Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!!!!

To all my blogging friends and followers. Thank you for following my blog. Thank
you to all those who supported me and
my business.
May you all find happiness, Love, wealth,
friendships, health. May this year bring
you closer with your families. May your
business prosper. Be safe and a very
Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Good start to a New Year

Hello Everyone,
A while back I told all of you that I was a guest
tutorial writter on Toucan Scraps Blog. I have
been asked to be part of her design team and
writer and I excepted. Starting in January I
will writing tutorials on Angelas blog. I'm real
excited and a little nervous about it. I will give
it my all thats all I can do.
I also found this great giveaway that is to die
for. Ruby of Nanaseasides blog is celebrating
her 40th wedding anniversary so she is holding
a giveaway to celebrate. Take a look at it below.
Isn't it great?
January is my birthday and it was also my
cousins birthday (my cousin that passed away
in October) so as a remembrance of his life I
will be doing a giveaway, so stay tuned to see
what I will be giving away.
We had another storm that came in so we are
dealing with very slick streets.
I have to thank my neighbor that brings in his
farm tractor and makes sure that we are never
buried in. I made him a special card. What do
you think about it?
Hope everyone is having a Splendid Evening.
Be careful and stay safe!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Busy as a Bee

Hello Everyone,
I know it's been a while but I've been a little busy. The tag that
you see in the header picture is one of ten that I did for a tag swap
for Welcome to Kinderstampo. The theme is Wishing you a Pink
Winter Wonderland. Not real happy on how they turned out but
you know how it is we crafters are hard on ourselves.
The next two pictures are of some blog candy that I have won on
some blog hops (rubber stamps). There are a couple more blog hops
that I have won some more blog candy and as soon as I get the prizes
I will post pictures of that. The picture of the first stamps are not even
realeased yet to the public. They won't be till January. How neat was
The lovely ladies in the next picture is a group of ladies that I did
a card class with. I spent two hours with them. It was a lot of fun
and relaxing. They were such awesome ladies and I'm looking forward
to doing a few more card classes with them since they requested that
I come back and teach again.
Oh I almost forgot I was featured in not one but two treasuries on Etsy "Expecting a Blizzard tonight" done by RuralMemories and "Silvery White Goodness" done by edelyn. Thank you two so much for including my snow tag in both treasuries. If your looking for some thing of the years gone by edelyns shop just might have it. Check it out if you get the chance. RuralMemories does some beautiful painting and home decor. Stop in and check the painting that she does. Hopefully this weekend I will get to post all the other things that I have been working on. Till then I hope everyone is having a Splendid Time.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snow Snow and more Snow

Hi Everyone,
Sorry for taking so long in posting my pictures of our
snow. In the header picture you see the ruler that I
used to measure our snow accumulation.
I went out and found that the snow had not been
disturbed at all on the boat so that is where I took
our snow measurement.
Here is a close up and the measurement I got was 9".
We have been shoveling out for a few days then it
started to melt and in the evenings it becomes a sheet
of ice on the roads. It's been a little wild and crazy around here. So please
forgive for being MIA again.
I don't know if I will actually go do the show this
weekend it all depends on the weather. If we get
the new storm that they are calling for on friday
I probably won't. I'll see what happens.
Hope everyone is having a Splendid Evening!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Busy crafting

Hi Everyone,
Looks like we will be getting hit by another snow
storm tonight. They say about 4" more of snow. It's
kept our family busy lots of snow shoveling.
I've also been busy trying to get ready for my last
craft show of the season. So just to show that I have
not been MIA for no good reason. Like I've said
before I work in many mediums. What is seen in
the pictures above are some of the things that I've
been working on. Some of them are not completely
finished but as soon as they are I will take a new
picture of them.
Hope you are all having a Splendid Evening!!!!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Guest Tutorial Writer

Hi Everyone,
Hope everyone has had a great day. As I mentioned in
my last post I was asked to do a tutorial as a guest writer.
I did a tutorial on how to make a cardstock poinsettia
like whats in the picture. The tutorial is now up. If you
get a chance take a look at it and let me know what you
think. The link is below.
To all of you that will be heading out tomorrow for all
those sales be careful and stay safe.
Have a Splendid Night!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

High Winds

Hi Everyone,
Well the last couple of weeks have been interesting so
this will be a little longer post than usual.
Last week we some dreadful weather. We had 60 mile
an hour winds that it sounded like a helicopter was trying
to land in our yard. Here are some pictures of the damage
that our house sustained.
We lost a piece to the carport and some of the corner
edges. Never did find the carport piece.
I also won another blog hop blog candy. I won some
stamps and what I know about them is that they have
not been released to the public yet. I can't wait to get them.
I have been asked to do a guest tutorial on my poinsettias
so I have been busy working on that. As soon as my tutorial
goes up on the blog I will let everyone know so I can get some
A couple of days ago we had a blizzrd warning here in my
little town. It got real cold and we got lots of snow. Here are
a few pictures I took while it was still coming down.
Looks real cold. Believe me it is.
Hope everyone is doing ok.
Have a Splendid Day!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Things are a changing

    This weekend I did a blog hop called Operation Write Home.
Over a hundred bloggers were involved and what they did was
make cards to send to those who serve in the milatary. These
cards are for service members to use to write home on. They
don't have to go shopping for cards for thier loved ones.
    So many of the bloggers had blog candy and if you became
a follower or just left a comment you were entered to win. I
one of the blog candies so once again I'm doing a happy dance.
    I thought that I would pass this along Operation Write Home
is a finalist in a contest that they entered at JoAnns please take
the time to Vote for OWH so they can win for our heros. If
they win it would help them with the cost of getting these cards
to our soldiers. Follow the link to vote.

   Here is the card that Anita made she is the one that I won
the blog candy from.

    Isn't it cute?

Here is her link if you would like to look at her blog

Have a Splendid week!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

An Award

Hi Everyone,
     Today I won an award but it's not a favorite kind of
award that anyone would want to win and I'll tell you why.
     In my family we award each other what we call the
duhret duhret award when we do something unthinkable
actually we call it when we do something dumb.
     So today I have to give myself this award because I
let something completely slip my mind. I owe Deb from
the Wugs Backyard a huge apology. Deb won my give-
away last month and I have yet to send her the tag she
picked out. I am very sorry Deb I will get it in the mail.
Deb is such a dear and never reminded me about it. Let
me tell you I would ave been right on it asking about it
I did however get her subscription in to Country Living
so I hope she gets that soon.


Now that I am done eating humble pie on to the next
thing.Last week in the mail I recieved my nephew. Let me
explain his class is doing a project and he sent me what he
called flat Noah.

          Noah with our dog Diesel

   We were to take pictures with flat Noah and answer some
questions so that he could get to know his family a little better.
It is also to create the Flat Amazing Family Album. It took
some time but I got it done and e-mailed to him. Hope he gets
a good grade on it.
   I am blessed. A couple of months back my sister-in-law
got a new serger and she passed her old one on to me. I
am so happy that she passed it on but I have one small
problem. She has lost the book so now i'm on the hunt to
get the book so that I can run the serger properly.
         Here is the picture of my serger

          A closer look at the brand of serger

     I've been conversing with the company to see if they have
the book for it and how much it will cost me to get it. So wish
me luck.

      Hope you are all having A Splendid Day!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Shopping Haul

Hi Everyone,
     First of all I would like to thank all our Veterns for
keeping our country safe and free. God Bless them
and thier families.
     Last week I went shopping it's my bi-weekly thing
I do and I go to the Tri-Cities because it gives me more
options. It is two hours round trip so I always try and
make the best of it by visiting at least six stores when
I go and then doing the grocery shopping.
    One of my store stops was Micheals and was I glad
I went in. Here are some of the great buys I found while

I found some Martha Stewart punches at a great
price $5.99 - $7.99 these are the halloween
punches, some EK pens for $5.99 , and an
EK punch for $4.99. All of this was on the
clearence isle. At  Craft Warehouse I found
some markers for $9.73. I also had a 40%
off coupon for Micheals so I used it to buy
one of the snowflake punches.

Now to get some things done with what I
bought. I'll be able to use the halloween
punches on the scrapbook page for the
contest at Faes' and then they will sit till
next year. The pens and markers I will
use daily and the snowflake punch is
already in use. I'll be posting what I have
made in the next few days.

Hope you all are having a
Splendid Day!!!!!!

Oh I almost forgot there is a blog that
has some blog candy to giveaway
(Pro markers)
She won't pick a winner till she gets
a certain amount of followers. 

She does some beautiful work.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Not a Scrapbooker per say

Hi Everyone,
     Well as I talked on my post yesterday I would get
into what I won, but first I have to begin at the beginning
of the story.
      There is a store called Faes' twelve miles north of
where I live. This is where I usually buy some of my
cardstock and what not to do my paper crafts. Every
month she has a contest where you buy a scrapbook
kit. The kit runs about three dollars. Every month I
buy the kit come home and do my page, now mind you
i'm not really into scrapbooking. I then return the page
to Faes' where it is judged. First place wins a $10 gift
certificate and second wins a $5 gift certificate to the
store. Every month I lose out to this gal named Stella.
     Stella does some beautiful work she is really into
scrapbooking, she has all the tools that are out. A real
wonderful gal.
      Here is the page that I did last month.

    Not my best work. I threw this together over night
because of everything that was going on.
     Well I finally beat Stella. Boy was I happy and so
was the owner of Faes' cause Stella has won first place
for the last five months. To be honest I thought her page
was beautiful and she would win again. The comments
that were made was that her page had to much going
on and that it took away from the pictures.
     In all honesty I feel good in one aspect but feel bad
in an other cause I really thought her page should have
won. So i'm kind of torn. It also reminds me that some
times more is not better. Oh well.
    Off I go to work on my next page.

      Have a Splendid Day!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010


Hi Everyone,
    Lately I have been MIA I know but once again
I can say I'm back and hopefully  I can stay up on
my blogging. The reason that I was gone is because
my uncle and my dad were not doing good health
wise. My dad is having knee problems so he has
been seeing a message therapist. My Uncle who
is my cousin Gilberts dad (remember Gilbert passed
away in October) ended up in the hospital a little
touch and go there.

         My dad on the harley. Couldn't find a
                  picture of my uncle.

    I have been real busy ....NOT ..... I have been
working on some new projects. I hope to have them
up some time this weekend.  I have done a lot of
shopping and I will show you later this week all the
great finds and hauls.
   In October I was still canning tomatoes because my
husband and son brought the tomatoes in to ripen and
it was a good thing cause the very next day we got
frost. Here is the stewed tomatoes and the green hot
sauce that I made.

    I also managed to get out and get some pictures of the
trees and bushes changing colors.


          I love the color on this tree.

   I also did a little bit of decorating for the holiday that just
passed. I went through nine bags of candy that night.


     I know not my best picture taking.

    The best thing that has happened is that I won a contest
I'll tell you about that later this week because this post is
getting so long since I have been missing for some time.

Hope everyone is doing well. Have a Splendid Day!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Today is 'Say What You Need To Say' Day

Some times in life you have people who are suppose to be there
for you unconditionally but for some reason they turn thier back
on you  so this letter is to my grandfather.

   By now you are aware that I do have a lot of hate for you. When
you watched us (my brothers and me) and my cousins when our
parents were working I felt you took joy in having us feel all kinds of
pain. The abuse that you dished out mentally and physically was just
awful for young minds. I don't understand what young children could
have ever done to you to have treated someone the way you did.
    I don't know when you had your stroke that left you paralyzed on
one whole side that you had to use a cane, but as long as I can
remember that was your physical being. That cane was not to be used
as a weapon. You use to piss me off every time you used it to hit my
little brother on the head with it I would hide it for a reason and then
you would tell my parents that I was evil because I would take that
cane and hide it and I would get the spanking of my life. I would
spend my days dreaming of burning that cane.
    Dodging that glass ash tray that you would always throw at me or
my brothers was not understandable and every time I tried to tell my
parents on you, you would tell them that I was making things up. You
made everyone believe that I was a liar. Why ? I never did anything
to you to not make you love me as far as I can remember. I know
that I can't get that answer but I know that you have that to answer
to God about.
    Was it enjoyable to you to lock me and my brothers out of the
house while you kept them (our cousins) inside and told them not
to let us in? Then you would give them something to eat and would
stand them in front of the glass door so we could watch. You were
the evil one.The spanking I will never forget to this day is the one I
got after another of your lock out incidents. You locked us out again
for the who knows how many times. My little brother was hungry
and I just couldn't stand it he was to young to understand so I
walked up the hill to our house and got money from my piggy bank
and got on my bike and rode to the store and got my brothers some-
thing to eat. You told on me but gave my parents a different story
that made me look bad. That is the day I vowed I would dance
on your grave the day you died.
   When I was growing up my friends talked about how they had fun
with thier grandparents and I could never understand them because
you were not someone fun to be around. When you went to live in
convalescent home you still had a lot to do with me getting in trouble
because I did not want to go and visit you and more often than not
I didn't. Dad expected me to when not even he went to see you. I
always wondered what you had done to him for him not to go see
you either.

  I got older and went on with my life. You passed away. The family
waited to let me know after you were buried. They knew that I
would do what I had vowed to do so as not to embarrass them
they let me know after you were six feet under.
  I have since returned to live back home and i'm now living in the
house that you use to live in. So many bad memories here in this
house. So what I have to say is this: I am strong , loving, caring,
compassionate, hard working , educated and most of all honest.
I went on to prove  you wrong that I was not anything like what
you said I was. I love to craft, I have three wonderful kids, I
have worked in the medical field  where you have to care and
be compassionate. I have a wonderful husband. I am Happy with
my life. Much more than I guess you could say.

My God tells me that I need to forgive so I forgive you but I
will never forget. I wish I could have really gotten to know you
not the meanness that I did,

Your Granddaughter,
Velma ( La Flaca)

Thank You Deb for asking me to be a part of this blog hop
of  'Say What You Need To Say' Day

Monday, October 25, 2010

And the Winner is.......

Good Morning Everyone,
  I bet some of you have been checking your blogs and
e-mails to see who has won the giveaway that I was
  Before I get to who won I have a little bit of good
news. Before I did the drawing I was told that I could
actually give away two subscriptions to Country Living.

So here is what I did. I wrote your names all down on
strips of paper and had my sons' girlfriend pick the name
so that no one would say that I picked a favorite.
The winner of the subscription  and  a choice of any item
from my shop is ............ Deb ( PoetessWug) Congrats!!!

Now because I was given a second subscription to
giveaway  another name was picked and this winner
will only win a subscription. So the winner is...........
Free Indeed Congrats!!!!!!!!!

Thank you to all who participated and to those who
now follow me.
Winners please e-mail me your mailing info to Deb also let me know what
you have chosen from my shop.
Hope you all have a Splendid Day!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Just a few more hours.

Hi Everyone just wanted to remind everyone that there
is only four hours left before my giveaway ends.

Here some of the things that I have been busy doing
these last few days.

Making hot sauce and green hot sauce.

Also I have been cleaning my craft room and working
on some new projects.

Hopefully this week I will have the time to post some
of my new items.

Don't forget tell all your friends just four hours left
for the giveaway . Good luck to everyone!!!
Have a Splendid Evening!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Giveaways Giveaways Giveaways!!!!

Hello Everyone,
Lets talk giveaways. Who wouldn't want to win some
great merchandice. I know that I would just love to win
something , anything would do. So here are a few
giveaways that I thought you might be interested in.

The Wug's Backyard has a wonderful afghan that
is her giveaway.

her blogspot is

My Pink Stamper has a giveaway for some BIC pens and

You can visit her site at

For those of you that didn't see the post about this. The new
Cricut Imagine.


And last but not least. The Gypsy


Good Luck Everyone.

A special Thank You to Deb from The Wug's Backyard for blogging
about my giveaway.

Have A Splendid Day!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

One year anniversary with Etsy Giveaway

Hello Everyone
Hope everyone is having a great monday morning. In
August I celebrated one year with my Etsy shop. As
most of you know I was very busy with family and thier        
health issues. So here it is October and I need to do
something to celebrate my anniversary.So I'll do a giveaway.

For my giveaway I will give the winner a one year
subscription to Country Living (ten issues) and thier
choice of any item in either one of my shops.

    So here are the rules:
1. One entry to win by leaving a comment.
2. Post to facebook and leave a link =  two entries
3. Post on your blog and leave a link = three entries
4. Vist one of my etsy shops SnowflakeDreams1 or
    ADiamondOrTwo and tell me what you like in my
    shop = four entries
The winner will be picked next monday. Good luck
to everyone.

Have a Splendid Day!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

RIP My Cousin

   I know it's been a while but I'm finally back. If
you all remember one of my cousins was battling
pancreatic cancer. He lost his fight on October
5th and was laid to rest on the 9th.

                 RIP Gilbert Reyes

A family member had these t- shirts done in rememberance
of my cousin.

  I have been busy helping my Aunt clear out his house.
I've also been trying to catch up on all the things that got
set on the back burner since we knew we had very little
time with Gilbert.
  There is pain in our hearts but there is also joy that he
is no longer suffering. I watched my cousin go from a
two hundred pound man to about a hundred pounds
when he lost his fight with cancer.
  Now it is time for healing and to continue with life.
There is so much to live for. To all of you that are
going through some tough times my prayers are with
you and I'm sorry that I did not have a chance to
read all your wonderful blogs. Hopefully i will be able
to go back and catch up with all of them.

Have a great night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

A beautiful Art Piece

I have been going through some pictures and
I ran into this one that I had forgotten all about.
Isn't it strange that sometimes  you come upon
things just when you need a special something
to bring a smile to your face.

In Moses Lake WA. twelve miles from
where I live. On the sidewalks in the
downtown area artists display their
sculptures and when I saw this one
I fell in Love with it. They change the
sculptures or art work every few months
so I don't know where this Angel is at now.
I just had to share this with everyone.

Have A Splendid Day!!!!