Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell


My Godson Nate fell in love with the girl of his dreams and I could not have been more thrilled! Of course I was going to make them a wedding quilt!… for my Godson…. and I became very nervous, it had to be some kind of amazing. Continue reading

My Dearest Shannon,

The following post is woven with love, words and pictures from a recent card and quilt sent to our beautiful Niece fighting an unexpected stage 4 cancer. This is Craig’s very first Niece and such an amazing doll! She and her wonderful husband Bill are National swing dance teachers and are loved and admired by so many! These two were even in a Johnny Depp movie!! Recently Shannon thought she had the flu, instead she was handed the news of stage 4 cancer. So incredibly saddened by this news that I started her a very special quilt the next day. I had created my Serenity quilt a few years ago and has been made only twice before. A design prompted by my husband for a dear friend of his, then again for a friend of the family. She is fighting this battle like a champ choosing a very aggressive path towards her recovery. She has requested cat videos via FaceBook to keep her smiling…. Shannon, as you will see from my pictures my kitties couldn’t wait to be a part of this! WE LOVE YOU Shannonann and cannot wait for you to be healed!!!

“My dearest Shannon,
First and foremost this family is sending you ALL of our LOVE. We are handling this news of yours exactly as this:
We are putting you in God’s hands with INFINITE FAITH. He knows the GREATEST DESIRES of our hearts and we are CLAIMING THIS MIRACLE.

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Cute as a Bug’s Ear… Flip #8-Chelsie & Ryan’s Renovation

I am over the moon excited today to feature my Daughter Chelsie’s very first post here on Mama Carp!


After the new siding and windows were installed we stood back and were thrilled to see the exterior transformation of a house that needed some love. Yet, my dad still wasn’t impressed. It was missing something… shutters. He called me and explained in depth the importance of adding them to our home because it would make it, As cute as a bug’s ear. I’m still unsure of where he got that line from and have yet to actually see a bug’s ear… but if it is really as adorable as our little house became, then he is completely right. Four years later, every time that I drove into our driveway, this is what came to mind. Continue reading

Four New Purrfect Babies!!!

This past Wednesday was a very big day in the Carpenter family! Allie and I went to the airport for a very special arrival, 4 baby Persians!!!

Introducing my two new babies-
Mercedes Josephine (Sadie Jo)


Maxwell Vespurr (Max)


And, Allie’s two new girls-

Miss Gabanna (Gabby)


And Lulu Chanel (Sweet Lu)


Our family knew that we were living on borrowed time with our Truffles and Mocha and had been searching for a breeder for the last 3+ years. It was Allie that found one that we absolutely loved- Christypaws. It was so hard to let our sweethearts go this last end of summer and this house of ours was just too quiet. A part of you says -I am NEVER going through that ever again! And then theres the part of you that just needs that undeniable love of a little fur ball. Christy could not have treated us better, she updated us every two weeks on all the babies and kept me smiling when smiling was a little tough.


I chose her as a breeder because of her sweet spirit and excellent care for her kittens.


Christy with Sadie❤

It was an incredible experience and can’t tell you enough on what an amazing person Christy is. When December 9th,2015 finally rolled around it was a morning of wonderful texts from close friends and family. The anticipation of finally meeting these sweet little souls was amazing! Allie and I were off to the airport!

With now “happy tears” rolling down my face I knew it was the best decision to open my heart and have two new sweethearts in my life and Allie will now have 2 girls to raise and call her own! Thank you Christy for our PURRFECT additions! WE LOVE YOU!!!


Words Of Encouragement


My Husband Craig sent this message to our Daughter Allie last August. She loved his message so much she shared it on Facebook and it received such a beautiful response. I included the response from our oldest Daughter Chelsie as well. I hope in light of the recent world news that his words can give hope, I know it did for me as our Daughter Allie left Paris the afternoon of the massacre on her way to London on Friday. Love & God bless, Teri

August 30th, 2015
It is so easy to lose sight of what life is all about. Whenever I’m having a bad day, doubting myself, or need a word of encouragement, I can always count on my Dad. He is so incredibly wise. I received this message this morning and it
put me back on track and gave me peace. I couldn’t help sharing these beautiful words with all of you. Let today and everyday be one of kindness and love. Thank you Dad❤
(In case you didn’t know, fish is one of my Dads nicknames for me)

“Fish, there are so many people hurting out there, insecure fearful and depressed. They may look like they have it all together but are hurting or are lonely. Allow your spirit to feel and see the real people who are brought to your presence. Be yourself, the soft sweet gentle and caring person that you are. You will be called upon to give just the right smile, touch and words of encouragement when its most needed. People will be drawn to you. The bible says you will be like the light on the hill and the salt of the earth.Put your wants and needs aside and let the Lord use you to do his works. God will bless you with all the desires of your heart and the journey will be filled with love and joy beyond your wildest dreams. Love, Dad”

In response from Chelsie- “I could not be more proud or thankful to have him as our Dad. These are his words that he has said anytime that we focus on ourselves or go through difficult times….And usually during a big hug or slow dance…And I always bawl, because it is so incredibly powerful and real. The thought that we are to find our happiness and fulfillment through creating and prioritizing the happiness of others is something that our world could benefit from. True humility. I needed this message badly- sometimes we need a reminder to realize our perspective on what is really important. My heart feels a much needed calm- thank you for sharing, love you!”

Allie & Teresa 11/13/15

Allie & Teresa 11/13/15

The Pumpkin Fairy 2015

After a long hot summer I so look forward to pumpkin season! The cool crisp air, the harvest from our garden, gorgeous colors everywhere and of course PUMPKINS!!!!!
After a quick trip for a favorite pumpkin caffeine fix, I’m off to load up on all the beautiful fall foliage for my next season of decorating!

DSC_1880As soon as I’m finished and the house looks good then off to my room to start creating some beautiful pumpkins! Ribbons and sparkles EVERYWHERE! Continue reading