Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Temporary Blog Stop

Thanks for stopping by!

I am sorry to say that for now the Bounced Blessings Blog will be out of service.

Life has dealt some pretty tough punches of late....We are handling them well, over here in the kingdom, but they have caused me to re-evaluate and re-direct, yet again.

I always say endings are really just beginnings....so I am beginning again.

I have stopped creating the children's clothes, that I love so much but I have found away to stay close to the creative folks I love!

Visit me over at my facebook page Sweet Tea & Shopping to keep up with my new direction and focus!

Thanks for all the support and love you have shown me in the past - I hope you will share my new endeavor with an equal amount of enthusiasm!

Keep Bouncing!

Julia

Monday, August 13, 2012

I DON'T WANNA BE JUNE CLEAVER, DO YOU??? - Part 4

It Has Been An Emotional Couple of Weeks Around Here. . . 
The Kind With Extreme Highs & Lows.

The Kind Where You Can't "Fix" The Issue,
You Just Pray & Know The Answers Will Come In God's Time.

Seems That When Wally & The Beav Had An Issue
June Would Send Ward To "Speak" With The Boys.
Once Gathered, He Would Review The Problem,
Tell Them How To Proceed,
And The Results Would Always Be Just As He Predicted!


"Ain't Life Grand!!"

Well, it just doesn't work like that around here!

My children are considerably older than Wally & the "Beav"
Life is considerably more complicated
than it was "back in the day"
At ages 29, 22, 18 ~
My "babies" face challenges that
the Cleaver Boys never dreamed of

At the moment, our beautiful daughter is
facing some pretty big decisions & challenges.
She is an adult, the decisions are hers to make.
As her mom, the fear, anxiety, and apprehension
are mine to bear! 

So I ask you . . . 

June & Ward Always Seemed To Know Just What To Say...
NOT US
As I children get older, which seems to happen way before parents are ready,
it often takes 2, 3, sometimes 4 times to find the right words.

June & Ward Never Seemed Uncertain About What To Do ~
How To Help?
We Are, More Often Than Not
It seems that certain is just not a word in our vocabulary these days!

June & Ward Never Seemed To Pray . . .
Looking Up For Guidance, Direction, Peace & Protection.
We Do!!!!
And I Mean Often!

How Wonderful That The Greatest Parent Of All Time Is Just A Whisper Away!
When Life Is Running Smooth & Coming Up Roses,
I Can Whisper To Him
A Prayer Of Thankfulness & Appreciation,
Knowing That The Joy & Calm Are Gifts Flowing Directly From Him.

During Times Of Uncertainty, I Turn To Him, As Well.
Asking For Guidance,
Knowing That If I Listen Carefully,
He Will Put The Words & Directions
Into My Mouth & My Heart!

What A Wonderful Reassurance For Any Parent!
Particularly For This Imperfect One!

I Gotta Tell Ya, I Never Saw June Or Ward
"Rest On" That Simple Truth. . . 
What A Comfort They Were Missing!

Me...
I Lean On The Heavenly Father All The Time,
Thoughts & Prayers of Gratefulness,
Request For Guidance & Direction,
And Acknowledgements Of His Power & Glory!

So, You See...
I Don't Wanna Be June Cleaver
I Never Saw June Pray
(maybe Grace before dinner)
And I Can Hardly Make It Through An Entire Hour
Without Sending Up A Li'l Chat!

I Am Sorry June Missed Out On, What I Think,
Is One Of The Best Parenting Tools Of All Time...
Prayer.

But, I Am So Thankful That I Have It As My
First Plan Of Attack, Defense, & Maintenance!

When Parenting Gets Tough,
The Right Plan Or Direction Is Unclear,
Just Remember To Turn The Best Parenting Mentor Of All Time,
Send Up A Little Prayer!

Remember To Keep Bouncing Blessings To Those Around You!

Have A Great Week!

Julia





Monday, August 6, 2012

"I Don't Want To Be June Cleaver, Do You???" - Part 3

I apologize for not providing yesterday's
"I Don't Wanna Be June Cleaver, Do You???" Entry.
But, here's the rub....
June & Ward seemed to be able to
address and correct/solve any of
life's issues, problems, or concerns
with very little effort and
absolutely zero residual emotional turmoil,
in no more than thirty minutes.

On the other hand, I live in a full-time reality show kinda world
and am unable to do much more than
grab a snack & fold a load of laundry
in a thirty minute time frame.

This is particularly true when I am feeling
a bit stressed, overwhelmed or helpless,
Like Now...

June & Ward May Have Had The Perfect Life....
Me Not So Much.

Today is a new day -
My life still won't be perfect and
I still won't have all the answers
But That's Okay - It's A Good Life - A Blessed Life!

I was thrilled when I read yesterday's guest post by 
Lauren from mercyINK
It Was "Spot On" For Me!

I relaxed a bit after I read it...
It's Okay If Today's Series Entry Is Really Not Much of An Entry At All

No One Is Perfect. . .Not Even June Cleaver!

Come On Back Next Sunday-
I Promise A Better Post!

For Now, I Gotta Bounce!

Julia



Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fall/Winter 2012 - Just Getting Started!

It's Early Here . . .5:49am To Be Exact!
The Young Prince Just Left For School


He Is Attending NADC, Locally
Once Complete He Will Have An Associates Degree And
An Auto Mechanic - Under Car Specialty Certification
He Is Living At Home While In College So,
Technically, I Guess Prince Charming & I Are Living
The College Life, As Well. . . At Least The Schedule Part, Anyway!

Well, Anyway. . . That's Not The Point Here Today!

I Meant To Say -
Have You Been Seeing The New Fall/Winter Styles From
Clinnie's Closet by Bounced Blessings????

How About This Precious "JOANIE" Coat For Girls?
Perfect Casual Coat For Your Li'l Fashionista
After All, Every Girl Needs A Bit Of Juicy Couture In Her Closet!

Trendy A-Line Jacket Is Hip Line Length With Slightly Rounded Backside.
Fully Lined With Extended Length Sleeves For Contrasting Roll-up Cuffs, 
Off-Set Filigree Button Closure Creates A Modified Dbl Breasted Illusion. 

Cameo Style Juicy Couture Medallion Print
100% High Quality Cotton Twill
AND
Best Of All, Machine Washable, Like All My Creations!
Available Sizes 12 months, 24 months, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 8 & 10

I Love The "AMY"
A Traditional Long Sleeve Peasant Dress
Gentle Neckline, Detached Sash, A-Line Shape And Hemline Ruffle - This Dress Has It All!
Great As A Fall Dress, As The Weather Chills Add Leggings Or Jeans For A Super Trendy Tunic Look. . .Throw In A Pair Of Boots & Your Young Diva Is Sure To Be Queen Of The Playground Runway!
Available Sizes 12 months, 24 months, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 8 & 10

So Sweet With A Retro Flair Is
The "MAGGIE" Set

This Set Combines The "Maria" Top & "Renee" Pant.

This Set Combines The "MARIA" Top
Empire Waist, Long Sleeve, Ruffle Bottom With
The "Renee" Single Ruffle Pant.

100% High Quality Cotton And Super Soft 21 Wale/Baby Corduroy
Make This Set Perfect For Cool Crisp Fall Days & Blustery Winter Temperatures.
The Bright Retro/Mod Accent Fabrics Blend Perfectly With The
Snuggle Soft Chocolate Brown Baby Wale Corduroy
Available Sizes 12 months, 24 months, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 8 & 10

Finally, Who Doesn't Love
The "RUBY"

A Most Precious Style - With Plenty Of Vintage Flair!
Peasant Style Top, 3" Double Wrap Sash, & 7" Lower Ruffle
A Dynamic,Yet Practical, Dress For Everyday, Special Occasions, or Portrait Wear.

Encased Elastic At Neck, Sleeves & Waist
Ensure That This Piece Will Hold It's Shape & Provide Many Hours Of Wear!
Double Wrap Sash PLUS A Full 7" Bottom Ruffle Make A Beautiful Fashion Statement!
Designed to Be Worn Floor To Tea Length For Extended Life!

100% High Quality Cotton Makes This Dress A Piece To Be Worn Year After Year, Season After Season.
Watch For This, Coming Soon, In Holiday Fabric!
Available Sizes
12 months, 24 months, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14
Women's Sizes Sm, Md, Lg, & X-Lg


I Am So Excited About The Styles I Have Planned For The Fall/Winter 2012 Season!
I Hope You Like What You Have Seen So Far!

Check Back As I Will Be Adding New Designs Frequently, Over The Next Month!
To See Them First, Follow Me On Facebook

Oh, I Almost Forgot To Mention . . . 
I Am Migrating...No Not To A Warmer Climate
(it's plenty hot here in Tennessee, thank you)
I Am Moving My On-Line Store To Storenvy!
So Excited!!!!!
Stay Tuned For Updates & Details!

Well, I Gotta Bounce!
Ya'll Come Back Now, Ya Hear!

Julia

P.S. Don't Forget To Leave I Comment - I Love To "Hear" Your Feedback!

Monday, July 30, 2012

It's A Big Day!!!

It's A Big Day Here In My Little Corner Of The World!

My Very First Sidebar Ad Is Appearing On
One Of My Favorite Blogs


Lena's blog was one of the first blog's I began reading when I originally entered the blogging community, as a stalker.
I was, and continue to be, drawn to her style.
Her photography makes me insanely envious
and her openness makes her my kinda gal!

As If That Is Not Exciting Enough . . .

In Her Post From Yesterday,
Lena's Precious Daughter, Ruby, Can Be Seen Wearing
An Oh So Cute Maxi Dress, Created By....
Guess Who????
If You Said, Clinnie's Closet by Bounced Blessings,
You Are Spot On!

My journey into blogging and on-line sales began in January
but, is only now beginning to take shape.
It is my prayer that the Fall/Winter 2012 Clothing Line
will be the catalyst for many future Bounced Blessings!

I still love my vintage finds and will always make them available in the etsy store and on Facebook
but, I can now see the Bounced Blessings clothing lines coming together~
And For That I Am So Thankful & Blessed!

I Appreciate Each & Everyone Of You Who Take The Time To Support Bounced Blessings Through Your Encouragement, Comments, & Prayers!
You Are Each A Blessing That Has Bounced My Way!

Keep Bouncing!

Julia

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I Don't Wanna Be June Cleaver, Do You??? - Part 2

Youth Sports
Now There's A Subject For All Mom's TV or Real-Life
Like I said before - Prince Charming & I entered
the parenting game 29 years ago
Believe me when I tell ya -
that translates to A BUNCH of time spent at various youth competitions.

Our Little Princess - She Was A Cheerleader & Baton Twirler
Pretty as a living doll in those shiny uniforms and costumes
Complaining about the rollers she slept in the night before & Wearing 10 tons of make-up
(applied by me, the mom)
I am proud to say, I can still count the steps to her routine performed to the
1960's Hit -
Keep Away From Runaround Sue!


 

The years of cheering and twirling were sprinkled with a bit of club based pageantry, as well.
Oooohhh. . .
the dresses & the pantsuits - flouncy skirts & glittery shoes
(and the $$$$$)
We hit pay dirt when she our baby girl was crowned
Shamrock Princess!

The only problem with the crowning????
We had to provide a parade float for "The Shamrock Princess"
Really????  How Does That Work???

Oh, I did I mention...
it was smack in the middle of all this life-altering twirling, cheering and "floating" around, two months after our baby girl turned 7-years-old,
that our second crumb-snatcher came to be?
Enter, Taylor Lynn Proctor- June 10, 1990.
Now Back To Mrs. Cleaver, My Anti-Idol....
Let's Review -

Did You Ever See June (or Ward) Stay Up All Night Fighting A Bedazzler & Leotard For An Early Morning Competition The Following Day?
WE DID
I promise you this, to this day Prince Charming can place a shiny stud or bead with unparalleled accuracy
How do I know?
While I was adding the final seed pearls to the dress for the upcoming event,
he was placing the accents on the leotard to be worn for the competition.
Can you imagine Ward doing anything more domestic than watering the lawn?
Never!!!!!
My Man Is The World's Greatest!
He earned his title as Prince Charming, for sure! 

Did June Ever Lead By Example At Any Of Her Children's Practices?
I DID
Brandi cried the afternoon I launched a demonstration cartwheel, as an example, for she and the other 5-year-old cheerleaders.
It was days later, when my groin was still aching,
that I cried.
The pain was a small price to pay for the look on her face when I landed on my feet!
Score One For Mom!
I never saw June go heels up for anything, did you?

Did June (& Ward) Ever Create Princess Moments From Thin Air?
We Did
Well, maybe not from thin air but...
A golf cart trailer, borrowed deacon's bench,
a reindeer made from firewood plus a few other accessories
mixed with the creative mind of a proud father and the insistence of a determined mom
can result in a fairly awesome Santa's Sleigh Parade Float For A Very Deserving Shamrock Princess!
Do You Really Think June & Ward Would Have Pulled That Off?
No!!!!
They would have told Wally & The Beav
that it was just to much to ask!

Unlike June, I am guilty of cartwheels in the park, painting my child's face with way to much make-up and goo, and going to ridiculous lengths to create childhood memories.
That's okay - I stand proud of my guilt...
There have been moments of glory and for those I am ever so proud,
but in the interest of full disclosure, their have been moments of failure, for sure.
When I add them all up - I can say I did the best I knew how!
My heart was in the right place and I tried.
If you are still making that perilous journey with young children, take heart!
It's not likely that you will cause them permanent physical harm - they are resilient little folks.

Our Shamrock Princess has survived my not-so-June parenting...
Just look at her now...

She is a Strong & Beautiful Young Woman, Wife & Mother!

It seems the reasons I Don't Wanna Be "June Cleaver" Are More Plentiful Than I Imagined!
Check Back Next Sunday For The Third Post In This Series,
As I Share My Life, And The Not So Parallels, To That Of
Well Known TV Mom,
"June Cleaver"
I Hope The Giggles Are Many & And The Honesty Refreshing!

In The Meantime, I Gotta Bounce!
Remember To Bounce A Blessing Every Chance Ya Get!

Julia

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I Don't Wanna Be June Cleaver, Do You?

Feather Your Nest. . . Create A Home. . . Build A Family
Make A Memory. . . Live In The Moment . . .Seize The Day
And All Those Other Cliches & Crap - 
Yeah, I Got...I Did My Best At It!
It Didn't Always Work Out But, We Gave It The "Old College Try",
And Looking Back - I Think We Did A Pretty Good Job,
All Things Being Equal And Considered.

I've Learned That What Really Makes The Difference Are The Steps Along The Way.
Those Are The Steps That Create Family Roots
And Fill Our Hearts With Emotion.
Truth Is, The Screw-ups, Mistakes And Accidental Moments
Have Taught Me The Most And Made Some Of The Best And Strongest Memories

For The Past 29 Years Prince Charming & I Have Been Busy Raising 3 Fantastic Children
It Has Been Quite The Ride - I Can Promise You That!

Let Me Show You . . . 

It Started With One Precious Little Girl

Blonde Hair, Blue-Grey Eyes And 100% Daddy's Girl
To Quote A True Southern Anthem, She Was...
"Wild As A Mink, Sweet As Soda Pop"
And Still Is For The Most Part!
November, 1985
Let Me Put This Photo In Perspective...
It Was Made 27 Years Ago.
The Gift Is For Prince Charming's 22nd Birthday,
I Had Celebrated My 21st Just Two Months Earlier.
That Sweet Baby In The Lace & Crinoline Was 2-1/2 Years Old.
She Turned 29, Last May!

Lemme Tell Ya This, We Knew It ALL!
Had The "Tiger By The Tail" - "Gonna Set The Woods On Fire"
We Had Love & That Was All We Needed. . .
NOT!!!!!
It Was Many Years Later When We Realized,
We Didn't Even Know The Questions, Much Less The Answers!
The Joke Was On Us, For Sure!

What Does This Have To Do With Mrs. Cleaver, You Ask?
I'll Tell Ya -

June & Ward Slept In Separate Beds
We Don't
There Is An Old Saying, "Never Go To Bed Angry"
We Failed That One But, I Can Tell You This
There Is Something Reassuring About Having The Love Of Your Life Lying Next To You While You Slumber.
Even If, On That Particular Night, You Would Like Nothing More
Than To Put Your Hands Around His Neck
And Choke The Life Outta Him!
Because He Hurt Your Feelings, Pissed You Off,
Or Failed To Read Your Mind.
Honestly, I Love That Man -
More Than Life Its Self
But He's Not Perfect.

June Dressed In Semi-Formal Attire, Including Pearls, Everyday!
I Didn't & I Don't
Except For The Period Of Time I Worked In The Corporate World, I Am, And Have Always Been,
A Jeans, Shorts, Sweats & Lounging Pants Kinda Gal.
Prince Charming Doesn't Seem To Mind, Either Way, As Long As He Can Sneak A Squeeze Now & Then.
Nearly 30 Years Later, He Thinks I've "Still Got It"
As For The Pearls, Pretty Sure I Hocked Those Years Ago
To Pay A Bill Or Two.
Unlike June, I Just Don't Feel The Pressure To Look
Sunday Best, Everyday.
Thank Goodness For That!


June & Ward Never Shared A Beer On The Porch Steps,
After The Kids Were Asleep.
I Did
We Were Probably Sharing Because We Were
Down To The Last One.
Those Times Sure Did Create Some Great Moments...
We Shared Dreams, Fears, & Raw Emotion . . .
Building A Bond That Is Still Standing The Test Of Time.
I Never Saw June Or Ward Share Their Deepest Secrets,
Did You?

June Had No Idea What It Was Like To Come Down To Pennies Between Paydays
I Did
While A Squeaky Tight Budget Is Not
Something I Would Recommend, I Can Say,
It Certainly Comes With It's Own Set Of Life Lessons.
Teaching Resourcefulness, Creativeness, Sacrifice,
And The Ability To Determine Need vs. Want.
Do You Have Any Idea Just How Long A Single Roll Of Toilet Paper Can Actually Last?
June Just Told Ward The Amount & He Wrote The Check!
She Showed No Ability Or Interest In Running
A Household Budget. . .
How Silly Of Her . . . Everyone Knows Mom's Do That Best!

June & Ward Had No Idea What It Was Like To Spend Everyday With Someone Who Made Your Heart Skip A Beat Just By Walking In The Room
I Did & I Do

These Are Just A Few Of The Reasons I Don't Wanna Be "June Cleaver"!
Check Back Next Sunday For The Second Post In This Series,
As I Share My Life, And The Not So Parallels, To That Of Well Known
TV Mom,
"June Cleaver"
I Hope The Giggles Are Many & And The Honesty Refreshing!

In The Meantime, I Gotta Bounce!
Remember To Bounce A Blessing Every Chance Ya Get!

Julia

New Blog Series Begins Tonight - FINALLY!

I Am So Excited & Nervous
My New Blog Series Begins This Evening!

I Have Been Aching To Develop A Series That Would Encourage Folks To Visit & Comment On My Blog.
I Wanted To Share A Bit Of Insight Into Who I Am, Where My Life Was, Is & Will Be Going...But, The Posts Need To Be Relevant, Interesting, Funny, Inviting, & Hopefully Encouraging.

Do You See The Problem?

I'm Just Not Quite Sure I Am Any Of Those Things. . .

Old-Skool, Irreverent, Sarcastic, A Wee Bit Southern Redneck ~
All Rolled Up Into The "Neat Li'l Public Package" Of A Somewhat Spoiled Middle-Aged, Middle-Class Southern Belle.
Yep, That's Me!

Now, Do You See The Problem?

Well, Here Goes Nothing!

The Inaugural Post Of . . . 

I Don't Wanna Be June Cleaver, Do You?

Will Go Live Tonight Around 9:00pm CST.

Mr. & Mrs Ward (June) Cleaver
I Plan To Share An Honest, Retrospective Of My Life As A Wife And Parent, Over The Past 29 Years, Factoring In All The Reasons That "June Cleaver" Is A Ridiculous Role Model Who Did Not Live The Ideal Life Or Even One I Would Aspire To!

I Hope You Will Read Tonight's Post And Leave Me A Comment With Your Thoughts!

For Now, I Gotta Bounce, There Are Ruffles To Be Made
But . . . 
Ya'll Come On Back By, Later On Now, Ya Hear!

Julia

Friday, July 20, 2012

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions . . .

I Have Done A Lot Of Talking About
Fall/Winter Design Roll Out!
I Am So Excited To Share, With You, The Many Styles To Be Offered By Bounced Blessings!

There Have Been A Few Sneak Peeks Along The Way!

Like The "RUBY" Maxi Dress
From Clinnie's Closet By Bounced Blessings. . . .


And The Sarah Louise Designs By Bounced Blessings
Ladies Maxi . . . 


There Are So Many More On The Table. . . 
Not To Mention, Those That
Drift Around In My Distracted Mind!
I Can't Wait To Share Them All!

Alas, Show Season Is Rolling Toward Me
At The Speed Of An Out Of Control Freight Train
Which Means I Am Feeling The Pressure To Create A Large Quantity Of On-Hand Inventory.

Just Look At That Crowd . . .2011 Southern Fried Festival
I Am Scheduled As A Vendor, The Last Week Of September
SCARY!
This Seems The Right Place To Review An Important Goal . . .
Build Enough On-Line Clientele To Eliminate The Show Circuit.
I Love A Good Festival,
But I Prefer To Attend With Prince Charming As One Of Those
Goofy Middle-Aged Shopper/Spectator Couples.

All The While, My First Product Review, On A Major Blog
Is Coming Up Within The Next 30 Days.
(Remember, The Earlier Post -Tests Scare Me!)
Which Means, MY BLOG Needs Attention -
LOTS OF ATTENTION!
As A Matter-Of-Fact,
Extreme Life-Saving Measures Might Be In Order!

So I Have Devised A Plan. . .
~Sew, Sew, Sew - Create, Create, Create
~Share Along The Way vs. A Big Splashy Roll-Out
~Offer Pre-Orders For Fall/Winter Designs
After All, Who Has Space For Next Season's Clothing?
~Make A Conscious Effort To Share What Makes Bounced Blessings
Unique & Worthy Of Your Hard Earned Pennies
~And Last But Not Least, As Always...Work On Improving My Photography Skills!

Oh!  One More Thing . . .
Having Raised Three Children On A Fireman's Salary
I Have Come To One Other Conclusion. . .
Custom Created, Trendy, & High Quality Children's Clothing
Should & Can Be Practical & Affordable!

So What Do You Think Of My Plan?
Will It Work?  Will It Help Bounced Blessings To Grow?
Most Importantly, Will It Help Me Better Serve The Families Who Support Bounced Blessings?

Are You An On-Line Consumer, An On-Line Retailer, An On-Line Artist?
I Would Love To Hear What You Think And Always Appreciate Suggestions!

For Now - I Gotta Bounce!
I Will Be Back Soon To See What Thoughts You Shared - 
So, Don't Forget To Leave Me A Comment!
Remember, Keep Bouncing!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crafting Psychiatry

I Have Read Three Blog Post This Morning!
Two Of The Three Were Directly Related!
These Post Got Me Thinking About My Week.

With Dad Cruising In Alaska,
My Time Would Be Less Susceptible To Sudden Change.
I Had High Hopes (and a lengthy mental list)!

My Mental List -
Create New Items For Bounced Blessings Fall/Winter Line
Spend Some Time With The Grands
Attend College Registration With My Baby Boy
Ship My First Item For Product Review At Mom2MemphisAndRuby
Clean Up & Organize My Desk Area
Catch Up On My Filing
Install Software I Purchased Over A Month Ago
Swap Out Spring/Summer Fabric & Replace With Fall/Winter

I Have Accomplished Much - -
Most Of Which Is Not On The List!

Monday, I Was Visited By A Broken-Hearted Young Lady.
Struggling To Find Purpose, Self-Worth, Confidence,
And Personal Success.
She Is A Bright Young Lady -
Who Will Study Sonography, Upon Entering College,
In The Fall.
While She Is Experiencing Some Typical Teenage Angst
(aka boyfriend issues)
There Is More...Her Eyes & Her Tears Tell It All
Fear, Loneliness, Lack Of Self-Confidence,
And A Deep Desire For Success.

I Am No Psychiatrist - That's For Sure, But - 
When A 17-Year-Old Child Looks You In The Eye And Says . . .

"No One In My Family Has Ever Been A Success -
They Don't Have Good Jobs, Hobbies or Interests."

Well, You Can't Ignore That!
No Way - No How!
In The Car - Directly To Hobby Lobby!

We Walked The Aisles For Nearly Two Hours.
I Pointed Out Components For Various Crafts & Creations
Explaining The Possible Use & Answering Questions.

More Than Once She Asked,
"If I Make That Will People Buy It?".
I Finally Stopped, Turned & Said - 
"Honey, We Are Looking For Something You Will Enjoy -
That Is The Only Requirement For What You Select!"
"It's About Stepping Out Of Your Norm,
Reaching For Something New -
Creating Your Own Success Factor.
If You Don't Enjoy These,
You Try A Different Project Next Time -
This Is All About YOU!"

When We Departed Hobby Lobby,
She Had 2 Wooden Frames, A Dimensional Cross,
And A Die-Cut Initial,
A Set Of Starter Brushes, A Few Embellishment Items, Several Bottles Of Acrylic Paints,
A Cute Carry/Storage Caddy, A Smile & A Glimmer Of Hope.

Crafting May Not Be The Path To Financial Success,
But It Is A Direct Route To . . . 
A Busy Mind, Productive Hands,
And A Sense Of Personal Accomplishment & Success.

Tuesday Afternoon, I Received A Pic Message, Simply Captioned...
Primer Coat Complete.

Followed By A Text That Read,
"I Think I Will Go Shopping While They Dry."

Wednesday Afternoon, The Picture Revealed
A Multi-Colored Cross And Two Frames Sporting Bright, Uplifting Colors.
The Tone Of This "Newborn" Crafter Was Brighter, Lighter & Sprinkled With A Tiny Bit Of Optimism!

I Can't Wait To See All Four Of Her Completed Pieces!

Meanwhile, I Have Accomplished A Few Items On My List -
Package Shipped - Seasonal Fabrics Swapped
Baby Boy's College Registration
And I Am Still Hopeful For Some Time With The Grands!

It's Okay Though, I Did Something Far More Important -

I Shared Myself -
What Crafting & Creating Has Meant To Me!
Sometimes A Path To Peace Of Mind,

Sometimes A Personal Success Factor,
Sometimes A Source Of Needed Income,
Sometimes A Definition Of My Inner-Self,
But Always A Source Of Happiness & Joy!

I Don't Know How This Young Woman's Love Life Will Turn Out!
I Pray That Someday, Like Me,

She Will Discover Her Prince Charming,
The One God Created Especially For Her,
Whoever That May Be.

I Don't Know If She Will Be A Lifetime Crafter Or
An Occasional Glue Gun Princess.
I Pray That She Will Remember The Sense Of Accomplishment
Those Simple Pieces Brought To Her Heart.
And That She Will Carry That With Her Always!

I DO KNOW THIS -
Nothing On A To-Do List Is Ever More Important Than Reaching Out To Hurting Soul!

I Pray That God Will Help ME Remember That Simple Truth,
When I Get All Wrapped Up In MY "Goals"
And MY "To-Do" List.
I Pray That He Will Continue To Send Me Signs & Events That Will Cause Me To Pause,
Remember What The Great Creator Has Instructed Us To Do...
Reach Out, Show Compassion & Take Action.
Even When It Means An Unfinished To-Do List.

Today, I Am Feeling So Thankful For This Young Lady,
Her Trials & Tribulations Created An Opportunity For Me To Take Inventory Of My Soul.
She Brought To Me Cause To Reflect & Recall All The Joy Crafting & Creating Has Brought To My Life
And The Lives Of Those Around Me!
Accomplishment, Friendship, Sharing & Support
I Have Been Blessed To Enjoy All These
Through My Love Of Creating.
I Hope Crafting, Creating & Decorating Have Brought Blessings To Your Life, As Well.

I Would Be Honored If You Left A Comment
Sharing A Blessing That You Have Received From Your Crafting & Creating Endeavors

For Now, I'm Gonna Check That To-Do List . . . 
My Heart Is Full Of Joy & Energy,

I Bet I Can Mark A Thing Or Two Off!


Remember Keep Bouncing!
There Is Almost Always An Opportunity To Bounce A Bless Around Every Corner!

Julia

Monday, July 16, 2012

Preserving Flowers For Next Season

Recently, I Had Someone Share With Me A Super Easy Way To Preserve Today's Foliage For Future Floral Arrangements.

I Love The Look Of Floral Arrangements All Around The House

But The Components Can Be Pricey, Right!
And I Am Gonna Need A Lot Of Floral To Replace These Spring & Summer Designs! 



So, I Have My "Chemicals" & My Super-Sized Vase,
Along With An Abundance Of Nandina, Magnolia Leaves, Etc.

Can't Wait To Give It A Try!
I Will Be Back To Share The Method Results Soon. . . 
Stay Tuned And In The Meantime. . . Keep Bouncing!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Test Scare Me!

My 7th Grade Science Teacher, Mr. Law,
Once Told My Mother,
"If I Ask Julia Every Question On The Test, She Can Answer Correctly & Without Hesitation.  But, When I Lay The Test Paper On Her Desk I Can See Her Tense & Freeze."

I Continue To Feel That Way About Test . . . Almost Any Test!

Even Medical Test . . .
I Mean Really, It's Not Like You Can Study For A Mammogram or EKG To Improve Your Final Grade.
But I Get The VERY Same "Test" Feeling!
My Mind Fills With The Same Thoughts. . .
What If I Don't Pass?
What If My Friends Think I Am Not As Smart As They Are?
What If The "Teacher" Thinks I Didn't Apply Myself?

I Know, I Know. . . How Ridiculous!
I'm A Grown Woman, Top-Of-My-Game,
Three Wonderful Children All But Grown & Out-The-Door,
Organized, Talented, Blessed By God . . . 

Uh Oh!!!
I Think I Found The Problem - I Might Be An...
(shhhh - don't tell)
Over-Achiever
With A Secret Fear Of Rejection and Failure.

Well, The Last Few Weeks Have Been Full Of Tests.

I Applied To Display & Sell My Items At Several Fall Shows/Bazaars/Festivals Throughout The Southern States, "Juried" Shows
You Know, Where You Send Them A Sample, They Evaluate Your Items And Determine If They Are "Good Enough" For Their Show.

Well, Guess What - I PASSED!
This Week I Received TWO Acceptance Letters!
The Southern Fried Festival and Downtown Bell Buckle Shows,
Both Recognized By The Southeastern Tourism Society As A Top 20 Event,
I Am Thrilled To Be A Part Of Both Events!
In The Next Few Weeks, I Will Be Receiving Another Grade...
This One In The Form Of A Product Review.
Lena, Over At Mom2MemphisAnd Ruby Will Be Reviewing
A Bounced Blessings Product.

PRESSURE!!!!!

Be Sure & Visit Her Often,
I Would Love For You To "Hold My Hand" As She Shares Her Opinion On One Of My Custom-Created Items.

In The Meantime, I Gotta Bounce. . .
There Is Much Creating To Be Done!
Gonna Need Lots Of  Pretty Things To Fill My Spaces Over The Next Few Months.

Thanks For Stopping By And Remember. . . 
Keep Bouncing!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celebrate Freedom

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Sodas, Beer, Flags, Family & Fireworks . . . 
Yep, Sounds Like An All-American July 4th Celebration!

Let's View It In Photo Form, Shall We?

Plan Carefully To Avoid Mishaps!
Andy Always Knew The Right Thing To Say, Didn't He?

Pull Out All The Red, White & Blue To Show Your Patriotic Pride!

Take The Children To The Parade
Teach Them The Meaning & Cost Of Freedom

Top Off The Day With A Big Bang
 But Let Us Not Forget The Cost Of Today's Celebration . . .

This Young Man & His Comrades Are 6 Months Into Their
Deployment to Jalalabad . . .
Their Mothers, Wives, Girlfriends, Fathers, & Friends
Have Been Holding Their Breath Since They Left
They Will Continue To Pray & Wait For 6 More Months
When Their Young Men Return To The Safety of United States Soil
Take A Minute - Reflect On These Words
And Remember....


I Wish Each Of You ~ A Wonderful Celebration of Freedom
But Most Of All, I Pray That Every Man & Woman Charged With Defending That Freedom,
Both Near & Far,
Return Safely To The Waiting Arms Of Their Family,
A Grateful Nation
A Appreciative Community

God Bless You All!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Do You Know Her???

I Received This Card In The Mail Last Week . . . 
A Thank You For A Small Hostess Gift
The Note Was Appreciative, Complimentary & Very Sweet


But The Most Important Part Is The Envelope.
Did You Look Carefully?
Check Out That Return Address & Recipient?
I Was Crying Tears Of Laughter Before I Even Got It Open.

Of Course, I Recognized The Return Address Immediately.
It Was From My Friend - My Friend Of Many Years
But More Than That, She Is A Friend Of My Heart.

Do You Know Her?

She Is A Friend Who Knows The Ugly Parts Of My Past
And Isn't Afraid Of The Ugly Parts Of My Future.
She Is A Friend Who Is The Same In Good Times And Bad
Who Doesn't Change When Time Slips Past & Neither Of  Us Make Time To Catch Up.
She Is A Friend Who Will Hold My Hand When I Am Scared
Whisper Words Of Encouragement When I Am Down.
She Is A Friend Who Isn't Afraid To Laugh Out Loud
At Herself or At Me
She Is A Friend Who Loves Me, Inside & Out
Beginning To End.

Do You Know Her?

Of Course You Know Her!
Her Name May Be Sue, Joan, Cindy, or Madame Butterfly
Whatever Her Name, However Long It's Been-
Don't Wait Another Minute
Tell Her What She Is To You . . .
Call Her, Write Her, Pay Her A Visit.

You Know Her!!!
And You Know Your World Is A Better Place With Her In It!


The Background For This Post -

As You May (or May Not) Know Since November, 2011
My Life Seems To Have Been A Series of Milestone Moments, Rolling Through At Rapid Fire Pace.
Most Of These Events Have Not Been Of A Joyous Nature,
But There Have Been A Few That Were Quite Celebratory!
It Was One Of Those Joyous Milestones That Brought About A Friendship Re-Connection Of Grand Proportions.


There Was A Time When These Eight Folks Rarely Went
24 Hours Without Face-to-Face Contact

We Were A...
Hard-Working
Fun-Loving
Living-Large Group

Oh, The Stories We Can Tell!

Perhaps The Best Way To Explain The Depth Of These Friendships Is To Share A FB Caption Placed With These Photos, By My 29-Year-Old Daughter, Who Was A Pre-Teen During Those Years . . .
"They Say, "It Takes A Village To Raise A Child"
Folks...This Was MY Village
Yes, This Group Raised Me...
Explains A Lot, huh?!?
I Love All Of You!!!!

It Is Those Less Than Joyous Milestones That Have Caused Me To Examine Life's Blessings With New Eyes.
I Have A Renewed Appreciation For So Many Simple Things
The Sound Of A Friend's Laughter
The Warmth Of Their Company
The Security and Stability Of True Love & Friendship
And Perhaps Most Importantly, The Value Of Each & Every Friendship...
Whether New or Old ~ Near or Far
Each Is Priceless!

So, I Ask You Again...

Do You Know Her?
Reach & Out And Connect (or Re-Connect)
You Won't Be Sorry!

One More Thing -

To The Seven People Surrounding Me In The Photos Above

I LOVE YOU AND AM BLESSED TO CALL YOU FRIEND!

To All My Friends Not Pictured Above

MY LIFE IS RICHER BECAUSE OF YOU!
I LOVE YOU!




Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hot & Spicy Flatbread Sandwich . . . It's What's For Dinner!

There is a standing joke at my house that revolves around me & grocery store samples!
My family thinks it is brutally honest & hilarious...
Me ~ I weigh-in at moderately humorous.

Anyway, this is a recipe from one of my
recent sampling adventures!

Follow Along As I Create The Super-Yummy Grilled Sandwich,
I Served Last Evening!

The Hot & Spicy

Start With 1 Package/Two Pieces of Flatbread -
I use Stonefire All Natural Garlic
Certainly There Is No Rule Regarding Brand or Seasoning

Spread One Side, Of One Piece, Of Flatbread With
Honey Mustard
Again, Brand of Your Choosing!
Can You Guess Where I Shop For Groceries (and samples)?

Top Honey Mustard Coated Bread With Jerk Turkey
From The Deli Case
I Always Select Boar's Head Brand,
It's Just My Personal Preference

 
 Cover The Jerk Turkey With A Layer of
3 Pepper Colby Jack Cheese
Yes, I Forgot To Take The Final Photo Of This Phase,
So Very Sorry.
Do You Have Any Idea How Intimidating It Is To Have A Group of  Hungry Teenagers Staring At You?

Time To Add The Second & Final Layer of Meat,
Boar's Head Blackened Turkey Breast

Top With Second Flatbread
And Spread With A Thin Coat Of Mayonnaise
Now, Don't Turn Your Nose Up To The Mayo -
The Taste Disappears And It Helps Create A Nice Toasty Bread

 Transfer The Sandwich, Mayo Side DOWN,
To Your Handy Dandy Grill, Griddle Or Whatever You Use,
At Your House
Clearly, I Use A Foreman
Once You Have The Sandwich On The Grill,
Add The Thin Coat Of Mayo To The Top Side
Close Grill And Press Down
Grill Until Cheese Begins To Melt & Bread Is Toasted

Remove Sandwich - Cut Into 2 to 4 Servings
Based On Individual Appetite
Serve With Chips, Pasta Salad . . .
Or Whatever You Have On Hand
HOPE YOU ENJOY!!!!
We Sure Did!!!!

A Never Claimed To Be A Cooking Instructor
So Here Are A Few Side Notes...
  • Each Layer Equals 5 Slices of Product
  • Ask That Meat & Cheese Be Sliced On #1 Setting
  • Pre-Heat Cooking Appliance To Medium, 350*, or Just Plain Hot
  • To Toast Bread & Melt Cheese At A More Equal Rate, Apply Light Pressure To The Lid of Grill While Cooking
  • If You Have Difficulty Fitting Entire Sandwich Into Your Grill - Cut Into Portions, Prior To Cooking
  • Serve With Cool or Cold Side Dishes - The Sandwich Is VERY Spicy
  • Serving Option - After Grilling Sandwich Cut Into Appetizer Size Portions For A Great Party Food


Monday, June 11, 2012

New Design . . . Renewed Excitement . . . New Frustration

The New Graphics Have Arrived And I Am So Very Excited!

Things Are Beginning To Take Shape -

Loaded The New Facebook Cover Photo
Installed The New Grab A Button Graphic
Selected Some Fun New Blog Fonts (Permanent Marker & Cherry Cream Soda)
Installed A New Favicon
Even Added A Fun Border From Shabby Blogs
AND On Top Of All That . . . I Planned A Giveaway for Tomorrow Night.

Still Have Things To Do . . . 
Color Selections, Font Sizes, Blah, Blah, Blah . . .

Only One Problem . . . My Blog Banner Refuses To Center!

More Accurately, I Can't Seem To Determine How To Instruct It To Center.

As My Babies Said, When They Were Small, "I Coe Sad".

Suggestions?????  I Would Be Very Appreciative!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Finding Myself

I've Been Away For Quite A While . . . For That I Apologize!

It Has Been A Busy Time Around Here . . .

#2 Grandson Played His First Season of Youth Baseball
Go Phillies!

#3 Grandson Celebrated His 3rd Birthday  

#1 Granddaughter Turned Two!

Youngest Son (#3) Graduated From High School

  

I Reconnected With Some Friends - Way To Much Time Apart!


#1 Daughter Turned 29!


#2 Grandson Graduated From Kindergarten

My Prince Charming Got A New Toy
(don't tell but I am enjoying it too!)

#2 Son Celebrated His 22nd Birthday

And Dad Continues To Be In Perpetual Motion, Despite The Alzheimer's,
At Age 84



As For Me . . . I Have Been In A "Find Myself" Phase
At 48-Years-Old You Would Think I Had Already Found Myself, Right?

Well, Here Is The Quick Answer. . . 
I Have - More Than Once!
However, I Am A Firm Believer In The Philosophy That We Must Be
Ever Learning, Ever Growing, & Always Re-Inventing Ourselves.
Of Course, That Conflicts A Bit With My Other Philosophy ~
When Times Get Tough Or Confusing ~ 
SIMPLIFY - GET BACK TO BASICS - BACK TO WHAT YOU KNOW

That Is Just What I Am Doing & It Is Working Out GREAT!

I Have Put A Plan In Motion For Bounced Blessings!
New Graphic Design, Different Approach & Some Great New Products
All Handcrafted By Me - Doing What I Know Best!

Hope You Will Join Me Over The Next Few Weeks
As Bounced Blessings Unfolds Anew!

Until Then - Remember To Keep Bouncing!