Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Great 2011

As the end of the year approaches it is a great time to look back over the events last year.  I have had an amazing year. Many things have taken place during his past year.  For one we relocated from the country to a city about 84 miles away.

I discovered many thing during the packing and moving. It  gives you time to look at the possession one keeps. I found that I had a large amount of items I really didn't use or even want any more.This was the perfect time to clear our lives from this clutter. That is an amazing feeling.

I have the new project of redecorating the new house. It has been a fun project creating a new look on a budget. Working with a very limited amount of money challenges my creativity and I love the challenge. The house we purchased has a really good base to work with, it just needs a little updating.. It is awesome what a can of paint can do. With just a few minor changes I have updated a large portion of the main floor. I still  have the kitchen and the upstairs bath to tackle this coming year.

I have been experimenting with new items for The Tabby Cat shop.  I am my worst critic but many of these new items will be making an appearance in the coming months.

Our Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were amazing. Our children were all able to be home for both holidays. I cherish these times. I know there may be a time when they are too far away to be able to travel for the holidays or we need to share them with their spouses family. For now I will cherish each and everyday I have them all together. They are so much fun.

I have reflected on the past year and I see just how blessed we have been. I cherish my family, friend, each and everyday. During the coming days I will plan for the things I would like to accomplish in the year to come.

I want to thank each of you for following along with me this past year. I wish for you a very blessed year to come.

The Tabby Cat

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Break

I have spent the last 7 weeks substitute teaching at the local High School. I am as ready as the students are for Christmas break.  Two and a half days left and then I will be putting everything into high speed to finish up for Christmas.

I love this time of year. Normally I like to have everything wrapped and ready. Well this year everything seems to be in a catch up mode. I can't say I didn't know it was coming I have had 365 days notice. As the sign in my classroom says "Due Dates are closer than they seem." I know  everything will be completed in time well at least before Christmas eve and that is the due date. The tree is up and decorated, and all 8 stockings are hung and I have made some of the favorite Christmas treats. Now just to survive until break.

I hope to have time to list some of the new items in the shop before the end of the weekend so keep watching.

Have a very very blessed day!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It is hard to believe it has been so long since my last post.  I had good intentions of keeping on top of my blog.  Well December is here and I am just now getting to it. 

So much has been going on in our lives over the last 8 months.  We have moved 90 miles to our new house. No longer do I live in the country but a nice residential neighbor hood.  I have been doing some painting, updating and tried to do a little gardening.  But with the hot, dry Texas heat this summer it was a battle.  I traded some of our wildlife for new. I no longer have deer eating my trees now I have rabbits and squirrels to contend with. I will say the birds I have to watch are beautiful.  There are Cardinals, Red Birds, Blue Jays and many more.  I will post some pictures soon.

I have added a few new items to the Tabby Cat and hope to have more for that last minute Christmas shopper.  My wonderful husband gave me a new sewing machine for my birthday and I have been having so much fun trying out new ideas. 

Until later I want to wish each of you a very bless day.

Friday, April 15, 2011

April Showers

It has almost been a month since my last posting.  The last few week have been very busy.  We are finalizing the sell of our house and purchase of our new one.  I have started to packing the house and I never realized how many things that we have that we do not use.  I have been clearing out the items we no longer use.  I feel it is a great waste to have it sitting in a closet when someone else could be putting it good use.  Ridding the clutter should allow me more space for creating.

Some of the other positives of the move is that we should be in the house in time for me to still have a small garden.  Vegetables just seem to taste better when they are harvested fresh from the garden.  I am hoping we will be able to find wild plums for making jelly as well again this summer.

I will keep you posted as we make our progression into our new life. I pray for each of you that the blessings shower down upon each of you as they are my family. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Marching of ideas

The winds of March are carrying me right along.  I have several new listing in the shop. I am really enjoying some of my newest creation. I have started a new line of decorative outlet covers.  I first started making these to coordinate with my Wild Side Bottles but now my imagination is going wild with all of the different things I can do.

With warm weather approaching it will be time to plant my flowers. Since I am not sure if we will be moved into our new house early enough to plant a garden, I will be taking on a container gardens this year. This produces  challenge for me. I have never been really good at growing anything in a container. I will keep you updated on my progress.

With the thoughts of a container garden, new ideas are springing up for items to list in the shop.  Keep checking back to see my latest creations that you can add to your garden.

Monday, February 28, 2011

A lion or a lamb?

I am not sure if March will arrive like a lion or a lamb but the last day of February has arrived and I am working right on schedule. I have projects to list or re-list every few days for the month of March.

March has always seemed to be a long month for me.  I am not sure if it is because February is so short or because  there are 31 days in March.  In the past it seems that the budget just goes out the window.  Well this year I have set my mind to keeping the budget and progressing right on into April with a surplus.

There are so many things to look forward to in this coming month.  We have a friend who has been building a school in Haiti for the last six months that will be returning back home to stay.  They have finished their part of the school finally and it is ready for the next stages of constructions. His family and my youngest son spent their Christmas holiday working on the project and all are excited to see this completion.  Spring break is just around the corner.  The boys will be coming home for the week or at least part of it.  I do miss the kids being is really quiet without them. Oh and of course we have St. Patrick's Day. It has always been a fun holiday for this family.  One of the special things we would do is have green eggs and ham for breakfast.  Great way to start the day. 

So no matter if March arrive like a lion or a lamb it is going to be a great month.  Until next time have a blessed day.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


February is moving right along. Even with all of the freezing temperatures, my projects are progressing well. We had to take time to work on a busted line from the water well. I really like the modern luxury of having running water to the house. I am not sure I would have made it well in the pioneer days of hauling water but then I would have never known the difference.  I guess we become accustomed to the life in which we live. I have always considered myself a survivor and creative enough to make things work, so maybe I would have made it OK.

I have several complete projects except for the photos. That will be my first project for this weekend. My new projected listing date in starting March 1st. What a great way to start spring. I know it doesn’t officially start then but by my calendar or wishful thinking it is spring time.

Monday, January 31, 2011

How Time Flies

It is hard to believe it has been a month since my last posting.  Amazing how time can get away from you if it is not planned.  I have been told "if you do not fill your calendar it will be filled for you".  This month has been a prime example of that. 

We are in the process of relocating about 90 miles from our current home and returning to our home town. The Lord has led us to make this change.  I am not sure what his plans are for us, I only know that He knows how it will turn out.  We are in our new location five days a week and then home for the weekends.

This change has not allowed for me to work on my new projects as I had hoped.  Which brings me back to the statement "if you do not plan your calendar it will be planned for ".  Therefore I have scheduled time in the month of February to complete some of the new projects for the shop.  

Not only to complete them but also to photograph them and to post them.  I am excited about the new things to come and I hope you enjoy the journey with me.  Have A GREAT and BLESSED DAY!