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Doing the sorting game


It took Brian a ‘few’ hours to put up the desk on Sunday. The first time, he put the top flush with the window frame (where it is under) and I would have needed a bar stool to use it! He had to lower it about 4 inches and left holes in the wall (don’t faint Zoey) that I will have to fill in. It’s nice as it’s almost four feet long. I can have display things on one end and work at the other. I can’t show you it yet as he finished about 1/2 before I had to start dinner last night-stuff is still all over.
Here is a long shot! Around the desk is still messy.
Long view of desk with both drawers opened
Work space of new desk & one drawer
I was checking out ink pads here and then made a background for an ATC.
My mom got me this great square box, perfect for scrapbook paper and I need a few more. When she remembers where she got it, I will sort the papers by color and holiday. The two drawers hold a ton of stuff even though they aren’t wide. My old desk had one drawer and stuff got stuff in it all the time. One side is for ink the other is glue and glitter.
Sean had some electrical issues (I guess) with his car. The light that said ‘door ajar’ was staying on and he couldn’t set the alarm and had to unscrew the dome light inside. It’s nice to jump on the internet and see what others may have written about the same issue. Seemed there were a few others who had issues with their Tauruses! They said to use electrical spray on the doors (Bri used ‘something’) and to disconnect and reconnect the battery. At first it didn’t do anything, but when Sean got to work, he said he could set the alarm! We had terrible downpours yesterday, so perhaps that made the issue. My brother the mechanic knows about it in case Sean still has issues.
Then my mom was worried about her little mix terrier dog named Kelsey. He was not being his old playful self, wouldn’t come up on the sofa and was shaking and disoriented-but he was eating! So if I was her, if he had stopped eating, then I would have been more worried. So after a lot of tests and moola, the vet thinks Baxter, the Dalmation really put Kelsey in his place. Gee, wonder what Baxter did, sit on Kelsey?
I just took some photos of my One World-One Heart prizes.
Some of my One World-One Heart Win
Bracelet by Beth Pollock;Journal by Kim Dellow; ATC booklet by Marina
One World-One Heart Win
One World-One Heart Wins
One World-One Heart Win
By Arya Wiese
One World-One Heart Win
by Lisa Patterson from Avant Gardens & Artwert
I also got a package from Carole/Pea over at Pea’s Corner. She not only sent me a lovely Artist Trading Card,
Girlfriend ATC gifted from Carole
but also Lisa’s Altered art papers with her adorable children, neat scrapbook paper, old Christmas music with lovely illustrations and a various of die-cuts.
Paper Goodness from Carole
I am so happy to see Carole making these little pieces of art.
This week is kind of the calm before the storm. I do have a dental appt on Thursday, when we are suppose to get a lot of rain, but I’ll be glad to get the crown. Then I have a bridal shower on Saturday and maybe the Philly flower show on Sunday, but we’ll see. Tests on the 16th; more bloodwork the following week for my GP. It’s always something!
Have a pleasant week!

One World, One Heart 2011 blogging event


Welcome to my blog! I’m glad you stopped by. I’m a domestic goddess from southeastern Pennsylvania. I’m like the local ‘Martha Stewart’. I enjoy baking, crafting, photography and gardening the most. My family is small, but I think they are mainly happy with the house and grub.
Here are some of my favorite crafty projects I’ve made over the last few years-many my own design:

A mixed media painting, a mosaic frame of her parents and heart shaker for my mom; a mosiac message board I redid; a decorated key for a swap; a frame with a photo of me for a friend; a needle punch strawberry lidded mini basket; a Sally Sells Seashells by the Seashore shadowbox; & Christmas count down calendar.
I’ve been working on this project and share all my 4″ x 4″ collages here along with most of the Artist Trading cards I make too. I’ve made 100s of the later. And I’ve made many online pals through cross stitching too.
So I am participating in this event:

By the skin of my nose! I was one sick lady a few weeks ago with a bad appendix and pneumonia. I was in the hospital for 3 nights mainly because of the blasted pneumonia. I’m on the mend and made two of my giveaways just a few days ago.
This is a great way for other bloggers to meet and I believe I may have participated in at least 4 of these events and won a few prizes. : )
On to the goodies…
OWOH Giveaway items
I made this special 4″ x 4″ collage card to commemorate the 5th One World, One Heart event. It has mostly handmade papers on it (bought).
4" x 4" Collage commemorating 2011 OWOH

I was really happy with how this glass heart shaped suncatcher turned out. I played around with Tim Holtz alcohol inks and a flower rubber stamp. The vintage bird (that belonged to my mom or grandmom)is what I think is a carved shell with an added diamond rhinestone eye. It’s so pretty in person and my husband really liked it!
Suncatcher with shell bird for OWOH

I made a bunch of these at Christmastime. It’s a little bottle with a message that says ‘There’s no place like home for the holidays’. It has pretty orange sand and little shells inside too. I only gave my niece one so far, so if you win my giveaway, you get one too!
Message in a Bottle
I also am adding the sparkly blue butterfly to the mix for your spring decorating.
All you have to do is leave me a comment and I may just pick your name on February 17th. Thanks and good luck! Special thanks to Lisa our terrific hostess!
Click here to read about the event.
I will randomly pick a number through an online generator on midnight the 17th.
Good luck!

  • Update-since I reached 100 comments-I’m added a pretty beaded fob to the mix-thanks for your support!!
  • This is a sticky post and will be on the top of my blog until the middle of February.

    Winter Colour Week 2011-Starting with red!


    I saw this challenge on Kari’s Artsymama’s blog and thought it would be fun to participate-get some mileage out of all those Flickr photos. Check out Poppy’s link The color for Monday is Crimson/red/berry-so I am sharing my first finish of 2011-Nickademus the sock monkey! He will be turned into an ornament sooner or later. I also shared a berry wreath and the winter berries that you just saw, but some red ones.

    Here’s the list:
    Monday – Reds

    Tuesday – Whites

    Wednesday – Blues

    Thursday – Greens

    Friday – Silver and Gold

    Some selling will be going on here


    Hey gang-If you love cross stitch and crafty books, I’ll be listing charts, pamphlets and books on one of the tabs along the top with a direct button to good ol’ paypal. I have ‘tons’ of these since I was buying them for e*bay and for myself, but I figure I’d try and sell a few here as I see other people doing it through their blogs. I know I have plenty of vintage charts too. I’ve sold on e*bay since August, 1999 and Amaz*on and other places too, so I want to move the products out of inventory and mail them out fast to you. I will probably makes announcements when I add new items.

    2010 in review


    The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

    Healthy blog!

    The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

    Crunchy numbers

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    The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

    In 2010, there were 329 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2935 posts. There were 33 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

    The busiest day of the year was January 25th with 424 views. The most popular post that day was One World, One Heart .

    Where did they come from?

    The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

    Some visitors came searching, mostly for canon eos, retro christmas, dianne rambling on, canon, and recommend.

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    These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


    One World, One Heart January 2010


    Sunday’s I Recommend-vol. #3 November 2008


    Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins October 2009


    Just a few retro Christmas shots December 2007
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    Happy New Year 2011 Giveaway!


    I decided it would be fun to give away a book a month since I love them so much and like to share. For the new year, I am offering the ultimate domestic goddess cookbook by Martha*Stewart. I lifted the photo from another website, so please ignore the ‘look inside’

    All you have to do is leave a comment here. If you have any resolutions, let me know. I have to get a bit more serious about exercise, etc. because of health concerns. (Taking medication daily for the first time in my life).
    I will pick a winner in the middle of January, around the 15th. This time I will make you an Artist Trading card to go with cooking or maybe being a domestic goddess! Good luck-it’s a nice, big fat book (I own another copy of it).

    Congrats to book winner


    I wrote the numbers 1-5 on little pieces of paper and shook them in an Altoid tin and #5-Michele won the Nancy Noel angel book. I have emailed her and I hope she gets back to me shortly. This is a beautiful book and I’m sorry more people didn’t try to win it, but I’m glad I had 5 enter.

    Still decorating! I couldn’t find the stockings and kept seeing things I wanted to use in the living room and family room. I mainly just do those two spaces as my house isn’t that large. I need to find my musical ornament with the skating scene inside. I decided to put batteries in lots of things, so there are interactive things too. : )
    I got my cards ‘almost’ all finished and mailed off. I kinda play a waiting game with some people who seem to never send cards and it’s not the cheapest thing to do anymore. I was really sad to see that a bag of my saved cards had fallen on the floor near where we had flooding and they got wet and were growing mold-ugh! I was weary about looking around that area because it’s so crowded with stuff and was sorry to see this and who knows what else may be ruined I’m not seeing. : (
    I will take some photos all around one of these days. I do major cleaning at this time of year and want things to look spiffy for photos.
    I go back to the doctor next week for a check-up. Couldn’t see the first doctor, but will see the doctor’s PA. He’s been there forever and I trust he can read a blood pressure and blood test results. My bp seems to be down, like in the 130s on the top and around 77 on the bottom. It’s been up to 150 and down in the 140s. I am taking a pill a day. I read it takes 6 weeks to see if it truly helps you and this seems to be. A lady from Facebook had a mini-stroke, but she lives in a tropical area and was in the states for a visit-happened to her in PA. She’s telling me to go to the doctor and I had already! Sometimes people forget to pull down the rest of the comments.
    Update-Michele just got back to me-the book will be on it’s way soon!

    Fall exchange gifts from a friend


    I received my gifts today from my friend in Californina. They are just too sweet. I love miniature things and the box is also hand-painted (and filled with candy corn). I bet she made the pumpkin too. And the little book will come in hand. Think I’ll write some ‘original’ verses for my cards. Thanks G!

    There’s a very adorable Halloween giveaway at Jill’s blog Bucks County Folk Art. She handmade vintage like shakers. It ends on Friday, so enter is you will.
    And Jill, we are planning on being in your ‘neck of the woods’ on Sunday to eat at the Cock and Bull for our son’s 24th birthday. We will look around Peddler’s Village and probably New Hope too.