I’ve shown you so many pictures in the past of creations made by my dear friend and team mate, Marcelyn Churchill, that we’ve decided she needs her own “day.” These are some of Marcelyn’s creations that I’ve shown you in the past.
I thought you’d like to get to know more about Marcelyn. When she was young, everyone had to create their own fun and Marcelyn used much of her free time making crafts. Marcelyn was married to Clayton for 44 years and they were blessed with three sons. In the 1980’s she took up tole painting. She cut all the wood herself with a band saw. Marcelyn sold her projects at craft fairs. Most items in her home are all handcrafted.
Marcelyn worked full time for many years until retiring from Mid American Energy in 1992. She and Clayton hit the road and spent several winters traveling to the southwest and west. While in Texas, she was taught how to do card stitching. Due to Clayton’s health issues they had to end their winter traveling and Marcelyn took up quilt making. Many of the quilts were made for missions. Twelve years ago Marcelyn became a widow.
Marcelyn has served on several committees for her church and participated in the choir and bell choir. Six years ago she found Stampin’ Up! and was hooked. She has so much fun coming up with new cards and crafty projects to give as gifts. Marcelyn enjoys making treat boxes for the organizations she belongs to at church and also her BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) groups. Recently after giving a card and gift to a church friend, she received an order to make 25 Christmas cards!
Papercrafting brings Marcelyn much joy and she also spreads joy to all the people who receive her cards and gifts! Marcelyn has two living sons and five grandchildren. Marcelyn has been a Stampin’ Up demo for four years. It would be sweet if you left a comment for Marcelyn telling her which project if your favorite or if you’d like to contact her directly, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s some new projects from Marcelyn.
Please stop by again next Monday on Christmas Day and I have many more projects of Marcelyn’s to show you.
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Wednesday I showed up with my pups, Maya and Molly, to volunteer for an hour of therapy dogs in memory care and assisted living. Much to my surprise I was greeted by an elf who resembled my Dad.
For six years Abby and I took Maya and Molly to volunteer as therapy dogs every other week. When Abby left for college I had to recruit someone else to help me. Dad had already filled in when Abby spent the summer at our church camp being a counselor in 2016, so he was happy to step in again. Dad enjoys working with Maya, our ten year old teddy bear dog ( The cross breed between a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu is commonly known as a Shichon, or teddy bear dog). As you can see in the picture Dad and Maya are a great team!
Here’s Dad with his fellow elfs and Father Noel (Santa Claus). They greet all the children who come to the Christmas party including resident’s grandchildren and employee’s children. They also hand out bonus checks to all the employees, so they are pretty popular. Father Noel is 99 years old. He told Dad he is retiring and shaved off his beard the morning after the party. He also asked my Dad to be the next Father Noel. My Mom is not a fan of Dad growing a beard. I’ll let you know if he stays an elf for next year’s Christmas party or accepts his promotion to Father Noel!