Monday, January 31, 2011

So Blessed

This past Saturday 10 women gathered at my home to take a class. Oh my goodness! We had such a good time. I am truly blessed!
Getting ready for the class. As usual there were lots of pieces in the kit. I can't seem to help it. haha

Cupcakes with a "Home & Family" theme. At least that was what I was going for. :)
Kits & name tags below. The name tags are made out of canvas and intended to be added to the book when the day was over.

The set up for the ladies & some of the food. One suggestion was made that I should serve that's a good idea! ;)

The girls hard at work. :)
Below is the front cover of the project. We made it through the stations that I had set up and all that was left at the end of class was to tie the book together & add photos. Wahoo!

Sherry, Myself & Amanda!

Sharon, Myself & Chelsea

I hope all the gals had as much fun as I did that day! Lots of creating & good friends...I am truly blessed!

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Chance to Win

I want to share with you an exciting chance to win a free online class from Celine Navarro called "Colorful Designs"! Head over to her blog: The Green Frog Studio to see the details of the class. It looks like a great one!

Today on Donna Downey's blog she is offering an opportunity to join in the fun for free! How cool is that! Just pop over to her blog and enter for a chance to win. Who could be YOU!

Good Luck!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Altered Book Class

Excited to be offering another class!! I had such a good time last month creating a class and hosting the event that I decided to do it again. This time I have put together an altered book with a family & home theme. It turned out really cute with lots of fun techniques. It's gonna be a great day. I am so looking forward to it! What a fun thing to be able to do. I just love it! No pressure, no big expectations just good friends and lots of crafting. I am so grateful to be able to do this! What could be better!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Lam 3:22 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
Lam 3:23 They are new every morning; great is your faithful ness.

Praying for peace in the Arizona desert today. No matter your political views we are ONE people standing strong in a great nation...TOGETHER!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Right Around the Corner

Can you believe that Valentine's Day is right around the corner! I found this cute little tutorial today and wanted to share it with you. Presented by Robin-Marie.

She shows us how to create an adorable Valentine banner out of household items. Simple and easy to make. Looks like fun!

Be sure to stop by her blog and get the full details. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Drawn To It

Found these shots while cruising blogs today. I was immediately drawn to the look.
Found in Covet Garden, this is a shot of photographer Tracy Shumate's home.
I love the rustic but very artistic look her home has. I especially like that giant chalk board. Isn't it cool!
Just wanted to share. :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 2

Found a cool doodle in a magzine and decided to go with it for Day 2! It was fun to do. Nothing drastic but very relaxing. Day 3 consisted of painting a background. Day 4 I will add to it. Not sure how many days it will take to create the look I want but that's ok. Enjoying the process is what is important. So what are you working on? Did you join the art journal fun?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Just a side note...

Does anyone have any idea why all of my "blogs I follow" are not showing up unless you move the mouse over them? I have re-entered them and saved them and they still appear this way. Same with the comment section now. And a few other areas on my blog. Why can't blogger let you have more control over your posting??? ggrrr....very frustrating!


To start the year off I have decided to join the "Art Journal Every Day" with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. I am excited and a little nervous about the journey ahead. But I figured...why not go for it! No pressure. If I don't make it every day that is ok. There are quite a few out there participating and it will be fun to see all the creativity. For my first page I used water color and oil pastels with a little ink thrown in.

I am also joining in again this year in Ali Edward's "One Little Word". I chose "PEACE". I combined the word with the art journal for yesterday. My previous word was "TRUST". I could use that word over and over again. But if I truly have learned to "trust" then I will have "peace", right. Last year was a very big year full of many changes in my life. Big changes:

*my oldest son got married here in our backyard
*my youngest son graduated from high school
*my dad passed away
*my youngest son went off to college, leaving us with an empty nest
*I turned the big five-oh (that one is hard to say outloud)
*we left the country to try to recover (just was a great getaway vacation and very much needed)
*I quit my job
*I started teaching from home
*we had our first holiday season without my dad

Lots of changes in my life. But through it all I learned to I have to get to the "peace" part. To learn to savor all the special moments in my life and trust that they are all there for a reason. To remain calm and not panic when changes take place. It's gonna be a great year!!!

John 14:27 (rsv) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year 2011 to everyone! Wow...another year come and gone. Wishing you a year filled with abundant joy and wonderful new beginnings!! May you be richly blessed!