Friday, March 19, 2010

Operation Write Home Bloghop

Welcome to the Operation Write Home blog! is where it (the bloghop) begins if you have just jumped in in the middle:

Full disclosure, I am not a normal cardmaker!

A little about me, I am a crafter/artist/soap maker/mother/gramma and wife, child of God type. The war and the active duty enlisted people have been on my mind and heart since 911 especially. Back then, I would read and see the items that they would request and read their stories and pics and want to contribute in some way. It just never happened that I was able to coordinate with anysoldier but from their website I found, the forerunner to Operation Write Home.

Making cards was do-able for me, I could contribute one or a hundred cards, whenever I was able to get them done. (I have a very big busy life.)

Then there was Sandy, who was bending over backwards to help ME (EVERYBODY), she was supplying the envelopes so that I could save on postage, and taking cards of all kinds except the dreaded glitter cards, but even crayon drawings from kids. I felt comfortable to send in the proofs of my digital art mounted on cardstock, and...she even said Thank You!

Well, that was the hook, and I have to say Sandy's heart sort of glows, she makes it easy to be a part of this wonderful endeavor. I have progressed some, that is what happens when you hang out with really creative people, I love looking at the amazing cards that people come up with.

I know the other shippers are equally wonderful too, their's is a huge task to get these packed up and into the hands of somebody who wants to write home. But it's always Sandy who sends me that thank you email. So, thank you Sandy!

I could say I am jealous. Card making is so precise, it is such an art. This is my first attempt of actual stamped cards hand lettered, and as I look at the other cards in this bloghop I see the time and the patience and the precision that has gone into them.

But I feel welcome in the middle of all this creativity, mine being goofy or not, it takes all kinds to make a world, and I know there is a person out there who probably says "this looks just like my granny made it" when they pick up my card, and so it is good for them!

LINK TO NEXT BLOG: http:/ This sounds so exciting, "We have one card for that blog made with an MRE package by a soldier in Afghanistan, and I'm hoping we'll get some more funny ones too!"

I am so new to this card making stuff, I don't even know what an MRE package is! That is so AWESOME... I will soon find out!

If you have just hopped over from Darlene's blog home (expressions by da, know you left her some love, she's an beautiful card maker! That is the wonderful thing about a bloghop... the nice things that people say.

Now if you are new here, and just stumbled into my blog, here's what they're all about...

"About us: Operation Write Home began in 2007 with just a few cards made by friends on a message board; what began as an outlet for a hobby has become a much larger mission to help heroes keep in touch with home - and the effort has been joined by thousands of cardmakers!
OWH receives handmade cards donated by crafters across America (and beyond!). Cardmakers range in age, location, and level of skill; cards are provided by individuals and groups, schools and scouts, companies and churches. All have one primary thing in common: a desire to serve those who defend our nation!
Cards are mailed to one of our volunteer shippers in quanities both small and large. The shippers process, sort, repair, and document each donation, and then pack and ship boxes of over 300 cards each to our contacts. Our heroes request cards (families may also request on their behalf; we serve all branches in all deployed locations.
Tax-deductible donations of any size keep this work going - from $1 to any amount - and can be included with card donations to any shipper, mailed separately, or via Paypal. Thank you for partnering with us!

Check out this page for more info...but beware, you might take on a new hobby.

“Tax-deductible donations of any size keep this work going - from $1 to any amount - and can be included with card donations to any shipper, mailed separately, or via Paypal. “

You can send in a buck! …anonymously even. I love programs like this, sometimes our conscience whispers, ‘come on’ and we need to give the gift. I'm pretty sure It makes us better humans.

Blog Hop!! Saturday March 20.

We'll be starting here if you want to snoop around a little before the party.

Please come to the hop on Saturday and check out the world of cardmaking!

So much talent, so little time.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Just thinking...

EDS...Easily Distracted Syndrome
TDS...Totally Distracted Syndrome
ADS... Abruptly Distracted Syndrome
SRDS...So Rudely Distracted Syndrome

Sometimes it just happens. Distractions. And apparently it happens to all of us.

There's a big blog hop this weekend.

FYI If you say blog hop fast, you can impersonate the sound a jumping frog makes when he hits a lilly pad.

I lovelovelove this blog hop, so many talented card makers that I get to hang with on that day, I hope you will visit.
Don't be late. Starts here
It is for an awesome organization, Operation Write Home.
See you Saturday!

I am not behind on my personal 365 day Challenge. I am dadadada(insert Beethoven) ....Getting ready to launch. . . .The 'Blessings' limited edition perfumes soon to be found at Paradise Essentials.

* Peace

Inspired by harmonious relations, the absence of mental stress , freedom and security.

Notes: Oakmoss, Bergamot, tuberose Moss, Sandalwood, sun ripened raspberryWoody lush, earthy , lightly floral, lightly fruity

* Abundance

Inspired by those moments of overflowing fullness, especially in regards to the abundance of the heart.

This perfume is especially rich and filling and extremely exotic.
Notes: Chocolate and Patchouli

* New Becoming

Inspired by the transformations that seem to shake our world at the time, both good and bad, as we only grow through change. This is a celebration of the survivor.

Three solid notes, Patchouli dusk, English Rose, Tuberose Moss, when mixed creates the fragrance of the ancients, timeless and subliminal, notes that are classics for their mood altering properties, relief of depression and anxiety.


Inspired by the freedom from obscurity and ease of understanding; the comprehensibility of clear expression.

A light complex mix with notes of : honey, neroli, yuzu, grapefruit, bergamot, raspberry, sandalwood, rose and violet.

* Hope

Inspired by a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. In a religious context, it is not considered as a physical emotion but as a spiritual grace, an unmerited gift of the divine

Notes: Oakmoss, Violet, Patchouli, Lavender, Berry. Carried in almond oil and perfumers base.


Inspired by a strong belief in God, also the complete confidence in a person or plan and the loyalty and allegiance that follows.

Includes notes of Geranium, Fruits, Arabian Spice and Sandalwood, placed into an Almond oil carrier.


This intriguing scent is inspired by the feelings that are evoked when we are in the presence of and inspired by the things that we love, not always the image that reflects back when we look in the mirror..

Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way, "Though we search the world over for the beautiful, we find it within or we find it not."

Notes: Mayan Gold, Gardenia, Geranium, Rose, Violet, Orris blossom, Myrrh, Orange, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, and Vanilla carried in almond oil and perfumers base.

Created to expand the perception of perfume's benifits to a deeper more practical level.

Created to incorporate the spiritual, soulful aspect of an original subtle scent into day-to-day life.

Created to be blessings, to bless the wearer and those that she is close to. They were named after blessings, to be used with purposeful intent in the daily life of the wearer. To evoke confidence, gratitude and well being and then... share those feelings with others.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I'm off my rocker...nono...that's not what I meant to say, it just slipped out...I'm off my schedule of posting a project a day for 365 days. bummer. Well, here is yesterday's,

There are rare moments in life when we feel at one in our own skin and with the universe, when the moon smiles down from above and becomes our kinsman. It is a 'soul' moment, when you gaze upward and realize how vast how big the creation is, when the moon just looms in the same sky with the brilliant stars, and you are lost in the act of reaching for one.

Digital art collage 8x10 printed on professional photo paper using archival canon inks.
Found here

Also crafted and listed a beautifull double matted lined card with the vintage moon image...they turned out really nice...


plus, made a new banner for good old Merry, and made a new good old Merry!

So I may have skipped a day, but I was still pretty productive! So that makes me happy. Wishing your hours to be productive as well! Peace out. 'V'. That V is a peace sign. do they still say that? ...peace out? Somebody ask your kids and get back to me. lol.


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