Mom Taught Me…A tribute to our first creative encouragers


"My mom started my love of crafting by teaching my how to sew when I was eight. I made a pair of pants in 2nd grade...I remember they were the most beautiful light green color and had a super fun draw string waist!  We were always sewing something and I love how there were always…

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Alana and Petey

The “Petey” Experience


Alana has had a very strong interest in animals for quite a number of years...probably beginning when she was a toddler!  Over the past couple of years, she's grown especially fond of birds and it amazes me how much she knows about them. She found Phoenix Landing in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina several months ago…

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Anna Europe

Today was harder than I thought…


Bright and early this morning, the littlest Pooler children headed down the street to grab the big yellow bus.  It's their first day at a brand new middle school. Many people have been asking me why we start school so early!  Well, here goes... Our new school is a year round school with four tracks.   Each…

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December 2015

December in review

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December has been a quiet month, but a busy and crazy one all at the same time.  Huh!??  That sounds like a weird thing to say... It started with a trip to the beach.  Actually, it was still November.  Friends of ours have a beach house, so we took off the day after Thanksgiving and spent…

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Eva's Birthday Shaker Card

Birthday Shaker Card…for Eva


Birthday Shaker Card...for Eva What kid doesn't like a shaker card?  Heck!  What ADULT doesn't like a shaker card? None that I know of! This shaker tag was super easy to make and is adorable with the iridescent sequins, stars and beads.  View the video to see how it was done! Totally cute and fun,…

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This pup is OURS! *long post for dog lovers*


Kenly's birthday was yesterday!  He turned 7. When he was a puppy, a trainer told us to get another dog when he turns 7.  At 7, dogs start getting "older" and bringing a new puppy into the house keeps them young and sprite.  Then when the new puppy is around 7, the first puppy will…

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Cluster of Balloons


Hello there my friends!  A quick card for video....I just wanted to share this fun cluster of balloons card I made a few weeks ago with Whimsy Stamps and Dies. I made a video for StampNation (click here to view it) and in the video, I gave a sneak peek at this card, but…

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Second Generation Stamping

Second Generation Stamping Video Tutorial

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Second Generation Stamping, or Stamping-off is really easy...just stamp multiple times before re-inking your stamp.  It's a great way to stretch your ink pads and get more mileage out of this great tool. Second Generation Stamping View the video tutorial to see how this quick card came together!  (click the title of this post to…

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snow day

who is tired of SNOW!!??


It was just a couple of days ago that I posted about snow and here I am again...LOOK at what happened last night! We woke up to a winter wonderland with heavy, wet snow that...sigh...took out some power lines.  I'm sure you know what that power. So the Poolers had a completely unplugged day…

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Snow Week!

School is closed in Raleigh, NC!


As I look out my craft room window, the snow is coming down in huge, beautiful flakes for the second time in one week!  Since I live in Raleigh, NC this is a bit on the unusual side. I'm no stranger to the snow, though, since I was born and raised in Rochester, NY and…

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