Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy 2012 Everyone!

It has been spring for a couple of days here (at least temperature wise)! Even had my windows open today! I've blown leaves and picked up 11 bags for the trash yesterday, cannot move too well today...LOL! And as the wind picked up...the leaves began another rain dance and my lawn looks like I've never picked them up...What a mess again...LOL! Anyhow, house is clean, clothes are all washed and put away, starting out the new year right....tee hee! Making pork steaks, cabbage, black eye peas, and cornbread for lunch tomorrow and a few friends will be coming to eat and celebrate with me. Can't wait!
My boss had her knee replacement on Wednesday, all went well, she is at home now, trying to manage the pain and getting used to the therapy! Sure know what she is going through, but her surgery was much less invasive than mine. Glad they have new techniques now. Hopefully, she will be back full and ready to go in about 5 more weeks.
My wish for all of you is a safe, healthy and happy 2012. 2011 was pretty good to me for the most part and I am really looking forward to this new year, lots more happiness and hopefully the ability to do a little more traveling to see my beloved family! Hope all of you enjoy this evening making lots of memories to share! Chat more with you later! Luv, Mat
PS Forgot to say happy 3rd birthday to Ruby, so Happy third birthday Ruby, luv you bunches and you sure look cute in this page made by Miss Linda! XO XO! :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry CHRISTmas Y'al!!

I just want to wish all my family and friends a very Merry CHRISTmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous new year. Don't forget the reason for the season and put HIM first in your life, then everything else will fall in place as it should! Hope all of you have a memorable family celebration and create lots of memories to share. My "girls" and I want to wish you and yours the best ever! Chat more later! Luv, Mat

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday Jade!!

Today is Jade's 5th birthday! Happy birthday sweetheart, I hope your day at school in PJs is fun and the party you are having Saturday to celebrate is so much fun for you. I hope the surprises I sent you are to your liking and that you have many, many more years of these special days to come. Loving you bunches! Greataunt Neenie!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hi y'all!

Such a busy time of the year...constantly on the go it seems, and my vehicle is still broke down...LOL! I'm hoping that will be fixed by the end of the day as I have a couple of boxes to take to UPS and my last minute little gifts to purchase. I need to buy some food to fix for Christmas dinner too. Not enough hours in the day it seems because I have been in a creating mood. Made lots of borders and now making some clusters....LOL! Anyhow, been trying to do a little scrapping too. Weather has been up and down and when it went down, it went down, like a 40-50 degree drop all at once. Been really dreary and gray and foggy, not today, sun nice and bright and warm. Probably back up in the mid 50's today before the next norther comes in the first of the week. Hope all of you are busy (but not too busy) getting ready to make lots of memories of this wonderful CHRISTmas season. Here's a couple of pages I've created this week. Chat with all y'all later! Luv, MatMy Sister Kathy with her 3 grandbabies. I snatched the photo from Christina's FB acct and the page is by Lindalou called Let It Snow.This is Kathy's daughter in law Tiffany with Jason and Christina's children, Jade, Ruby and Jayson. There is no TOU with the cluster, the page is from RRD.This is sweet Hayden (lol) that Margaret sent to be on my blackberry, the page is from RDH kit and frame from another RDH Christmas kit, the wordart is Linda's and the sentiment is O so true for Hayden...ROFL!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Myrl & Judy!!

Two lovely ladies sharing a birthday today, my sister-in-law Myrl and my friend Judy! I hope you both have a marvelous birthday and are blessed with many more to come. Hugs to both of you. I have made you both a little card! Myrl is in a QP I made using freebie kit Lost in Time by Kyra at With A Russian/Dutch Heart!Judy is in a QP I made using freebie called Fall in the Air by Teapot Lady!
Don't know if you have noticed or not, but have been making some QP's, clusters and borders for Miriam at Miram's Scraps from some of her kits. If you get a chance stop by and have a look or better yet grab some freebies from Miriam, Gina or myself.
I am about ready to put my packages in the mail, finished my shopping except for a few little things for loved ones here. All my shopping that has to be sent is ready to go this week. That is, if my car will start...think the fuel pump has finally given up...just waiting for a little warm up around here before I tackle trying to get it to my mechanic. It hit 31 here this morning with a very biting wind and that is on top of the rain/snow mix from yesterday. Not supposed to even get out of the 30's today. I know you think that is not cold, but...30-40 degree drop all at once really gets your attention around here. I do NOT relish getting out in it and taking a cold. Nope, will just wait it out, to be back in the 60's by the weekend...LOL! Well, got some work that must be done, so outta here for this time, chat more next time. Keep making those memories to share and having fun doing it! Luv, Mat

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Miss Doodle

To my beautiful Canadian FRIEND, the "girls" and I wish you a very Happy Birthday and hope you are blessed with many more to come! Many hugs are sent to you today!!Luv, Mat I created this QP from a freebie by Teapot Lady and WA is from Elegant Wordart!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wow...25 days until Christmas!

Can you believe it? 25 more days to go. The time is simply flying away here! I had a very blessed Thanksgiving with friends this year. We did something different. No cooking for us, we went to a buffet at the Gaylord Texan River Walk Restaurant. The Gaylord was surely decorated nicely with oodles and oodles of decorations. Oh, what a wonderful selection of foods to choose from too. We ate until we had to walk off some of the excess before we could climb back into the car for the ride home....LOL! I got back home in time to watch my "BOYS" (Dallas Cowboys that is) win by the skin of their teeth. I did NOT participate in the Black Friday ordeal the next day either, but I did participate some on Cyber Monday! I think I have most of my shopping done, just a few small items left that I hope to obtain today after my paycheck is signed and in the bank....LOL! I have most all ready to be taped up and mailed, got my cards already mailed, my outside decorations are up as is my tree. Not going all out this year as in years past....too much and not enough time...LOL, I am semi-retired you see, so I have developed a real case of the LAZIES....LOL! Here are a couple of photos that I snapped at the Gaylord...Cute, huh?This is the restaurant area where we ate.Jannette, Mike and JuliaFrosty down in the Palo Duro Canyon...LOL!Mike by the tree after we ate...LOL!These poinsettias were everywhere and so very pretty, all fresh not artificial.Just one of many train villages, this one is over in the Hill Country Section.They swear this is their best they stare longingly at the Gingerbread House...LOL!This is just one of the decorated trees in the atrium.Snow on the Alamo? (not likely, but very pretty)!Just us girls.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to All

May all of you enjoy a blessed and fruitful Thanksgiving with your loved ones making lots of great memories to share. May you also be blessed with lots of terrific food, parades and FOOTBALL...Go Cowboys!! That is certainly what I shall be doing this year! Eat all you want so you will have to exercise it all off to be able to do it again at Christmas...LOL! Thanx to all my cyber family for your friendships! Hugs to all and will chat more next time. Luv, Mat
(I used several different kits to make this page, sorry did not write them all down, if it is your work....Thanx a million for sharing!)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Have a terrific Weekend FRIENDS!!

Downloaded this from Miriam @ Miriams Scraps and just HAD to use it! Too cute not to! To these Sexy Ladies....Have a terrific weekend! Late, Mat

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The weekend is almost here AGAIN!!

Boy, the time surely seems to be flying by. Is it because I am so busy or just that it is closing in on the end of another year? Whatever it is, I can't believe how fast the days seem to speed by! I've been in a creative mood too, so have been creating QPs and have put some online at Miriams Scraps, check them out, her link is on the right. I've been trying to gather up some Christmas gifts for the nieces, nephews, and the great ones too! We have been having some terrific fall weather here. I'm hoping to get my Christmas decorations to where I can sort them and get them ready for putting up or outside, after Thanksgiving...LOL! Well, here are a couple of pages I have finished up thought you might enjoy. Thanx for stopping by for a visit, hope you enjoy your day doing what you love, making memories to share. Chat more with you later! Luv, MatMiss "cutie patootie" Hayden in her first attempt at fishing with mama and her Papa, she loved it and she caught a 2 pound catfish. I got these photos from Margaret and used a polaroid frame cluster I had made earlier and used a BG from the 2MrsSumners Valentine kit a few years back.This is Jade swinging (got this off Christina's FB) and used a QP I made using freebie kit called Wisteria from Scrapiness Down Under.Another photo snitched from Christina of Ruby riding a horsey and placed her in a freebie QP by Lanell at Never Forget Memories.Here's Margaret with Hayden looking from a QP I made using freebie Autumn kit by Marzena.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank You Veterans

Thank you to all our veterans, past or present, for all you have sacrificed so that I might live in a free country! I appreciate all you do or have done to give that right to me. I also thank your families that suffer the sacrifice of not having you at home safe and sound every night. This is your day to be honored and remembered! I remember you every day! May God watch over and Bless each and every one of YOU! Thank You!Jim Hill, Pete Tate, Jerry Tate, Jason Tate, Marvin Barchers, Elvin Barchers, James Adkins, Charles Adkins, Judy Deaver, Janet Williams, Scott Williams, William Barnett, Jerry Bennett, Johnny Bell, Carl Adkins, Donald Mitchell, Joe Levengood!
Luv, Mat
I created this page from several different freebies from ScrapbookFlair. Thanx to all you wonderful designers for your work!

Friday, November 4, 2011


Somebody up north left their door open, I won't say who, it has dropped almost 50 degrees in about 36 hours! We went from 80 balmy degrees to bone chilling 35 this morning with lots of biting wind too! LOL! Never happy with the weather are we? This certainly is better than those scorching hot 100+ days we had this past summer though! We still need some moisture, but at least having to add clothes is better than trying to shed them and remain decent for the public! I've had a very busy week and a very creative one too! I've been making QPs like mad using some of Kyra's kits and a lot of Miriam's kits as well. Miriam has invited me to becaome a part of her team (with Gina) to make QPS with her creations. I am so very honored and I hope y'all will stop by to check out her blog with all her gorgeous freebies. You can find a link to her site on the lower right side in my blog list. I have finally downloaded some of Christina's photos from Halloween and one from Margaret of Hayden so I will be making some pages for them soon. In the meantime, I have made these while playing with some kits, hope you enjoy them.

This is a photo I took of the Mittens at Monument Valley, Utah and put in a QP I made using Miriam's Terracotta kit and a lacy overlay of hers.

This is my sweet Sebrina in a QP I made using Kyra's Woodland Marvel kit at With a Russian Dutch Heart!

This is also a kit by Kyra called From Earth to Sky and has little Jayson in his bath, his mommy took some cute photos, doesn't he look really relaxed and comfy?

This is Jade & Ruby when they went apple picking, used Raspberry Road Designs Autumn Apple kit for this QP.
Well, my Rangers choked up again this year....but we have next year. The series was a really good one even if we did lose it in the last game. The Cowboys forgot to show up for their Sunday night game against the Eagles, but we have this week. And those Nascar races at Martinsville were so exciting and 18 yellow flags...lots of banging up of cars too! This week they are here at the Texas Motor Speedway, needless to say no going anywhere near there until all is gone after Sunday's race for the cup. I will be glued to my TV anyhow until it is over...LOL! Guess I had better hush, do a little quick blog walking and get some work done around here! Making a big pot of hobo stew and gonna fix a pan of cornbread to tide me over the chilly couple of days...LOL! Y'all all have a terrific weekend making memories to share with us. Stay warm and enjoy life to the fullest each day! Chat with ya more next time! Luv, Mat

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Go Rangers!!

Well, the World Series got rained out last evening in St.Louis, but watch the RANGERS tonight! Series is now Rangers 3 games to 2 games for the Cardinals. The rain and cold front that hit St. Louis area yesterday is trying to come in here today....dropping temps from the uppers 80's to the 40's by nightfall! Brrrr! No rain as of yet, but threatening! Since I have been glued to the TV watching the series, I have been using some of those freebie kits I have downloaded making an enormous amount of QPs on my laptop in Photoshop. Here are a few I have added some photos to! This is from Cuddlebeez's A Season kit. Jason with Ruby and Jayson, Jade holding Jayson, Jayson, and Ruby loving on Jayson, aren't they cute, cute, cute?I made these cute photos of Margaret and Hayden when I went home in March. The kit I used was one of Cuddlebeez's and the cluster is from Farmer Lisa. I know I have used this photo before, but it is such a good one of Maggie that I put her in this page from Russian Dutch Heart Beloved Memory kit.
" />This is Jan's greatgrandson, Jaydan on a BG from Tea for TwoThis is Ruby eating her ice cream again in a QP by ElkaRomeroAnd lastly, me and my "girls" in a QP using Raspberry Road and a freebie by Marzen Designs called Autumn Dreams.
Been all day trying to upload this. Blogger kept kicking me off the internet. Now the rain is starting to softly fall, my chicken and dumplings are ready, the game starts in about 90 minutes, so outta here and going to feed my face and root for the RANGERS to win! Chat more later, luv y'all! Mat

Friday, October 21, 2011

Texas State Fair

I went to the Texas State Fair with Nina and Chuck this year. I have not been in a few years and they had never been...can you believe it? We picked the coolest, windiest day, but oh, it was so much fun. We took the TRE train and then the DART train right to Fair Park. That was a first for all of us. We enjoyed the whole day, eating corny dogs, corn on the cob, funnel cake, fried brownies, fried cheesecake and cold beer. (no one was driving). We rode the Big Star ferris wheel, the Skyway tram, watched a few demos (ate vita soup and ice cream), walked and walked and walked. Sure was fun and we so needed the exercise and a break from everyday stuff! Here's a photo that Chuck took of Nina and I as flowers. I created the QP using an older freebie kit called inspired by nature and word art by Ginger.This photo is of me as we were waiting for the train to head east to Dallas. I made this QP using freebie kit by zlatadesigns called Autumn Kiss.These are pages I added for Jan's great grandson Jaydan. This is from a freebie by clareydesigns called denim and daisies and the wordart is by Miss Linda at Random ThoughtsThis is a QP I made using Linda Lou's kit Ain't Life GrandForgot to write this one down, I created the QP will get the info and correct it for the kudos.This is my "girls" from my Blackberry camera. Not the best, but cute shots of them with me in the bathroom...LOL! They had just gotten their morning baths too! in a freebie kit called Yellow and Gray!I'm involved in a rivalry with my sister Kathy over the world series. She says her St. Louis Cardinals are gonna beat my Texas Rangers. Ain't No Way, we're gonna do it this year. Anyhow, been watching the games for the last two nights, both been nail biters and we are tied at 1-1 each. The next 3 games are here in Texas!! GO RANGERS!!! Well, got to get myself busy, so will hush for now. Hope y'all all have a great weekend ahead making lots of memories to share. Chat more next time. Luv, Mat

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pages for my friend Jan~

I'm making a scrapbook to be printed for my friend Jan's great grandson Jaydan. I've created a few QP's using RDH's (With a Russian Dutch Heart) kit From Earth to Sky. This kit is so lovely and so versatile to use, I thank you Kyra for your generosity in sharing your beautiful work. I have kept all of these QPS to use at some time in the future too! Hope you enjoy these pages ladies! Have a wonderful week ahead. Chat more later! Luv, Mat

Saturday, October 8, 2011

More photos of Jayson~*~

Been snitching some photos of Jayson off Christina's FB account. Just had to make a few more pages...LOL! He is a Big Boy already....sent him some 6-9 mo clothes. I have been busy gathering birthday presents for Hayden (3 in Oct), Jade (5 in Dec) and Ruby (3 in Dec). I have also been Christmas shopping for all 4 of them too. Next comes Christmas for the nieces and nephews...whew...lots to do! Then comes the sisters (real and "adopted")!! Maybe I will be through by Christmas....LOL! Anyhow, weather is finally cooling down into the upper 80's now. Got to keep my windows closed though as I have been having them opened, had to visit the doctor for vertigo, ALLERGIES acting up because the ragweed is so high. Taking a medrol dosepak and some Antivert. Seems to be helping a little. With the fatigue and swimming head I didn't feel like being at the computer....LOL! Today, I made up for it. Got that new kit from Kyra (With a Russian Dutch Heart) called From Earth to Sky....have created 10 QPs with it and finally scrapped some pages for my friend Jan of her great grandson and a couple of Jayson and even one of my friend Nina. Will not share all of them with you...LOL....but only a couple. Well, tired for sure now, so gonna close early and settle in for a NASCAR and FOOTBALL tomorrow...LOL! Whatever you choose to do for this long weekend...have fun...enjoy each other and make lots of memories to share. Chat more next time y'all!! Luv, Mat
All 3 of Kathy's grandkids at about the same age...LOL
This is a QP from 7th Heaven's birthday celebration
I think this was the day they took him home. I created this page from RDH kit.
Ruby with Jayson. I created this page from RDH kit

My Friend Nina and I created this page from the RDH kit.