Adventures in Card-Making


Dear Fellow Crafters,

As many of you know, I write 2 blogs,  and

While both blog’s themes are different, some of the topics such as motivation, gratitude, artistic endeavors apply to both of them. Last year, on the first of every month, I wrote a post entitled Pursuit of Happiness. According to the stats, (supplied by WordPress), this category was the most read each month.

This year, I will post again on Mondays and Fridays. The first day of each month will feature the topic Creativity. We will discover what creativity is and isn’t and how it affects us. I hope you will continue to follow my blogs As always, you can reach me at and you can now follow me on my Facebook Page- My Collaged Life.

Have a wonderfully creative new year!


Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness – Sharing your holiday wishes

Dear Fellow Crafters,

After you have made your holiday gifts and cards, you need to write your holiday wishes on either gift tags or the inside of the cards. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Wishing you an abundance of friends, happiness, and fun this holiday season.
  • We should live every day like it is a holiday, being thankful and spending time with family, and looking hopefully to the future.
  • Hoping you are surrounded by love and warmth this holiday season. Merry Christmas.
  • We wish you health, comfort, and prosperity this holiday season. Season’s Greetings.
  • Your being present is the best present you could give me this holiday season. Happy Holidays
  • May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, The gladness of Christmas give you hope, The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
  • A little smile, a word of cheer, a bit of love from someone near, a little gift from one held dear, best wishes for the coming year… These make a Merry Christmas!
  • Jesus is the light in the dark winter and the Light of Christmas.
  • Peace on earth
Have a Merry Christmas!
Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness – Playing with Pets

Dear Fellow Crafter,

Do you remember the movie “Cast Away” with Tom Hanks? One of the scenes, Tom Hanks (as the real life Chuck Noland) watched his ‘pet” volleyball drift away in the ocean. I must admit I did reach for a hankie when “Wilson” floated away.

Ask any pet owner and they’ll tell you that their cat/dog/rabbit is part of their family Pets make them happy, make them more social, improve their health, calm them and promote empathy. Pets are a form of social support. They provide an opportunity to socialize with other pet owners. Pet owners have to exercise more often. If they’re not taking the pet out, they’re cleaning up after them. After a long day, they say that unconditional love is the best thing that happens to them.

We have friends who owned 2 rescue dogs. Biz and Diez. They were Min Pins.When we met them (the dogs) they were both older. It was clear that the 2 ( brother and sister) were very loving animals and had adapted very well to their owner’s lifestyle. When our friends moved to a different state, their dogs adapted to the different climate and seemed adjusted. The brother died first, followed a short time later by his sister. For a short time, our friends were “pet-less” and then we heard that they were now the proud owners of “Red Ranger”, a Doberman mix. We even received a Christmas card from the new family.

On a personal side, my family bought a boxer, we named Mugsy. I was about 10 at the time and it was my responsibility to not only feed Mugsy but to go to Dog Obedience Classes with him. I learned so much about caring from that dog and he was part of our family. In fact, when he died I was away at college studying for finals and my family did not tell me until after they were over.

If you have a pet, play with it more often. If not, maybe this is the year for a new companion?


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