Queendom Relics by Rea'

Sunday, May 13, 2018

WOW...  can't believe it's been that long since I've visited my blog. If you'll remember my last post I stated my new normal was not normal yet ... it's still not !! I'm struggling to keep up with this new  life; and ALL that it brings. As I near the anniversary of my brother's passing I can only reflect on the faithfulness of my Heavenly Father who has kept me sane. I've experienced some health issues ... happy to say no more falls ! Almost a month ago I lost the feeling in my left hand and have since been through many test to try and determine the cause; I'm grateful stroke , aneurysm and cancer have been ruled out.  At this point neurologist believe it's a pinched nerve (darn that thing ... giving me such a scare) !!! As you can see I'm posting ( I'm left-handed )... things have been slow in my crafting... but I'm making progress... only two fingers are still numb ... yay !! So soon I hope to tweak my blog. Oh and my new phone ( almost a year old... is still giving me the blues) has been quite a challenge ... Smart phone they call it... it's not too smart it didn't train me Hahaha  !!! BUT I'm still determined to master this. So I hope to have somethings posted soon. So don't give up on me... I'll be back soon !!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

My New Normal Isn't Normal Yet !

Well ...  here it is July 27, 2017 ! Things have not gone as I had planned ( not complaining , just an observation). I've come to the conclusion , it is what it is. The Queendom is still in progress. I'm happy to report I got the china cabinet back in the kitchen, the bookshelf moved to it's rightful place in the Queendom and the last shelf assembled. That was a BIG task; long over due since the remodel. It took about a week to recover physically but I am so pleased with myself for getting it done. It's funny I go out and stand in the doorway starring at my mess every morning with a BIG Smile on my face. It is my way of reassuring myself that what I want to happen will come to fruition soon.

I'm still looking for my new normal. I thought June was going to be a very productive month for me; in some ways I guess it was. I did six backgrounds in my art journal in preparation for my Dylusions Challenges ( I tried to play catch up ); my thinking was if I did the challenges I missed that might make me feel better ... hahaha! Okay so July  came I started a page for Carte Blanche, made two sets of Hipsters for Tim Holtz HipForSummer Challenge ( Hipsters were finished but I didn't complete the projects I planned for each one); made two Tiny Houses ( Tim Holtz), made two Assermblage wristbands and started a necklace (also Tim Holtz); made an Anniversary card,  and two birthday cards;  and planned and stamped two Julie Nutting Dolls for a couple of Challenges and started three scrapbook pages.  The anniversary card and the birthday cards were the only completed projects. In my spare time in the course of three weeks I attended SEVEN funerals of special people  in my life and have taken care of my husband. I think he's on the mend now. Praise God!

I'm happy to report that in spite of not completing my projects that I was not completely disappointed; I came to the conclusion my new normal just  isn't normal yet !  My plan is to complete these projects and to keep moving. My new target date for the Queendom is August.

I'm also very happy to report I got my new phone ( have had it  almost a month); I'm still in the activation stages ... don't laugh! THIS WAS A BIG STEP for me ... I got a Smart phone. I'm feeling a little like  Grannie from the Beverly Hillbillies ... meeting Technology !! Maybe in another week I'll turn the phone on ... hahaha !  I have crossed a few hurdles moving from an antiquated  Motorola Karma QA1 to a Samsung Galaxy S7. My Motorola had died and I had no display so transferring contacts has become an "issue". Another gentle  reminder that My NEW NORMAL ISN'T NORMAL YET ! See you soon  ...

Monday, May 29, 2017


Can't believe it has been a year since I've posted. My life has definitely changed and had more ups and downs then I expected. I'd like to say my adjustment has been great... but that would be stretching the truth, I'm not adjusting as well as I thought I would by this time... let's just say I'm working on it :)

I've created a few things but have not posted; have tried to keep up with a few challenges; but never making deadlines; my cell phone has died and I haven't decided on a new one (that was my source for posting); and my computer has undergone some operating changes. Truth be told ... I hate changes right now. And to add insult to injury I had a few health issues that sidelined me for a little bit.

So ... this is where I am today...  I'm presently cleaning up my crafting area, trying to bring some order back. While I was sidelined the Queendom over spilled into other areas of my house; so now I MUST
return things to their rightful place. I think it's the coolest junk pile ever (meaning it's got all that I could want at my finger tips)... but it has become overwhelming and is interfering with my ability to create ! I'm not sure Mr. Barnes is appreciating my "Creation " ... we now have the Queendom ( my official craft room), Queendom Annex #1 ( formerly known as the living room) and Queendom Annex #2 (formerly known as my bedroom.  I am feeling much better and I'm able to be on my feet longer so I'm working to restore some order ASAP. Not an easy task. My husband still says  " the scrapbook store, Michael's and Joann's may be calling you for supplies  ! "  I so love my Tim Holtz stash... What ... I'm Happy  :)

Hope to be back on track by end of this week. I look forward to a creative , productive June ! See you soon :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hello everyone ! I'm stopping in to "dust the cobwebs " LOL ! It has been a long time since I have posted. I'm missing my  Challenges and my Tim Tags  :(  . I have quite a few new UFO's in my attempt to keep up BUT life kept me from making deadlines.

As many of you know, for the past three years I along with my wonderful sisters have been caregivers for my brother who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer three years ago. He out lasted their predictions ... they didn't expect him to live this long. As a family we prayed ; God saw fit to Bless us with three years to make some precious memories ; and that we did. It was a long life changing, challenging  battle . Last Wednesday May 25, 2016 God called my brother home. No more blood draws, no more chemo, no more infusions, no more transfusions. While we are saddened by his absence here ... " To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord !" Ross' assignment here was completed.

While I miss my part-time twin , friend and neighbor dearly; I'm grateful for the time God gave us and I celebrate his  Graduation !

Thank you to all of you who faithfully prayed with us and for us. We felt your many prayers. May God continue to Bless you richly !

With some luck I hope to be back crafting next month Right now I'm cleaning up my area... it's a little messy ( okay... so a lot messy LOL ) ! My goal is to play catch up with my Tim tags. At the beginning of the year I had decided I would just sit on the sidelines and enjoy all the creativity of the Tim community... BUT having done tags for the last eight years I was feeling a little lost... so see you come June !! Yikes ... tomorrow is June 1st, can you believe it ??

 I will also be taking Tim's Creative Chemistry Classes  too ... Woo Hoo !!!

Well that's it for now... see you soon !

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year...

If you are reading this post ... Congratulations ... as the old folks used to say " You made it over ! "
I don't know about you , but I have not made a lot of  New Years Resolutions ... I think I'm still going to work on some from last year LOL. I'm grateful to see another year, I'm excited to see what the New Year will bring. I've created this New Year Tag   Using my Ledger Script Stamp, Linen background stamp, Calendar Stamp  and Snowflakes from Mini Holidays 2 Stamp Set and  Tall Text Stamp Set. ( all Tim Holtz of course).

I used antique linen distress paint with the linen stamp for the base of the background; then used frayed burlap and pumice stone spray distress  stain drying with the heat tool between layers to get that cool effect. I stamped the script with black archival ink. The calendar was stamped with cornflower blue archival ink, and the snow flakes were stamped with  stormy sky and weathered wood distress ink. I used the snowflake stencil and blueprint sketch for the other snowflakes. I distressed the edges with the distress tool and walnut stain distressing ink. I added foil to the tag for highlights. The blue was a little brighter than I had envisioned but certainly added interest !

I'm praying that you will have a prosperous New Year; in your families, in your crafting adventures; in your personal lives. Whatever your desires are make the best of everyday  you have to spend with family and friends; and don't forget your " Me" time!

Invest some time in your spiritual growth; if you haven't met my Best Friend ... get to know Him in a personal way ... He desires a personal relationship with you and He's the Best friend you will ever have... He loves you unconditionally! :)

I have loads of projects now UFO from 2015 that I would love to see finished, this first month in 2016. And of course the Queendom is always a priority. If I left it to my husband I think the living room aka as the Queendom annex would be the first priority ... we shall see.

Whatever you do enjoy yourself... Have a Blessed Day ... Happy 2016 !

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

T'is The Season ... Anything Goes December Challenge

Now you all know I don't like to be left out ... Inspiration Emporium's  last Challenge of 2015... Let's do this...
So I made tags , with the intent of using them on a couple of packages... well I forgot I made them and sent the packages on ... duh !!

So I've decided to share them with all of you. I won a prize package from Ranger Inc. earlier this month so I decided to play with the stamps I won. Such a cool prize; Dylusions  Stocking Fillers  Holiday Stamp Set and Dina Wakley's Scribbly Holiday Birdies both autographed by the ladies themselves; And Holiday  Stickles!! Thank you again Ranger :)

Okay ... a little bit about my tags for  two of the  tags I used Dylusions ink london blue, vibrant  turquoise and after midnight ( I was trying out the color combo for another challenge project I love it!
The second  tag ( the lighter tag ) was a mop up tag; I mopped up excess ink on my craft sheet... very pretty isn't it ?? Using the snowflake stencil from Dylusions I stamped snowflakes on all three backgrounds ... it's cold outside I'm thinking snow :)  .

Tag #1 I used the Christmas tree stamp and the Merry Christmas sentiment from Dylusions.

Tag#2 I used  my Tim Holtz Flourish stencil with weathered wood distressing ink and then the Tim Holtz snowflake stencil ; I created snowflakes with the texture paste. I added Let It Snow  sentiment from Tim's Handwritten Holiday Stamp Set.

Tag#3 I used Dina Wakley's Scribbly Bird; added the cute little ear muff hat, which I customized with my plaid background stamp ... so fun ! I added the holly  and sentiment also from Dina's set. Then I thought I'd try my hand at some snow like Tim showed us at the Carson Stamp Show ... haha
too cute.

After completing the tags to this point I decided they each need a dusting of snow so I used Tim's splatter brush with picket fence distress paint... aaah perfect touch ! I further embellished the tags by adding ribbon and white fiber... burr it feels like winter !!!

Thank you Inspiration Emporium for another fun year of inspiration. Thank you Design Team for all you've done to keep us inspired  and motivated. Blessings to each of you in the coming year!

Dylusions December Facebook Challenge

I DID IT,  I DID IT !!! One of my goals for 2015 was to start work in my  Dylusions Journal.
I've been participating in other Challenges, doing blog hops , making cards, trying new projects, doing my 12 Tags of 2015 and caring for sick family members; doing a wedding, but I could never seem to get around to my Art Journal . Well December was here... Christmas gone ... it's do or die time... LOL !

I love Dyan  Reaverley's work and her stamps and have planned for a couple of years to "try" my hand at it. I've got quite a stash of inks and stamps... working on adding to the collection ... but I had a "light bulb" moment... you gotta use what you bought!!! So here I am ... December Challenge; use blue with snow flakes... I can handle that especially since I won the cute little Holiday Stamp and Stencil set from Ranger ! Woo Hoo
Do you ever get petrified just before starting something new ? I do ... it was like I never handle inks before ...hahaha (I'm A Tim-A-holic) ... anyway the start was very slow...

My background was done with  London Blue,  Vibrant Turquoise and After Midnight ink sprays. I was so giddy when I saw how it came out ... yay background done now what ... hehehe ... I knew I wanted to use Pondering Petunia and I knew I had snowflake stencils  from Stocking Fillers Stamp set my pages sat for almost three days. NOTHING was coming to mind except me pondering... I stamped the snowflakes ... I gotta tell you I was NOT impressed... oh man how difficult can snowflakes be... they were ugly ... smudgy, lacked definition... what did I do wrong... I turned the stencil over and did another set ... well better. Sooooo I left it alone for two more days, then I decided to use the stencil with texture paste ... yay cool snowflakes; decided to use (from my prize package) Stickles I used Wonderland and Frozen ... well I liked them at first ... then NO !! Okay so those other ugly snowflakes needed help, I used my Martha Steward stylus set  and created designs on some of the "mushy "  snow flakes that bought some life to them ... oh well clock is ticking I need to wrap this snowflake mess up (NOTE to self :Look up instructions for this stencil ... AFTER New Year ) hahaha!! What came to mind as I was doing this was "You gotta believe you can do this, believe in yourself ... this was applying to my project at hand and to my real life situation with my brothers illness " ... So I added BELIEVE to my page ( from Word Love Stamp Set) ... hahaha another story in itself! I added evergreen branches ( from  Christmas Accessories) that I stamped with black archival ink and then decided to stamp over them with  Mowed Lawn Distressing ink as that was the color I used for Petunia's dress and leggings.... I'm liking the look I added Christmas balls from the Christmas Asscessories Set also. I was beginning to like the look. Okay ...  snowflakes NEED some snow ... using my Picket Fence Distress Paint and that cool splatter brush  (Tim Holtz) I created snow ... oops ... I got too excited I got a little flurry towards the bottom ... hum not to worry it fit right in. My thought at this point was  WALK AWAY FROM THE PAGE NOW... DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE... there you have it my first Dylusions page ever !

As I worked on this page I reflected on the "season" my family and I are in with my brother's illness (stage 4 cancer). More so than ever before I'm wanting to make the most of every opportunity that I have; it means pressing beyond my limits, exploring.  There's times of knowing what to do, not knowing what to do; wondering if you did the right thing, or enough ... you are angry, frustrated, sad... you have silly moments, lonely moments. I think my page encompasses ALL of that . I'm believing my faith will carry me through whatever lies ahead and that I have a faithful ever loving God (represented by the evergreen) who will be by my side every step of the way;  through the ugly, the indifferent and the beautiful !  I'm ready for 2016 ... How about you ?? Happy New Year !