If you are wondering

April 19, 2013

I went back to my old blog, visit me here. @ http://prdesigns.blogspot.com/


Aint No Spring Chicken

April 5, 2013

Hello – until I completely decide which type of  blog I want to create, for the moment I have moved to  http://prdesigns.blogspot.com/


We are at Week #14 of 2013 and my blog posts this week are about one of LIFE’S simple pleasures ~ Spring.


I loved one of the quotes I found the other day by Henry Van Dyke, there is a difference between the first day of spring and the first spring day!!  It’s a matter of how you put a spin on things, in all walks of LIFE don’t you think???

In the mid-west we could say that a day with sunshine and blue skies with temperatures in the high 40s is a perfect Spring day!  Especially coming off a winter with 8″ snowfalls and wind chills of below zero.  On  gorgeous day like today, someone in the southwest might think our spring weather is their winter and be freezing their tootsies off in their leather cowboy boots!


The Spring equinox which started on March 20, 2013 at 7:02 am is the beginning of nature’s renewal. It’s really simple to enjoy spring when you take a moment out of you busy day and stop to really listen to the new sounds and observe animal behaviors and the way that the plants grow.

I may no longer be a ‘spring chicken’ but I truly realized this year and writing this blog … that LIFE is simple when you live SIMPLY.  Being in Week #14 of this year has been an amazing journey and I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner.


Thank you for letting me share my he♥art.  Creating whimsical paper crafts with a twist of LIFE has been such a blast for me. My creative greetings are for sale by the way.  You wont find anything like them at the Hallmark store, and my prices are quite reasonable. Just think a bit in advance *wink* have any extra ordinary people in your life that are celebrating special events?  Help a small business grow!!!! :0)


A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots SPRING up and make new trees ~ Amelia Earhart


PS ~ I’m still in ‘blogover’ mode, so when you come back and visit me…. things may look a little different… just like me, a little quirky and odd, but loyal to the end!


Now go out there and BRIGHTEN SOMEONE’S DAY!

Please Pay Attention!

April 3, 2013

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around  at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes  and listen. ~ Anne Lamott

I think this quote sums up a lot of what I’m trying to do here, this year on my blog… Year of LIFE’S Simple pleasures.  I want to pay attention! The hard part is going to be having patients for those around me who didn’t get the memo! (Pay attention while driving, use your turn signals… don’t text… for those who stop in the middle of an aisle and don’t realize people are behind them…. pet peeve list)

Bright flowers popping up are always a sure sign of Spring!

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~ Henry Van Dyke

This is a great quote and so true!!  If you are reading this post today, April 3rd.. look to the right column of my blog (this is a copy of my blogger blog here: http://prdesigns.blogspot.com/ ) you will see a recently posted picture on Instagram of the bright blue sky in our neck of the woods.  It really looks like spring out… but the thermometer reads differently… 21 degrees, it’s still pretty chilly 10 days into 2013 Spring.  For the mid-west the weathermen say we are about 15 degrees below ‘normal’ for this time of year.

Gnome sweet Gnome

Week #14 – LIFE’S simple pleasuresSpring

Fun little whimsical gnomes will soon be peering up through their hidden holes in my garden.  These funky little guys add a simple charm to my secret garden.

Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party” ~ Robin Williams


Rite of Spring, Spring Fever, Spring Chicken, Spring Break, Spring Training… Spring Cleaning!!!

When the day comes to SPRING Clean my garage I hope it’s a bit warmer than the 32 degrees in there now.  Heavy duty top to bottom cleaning is something I really do look forward to.  As our family changes and ages… some of the ‘stuff’ needs to be sent packing!  So, here is a before picture in one corner of the garage. It just feels right in my soul to clean un-used items out and organize what’s left!  It saves time and money if everything has a place, and every place has it’s things!

(for the moment, i am writing on blogger… then copying here for wordpress….so, please bare with me until I figure out which blow works best)

Here’s to Spring!!

Blossom by blossom the spring brings!!!

Brighten Someone’s Day!

Spring Fever

April 2, 2013

Spring, the season of new beginnings!

Today, April 2, 2013

Don’t you think February and March went by in the blink of an eye??  Everyone around here in the mid-west was beyond tired talking about the weather. And all the cold and snow we eventually got, seemed to last forever and was very late in the winter season.

I always get the best indication of the seasons through my window on the world, my backyard and patio.

After a few weeks of different ‘spring breaks’ our house is back to ‘normal’ today.

We all know spring is coming because some groundhog tells us… but he could be and is often wrong!!

Spring is coming when you fill out your NCAA basketball brackets (by the way, it’s looking like this momma who came in last place last year…. might be winning and taking $$ from my babies!!)

Spring and Easter are normally synonymous.

Once the newspapers’ sport section start showing baseball we all know there is Spring Training with Opening Day, not far behind.

Spring sales sell sandals when we are barely out of boots.  Spring fever happens when we get our first few beautiful days and no longer want to wear our dark, drab coats of winter… so we freeze our butts off to tell Mother Nature we know the calendar reads SPRING!  April Showers, bring May Flowers.  It’s Spring Time.

Once the last snow melted, I saw these tulip buds stretching out of the mulch to reach for the sunshine!

Week #14 – LIFE’S Simple Pleasuresspring!

This is a great pleasure to enjoy… it’s absolutely FREE!

Spring has Finally Sprung

April 1, 2013

Okay, what am I doing back here on my on WordPress account. Seriously???? I don’t know!

I’ve been taking this on-line class for the past two weeks with Jessica Sprague ‘Bloom Your Blog’ and I’m learning all sorts of fun things…. and then I hit a road block of downloads, and I’m stuck. And now I feel like I’m torn between this blog prdesigns on blogger, and the one I started with LIFE’S simple pleasures HERE at WordPress Creative Greetings. So guess what? Two blogs for the price of one until I can make up my mind!

It’s Week #14 and this week I will explore the obvious in our our neck of the woods – SPRING

Week #14 – LIFE’S simple pleasuresSPRING

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Now this topic can include the weather, the season, spring break, Easter, all things that bloom… there are any wide variety of topics to touch upon.

This is one of my vary favorite Cooper cards…. down dog position with the hoppy floppy ears. Didn’t send out many Easter cards this year. Oh well, the good thing about most creative greetings… they are timeless!!


Spring time means lots of walks throughout our county in the Conservatory Park District. We never knew up until last year that there were so many parks in our county. More of that on a later post, but we found all these by happenstance when we started Geocaching. Since we had almost 60 degree weather and sunshine (both together) for the first time this year… we were out on the hunt. More about Geocaching later as well.

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Sorry about all the glare and reflection, but in a way that’s a real good thing. What you are supposed to see is that the thermometer reads 61 degrees out… granted, it was in the sunshine when I read this, but I will take this reading over any 20 degree reading any day.

We actually had our first spring days of 2013. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, the birds were chirping and it really felt like a new beginning! What a simple pleasure!

I’m Wearing Milkbone Underwear

March 29, 2013

If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of fun out of owning one – Andy Rooney


Week #13 – LIFE’S simple pleasuresa warm puppy

Oh, it doesn’t exactly have to be a warm puppy, it could be any family pet.  There are many families who are dog lovers, or cat lovers… or any other kind of domesticated animal lover.  And there are some families that are highly allergic, travel outside of the home often or just don’t want another ‘thing’ to take care.  And that’s alright!!! We’re a two dog family and we love our furbabies! And I especially love to give other fur babies hugs and enjoy their excitement when we meet on a walk!


The more people I meet, the more I like my dog – anonymous

Hopefully, in upcoming blog posts, I can highlight some of my other animal creative greeting cards. Sometimes, the animals can state a sentiment so much sweeter!


Yesterday was a dog.  Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog.  sigh, there’s so little hope for advancement – Snoopy

PS – stay tuned for more changes… I’m still in blogover (makeover) mood and my blog layout and design is in chaos!!!  Happy Easter!


I’ll Be dog-gone!

March 27, 2013

Good dogs are with us for a little while to teach us how to love, like its our job, because it is!

Oh, I so much like making doggie doodles, labra-doodles and hound doodles!!!  These series of dog cards are custom-made.

This week on my blog I am highlighting Week #13 – LIFE’S simple pleasuresfamily pets.

I enjoy being given the challenge to design creative greetings for family friends who have special pets in their lives!  I try to doodle the essence of the pet …. and sometimes these cards become my favorites!

Recently, our neighborhood has lost many four-legged friends. Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge, (<—click on that link and bring a tissue) ! Special friends: Charlie, Buddy, Kozmo, Maizo, Daisy & Zelda.

“A dog can express more with his tail than his owner can express with his tongue in hours.”
— Anonymous

Brighten Someone’s Day…. with a creative greeting by prdesigns!

PS: still in ‘blogover’ mode…. changes happening daily!  Excuse my design challenges!!!

My Dog Licked this Post

March 26, 2013

Good dogs are with us for a little while to teach us how to love like it’s our job… because it is!

I’m doing a ‘blogover’… another new word I learned… just like ‘bookfessions’ (confessions of a book addict) from Week #5. 

A ‘blogover‘ is like a makeover for your blog, and since I’m in the middle of a on-line class “Bloom Your Blog” with Jessica Sprague, every day I’m learning something new through Photo Shop and my WordPress blog site…so don’t be surprised when you come back tomorrow and this page looks different once again!

tuckerWeek #13 – LIFE’S simple pleasuresa furry family member.

Not everyone is a dog, cat, gerbil, hedgehog, guinea pig, lizard lover.  I admit that daily care and up keep of two dogs can be tiresome at times, Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole!

Tucker is a Pomeranian, a Pom or a Pom Pom (or Kujo).  As far as we know he is a pure bred dog, but there are no papers or family history on him since he is a rescue/shelter dog.  His breed is considered the Spitz type and is from Northern Poland/Eastern Germany and named from the area.  He is considered a toy dog, so that means bred smaller and is very friendly and lively.  They bond very quickly with their owners and are very protective.  Our Tucker is very bossy too!!!  Every day I just look at him, and 4 years later he melts my heart with such adorable expressions!


Here’s Cooper again!  I love these dog poses from the nose angle… there are bunches of these all over the internet. Cooper is a mongrel, a mutt, a mixed breed dog.  Mongrel sounds really derogatory…. better…. he’s a Heintz 57 or better yet a Bitzer…. bits o’ this, bits o’ that!!!  Often with a mixed breed dog you will identify him with the breed they most resemble, in this case, a Labrador Retriever.

My dogs have been a great source of inspiration.  I created my own doodle of each of them and now try to put them in different surroundings to create fun cards with sassy sentiments!  I’ve doodled other friends dogs and created faux card lines exclusively for them.  I’ll show you a few of those in my up-coming posts, so stay tuned and come back and visit my creative twist of LIFE’S simple pleasures!!!

Some days you’re the dog, some days you’re the hydrant!

Week # 13 – LIFE’S simple pleasures family pet

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person – Andy Rooney

Puppy Love

March 25, 2013

I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am! Meet my new friend

Can you believe we are at Week #13?  That makes us a quarter through 2013!!  I am exploring LIFE’s simple pleasurespets. I don’t want to limit a simple pleasure to just the animals I have around my house.  Pets, although they need lots of time, attention and care, can bring so much joy and love to a house, to a family…. to a home.  Pet lovers are a different breed.tuckerHappiness is a warm puppy!!!  ~ Charles Schultz


springdogsCooper, our lab mix will be 8 years old this year.  Our big guy, he has the sweetest disposition and has been the best of friends! He’s beginning to slow down a bit and is getting some grey around his muzzle.  He loves to lounge on the steps in the sunshine.  Just with his eyes he tells me what he needs!

Tucker is our fuzzy bear and he is a 5-year-old Pomeranian.  We rescued him from a holistic dog shelter when he was 11 months old and he has many nicknames…. Tuck, Tucky, Fozzy Bear, Buddy and my favorite Kujo!  He’s tiny, but feisty and he lets you know when he’s not very happy!  When we walk him, neighbors who don’t know him want to steal him away because I’ll admit, he is very cute…. they just don’t know that it all is an act!! The words, don’t bite the hand that feeds you, not in his vocabulary!!!

That’s the college boy  {we’ve had him since the day he was born, ha ha} (who will be 20) with our furbabies on a walk in the woods last week during his spring break.  A boy and his dogs, very heart warming, don’t you think?

Week #13 – LIFE’S simple pleasuressome puppy love!


March 22, 2013

From the beginning to the end… an American English Idiom which has a figurative meaning for a meal from the first course, until the dessert.  It can mean  to be all-inclusive from start to finish in a project or task as well.

soup1As part of my year of 2013 and discovering or re-discovering LIFE’S Simple Pleasures… I broke down the letters in LIFE’S to:

  • L earning
  • I nspiring
  • F eeling
  • E volving
  • S hining

I love to learn and try new things.  I’ve been expanding my cooking talents and along with baking cookies, I’ve been experimenting with a simple pleasure ~ comfort foods, which includes soups.  Above is one of our delicious meals of Chicken Bacon & Wild Rice Soup.

Now don’t be fooled, although soup is a liquid food, technically we ‘eat’ it because we use a spoon.  And remember, broth based soups have fewer calories than milk/cream/cheese based soups.

meals 001Comfort foods provide nostalgia or sentimental feelings.  The phrase was added to Websters dictionary in 1977.  Often comfort foods are soft in consistency and rich in calories, they also pique emotions.  Although kind of mushy looking, that is exactly what our dinner was one night, slider bbq pork sandwiches, Kraft Macaroni and cheese and crispy tater tots.  Easy to prepare but not necessarily calorie FREE!

nutHere are the nuts!!!!! Which is really a fruit?  it is composed of a hard shell and a seed pod.

Week #12 – LIFE’S simple pleasures comfort foods.

Now if you wanted, there are over 82 choices of Campbell’s soups and who knows how many other brands and flavors.  And with grilled cheese, it used to be a slice or two of Kraft American cheese on white bread…. now the varieties of cheeses are endless and add to that the different kinds of artisian breads.

I had a few friends respond to my request that a good old fashioned bowl of *tomato soup and a toasty grilled cheese sandwich was something that made them very happy!  Simple, right?  Let’s just go back with the *basic simple pleasures!  But I’m just saying, there are so many choices these days… you really have to seek the simple ones!!

Winter is the time   for comfort   for good food   and Warmth  for the touch   of a friendly hand  and for a talk beside the fire  it is the time   for home. ~ Edith Sitwell

I’d love for you to leave a comment.  What is your favorite comfort food and does it provide a sentimental feeling?