Freebies, “New” Family for the Holidays and a Link

 Greetings, all!  That big day is fast approaching.  True to form, I am no where near being ready.  But, that’s okay.  My head and my heart are in the right place.  My son and his new family will celebrate their Christmas on the 20th, the Sunday before, since the children will all be going to their dads’ for the holidays.  We are going to get together with them then.  I want to see my new grandchildren for Christmas.  My son married a sweetheart with 4 children.  They are expecting their first after the first of the year.
It’s neat having an instant set of grandchildren added to my brood.  The oldest boy, Chad, who just turned 15, came over a few weeks ago and spent Friday night and all day Saturday with me.  Well, he hung out here.  I made us some treats and let him have the laptop for game playing.  He was set up in the living room, whereas, my world is in my room.  So, basically, he did his thing in one room and I did mine in another.  We met in between in the kitchen!  LOL  It was fun!  We were silly, yet, we talked about a lot of stuff.  I hope he, and the other children, too, will come to think of me and my house as a safe place they can come to and just be themselves.  They’re all good children.
The one girl, Kristen, my granddaughter, came over one night for us to work on a school project together.  She asked for my help and came over by herself.  We found everything we needed online and created a cool t-shirt design based on a local talent show promotional.  I don’t know what the end result was; like, if she won, or not.  I let her do all the arranging of the images on Photoshop.  I just had to give her a few quick lessons.  LOL  She did exceptionally well.
Then, there is Cameron.  He is real close to my other grandson’s age.  He has been over to spend the night with Nicky several times.  They have fun, but, at 7 years old, both of them are still a bit into quarreling over silly stuff.  And, tattling!  OMG!  They try to out-do one another with tattling.  But, he is still a great kid and his manners, like those of the other children, are impeccable.  They are very polite!
Finally, there is J.T.  J.T. is 3.  He spends a week with him mom and, then, a week with his dad.  It seems like a messed up situation to me, but, it is part of the 50/50 parental agreement.  Jayden, his given name, seems pretty durable through it all.  Bless all of their hearts.  I hate divorces!  The little guy is still a bit too little to spend the night and hang out with granny.  When he is with his mommy, every other week, she wants him with her, which is totally understandable.  He isn’t really interested, yet, in who I am.  He asked me, one day, what my name was.  I told him he could call be “grandma”, if he wanted to.  As he gets more used to me, I’ll have him over.
So, that is my new family of grandchildren.  This Christmas will prove to be an interesting holiday.   We did Thanksgiving over at my son’s and it was very nice.  The children like to help out in the kitchen.  I have the patience for it.  So, I get the young ones mixing and chopping.  That’s what granny’s are for!  They do things with you that mean a lot because they make you feel like you are so special – even if you make a mistake.  LOL  I just figure, with all the bad and violence and scares in this world, the children need a break, a respite from it all.  Sometimes, they just need to be kids!  To be allowed to be innocent.  Let their mommies teach them their ABC’s.  I’ll stick to teaching them how wonderful and special they are.
If you have been keeping up and are wondering where this big surprise is, I am almost finished.  I won’t bore you with details, but, I just didn’t feel it was ready to be released.  I do have a couple of goodies from the kit, though.  They might give you an idea as to what I am up to.  Then again, maybe not.  Heh-heh.
A little background first.  I wanted to do a kit that was for my granddaughters, as well as for me.  I wanted to incorporate the stories I remember, my idols, heroes, the magickal, the fantasy, and the ‘make-believe’ that I know, from my own childhood, and pass on to my children and grandchildren as a matter of tradition.  Folk stories were never written;  they were sung, or told, by traveling minstrels and passed down from generation to generation.  So, it is with my family.  My grandmother and mother told me many stories.  Stories and things that were important to me are, naturally, going to be the same ones I share with my family.  Thus, these stories, these heroes of mine, become a part of their fantasies, their own ‘make-believe’.
My kit, “Make Believe”, is all about my fantasies from my childhood.  There are things that I wanted or wished I could have.  Most were strictly fiction, yet, their entire premise of magick and fantasy, rings a bell within me, and still does to this day.  I suppose that is the ‘little girl’ in me, like so many of us big girls, that never grew up.  LOL  Ask Peter Pan!  All you have to do is BELIEVE!
Here is a CU cluster for ya.  It is just a hint of what to expect.  Click on each image to download that cluster from MediaFire.
This one has transparent ‘glass’ so it may be used as a frame.
I would like to give special thanks to Donna K, whose pretty jewelry-like bling helped me to create these clusters.  Donna  makes magick!  LOL  Right now, as a gift to her customers, Donna is offering one doosy of a deal in her store.  Everything(almost) is free!  Yep!  FREE!!  There are a bunch of pretty elements, styles, embellishments, frames, flowers, clip art, etc.  The items are for PU only, even though the name of the store is “Designer’s C U”.  To use them commercially, all you have to do is join her group.  That’s it!  There is no requirement other than just a membership.  With it, you can use the goodies as CU.  Once you see all she has to offer, and start regularly receiving scads of free C U downloads via e-mail from her group, I know you’ll find her as versatile, and sweet, as I do.  She has a blog and her store.
I shall finish up the kit in the next day or so.  I have worked so hard on it, I want it to be perfect.  I have the content;  I just need to tweek everything to my liking.  It is almost complete.


7 thoughts on “Freebies, “New” Family for the Holidays and a Link

  1. Thanks for sharing not only your wonderful creations but also your grandchildren. How fortunate they are to have a caring, encouraging grandma. I'm sure in years to come they will look back fondly on all the activities you shared – I know I do with my “Gram”. Have a wonderful day, hugs to you, Keryn


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