Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My two girls in the middle with brown hair, their cousins with the blonde hair and a NEW cousin, Garah, who is gorgeous and had the girls mesmerized.
We gave Andrew this huge fire truck toy that makes noises and has lots of fun details. We captured the VERRRRRY excited reactions.
Andrew and my youngest sister, Laura Joy, have birthdays within days of one another so we often have a combined family party.
We had a lovely visit with our nephews and neices. Here's Emily and Nathan playing the piano.My sister, Ray, with little Aubrey.
And here is a little "sneak-peek" at some gifties for a few of my friends. Can you guess what they are?
Well that's it! I am sooo looking forward to tomorrow being over because both Emily and James have a 3-week Christmas vacation. We have lots of plans....going to the mountains, playing in the snow, cleaning out the garage so we can actually park cars in there, making curtains for windows that still don't have proper coverings and just RESTING.
I hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying getting ready for Christmas. If I don't talk to you before then, I hope you have a lovely Christmas full of precious memories.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
We definitely enjoyed setting our nativity up today...even Andrew!
My nativity scene is so special to me. The figurines are by Willow Tree and I have several of the "family" themed ones that I keep around during the rest of the year. But at Christmas I bring this set out. James gave me part of it, my mother gave me other parts of it and my mother-in-law gave me other parts, until I finally had the whole thing. The creche is actually really special, too, although not made by Willow Tree. James found it on a website and ordered it partly because of how beautiful it is but also because of how they are made. This was several years ago before either of us was familiar with the term "altered art." :) But the artist who makes these makes each one by hand, out of discarded scrap wood, giving it a new life, making something beautiful out of something wanton and (I like to think!) helping it become what it was always meant to be. Such an apt word picture for the season, I think!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I also got to meet my very dear friend, Jennifer Hayslip (Sweet Eye Candy Creations). We've been good friends for awhile now and it was about time we got to meet in person! I love her to death and was so excited to meet her in person. And girls...she is just as sweet in person as she sounds on her blog! She was also one of my roommates but SB was soooo busy we didn't get nearly enough time to just hang out the way we wanted to! I'm looking forward to spending more time with her in the hopefully near future. Hopefully some low-key time when we can really talk and relax instead of yelling over the blow dryers and in the elevator between classes! And our families need to meet one another now! ;)
Another very dear friend I had never met in person before was my other roommate, Linda Poe! She and I have "known" one another for nearly 4 years now...amazing. She bought matching dresses from me for her twin girls when they were just itty-bittys and we immediately hit it off. We'd talked about meeting in person for years but it finally happened at Silver Bella! She is one of those "bright spots"...upbeat, silly and fun all the time! Here she is on the right with Rosanna....gorgeous girls, aren't they?There are lots of other close friends that it was so amazing to hug and chat with in person for the first time but I don't have pics of everyone! But believe me, meeting up with my fellow Sweet Six Studio girls (Jenn, Natasha, Heather K, Holly and Analise) after months of emailing and IM-ing and IM conferences and just LOVING each other, was a highlight. It was just so "right" to be able to hug them tight! There were too many more other girls to mention that I was just delighted to meet after getting to know them online, but believe me when I say it was such a treat.
Most of the evening I was busily "vending." I had two vendor tables for my two "sides"....one in the pink and aqua cupcakey side of me and the other in the ivory, vintage-romantic style! Here's are a few glimpses of my yummy pink and aqua table taken by some of my friends...thank God, since I totally forgot to take photos of it!
This is a canvas I embroidered with a wonderful motif drawn by the talented Donna Gotlib! I'm very excited to announce that I will be making these embroidered canvases available starting in the New Year. I'm thinking about offering them in eBay auctions. They are such a fun way to do embroidery and far more "display-able" than other items I embroider. This one is called The Cupcake Trio. Thank you, Jenn, for taking this photo! And this was the other more vintage-romantic table...
What a night! I was so happy it was over...I finally got to focus on Silver Bella, hanging out with friends and NOT thinking about my vendor stuff.
I'm going to do a separate blog on my class projects with better photos I've taken here at home, as well as some of my thoughts about the experience of creating with other artistic women. What an amazing feeling that was!
Saturday at lunch the amazing Mary Engelbreit spoke. What a treat! I am going to blog more about THAT another day, as well, since some of the things she spoke about are really, really special and touched my heart deeply.
Rosanna commissioned me to make a "prom-themed" fabric/paper book for her especially for Silver Bella and what a joy it was to design! She took it around Silver Bella like a yearbook and had lots of new friends sign the paper pages and write little notes. Even Mary Engelbreit signed it! I'll be showing more photos of this book in another blog post later next week. This photo is of Rosanna and I with the book at the Mary E lunch. Saturday night some of my close friends and I went to dinner and had a blast, eating and talking and laughing. I think that was actually one of my favorite hours at Silver Bella.And that's it for the photos!
It was NOT fun to say goodbye to the sweet Natasha, since I'm not sure when I will see her again! :( I can't believe I don't have a photo of us together! Shoot! Maybe somebody does... We will HAVE to visit her in Australia or she will have to come again to the U.S. We didn't get enough of her!
But for the most part Sunday was a morning of "see you laters," something my grandmother taught me to say when she or I was getting on a plane to fly across the U.S. after a visit. And it really did FEEL like "see you laters" since I am quite sure I will see most, if not all, of these women sooner than later. After the initial shock of seeing each of my dear friends for the first time Thursday evening, it was almost uncanny how NORMAL it felt to be around them...as if we'd always been "real life" friends! Everyone agreed that this was a bit of a surprise to feel that so strongly, but a really great surprise!And I can't forget to mention my incredible husband who didn't just hold down the fort while I was gone. Oh no! He didn't complain before or after Silver Bella...not one bit! And while I was there, he would tell me (on the phone) to enjoy every moment, to say hi to "the girls" and to HAVE FUN. What a guy. I picked a good'un, wouldn't you say? :)
I've got a whiny boy on my lap so I'll end here for tonight. I promise to tell you more about Silver Bella soon!