beginning our Junque journals

We have officially started construction on our junque journals !! The girls and I spent several hours binding them with ribbon after watching the video link from Lynn again. Then we had to decide what to do with the front covers. The girls decided on die cut shapes and some foam stickers and some paper strips. Then set to scrunching up the pages and coloring the edges  of their journal with markers I seen this done in a video by Chan crafts I will have to look up her link with the next post so proper people get credit for their ideas. I did get some video footage of the session and a bit of other jabbering by the three of us.  I decided to cover mine with some wall paper I had found at an estate sale I went to with Brian . I then added my title with some game tiles added some pink trim and some Martha Stewart blue bling. we used an array of yarn,ribbon, and crochet thread to bind the book plus eventually thread some beads or charms from. I am happy with the start of this project and think it will take me a fair bit of time to finish it up. Hope you are all faring well I need to get myself in bed morning will be upon me before I want it to.

Take care. Much love and many hugs,



Gonna give the junque journal a try

After much thought and some YouTube researching I have decided that while the small ones are away I’m gonna give this a try. I will keep in mind Jann’s reminder that there is no mistakes that can’t be fixed and I think this way I can keep some of my papers but be as eclectic as I want with mix and match. I’m a Hodge podge kinda girl and think this style will suit me.  Lynn did you have a particular video that prompted you to have a go at yours? There are so many other crafters that have made some fantastic journals. I have decided to hide out some each day in order to get this in the works.  I have a bunch of stuff that I keep saying I want to use and then can’t bring myself to dig it out or if I do just feel overwhelmed.  I will need to recheck out your trip books Leslie at least I think that’s what they were called.   I bought a composition notebook about a month ago thinking I could jot down crafty ideas Who knew that it would be my project  🙂   Thanks for stopping by I need to get some sleep while I can 🙂

Love and hugs to you 🙂


Brian’s lightening picture

Lastnights lightening was a sight to behold. Brian was able to get one good photo . Pretty awesome It looked like it struck pretty close to where we are.

I havent gotten to craft a bit but all the kids are home and everyone is promoted to the next grade. it is in the lower 70’s today as opposed to the mid 90’s yesterday, but after the rain it is pretty muddy and I am keeping the kids in watching a movie.  I had a long talk with Brian about my obsession with my patterned paper that I can’t bring myself to cut because it’s so pretty. His suggestion was to make a swatch book so I could keep a sample of it and use the rest. I will have to think on it. What do you think about his idea?? I’d like your thoughts on it. Maybe a project while the small ones are on vacation. I hope to post again later the kids are needing attention so I need to check it out.


Love & Hugs,


Terrific lightening show tonight

As I type this we are having a really spectacular show of lightning with a small bit of rain. Brian was able to get a couple of pictures before the rain got in is way !!  Tomorrow is the 30 minute school day to get grade cards. I am sure everyone will be promoted and we will be on for our summer vacation. Jordan and family leave Thursday evening for Little Rock Arkansas so we will have a few days without the small ones and What will we do???  I will have to keep you posted.  I forgot to share the other day on my not so short post that Levi is such a stinker !!!! He took off his diaper just because of course and I got him all dressed only to find he’s did the big business while I was washing my hands, now that there I can deal with but I thought they were playing behind the rocking chair with balloons only to get a whiff of a terrible odor and  realize he’d put his hand in the back of his poo diaper and made handprints on the side of the couch!!!!! gotta love the little stinker…. Now Melissa has my carpet steamer from when he’d gotten sick on their couch so I had to take care of this mess with a lot of scrubbing and fabreeze spray , maybe a good couch shampooing will be in order while they’re gone ?? 

On to my funny of the day. My Brian as you know works eBay for the summer as his job and while out at some yard sales this weekend bought an old photo album that had a variety of greeting cards some old and some newer. He always asks me if I want the things he can’t sell to use in my crafty endouvers.  Well tonight he gave me some greeting cards and one I wanted to share. It is a shoebox greetings one. Dont feel like getting the camera out but I’ll share the sentiment.  On the outside…. If you think I don’t find you incredibly sexy after all our time together…. ( almost 31 years to be exact)  inside… you’re in for a nude awakening.  Isen’t that the funniest thing  🙂  I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes.   Gotta love that man of mine. 

Well I am off to listen to a few songs on YouTube before I go to bed. Tomorrow is my last super early morning, I will be able to sleep til 7:00 a.m. now!!!! woo hoo.

Take care of yourselves I love you  🙂


Hugs and Love,


Pictures as promised

I made a video and posted it to youtube  with the photos from yesterdays blog post. I am trying my hand at some new editing and video making. I am hopeful that over the summer while I have a bit of free time I can master some of this so it wont take days to get it uploaded.  Things are going good around here the kids are all playing well with each other ( for now ). We are going out to lunch as a treat in a bit and before I know it Melissa will be here to pick up the little ones. My Dad is healing well and got a report from the surgeon that they got all the cancer  YIPEE !!!!  My mom seemed to be feeling much better today and was going to go to a few rummage sales so I know she is feeling good today.YIPEE again !!  If you have any inquiries to the photos just ask and I’ll and I’ll be happy to answer anything.   Take care Friends the Natives were just sent to bed so I guess I spoke to soon about the getting along  🙂  Better go check on the status of things.

Love & Hugs Shelly           <———–  click here for the video———

My not so short post of what I’ve been doing

Hello Ladies 🙂

Today is the last day of school with the exception of Monday when they go for 30 minutes to get their grade cards. There is mixed emotions for us all. I know they will fight and bicker but the trade-off is no fights for the homework nightly. Plus the small ones are very excited to have playmates daily. We have been studying with Will nightly to do well on his final exams and that has been a real fun experience. A bit of background on Will as you know he’s adopted so there is a whole batch of things that go along with this. Will is bi-polar and has severe add/adhd which means he is very busy and has a very short attention span.Most add kids can stay on task for video games and movies not Will things only keep him occupied for a few short minutes at a time  so studying for finals are torture for all involved. Since he is bi-polar he cannot be medicated for add because it causes manic episodes which I have seen and they are not nice at all nice.  when he was younger and they thought what he had was just add/ adhd he were on a low dose of meds which caused Will to be afraid of leave the house for fear something would happen to his pets and that he would get bugs on him He picked his hair out and had many bald spots. If we took him out it was like he was schitsopherinic and very paranoid. Very sad times for us all We have a good Doctor for him now and they have helped him  and us learn to cope with his condition.  Thus is the life with our kids each one have lots of baggage they carry due to the things they endured before coming to live with us  and be a part of our family. Now what else has been going on is that Sierra has some potty issues which she’s had since infancy ( Jordan had them too) which flared up this week. We did everything we were told plus tons of other stuff like playing video games,reading,polishing toenails, promising punching balloons and popsicles  all while she sat on the potty with me camped out on the bathroom floor  🙂 with no luck. We were thinking that we would make a trip to the E.R. as advised by Dr. but things finally broke loose  Yipee for us. I polished the toenails of the rest us girls around here  and took pictures to share with you. Brace yourselves because we are kinda flashy around here and the toes are sparkly and bright  🙂 There is a shot of Levi’s toes so he wouldn’t be left out.

As for crafting I made 3 Mother’s Day cards but didn’t get them photographed before I gave them away… Sorry. I have unmounted a fair amount of my older sponge backed stamps I bought when I first started stamping but still need to cut them out.I took a photo to show what I did with them (and  how I decided to store them  for now) I also used a 3 ring binder with some chipboard and magnet strips for my spellbinders dies I love them !! ( I was able to get 2 more sets ) I worked more on the marble technique with glossy photo paper. Digging through my stash I found some photo paper by post it so it has a sticky back. I used some stampin up color reinkers and some versamark refill . The water based ink stayed wet on glossy paper long enough to add some clear embossingpowder over it. I heat set and like how it turned out. You will find photos in a bit to show how these out. I also used what ink that was left in the  stampin up clamshell box and smooshed some papers into it to make some backgrounds so I didn’t waste any inks.  I made some embellishments from my paper clay tinted with reinkers which turned out very light. One I shaped into a rustic heart,one I just made a shape and stamped a rubberstamp into it while it was wet and when it dried rubbed over it with an ink pad and the last one I made a medallion stamped into it with a rubberstamp them stamped over it with black versamagic ink with a rubber stamp. Not sure what to use them for but it was fun to play. there is also some photos of the girls working on their thank you cards for their teachers and the finished projects, and a picture of Will’s decuopodged W ( we still have to finish the rest ,Maybe while the kids are on vacation ) I also have some photos to share of Will’s art projects from school. One is of tessellations that looks like an old indian chief with a feather headdress on. The other is a scratch board of a slow Larus which he got a ribbon for  2nd place at  the art show  a pencil drawing with shading  of Angelina Jolie which was his first drawing of the art class which he started mid term. Lastly was what is called junk art. He used acrylic paint to do the scene and made flowers with the insides of floppy discs folded and small nuts( the mechanical kind not what we eat ) as accents on his tree.

I was able to go to a few garage/rummage sales last Friday and found a few things to use in my crafting area. I found 22 small buckets for 2 dollars so  I tought I could get a curtain or towel rack to hang them on for storage of small goodies etc. I also found some vintage make your own buttons a large package and a small one. I know they are old because they don’t have zip codes and only cost 19 cents each. they are the ones you cover with cloth the add backs with a rubber piece.

Got to spend a fair amount of time with my Mom on Mother’s Day and that was good.  I can see her health failing  she is on oxygen most of the time now and has to see the Dr. monthly to get a shot and take the prednisone for the rest of her life he says. My Dad had his outpatient surgery Monday and is doing well. He got the results on the tests and they said it was cancer and they got it all with the procedure. He showed me a  place on his collarbone when my Mom was in the hospital this last time about the size of a large marble but it had grown to the size of a small tennis ball  and it  burst and had like a crater in the middle which bled off and on all the time. Anyway I am so happy about the news that they got it all and hope that this is the last time he has a spot  like this. He had one about a year ago that came up by his temple that was the size of a ping-pong ball before they removed it but they say they got all of it also. So all is good  🙂  Just thought I’d let you know why I havent posted much lately. just been surfing YouTube in short spurts of time when I get them. I have however been reading all your posts when I get an update, Sorry for the lack of response to them. You are still in my thoughts regularly.  OH yes before I forget, Jereme has found an apartment and is very excited about his move next month so he is getting along much better. Jordan and Melissa along with Kids will leave on vacation next Thursday for Arkansas to see her Dad and family so we will have a week off. Now what to do with my free time ??????  We called to take Ariel for her school physical only to find out there is no Doctor at that clinic ?? What !!! we have been taking the kids there for 25 years !! 2  years ago Dr. E as we call him looked all over the U.S. to find a Doctor to take his place and a nurse practitioner to help since there is a thriving practice there. He wanted someone to carry on his practice with the hands on of Doctors of old. You know the ones who don’t hurry you out of the office, they call you right back when you call they remember your family and what you talked about the last visit and are someone the kids trust and are excited to see when they’re sick because they know its someone who really wants to help them. Well he did find a fantastic Doctor named Holly and a nurse practitioner named Megan who really cares about their patients and I know my kids trust them and Ariel has even gained 6 pounds the last 6 months which is great news since she’s 11 1/2 and only weighs 46 pounds and has always been sickly.  The switch over fell through due to who Dr. left in charge after he got sick. Holly has opened a new clinic but now we have to fill out all the papers again for all 4 kids !! ugh lots of paperwork  😦 , but great that they can still see Holly and Megan Who know them. My kids don’t deal well with change. Then last week we got a letter from our Doctor that he is Leaving town in July to move away to be with his family which I understand totally but now we are on the search to find a new primary care Doctor.  UGH!!!  Dr. Hensold our Doctor took care of me when I was pregnant with Jordan and is the one who delivered him 25 years ago so changing Doctors will be a pain since he knows all about my headaches ect.  Lots to do the next few months. I’m not posting this to be  complaining just letting you know why I’ve been absent and so you know I havent been forgetting you.  Leslie how is Joe after his mishap? I tell you we could be related I’m sure of it. Just last night I cut my finger with the scissors while cutting out Jasmines pictures and Brian says who’s their own worst enemy????? if you said yourself you would have answered right  🙂 I am quite clumsy and am always hurting myself.  I hope both of you are well and you are having some fun in your craftroom and Joe is having fun with whatever it is he enjoys. Lynn I hope the weather has been nicer and that your garden is in full bloom so you can enjoy it’s beauty. Rod will have to treat us again to one of his wonderful stories I so enjoyed reading what he’d shared with us before.

Brian is gearing up for the summer work load on eBay since that’s our sole income for the summer which means lots of long hours away from home and at the computer when he is home.  This is always a hard thing for the kids since they can’t get it through their heads that Dad is working when he’s here and not always available just because they can see him sitting there. I miss us being in the bed at the same time sleeping, I always sleep so much better when he’s there.( Not for the other reasons  although that is the icing on the cake  😉  giggle)

Ok I’m going to spellcheck this then wait for Melissa to come get the kids maybe I’ll get to play tonight.

Sorry for the long winded book  🙂


I love you

Hugs & Love Shelly

Happenings around here

Hello ,

Sorry for the delay in replies I am still having moderate pain with this dry socket and I am getting pretty irritable with those who reside with me 😦

I see the dentist again on Thursday and pray this is almost over. I hate to be such a whiny baby about this but wow this thing is painful. Not as severe as the headaches but wearing thin since its taking so long to heal on top of the amount of time I had the toothache before this whole ordeal.

Now other than this things have been going pretty good around here. Will got one letter done last weekend and the girls need to make envelopes but that will have to be done in the absence of small ones.  I have photos taken and of some of the things I’ve been up to.  I did try my hand at a first ever video response for an entry of a give away for smscrapper, if you get a chance check it out she is offering some amazing product.  Today Jereme our oldest son is getting a tooth pulled his first one and he is going to come afterwards to spend the night. About a month ago his live in girlfriend left him,pretty sad since he had asked her to marry him when they got back and she said she didn’t want to marry him or anyone for that matter. He seen her last weekend with someone else and it has him pretty shaken up. Poor guy told me all he has to do now is lose his job and he’d have the makings for a great country western song. At least he hasnt lost his sense of humor in the whole mess. I think the kids will shower him with plenty of attention so he wont be lonely today.  Lynn I forgot to let you know that your table is brilliant I used your idea to have will modge podge his letters. I also have to spend some time checking out my bigshot dies to see what else they could be used as.  Leslie so happy that you and Joe get to spend some time with your children. I have been watching your post too just being lazy i guess , Sorry to both you and Lynn for being a rotten friend lately just been kinda hold up licking my wounds. Still that’s not a good excuse so I will be better in the future ( lets hope for no more tooth problems )   Take care both of you I need to mediate a squabble over Cheerios.


talk to you soon

Love and Hugs,