Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Can you Believe it is already the Third Week of January?!

I'm giving you a free peek into one of the video chats from my January Journaling/Planning/Scripture Writing Class, JOHN'ALEE'S JUBILEE that is going on now. It's not too late to join in on the fun!
We have an active Facebook Group to go along with the class with some great Christian ladies in it that has been an added bonus to the whole project! So if you would like to be inspired to get your New Year off right.....even a few weeks into it, COME JOIN US!!  WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU!!

~John'aLee's Jubilee~

I have spent years fine-tuning my process of journaling and planning and decided this year to share it with you all. The other amazing thing I incorporated into my life this last year was Scripture Writing. Wow. Did that ever add a new joyful dimension to my life! So in this class with loads and loads of videos, I teach you all about setting up a Bullet Journal to get your life under control, how to keep up with it, how to track things so you can figure out what you are doing right and what you're doing wrong, so you can fix those things in your life, as well as my whole system I use adding Traveler's Notebooks to my life for my journaling.

With each class I also set up a private Facebook class where students not only share their work, but they get to know each other and in turn bond and become quite the delightful community!  With my Christmas Journaling/Planning class, I had 95% re-sign up for my new Jubilee class, so it made me realize I've struck a need! Us women need encouragement and we need each other!

So if right about now you are lagging with your goals for 2018 and need an Inspiration Coach.....John'aLee to the rescue!! I sure hope you will come over and join us! We'd love to have you.

Here's the LINK to sign up for THE JUBILEE!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Are You Needing Some Motivation to Get Organized this year?..... I have the perfect class for you!!

Happy, Happy New Year Everyone!!

Can you believe it is 2018?? Want to have your best year yet?

I have an awesome class (JOHN'ALEE'S JUBILEE)  I have been putting together that I think you ladies will be thrilled with!
For several years now, I have been fine-tuning my process on how to get organized, my paperwork under control, and how to live a more fulfilled and intentional life. And I wanted to live more joyful!

I'm sharing how I journal, how I keep a Spiritual Journal, as well as how I break down a yearly project and track my process and keep myself motivated to continue with it! This year's project is:
GETTING MY FIRST QUILTING MEMOIR off the ground, of how I launched The Scrappy Appleyard and all the yummy tidbits that followed. I'm also sharing how to choose a word for the year, a bible verse, a color, and how to let these things be your guide. 

I've searched and searched for a class that would help me to do this, and couldn't find one, even though I paid for and completed several classes. So this is what spurred me on to create one myself. I realized all the thousands of hours I've put into research over the years has done one great thing for me. I've taken bits and pieces from here and there, fine tuned them into what I needed, and then came up with my own system. And this year, when I was reflecting back I realized I lived my life with so much more JOY in it than ever. And that was because I journalled, I kept a Bullet Journal, I tracked things like my health, moods, activity etc, found out what was working and what wasn't, and changed my life!

This month I am sharing all of my secrets! The class is $35. But I have an Early Bird Special of $10 off if you sign up before January 15th, 2018. Use the Coupon Code: JUBILEE and get the class for $25!

We also have a private Facebook group where everyone can interact and show their progress and get to know one another. I did this for my Christmas Class and what fun we had!! I sure hope you will join us! Come spend January with us and get your New Year off the ground in style!!

HERE'S THE LINK TO SIGN-UP:John'aLee's Jubilee!!

Here's the link, if you are having trouble watching the video here! JOHN'ALEE'S JUBILEE

Here's some of the comments from my Christmas Class:

Welcome you are going to love this place and what John'aLee Johnston Burk has to share with us. 

Thank you John'aLee Johnston Burk for doing this I’m so glad I joined. I’m thinking that when my children go through my things years from now I hope they enjoy reading all the journals I intend to make especially the Christmas ones.

After watching the rest of the videos, I can share that I also have been scripture writing with Sherry Hefner (The Homespun Wife) for the whole year and it really is a wonderful blessing. It was through that activity that I started following John'aLee Johnston Burk. What a blessing! Two very special women! I also bullet journal and that has been a thrill for me. So, as you can see, this Christmas journal project is right up my alley!

Thank you John'aLee Johnston Burk for all your time sharing and inspiring us with this journal project! I’m having so much fun

I can’t say enough how excited I am for this to start. I’ve never journaled tho have tried and John’aLee I’m so loving your journaling style. So many times I’ve saved things from places we’ve been or just a momento of something and they always end up getting thrown away because I don’t know what to do with them...Now I do. I’ve watched all your videos and plan to watch them again.

thank you again John'aLee! You really don't know how much I needed this little project this time of the year.

 I would be happy to take any course from you to organize my life.

I’m going to sound like a broken record but thanks again John'aLee Johnston Burk for doing your class and I’m enjoying each video you do and I’m really loving the scripture writing as I’ve never done it before so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Hope to see you in class!!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I've been MIA for quite awhile! But I haven't been sitting around eating bon bons and twiddling my thumbs. Well, maybe a little. I started examining why it took me so long to get my umpf back. Let's see? Traveling all over the country 30-36 weekends a year for several years, all the while running a quilt shop, designing quilts, making those quilts, quilting those quilts, 12 grand babies being born, a kid in jail 3 times, actually all 3 daughters doing a little stint in the county jail, coming home from a quilt show only to have a kid and her truck wrapped around a tree and the jaws of life trying to get her out, the economy crash, closing down the shop, moving all the way across country to get our daughter straightened out and away from the crowd she was running with, only to have her fall in love with a soldier, whom she became engaged to, only to lose him in Afghanistan 15 days before they were to be married, and during this I was robbed twice and the final blow, a flood that completely drove me out of my home, and made me lose the few things of value the thieves managed to not get because I came home upon them.

Really! I'm not making this stuff up!! Who needs a soap opera? And I'm sure I've left out some stuff.

But I'm still a smilin'! There's one promise I've leaned on through it all: And that is God's promise to be with me through it all. And He has!

So I've licked my wounds, and am trying my best to get back into 'quilting'. But during my sabbatical I found something that has brought me a lot of pleasure. Journaling. And not just 'writing' journaling. But Creative Journaling. And I'm here to share it with you.

I now have a YouTube channel where you can follow my endeavors. And right now I am offering an awesome little Christmas Journaling/Planning/ Scripture Writing class that my students are loving. It is only $25, and I promise you, it will add a depth and joy to your Holiday Season. Not only do I show you how to plan and organize 'All Things Christmas', but I'm showing how to do it creatively. And to make it really special AND to remember the whole reason for the season we are writing out the Christmas Story.  I've also set up a private Facebook Group where the students are having a ball sharing their work and inspiring and encouraging each other on.

And that's not all!! To get my "Quilting Grove" back, I am taking a Christmas Quilt Along from a few years ago, and am breaking it down over the month of December to show you all how to fit in a project for yourself over the  busy season!

So I hope you will join us!! Come have some sweet Christmas Fellowship!

Check out my YouTube video telling all about it below!

or to go straight to the sign-up page:

Hope to reconnect with some of you!!

Happy, Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer in the South.....

Lots of Planning going on....
Loving' the Summer down here in the South!
And it's been a cool one at that!

I've been going down to the River Walk and Marina
quite a bit with my Planner, Journals, Journaling Supplies,
Books, etc.....
 Love this little cart I found at a garage sale for $2!
It goes to the Farmer's Market with me every Saturday morning....
and it hauls my stuff down to the river's edge as well!
Some fabrics I found to make a simple patchwork quilt for my kitchen!
A pic of one of my customer's Meet Me In Paris' in progress....

So what are all of you working on?

And now for my excuse why I have not been posting.
All of my pics used to automatically load into Google+ 
and they don't anymore.
So I'm trying to see what is going on.
Does anyone know if there's a limit on photos stored there?
Maybe I need to go and do some deleting.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Summer!

When I get this all figured out, I will get my blog post caught up.

P.S. For those who commented last time, I somehow lost all of my emails, so I didn't comment back to any of you. So sorry!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Journaling..... Thinking About Stitchin' and other Happenings

Playing Around With Water Color Pencils
After church Sunday morning, I went down to the Marina here in town,
and sat by the water's edge with my journaling supplies
and whiled the afternoon away.
Awwww I LOVE Tennessee!
On my trip out West the Grand Girls and I  journaled away....
Hung out at Bookstores together
Even got the adults into journaling out in the beautiful Spring Morn...
Walked the Streets of Boise...stopping for Lunch here!
Played Scrabble With the Kiddos....Lots of Scrabble...
Went for Long Walks in the Park...
Solo Lunch Trips....with Time to Sit and Read....
Lunches with My Darling Lil Ashley!
More Journaling out on Ashley's Front Porch! Loved her darling lil house...
It was like a little paradise....
Her Iris' were in Bloom!
And her Peonies...
Lil Heston and I spent a lot of time out in the yard reading....
And Eating Strawberries! They had never had Fresh Strawberries from the fields before!
Ashley working on her Art...
While out on a walk in her neighborhood,
I found this....
A tiny little free library.....
Is that not just the cutest?
5 of the 13 Grand Children!
What a ball they are!

I was gone for several weeks!
Denver, North Dakota, Las Vegas and Boise Idaho
Glad to be home!
But I did come home so inspired!!

Later Gators....
P.S. The sewing machine got fired up this evening. First time in 11 months! Actually since the flood. 
Nope....wasn't me. It was Tory working on a 4th of July Tablecloth out of red/white/and blue bandanas.
I'll show the finished piece next, plus my fabrics I picked up on my trip,
the skirts my bestie and I made for our lil girls and future sewing projects.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

FREE Online Summer Class

Hi Peeps!

I just signed up for a FREE Online Summer School!
I thought I'd share the information with you, 
in case any of you might be interested:

Since taking my first online journaling class this year
I can't believe what has come out of me.
I look back at my journals from this first quarter of the year and think to myself,
"Wow, if I hadn't taken this class I wouldn't have all these pages of yumminess!"

So I am a true and tried convert.
If you are afraid to commit to an online class, it's a great way to start.
Just sign up for a FREE one and you will have nothing to lose.
You too might be surprised not only what you will learn,
but how it will push you in a way nothing else ever has.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

Monday, May 5, 2014


Learning to Draw Cupcakes....
Hello Everyone!
Yes...I know it's been way too long!
I'm still alive and kickin'!

I have so much to catch you all up on.
But for now I thought I'd just post some pics of what I've been doing in my journal...
I love seeing other people's journals, so I'm hoping you do too!
I am loving the online journaling class I have been taking since the first of the year.
I look at all  I have created, and it makes me realize what a blessed life I have.
We take so much for granted, 
but when we pen our lives to paper......and go back and read it,
one sees how rich our lives really are!
So I encourage you to get those journals out girls!
You won't be sorry!

I am in North Dakota with the ole Guitar Man right now.

 Trying to get my oldest daughter in line while I'm here too! Ha!

I'm doing the loop....here, Las Vegas to see my bestie and my son,
 then on to Boise to see my other daughters and grand babies!
These trips are hard on the ole back, but the memories and good times are priceless!

Have a lovely, inspired and creative month of May my friends!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Tory's New LIttle Baby Boy is Here~

Kooper Dean Foutch arrived at 8:22 tonight, weighing 8 lbs 2 oz!
Grand Baby #13
I'm so glad he is here safe and sound.

I told Tory while she was in labor that her hubby and I couldn't take 
much more of this.

And she retorted,
"Oh I am just soooo sorry for you two!
I just don't  know how you guys are  going to be able to do this!!"

I had to laugh!
Even in great pain, that kid can split my sides!

Once again it took my breath away
to see a new little soul being born into this world.

Thank you Lord for bringing him safely here.
May his life be blessed!

Gotta get some sleep,

before I take big brother Kash to see him in the morning...
 Photo: Our night with this lil guy  had been a success... He's fast asleep as he should be after all that runnin around he did! LOL oh, and Skout is the most jealous doggy there is... LoL Love Kash! He was so curious about everything. He now has a new baby brother we get to meet tomorrow! Wooohooo! Congrats to my bestieee! : )

Friday, February 14, 2014

Tell Me What Your Favorite Books Are!!

I have 4 minutes left to say....
Happy Valentine's Day!!
Red Velvet Macaroons. http://delectabledeliciousness.blogspot.com/2010/02/red-velvet-valentines-macarons.html
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And then the clock strikes midnight!

Sounds like a fairy tale.

So speaking of that,
I have a question for you all today.

What is your all time favorite book? 
a lovely book to read
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The book you swoon about?
The book that has influenced you the most?
The book that you can't quit thinking about?
Or what is the best book you have read of late?
Maybe we can all gather here,
and suggest some new reading material for each other!

My all time Favorite Book: The Bible
The Book I Swoon About: Gone With The Wind
The Book That Has Influenced Me The Most: (Besides The Bible)   The Power of a Positive Mental Attitude
The Book I Can't Quit Thinking About: Simple Abundance
The Best Book of Late That I've Read: The Book Thief

The Guitar Man came home for Valentine's Week.
Us at Books A Million earlier tonight
 See...I don't believe  in just celebrating for a day....
a whole week is more my style.
He took me out to dinner,
bought me roses,
and then at my request,
sat at the bookstore with me for hours...
with the cherry on top...
a load of books to carry home!

So let's all be book buddies!
 What are your favorites?
I want to know!
Happy Reading!