Thursday, December 24, 2015

Denim Christmas Ornament

Merry Christmas Eve to you!
I am up on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog today with a last minute ornament idea! 
Just pull out some of those foam stickers, load them up with glitter, and tie the top off with some pretty denim ribbon tied with jingle bells! 
Created by Michele Kovack
For all of the products used, be sure to head on over the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog! :)
Time for me to mosey on outta here and get my Christmas on! 

Created by Michele Kovack
Hugs to you!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sweet Snowman....

 Good morning my friends! 
I have a card today that was created for the SRM Blog.  It uses this adorable snowman from Jane's Doodles called, Warm Wishes.  He was stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.  I colored him in with my Zig Clean Color Markers.  
Created by Michele Kovack
And because I can never leave well enough along, I added liquid applique to his hat and the snow.  While it was still warm, I sprinkled glitter over it.  
Created by Michele Kovack
I matted the image in coordinating card stock and used a pretty rectangular die from Spellbinders. More glitter was added to that die for a bit of additional sparkle. :) 
Created by Michele Kovack
I am finishing up my wrapping today....as I am still getting a few last minute packages in the mail. 
I will be back tomorrow with a Christmas Eve post.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Vintage Ornament

Good morning! I want to thank you for your kind comments yesterday. It really means a lot to me. I find this blog therapeutic in so many ways. Not just the crafting part but being surrounded by girlfriends. So thank you for your advice, your good wishes, and for just being there for me. I have a quick post today as trying to get a decent picture of this ornament just wasn't happening for me! So one picture is all ya get! LOL! I used my JustRite Snowflake die with an image from Crafty Secrets.
Lots of glitter was used here.  I also added rusty jingle bells and satin ribbon to finish it off. 


I am finally finished with my Christmas shopping and even managed to clean my house a bit. Now to tackle the laundry! ;) Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 21, 2015

A Piece of Heart is Leaving....

I have been meaning to share for awhile now.
But life has taken away a lot of my computer and crafting time. 
Which I am fine with.
If you have followed my blog, you know my daughter, Cortney. 
She is one of the lights in my life. She is my shadow.
My sidekick.
She has shaped me into the person I am today. Our journey together has been sad, hard, joyous, and an experience I would never in a million years trade in.
But the reality is, I won't be able to take care of her for the rest of my life.
She is as tall as me and weighs about the same as me. I struggle daily with her care. She is aging out of her school program next year and then the question became, what will we do?
In 2006 I put her name on a list for a wonderful group home called, Misericordia.  The waiting list is extremely long.  I knew it would be years before she were to ever be called, if ever.  But in October, the call came. 
They have an opening for her.  She will be moving there in January.
How is it that I can feel happy and sad all at the same time? I've had well intentioned people tell me it's like she is going away to college.
Nope, not really.
Most college students can take care of themselves, and for years have screamed their independence from the rooftops. It was a gradual process with Kyle.  I miss him, but in a whole different way.
Cortney has the mental capabilities of a 3 year old.  I take care of her every need. She consumes much of my time each and every day. 
But Misericordia has a wonderful reputation. Not one single parent or adult resident has ever said anything negative about them.  In fact, they love it so much that the residents don't want to come home. They make friends, they hold a job, there are countless activities to participate in. Things I won't be able to offer her.
Cortney is social and loves school. This will become her new school.
And yet my heart is heavy.
I am losing a huge piece of my heart.
Any yet I am happy.
I know she will carve out a fabulous life there.
And I can visit anytime I want. She can still come home on weekends.
And Misericordia will become my second home too.
The people there are warm, friendly, and we are all in this together. 
But still.....there will be a huge gap in my life.
An adjustment to say the least.
So pray for Cortney to acclimate to her new home.
For her mama to adjust to her absence.
For us both to find peace and balance.