Tuesday, November 25

HaPPy ThaNkSgiViNg

Tomorrow we head to the cabin with friends, who have become more like family really. We'll gather together in celebration and give thanks for all we have, for those we love, and for those we've lost this year. We'll take walks in the woods, bake pumpkin pies, sleep in late, and watch football. We'll dance, and sing, and have a merry good time.

Wishing a HaPpY ThaNksGivInG to you!

Saturday, November 22

oh, what a sale it was...

A few weeks ago, my BFF Nancy sent out an e-mail about Jeanne and Dorothy Gail's upcoming sale. These two Fullerton sisters are collectors of all things vintage, with an eye for gathering that can't be beat. They've recently started letting go of a few of the treasures they've collected over the years, and this morning was their latest sale. Oh, what a time I had! Here are a few photos... 

Jeanne and Dorothy Gail even invited a few from our group to join them in selling their goods along side them. They are planning another sale in the spring, and I'll be sure and post a reminder. I'll share some of the treasures I found next time.

Wednesday, November 19

a day of sharing words

I'm participating in LK Ludwig's online Day of Sharing Words. Her idea was to share poems, favorite quotes, etc. online through our blogs. When I got the e-mail announcement for this, I knew exactly what I'd post. I recently happened upon this and love it....
Every Day: A Daily Affirmation
by H.H. The XIVth Dalai Lama

"Every day, think as you wake up, 
today I am fortunate to have woken up, 
I am alive, 
I have a precious human life, 
I am not going to waste it, 
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, 
To expand my heart out to others, 
To achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, 
I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, 
I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others
I am going to benefit others as much as I can"

Monday, November 17

Christmas is coming...

The year has flown by once again and I find myself grasping at the minutes, wanting to slow them down a bit, wishing they'd linger a while longer. It seems too soon to ready myself and our home for Christmas, but that's just what I'm doing and not a minute too soon. Santa will arrive with his team before I know it, and all my chores had better be done, as I don't imagine the big guy will wait for me once Christmas eve arrives.
Here are the beginnings of a twin quilt I will make for our grandson Ethyn... pirates await the cooler nights that usually arrive just in time for the holidays. 
Here are a few houses I picked up at the flea market a few years back. I finally have plans for a quaint little village that will serve as night lights on the dinning room sideboard. They've been lightly dusted with glitter, and await their holiday dressing.

and lastly here are a few boxes I plan to finish with photos of my husband and his brother for family. I took a class with a sweetheart named Priscilla and she shared her quick and easy tips for turning boxes into little keepsakes. I just know it'll make my mother-in-law cry when she sees her two boys atop their new perch. 
I hope you're happily getting ready for the holidays in your home too, it'll be here before we know it!

Sunday, November 9

adventures in art

Yesterday I took a beautiful drive up to Arroyo Grande to attend another of Diana Frey's classes. She was teaching her Sleeping Beauty soldered boxes that had previously been published in one of Stampington's magazines. Diana is a great teacher who makes learning new techniques easy to understand and apply. She is generous with her knowledge and supplies, and with help from both her and her assistant Shelley, here's what I was able to complete...
I feel like my Marie is missing something, and will rework her a bit before I consider her finished.

Here is a peek at the class dolls in progress, it was fun to see what everyone created. Thanks to Diana for another great day! I will definitely be making more of these and already have gift idea's in mind...

Wednesday, November 5

you've got mail

How happy I am to have seen history made in this hotly contested election. I am thrilled that Barack will be my next President! I am sure I am not the only one to get this, but imagine my surprise and happiness to have this is my mail box last night...
DeEtte --

I'm about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don't want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign -- every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it's time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I'll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing...

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,


Saturday, November 1

tag... your it!

We are finally having fall weather here in so Cal, yeah... grey skies, a little mist of rain (we could use a downpour), and cooler temps than last weeks 90 degrees.
It has been a busy week. Hot off the heels of Cindy's workshops, Natasha came into town on Tuesday and I spent the next two days happily doing the LA scene with her. Sweet Christine was able to join us and much fun was had.
Those of you who know Natasha, know of her love of shabby. We hit Shabby Chic in Santa Monica, and then Bountiful. What a dream that place is!! If you haven't been, you MUST go! The color hue is my favorite... creamy off-white, chippy paint,  literally dripping from every surface. Old religious relics lined the walls.

It was fun to see the city through a visitors eyes, and Natasha  and Christine are great company. I taught my journals class today, and tomorrow I head out to Riverside to Heather's Parisian Soiree. 
I've been tagged by Christine. I must tell 6 quirkly facts about myself and pass it on to six of my blog pals!
Here are the official rules...
-Link to the person who tagged you.
-Mention the rules.
-Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
-Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
-Go to each person's blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged.

Here are six boring, random details about moi...
1. I love the quiet. I have a very quiet home and though I love music I rarely have it on either in my car or our house. I can go  for days with the windows open, listening to the sounds in the neighborhood, and the birds singing outside.
2. I don't watch TV. Well, I watch two shows a week, Brothers & Sisters and Greys Anatomy.
3. I don't like to shop for clothes, I almost hate it. I've never needed a work wardrobe and so live in jean shorts, a Gap tee, and my Havaiana's. I have about 10 pairs, and silver is my favorite.
4. If I drink too much beer, I will sing karaoke. Enough said. But man it can be fun!!!
5. I love vintage rhinestones. For my boring wardrobe, and quiet loving ways, I sure love the bling. 
6. I love children. When I was young I always said I wanted to have 6 kids. Thank goodness my husband had other ideas! I once lost touch with a childhood friend and when we reconnected many years later, one of her first questions was how many kids did I have. My answer '2', one boy and one girl.
That's it. Now I tag...
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