Stampin’ Up! Pop of Paradise

This Pop of Paradise stamp set is fun to work with.  There are eight stamps you can work with to create wonderful tropical cards.  Or perhaps you took a vacation where Flamingos could be seen.  You could use the stamps to accent your vacation in your scrapbook.




Pop of Paradise stamps 141578 wood mount or 141581 for clear (you’ll need clear blocks)

Soft Sky card stock 131203

To make the Whisper White 100730 Oval I used Stitched Shapes Framelits 145372

I also used Whisper White for the leaves

Big Shot 143263

Flirty Flamingo ink 141397

Old Olive Ink 126953

I fussy cut the leaves and using Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430 to raise the design off the card stock

  To order all of this and more head over to my page.



Garden Week 16 Update

Garden Week 16 Update.

Exciting Visitors!

When we first arrived at this location early in December I was pleased to discover a pair of Great Horned Owls. They didn’t show up every night but often enough for me to keep a daily watch for them. Sometime late in January we didn’t see them very often and I figured they were off nesting.

Late at night we’d hear the hooting and now and then we’d spot one them in a tree or on the wire by the road.


A few days ago I spotted these two in the pine tree and the adult was grooming the owlet. Yesterday I saw two adults and the baby, I assume it’s the family unit.

Calming Foot Powder

Calming Foot Powder

1/4 cup arrowroot powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops sandalwood essential oil
5 drops clary sage essential oil


Combine cornstarch and arrowroot in a bowl and add essential oils by evenly dropping the oils around the dry mix. Shake, mix or stir with a fork and add finished powder to a shaker to use for feet.

Special Tip: If you have a flour sifter, use to further distribute the essential oils into the powder and to prevent any clumping.


It was so easy!

For a long time I’ve wanted to make my own beauty products. Gathering the supplies has been the biggest problem. I live in a 36 foot 5th wheel trailer and I have several hobbies that take up our storage space. Squeezing a few more in (and remembering where I stowed them) has been interesting, to say the least.

Making this lip balm was very easy and if I can do it so can you! Once all the ingredients were gathered it took about 15 minutes to make


Peppermint Lip Balm

3 T organic sunflower oil
1 T organic cocoa butter
1 T plus 1 t beeswax pastilles
15 drops organic peppermint essential oil
a few drops of vitamin E oil, which is optional

Place beeswax, butter and oil in the top of a double boiler (I used the microwave and a glass measuring cup) until all is melted. Remove from heat (careful the glass may be hot!) add the essential oil and vitamin E oil. Swirl for minute or two and then pour immediately into the lip balm tubes or containers. Makes about 10 tubes

The recipe is from Mountain Rose Herbs as are most of the supplies

If you try this, let me know how you liked it!

Christmas in March

On Monday I redeemed my Christmas gift from Jim. He gave me an afternoon at the spa that included an hour long massage, a facial, a pedicure and a manicure.

How decadent to just lay on the heated table and enjoy a massage! I can’t remember the last time this happened. I know in our past life I enjoyed a couple massages. Heidi slathered oil on all my limbs and back and while she kneaded, pulled and stretched I just laid there and enjoyed. There was meditation music softly playing in the background and the lights were dim. Very relaxing

Next up was the facial…I’ve had one that I can recall and this was nothing like that. I remained on the massage table while one after another something or other was slathered onto my face, then wiped off. I was told I had very good skin with no blemishes. I think Barbara was trying to plump up all my wrinkles (didn’t happen). There was a pineapple smelling enzyme peel which tingled, followed by a warm towel to wipe it off. At one point she applied one of those face ‘masks’ that covers your chin, upper lip and jaw. Periodically she put covers over my eyelids and misted my face all the while a mister was running over head. Like I said I think she was plumping me up. It all felt good and I guess I look better….who cares! It felt wonderful being pampered.

Then it was time for the pedicure at which point Sonsearae joined me and it was fun chatting and having our feet rubbed and scrubbed. For those who have been, it’s better than the Progresso Ladies….but cost more too!

Sonsearae chose a dark, electric blue while I chose a shade of pinkish, red…kinda like a deep reddish grapefruit. The pedicure was just a regular nail job

But the manicure was a gel and with a lot of luck will last a couple weeks. I’ve already nicked one nail chopping veggies. Same color as my toenails.

After this wonderful afternoon of being waited upon it was back to the real world. Sonsearae and I headed to Publix and then over to Target. All the while I was forced to wear FLIP FLOPS! I hate those shoes as I can’t stand anything between my toes. But in my defense it’s been a long time since I’ve gotten a manicure and neglected to bring sandals. Should also have brought a comb or brush. I don’t carry one and my hair was a bit spiky although everyone said it looked OK.

Back home we had mini egg rolls (just popped in the oven) and a Thai Crunch Salad that Sonsearae made, for dinner. It was a first time for us with the salad and it’s good. The dressing is made with peanut butter which I was skeptical of but it’s very tasty and we’ll have it again as Jim and I both liked it. The recipe can be found in the Happy Herbivore Light and Lean cookbook

Do you have Pets?


This is Boo, Boudreaux is his full name and he was born in September 2005 in New Orleans.

The vet says he’s a senior citizen! Along the way he’s lost a couple teeth and he has us well trained.

Previous Older Entries