It's Here!!

I'ts here!  It's finally here!  The day I've been waiting for - the magazine arrived and right there smack dab beginning on page 10 is the article about my Alice in Wonderland dolls in the FABULOUS magazine STUFFED.  Woohoo!!
 Stuffed Autumn 2013

That's right.
Doin' the happy dance.
Thank you for indulging me.


Where Have You Been?

Did your mom ever ask, "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?" Well, that's what I feel like....I have been gone.
So, where have you been, you ask?
Have you been to the White House?

What makes you say that?

 Have you been to the Lincoln Memorial?
 Have you been to the National Museum of Art where the Pre-Raphaelite show was going on?

 Below is one of John William Waterhouse' paintings.  It was eerie and so awesome looking.
 I saw pictures and pictures by Degas, Renoir, Monet, Manet, Waterhouse just to "name drop" a few.  And, ohhhh..... did I ever want to touch them!  But, I didn't.  I just admired from a distance.

So, where else have you been?  Did you go to Orlando?
What makes you say that?
Is that Wendy up there flying?  
Why yes, yes it is.
 And, did you see that statue?
 Why, he moved.  Well, yes, yes he did.
And,did you go to the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique?
 Yes, I did.  And, you know, I had an awful experience there.  There was a magical mirror that you could stand in front of and wave a wand and different dresses would appear and you got to be each of the Disney princesses.  So, I kept trying to stand there and would you believe that those mothers let their daughters go in front of me to be in front of the magic mirror?  Why, it's as if I wasn't even there!  Just because I'm old enough to be a grandma, a wee bit bigger than those tiny dresses that appeared on the magic mirror (you'd think since it was magic that it could've magically adjusted to my size, but NOooooo).
Do you think that maybe those mothers didn't realize you wanted to be in front of the magic mirror?
Errr...well, maybe...
Where else have you been, because you have been gone a long time.
I've been swimming with the fishys at the Denver Downtown Aquarium.
Really? Swimming?
Okay, no, but I took a picture of them.
Oh, and the ghost jellyfish...they were so ethereal looking.
I've been a few places lately, but you know what?  I am in a new position and I just love it!  It has kept me busy along with some traveling.
And, our computer is so confounded slow these days!
I hope we get another one soon.
And, I have been busy making dolls, and, you know what?
Three of my dolls got accepted into Stuffed magazine by Stampington.  They are coming out in August.  Now, I'm working on a few more to send in.
No way!
So, I just wanted you to know the whys of my being gone for a while.  I'll be in and out.  I'll be more in when we get a new computer...I hope.
Several of you have checked on me to see if everything was okay and you are so sweet to do that! 
Hugs to you all and may blessings!


and the winner is...

Drum roll please....
 drum roll, pleaseDrummer
Drummer boy Remember my giveaway?  Yeah, I know, that was a while a go... It sorta took me a while...sorry I'm we detect a theme here of lateness, but the winner is...........Nancy of Nickel Nook.
Congratulations!!  Nancy will be receiving a box of goodies...I thought that a box of someone else's stash is always fun....let's see what you can do with it, girl!


It's a Pleasure to Meet YOU!

I am so excited to be a part of Vicki's "Grow Your Own Blog" party!  Woohoo!  I thought that I would tell you a little bit about myself:
I love to shop AND I ADORE pink!

I'm just helping the economy, Yep ;-)

I collect a few things...
such as books (this is a great one)...
 The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (good book)
 Foxes (no, not the real thing ;0)

Dolls ( I love to make and collect them)
 Primitive Annie Angel Doll $48.00(this is by a dear friend of mine, Char).  She has been featured in PRIMS (you go girl)
Dress forms (a girl can never have too many)

dress made from books, in case your date is dull

 I love to laugh

I kind of like coffee...a lot!

Cup of coffee  #coffee

 I love perfume (and, I still believe in miracles)
 Lancome Miracle #Dillards
I adore roses (and quotes)
 ...she thought she could fly♡

My word is "hope" and I place my hope in Him
 Jeremiah 29:11
This verse is the name of my blog.  I believe in hope and encouraging others.  I have a heart for women who have endured challenges in their lives and have worked to overcome them.  I am inspired and humbled by many as they share their stories. 
Thank you so much for stopping by!
blow a kiss
I will have a drawing for a giveaway.  It is a surprise.
Shhh...It's a pink surpriseIt is such a surprise, that I am not even sure what it is yet....but, I am pretty sure that you will like it.


I'll be back

I'll be back

Don't you just love Arnold?!
Just a note to tell you that I will be back...need to do a few things. Thank you for stopping by and ALWAYS making my day.  I won't be gone long..ttfn

Luv ya. Mean it!

dare to make a difference

(via gatekeeper)
                                    i found it here
Perhaps this is a good New Year's resolution...


A New Years Blessing for You

As we say goodbye to 2012 and look toward the new year with hope, my prayer is that you will be blessed with His richest blessings!
Here are a few quotes I found to bring in the New Year.

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan  (Frankly, I'm not a New Year's kind of girl, so I'm usually in bed by that time).
Jayne Mansfield cheers in the new year.

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce (I love this one...maybe I'll do more in my art journal for this one)

I Am the New Year
I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.
All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.
All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have—these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose. I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, "Behold, I make all things new."

Vintage new years eve
           i found it here

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