Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mama's Holiday Wish List

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme Todays Mama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year?
Cricut cartridges, gypsy skin, photography tent, boots, accuquilt go
2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?
My father made me an entryway shelf that I treasure!
3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?
a quilt
4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
a double keyboard organ
5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?
clothes, video games for wii and xbox, itunes cards
6. What is your favorite holiday food?
Pumpkin Bread (I always make it at christmas)
7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?
already made christmas cards, made some jewelry and will be making a shirt
8. What is your favorite holiday movie?
It's a wonderful life
9. Favorite holiday song?
White Christmas and O Holy Night
10. Favorite holiday pastime?
Baking christmas goodies.

Now, you go and enter to win some goodies!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Look What I Got!!!!

This pretty thing arrived today! I was so excited I was jumping up and down. I was lucky enough to get the bundle from HSN. The carrying bag is pretty nice. Not wild about the sleeve, but at least it protects the gypsy. Now I need to order a sleeve and a few stylus'.

I have been playing with it, and it is rather easy to figure out. The hardest part was registering it and syncing it. But I got through it.

One of these days maybe I will get into the video side of crafting....I have considered doing it with paper crafting, cricut and now the gypsy...I've even considering jewelry making. We'll see.

That's all for now, just had to share my wonderful news!!!!!

WORKBOX GIVEAWAY must see this giveaway. Go to rachellewrites and follow the instructions to win a ribbon box

or a scrapmabob

from The Original Scrapbox. The winner will then be entered in the mac daddy drawing for a Workbox.

Go to Original Scrapbox and check out their other products. Enter this code when you place your order to get $100 off your shipping: 100Writes.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cricut Reaches 100th Cartridge

Provo Craft 100 Celebration!
“Help us celebrate our 100th Cricut cartridge—Winter Woodland! That’s right, we reached 100 cartridges. As a thank you to our great Cricut community members, we want you to celebrate with us. So, we’re giving away 100 cartridges over the next five weeks (20 per week.)

Here’s how it will work. Each week we will be posting a thread. When you respond to the thread you will be entered to win. You can enter once by replying and you can enter a second time by posting on your blog about the celebration and linking back to the cartridge product page. Here is the link to include in your blog( Once you’ve posted on your blog with the link back you can post again to this thread.”

The thread in the Cricut forum is: All Forums >> [Just Cricut] >> Cricut Chat >> Cricut Celebrates Cartridge #100 (week 1).

Good luck all.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Two Posts In One Day - History Making!!!

There is a great new blog out there called Cutting Above. They are having a giveaway for two Provo Craft Gypsies. They are a have to have for anyone that owns a Cricut. Please check out their blog to see how you might win one of these highly sought after tools.

The Gypsy will be debuted on HSN on September 24th beginning at 12a.m. This is a don't miss. I know they are featuring a package that will be an HSN only purchase. So be sure to view.

Sister's In Christ Challenge

This is a card challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog. This is the sketch:

Here are my two submissions.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I Just Can't Do This

I just can't keep up with blogging. I wish so badly that I could. Do you all schedule a time every day to blog? I just forget and then I get busy, yada yada yada.

Since my last post I found out I do NOT have rheumatoid arthritis. Let me hear a big YOOHOO! I was so worried about it. So now I can cross that off my list of things to stress about.

My husband and I had our anniversary at Tims Ford Lake and had a marvelous time. The house we rented was amazing. We really enjoyed having our own boat dock to park our boat and to fish. Early each morning that is where I would find my off the dock. The weather was beautiful, the lake was great, and we enjoyed some R&R. We also had a wonderful anniversary dinner out.

I think that pretty much catches us up.

The kids are back in school. I have one in high school now....can't believe he is that old. My other child is in middle school. They are both enjoying school. My son plays football and soccer, so that keeps us terribly busy. He starts for JV and gets to suit up for Varsity. Tonight we are going to my son's varsity football game, and then we leave in the morning for Knoxville for a weekend long soccer tournament.

My daughter isn't involved in any particular extracurricular activity this far. She is in chorus, which she loves. She isn't a big sport fan. She would love to take singing lessons, so that is probably something I will look into. I would love for her to take piano lessons, but since we don't have a piano at home....we do have a keyboard, but I don't know if that would suffice.

One of my sisters, which lives in OK, is coming to visit me in October. I cannot wait. She hasn't been out here to visit before, so we will have a blast. I am going to stay home from work while she is here so we can enjoy the visit. We had hoped that my other sister was going to be able to come out as well, but she had an unexpected surgery which will now keep her from coming out. I sure hope the three of us can get together sometime in the near future. We have so much fun together.

Oh, I forgot to mention that we moved my son's bedroom. We moved him to the bonus room. I turned out really awesome. Now I have a guest room for guests to stay in. In the past we had to run my son out of his room....not anymore. The guest room is going to be cute when I get done. Now I just have to finish my daughter's room. We have been painting her furniture black. Her room is coming together slowly, but I think it will be nice when we finish. Can't wait to use my cricut and cut some vinyl designs to go on her wall. I am going to do that for my son too. I love my cricut!

Anyway, I think that is all there is. Maybe I will get back here sooner than last time. I am going to try.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Yes, I am. I am befuddled (great word huh) by how people can keep up with their blogs. How do they do that? How do they have something to talk about every day and actually blog about it? I don't have anything noteworthy to talk about every day. If I did blog every day it would go something like this....Got up at 6:15 a.m., went to the bathroom, took a shower, woke up my kids. I then wash my face, put on face lotion, dry my hair and then sit down to put on my face. I sit down an apply my Bare Minerals (love that stuff!) I take my medicine and head to the kitchen to eat breakfast (usually consisting of Special K cereal.

I load up my kids, my dog, Gizmo, and jump in my car and head to work. I do boring work all day long...then I get to come home.

Once home, I sit down for a little while and catch up on some of the shows I Tivo'd. Then my hubby comes home and we ask each other what we are going to do for supper. We come up with some creation, we cook it, eat it, I clean some more tv or craft in my room...or search the internet or read blogs. Then I go to bed. Exciting, huh? Who wants to hear that every day? I don't even want to do it every day, let alone blog about it.

Anyhoo....big weekend ahead...the big 5 year anniversary! My husband and I are going to rent a house on Tim Fords Lake, which has a private dock, so we will be taking our boat. We are going to do some fishing, some boating, some relaxing (wish they had a hot tub), some picnicking, relaxing some more. I am really looking forward to it. We will be able to stay until late Sunday night, and we are going to try to get there early on Friday to get a full day in. I will let you all know how it turns out. We are taking some things along in case of rain...such as cards, DVDs, etc. I guess we could still fish because the dock is covered.

I am supposed to find out the end of this week if I have rheumatoid arthritis or not. I went to see a rheumatologist, and he and my primary care doctor do not believe it is rheumatoid, they think it is osteoarthritis, which would be great! So, we will see.

I am trying to get a lot of doctor issues out of the way over the summer. I am getting my daughter's shots caught up tomorrow...then in July she is going to get her eyes checked again and new contacts. I am going to get my eyes checked and probably new glasses and contacts. I have an elective colonoscopy scheduled. I also need to get my daughter to the dentist and referred to an orthodontist....the fun begins! not.

I hope to plan some fun weekends with the kids before they go back to school. We are going to Myrtle Beach for the fourth of July. We want to take them to Six Flags over Georgia and the aquarium in Atlanta.

Gee, doesn't that sound like a fun summer. Along with all that I am also working at a local bead store part time. I actually enjoy doing is like getting paid to play. I have met a lot of nice people while working there.

Well, will check back in...maybe it will be sooner than a month.

Ta ta

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Where Does the Time Go?

It has been a long time since I have come to my blog. It seems life has been so hectic that I never have time to sit down and write.

So, let's see what has happened since the last time I wrote. My daughter's husband lost his mother in April. She had liver cancer. She was a wonderful woman...she always had a smile on her face. She loved her three sons and husband very much. She never complained. I know she will be missed by so many.

My son is in Washington, DC. He is on a week-long field trip with his school. They are doing all sorts of fun things. They have gone to Arlington Cemetary, The Smithsonian, President's Park, Williamsburg, and on Friday they are going to Busch Gardens all day. He is having an amazing time. I am glad he had the opportunity to be a part of this.

I recently went to the doctor and found out that I have tested positive for the RA factor, which means I have rheumatoid arthritis. I have had a little joint pain off and on in my fingers. Nothing that was unmanageable. I have an appointment with a rheumatologist in June to see what my treatment may be. I am not opting for conventional treatment. So many of those drugs are so toxic to your system...I am hoping for a more natural course of treatment. I guess we will see once I meet with her. It rather bums me out that this is what my future is holding...but then, I know it could be a lot worse.

We had an opportunity to go out in our boat a couple weeks ago. It was really nice. It was one of the rare days we have had sun. We have had rain almost every day! The lake was beautiful. The water is still very cold, but the sunshine was wonderful. My youngest daughter went with us and had a great time.

This Sunday is Mother's Day. I hope all of you mothers out there have a wonderful day.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

We have twins!

Well, almost twins, they are beautiful, quiet, and don't eat much! They were delivered yesterday - new GE Profile washer and dryer in champagne. They are awesome. Doing laundry is a delight. I can't get over how quiet they can't hear them at all. We also got the smart dispense which depending on the weight of your load dispenses the correct amount of detergent, fabric softener and water. So they are great energy savers. The kids love them as well. My daughter, who is 12, actually unloaded the washer and put the clothes in the dryer. She hasn't ever done this before! It's nice. Aren't they beautiful?!

My best friend came up this past weekend. It sure was nice seeing her. I miss her so much. She moved back to Nashville last year...actually Greenbriar, which is near Goodlettsville. We had a great time visiting and making jewerly together. She wasn't feeling good, however. After she went home on Sunday she went to the doctor...she has an upper respiratory infection and an ear infection. Bummer. The last time we got together she was sick. I hope next time she will feel good. I am starting to get a complex! The great part is one of her daughters is my daughter's best friend. So, all in all it was a great weekend.

I also did a little shopping the other day and bought some new spring clothes. Just a few to update my wardrobe. Now I need to go through my closet and get rid of things I don't wear or that are out of style. I hang on to my clothes for so long, it is terrible! That is a chore for later.

This weekend I am looking forward to my in-laws coming into town. They came up on January to spend my birthday with me, but I ended up having to go to Oklahoma for my father. So, we are going to do the birthday thing this weekend. They are great people, and I love them very much. Mom is going to help me with knitting. I want to knit a pair of socks, and you have to use four needles...I tried but I got totally lost! She is a great knitter, and I know she will be able to help.

Maybe one day I will get better at this blogging thing. I have so many pictures I need to post!

Until next time -

Friday, March 6, 2009


Hi all, I would like to announce the opening of my Etsy Shop - Nick-a-leena. This is near and dear tomyheart. I am very passionate about jewelry making, and I hope you find something that you love on my site. If you don't, let me know, and I would be glad to custom make you what your heart desires. I still have a lot of pieces that are not loaded onto etsy yet, so please keep checking back.

You will see on the sidebar that I have a link to my etsy store.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

I still will be papercrafting and sewing, so as I make projects, I will be better at posting them here.

Hope you check often, and I hope to hear from some or you...or better yet, see pics of you wearing one of my pieces.

Until later.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Another Papertrey Challenge

Papertrey Ink is having another challenge. You need to create a card for your friend. I am submitting the same card I did for the sketch challenge. Just so happened I made it for my friend.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Papertrey Challenge 2

Papertrey is having another challenge. Check out Nichole Heady's blog. The challenge is to make a card from a sketch provided to you.

My card uses all Papertrey Ink supplies with a few exceptions. My card consistes of Papertrey Ink cardstock: Raspberry Fizz and Sweet Blush (black cardstock is Stampin Up); Pattern paper is Raspberry Fizz Mix (Papertrey Ink). Stamp sets are Papertrey Ink: Spiral Bouquet and With Sympathy. Black Rhinestones are from Glitz Designs. Scalloped edge was with a Martha Stewart punch.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Papertrey Challenge

This is a card I am submitting for the Papertrey Challenge. The challenge was to use the colors Pure Poppy; Summer Sunrise; Ripe Avocado and Ocean Tides. I had to substitute some colors. I used Pure Poppy; Lemon Tart; Aqua Mist; and Spring Moss.

I cut the card stock in pieces, mounted Sticky Tape on the front of my card and lay the pieces on the Sticky Tape like a mosaic. I then poured black embossing powder over the mosaic and heated it. I then covered all the mosaic with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used Papertrey stamp sets: Fresh Alphabet, Borders and Corners (Heart) and Shapes by Design.
This is going to be my husband's Valentines card this year.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.



Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I know I have been a terrible blogger. Not that many people stop by here anyway. So, for myself, I am going to document some happenings lately.

Friday, January 9th I received a call that my dad was really bad in the hospital and that I should come home right away. I arrived at the hospital in Oklahoma City at 4:00 p.m. My dad was still hanging on. One of my sisters and one of my brothers had been there with him. We all stayed by his side all night long. At 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 10, my dad joined my mom in heaven. I miss him so terribly. I still can't believe he is gone.

I remained in Oklahoma City for the full week to help with arrangements for the funeral, etc. It was great being with family and having all that love surrounding me. I miss my family too. It is hard being so far away from all of them.

It was so hard coming home, but I missed my husband and kids. I knew they needed me and I them.

After returning home, my husband celebrated my birthday with me (my father passed on my birthday). We went out to lunch, did some shopping and then he took me out for drinks and to dinner. We had a great time.

Now, I am just adjusting to being back at our business and getting back to a routine. It seems, however, that at every turn there are memories of my dad from when he visited us. I just can't even begin to say how much I miss him.

Daddy, I love you a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!

Your Nickaleena.