Saturday, March 29, 2008

saturday doings

Can I just say it is a beautiful day again today. Warm, slight breeze, lots of sunshine and beautiful blue skies. Love this time of year despite the allergies. My bougainvillea and some climbing vine that I have forgotten the name of , are in full bloom. And if I am being truthful so are the weeds. I sprayed them again today before I left for my class. I hope they fade away soon

Today was our class with Josie C at Mystic Paper. We learned copper etching and how to make rivets to connect our heart and wings together. What a great learning experience. Josie is so patient and generous with her time and supplies. Can't decide if I like the soldering or now copper etching the best. She showed us an upcoming class of a little etched copper house that was just too cute and her next class of a transparency book with glass and soldering.

Let's see another big thing in my week was Carol Wingert's March Kit. All I can say is wow it is loaded with the best embellishments, papers and ribbons and it has Kim Hesson's wooden easel. (Check out Kim's Etsy site for the best lace and trims and wooden cut outs) If this wasn't a big deal don't know what else there is. Two of my favorite people/instructors/creative artists in one kit. Wahoo. Colleen was just as blown away when I gave her her kit today. Now to get it put together. I so want to dig in and get going on it but I promised Colleen I would wait so we could plan a day to do it together.
Don't forget to check Kim's blog as she is doing a countdown to her birthday. She has lots of fun stuff planned I hear
Ok I have rambeled enough. guess I better get something productive done like laundry, cleaning or hey a nap??

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

It is swap time again

It has been at least a month since I have participated in any swaps and classes have been few and far between. We(Colleen and I)are keeping our pledge to be fiscally responsible. That is a hoot huh??. Sooooo I decided to host a vintage nursery rhyme tag swap for some of the creative friends I met through CIB and different classes I have taken. I am really excited and am waiting on two more people to respond yes or no. Then all the final details will be mailed to the ladies and the fun will begin.

In honor of hosting this swap, I just had to try to make a tag for the blog. Well 3 days later and my frustration with Elements 5 is way beyond reasonable this is as good as it is going to get. I threatened to unload elements many times in the past few days. anyhoo here it is.
More later

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all my family in Iowa and friends here in Arizona. What a beautiful day it was with bright blue skies and sunshine. This year I decided to take advantage of Super Suppers Easter dinner special. What a lot of great food we had. Pork loin, ham and cheddar strata, praline french toast, swiss cheese vegetable medley, twice baked potatoes and lemon pie. all of it was fantastic. Anthony loaded up on the deviled eggs. He loves those.
After our meal the games were on. The competition was fierce and in the end Anthony and TJ won the final round. Anthony plays with complete abandon and he is so fun to watch. Sadera is a fierce competitor and hates losing. and then there is John and TJ oh my do they compete to beat the "girls". It was a fun fun day with family.
So what is one of my posts without the pictures. Sit and relax and enjoy our family Easter.

Food courtesy Super Suppers in Gilbert

The table all set ready to go

New egg wreath I used as the center piece

Name tags I made quite a few years ago that we use annually

Precious begging to join Easter dinner too

TJ carving the pork loin

Yummy food

Sadera getting her food

Anthony goofing around with John

Playing games with Uncle TJ. As per usual we played games before and after our meal. Lots of competition going on!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Great news

Colleen called me last nite to confirm that YES we are officially signed up to take classes with Tim Holtz on April 12th at Mystic Paper. Wahoo!!!!! I can't wait and am so excited. Classes with the Mr Tim Holtz and Colleen, Kim and Michelle. 4 very loud noisy laughing gals. Poor Tim he won't know what hit him. Now what more could a girl ask for? Oh ya I know Tim Holtz new ruler, stamps, I know dream on and on! Bet I will have a ton of pics from this all day event!!!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Birthday Celebration

I swear the weeks are rushing by so fast. It is hard to believe this is Easter weekend already. I am breaking tradition this year and ordered my dinner from Super Suppers in Gilbert. We just need to pick it up on Sat and pop it in the oven on Sunday. Now what could be easier than that I ask. All their food is so fresh and yummy so I am sure we will have a fabulous good dinner.
Work is slowling down both at the hospital and at the unit which is good. The dreaded monthly reports are due in a couple of weeks so need to gear up for that.
No classes this week. Colleen and I are laughingly referring to ourselves as finacially fiscal consumers. In otherwords we are actually weighing which classes we take. Mainly due to my previous lack of mobility classes and shopping had slowed almost to a halt. No classes of course this weekend due to Easter. We do have a class next Sat again with Josie. I am so looking forward to learning copper etching and rivets should be fun
Today was our Doc's birthday so we had a BBQ for him. TJ as usual grilled the hamburgers and hot dogs and everyone brought chips, salads and cakes. Yummy!!!!

Dr Letarte, Claudia and Tina

Warren and Lori

Candy getting things ready

TJ cooking our hamburgers and hot dogs for Dr Letarte's birthday BBQ

My monthly scrap kit from Scrapmuse. Lots of bling and beautiful ribbons in this kit. Can't wait to do something with it

My hand I bought last weekend with a bracelet on it. Love my hand

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Classes, shopping and finishing projects

A busy week of work and rehab on my knee led to a fun Saturday. Colleen and I had signed up for Josie C class at Mystic Paper for soldering. This was our second class and can I just say we are hooked on soldering. Who knew it would be so fun and that we can actually do it so it looks good (unlike our previous experiences a year ago). Kim had signed up too and it was fun hanging with her. I think we now have her hooked on soldering. After class we wandered over and ate at Sweetcakes. Such good food. It was car rally day in downtown Mesa and it was fun watching all the interesting people and cars. After lunch it was to Market Square for a run through the antique store. Scored a few things for altered art and am so pleased with my purchases.
I am busy finishing up all my projects from a fun filled weekend at CIB at Devine Memories. Just have Kim's house to put together and find the perfect picture.
And what would my blog post be without some pics. Ya I know alot of pics!! you can click on the pics to enlarge if you want.

Class Saturday with Josie at Mystic Paper. This was our second soldering class and we had so much fun and learned more soldering techniques. Kim hooked up with us so we had lots of laughter too. Colleen did a picture of her folks wedding pic, Kim did an adorable pic of Aliya and I used Josie's pic and did mine.

My hand that I scooped up at Mystic Paper, well I should say Colleen knew I wanted it and grabbed the last two in the store. Love my hand!!!!

Another class project completed from CIB. This is the class Michelle taught. Not happy with the ribbon yet but will keep looking till I find the perfect color. The camera has these colors a different shade than they really are

My swap board is finished from CIB last weekend. I have it hanging in my scrap room

This was the make-n-take from Creativity in Bloom that I attended finally done with this one

Class on Wed at Jan's for our Stampin Up club. This was our mid month class and we created 5 cards learning new techniques and using some of the new supplies that have been released. Colleen just loves (not) the sticky letters we used on the glittered Hello card. It was a blast watching her try to get them apart. We stamped our own background on the orange card. Fun nite

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Great classes, Great people, Great Food

This was a fun, relaxing creative weekend. I had signed up CIB at Devine Memories long before my "little" accident and had been looking forward to it for a very long tme. What a great event starting Friday PM with meet the teachers and wonderful sweet treats, dinner from Chipolte and our first class with Beth Quinn. The swap was so much fun and Kim C was so generous and gave each of the swap participants the board to mount our swaps on.
Saturday we started the day with fruit,juices and muffins yum. Classes were great, and of course lunch was soo good from Jason's. Lots of goodies from vendors, instructors and Devine Memories. Lots of laughter. Apparently "we" ( make that all of us) were shrill and loud huh??? Maiji. Oh well we all had a great time.
So today is rest, do laundry, rest, pay bills and hmmm rest

Our instructors holding the examples of the classes they taught. From L-R: Kim H, Beth Q, MichelleD, Sandy E, and Candice C

Our group picture with Instructors and participants.
Back row L to R:
Beth, Kim C, Sue, Colleen, Maija, Tracy, Sandy
Front row L to R:
Kim H, me, Julie, Michelle

Working away in Michelle's class

Our 3x3 swaps all packaged up so beautifully. I hated opening the packages

This is the board for us to mount our 3x3 swaps on. Kim H cut out the boards and Kim C and Cheryl S finished them and gave one to each of the participants. Can't wait to get my swaps all arranged on it.

Michelle and Kim two of the instructors

Beautiful spring flowers from Kim H with the sweetest glittered Easter Egg flower poke . I was lucky since Colleen kills anything living she gave me hers minus the Egg!!!

My goodies!! It was like Christmas with the goodie bags, gifts from the instructors, and the prizes we won. So much fun!!!!

Crystal's famous sugar cookies tucked in our lunch boxes for Sat

1st class Friday evening after goodies and dinner from Chipolte. Beth Q taught us to alter a soup can for a Spring Theme

Friday, March 07, 2008

Let the fun begin

I can't believe it is Friday already. It has been another long week of runny nose and coughing but finally I feel like I have gone over the hump and am on the road to recovering. I feel so bad as now my SO has it. He has been so great helping, pampering and rehabing my knee and now he is so sick with this crappy flu and I am pretty much useless to him. About all I can do is empathize and sympathize. Get well soon!!!!!
This is my big weekend CREATIVITY IN BLOOM at Devine Memories. It starts today at 4 PM and goes through tomorrow nite. Totally looking forward to meeting Kim Caldwell and catching up with Maija. Awesome classes are planned with Kim H, Candice C, Beth Q , Michelle D and Sandy E. I am packed with everything but the kitchen sink. Looking forward to creating and just rleaxing. Bless Colleen she is my driver again this weekend. I told her she is a saint to haul me around. I hope to be driving myself one of these days!!!
I joined the CIB swap hosted by Kim C and Cheryl (who can't come due to surgery. We will miss her) and it is done and packaged up. The swap is 3x3 cardds with a spring theme. I have seen peeks of some of the participants cards and can't wait to have them all together. Kim is going to be making a wooden board to put them all on and we can buy that tonight. so excited.

Here are my 3x3 cards, bags and the tags I used for the swap

Wed nite was our regular class at Jan's. We made 3 awesome cards. Good nite. And we got to see Jan's new lo water washer. Hmmm nope not for me I have to have my clothes covered in water to feel like they are clean. This thing weighs your load and then adds just the right amount of water but Jan says the clothes are never covered in water. Technology!!!!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Kim tagged me to list 6 quirky things about me. Now I am not very exciting so here goes
1. My laundry has to be done in exactly the same order everytime (whites, colors, darks, towels) no exceptions

2. Towels are folded and placed in the cupboard by color

3. I read all my magazines back to front

4. Dishes are stacked in the dishwasher exactly the same way every time

5. I never where white before Easter Old Iowa tradition

6 All alarm clocks set ahead 30 minutes

See told you not exciting
so I need to tag 6 people but I tnink most everyone I can think of has been tagged

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Quiet Weekend

After a long non rehab week at work training on the upgrades of our computer system it has been a nice relaxing weekend.
Saturday Colleen picked me up and after a Starbucks run we headed to Mystic Paper to get more soldering supplies. At least that was why I needed to go. This was my first official shopping expedition since my accident in Jan. I have been to a couple of classes but this was the very first "we are going shopping" day. I did well especially with my mother hen Colleen. Got my soldering supplies and a few extra things and then since I felt so well we headed to one of my favorite stores Domestic Bliss. Love their clothes and what do you know 75% off sales oh yah!!!! I was able to find 2 tops and pants on sale. The 3rd top I loved so despite not being on sale I splurged. Colleen bought us both new aprons for our CIB weekend.
From Domestic Bliss it was to Wildflower for lunch/breakfast. We decided to eat breakfast instead. Just totally yummy lemon ricotti pancakes. and then it was home. All in all we were gone less than 3 hours but I was pooped so it was home for me.
And to top it all off Candice Carpenter's Spring Banner Kit I had ordered arrived. Yippee. Can I just say not only is the kit beautiful and packed to the brim with goodies but it is packaged just as cute as can be. I think my favorite is the little pig in her party hat round circle stickers that sealed the bags. It was almost as much fun opening everything as it was putting the kit together. I also received Carol Wingert's Feb kit and again the packaging was just too cute. Lots of work these ladies put into packaging their kits up.
So anyway I put my banner kit together last nite and this am. I don't have very good photos but Jenn hung it for me so I am pleased I have a bit of spring in my house.
Another busy week ahead at work and it will be back to rehab this week. Actually looking forward to it. My leg is stiff since we weren't able to do rehab workouts last week. Friday and Sat is CIB at Devine Memories. Looking forward to meeting the California girls and can't wait for our swap.
So of course I had to add a ton of pics click on them to enlarge for better view of the banner.

Banner hung

1st 3 letters of the banner

last 3 letters

My new tops from Domestic Bliss

My new apron from Colleen for CIB

My swaps all packaged ready to go

I dug my tote out as I need to bring quite a few supplies. Need to get it packed and ready for Friday

So only 4 days to work this week and then Devine Memories CIB event Friday nite and all day Sat. Looking forward to a great week