Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling

Saturday, January 13, 2018


What all my followers know about me 
is that I love blogging.  
It has been that sisterhood of everyday friends 
that I lost when I retired.
There are times when retirement 
can seem a little lonely.
 Steve's still working 
and although I get out a lot with friends,
 there are stretches of days 
when my blogging sisters 
are my only daytime companions.  
Well, except for my little mutt Butchy. :)
He is a lot of company.
 I feel blessed to have this blog 
and all my lovely sisters.
That is why I am celebrating my 6 years
of blogging with this Give-A-Way.
Hold on . . .
enjoy the photos of some of my banner making,
as I tell you about the Give-A-Way and how to enter.
I also love the way blogging sisters come together 
from every corner of the globe 
to help each other and to share their lives.

 I've found that it doesn't matter if you are
 in the States, the UK, Norway, Australia,
 Chili, or Africa . . . 
we all share a bond of sisterhood.  
We all have similar interests, 
we all love our families, 
we all want to create a home 
that is comfortable and pleasing.

Our similarities far 
out number our differences. 

And that makes me smile :)  

I started this Give-A-way last week.
but if you leave another comment here . . .
you'll have your name in the hat twice.

All you have to do to enter is:
Be a follower on
 "My Delightful Follower's List"
  (you can find it just under my profile in the sidebar) 
Leave a comment.

The prize will be a $25 dollar 
gift certificate to shop at
That's it!
Drawing will be made and posted 
Saturday January 20th.

Keep Smiling!
Connie :)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Blogiversay Give-A-Way

Art Journal Page
Six years ago today, January 6, 2012,
I published my first ever post.
I was excited and a little bit afraid,
but it has been an absolute blessing.

This is the banner I had in 2015
I've made friends from all over the world
and learned so much about traditions
and cultures from around the world.

Altered Book Page
Learning these things from everyday
people living their normal lives,
is so much better that learning from 
text books and travel magazines.

Altered Book Page
It has made the world seem much smaller . . .
and has made me realize 
that we all are after
the same thing.

This is a very early blog banner that I had as my header
A good life for our families and ourselves.
Time to enjoy doing the things we love 
and spending time with the people we love.

Our Tomato Garden
Kayaking Trip with a Girl Friend
We are all the same . . .and yet
very different
and that's a very good thing. 

Art Journal Page
Past Project
I have been inspired  . . .
encouraged . . .
up lifted . . .
and loved.

Art Journal Page
I truly hope that with my blog
I have passed all this love along
to each of you . . .because I love you all.

One Of My Give-A-Ways from the past.
I have found a family of like minded sisters 
and have been blessed 
by each and every one of you.

This is my thank you.
Please leave a comment 
and join in on my 
All you have to do to enter is:
Be a follower on
"My Delightful Follower's List"
(you can find it just under
my profile in the sidebar) 
Leave a comment.

The prize will be a $25 dollar 
gift certificate to shop at

I will draw a name and post it January 20th

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

40 Plus Years In The Making.

I think it was in the summer
of my 28th year.
That my Mom sat down with me and
taught me to crochet a granny square.

 I made about 6 or 7 and quit . . .
I thought it was boring :)

 Now I wanted to learn so badly that I 
purchased a book.
It's a good book, if you have someone
to work you through it,
but trying to lean from it was a waste for me.

So I looked at the finished pictures,
counted stitches and kept trying 
until I figured it out. 
As I tried making them . . . the lessons that 
my Mom gave me started coming back.
That was over 40 years ago:)

So once I got one to look right
I started making more.

I can see a throw  . . . it's not here
but by Spring it will be spread 
across my bed :)

 I even have my Mom's hooks.

She kept them in this metal cigar tin. 
Funny I can't remember any cigar smokers in our family, 
but we did live near Tampa, FL when I was in kindergarten. 
I have no idea how old it is, but it does
make a great little case.

Thanks Mom!

Do you have a Mom, Aunt or Sister to thank
for spending time with you and teaching you 
a craft or skill of some kind?

Have a lovely day...
Keep Smiling.

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)