Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Word for 2017!

Happy Anniversary

bouquets northwest - 7 years!!!

For the past 6 years I have chosen
one key word for an entire Year!
12 Months!
365 days!

Let's start by reviewing my past words -

2016 - Traditions
2015 - Nourish
2014 - Spontaneity
2013 - Dream
2012 - Imagination
2011 - Enjoy

Now...words that have a special meaning for myself

Kindness, Blessing, Abundance, Home,
 Discover, Compass, Believe, Present, Moment, Enrich, Significant
Out of all the words listed above one just feels right...

 Word for 2017!

There was a sentence I read the confirmed my choice
“Excellence is a combination of passion and focus. When you have passion for what you are doing and get your focus in the right place, everything else will follow. Embrace the moment.”
—  Terry Orlick

 I will take my passions and focus
embrace the moment whether they are -
magical moment
 quite moment
exciting moment
 special moment

Let me share a quite moment I had last week...
Portland Oregon had a deep snowstorm last week.
I woke up very early in the morning 
looked out the window and watched it snow...
so peaceful and beautiful on the evergreen trees in the golf course.
It was a quite moment just for myself!

As I begin the seventh year of 
bouquets northwest
Moments will be shared with you thru out the year!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday = Craft Coloring Day

How many people are on their phone, i-pad, 
notebook and desktop shopping?
Most of us!

First I read all the emails I received for Cyber Monday.
Oh my the amount of emails!!

Once I placed my orders Cyber Monday turned into
Craft Coloring Day!

Then next week it will be getting on the rain boots 
and Brick-n-morter shopping.

Tromping thru the water and leaves!

When adding the embellishments - ribbons, bead and trim
I have a choice to make... what ribbon to choose?

Love the Container Store for ribbons during the Holiday Season!
I slept on making the decision.
When I woke up I went with my first choice...
burlap and black with khaki trim.

So slightly on the sides!

I added a bit of Wink of Stella Brush...
one of my favorite tools!

Power Poppy Feeling Fall Stamp!
The leaves and buckle are glistening in the light!

Now, that it is officially the Christmas Season
what should I color today?

Check back and find out this week!

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Black - Bazzill
Printed Cardstock: Graphic 45 - Running Cats & Dogs Collection
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Power Poppy - Feeling Fall
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers: R24, R27, R29, YR04, YR09, YR18, YR23, YR24, YR27,YR65,
                                                      YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99,W3, W5, W8, E81, E19, YR65, BOOO,Y28
Die Cutting: Spellbinders Small Classic Rectangles, Cuttlebug
Embellishments: Burlap Ribbon - My Stash, Black with Khaki - Container Store, Therm-o-web 3D Foam Squares
Tools: Fiskars Cutting Board, Tomboy Adhesive

Sunday, November 20, 2016


I always thought I was not a club person...
now I am beginning to re-think this!

The First Thursday of every month is
Women's Night at Michelbook Country Club!

I have learned something each evening...

Played Cards - Hand to Foot
Enjoyed Wine Tasting
Missed Sushi Night 
(would of loved learning how to roll sushi)

and my first Stampin Up! Workshop.

Of course we had wine while crafting!

Vertical or horizontal!
Craft Both!

The Cards - Holiday of course!

I enjoyed spending time with new friends!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Just For You!

When you move to a new city or town you meet
 many new people - some new Friends!

People you enjoy spending time with
supporting or helping.

I have had a wonderful time meeting new friends
and by chance a friend from the past - 29 years ago!!

However, this blog post is about a friend
 my husband introduced me to
Sharon is warm, considerate, fun, kind, 
makes the best clam chowder and a wonderful photographer!

Sharon is a amazing Mother and Grandmother!
Sharon is strong and determined!

I truly enjoy being her friend!

Just For You..for her!
When I began making a special card for Sharon
 tears rolled down my cheeks...

Sharon has been recently diagnosed with Cancer.

Yes, those are Vintage Buttons from my Mother!
Her Friends will be there for her -
whatever she needs.

Now, I am simply praying for Sharon.
Please join me in prayers!

Cardstock -Kraft - Paper Source, Orange - Bazzill, Peacock Blue - Core'dinations
Printed Cardstock: Graphic 45 - Mind Over Matter
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Distress Ink - Ripe Persimmon
Stamps: Verve Stamps - Button Best, Flourishes - Tiny Flowers and Tags
Coloring: G12, G14, G21, G20, G24, YG17, YG11, YG25, BG18
Die Cutting: Cuttlebug, Verve Stamps Button Best
Embellishments:Vintage Buttons, Ribbon - Paper Studio
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cuter, Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares, Tomboy Adhesive

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


World Hello Day is November 21!

I must send this card to someone special and 
simply say...Hello!

 My first stamp I choose to color since
 I unpacked my Craft Coloring Studio supplies!

Zig Wink of Stella Brush adds a bit of sparkle on the flowers.
The Power Poppy stamp is a beautiful vase with flowers
 colored with Copic Sketch Markers.

A lesson I re-learned while I was adding the 
embellishments to tie the card together...

Less is More!

The ribbon colors match perfectly with the 
Autumn Colors I choose to color.

At the same time my eye went to the ribbon first.
Also, cut the card in two sections...
top and bottom.

By removing the ribbon your eye goes to the
flowers in the vase and then to the wording... Hello!

Who are you going to send a special Hello card to?

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Olive and Cabernet - Bazzill
Special Cardstock - Cork
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Power Poppy - Go Wild, Avery Elle - Sentimental Stamps:
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers: B32, B34, B37, B39, BG70, C00, C2, C4, E35, E37, E39, YG93,
                                                      YG95, YG97, Y11, Y15, Y19, Y35, YR65, YR68, YR16, R46,
                                                       RV29, R39, V95, RV95, R89, V99
Embossing: Stampendous - Detail White Embossing Powder, VersaMark, Martha Stewart Heat Gun
Embellishments: Queen & Co. Candy Stripers 
Tools, Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Vintage Buttons

This past week in the Willamette Valley it has been...
raining, windy and very grey outside.

so... I decided to work on a project that
 I have been wanting to do for a long time.

Going thru Vintage Buttons!

I have had this Vintage Metal Box of my
 Mother's for almost 20 years since she passed away.

It was fun to think about the sewing we use to do together.
Picking out the perfect button to sew on the garment.

I have selected my favorite buttons to use on cards.
Placed the buttons in some special jars!

The metal box has to be from the 1960's or early 1970's.

My sister Lori and I think they had cookies in the 
metal box from the photo on the bottom of the box.

Then my Mom stored her buttons in the special box.

Of course I am saving the plastic bag of buttons
in the metal box to remember my Mom!

And yes... there were a few happy tears shed
while looking and sorting thru the box of buttons.

Monday, October 17, 2016

New Home - New Room

New Home equals New Craft Room
or what I am calling it...

Craft Coloring Studio!

The window brings in natural light! Which I love!
Of course the photo above was in the construction phase...
which is how I am now feeling.

We have been in our home for 3 months
I am almost to the end of unpacking and organizing.

A few more Craft boxes to open...
which feels like a early Christmas each time I open a box!

As I have been unpacking, organizing and re-organzing
I have begin to design my Craft Coloring Studio.

Tables, chairs, computers and cabinets to arrange 
and re-arrange at least a few times.

I now have the furniture set
which feels very comfortable.

Of course there will be table in front of the window!
(After we finish re-staining the top of the table)

What I am really enjoying is happening thru the closet doors

Pre-finishing with trim and hardware
In this closet will be my coloring and paper crafting supplies...

Copic Markers, Watercolors, Inks,  Pencils, Paper and Tools!
almost every thing I need to craft cards! 

Want to see what is in the closet?
Here is s sneak peek!

Check back soon for the photos of the
Craft Coloring Studio!