Monday, March 31, 2008

I am back!

What a trip. Wonderful, amazing, beautiful and fun! Those words hardly describe our little four day adventure in southern California. Then we came home to snow-snow-and more snow! So while I unpack my bags and re-live my memories of the last few days, I leave you with these gorgeous photos of the flower fields in Carlsbad.
Soaking up the warm California sun!

The ranunculus are absolutely breathtaking.

Chloe's first trip to the beach...ever!

More tomorrow on my class at Sweetpeas and information on the kits I have left.

Good to be home, but I sure hope the snow melts soon.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The time has come!

Tomorrow is the day....... I leave for California!
Lowell is staying home with Nana and Bobo. Miss Chloe, hubby and I are off to visit my sister and her family in San Diego for a few days:) Then we head to LA on Saturday for my class at Sweetpeas and a wedding that night! We get home late Sunday.
Here are my albums to fill up with memories!
See you in a week:)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bringing color to my world...

Happy Spring???

Since it's still white and snowy in our world, Chloe and I decided to add some color.

Ta da.....Happy Easter!More inspiration journal pages dreaming about a spring palette.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Art Retreats galore!

So many retreats, so little time. Isn't it amazing how many retreats there are now for mixed media artists? It's fabulous...but hard to choose from. There's ArtFest, Art and Soul, Silver Bella, ArtNest and so many more across the country. In my opinion, not enough in the midwest. Hmm...hopefully that will change. My pick for this year is Art in Ashland

The teachers are Pam Garrison, Anahata Katkin and Amy Hanna. My good friends Cassondra, Michelle and Hope will be there. Hope to see you there too!

In other exciting news, I got an advanced copy of the Junk Market ladies new book Junk Beautiful and will be reviewing it here soon. Stay tuned for more. It's gorgeous!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Think spring...

Ok, not quite feeling like spring here yet, even though it officially starts today. It's been a pretty nice all the 40's. However, tonight we're supposed to get about 4 inches of snow! It's supposed to melt by Sunday. I hope so, I don't want the kids having to hunt for eggs under snow drifts. I have such an egg fetish this time of year. Love all that eggs symbolize.

Enjoy the Vernal Equinox! What signs of spring are you seeing in your neck of the woods?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Boxes coming and going...

I received a box of my books from Blurb today. If you ordered one, hopefully it will be arriving at your doorstep shortly. I have heard from a few of you that have it in your hot little hands. I would love to hear what you think of the book. Is it what you expected? Do you like the amount of pictures? of writing? I would love to know your thoughts. It will be useful if I decide to do this again some day:) It truly was a labor of love and of course I already can find things that I would have changed, but overall I am very pleased. I hope you all enjoy it. I would LOVE any feedback (good or bad) at

Thanks so much!
In the meantime, I am making up my kits for the upcoming banner class I'm teaching at Sweetpeas and Snapshots on March 29th. They are loaded with fun vintage goodies. This is a small portion of what is going into each kit. I hope to meet some of you for my class when I'm in LA!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Going green....

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
As you can see from my inspiration book pages, I have been feeling like I need a dose of green. The pages reflect my yearning for plants and growth. They are also a bit earthy and gritty. Just how I've been feeling.

After going to a local nursery, Chloe and I decided to get our hands dirty and plant a window herb garden in the kitchen in some of my tea cups. Love how they smell!

Also got these adorable little pink carnations and put them in one of my favorite mugs for the kitchen table.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Treasures found...

Since the last post was about the thrill of the hunt, I thought I'd share with you some of the fun finds that I've had recently. I mentioned that I was looking for something specific for my class at Sweetpeas. Below is a gem of a vintage hat that I found to "pluck" from that will do just the trick!I found this bright metal bookcase at an estate sale this weekend for $2. Yea, I know it looks like it shouldn't cost any more than that. What I love about it is it's the perfect height for Lowell to use as a little reading stand. Which is what he immediately did upon it's arrival in his bedroom. Too cute!
That same sale had tons of fabulous old cheap finds. Including the gnomes below. What better place to have singing gnomes than on your bran muffins?!
This mushroom girl was given to me last year during my spring swap. I just love woodland whimsies.
Finally a gift given to me recently is this wonderful box of spring treasures from Cassondra. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to take it apart and use these wonderful goodies. They just look too great together. There are oodles of vintage finds here. She sells many of them in her etsy shop. Love it all, Cassondra!

Hope you had a nice weekend!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hunting for treasure...

In light of not having inspiration book pages done for today, I thought I'd take you along on a little stroll through an antique shop just outside the twin cities. I had a window of time on this gorgeous, sunny day while the kids were both in school and headed out to Buffalo, Minnesota to the Buffalo Nickel. I was searching for something in particular for my class at Sweetpeas in a couple weeks. I normally don't go to antique shops since I'm such an estate sale fiend and find that the prices can be a bit higher. But I was running out of time before my class. I found what I was looking for, along with tons of fun spring inspiration. I thought you'd enjoy:)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A plethora...

of my inspiration book pages for your viewing pleasure.Still creating these for the 21 day challenge.
Having so much fun seeing what each day brings with colors and moods.
Put into visual form in a journal.
I really hope to continue this...