Category Archives: Family

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since I posted on this blog.  I am such a bad blogger! lol  I really will try to do better this year.  I am so much better at being consistent on Instagram.  If you’d like to stay updated and see my post head over now and follow me. @stampwithanita Continue reading

Quick and Simple Spring Tablescape

Easter Table 2016

We had a blessed Easter with family and friends celebrating our Risen Lord.  It was such a treat to have ALL our kiddos home and even a few extra.  The pic above of our table shows the calm before the storm.  I think this is the first year I actually gave in and used paper and plastic plates. GASP!!!  I know…  I couldn’t believe it either.  But as I was setting up the table Saturday night I didn’t want to spend my time on Easter hand washing all those china dishes.  It’s okay to take a break some years and as our family continues to grow and move out our time with all of them here together is priceless. Continue reading

Living With the Thorn of an Unseen Illness

More labs for my Natalie today. Since Spring her life has been doctor visits, labs, tests and again more doctor visits and tests. It’s so hard to watch your child who once had an abundant amount of energy and life become stricken with an overwhelming weariness that causes her to not be able to stand. Natalie was diagnosed with POTS – Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome which makes it difficult for her to stand up without passing out. For today’s post I won’t go into a lot of specifics but you can check out this POTS overview of what she deals with daily. Today’s post is not the typical post showing a fun project, but rather a raw and honest peek into my life and heart at this moment. Continue reading

Simple Spring Tablescape
This is what I call “the calm before the storm”.  We had a simple yet very pretty table for Easter this year.  With just a few punches, some cardstock and chocolate I was able to add the perfect touch to our table. Continue reading

Beautiful Nature Decorated Eggs

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I can remember as a little girl collecting little treasures from nature and making all kinds of fun new creations with them, everything from a clover ring, a crown of leaves to a beautiful braided necklace of wild flowers to hang around my neck. Continue reading

Cyber Monday Deals Are Here!!!

DoorBustersLastDay_www.stampwithanita.comUPDATE- The Blendabilities Bundle Doorbuster is SOLD OUT!

The Online Extravaganza Ends tomorrow!!!

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Not Your Mama’s Craft Market


We are so excited  and honored to be featured on the Not Your Mama’s Craft Market today!
NYMCM is having the “Holiday” market in the beautiful Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the Short North downtown Columbus tomorrow night! What is better than shopping handmade on a Friday evening and than taking a few steps out the door to tons of restaurants, shop and entertainment!  Not only is the location amazing but also the venue itself offers more opportunities for entertainment and over 75 handmade vendors! Continue reading

FREE “Santa-tizer” Tutorial… My Gift To You
We all love receiving gifts.  But I’ve found that the joy found in giving can not even compare. This FREE Tutorial is my gift to you.  You will find the link below.

This past week and weekend was fully packed with lots of gift giving and blessings!  I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday.  Not just any birthday… this was the BiG one!  The BiG FIVE-0!  When did that happen?  Doesn’t seem possible.

But I have to say… my family made this the best birthday ever… regardless of the number.  Have I mentioned just how much I love this man who is a true gift from God to me. Continue reading

Where did Summer go?

Wow! I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit this Summer. I truly feel like the kids just got off the bus on the last day of school… YESTERDAY!

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It’s an annual tradition on our court for the parents to welcome our kids home by blasting them with water balloons and super soakers as they get off the bus. They may run but…

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And then this happened…


So yeah… I really do feel like we just did all this yesterday… but then reality sets in. Summer has come and gone and it’s already back to school.  Summers seem to go by quicker each year.  I spent the Summer trying to soak up treasured time with my family and I didn’t post except for quick updates on Instagram and Facebook.  It’s a good thing I have those to look back on or I wouldn’t believe we actually had a Summer… it went way too fast.

In another post I’ll share about some fun things that happened this Summer but for now I want to share about the AMAZING DEALS happening right now!!! And they too are going by quickly and I need to tell you about them so you don’t miss out.



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That’s $51 in FREE product!  A total value of $215!

But hurry this awesome Starter Kit Deal ENDS TODAY – August 28th…

ANYONE can purchase this Starter Kit!  You can join to enjoy your own discount off future purchases, or choose to make a little or a lot of extra money doing something that you love.
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But don’t take too long to decide… this deal is Short & Sweet and ends TODAY!

BIG SHOT & BUNDLES special ends August 31st

      Order your FREE or DISCOUNTED Bundles right from my Stamp With Anita on-line store.

►►Paper Pumpkin – 2 months at 50% off !!!
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So yes… Lots of great deals… all are SHORT & SWEET!
Just like my Summer… before you know it they will be gone, so soak them up while you still can.  As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need help to order.

Blessings and Happy Stamping!
Anita Haines


A Special Card for my BFF

Sometimes you need a special card for that someone special.  Back in February I did a post sharing the Card in a Box I made for my “true” love… my best friend… my hubby… for Valentine’s Day.  You can find that post HERE.  Today I want to give you a sneak peek of the one I made for my other “true” love… my bff… since grade school.
You know… that special friend that when your paths first crossed you became instant friends.  No matter what storms came your way… a new friend moving in right next store, boy crushes, parents divorcing, moving away from one another, getting married and starting your own families miles apart… you still can come together for a precious time of a few stolen minutes and start right back where you left off.  That’s who this card was for… my girlfriend, my bff Liz.  I was blessed to spend some precious time with her and give her this card a few weeks ago during our quick trip to Maryland.  Nothing better than a hug from your best friend!

Liz and I met 40 years ago.  Our friendship is the longest and dearest friendship I have.  I was in the fourth grade (the same age as my youngest child) and had just moved into town and to this day we can’t agree which one of us got in the wrong line on the first day of school.  I’m guessing since I was new it was me, but let’s not tell her that. The one thing we can agree on is that in that very moment both of our lives had been changed forever.  We discovered we lived right around the corner from one another and became the best of friends.

We truly “grew” up together as we spent hours, days and years playing with Barbies, riding bikes, scraping our knees, going to girl scout meetings, making crafts, learning to bake and sew, going camping, swimming, playing games in the park till dark, watching movies, giggling through sleepovers, staying up all night sharing life together.  We went from chasing lightning bugs and running from boys as little girls to chasing boys and letting them catch us through our
teen years.

But then something happen that rocked both our worlds.  Before high school began Liz’s parents divorced.  This was the first of many families that would go through this painful separation.  To this day the pain of her having to move away with her mom was one of the most painful moments I had growing up, not knowing at the time my own parents would be following suit.  I remember crying till all my tears had emptied out and I could not cry one more tear… my heart just ached.

We wrote long heartfelt letters to one another promising to always be there for one another no matter what, no matter how many miles were stretched between us.  I still have mine packed away somewhere but found these quick notes of love written on the back of school pics she gave me way back then.  After she moved away we cherished the moments we got to spend together when it was her dad’s weekend and she was back around the corner from me or the special times that I would get to spend with her at her mom’s house and even her grandma’s house which wasn’t as far away.
Life went on and we both grew up in our different worlds and life was nothing like our childhood plans of growing up, buying a camper and traveling carefree across the nation together experiencing life. HA!  Instead I moved from Maryland to Ohio to go to college.  There was no internet or social media back then, only long distance phone calls and writing letters.  And for us… it was mostly letter writing because I didn’t have a phone.  As a mom with kids in college now I can’t even imagine not being able to call or text them anytime I want.  It was a different world.  Oh how we missed one another during those years… sometimes you just need to talk with your best friend face to face and those times were difficult.
But… in some ways I truly miss the art of letter writing.  I still treasure the hand written notes and letters I have from those I love… the love notes from my now hubby Todd when we dated… the hand written letters and recipes from my mother who I miss dearly, especially treasured today on her birthday… and of course the notes and letters from my best friend.

Eventually, we both married and of course were each others Maid of Honor.  She married her high school sweetheart Sam and stayed in Maryland and I married my high school sweetheart Todd and settled in Ohio… oh so many miles away!  We tried to stay in touch over those early years of adulthood as best we could being so far apart, but those seemed to be the years that the distance between us was so vast in so many ways.
Then… we both started families and that seemed to give us a new special bond as we shared in the love, joy, tears and heartache of raising a family.  Every chance I got to go home we would get together with our kids and catchup on life.  The pics above of our firstborns were taken almost 20 years ago.  We both wished we had lived closer to one another so we could have done this season of our lives together.  I can’t believe so much time has past since those pics were taken and we’ve both sent our kids off to college.

But through it all… the good, the bad and the unknown I can always count on her.  I know her love and concern for me is genuine, unconditional and true as mine is for her.  I wish more than anything that we lived closer but am so blessed that we have one another and can even keep in touch through Facebook.  I wish we had more moments in real time together, but I love that when do get together we can start right back up where we left off even after being apart for months or even years.  Gosh I love this girl!!!

Our friendship is deeply rooted, always authentic, respectfully honest, lovingly real, painfully raw, sometimes messy, positively priceless and heavenly bound.  The more years that go by the more I realize just how special our friendship truly is… just how much of who I am is because of “us” and how very much I love and miss her.  I also realize that I need to make sure she knows just how special she is to me.  I don’t think we… or at least I… let those I love and care about know just how special they are to me and how important their friendship is.  So that is why I made this card just for her.  Something fun to say hello… to let her know I miss her.  How about you?  Have you let that special friend know just how special they are to you?  Go for it… send a text, or a hand written note, or give them a call, make time to get together.

If you would like to make this special card for yourself to give then I encourage you to sign up for my Card in a Box Class.
My Card in a Box Class is coming up soon and I would love for you to join me to make this fun card that you can give to that someone special in your life.

Card in a Box Class
Tuesday May 6th at 6:30pm
Wednesday May 7th at 10am.
Class fee  $15
Please Register by May 2nd

You will create a lovely free-standing card that would be perfect for Mother’s Day, a Birthday or Graduation. You will learn how to make the base as well as decorate the card using exclusive stamps, punches and die-cut framelets. You will even learn to make your own envelope using the Envelope Punch Board.  Please bring your favorite adhesive and scissors.


Blessings and Happy Stamping!
Anita Haines