Friday, June 25, 2010

EVO Saturday

Guess where I'm headed tomorrow?

GORGEOUS Park City for ....


I'll update you on my adventures on Sunday.

~Have a great Saturday~

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Where Bloggers Create ....

No, my mess of a studio will most certainly NOT be participating in this FABULOUS blog hop, but there are over 450 (!!!!) beautiful studios to be seen. WWC is sponsoring this great event, so make sure you stop by. Our friend Karen Valentine is hosting, so you know it's going to be wonderful:). After you've visited, make sure you stop by




This week we're featuring the AMAZING

Julie Carson


And guess what?

One lucky commenter will be winning this BBQ Chalkboard ....

Just in time for summer!

{Follow this LINK to enter}



Saturday, June 12, 2010

~Inspiration Saturday~

I have so much inspiration for this
Saturday thanks to some FABULOUS crafty friends!

First up,

Look what I received from my talented quilter, fabric designer, and
pattern making friend

Bari J Ackerman

It's an assortment of her patterns! I can't wait to get started sewing the bags, plus she has a great oven mitt and pad that would be great for Christmas gifts ... (Friends and family, pretend you didn't read that!). Emma wants me to sew her the puppy pincushion so her pink poodle "Lily" can have a friend. Now I just need to find pink wool felt .. Thanks Bari!
I really appreciate you!

Please click on the image to visit her website and see her
AMAZING new patterns and fabric line!


Next ....

Look at the beautiful package
I received yesterday from the FABULOUSLY talented

Elyse Major

When I opened the box, it literally took my breath away ... So sweet!!!
Elyse turns the ordinary into the extraordinary, and my wonderful gift
was no exception!

She paints old soup cans and clothes pins and turns them into
something beautiful ...

How wonderful is this? My own special clip!

Plus, my own little treasure boxes ....

When I was growing up, there was never anything with my name on it.
Now look at me! I feel like I've made it!

Thank you so much Elyse... I will treasure these beautiful things always!
You are truly a sweetheart and a kindred spirit!


To visit her beautiful blog (and you simply MUST!) click on the image ...

cottage - tinkered treasures for your home

then click HERE to read her inspiring "IN YOUR WORDS" Feature ...

Plus (if you didn't think she couldn't be MORE amazing!), her house is going to be featured in an upcoming issue of COTTAGE STYLE magazine!

Way to go Elyse! Can't wait to check it out!

For my last bit of INSPIRATION (But absolutely not least!) ...

Look at my brand new toy courtesy of the FABULOUS


I can't wait to get it open and get crafting ...
You won't believe all of the amazing things this little beauty can do!
So stay tuned as I share my crafty adventures with my new little buddy,

WHEW! Off to get creating .....

THANK YOU so much to Bari J, Elyse Major and Making Memories for making such a FABULOUS Week!

Oh, and don't forget to visit FABULOUS FRIDAY on Where Women Create .
You'll love this week's artist, Tracey Buxton of A Cottage Industry.


Her story is so inspiring, and her style? AMAZING!
Don't miss it!


Monday, June 7, 2010

Congratulations Justine!!!

Oh Happy NEWS!!!
We are the proud parents of a

And again, I say "Where DOES the time go?".
I met Bruce when she was not yet two and now she's 18! When did this happen?

We had a mixed family dinner, which turned into an emotional disaster (no comment!), then Bruce and I traveled down to the ceremony. While we waited for Justine's name to be announced, I glanced down at the program where a wonderful quote was printed on the front.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you,

pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

As the tears of pride welled up in my eyes, I couldn't help but think of what lies ahead for Justine. Will she make the best choices? Pick the right career? Right friends? And (GASP) right mate? Scary thoughts for a parent .... Sending your child out on her own to make her own decisions. But you know what? As I looked at her smiling on the stage I realized she'll be just fine. And hey, we're not really sending her off on her own, we'll still be right there. Just a little further drive away.

We are so proud of what a beautiful person she is both inside and out.