Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Gift - Last Minute

I made a nifty mini album for my sister's Mother's Day gift, gave it to her during our Mother's Day lunch and then told her I'd have to "borrow" it back because it was doubling as a class sample! The Offbeat Charmer mini album was a hit and I'm happy to say that my sis got her Mother's Day gift on Father's Day -- maybe we'll just call it Parents' Day today!  So, today we all met for lunch at the same place, only this time we were celebrating the dads.  Not that I normally give special gifts for EVERY holiday, but for some reason I knew I wanted to make a little something photo-based for Jeff, my brother-in-law.

As I browsed my "usual suspects" in Favorite Blog Land yesterday I came across a project that really caught my eye.  I was visiting Lisa Johnson's Poppy Paperie and knew instantly that I needed to borrow her cool frame idea for Jeff's gift.  I didn't have all the same stamps, or the exact paint color, and I knew I couldn't put THAT many gorgeous flowers on a guy's gift, so I modified it a bit.  I added a quick snapshot of my niece that was taken Friday at the county fair, so Jeff hadn't seen it yet.  I think this little frame turned out really well.  So well, in fact, that I'm going to make several more!  Need a customized gift for someone special and don't have time to get your craft on?  Leave a comment or send me an email and I'll get you set up with the PERFECT gift!

Blog browsing is a good thing.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Check THIS Out!

It's true!  3M has created a consumer-based ATG just for crafters!  It's almost exactly like the red ATG 714, holds the super-sticky 1/4" tape (that comes in 36 yard rolls; yep, that's 108 feet!!) and it's PINK!!  They're not on the shelves yet, but you can pre-order the Pink ATG and it comes with two (2) tape rolls!  When I saw this I almost flipped...I own the ATG 714 and LOVE it, but I'm gonna get me some of that pink stuff ASAP.  And, as an added bonus, 3M will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Susan G Komen Foundation.

If you want your very own -- wait for it -- for only $26.99 (about half of what the ATG 714 goes for), then head on over to Paper Made Bakery and pre-order yours today.  They'll ship around mid-July, so get some sticky pink goodness delivered to your doorstep NOW!  Why not throw in June's In Stitches kit to try this super adhesive on?!  Sounds like a plan, Stan.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quickie...Sneak Peek at In Stitches Card Sampler

Here's the first card I created to put into my FABulous In Stitches altered cigar box I made with Paper Made Bakery's Fresh Baked Kit for June.  Be sure and visit the website to see more pics of the In Stitches project made with a REAL {cool} cigar box!  More In Stitches card samples are coming...
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Cape Cod or BUST

My travel plans are moving forward and my summer dreams are coming true!  Looks like I'll spend another glorious week on Cape Cod in early August -- yipppeee!  This news has inspired me to concoct a project I think you'll want to "dive in" to.  I broke out my beach themed stamps and tore out a page from the Pottery Barn catalog as my color inspiration.  Hmmmm..."All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine."  It's a great quote, not mine -- who said that?
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Farm Chicks Show ROCKS

I've been back for a few days and this working thing sure gets in the way of a whole LOT of fun!  Our flight to Spokane, WA was "diverted" to Seattle and then back to Spokane, making for a much dragged out flight.  But, once we arrived and got settled in a very nice little Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Spokane, we were ready to immerse ourselves in all things Farm Chicky!

We began, naturally, with dinner at Chaps and what a great experience it was.  The restaurant was total eye candy for us vintage, shabby chic, farmhouse loving folks.  Lots of rustic, paint chipped wooden furniture, chandeliers with colored baubles, prayer candles mixed with chotchke on a hand-painted mantle...and lots of western touches sprinkled in for good measure.  They were preparing for a special dinner party on Saturday for Farm Chicks event and the decor was absolutely phenomenal!  Their new bakery, Cake, wasn't officially opened yet so we HAVE to get back there soon to check it out because the space is unbelievable.  And there are more reasons to head back to Spokane in the near future...all will be revealed soon.  Oh yeah, the food itself was deLISH!  I had the stuffed pork chop and my mother had the tilapia.  Both were very, very tasty.  And of course, there was the hugely scrumptious chocolate cake we shared for dessert.  Mmmmmmm is the best way to describe our visit and meal.

The hotel offered a breakfast buffet, and while the food wasn't anywhere comparable to Chaps, we were lucky enough to meet fellow Farm Chick gals.  It was truly a pleasure to chat with Jeannette and Peggy, and to learn how to pronounce Puyallup.  Then, as the thousands of us were standing in line waiting to be admitted to the show at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, we enjoyed a creative conversation with Catherine from Bremerton and made a wonderful connection.  Luckily, we were one of the first 1000 to purchase a weekend pass, so we walked in with a handy Farm Chicks shopping bag.  We were all flabbergasted at the sheer number of shoppers chomping at the bit to get in and grab lots of the fabulous vintage finds.

Once inside it was hard to decide just which way to shuffle!  Our first stop was the Farm Chicks shop and we picked up some great souvenirs.  Then I found an old Mason jar filled with Scrabble tiles and other old game pieces, a vintage pillow case I'll turn into an apron and Mom picked up 10 old doorknobs for $10.  Wait until you see what she plans to do with them!  I found the perfect pair of old red cowboy boots that fit perfectly -- I felt like Cinderella!  Oh yeah, then I nearly bumped in to Stacey Julian of Big Picture Scrapbooking.  There were sooooo many vendors with such wonderful treasures, it's simply impossible to describe it all.  I did take a few photos, so check out the slideshow.

That evening we had dinner at the famous Frank's Diner, an old train car once commissioned to transport the president of the Union Pacific Railroad.  It was a great replica and the food was pretty good, too.  We enjoyed a peach huckleberry cobbler for dessert.  Are you beginning to see a pattern here?  It was unfortunate that our hotel didn't have HGTV or the Food Network on TV, but somehow we managed to get plenty of rest during the weekend.  Sunday found us enjoying Chaps' world famous breakfast and we met a couple gals from Texas who convinced us that we HAD to visit Round Top, TX for the extravaganza of antiques and junk on offer in the usually sleepy little town with a population of 77.  Perhaps you'll see a story about that in the fall.  The breakfast at Chaps was even better than the dinner, if that's possible.  I picked up a Cake mug to remind me to come back to visit.

After another, less harried, round at the Farm Chicks Show, we organized our finds and planned a little excursion for Monday, our very last day in the Spokane area.  We discovered a fabulous store in the middle of nowhere (and I don't mean to bruise anyone's town pride) in a "town" called Rockford.  Hurd's Mercantile was truly a gem!  Teresa was a gracious hostess and told us all about the history of the building, the business and the wonderful wares for sale all displayed in outstanding vignettes.  We then visited another shop in Spokane Valley called the Trellis Marketplace with lots of great kitchen goodies.

So we gathered our wares and trundled to the airport to return to the "real world".  It was a wonderful long weekend that offered lots of new experiences.  The Farm Chicks Show was great! Meeting lots of new people and getting to know the world of vintage/antique goods was very entertaining.  Oh yes, and the reasons I'd visit Spokane again very soon are (1) to enjoy what's sure to be totally yummy cakes and goodies at Chaps' bakery called Cake, (2) to see what's new at Hurd Mercantile and (3) to visit Serena Thompson's Farm Chicks Store slated to open in Spokane in July!  She'll have lots of vintage treasures and her own line of home decor.  You should watch those Southwest airfare specials and book a long weekend in Spokane, WA with your favorite gal pals -- you won't regret it!
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Retreats are Truly Treats

Have you had the opportunity to go away for a weekend, sans kids, hubby, grocery shopping, errands, carpools, housework, and just enjoy some time being creative?  If not, you're missing out on a truly outstanding opportunity to "recharge your batteries" and do something special for yourself -- you deserve this!

I recently had the opportunity to gather with friends on Memorial Day Weekend for a crafting retreat we called CRE8.10.  This particular group of women meets annually to create paper craft projects that are designed and shared by the others in the group.  We chit chat practically non-stop, laugh constantly, share stories and generally enjoy the time we have to be creative.  The projects are always exceptional and offer us the chance to move outside our crafting comfort zone.  The weekend was full of creativity, we had dinner at a popular local restaurant, browsed the new Urban Barn for vintage treasures and made five fabulous projects!  It was a whirlwind weekend but it served its purpose -- to recharge our batteries through creativity.

Paper Made Bakery is offering you the chance to experience a similar retreat in Big Bear Resort this July.  The intimate gathering of creative women (and you know you ARE one!) begins on Friday, July 23 and includes over two full days of creative time in a beautiful space just calling your name. The Red Moose Lodge is a new scrapbooker's retreat and is outfitted just for us crafty types!  There's lots of space to spread our precious projects and cool tools out in a dedicated crop room.  The house has five bedrooms, an indoor jacuzzi and sauna and is close to all the Big Bear resort amenities.  And, the icing on top is that I'll host two exclusive classes this weekend that guests at this retreat will be the first to share!  If this sounds like an opportunity you don't want to miss, contact me and I'll provide you with more details and get you registered!  This intimate retreat is limited to 8 guests, so don't delay.

I'll post again about this retreat something CrEaTiVe today!
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

In Stitches - June's Fresh Baked Kit

The project is complete and I state again that I LOVE it!  This altered cigar box project is, well, several things.  It's first of all a treasured work of {he}art -- to me.  The footed case is almost a little purse replica that is truly a one-of-a-kind handmade card keeper.  The papers and many embellishments are from Cosmo Cricket's newest line, Material Girl, plus lots of Maya Road Sew Cute mini chipboard pieces, vintage buttons and dress pattern tissue, wooden spools, cool ribbon and coordinating Bazzill cardstock.

I currently love working with Mod Podge and have used it on several recent projects.  It reminds me of when I was a kid decoupaging Holly Hobby onto plaster of Paris wall plaques!  I made a mini envelope from some of the cardstock and attached it inside to keep postage stamps.  The card keeper will hold up to a dozen handmade cards with envelopes and I've got a few great ones to share with you, so drop by in a couple days to check them out. Oh yeah, the back features an interactive paper doll panel that I made using lots of the chipboard pieces included and some Basic Grey Closures (magnets) I had in my stash.  I thought the sentiment, Friends Keep You In Stitches, fit perfectly.

My mom and I are flying out tomorrow morning (yep, at the crack of dawn) to head up to the Farm Chicks Antique Show in Spokane, WA.  I'm shopping for any and all kinds of vintage goodies to include in future kits!

Creating a slideshow in a short amount of time is just a tad beyond my capabilities, so I've created a new blog header showcasing a few photos of the project and will post as many as possible on the website, so click here to see them.  You can order your kit, which includes everything you need to create this project PLUS tons more to make lots of cards for inside the box, under the Fresh Baked Kits tab at Paper Made Bakery.  Have a great weekend!
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Is It Friday Already?!

Well, not quite Friday, but we're almost there.  I've been working on the June Fresh Baked Kit today and I love, Love, LOVE it!  It's also "almost there", but I have a couple more touches to finish.  I'll try to get some sneak peek photos up tonight and then have the website up and running so you can grab one of these babies hot outta the oven!  And, I know they're going to go fast since they're so stinkin' cute, if I do say so myself.  You are {sew} going to enjoy this project...
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Your Summer of Creativity at Paper Made Bakery

Summertime, and the living is easy, as they say.  The weather is warming, the days are getting longer and all this leads to more creativity!  You've gotten your "spring cleaning" out of the way (you have, haven't you?) and dusted off those craft supplies, ready to be inspired, right?  I'm glad you've stopped by because my blog (a joint venture with my website, Paper Made Bakery) is just the place to pick up a heaping helping of motivation, inspiration and, well, simply GREAT ideas!

Ready to start?  June's Fresh Baked Kit is nearly ready to reveal and you absolutely won't be disappointed.  After spending the holiday weekend with my group of creative muses, the thrill of making handmade gifts and goodies certainly spills over into this project.

I hope I've piqued your interest and you'll check back here later today for a sneak peek.  I highly recommend checking out the website to pick up a Posies In The Pantry Kit, which will soon be history.  Don't miss your chance to begin your Summer of Creativity today!
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