Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's Hot and It Is Humid but no Irene Here Just Dirt

Yesterday, I took a class at Tina's home. It was a fun lots to try, experiment and learn class. Tina created a 8x12 album with lots of different techniques for us to try. Her goal was to show us that there is a million things you can do and use that you already have lying around. And yes I have lots of millions of things lying around my house.
Tina always goes way out to ensure not only do we learn but we are treated to her famous decor or themed events and yummy food. Her choice was perfect for the muggy muggy hot day. We were transformed into an island paradise with the most scrumptious food to sustain us as we created. The day was relaxed and we all enjoyed trying stamp carving (I am horrible at it) painting with different objects and lots and lots of visiting. I did manage to complete my cover and a few of the pages but will post pics of my album when it is completed.
To round off our day we were again treated to another round of wind dust and NO RAIN, although I hear some were lucky enough to get a few drops.
Busy week coming up so without going on about that here are a few of the many pics from the day
We arrived to a tropical themed paradise

Our table settings

My place

The food table

Marsh mellow smores Yummy!

Carmel apples

Jones pomegranate soda in mason jars

Our lunch boxes with Waldorf chicken salad croissants, fruit kabobs and chips in little paper bags

Strawberry shortcake in Mason jars

Marla hiding behind Cindy so we wouldn't get a pic. Cindy has the most magnificent vintage Singer feather weight sewing machine Oh my do I ever want one Going to keep my eyes peeled for this one

Front cover of ours project

one of Tina's pages

Looking highly likely that we are in for another dust storm or maybe said with fingers crossed some rain. Not to promising on the rain but one can hope

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dominos Anyone???

Saturday was a fun relaxing class with Judy Wood at Craftfusion. It was beginning altered dominos.
We were greeted with yummy doughnuts and juice to start our creative adventure. Judy had brought in several of her domino collages to provide inspiration. It was a morning of learning her techniques for altering dominos and creating our own little collages. We all left with a completed collage

Hard at work

My completed collage

Dave's collage

Susan's collage

Thanks Charmaine and Judy for a great day. I have dominos swirling around my brain.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturdays class

Yesterday I was able to take a class with Mike & Lesley (Jack and Cat Curio) at a newly opened Mixed Media/scrapbook store in Chandler, Craftfusion. Charmaine is a sweet lovely lady and makes all of her customers feel so special. It is remarkable in this financial climate that she jumped in with both feet to realize her dream. Love her store. It is bright and cheerful and has a wonderful classroom. Plus it is really really close to my house which could be trouble! If you have the opportunity pop in and say Hi!
I took the "The Invention � Steampunk Debutante & Altered Cigar Box" yesterday. It was a full day of painting, staining, learning lots of new things with modeling paste, alcohol inks and getting really grubby. My fingers still have evidence of black Staz on, black alcohol ink, white and turquoise paint as well as brown stain. Love it. I really really had a great time and love my altered cigar box. Charmaine even served us lunch. Pizza and paint yum!!!
Front of the box

Side view


another side

and the hidden compartment inside

Loved having a completed project when I came home. Looking forward to more classes
Next Saturday is altered dominos :)

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Happy Happy Birthday Vick Guys

40 years ago Friday Tal and John entered into this world. Now separated by many miles, Washington State and Az, they remain as close as every. Jennifer laid the ground work to bring them together for their 40th birthday celebration. From the save the date cards from Starbucks. to the invitations and ending in a dinner for family and friends, she planned it all. It was a wonderful tribute to Tal and John enjoyed by their closest friends and family.

So last nite was the final hooray at CIBO Urban Pizzaria. In downtown Phoenix on 5th Ave this is a quaint very popular place. The restaurant looked like it had been an old house and we were lucky enough to be seated in the carriage house behind the main building. It landed just the perfect atmosphere for a celebration. Good food, wine and great friends and family helped John and Tal welcome in the big 40!

I will warn you all now there are a lot of photos as friends and family unable to join us requested pictures. It seems my camera was well used as many people were taking pics. When I got home there were way over 120 pics from our little party.

John and Tal

John and Jenn

Patio of the carriage house

wine corner

Inside the carriage house

Anthony and I. Anthony's hat was worn by all and many many pics resulted in his hat

Sadera and I

The girls


My beer

Jenn's pizza it was a white pizza pesto potato and onion so so good

John and Tal with their Aunt Lezlie and Uncle Larry

Sadera and the Winn twins

Scott and Cassie

Winns with their twin boys and Anthony Yeap 2 sets of twins for them It seemed like a twin reunion

John and Matt (fellow band member)

John and Scott (another band member)

After dinner espresso

And finally to die for cupcakes from a new business in Tempe Great great delicious cupcakes