Category: misc

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Have you joined the conversation on facebook yet?!  Yesterday I posted a Halloween sneak peek over there.  Check out four Halloween projects that will be coming to the blog very soon.  Don’t forget to ‘like’ our page while you’re there (so you don’t miss out on stampingjulie fb exclusive content), and comment on projects that you like!

Sunday Inspiration: Gail

Meet StampingJulie follower, Gail.  Gail is in her 70’s, loves stamping and loves her family!  And she inspires me!

Gail writes:

“I have a 98-year-old aunt in an assisted living residence. Too far away for me to travel to see her, but I keep in touch by sending her a card or two every week. She loves them, and I try to never duplicate them. I’m always on the look out for interesting sketches, color combos to spark her attention and comments so that she interacts more with the other residents and her residence attendants—yet not so involved that I get bogged down trying to make them. That’s one reason why I love my SU supplies—they all work together.

“I’m in my 70s and not too technology inclined, though I do try. I still have a regular phone–though I have gone cordless–but I don’t have texting, etc. Snail mail is still how my relatives my age and older communicate and they do so enjoy my cards. I love making themand my aunt is the last of my mother’s and father’s families still living. When she sees my folks again, I will be the oldest of those remaining.

I have spent all this time and going through your blog from one end to the other! What a gift you have given me—so many ideas and I love that they are not terribly involved.

The newest generation–my  great-nephews and great-nieces love my cards, too—so on any given holiday during the year my mailing minimum is nearly 30 cards!  The littlest ones  (2 to 6 yo) make up stories about what’s on my cards and tell me them when they  see me or when they talk to me on the phone—so I have to keep them interesting  for them, too. Fishy Friends, Fox & Friends, Dig it and Dinoroar are  invaluable for conversation starting cards with them!
“You’ve done a great job on the blog and I’m sure you  have aided many other stampers with your detailed instructions. Your stamping  class/customers are very fortunate to have you!

“I’ve spent a couple hours on your blog  and know I’m going to be spending many more—Thanks again, so very, very  much!”     =) Gail

Gail, you inspire me with your love and devotion to your family!  They are lucky to have you!!

Enjoy!  Julie

Keeping It Clean

It’s the beginning of the school year and many of us are looking for ways to keep everything clean and organized and establish a new school-days routine.  Afterall, if we can be efficient in our daily routines, we will have more time for stamping!!!

So today I’m going to introduce you to Clean Mama. Clean Mama offers  cleaning schedules, inspiration to get it done and tips for staying organized.  She frequently posts free printables and she also offers other tools in her online store.

Enjoy, Julie

(This is just a personal recommendation.  I am not affiliated with clean mama and I have not received any compensation for this post.)

Family Sunday: Savannah-isms

My adorable 3 year old granddaughter, Savannah, says and does the darnedest things.  There is nothing like grandkids and their honesty, creativity, and innocence.

And she takes after me!  See her stamping and creating?

sav stamps

When she saw a picture of this angry bird project, Savannah immediately told her mom, “oh yeah!  Let’s do that!”

angry bird purse close up

My daughter, Stephanie, is great about texting and posting pictures and stories of the kids and here are a few of my favorites.  This is Savannah’s outfit for her “fashion show”.

sav dress up

A couple of months ago, Savannah went to the doctor.  When the nurse came into the waiting room and called Savannah’s name, she  jumped up tried to grab the nurse’s hand and proudly announced, “Hello, Doctor! I’m Savannah F… A….”

This past week, she went to the doctor for her shots.  The nurse trying to distract her asked what Savannah’s shirt said.  Savannah knew it said ‘hug me’, but she replied instead, “NO SHOTS!”


sav haircut

Savannah talking to her dad, “Dad, can I use your Ipad? Sure or yes?” That’s one way of getting the answer you want.

Savannah brought the invitation to her cousin’s birthday party into her dad and said, “Dad, I can’t go to this.  I’m too old.  I turned 18 last night!”

Big sister:

sav big sister

Savannah: “UH! I’m getting too old for this.  I’m 3 and a half and I keep falling off.”  (She was referring to the toddler mattress she was laying on in her tent)

Enthralled with her baby cousin:

sav & siena

Savannah trying to touch her nose with her tongue!

sav trying to touch her nose

A message from Savannah and her brother, Braden, to my hubby who was recovering from a freak accident: “Get better soon, Grandpa!”

sav & braden get well

Savannah trying to share her movie with the cat – the white thing on the suit case under the bed!!!

sav shares her movie

Stephanie asked Savannah to wash the table.  She continued cooking, turned back around to see this!

sav helps clean

Savannah made her first fruit pizza and she couldn’t shovel it in fast enough!

sav helps cook i'm mean eat

Savannah announced that she is all grown up now because she can make her own peanut butter and honey sandwich.

sav making a sandwich

Stephanie texted this picture with the comment, “this is why I have children.”  hahaha  Recently, Savannah said after dinner, “Mom, this is a great time for the dishes to take a bath!  I’m in charge of scrubbing, you are in charge of getting the bubbles off.”  LOL

sav washes

Pirate buddies.

sav & friend pirates

Thanks for indulging me and allowing me to share these precious snippets of my granddaughter’s life.

Enjoy, Julie



Sunday Inspiration: The Hills

See that steep road in the center of the picture above.  This is the view off my back deck and that’s the hill I ride my bike up a couple of times a week!  Honestly, it’s steeper in person.  Something about the camera that flattens things and distorts it a bit.

I’m a Florida girl who has lived in Texas.  Bottom line – I’ve never learned how to negotiate hills on my bike or use my gears.  So this is what I’m learning, and that hill above is my ‘bunny slope’.  I actually climb that hill at least three times while I’m out riding….

Because this is what I have to do next!!!

And that’s just to get out of my neighborhood!

I started doing a cycling class three times a week at the beginning of the summer.  It’s hard work and the first week I got sick and almost passed out but now that I do it regularly I really enjoy the class.  And that’s when I got motivated to replace my bike and ride.

So when I’m in spin class, I visualize this hill, and I visualize climbing up the hill, and I crank up the resistance.  And one day soon I’ll make it up the hill!!!

And I’ll ask you to celebrate with me!!

What ‘hills’ are you climbing?

Tell us your story…

and let us celebrate with you when you reach the top of your hill!

Enjoy! Julie