Thursday, December 28, 2017

I'm a Hallmark Girl!

My friends know that I'm a Hallmark fanatic...a connoisseur...a junkie.  I shop the store. By the way, have you ever been in their Halls Department Store in Kansas City?  Um, it's divine.  I happened upon it a few years ago when I was up there for a cheer competition.  Didn't know it even existed.  It's a beautiful store.  Anyway, I also shop the regular Hallmark stores.  I buy the ornaments.  I buy the cards.  And, yes, I watch the movies.  I even developed a rating system for my friends, and I post my ratings on my personal Facebook page after I watch some of them.  It has sparked fun conversation.  And it's not just Christmas movies anymore.  It's now winter, Valentines, spring, weddings, summer, fall and Christmas.  Hallmark really is a genius company.  Now you (or more likely your spouse) may think the movies are cheesy...and I've been know to agree with that sentiment at times...but at least it's something the whole family can watch without concern!  Am I right mommas?  And pretty movies, make our season better...make us happy!

So, now that the Christmas movie season is over...until Christmas in July...I thought I would share a couple of my new favorites from 2017:

I adore Candace Cameron Bure.  And I love a good twins switching places theme.  Hello, Haley Mills in The Parent Trap?  Golden.

I also adore the main star in this movie, Alison Sweeney.  I remember her from "Days of our Lives".  I also love her in Hallmark's Movies and Mysteries Channel "Murder She Baked" series.  This movie actually chocked me up a little at the end.  Got me in the feels.

Now I still have some on my DVR to watch.  I hear, The Christmas Train is great.  What were your favorite new Christmas Hallmark movies this year?  Let me know!

If you're sad the season is almost over and your favorite holiday movies will be disappearing, never fear.  Hallmark's Winterfest 2018 starts January 6th!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Did you get craft goodies for Christmas?

Hi Crafters!

Happy two days after Christmas!  So, I've been wondering....did you get any cool craft supplies for Christmas?????  I want to know!  I get excited when someone texts me or writes on my Facebook Page that they received a new craft goodie!  I know many of you probably got cutting machines--Silhouette or Cricut or maybe another brand?  I am partial to Silhouette, so I highly recommend you newbies checking out Silhouette School Blog.  Melissa, the creator of the blog, is fantastic.  She's even written an in-depth how-to book and e-course.  I've learned a lot from her, so be sure to check out her page.  Now, unfortunately, I am not as versed in Cricut as I once was.  My first "successful" cutter was a Cricut...the little one.  And then I moved up to the Cricut Expression, which I adored for awhile.  So, I'm just not sure of a fabulous YouTuber to recommend for instructional videos for a Cricut.  Hey, but let me know because I have a Cricut Air 2 sitting in my craft room wanting to be used. 

<SIDENOTE>  So you are probably wondering what I meant by "successful" cutter.  Yea, a long time ago, when you could actually find a LSS (local scrapbooking store), a store owner in Lafayette, LA convinced me to buy, if I remember the name correctly, a Wishblade cutter rather than a Cricut.  It was the first computer-based cutter I tried to use.  BUT, I also had a new laptop with Windows Vista.  I could never get the thing to work properly with my computer.  Nightmare.  So when I got my second computer-based cutter, the Silhouette Cameo, years later and after several easy-to-use Cricuts, it literally took me over a year to take it out of the box.  Now, I can't live without it.

So, what did I get?  Well, my parents got me a new video setup from The Cowboy Studio, and I can't wait to set it up later today!  I have a rigged camera setup now that has been annoying me.  I'm hoping this system will help making my craft videos much easier.  Here's a pic of it:

My husband got me a clamp that attaches to the bar.  My camcorder will screw into the clamp so that I can easily shoot videos from above!

I also received some Dixie Belle chalk paint in Barn Red and Fluff as well as some wax.  Why Dixie Belle and not Annie Sloan?  I just seem to like more of the colors that Dixie Belle offers.  But both brands are great!


So really that's all the craft supplies I received.  That's all I asked for, and I'm so grateful for them!  I'm at the point where I really have all the craft supplies I need except one...and that will have to be saved for...if I decide to take my crafting in that direction one day.

So, share with me your goodies!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July Crafters!

My family and I are actually on vacation this week.  This was my scenery last night:

Aren't the colors beautiful!

But before I left, I took some photos of a few of my fabulous Fourth of July Decorations from The Round Top Collection.

The Celebrate Everyday Candelabras have the finials that can be changed out for the season or holiday, and I LOVE the Firecracker Cans grouping in the center of my dining room table!

On the back patio, I put a large grouping of Round Top Collection Americana stakes in a tin bucket I purchased from HomeGoods.  Now at The Round Top Collection Gallery store, they use sand in buckets to hold the stakes straight.  Sooooo, I sent my husband to Lowes for some sand.  Yea, I have since learned that the TYPE of sand you get matters A LOT.  He got regular potting sand...not his fault...I didn't know to specify. BUT, that type of sand does not work well at all.  It's too moist.  So I talked to Lexie at The Round Top Collection Gallery, and she said that you need to purchase PLAY SAND for your containers.  It's dense enough to keep their metal stakes upright.  So, when I get back home I will be fixing that!

And some good news for those that live in Houston.  The Round Top Collection Gallery is hosting their GRAND OPENING of the new store in Cypress, Texas on Friday, July 7th.  Here are the details straight off of The Round Top Collection Gallery Facebook Page:

Get excited- our Cypress location is opening its doors this Friday, July 7!!! We can't wait to see you all there! Information coming soon on all the exciting promotions and store events that will be happening throughout opening weekend.
Store Hours are as follows:...
Sunday 12-6
Monday- Saturday 10-9
Located in Fairfield Town Center between Torrid and Bath & Body Works.
Address: 28802 Hwy 290 Unit D04, Cypress, Tx 77433

COUPON CODE REMINDER:  I am a Round Top Collection Gallery Affiliate.  If you don't live in Houston, don't worry.  You can order online, and I can offer you a one-time use, online only coupon for 20% off your entire subtotal!  The code to enter at checkout is: PYLRTCG.  Click HERE for the store link. Happy Shopping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kids Kraft Day Supply List

Happy Saturday Crafters!

As I previously announced on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube yesterday, I will be hosting a Kids Kraft Day YouTube LIVE event on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 8pm CST.  I came up with a craft to do with your kids for Independence Day...a table place card arrangement...or you could use it at as a decoration.  My youngest daughter, Lucy, and I will be creating them together with you.  I want to get kids crafting! In case you missed it, here is the YouTube LIVE video from last night where I discussed the supplies you will need to make this craft with me on Monday:

Now here are some close-up pictures of the supplies which were all purchased at Hobby Lobby.  You don't have to buy the same ones, but I wanted to give you an idea of the things you will need.

Container, Foam, and Floral Picks--These were found in the floral section.

Filler from the Holiday Section

 Flags and Floral Picks from the Holiday Section
(I ended up not using the flags, but my daughter did.)

 I used one of these in my arrangement.

 I used one of these in my arrangement.

 I used three of these.

Some Floral Picks from the Floral Section (Not shown is an addition white curly pick...see video).
I used one of these blue firework-looking picks in my arrangement.

I used two of these in my arrangement.

A Floral Pick from the Party Section and chalkboard picks from the Scrapbook Section. 
I used one of each of these.

If you want to add a bow, you will need some ribbon of your choice.  Additional supplies that you need are a hot glue gun, glue sticks, scissors, and wire cutters (great for cutting floral pick stems).  I just recently purchased these diagonal cutters  HERE, and they are AMAZING!

I hope you and your kiddos will join me and my daughter to make this fun craft!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 23, 2017

National Pink Day!!!

What?  A WHOLE day celebrating the BEST color in the world???  Yep, National Pink Day is actually real, but I must admit, I didn't realize it until I saw a friend post it on Facebook.  Is it weird if I put a reminder in my phone so I won't forget this glorious day from now on?  Ah, who's National PINK Day!  So as I was doing a "National Pink Day" google search, I came upon this very interesting information straight from National Day Calendar about the history of the most fabulous color ever:


National Pink Day is observed annually on June 23rd.  This day is set aside for the color pink and all it represents.
First used as a color name in the late 17th century, pink is a pale red color which got its name from a flower of same name.
According to surveys in both the United States and Europe with results indicating that the color pink combined with white or pale blue is most commonly associated with femininity, sensitivity, tenderness, childhood and the romantic.  Pink, when combined with violet or black is associated with eroticism and seduction.
Dating back to the 14th century, “to pink” (the verb) means “to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern.”
It would have been curious to find pink used in fabric or decor during the Middle Ages.  Occasionally it was seen in women’s fashion and religious art.  In the 13th and 14th century, the Christ child was sometimes portrayed dressed in pink, the color associated with the body of Christ. Pink was mainly used for the flesh color of faces and hands during the Renaissance.
The Rococo Period (1720-1777) was the golden age for the color pink. Pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe during this time.  Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), the mistress of King Louis XV of France, was known for wearing the color pink, often combined with light blue.  At one point in time, Ms. Pompadour had a particular tint of pink made specifically for her.
Pink ribbons or decorations were worn by young boys in 19th century England.  The men in England wore red uniforms and since boys were considered small men, boys wore pink.
Pink became much bolder, brighter and more assertive in the 20th century and 1931, the color “Shocking Pink” was introduced.
As one of the most common colors of flowers, pink serves to attract the insects and birds that are necessary for pollination.


  • In the pink – To be in top form, in good health, in good condition.
  • To see pink elephants – To hallucinate from alcoholism.
  • Pink slip – To be given a pink slip means to be fired or dismissed from a job. First recorded in 1915 in the United States.
  • Pink-collar worker – Persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as  “women’s work.”
  • Pink Money –  the pink pound or pink dollar is an economic term which refers to the spending power of the LGBT community.
  • Tickled pink – means extremely pleased.


The most apparent way to celebrate is to wear pink.  Enjoy foods and beverages that are pink.  Give a donation to any of the charities that use the color pink.  Use #NationalPinkDay in social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Pink Day."

So, I find it very appropriate that I unveiled my Sitting Room last night on my first LIVE YouTube event, since there is a strong presence of pink in that room.  In case you missed it, here is the video:

So, put on some pink and go celebrate one of the most fabulous days of the year!!!!
Thanks for stopping by.