Friday, November 05, 2021

More Holiday Gift Tags 

Today’s creation is another style gift tag for our holiday presents. I used the Tim Holtz vault die # 665584 to cut my stencil of the man and woman and inked them onto my tags with black soot Archival ink by Ranger. And when you need a little space for To and From names, just flip a ticket over! After all as they say in quilting—and in paper crafting—you paid for both sides so use it however you need to!

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Thursday, November 04, 2021


After a two year blogging hiatus due to a surprise health issue, I am here again! I was creating pretty much the whole time but not blogging it at all.  I now have some renewed creativity and a few new goals. Not to mention oodles of ideas! So here we are again with some VERY fun things to share. My paper crafting has taken a front seat on this recent journey and I have a few items to post here that you may not have seen yet. These --and more-- can be seen close up at my Instagram     NanaBluebird1    I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I did making them the last three months.  :)  Can you tell I love Tim Holtz products?  I also have a pretty big collection of it which I actually do USE regularly.  Don't squirrel things away--use them and enjoy the process, I want my scrapbooks and genealogy albums to reflect me and my style so I often make my own page accents and accessories.  Enjoy and be inspired to use that stash! 

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Garden Party!

Spring has Sprung and the flowers are bringing in all the lovely colors right now. This is one of my favorite times of year. I am just settling down here with a cup of tea and sharing some of my favorite blooms this season with you below. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Nana Bluebird Links

Check out my Nana Bluebird Design Etsy Shop, Instagram, Pinterest and Blogger pages.Support Small Business Saturday and Nana Bluebird!  Live links below the snazzy new banner made just for us by Sameeha Bricklemyer at The Inked Leaf.  Looking sharp!

My Etsy Shop specializing in paper crafts and Quilt art decor items.

Nana Bluebird Instagram

Pinterest pages for Nana Bluebird

Happy Holiday season and God bless.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bluebird Postcard Cutting Board 

     Fall is coming! We have had cooler temps all week and I am glad of it. My crafting mojo is coming back stronger and stronger in all varied projects. Quilting, wool work, paper crafting, gardening clean up, canning and freezing the bounty and  even minimizing my household. I won't say I am motivated for housework. Now that is going too far. Haha! But I do feel an energy to start getting my nest streamlined and getting things ready again for our Minnesota winters. I want to get back down in my basement studio and crank up the music --and the creativity! 

I am trying to track my increased motivations on Motivation Mondays and the results of my goal-making on Finish it Fridays. Join me as we start a few new endeavors!

Friday, March 30, 2018

My All--Garden Style!

Is it Spring yet?
Gardening is one of my top three hobbies. I also love quilting and scrapbooking. If I had to choose a fourth it would be thrift and garage sale shopping. Oh, and going to lunch with friends. But, maybe, lunching with the ladies shouldn't count....It is lot's of fun but not very productive! Frankly, I have not been super productive the last 8 months in any of my top four or five hobbies.

Starting in late July of 2017, I had a sequence of several unforeseen and unrelated health concerns. One after the other I had a group of crazy challenges.  First a serious staph infection in my right middle finger that almost cost me the finger completely. Surgery was required. I was then hospitalized for 5 days, I was on IV antibiotics for 30 days, and bed rest for a month with my hand suspended above me in a sling. I don't know why I was smiling in this photo. Probably because I had no idea what all was to come next. We did save the hand and the finger. Praise God!

But that bed rest and recliner time brought up a second serious concern in mid October thru November of 2017. It aggravated a 30 year old smashed disk issue in my L4 and L5 disks. Just as I was trying to get back on my feet (literally), the excruciating pain sent me back to bed and spinal surgery was scheduled.  The back surgery was fast and it worked. But again, a bit more bed rest and medication while it healed up. Was I done yet?

No. The third big thing was a massive Gall Bladder Attack in mid December. No simple laparoscopic surgery for me. No. I had to have a massive middle-of the-night surgery resulting in a 12 inch scar larger than the one I had for my son's Cesarean section birth 32 years before! Two of my gallstones were the size of golf balls. The pain of this surgery recovery was worse on me than the other surgeries combined. It did a number on me physically and mentally.

It did not help my body chemistry that I was also diagnosed as a new diabetic in July. I lost almost 4 pounds a week consistently from July 2017 to March 2018 as well. Maybe I should count those two items as health issues four and five but in the long run they are good things. They just didn't feel like it at the time! This brings me to health issue number six. My legs.

From July 2017 to March 2018 I have lost a total of 75 pounds. Some of that is a great thing and because of my healthier eating. Most people would love a weight loss like that. But some of my weight loss was sadly muscle atrophy due to all the bed rest I had to do in those first 5 months. My balance is off. I now use a cane for short distances of less than 45 feet. I use a walker for distances from 45 feet to a city block. And right now, I use a  wheelchair if I have to go over a city block or for "endurance" activities like shopping.

Why am I writing all this out?
What does all this have to do with my gardening or my crafting?
All Fall and Winter long, I have been limited for the most part to the interior of my Minnesota home. Not today! Today, I went outside in my backyard and garden for the first time since late July last year. (Boy does it need a huge cleanup! LOL)  ...It felt so good so sit in my swing and just breathe the 40-something degree air. I have so much been looking forward to Spring and to my garden and gradual further healing. My surgeries themselves are all healed. Now to work on my heart, my mind, and my leg strength and mobility. With the help of my friends, family, and husband I hope this summer brings renewal.

Day by day I will get stronger. Let me at that garden! 

(Photos are from last summer)

Monday, August 08, 2016

2015 Quilting Projects: All UFOS! Now completed.

 Just a look through some of the 35 quilt projects I did in 2015. I don't have pictures of all 35 of them here. These were all unfinished projects and now they are DONE! Hooray!  Onward to a new set in 2016!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

February Pageblaster Challenge Layouts

Layouts from my February Pageblaster Challenge.
    Members of my Scrapper's Challenge facebook page had to guess how many pages I got done in 48 hours at a cropping weekend with my friends. The correct number was 86. Doris won with a guess of 85.
I did not get all of them into this posting but here is an approximately 60 page set of what I got done.