Monday, September 28, 2009

For Today

FOR TODAY...September 28th

Outside my window... It is dark way too early but it is a sign cooler weather is coming

I am thinking...fall has to be coming soon doesn't it???

I am thankful for...good friends

I am wearing...capris, blouse

I am remembering... What a wonderful weekend it was in Cali

I am clean house this week!!!

I am reading...CMS rules yuck!!!!

I am finish up a card I am working on

On my mind...many things all jumbled in a rats nest in my brain

From the learning rooms... New CMS rules

Noticing that... My staff is getting along today Yes and thank you

Pondering these words...

From the kitchen...left overs crock pot swiss steak mashed potatoes

Around the house... very messy

One of my favorite things cool mornings

From my picture journal...
Artistic Affaire L'Automne Sept 19,2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Quiet weekend

This has been a pretty quiet weekend. I guess I was more tired from my Cali trip than I had thought. I also think I have picked up a "bug" as I am just not feeling the best. Can't decide if it is these darn allergies or what.

Saturday I made a quick trip to Mystic Paper and picked up some Halloween Stamps. That was pretty much it for me as I was hot and tired so home I came. Fixed chicken Marsala in the crock pot for my dinner and it was beyond yummy.

Today I decided that I needed to do something besides being a slug on the couch. I made Margie's pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Oh my goodness it make a bazillion of them. I will definitely be bringing some to my kids and to work. I made little muffin holders with a die for the Big Shot that I continue to hold for ransom. Colleen will have a large ransom by the time she gets home
Have swiss steak in my crock pot for my dinner and have laundry about done. Played with new Halloween stamps loving them.
So not much news off to get ready for another week at work. Maybe I will have more energy later on in the week for a better post

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My Swap and Gifts

The 3rd and final post of my past weekend. Warning lots of photos :)
I was the hostess of the Thankful fabric book swap. I made each of the swap members a fabric book and then they were to make a fabric square to be adhered inside the book. I had so much fun making their books and gathering laces and trims and buttons for them to embellish the inside pages as the wanted. The fabric squares each person did were beautiful and each one unique.
A pic of all the goodies I gave each one

This was Anette's first swap and she was so nervous. She did great

Maija's beautiful square. I so love little vintage girls and a hand stitched piece from her!

Colleen's sweet baby Ella. Colleen's thumb was so sore from the quilting. She had a guaze cover over her square tied with a ribbon

Earleen's felted square. Again another first time swapper. Loved her choices of colors and my first felted piece to have in my book
Loved Marsi's tree. I am so partial to trees so this one is special too

Sandy's oh my goodness so much work she put in this with all the sewing. I was so excited to finally meet Sandy as we email back and forth. She and I had a secret place outside the studio for quick cooling breaks:)

Michelle's beautiful fall colors make this another special piece. I loved the envelope on the front I was excited to meet Michelle as I follow her on Facebook.

My dear friend Cheryl's square. How appropriate she is thankful for girlfriends. I miss her already

And last mine. This was a pic from so many many years ago of my sister and I.

I can't wait to put all these beautiful squares in my book.

I received beautiful gifts this weekend. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful women in my life.

For hosting swaps past and present Kim C gave us all a beautiful mug with our initial on it. Now I can think of the event everytime I drink my coffee.
Sweet Jessi presented me with this necklace.
Back of necklace

Marsi gave me a pumpkin scented candle. It smells really good
Sandy gave me a primitive pumkin. He is so cute
From Cheryl scrumtious tea. Just look at the packaging
Dear Maija gave me a Holly creation brooch. It will be perfect on my new dress
And dear friend Colleen was sneaky and snatched this necklace up from Jamie. I had looked at it and wanted it and then set it down to talk with someone and whoosh the next thing I knew it was gone. I was shocked when Colleen gave it to me. Love it

I think that about winds up my post tonight. Thanks for sticking with me through this long post.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Artistic Affaire L'Automne part deux

Saturday we were up early and to the studio to begin our wonderful day. Lots of visiting and laughter as we got ready for our classes. The studio was beautifully decked out in my favorite "fall theme" Everything was to perfection. Unfortunately I walked out of my hotel room without my camera so no pics from me.
I purchased one of Kim's new totes and an apron that matches it. They are simply beautiful.

The table settings were all decked out in fall colors. Kim had made each of us a covered journal, name tags, goodie bags. It was all over the top.

Friday nite at the vendor soiree Laura hosted the cutest make n take. It was one of Kim's cake wood cut outs that we decorated. So cute!

Lisa Kettell began the day with a fairy and shadow box class.Our table was full of laughter as Earleen was so funny making her "angel". All of our little creations turned out so cute.

Julie had an upbeat vintage ceiling tile class for our second class of the day. I learned lots of new techniques working with foam core

And our last class of the day was with the wonderful Ruth. She taught us the fine art of making cuff bracelets. Mine has a few finishing touches and then I will show you. Ruth had our kits put together in cigar boxes and had lots of goodies for our cuffs.
Throughout the day we had our swap exchanges. There were some amazing masks, canvases, paper dolls and my group did beautiful fabric squares.
Bryanna and I had several email exchanges for my swap and though she was not able to participate I made her a fabric book so she could enjoy creating in it. She presented me with the most precious charm of my folks. It literally brought tears to my eyes. I love it Bryana.

Since this has turned into such a long post I will post pics of my swap and gifts tomorrow. The light faded on me as I was trying to get pics of all the fabric squares so tomorrow I will get on it earlier

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Returning to Reality

This past weekend I had the privilege to attend one of Kim C's most fabulous events Artistic Affaire L'Automne. What a wonderful fun filled, pampered week end. No detail was left undone everything was perfection. To make the event that much more special I connected with Colleen( who is in Oakland now) and all the wonderful girls and friends from past events. Sweet Maija was there and sad to say about the only time we see each other is in California. The weather to us Az girls was humid but it didn't stop us from having a ball.
My adventure started Thursday when Kim H picked me up and we headed on our way. We arrived at Kim C's to be greeted by the sweet Amy Powers and Lisa Kettell. It was off for pedis that Kim had arranged for us and then back to Kim's for girl talk and laughter.
Friday while Kim H, Jamie, and Alice helped Kim get ready for the evenings soiree Colleen and I caught up on all the happenings.
We were given a limo instead of the town car we had ordered to drive us to the studio, What a relaxing ride and in style too.
Packed and ready to load the pickup

Colleen in the limo

Colleen visiting

One of many beautiful fall displays

And another display that greeted us as we came up the stairs

Lisa and I she is just so fun

Julie H, Kim C, Lisa K and Ruth R

The refreshment area so beautiful

Val and Kim

We shopped and snacked on wonderful food. Laura had a very cute make n take. Visited with all our friends and then it was time to say good night and get ready for Saturday.
More pics next post as this is already long
Kim did a wonderful job of ensuring that we all had the grandest of times. Hard to come back to reality. More next post

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

For Today

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FOR TODAY September 14,2009...

Outside my window... It is getting very windy and huge white clouds are rolling in. Maybe a bit of rain to cool us desert folks down.

I am thinking...Just hang in there for 3 days and then you will be able to relax and temporarily forget work

I am thankful for...A very short work week. For some reason I am very tired today.

From the learning rooms...Kindness patience I am trying very hard to keep these two things in mind today and tomorrow. I am learning more than I ever wanted to about INFLUENZA, Getting everything ready to offer vaccines to all staff and patients.

From the kitchen... Not much in the kitchen today. Pretty bare cupboards

I am wearing... PJ's

I am creating... Lots of ideas floating in my head

I am going... To Kim's wonderful event on Thursday

I am reading...

I am hoping... For cool weather to arrive when soups will be tasting so good

I am hearing... Very quiet right now. I am relishing the peace and the quiet
Around the house... Piles of swaps, clothes and Colleen's goodies waiting to be packed

One of my favorite things... Somerset Studio's new edition. Lots of Halloween goodies to drool over

A few plans for the rest of the week: Cali Cali Cali

Here is picture for thought I am sharing.
Anthony age 2

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A week end in review

This has been a pretty busy week end but one in that I accomplished a lot. Today I had my very first Pumpkin Latte of the season. Yummy. Now it is hotter than heck outside but I have to say the hot coffee was so good even with the non fat milk and no whip cream.

Sat I was up early and headed to Mystic to join the celebration of their 5 year anniversary. As I walked out my door this is what I saw! Now times must be really alot worse than I thought if you need a hearse to advertise your moving sale. Funny thing or not when I came home from work Friday there were alot of cars at this house with the hearse parked in front. I figured some one had passed away and the hearse was there to pick them up. About 30 min later the hearse was gone cars gone and house all shut up so didn't think much about it. Well I guess no one passed away and they are moving. Gee I am sure going to miss their loud house shaking Mexican music!!!

Anyway I made it to Mystic with out further incident and had a really nice visit with Mike and Lesly. I bought Lesly's church. I am so in love with it. I collect unique churches and this is perfect for my collection.

So today has been spent doing laundry, cleaning and working in the yard. Jen called and asked me to join them for lunch (late lunch)at a new place they have discovered very close to me. I agreed and met them. This was such a fun little restaurant/bar. Very unique. I had forgotten to bring my camera so these pics are courtesy of my cell phone. Not the best but a good idea of what it was like.

The tables were doors with glass on them and the seating was church pews. Lots of old pics I am thinking Irish on the walls. The food is pastry shells with all different ingredients and they must have had a million different combos. Food is served on tin plates.

Jen and wild haired Anthony. Oops I think he forgot to tame his wild hair today. He is growing it you know!

Sadera and John

Here is mine Mexican . It was marinated steak, eggs, chillies in the pastry shell oh my goodness was it good. I brought the other half home

Then oh my goodness they have desserts in the pastry this one is caramel bananas and whipped cream lo calorie I am sure

And this one was my favorite peanut butter, raspberry jam with a wonderful raspberry sauce. I will be eating here again I am sure.

So that is the wrap up of my weekend and it is back to work tomorrow. Boss gone till Wednesday and I am leaving Thursday. Can't wait to head out to Kim's event in Cali