Friday, March 25, 2016

Feeling Discouraged

I feel pretty discouraged today with the whole buying/selling process.  I won't go into all of the details, but right now I feel like I was misled and given false information.  If it turns out that even more information has been withheld or falsified, this whole move will fall apart and we'll be stuck here.  I won't even think about what that would mean to me, but let's just say that it wouldn't be pretty.  I need to try and remember that there are always options, and never just one path to reach your goal.  If we want something badly enough (and we do!), we will find a way to make it happen no matter who helps us get there.

So, I will dig deep and somehow rustle up the motivation to keep this process moving forward.  "Eye On The Prize" and all of that stuff, right?  I hope to have another update soon that is more positive than this one, but I needed to vent a bit.  Thank you for listening :-)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Quick Catch-Up

Hey, all!  I'm dropping in to say that we have been a bit preoccupied lately because we are starting our home search!  Woo hoo!  I can't possibly express how excited I am!  We've been feeling all sorts of growing pains lately...three people and one bathroom equals a very unhappy household.  Plus, we really need to have a garage for our vehicles.  We are extremely tired of parking outside with only a car-cover to protect us from the world.  Although we are blessed to have what we have, there comes a time when you just know that (if you can) you really need to look for another home.

This all started about 6 weeks ago or so, when I found myself visiting Zillow and to see what might be available in our city.  Lots and lots of homes in our area are short sales and foreclosures, with only a handful of properties being sold directly.  Then, one morning while sipping my coffee, I logged into Zillow and up pops a home that was "suggested" because of my previous search criteria.  This home was perfect!!  It was absolutely 100% ready to move into, with everything that was on our wish list.  I texted my husband and was excited to hear that he was interested, and he asked me to look into it.  Next thing you know, my mother and I had an appointment for a private viewing.  We went and loved it even more than the pictures could show.

Fast forward another week and we are gearing up for our pending move.  We missed out on the "dream home" that I wanted, but we are laser-focused on finding another one (maybe even better!)  There's a tremendous amount of work to be done, and of course all the daily work & chores, but it feels great to know how close we are to moving on.  I will be adding more cards and scrapping fun as time allows, but if I'm not around as much over the next month or two, you'll know why :-)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

"Hello" Red Butterfly

Hey there, crafty friends!  Today's post features another watercolored butterfly, this time with an assortment of coordinating papers.  I made the butterfly first, then sorted through my patterned paper packs and found something that worked perfectly!

The butterfly paper ties together all of the various colors, and the green polka dot paper and blue striped paper are from the same paper pack.  I bought a bunch of My Mind's Eye brand packs when they were on sale, and I'm pleasantly surprised by how versatile they are.

One of my favorite inks is VersaFine Onyx Black.  It is a very dark, rich black that stamps beautifully and can capture even the finest details in your stamps.  Since it's a pigment ink, it takes just a few minutes to dry, so I will usually sprinkle it with clear embossing powder and heat it.  This adds a touch of dimension and really makes your sentiments pop against a busy background.

Here's a supply list for this card:


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