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.

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

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

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I quack myself up sometimes.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Don’t Sleep In

I got to eat some yummy Chinese food with some good scrappy friends yesterday. (Whaz up Frances?) My fortune cookie said "Tomorrow will be a productive day, don't sleep in." I about spit out my Moo Shu Pork laughing. Okay, I did get the point, though, that maybe it was time to update my blog.

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I know. I know. It's not even Christmas yet and we're wishing a happy New Year. But, isn't this gorgeous? My ever-so-talented Stampin' Up! sponsor/upline, Melissa Smith, created this card. Like many cards, the picture doesn't do it justice because you can't see all the pretty glitter in her snow image. Check this out, though . . .

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Kewl, huh?! It's a window card! Almost as pretty on the inside as the outside. And, with the square punches, you could crank out a ton of these for a lovely New Years party invitation. Melissa used the Purely Pomegranate designer series paper, cardstock and ink. Easy breezy.

Happy Sunday, everyone.

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