Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WHAT A DAY: December 7, 2014

Catherine's Annual Open Studio
Once again, Catherine held a spectacular and spiritual Open Studio for all to enjoy, create, & play.
And that we did! (not to mention snacked and drank yummy tea)
Janet Hince was playing her harp for us.  It was divine and therapeutic. 
Melissa & I met up for the event and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. 
Plus it was good meeting new people, and seeing familiar faces from an art retreat 2 years ago.
During our time, Catherine had plenty for us to PLAY with creatively:
-small glass labyrinth amulets
-journaling labyrinth
-experiments with a macro camera
"Play is the portal to presence.
Play is the way you touch and
amplify the enchantment of being human."
from Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life
by Marney Makridakis

Monday, December 8, 2014

ADVENT 2014: Foundation Pages

The Advent season has started.
I joined in by doing a homemade journal plus my Journaling Bible.
The foundation of the journal consists of several gelli plated prints.

These are a few of my favorites. 
I limited my colors to red, blue, green, yellow, and purple.
I really love how the remnants of one print is on another even creating new colors.  I think those turn out to be my favorites.
The pages were pre-cut to 6x8 before printing which made it a lot easier. 
I then punched a few holes and used silver metal rings to hold together. 
I plan on using the Naptime Diaries Advent Calendar in my journal and their Devotional for my Journaling Bible.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

WHAT A DAY: December 6, 2014

My 1st BAT MITZVAH Experience!!
For the sweetheart,
 Miss Jaclyn.
The Carmel Country Club was the venue and beautifully decorated for the winter season including the colors of the night pink/brown.

I found my little crush, Ben, whom opted not to be my date for the night :(,
but still looked adorable in his bow tie :)
The party had already started as I was a bit late, so the kids were enjoying the DJ and music while the adults indulged in a fun "Happy Hour."  The sangria was tasty!
Decorations and set-up were gorgeous.

Kids received fun hoodies with their names airbrushed on each.
Jaclyn did a spectacular job reading her candle lighting speech thanking everyone involved in her life.  It was such a sweet moment to be amongst the names with Ms. Holly.
After the DELICIOUS meal, the dancing re-commenced with everyone.

And then DESSERT....my weakness.

And we all got to go home with some specially marked M&M's.
MAZEL TOV! jaclyn! 13!
P.S. So glad I got to grab a minute with the guest of honor for a silly pic.
Love this girl!!
Great celebration Feit's!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DIY: Fabric Holiday Trees

Heading home for the holidays = crafts for me to do for the family. 
My mom had this one set aside to do...
So I began, and boy did it take a while to pin on each little triangle.
The basic philosophy is:
Cover the bottom of cone with a large piece of fabric.
 Cut several 2.5" squares...SEVERAL.
  Then double fold the triangles and place around the tree 2 times,  pinning each corner and overlaping the row below. 
Place decorative button or bow on top.
This is the video used for the creation:

In the end,  it was worth it as I decided to make 3 more SMALLER one to complete the Tree Family.

I grabbed some funky zebra patterned fabric in bright colors and plan to make some for myself ...I would love to see what fun designs everyone creates.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

WHAT A DAY: November 27, 2014

The Fremont Family YMCA hosted a 5 mile Turkey Trot....
I, however, did not make the 8:30 am race start...(I knew I was not about to run/walk in that temperature at that time for an hour+)
So I decided to head out on the country roads to complete my own "race"

I headed out towards the East.
(house that I stopped at the time I got stuck in the snow several years ago.
....don't think I would have made it around the corner..
(road that the car was stuck on...I think I had to walk about 1/2 mile...not fun)
(creek down the road with a small bridge)

Stopped at this end and turned around and ran back West.

(past my Great Aunt's house....and all the cattle standing proud)

(the grove to my parent's house...I didn't know how awesome the clouds looked until I saw the pics)
(my grandparents' house, my mom's childhood home...now occupied by a different family, but still the same house on the outside)
(yes, there is a paved highway nearby + snow still on the ground :)
I ran to this bridge on the highway showing the creek that goes behind the field near my parents.
And then turned around and headed back home (and yes I was freezing with my hood pulled to where I couldn't see)

Ran around the island and the farm to get to that 5.00 mark.
(couldn't get everyone's hands in the pic, but this is on the "Big Shed" entrance...also near my ole dog Roxie's gravesite)
(a lil corn cob HEART)