USS Wisconsin Battleship

Big striped guns

Alan and I visited the USS WISCONSIN Battleship at Nauticus in downtown Norfolk last week ~ all decorated for the holidays and interesting to kids and adults!!!  It was a neat experience and, although closed now, will return for 2021 Winterfest at Nauticus!

Navy jet under the guns

Kids loved this display!
Train for kids
Two trains happily running around the track.
Talking tree
A talking Christmas tree surprised the kids!

Captain's door Deck w Happy Holidays

Deck w Christmas trees
the deck was beautiful!

New Year's Eve


Alan and I just made a dish for a New Year's get-together and I thought you might like the recipe that a friend at Central Fidelity Bank gave me years ago ~ thanks Bonnie!

                    TACO SALAD DIP

2 cans bean dip, spread evenly over the bottom of your dish

1 onion, finely chopped

Mix together ~ 1 package taco seasoning mix, 1 cup mayo and 1 cup sour cream ~ we do this the day before so that the flavors have time to blend

1 head lettuce, chopped and drained a little if it is too wet

1 large tomato, chopped with the seeds & pulp removed

1 8 oz. package cheddar cheese, shredded

Layer in order, above, in a 8" x 13" pan and serve with taco chips.  Enjoy! 

A most Happy New Year to you and to those you love ~ we deserve it after 2020!  Agree?   


Yarn needed...........

This request is from my friend, Diane, who is an avid card maker. She and her husband are knitting away the winter and need a little help from us. Any donations would be appreciated!

"My husband and I keep busy. Over the spring and summer we knitted 230 scarves to be donated to shelters

Etc. They are just about gone. Someone ( KofC ) is handling this for us.  So now we have a new batch of yarn and

are starting all over again. This time we are adding a matching cap. Sitting just watching TV is so boring.

I don’t usually ask for donations, but if any of your club members have yarn they don’t know what to do with, and it’s

Just sitting around in a closet, well………………We could put it to good use.

We got our annual report and Card Care sent out 65,000 cards this year made possible by 400 card makers and volunteers.

It’s also in its tenth year."  Diane V.

State of Stampin' Up!

Thoufhtful Blooms

Do you remember the stamp set, THOUGHTFUL BLOOMS, above?  It was in this years Sale-A-Bration catalog.  I didn't remember it.  Guess I should have.  One of the announcements during the recent OnStage@Home virtual meeting for all demonstrators was that this was the MOST POPULAR stamp set this year!!!!  Did you choose it during SAB?  Did you love it?  Do you still love it?  Let me know ~ show me a sample of how you used it.  I would love to see your creativity!  Comment.  I will send you a special card..............

And, what else was significant during the last Stampin' Up! year (which runs from October to October)?  There were 1,721,240 orders worldwide last year.  There were 1.8 million packages of cardstock sold.  There were 16,000 new Stamp & Emboss Machines sold (no, the Mini is still not available but the word is 'soon').  The largest single sale day was the day the new catalog launched with over $6 million in sales!  There were 24,003 new demonstrators for a total, worldwide of 60, 565.  The year ended with a total of 57,040 demonstrators.  Thought you might be interested........any questions?

What a mess.........

I am busy, busy, busy preparing for my CALENDAR CLASSES that begin on Sunday afternoon and, I have created quite a mess.  And, I have only completed January through July ~ I still have a long way to go!!!  I do like what I have created so far which makes me feel good.  I didn't want to 'not post here' but I don't have time to create a meaningful post!  Sorry.  Just wanted you to know what was going on in the Cat/Art Studio on National Cat Day!

Calendar prep

Pumpkin Patch....

HALLOWEEN 2watermarked
Have A Hoot stamp set

This time of year, everyone needs to know where the closest PUMPKIN PATCH is so I wanted to let you know where my cute pumpkins came from fav pumpkin patch is on the corner of Government Avenue and Granby Street in Norfolk.  It is a fund raiser for Miles Memorial United Methodist Church and a fabulous patch....check it out and have a lovely weekend !

Pumpkins 1

Pumpkins 2

Pumpkin take a picture