To All My Dragonfly Princesses ~

Monday, May 6, 2019


Hello to all of My Gorgeous Dragonfly Princesses :)

If I could peek inside the story of my life so far and look back, I wouldn’t have expected what some of the chapters would be; some of them that took me so over the moon happy, and then others, of course, that I would have liked to just skip altogether.  But that’s just life, right?

Well my dears, I’ve started one of those chapters that I wish a big wind would come by and could just blow the pages by quickly so I could get to the end of it, but it’s just not going to be that easy.  I’m sure if you’re still reading this you know what’s coming next, and that I’m going to have to take a pause for the cause for a bit, and possibly close down this little thing I call a blog.  It's not easy to put the focus on me because I love to make others happy first, but that's just what I'm going to have to do right now, whether I like it or not.

If you have enjoyed any part of what I’ve written or created at some point over the last 11 years and 1,878 posts, I can now only ask in return for your good thoughts, great karma, prayers, virtual hugs, or whatever you can throw my way.  I will still be creating as much as I can, because after all it is so good for my soul, and I know that you know what I mean by that as a crafter.  I may just post to my Pinterest board and to my Splitcoast Stampers Gallery when I can, and who knows, I may even bring the blog back for another Dragonfly Journey at some point.

If you'd ever like to have a personal chat with me, here is my email address: jeannie.thomas@yahoo.com
I'd love to keep in touch with all of you lovelies that I've gotten to know over the years.  Thank you for letting me into your personal life with your stories, pictures of your amazing families and friends, and sharing the things you've made for them.  I hope they treasure them forever.  I know I would.

Please know that I have so enjoyed your sweet thoughts about whatever I’ve created, but more importantly that you have all brought more joy to me than I can ever express with your inspiring creations, and every word of every comment I’ve ever left for you truly came from my heart.

I miss you already…


Lots of Love, Hugs, and Dragonfly Kisses ~
Jeannie T.
xoxoxoxoxox

Winner of Challenge No. 138 ~

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Winner of Challenge No. 138

Thanks so much to all of you who joined my EveryBUNNY is Welcome challenge.  All of your sweet little rabbits were so fun to see hopping around :)

~ Winner and Princess Dragonfly of
 Challenge No. 138 is:
~ Lynda ~
Congrats and Cheers Lynda!!  This precious bunny and all of the gorgeous flowers really won my heart! Grab your Princess Badge from over on the right sidebar, and display it proudly, it is well deserved :)

Please contact me at jeannie.thomas@yahoo.com to claim your Amazon gift card prize and I will get back to you just as soon as I can.


Please tune in tomorrow
 for a special announcement.

Thank you :)

Challenge No. 138 - EveryBUNNY is Welcome ~

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Welcome to Challenge No. 138
A special thank you to those of you who joined in with Challenge No. 137/Dandy Dandelions; You made my heart smile :)

~ Winner and Princess Dragonfly of
 Challenge No. 137 is:
~ Carol Dee ~
Congrats and Cheers Carol Dee!!  The pretty purple & pink combination, and beautiful layout really won my heart! Grab your Princess Badge from over on the right sidebar, and display it proudly, it is well deserved :)

On to Challenge No. 138: 
~ EveryBUNNY is Welcome ~
It's that time of year for all kinds of bunnies!  Be it Easter, birthday, or really any other type of holiday, bunnies are always in season actually.  It doesn't have to be the main image, it could be on your paper(s), ribbons, brads, or whatever you create with one or more bunnies somewhere on it.  Just keep in mind if you use more than one, they multiply quickly  :)

By entering your EveryBUNNY is Welcome creation(s) in this challenge, you could see yourself crowned as the next Princess Dragonfly!

  GUESS WHAT?...I bet you thought I'd forget that I told y'all April would be a month long challenge with a $10 Amazon Gift Card PRIZE ~ How could I forget?!!  I will be extending it a little bit longer to May 4th, since we're starting just a little later into the month.  
So "hop" to it then!!!

I hope my examples here will inspire you to join:
Stamp Set: Unity Stamps/Sometimes I Wonder
Inside Message: Have an egg-stra Special Day
Unity Stamp Set: Eat ALL the Cake
Inside Message:  Hopped by with a Birthday Wish
Stamp Set: Close to My Heart/Punny Pals
Inside Message: Some BUNNY Loves You
Stamp Set: Hot Off the Press/Janie's Girl Frames
Inside Message: Friends are like flowers, they fill the world with beauty

The winner will be announced on Sunday, May 5th ~

Thank you :)

opens: Apr 7th 2019, 12:00 am 
closes: May 4th 2019, 6:00 pm

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Challenge No. 137 - Dandy Dandelions ~

Sunday, March 24, 2019


Welcome to Challenge No. 137
Thank you so very much to all who joined in with Challenge No. 136/Green Goodness.  So many fun leprechauns and I loved seeing more beautiful shades of green than I imagined :)

~ Winner and Princess Dragonfly of
 Challenge No. 136 is:
~ Janis ~
Congrats and Cheers Janis!!  This sweet little angel and your gorgeous coloring really won my heart! Grab your Princess Badge from over on the right sidebar, and display it proudly, it is well deserved :)

On to Challenge No. 137: 
~ Dandy Dandelions ~
It must be the kid in me that has never grown up, because I still love to blow on a dandelion and make a wish.  It's Spring so they're already popping up and I know they are considered a weed, but even before they turn into a wish, I still think they're pretty.

I've seen a handful of stamp companies come out with some beautiful ones lately, so I hope this isn't too hard for everyone.  Keep in mind that it doesn't have to be a stamp, but maybe you have some papers or embellishments too.  Whatever you create with a dandelion somewhere on it, a little or alot, is welcome here :)

By entering your Dandy Dandelions creation(s) in this challenge, you could see yourself crowned as the next Princess Dragonfly!!

I hope my examples here will inspire you to join:
Stamp Set: Unity Stamps/September '09 Kit of the Month
Inside Message: May all your wishes come true
(Dandelion background paper)
Unity Stamp Set: Sentiment Kit-So Glad You Were Born
Inside Message:  Wishing you the happiest Birthday ever.
Digital Stamp: Meljen's Designs (retired)

The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 7th, when the new challenge will begin.

Every dream becomes a wish
Thank you :)

*Please note that Inlinkz has changed, so I hope that the link-up tool will work for you.  If you have any trouble, please contact me.  Fingers crossed that there won't be any issues, and I will be checking in on it too.
opens: Mar 24th 2019, 9:00 am 
closes: Apr 6th 2019, 6:00 pm
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Challenge No. 136 - Green Goodness ~

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Welcome to Challenge No. 136
Thank you so very much to all who joined in with Challenge No. 135/One Word.  I loved seeing the different ways that just one word can say so much :)

~ Winner and Princess Dragonfly of
 Challenge No. 135 is:
~ Sharon ~
Congrats and Cheers Sharon!!  That fabulous flower stenciled background, all of the gorgeous purples and that one word of transform really won my heart! Grab your Princess Badge from over on the right sidebar, and display it proudly, it is well deserved :)

On to Challenge No. 136: 
~ Green Goodness ~
March brings us St. Patrick's Day and all of the shenanigan's that come with it.  It's a fav of mine, but maybe it's just an excuse to drink some irish whiskey?  If you like to celebrate it too, I'd love to see your creations.  But if there's no leprechauns or shamrocks in your world, then any type of card with the focus on any shade of green, that's in the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow, is welcome here :)

By entering your Green Goodness creations in this challenge, you could see yourself crowned as the next Princess Dragonfly!!

I hope my examples here will inspire you to join:
Digital Image
Inside Message: May your day be magical and full of wonderful things.
Stamp Set: Unity Stamps/Sometimes I Wonder
Inside Message:  You remind me of all that is good and bright and beautiful in this world.
Digital Stamp: Julee Tilman/Lucky Day
Inside Message: Lucky to have a Friend like you.

The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 24th, when the new challenge will begin.

Thank you :)

Challenge No. 135 - One Word ~

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Welcome to Challenge No. 135
Thank you so very much to all who joined in with Challenge No. 134/GaGa for Gingham.  It was a delight to see all of the different ways you brought gingham to life. They were all fabulous and of course inspiring too :)

~ Winner and Princess Dragonfly of
 Challenge No. 134 is:
~ Chris ~
Congrats and Cheers Chris!!  This handsome guy and the perfectly place gingham papers really won my heart! Grab your Princess Badge from over on the right sidebar, and display it proudly, it is well deserved :)

On to Challenge No. 135: 
~ One Word ~
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but then I believe One Word can speak a thousand, and in so many different ways.  Sweet, funny, serious, or just plain thoughtful, it's all welcome here :)

By entering your One Word creations in this challenge, you could see yourself crowned as the next Princess Dragonfly!!

I hope my examples here will inspire you to join:
Stamp Set: Unity Stamps/Focus On The Things
Inside Message: Focus on the things that make you happy.
Stamp Set: Unity Stamps/Loved All Over
Inside Message:  Just take it one day at a time.
Stamp: Unity Stamps/Hello Bear
Inside Message: You are looking Grr-eat

The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 10th, when the new challenge will begin.

Thank you :)

Challenge No. 134 - GaGa for Gingham ~

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Welcome to Challenge No. 134
Thank you so very much to all who joined in with Challenge No. 133/I Heart You.  I was definitely feeling the LOVE ~ You continue to amaze and inspire me :)

~ Winner and Princess Dragonfly of
 Challenge No. 133 is:
~ Karen ~
Congrats and Cheers Karen!! This beautiful Valentine and sentiment really won my heart! Grab your Princess Badge from over on the right sidebar, and display it proudly, it is well deserved :)

On to Challenge No. 134: 
~ GaGa for Gingham ~
Gingham can be used in so many different ways, and I just love it!  Whether it's big or small, girly or manly, paper pieced, in an image or a ribbon; it's all fabulous to me and I hope you think so too :)

By entering your GaGa for Gingham creations in this challenge, you could see yourself crowned as the next Princess Dragonfly!!

I hope my examples here will inspire you to join:
Stamp: Close to My Heart/Love In Bloom
Inside Message: (Blank)
Inside Message:  It's Your Day
Stamp: Unity Stamps/For the Guys
Inside Message:  Happy Birthday

The winner will be announced on Sunday, February 24th, when the new challenge will begin.

Thank you :)

Challenge No. 133 - I Heart You ~

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Welcome to Challenge No. 133
Thank you so very much to all who joined in with Challenge No. 132/In Stitches.  Your creations always amaze and inspire me :)

~ Winner and Princess Dragonfly of
 Challenge No. 132 is:
~ Glenda ~
Congrats and Cheers Glenda!!  Your amazing stitching on this sweet butterfly really won my heart! Grab your Princess Badge from over on the right sidebar, and display it proudly, it is well deserved :)

On to Challenge No. 133: 
~ I Heart You <3
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I know many of you are busy creating for the loved ones in your life.  But if Valentine's isn't your thing, anything with hearts and/or love on your creation is cool with me :)

By entering your I Heart You creations in this challenge, you could see yourself crowned as the next Princess Dragonfly!!

I hope my examples here will inspire you to join:
Stamp: Unity Stamps/My Foxy Valentine
Inside Message: to my Foxy Valentine

Stamp Set:  Unity Stamps/Dogs Leave Pawprints
Inside Message:  From the Heart

Stamp: Unity Stamps/Special Delivery Mouse
Inside Message:  Sending Beautiful Wishes

The winner will be announced on Sunday, February 10th, when the new challenge will begin.

Challenge No. 132 - In Stitches ~

Monday, January 14, 2019



Welcome to Challenge No. 132

Thank you so very much to all who joined in with Challenge No. 131/Shiny & New.  Your creations were just beautiful!

~ Winner and Princess Dragonfly of
 Challenge No. 131 is:
~ Wendy ~
Congrats and Cheers Wendy!!  Your sweet "guardian angel" really won my heart! Grab your Princess Badge from over on the right sidebar, and display it proudly, it is well deserved. Please email me at jeannie.thomas@yahoo.com to claim your prize.  You have until the end of this challenge (1/26) to claim it :)

~ On to Challenge No. 132... 
In Stitches ~

Stitched die frames (there's so many out right now), sewing, any type of faux or real stitching, and/or any image that has to do with stitching. 

By entering your In Stitches creations in this challenge, you could see yourself crowned as the next Princess Dragonfly!! 

I hope my examples here will inspire you to join:  
(Stitched die cut)
Stamp: Unity Stamps/Candles, Stars & Birthday Wishes
Inside Message: Party like a Rock Star! 
(Stitched Circle die cut, and cross stitch heart
 embossing folder)
Stamp Set:  Unity Stamps/Mittens in Winter
Inside Message:  You're So Cool


(Sewing image and sentiment)
Digital: DigiStamp Boutique 
Inside Message:  You're Sew Amazing

The winner will be announced on Sunday, January 27th, when the new challenge will begin.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me :)

Challenge 131 - Shiny & New ~

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

1/14/19 - I'm having some computer issues and hope to have the new post up by the end of the day....fingers crossed!!  :(


Welcome to Challenge No. 131

Happy New Year!!

2019, WOW right?! I hope you all had the best of holiday's, and seeing all of your amazing creations, I just know that all of the recipients of your Handmade Holiday Magic were truly appreciative of them.

Thank you so very much to all who joined ~
 You amaze and inspire me :)

~ Winner and Princess Dragonfly of

 Challenge No. 131 is:

~ MIMI ~

Congrats and Cheers Mimi!!  These sweet and gorgeous crackers really won my heart! Grab your Princess Badge from over on the right sidebar, and display it proudly, it is well deserved. Please email me at jeannie.thomas@yahoo.com to claim your prize.  You have until the end of this challenge (1/12) to claim it :)

~ On to Challenge No. 131... 

Shiny & New ~

New Year, new stamps, new anything!  Did you get something on your wishlist for Christmas, or just buy yourself something new like me?  I wanna see, so I can ooh and ahh!  Just let me know in your blog post what's new, ok?

Thanks so much for your input about the decision of going bi-weekly vs. monthly.  There was pretty much a split decision, so why not do both, right?

So here's what we'll do; bi-weekly except for April, July, November and December, which are sometimes the months that can be a bit more busy for some.  The full month challenges will for sure have a prize, but I may be feeling generous along the way and surprise you on the bi-weekly challenges every now and then too.....like this one because it's my BIRTHDAY...woot! woot!

By entering your Shiny & New creations in this challenge, you could see yourself winning a $10 AMAZON GIFT CARD and crowned as the next Princess Dragonfly!! 

I hope my Shiny & New examples here will inspire you to join.  As a side note to some of your nice comments; there is no "design team", it's just me :)


New Stamp Sets: Unity Stamps/Midnight Resolutions (background) and Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes Sentiment Kit (main image).
Inside Message:  A toast to you and yours this New Year


New Digital:  Mo's Digital Pencil/Peace Love Hope



New double-sided plaid/houndstooth paper.
Digital Stamp Set: Hambo Stamps/Party Sheep
Inside Message:  Ewe are Special


New Stamp Set: Unity Stamps/Let's Get Slushed!
Inside Message:  Winter Cheer for a Happy New Year

This challenge is a short one, since we're getting back into the bi-weekly swing of things, so remember that this challenge will end on the 12th and the winner will be announced on Sunday, January 13th.

Thank You and I look forward to another year of creating with you :)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.





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