Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cha, cha, cha, changes. . .

Wow! I can't believe it's been over a month since I've updated this blog. This has been a really busy summer for me and a lot of things have changed since my last post.

When we last "spoke", hubby and I were comtemplating a move to North Carolina due to a job opportunity my hubby was persuing. Well, that didn't work out like we had hoped, so we decided to just stay put for a while. In the meantime, I discovered an open position in a company that sounded tailor made for me at an insurance company located just ten minutes from where we are currently living. My current job is located thirty-five minutes away. So I sent in my resume on Tuesday, they called me on Wednesday, I interveiwed over two hours on Thursday, went back for a second interview on Friday which lasted for over an hour, and was offered the job at the end of that interview! More pay and better benefits. Plus I'll be saving a fortune in gas costs! Win, win!!! Yesterday was my last day at my current job and my friends and co-workers sent me off in style with some gourmet cupcakes and a $100 gift card to Hobby Lobby!!

My son has decided that he wants to move to Arkansas where my Mom and brothers live. This is a bittersweet thing for me. I hate to see him go but I know that he is making the right decision because there are many more job opportunities out there for him than there are here in our small town. Plus, knowing that my Mom and brothers will be looking out for his well being makes this an easier transition for me. I will miss him terribly but I know that he has to grow up sometime. So my Mom and my youngest brother came in this week and will be moving him back with him when they leave at the end of next week. My new employer has graciously allowed me to take this week off to spend some time with them before they leave. I will start my new job on August 15th. How nice was that of them?

I have managed to accomplish a few crafts during this past month. Seems like a lot of my friends are having babies, grandbabies and even great-grandbabies coming into the world in the next few months so I've been busy crocheting baby afghans, making beaded baby name spoons and these really cute customized travel sized diaper wipe cases:

I covered the top with a small piece of batting, then hot glued a cute fabric over the top and bottom of the case. I covered the ends with a pretty grosgain ribbon to give it a finished look. I made flower petals out of some of the left over ribbon and glued a coordinating button on for the center of the flower. I made this one is for my niece. These are so quick and easy to make up. The entire thing took me maybe half an hour to put together. And they are inexpensive to make as well!

I also made a terra cotta fish bowl treat jar for a co-worker for her cat's treats. I used scrapbook letters to spell out her cat's name and the paw prints are also scrapbook stickers. She loved it! I gave it to her as a birthday present. She is the type of person who has everything and is so hard to buy for. This made the perfect gift for her!

I liked the way hers turned out so much, I decided to make one for my Sophie's treats, too!

I'm linking these crafts up to some of my favorite linky parties shown on my sidebar. Please be sure to visit these parties to check out all the creative ideas this week.

Well, that's about it for me for now. I will try to do better about updating this thing, I promise!

Until next time. . .


  1. Congratulations Donna on your new employment! That was quite an interview process. I know just how you are feeling about letting go. I'm still struggling with our daughter's move to North Carolina. But I am happy for her as she starts a new chapter in her life.

    Have a wonderful day my friend,

  2. Donna, CONGRATS again on the new job, so exciting!!!!! No pkg. today but maybe Monday, I think sometimes our mailman is too lazy to take the time to drive down the driveway as he does with a pkg. as they have been late before:( I love all your creations, not sure where you find the time girlie:O As for your son, I know your feelings it is hard, BUT....a friend told me this last year when Ryan left for basic...."with boys, you don't have to worry about letting them go, they will wrassle their way right out of your arms" and so true! Will keep him and you in my prayers sweet friend and he may find a really good job over there;) Have a great day (((((HUGS)))))

  3. Congrats on the new job Donna, it sounds like a perfect fit!
    And your crafts are very cute and well done!
    It's hard for us Momma's to have our babies fly the coop...but he'll be back to visit and he'll grow and change from a boy to a man!

  4. I really love that treat sweet!

    Thanks for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!