Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Moment in Time

I have to share this with you all...

It was 2:35AM, last night, my dog gets up, pants hard and jumps out of bed, which could only mean one thing, and that is, that he needs to go outside.  I had had all my husband's family over for dinner earlier that day and I was exhausted.  I grumbled with anger and disdain as I crawled out of the warm and comfortable bed, mad at my dumb dog.   As I walked to the bedroom door I put on my sweatshirt jacket and my slippers over my knee length night gown.  Down the stairs, through the darkness, I whimpered, my feet aching with every step as I followed my little dog down the stairs to go outside. 

I opened the door and my breath stopped as the crisp frosty air hit my bare legs and face.  I watched as he went through the door, off the wooden porch and down onto the frozen grass, quickly shutting the door behind him.  I wondered how long I would have to wait for him to come back in.  I saw his breath in the air rise above his head and dissappear. 

He meandered and took his time, smelling here and there and looking around, doing his duty again and again, like no one was waiting for him. To my dog, he had all the time in the world.  I opened the door and stepped out, my intention was to encourage him back in the house as quickly as possible, so that I could go back to bed.  But, what happened instead, was that I was completely swallowed up by the most beautiful of sounds, an absolutely silent night, so quiet, so peaceful.  The grass had a soft grayish white luster on it, frost, stars so bright they made me worship the One who created them.  I knew I was all alone out there on the frozen lawn, but not alone.  He was with me.  The heavens engulfed me on all sides.  As I stepped through the grass with my slippered feet I heard soft crunching sounds with each new step.  My slippers were warm, but the ground beneath them was so cold and the grass seemed breakable.  Off in the distance I heard two owls talking to each other, whoo, whoo, whoo and then again from a different place whoo, whoo, whoo.  I listened and wondered.  I imagined them perched in their trees.  Oh how I wish I could've seen them.
I began to meander and take my time, just like my dog.  We walked around together, marveling.  I sensed great peace and wonder out there on my lawn at 2:35AM that I didn't want to go in.   I didn't want to leave it.  My grumbling and anger at my dog for waking me up and making me get out of bed, climb down the stairs and wait for him by the door, subsided.   I was now filled with immense solitary reverie. 

There is beauty in all trials, there is great love, and peace in the One who comes quietly and softly into our lives at the most unimaginable of times.  So, I guess it's ok, if my dog wants to go outside in the middle of the night.  I'll eagerly, yet sleepily, remove myself from my warm bed, put on a robe and slippers and I'll follow him outside again, just to grasp what I had experienced this past night and to wallow and wonder in it all.  (Maybe next time I'll grab my camera with me too.)   TYG!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cool Ornaments to Make!

These are the coolest ornaments to make! Click Here there is also a very nice video to watch that explains the step by step instructions.  Off to Menards to go get some "wall plates".  Have fun!  And if you decide to make one please share it with us.  Leave a link in the comments sections. TTFN

Christmas Tags

I wanted to show you the back of Cyndi's tags - they're so they are!

More Christmas Tags

These are some of the tags from our tag swap, there are more to follow.  They're coming in slow but sure.

Here's the NickelNook's Flourishes Page -

Click here to go there

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I am thankful for so many things.  Health, family, work, comfort and so much more.  Thank you God!


I finished two challenges last night, #12 and #13 and here they are.

GRID OF 9 SQUARES (Challenge 12)

FLOURISHES (Challenge #13, Flourishes)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Here's this weeks challenge! Challenge #13


Use as many flourishes on a page that you can.  Chipboard, stamps, flourish paper, punches and whatever else you can think of.  Have fun y'all!!

OOH - OH!!!

Well, I didn't get my page done yet, I started pulling out Christmas stuff and cleaning out closets and created a huge overwhelming mess everywhere.  Why did I do that?  I have to get rid of things, I have accumulated way too much stuff all the way around.  So that's my excuse.  I do plan on getting this challenge done along with the next challenge wednesday night at the very latest so hang in there. 

In the meantime, take a look at Nancy's beautiful results for this last challenge.   Thanks Nancy for sharing it with us.  SYS.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Challenge 12 of the 52 Week Scrapbooking Challenge

Almost forgot to post the next challenge today, so here it is:
Make a Grid of 9 squares.  For an example click here.
The squares can be anything you want, photos, decorative paper, cardstock, whatever...can't wait to see what you come up with.  The size of the squares are your choice.  Have fun!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'm in a Christmas Tag Swap!

We're doing another Christmas Tag Swap this year.  We're swapping the 2nd friday in December.  I'm really happy how mine turned out, here they are:

Finally, here's my Challenge 11 - Using frames (I used 7)

Today my scrapping friends and I spent the day scrapbooking in this really nice scrapbook store (that I've never been to before) about 45 minutes from my house.  What a wonderful store, lots of name brands and new stuff too, I went crazy with the "My Mind's Eye" stuff.  I had alot of fun today!  Here's my page:

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Challenge 11 of the 52 Week Scrapbooking Challenge!

I challenge you this week to use 3, 5 or 7 chipboard frames on your page.  The number will determine the size of the frames, if they are large frames then only use 3, but if they are small use 7, it's up to you.  Use them to frame a unique embellishment, or a photo or possibly even some decorative paper.  Can't wait to see what you create! Have fun!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My Challenge 10 Results - Stamped edges

This page went together really fast!  And it was easier for me to put together, there was a nice flow of creativity going on.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Here's NickelNook's challenge 10

Click here to see Nickel Nook's challenge page for "stamped edges", It's lovely!  Thanks for playing along Nancy!