Hello everyone! I am thrilled to have you visit with me and I hope you enjoy your stay. I absolutely love company, sharing, and making new friends so I hope you find something here that inspires, motivates, or just pleases you in some way.

Of course, I love to visit and be inspired also. So if I don't already drop in on you, please let me know where I can find you and I'll hop on over to see what you're doing or to just say "hi".

Before you go, I would love it if you'd please leave me a comment letting me know you dropped in! Actually, I'd just love to hear from you -- comments, opinions, or questions you'd like me to answer.

In the meantime, relax and make yourselves at home... you're family here!!!

I'll be seeing you!

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Hello, all my wonderful friends!!!  I'm back and you can't imagine how much I missed you, your projects,
and my crafting!!!

Actually we returned late on Friday and Saturday morning when I jumped up to log onto my blog I found out I didn't have internet, televsion, or telephone service because AT&T U-verse was doing maintenance work on the lines in the Illinois area -- it's unbelievable to me that it could take allllllll day, but it did.  Anyway, I couldn't get to you earlier today either because after church I went to check on some senior relatives and other family to make certain they were okay. I wanted peace of  everyone was as all right as they said and, if you've kept up with the news you know, until today, Chicago's been under a heat advisory.  Although I don't think it was nearly as hot and/or humid as it was where we vacationed, for seniors these brutal temps can be devastating...  well, you know.  Anyway, I'm happy to say all's well; everyone is fine and comfortably tucked away indoors under their air conditioners!

Now for my good-good news!!!  Look what was waiting for me when I came home -- and what a wonderful welcome home surprise as I didn't expect it to get here so soon:

Yes, it's my Teresa Collins' Stamp Making Machine!!!  I told you I was going to get it and I'm so excited about it!!!!  I actually tried it yesterday and, of course, I had a perfect stamp -- that really works -- in about 5 minutes!!!  It's absolutely wonderful and unbelievably easy!!!  I'll let you know when I use my stamp on a project.

In the meantime, the hubby and I had a wonderful vacation, despite the heat -- we were in temps in access of 100 degrees.  The heat doesn't affect the hubby too much but it definitely tends to zap me of a lot of energy, so I wasn't as enthusiastic as he was about being out and about in the weather as he was-- and the man loves being OUT and ABOUT!!!  But eventhough I tried as best I could to spent as much reading and relaxing time in our hotel rooms under the air conditioning to avoid the heat as much as possible, my loving hubby refused to leave me for long alone and pulled me away from our nice cool rooms more than I would have liked at the time.  However, he knows me and once I was out I had a great time, as I always do!  Which brings me to "Game Time"!!!! 

Ready?  Okay, here we go.  I never told you where the hubby and I were going on vacation, did I?  Well, we actually visited two (2) different states spending 4 days in one state and 3 days in the other.  Here's where "game time" comes in because I'm not going to tell you where we went, you have to guess.  Of the two states we visited, you must guess one of the states, doesn't matter which, and leave me a comment with your response (only one response per person).  The person who correctly guesses one of the two states the hubby and I visited by Wednesday, August 18, will win a 20 page pack of 12"x12" embossed quick scrapbook papers by Best Occasions.  I'll post a picture of the paper pack on Wednesday after the winner is announced.  If there is more than one correct answer, I will list the runners-up and select the winner by Random Generator.

That's it, just leave me a comment on which of the 2 states is your guess that we visited.  And, this game is open to everyone who'd like to participate -- followers and viewers!!!  Good Luck!!!

Now I've got a LOT of catching up to do!!!  I'll be visiting each of you and checking in to see what you've been up to, and I still have to update my blog, edit/update my cut.files, and of course post projects; so I'm going to be very busy over the next several days.

NOTE:  Because there are so many of you and you've probably did a considerable number of projects over the last week, I may not be able to immediately comment on every project you've done since I've been away -- I'd never get around to all of you if I did.  So, in an effort to hopefully visit all of you before the week is out, please excuse me if I don't go through your entire week's projects when I visit you.  I know you'll understand that I really want to get to you all as soon as possible; however, over time I will revisit and get through all your projects.

Well, again, I really missed you all, glad to be back and...

I'll be seeing you!


shari said...

Audrey, It's good to have you back. I'm glad you had a good time even with the hot weather. We've had it too and it's HOT! I'm guessing you went to Indiana and Michigan. I live in MI and I know it's not far from you. Shari (cricutrookie)

**Treefrog** said...

Well Welcome back Audrey! You were missed! I may not comment a whole bunch but I do check out the blogs and had gotten a bit worried about you last week and stopped by and seen you were on vacation and felt better and glad to see you had a great time! I had seen the Stamp maker also and it sure does look like sooooo much fun fun fun!!! I may have to invest in one myself, can't wait to see what you do with it! And trying to guess where you went on our vacation since EVERYWHERE has been so darn Hot and humid I'm going to say you went to Florida, I was going to say Las Vegas but having lived there for 14 yrs most everything to do is in air conditioning and soooooo cold in the casinos it's almost refreshing to go into the heat to thaw out from being in the cold cold air conditioning, LOL! Glad to hear you had a good time and welcome back, I missed you!
Take Care, Theresa

The Cropping Canuck said...

Hmmm... I'm going to guess Minnesota and South Dakota.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

WELCOME BACK!!! We missed you. I am going to guess Texas and Louisiana. So hot you sizzle down here!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh I am so glad that you are back. I have so missed seeing your posts. I have no clue what states, so good luck to everyone.. maybe Florida. So glad you had a wonderful time in spite of the awful heat. I have never heard of the stamp maker, but so happy you are enjoying it. BIG HUGS (you were definitely missed my friend)

Susan said...

Welcome back. I will guess Missouri and Kansas.

- - Sheryl - - said...

Hi Audrey
I was thinking of you and remembered you were on vacation too. I got back Friday night but did not get on the computer and had over 300 blogs to review! Got them done by yesterday morning. I missed you! Sorry about the heat. We went to Maine and it was very cool with the breeze in the 80's. I'll think about your location and play too perhaps!
Take care and glad you are back!

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

Welcome back!!!!!! Hope you had a fabulous time and treasured memories on your vacation.
I am going to guess one of the States you went to: "C" let's see..... California? Colorado? I am going to stick with "Colorado".
Happy Monday my sweet friend!

Jean said...

Audrey, so glad you are back. We have had a heat advisory as well here in Alabama, because it has been over 100 for the past week. I don't have any idea where you went, so I will just throw out a guess: California??

Also, can't wait to see the stamp you made with your new machine, but I know it will just make me want one even more!

Dawn said...

My friend I was so happy to hear your back and safe and sound. I did double check on Saturday thinking you said you would be back by then.
Glad it was a good vacation and you rested and you played, good for everyone.
I love that stamp maker but not sure if I would use it, not saying if I got one I wouldn't enjoy playing!
Well let's se my guess would be Ohio or Indiana. It has been warm all over the Midwest.
Thanks for popping in already and leaving a comment on my layouts.

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

Welcome back. Can't wait to see what you create with your new machine.

BeeBeebabs said...

Welcome back Audrey - It's about time lol. So glad your back and had a great time. Get your rest so you can get back to your crafting - I really missed you and I really missed seeing your great creations. Let us know how you like your Stamp Making Machine. Talk with you soon.

Leah said...

What a smile you left on my face today with your kind, kind comment! That felt really good to hear today!
So...you went on vacation, huh? And you went...well there were certainly no heat like that on my trip! The beach was in the low 60's! LOL! I am the most horrible guesser ever but I'll go ahead and say...Arizona? I only guess that because I am taking a trip there in November. Ugh, hope it won't be 100 there by then! LOL!

xosparklesxo said...

I'm so excited for you about your stamp making machine. I have no idea where you went! *LOL* I'm terrible at things like this - but I'm glad you had fun :)