the meds and he lost all his hair and had pus pockets all over him..... turns out he had demodectic mange.... the first vet told me to put him down ... NOT acceptable.

So, I took him in for a second opinion and started on a very long journey of getting him healthy ... which included toxic dips given to him.... I would sleep on the floor with him the night of the dips with towels and extra nightgowns b/c it made him so sick.... but I stayed with him and loved him through each step. Finally I got what I was hoping for .... 2 negative skin scrapings he MADE it !!!

He was very picky about dogs he would be around ... he had "Great Dane" syndrome and thought he could take on the world... a couple of times he got into fights that I thought would kill him yet he bounced back time and time again ...He did however love Shilah and after she died he started a slow decline himself.... she was just over a year when he came to live with us and he died a year and half after her.... and he was 6 months shy of being 15 years old.

They truly were best friends. Murph was my cuddle bunny he loved to lay on my lap and sleep and get attention ~ and like Shi stood by me through all of my ups and downs... even having children .. he loved the kids from the get go and I had to keep an eye on him to make sure he didn't lick their faces constantly when they would be on the floor playing....

He died one year ago yesterday ~ and like Shi I haven't been able to scrap a memorial page for him just b/c it's still so hard.... you don't share that much of life with your best friends and get over it so easy. I will grieve for them for years I imagine ..... I remember like it was yesterday I went into the bathroom to get ready for my afternoon route and he was laying on his blanket with his heating pad... he cried out and I walked in and laid down beside him....he licked me layed his head on my arm and took his last breath .... it's like he knew and was calling me to be with him..... again to the end we were together. I miss my Murph so very much but am so thankful for the many years of friendship, laughter, fun and tears we shared.

Please don't forget to purchase our charity kit... so close to my heart and for such a good cause !!!

Here is the preview for my 2nd Day's freebie I hope you enjoy it (image is linked)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Shilah Jane....

I may ramble a bit here.... this is a layout I did awhile ago of my Shi. She was 6 months old when she came to live with me ~ and I lost her Jan. 2007 she was 16 1/2 years old. She shared 16 years of my life... before kids, before marriage, through tough times..... she was my baby girl. When she was young the only time she would calm down was during football games... and she would lay on my lap ~ under the blanket through all my yelling and whooping ....

She layed in the dirty clothes when I was away .... when I would come home and couldn't find her I'd find her curled up in my dirty clothes basket... the vet said it was her way of being close to me when I wasn't there.

One year at a PAWS walk she won 3rd place in the Best Dressed Dog competition.... she let me dress her but really hated it when I did... now that is love.

And when life kicked me down and all I wanted to do was give up she's lay on my lap and let me cry on her, hug her or just pet her.... I still cry when I think of her... remembering the good times and missing her so very much she was such a large part of my life for a long long time ....I know she was meant to be mine... when my sister told me about the abandoned dog under her friend's porch... and I said I'd take her I had no clue that such a bond would be formed and such memories would be made. I haven't been able to bring myself to scrap her since she died... i have so many I want to do and just haven't gotten to that place that is doesn't hurt so bad......
I was blessed to have been able to hold her as she took her last breath... knowing I was there by her side as she had been by my side when I needed her was the best gift we could have given each other.

So here's to my Shi's memory ~ What a ride we had... I love you "Butt Butt" and will NEVER forget you !!

Please Please visit our store to purchase this kit that goes straight to my heart... I have rescued so many animals over the years and currently have 10 rescued dogs right here with me now.. I'd save them all if I could but your purchase could help all those I can't save myself !!!!!

Here is a freebie for you to download hope you enjoy !!! I promise to get posting earlier tomorrow.... You'll get to meet Murphee... who was Shi's sidekick !!
Click on the preview to download !!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Day 3 and a Chilly Morning it is ~ brrrrr.

Although not quite as cold as yesterday morning which was 28 degrees this morning it is at least 32 !!! Last night my daugther had a volleyball game... the lost the first game and won the last two ~ wtg girls !!!! We are supposed to have a game tonight but it will be the 3rd one this week and it's a late game so depending on whether Gracie gets up ok this morning will depend on if she goes tonight.... getting up at 5 am makes it rough on staying up much past 7 pm for the kids :(

Ok on to my pink passion for this morning ~ my roses ! My kids get me rose bushes for Mother's Day each year and both of mine from this year are blooming EVEN with the nights getting so cold ~ such strength... guess we could learn from the rose bush to bloom even in adversity ....

I can't grow a plant inside to save my life however I have such good luck with my rose bushes outside !!

Here is day 3's preview... I hope you have enjoyed these 3 days ~ and check back at DD tomorrow for the next stop on the blog train !!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Passionately Pink ... Day 2

I'm typing this tonight because my days start so early and I've been fighting a cold ... so mornings just don't go well right now and my brain won't engage :(

As I said yesterday I don't have a lot of pink in my life but what natural curly haired lady wouldn't be passionate about her PINK HAIR PICK... I mean it would NOT be a pretty picture if my trusty pink pick wasn't there every morning for me ..... I'm not a make up every day kinda person anymore... I'm lucky if I wear it 2 times a year but no matter what the day or weather my hair has to be put "under control" !!!!

Now to go along with my pink pick here is the Passionately Pink Freebie for today !!!

I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful day !!!! Link Removed

Oh btw don't forget to check out my latest freebie in the DD store !!!!

Passionately Pink....

Well I'm not a big pink fan but there are some pink things in my life I am passionate about ... and today I'm going to share with you my love for a beautiful sunset ... the deep pink that just grabs my attention and I have to sigh at the beauty ~~this picture was taken Sunday night and was just breath taking ...and I never tire of looking at the sunset

We invite you to join us at Divine Digital for our Passionately Pink Events and Store Events... http://www.divinedigital.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=575 our Charity Kit is for a great cause and full of beautiful work by the very talented designers at Divine Digital !!!!

And now for your Passionately Pink Blog Freebie which is pictured at the top... link removed Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see what else is on my Passionately Pink list :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sorry I was MIA....

My sickies lasted some last week and then I went into clean mode.... tis that time of year trying to get things done that need done and ready for winter (brrrr) We've been having awesome weather though.. low 80's the leaves are starting to change and it's just beautiful right now :)

Today is my daughter's 10th birthday ~ hard to believe that she is that old already I remember the tiny baby handed to me who made no other noise than a "squeak".... and now is chock full of attitude and spirit and well on her way to being a young adult.... WOW .... Happy Birthday Baby Girl !!

Friday, October 3, 2008

So Miserable ....

I woke up yesterday morning real early SICK ! No fever ~ but not keeping anything down .. the only thing I'd eaten the night before was a Chicken BLT salad from McDonald's.... turns out I had a nasty case of food poisoning... I managed to drive my morning routes and my boss drove my afternoon routes for me ... and I slept it off.... I think I was awake for a total of 2 hours yesterday .... :(

Feeling much better this morning ~ actually drinking coffee !!!! (a day without coffee is the worst let me tell you) My Mom brought me some things to nibble on last night and Gatorade ... I often wonder where I would be in life (were any of us would be ) if we didn't have people in our lives to step up when we needed them.... I am so thankful for the help I get along the way. I never seem to be able to express that enough though (at least in my mind) they say it takes a village to raise a child but I'm thinking it takes a village to get through life in general and I'm very thankful for the village surrounding me ~

So what about you all? Got a village supporting you through life too?? Don't forget to say thanks a couple of extra times to them.... without them life would be so much harder !!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Cool already ....

We've had a pretty cool summer and fall so far... yesterday was Oktoberfest in the small local town we live next to. So off we went to take the kids there for a little weekend fun ~ get fair food (sugar waffles YUM) and just get out of the house for a bit. We had fun although it was a bit chilly and drizzled some.... that never seems to bother the kids they play outside no matter what weather.
Today since the wind isn't blowing too bad we are going to burn off the last of the burn pile left when we moved in here last year..... seems like we always have a pretty good breeze blowing through so we've been doing it little by little but finally got it down to finish the job !! Yea !

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hmmm I seemed to have missed a few months....

LOL sorry all not that my life is all that exciting but I sure do stay pretty busy and my blog always suffers :(

I've went through a lot of changes as far as my designing.. I am now exclusive to Divine Digital and loving being there... you'll have to check out my store.. all kits are 50% off every day .... and I try to put freebies in the store once in awhile !!!

School has started so I am in the middle of working 2 jobs, tending to all of the homework ect along the way and going to football games :) :) Our team won tonight.. first time this season so that was exciting for the fans and the team :)


There is the link to my DD store... I hope if you read this you'll stop by and maybe in the next day or so I'll try to get a freebie up on the blog for you too !!!!

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Freebie Promised.. Spring Feeling

Enjoy !!!

5 Down....

Snow Days that is.... we are given 5 a year and with the incoming winter storm and the 2-3 inches that came down through the night we are using our 5th day ...winter needs to move on through and soon !!! I'm so much in the mood for spring... we've had enough 50 and 60 degree days scattered throughout winter that I'm just ready for warm weather... for summer ball to start.... to start mowing and planting the garden..... all that good stuff !!! Since I have nothing else better to do today maybe I'll work up a freebie in a spring theme to brighten things up around here !!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

And then there is life.....

Last week was interesting... Ohio weather at it's finest... started out in the 40's and 50's and by Friday we were hit with a winter storm warning LOL Geesh My daughter was sick two days and missed school and that is unheard of she just doesn't like to miss school.... we had no school Friday b/c of ice had a pretty nice weekend woke up yesterday to a 2 hour delay and then another day of school cancelled ???!!!???? The other side of the district has a lot of gravel roads and they were PURE ICE .... man you hate to lose a snow day over that but it was what it was......

Be on the look out for a new freebie sometime this week...... time for me to get ready before the power goes out (oh yeah it's 57 degrees with thunderstorms right now lol)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I love Progress Book...

Our school has the option of Progress Book to keep up with your kids grades etc and I am usually fairly good about checking it... making sure that G is keeping up in class along with making sure her homework is done right etc.... well grade cards come out tomorrow so I was checking it this morning and it showed her having a "B" in Math... EEEK

So I went into see the assignments and one paper showed 00/100 and I about flipped.... so I wrote a note to her teacher and off she went... turns out he saw it this morning and the 1 didn't come through... so she actually had 100/100 on the paper and an "A" in Math (that's more like it)

He wrote a note back and thanked me sincerly for keeping him accountable and for being a concerned parent about my dd's education. Moments like that make me super glad I'm HUGE on education :)

More snow today also .... getting about tired of it.. I know it's winter but I'm so over the snow being pretty LOL

I have two new kits at MTD
Spring Fever is on sale for 2.25 and This Boy of Mine on sale for 1.75 Stop by and Check them OUT

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Back at it....

Just wanted to remind everyone that this kit is available at Moo Two Designs for 1.00 through Feb. 15 ~

One nice thing about the job I have is getting days off !! But today we are back at it and they are calling for up to 2" of snow.... too bad it didn't happen through the night or we could have had another day off !! I've been busy working on some new kits and decided it was time to throw up another freebie on my blog for you !! This one is named Parker, since I couldn't come up with a name and my dog sits firmly on my lap most times that I'm at the computer I named it after him !! (although last night he wasn't happy with me b/c it was Puppy Bath Day !!)

Here is the preview for it and the download links will be below !!

Both of these links are the same so you only need to click one !! Please leave a comment I'd love to hear from you !!!



Happy Scrapping !!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Sorry I've been MIA...

The weather has turned "interesting" ... last week we were in the 50's and 60's... this week we are lucky to get into the 20's... Monday it was driving on ice and yesterday blowing snow drifts.... EEEK the kids all made it to school but there were some hairy moments !! We had a bus accident Monday one of our drivers had a car pull out in front of him.... I understand it's frustrating to wait behind a bus.... but please remember many times we have kids on them and please don't race us.... just let us safely get the kids to school or home !!! Thankfully no kids were on the bus at the time of the accident but it wasn't so 3 years ago when we had our last accident ~ it really sets you back in your seat when something like that happens !

I will be posting a new freebie in the next day or so ~ so keep your eyes open :) !!!!! Have a great day !!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

I Can't Believe I Lost Sleep...

watching the BCS Championship game last night... of course the Buckeye's forgot how to play football.... but still it was college football and when you crave football you watch football !!!!! I only stayed up til the beginning of the fourth quarter but still made me very very tired today !

I have another new kit going up in the next day or so this time at Moo Two Designs and it will be on sale for 1.00 until Feb. 15....it's a nice sized kit perfect for your Valentine's, special person, etc pictures it is called To Be Loved..... I will post a preview of it and link to it when it is in the store !!!!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Whoo Hooo....

My new kit is in the store at Do It Digi it is A Touch of Sunshine and for 2 weeks you can get it for 2.00.... anyone who buys this kit and sends me a copy of the receipt I will send you this add on for FREE !!! (pictured above) kissthisdesigns@gmail.com Just my way of saying Thank You !!!!
Don't forget to say HI if you visit !!!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Last Day of Freedom....

Tomorrow we are back in school... which is fine it's been nice having a break but I'm ready to drive again... not so thrilled about all of the snow we've gotten the past couple of days... but this weekend it's supposed to be warm and rain LOL gotta love our weather patterns.

Don't forget my freebie below... it's time for me to fold some laundry ... YUCK I don't mind washing it and drying it but I hate folding and putting away I need a little laundry fairie to help me .... sigh not gonna happen.