Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Birthday, America!

Hello, dear pals - American and otherwise!

Just a quick post to share a bit of Americana. We decorated minimally here because we are going to our place in Calistoga (Napa wine country) for the holiday weekend - an old-fashioned parade, fireworks, swimming and friends!

The great rock here was made by my crafty pal, Rebecca! She literally rocks! And that's one of our (many) vintage View-Masters (you know how I live for the 1950's).

The card is done (by me!) with Tim Holtz's "American Blueprint" and the sentiment (which I now realize should have more contrast!) is with an old favorite CHF set (America the Beautiful) by Kim Hughes. The stars are from Lifestyle Crafts' Nesting Star Dies.

Wishing all of my American friends a grand,
glorious and safe holiday! God Bless America!



Friday, June 27, 2014

In the Proper Perspective

Some thought that the previous office photo I posted was of huge cabinets on the floor, rather than desk-top storage under the cabinets. So, now you can see it in better perspective. I am loving organizing the new space. I may like it even better than using my stuff.

My Copics and Distress Markers & Inks have an "easy to grab" spot on the counter and my wonderful Vagabond is within arm's reach. Everything else is behind the cabinet doors, but still handy. Love it!

Some have noticed that the comment feature is disabled......yes, it is! I am givng this a try to avoid folks feeling as though they must leave a comment (and for those frequent visitors who never figured out how to do it). If you need to reach me, most of you know how. I am not really geared up for blogging yet, so this is working for now.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Still Settling In

Hello, my patient pals!
Counter storage by OrganizeMore and Michaels (modified by me).

I have been so busy these past months with selling a couple of houses, packing them up and moving. We have also done lots of traveling, enjoyed family time and we have been exploring our great new community.

Our new office/craft studio is almost settled. I wasn't going to post any photos until it is completed, but the Moxie Fab World Creative Spaces Link Party motivated me to post a photo of a portion of my new work space. Here is a part of the counter, under the cabinets.

I hope to return to some blogging (I may change it up a little) and commenting soon, now that I have my computer and work space. Know you are all doing great things and I hope to join you soon.

I bet you are enjoying your summer - we sure are! Thanks for the visit,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pinch Me! Pinch Me!

Hello friends!

As you know, I am without computer hook-up until we get our office/studio set up (should be up and running by early May), and I don't type well on my phone, but I had to make a trip to the library to share this news!

I had a day of classes taught by none other than that super-talented, high-energy, always inspiring, Paper Trufflez, Hello Monday, gal with the contagious laugh, favorite of mine - Julie Ebersole! I was so excited that I couldn't sleep the night before. It was like Christmas Eve, my 16th birthday and the Fourth of July all rolled into one! Yes, she is even MORE amazing in person.

Her classes were taught in the over-top-perfect paper store in nearby (about 30 minutes) Sacramento called The Paper Garden. Too cute - not just great stamps, wonderful paper, inspiring samples, but also really unique little gifts (the hand-made soaps look good enough to eat!). The owner, Stephanie, is so sweet - she gave me such a warm welcome. Her customers love her and she gives excelent personal service. I am so happy to have found her and her lovely store.

I took 2 two-hour classes from Julie. One was called "Die-Namite Designs" with some great die-cutting techniques. Some were much more tricky than others, but they were all super-neat and new to me. The second class was "All A Sparkle" (doesn't that just sound like Julie?) with some great glittery and glistening gems. I didn't even wear home as much glitter as I usually do. And, there was a bonus card! We made a total of 15 cards during this knock-out day!

It was so special, so fun and so inspiring. The other ladies in the class were super-nice and friendly. I plan to return to the store for more classes and supplies. In the meantime, here a few shots of some of my favorite cards (sorry, I haven't found the ideal photo spot in the new house).

Thanks, Julie and Stephanie! You inspired me and made me feel so welcome. Now I'm not home-sick any more!





Thursday, February 20, 2014

Feeling Boxed In!

Hello, dear blog pals! I thought I'd drop in with a quick update now that we have an internet connection.

Our move is complete (sort of). We bought a wonderful new home in a lovely and vibrant community, readied and sold our old house and we are now settling in. So much to learn in a new area (we are no longer in the San Francisco Bay area - we moved north about 150 miles near Sacramento, the state capitol) and so much to organize, even though the new house is about twice the size of the old. Aren't we supposed to downsize as we age?!

This is the room that will be our office/studio. Yes, those are some of my craft supplies in the boxes. We have a temporary set up with folding tables because we will design and install a system of built-ins for our work space. The carpeting will go, for sure! We made a great setup in our old home and we will do it again.

There will be no crafting for a couple more months! But at least now I can check in with you and continue to be inspired.

I hope you are all happy and healthy and ready for some Spring! Thanks for the visit.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Wishing all of my blogging buddies a very happy and healthy new year. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays.

I will be pulling the plug here again, I'm afraid. We have a big move in our near future. In fact, many of my crafts supplies are already packed. Our current house will soon be listed for sale. We have purchased a new home in which we will need to set up and build in a new office/studio, so I will not have my goodies for several months.

I plan to still check in on your wonderful blogs when I can, as I hate to miss any of your wonderful creations.

Thanks for all of your amazing support!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Unplugging

Hello, my friends!

Every year I make lots of tags for friends and family. My fingers have been busy! This year I made four different styles plus some unique ones for certain special folks. I am sharing one design today - a modified origami style. After making twelve of these my fingers were crazy sore the next day.

The technique is a fun one that I learned recently in a wonderful class. The perfect sentiment is Hero Arts CL465 and the label is Spellbinders Labels 14. The background is a Cuttlebug embossing folder and the paper is one I had in my stash.

I am going to be unplugging and walking away from the computer for the Christmas season. I hope to spend more time with friends and family, do some traveling and relaxing, and take time to work on some other crafts.

I promise to sneak in once in awhile to check in on what you are all up to - wonderful stuff, I know!

Wishing you and yours a most joyful Christmas and great happiness for the New Year.

I hope you won't forget me! I'll see you next year. Thanks for the visit.



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

to all my USA friends. What a blessed time of year! I wish everyone safety, warmth and
lots of happiness.

Today I am sharing table favors that I made for our family gathering. We will be enjoying family and friends for a few days and then, this weekend, our house will become a (modified) winter wonderland.

I don't like mass production, but we needed 15 of these, so I kept them simple with the box die from Sizzix and Tim Holtz, Spellbinders Labels  and a greeting from an old CHF set by Kim Hughes.





Have a happy holiday and a great weekend!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Chalky Fingers

As you know, I am always last to try out a new trend. The JustRite stamp (Autumn Labels Twenty-two) that I used in my last post just seemed to cry out for the hot "chalkboard technique", so I gave it a try. It sure results in an entirely different look. I used Tim's Holtz's version of using actual chalk to distress the background.

That's a Lawn Fawn die cut pumpkin. Other supplies are from my extensive stash.

Have a wonderful weekend! We have had lots of much-needed rain, but there promises to be sunshine ahead.

Take good care and thanks for the visit!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Count Your Blessings

Happy Monday, dear friends!

A quick post today to share another card that I made with the JustRite Autumn stamp set that coordinates with Spellbinders Labels Twenty-two. This has an entirely different look.

I added a sentiment from an old Crafty Secrets set which was stamped on a Hero Arts Frame Cuts tag. Dressed it up with some burlap, ribbon and a vintage button from my stash. These were pretty quick to make, so I made a few. I never have enough Thanksgiving cards! This is going into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog challenge.

The weather here is finally changing and there is rain on the way - Yay! So sorry about all the devastation the weather recently caused in the the country and the world - my thoughts and prayers are with you who are affected.

Have a good week!

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