Thursday, November 29, 2007

Devine Memories Boutique this weekend

Mark your calendar,
This Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 9am-6pm
Devine Memories will have be holding a Holiday Boutique with a plethora of homemade artwork and gifts.
Hurry in, items will go fast!

Kim, her mom and sister will have a table and we all know Kim's wonderful wood cut outs will be available. I can't wait to see her Mom and Sisters things. I heard Michelle, Rebecca and Crystal will be selling too. So everyone get out there and support them. Can't wait for a yummy sugar cookie!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving Week

Another busy week has come to an end. Or is this the beginning of a new week. Who knows. It has been a pretty good week really. Stressful at work, fun, stimulating, and creative at home. I guess you can't ask for much more.
Thanksgiving at my daughter Jenn's was full of laughs and tons of good food. Jenn and John outdid themselves again this year.
Classes this week on Monday and all day Saturday were full of new techniques and that was so fun.
Now it is really time to kick it in gear and get my thinking cap on and plan Christmas dinner at my house, gifts, and the staff luncheon at work. Busy busy. So as is my trademark here are a week in review pics

Michelle's Advent calendar at Devine Memories Saturday. Colleen kept us all on our toes and entertained with her stories. Colleen painted her muffin tin pink!! and it really did come out pretty

Our next class taught by Kim was this unique wood stocking that we altered. Colleen as usual went in a different direction and hers turned out beautiful too.

TJ cutting the much anticipated and asked for "PUMPKIN PIE" Mr A could not wait for his pie

My family minus Mr A who was eating his pie and couldn't be bothered and of course John who was entertaining his family

Mr A enjoying his pie and mommy bothering him!

The Vick's putting last minute touches to our desserts. Notice A looking longingly at his pie Do you get the idea that Mr A's most favorite thing this year was PIE!!!

The food spread before we dug in

John's family enjoying the meal

Monday was Renee's Turning a New Leaf Class. We learned how to make our own masks. A lot of fun. This is the altered box that contains a little journal that we also altered.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saturday happenings

Boy it has been a long day today. It started at 9:30 when Colleen picked me up for our shopping adventures. Guess where we headed first?? If you guessed Starbucks you were right. After fortifying ourselves with Pumpkin Spice Latte and a cranberry blitz for me we headed to Melrose. I was so disappointed as my little pink wreaths from the last time I was there were gone but I managed to find a few things for my vintage tree that so far is in my mind. I hope it will translate to what I want when I actually start putting it together. Melrose sent us to Floe's on 7th a thrift store and I found a few more goodies. Then to Sas for some fabric and trims, from Sas it was to another thrift store called Gracies. Then to Michael's where I really scored on ornaments at 40% off yeah me. Then to lunch. I was starved by then. From Wildflower it was a quick trip to Stampworks in Chandler and then to Market Square for a run through. We ended our long day at DM for the make-n-take. Renee did a cute fall tag using masks.
So now I'm home ohing and ahing over my treasures, and wondering where in the world I am going to put this stuff. Hmmmmmm no clue yet!!!
Probably this little wood Christmas girl is my favorite find of the day. She is an old advertisement for clothing and I just love her. She is the only one I could find at Market Square where Colleen got in trouble for not standing properly in line. Too funny!!!

Metal magnetic Santa scroll with naughty or nice magnets. Probably give to my daughter . The kids should have fun deciding if they are naughty or nice!

More treasures from Market Square

Finds from Gracies. You can see I am leaning to pinks for the tree this year

More from the thrift store on 7th I bought those little vintage santa garlands for only $1 and I have a bezillion of them.

Goodies from Melrose. I finally broke down and got the bottle brush tree and the vintage beads and tinsel garland, and who could resist the cell phone cases. Mine is black surprise! Colleen wanted the pink one and yeap I forgot to take it out of my bag to give her.

Wed nite was our extra class at Jan's. She had a ton of projects for us. One of my favorites was this card where we learned to make the icicles . Fun fun

Then my next favorite project was this Stampin Up tin (that is filled with neat journaling Christmas spots) that we stamped and embossed. I had no clue that you could emboss on metal and ya the metal gets really ot when you are embossing it!!

My other class this week was altering canvases with Michelle at Devine Memories. This was an awesome class and Michelle gave us 2 canvases and enough supplies to complete each one. This is the one we did in class

And this is the one I completed at home. Love both of them

So it is shower and bed as I am exhausted from a long, fun, scored big time day of shopping with Colleen and yes I made it back ALIVE!!!!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Weekly Update

Another week come and gone. Sometimes I wonder where the days go in such a hurry. It is hard to realize that Thanksgiving and soon to be followed by Christmas is upon us.
I have had a pretty quiet weekend. As usual did not accomplish all I wanted but still in all a quiet weekend.
Saturday was class with Crystal at Devine Memories. We did a heritage album out of a coin folder. The book is absolutely wonderful and Crystal put a lot of time in on all the small details that make this such a special book. I did my Great Grandmother Anna Struchen. I have some pictures of her but know very little about her. It was interesting to go through the old pics and find some for this album. I loved looking at the small glimpses you get of the fashion and life way back then. Below are pics of my finished album. Actually I need to add the names to the pics and then it will be truely finished.

Front cover

Inside page

Small fold out page

Other side of the fold out

Anna Jensen Struchen

Another inside coin area filled with small pics

Back of the coin page

Middle back

Inside of album

Back side of album

Match box for swap

Angel I have been working on

Finally the long anticipated package has arrived. It was actually sent to my daughter's home. But no worries I have it now!!

And here they are 2 old wallpaper books I bought from Ebay. I so can't wait to start creating with these!!!

So there it is in pics my weekend. Back to fun things like laundry and picking up my messes

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Autism Walk

Well this was the big weekend for the Autism Walk at Tempe Town Lake. It was a beautiful sunny hot day!!! Colleen, Mel and her Mom, and I joined the Devine Memory family's Team and walked. Did I say it was HOT? We all completed the walk some of us in a very short time and some of us in a longer time. I bet everyone can guess who finished an hour before the rest of us. It was for a great cause and it was so nice to walk with all of Michelle's family. Colleen and I headed to Wildflower for a quick lunch to revitalize our weary bodies and then I was home. After a brief rest I am back to normal. Just a few of the pics I took. Michelle and Jenn took many more especially of the whole group so am sure they will post
The sign Michelle had outside their booth

Colleen and I

Gonzo in the black baseball cap

Pit stop with the crew

The Autism shirt we received for registering for the walk. Liked the DM shirt better