Wednesday, September 28, 2011

So Many Things.....

Or should I say...Sew Many Things! I have been wanting to get a free-motion sewing foot for my machine and I finally got one today. I do have to say it is harder than it looks. But I am so excited to keep practicing! I plan to use it for scrapbooking and other projects!! Sew many possibilities!

Next up are my other new projects...bookbinding! I have lots of friends in my Mixed Media group that are so good at this. I have been wanting to give it a try. Here are my first two attempts. I taught myself and am pretty pleased with the results. Of course more practice is needed but I love the process and look forward to making more!!

Another view of the spines of the books.
I just love trying new things.
Oh and I love it even more when they work. :D

Next up is my Corona Tree!!! I have been wanting one for quite some time. My husband found one today and planted it. Looking forward to lots of limes in the future!

Looks like there are some already starting! How fun!! Gotta love a Corona Tree!!

There are lots of new adventures on the horizon for me and I am so excited! Stay tuned for more to come!

Oh and if you are interested my class is posted at Craftfusion!!! The date is Oct 8th! Check it out & come join me!!! I'd love to see you there!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

An Amazing Find

While at my mom's house the other day she brought out these amazing books! This is just one of her scrapbooks that she put together as a young girl. This particular one is filled with movie stars and people that she liked.

       There are newspaper clippings, magazine photos and articles. It is absolutely fabulous!!

I will try to post some of the other goodies that are included in a few of her other scrapbooks. She gave them all to me and I think they are just an amazing find. How fun to find out that your mom scrapbooked when she was young. And saved them until she was 89!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Exciting News!

I was recently contacted by the owner of a great new craft/mixed media shop in Chandler to come & teach. Oh my goodness- I was so excited!
Well, I am very pleased to announce that I have two classes hitting her schedule very soon. I will be sure to keep you posted on the details. In the meantime...take a look around her website: Craftfusion and her blog:  
She has lots of goodies for all your mixed media projects!

Friday, September 9, 2011


My youngest son moved into an apartment near ASU so we are once again "empty nesters". I admit I do not like it. It is way too quiet. I love having all the kids around but I am trying to stay busy. son loves the show "How I Met Your Mother" and when I saw this sign on Pinterest I knew that was something I had to make for him. So off to Michaels I went to purchase some art board. I stenciled it using letters from my cricut and then hand-painted it all. I LOVE the way it turned out and can hardly wait to give it to him. It is light weight so it will be easy to hang on an apartment wall. Now I am off to find the next project to keep my busy. :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ain't That The Truth

A friend recently asked me to make a sign for her sister-in-law for her birthday. She had gotten the original at an art festival & couldn't find another one. So....I set out to make it work. I am so happy with the way it turned out. And her sister-in-law loved it! Wahoo!!  (mine is the top one)

*not sold, not for profit...just for a friend. please don't freak out ...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Little Summer Fun Just Feels Right

Road trip!!!  Very spur of the moment road trip with a great friend. We headed to California to visit another friend and her girls while they were puppy-sitting for her brother. On the boardwalk one afternoon we stopped to take pics and much to our surprise these Navy guys jumped in! Definitely old enough to be our sons but quite a hoot just the same. The middle one was so shy and jumped a little when I put my hands on his shoulders. Didn't mean anything by it just wanted to pose for the photo. Too funny!!!

Here is the little sweetheart that we were puppy-sitting. It was really difficult not to bring her home with me. She was only 9 weeks old and such a good girl. Very well behaved and just so dang cute!!

We had a great time while in San Diego! So glad we jumped at the chance to take a road trip!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sew Much Fun on a Hot Afternoon!!

This past Saturday was class/party time again!!! The girls that had signed up for a previous 12x12 class that I had to change were asked to come back for a new & improved day of fun! It was so hot outside I decided to go with a luau theme! Why not make it tropical!

Setting up for this one was so much fun! I still am not sure which part of this is my favorite! All the decorations just make me smile!

Here is another example of things that I try out that just don't work....caramel apple bites. Sounds great right! But alas all the caramel just rolled right off the apple bites onto the plate. I am sure a different type of caramel would have worked better. But they were still yummy!!

                                                                 Table settings for class!

                                                                       Kit & supplies
                                                            along with name tags-just for fun!!

Box lunches were on the menu. I decided since there would be quite a bit of sewing that the class should be a bit longer to allow time to complete the project. So I included lunch! So glad I did. It was lots of fun to prepare. We had homemade waldorf chicken salad croissants, fruit kabobs, veggies, chips in little bags (don't think we got a pic of those), Jone's soda or Mike's hard raspberry lemonade and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Using mason jars for drinks and dessert is a favorite! They just look so dang cute. I know...I am a little crazy but hey...I have a good time. :)

                                                                   So good on a hot afternoon!!

The ladies hard at work! Many of them brought their own sewing machines so class went a little quicker. Although as per my classes...I usually pack too many things into the album and today was no exception. We stitched, used our sewing machines, carved stamps, made homemade stamps from foam & painted our way through the pages.

Some of the them didn't want to be on camera....hope it is OK to show this view from a distance. Everyone seemed to have a good time.

Here is a shot of the front cover of our album. It was so much fun! Thanks to all the ladies that shared the day with me!!