Saturday, March 11, 2017

Been Missin' You!

This year has been busy!
 Interest rates are inching up and inventory is low. 
It is a good time to sell!
I have hardly had time to reflect on my goals for 2017 as the days are flying by. So without further ado; I have been missin' you!

What do talented women that TRUST one another, GATHER often, ABIDE in Christ and REST together do on a Saturday once a year?

Tour art studios of course!

This year I was honored to have my 'Atelier' on display.
Many thanks to Meridy Twilling for these amazing photos.
 It's a progressive brunch of sorts. 
 Each of us hosts a snack and these talented ladies get to visit with one another for the day.
She is the keeper of family stories.
Her talents combine family archivist, memory keeper, story teller, documentarian, racounteur, journalist, and photographer.
Did I mention that we love pretty paper?
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Meridy snapped a few samples of what we create.
This montage is 6 generations on my maternal side. 
 Cards and completed albums are stored in these vintage suitcases.
 This latest project features Ranger products.
 This Advent calendar hangs in our guest room all year. 
Many of the items are family photos and mementos. 
It took countless hours to create and I just can't bear to put it away.

The little watch face is from my grandmothers' watch.
 Our toddler spoons wear years of patina. 
I am so grateful to have these. 
  Our latest DIY project was the renovation of this closet in my studio.
That mirror hung in my childhood bedroom some 50 years ago. 
That makes me an antique!
 Acrylic stamps are stored in these binders.
 My steadfast pal...Angelique wears a few treasures. 
  My happy place!
 This is the hub folks! I start and end my days camped at my computer helping really nice people realize their real estate dreams! 
 My One Little Word projects over the last 4 years are prominently displayed.
  My Art Journal
We share storage ideas.



  
Ikea delivers so many fun ways to display our tools.


  



Until next years' tour these women will trust one another, abide with Christ in their lives, gather often to read, craft and watch movies together and that spells REST. 
All my words....in one day!

Once a year The Chicks gather with their Chicklets for craft day.
I was privileged to share the day with our grand daughter.  
I am grateful that all the babies born in our family have been full term.
So often this is not the case. 
The tiniest humans struggle for life in NICU's all over the world. 
One mamma whose infant survived months in a neonatal intensive care unit understands how parents of micro preemies despair.

Please read Amandas' story here
Her project and non-profit Twenty Five and Four touched my heart.
Now I am sharing it with my grand daughter who is passionate about blessing babies. At only 6 years old she selected these fabric combinations and participated in cutting and sewing these diaper shirts.
For longer than is reasonable I have been working on a Chemistry Class 
with art mediums.
 I just happened to have the good fortune to attend Creativation 2017 where the founder of the class was a featured artist.
The show is for retailers/on line supply houses, so I am still pinching myself because I attended. 
 Here are some of the tags that consumed me last year and represent dozens of Tim Holtz  techniques.
 My One Little Word for 2017 continues to hit stride. 
Last,  but certainly not least I would like to introduce you to Lexa.
Eeeeeek!
 I am so excited to spend many hours with her.
She has the daunting responsibility to keep me fit. 
See you on the road and remember to give cyclists 3'.

 ! RIDE & ABIDE !



Thursday, December 29, 2016

It's a Wrap!




December was special in so many ways.
It is not what we did as much as who we did it with that made for a remarkable month.
Our daughter Morgan coordinated our first holiday open house at Stertz Construction.
It was a smashing success and very festive! 
I had a great time documenting the month with a photo and story every day.
Here is a peek at the 6 x 8 book that holds the memories.
Each day tells a story and is inspired by a class led by


Hey Bert!
Hmmm...Could we, should we, would we meet this guy?

 But of course so off we went to the 
Happiest Place on Earth.
It truly is a Magic Kingdom!
The Disney app rocked!
These fans could not have been more impressed with the Disneyland experience.
We were entertained at every turn.  
The adults just might have loved the rides as much as the kiddos.
 The spontaneous appearance of parades, personalities and iconic characters are so uplifting.
Thanks to this crew for allowing me to take hundreds of photos.
Taking pictures was a challenge since there were so many people AND the subjects were constantly moving! 
Adventure Land includes a real time city from the Pixar movie Cars.
It is sooooo realistic that even our imaginations took us to Radiator Springs.
The kids were ecstatic and were trying to comprehend it all.
 We took several RESTS through the day and we may have been the only people there that did not have Mickey apparel of some kind!
 The Christmas decor, aromas, and music inspired a relaxing atmosphere in spite of the constant activity and stimulation. 
Trees of all types decked the streets.
This is the tallest tree that I have ever seen.
For a little perspective you can see the building behind the tree.

This one was built of giant truck tires.
Garlands galore. Check this out! It was made from wrenches and air filters.
Disneyland thrills even their youngest guests.
The sense of protection that we felt was exceptional given the crowds.
We are not strangers to Southern California where Carlsbad has become a home away from home and  a place of REST. On our last day we visited our favorite pier.

 These two had so much fun digging for shells.
 Can I just say that the birds in these parts are proof that fresh fish is good to eat!
 There were GIANT seagulls, ducks, pelicans, blue herons and american coots. 



As a matter of fact the leaves and pine cones were huge.
 I think we have lived in the desert for too long.
 Be still my heart! 
Meanwhile in Tucson the support team was keeping it all together for us.
 The newest member of our family is already in on our fun and games.
Joyeux Noel mes amis!
Happy New Year to all our friends and family!
We are excited to see what God has planned for us in 2017!
ONE LITTLE WORD 2017
ABIDE