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I was raised in South Florida back in the years when it was a peaceful and wonderfully safe place to live. We lived a mile from the beach and could ride our bikes over the intercoastal bridge right to the best beach around. All my years of growing up I was a competitive swimmer and belonged to AAU. I granduated from Florida State University with a BS degree in nursing. I am recently retired but I'm thinking of going back to work to support my hobbies.
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Sunday, November 22, 2015


I wanted to make of video of Close To My Heart's November special deal. I just got mine,and I love the products. Enjoy the video and be inspired?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


For the past month I have been totally immersed in a local play that we just finished with this past Sunday, Nov. 6th.  It was called "Let It Shine", and was the 5th installment of yearly plays about out town written by Mike Everett, who was born and raised here in Maryville, TN, and very fondly remembers how things were in the good old days, when this was just a little county town filled with crazy country people.  I didn't have a speaking part because I was off on a scrap booking retreat, but Mike kindly cast me as a member of the choir of the Maryville Holy Roller Missionary Baptist Church.  That's a mouthful, isn't it?  The play was basically a musical - filled with lots of good old gospel songs, some sang off-key, which was all part of the laughs.  Anyway, it totally took over my life for the past month, and after the 6 performances were over, I was exhausted and hoarse!  I'm glad I can get life back to normal, but I made a lot of new friends, and I am definitely going to do it again next year!  Here are a couple of the pictures my sister took after the play.  The time period was 1963.  Enjoy.
This is me with David Harris, who played a man dressed as a woman.  He was hysterical.
This is just me in my outfit (without hat)
This is a lovely young woman, Bethany Rose, who sang in a quartet with me.
The lady in the wig was a friend I had done other plays with.  Her wig was great, and she was the main character.
This guy played Clyde, the vacuum cleaner salesman.
(L) Mike Everett, playwrite, then "Minnie", 88 year old tapdancer, 2nd from right, David Dwyer, professional actor and director.
David Harris (r) and my sweet husband, Norm
A GREAT photo bomb!

So, as you can see, a great time was had by all.  Will up-date on more happenings later.  Bye.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


I wanted to make this video to show you an example of how easy it is to make Christmas cards with the new "Cut Above" Christmas card kit from the 2016 CTMH catalog. I ordered two packs (10/Pk.) and this is what we are sending for Christmas this year. So kids could help you make them!

Thursday, September 24, 2015


I felt that I needed to make and post this video after I got an ugly e-mail from someone I didn't even know.

Friday, July 31, 2015

I'm All Into Making Paper Flowers This Week.

I just wanted to let you know what I've been doing lately.  I have totally fallen in love with making paper roses by hand.  Really,  I do all the cutting and folding, and then gluing by hand at night while I'm watching TV, and it find it so relaxing.  It does make my hands kind of sore, though.  I mostly make roses 4-5 inches across with all sorts of paper colored on both sides.  I ink the edges to make them look rustic, and then I paint a pretty little bottle like the one above and make it look rustic.  I'm going to start an Etsy shop to see if I can sell some of the bouquets, because I don't have that many shelves in my house to set my creations on.  Of course I'm still into Close To My Heart, and our new catalog for 2015-16 comes out in Sept.  I've seen it, and the new Holiday stamps and papers are wonderful!  Send me an e-mail if you want a new catalog.  Otherwise you can go right to my website next month and order:

Thursday, July 23, 2015


I have seen enough rain in our area lately to last me for the rest of the year!  Seriously, it has been the wettest summer I can remember.  Fortunately we live on a hill, so we don't have to worry about flooding on our property, but the roads are being flooded by the creeks and making driving very dangerous.  Our crop of tomatoes is so water-logged that they're mostly rotting before they ripen.  So discouraging!
     On the plus side, I've had a lot of chances to just stay at home and scrapbook.  I also have a new passion - making paper flowers by hand.  I use any double-sided paper I can find.  When I get some pictures taken, I'll post them.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


We've had company at our house since the last part of June - my brother and sister (she has her own house here, so my brother stayed with her), and both of our daughters and their families, sometimes separately, other times everyone together.  It's been wild - but a very good time.

For 4 days during the 4th of July week-end, our daughters and their kiddos spent the time on a huge rented house boat, and we brought our Moomba wake board boat out so that they could ride the tube and wake board - and,  so that we could go back home to sleep.  The houseboat slept 10 people, but my husband and I prefer the comfort and peace and quite of our own bed at night.  The weather was less than delightful, in fact it was kind of cool, but, as far as I was concerned, I'd rather be a little cool on the water than frying in the hot sun.  And it hardly rained at all.  Mostly  it was just cloudy.  

Here are some great pics that I want to share with you:
 This is our oldest grandson, Benjamin and his sister Abby tubing.

This is our only grandaughter, 11 year old Abby.

Lunch time with our daughter, Kim and her husband, Ben, and some of the kiddos.

This is our houseboat and the raft that we pumped up and tied to the boat.  This is so the adults could get the the water with their drinks and snacks.

This is our own ski boat.  All the boys are learning to wake board.

Here Cade and Abby are giving Eli the "High 5" as he comes down the slide."

               This raft is as big as a barge!!

                   Cade and Eli loved going tubing.

Good old Kim did the food preparations.  Yummy!!

I did a lot of sitting on the deck and watching, although I did manage to flop into the raft one afternoon.

                Here's Eli going down the slide.

Even my sister Jan went down the slide.  I, however,
         spared myself the embarrasment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Our 11 year old grandaughter, Abby, just graduated from elementary school and will be in middle school next year.  It's a big step, and we're all so proud of her.  She is an excellent student, and, as you can see, she is certainly lovely.

Monday, June 15, 2015


I just wanted to let you all now that I'm having a Close To My Heart on-line gathering through June 22nd (my birthday).  Just go to my web site,, and look for June Fling Gathering.  Click on that and shop away.  This year's catalog items will soon no longer be available, as our new catalog will come out at the end of the summer.  There are also other summer specials going on, so come on over.

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Hello again - and so soon. Will wonders never cease? I just finished and mailed off this new baby album (for a baby boy this time), and I wanted to let you see it. It's my standard video featured on my video series "An Album In A Day" done a few years ago. If you want to try making one of these albums, go back to the beginning of my blog, and they'll probably be on there, otherwise, look on my You Tube Channel on the 3rd list or so. I still have one more album to make, but I have the instructions memorized now, so I don't have to keep referring back to the pages. However, I'm thinking of trying another type of album soon. Anyway, if you have any questions, message me. Also, visit my Close To My Heart web site for specials going on there: