Saturday, January 31, 2009

Flea Market Finds and Valentine Kits

My day started at 6:30 am or as Colleen says O dark thirty, with Colleen arriving to pick me up for a Flea market adventure. After fortifying ourselves with hot coffee for me and iced coffee with an extra shot of espresso for Colleen we headed to the Merchant Square flea market in their parking lot to meet Kim. Can I say it was 40 some degrees and dark and we froze literally for the first hour or two. Once the sun decided to come out it was much more pleasant. We made the rounds and each of us sort of headed in a different direction. Found lots of good buys. After we were frozen to the bone we headed inside Merchant Square and made our way up and down the ailes
Colleen is already frozen and we just arrived. We ran into Gloria a relative of Colleen's.

Sun is up and it is starting to warm up Yeah

My doll

Beautiful crocheted pillow cases

Another old bottle, salt and pepper shakers and a bag full of Santa pics

A very old beautiful hand embroidered sampler. I am really loving this

The Santa pics. I found more embroidered pillow cases, lace and a few more Easter decorations to add to the pile

From Merchant it was to TC's to grab a late breakfast and an early lunch. French toast and omelets for Kim and I and eggs and the delicious potatoes for Colleen. Then on to Mystic. Jennifer was holding down the store and it was fun to visit and catch up on CHA. We cracked up at her Paris H stories. Oooed and ahed over the new basic grey samples she had brought back. We made a quick trip to our favorite thrift store and then we had to all head home. Great day of shopping was had by all of us. Colleen and Kim promise to post pics of their finds.

Last Friday Joli Paquet had their kit sale. I purchased kits from Junque Art and The Little Pink Studio. I have been busy putting together the goodies. Both of the kits were packaged just too cute and I think that was half the fun of getting them. I have my sweet little bird done and am working on the valentines
Here is Junque Art package

Inside the box

A peek inside the little tin

and ta da my little bird

And Thursday my 2nd kit arrived. Again so fun to open

Inside beautiful wrapped kit supplies. I am working on the valentines now so will post pics when I am done

So a great day of fun finds, good friends, lots of laughs, great food and FREEZING temps till 8:30. After the sun arrived and warmed up it was a beautiful day
Super Bowl tomorrow Go Go Go Cardinals

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Short weekend

This weekend like all of them has just flown by. I am really not ready to head back to work tomorrow. One more day would be so nice. I did accomplish alot today and for that I am thankful. Plus I got to play a bit too so all in all a good day.
My daughter Jen came over this am to help me hang my garland. Took a bit of maneuvering and quite a few trips up and down to get it centered and just right. It was very difficult to get a good pic of it but here is the best I could manage. We needed to rearrange a bit as the "BIRD" was desperately trying to reach the ribbons from his cage. He is moved away from the doorway much to his dismay. Poor bird can't reach the ribbons, the flowers were moved so he can't chew on them and Jen did not give him the attention he wanted. Bad bird day:)

Close up of the detail in the garland

So after laundry and house cleaning I headed to Trader Joe's. Bad idea when you are hungry. But as usual they had food samples so I was able to try a couple of new things which I ended up buying. I restocked my favorite apple slices. These are so good

Green tea with Blueberry and pomegranate my favorite

Going to try Persian cucumbers in my salad tonight

and added to that salad a medley of salad tomatoes

and then I had to replenish my peanut butter pretzels that Colleen hooked Kim and I on and a new treat cheese puffs

And can I say I am in heaven. This sweet lady told me once I tried these I would not go back to Reece's Peanut Butter Cups. Well she was right!!!! These are an amazing sweet wonderful treat.

So after all the shopping, cleaning laundry and catching up on the news with my folks and sister, I decided to work on a few little valentines for my tree. Below is the start. Have more glitter and embellishing to do but here is a sneak peak.

Tomorrow starts another busy week. Hope everyone has a great week.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Long day of shopping=aching feet

Colleen and I headed out this am to try and find a pink prom dress for her mannequin. Unfortunately she didn't find a prom dress but she found a beautiful white night dress that she is going to use until she finds that perfect prom dress.
Unfortunately Kim had obligations at home so was unable to join us. So off to Starbuck's we went for our newest addiction oatmeal and coffee. Once we were fortified our journey began.

Our first stop was of course Mystic Paper. We had to check out the valentines and new paper sections. I fell in love with the two new Basic Grey lines in the store. The valentine papers came in the paper pack and I had to have them as there were two I just loved.

K&Company new vintage papers are to die for and so those were added to my ever growing pile

And another line of Basic Grey went into my basket.

And gosh somehow these new to me acrylic paints were found in my basket too. The reports are that this is the best paint so I will be trying them out soon.

From Mystic is was a trip to Bella Fine. They are having a moving sale and oh my what great bargains I found. The first great deal was a spring garland. It is at least 7' long with the sweetest little eggs and flower buds. It is wrapped in a beautiful ribbon. Can't wait to hang it up.

I picked up a beautiful bunch of flowers and so far I just stuck them unarranged in a big glass container till I can get them arranged properly

Another rooster plate to add to my collection

Once we loaded all of my stuff and everything Colleen bought into her car it was off to Merchant Square. I was so disappointed as some of our most favorite booths were gone. There have been a lot of changes and I suppose mainly due to the economy some have closed. But never fear I managed to find quite an eclectic assortment of goodies. From vintage to new Easter decor items, old crochet lace strips, old bottles, vintage valentines,crochet flowers, vintage buttons my passion, and a beautiful hand embroidered linen towel. Good day of shopping really.

By the time we checked out it was too late for lunch at TC's so off to Wildflower for a sandwich and soup. After reviving our sagging spirits it was a quick walk to Changing Hands Bookstore . I managed to find new books for the grand kids and then home I came. Here are Ms S new reading pleasures

And Mr A's 2 dinosaur and the cutest history book. Hoping they both like them

So long productive day. My feet are tired and I have all this to put away and straighten up. I guess there is always tomorrow.
Finally after a long drama filled crazy week it is Sat. To say I don't have to go to work today and deal with an idiot is a relief!!! I am going to relax and enjoy my weekend.
Like everyone else I am anxiously awaiting the new releases of products at CHA. So far I have clear defined favorites and can't wait to get my paper hoarding hands on them. Alot of what is out there is the same old thing cutsie or a copy of someone else's line, what is up with that? But here is a list of my favorites I have found so far.

October Afternoon Cherry Hill papers
7 Gypsies
Creative Imaginations
Basic Grey
Going to be heading out on a mission to find a pink prom dress for Colleen's dress form. We should have alot of fun doing that. I will update our success or lack there of later
Hope everyone has a great day

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What a week so far

My goodness this has been a week filled with all kinds of excitement, history, drama and anticipation. I am counting Sunday as the beginning of the week!!
Two big events started my week: The Cardinals and the PF Chang Rock n Roll Marathon.
Can you believe the Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl. Go Cardinals!!!!

Early Sunday am PF Chang held their annual Marathon.Three special guys ran this again. They are starting out 2009 as they do every year with the PF Chang Rock N Roll and then on to San Diego in June for that Rock n Roll and then in August it is to Quebec for that one. This is an annual event for these guys. So congrats to J, W, and D for completing another milestone like 26 miles!

J & W crossing the line

D crossing the line

Monday brought the start of One World One Heart. Many bloggers are participating including Maija pop over to her blog to sign up. Last I checked there were over 400 blogs participating with awesome give aways

It was also MLK Day. A day to reflect and honor

Then comes the much anticipated Inauguration. Unfortunately I was at work so really didn't get to see all the festivities or the swearing in ceremony. Once I got home like many I was glued to the TV. Here is to a future of change and hope

And last is the anticipation of the release of kits tomorrow. Again Joli Paquet is doing tutorials and tomorrow is kit releases from participating instructors and vendors. Can't wait.

So here is to a quiet day at work tomorrow and a somewhat quiet restful weekend. Ya right but I can hope

Sunday, January 18, 2009


This has been a busy but creative day. I slept in late for me and finished up the laundry and cleaning and grocery shopping in record time. Checked in on the Marathon to see how 3 guys were doing and then I played. Mike has created a monster as I am loving the bees wax. Problem is I ran out of boards both his and Kim's. So with the smell of a roast in the crock pot and the bees wax melting in another I played the afternoon away. I am slowly getting the hang of the bees wax process.
Here is the wax melting away

My last board. I still have to add some embellis but I like this

And my little bird nest. The birds and the square board are Kim's wood cut outs. Love these and they are working so well with the waxing

and last a much better picture of the one I completed in Mike's class yesterday.

Had a great afternoon. Talked with Colleen a bit and she is under the weather but cheering on the Cardinals. The Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl Yeah!!! All 3 guys finished the Marathon Yeah!!! Another work week starts tomorrow not a yeah, so I am guessing I best get things lined up.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Been Beezy

I took a class at Mystic Paper with Mike Putman. What a fun class with bees wax. Colleen, Kim, and Tina also were there. It was so good to see Tina and catch up with her and her busy life. I think all of us came home with wonderful and different projects, as each of us had a different interpretation of the shabby collages. If you ever get a chance to take one of Mike's classes go for it. They are stress free and you learn so many techniques in all a great time. Tina needed to leave before we all finished so after Kim was done we headed to Mango's for a late lunch. Yummy food. Then it was time to pack up and head home. Unfortunately I missed the daylight to photograph my collage so will try to get a better pic tomorrow and post. And Mike warned us that when using bees wax to be careful it draws bees. Yeap it does. We had a little visitor come to join us. Too funny. So I will make sure my doors are closed when attempting this here at home. Ya I have all the supplies to play here now. Did any of us doubt that.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Lazy Quiet Day

It is a quiet, kind of lazy, beautiful sunshiny day here today. I am enjoying the windows open and the sun pouring through my windows. It has been a good day despite my rotten cold, and I am accomplishing quite a bit of house cleaning and also paying attention to my artistic side!
Yesterday was a great day. Colleen arrived back from California Friday evening so Saturday we headed to Starbuck's and Mystic Paper. Got all caught up on the goings on of Mystic, Kim and Jennifer's lives and we got a special showing of Baby Ella via Colleen's new digital picture frame. Baby Ella is such a doll and she looks like her daddy that is for sure. After a filling good good lunch at TC's we headed home.
I started working on some of my many projects and kits sitting here. I am determined to get these finished and in my albums this year:) I have finished my word album that I have put together to highlight my word FOCUS, completed 2 layouts with pics no less, and am working on Carol Wingert's monthly kit. I love her kits.
Between all this I am sneezing and coughing. I seem to have gotten the cold that all of my kids, the Doc, and all the patients have had. I am drinking OJ, eating oranges and drinking lots of hot tea. I am actually better today so lets hope it leaves quickly.
Great oranges from Trader Joe's

My newest toy I am in love with. This is kind of a smaller version of my ATG 700. I am loving it and the best part is the refills just snap in. Too cool.

Cover of my focus album. I made a transparency for the cover and then used Basic Grey Urban Prairie for the pages. I just put in random bits and pieces of paper, envelopes and hopefully I will use it:)

A peek at the inside

More inside

Layout I finished last night. I used a pic of Mom and Dad my sister had sent me

Another layout of New Years Eve with little Mr A

I have been bad and on Etsy again but I found some neat Christmas items.

My little PEEPS. I love them. Not sure what I will do with them but they are so soft

Lindsey tagged me to list 5 of my addictions. Oh oh I guess the secret will be out Thes are randomly listed in no particular order
1. Reeces Peanut Butter Cups (I could eat the whole bag which is why I rarely
buy them)
2. Books and magazines I have stacks and stacks of them
3. Scrapbook paper, wrapping paper,tissue paper well you get the right
idea.I have 1000 of pieces of paper and I hoard it
4. Aprons, vintage I seem to be collecting lots and lots of them
5. My family and friends I am fiercly loyal and protective of them

Ok so I need to tag 5 people
Kim J
Kim H
Jennifer W
Rebecca Tresler