Friday, April 13, 2018

Winner Winner....!!!!

Hi honeys,

I"M HOME!!!

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After being gone for over 6 weeks, yesterday was a bit hectic, so I am here today with the winners from my Birthday blog post.

I totally enjoyed reading all of your comments - what fun to learn something new about each of you! Thanks so much for joining in, and sending me smiles, when I was away.

I have 4 grandchildren now, so there are 4 winners of some 'Itty Bitty Blog Candy'.

NJ Stamping Queen

LeAnne

Tammy Nyenhuis

Stef H

Congratulations to you all!  You will each receive an 'Itty Bitty' happy mail!

Please email me at:

mamagilliam at gmail dot com

Be sure to include your mailing info, exactly as I should address it.

Have a happy Friday, everyone!

Hugs and blessings,

Patti J.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Happy Easter, a bit late!

Good morning!

I know that I missed posting this for Easter, but it's just too cute not to share!

This is one of my publication rejects, and I thought you might like it!!!

Hope your Easter was a blessing!



Thanks for dropping by today,

Hugs and grins,
Patti J.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Then and now...what a difference a few years make!

Good morning!

I'm still MIA, but wanted to drop in and say hi.

Today is a very special day.
45 years ago today, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time, I married my best friend, the love of my life, 
and my partner in business, parenting, and everything in between.

Together, hand in hand, we have been through births, deaths, illness, good times,
and not-so-good times.  In 1980, when dear hubby sustained 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns
over more than 3/4 of his body, I thought I'd lose him, and I was terrified.  Thanks to God,
a very strong and stubborn husband, successful skin grafts, and a wonderful burn unit, we were blessed to weather that storm together.

We've watched our babies grow up into successful adults, and are proud of the goodness
and love of family in each of them. They have both married wonderful spouses, and have blessed us with 4 beautiful grandchildren. It's fun to watch their love grow with each passing year.

Life is so good!

I thought I'd share with you our 'then and now' photos, so you can see what a difference
45 years makes!

1973

December 2017

Stan, if you happen to read this blog post, I hope that you know how much you mean to me.
Each year, our love grows, changes, and each year just gets better and better.  Let's see what the next 45 years bring!  Happy Anniversary - I love you!

Thanks, everyone, for putting up with this sappy post! Sometimes, you just gotta go with what your heart tells you, right???  I have to laugh - we had the latest photo taken for our church directory. I forgot to wear earrings AND neglected to put on any make-up.  Old age is my excuse for said forgetfulness!

Happy Saturday to all,
Patti J.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

'Happy Birthday to Me' means Blog Candy to you!

Hello Friends!

Today is my birthday.
I'm not going to tell you my age, but I may or may not have been born in 1954.

As you all know, I am in DC, proudly and happily wearing my grandma hat this week,
but since it's my birthday, and since you've been so patient with me while I remodeled and, sewed, and traveled, I wanted to give some birthday gifts to some you...

Since this is our 4th grandchild, I'm going to have a random drawing for 4
'Itty Bitty Blog Candy' prizes!

To enter, just leave me a Happy Birthday comment below, and tell me a fun fact about you that I don't know!

I'll go first...

When I was a freshman in high school, I lived in Dolton, Il.  I was in a 'Miss Dolton'
contest, which was largely judged on our float.  Imagine my surprise (actually,
think about me hitting myself on the forehead, like the V8 commercial) when I lost
the contest due to a spelling error on our float!  Our Volunteer Fire Department float builder helpers had used Congradulations, instead of Congratulations 😲

So, I'm almost famous like Hillary! I got the most votes, but lost the 'Election' when the judges caught our spelling error! Wish we had a photo of the whole sign!

Oh, dear....look at that funky hair! Remember when the low part was the 'in' thing?
Probably not - I'm most likely the only antique in blogland :)

That's me on the right.

Now you know!

Hee hee...your turn.

Have a wonderful day - I cannot WAIT to read your comments!!!

All four winners will be announced on Thursday, April 12th.
Each of you will receive a padded envelope with something fun inside!

Thanks for coming to see me today!

Hugs,
Patti J.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

More than one fold AND a surprise element!

Hello out there!

It's April Fool's Day, so for today's challenge at the Scor-Pal blog, we are adding
a surprise element to our creations.

I'll be sharing a box that I created. My inspiration came while perusing Pinterest.
You can find the instructions HERE.

WARNING: Photo heavy! 

For this project, I used my Scor-Pal Eighths, a pair of scissors, 1/2" Scor-Tape, and 1/8" Scor-Tape.

Here is the box closed, shown from the top.

Here's the box closed, shown from the side. Each side panel has a cute panel.

I'm lifting the lid off here....get ready for the surprise element!

Drum roll, please.....I'm about to let the box 'explode'!
Note the teensy drawer 'knobs'.
There's also room in the center for nail polish, candy, a votive candle, etc.

Here is the box opened up. 


Last, but not least, this shows the four drawers open and ready for treats!
I'm imagining hair bows, or fruit chews, or jewelry, or card games...
or papercrafty things!!!

The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for dropping by today.
Hope you enjoyed my little project!

This is not a difficult project at all, but it did take me about two hours to complete.

We hope that you will enter our challenge this month!
You need to include more than one fold, and a surprise element.
Can't wait to see your project!

We also have a ton of inspiration on our Projects on the Scor-Pal website and also on our Pinterest Board to help you get creative!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

All Things Bright...Reminder!

Hello!

It's mid-month, and I'm here to remind you about the challenge over on the Scor-Pal Blog.

The challenge is 'All Things Bright and Beautiful'.

Here's another look at a cute box that I made to hold some Easter candy.  Some spring colored plaid paper and stamps were used on this project.
I used my 1/8" Scor-Pal Score Board, and 1/2" Scor-Tape to create
this fun box.


Hoping this one made you think spring, too!

Be sure to head over to the Scor-Pal blog and join in our challenge.
You need to have more than one score on your card or project, and use some
bright and beautiful colors!  Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Patti J.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Soon to arrive...Captain America!

Good morning!


I'm sure you recall that I was on-line very little in February.

As you know, we've been doing a bit of freshening up/remodeling in our family room.
This has entailed my refinishing of our brick fireplace with a six step finishing process, painting walls, and sewing curtains. Then, hubby and I hung new rods and new curtains (after he replaced windows!).  We also ripped up old carpeting, pad, and staples, and replaced with a pretty soft, plush
carpet.

Here's a little something else that I was working on during that time!
Our daughter is very close to her due date with baby number three.  We know it's a boy,
but as with the other babies, we will be surprised with his name, after he is born, so
for now, mom, dad, and kids are calling the new baby 'Captain America'.
Each time there's a grandbaby born, grandma makes a baby quilt.
What better than a Captain America theme?

Here is the top before finishing.  I'm including this photo only because I took all of the finished photos upside down, and they look wonky if I rotate them to right side up!!!  lol... only an excited grandma would do something silly like that, right?
This (upside down) photo shows the soft, fluffy binding, which is also what the backing is
made of.  I always hand tie at each corner or point.



For whatever reason, my computer won't let me remove just one of these two photos.
Sorry!  You get to see one more partial picture!

Click on any of the pics to see a bit larger photo, if you wish!
Anyway, just thought I'd share with you what I've been working on!
I'll soon be in DC wearing my grandma hat for a month, and can't wait to see the family, 
and meet the new baby boy!

Have a great day!
Thanks for dropping by to say hello!

Patti J.