Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Ted and I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas weekend! This picture is from the Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. It was spectacular with over 8,000 luminarias and musical groups along the trail.

We're happy to be spending our second Christmas in Scottsdale - the first Christmas as official residents!

Enjoy your holiday!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Deck My Halls!

Enjoy this little tour of my Christmas decorations. We don't dare tempt fate by having a large tree due to curious paws! The fancy Santas are from my Mom's collection, and the beautiful large wooden sleigh was made by my Dad.

We also strung lights on a few cactus outside which was a first! Are you all decorated and ready for Santa?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! This picture is circa 1963 and features my Dad and my Aunt Laura. I think we are waiting for the bird to get up and walk out of the room!

My Dad loved Thanksgiving! My Mom always stuffed the bird, and Dad like to pretend he was a surgeon. After I moved away from home, I would get a phone call every Thanksgiving morning telling me not to call the house because he was getting ready to go into surgery!

We had many memorable Thanksgivings - from custard pies that Aunt Verna brought every year that we all hated, but ate anyway . . . . . . the sink disposal backing up at clean up time . . . . . . the year everything had raisins in it . . . . . . the year the turkey took forever to get done . . . . and of course, my family, who I dearly miss.

I'm thinking of them today and thankful to have had them in my life - Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Phyllis, Laura, Johnny, Verna, Ed, and Ted Sr.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Home Sweet Home!

On a cool, rainy day, Ted arrived in Arizona to stay for good! We moved here the end of July, but he only stayed a week, and then had to get back to Kentucky to finish up some work projects and hang around until our house sold!

The timing was perfect - we have a buyer for our Kentucky house and will close in a couple of weeks. And he is here in time to watch the cats while I work on one of the crews for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Phoenix which starts on Thursday.

He was glad to get here after three long days of driving and going through sleet and snow in northern Arizona!

Violet and Gleek were so happy to see their Daddy. Newman hid for about 15 minutes, but then realized who Ted was, and things were back to normal in no time!

We have all missed him so much, and now our family feels complete! Welcome home, Ted!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Howloween!

It's Howloween . . . . . . time to show your vampire fangs!

And if you're a cat, you're hoping for more toys instead of candy!

Get your howl on and shout out Trick or Treat!

Don't forget to carry a cute cat basket to collect all your goodies!

Newman is dressed up as Little Joe from Bonanza! Here he is singing Home on the Range just for you!

Have a not-so-spooky Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jewelry Cabinet Makeover!

When my Mom passed away, I decided to keep this jewelry cabinet that she had. I really didn't like it, but it holds a lot of jewelry.

The top opens and there is a mirror and more storage. It has a cherry finish that is disgusting. For some reason, it won't clean up, and as you can see in the second photo, there were white smudges all over it.

I also don't care for the gold drawer pulls, and don't even get me started on that gross pink felt that lines all the drawers and side cabinets!

There are about a thousand tiny screws that hold all this together. After two weeks of removing all the pink felt, sanding, painting, and getting it all back together, here is what it looks like now!

I used the leftover paint from the end table painting project. It is a soft metallic copper color. I spray painted the gold a gun metal gray.

Because I could not completely remove the paper that the felt was attached to, I decided to cover it in scrapbook paper. Then I bought drawer liner that you use in your kitchen - the rubbery type stuff - and put it in the bottom of each drawer. The jewelry stays in place!

I used fabric as a backing on the two side cabinets.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Shutterfly Free Holiday Cards

I'm a fly girl - Shutterfly, that is! I've been using Shutterfly for years as my go-to place for creating cards, calendars, and photo books. The quality is awesome, and their site is very user friendly - even for those who are technically challenged!

Now is the perfect time to get your holiday cards created. There are so many new designs this year, and you'll love looking through them to find your favorite! Upload your family pictures to an album in your Shutterfly account, and let the fun begin. There are pretty styles to choose from, and your card can be either flat or folded and can contain numerous photos.

As you can see below, I like to create a card for my Etsy customers, and I include my cats' photos on it. This was last year's card.

LinkChristmas photo cards are so easy to create! Pick a favorite photo from a vacation, choose a design, and you can have your cards done in no time!
Here is another card from my collection of Shutterfly creations! The most difficult decision you will have is selecting the design you want to use - there are so many fun ones!
To make your experience even better, you can pre-select the format, size, number of photos, and color that you'd like to use. Then you'll only be looking at the card choices based on your needs.
Of course, you don't have to use Shutterfly only during the holidays. They have greeting cards for all occasions, or you can create a photo card like I did showing Newman and his ferocious tiger bite!

I'm a huge fan of Shutterfly's calendars. I like giving these as gifts because they are unique, fun to create, and beautifully done. I've already done my family calendar for 2012 - yeah, I'm that much on the ball!

If you take a few minutes each month to upload some of your favorite photos to your Shutterfly account, then creating a calendar can be done in an evening. I especially like the calendar feature of being able to list birthdays and other special occasions. The next year, all those events are still in your account, so your creation time is even shorter! You can even put a picture on a particular day. For example, on our anniversary, I have a photo from our wedding day.

There are numerous photo gifts you can make, but my favorite is the photo book! I have created nine Shutterfly photo books. I've made photo books of our vacations, cats, dogs, Susan G. Komen 3-Day event, and even created a photo book as a graduation gift.
Another reason I'm a Shutterfly fan is their specials and freebies! Because I'm on their email list, I get a heads up on special promotions like free shipping, 20% off offers, buy one/get one free offers, and free print offers. I have taken advantage of them all over the years, and as a result I've gotten free calendars, prints, and cards.

Are you a blogger? If you'd like a chance at 25 free cards this holiday season, you can register here!

I also have a promotion code for you for 25 free cards! Enter one of these codes in your Shutterfly account, and you'll receive 25 free cards - what could be better than that as motivation to get your holiday cards done early!


Have fun!