Friday, July 31, 2009

Photos from CHA summer Show

I didn't go to the new CHA summer trade/consumer show in Florida, but I did find someone who took a ton of photos. Christine from www.scraptime posted her photos on flicker. She didn't title any of them but with over 1,000 shots, that would be pretty labor intensive. So if you want to see what was there here's the link.
I put it on slide show mode so I could work on other things. Looks like some cool new products are being released.

Moving to Russian Hill

It's been a very emotional week for everyone at my house. The sudden loss of Lucy has really drained all of us. This is also the week my daughter (who moved back home this summer after graduating from UW last year) is moving in to her new apartment on Russian Hill. She works for Marriott's and was able to transfer to the sales office in San Francisco. I really encouraged her to find a place in the "city". Being young and single, when will she ever be able to do this again? We took two loads (all the big stuff) up last night, which worked out well. There wasn't as much street traffic so it was easier to unload. Of course there was no street parking so it was a mad dash to get everything up stairs before we got a parking ticket. She hopes to be all moved in before the end of the weekend and I'm looking forward to getting my storage room back. :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lucy March 3, 2003 - July 29, 2009

I had to make the very painful decision today and have Lucy put to sleep. For the past few days Lucy was looking tired and not eating. Since she was sleeping so much I didn't realize that she was not able to walk more than a few steps at a time. She did manage to go outside in the back yard with me this morning but I had to carry her back in when I was done watering the garden. I now realize how much will power my little bull dog had to have to work up the strength to spend our last morning together. While I waited for our appointment with the vet, she would still try and follow me around the house. Lucy was never a lap cat, so all I could do was sit next to her. The vet isn't sure what the cause of Lucy's sudden illness was since we had a full panel of blood work done (because of the recall on the cat food) just a month ago, showing everything was fine. Any of the treatments, given Lucy's condition would probably kill her so the vet, who was being very gentle with Lucy finally said if it were her kitty she would put her to sleep. Being by myself I couldn't watch the process, so the vet took Lucy to the back room. They brought her back wrapped in a sheet and her tail was hanging out. One marking that I always liked on Lucy was the the white tip on her black tail. I like to think that this last time it was waving good bye. Lucy had a very short life, that didn't start out well but in the end she did find her forever home with a family that loved her and all her crazy energy.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Going to the Movies

I've never been a big "go to the movies" type of person. Then I discovered morning time movies starting at 10:00 a.m. No worries about crying babies, teenagers talking on their cell phones or not getting a good seat. I went this morning to see"G Force" (I love talking animal movies) and there where only 8 of us in the theater. There was a technical problem with the movie so it started 15 minutes late and we all received a free movie pass. Now you're asking why did I post a photo of Julia Child? When I was little, the only time I would sit still was when Julia's cooking show the "French Chef" was on T.V. My family couldn't believe a 5 year old would sit through the whole thing. Today I found out a movie titled "Julie & Julia" (base on two true stories) with Meryl Streep as Julia with be at the theaters on August 7. As you can tell I'm a big fan of Julia Child and can't wait to see the movie!

In the garden this morning

It's been a long time since I've spent anytime out in my garden. Since my hubby decided to put one of his hives right in the middle of my raised beds, I have to time my gardening to either early morning or sunset when the "girls" are less active. It's hard to weed when you're right in the middle of the flight path. Of course hubby is never out in the garden so he doesn't see the problem. I do have some nesting birds who are doing a great job cleaning up all the bees that die off from the hive. We use to have them every where and I would have to make sure to put my gardening gloves on to do anything out in the backyard. I'm amazed at how many bees two little birds can eat. The photo above is a cantaloupe plant mixed in with my basil, marigolds and eggplant.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Michael Strong Classes

This weekend Michael Strong was in town at Memories Live On. All the ladies had a great time and can't wait for his next round of the classes. Since his classes filled up so quickly, we've added another class for his visit on August 28 and October 9.
We were also able to talk him into coming back in October for the "Crop Pink" event on the 10th. Michael will be doing four classes starting on Friday night and in between classes on Saturday, head over to the crop to do some free make n takes for the croppers. I will post more information about what the cards will be when Michael sends the samples to the store. I do know one class will be "manly" cards, which is something people are always asking about. If your interested in taking a class, I would call the store now and reserve your spot.
(408) 446-9901

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mizuhiki Cord - Judi Kins Asain Stamp

It's been a busy week prepping for classes, checking out the auction houses and hosting Michael Strong's visit to Memories Live On. I finally got a chance to go out in my garden this morning and start picking my black tomatoes. My buddy gave me a seedling (really I begged to have one) of what she said was the best tomato around. I do have to say, it not only tastes great, but it's very meaty with hardly any seeds. I forgot to take a photo of the ripe ones before I had them for dinner. I will remember to take photos next time.
I found this Asian stamp by Judi Kins I used in the card above in the 50% off pile at Cranberry Hill. I usually only get stamps I can use in class, but I couldn't past this one up. I had some Mizuhiki cord on my work table (used it in one of the class this week) so I download the directions on how to make some of the simple knots. It's not as hard as it looks, but it does take some practice. Image is heat embossed in gold and scrap washi paper for the small square.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rabbit Foot Meadery in Sunnyvale

I just got back from my bee guild's field trip to the Rabbit Foot Meadery in Sunnyvale. I was just blown away by the quality of the wine and beer, that is all made with honey. As many of you know, I don't like the taste of alcohol so I don't drink. Now I'm thinking it's because my body doesn't handle wheat or oats very well. This mead stuff is really good. While you sampled the mead, Mike Faul (owner) and Mark (friend and bee guild member) would talk about how it was made or where the honey came from which gives each bottling of mead it's distinct taste. Since the mead tasting was going so well, I took a giant leap and sampled the beer. Yes, that too was excellent. But my favorite was the chocolate raspberry port, a super sweet dessert wine. The same coco beans that are used in Ghirardelli chocolate goes into their port.
So if you're looking for something new and different, stop by the Rabbit Foot Meadery in Sunnyvale.

July Card Swap

This is the quick card I made for my Corn Flakes (card swapping group) tonight. I won't be able to make the meeting since I will be on a field trip with the Santa Clara Bee Guild. I was going to add a little more bling to the card, but I ran out of time so I kept the card on the simple side. Card swaps are so much fun and I get so many great ideas for classes. Of course hanging out with with those who can talk "crafts" is another big plus. :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Harry Potter

This morning (yes, I went at 10:00 am) to see the new Harry Potter movie. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, the audio books are the best! So I look forward to seeing what they do with the story line. The movie was very well done but since I know the story so well (listen to the CD's all the time) it's hard not to think about what they had to change or leave out to keep the plot going.
This is the first time I've gone to a movie this early. It's sort nice, because there aren't too many people there and no chatting teenagers with annoying cell phones.

Wuss Free Cutter

When I flew out to Texas to take the Ten Second Studios "Mega Workshop" with Cheryl Darrow and Tim Hotlz, they said to bring a Wuss A** Free"(as Cheryl calls them) box cutter. Since I didn't have any check in luggage, I decided I would just buy one then I got there. I have to tell you, this is one really a good box cutter. I've used it many times since coming back from Texas. Yesterday, I had to break down several large cardboard boxes from the garage sale I had this past weekend, so I could get them into our recycling bin. It was like cutting butter and I only had to cut once!
Sorry I don't know the name of the cutter so visit the Ten Second Studios website for more information.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Garage Sale

This sign sure makes you stop and take a second look doesn't it?! :) We had a garage sale this past Saturday and we sold tons of stuff. A HUGE van full of stuff went off to Goodwill afterwards and I'm still dealing with several boxes of good junk, you know, the stuff you don't want in your house but can't throw out. So back out to my studio for several more hours of sorting and packing but I will have to remember this sign for our next sale.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Red Violin

While I've been getting ready for my garage sale on Saturday, I was playing some DVD I checked out at the library. I usually pick movies I know and just let them play in the background. For some reason, I picked up this movie "The Red Violin". When I got it home, didn't know that it had subtitles. It was a very interesting movie and one that you had to pay attention to. It isn't one of those play in the background type of movies unless you understand, Italian, French, Chinese and German. As the violin passed from owner to owner over a course of three hundred years, the actors spoke the language of the country and era it was in but the music always stayed the same. It was that love of music that saved the red violin from being destroyed many times over and one man's love for his wife.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Crazy Cat Lady Card Class - 2009

Yes, another class with a cat theme, one of my favorite subjects! So here is a joke another cat lover told me a while back.
What do you call a box of kittens?
A crazy cat lady starter kit. :)
I worked on mixing up the style and techinques so even if you don't like cats, you could take the class to learn something new. This class I will be doing at Cranberry Hill next month.

One of my favorite snack food

I'm stilling working on losing 10 more pounds which is proving to be very difficult. During the summer I have a bigger pool of natural snacks that I can eat. One of my all time favorites is Rainer cherries. Our bees did a great job with our cherry trees and I got hook on Rainer cherries. Now that our cherry harvest is over, it's always a rush to get to the cherries first when we come home from the produce store. :)
Heather Bullard (a blog I visit all the time) takes some of the best home photos. She stages home settings with many of her flea market finds. She has major Junker's Ju Ju!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

By the Sea Card Class

I like to keep one week open a month to work on new classes. It's too hard to prep for classes and design for new ones at the same time, at least in my world. :) A Muse had some fun ocean theme stamps, so I decided to build a class around them. I like to mix up different techniques in each class, so if a beginner stamper signs up, they can learn something new.
The sea horse (inspired by Gina K Designs blog) uses VersaMark and chalk for what is call "popping pastels". The HB beach scene was done with my new Copic airbrush system. I use to use sponges and ink pads but the airbrush gun does it so much faster and my fingers don't get inky anymore.
Customers were asking for more quick cards like the ones I designed for the A Muse marathon make n takes this past weekend. I kept the cards simple and more on the manly side, another request from customers.

Monday, July 13, 2009

New A Muse Squirrel Stamp

This was on of the make n takes I did for the A Muse event at Cranberry Hill this past weekend. When I saw the stamp I thought of my husband's cousin's wife who is a big ski nut. You know the kind of person that loves to jump out of helicopters and ski down mountains that have no rating because only the totally insane would ski down them. Since I'm allergic to snow, I have no idea what people scream when going down the slope so I went with "yeah baby". I used the Copic airbrush to make the blues sky and Copic makers to color in the squirrel.

Penny Black "Purrfect Day" card class

One of my favorite themes for card classes is "cats". Penny Black always comes out with the funniest fur baby images. I will be doing a class on Sunday August, 9 at "Memories Live On". It will be a simple and quick card class using Copic markers and the clear set from Penny Black called "Purrfect Day".

Martha Stewart 1st Place

Memories Live On in Cupertino (one of the stores I teach at) took 1st place in the Martha Stewart Glitter display contest. Vivian (the store owner) designed the display and asked her teachers to glitter up parts for her. I made the pin wheels, which used so much glitter, it only helped confirm why I don't work with the stuff all that often. I'm stilling finding it in various places in my studio.
Along with winning, the store will receive boxes of Big Martha's glitter, so I think I see future classes down the road with a lot of sparkle. :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A Muse Make n takes

These are the free make n takes I did at Cranberry Hill this weekend. Some of the images are from the new A Muse winter release. In keeping with the clean and simple style of A Muse, the card are super fast to make. I think less than 5 minutes for each one. Some people were so fast I didn't even know they sat down to make a card. I will be doing some more free make n takes (while supplies last) on Monday so stop on by.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Dream Job For Me

OK this would so be my dream job - designing displays at a garden center. Getting to combine my love of gardening, junk collecting and funky designs would all come together in one place!
Ginny at "My Small Studio" has this great garden center near her home in Ohio called "Petitti's" which has some of the funniest displays. This is the latest photo I took from her blog. Here's the link:

A Muse Make n Takes Today

I will be at Cranberry Hill today doing some free make n takes for the A Muse rubber stamp event. They just released their new Christmas stamps on Friday. Cranberry Hill had a pre-release party on Thursday night which was a blast. Lots of good food and a HUGE chocolate fountain. I will be at the store from noon to 4:00 or until I run out of supplies. Sorry no chocolate today.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Creative Muse Books - Junk Beautiful & Rubies in the Orchard

On my latest trip to the library, I picked up these books. "Junk Beautiful" is a very inspiring book for those who like to reuse things in different ways. The design style isn't for everyone but I found it very creative. Being into junk myself, I know some of the items they use are not easy to find. They make is sound you can pick the stuff on the side of road or for pennies on the dollar. Maybe in Minnesota but not out here in California. You also have to be really good with a variety of tools. But if you need some "Junk JuJu" then this is a book to read.
"Rubies in the Orchard" is a fast read but it's more a PR piece for the companies Lynda Resnick and her husband Stewart have owned. POM juice, Teleflora, The Franklin Mint and Fiji Water. One thing I did get out of the book was her marketing belief of not thinking "outside the box" but digging deeper in the box you have. Unless you like to read the how and why a company was started (something that I find interesting) I would skip it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Penny Black Bee and Friends

Just finished up my samples for my "Penny Black Bee & Friends" card class. It's busy bee time at our house with the "girls" working hard out in our garden.
I have to get up early to water the garden since Hubby decided to put one hive right in the middle of my raised beds. It's not good to get in the way of flight path when the bees come back to the hive. Have to say we will have another bumper crop of zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes. My herb plants are getting ready to bloom and the bees really like the thyme bush. Once that starts blooming, I wouldn't be able to get near it.
Have to say the "girls" did a great job with on our cherry trees too.

Ten Second Studio Link

Here's a video link to the Ten Second Studios, "Taco Tuesday" which is a recap of the Mega workshops I took a few weeks ago with Cheryl Darrow and Tim Holtz. You can tell they looked wiped out on Monday morning. It was a great event and I can't wait to see what they plan for next year! I think what I like best about the workshops is that we didn't have to haul tons of the stuff to the class. It was nice to just walk in, sit down and start working. The photos above are from Cheryl's (owner of Ten Second Studios) store blog. MJ having a great time in class and my two pages on my very beat up cutting mat which I left behind in Texas.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Magenta Cat Card

I've been working in my studio for the last three days coming up with new class ideas, so you can only imagine what a mess it is right now. I have to take the next few hours and clean everything up so I can at least see the top of the table.
I'm going to do a cat theme class (one of my favorite themes to do) so last night I made this card. There are too many steps in this card for me to do for class but it gave me a creative break from designing only simple cards. Lots of airbrushing (new Copic system) and heat embossing with UTEE. Dragged out some old embellishments from my stash to add to the card. I'm working really hard trying to use up what I have. Stamp is from Magenta.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Printworks - Sweet Pea Garden"

Here's a photo of another quick card class I will do for Cranberry Hill later this month. I was asked to do a class that featured just one stamp so people could see the different ways you can use it. I also wanted to keep the class under an hour, so the style is very basic and simple. The stamp will be included in the class fee this time. It's called "sweet peas" but whoever named the stamp must not work out in the garden because none of images look like sweet peas.
I'm not allergic to many things but the smell of sweet peas reminded me of a really large man that hasn't bathed in a long time, just to give you a visual of what the smell reminds me of. I can't been in the same room with the blooming flowers for very long. I think they are pretty but can live with them.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!!

I like to visit the blog "Hooked on Houses" since I love houses with interesting features. One reason I like to collect and sell vintage details from old houses. "Between Naps on the Porch" is another blog featured a lot on Hooked on Houses with her amazing table settings. I've always wanted a house with a wrap around porch. Even as a young girl out on the ranch, there were two houses down the road called "the twins" because two brothers (not twins) build the same house right next to each other and they had wrap around porches. Every time we went in town I would always make sure to sit on the right side so I wouldn't miss seeing the houses. Sure wish I had a photo of those houses.
Here's the link to see more table settings.

Punch Simple Card Class

Another class I will be doing this month at Cranberry Hill. I was asked to do a class using punches (inspired by the Savvy and Impress sample boards) for a quick summertime card class. The class is only an hour long since punches are a great tool to make super fast cards. I was going to make little critters using punched but I wanted to keep the class under an hour so I went with the basic punch images. Maybe for Christmas I will build a Santa and his gang. :)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Bees and Baseball

Some bees hit the big league this week by swarming in the middle of the game. Happy to hear someone knew to call a bee keeper to come remove them. Hope this helps people understand that you can have bees removed and not have to kill them. GO BEES!!!