Getting my Groove Back!

After being completely off the radar for a month I've struggled over the last few days on how to get my groove back. It hasn't helped that the kiddo's have a 4 day weekend. To combat the word "BORED" I've been keeping their minds and hands busy and at the end of the day there is only one word uttered from my mouth… EXHAUSTED! Any mother understands this. I'm not alone.  I noticed too that I neglected my laundry during the fun family time and it's a wonder I haven't sent the kids to school naked the last week.  I almost feel robotic at this point. Put laundry in.  Dry laundry. Fold and Put away. UGH!!  I need a laundry lady!  It's never ending. 

We've also been busy with Scouts.  I'm so thankful the kids enjoy their Scout activities.  Brandon had a big camping trip while Russ was home.  Seriously, thank GOD Russ was able to go. I'm not the girl who loves to camp. I went to visit them at the campsite and in just 20 minutes I was there a HUGE (okay, GIGANTIC) daddy long leg was on my face.  I am sure every person heard me scream at the campsite.  I had a complete hissy fit! Not my cup of tea at all!! My Brownie Troop will be camping in the cabins, with TOILETS and electricity. 

Here is my boy whittling with his pocket knife Russ gave to him for his birthday.  It was a BIG deal!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin up demonstrator


He was filthy dirty but he had clean underwear on thanks to Mom visiting the campsite! ;)


With all that being said, there is always time for me to stamp.  :)  It's just a way of life, isn't it?

Let me share the lastest creation:

This is a Thanksgiving Blessing Box-

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up demonstrator



This is a project that my club made last month.  I made this project last year with club members and I love this project as a gift for Thanksgiving.  Here is a closer look:

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up Demonstrator



This is such an easy project and you can make lots in no time at all.  Just ask my friend Denise.  We cranked out 41 of these things last week.  (Thanks Denise for helping!)

Start out with a 4 x 10 1/2 piece of cardstock.  Score at 4, 8 and 9 3/4.  This creates the outer box for the project.  Let me show you the inside. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up Demonstrator



As you can see I've attached the Thanksgiving Blessing Mix recipe on the inside of the box.  The goodies are placed in one of our small Cello Bags and stapled shut.  Then just attach this to the inside of the box using Sticky Strip.  Easy enough. 

Here is a closer look at the Blessing Mix Poem:

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up Demonstrator


For the front of the box I used the Fall Harvest Wheel using VersaMark ink.  I then took a sponge and my Pastels and colored the wheel with Fall coordinating colors. 

I hope you are having a GREAT start to your week.  You can find all the products to make this project in my Online Store.

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  1. Kimberly,
    I love this. I think I will have to CASE you one this one. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  2. Wow…busy. busy. busy….but you are getting back to your normal and the kids are settling back in….and so very excited for you all that Russ won't be gone as long as originally expected!       This Thanksgiving Blessing Box is a wonderful idea – thank you for sharing everything for it!