Thursday, December 15, 2011

Third Thursday Tools!

Only 10 days until Christmas! 
Third Thursday Tools! perfect for the Christmas Stocking.
In my case stockings!


Yes, I hang 3 stockings!
For years I would only hang the faux fur trim stocking a gift from my husband.
I would open the storage box and look at the stocking from my childhood
 and a stocking I made for a party and put them back in the box.
Last year I decided to hang all three and enjoy remembering past Christmas's.
What fun! Santa filled all three! I must of been a very good girl!

Two of the tools I suggest for your stockings are from Fiskars.


Fiskars Portable Craft Paper Trimmer and Compact Stamp Press.

The Paper Trimmer has a SureCut wire cut-line that shows  exactly where the blade will cut. What I like is the way the blade and rail locks together give you clean and even cuts. The one I use is the 12" size which also packs well.

The Compact Stamp Press is great size for 3"X5" for cards and tags. What I like is the spring feet allows you to perfectly place your inked stamp on the paper. The stamped image comes out beautifully.

One more suggestion is not a tool - however a tool could be purchased with it.
Giftcards! Either at your favorite neighborhood store or internet stores!

Happy shopping!

Enjoy!
-Elaine







Monday, December 12, 2011

Vacations!

Simply... Thank you for Vacations!

I had the pleasure of a early Holiday Vacation with my Husband, Ed.
Road Trip to Las Vegas, Yuma, Arizona and Jacksonville, Oregon!
Three totally different places to visit!

First Stop - Las Vegas, Nevada
(And I am not a gambler)
Sunset on Mountains outside Las Vegas

My favorite donut shop growing up in Denver!
I discovered one in Las Vegas!
Beautiful Floral Bouquet in Bellagio Hotel
One of my favorote  animals,  Penguins.
 I think it is loving the movie Mary Poppins!

2nd stop - Yuma, Arizona
The location my Mother-in-law, Taeko choose to snowbird for the Winter.

What fun I had shopping at Mementos a  wonderful craft store in
 downtown Yuma and has the pleasure of meeting Lisa the owner. 
I love to color and this shop focuses on coloring!

Surprise, while I was there I had the opportunity to meet one of
 Lisa's designers and instructors, Jill Foster.
Love her blog! The ladies in class were having a great time!

3rd stop - Jacksonville, Oregon
It's Gold!
In 1851 two packers discovered Gold in the creeks of Rich Gulch,
which founded Jacksonville Oregon!

Celebrating a Victorian Christmas!
Today Jacksonville is designated a National Historic Landmark.
It is a charming town filled with history and culture.
Jacksonville is surrounded by mountains, vineyards and pear trees.
Jacksonville is the gateway to the Applegate Valley Wine Trail
 which is a part of the Southern Oregon Wine Association.
I enjoy taking my picnic to the Britt Music Festival and 
enjoying a concert with a glass of wine!

In the past 3 years we have stayed at the Elan Suites.


The suites are beautiful, elegant and very inviting.
What I enjoy in Jacksonville is the people of this town. They are simply...nice.
Two of the nicest people in Jacksonville are the owners of the Elan Suites,
 Cherie Reneau and Duane Sturm!

Now, It is time to enjoy the Holidays!
Our Christmas tree is to be decorated, shopping, gift wrapping,
 and of course last minute tags and cards to color! 

Enjoy!
-Elaine