Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Today I am posting more Anna Griffin card making efforts from the last week of the Create contest (last week of September 2018). No, I did not win a "golden ticket", but in the effort ~ I actually made 30 card entries to up my chances, I did gain a good deal of happiness in creating again. Being creative is such a wonderful outlet to increase the joy factor! And utilizing the sheer beauty of all the products sold by Anna Griffin, Inc. is guaranteed to make anyone a success. The products are all wonderful quality.

My sisters and sister-in-law have created many holiday and special occasion cards gifted to family members over the years. All of them are deemed "keepers" and go straight to be saved in our memory boxes. Actually, when both of my parents passed, we went through their saved cards and returned each one to the maker. What a beautiful keepsake to keep their memories alive.

Below is a share of the Anna cards made the last week of September...

Made with Anna's new jacket Dies debuted on October 9th HSN Craft Day

Another made with Anna's new Jacket Dies

Anna Griffin Inc. new Jacket Dies

Made with Anna's new Jacket Dies

Monday, September 24, 2018

Anna Griffin Create Contest

During the month of September, Anna Griffin, Inc., is having a weekly contest to give away 4 all inclusive tickets to Anna Create in November of this year.  Each week there is a new contest theme, from which a winner will be chosen. Now these tickets come at $1,500 a pop, so it is a really big deal to win! During the first week, we were challenged to use Anna's Treasury dies to create projects.

These are just a few I submitted.

The 2nd week, we were challenged to create projects with a product called Terial Magic. It is a fabric stiffener that allows fabric to be treated, ironed, and it will become more paper-like.

Here are a few of the projects I submitted for the contest the 2nd week.

For the third week, we are working with Anna's Christmas acetate cards.  They are just so gorgeous and very unique.  Here is a peek at one of the ones I submitted today.

The weekly contest closes each Friday at 2 PM. No, I have not won yet.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

At work, merchandise display (vignette) styled by the gifted Debbie Henson!

Friday, May 15, 2015

How to move on from a broken heart.

Posted by Trent Shelton on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Vintage Valentine's Day Postcard

The front is just as pretty as the back, isn't it?!!! In my travels and treasure hunts while up in Indiana last year, I always looked for antique postcards to add to my collection. There was only one valentine, but I have several awesome Easter ones to get up in the next month or so. As always, these images are free for your use, personal or otherwise, no strings attached. They were scanned at a 300 resolution so would be suitable for printing nicely up to its original size of 5 3/8 x 3 1/2."

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mom, You've Really Been Gone a Month Now?

I am having an awfully hard time with the loss of my mother. Today it has been a month, and the realistic measure of that time has no meaning for me. My 2 brothers and 3 sisters aren't doing much better dealing with the loss either. Let's face it ~ there is no one else in the world quite like your mother. My sister asked me this week if I thought it was going to be this hard when we lose our Dad. I told her, uh ... probably as bad, if not worse, because that will be our last parent. And really, who isn't a Daddy's girl? Ugh, life just sucks sometimes.

This past week I spent with my Dad in Atlanta. His doctors were concerned about his health, fearing pulmonary hypertension (don't Google stuff like this if you don't want to be scared to death), and fluid retention turning into congestive heart failure. He had doctor appointments and tests scheduled for every day but one. While I was there, he came down with a bronchial infection ~ not good when you have COPD to begin with. So it was fortunate I was there to help him get through a busy and taxing week. Come Friday, the last appointment with the cardiologist bore good news. Test results did not support a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension. Yay!

Dad, with his deeply rooted faith, seems to be coping with the loss of his life's partner of 58 years very pragmatically. The decline of her health was slow and steady for the 4 1/2 months leading up to her passing on October 17th. While we, her children, supported her every step of the way and expected to bring her home from the hospital on 3 or 4 occasions, and help nurse her back to health, that was not to be. I am struggling to focus on the happy memories instead of those of the last few months spent fighting, I felt, just as hard as she was to stay with us. Close to the end, after enduring numerous diagnostic tests, the unconfirmed diagnosis was pancreatic cancer, and, 6 days before the end, the prognosis was "it won't be much longer." At that point, as was her desire, she was released from the hospital to go home under hospice care. I still would not believe. Denial. I started reading the Hospice booklet. Realization started creeping in. It is so terribly hard to let go. Now she is no longer in pain.

Objectively, she was 86 years old and had enjoyed a full, beautiful life, surrounded by loving and devoted family: her husband, 6 children, 13 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. To us she was THE best mother in the whole wide world. We will miss her smile.

Please pray for me. She doesn't need it ~ she is an angel now.

Till next time,