Saturday, February 10, 2024

Mini Pot People Shelf Sitters

Here's one of my latest craft projects ...

It all started by winning this box of pots at an auction for $4 … it’s a box of 48 2-inch terra cotta pots. I looked it up on Amazon and they go for around $20.

My first thought was to add succulents to a few and put them on my little kitchen shelf the hubs recently made me. However, this is how my brain works …

----> potted succulents  ----> painted pots for succulents ----> pot people! ----> pot people with succulents for ‘hair’ ----> my kitchen is wine themed - pot people with wine!

So that’s when I began searching my craft stash to see what I had. I found the paint, paint brushes, twine, and wooden balls. Then I went on Amazon and found fake succulents and mini wine bottles & glasses (I put a link to everything below)

I began by painting the pots. I envisioned stacking the 2 pots with the smallest end of each together to form the head and body, and adding a succulent for the ‘hair.’ So I painted one pot completely to create the clothes, and the other I just painted the top rim. (2 coats of paint)

While those were drying (& because I’m terrible at drawing/painting) I went to my Cricut Design Space and created faces out of permanent vinyl. When the paint was completely dry, I added the faces to the pots ...

I attached a small wooden ball to twine, fed the twine through the painted pot and attached the larger wooden ball. I repeated that to create the hands and feet, adding a dab of glue to hold. Making sure the twine was in place, I used glue to add the pots together. Once the glue was dried, I added some small fish tank gravel to the top pot and added a succulent. 

List of items ...

Found on Amazon

  • 2-inch Terra Cotta Pot (2)
  • Twine
  • Assorted Acrylic Paints
  • Wooden Balls - 2 small, 2 large (I just picked 2 sizes I thought would work)
  • Small Gravel (I had fish tank gravel on hand)
  • Mini Wine Decorations
  • Glue (I used e6000)
  • (optional)Cricut Explore 2
  • (optional)Cricut vinyl

**Of course, if you're able to paint/draw you don't need a Cricut. You can just paint the faces on.

And that's it! Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you create pot people, I would love to see them! Feel free to post them on my Facebook page (link below). And of you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Until next time!

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

My Fairy Rock Garden

My fairy rock garden! I absolutely love it and can't wait to create it again this coming Spring. 

Have you ever created a rock garden? Or a fairy garden? I've been wanting one for years! A couple of years ago, I finally gathered a bunch of miniatures and created a fairy garden in front of my house. The hubs and I had created a flower bed along the front of the house years before, that I had my Lilac and Peony planted. I always put my large fountain there and added big pots of flowers.
I had a bunch of gift cards for Michaels Craft Store, so I bought some miniatures and supplies from there. I also used some bird houses that I had collected to create little houses for my fairies and gnomes. Here's what it looked like ...
I absolutely loved how it turned out! However, by Fall I realized that I was hardly out in front of my house to fully enjoy it. Most of my time was spent on my back deck and in my backyard. As I gathered everything up to put away for the Winter, I decided that the next Spring I would find a place to create one in my back yard.
The following Spring, we were doing some yard work and decided that I wanted to dig up my hosta plants that I had in front of my back deck. They had become so ever grown, and I just didnt want them any longer. 
The moment the hostas were cleared out, I knew this would be the new home for my fairy garden!
I spent the next several days designing it in my head. In the meantime, we were putting up a privacy fence along our back property line. While digging the holes for the fence posts, we came across many (many!) rocks of all sizes. I began stacking the ones I wanted to keep 'for something'. The hubs just laughed and rolled his eyes at me and my obsession with saving rocks. As my pile grew, it dawned on me - A rock garden! And that's how I came up with the idea of my Fairy Rock Garden.

I started by adding pea gravel for the base ...

My old 'rock' fountain was perfect to add, and we found the gorgeous garden fencing (with a gate!) at our local Menard's (home improvement store) ...

I then began adding, stacking, and arranging my rocks. I picked out small pots from my collection and planted some small plants and flowers to add ...

I really had no set design, so I just kept adding, stacking and arranging/rearranging the rocks and plants until they fit ...
I added my birdhouses, fairies and miniatures. My grandchildren came over one day and painted some of the rocks as a little craft project, so I added them in. The grandchildren now search for cool rocks when they're out and they bring them to me to add to our garden lol
I was really sad last Fall when I had to take it all apart and pack it up for the Winter. But I am sooo looking forward to creating a new one this Spring. Fortunately we don't have to wait too much longer, just 3 more months! In the meantime, I'm on the lookout for new miniatures and decorations (and more rocks!) to add this year.

And again, here's the final garden ...

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment below.

Until next time!

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Beginners Guide To Stamping

Welcome to the world of creativity and self-expression! If you're a beginner eager to dive into the exciting realm of paper crafting, Stampin' Up! products are your perfect companions. In this blog post, we'll explore the basics and guide you on how to make the most of these fantastic crafting supplies.

Understanding Stampin' Up!:

Stampin' Up! is not just about stamps; it's a comprehensive crafting system that offers a wide array of high-quality products. From stamps and ink pads to coordinating paper and embelishments, Stampin' Up! provides a seamless and coordinated crafting experience.

Essential Supplies For Beginners:

To kickstart your creative journey, gather a few essential Stampin' Up! products:

A. STAMPS: choose a stamp set that resonates with your style. Whether it's florals, sentiments, or geometric patterns, Stampin' Up! has a variety to suit every taste. Stampin' Up! offers 2 different types of stamps ...

    1. Cling - the traditional 'red rubber' stamp

    2. Photopolymer - stamps are entirely transparent for perfect image placement

Both types of stamps cling to acrylic blocks for easy stamping

B. INK PADS: invest in a few versatile ink pads. Stampin' Up! ink pads come in a spectrum of colors and are designed to coordinate with other products, ensuring a cohesive look in your projects. The flip-open, stackable ink pads store ink upside down and the ink is fast-drying, dye based and acid free.

C. PAPER: explore Stampin' Up!'s beautiful selection of patterned paper and cardstock. The coordinated color families make it easy to mix and match for stunning results. The classic heavyweight Cardstock is dyed all the way trhough, so you won't see any white edges when you cut or tear. And our Designer Series Paper (patterned paper) is acid free and lignin free, making it ideal for all paper crafting projects.

D. TOOLS: basic tools like a paper trimmer, adhesive, and clear blocks for mounting your stamps will make your crafting process smoother. Stampin' Up! offers tried and true tools to make your paper crafting time easier and more productive.

Simple Stampin' Techniques:

Now that you have your supplies, let's dive into some beginner-friendly stamping techniques ...

a. Direct Stamping: ink your stamp and press it directly onto your paper for a clean and straighforward design. Make sure the you use a smooth up and down motion, with no wiggling when pressing onto the paper.

b. Masking: Create depth by masking off areas with scrap paper and stamping over them. Check out this step by step tutorial from an older blog post showing how I stamped on a post-it to use as a mask ... Masking Techique 

c. Embossing: add texture and dimension to your projects by heat embossing with Stampin' Up! embossing powders. Here's a great card I created using heat embossing ... Heat Embossed Card 

d. Coloring: use Stampin' Up! markers, watercolor pencils, or blends to add pops of color to your stamped images. There are numerous 'outline style' stamps that you can use several colors to color in. Here's an axample of how I used blends to color in a card ... Coloring Example

Stampin' Up! products offer endless possibilities for creativity, making it easy for beginners to embark on their crafting journey. Remember, there are no rules in crafting - just have fun, experiment, and let your creativity flow.

Happy crafting!


Thursday, January 11, 2024

Canva InstaGrid Tutorial

Are you on Instagram? How do you post ... randomly? by theme? 

I use to just post randomly. Whatever was on my mind or whatever I wanted to share. But awhile back, I found a way to create Instagram puzzle grids in Canva and fell in love with the way it looks!

Here's what my Instagram looks like right now ...

Isn't it pretty?!! As you scroll, it looks like one continuous picture! I just love it so much and I want to share with you how I made it, so I created this pic tutorial ...

To create this in canva, start off by creating a custom design that is 3240x6280 px ...

Once you have the design open, click on 'File' menu and select 'View setting', then 'show rulers and grids'  ...
You'll see the rulers across the top and left hand side of your design. You can then click and drag the ruler from the top down and position it at the 1080 mark on the left hand side. Once in position, click the ruler again and drag another guide to the 2160 mark. Repeat, adding gridlines at 3240, 4320, and 5400 marks. Click and grab the ruler on the left side of your design and position it at the 1080 mark, repeat for the 2160 mark. When finished, it should have 18 equal boxes and look like this ...
The gridlines will not print or appear on your finished picture, they're just to be used as guides. Each of the 'boxes' will be a Instagram post/picture. At this point, I duplicate the page and begin working on the duplicate. The first page I leave blank, so that I always have a clean template that I can just duplicate over and over.
Now you can begin creating! I usually start adding various elements to the background. You can search for swirls, dots, stars - whatever kind of look your going after. Then I add some frames to plop in some uploaded pictures ...

Focus on each of the squares as individual pictures/posts and continue to create your design. If you're going to create a few of these, you'll want to make sure they flow together. Duplicate the 'template'. Whatever design elements you have on your created page, add them to the bottom of the duplicated page and line them up so that they look continuous. When you're ready to create another design, use that page as your base and continue same as above. It may sound a little confusing, but this is what mine looks like at this point. I duplicated the snowflake and stars and lined them up at the bottom of the top page. I'll use that page as my next design ...

Once you have the entire design complete, save it as a JPEG file (When you have multiple pages, Canva will download them all as a zip file. Make sure to save just the current page). Here's what one of my completed designs looks like at this point ...

After you've saved your design, you'll need to split it up into 18 different images. There's an easy (& FREE) website that will do that for you! Go to 
Click on 'Choose File' and navigate to where you saved your design and upload it. A preview will appear.
Then click on 'Both' under How to split the image
Under Split by, select 6 vertical and 3 horizontal
Click 'Split Image'
It will automatically split your image into 18 separate images, and can be downloaded individually or all of them in a zip file. Click on your preference to save your images.
When the images are split, they will be saved from the top left to the bottom right. When posting, you'll need to post them in reverse order - from bottom right to top left. Otherwise they won't line up properly when posted ...

I usually rename them, starting with the last one renaming it 001 and proceeding until I've renamed the first one 018. This way, it keeps them in the proper order and makes posting them easier. When posting to Instagram, the frequency is entirely up to you! You can post 1 per day to give you 18 days of posts, or you can post multiple per day or even a few per day, but every other day. Like I said, it's up to your preference! Just make sure to keep them in the porper order. I like to have my puzzle look complete, so I post 3 per day over a couple hour period. That way if someone is looking in the afternoon, it always looks complete lol

I learned this from a social media trainer that I follow and I absolutely love it. I hope you found this useful and will attempt it on your own Instagram. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer. 

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Window Christmas Tree Using Lights

Do you live in a small space? Maybe you don't want to put up a big Christmas tree or deal with all of the ornaments and decorations? Well, here's a great option I found ...

A Christmas tree made out of string lights and put up on a window!

I have a small living room and every year it's a struggle to rearrange furniture to find the best place for our tree. During the pandemic, we weren't going to have many visitors, everyone was 'sheltering in place' for the most part, so I decided it was the best time to give it a try. Plus I had a dog and a new puppy that was getting into everything and I was afraid they would pull ornaments off the tree or knock it down. Here are the culprits at the time, very cute but very mischievous lol Paisley and Chesney ...

I first seen the idea online somewhere - Facebook, Pinterest, I'm not sure. I wish I had the link with the exact details, I'm sorry that I don't. But going from memory, you need Command hooks - clear for windows - 1 large for the top and small ones for the sides, bottom & base, strand lights (depending on the size of your tree, I think I used 100), and optional decorations. I found a plastic metallic star for the top and some red mini garland at the dollar store and I had the red ball ornaments for the base.

I have a bay window in my living room, at the front of my house that I decided to decorate. I used a small Command hook to place the star in the top middle first. Then a large hook right under the star to hold the lights, so it looks like the star is on top of the tree.
I positioned the small hooks spaced evenly along the sides and bottom of the 'tree', forming a triangle. I then ran the string of lights from the bottom to the large top hook, up and down to form the tree. For the 'base' of the tree, I positioned 2 rows of 3 hooks to hang the red ball ornaments. Then I added some red mini garland strands across the lights, using the hooks on each side ...

This is what it looks like from the outside ...

I'm so sorry that this is not as detailed as I had originally planned. It's been several years since I've done this and just came across these pictures that I thought I'd share. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment, message or contact me and I will do my best to help you out.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sunday, November 12, 2023

Christmas Comes Earlier and Earlier ...

I love Christmas!πŸŽ„πŸŽ…It's one of my most favorite holidays of the year. I love the whole season ... I love holiday sweaters ... the get-togethers and parties ... I love the warm coats and mittens and pretty scarves ... spending time with family ... I love the decorations ... the traditions of decorating the tree and wrapping presents ... I love making holiday crafts and cards ... I love shopping and gift giving ... I love baking ... I love the snow! and sledding, snowball fights, and making snowmen ... I love it all!

However, it seems that the Christmas season comes earlier and earlier each year. The radio stations begin their continuous holiday music ... Hallmark starts running constant non-stop Christmas movies ... the stores stock up and display their Christmas decorations and items and sales (I'm already seeing 'Early' Black Friday sales!) ... people post Christmas memes, countdowns and pictures of their decorated Christmas trees and houses on social media ... All before Halloween, or right after!

I don't know about you, but I feel like it's just too soon! Maybe because I like to hang on to Summer for as long as I can, that just when I start feeling 'Fall-ish', all of a sudden I'm getting Christmas shoved down my throat. 

For as long as I can remember, November has always been a month of thanks, gratitude, blessings, Fall activities, bon fires, colorful leaves, occasional open windows and sunshine, cozy sweaters and boots, pretty Fall outfits and Thanksgiving turkey, dinner and family.

My kids and grandchildren come over for Thanksgiving dinner - it's something I look forward to every year.😍 Last year, my daughter suggested I put my Christmas tree up so the grandkids could decorate it after dinner. I admit, at first I was appalled! I don't usually put my tree up until the first or second week of December because I have 3 dogs that like to mess with it. But, I thought about it and decided to try it. I really loved it! I absolutely loved watching them decorate the tree and the way each one had their own style and favorite ornaments. I loved looking at it everyday, thinking about them until their next visit. So I decided to make it a yearly tradition. 

I like having something to look forward to! I like looking forward to Thanksgiving. I like looking forward to Christmas and Winter and New Year's. It really makes me wonder what society is thinking. Do they not like looking forward to things? Do they have no patience or control and need instant gratification on every thought and want? It kind of makes me think of the character on Willy Wonka - 'I want it NOWWW!' lolπŸ˜‚

It also makes me wonder if people just don't have happiness in their lives, the joy that Christmas usually brings most people. Maybe they don't have people or things that can keep them occupied. Maybe they're craving attention - the attention of being one of the firsts to put up Christmas decorations - 'I put up my tree before you!' It also makes me feel sad for the people that don't celebrate or recognize Christmas, because it's everywhere. 

I don't know what it is, or what is happening with holidays becoming earlier and earlier. I mean, it's the beginning of November. We have all of November and all of December before Christmas, then a couple of weeks after Christmas that people have the decorations up. When Christmas decorations, music, movies, etc. begin so early, I get tired of it well before the actual holiday! So, what will these people that begin so early do? Will they be putting New Years stuff up in the middle of December? Valentines Day stuff? St. Patrick's Day stuff? I just don't get itπŸ˜•

Thanks for stopping by and listening to my vent lol. This is just my opinion and I just thought I'd share. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so feel free to leave a comment, message or contact me


Saturday, November 11, 2023

Color Street Holiday Gift Guide

As much as I don't want to think about it, Christmas is just around the corner and I need to start preparing for it.

I do enjoy the fall season, and celebrating Thanksgiving so much. But it seems that stores start putting out Christmas things earlier and earlier. And I've discovered that if you don't grab something while it's out, it'll be gone when you're ready to get it. 

Color Street recently launched their Holiday Bundles sale, and the deals are spectacular! After browsing all of the new products and bundles, I was getting a little lost. So, I decided to create this Holiday Guide to help sort out all of the products and deals. If you're on a spending budget (like who isn't nowadays?!), or looking for gifts at a certain price point, I've added these in order of price. 

Stocking Stuffers - $5-20

Let's start off with stocking stuffers! These products are great to put in a stocking, or add to a gift basket or bag. Prices are perfect for adding an extra touch to a gift. And don't forget - when you purchase any 3 nail strips, you can get an extra for free! (just add 4 to your cart and 1 will automatically zero out)

Holiday Accent Trio - $12

Make spirits bright this holiday season with the Holiday Accent Trio Bundle! These are great to gift as a set, or split them up to add to 3 separate gifts. This bundle includes 3 sets of accent overlays:
  1. New Year Cheer - clear overlay
  2. Winter Wishes - clear overlay
  3. Santa Approved - clear overlay
This bundle is valued at $18, now available for just $12

Fresh Start Bundle - $23

Give your nails a fresh, clean base with the Fresh Start Bundle! This bundle includes:
  1. Nail Polish Remover - non-drying, acetone free formula helps to nourish and moisturize nails with a subtle bergamot tea fragrance
  2. Nail Strengthener - high-gloss hardening formula restores weak, fragile nails and can also be used as a base or top coat
This bundle is valued at $28, now available for just $23

At-Home Gel Mani - $30

Skip a trip to the salon and do your nails at home! The At-Home Gel mani includes:
  1. Beijing Beauty Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, everyday classic red
  2. Strawberry Jelly Nail Strip Set (not available separately) - 16 double-ended nail strips, sheer vibrant fuchsia glitter
  3. Plumping Top Coat - creates a dazzling gel-like shine extends the life of your manicure and protect nail strips from chipping
This bundle is valued at $38, available now for $30

Bling Box Bundle - $40

Adorn your tips with the Bling Box Bundle! These premium charms are the perfect way to add even more pizzazz to your holiday manicures! They're great to gift as a set, and affordable enough to split them up to add to 5 separate gifts. This bundle includes:
  1. Prism Visions Mani Charms - geometric, iridescent designs
  2. Pearls, Please Mani Charms - dainty, opalescent embellishments
  3. Secret Garden Mani Charms - whimsical, floral appliques
  4. Pop Art Mani Charms - playful pack of fun, art-inspired designs
  5. Galactic Glam Mani Charms - stellar pack of gold-trimmed, cosmic appliques
This bundle is valued at $50, now available for $40 (that's getting 1 free!!)

Express Yourself Bundle - $44

A wonderful collection for the nail guru in your life! This bundle includes:
  1. Pearls, Please Mani Charms - dainty, opalescent embellishments
  2. Over The Moon Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, clear overlay with silver glitter
  3. Aspen Sky Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, pale periwinkle is the perfect cool blue
  4. Slate Of Mind Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, a muted blue-gray shade
  5. Moon River Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, moody glittering gray

This bundle is valued at $50, now available for $44

Holly Jolly Hues Bundle - $45

A great collection for the jingle bell rocker! Mix & match for numerous manicure possibilities. This bundle includes:
  1. Beijing Beauty Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, everyday classic red
  2. Jungle Escape Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, forest green cream finish
  3. Stay Golden Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, subdues champagne gold 
  4. Shangri-La Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, silvery holographic glitter
  5. Cherry On Top Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, ruby red glitter
This bundle is valued at $52, now available for $45 (that comes out to $9 per set!!) 

Show of Hands Bundle - $50

Everything you need to create the perfect canvas for your festive nails is in the Show of Hands Bundle. This bundle includes:
  1. Nail Polish Remover - non-drying, acetone free formula helps to nourish and moisturize nails with a subtle bergamot tea fragrance
  2. Nail Strengthener - high-gloss hardening formula restores weak, fragile nails and can also be used as a base or top coat
  3. Hand Lotion - lightweight moisturizer with Niacinamide, multi-hyaluronic acid and sunflower oil
  4. Cuticle Oil - moisturizes dry, brittle nails with vitamin E and 6 oils (coconut, kukui, nut oil, sweet almond, passionfruit and baobab)
  5. Red Make-up Bag - exclusive, limited-edition red make-up bag (not sold separately)
This bundle is valued at $76, now available for $50

Radiant Glow Bundle - $64

These products are perfect for when you're feeling cheeky! This bundle include:
  • Superstar Highlighter Balm - luminous warm ivory creamy highlighter balm
  • Fearless Bronzer Balm - neutral creamy medium bronzer balm
  • Go Getter Lush Balm - pearlized creamy medium rose blush balm
This bundle is valued at $86, now available for $64

Diamond Dusted Collection - $81

A beautiful collection for all of your festive occasions. These exclusive, limited-edition diamond-dusted lipsticks are infused with argan oil and vitamin E. This bundle includes:
  1. Noel Lipstick - a deep boysenberry, with a sparkling jewel-like glitter coating
  2. Holly Lipstick - a stunning cherry red, with a sparkling jewel-like glitter coating
  3. Merry Lipstick - gorgeous cerise pink, with a sparkling jewel-like glitter coating
  4. Stardust Lipstick - prismatic pink and gold glitter, wear as a topper over another lipstick or wear it alone
This bundle is valued at $108, now available (while supplies last) for $81

Chic and Radiant - $84

Are you a trend setter? Know a trend setter? Embrace the latest trends with the Chic & Radiant bundle! This bundle includes:
  1. Superstar Highlighter Balm - luminous warm ivory creamy highlighter balm
  2. Go Getter Blush Balm - pearlized creamy medium rose blush balm
  3. Dynamite Lip Liner - creamy, vitamin E & jojoba oil-infused vivacious, daring red
  4. Starlet Lipstick - lightweight, long-wearing, classic, vivid blue-red, with a matte finish
  5. Espresso Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, dark to light coffee tone ombre, shimmer finish
This bundle is valued at $113, now available for $84

Everyday Glow - $91

Love a classic look? Elegantly achieve a subtle glam with the Everyday Glow Bundle. This bundle includes:
  1. Superstar Highlighter Balm - luminous warm ivory creamy highlighter balm
  2. Go Getter Blush Balm - pearlized creamy medium rose blush balm
  3. Tinted Lip Balm - pH-sensitive tinted balm that adds a sheer wash of color
  4. Tri-Flex Mascara - serum-infused, enriched with caffeine and vitamin E; non-flaking, non-clumping, smudge-proof, 24-hour wear
  5. Himalayan Salt Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, pale pink cream finish
This bundle is valued at $122, now available for $91

Bold & Beautiful Bundle - $93

Break free from the norm and wear a bold look with the Bold & Beautiful bundle. This bundle includes:
  1. Diva Blush - silky, talc-free, matte berry pink
  2. Dreamer Highlighter - long-lasting, talc-free, rose quartz with iridescent glitter
  3. Tri-Flex Mascara (Waterproof) - serum-infused, enriched with caffeine and vitamin E; non-flaking, non-clumping, smudge-proof, 24-hour wear
  4. Baddie Lipstick - lightweight, long-wearing, nourishing berry-plum with a satin finish
  5. It Takes Tucson Nail Strip Set - 16 double-ended nail strips, a stunning duochrome gradient of purple to blue with holographic shimmer
This bundle is valued at $126, now available for $93

These bundles make it easy to mix and match! Stock up and get several. You can make multiple gifts out of the bundles by splitting them up.
For example, you can purchase:
  • Bling Box Bundle (5 sets of mani charms) for $40
  • Holly Jolly Hues Bundle (5 nail strip sets) for $45
  • Total: $85
Split them up and create 5 gifts of a nail strip set & mani charms that only cost you $17 per gift! 

Another example:
  • Diamond Dusted Collection (4 lipsticks) $81
  • Any Buy 3, get 1 free Nail Strip Sets (4 sets) $40 (average)
  • Total: $121
Create 4 gifts of a lipstick and a nail strip set that only costs you $30.25 each

The possibilities are endless! Color Street makes it so easy to shop for gifts with these great bundles. The savings are wonderful!

If you have any questions, or need further assistance please feel free to contact me. Thank you so much for stopping by today!!