Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Me and my flying monkeys...


Have a fun and safe holiday!!! Love the Wessells' family

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween sneak peak

Here is another sneak peak before tomorrow...

Saturday, October 27, 2007

last minute things

While hubby is in South Dakota hunting pheasants I am catching up on some last minute projects before I leave. My check list is long but I am quickly moving down it!

Christmas cards are done and addressed ...this year I used the snowflake stamp set from Technique Tuesday and the saying stamp from Hero Arts. Envelopes are addressed using the Quickutz lettering Spicy Chicken for the recipients last name. Simple and DONE!

Trying to stay on task of cooking at least once a week. I have been wanting to try this recipe by Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa. I was a little skeptical about the turkey sausage, but it was very tasty. The three cheeses in this recipe though make this a very rich tasting lasagna. But I love goat cheese and it gave it such a unique flavor. Don't forget the warm French bread!Img_2805

Then I spent most of today designing and putting together Halloween outfits. This is the first year that I am behind the power curve, but I finished all three dog costumes and mine will be done on Monday. Here is a sneak peak:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

seven facts about me

Jeneatte was so kind to blog tag me... Here are the rules which must be posted on your blog if you are tagged:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random - some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names - link to them
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

Here's 7 facts about me right now:

1. I really want a pet pig, actually a mini farm would be perfect.
2. All three dogs sleep with us.
3. I am addicted to eye cream and lip balm
4. I LOVE candy corn
5. I would rather watch movies at home
6. Favorite drink is fountain diet coke in a foam cup
7. I have painted my nails the same color for 7 years: Seche Rose

Tag you are it!
1. Dottie best buddy that could come up with 7 in a snap
2. Jen my hotel snob partner
3. Kayce, the ever so talented
4. Lisa the amazing scrapbooker
5. Megan my cousin in the blazing OC
6. Georgana, because you can't get any sweeter than this gal
7. last but not least the most inspiring Carol

Monday, October 22, 2007

6,881 miles (11075 km) away


That is how far away Auckland, New Zealand is and where I will be flying to on November 4th. WOW!!! Actually our first stop is Sydney, Australia and we arrive on November 7th. This is all because of the wonderful people at Crafting Connection! They have put together a wonderful event that includes Stacy, Wendy Smedley and Renee Pearson. Big Picture Scrapbooking has really given me so many opportunities to see the world and meet people that I otherwise wouldn't have, for that I am very grateful.

This trip has also given me and my hubby an opportunity to finally go on a honeymoon*! He will be meeting me over in Wellington at the end of my trip with the group. We are then flying over to Christchurch to start a tour with this outfit Active NewZealand - who I highly recommend! They have been amazing to work with.  They are going to be taking us around the whole south island and off the beaten path. The trip that we chose was the RIMU. After reading our itinerary you can see why I have been so freaked out about working out...hubby must be really freaked out since I just gave him the itinerary last weekend. Those of you who know him understand why I did this last minute. He has assured me though that his heart rate gets to an optimum level when he is on his dirt bike, so he should be fine. Notice we are mountain biking for one day on this trip - not dirt biking!

*Honeymoon - yes, we did get married in Maui and we were there for two weeks. But we were there with 40 of our family members and close friends. Not really my idea of a honeymoon.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Music illiterate

Really I am - at least compared to my husband. It is one of the many things that he finds endearing about me. Let me explain. I like music that I can sing to in private and the history of different genres of music hasn't really interested me. Yes, I understand how much the Beattles or Nirvana influenced artists today, but that is about as deep as I go. I like all kinds of music - except really hard punk type rock. I am also the exact demographic that iTunes loves, I love to buy singles most of the time. As my husband says I don't appreciate the compilation of the songs on the album - he says it like reading a book...I guess I am just not there yet.

I am sure that when his friends in the music world meet me they are dying to roll their eyes. But Sunday night we went to see Bob Mould at the Doug Fir in Portland. He is more famously known from the band Husker Du and Sugar. It is definitely nothing that I would have listened to. His music now though is something that I can appreciate. I can also appreciate his candid views on the music business. That is what it is a business and in this day and age of digital technology we have to remember to value the content that is being distributed.

So if you get anything out of this blog post, it's to listen to new music and try something different. You might be pleasantly surprised. And also that my husband is definitely the more 'hip' one of us.

Here are a few songs/artists to check out:

Tamacun by Rodrigo y Gabriela

Teddybears (album Soft Machine)

Allison Kraus

Liz Phair

Franz Ferdinand

Chris Isaak

Dar Williams

John Gorka

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips

Is the name of the book that everyone should read. Because at some point in your life, unfortunately, you are going to know someone with breast cancer. Dottie picked up this book when we went to Borders and I just picked up my copy. It will make you laugh, cry and it will educate you, but not bore you with medical details. Again, it's Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

She's going to be 2

I can't believe she is going to be 2 today. Why is it as I get older the time is going by faster and faster? I keep reminding myself to slow down, but I feel like I am on fast forward sometimes. Maybe it's having this cute little girl in my life?!

Yes, she is playing with auntie Paula's iPhone. And yes, she figured out how to use it - making calls and taking pictures. I didn't think she could figure out that it was operated with your finger...I underestimated the 2 year old mind! Of course she didn't want to give it up so the only thing I could come up with was "okay the phone needs a nap, it's VERY tired" so we wrapped in the blanket and put it down for a nap...


Vintage Fall


Well I think winter is here, I guess the NW is skipping fall. Which happens to be my favorite time of year here. The leaves are turning, but it's kind of hard to enjoy them when it's pouring down rain and windy. So I will have to just enjoy them from my windows. I am hoping that fall tries to make a comeback with crisp days with bright blue skies...for now,bundling up and wearing socks are on the morning agenda.  I need to move my summer clothes to the back of the closet and push the winter ones forward. It's just that time of year.

But my friend Beth just made these gorgeous fall bags to brighten anyone's day! I just love this vintage rose oil cloth fabric in the golds and oranges. I have tried it with a few outfits for running around town in and it is a jean staple accessory for me. I am not sure what other styles she is using this fabric in but be sure to contact her ( or visit her ebay store. These are not going to last very long!


Daily Grind: Long overdue post about my daily grind of weight loss and trying to keep it off or putting more on. Maintaining is the word today. When Dottie was here we decided a carb diet would be appropriate - not really but that is how it worked out. I think the reason I didn't gain was because our portions were the right size. My positive report today is that I am doing yoga 4 to 5 days a week for one hour sessions. Going to the gym is another story, which is quite funny since the gym is MUCH closer than the yoga studio that I go to - go figure. But you can say that I am a little addicted to yoga now. I have been telling everyone I meet how great it is and how I look forward to going. I wouldn't say that I am losing pounds, because I am not. But clothes are fitting better and I feel better - that is important. Yoga helped me through one of our toughest 10 days at Big Picture Scrapbooking. During that time I probably would have ate everything in the pantry then drove to the grocery store to get more! One of my 2008 goals is to start going to pilates at least twice a week...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Spending time with a true friend

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though you are slightly cracked ~ Bernard Meltzer

Dottie and I had a great time this past week and it just flew by! Wednesday we started out our day with registering at the Art & Soul event and picking up our schedules. Dottie was able to meet in person some of the gals in her fat book swap at breakfast and I got to see first hand how this whole swap thing works. Once again I am amazed with the talent that is out there. Then it was off to yoga for me and a massage for Dottie. I knew we would need this since we would be in a class all day on Thursday and on Friday.

Dottie is doing great! She looks good and has such a strong will. Her new look makes her look like a movie star...see her blog for the story. She is a trooper and it was just good to see her. My plan is to see her again in February.


After her massage and a much needed nap we headed to an up and coming neighborhood in Portland on Alberta Street. Our first stop was Collage Arts, which is a fantastic corner store filled with so many mediums of art supplies. The gals were helpful and I found some scalloped copper tape for soldering there! Then we headed to Poppy & Ivy - which is the cutest vintage home and gift store. Which is owned by the delightful and talented Amy Hollands. I had heard that she opened a store but totally spaced it and the even more weird coincidence was that my long time friend Tawny was working there. Tawny is one of those friends that I don't see very often but when we do see each other we pick right back up! Of course I couldn't leave without buying some vintage fabric. Then we headed down the street to Close Knit, this store just makes you want to knit! And the owner (I forgot her name) is so helpful with lots of ideas and suggestions. So both Dottie and I fell in love with this black and white striped beret and planned on working on it over the weekend...more on this later.


Thursday was our first class at Art & Soul was with Janet Cooper making Century Crazy Quilts. I had never worked in this medium before (this was not quilting with a sewing machine, this was using a glue gun!) and it was almost like being back in art school. As we progressed we had to do critiques discussing composition, color, and object choices. It was really interesting. I brought stuff that my grandmother had given to me in the past, she has since passed away and the 'stuff' was just sitting in boxes. So now all I have to do is print out pictures of her and this will be my mother's Christmas gift!

Our second class on Friday was with Keely Barham making a Found Object Frenzy Bracelet. This was a fun class since I would like to spend more time making jewelry. It has taken a back seat over the last two years and I miss it. But we actually made and finished this wild bracelet! It was really interesting to see all the other students bracelets and what objects they chose or color scheme they did. My bracelet turned out a little too chunky but I think it will be a fun piece to wear.


Saturday was filled with two estate sales and a visit to Monticello antique store. The highlight of the day was the vendor night at the Art & Soul event. If you ever have a chance to go to this vendor night - public can go to this - bring your cash, check book and credit card! I am always on the lookout for original artwork and this was like a candy store. My first stop was Sally Jean - I have always been impressed by her quality of soldering and the art inside each piece. I was able to pick up some of her original art pieces and looking forward to wearing them soon! My next stop was Misty Mawn, I have admired her work and had no idea she was going to be there teaching. I am so glad that I was able to buy one of her pieces - they were going fast. My last purchase was with Lisa Kaus, who is a local artist! I had no idea - but I loved her "suitcase boxes" and the piece I purchased is going into this wall collage I have planned for upstairs. After all that I told Dottie we HAD to go! :)


Sunday and Monday were relaxing days spending time together and knitting...about knitting, this is something that I dabble in. I knitted a few hats but nothing of 'substance'. I am still working on my ripple afghan (crocheting) but with each project it takes me about 50 starts to really get going. I don't know what it is, but I have to get into some kind of groove, but until then I have to take things all apart and start over again. I was driving Dottie nuts! But we had some good laughs. If you are interested in this beret pattern email me - I will tell you the tips! The pattern is by Louisa Harding in the Accessories Collection book. We are not using her yarn, we chose Rowan Pure Wool DK.


Wednesday, October 3, 2007


It is amazing how time flies by. It seemed that I was enjoying 80 degree weather just a couple of weeks ago and now I am sitting here with boots, jeans, ls shirt and sweater on. I think the NW late fall early winter is already here. The wind kept up most of the day and the rain just started about an hour ago...on Sunday I don't think the rain stopped! My best friend Dottie is going to be landing in about 45 minutes and I hope she wore socks - being from Florida (Tampa) you don't need socks that often.

This is the first time I will be seeing her since her diagnosis. We planned this visit months ago - we are going to attend Art & Soul here in Portland. But that is what I love about Dottie - she powers through difficult times and makes the best of it. We plan on taking it easy and playing each day by how she feels. It will just be good to spend time together.

So what have I been up to the last three weeks? After returning from Creative Escapes it was just go - go - go. Speaking of Creative Escapes...I can't say enough about that event. Worth your time and money for sure - be sure to apply for the lottery registration. All the teachers did such wonderful job and Allison WOW, what can I say? She was fantastic - goose bumps fantastic! And it was fun just being able to take classes this year - Kayce joined Stacy and I for a great weekend too! Here is a picture of us, with me in my new Amy Tangerine shirt. LOVE her stuff. Sorry, my white balance was way off at the resort in AZ, I couldn't get it to work right...