Thursday, February 28, 2013



I was talking with my friend Rosanna about the 
bouquets northwest blog and she mentioned that
the calendars I crafted she loved to see.

So... I thought I would craft a 2013 calendar
for her, Kim and Janet.
Three of my closest friends!

Paper Zone 2013 Calendars!
Of course I purchased the calendars in December.
Then with everything that goes along with 
selling a home and building a home -
I got delayed!

I thought oh well I won't send the calendars.
Then I realized that your Best Friends will understand.
Also, there are 10 more months to enjoy in 2013!

Dry embossed the printed calendar and
stamped the image.


Follow along as I will be crafting 
2013 calendars using different techniques each quarter.


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Ivory - Flourishes
Ink: Distress Ink - Barn Door, Pine Needles
Stamps: Heart - Viva Las Vegastamps!, Flower - Hero Arts Sizzix
Embossing: Cuttlebug - D'Vine Swirl, Argyle
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Special Love of my Life...
my husband, Ed!

Breaking ground for our new home!
As we are beginning the process of building our new home,
Ed asked me what I envisioned planting around the edges of our home.
It was very sweet of him as he knows I love gardens!

And he knows I simply... love flowers!

His Valentine card I crafted for him was very special for me.
The floral printed paper and ribbon was the wrapping paper
 he choose for my birthday gift last year.

I choose this Hero Arts Curly Flowers stamp 
for it's loopy appearance as our new home is on
Coyote Loop!

Colored it in his favorite color - Pink!
Yes, Pink!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Green and Pinks - Bazzill, White - Flourishes
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Hero Arts Cling Curly Flowers, Sentiment - Peddler's Pack
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - RV21, RV23, RV25, YG61, YG63, E25
Embossing: VersaMark Ink, Stampendous Embossing Powder Detail White
Embellishment: My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots, Smooch - Molasses
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive,

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dream Home!

For years Ed, my husband and myself have been envisioning our Dream Home!

On our road trips we would talk about our dream house while 
we were driving in different parts of the United States.

First thought - where?

We thought where would we like to live and retire in 10 years?
Would we want to move to a warmer climate, perhaps in the desert - 
 Las Vegas, Nevada or Palm Springs, California?
Perhaps a mountain location - Bend, Oregon or Denver, Colorado?
Perhaps a historic town in Southern Oregon - Jacksonville, Oregon?
Or along a golf course in Charbonneau in Wilsonville, Oregon?

Ed and I visited all of the areas many times the last 3 years.
We would drive neighborhoods and tour homes.

On our last "road trip" we realized that there is
No Place like Home!
Where we have built our lives in the beautiful Northwest!
Most importantly being close to our family!

Second thought - what type of home?

We knew we wanted primarily a one - story home.
Perhaps one with a Red Barn and a little land.
A home in the wine country.
Perhaps we will build our dream home.

So... our dreams have come true - 
Welcome to our new home!

Lot # 10 in The Stables at Coyote Run!
Located between the towns of Newberg and Dundee in Oregon.

Our one-story home with a little land will begin next week!
Along with our dream home I can plant cutting gardens for floral bouquets.
Maybe a few rows of Pinot Gris or Pinot Noir to play with in the Autumn.
And yes... there will be a pole barn for Ed! Of course in a shade of Red!

It is very exciting to begin the process of building your new home.

There is so much to packing!
I have begun to pack items that you don't use everyday.
(Although I wish I would of not packed the serving bowls and platters!)

Tencha sharing her garage with us for storage! Thank you!

The hardest to pack were items for paper crafting.
Although I did not pack everything!
I am missing coloring and creating cards.
In the next few weeks I am going to take some time and color!

I have begun planning my Craft Coloring Room!
In future blogs I will share some ideas with you.

Now, I better get back to preparing our current home for Sale!