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Sunday, June 7, 2015

What Catches Your Eye

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...We were at dinner with friends and I walked out the front door with my dinner.  I had to set my dinner down and walk back to the spot where the arch framed this view perfectly.  The only thing I did was sit down on the steps and center the archway.  The sun was just going down so it did the highlighting for me.  How great was that!


I might have to turn this into a watercolor or an oil painting.  Who knows maybe Rolf Lygren will paint it.
I will have to use this as an inspiration for my crafting too.  I love the way the sun lit up the palm tree.  It was so beautiful in person and to capture it well Priceless!!!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Festival of Tables Luncheon Tea and Fashion Show

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Last month I did a tablescape for the Clayton Valley Woman's Club Festival of Tables Luncheon Tea and Fashion Show It was one of our annual fundraisers.  It is a luncheon Tea and Fashion Show. The Fashion Show part was put on by Draper's and Damon's.
Here are just some of the raffle prizes that you could win

There was a good turn out and all the tables were full.  Just to let you know that I won 3 of those baskets.  Here is the room full and ready to chat, eat. and mingle with friends, family, and met lot of new people.

Here is Joan she was the one tasked with setting everything up and what a great job she did.  Everything ran smooth and easy.  Well at least that's the way she made it look!  Great Job Joan!
Joan is the one on the left.
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You sign up to do a table and your theme.  I chose Paris.  My friend Tess helped me.  She had lots of different plates, table settings, napkins, and the chair covers.  I was amazed at what she had.  Thanks Tess for all your help and input.  My DIL helped Tess and I do the set up, as always Jenn is a big help.  Here is my table.  I used my Cricut to cut out all the flowers, leaves, placemats, and gift tags/ name cards.  I use the CTMH Art Philosophy, Artiste, and Artbooking cartridges to make everything,

Here are some of the other tables for you to enjoy.


Here the ladies dressed the part.  Their table was the roaring 20's and I think they did a great job. They had lots of fun too!

Lunch was catered by Rick's On Second in Antioch.  Lunch was served by husbands and son's of the Woman's Club.
It was a great lunch I loved it it was the perfect amount too.  There was dessert too but by the time I remembered to take the picture it was gone.  Imagine that!  LOL  It was very good.   Just before lunch was a raffle and I won one.  Lucky me!

After lunch was another raffle given out.  I won another one. now I have 2.  Lucky me again!
Then it was time for the Fashion Show from Draper's and Damon's.  The models were all club members or family of club members.



They took a break in the middle of the Fashion Show and did another raffle and you guessed it I won another one.  Out of 30+ baskets to win I won 3 of them and here they are.  What a fun day it was.

Be sure to check back and see what I did with everyting from tablescape.  

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Great Loss for Me

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...You may be wondering why I have not been posting much lately.
My Mom passed away last month at the age of 94 just shortly before her 95th Birthday.  She had lived with me for the last 15 years and she will be greatly missed.  I miss being able to say how do you spell this or that and math she was a math wiz to the end.
We were 4 generations living together from 4 to 94 and now we are 3 generations.  She was surrounded by all her family and it was a very peaceful passing.  She had a good and full life and we will miss the laughs and tears a lot.  She was a Mother of one, Grandma of 2, and Great Grandma of 3.



Love you and miss you lots Mom!

We used Vitas Hospice and I don't have enough great things to say about them, the care and resources that they provided.
Not a fun thing to talk about but when you need them or don't know what to do then you need to know what others have done and who they have used.
My Mom qualified for the ICC care.  Honestly I don't remember what that stands for but they provided a nurse round the clock from Sunday till my Mom passed on Tuesday.  They walked me thru all the steps and made all the arrangement.  They even went so far as to remind me to eat and drink something. They were great with all the family too, Great Grand Kids included.  They answered all their questions too!
They were wonderful! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bon Appetite May Cooking Club

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Our group met at Jeanne home for our get together .  We were all excited about the menu this month.
We started off the evening with Champagne and Guava and toasted to the another get together and the beginning to another great meal with the girls.
No that is not a potato holding down the napkins but a rock that looks like a potato.  Can you see the chef holding the menu.

Jeanne said her Son John did the tablescape right down to getting the trivets for each one of us and her husband made our name cards.  It was a family affair!  The color was so festive.  Love the blue.


We started the evening with The Cowboy Caviar that Jeannine from page 20 of the What Can I bring for Dinner?  by Anne Bryn .  This is a light way to start out.  Everything is waist friendly.  We all were commenting on all the ways you could use this dish.  Over salad, on a taco, or just on a bed of lettuces. We all loved it.  


Then is was time for the meal.  Jeanne made the Barb's Taco Ring on page 187 What Can I Bring for Dinner by Anne Bryn.  Cathy made the Chicken Taco Soup from page 84.  The soup is in the Red bowl.  It was in a big pot on the stove.   I made the Big Green Salad with Orange, Avocado and Red Wine Vinaigrette page 94-5. Funny thing this time everyone followed the recipes exactly.  We normally make little changes here and there.  Not this time.   You can see the cake in the background more about that below.


Here is the soup and it was really good. 


Here is our meal all plated up and ready to be devoured.  There was silence so that tells you that everyone loved it all.  I did add some of the Cowboy Caviar to the top of my Barb's Taco Ring.  I also added a dollop of Sour Cream to the Chicken Taco Soup.  You can see the little treat that Jeannine made with the jelly beans.  I made the little bag which was holding a little wisk for each person.   

Then it was time for dessert which Pam made Vanillia Crazy Wacky Cake from Pinterest.  It uses vinegar and boy was it good.  She said this is very simple and easy to make.  



Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June Promotion with Close To My Heart


The Perfect Companion for Memory Keeping on the Go
During the month of June, when you purchase any My Crush® book and its accompanying assortment pictured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE! That is a savings of at least $9.95 USD / $10.95 CAD! Choose from five lovely My Crush book offerings that will provide a swoon-worthy background for your favorite memories. From family reunions to camping adventures to holiday countdowns—and much more—you will be crushing on all these books and the possibilities they provide. Every My Crush book features a hard cover with wire binding and cardstock-weight pages that are printed with eye-catching designs to form the perfect bases for your memory keeping. Additionally, each My Crush book also features unique details—from glossy print, to vellum pages, to gold foil, to ink-resistant patterns—that make displaying your personality easier than ever. Plus, once you add the artistry of the coordinating assortments featuring sticker sheets, envelopes, alphabets, cards, and journaling spots, along with your free stamp set, you will be well on your way to your own gorgeous mini book creation! This offer is only available while supplies last* and once they’re gone, these books are gone for good, so put your orders in early to get your summer romance rolling today!

You can see the whole My Crush collection here

This months Stamp of the Month S1506 Ice Cream Dream

Set of 7
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 6½" (Y1010), 4" × 5" (Y1012)

It is a fun one for your cardmaking.  Here you can see it used on a Invitation.

 Here you can see it on a Layout.
You can order yours here!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

More Taste of Summer for National Scrapbooking Month

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Here is more I made with the Taste of Summer #ctmhtos  Karen Morris our Presidential Director and she rented the Brandywine room for us at the Sacramento Hilton for the day.  We got to bring projects and just create and spend the day with our CTMH Sisters.  What a fun day we had.  Thanks Karen for doing this.  Here are just some of the things I made while we were there.


 This is a fun paper pack with lots of bright summery colors. It also has a coordinating stamp set.



Told you it was cute and colorful!  Here is another card that I made. I used the Strawberry and random stamped it on my Daisy White card in Smoothie.  I used the little Strawberry topper and stamped it in pear on the Strawberry.  The Bee, flight path, and sentiment from the Seasonal Inspiration 2's  Operation Smile stamp set on the back of the Catalog.  Happy Everything D1653


The is the third card I made.  Thanks to Jen Patrick for bringing her Pink Cricut Expression 2 with her and all 4 of our Cricut cartridges.  I was able to cut out shape I needed for the sentiment for this card.  That was so nice of her and she came from Fresno.
I will need to bling this card up so I will post it when I get finished with it.  It is hard to take everything you need when traveling but that is fun too, it's a work in progress!


You can see other card I made with the Taste of Summer here!
Read all about the Making Connections with CTMH here.
Thanks for stopping by.

#ctmhmakingconnections #ctmhtos 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Making Connections with CTMH #ctmhmakingconnections

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...I say it all the time but I love working with Close To My Heart.  This Saturday me and 4 other Consultants drove to Sacramento for the Making Connections business builder and creative session.  What a great Day it was! #makingconnections  I started at 6 am driving to a McDonald's in Livermore to pick up Elaine, Lori, Joyce, and Tina.  We loaded up all the crafting supplies for the 5 of us.  Hummm 5 women 1 day of crafting.  Good thing I have a big vehicle!!!  No pictures of the back loaded up.  Darn I missed out on that one!
Off we went.  We decided to make a pit stop at McDonald's in Sacramento.  The drive thru was packed but we only wanted to go inside.  I drove around and parked, we all got out and went to the door only to find out that it was closed for remodeling.  Can you believe that?  We had to walk across the street to an AM/PM market.  Lori and Joyce had spotted a homeless man sleeping on a bench so they decided to purchase a tuna sandwich some chips a drink and some doughnuts.  When we got back to the car the homeless man was nowhere to be found.  They asked around if anyone had seen which way he went. Someone thought he went to the stop light so we drove around looking for him.  We never did find him.  Now we had one sandwich to share between the 5 of us.  We laughed and laughed.
When we arrived at the Hilton Sacramento we unloaded all of our stuff and and set if up in the Brandywine room.  There were several consultants there so we got busy creating things and working on projects.  Everyone had stories to tell and we had a great day creating. The time just flew by 10 am till 4 pm.
At 4 we loaded up all our stuff and headed out to dinner.  Check in for the evening Making Connections was from 5 to 6 so that gave us time to mingle and meet some of the other consultants that we did not know.  I always enjoy that part.  We also were able to purchase a Base and Bling sheet that is exclusive to this event and the proceeds so to Operation Smile.  We raised or $900.00 that night.  Such a great cause!
The evening started out with some great things to inspire us and helps us out in our business.  I love how CTMH lets us know they are always there for us and thinking about us.  LOVE CTMH!!  They had handouts and I took lots of notes.

They passed out 3 bags full of product to make 2- 2 page layouts and 1 bag full of stamp sets, card bases, sequins, Shimmer Trim and 2 My Crush for her mini albums.  I barely had room to check it all out in.
During the break we all gathered together for a group selfie.  Monica is our selfie Queen!  She is also our hashtag Queen #ctmhmakingconnections.
We were also introduced to the Instax Camera.  By the way they will be giving away 50 of these at Convention.  #ctmhconvention.  You can join my team and join me in Disneyland for 3 fun filled days of business and creative goodness.
PS these come in lots of different colors.
I can't wait to get the first look at our new Annual Inspirations 2015 / 2016.
Sadly it was time to pack up and head back home.  We said goodby to our CTMH friends and loaded everything back up and off we went.
We arrived back in Livermore where we all met to begin our day.  It was a McDonald's and wouldn't you know it it was closed for the evening.  So yes, you guessed it we had to walk across the street to another AM/PM. It was the perfect ending to a fun filled, creative day.  Thanks ladies for all the laughs, great company and I can't wait to do it again.