Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas



Wishing all my Family and Friends a very Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ready For Christmas

That title is certainly misleading! Ready I am not, getting closer but still a ways to go . Most of the gifts are purchased just a few difficult ones to look for, menu is planned and most of the decorating is completed. My Christmas album for 2011 is finished as of this morning and I can't wait to take the photos and put in it.
I was at Craftfusion most of the day yesterday working on this beautiful album taught by Suzette Ricks. We had cookies , doughnuts, pizza and home made fudge from Barb to keep our energy levels going. It was a fun class and I was able to complete most of the album there. This am I finished up embellishing the pages. I think this is one of my favorite albums ever well except the one she taught last Christmas.







Friday, December 09, 2011

The Stockings Were Hung

I hosted a small group for a Christmas Stocking Swap. I kept the group small due to my time and work constraints and deadlines I was facing. My idea for the swap came from a wonderful online class I took with Nancy Maxwell James of Sugar Lump Studios. I really enjoyed her class and all her helpful tips and so the idea was born.
I assigned secret partners, to each of the members as well as a Dec 10th deadline. Christine suggested we all wait and open our boxes on the same day. So today is the reveal. The stocking are gorgeous and it has been fun as the photos came in to see how each of us interpreted the theme. We designed and filled our stockings with goodies and then mailed to our partner.
Below are the photos of our stockings and a little thank you I sent to each of the gals. The stockings are in no particular order just how they came up on the computer. I am already thinking of next year :) and what we could do and to being more organized time wise so I can invite more gals to join.
A special thank you Julie, Denise, Christine, Mary, Teah, Karen and Colleen for joining. All of your stockings are just so beautiful.

Little Christmas cones I made for each of the participants

Denise's Stocking

Julie's Stocking

Teah's stocking

Mary's stocking

Karen's stocking

Colleen's stocking

Christine's stocking

Mine

And Another Milestone is reached




So Hard to believe that my Grandson Anthony is 11 already. Time has a way of just slipping by so quickly. I am very proud of the young man he is becoming, funny, goofy, polite, caring, and an all around great kid
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANTHONY. Big wishes for a great year ahead

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


So many things big and small to be grateful and thankful for this year.
Wishing all my family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 04, 2011

Where is the time going??? Happenings and a Challenge

This fall is rushing by so quickly. Seems I remain a month behind.
I have been looking for an online class to keep me occupied throughout the long winter months and bless Maija she pointed me in the right direction.
I am signed up for Jeanne Oliver's online class Creatively Made.
Looking forward to some new creative adventures.



Meanwhile I have taken a class or 2, have issued a challenge to my daughter and Grandkids and am trying very hard to get over a big disappointment involving an event I so wanted to attend but can't.

I issued a challenge to my Grandkids and my daughter to take 1 photo per day every day in November and who ever completed all 30 days would receive a prize> Well they took it and ran with it and forgot to remind Grandma Nov 1st. They think they are all so cute that the are ahead four days. Hmmm we will see on Nov 30th. I am looking forward to their pics to see what they see behind their cameras.

Last nite we were invited to celebrate my daughter's birthday at CIBO. We were all so sad that TJ could not be in attendance work!!! called his name.
It was a fun nite very chilly but we sat indoors. The food as before was fabulous and their new soup was so over the top. John had brought cupcakes from their favorite bakery and of course got his favorite mother-in-law Red Velvet.











I was invited to spend an afternoon crafting with Tina and a great group of gals and we had a fun afternoon. The weather was beautiful, so we were out on her patio crafting and as usual Tina outdid her self with making it very special with all her decor.







And I took Dana Edwards Halloween album at Craftfusion. A fun class and I learned piano hinge which I love


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stimulating the Economy

This economy has everyone tightening their fiscal belts and I have been no different! Last nite on the local news channel they did a piece on the economy and I found it to be insightful . Supposedly the recession was over in 2009 hmmm hadn't noticed that and supposedly consumers have cut back on their spending. Well that I have noticed as I sure have been reluctant to put out money for "unnecessary purchases". The expert related that to get out of this mess we need to start buying Ha A good excuse to spend.
I have been without a refrigerator for a month and I have to tell you eating out of cans has gotten way boring. Frequent trips to the store to purchase food for one meal expensive and time consuming. So Saturday I took the plunge and let go of some hard earned coveted savings and purchased my beautiful new appliance. Haven't filled it up yet but just love it. It actually keeps food cold or frozen. So I guess all this rambling is to say I did my part to stimulate the economy.
This is a quick pic I took with my cell phone right after they installed it not a very good pic but you get the idea

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Catching My Breath & Catching Up

This has been the first weekend since I came back from Iowa that I have had a chance to be at home with no classes, events, or have to's. It has been a whirlwind month and sadly September escaped me somehow. I hit the floor running when I arrived back to Phoenix on the 10th and it seems it just never quit. It has been nice to have three days off and to just take it easy not rushing around trying to get everything done and ready for a new week. I am enjoying the peace and calm of this weekend and the fabulous cooler weather. Having the windows open with a gentle breeze blowing in has been heaven.

So what was I doing in September?? Well I was taking classes and working and attending a wonderful event in California. Colleen was here for a short weekend and it was go go go!!!

September 16th and 17th found Colleen and I out and about. Friday was full to the brim with breakfast with Jan, shopping, shopping, shopping, and Beth Quinn's open house and then a lovely dinner with Julie at Tia Rosa'. Saturday we were up early and headed out the door to Patty's for Carol's Heirloom event. It was such a fun creative day and I am in love with my Fabric Spool.
Patty has a beautiful home so warm and inviting and she always goes all out in the food she prepares and all the little special touches. This is her menu for breakfast and what a wonderful breakfast it was.

Our project

Carol, Colleen myself and Judy. We had plenty of time to catch up with everyone

The kit with tons of wonderful laces, trims and goodies

My 12 panels completed


On the next Saturday the 24th I joined Mike and Lesley at Craftfusion for a Wizard of Oz album. Charmaine provided lunch for us and it was an all day affair's creating the fabulous book. Loved the class






Next on my agenda it was off to California to attend Denise's Craft For The Cure Event. Denise hosted a wonderful day and her Mom opened up her beautiful home for all of us to enjoy a day of crafting and laughing and of course eating!! Andrea and Denise's assistant from work provided a yummy lunch and Julie brought her famous cupcakes. It was such a great day to catch up with friends I hadn't seen in a long time plus we created 4 great projects.
Denise had made wire dress form sculptures for each table with breast cancer facts attached. It was moving to hear the instructors stories and advice they gave to all of us.

When we arrived there was a silver tray filled with goodies that had been donated and the cutest little bottle with a glittered skeleton head filled with M&M's.

The final class of the day was a collaborative collage board. I was so stressed out about this but with Andrea by my side I soon lost my inhibitions and got into it. Each of our boards were unique and all of them were wonderful

Karin's class was a glittered cake box. Loved it and Karin. She is just too cute and funny. Her kit came in cute decorated bags with a glittered clothes pin.

Our first class was Denise's we created a little skellie girl I love her and she is hanging in my kitchen giving it a Halloween vibe

Tara Wilson necklace I was so lucky to win

Halloween scrapping goodies from Karin and Paper Tales

Tara taught us to make a wire wrapped pair of earrings and I have to just say she made it look easy and I have mine done My photos were awful so need to get another

I completed this fun Halloween album by Jennifer Priest this weekend. She is so talented and I have done several of her kits. Wishing I could take a class from her in person.







So that wraps up my month of Sept and it is already Oct and I am still in Sept.Ha!! I finished moving and cleaning for the delivery of my new refrigerator tomorrow. When I arrived back to AZ from Iowa I had 2 refrigerators full of food that had spoiled. I have been living with just a small patio refrigerator and decided I had had enough!!! So off I went and am now the new owner of a beautiful stainless steel refrigerator. Can't wait to fill it up Getting tired of opening cans