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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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Monday, April 8, 2019


I have changed my blog look, since it’s been forever since I originally started blogging.  I’m still an avid papercrafter, but I just don’t have a good place to do any filming anymore - my table has been taken over by my crafting supplies.  I’m working on a baby boy album right now, so I will soon be posting a video of that on YouTube and, hopefully on this site also.  Don’t forget to visit my Close To My Heart website.  Our new catalog will be coming out soon.

Saturday, March 30, 2019


It’s so exciting to see spring finally arriving!  The weather was absolutely beautiful all day today,and our weeping cherry tree is in full bloom.  It’s trailing pink blossoms are so graceful, and the wind on our hill was blowing just enough to keep the branches waving with the breeze.  As you can see, we live on a hill in the country, and we have a wonderful 360 degree view of the world around us.  I’m in the middle of making a photo book for a baby boy, so when I get it decorated I’ll post the video.  I love making these books for people, but our living room table is a mess while I’m doing it!  Anyone else into making hand-made albums?

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Friday, March 8, 2019


      I’ve recently had to change the title of my blog recently, because my site was hijacked by some kind of Widget.  Very discouraging!  Please leave a small post at the end of this post, so I’ll know whether I’m just writing to myself or not.  Here are a few photos of my recent 2 week trip to Florida:

 This is the shirt that Michael Jackson wore in the “Thriller”. Ideo.  We saw it at  a Hard Rock Cafe at Bayfront Park in Miami.

 Tthis is a view of the Miami skyline near Bayfront Park, just across the bay from South a Beach.
 Here we are at the Brightline terminal, which is the fairly new high speed train that we rode from West Palm Beach To Miami.
 Bayfront Park (lots of food and shops) in Miami.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Since Feb. 9th, I’ve been enjoying The sunny climate of South Florida -Jupiter, to be exact.  Tennessee gets so dreary this time of year, withe lots of cold, rainy dreary days.  It doesn’t hardly snow at all anymore, probably due to global warming.  When we first moved to Tennessee in 1977, we would get quite a bit of good snows, but now it’s mostly cold rain.  I am totally convinced that global warming is a rea thing!
     It seems like everyone in my daughter’s family is just gettingor just getting over cold,, so I’m probably doomed to get one too.  I’ve been taking my vitamin a regularly in hopes I can stay healthy.
Right before I left home, I did make a number of cards with some of the new Close To My Heart paper.  Here are a few examples:

Monday, January 21, 2019


Last week two good friends and I went on a week long scrapbook retreat to Pigeon Forge, TN.  We rented a lively 3 bedroom, 4 bath cabin on the top of a hill in Oak Haven Resort.  We each paid $20.00 extra for tables, and we had them put up where we would have a great view of the mountains.  The weather was rainy and foggy, but the view from where we were was quite beautiful:

Thursday, December 6, 2018


My daughter has a vacation house down by the lake, and we all gathered there during the Thanksgiving Holidays.  I’m the one on bottom row right, my sister is on the bottom row left, and my brother is the tallest one in the middle of the back row.  The rest are our daughters and their families.
One of our daughters (the one from Florida)) and her family are hosting a 16 year old exchange student from Denmark named Viktor.  He is so cute and fun, so I’m including his picture too.

He’s 6’2”, with this beautiful curly blonde hair and clear blue eyes.  He’ll stay with them through the rest of the school year.


My blog was kidnapped by some stupid widget server site, so now I’m sort of starting all over again. It’s about to drive me crazy trying to get this thing up and running again - with absolutely NO help from Google!!  I will be careful about signing out from now on, so that this doesn’t happen again.  Please make note of my new blog address:  it’s “My Creating Heart”.  I changed the name because this blog is really about more than just Scrapbooking.  It’s about being creative in all aspects of life and using the talents that God gave me to keep life fulfilling.  So, stick with me in the days to come, and let’s just see what life brings.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Raging River Rampage

Our oldest grandson is a whitewater rafting guide near Newport, Tennessee, this summer,and a couple of weeks ago some of our family members went and took a trip down the river with him.  My sister and my husband went, along with our granddaughter and our youngest grandson.  A good time was had by all.


     Two days after Christmas I flew down to South Florida to stay with our oldest daughter, who lives in Jupiter.  I about froze to death down there,  All I had were shorts and cropped pants, so I had to go shopping for a few warmer outfits.  Of course, back here in Tennessee, the temps were down into the single digits at night, so I felt lucky.  I did take some photos, though.  Here are a few:

The top picture is me and my sister, Janet, anthe bottom picture is of my daughter, Laura and me.  Christmas decorations were still up and the weather was balmy.  We had just gone to see “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman.  Loved it!  It had some really great music.

While we were enjoying sunny weather in Florida, Laura’s husband and son were latterly freezing in Vermont.