Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year


May 2011 be the best year yet

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Merry Christmas! Indeed It Was

Christmas 2010. Again this was a very good Christmas. I was surrounded by family on Christmas Day. From the food, gifts and game playing it was just a spectacular Christmas. I am so thankful and grateful for my son and daughter and her family in my life.
My Christmas celebration started Thursday evening making a Gingerbread man with Sadera and Anthony. Trader Joe's has the cutest kit and the kids completed all by themselves. We then watched 9. Cute movie.

Friday was a quiet day finishing up a few little things and then helping TJ make his pumpkin brulee. We met Jenn and John at Firebirds for a Christmas Eve dinner. Yummy food good company.

Christmas Day was totally complete with a turkey and ham cooked to perfection. Potatoes via my sisters recipe. Food turned out really good. Gifts were exchanged and then we finished our day playing CLR (our new family favorite).Below our some of our pictures from the past 3 days

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from my home to yours.
May your day filled with Peace and Joy

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tina's debut

This past week can best be described by Maija and her newest blog post. It was a week from hell to put it bluntly!!! Maija did such a great piece on ups and downs so if you get a chance to read her post please do. I keep being told that karma has a way of evening things out and I so hope that is exactly what will happen.

So on with the true reason for this post. I had approached Tina a couple of months ago about teaching a class for some friends new to the scrapping and art world. Tina had decided to leave the storefront teaching arena and strike out on her own with her dream of teaching out of her home. Tina was so enthusiastic and soon had a class developed, date set and was ready to go. Yesterday was her grand debut and it was a successful day. She had put so much work into planning the day so we could all enjoy, eat and create. I volunteered to help however she needed me and so I headed out Saturday a bit early as I had no clue other than Chandler Heights dirt road where I was headed. Tina's email to all of us was explicit don't follow mapquest follow her directions. Well I plugged her address into my GPS and off I went. No problems other than I realized I was going to arrive earlier than I had said due to no traffic. Heck on a Sat who would think the traffic would be so light. Anyway I make all the turns and am so proud of myself I am not lost I am doing great. Wrong!!! No street signs when I get to the dirt roads. OOPS maybe I should have listened to Tina but too late. GPS says I missed my corner but I never saw a corner or road or sign. So .5 miles it says turn right and I do. Well big big mistake. This is a dirt road from hell with pot holes as big as the Grand Canyon. I attempted to straddle the ruts and just let the previous peoples tire tracks take me. Good thing it was just a short distance before I turned on to a paved street. I found Tina and even though she had just gotten out of the shower she welcomed me into her beautiful home. I have to say that was the only misadventure of the day. Everyone else followed Tina's directions and so had no problems go figure.

Our class was full of fun techniques, I was surprised as I was to be a helper and sweet Tina had a kit for me too.
Tina is a wonderful instructor upbeat positive funny. Her kit was packed with goodies. Amanda my Dietician joined us for the class and we had the whole table to ourselves as 2 people were unable to come. Hope you are feeling better Jean and poor Colleen's daughter had to spend her day in traffic school yuck.

Not only did we have beautiful ornaments as a sweet gift to us, we had cute packaged kits and yummy food.

Great debut Tina looking forward to the next class


Cover to our mini album + a layout was provided

Amanda's kit and name tag

Ornament which could also be a gift card holder. Mine is on my mini tree with my name tag

Tina had set up a small table in the entryway with some of her things for sale. I bought one of her beautiful flower pins

All that yummy food

Sharon in the back Amanda sitting working away

I bet you are all wondering what the heck I took a pic of a chair for?? Well this is a very special chair. Tina used to work for Waylen and Jessi Jennings and when he passed away this chair was given to her. It was Waylen's chair. Yeap I sat in it:) It is a huge chair although it doesn't look like it in the pic.

A fun relaxing day. Now on to Christmas decorating, laundry, groceries and all that. Looking forward to a much better week and hope you all have a great week

"Maison de Joie"

After Earleen's Friday luncheon and class with Denise , Saturday morning arrived sunny with beautiful blue skies. It was a good omen. I was very lucky to be attending my 2nd Heirloom event. I picked up Colleen and after a Starbuck's stop we made our way to Annette's for Carol's "Maison de Joie" event. Annette had her home decorated so beautifully. The Christmas spirit was definitely present. Colleen and I did a little shopping from Carol's table as we waited for the other guests to arrive. When everyone had joined the party we were served a wonderful breakfast. It was so nice that we were able to eat outdoors in Annette's resort like yard and pool area.
Following breakfast the fun began as we created our covers to our albums. There was lots of chattering, catching up and laughter throughout the morning. Colleen and I sat with Teah and Karen. So good to see them and hear of their adventures and shopping while in Az.

After another wonderful lunch again eaten outdoors it was time to tackle the inside of our books. Each page is full of details and although I am not done (about 1/2 of the way) I love my album. It was so hard to say goodbye to a wonderful group of ladies. A very meaningful creative experience filled with wonderful ladies. Can't wait for the spring event.
A special thank you to Annette for being a great hostess, Carol for a wonderful class, Ashley, Annette and Earleen for the fab lo calorie food hee hee.

Below are just a few of the many pics I took. The group pic I borrowed from Carol's blog

Teah enjoying that fabulous popcorn Earleen makes

Breakfast fruit cups

The album

Our goodies at the table

Carols goodies for sale. I was able to get the tote on the right with the beautiful flowers and lace

Colleen. Annette's tree made a perfect spot for photos

Another of her trees she needs to come decorate mine

One of Annette's whimsical elves I loved them as they peeked out from all over the house

Annette's beautiful pool area

Friday, December 10, 2010

Just a week ago

One week ago today I was taking a fun class with Denise Hahn in Earleen's beautifully Christmas decorated home. The lunch was wonderful, the class over the top and the participants the best. It was the best kick off to Carol's event on Saturday.

Denise had our kits packaged so sweet and we all had many laughs glittering, gluing and laughing over Earleen's special little girl from Denise.

I was able to catch up with Teah and Karen and finally Maija. Who knew we rarely get to connect except at events:)

Just a few pics of our day. My ornament hangs proudly in my living room. I love it. Thanks Denise. Please come more often to teach classes

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Back from Iowa

Hard to believe a week ago today TJ and I were in Iowa celebrating Thanksgiving with family. We were freezing our feet off. We flew into Omaha rented a car and landed in Early last Friday. From then on it was a whirlwind of trips to the store for food, helping my brother Scott pack u the old house and get the newly purchased house ready to move into. Lots of emotions for him and his boys leaving their beloved home and starting on a new journey.

My sister had done much of the menu planning and cooking for the week. She did an awesome job and we had tons and I mean tons of food. TJ took over the duties one night and fixed us yummy Asian short ribs. Zach joined us all the way from New York and brought lots of fun things to try. He made the stuffing and turkey for our Thanksgiving meal. Fresh roasted chestnuts were peeled and chopped and added to the stuffing yum yum yum. The he proceeded to make pumpkin brittle. That was a big hit with all of us.
It was good to be back visiting with family, celebrating our blessings and putting our very lives in jeopardy with the Black Friday Sale. Too much fun with TJ. He really gets into it and we scored some great stuff, which necessitated another suitcase to get it all home.
Just a few pics of our week in Early are below