Thursday, August 12, 2010

Christmas Is Coming...Again...Holiday Open House Reminder

Please join me for my second ever link party next Friday August 20th!!! While it started out as a Christmas open house, it's really open to any holiday between Halloween and New Year's so please come and link up anything from decor, decorations, cards, jewelry, recipes etc. I know many of  us are already busy at work on gifts and decor items and the rest of us always love to get some new inspiration!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Woodworking and I Love Lucy

And you're wondering what in the heck these two have to do with each other.  I'll tell's how my brain rolls. If I can't relate something to a movie, I can for sure relate it to a TV show. So...on our vacation we visited with my BFF and her family like we do every year. And "Mr. BFF" is a supercalifragi-talented woodworker whom I'm trying to convince needs to open an etsy shop. Now you get the woodworking reference.

My BFF and I love "I Love Lucy". We quote it, we sing the "Friendship" the Vitameatavegamin get the jist. We love that Lucy, Ethel, Ricky and Fred's antics seem to transcend generations.  We also take turns being the Lucy character and plan to write a book someday called "The Lucy and Ethel Girlfriend's Guide". Our first line ( which we haven't gotten any further than for several years) is: "Sometimes you're the Lucy and sometimes you're the Ethel".

If you know anything about "I Love Lucy" you know that she was always in trouble with Ricky and always had some 'splainin to do. So in this scenario, my BFF is definitely the Lucy because she gave me permission to blog about Mr. BFF's (aka "Ricky") amazing supercalifragi-talented woodworking.  "Now Ricky, don't be mad".  See how Lucy and woodworking fit together now?  Take a look: 

He made this table and the lamps! My bad photography skills don't do them justice. Here's the lamp close up and you can see the stunning wood the table is made from:

In addition to furniture, he makes jewelry and the most beautiful pens. Here are some bracelets:

and these amazing boxes:

He also makes things like cutting boards, pizza paddles, beautiful wooden Santas, a table from a wine barrel etc. etc.

So ahem "Ricky"....etsy store?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

It's always great to go on vacation but there's also something wonderful about coming home ( I love my bed!).  We had a great two weeks away visiting my mom, friends, brother-in-law, colleges ( $$$) and I got to visit some great creative shops along the way. I blogged about a couple of them or tried to from my phone our the i-Pad ( still not convinced it's the best thing since sliced bread).  I got to go to two of my favorite bead places, Beads Galore and Scottsdale Bead Supply and stocked up on some great things to play with later.

Last year, one of my BFFs gave  my mom a present for Christmas that my mom fell in love with and wanted to give similar ones to a few of her friends. It was one of those glass blocks with lights inside like you see here So she asked if I could make them and if I minded doing any crafting while I was on vacation. HELLO? A chance to be on vacation AND use a glue gun?! In addition to the opportunity to go to craft stores including one I don't have at home? Bring. It.

I'd seen these glass block projects but hadn't made any and now I'm hooked. Maybe they're not new news but they're still fun to play with and there are endless possibilities. There are a variety of places you can get the blocks. Least expensive is your HW store but they typically don't come pre-drilled to put the lights in and I wasn't about to do glass drilling ( I understand you can go through several drill bits). So mom and I used our Michael's 40% off coupons and bought the more expensive ones they sell there ($16.99 pre-discount for the large one) that come with different closures for banks, lights, or simply plugging the existing hole. So started with this: 

Used a variety of ribbon (some from mom's recycled stash ... re-use, re-use!) stickers ( red and gold block) , Christmas picks from Hobby Lobby, and 1 string of 100 mini lights per block and ended with these:

She wanted one for a friend who wants to keep this out all year round, and the friend wanted black and white which I love working with so that's this one:

which I kept really simple using only black and white polka dot ribbon and two vinyl pieces I brought with me that I'd picked up at JoAnns on sale for $.50 !

Crafting on vacation?! WIN-WIN!  And mom now has a glue gun :)

Linking up at:
  UndertheTableandDreaming Beyond The Picket Fence

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Outrageous Olive Oils

Awesome shop!

I was trying to mobile blog so I could upload a pic but no luck. So anyway, the is the most incredible olive oil shop in Old Scottsdale that has every flavor olive oil and balsamic vinegar including you guessed it... Chocolate! I didn't love the chocolate balsamic vinegar...shocking I chocolate olive oil though.  But several other flavors are coming home.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Fun Store!

If you are ever in AZ, make sure to make a trip to Mesa to visit Mystic Paper.

It's a wonderful shop filled with all kinds of scrapbooking goodies, found items, ephemera etc. Classes have been taught there by Tim Holtz and Claudine Hellmuth. I took pictures on my phone but dont know how to upload them from my phone!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

I'm Not Sure What This Says About Me

It's Friday night and I'm a little bored so I did this writing analysis thing. It analyzes a sample of your writing and tells you who you write like. Ready?

I write like
Stephen King
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I'm actually quite amazed because Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers in modern history and I  have read a number of his books and surprise surprise with movie references, love "Misery" and "Dolores Claiborne" among others. But let's face it, the man can write some seriously scary and twisted stuff. I'm relieved  that the analyzer thing didn't come back with "no match go back to school". Anyway, it's a bit of fun. If you want to play, go here: