#ICS Blog Hop Colors of Courage

 

I think all of us have had friends of family with cancer.  Such a tough thing to go through.  There’s no right or wrong way to navigate through that, but one thing I’ve seen over & over is COURAGE.  Courage and faith.

As I write this post, my dear friend, Chari, is going through her first chemotherapy for breast cancer.  I can’t be with her, but we keep messaging back & forth, and that helps a lot.  When I first moved to Maui, I didn’t know anyone & I attended a Christian Woman’s Club luncheon.  Chari sat next to me & I was so touched when she just came out & asked if we could be friends.  Sure!!  She & her husband were new to the island, also, and we all ended up spending lots of time together.  We all learned to windsurf, had babies, spend many years together on Maui until they moved to Washington.

Here’s a card for Chari:

 

Double Z Fun Fold Card

Measurements:

  • Card Base Wisteria Wonder – 4 1/4″ X 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Delightful Daisy DSP – two pieces at 2 1/2″ X 4″, one at 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • White layer – 3 1/4″ X 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ & 6 3/8″

God bless you, Chari!  You’ll get through this.  There are so many people who love you & are praying for you!!

Next on the hop is Terri Takashige!  You won’t want to miss her creative ideas!!

ICS Blog Hop Count My Blessings

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I really love Thanksgiving!  Yes, there’s the food.  My husband grills the turkey on the Weber every year & it has a slightly smokey flavor & it’s moist, & the best turkey ever!!

Here’s Anne Matasci & me ready for some turkey!

 But there’s just something wonderful about pausing to reflect on your blessings for one whole day!  We had a tradition when the girls still lived at home where we had a Thankful Turkey that sat out for a couple of weeks.  You were supposed to fill it with little notes about things you were thankful for & then we’d read them aloud after dinner.  I’ve kept them all over the years & they’re really fun to read!!

One of my fun family memories is when we made Pat get involved with making a new Thankful Turkey.  He’s not really into crafting, but when he does it he doesn’t hold back!  He must have used 10 glue sticks gluing on those pompoms!  These pictures were taken over 10 years ago, by the way.

This is one turkey feather.

Today the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop is Introducing the Holiday Catalog!  I’ve chosen to focus on Thanksgiving!

Isn’t that the greatest sentiment?!!  And I just love the font!  The fall Designer Series Paper is called Painted Autumn & is full of fall colors, leaves, pumpkins, acorns, & pretty patterns.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure & keep hopping to get a chance to see more new ideas from the Holiday Catalog!  Your next stop is Nichole Loe & you’re in for a treat!  She always has great ideas!!

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ICS Blog Hop Carried Away With Banners!

Today is the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for the Inspire, Create Share Blog Hop!  I’m so excited to be part of this talented team!

We wanted to share some love with you this month so our theme is Happy Valentine’s Day!  We’ve just had our kitchen remodeled and I wanted to make a banner to hang up there…here it is:

Isn’t that fun?!!  I used the Banner Thinlits and the Carried Away Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration (FREE with any $50 order!).  If you look closely you’ll see some goodies from Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (tassles, bow, ribbon).

My Big Shot finally kicked the bucket while I was making this project!  It has served me well for many years & been used & abused!  It has been groaning & making noises for a few weeks & actually spit some things across the room!  May it Rest In Peace!  I can’t get myself to throw it out yet.  I have to admit though, Sale-A-Bration is the best time for this to happen!  2 more FREE SALE-A-BRATION items!

Thanks for joining us this month and feel free to leave us some love in the form of comments!

Now hop on over to Terry’s blog and see what she has to share this month.