Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Window to my World

Today I made one of my little dreams come true!  I finally got an antique window hung above our bed.  Happy sigh!  I did it all by myself.  No small feat!  I used 3M velcro strips, which means we can adjust it a bit when hubby comes home.  I'm trying to remember if I told him I wanted to put this window here...hmmm.  Hope he likes it!

This window is from Northern Indiana.  A neat little antique shop near Plymouth, IN, in fact.  I can't help but look at it and wonder about its history.  Did a housewife look out this window when it was new?  Or was this window in a shed, garage, or shop?

The cute rag garland was a gift from a very dear friend!  It's been the only thing hanging over our bed these past 1.5 years.  It looks perfect right over the middle of the window!  Thanks Lori!

Another fun thing that happened this week is that I got some personal calling cards in the mail!  I ordered these from Ink was a special of 100 cards for only $4.99 shipped!  I have regular business cards for my etsy shop.  But I have often wished for some cards to give new friends so that they can have my phone number and email.
Ink Garden lets you pick your design, words, fonts, colors, etc.
(The black marks are for privacy's sake on the internet.)

And on the back, there was room to put more.  So I just made a little list of who I am.  And put my blog address.

And lastly, I didn't have something wintery to put on my front door.  So I decided to put up a vintage Valentine cut out.  Fun, cute, and different.  This was either from my younger years or my school teaching years.

Thanks for stopping by on this cold, sunny January day!


Linked To:
My Romantic Home

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cute, Quick Homemade Calendar

I really enjoy having a photo calendar each year.  Last year I paid about $8 to have Walgreens make one for me on sale.  But this year I thought I'd just pick up this $1 calendar at JoAnn Fabrics.  Little did I know that it would end up being my favorite photo calendar yet!

Last week, I hurriedly worked on a photo order through  My idea was to print 3-4 pics for each page and crop them so I could get several events/memories on each month. Then suddenly I had a TERRIFIC epiphany!!  Walmart lets you make photo collage prints for just 9 cents each!!!  It was so fun to  make a 4x6 photo collage, WITH TITLE, for each month!  That allowed me to get several photos (usually 6) per month and even be able to title them.

Add caption

And so here is the January page.  I am loving this in our master bathroom.  While I do my hair in the morning, I can see my loved ones and remember special times.

It can be hard to decide what pictures to do each month.  So my plan was to choose favorite pics/events/memories of that month from 2011 and put them on the coinciding month of 2012.  

This project was very economical and quick.  It might have taken me an hour to upload the pics to and create the 12 photo collages.  And then just about 5 minutes to put them in my calendar using photo splits from my scrapbooking supply.
I can also say that it cost less than $4.  The calendar was $1 and the photos were 9 cents each plus alittle bit for shipping so they would come right to my house.  I like it so much better than my little $8 desktop calendar from last year b/c the photos are more clear and there are more per month.

And now...I'm betting you'd like to see one of my favorite pictures of my little newborn granddarling...right?  

This precious little babe was born one week ago today and his name is 
Carson Davis.
He is our very first little grand and we are loving him to PIECES!!!

He was about 4 days old here.  So beautiful.  So sweet.  So happy.  And such a God-gift!  I wish he lived next door, and not 6 hours away.  I am loving being his "Mimi" and am so thankful for the 6 days I got to spend with him, our darling daughter, and her husband.

Thank you for visiting!  Have you been to my etsy shop, Perfect Darlings?  I've sold over 60 of one certain handmade gift you'll find there...curious?  Go see!  :)


Linked to:
My Romantic Home 
 Made By You Monday  
Tip Junkie  
Today's Creative Blog

Friday, January 6, 2012

Joy to the World...Our First Grandchild is Born!!

Carson Davis Gamble
7 pounds 1 ounce

Our beautiful first born Lindsey and her sweet husband Rich have given us our first little 'grand' and we are thrilled!

I got to be right outside the door, hearing it all take place!  And when he was born I got to come in and start taking photos.  Bliss!!

Just one hour old.  Such a sweet new little person.  My heart will never be the same.

'Papa'is quite proud and smitten!

'Mimi' dream come true!
Thank you Jesus for
new life,
his godly parents,
and the huge blessing of being his

Mimi Donna

07 08 09 10
Pin It button on image hover