Ever find yourself really wishing you had more time to get ready for Christmas... December just seems to SNEAK up on you? Well, maybe we can make a difference... together!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Giving ya all a fair warning.....

I've changed my deadline.... 

The last two years I have tried and tried and TRIED to have my Christmas done by Dec. 1!  BUT... to no avail... my family just DOES NOT CO-OPERATE!  SO... I'll show them! YES I WILL!  I'm changing my deadline and by-gully - I'm gonna make it happen!!! (and if for some reason, it doesn't happen ... say like HOSPITAL visits, surgeries, etc... well, then I'm just throwin in the rag!  That would be 3 strikes and I LOOSE!!!) .... But... I'm not going down without a fight that's for certain!!!! 

So.... My new deadline is OCT. 31, 2012!!!!  YEP! Halloween day!!!! Christmas WILL be done!  So that during November, I will concentrate on baking, candy making, decorating etc.... and then... THEN everything will be DONE by THANKSGIVING!  And I can sit back... and R-E-L-A-X!  (I'm so gonna do it!!!) 

If you are wondering what I mean by "CHRISTMAS WILL BE DONE"... that is.... ALL my gifts will be made and ready to wrap!  And... if they aren't made... then they just aren't going to go! In fact, I'm really striving to have all my WOOD projects done by August - that way I can do them outside, when it is warm and not freeze my tooshy off.... although... for thinking I froze it off this last month... no worries, it's still there... have no fear... and probably larger than before as well!  DANG!!!! 

I'm also starting with a whole new "Make Christmas Count" Countdown schedule.... and I'll try and be much better at sharing that with you each month.... well, better than the last two years anyway.... I always start out with great ideas great ambitions, (or maybe I'm the only one that thinks that ) and then my "ambition" gets tired of me and goes on vacation...... (and just another warning... if that happens this year... I'm going with it, so don't bother looking for me.... :) I hope it goes somewhere warm, sunny and beautiful! hmmmmm..... ) 

So.... if you want to jump on the band wagon SLEIGH for 2012.... GET READY!!!! It's gonna be a fun ride!!!!  And I can't wait! I better get my act in gear! 

Thanks to all of you for making 2011 super fun!!!!  I've learned so much from ALL of you!!!!  Even though I would log out feeling a bit "inadequate".... you all gave me some inspiration....

I can't wait to see what 2012 holds!  All you talented people.... I surely hope you don't mind a very talented COPY-CAT-ER!!!! I'm really good at that!  So, what cha waiting for!?!?!?!?!  
I'm ready - let's get a move on it!!!! 

(BOP on over the O'forcraftsakes and you can see what I froze my tooshy for!) 
Well... that is if you really care....

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I'd like to THANK....


Thanks so much!!!  I won 2nd place with my BLUE Christmas tree (well it is BLUE I guess I can't deny that :)) ... It is growing on me....I would really have liked to have all of my trees up then maybe I would feel better about my BLUE tree and not so BLUE... But maybe it is somewhat symbolic of our holiday season... it has been a little more "calm" ... "subdued".... "blue" than our usual "HYPER" "CHEERFUL" "RED" season.... I guess it is fitting this year... BUT I WON!!! I WON!!! I WON!!! but not without ALL of YOUR help!!! so.... Thank you ALL so much!!!

And thanks JONQUIL for hosting such a FUN contest! And CONGRATS to CHERRY and KAREN.... I loved ALL of the trees!!! Such great ideas and so FESTIVE!!!! I just LOVE Christmas and have LOVED their blogs as well!!!!  GOOD JOB EVERYONE!

I have sooooo many ideas running through my head now for next year.... BUT I will warn you now..... My Christmas Count down is going to end on OCTOBER 31, 2012!!! So... I hope that you will all still be my friends..... But after the past two years of shooting for December 1st and being DENIED out voted and those "people" that I have warned to NOT have issues in November have down-right IGNORED my threats warnings.... I'll show them! Oh yes I will!!!!  I'm movin' my count down til Christmas counts date and I'm gonna WIN!  (I'm kinda a sore looser)

Well.... gotta run .... again..... off to another hospital..... I am oh so tempted to just book me a room at the hospital from November 1-Dec 24 next year! I think that way I will get ALL my Christmas done! ... OH WAIT!!! I'm going to be done by then..... nevermind..... well - Have a GREAT day EVERYONE!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I'm not going to get offended.....

I'm going to chalk it up as ....
I understand! I get it....

BUT.... we had a giveaway... and that is what I wanna do... 


Giveaway #5 Winners ..... 

Thanks to those that posted comments!  I know that everyone is BUSY so I REALLY THANK YOU for taking time to do so! 

I need addresses for YOU and the person that you feel could use a "EXTRA HUG" ... 
You all win!!!!  

I was so touched by each of your thoughts and caring hearts!  You are amazing!  The "HUG RECIEVERS" are truly inspirational too!  I really WISH that I could meet you all in person!  My heart has been so touched by you and through you!  It surely puts a better perspective on the day to day life.... how blessed each of us really are - despite our trials.... things could always be worse. What a great reminder to enjoy the little things... take time to tell those we love.. that we love them.... make sure they know that we love them... making the best of every minute we can is really so simple... yet so difficult too ....  
I'm just so touched..... (I think I've mentioned that a time or two.... ) 
Thank you so much for sharing! 

My prayers are going out for you and your "HUG RECEIVER"... may you all be blessed and comforted everyday.... may you feel the peace and love of our Savior wrap around you, especially at this time of year.  Bless you all!  Merry Christmas to all of you! 

Karan - (Karan' Holidays Corner)  I just have to say ... BLESS YOU AND YOUR SWEET FAMILY MEMBERS! I just can't even imagine.. imagine having to face that at any time... let alone this time of year... SO SO HARD..... I have been praying for them since I read your message... It surely has impacted my life.... on a daily basis....  Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for them (or you) from here....in the mean time....  I'll keep praying! 

Diane -(Lavender Dreamer)  BLESS YOU and your SWEET friend! I'm always so inspired for those that just keep on going... keep on giving... even when they seem to have every reason to just sit back and receive... they do deserve it - but they just keep on doing.... BLESS HER!!!! 

Diane - (Tablescapes) - I'm so HAPPY you joined us!!!!  What a SWEET HEART you are!!!!   I'm surely sure you have someone who would love to receive a HUG!  Let me know - because I'd LOVE to send them one in behalf of you!  :) and you one too!!!  

Tricia - (Hillcresthome Primes) - I hope you received your winning package from last giveaway!!!  I think we were having issues communicating via this lovely thing we call "internet service providers" lol!...  BUT guess what!! You win again!!!! And I just KNOW you have some one that would LOVE a HUG!!!  So... let me know who... and why... because I would LOVE to get their HUG (and your's) in the mail! 

Send me addresses ladies.... That would be FABULOUS!!! 

May you all be BLESSED with all the comfort, healing hands and peace you so desire! 


I completely forgot to post the prize for the GIVEAWAY #4!!! (my bad)..... 

It's been a bit CraZy around here... I seem to keep saying that don't I???? Well shoot!!!!  

Anywho.... Giveaway #4 had 4 winners! And I hope they have received their prizes... and that they were in one piece.... and that they will find some use for them.... because ... as you might have guessed... an appropriate prize for that giveaway just had to be a ORNAMENT!!!!  :)  I hope that they find a place in your home, or a gift package - or the drawer... :)  

Thanks again to those that entered GIVEAWAY #4!!!! 
It was so fun to have SOOOO many enter that giveaway! The best thus far!!!!  
And I had a BLAST making them! 

Mrs Prince, Hillcresthome Prims, Steph and JCWEGA27 ... just let me know when you receive them... It was a CRAZY day at the postoffice too!!!  


Mr & Mrs Ginger-breadly have run away from here....
so let me know if you catch them!

I kinda have a "fettish" for them as well.... mmmmmm!!! 
I really enjoy painting... it felt SO SO good to be able to dive into paint again.... and of course cutting the wood.... well... that is ALWAYS a treat!(Although I prefer cutting in WARMER weather... I love watching a ugly piece of wood come to life!)   Well....they aren't much, but hopefully they will find a warm place in your heart home...


I went and did the unexpected...

I know that this will come as a MIGHTY BIG shock to you all.....

ESPECIALLY after this post.... you know... the one where I was admitting my OCD-ness with the tree and ornaments...  WELL... I did just what ever other OCD-Ornament crasher would do.... I signed up to do a ORNAMENT exchange.... (GASP - BIG GASP! I heard it!!!!)  I know... I know.... WHAT WAS I THINKING?????  Well, I will TELL you what I was thinking.... 

I was thinking..... 
This will be REALLY fun.... 
I'll get some ornaments from some VERY talented people! 
...and I LOVE seeing and sharing the talents of others!!!!  
(it kinda makes me jealous too... but someday I hope to have TALENT and what a better way to GRASP some.. then to RECEIVE some ... RIGHT!?!?!) 
.... honestly... that's about all I was thinking at the time...  I didn't think about "what I would do with them..."
But HAVE NO FEAR!!! I found something to do with them!!!! It will follow in another post.... but for now... Let me share some TALENTS with you!!!! 

I had NO IDEA that I would absolutely FALL in love with EVERY... STINKIN' (meant in a LOVING CUTE way!) .... ORNAMENT! 
That I would just HAVE to find the PERFECT spot for all these new ornaments.... 

Wanna peak?????   I know you do....

First of all... I have to say.... I just admire ALL of these WONDERFUL TALENTED people! .... AND.... especially people that can do this! 
I can NOT!  I know.... CRAZY!!!  My mom has tried for YEARS to help me.... I'm pretty much useless!   My hand goes soooooo numb... and then the EYES go BuGgggGGY.... and THEN.... it gets a little free AIR SAILIN ride.... (I know... I'm pretty patient :))  Aren't they so cute!  Now I just need to find some little pictures of my little people! Then they will be SET!

 She must have known my LOVE for OWLS!!!  He will have a place in my office... 
ALL .... YEAR....... LONG!!!!!!

 Aren't these soooo cute!  
I really love the "HAT".... makes me want to find a little someone to put it on... :)
 And this little guy.... Don't ya just wanna SQUEEZE him???? 
 I placed this on a blue block... because it wasn't showing up... and darn it all... with all the FRAGILE stamps on the package... wouldn't you know it ... it was broken... but I did my best by trying to "HOT GLUE IT"....because remember my motto... "If it ain't hot glued... I don't do!!!"  I would love to learn to make these! It is absolutely beautiful!
And oh my!  Isn't this just adorable???? 
Seriously.... how do people THINK of these things????  
 And then.... MELT MY HEART!!! 
I have a SNOWMAN fettish! BAD! 
(I seem to have a LOT of fettish's... hmmmm) 
Anyway.... How can you NOT love a SNOWMAN??
 And she even sent cards.... 
She was one BUSY gal!  OH MY!!! CUTENESS!!!
 I just LOVE how the snowman grows when he gets opened...
And pull the "HAT" out for a message.... HEART BE STILL!!!!
 And then....
Can I just tell you I ENVY such people! ALL OF THEM... 
But this little CLAY Peacock.... 
(I have tried and TRIED to make sculpty clay things.... They ain't so adorable... even the garbage can runs from them....  Sad! I know...)
I have to protect him from the little ones... 
They just want to pack him around and love on him.... 
Can't say I blame them... he is just TOO CUTE!!! 

I'm so very impressed! 
And... How can I POSSIBLY stick them in a ORNAMENT SAFE BOX???? 
I CAN'T!!! 
I had to find something to do with them....
I'm so proud of myself! :) 
I'll post about it later... 
BECAUSE.... I've gotta get some SHUT EYE! 
I think I heard a FLUFFY WHITE thing calling me....

But I wanted to share!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's time to vote!!!!

Just wanna take a minute if I can... and ask for ALL your LOVELY support.... once again.... :)  Because I KNOW that I have the BEST BLOGGY FRIENDS ever!!!! 

I did a crazy thing ... AGAIN.... (sheesh, I'm just full of CRAZY-ness this month!!!)  Anyway, an amazing BLOGGY Friend was doing a "Christmas Tree Contest" ... So.... I entered... NOW I need YOU!! to vote for ME!!!! :)  (See how that works... LOL!)  

So... If you can just take a MINUTE (or even just a few seconds) and ZIP over to A WHIMSICAL CHRISTMAS  and VOTE for MY tree.... I know... It's kinda crazy... but it will surely help my "self esteem" on doing a BLUE tree this year.... :)  So... if you could... HURRY!  Zip over! Just click my name and then click VOTE on the side bar!!!  Prety simple!!! Let's just see how this goes.... shall we :) 

Thanks friends!!! 

OH! And don't forget to take a few minutes and ENTER in MY final giveaway for 2011!!! There will be 6 winners total... and there are very few comments at this point and time... SO!!! Whatcha  waitin' for!?!?! HURRY UP!!!! Help a gal out.... and WIN the giveaway for you and a VERY SPECIAL friend !!!!  
Go here to enter the  
GIVEAWAY - it ends SUNDAY Dec. 11 at 11 pm!!!!! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Giveaway #5.... and your gift....

Every year I purchase a new book to add to our Christmas collection.  The books are boxed up with all the Christmas decorations and then when we bring them out they sit in a bucket under the Christmas tree... a new book is added  and every night we read a book (or a chapter or two) depending on the book.  Tonight we started our new book, "SANTA'S SECRET" by Christy Hardman with Phil Porter.  Can I just tell you... we only got half way through chapter 2 and I CAN NOT WAIT until TOMORROW night!!  I'm HOOKED!!!! (I need to get me some specs though I'm afraid... I have a horrendous headache from reading tonight... getting OLD sure has some STINKY perks! That is what they are called isn't it?.... perks????.... LOL!) Anywhoo....

I was hooked from the very first page.... and I just KNEW this was the answer I was looking for, for over a week now.... I KNEW what I wanted to do my giveaway on tonight... but I just couldn't find a way to "KICK" it off ...until now! I'm so happy that we started this book tonight!  It was a answer to my prayer!

Santa's Secret Wish 
by Betty Worth Westrope 

On Christmas Eve, a young boy with light in his eyes
Looked deep into Santa's, to Santa's surprise,

And said as he sat on Santa's broad knee,
"I want your secret. Tell it to me.

I want to know how, as you travel about,
Giving gifts here and there, you never run out.

How is it, dear Santa, that in your pack of toys
You have plenty for all of the world's girls and boys?

Your bag is all bulging, it fills up the sleigh
Stays full, never empites, as you make your way

From rooftop to rooftop, to homes large and small,
From nation to nation, reaching them all?" 

And Santa smiles kindly and said to the boy
"Don't ask me hard questions.  Don't you want a toy?" 

But the child shook his head, and Santa could see
That he needed the answer, "Now listen to me," 

He told that small boy with the light in his eyes, 
"My secret will make you sadder and yet wise.

The truth is that my sack is magic. Inside
It holds millions of toys for my Christmas Eve ride.
But although I do visit each girl and boy 
I don't always leave them a gaily wrapped toy. 

Some homes are hungry, some homes are sad,
Some homes are desperate, some homes are bad.

Some homes are broken, and the children there grieve,
Those homes I visit, but what should I leave?

My sleigh is filled with the happiest stuff,
But for the homes where despair lives, toys aren't enough.

So I tiptoe in, kiss each girl and boy,
And I pray with them that they'll be given the joy 

Of the Spirit of Christmas, the Spirit that lives 
In the heart of the dear child who gets not, but gives.

If only God hears me and answers my prayer,
When I visit next year, what I will find there 

Are homes filled with peace, and with giving and love
And boys and girls gifted with light from above. 

It's a very hard task, my smart little brother,
To give toys to some, and to give prayers to others.

But the prayers are the best gifts, the best gifts indeed,
For God has a way of meeting each need.

That's part of the answer.  The rest, my dear youth,
Is that my sack is magic.  And that is the truth.

In my sack I carry on Christmas Eve day 
More love than a Santa could e'er give away.

The sack never empties of love, or of joys 
'Cause inside it are prayers, and hope, not just toys.

The more that I give, the fuller it seems,
Because giving is my way of fulfilling dreams.

And do you know something? You've got a sack too.
It's as magic as mine, and it's inside of you.
It never gets empty, it's full from the start
It's the center of lights and love.  It's your heart.

And if on this Christmas you want to hlep me,
Don't be so concerned with the gifts 'neath your tree.

Open that sack called your heart, and share
Your joy, your friendship, your wealth, your care." 
The light in the small boy's eyes was glowing,
"Thanks for your secret.  I've got to be going." 

"Wait, little boy," said Santa, "don't go.
Will you share?  Will you help?  Will you use what you know?"

And just for a moment the small boy stood still,
Touched his heart with his small hand, and whispered,
"I will."

OH MY!!! Isn't that just PERFECT!?!?! What more can I say.... I'm back on track... with the Christmas Spirit.... a heart full of love.... So, how does this work with this GIVEAWAY you ask... here is your task... (sorry... too much rhyming going on just now!!! LOL!)

I'm sure that we all know someone who could use a extra "HUG" and "PRAYER"  this time of year... 
WHO would you give that hug and prayer to and why? 
(You do not have to give names unless you want... but here is where it gets really fun!) 
If you win... so will your EXTRA HUG receiver! 
3 winners by entry ... 3 "unknown" winners because of your entry!
(I know, I know... that's 6 winners.. it should be 5 - but it just wasn't fair!) 

You can enter as many HUG & PRAYER receivers as you would like... 
Just make sure they are all in a separate entry.

Extra Entries: 
1-Become a FOLLOWER of this blog (or if you already are... let me know you are!) 
2-Post about this giveaway on your blog 
3-Post the "TIS THE SEASON" button on your blog 

This giveaway will end on Sunday Nov. 11 at 10:00 pm MST

And we have some WINNERS!!!!!

We have 4 - YES 4! winners.... YAHOO!!!! 

True Random Number Generator 1   12  9

True Random Number Generator 1   12  6
True Random Number Generator 1   12  4
True Random Number Generator 1   12  11

WOW!!! That's a LOT of winners!!!!!  SO EXCITED for all of you!!! 
And... THANKS to ALL of you for participating!!!! 

REMEMBER.... see you tomorrow  I mean TODAY for GIVEAWAY #5!!!!  

.... I've got something up my sleeve!!!!   :)  

OH!! I need addresses ladies!!! 
Email your addresses to me!!!!
ladybugs4bry at yahoo dot com

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Giveaway #3 prizes.....

They are one their way ladies!!!

Thanks for being patient.... It has been a rough week - haven't left the house much between ... you know... kids and illnesses.... and of course we DARE start a month without hitting the hospital!!!  But, my daughter is home... and doing well...(but they tell me it WILL get ugly before it gets better.... so I'm just a waitin')  and I'm exhausted as can be.... (why is it that the darn hospital just SUCKS the life out of ya!!??!! Well, it probably doesn't help that it's like having a newborn all over again... up ever 3 hours to give meds.... tiring I tell ya! ) 


The Giveaway #3
"THE JUST~BECAUSE CARD" (There is always some sort of round-about point to my giveaways... LOL!)
Have you ever been somewhere where you witnessed someone doing something "unexpected" for someone else....  or, maybe even seeing someone that seems "sad" that needs a "CHEER UP"..... or, someone has really touched you with something that they said?..... 

For instance... 

I was in the grocery store, and more than once I noticed a young mom with 5 small children in tote.... She seemed a bit frazzled... Two of her children were "crying" - inconsolably, one was repeatedly nagging at mom for something and the other 2 were "taunting" each other.... Mom you could just see was at her very last wit's end... After seeing this little family on several isles and hearing the 2 crying children through the entire store... I ended up in line behind this mom and children in tote.... I'll admit, my nerves were just about SHOT from the crying children... and watching the oldest taunt her sibling was making my blood boil... but then... I remembered... "BEEN THERE.... DONE THAT... WILL PROBABLY DO AGAIN SOMETIME"... I witnessed this mom being so calm and patient  - whether that really was the case or not - I'm not sure...


I hope that all of you have witnessed SOMEONE doing something GOOD for a complete stranger... or even a family member without being asked... Doesn't that just give you WARM FUZZIES!!!???!!!

This happens to me quite frequently... I'll be in church and someone has just given and AMAZING talk!  It seems as if they were talking to just ME!  It was exactly what I needed to hear... needed to feel.... needed to witness... and I need to let them know!

Anything like that EVER happen to you? 

Well, that is when I am very grateful to have a "JUST BECAUSE" card in my purse, or in my car.... I mean really - if you think about it... if we were more consistent to acknowledge the GOOD that we witness, this world would be a much better place.... don't you agree?

Giveaway #3 ends the week of "Thankfulness" and I thought it would be great to send out some "JUST BECAUSE" cards!  I keep a stack in my purse, my car and my church bag!  So when I see a "opportunity" I can take it!  Just like the young mom of 5 in the grocery store.  I noticed that the kids were really wanting ice cream, but she kept telling them that they couldn't afford it "today"... There was a double blessing that day... as my groceries came up to less than what I had planned on...  Sure the extra $10 would have bought a few more gallons of milk later that week - but I wasn't even thinking that.... I just quickly wrote a little note on the back of one of my "JUST BECAUSE" cards and asked the cashier if she happened to have a paperclip (which she did... and PRAYED I would be able to catch this lady in the parking lot...).  I took 10 seconds and wrote a note to this mom just letting her know that I thought she was doing a great job with her children and that I wanted her to "treat" the kids when she felt that they deserved a "treat"... Prayer was answered... I caught up to her in the parking lot as she was loading her groceries and simply just handed her the little card and money and wished her a great day as I walked away.  I don't know who she was - but just that little "note" I'm hoping helped her to be mindful that she is a great mom, even on hard days, and the people "notice" and I understood what a task it was to take 5 children grocery shopping... 

One time I left a note on a car window as I watch a elderly man "CHASE" a cart that was about to broadside a parked car.  I'm sure he thought nothing of it.... but I put a note on the windshield that said, "Thank you for stopping that runaway cart today... I'm 100% certain you made someone else's day a better day because of your kind gesture.  Hope you have a spectacular day!" .... When I came out of the store, his car was still there so I decided it would be fun to just see what happened when he returned... It was pretty funny watching his facial expressions change from "irritation" (I'm sure because SOMEONE stuck something to his windshield and he had to get back out of his car to get it) ....to "smiles" as he glanced all around the parking lot as if he could figure it out... Just then, there was another runaway cart (it was a windy day)... But, guess what he did.... he watched someone else do the same thing that he did.... when that person entered the store, he then took the "JUST BECAUSE" note and put it on their windshield.... Kinda fun to watch the "pay it forward" card work!  

I don't share these stories for a "PAT ON THE BACK" ... That is NOT it AT ALL!!!! 
I just share them because I find that when I am LOOKING for the GOOD in others... I see a lot more GOOD being done... I find that when I'm "SEEING" the good, I FEEL  better, I ENJOY my trials, I find that I am SEEING and FEELING more GOOD going on around me.... and I, like anyone else, find it nice to be acknowledged every now and again even for just the little, simple things... sometimes its a "SMILE", sometimes it's just a "HOW ARE YOU?", (and meaning it)... Sometimes it just NICE!  SO.... each winner will be receiving a set of 6 different "JUST BECAUSE" cards... Feel free to add whatever you would like to them.... I hope that you can find ways to make them work for you!

 Front ....
Just enough room for a "QUICK" note....

Reminder... I am NOT talented in the "CARD MAKING" category... 
But... I believe that even the simplest homemade something or other ALWAYS makes a difference!
(So please... do not critique.... well, nevermind, go ahead... I can use some helpful hints!)
(I don't always have homemade cards with me...But if I find some in the dollar store - you can bet I'm going to snatch some up!)

Jonquil, Diane & Karan! 
Be watching your mail box!!!

I hope you have all entered for Giveaway #4..... 
HURRY!! It isn't too late yet!

Friday, December 2, 2011


Just a little BUZZ here.... You may want to venture over and take a PEEK at some amazing people and their CRAFTI-NESS!!!! So! FUN!!!!!   OH MY CRAFTY!

And... Don't forget.... Giveaway #4 is ending soon..... 

Congrats again to GIVEAWAY #3 Winners!!! 
Their prizes should be arriving soon....
There were 3 WINNERS!!! 
Wanna take a guess at how many winners there will be in Giveaway #4!!!! :) hee hee hee!!!! 

Its a SURPRISE!!! Hurry over there too and play along in GIVEAWAY #4!!!!