Remembering 2013

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 fourth annual Catered Crop year in review. Admittedly, this may be more fun for me than it is for you. I always like reviewing my projects to see how I’ve improved (or not) and to figure out whether I’m stuck in a rut.

It’s just fun. If you click on any of the pictures, it will take you to the original post for all the details.


I love that embroidery hoops are a hot trend again.

Pure Innocence Read All About It

As I was making these fun pillow boxes for Valentine’s Day the old 1959 movie Pillow Talk was stuck in my head.

Square Pillow Box

Nurse Linda to the rescue with a huge get-well-kit and this little gift tag.


You might have to be a little vintage like me to remember cassette tapes. These aren’t the real things – it was a card and gift card holder for Mr. Catered Crop’s birthday.


A tribute to my co-workers who tirelessly investigate nursing home complaints.


Channelling Forest Gump and contemplating his philosophy about destiny.


I like to sew on my cards. Can you tell?


Save the Fireflies!


Just keep on peddling (and maybe add some sequins).


A tribute to beautiful Santa Fe.

Mucos Gracias

Remembering the Christmas tree Dad bought in 1968 – our first and only flocked tree.

White Flocked Tree

Oh, another hoop art project. No surprise. I love making these.


This card was to help promote Vera Yates annual card drive for nursing homes. It’s one of my favorite causes, and possibly the reason this is one of my favorite cards.


Pass the nog – a Christmas morning tradition.

Egg Nog Bottle

This really was a special year for me. I got to hang out with the wonderfully fun and talented ladies at My Favorite Things,, i {heart} papers, and Purple Onion Designs as a designer or guest designer. And, I finally accomplished a goal of being published in one of my favorite magazines. But, more about that later – with the reveal of possibly my favorite projects of all time.  

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

And, of course, what makes Catered Crop special is its amazing design team. I still can’t quite believe that I get to hang out with these ladies every month. They’ve already revealed some of their favorites in our Pinterest board: Favorite Projects from 2013 and on their blogs. You don’t want to miss all their gorgeous gallery of projects.

Barbara Anders

Cheryl Gorka

Tammy Hershberger

Silke Ledlow

May Sukyong Park

Kim Singdahlsen

Reviewing your 2013 is our Catered Crop challenge for the month. You can link up your favorites here: Remember 2013 Recipe Swap. Come join us – I love looking at all your projects!

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Goodbye Google Reader

Where is the good in goodbye?
~Meredith Willson, The Music Man

Thank you to all you lovely people who subscribe to Catered Crop. I’m so honored to hang out with you. I know many of you are mourning the loss of Google Reader today.

It’s interesting, I think, to notice how people say goodbye to each other.

Dad hated goodbyes, so he would just come up missing whenever it came time for anyone to leave. Mom, on the other hand, would stand in the driveway and keep waving until the car turned the corner and she couldn’t see us any more (a little like Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies).

My mother-in-law would always say: “Keep in touch,” which was hilarious because we just lived down the road and saw her nearly every week. But, she still succeeded in giving us just a pang of guilt, which I’m convinced was the effect she was seeking.

My daughter just says: “Bye, See ya” . . . short and sweet and off she runs.

Mr. Catered Crop’s goodbye is the sweetest. He never says goodbye to me without a kiss.

So . . . today we have to say goodbye to Google Reader and if I thought it was the last day I’d see some of you sweet subscribers, I’d be like my Mom: standing in the driveway catching every last glimpse of you I can. But instead, how about we just continue to stay in touch?

The general consensus among paper craft bloggers seems to be that Feedly and Bloglovin’ are great alternatives to Google Reader. I’ve tried them both and I like them both very much.

Dear readers, here are some links to make it easy to stay connected so we don’t have to say goodbye at all. Dad would like that.

follow us in feedly

Follow on Bloglovin

As Mom McClain would say . . . Stay in Touch!


Top 12 in 2012

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 third annual Catered Crop year in review. It's always eye opening to me to review my paper craft calender and see how I've improved (or not) and to figure out whether I'm stuck in a rut or just refining my style. Yes, it's a very soul searching activity – Not!

It's just fun. If you click on any of the pictures, it will take you to the original post for all the details.

Top 12 for 2012

January – Big Lunch Date. How do you ask a tyrannosaur to lunch? "Tea, Rex?" I love Claire Keay's illustrations. Unfortunately, this stamp from My Favorite Things has been retired, but I liked this card so much, I revisited it with a new Doodle Garden illustration, here.


February – Born to the Wild.
The inside sentiment says it all: "Embarrassing my children . . . just another service I provide."


March – Bluebonnet Hill.
This bluebonnet image is from my dear friend's stamp line, Texana Designs. It was a labor of love for her as I cut out every blossom of the bluebonnet to layer and pop them up. I love how it turned out.


April – Perfect Harmony.
It's no secret that I love Heather Ellis' Pure Innocence images. This one captured my heart because of my fiddle-playing adorable sister.

Little Bird with a Big Song

May – Space Patrol. It was just crazy fun mixing up October Afternoon paper with this There She Goes stamp set, Out of this World.

TSG Out of This World

June – Joy Toy.
Look at that darlin' couple. This was to commemorate my 30th wedding anniversary with Mr. Catered Crop. Yes, our wedding colors really were lavender.

Lovely Couple

July – Live in the Sunshine.
I played with circle die cuts to create a sunset swim. I love how the layers worked out. For the inside, I created a down-loadable printable of one of my favorite poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Sally Innertube

August – Where Smiles Have Been.
I know, this one's crazy busy with lots of patterns going on. But, to me, it was like a cozy quilt, which was a great way to honor my Grandma Heaton – and how her many wrinkles captured where her smiles had been.

Claire Keay Hello Sunshine

September – Dear Weight Watchers.
Well, Weight Watchers didn't respond to my petition to lower the point value of chocolate, but, hey, I still had fun making this little snuggle ensemble.

Hot Cocoa Cutie Ensemble

October – Thankful for You.
Ball Jars! Love 'em!

Mason Jar Tent Card

November – I Love You Snow Much.
This layout sketch from My Favorite Things was just so fun to play with.

Pure Innocence

December – Some Assembly Required.
A photo ornament, a My Favorite Things stamp set (Who's That Girl Snowman) some rock salt, twigs, and a few other embellishments makes this possibly my favorite project Evah.

My Favorite Things Who's That Girl Ornament

I hope you've enjoyed Catered Crop 2012 revisited. And, I hope you'll share some of your favorites with us, too. Join the party at the Catered Crop Top 12 in 2012 Recipe Swap.

Thank you for all your sweet comments and for hanging out with me all year. I have all kinds of craziness planned so hang on, we're just getting warm.