Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Well today I sit here with a cup of coffee at my hubbies laptop in the kitchen reflecting on my life and the people I love. Mike, my husband, is home for two weeks from Iraq, and goes back this Friday. It's amazing how 2 weeks can fly by so fast.
For the past 7 years I have taken care of my Grandmother (aka Gram). She has been slowing declining with Alzheimer's and celebrated her 94th birthday this past March. Yesterday Mike and I took her to this wonderful assisted living place that is only 10 minutes from our home. It was such a bittersweet day. Having realized that I could no longer server her needs now that she is so progressed in memory loss (I think its been a few years since she recognized me as her granddaughter), I set out to find a place where she can live out the last years of her life in an encouraging and loving environment that was near enough for me to visit regularly. Diane, from her Daybreak program, helped me find this place and it was so perfect! My heart sang for her when we visited there... it was perfect!
So yesterday, with her not really knowing what was going on, we moved her in. She has a roommate, Violet, who is just a doll. Immediately Violet took her under her wing. Within an hour the two of them went down to the activity area to do "exercises". While putting away her things it was so bittersweet. I will miss seeing her smiling face everyday, but I know she is in a place that will be able to motivate her and where she will make many friends (she was always so sociable).
Gram has taught me many things in my lifetime. Always have a smile for everyone, you can do anything you set your mind to (she is the one person that always believed in me), give people the benefit of the doubt, and a sense of humor about yourself and life is essential. Gram has definitely had a huge impact on my life. I cherish her and all she stood for. I love you Gram!
Happy stamping everyone,
Hugs from Lisa :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hannah's in Antioch... so much to love!

I am so excited and honored that Hannah's in Antioch chose me to be part of their Design Team as well as a stamping instructor! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Our first meeting was so much fun. I had a great time meeting the incredibly talented ladies that make up the team and can't wait to get to know them better. I am just so honored :)

Over the years Hannah's has become my favorite local store for indulging my passion for paper, stamps and ink. Check them out at: Hannah's Design Team Blog

Speaking of the DT, one of my new friends from Hannah's team, Laura, awarded me the...

How exciting is that!! Thank you Laura! To accept the award, I need to pass it on...

Rule #1: I link back to the person who gave me this awesome award
(as I did above!)

Rule #2: I share 7 random things about myself:
1. I can never have too much ink, too many stamps... or too much designer paper ;)
2. I love to read mystery or science fiction novels
3. I love ice cream (yum!)
4. I am a people person and cherish my friends
5. I am a hair stylist
6. I drove a Ford conversion van for the majority of my son's childhood (forget parallel parking! yikes!!)
7. I take care of my 94 year old grandmother with Alzheimer's (she has lived with us the past 7 years).

Rule #3: I award 7 newly discovered bloggers with this award
so go check out.....

Starting in May, I will be offering stamping classes at Hannah's, so check the site regularly for class calendar updates.

In March I dropped off my first submission to be displayed at Hannah's. I will be posting the cards along with their recipes withinin the next few days, so check back soon!

Thanks for stopping by!
Lisa :)