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Getting Ready to Easter

Easter is one of my favorite holidays and it gives me a good excuse to indulge in some new, beautiful things to spruce up my home.  Here are a few cute ideas I just love!

Turning Moments into Memories

Turning Moments into Memories

There are so many great ideas out there!  From little Easter cookies, to hand painted…

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Added by Elayne on April 6, 2012 at 1:52pm — No Comments

My Life Long Love of Dollhouse Miniatures

My love affair with all things miniature began when I was 10 and spent the summer with my Aunt and Uncle.

The little girl across the street had the most amazing miniature dollhouse. I had never seen unlike it before, and haven't seen anything like it since. Crafted by her grandfather and completely lit and furnished, we played with it for hours on end.

I've always dreamed of having my own miniature dollhouse and a few years ago my husband surprised me with a beautiful Cape-Cod…

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Added by Elayne on April 4, 2012 at 9:04pm — No Comments

"Hello. My Name is Elayne and I'm an Addict"

"Hi. My name is Elayne and I'm an addict"... Isn't that what people say at 12 step meetings?  Well, I think  I need to find one as I have discovered the wonderful, time-eating, totally addictive world of Pinterest.

No longer do I have time to scrap or stamp or create or cook or eat or watch TV or clean or do laundry or even worry about what my 3 kids (all grown) might be up too.  No time to suffer through empty nest syndrome (daughter just moved…

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Added by Elayne on March 6, 2012 at 6:56am — No Comments

Preparing for the Empty Nest and a New Chapter In My Life

South Florida Baby Planner

I would assume that I'm not the first mommy on earth that realizes how difficult it's going to be to let her children go.

And I'm sure I'm not the only mom that begins to prepare for the inevitable empty nest and all of the things that we hear it will bring.

For me, my children moving out, and my home becoming an "empty nest” represents yet another loss in my life.  I've had lots and lots of loses, so trying to prepare myself ahead of time is now just what I…

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Added by Elayne on February 12, 2012 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Today Is Our 13th Wedding Anniverary

Today is my 13th Wedding Anniversary!  I can't believe how fast the years have flown by. Look at my little babies!

My husband is an amazing dad. He didn't have kids when he married me but he stepped up and did an incredible job parenting our children.

I'm sure there's  been times over the past 13 years when he asked him self "what the hell did I get myself into"?  

Now that our kids are…

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Added by Elayne on February 7, 2012 at 10:02am — No Comments

Creating a Sympathy Card and Saying Good-Bye

Stampin' Up Sympathy Card

If you're anything like me, making sympathy cards is not at the top of your list of favorite things to do.

When someone loses a loved one or a pet, one of the ways we let them know that we’re thinking about them is by sending them a  sympathy card.

I have a little ritual I began when I started hand-making my own sympathy cards. I turn on some music…

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Added by Elayne on February 3, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

BIG Blog Candy Give Away!

Stampin' Up Blog Candy Hope you are ready for some awesome Stampin' Up Blog Candy that I will be giving away on Sunday!

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If you are the lucky winner of the Blog Candy, you will receive:

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Added by Elayne on February 2, 2012 at 1:13pm — No Comments

I Broke A Promise To My Daughter's Birth Mother

This past Sunday I told my oldest child that I was thinking about going to church.  I don’t go often. She asked me in a very serious voice to be sure to pray for her sister.  I was surprised by this and jokingly asked her if she wanted me to pray for her sisters soul.  She said “Yeah mommy”.  I asked her why and she told me that when the girls attended a memorial…

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Added by Elayne on November 9, 2011 at 10:27am — No Comments

I have a Secret... I Don't Know What to Do.





Okay ladies, I admit it, I have a secret. Before I share it with you, I'm going to ask that you indulge me for a few minutes and not read ahead. Deal?  Thanks!



Without being too critical of the poor photo quality, what do you think of the table and the floral arrangement?  Personally, I like the simplicity of it. Just a bowl of flowers on a small table, catching the light as it comes into the room.  I like the room too.  I like the way the drapes are pulled…

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Added by Elayne on October 27, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments

Kids, Kindles & the School Book Fair

When I was a little girl in elementary school, one of the things I always looked forward to was the school Book Fair. A week or so before the big day, our  teacher would give us a colorful, newsprint-newsletter, that was filled with pictures of the wonderful books you could buy and a short description of each.



I loved going home, having my snack, and then sitting on the couch and reading about the books. I've always loved to read and I remember how hard it was to narrow…

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Added by Elayne on October 27, 2011 at 9:38am — No Comments

stirring up old memories during a country drive

Last week I met my sister in Illinois to visit our Aunt and Uncle. While we were growing up, they lived way out in the country, in the middle of acres and acres of corn fields, in a beautiful white farm house. One of my favorite places was the old barn.  Even though it was scary at night, I still remember the smell of the hay, gasoline and fresh soil.…

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Added by Elayne on October 8, 2011 at 3:37pm — No Comments

molly is missing and my mother-in-law is heartbroken

Molly is missing and my mother-in-law is heartbroken. Molly is her baby and has been her constant cmpanion for the past five years. For an older woman, who lost her husband, lives alone and recently retired, Molly is more than just a dog, she is part of her family, her best friend. Molly is home with her 24 hours a day, to keep her company, to cuddle with and to talk to if she gets lonely. My mother in law wakes up every Sunday and makes Molly scrambled eggs for breakfast. They spend… Continue

Added by Elayne on October 7, 2011 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Over 25,000 Read My Blog Post on Bullying

I was overwhelmed by the response I received on my last blog post on bullying. Over 500 people left comments asking me to share more of my story. After some reflection, I have decided to open up and talk a little more about how it all started for me, and how it eventually ended.





The very first time I remember being bullied was when I was just 6 years old and in first grade. We lived in Miami Beach and I spent a lot of time outdoors playing in my bathing suit or little… Continue

Added by Elayne on October 6, 2011 at 6:32pm — No Comments

are you ready to talk about it? i am. i was bullied.

Last found hanging in his backyard by his sister.  He was only 14 years old and had just started high school.  He left behind a family, friends and people that cared. He also left behind a bunch of kids that spent a great deal of time doing everything they could to make him miserable. They bullied him, taunted him, brought him to tears and eventually, drove him to…

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Added by Elayne on September 29, 2011 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Birthdays, Target, UPS and Lessons Learned

My middle child turns 22 today. It is the first birthday I have ever missed and I am feeling kind of low.



Like most 22 year olds who are living on their own for the first time, all she wants is a gift card to Target so she can buy food and curtains.



So on Monday, I went online and ordered her the gift card and a few extra little things. I paid extra for… Continue

Added by Elayne on September 14, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls & Batting

I signed up for a beginners quilt class at Quilters Quarters. Sadly, the class doesn't start until the middle of October. If you asked, my friends and family would tell you that there is no way I can wait until October. I am both compulsive and impatient when I want to start a new project. So this morning, as everyone fully expected, I went in search of some fabric so I can get a proper "head start".…



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Added by Elayne on September 3, 2011 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Here We Go! The Pressure of Halloween, Martha Stewart and Living in N.C.

I woke up this morning feeling pressured. Not sure if it was because the temperature was in the 60's or because one of my trees is already beginning to change. Regardless, it hit me that tomorrow is September 1st. September 1st marks the start of my favorite time of year. First and foremost, it's my birthday "month". Secondly, football starts, which means I get to start cooking chili, corn… Continue

Added by Elayne on August 31, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Grandchildren, BINGO and Alzheimer's Disease

I think that one of the saddest things about Alzheimer's disease is the fact that it often robs children of their grandma or grandpa. Children are very astute. They know that grandma or grandpa is there "physically", but they can usually sense that they are not fully "present".



Little ones might be frightened. Tweens might get very quiet, and teens? They might just get angry. So how…

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Added by Elayne on August 16, 2011 at 9:54am — No Comments

I Love Fabric! New Fabric Wrapping Ideas!





I was browsing the internet looking for some ideas on what I can do with a bunch of new fabric I just ordered and look what I found! This adorable little store that I just have to share with you, called Pink Olive! I love it! …

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Added by Elayne on August 15, 2011 at 12:43pm — No Comments

A Letting Go Moment... Bye Bye Winnie the Pooh and Scooby Doo





Today was another one for the baby books. My husband finally decided that after ten years of his garage filling up with things that just couldn't be thrown out, it was time to call in some reinforcement. I was okay with the whole 777-Junk thing. They said they would donate any reusable items and find a place to dispose of the rest. Their motto, "Consider it Done"… Continue

Added by Elayne on August 14, 2011 at 8:21am — No Comments

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