Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

Good morning!!!

After a long hiatus, I am back, I hope anyways! Wanted to show a little of what I have been working on!

Kayla's fall tee-shirt: Candy Cane Cupcake
Using a Just Peachy applique and font from 8 claws and a paw ~

Both stitched out beautifully!!

Sew much more to show you! Have a safe Halloween! BOO!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

We have a winner!!

Good evening!!

I am so sorry this took so long to post today! My daughter was in a wedding tonight and we have been away since 1pm. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. The theme was Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Ok... so now on to the winner:


jennifer said...

I am a follower of cha-cha! I'm so excite about your giveaway!


But that is not all!!!!! Cha~cha has decided to give everyone else 30% off everything in her shop Cha Cha's Treasures by using the coupon code GRAND at the check out for until July 2nd.

Stop by and check out all of her lovely gifts and do not forget to take advantage of the discount!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Time for another Giveaway!!

Yes, that's right!! It is time for another giveaway!

Tonight I want to reintroduce you to my friend Cha~Cha!! A few months ago I fell in love with her Bible Memory Verse Pillows. I’ve even written about her before!! These pillows are gorgeous! And guess what? I am giving one away!! Yes, that is right…giving one away!

Cha~Cha has these beautiful Bible Memory Verse Pillows for sale in her Etsy shop, ChaCha'sTreasures. Cha~Cha says, “I am so excited about these pillows, I have had the idea for about a year. I had only told very few people about this idea and have been trying to find the time and courage to get them done. My hope for the pillows is that they will be beautiful decorations for your kids (boy versions coming soon) bedrooms, with a pocket to keep Bible verses in. As a mom who is trying to instill the value of memorizing Bible verses in her children I know that it is sometimes hard for them to turn to the verses in the Bible each time they sit to work on memorization…

We write the verse on cards, but then where do you keep the cards?????

…With the pillows kids have a safe place to store their cards and a visual reminder to work on memorizing the verses.“

Great idea, Cha-Cha!!! Right now I have mine on my bed that quotes one of my favorite Bible chapters, Proverbs 31. Photos of my pillow below:

These pillows are not only good for personal use, but would be wonderful to give as special gifts!

How do you win one of these pillows? Well, Cha~Cha and I are giving you several ways to enter: (You do not have to do them all!)

1. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite design from Cha Cha's Treasure
2. Follow Cha~Cha’s blog at
Sit Relax and Read
3. Be a Follower of my blog
4. Follow
Sit Relax and Read on Twitter
5. Like
Sit Relax and Read on Facebook
6. Favorite my Etsy shop
Cha Cha's Treasure
7. Blog about the giveaway
8. Tweet about the giveaway

9. Follow me on Twitter

You will gain an entry for each of the nine possible ways to enter! Just leave me a separate comment here letting me know each way you entered!

This contest will end on Friday, June 17th and the winner will be announced on Saturday the 18th!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

My GEmomsperience!


I want to tell you about my trip to Louisville, KY for the GE Momsperience and about the wonderful new friends I made.

Back in April, while lurking around on blogs (like I ususally do), I stumbled across a giveaway at the blog

I entered...and won!!

The trip began in ATL where I got to fly with my friend Traci from Beneath My Heart. We were able to meet a few months ago and now I had the privilege to fly with her and spend a few days together.

In Louiville, we were greeted at the airport by a GE representative and then we were transported to the 21C Museum Hotel. My room was breathtaking. I had 2 double beds so I slept in a different one each night. (hehe!) When I finished each day, I would return to turned down sheets, dimmed lights, chocolates on my pillow, an ipod playing soft music, and a plush bath robe at the foot of my bed.

Traci ~ Beneath My Heart ~ and me with James P. Campbell, President and CEO of GE Appliances and Lighting.

Monday began with a trip to the GE Monogram Center where we were served breakfast. After breakfast we began our sessions. We went from room to room full of every type of appliance anyone could imagine. They ranged from basic to luxurious. I don't know if you can call an appliance "luxury", but watching the Advantium cook 2 fillets in 13 minutes - well done - and it was tender to cut, that is LUXURY!!

What impressed me the most is that we were invited so they could learn from us! What do we want and need??!! WOW!! THAT is thinking about the customer, huh?!

Here are a few of my favorite things!! (Jeff put these on my wish list!)

Ben (Mr. Advantium)

Yes!! A fridge that I could put Jeff's headshots on, ELECTRONICALLY!! ( hehe!

A washing machine that has specific settings to remove even urine/feces (poop)!!

Memorable moments that were only made possible by GE!!!!

A Derby hat that I made (thank you ladies from Dee's), Dinner at Churchill Downs, Chef Joe Castro & Chef Brian Logsdon, Red Penguin at Hotel 21C , my name monogrammed on a GE locker, beautiful SWAG bag, and the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts.

Here is a list of all the amazing folks we had the privilege to meet:

Big Thank you to: Megan Robison and Nancy Wolff and everyone that worked hard to make it possible!

GE Momsperience 2011 – GE Appliances & Lighting Speakers


Eddie Martin – Chief Marketing Officer


Ben Cecil – Merchandising Specialist

Susan Gregory – Product Manager, Global Products

Julie Muennich – Senior Marketing Merchandising Specialist

Shawn Stover – Product Manager, Built –in Cooking Products


Casie Banquer – Senior Marketing Merchandising Specialist

Rebecca LaRocque – Training Manager

Monogram Experience Center:

Chef Joe Castro

Chef Brian Logsdon

Entertaining made simple:

Wendy Sommers – Team Leader

Industrial Design:

Marc Hottenroth – Industrial Design Manager


John Nichols – Senior Marketing Merchandising Specialist

Paul Riley – Marketing Manager


Peter Pepe – Product General Manager, Clothes Care

Jennifer Schoenegge – Product Manager, Clothes Care

Raegen VanBogaert – Product Manager


Dawn Riedel – Brand Manager

And another special thank you to Allison at House of Hepworths ~ who supplied me with this list!

Here are the other bloggers who were in attendance:

Craft/Home/DIY Bloggers:
House of Hepworths
Free Stylin’
Crap I’ve Made
Beneath My Heart
Creative Kristi
Therapy for Roses
High Heels and a Hammer
Where Women Create

Mommy Bloggers:
Just Another Mom of 2
The Mommyhood
Of Such is the Kingdom
Blonde Mom Blog
Things I Can’t Say

Food Bloggers:
Love Feast Table
Broccoli Cupcake

Lifestyle Bloggers:
Loralee’s Looney Tunes
Charlene Chronicles

Photography Bloggers:
Mommy’s Camera
Bon Appetit Hon
Secret Agent Mama

Cleaning and Curator Bloggers:
I Dream of Clean
Be Different, Act Normal

Thanks for the memories!!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Flip Flops for the Marlins!

I have always loved the colors of the Marlins baseball team. This year Brody is plays baseball for the Shetland Marlins in our city. This past Sunday, Brody's team and their family's tailgated and went to Rome, GA to watch the "Rome Braves" play. The team had to wear their jerseys so Momma had to match. This lead me to make changeable flip flops straps!

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought the black flip flops (with 40% coupon) and the ribbon (which is always 50% off). I lined the top of the flip flop with velcro and used E6000 to attach it to the shoe. (Hobby Lobby carries a flip flop glue). For the ribbon, I measured the length of the strap and and sewed the ribbon to the velcro. I made a bow and hand stitched the bow to the velcro/ribbon. I used Make It and Love It's tutorial as a guide to help me with the middle stitching.

I can not wait to use some of my other ribbons and flowers and monogrammed button to decorate my flip flops. They will be so easy to change at church camp this summer.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lil' Chick or chic bibs for the nephews

Sunday I took my kids to an Easter egg hunt. We didn't attend our regular church, but the church I grew up in as a child. With my two nephews dressed in my mom's traditional "buy her new grandchild their first Easter outfit", I decided to add my own touch!

I made Jameson and Jack Easter Bibs!

I bought the blank bibs at Babies R US and the Applique from the website Applique Planet. Using my Brother SE400, put it all together. For the chick, I used a fuzzy flannel.

Both little men were so cute!! The bottom of the egg is a little pocket. It was so easy to make!

Here they are!

Jack on the left and Jameson on the right!


I can't wait to make their next bibs! Something for our summer campmeeting!

A bowl full of lemons.: Silhouette GIVEAWAY!!!!

A bowl full of lemons.: Silhouette GIVEAWAY!!!!: "A SILHOUETTE GIVEAWAY!! I was sent a Silhouette Rhinestone Starter kit this month, to try out and giveaway along with a Silhouette SD Mac..."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We have a winner!!

Congratulations to #22 who said:

Lisa Marie said...

Tweeted about your giveaway!

Thank you all so very much that enter and tweeted and FB!!
Now, got to go finish my Database project!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Time for a Giveaway!!

It is time for a giveaway!!

As many of you know my husband Jeff is a professional actor. He is currently recurring on three televisions shows: Drop Dead Diva, Army Wives and Teen Wolf. To celebrate his success, I would like to offer one lucky reader a complete set of the family feature film series that resurrected his career almost 8 years ago, "The Sugar Creek Gang".
Jeff stars in each film as Theodore Collins, the father of young Bill, the leader of the "gang". These films are based on the popular faith-based books of the same name by Paul Hutchens.

Now, how do you get to be that lucky reader??

All you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave me a comment letting me know you want to enter. It's that simple!!

Now, if you want to increase your odds...

For extra entries ~

1. "Like" my husband's fan page on Facebook ~ Jeff Rose ~ and post a comment on his wall stating you are not only a fan of his, but you are also a fan of MINE ( :

2. Follow me on twitter.

3. Tweet about this giveaway.

4. Facebook about this giveaway.

5. Blog about this giveaway.

Just leave separate comments telling me about each post.

This giveaway ends April 19 -
I will announce the winner on April 20th.

Ps.. I can get Jeff to autograph the movies or a headshot (for kicks and giggles if you want).....


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Happy Survivers Day Marcus

30 years ago today my brother Marcus and I decided we wanted to go to church revival with my Grandparents. We lived in Cartersville at the time and the revival was at my Uncle's church in Powder Springs. The drive was a good 45 minutes - to an hour.

My brothers and I were always in church. If my parents didn't take us, my grandparents did! We lived next door to my grandparents and so, for them, taking us places was sometimes a must. Any time we heard their car crank all of us kids would rush over to see if we could go. Those days - the early 70's - are some of the best memories of my life.

(My Granddaddy and Mammy in Lakeland, FL at church camp)

My grandparents were my world. I was the first grandchild to Tom and Sarah Martha Chapman and they were my neighbors. I would sometimes sneak over to their house have my Mammy call my mom to see if I could come over. It is so funny -- now, I live ne

I would sell Avon with my Mammy. I wanted to be so much like her. She was a Saint in my eyes. She taught School, was president of the Women's Missionary Society, and a friend to everyone. She taught me how to sew on my Holly Hobbie sewing machine, how to crochet, and how to cross stitch. In the fall she would sit up all night with me when I had bronchitis and nurse me with a honey and lemon concoction and a peppermint stick. She was a prayer warrior. How many times did I hear her call my name while she was on her knees talking to God?

My Grandaddy gave me his love. He also gave me his love of collecting writing pens, coins from his collection, and his ability to carry on a conversation with anybody!

But, 30 years ago my family's lives changed dramatically.
My mom was pregnant with my youngest brother, Thomas. She was with her best friend who was home recovering from surgery when she got the call that her parents and two of her children were involved in a car accident.

Just a little over halfway to our church revival, a woman who had her three children with her in her car, reached to the backseat for her purse and ran a stop sign. She t-boned us on the driver's side.

In 1981, seatbelts were not mandatory. So none of us were wearing one. We were riding in a two-door blue pinto station wagon. It had two bucket seats, a middle row, and at flat bed in the back.

(Me at a wedding with my grandparents, me with my grandaddy and brother Robby - I was always with them.)

I was sitting in the center of the middle row and Marcus was playing with his little cars in the back. When I woke up after the accident, I remember trying to get out of the car. Someone down the road had heard the accident and came running out and gave me a sweater before I passed out again.

When the ambulances finally got to the scene they put me in the front seat beacuse I was not hurt as bad and put my Grandaddy in the back. I think that Marcus was in the back, too. I remember trying to jump out of the ambulance because I could not figure what was going on.

When we arrived at the hospital, I was able to give the doctor my home phone number and they finally got in touch with my Dad. Dad hurried to picked up my Mom and they drove to the hospital.

When my parents arrived they were told that Marcus and I were going to be okay, but that my Grandaddy was in serious condition. My Mom could not find any information on my Mammy. Finally, after much asking, a woman coldly told my mom that she was dead. WOW! What compassion! Such a gentle way to learn your mom had passed away!

My Grandaddy had broken all the major bones in his body but was still alive. Marcus needed some stitches in his head because his head had gone through the side window and the metal rim had wrapped around his neck.

I stayed in the hospital for a few days. I remember crying so much and thinking how my Mammy had been making me an Easter dress. Now, I wouldn't have one for Easter Sunday. But a very sweet lady from our church bought me one and brought it to me at the hospital.

After many tests I was released to go home. Weeks later, it was found that Marcus had glass in his head and was having some bleeding. Thankfully, that issue was addressed and taken care of.

On April 14, seven days after the accident, my Grandaddy went to be with Mammy (and Jesus). My entire world changed in one week. I guess that was some big stuff for a ten year old.

My grandparents were my world.

But, because of that accident, a man that was keeping my cousins so my uncle could be at the hospital, accepted Jesus after seeing how - as a family - we were able to get through the tragedy.

Marcus is now the lead High School teacher at a Christian school, the Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor at our church -- the exact same church we headed to for that revival.

I work the multi-media at the same church.

God welcomed home two saints that week long ago, but also spared two lives...(and four lives in the other car). I even ended up in a highschool class with one of the girls in the wreck and she never knew it.

Here I am now, so much like my Mammy and talking so much like my Grandaddy!

PS... I am so proud of my mom!! She has endured so much heartache! She is the strongest woman I know and I am so blessed to be her daughter.
What a legacy they have left!! I miss them so much.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fleur de lis Towel


Finally! I have a chance to sit down and write...

Last week was filled with homework, tests, 2 kids with strep, I had bacterial/viral sinusitis and Jeff was in
LA being "Mr. Hollywood".

It was a LONG week.

Jeff finally arrived home last night about 11 pm. He had been in Los Angeles for the 168 Film Festival, where he was an award presenter with Sarah Drew from "Grey's Anatomy".

I have so many things I need to post just to catch up, so I will start with my "Fleur de Lis" applique dishtowel.

I bought this waffle textured dish towel and black pot holder the last time I was at the Dollar tree.

I downloaded the fleur de lis embroidery pattern from DigiStitches, a
website I love to purchase appliques from.

This pattern allows for you to use two different fabrics, so I used two that I had on hand.

I hooped my towel and sewed my outline.

Next, I put down my first fabric and stitched the design. Once the design was tacked down, I trimmed the fabric and stitched the design.

I took the second fabric, laid it in the middle, and sewed the middle section. Once the middle was tacked down, I trimmed the fabric and finally sewed the
last of the trim.

Once the applique was finished, I took the potholder and the towel and folded them in half finding the middle of both. Next, I aligned the middle of the towel and potholder and laid them right sides together and sewed down the middle of the pot holder. Then I was able to attach a button to the front side of the potholder and attach it to my stove.

I love it! It stays on the oven door and will not come off! If the instructions are not clear, please let me know and I will take more photos and add. I have a cousin getting married in June and want to make a few for her.

Thank you for visiting!! I would love to have you follow therapy4roses ~ I am planning on having a giveaway and you wouldn't want to miss it!

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Pink Monogram Giveaway!!

Angela from a Preppy Girl on the Farm is having an awesome

Pink Monogram Giveaway !!

Their signature product is the Monogrammed Clog. The Pink Monogram made Oprah's favorite in 2010 when their High Heel Monogrammed Clogs appreared in the July 2010 Magazine. I would love 1 of everything in her store!!!

Head on over to Angela's page and enter!! Good luck!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sit, Relax, and Read prayer pillows ~


I want you to take a look at these pillows! Are they not gorgeous!

They are made by Cha~Cha.

"This is from her blog. Bible Memory Verse Pillows and they are for sale in my Etsy shop, ChaCha'sTreasures. I am so excited about these pillows, I have had the idea for about a year. I had only told very few people about this idea and have been trying to find the time and courage to get them done. My hope for the pillows is that they will be beautiful decoration for your kids (boy versions coming soon) bedrooms, with a pocket to keep Bible verses in. As a mom who is trying to instill the value of memorizing Bible verses in her children I know that it is sometimes hard for them to turn to the verses in the Bible each time they sit to work on memorization.
We write the verse on cards, but then where do you keep the cards?????
With the pillows kids have a safe place to store their cards and a visual reminder to work on memorizing the verses. I hope you love this idea as much as I do ( and my Hubby hopes you buy them, haha). As you all know I am a sentimental fool and I think these would make great gifts that would become wonderful keepsakes. "

Please visit her etsy store and her blog. You can't help but want to follow her!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Even though it is looking like Spring here in the South, it is never too warm for my Chicken Vegetable Soup!

Here is the recipe:

1 can of yellow or shoepeg corn
1 can of white corn
1 can of sliced potatoes
1 can of green beans
1 large can tomatoe sauce
1 can of stewed tomatoes
1 can of butter bean
1 can of green limas
1 can of sliced carrots
2 sm packs (or 1 large) of boneless chicken breast

Here is how I mix it:

I put the chicken in the crock pot at 7 am. Set it to cook at 180 degrees. When I got home from work, I took out the chicken and strained the broth. I added the broth back to the crock pot and then added all of the cans of veggies...
(NOTE: I only use the can juice of the peas, carrots, white corn, limas, and butter beans...the rest I drain. Using the juice from the cans keeps me from having to add salt.) You can also add a small can of tomato paste to thicken the soup if needed. I turn my crock pot on high, pick the chicken apart, and add it back to the soup. You can use chicken breast with the bone to produce more stock.

I usually serve it with Jiffy cornbread, cause I like the sweet stuff.

I hope you enjoy! Leave me a note if you try it!! It is sure not to disappoint!



A Pink Monogram giveaway!!

There is an awesome giveaway going on over at Domestic Diva in Training. Thanks to her friend Monica at The Pink Monogram you can enter to win a Monogrammed High Heel Peep Toe pair of Shoes, $160 value!

So hop on over and enter to win!!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Night Owl Party

Good morning!!

This morning while scrolling thru my hundreds of blogs that I watch, I came upone Snowy Bliss. When I saw the page full of fun colorful owls I had to stop and gaze. Since I working at KSU and the OWL being our mascot, I usually try to find things "owly" I can add to my office decor, and when I stumbled across Anj at Snowy Bliss all I could do is drool.

Back in December she threw the most awesome birthday party for her daughter: A Night Owl Party!

Look at the table she set up! She turned the table in to a bed.

She made felt hanging Owls and then made all of the girls Owl Pillows. She even made a game for the girls to find their own special pillow! She is amazing!

Visit her blog here to see all the rest of her photos. WoW!! is all I can keep saying. They say imitation is the best form of flattery ~ I hope to flatter her feathers off for my daughters birthday next month.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

So Proud of Brody

Over the weekend Brody had his first baseball game. He had two chances at bat. His first at bat he got on base. The second time around he struck out. He would look me and his dad and give us thumbs up. I am so proud of him!

We have wanted to put both Kayla and Brody in sports, but for one reason or another it never seemed to happen. Kayla started Daisey's when she was five and is now in Brownies. We just finished a round of girl scout cookies! I think she would give up Brownies if we put her in sports. We are going to, just trying to get her to decide on just one.

This weekend we got a call that Brody had an audition and we would need to put him on tape and send it. Anything "showbiz" related Jeff gets to handle. He knows all the ins and outs and all of the technical jargon. Brody and Jeff rehearsed his line as I watched. Brody and Kayla blow my mind on how well they can memorize. I can not! My mind goes too fast.

Brody is 6 and in just 30 min. this is what Jeff got Brody to do.

He blows my mind. I could not be prouder of him. "Break A Leg" Brody.

The tape has been submitted and now we play the waiting game to hear if there are call backs. Either way! Momma is Proud!!! Here is Daddy's Resume!!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy National Pi Day

Good morning!

Wow! My post are few and far between. I have been been crafting, I promise, but also along with girl scouts, girl scout cookies, baseball, work, school, kids, husband, holidays, trips, 2 new nephews, etc..... and the list goes on. I wonder why I wake up with indegestion or why I don't sleep. My mind constantly going... what to do next. I feel like my house is not a home sometimes, just a place to sleep and change clothes. Thank you for sticking with me though!!

I wanted to show you what I got for my birthday/Christmas!
I love it!!! It is a Brother SE400, sewing/embroidery machine. I think it is my favorite gift yet!!

I have had so much fun with this machine. I can just download embroidery designs and make all kinds of things "in-the-hoop".

With the addition of two new nephews, I have been embroidering and sewing things for them, even thought they haven't gotten them yet! Sorry Jameson and Jack :( Tata is trying.

Anyway, I had seen these online when searching for baby things to make. I call them "Winki-Dinks" or Jeff calls them "Pup-tents".

What I did first is trace a large circle using a bowl on two coordinating fabrics . The bowl was about 8 - 9 inches round. One fabric was cotton and the other was a soft flannel. Then I folded the circles in half and pressed them to get a line and then cut them in half.

Next I embroidered Jacks initials on on the cotton fabric. Then I took the embroidered fabric and one of the flannel half circles and sewed them right sides together. Then I turned the fabrics out and again pinned the right sides together, sewing up one side making a cone. It was at this time I realized that I had monogrammed the "Winki Dink" upside down... grrrr...

But that is ok. Nicole and Robby can see the monogram while they are looking at beautiful Jack (and are kept shielded).

Here is six of them that I made. One large circle makes two covers. The flannel inside all six of them is a coordinating brown.

Once I had finished the covers, I made a cute little bag for them to be stored in so Nicole can throw them in her diaper bag and go!

Finally, I finished a crafted blog!

I am linking here:

Have a wonderful day and Happy National Pi Day!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I love Wordle!

For some reason today I fell very anxious. It started more yesterday getting frustrated over a website I am working on will not cooperate.. grrrr... I just need a real coke!!

Anyway, on one of my yahoo groups today a lady asked for prayer for her husband who is having open heart surgery today. As I was praying for her, I called on our Great Healer. JEHOVAH-ROPHEKA (RAPHA).........Exodus 15:26 "The Lord our healer"

Then I thought I would love to have the names of God that I could look at all the time.

I found many of His called-upon names on the web and then copy/pasted the names in Wordle. I love how it looks. I have already put it in a frame in my office.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Another Silhouette Giveaway!

The Domestic Diva’s Silhouette SD GIVEAWAY!

The Domestic Diva is giving away a Silhouette!! Oh, I so hope it is me!!

Head over to Diva's blog and see all of the cool stuff she is making!