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I must say that before I started my blog I was like, where will I find the time? what would I say? who would want to read anything I have to say?  Well you my friends surprise me every day, when I check my stats, and the numbers go up, up, up, when I read my comments, or my email, and see that hey people are reading it, and I have met so many fun people through my blog, that I am totally loving doing it.

Look at this fun email I got the other day from Michelle Barnett, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from Rock Hill, SC.  I asked her if I could share this and she said yes....(thanks Michelle and big hugs to you and Hilda) Michelle says: "I recently visited your blog and saw that very cute picture of you.   I had to write and tell you that I too had/have a big walking doll.  Being the oldest; she was passed along to many others in the famly.   She was returned to me when my oldest granddaughter was about 2 (she's now 11).  My youngest granddaughter is now 3 and the doll frightens her so I keep her here at my house for my enjoyment.   Around the month of May, 2 years ago, my husband, the hunter, asked me to buy him a scarcrow for his tree stand.  He said if he placed it in the stand early in the year the deer would get used to having someone there all the time and he would be able to harvest a deer better.  Well, needless to say we couldn't find a scarecrow so we dressed my doll, whom he named "Hilda" in camoflauge and put her in the tree stand.  Unfortunely he broke his collar bone just 2 days before hunting season and wasn't allowed to hunt so she sat out there until this August when he and my 7 year old grandson went out to the hunt club and picked her up.  She's held up wonderfully, needs to be cleaned but other wise she's in great shape." Look at this fun picture she sent me. Isn't this the cutest? And I love that she shared this with me. Hilda_in_the_Stand copy 








So I thought well gee I better see how good my doll looks compared to Hilda...and well my poor girl stands in the guest closet all day and night (at least she is in the air conditioned house) so that she does not scare Toby. Walking doll in closet Other then she is covered in dust...gotta love Arizona!!!

But they could be sisters huh?












So I got out my new stamp set Home For Christmas and had some fun with it, I love this set, one thing other then buckets to color is, I love to color wood, and these rocks weren't bad to color either.

Home for Christmas full I also love this sketch, it was over at Splitcoaststampers a while ago, and I am so addicted to the little stiched squares, they make a card so much fun, and if you have pieces of designer paper laying around it is perfect for it. You kinda have to do a big card though or at least a square, and that is fine I am so getting into the odd shaped cards.

Stamp Set: Home for Christmas

Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Holiday Happenings, Baja Breeze, Watercolor paper

Ink: Jetblack Stazon, Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Going Gray, Sahara Sand, Really Rust, Bordering Blue, So Saffron

Misc: Ribbon Originals, white gel pen, paper piercer and mat, Chit Chat rub-ons (it actually said Wishing you the best birthday ever - I think? and I just omitted what I didn't want. Love the rub-ons for that.

Home for Christmas close up I also cut out and popped the ribbon on the wreath, the snow on the stairs, the skis and the tobaggan ( I did not cut out the gliders or whatever they would be called - I just cut out the wood seat and the metal things that hold on the rope). The trick to getting the color on the tobaggan is to color it creamy caramel first like the wood color, then the red over it, that way it is like paint on wood, and you can see some of the wood color coming through. I love the felt ribbon from the new mini catalog, and lucky I never mail my cards, cause this puppy would be jamming all the machines at the Post office it is so high.

So my Toll Free number calls have slowed down, to only about 2 a day now, whenever there is one on the caller ID, I just pick up the phone and set it down till I hear the "beep,beep, beep" that they have hung far they have listened to Dancing with the Stars, and me doing the dishes and the dogs barking...don't know if it is working or not, but hey at least I'm not getting all those dang hang-ups on my answering machine.

Have a super Thursday, and thanks for stopping in!

Big hugs, Di