Friday, December 25, 2009
I'm so thankful to all of you who take time out of your day to visit me and for all of your comments. It really means so much and I'm very grateful to have made so many friends. I hope to post something of interest, whether it's a craft or who knows what, very soon. I'm getting there slowly. In the meantime I posted some verses from Luke in celebration of this wondrous gift that mankind has received.
I'm picturing all of you enjoying Christmas to the fullest with all your family and friends. If you are alone today but don't want to feel alone I'll be checking in and you're welcome to share your feelings with me. May God bless you all.
With Love ....Tracy
"And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."
And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people;
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I know ~ Another giveaway. I'm on a roll tonight but I can't resist sharing this one with you. If you win just be sure to save a bite for me. LOL! This looks so much like the scrumptious fudge my Mama used to make. And most of you know what a sweet freak I am, especially chocolate. Well Sweet Maggie over at Grandma Yellow Hair is having a sweet (pun intended) giveaway and the prize .......ta-dah is the famous Ms Rubys Fudge. This giveway will end on December 28, 2009 midnight central standard time. So click here or the picture on my sidebar if you want your chance at this yummy prize.
I'm so grateful for all of you who take the time out of your busy days and visit me here. You each add a smile to my face and are a bright spot in my day!
I'm wishing each of you the Very Merriest of Christmas' and a Happy New Year too.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Just in case you haven't heard already let me fill you in. Rebecca for Vintage Living is having a giveaway to celebrate her birthday. Not only is she sweetly giving presents away, she's giving away 7 to celebrate the 7 days between her birthday and Jesus'. Just look at the this beautiful star she created. I just found out about her blog and I'm so glad I did because I know it's one that I will be visiting often. Just click here or on the star button on my sideboard to stop by and wish her Happy Birthday and enter her giveaway. Even without a giveaway you'll be glad you did!
Good luck. Hugs....Tracy :)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Hugs and Happy Holidays Ya'll.....Tracy :)
Friday, December 4, 2009
I know I've been sort of missing in action lately. I'll try to post on that later. I would like to thank all my sweet wonderful friends and followers for leaving such touching comments and checking in on me from time to time. I only wish I could adequately express how much it's meant to me. I love you guys!!!
TodaysMama is having a fantastic giveaway ~ Mama’s Holiday Wish List Giveaway, that I just have to share since ya'll have been so sweet to me. I know I keep gushing but right now your caring means much more than you can know. Anyway, this is a hugh one!!!! Be sure to go check it out by clicking here.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
UPDATE: I thought I was back last night when I wrote this post but now I'm second thinking that. Feeling sicky still but different, sore throat, tired and yada, yada, yada. I won't bore you all with that. Just know I'm thinking of you all and will be back with some decent post as soon as I feel up to it. I'm working on some tags little by little and almost done. I hope to mail them tomorrow and will post pics after that.
Hugs and back to the original post.......
I listed a couple of new giveaways that I found for ya'll to take a look at.
The first one is:
Linda over at Robin Egg Blues. She's giving away 3 Inspirations kits celebrating her 100th post. You read right ~ there will be 3 winners. Make sure you click here or click her blue swan on my sidebar and go by Linda's blog and congratulate her on her 100th post and then maybe I'll be congratulating you on winning.
The second giveaway is:
Donna over at Brynwood Needleworks. She's got a fabulous giveaway as well. Just tons of great items to celebrate her 200th post. I hope you'll all stop in and see her lovely creations and enter her contest too. You can click here or go to the button on my side bar.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I just wanted to let you know that I'm not ignoring anyone but I've been not feeling so well the last couple of days. So if you've emailed me, I'm sorry I haven't been able to get back to you yet. When I get a chance I read them but hate writing back when I'm not feeling pleasant. You deserve better than that. You're emails mean so much. I love you all. Right now I'm going to have to take a pain pill (which I never do) and will probably be in bed the rest of the day. I hate to take it knowing it's going to cost me a whole day. Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know - NOT IGNORING and I will be back soon.
First I'd like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for the sweet comments. They brighten my day so much. I just love meeting all the wonderful people I've met and consider so many dear friends. I hope you'll all continue to come back and visit often and keep me up to date on all the fun things in your lives and if you need a friend to share any sadness. I'm here for that too.
Now back to the winner. The winner is:
Congratulations Deb. Please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your address and I will get you Fall Giveaway package in the mail.
Hugs to you all....Tracy :)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I want to thank all those who have already ended. I've enjoyed reading your comments so much. You have given me many smiles and lots of joy. If you haven't entered time is running out so hurry and enter now!
I hope it helps ready your house for the gathering of friends and family. The giveaway is opened through Wednesday midnight November 11, 2009. I will draw the winner on Thursday November 12th.
Hugs and love to all my sweet friends and followers....Tracy :)
Number 1 is Sharon at My Vintage Studio has a Ewe-Too-Cute giveaway you should check out, just click here.
Number 2 is from Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique.
In celebration of all that is good right now: new business, new lifestyle, great health and wonderful friends, she is having a Blog Giveaway. On the 20th November she will draw a winner who will receive this 10" x 10" mixed media cupcake painting, plus a selection of 4 cuppies from my new range of Faux cakes at Woodberry Designs. You can see the beautiful painting in the button on my sidebar.
God Bless You All!!!!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
On top of that this camera has me so frustrated it's like why did I commit to do something when my pictures don't even show what they look like. (Sorry, I'm frustrated). A sweet new friend Pam has been so kind and tried to give me some help but so far I haven't been able to find it on this camera.
So now after all my whining are the pictures of one craft. I decoupaged these bird house ornaments. (Believe me, they look prettier than the photos show).
*****Also, I wanted to remind you if you have not entered my fall giveaway do it now. The deadline to enter is Wednesday at midnight. That gives you one more day.****
I made 3 of them.
I bought these houses already built at the Dollar Tree. Guess how much I paid for them. Ya'll are so smart, yep $1.00 apiece. First I painted all of them white where it might show. Then I covered this one with a pretty white scrapbook paper with blue violets. I cut some other flowers, butterflies & dragon flies from some more paper and decoupaged them on top. I trimmed the eves and base with some more paper. I replaced the twine hanger with ribbon and added a banner that I cut from a box of tea and some satin roses.
Here's the back side.
More of the same steps. You get the idea.
Here's the back side. I used some heart shaped paper clips placed in a circle with a little flower and button on top.
Well, that's it for today. But I promise you'll see more crafts everyday I hope. Actually I'm hoping that you get more than one a day to make of for the ones I missed. They're in the works.
Friday, November 6, 2009
I just hate showing you the pictures with this camera but it's all I've got. I spent a little time baking this morning. And no this is not the craft of the day. I hope to get that on before midnight tonight.
If you like something really sweet then you will love these Cream Cheese Cookies. They're really easy too.
I've listed the recipe below if you'd like to try it. They're yummy and you store them in the fridge, that is if they last that long. Honestly I have a major sweet tooth but I couldn't eat more than two of these at the time.
Well every night I seem to post later and later. I am trying my best not to skip a day. I sorta cheated with this one. I really needed to finish a surprise that I'm sending someone but I don't want to show it until they get it. So instead I'm posting something I made sometime ago. Three prim country Christmas stockings. One for a girl and two for guys. I made this from a pattern but I can't actually remember which one. They were really simple and pretty quick to make.
I don't intend for the entire 30 days to be on Christmas but so far it's looking that way. I have no definite plan but lots of ideas.
After seeing the terrible pictures my camera is taking, I'm afraid ya'll won't come back. LOL
That's it tonight folks. I'm going to try to go to bed earlier tonight so I can accomplish a little more tomorrow.
I want to thank you all for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments. You don't know how they make my day. I read everyone and smile. I love you guys!
Have a fun Friday. Hugs....Tracy
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Ya'll will have to excuse my horrible pictures. I need a new camera so bad. Anyone out there want to be my Secret Santa? LOL
Back to craft day #2. I decided to make ornaments out of jewelry boxes. This is a great way to use up all those little scraps of paper and ribbon and lace. I had so much fun on the first one that I ended up making 5! Very easy, this is a great craft project for anyone to do. So easy that I didn't think anyone needed a tutorial on this one. Kinda like follow by pictures sorta thing.
I used scrapbook paper, some Christmas magazine pages and some even some music sheets and glued them on the back of the inside and around the inside edges as well as all of the outside. I added cut outs and used pop up dots to give them a dimensional look. I also used some raffia in the bottom of one. I used a lime green metallic wreath (like 11-13") to make the Christmas tree. Boy that poor wreath has been through it. I've cut it up for quite a few projects. After trimming around the top (and sometimes the bottom or even all around) with paper and lace borders I cut the back of a few decorative buttons off and glued them on as well.
Oh', I guess I should mention that it's easiest to poke the two holes in the top for the ribbon after you cover it with paper but before you add decorative elements. I made that mistake too many times and remembered at the end when I would realise I didn't have a hanger attached.
Darn this camera....Darn it, Darn it, Darn it!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Actually I did this scarecrow a few years ago. I just thought it was an appropriate time to show it. He was made with muslin and a few other fabric scraps and a little raffia. Easy to do face with magic markers. When I hung him up last year I added couple of extra nails in and hung the raffia on his wrist and ankle so it looked like he was waving and jumping. He had a little more raffia hair coming out from under his hat but I guess the stress of being boxed up in the attic made his hair fall out. Ha-Ha.
Here's a close up of his happy face. As you can tell by the crow on his shoulder he didn't take his job of being a scarecrow too seriously.
Please leave comments. I love reading them and it lets me know you cared enought to stop by.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
While your at it be to sure to enter my Fall giveaway by clicking here.
Have a Sweet Sunday Ya'll.....Tracy
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Well it took me a while but I'm back with a new give away for you. This time I'm hosting. I know I was going to post this a week or so ago but well you know how life gets in the way, it's demanding like that.
With fall and Thanksgiving in mind I put together a few items for you. It includes 3 fabric pumpkins that I made (which was fun and easy), there is also an adorable scarecrow box, a Give Thanks door banner with hanger and a couple of fall kitchen towels. I hope it helps ready your house for the gathering of friends and family. The giveaway is opened through Wednesday midnight November 11, 2009. I will draw the winner on Thursday November 12th. Because of the size and weight I will only be able to ship this inside the continental United States. If you live outside the United States and would still like to enter, I could ship you the banner and kitchen towels since they would fit in an envelope.
I have to tell you this giveaway is a little self serving (okay, a lot). I've had a store in ebay for quite sometime and it's mostly vintage items. Ebay has gotten so expensive that I'm just ready to get rid of it. I have a lot of stuff there. I've recently marked things down and could use some help clearing this place out. So if you can take a peek. You never know you might find something you like. In return I will be happy to give you an extra "6" entries into this fall giveaway.
Hopefully this will be the first step to opening an etsy store. Yeah!! But please make sure you enter whether you check ebay out or not. Thank you all for indulging me and my self promoting ways.
This time I'm offering you 4 ways to enter. Here are the simple rules:
1 entry- for each comment left throughout the event.
2 (extra) entries - for signing up as a follower.
4 (extra) entries - post to your sidebar... the giveaway, picture, with a link, to Cotton Pickin Cute(let me know with a comment).
6 (extra) entries - for any purchase made from my ebay store north-florida. Just click here to go to my store. (Be sure to post a comment and let me know if you purchase so you can get the extra entries)
GOOD LUCK MY FRIENDS!!!
Best of luck and Happy Thanksgiving to all....Tracy
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
As Debra has said this is sort of opening up her quite time that she spends with God. Quoting Debra "It should be interactive. Questions, thoughts, ideas, opinions, they are all valuable to me. I'm not going to get into any doctrinal or theological debates here." She shares passages with us to read so that we can discuss (or just read if you would like).
For me it gives me some direction and reminds me to take that quite time and spend with God. And then I love going back and sharing ideas with the others. This is open to anyone who would like to be a part of this. If you haven't visited Debra at Common Ground please take a moment to you will find her to be just as sweet & loving as can be. I also hope you take a peek at a day in the life, I believe you'll feel as blessed as I do.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I just love all the bright cheery colors. Sweet Kate from The Garden Bell created this on the way home from Door County - hence the name door bell. She is so creative and witty, what a winning combination.
If you've never visited her blog you can click here and boy will you be glad you did. She has beautiful pictures and creates the most beautiful blankets, Afghans and more. Something I admire that I most definitely cannot do. Thank you Kate for making my day.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Ki'a had just turned 6 a week earlier and Zack was 7 (soon to be 8 on New Years Eve).
Please ignore all my nasty cords. I promise to do better next time. There are actually 3 of these ghost. I made them from black and white flannel with white buttons a few years ago. You hang them on some up side down metal tomato cages with white holiday lights wrapped around the cage. So sew easy. I did have a pattern but it's simple straight stitches (I have a fear of drawing anything without a pattern - trying to gutsy up and get over that).
Here's one of Neil and Zack. He adores his Granddaddy and vice-versa. Zack hasn't lived here since he was about 2.
Zack and Ki'a waiting on Zelda the Gypsy to tell them they stay at Disney World forever.
Here's a picture of the ghost I made lit up. Don't they look fun, who could be scared of those faces?
Dead Harry here, well he's a little more frightening.
Here's Kia saying "I ain't afraid of no ghost" and playing ring around the rosies with our singing ghost group. She fits right in with them except for the tan.
Ki'a's holding Esmeralda the witches hand. What a freaking tiny hand that witch has. She moves her hand and arms back and forth and hers eyes glow green. She looks like she's stirring the pot I added.
I think they're singing a belated Happy Birthday to Ki'a.
This girl is Fearless with a capital F. Of couse it might have been a little cooler if they had seen it before they had gone to Disney - the land of realistic pirates. The cauldron looks a lot cooler at night too. I took a couple of grape vine wreaths and put some white Christmas tree lights around them (orange ones would work great). Then I took an orange disposable table cloth and cut it up and weave it around the wreaths cutting it like little flames. I've got bricks holding the Caldron up above the grape wreaths More bricks in the Calderon hold the LED light changing skull up enough to see it. Then I just took pillow fillers and pulled it all bubbly looking and overflowing to look like a boiling cauldron. You can see Esmeralda's just waiting to drop another head into the pot. The black cat had changing LED colors too. It's very hard to imagine how much different the scene looks after dark.
I found this light up skeleton at the thrift store for a couple of dollars. It really looks neat at night because you don't see the cords. You only notice the head and hands lit up. I told you she was brave.
Can you see Frankenstein peeking around the post?
Here's a great picture of Zack holding my faux pumpkins. He's alot harder to get a picture of since he's got Granddaddy to play with. These pumpkins were the best purchase ever. I found these at Michael's about 10 years ago when they first came out. They were a lot more expensive than now but I used 40% coupons and I knew that I was saving a bundle over the long run because I always bought so many real pumpkins (which I still love). I never liked the orange plastic pumpkins growing up because they were so fake and these are so amazingly life like. Now that I'm oldish I love the kitsch of the old stuff too.
That witch makes the coolest cackling sounds as she moves up and down and is lit up.
Here we all are. As most of you know Neils mother now lives with us. She turned 89 this last August. Sorry for all the squinting and eye rubbing but the sun was directly in our eyes. Ki'a's holding the baby doll I made for her birthday which we celebrated while she was here even though it was late.
Here we are again. I love this picture with Ty and Christal smiling and laughing. Zack's holding our baby Mattie. She'll be 10 next month.
There's my sweet boy Zack flying his airplane with Granddad.
I know Ty is tall. I'm only 5'3" but my mom was 5'9" and his dad was close to 6 ft - he just passed them a little. His best friend from school is like 6 ft 7".
Ki'a is all girl and so dainty.
It's so funny. You call Zack's name and he turns automatically with a smile as if cued for his shot and Ki'a is always so introspective & dreamy looking. I miss them all so much.
Well - whew - that's my long butt post. I warned you. Hope you had fun. Show me yours now.
Have a blessed night....Tracy :)