Sunday, April 29, 2007


Today was the day Colleen picked for her and Beth to celebrate my birthday (which isn't until next Sunday). Colleen made reservations at Olive & Ivey in Scottsdale. It is a beautiful resturant and we got to meet Amy's husband who is just so nice. Meal was fantastic and the celebration was over the top. It is our tradition with the 3 of us that we make a hat for the birthday girl which she is required to wear. Colleen found a beautiful headband type thing with a beautiful flower on it. The challenge was to get it on and have my hair look decent. I finally just let my hair dry naturally so all the curls sprung up. Below is a pic of my headband Colleen taking pics of us
My cake which was so good!!!! Note the Happy Birthday written in frosting. Too cute!!
I loved these hanging lights
Gifts: the rooster plate from Beth & Pete to add to my collection, the red brayer that glue doesn't stick to, an awl (lethal weapon) and a Waterford perfume bottle to add to my collection from Colleen
And a red food scale that I had been searching for from Colleen plus an old window for me to alter. Too much. I so appreciate my celebration. Good food, good friends what more could I need. Great day
So it is back to reality of laundry and getting ready to start a new work week. Hope all had a great weekend

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Good & Sad

Yesterday Jan, Colleen and I went over to Hospice to see a dear courageous friend. Michelle was admitted to inpatient hospice on Sunday. I have to say the facility was beautiful and the staff some of the most loving caring nurses I have seen in a long while. With Don her husband at her side she was pleased to see us. As usual Michelle had that twinkle in her eye and her wicked sense of humor was still present. We all laughed about her ice spilling escapade at 2 in the morning and Michelle not calling in her drop dead gorgeous male nurse to clean her up and change the linens. It was good to see Michelle and express are love for her. Tears were never far from our eyes and there were a couple of moments that all of us were pretty teary. We love you Michelle, your inspiration, your devotion to your autistic class, your love of nature, and that wicked wicked sense of humor that always keeps us laughing. You are a positive inspiration to all who meet you. We will miss you terribly but we will know that you are at peace and smiling down on us especially Colleen. Go in peace and may the angels hold you close. Michelle
Below are some of the layouts I have been working on this weekend. These are the kits from Follow the Leader Class with Michelle and Kim at Devine Memories, that you can purchase after class. I am so far behind as I have purchased quite a few. Luckily I made excellent choices as the kits and the pictures I had went very well together
Tribute to Michelle

Sadera's school pic

Anthony & Sadera in Florida

After visiting Michelle in hospice we met Kim, Aliya, Kelsey, Michelle and Jenna for lunch at Sweetcakes. This is Colleen's newest favorite place to eat. Had a great lunch, a bit of antiquing and home.
Not an atique but a new paper cutter by Making Memories. I have to say this one may be the "one" So far I am loving it. Clean straight cuts.
I met Jenn, John and kids for lunch today (Saturday) and then they all came back to my house and we made 12 explosion boxes for Sadera's 9th birthday party as favors. These were the boxes we had made at Jan's house for our mid month class

And last but not least my newest antique inherited from Colleen. I need to find a place for it but I plan to keep all my paints and daubers on this stand

Tomorrow promises to be another busy day. Beth, Colleenn and I are going to Olive & Ivey in Scottsdale for brunch to celebrate my birthday a week early as Colleen will be in New York next week for Jeff's graduation. More on that adventure tomorrow

Sunday, April 22, 2007

2006-2007 School pics

Sadera's first scrapbook page. Sadera used all the supplies I have given her and scrapped at her new desk (my old base cabinets from my room) This is her page. we are all in awe of her talents and yes!!!!!! she loves scrapbooking. She is now designing her BD invitations You go Sadera Anthony's school pic

Sadera's school pic

Sunday in sunny Arizona

Well it is a partly sunny, slightly breezy day in Arizona. Where is my warm (yes I like it hot) weather! It has been a great weekend so far. No Friday off for me so it seems like the weekend has flown by.
For starters I have show and tell. No it is not the coveted Hummer that I want and no it is not the new Jeep Commander I want!!!!
Drum roll please for all you non-believers take a look.........
Yeap tags on my OLD jeeep I'm legal till 2008 whoopee

So yesterday was the big scrapbook convention in Mesa. And Colleen and I went only because our favorite store Devine Memories had a booth and we wanted to support them and hang out with the girls! Getting there was fun. Parking there was not FUN. Just ask Colleen why she has grass stain across her trunk of her Mercedes. Ya all know Colleen's famous line it is a Mercedes it withstands anything and you will never be killed in a Mercedes. Well ask the tree who won!!!!
So any way we made the tour of the booths and neither of us were too impressed. Nothing new and exciting for the most part. We stopped at the Pazzels booth and demo'd their cutting machines. Neither of us were that impressed as the learning curve was a bit high for us computer challenged people. But the Devine Memories booth was a hit. Not only was it the cutest booth there (you guys did an awesome job decorating and setting it up) they had the most unique and fun stuff. Below is a small sampling of my purchases
The clip-it-up I think I'm really going to like this once I figure out how to organize it
Some of Kim's awesome wood cutouts. Loved them all but the birds and crowns were my favorites and then the packs of empherma were great too

My very own DM t-shirt with bling

Chalks from another booth. Not sold on these yet need to play more

These Mists that were in the booth next to DM Love these and now I want more colors
And finally the 3 layouts I did in Colleen's book. Colleen's book is fun to do the layouts as she is so free that what ever you do she likes!!!

So there you have it another weekend in my life

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Productive weekend

I took Friday off to #1 recuperate from last weekend, #2 mental health day and #3 go renew my tags. Yes everyone I am a slacker but I had my emmissions testing done, registered or renewed on line and lo and behold my tags were in my mailbox on Saturday. Yeap they are now on my car. I'm legal oh yeah. In fact they are good till 2008. So that started out my morning. I pretty much worked in my scraproom all day. Finished up the 2nd set of recipe cards for a swap I'm in and started invitations/ announcements for a potluck at work. So here is my weekend in pictures

The illegal jeep. Guess I will need to get pictures of the new tags
Saturday Colleen and I headed to Mesa to the Peddlars Wife for a bit of antiquing. Kim and Aliya walked in while were there so we had lunch with them and then decided to head to Phoenix to Rust and Roses our new favorite place.

This a little form I picked up at Peddlars Wife/Mystic Paper. Of course Colleen got the big one and one like mine

invitations for the potluck

Recipe cards for the swap I'm in

Anita's book. well just let me say I like my bind-it-all for making the holes but and a big but the instructions for which way to put the wire are horrible. I broke the part of my bind it tool trying to close the rings. Not a happy camper at all. Anyway here are the pics of some of the puzzle pieces of her book. My idea was puzzle pieces as we are all so different but we form a great team. Also I just stamped sayings and figures on the pages as I want the staff to write comments to her on the pages.

So my messy room is cleaned back up and on to another project in Colleen's altered book. Then when I have that done I think I'm caught up for a little bit.
Busy week ahead classes Mon, Tues and Wed and CK convention to support Devine Memories on Sat. And no Friday off for me this weekend
Have a great week family and friends

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter weekend

This has been another fun long weekend. I can't believe it is over already and I can't believe how much I accomplished and did this weekend. But for now I'm tired and really not looking forward to work tomorrow.

So I guess I will go backwards from today to Friday. Today was family gathering at my house for Easter. I wanted to do a few things differently and I did and they turned out great. First simple foods. I made individual quiches in muffin tins, egg casserole, ham, potatoes in pasta shells, deviled eggs. Easy and effortless. Then it came to Easter baskets. I knew the grandkids were going over to the exlaws first and would be filled with candy and CRAP so I did baskets with DVD's, games, and of course a craft as well as a little candy. Then I took a ball of yarn for each basket and a rubber ducky courtsey of Walmart and tied one end of the yarn around the duck and put it out in the driveway. I then wound my way throughout the house till I ran out of yarn and tied the basket to the end. After 4 baskets you literally couldn't walk in the house. I was on my belly slithering throughout the maze. It was a sight.
Saturday was the big Autism event at Devine Memories. Had a blast and took a great class with Sandy, Michelle and Kim, then 2 make-n-takes and an over the top dinner courstsey of Amy and her husband. The raffel baskets were a riot to say the least with Colleen winning her Rusty Pickel. I was lucky oh so lucky and won a tote bag, gift certificate and Kim Kwan's mini album kit. Great nite tons of fun and all for A GREAT CAUSE
Friday again was Autism event and I took a great class with Teresa Collins and drum roll please WON the big Junkitz give away basket wahoo was I excited so below are tons of pics of the weekend

Anthony playing horse shoes
TJ and Sadera annoyed iwas taking their pic when the were playing a game

Easter table note most of it was disposable due to my simplyfing

working through the maze

Part of the maze

more maze

little ducks

baskets and ducks

Junkitz make-n-take

The NOISY table in the back he he


My winning basket

Sunday, April 01, 2007

End of the Weekend

This has been a long weekend but a very fun weekend. Friday I had to put a new tire on the jeep oh yeah!! I love putting money into my jeep. But at least I can drive safely now. Sat was my cleaning, laundry and clean pool day. Got to hang with the group at DM Sat nite and that was fun.

Today we went to Victoria's for our Altered Book Club Meeting. It was a beautiful day in the desert. We had a great time exchanging and sharing the books we worked in. After the show and tell of our books, Colleen demonstrated some alcohol ink techniques. Colleen was so generous with all the stuff she gave us. We had a ball with all the inks.

"Our Altered Art Book Club " Gals. Back row left to right Laurie, Barbara, Colleen. Front row: left to right: Victoria, Beth and me.
Colleen's demonstration with the alcohol inks. I stamped Mona Lisa, Mother Nature in red, and the Peacock Lady. This was so much fun.
Great busy weekend and now to a busy week ahead. later all