Monday, January 26, 2015

Round Robin Week 3

I am fortunate to be able to work as part of the Creative Team for Jilbert's Bits of Bytes and when she collaborates on one of the Round Robin events I get to play with even more toys! :)

Here's the page I made as part of the CT-

Kit: Sea Cruise Collab Carin Grobe Disign and Jilbert's Bits of Bytes
Fonts: Postino STD and Segoe Print
available here
Here's the same page done for my scrapbook-

I love a kit that I can use in both 12x12 and 8.5x11 for scrapping!

The photo is of my Grandfather, Karl Eckhardt at the beach in Atlantic City in 1962. My parents were living in...Philadelphia...I think. Either there or in New Jersey, and Grandma and Grandpa came out to see them. This was a couple of years before I was born. I just love the deckled edge on the photo, and had to work to get my scanner to recognize it. I finally had to put a dark piece of paper behind it to get it to scan correctly, and then outline and delete the excess. I also played with making a custom drop shadow for it. Most of the time I'm content to use the standard drop shadow in PSE. But such a special photo deserved special treatment! I used this video to learn more about creating the custom shadow. I had a great time working on this page!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January Round Robin Week 2!

This could have been a throwback Thursday if I'd gotten it done earlier! :)

Brian and I just hanging out at Jeff's apartment with the kitties, circa 1994. Brian looks THRILLED to be having his picture taken, and I'm not even the one taking it!
Kit: Excuse the Mess Collab by Carin Grobe Design and Nibbles Skribbles
Fonts: Dancing Script and geodesic
Kit is available at theStudio here

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year, New Round Robin!

I love this challenge from theStudio,

Kit: The Midnight Hour collab by Carin Grobe Design and ADB Designs
Font: Blackadder
The Midnight Hour is available here

We spent New Year's Eve with friends of mine, both old and new and had a fabulous time playing games, enjoying good food and watching Dr. Who!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Bible Study Links

This site has just tones of great information and articles, and I'm hoping to do this study on my own this year. I may even recommend one of these for my bible study group when we finish the Gospel of Mark.

Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God

Speaking of Mark, Fr. Robert Barron has a You Tube channel with a video on the Gospel of Mark.

There's a TON of other great videos on his You Tube channel, and his website Word on Fire is chock full of additional great information.

Happy New Year!

What a wild ride 2014 was! Here's to a simpler, more peace-filled 2015 with good friends, loving family, and enjoying the moment!

Let's start the year off with a video~

This is Simply Three, a musical trio I saw with the folks when they came through last fall. They are AMAZING!

If there had been more cellists like this when I was growing up, I think I may have stuck with it! :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Round Robin Week 4

Kit: The Beauty of Crafting collab by Valentina's Designs and Booland Designs
Font: Fancypants

Friday, November 21, 2014

Round Robin Week 3

From the trip Mom and I took last month to get the Suburban back to Phoenix to move our stuff to Chicago...yeah, I know, Moving from Phoenix to Chicago in the fall, brilliant! :)

But it was a gorgeous drive and the Painted Desert was amazing!

Kit: November Bliss by Valentina's Creations and Boop Designs
Font: Freestyle Script

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Round Robin week 2

Old Grandma and Grandpa were my mother's grandparents...on the Epps side I believe.

Kit: Shabby Chic Avenue by Valentina's Creations and ADB Designs
Font: Freestyle Script

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Autumn in AZ

For the November Round Robin at #theStudio #studioroundrobin

kit: Folkish Autumn Collab by Valentina's Creations and Snickerdoodle Designs
Font: Vintner Hand ITC
Available here

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Percy's Birthday

Percy turned 8 last month, and we celebrated in style! :)

These were made with Jilbert's bits of bytes lovely kit- Gatherings I love the versatility of this kit! It's part of the Coordinated Collection at #theStudio and right now it's only a buck! :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014


There's a new Denzel Washington movie coming out based on the 80's TV Show The Equalizer. When I saw the first preview for it I immediately thought of Jeff Schreiber and wanted to make sure that he knew about it. It was one of his very favorite shows and we watched it faithfully every week.

And then I remembered.

Jeff Schreiber, my first husband, father of my son, and still a dear friend, died in a car accident last November.

Every once in a while something like this catches me and it brings up all the emotion and memory surrounding his death. I know my loss is nothing compared to Kathi's (his widow), who lost a part of her soul that night, but in these moments I feel his loss so keenly.

So I will go see the movie, and remember the times we watched the show together, and pray for his soul in hopes that I will see him again one day.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Round Robin Week 3

Cutting it close this week, but here's what I put together using Manu Scraps and Wendy R Designs' gorgeous kit Tuscan Summer-

Kit: Tuscan Summer Collab by Manu Scraps and Wendy R Designs
Font: Blackadder

Sunday, August 17, 2014

On Depression

This one is hard for me to write, hard for me to admit in a public forum. Not because of any stigma, but because I still believe it is a weakness on my part.
Sometimes I suffer from depression. Most days I fight with depression.
I thank God that even in the midst of it I am able to cling to hope. I may not believe in the moment that things will get better, but I am able to remember that I didn't always feel this way.
So I fight.
And my life is good, don't get me wrong. There is much joy in my life, but sometimes I forget. Sometimes I even wallow in the feelings of loneliness and the overall greyness that is life with depression.

And then I remember, and begin to fight anew. It's a bit like in CS Lewis' The Silver Chair when the evil queen throws the sweet smelling perfume on the fire and it makes the prince, the children, and Puddleglum drowsy. She begins to lull them into thinking that there is no outside world, this is all there ever is or will be. It's so easy to fall into that grey slumber. It takes an act of fierce will, and pain to break that spell and fight to remember the Truth. 

So I fight, and I remember
Don't tell me that it's not my fault, not a weakness. If that's true then I have no control over it, and no hope. Let me continue my fight, and just understand that even on good days in my fighting to get there I may have very little energy. Be patient with me and just BE with me. If I need help, I will ask, but I do best when I can just concentrate on the moment and NOT always be thinking about it. That's what was so hard about the Robin Williams suicide. It was nonstop coverage about depression, and giving in (I'm NOT judging him on that!) and that just made my struggle all the more...real. But his struggle is not my struggle, and I will continue to believe in the Truth and fight to remain in this world, the real world, the one worth fighting for.

I'm glad I belong to a Church that believes in the efficacy of prayer, and that our prayers are not limited by time and space. Our prayers now reach the ear of God before Robin Williams' death. There is power in that prayer.It cannot change what happened (a fixed point in time and space), but it can affect what were his final moments. I need to remember that, especially when I'm praying for the souls of those who I have lost.

Prayer, it's also a powerful took against the encroaching greyness. Especially when I am tempted to give in. THAT I know is from the evil one. How can I be so sure? Because ANYTHING that would separate me from the Sacraments is from Satan. Giving in to despair certainly does that.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

So, I fight, and I remember, and I pray.

And I thank God for my friends and family that 'get it' and stand with me and help me to create moments of joy in my life. As The Doctor so wisely said- 

The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things or make them unimportant. 

I think I need to get that printed and posted somewhere close.

So, I fight, I remember, I pray, and I look for joy.

Thank you for adding to my joy, and for understanding that even though it doesn't take away the pain, it doesn't make it unimportant.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Link drop!

I have gathered a number of exceptional links over the years on a variety of topics. I'm posting a number of them here mostly so I can find them again, and also to share!

This batch is all Catholic ones, I'll have a link drop of Crafty and Scrapping ones later on.

Ok, here we go! :)

Pillars of Catholicism this is a 13 part 'crash course' on Catholicism from the John Paul the Great Catholic University.

Word Among Us is the web home of the Word Among Us devotional. Lots of great Catholic articles to read even if you don't subscribe.

Word on Fire is the website of Fr. Barron, who brought us the book and then the DVD study series Catholicism. Great resource!

Catholic Home Study Service One of my favorite study sites. FREE books with study questions to answer on a variety of Catholic topics.

What Catholic and/or Bible Study resources do YOU use online?

Mother Daughter Tea

Back in May, Mom and I went to a lovely Mother Daughter Tea at the Little Traveler Shops in Geneva.

I made this page from Jilbert's Georgia Peach kit and love how the colors all flow together so nicely!

You can find this beautiful kit at theStudio here!