Archive | December 2011


I love every season.  Here in the beautiful northwest, we have all 4 definite seasons.  I grew up with snow and harsh winters in Nebraska.  I LOVE SNOW!  It is so lovely and clean.  As a gardener I love the quiet season of winter to dream of spring plantings.  The cold kills a lot of trouble for plants as well as nourishes the soil with the moisture. It is beautiful as it falls and wonderful when it stays for a while. “Snowmen fall from heaven unassembled” (a quote from a Mary Engelbreit card.)

When my children were little, I collected snowmen.  I have tempered my collection, but last weekend I got the few I kept out.  It is so fun to see them.  We always decorated the windows with snow flakes that we made on the first snowfall of the year.  I don’t have them any more.  I do still have my favorite snowmen. I will post a few pictures of my winter decor.

Before: My fall mantle


After: My winter mantle


kitchen decor

My favorite! Given to me by Jenn my daughter. I've named them Jim and Debbie! When I see them I fall in love again with my dear husband! Don't they kind of look like us! 🙂


I have a few more photos, but you definitely get the picture of what I like!  Jim and I will be going to Anaheim, CA. (away from the snow for a little over a week.)  We are attending a wonderful conference  studying the book of Psalms in the Bible.  My son and his wife as well as my youngest daughter will be there.  I am looking forward to this precious time in the word, and with my family.  MUCH MUCH MUCH BLESSING BE WITH YOU ALL!!!      LUBM     Debbie


Project Life scrap table!

Well, my dear husband spoiled me again!  I have been looking for a table, counter height, that I could stand and work on my project life scrapbook.  I love this way of telling the story’s of our life. I have used the system for two years. I’ve used it differently each year and this next year I am going to add another element.  I will be keeping ALL my layouts in this album.  My project life pocket pages as well as the 12 x 12 layouts, 4x4s etc. all in the 3 ring binders.  This year I had added many extra sized pages to my P.L. book.  I love the idea of the complete story in one place.  I am sure it will take at least 2 notebooks, maybe even 3 for a year.  Becky has great Albums available at Amazon.  We will see how many I fill!

Ali Edwards keeps her project life book on the counter in her kitchen.  It makes the journaling and scrap saving handy.  I like the idea of keeping it out, ready and constantly available.  I don’t want spills to damage it so was looking for a tall table that I could use in my scrap room for this purpose.  I also have seen the way others have used their PL, using up their own supplies, their stash as well as the PL cards. I’ve done this a little this year.  Go to Becky’s Blog ( Becky Higgins) and see what her project life creative team does.  Each is so unique and creative.

After searching my favorite thrift stores, even IKEA in Seattle, I found exactly what I needed at Target.  More costly than I usually spend, $249.00 for a rolling kitchen cart.  (It is well made, and can serve many purposes.)  The few times a year when I need to use the trundle bed in my craft room, I will need to roll the cart away to my bedroom to let the guests have space. Otherwise it owns the space and will gratefully supply my project life’s needs.

It took Jim 3  1/2 hours to assemble it after work on my daughters 26th birthday.  Another day of LABOR :).  I got to watch the labor this time!  I love it. 

Today, I began to set up the table, and am really happy with how it will work.  My project life has a new home! 

Laboring Jim

final pages of 2011 Amber and ready to scrap

The top 2 drawers hold the journalling cards, tape runner, scizzors and embellishments.   The right hand cupboard holds my paper and other types of page pockets for the project life.  The Left cupboard holds my sewing supplies.   I love this extra space already! The box on top of the cabinet holds things I collect during the week that I want to put in my album.

I also made this tag today to put in my Album….See Jenny, even you make the news! 🙂

The aqua project life on the table is my 2012 album “waiting” for a few weeks before it
will be used.  I have 2 sets,  Joy may choose to have one of them.  I will see her briefly in a few weeks so we will see which one I get for the year.  Turquiose or Clementine??

Thank you for reading my latest story.  Thank you Jim for your Labor and Love.  I am looking forward to having a project life work station.  Fun, functionally organized, and pretty as well.  🙂    Much Blessing to each of you,