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Judy G.
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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Thursday, August 14, 2014


Here I am back in Sevierville, TN, at our semi-annual scrapbook retreat at Whispering Winds.  The last time I was here I had to drive up in January during a terrrible snow storm, but this week has been gorgeous for August.  Not rainy and not too hot.  There are only 5 of us up here all week, but some others are going to drop in here and there for a day or so.  I have worked on a scrapbook for our trip to Hiwassee, GA, with our two daughters and their families, but all the pictures aren't printed out, so I couldn't finish it.  For the most part I have been doing cards.  We have a Stampin' Up consultant up here, and an former Anna Griffin Design Team member, so I've really learned a lot of new techniques and made some new cards.  I've taken a picture of one of them, but it's not very good.  I'll try to do a better job tomorrow.  The card I've posted tonight is a 3D rose.  I cut 4 different layers of one rose and pop-dotted them to make the flower dimensional.  Then to make it a little fancier, I glittered around all the petals and then outlined the matting with Perfect Pearls.  You can't see the glitter very well, but it really makes the card.

Oops!  I didn't mean to post two of them.  Oh well, enjoy.  I'm going to bed.  Judy

Friday, August 1, 2014


I have decided that instead of trying to upload videos that are a pain in the neck to do, I'm going to show more of my completed projects, and tell you how I did them, keeping them simple and uncomplicated.  Lately, I have been seriously considering becoming a Close To My Heart consultant. What do you think?  Have any of you been a consultant with them?  If so,  I would love to hear your input - especially on things like:  1.  What is the minimum sales requirement?  2.  Can sales be made without having "parties"?  I don't want to sell that way.  3.  What is the initial monetary investment on a new consultant's part?  I know I should be asking a CTMH consultant these questions, but I feel their answer would be slanted in hopes of making a sale.  I'm still thinking about it, so let me know what you think.

In the meantime, here's a pretty card I made using my Cricut Explore, using one of July's Anna Griffin designs.  I did have to purchase the design, but it turned out really pretty - using just 2 cuts - the light pink outside with the card design, and the green inside, cut to perfectly match the outline of the outside.  Also included in the design was the white doily under the "Hang In There" card.  Since this was a featured design in Cricut Design Studio, the step-by-step instructions were right on my computer screen.  So easy!  If you have a chance try the new Cricut Design Studio. And see what you can do with the Explore.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place

Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place

Do any of you remember these times?  I sure do.  Some good, some not so much.  Click on the underlines title just above and enjoy.

Friday, June 6, 2014


Have you ever made any box cards?  Well, I just saw my first one a couple of weeks ago while I was at a Saturday crop, and I was sooooo impressed with how cute it was!  I just had to go on You Tube to find out how to make them, and I did find quite a few video tutorials on how to make them.  Each one of them used slightly different measurements, but I finally settled on one of the bigger cards and made my card that way.  It's basically the same idea as an exploding box, but with more additions.  Let me show you what my card looks like.  It was for a gentleman in our Sunday School class who had surgery.  I wanted to brighten up his day.

This is what the card looks like when it's closed.  Then you sort of pinch it at the sides, and it turns into a box and Voila!

You can't tell, but the bottom striped part is in box form, and the top polka dots fold out to open the box and reveal the cute little characters inside.  Want to learn how to make one?

Monday, May 19, 2014


My husband and I treated ourselves to a trip to a bed and breakfast in the lovely mountains of West Virginia this past week-end.  Some old friends of ours from Florida (about 40 years ago) now own and run the Nostalgia Inn B&B in Pipestem, WV, so we decided to make reservations for 2 nights and surprise them.  And they were surprised!  I don't think they paid any attention to the names on the reservation, since I made it on-line, and when we showed up, they almost fell over in surprise.  It was only a 3 3/4 hr. car ride from where we live, but it was rainy, so we were glad to get there.  Anyway, we had never been to West Virginia, and it was lovely.  The mountains there are a bit different than the Great Smokies, which we are used to - more deciduous trees like maples, elm, poplar, and fewer pine trees.  We have a lot of pine trees on our mountains. 

As it turned out, we were their only guests for the week-end, and we stayed in the Greenbrier room:



That's my husband sitting at the pretty desk in our room.  It got cold overnight our first night, and the next day, although it wasn't raining, it was overcast, and the highs were only in the 40's and 50's.  We did go sightseeing.  Our first stop was to tour a coal mine in Beckley, WV, and I'll tell you about that next time.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Have you ever hidden in a basement from a tornado?  Well, last night my husband and I did, as well as did
many other people who live in our area of East Tennessee.  We had heard that bad weather, with possible tornadoes was heading our way, but by 11:00 P.M., the weather was still quite calm.  We could hear thunder way off, but it didn't seem to be coming any closer.  We decided to watch the 11:00 news, just in case things might  have changed.  And they had!  My cell phone rang with the weather alert alarm just as the weatherman's cell phone did on TV.  And it said that really bad weather, including tornadoes was heading right towards us.  Yuk!! Right at bedtime, never fails!

We don't have a basement in our house, and we live on top of a hill, so we headed down the hill to my brother-in-law's house.  He does have a basement.  We actually sat out on his front porch and listened to the rain and watched the multitudes of lightening strikes.  The wind never did pick up much, but we had to head downstairs finally because a bad "tornadic storm"  was headed our way.  Nothing ever happened, though, except our poor Brittany spaniel "Nicky" was scared to death of all the thunder noise and kept trying to get in the basement too.  So, at 1:00 A.M., we finally decided to go back home and go to bed - the storms had passed on.

Now tonight, we're under storm alert again, but this time, we're staying home.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


I have been out of commission for a week due to a sprained right knee.  I stupidly thought I could save myself a trip outside to get a step-ladder by standing on the sleep number mattress of our bed to clean the blades of our ceiling fan.  Bad decision!!  The bed was wobbly and squishy and my leg twisted and gave out from under me, and I landed wonkey on my knee.  It has been killing me ever since.  In fact, I can hardly walk.  I have been sitting here in our living room in my recliner with a heating pad on my knee, but it has only helped a little bit.  I'm supposed to stay off of it, but there are just things around the house that I have to get done.  I ventured off to the grocery store today, because our cupboards were really getting kind of bare.  Now that that chore is over, hopefully I can sit here and heal for a few more days.  Otherwise, it's off to the orthopaedist I go.  I do have all my mini-album projects finished, so that's good, and I'm learning how to use my new Cricut Explore.  What an awesome machine!  Happy Easter or Passover to you all.   Judy

Monday, April 7, 2014


Well, here it is, the mini-album that I've been working on for the past few weeks. The baby (a girl) is due this week, so I thought I'd better finish it and get it ready to sent off, so here it is:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I am back from my trip to Utah, and, I must say, it was a very lovely time.  It was warm, and the only time it snowed was the second day I was there.  It snowed all day, and, while the others were out beating themselves in blizzard conditions on some mountain, I stayed comfortably inside and took some videos and pictures.  Here are some of the pictures I took:

This is a postcard of Westgate Resort, which is about 40 minutes from Salt Lake City.  We were in the Elk Lodge.

I had my own bedroom, with king-sized bed, huge window over-looking the pool, and across the room, my own TV.  Basically we were on the second floor of the lodge and very close to a nice restaurant and the ski slopes.

This was Cade's room.  It was basically a connected living room to my room, with a bathroom in between.  He slept on the pull-out bed from the couch.  It was terribly uncomfortable, but he was so tired at night, he didn't seem to mind.

This is the living room, TV room.  It had a gas fireplace, that we did use in the early mornings, because it was cold at that time.  There was also a patio with table and chairs over-looking the pool area, but it was too cool to use them.

Laura and Brian used the main bedroom.  It came with a huge Jacuzzi bath tub, large bathroom, and a steam sauna that doubled as a shower too.  Very nice.

Full kitchen with washer and dryer inside the folding doors on the left, and a full-sized refrigerator on the left also.  The only meals we cooked in there was breakfast.

Our dining room table that was always piled with gloves, scarfs, and hats

Cade (on right) and two of his neighborhood friends that were out there skiing also.  We spent quite a bit of time with them.  Cade looks mad, but he's really trying to look cool.
I did manage to do some shopping in downtown Park City, and bought some souviners (sp??) for the ones back at home.  I'll try to include some pics of the snow (or lack of it) in my next post.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dance Night Wearing Dad's Glasses

This is my silly grandson, Cade, dancing around the kitchen shirtless, wearing his Dad's glasses.  He thinks he's really cool, but his little dog, Watson, doesn't know what to think.