HAPPY NEW YEAR; 2021!
For those of you who may be new to my blog, my name is Lyla Larimore and I've been blessed to have been Guest Designer for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog several times now. I've been crafting with paper in some way or form just about my entire life, beginning with making my own dollhouses, furniture, and then worked my way up to reality as a homemaker. Those skills came in very handy when my kids got into school. I spent my afternoons making whatever paper project the school's hallways needed for each subject of study, event, or holiday where help was needed. My projects since having to retire from school and photography have toned down quite a bit- but not in the sharing of it! And just this very week- Monday the 4th- my ChiefHubby joined in on the retirement- living the dream of being able to stop his paying job so that he can still have time to do the work he wants to do for The LORD. Papers were signed and we rode off into the sunset- literally- crafting gear came with!!
We made it! We're officially retirees; "snowbirding" from snowy, frozen Indiana to warmer, sandy Florida Emerald Coast for the next three months! We took off on Tuesday, arriving in the evening, and
by Wednesday afternoon, we were all set up for housekeeping in the Panhandle. A huge THANKS to the Tri-State Christian Camp for use of the (original) Director's House! This house was built, and originally occupied by family which we've been part of for 23 years now. And while we have been working at, staying in, or helping with this Camp and the First Christian Church of DeFuniak Springs during all that time- the camp itself has just made leaps and bounds in changes! They are now equipped to host handicapped campers in full! (Removing The Barriers). That makes me very proud since I am handicapped myself, but the pride is for GOD. Totally!! This is what we came to do for our retirement time down here; to help at the Church and the Camp. Our current situation is temporary since our hope is to work for the Church, bringing things up to date, and give help on the side to the Camp. It got switched around for this year, but until we decide to build a home or purchaser a larger RV than we already have (the option we are leaning with- for use in future travels as well). So this next few months is our 'dry run' so to speak. As far as my own usual crafting... I'm all set!! I was able to purchase (after finally FINDING one) an XXL Crop In Style box/rolling tote, and I am amazed at how much I was able to fit into that thing!! For weight concerns; I brought along the Big Shot instead of my Vagabond, totally leaving behind the CriCut. Stowaways included all my Tim Holtz brands: a dozen Bigz Alterations Dies, and at least 20 Alterations Thinlits Sets (extremely easy to travel with), and some matching sets of SA Stamps and all my Stencils (those take up almost no space at all).I had a little 'fit' trying to choose just 15 Distress Reg/Oxide Inks, but took all three sets of Distress Crayons, all my TH Tonic Scissors sets, and almost all my little TH tools, quite a bit of my newer TH Pastes, Emboss Powders/Glazes, plus a good bit of my fave papers. When the ChiefHubby saw me stressed out over which papers to bring, he said "Now Dear... we can always FIND you the paper you need down there- you don't need to try to take it ALL with you. He's just sooo gonna REGRET saying that, lol!
After my surprise win of The Funkie Junkie Boutique's Challenge #25; "Celebration", I was happy to find out the timing was perfect; winning the 1st spot as GD for January, meant having almost 3 weeks free. I needed that time to finish packing and for the trips we made. We'd driven up to Red Wing, MN, to see the younger set of kids and Baby Pecan (who is growing by leaps and bounds both in body and mind!), then back to Indiana to see the older set with Peanut and Princess Pistachio, then down to DFS.I think we need to invest in our own plane, or rail car. In any case; during those 2 weeks, I DID manage to get my project totally finished, with only the blogging and turning in of the deadline blurb/photos. I must say that I am very pleased how these turned out! So....LET'S GET TO IT....
The first FIVE photos are a repeat from previous card posts- having prepped the entire deck all at the beginning of all projects done with this deck.
(And MANY THANKS to all the Tim Holtz Addicts folks who made ATC Cards from a deck of playing cards- or their own ATCs from which the inspiration came! You know who you are!)