Friday, December 27, 2013

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Hello Blog Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I wanted to share with you the gifts we made! Bob helped me with the spoons. The spoons some we made into necklaces and some I tied with jute around the Anniversary Ball jars.I had the lanterns on hand and found a bag of the glitter balls in my craft supplies. I filled the lanterns for family and friends gifts. Today should be interesting, I am taking the K-3 one at a time to get their nails trimmed. Bob said Good Luck! LOL!


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Announcement The Winner of the Photo Charms Giveaway is........ Pam Ballard

Pam Ballard of Moments Like These won my photo charms! I have sent you an email.
I hope you like these!
XO Hugs from Linda

Friday, December 13, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

I won this beautiful Angels Shadowbox from Nancy of Sugar Lump Studios!

Hello Blog Friends,

  I went through the week with Nancy of Sugar Lump Studios  A Very Vintage Christmas and I purchased the tutorial from her Etsy Shop I am going to make the bunting pennants for gifts. I found out I won the Angels Shadow Box Giveaway. I am so excited and honored to have won! Christmas is hard for me as my Dad passed away 2 years ago this week and since my Mom passed away, Christmas doesn't seem the same. The Angels Shadowbox gift has really uplifted my Spirits! I can't wait to receive it in the mail!

  Christmas Baking season is in full swing. My Grand Angel Nayla is waiting for her cookies. I have to send cookies with labels so she doesn't eat them all! I have made 4 batches of the family toffee and 2 batches so far of my rolled butter cookies. We made about 20 stamped spoons for necklaces and canning jar decor. I bought the 100th anniversary Ball jars and made flower vases for my Sister in Law, Daughter and my Nieces. We stamped spoons for necklaces for family and my Moms friends that I keep in contact with. I made a spoon for Cindy Adkins with an Angel Heart cameo. I received a beautiful necklace from her, it was a total surprise. I follow her on facebook under Angels At My Door. I will post photos of these before I ship them off.

Again don't forget to enter my photo charms giveaway, ends this Friday! You can leave me a comment or email me!

Hugs and I hope you are have a wonderful week!
XO Linda

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day to all! Here is a small photo collage of my family past and present who have served. Daddy, my brother Jay, my daughter Tara and son in law Derrick. This is Tara's last Veterans Day as an active duty Airman! She will retire in Feb after 20 years of USAF Active Duty as a Msgt. We are so Proud! My Mom and Dad wish they were here as they were so proud of Tara!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Charmed Victorian Christmas Giveaway in Memory of my Dad

Victorian Etc Magazine, click on the link on my sidebar. I have a full page add on pg.26.
In Loving Memory and Honor of my Daddy Bill on his 2nd Angelversary, I am giving away these 2 Photo Ornament Charms. You can take out the Vintage Photos I printed on card stock and add your own. You don't have to belong to any blog and if you are not wanting to leave a comment. You can click the email me icon and send me an email saying enter me in the Giveaway. Closes December 13th 2013. I hope you love the Photo Ornament Charms! I placed one of these in my Dads Urn with a photo of him and Mom, the photo that is on my sidebar. I miss and love my parents. I know they are in Heaven looking down and sending their love. Until we meet again!! Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Happy Halloween from the K-3. They sure have grown a lot in the year we have had them!
Merlin with the dreaded Halloween Collar on, Savannah, Bob & Merlin in their Altered Halloween Photos, And an altered Vintage Photo for you! Have a wonderful Halloween! XO Linda

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My Mom and Our Memory Balloons 2013

My Mom was carried to Heaven on this day in 2005. I miss her so much! The balloons went off so fast this year as the wind carried them straight up to you! Laurie's little Grandson sent one for his Grandma he never got to meet and I sent one for Daddy and Uncle Bert too. Happy Angelversary to my Mom! Always Loved, Never Forgotten


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cameo Necklace goes to Trisha!

Happy Sunday!
Trisha has won the cameo from my drawing. I emailed her this afternoon. I was a little behind this week!
Have a great week!
XO and Hugs! Thanks so much Trisha!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Happy Birthday to my Mom in Heaven

Happy Birthday to my Mom our Angel in Heaven!

My Mom worked for IBM Federal Systems in Owego, NY. This photo was
taken by the IBM photographer for one of her promotions. She retired out of
IBM in Manassas, VA. 

 When my Mom started working for IBM in 1960, men wore white 
shirts and ties,  and women could not wear pants. I believe it was close to 1970
before Mom could wear pants. Funny when we think of it now, almost everyone
wears pants. Where I work I am most fortunate to be able to wear jeans!

Just a little about my Mom. She was a soldering expert and a Quality Engineer.
When she retired she made Jewelry and other crafts. She made Jewelry using watch parts way before it became popular! I wish she was still here!


Always Loved and Missed!

Love Your Only Daughter, 


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Face in our Aspen Tree, Don't forget to comment for the cameo necklace drawing!

Bob came in and said Linda come look at the scar on the Aspen tree, it looks like a face. Well it does, kinda creepy! So here are 2 views close up. Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! Don't forget to comment to win the cameo pendant- drawing is coming up soon! Have a blessed week! XO


Monday, September 2, 2013

Hope you are having a Great Labor Day! 2 Ballons by our house from the Balloon Classic this Morning

Hello Blogging Friends,

Here are a few photos from this weekends Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs. Sometimes we get one or 2 or more up here and this morning we only saw 2.
I wish you all a relaxing and fun Labor Day!
Don't forget to check out this issue of Victorian Etc or just click the button on
my sidebar. Also don't forget to comment to win my beautiful Vintage Photo Cameo Pendant.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

I am Featured in the Victorian Heart Shoppe This Month! New Giveaway!

Hello Blogging Friends,

 Where does the time go? It seems my days off slip by so fast I don't get to do everything I planned. This past Monday I made 54 decal cameos and picked them up from firing tonight after work. I have not meant to neglect my blogging friends. This is still our busy season at the Motorcycle Dealership and getting home after 7 doesn't leave a lot of time for anything!
  This month I am the feature for Victorian Heart Shoppe Mall, on my sidebar. I also wrote an article for the Victorian Etc Magazine that come out next month. I am giving away this beautiful porcelain fired decal of a Vintage Photo I had made. Brass Setting, Brass Bow charm, bail and chain will be included. All you have to do is leave a comment. Drawing will be held on Oct 8th in Honor of my Mom's Birthday. So let your blogging friends know. An image will be on the side bar also. Have a wonderful rest of the week! Hugs from me! XO Linda


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Happy Sunday! A Gorgeous Buck visited this morning!

Good Morning!
We have had a few deer visitations in our yard these last few weeks. Friday morning a buck with a deformed rack was drinking out of the birdbath. He was eating off the trees and saw
Merlin and Savannah in the bedroom window, he came up and looked at them. LOL! The 2 weenie cats who run when someone comes over stayed and watched the deer. Bob the social butterfly cat was hiding in the living room behind the ottoman. I could not get a photo of him as I did not want to spook him. This morning our neighbor said there were 2 bucks in the yard. Bob just came into  get me to come outside and walk quietly. This majestic buck was bedded down in our neighbors yard. Her yard is pretty much fenced so he will be safe. I got this photo through a broken fence picket with my telephoto lens. Isn't he just gorgeous!! We live in central Colorado Springs so it is nice to see the wildlife! Have a great day! XO Linda

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July from the K-3- Merlin, Bob & Savannah

Bob, Savannah and Merlin were all relaxing in the sun- so I was able to catch a few cute shots. Bob and Merlin are 1 year now and Savannah will be 1 year July 29th. We are so blessed to have these 3 darling kitties in our life! 1st photo- Merlin being silly, 2nd Merlin on his favorite perch on the cat tree, Bob is his favorite spot and in the cubby hole and Savannah in the other cat bed.
XO Linda

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to my blog friends!
When we were growing up 4th of July meant cookouts and parades, as my Daddy was very involved in the VFW. I do miss small town parades though! I hope you all have a wonderful day and remember those who gave us this day! I was reading about the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg. Did you know that even NY sent troops from my hometown. The 137th NY helped turn the tide of the war. There was an interesting article in the home newspaper. I have been to Gettysburg and VA and toured the battlegrounds. Eerie, solemn and haunting! Several authors around upstate NY have written books about the battles, I believe I read that Culp's Hill was a big one. Here is a photo from Veterans Memorial Park, Owego NY.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hello - Again June was a month of fires!

Happy July-
 It has been quite a summer here- we had winter until mid May and then it went straight to extreme temps and terribly dry. We have had another June of terrible fires! This time it was the Black Forest fire- it was a piece of heaven with towering pines and thickly wooded, even Black Squirrels lived out in the forest. I lived out there in the 70's. The little cabin cottage my brother rented when he was in the Air Force, sadly burned down. The old home that we had when Tara was small survived. Sadly 2 people perished and this year 511 homes also. And me being such an animal lover can't comprehend the number of pets, livestock, deer, squirrels, birds, mice and even bugs that perished. After I read a few of the sad stories in the paper, I could not read anymore. The fire started and exploded so quickly people who were home barely got out, and if you were at work they would not let you back in. So the heartbreak of  lost lives, lost homes, possessions and most of all precious pets. Again we have a mark in History and loss in our hearts in Colorado Springs. We had terrible smoke for days and the more recent smoke was from a fire 150 miles away. At one time we had 9 active fires in Colorado. The West Fork fire will not be out until the fall, unless we get more needed rain! I have been busy at work and trying to get things done at home so I have not been blogging. I will be back later this week. I hope you are all having a great summer!! After 40 years thank goodness the black squirrels have evolved down into Colorado Springs, we have them in our neighborhood! So the fire did not take them all away! I do know several people who lost everything. I mourn their loss, but homes can be replaced, lives can not.
XO Linda

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Father's Day My Daddy and Vintage Photos for you!

Hello Blogging Friends,

 It's been a busy week already here in Colorado. Hot, Hot 98 yesterday and today. Seems we went from Winter to Summer! We have been fairly busy at the MC Dealership I work at and today is my Monday, we call it Telephone Tuesday! As everyone who broke their bike over the weekend is calling for parts! I have been scanning photos and a lot of them have been my family and I have been sending them to my brother Jay. He loves it. I have some photos for you to use in your crafts for Father's Day. These are from my personal Vintage Photos collection. I am also including for your viewing one of my Daddy that I have on my facebook profile now and our frog that Bob got a photo of yesterday. He grew from a tadpole and has survived 2 winters and numerous Raccoon paws feeling in the pond! We do live in town and have had some deer visitors the last few weeks. 1 doe a few times in the yard. She was munching  grass outside our bedroom window and drank from the pond and then left. My neighbor saw the 3 of them a week ago, missed that I was sleeping. A buck and 2 doe all in the yard. Glad we are the watering hole for them!
I hope you all have a wonderful week! XO Linda

Monday, June 3, 2013

The winner of the Angel Wing Necklace is......

Hello Everyone, Happy Monday! it is very warm here, dry and windy! I hope you all are having a good start to the week! I was a little behind in getting the drawing for the necklace done- Trisha is the winner. I have emailed her.
Thanks again so much for leaving a comment! I will have another giveaway soon!
XO Linda

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

  I wish you all a wonderful Memorial Day! The weather here is nice, sunny and warm.
Thanks to all who serve, have served and who have fallen to keep us free!  MSgt Tara McCraw, my daughter has received her "retirement" orders. She officially retires May 1st 2014 from the USAF! We will be going the end of February for her retirement ceremony! I wish my parents were here, they were always so Proud of Tara!
Again this is a time to Thank our Veterans and Remember those who gave all! Some of my special Memory Photos. Tara in her early Air Force career as an Honor Guard. If you have ever been to a Military funeral, the ceremony is very emotional and beautiful. Some photos of Daddy  on left when he was still in the Army Reserve, at the VFW Mom with him. My Military table with my Vietnam and Desert Storm bracelets and my VFW Buddy Poppies.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Blog Badge for the Victorian Etc Magazine

Hello Blog Friends,

  Another post for the Victorian Etc Magazine. Again I wrote an article and I have a giveaway until the end of the month. So be sure to leave me a comment!

It's my BD so I will toot my own horn!

Happy Birthday to me!
 Had a great day at work on Saturday! I was spoiled with flowers, cake, wine and gift cards! Going to Kohls today! A photo of me, my older brother Jay and my younger brother Billy. It was one of our Birthday's. I love this photo of us together! Have a great week! I am having an awesome day! XO Linda

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Victorian Etc New Issue is Here- Angel Wing Necklace Giveaway!

Hello Blog Friends,

  The new issue of Victorian Etc is online.
  The link to the magazine is  Please take a moment and read the magazine.
 I am not a writer but wrote an article about Angels.
 My blog friends Lovey from,
Nancy Maxwell James Etsy Shop  and Laurie from Button Floozies all graciously allowed me to use them for advertising.
Now for the giveaway. Until May 31. Leave me a comment about the magazine and the articles, and you will be entered to win the Angel Wing Necklace I made for the article.
The Angel Wing and Heart Charms are Silver Ox plated on a silver plated beaded chain.
Be sure to leave me a way to contact you! Have a wonderful week! XO Linda

Monday, April 1, 2013

Merlin on the cat tree- Give away coming!

Happy pretty sunny Monday!

 But not for long, rain and snow again tonight and tomorrow. Seems like we get a few days in the 60's and then snow. But Spring is almost here weather wise anyhow!
 Merlin on the cat tree, the K-3 love it!
I am having a giveaway to coincide with the Victorian Etc issue coming out. I made
a silver angel wing and heart charm necklace. It goes along with the theme of my article on Angels.
I wish you a week full of sunshine and joy!