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Sunday, May 2, 2010


WOW!  I've missed blogging and feel a bit rusty!  Have you all missed me?  I was hurrying trying to make this post by midnight, but that didn't happen!  But, OH WELL, we can celebrate International Scrapbooking Day all weekend or into next week like most of the real shops are doing, right?  I'll dive right into your FREEBIE since I've been absent for so long, and then we can catch up with the news of my happenings on a more gradual basis over a few more posts. 

To join in the celebration, I've made some photomats for you.  It's a pack of four png files at 300 dpi, easily resized to suit your needs, larger or smaller.  I was in a quirky but cool mood (I'm a Gemini, so one never knows what mood will strike), so I hope you can use these.  I did a layout of me with one of them so far.  Here's the pack preview:


Here's my layout of me in my famous computer corner (which is such a mess) scrapping away!  I used the portrait orientation mat for it and a few papers by Ann Ominous from her kit for CHD Awareness which was part of a collaboration kit, Good As New, found at Lilybelle Scraps.  The floral-heart leaf element is from the Good As New portion of the collab. 

I found that entire wonderful kit, Good As New, to be tee-totally perfect to scrap up my mom's entire surgical event which I did snap a lot of photos throughout.  The timing of me finding that collab kit was just awesome because it's loaded with all kinds of things "medical" to scrap with.  Mom will kill me if I post all her surgery photos, but I will have to put a few up here so you can see what I'm raving about.  Look for those in posts to come.

I'm making this a short post because if I get started yaking, I may not stop and then it will be one of those way too long posts you won't read through.  Suffice it to say, Mom came through the aortic valve replacement just like a trooper, one week prior to her 82nd birthday!  She is so full of grit and vigor that she puts me to shame.  I stayed with her from Feb. 13th to March 20th before returning to home here in the south.  In that time I saw enough deep snow to last me another lifetime!  My brother was in with us for the first week from Phoenix, AZ; and neither of us could believe the amount of snow we had to deal with.  My hubby and I dug my homeplace out at least four different times, and the snow kept pouring for three of my five week stay.  As it did begin to melt, then there was high water and flooding streams and rain to deal with.  However, I must also tell you that beneath the snow Spring arrives anyway, even in those conditions.  There were daffodils four inches tall and crocuses ready to bloom under the snow mounds, so as the snow melted slowly there were signs of Spring to come!  Yeah! 

Needless to say, it has taken me this long to get back in my own saddle here on my homefront.  I think I was exhausted, and it's just taken this long to recoop.  But as my Mom would say when her feet hit the floor in the mornings right after surgery . . . . . "I'm BACK"!!!

Check back soon!  I'll be posting more regularly now and I have lots of goodies to give you!  I hope the Kentucky Derby went to suit you.  We never miss it!  It's a lifelong tradition in my family!  Looking for another Triple Crown winner!



CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [02 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on May. 02, 2010. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Hey you...I have been watching this space waiting for you to breeze in again. So pleased all went well with Mum, and you are also "back". Love the LO of you in your 'puter corner...sorta makes one feel "at home" again when you can sit back down in your own little 'puter corner with your own little 'puter, I reckon. Anyway, Jan, gotta go to bed...going out to a farm tomorrow with Rani and my two gorgeous grandsons, Jayvan and Ben...they have a homeschool day out there. Hope to get lots of scrappable photos!
Blessings to you....Bev Havachat.