Saturday, December 15, 2007

TWO WEEK BLOGGING BREAK

It's been quite a week here at the Riley house. John's Uncle Howard passed away on Tuesday and the funeral was held on Thursday. Please hold Howard's wife, Shirley, and their three children in your prayers. My Mom had emergency surgery on Tuesday and is doing well now. We are praying this will be the end of her streak of health issues.

I am staying on task preparing for the Christmas holiday and my company. My brother and his family are coming from Iowa to stay with us for five days. They haven't been to Arizona for a visit in 7 years, so this trip is much anticipated! I will be taking a two week blogging break so I can prepare my home, food, Christmas, etc. then enjoy their company while they're here (unless, of course, I find some free time to participate in a SCS challenge!). It'll be difficult to stay away from stamping, but am looking forward to getting things in order and having things "just so" for their visit!

If ... if ... if I don't post again before Christmas, please know that I wish each and every one of my readers a joyous holiday! I am so grateful for all the connections and friendships I've made this year through blogging. THANK YOU for checking in each day, THANK YOU for your kind comments and words of encouragement, and THANK YOU even to those of you who read and don't leave comments! I know you're there, because my counter keeps going up and up to unbeliveable numbers! Most of all, remember the Reason for the Season; the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. See you in 2008, if not before!

Remember the altered Junior Legal Pads and tutorial in THIS POST using Dashing DP? I made several more using Wintergreen DP.

I found the Wintergreen DP a little more difficult to coordinate two different patterns than the Dashing DP, so in some cases I chose to use Certainly Celery Prints DP.

I made 15 of these notepads and gift pails as teacher gifts and friends' gifts. I purchased the white snowflake pails at the Target $1 Spot, and used my Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes in the front of the pail for the ribbon/cord to loop through. I tried to find items that coordinated with the Wintergreen DP (not an easy task!). Some things I did come up with: CO Bigelow Spearmint and Mint Lip Glosses from Bath & Body Works (a perfect match!), Candy Canes, and candies wrapped in silver wrappings.

MERRY CHRISTMAS my friends !!!!

24 comments:

Rita said...

Merry Christmas Nancy to you & your family!

Dawn Easton said...

Nancy all of these pails are ADORABLE! So stinkin'cute!

I'm sorry for your family's loss. I know it has been difficult. Sure wish I lived closer and could give you a {{{hug}}}

I'll miss seeing you until after the holidays!

Merry Christmas to you and your family from all of us here!

Big hugs my friend!

Becky - Stampin in the Tulip City said...

What nice presentation! I love those pails with all the goodies inside and your legal pads are fab. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your time with family!

Jenn in GA said...

good for you for choosing to put aside something you enjoy in order to be fully engaged with those you love. you've had quite a year with relatives' illnesses and deaths, so i hope your Christmas is full of fond remembrances of those you love with those you love. thanks so much back at you for ALL you've shared!

Diane (djluvs2stamp on SCS) said...

Nancy thank you for all of your awesome ideas this past year. I am looking forward to more of them in the coming year. Take care and have a very Merry Christmas, see you next year (if not before)!

Diane

Jill said...

Man, I wish I was your friend!! lol. You are sooooooooo amazing. I seriously look forward each day to checking out your blog and seeing what fun new things you have. You are so nice to give RAK's all the time...I see your gifts on other blogs too.
You are fabulous!!!!!!!!

Flossie's Follies said...

I will keep your Uncle's family in my prayers, glad to hear that your mother is doing well. Have a wonderful holiday season spent with famiy and friends.

Jackie Pedro said...

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday.

These pails are just adorable! You are so creative!!

Dale said...

The pails are beautiful Nancy.
I am sorry for your familys loss. I pray God will be your comfort during this difficult time and I will also pray for healing and good health for you Mom.
I will miss clicking in to your blog for the next two weeks but you need a well deserved break and time to be with family and friends. Have a very Merry Christmas.

fran said...

Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful time with your family over the holidays. I'll be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Your projects are darling - as usualy! Looking forward to seeing all your amazing projects in the New Year!

StampMom said...

Wishing you a Merry and Blessed Christmas and a very happy New Year!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your family's loss. I enjoy visiting your blog and you are so creative. Thanks for sharing. Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.
God bless.
JoAnn B.

Sue Duffy said...

Happy, Safe, Healthy Holidays and 2008 to you and yours, Nancy. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and great ideas.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss. Wishing you a wonderful and joyous Christmas with your family. "See" you next year!

Shawn K.

Kathy T said...

Enjoy your blog break and have a Happy Holiday season... It's a lot of work and joy preparing for compmany - take the time and really enjoy the season... Look forward to your updates when you return... Healthy Holiday to your family...

Lynn said...

These snowflake pales are beautiful! So sorry to hear of your uncles passing and your mothers surgery, hope she is feeling better soon.
Enjoy your holidays and seeing your family!

Joanne B. said...

I'm so sorry to hear the sad news about John's Uncle, and I hope your mother makes a speedy recovery.

Have a very merry and safe christmas!

I'm so happy we "met" this year! Its been quite a ride my friend. Wishing you all the best!

corinnesomerville said...

Have a great break, Nancy !!! Praying for a wonderful Christmas and New Year's for you and your family !!!

Love ya
Corinne

Elaine said...

Hi Nancy,
I'll be thinking about you and saying a prayer for everyone in your family. You share so many wonderful articles and projects with us - you need a little bloggie break!! Have a really lovely Christmas and a Very Happy New Year! I am hoping you don't mind if I share your blog projects with some readers on Gingerwood Stamping bulletin board...I think they might like to see what you've created!

Hugs and love,
Elaine

nancy morgan said...

A well deserved break for sure! Your pails and projects are amazing as always. You just relax (lol! guessing that won't happen) and ejoy some time with family and friends!! Blessings & hugs to you my friend = )

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

What wonderful gifts Nancy! I hope you have a WONDERFUL Christmas and a lot of good times with your family visiting! I'll miss you! :)

Amy G. said...

These are amazing and so are you! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family! ;)

Rose Ann said...

Your projects are wonderful!!

I am so sorry for your loss, and send my love, hugs, and prayers!

tarheelstamper said...

Super cute! I wish I had bought a bunch of these like I had thought about!