Catching up.

Posted by Michelle on September 18th, 2016

Surprise surprise, I have come out of hiding.  I just finished photographing a project that I will be posting the week after next, but thought I’d catch you all up first.  It’s been a crazy year, people.  Crazy.

I got in to a car accident in March – right after dropping the kids off at school.  Traffic was stopped, and I nailed the lady in front of me.  Totaled my van, broke ribs, broke thumb, injured back, etc.  So there was that, and recovery, and court, and getting a new van, all that good stuff.

Then we decided that it was time to move my mom in with us.  She had some heart trouble last year, she’s 66 now, and we figured it’d be better to plan for it now rather than be reactive later.  So we built a new house – double the size of our old house, and I have my very own craft room – heh.  The new house is less than 2 miles from the old house, so no real changes – same schools, same church, same grocery stores, etc.

While all this busyness was going on, I entered in to the bariatric weight-loss program at one of the local hospitals.  I had been battling my weight and losing and gaining for over 30 years and decided it was time.  I did all the tests and procedures to get insurance to cover the surgery, and had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy on June 8.  The surgeon removed 75% of my stomach.  That’s a lot – LOL.  Recovery was longer than expected, I had to be on oxygen for a month and off work I think 3 weeks longer than expected.  It was not as easy as I thought it would be.  But I’m so happy I did it.  As of this writing I am down 63 pounds.  I eat a lot less (get full quickly), eat a lot better, and work out 6 days a week. S o that’s big.
Just as things were getting back to normal, I noticed that my insurance company hadn’t paid the surgery at 100% as they had said they would.  They told the surgeon’s office they would (twice), and I have the approval letters.  But no.  They said my plan only allows for $5000 of bariatric coverage.  And now I’m on the hook for $40,000.  HOLY SHIT, people.  I do not have $40K just sitting in the bank to write a check for that.  So there’s a little stress going on in these parts right now and I’ve been reaching out to various hospital people to see who or what can help me.  Yeah.

The aforementioned financial stress aside, we are all healthy and happy.  My girl is in 7th grade this year, and back in soccer so we have that every Saturday.  My boy is a freshman in high school and is in the marching band so we’re at the football games every Friday night for that.

My craft room is not put together yet – and it’s not going to be anything fancy or glamorous or cool, so don’t ask for pictures, ha!  But it’s a room all to myself to craft and wrap and blog.  And today I made a quick project in what space I had on my craft table (desk is being painted so I am limited on space right now) that I will share soon.

So that’s me.
Talk soon!


Friday Night Savings.

Posted by Michelle on March 5th, 2016

Happy Weekend, y’all!

I thought I’d pop in today with a little Friday night save.
We have a road trip coming up for Spring Break and we’re going to need some provisions.  We keep our expenses down on our road trips by bringing lots of snacks and food for the road.  Some healthy, some not.  But hey, if my kids are going to be in the car for over 30 hours, I’m down with cookies to keep ’em quiet.

Walgreens has a reward program where you earn points when you buy certain promo items, and you always get points for prescriptions.  I’ve accumulated $20 and stopped there last night on my way home from work to cash it out and get sandwich baggies because they were on sale for 99-cents (we needed them) and then was going to use the rest of the money to get stuff for the trip.

99-cent sandwich baggies, 88-cent cookies, $1 sugar-free drinks to add to water, 99-cent Pringles, 69-cent cheese and sausage, $1 cheese & breadsticks, 15-cent Cajun snack mix, 29-cent raisin & cranberry mix, 19-cent Slim Jims, and 39-cent Maria’s cookies.


I also found these Warheads which were a pack of 10 for 69-cents, and the Smarties for 49-cents and I’m going to use those to put in to party bags for my daughter’s birthday in June.  Everything in the top picture, plus the candy below cost me a total of $3.80 – mostly the tax.


Redbox had a promo code yesterday and it was good for 5 free movie rentals.  We all watched 99 Homes last night, then my son watched Everest in his room while the husband and I watched Straight Outta Compton.  We have 2 movies to watch today.


Did you know there are coupons out there for medications?  I’m on 3 maintenance medications for my Thyroid Cancer, and other medications for random problems that come up (it happens when you’re old and fat) and every time I am prescribed something new, I google the prescription name with “coupon” and see if there’s anything out there.  One of these prescriptions I paid my $15 co-pay for and the other was free.  I registered with the manufacturer and they sent me a card to use and I get it free; the retail price was $438.99!


Have a great weekend! 
It’s raining today, and we have baseball tryouts for the boy, opening day of spring soccer for the girl, and a hockey game to go to tonight.


♥ Valentine’s Day ♥

Posted by Michelle on February 14th, 2016

♥♥ Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥♥

I sent off some happy mail in packages just like this and had enough supplies to make one more, so I used it to package up a Valentine’s gift for my son.  A little gingham kraft sack, a torn out page from a book, a vintage Hallmark doily, a sheet from a Kate Spade notepad, topped with a little Be Mine heart from Target’s Dollar Spot.


I also made cards for my little family. I bought 3 new collections at Christmastime for cardmaking and I don’t think I made any cards with the new stuff.  So I was not about to buy new product for Valentine’s Day.  I worked with what I had on-hand: Dear Lizzy’s Serendipity collection by American Crafts, and My Story by My Mind’s Eye.




My daughter made French toast and bacon for breakfast, set the table, and set out everyone’s Valentine’s at their spot.  We love love!



Craft Table Makeover.

Posted by Michelle on January 24th, 2016

HR Craft Table 5

My craft table, and let’s be honest, my entire craft area, is nothing to brag about.  I’ve got a small corner in my bedroom where my husband has put up some shelves and a cabinet, along with a ribbon organizer and some lighting, and a little table from Walmart for me to craft at.  It works for me, but it’s still a pretty small, dark area.  So I’m always looking for ways to glam it up. 

The tabletop is vinylish, and has some knicks and some stains on it from years of wear.  So my husband offered to cover it for me. And I just so happened to have the perfect covering materials:  Hazel & Ruby DIY Decor Tape in Floralicious, Golden Dots, and Gold Confetti Dot.

HR Craft Table 4

He laid out the larger strips side by side, using one of my Big Shot plates to press out the wrinkles as he went along, and then covered the seams in the smaller Golden Dot Tape.

HR Craft Table 3

HR Craft Table 2

I gotta be honest – I kinda love how it turned out.

HR Craft Table 1

It kinda made working on Valentine happy mail that much more fun!



Crafty Christmas Wrap.

Posted by Michelle on December 11th, 2015

Hey Girls!
Long time no chat.
I have been a Christmas wrapping fool for the last few months. I saved a few gifts to the end because I wanted to do something crafty with the wrapping. So today I’ve got some fun crafty Christmas wrap to share with you featuring one of my most favorite papers from Hazel & Ruby: Wrap it Up, Glassine & Gold.


I started by diecutting a little gift bag/pocket out of my Glassine & Gold paper using my Big Shot.


And then I die cut from cardstock the word Merry to go on the front of my package.
And then decided that it needed something added to it, so I added a strip of Hazel & Ruby washi tape to it.



I needed a tag, so I cut a little piece out of a remnant page from my Hazel & Ruby Crafternoon Mini Keepsake Book Kit.


I filled my gift bag with some Candy Apple & Polka Dot Pass the Tissue paper, and my package was complete and now on the tree for my mom!