Remembering 2014

I may not have gone where I intended to go,
but I think I have ended up
where I intended to be.
~ Douglas Adams

Welcome to the fifth annual Catered Crop year in review.

As I reviewed my blog posts of 2014 it was pretty obvious that I spent more time outside my craft studio than inside it. Since retiring from inspecting and investigating nursing homes last February, I’ve been able to say yes to amazing adventures like traveling to New York, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Indiana, and New Mexico; taking cooking, photography and sewing classes; volunteering; and helping my daughter Caitlin remodel her first home and studio.

2014 was also my inaugural year as the manager of Caitlin’s first company, Feb10 Design. Caitlin had closed Feb10 to keep up with the growth of Little Low, but Feb10 is perfect for me. Sharing my daughter’s designs all around the globe gives me incredible pride and joy. It’s like posting your child’s art on the refrigerator – 0n Steroids! Feb10 is just big enough to supplement my retirement income and small enough to still have more fun than anyone should be allowed. My husband and our dogs, Olive and Mailey, have settled into a routine that’s thankfully rarely routine.

So . . . here’s a review of my favorites from my meager pickings of crafty creations. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

If you click on any of the pictures, it will take you to the original post for all the details and, of course, my profound words of wit and wisdom.

2014Crafts

I retired from working for the State of Texas just eight days after posting this card – but I’m Still a Spring Chicken!

PIFarmerGirlCard

What can I say? I love bunnies, big hearts and the chance to hang out with the gang from Your Next Stamp.

YNSCuddlesFr

I quack myself up sometimes.

LuckyDucky

This little tag was so much fun mostly because of what was inside the boxes – custom 3-D View-Master slides for my husband’s family.

OhSnap3fr

This was dedicated to the butter to my bread, the breath to my life, and the ying to my yang – magnificant Mr. Catered Crop.

Cosmo Cricket TV Dinner Father's Day Card

Sometimes I just go a little crazy. I mean, really?! Could I fit anything more into this wild and crazy card? It was a metaphor for my life so I went a little nuts.

KeepPedalinginBoxFr

I was happily transported back to my mother-in-law’s house and the 1980s when I made this card. We spent a lot of girl time cross stitching together. I love stitching on cards and I’m so tickled that cross stitching and embroidery are having a resurgence.

Regency Rose

I couldn’t attend the fall-themed baby shower of a sweet friend, so I sent lots of booties.

Light Orange Bootie

And, finally, this is a favorite because it helped promote the Caring Heart Card Drive. Thanks to Vera Yates’ campaign I was able to hand over beautiful handmade cards to Friends for Life and Meals on Wheels for 1,800 of their Central Texas clients. They were overjoyed.

FrostyFriendsFr

Most importantly, I have loved all your sweet comments. Thank you for being so wonderfully supportive of all my silliness!

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say yes recipe swap quickfire

The fun is always on the other side of a yes.
~ Tina Fey

Catered Crop Recipe Swap Button

It’s week two of our final challenge, the Say Yes – Anything Goes challenge. Time to check in with our designers and all of you. (For an explanation of why the Recipe Swap challenges are ending, just visit this post: “Say yes recipe swap and an announcement.) But, first, let me just say how much I’ve enjoyed all the beautiful entries so far and, most especially, all your sweet words of encouragement.

For this last challenge, say “yes” to whatever inspires you and just enjoy being the wonderfully creative creatures that you are! Anything Goes!

  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often. This last challenge does not have a deadline.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.

Our wonderful and sweet and talented and, well, all things good, designers are here again to inspire you with a Recipe Swap finale. Just click on the pictures of their projects to visit their blogs.

BarbaraYes

SarahThanks

LisaThanks

SilkeYes

MayThanks

KimYes

 

Congratulations and welcome to Amy, Tracy and Lyndal. They won our last challenge and I’m honored to have them join us as our guest designers.

AmyYes

TracyYes

LyndalYes

To all of you who have visited, linked up, guest designed, left a comment  . . . thank you from the bottom (middle and top) of my heart.


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say yes recipe swap and an announcement

The fun is always on the other side of a yes.
~ Tina Fey

Catered Crop Recipe Swap Button

I wanted something light to read on the plane to Indiana so I picked up Tina Fey’s book Bossypants at the airport bookstore. I really didn’t expect any profound philosophy lessons, but I found a gem.

Tina said she learned that the first rule of improvisation is to agree – agree and say yes. You’ll have to read the book to see how she applied the rule on and off stage, but I’ll tell you why it struck a cord with me.

Retirement has been a fabulous surprise. I thought I would be at home making cards and crafting. Instead I’ve been able to say yes to amazing adventures like traveling; taking cooking, photography and sewing classes; volunteering; helping my daughter remodel her first home; and lending a hand to her businesses, Feb10 Design and Little Low.

Since last February my attention has been diverted to so many wonderful things that I just haven’t been giving the Recipe Swap challenge the attention it and you deserve. My intuition tells me that the Catered Crop challenges have run their course. It’s time to retire the Recipe Swap challenges. 

I’ll still be sharing my adventures and misadventures on Catered Crop – so don’t leave me! But this will be our last Recipe Swap challenge. And, in the spirit of saying yes to everything – it’s our first ever “anything goes” challenge.

So, for this last challenge, say “yes” to whatever inspires you and just enjoy being the wonderfully creative creatures that you are! Anything Goes!

  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often. This last challenge does not have a deadline.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.

You know I always have a Pinterest board for inspiration. So, for this challenge I’ve highlighted some of my favorite cards from the amazing women who made our challenges to special – my stamping heroes – our current and past designers: Anything Goes.

SayYesMosaic

Our fabulous designers will be back on Sunday, October 8, with their creations. Until then . . . please know that, although I often don’t get around to commenting on everyone’s blogs, I think you all are absolutely amazing. I’m always honored when you share your talents here. I’ve loved our time together!


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