Friday, March 20, 2020

Be Awesome Today


Howdy friends. How are you? Are you handling this social distancing thing okay? I admit that it's been a struggle here. We don't go out a lot, but I guess I take for granted being able to run out to the store or a restaurant. Plus Laila just joined Girl Scouts this month and now all the activities have been canceled. She's so bummed about that. But, we're alive and we have food. And toilet paper. lol  I hope you are finding all you need and are staying healthy.

One good thing about being stuck inside on a rainy day today was time to clean my desk off and try to stamp. I FaceTimed with my friend Mindy and we had a nice time. I used the color combo from the week at Splitcoast and the sketch from MFT. 

 

I haven't stamped or even colored anything in months, so this was definitely a challenge. I tried though. I do want to make up some cards to give to the awesome folks who bring out my grocery order. I know they are working their butts off and not getting a lot of appreciation. I don't know what I'd do without them. I can't do crowds without panicking. They are truly lifesavers.

Big Hugs from Texas.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Freshly Made Flower


Happy Wednesday! Half the week is now over. Yay!!  I wanted to join my friends at Freshly Made Sketches again this week. I love the sketch Kim created for us. I was going through my box of things I needed to use and found this little tag and the embossed background. I was like hmm....seems perfect. It was a quick card to put together, but I love it!!  Cards with lots of white space are just so, well, FRESH!  Ha!! 


It is so cold here, much colder than we are used to this time of year. It seems like we didn't get a lot of time between super hot and "winter" to go do some outdoor things. I'm hoping it warms back up a bit! I hope you are staying warm if your weather is like ours. Laila closely monitors the temperatures and any chance of snow, so she's jealous of those who already have some. :) 

Have a great rest of the week. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Starry Potter?


Hey all! I was hoping to get more cards posted as I've been trying to stamp every day, but we've been running around and busy so I'm running out of time every day. I did want to take a minute and share one today. I saw the challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and thought this image was perfect since Harry is wrapped in his scarf. I also wanted to enter at Pammie's Inky Pinkies.  I found a background in my box of unused things and it worked perfectly. This was a stamp set I got a while back and then my long hiatus began. I am trying to do every day this month and then just stamp regularly once I've gotten my creativity going again. Now I just need to mail them. lol

Now I'm off to make a card and then get Laila to bed. It's cold here, so I'm ready to snuggle up in my pajamas and read.

Take care.
Rita

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Freshly Made Leaf


I'm back! I have missed being part of a team for a while, so I asked my Freshly Made Sketches ladies if I could try to join back in. I am hoping to keep up this time now that Laila can be a bit more independent. We shall see how it goes. :)  This week's sketch is from the awesome Linda and I had fun playing around with it. I used some old Stampin' Up! supplies that you might recognize. I believe that the leaves set actually came from Linda, so it was perfect.


Have a wonderful Wednesday and be sure to check out the inspiration from the other stampers and come play along! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Pumpkin Spice Coffee



Good morning. It felt appropriate to do my post for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop as I sip my first cup of the day. :) I'm having some maple pecan coffee first, but pumpkin spice is up next. I love this cute image from Simon Says Stamp and The Greeting Farm. Her hair can be a bit hard for me, but I keep trying. I used the colors from an Echo Park paper pack which coordinates perfectly.

I hope you had a end to October and a fabulous start to November. It seems crazy that it's already so late in the year. We've actually had some cold weather already here in Texas. Laila had to bundle up for Halloween. We usually sweat and get hot while we're out walking. lol She's been doing great at school too. We are on a big Harry Potter kick in our house, so of course her costume reflects that. :)


I'm off to finish my coffee and get ready to start our school day! Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Harry Potter Card


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I took the custom domain off my blog since I kinda need to save money for homeschool supplies. Not sure how that will affect things, but I hope this makes it way to you. 

Hello!!  How are you? I'm actually still alive. Not stamping much, but I'm here. Homeschooling is taking up a lot of time and I'm slowly trying to work back in my hobby. We are currently doing a unit study on the first Harry Potter book, so I figured I'd color up this image and make a card. :) 

Things are going a bit better here, but of course there are still rough days. We do weekly therapy, weekly OT, and are seeing a psychiatrist for her anxiety/ADHD. I'm thankful for the progress. I'll share a few pictures below of some of our school and outings. 


First, here's one of our Cope's gray tree frogs. We raised tadpoles and now we have four pet frogs. I love them! It's so fun to watch them hunt down crickets. We took the opportunity to learn a lot about frogs as part of school. 


Here's Laila working on her cursive. Handwriting has been a huge issue, which is why we are doing OT. She has both fine and gross motor delays that need addressed. Cursive seems to be much easier than print and we are taking it super slow. 


This is Bellatrix, Laila's new pet. She's a Madagascar hissing cockroach. Laila loves her and she joins us a lot for our reading. She's pretty chill and not as freaky as I would have thought. Laila spent her own money to buy her at a reptile show. 


A couple weekends ago we traveled up to Fort Worth to see Dav Pilkey. Laila loves Dogman and Captain Underpants, so it was a great time. She did so well even though it was crowded and a bit chaotic. I was so proud of her. 

So that's where we are. I hope you all are doing well. Hope to be back with another card soon. 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Easter Peeps


More Easter!! I pulled up some challenges to work on and it seemed like TGIF Challenges! and Cut It Up just worked out perfectly for my Peeps! I need to get a few more Easter cards made and get them mailed. I haven't mailed anything in ages and I feel awful about that. :( Hopefully I can send out some belated birthday and Easter cards soon.


I hope you've had a wonderful weekend. We had a thunderstorm blow through earlier, but its nice out now other than the wet grass. The temperature went down and I'm always up for cooler weather. Good wishes for a great upcoming week!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Rainbow Easter


Hey!  Believe it or not, I'm still alive. lol Feeling a bit like a zombie, but I think I'm still a human...for now. :) I haven't had much time to create lately. I've been in a weird mental place where I haven't been creating or reading much. I think homeschooling just takes up all my energy. I did make this one a few weeks back and thought I'd check in and share it. My goal for the new few days is to actually make a card, so maybe I'll have something else to share.

Homeschooling is going well I think. It's not perfect, but it's less stressful than dealing with school. She's finding confidence again in doing her math. At first she would cry and tell me math made her stomach hurt. So much anxiety from school. It's sad. I'll share a few pictures of some of our learning below. Hope to be back soon!

Rita


Here's how I plan out our day. She can rearrange the magnetic labels into the order she would like to do the tasks. It works out great and allows her to have some say in our days.


Our hummingbird art. That was fun! We learned a lot about them during our week studying the United States.


Last week on our nature walk we found this friend enjoying the sun. Yikes!


Yesterday I surprised her with some muffins and books. She usually gets up and has breakfast before she comes in to wake me up, so she enjoyed it. I added some weird holidays to my calendar to do this occasionally. Dandelions will be coming up next. It will be books and an art project. :)

I'm off to go work in my garden before the rain comes and then maybe I can come color up something. Enjoy the rest of your week.