Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Talk Time Tuesday~ Ask Jo!



Hello my sweet friends!
Welcome back to another Talk time Tuesday with yours truly! Boy is it cold!! BRRR! Have you been watching the news and hearing about the blizzard Juno? I am in the path of it but as of the looks of it this morning, there was a shift in the storm and some places may not see nowhere near as much as they were predicting.

I remember living in Texas and praying for snow. I had missed it because in Texas, the only snow you see are flurries if the temps get too cold. When I moved back home to NJ, I said I was looking forward to seeing the four seasons again and having some snow. Well the Man upstairs heard me and He is giving me some of the pretty white stuff!
The news said last night that my area could see up to 3 feet of it but it doesn't look like that will happen, thankfully. We do have a ton of snow falling down but it should be over by 4pm today and now they are saying we will have about 4-6 inches when it's over!! That is a HUGE difference from 3 feet! LOL The only thing that makes this scary for me is the fact that I live at the beach and the coast is getting hit the hardest with 50mph winds with hurricane strength and we are in severe flood warnings. I have the ocean 4 blocks up from me and the bay literally in my back yard. So if you could, please keep my family and I in your prayers from the flooding. :)

Well I am kind of confused my dear friends. I had so many of you email me often to ask me to please bring this segment back to the blog, but nobody is writing in, well except for one sweet gal who wrote in on Jan. 22nd. :) 

Aussie Girl wants to know, "what is your favorite art medium and how do you use it?"
 Hi Aussie Girl! Hmmm.. I have a couple of mediums that I like to play with generally speaking but if I can only choose one, I would have to say my favorite medium is texture paste. There are two that I like to use, Ranger Ink texture paste and Wendy Vecchi crackled texture paste

I love creating texture on canvas backgrounds with this medium. I use a crafting spatula knife and spread the paste all over my canvas leaving little peeks to give the look of stucco when it drys. It's so cool looking and so much fun! But this medium allows you to achieve all types of looks and fun textures. Mix a little bit of alcohol inks, paint or stain with a small amount of it for a colored texture. Add it over a stencil to create a raised look. Use a fine paint brush to lightly brush the edges of your project for a little distressed look or shabby chic feel. In this photo, I used the Ranger Ink texture paste on the gray/white circle on this canvas. The "white" portion is the texture paste. It was applied over the top of that circle stencil and now that it has dried, it is raised. You cannot see the raised effect as much in this photo but I promise, it is raised up. 


The possibilities are literally endless. So thanks for writing in Aussie girl and I hope you give this medium a try! If you do, please share what you create! 

Well friends, that is it for today. Please write in with questions you want answered or topics you would like to see talked about during our Tuesdays together :) 

  
 Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~


Monday, January 26, 2015

Winners FFC# 71 Announced~


Hi there friends...
We have the Top 3's and winner from Fun~day Friday
challenge #71! Are you one of them lucky ones???

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #71 "Anything Goes":


        #28-----> Bonnie T.
              #54-----> Kathleen MC
                 #130-----> Annie's Style  

 And now our winner of the 7 pack of digis from:

Bugaboo Stamps


------> #114 Ginny B.



All Winners & Top 3's Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!

  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
  


Friday, January 23, 2015

FFC #72 "It's Sketch Time"~




Hello sweet friends!
Welcome to another Fun~day Friday Challenge!!

 This week's Challenge:
"It's Sketch Time"
Create a card, layout or project 
using this week's sketch!


Our Sponsor this week is 
  The winner will win 4 digital stamps of their choice!!!!

 So make sure to play along this week~

  Starts: Friday, January 23rd  12:00AM
Ends: Friday, January 30th  6:00PM
(Eastern time)


Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:






 
What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until January 30th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of February 2nd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Talk Time Tuesday with Ask Jo~



Hello my sweet friends!
Where oh where did the weekend go? Do you feel like it was rushed? Time sure feels like it is moving so fast that if you blink, even for a second; you will indeed miss something important. Well I am happy to say that I had a great and productive weekend! I was able to get into my craft room and get through a few totes and put more things away. Little by little the room is becoming one step closer to functional. YAY!! :)

I want to say thank you for all the beautiful comments and emails that came pouring through last week on my long post regarding my health. You are all amazing! I feel extremely blessed to have such amazing friends! And while nobody has yet to submit any questions to ask me, I figured I would still continue to post these posts anyways. I will find something to talk about or something to share. Afterall, we all enjoy a good read sometimes, right? 

So while thinking about what I wanted to share today, I thought about the next big day that is slowly approaching...Valentine's day!  The one day of the year that we all seem to show our love to those we hold near and dear to our hearts, just how special they are. Are you the kind of gal who gets the typical roses and chocolates? Or are you more of the type that gets swept off her feet for a romantic spa getaway for the weekend with flower petals, candlelight & hot, steamy adult play? Or are you the girl who gives out the cute cards, candies and gifts to your special valentines? Well, no matter which girl you are... I am sure you love to document your special memories and gifts. If you are a scrapbooker, You probably scrap about it or smash about it. Or if you are a real true romantic, you probably save your trinkets like a movie ticket, dried roses, hotel room key, etc.  And no matter which way you preserve your memories, there is a creative side to it all. So I decided to help you get your creative juices flowing by listing a few Titles and quotes to help with your creative Valentine projects! I hope you enjoy and can find something that will help spark your creativity!

Valentine Titles
  • Can you see it? Love is in the air
  • Happy Love Day!
  • How sweet it is to be loved by YOU
  • Cupid is as Cupid does! He gave me you!
  • I'm sweet on you
  • There are no tulips as sweet as your two lips
  • Love is a work of heart
  • You are always my Valentine
  • You + me = Forever
  • My love, my heart, My everything
  • When God gave me you, He completed my life
  • Valentine, Oh Valentine
  • Will you be mine?
Valentine Quotes
  • Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. ~Unknown Author
  • Grow old with me. The best is yet to be. ~Robert Browning
  • Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love; time is eternity. ~Henry Van Dyke
  • Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren't even there before~Mignon McLaughlin
  • True love stories never have endings ~Richard Bach
  • Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart and the joy in a heart. ~Unknown author    
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Well my friends, that is all I have for you today. I sure hope you start sending in some questions and suggestions so we can make this a bit more interesting each week. Lord knows I do not want to bore you with my rambling LOL  :) 


  
 Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~


Monday, January 19, 2015

Winners FFC #70 Announced~


Hi there friends...
We have the Top 3's and winner from Fun~day Friday
challenge #70! Are you one of them lucky ones???

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #70 "It's A New Year, Bling it on":


                #23-----> Lena Loken 
 #46-----> AJ
                  #47----->  Lucy Patrick

 And now our winner of the 4 pack of digis from:




------> #19 Lillian's Leisure



All Winners & Top 3's Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!

  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
  


Friday, January 16, 2015

FFC #71 "Anything Goes"~




Hello sweet friends!
Welcome to another Fun~day Friday Challenge!!

 This week's Challenge:
"Anything Goes"
Create a card, layout or project 
of your choice!


Our Sponsor this week is 
Bugaboo Stamps
  The winner will win 7 digital stamps of their choice!!!!

 So make sure to play along this week~

  Starts: Friday, January 16th  12:00AM
Ends: Friday, January 23rd  6:00PM
(Eastern time)


Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:

  Joyce





 
What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until January 23rd by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of January 26th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Talk Time Tuesday w/Ask Jo~ LONG POST



Hello my sweet friends!
Happy New Year!
Were you surprised when you saw the title of today's post? I miss our Talk time Tuesdays and I have had so many emails requesting that I please bring this segment back. So with a new year here, I figured it was time to get back into blogging more regularly like I used to and to start making small goals for this year. Why not start with bringing this fun segment back? Right?

While I do not have any questions to answer today,  I am going to just consider this post as us having a nice little chat :) .... This post is pretty long....so grab a nice cup of cocoa and join me!

Before I go into an update on myself, how about these frigid temps across the globe??? BRRR! I hope you are all staying warm! Today it is 17 degrees here at the New Jersey shore but with the wind, it is feeling like below zero!! Now that is cold! Thankfully, I'm nice and warm and all snug up. 
So as many of you know, I suffer tremendously with my health. I have some good days here and there but the bad outweighs the good. Unfortunately, I have many limitations now on what I can and cannot do. To keep this part of the post short, I'll tell you in a nutshell what is going on these days:
  • Suffering from Fibromyalgia, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, anxiety, depression, degenerative disk disease (severe state), 2 pinched nerves- one in back and the other in the neck, sciatica damage, L1-L5 lumbar radiculathopy, high blood pressure, carpal tunnel, arthritis and lastly, hypothyroidism. 
  • Taking 13 medications per day--three of which I take multiple times per day
  • Sitting for approximately 30-45 minutes before having to stand up or lay down--standing for only 10 minutes--anything longer then that is not doable, unable to walk more then half of a small block or approx. 10 minutes.
  • Unable to clean, do basic household things & even unable to cook much
  • Spend most of my time in my bedroom propped up with 8 pillows behind me for support on my back with an additional 2 pillows under my knees for leg elevation--my most comfortable position is in a sitting upright position with my legs elevated or laying down thus; keeping me mainly bed ridden for the most part. 
  • Only go out for Doctor's appointments and once in a blue moon I will go out to grocery shop with the help of a family member and my power wheelchair
  • The sad part to all of this--I'm only 40.
There you have the update on me. So from reading what has been going on with me, it should be quite clear why my crafty posts are almost non-existent. I did try to get a little crafty during the Holidays to make a few quick Christmas cards and the little bit of time that I sat upright at my desk, nearly killed my back and sent me into a night full of excruciating pain. BUT I do miss my crafting! One of my main goals this year is to get crafty no matter what. So how do I craft without having it cost me so much pain and agony? Here is where the small goals come in. I have decided to take 15-20 minutes per day to get into my craft room and get it organized so that I can fully function in there when I do craft. Once that is complete and the room is ready for me, I will stick with the same method. I will craft for 15-20 minutes at a time. That is all I will be able to do.  So in  theory, a project may take me several days to complete but as long as I am crafting again, I'll be a happy camper!!

As you read, I am mainly living in my bedroom. Yep that is correct. I am in my bedroom day in and day out with the exceptions of going to the bathroom or moving into the hall where I home-school my daughter (we have a nice schoolroom setup utilizing our entire main hall on the upper level).  My bedroom is not so bad though. I keep myself busy between being on my laptop, reading on my kindle fire, having chats with family (they come and spend time with me all day throughout the day) or by watching my 50" flat screen TV. 
 Here is a photo of the family and I together, watching the movie "Frozen" up in my bedroom, just last month.  (don't mind the window shades LOL, the girls were playing  around with them and kept them up there for a bit)...................
 I eat my dinners mainly alone as well in my room. There are times when I am having my good days that I will go downstairs and eat with the family and spend some time down there but those times don't happen as much as I would like. The reason I am in my bedroom all the time is for two reasons; I need to be propped up and in an upright sitting position with my legs elevated and because it is extremely HARD  to climb up the stairs. Going down is not so bad but coming up is definitely a challenge and I need help. But that is life right? I cannot change it.

I was extremely blessed by a wonderful and dear friend of mine with a power wheelchair this past fall. One of the last updates I posted was about my health and how my insurance company would not cover the cost of a wheelchair for me. Well this dear friend whom I love dearly, took it upon herself and from the goodness of her heart to purchase a power wheelchair for me so that I could still maintain my mobility. My doctors told me back in 2008 that I would be wheelchair bound within five years. Well that time is happening now, 7 years later. I was told I would be wheelchair bound for good by the end of this year.  Now don't go feeling sorry for me. I have accepted this and made peace with it. At least I am still alive right? Maybe I won't be able to walk soon, but I'll still have a set of wheels and I'm still here!!

On to happier things--I have so many ideas and hopes for this blog this year. 2014 nearly took so much out of me and my blog suffered from it. I apologize to all of you wonderful friends for not being that avid blogger that I once was. Life got in the way and with my health, it became a mess. Not anymore!  I will do my best to bring you Talk Time Tuesday with Ask Jo back each week but I also need YOUR help to do it!  Please start sending in your questions via the link at the top of my blog that says "Ask Jo".  You can ask me anything at all (keep it clean ladies LOL) from crafting to anything in general. I have had people in the past ask me about parenting, life, crafts, recipes, etc... so please send in your questions so that I can keep this segment interesting. :)

If there is anything at all that you want to see on my blog this year, please let me know!! I'm open to all suggestions so please send me your ideas. :)

Another thing that had to be put on the back burner for a bit was my company 3 Twenty Crafts. Oh how sad I was to see this happen! However, should things go as I have planned, my shop will re-open this summer! Happy Happy!!! =) 

Okay well that sums up everything I wanted to say and bring you up to date with. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend ahead. Stay warm and stay crafting!!!
  
 Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~


Friday, January 9, 2015

Welcome Back! FFC#70 "It's a New Year, Bling it on!"~ & A new Sponsor




Hello sweet friends!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Welcome to 2015 and welcome back to our first Fun~day  Friday challenge of the new year! I am so excited that we have put 2014 behind  us and can move forward into a year that will hopefully bring bigger and better things! 
The Design team and I hope you all had wonderful holidays with your families and friends but are you ready to get back into getting crafty and playing some challenges? =)

I am extremely excited to let you all know that for 2015, we have been blessed that many of our sponsors have stayed on to continue sponsoring us this year and we have a few NEW sponsors to bring aboard for you and one of them happens to be our sponsor today!

Our New sponsor today just so happens to be Little Blue Button Stamps and the shop owner and designer Olga, is the sweetest woman!  I am super excited to be able to welcome her to our 2015 Sponsor Family! So please join in this week's challenge for the chance to win some of her gorgeous digital stamps, and take a moment to visit her shop and sign  up for her blog so you don't miss out on anything!

So are you ready for the first challenge of 2015?

 This week's Challenge:
"It's a New Year, BLING it on!"
Create a card, layout or project using some Bling!

Our Sponsor this week is 
  The winner will win 4 digital stamps of their choice!!!!

 So make sure to play along this week~

  Starts: Friday, January 9th  12:00AM
Ends: Friday, January 16th  6:00PM
(Eastern time)


Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:

  Joyce





Remember friends, please go visit Olga and the Little Blue Button Stamps shop. Make sure to sign up to her blog and show her some bloggy love and thank her for sponsoring Jo's Fun~day Friday challenges!

  Well my friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what you can do for this challenge! Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and a chance to win our sponsor's prizes! 

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until January 16th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of January 19th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!