Instead of using a random number generator this time, I decided to add up the numbers in my Scrabble letters and that comment number would be the winner.
Those letters total up to the number 10 and the poster of the 10th comment is...drum roll, please...
Congrats, Lori! If you still have the same address, I'll send your hand made album out to you.
I wanted to say thanks to every one who posted a comment. It was cool to read the stories about your favorite rooms...so many of you made me feel like I wanted to come and visit. So, thanks again for reading and for interacting.
OK, with that out of the way, I have to tell you that Lori and I have a long history outside of the scrapbooking/paper arts industry. I met Lori over 25 years ago when she came to work at the same law firm where I was employed. We ended up sitting a couple of desks apart from each other and really hit it off. I left the law firm to work with an interior design firm and we sort of lost touch with each other except for the annual Christmas cards. Earlier this year, I got an email and a blog comment from Lori to tell me that she was an avid scrapbooker and that she shopped at the store where I taught. I'm hoping that I'll see her at the store one of these days. So, having Lori be the random winner was definitely cool...just like being in touch with her again has been.
It's been a good day...all of the kits that were ordered went out today and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that most of you will get your kits before the Thanksgiving weekend...just in case you feel the creative urge :). I bled my printer dry this morning printing labels and ended up using most of the ink in Vern's printer...guess I'll be doing an office supply run tomorrow. Just to let you know, I have some kits left and if you order them before Wednesday morning, I'll get them mailed out to you right away. Any orders that come in over the Thanksgiving weekend will go out on Monday.
Thanks again everyone for taking time to post...you are the best!
The holiday season is rapidly approaching and it's hard to believe that next week is already the last week of November. Wow!
It seems like everyone has a lot to do...I know for sure that I do.
From now through the weekend, I'll be kitting up the November creatologie project...I've added some detail pix on my creatologie blog...plus, I'll be donating part of the proceeds from the sale of this kit to the Make A Wish Foundation. So, don't forget to order your kit before they're gone! You won't want to miss this one.
OK, back to the reason for this post. Kitting will be getting in the way of blogging...for sure...and I wanted to keep the blog active and alive while I was working, plus in the spirit of gratitude and giving decided to give away something.
Here is the something.
This morning, I created a hand-made, one of a kind, holiday album made from a repurposed book, a vintage image, flowers, tulle, an old lace collar, vintage shirt buttons, vintage repro papers, a French glass tear drop, very old French die cut paper, flowers, glittery velvet leaves, a shabby piece of decorative wood, vintage clear glass glitter and wallpaper, i.e., lots of details! It's very dimensional and has a totally shabby look.
Here's what you need to do to have your chance at winning this album.
JUST LEAVE A COMMENT ON MY BLOG, TELLING ME WHAT YOUR FAVORITE ROOM IN YOUR HOME IS...AND WHY!
Lots of magazines are focusing on the "home for the holidays" theme...decorating, cooking, and just enjoying your home...I thought it would be great for you to share a little about your home.
So, leave a comment between now and Monday evening (November 24th) at around 6:00 p.m. and I'll pick a winner of the handmade album...I'll even pack it in a handmade gift bag.
What a fun weekend it was...catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, creating, vending, eating, not sleeping much :)...definitely a good time.
Something was off with my camera (or maybe it was just the photographer) and only a couple of my pictures turned out reasonably sharp...the rest are pretty fuzzy.
I met up with Pam at the airport on Wednesday since our flights were just a half hour apart and ended up running into Jenni Bowlin...so we all shared a shuttle to the hotel. We dumped our bags (quite literally) in our room and dashed out with Becky, a local and champion shopper, to check out Second Chance--an antique and collectibles junk store. I picked up some fun things...we then met up with Kelly and had a great dinner and such a fun time catching up.
On Thursday, Pam and I met up with Debby and the three of us shopped and ate...it was Pam's birthday and I treated her to lunch at The Twisted Fork, a fairly new restaurant with the mixed venue of decor and food that was both cowboy/southwest and European. Interesting blend...the food was definitely great. This pic is of an alley in the area...I hung out of an upstairs window to get this shot :).
Thursday night started the event with a kickoff dinner and a group project taught by Teresa. It would have been fun to get a picture of this whole room filled with women hand stitching...all we needed was candlelight and it would have looked like a scene out of the 1800's!
On Friday, we started with class rotations...I was able to finish only a few of my projects due to the fact that I packed pretty lightly before coming and didn't have the trims, baubles, etc. that I needed to complete many of the projects. I did mostly finish this one from Pam Garrison's class called Home for the Holidays and thought I'd share what I did finish with you. This house was made with half a game board, which I cut down even more so that the house was in scale to my little glass bottle and the accessories. I'm going to put an easel on the back of mine instead of hanging it.
I will post some of the other pix as I complete the projects.
Friday night was vendor night/prom night...this is one of the two pix that actually turned out...it's the center of my display table. Pam did a great job of setting up the product and display as I was unloading things out of boxes and a suitcase.
Vendor night was good for me and I didn't have to ship back anything...any leftovers I had fit nicely in my second suitcase. Yay!
All of the handmade repurposed book albums are gone...and I'm thrilled that they will be loved and used in a new home. The box and book kits are all gone as well...they certainly make great gifts.
After a long day of classes on Saturday, I met up with Janice of Papier Valise and her hubby James (who was sweet enough to come and help her on vendor night). We had dinner together with Pam and Debby...it was great to catch up with Janice again...we always have a lot to talk about don't we, Janice?
Sunday was pretty laid back for me...brunch, some packing, and an uneventful flight home...lots of stories to share with the family...some unpacking and best of all, my bed and pillow!
One of the highlights of the weekend was learning that Curious Sofa was coming to be a vendor at the event. I have long been a follower of Debbie's (the owner) blog and she is definitely a major source of inspiration to me. I had the chance to meet her, chat a little and purchase some hands...that's right, the wooden hand that is pictured at the top of this post is from her store. I've wanted some in the worst way and just couldn't find them...was tickled to see that she had them. I told Debbie that going to Curious Sofa was on my list of 10 things I wanted to do before I died...and if I can't go to her store, at least part of her store came to me! I really do want to see the whole thing, though, especially with how she has it decorated for the holidays.
This is kind of a long post...if you want to see some fun people pix, head over to Debby's blog. She captured some great prom shots.
Now, it's back to creating...I need to finish the last of my projects for Queen's Ink and get them shipped off so that they can start selling classes (January 17 and 18) as well as complete my project for Inspired!, where I'll be teaching in May.
Wow, it's hard to believe but this week, I leave for Omaha, Nebraska and Silver Bella!
I've been creating like crazy for my vendor table...in addition to the kits I'll be selling, I've created some hand made albums with super duper dimensional, detailed covers. This has been a blast for me. Most of the creating I do is for kits and classes...which means that I have to use things that I can get in large quantities. For these covers, I've used one of a kind pieces that I've been stashing for a while.
Each book comes with its very own custom made fabric gift bag (made from silk, satin, organdy or organza, tied with satin rope...all ready for gift giving.
Thought I'd share some peeks of parts of five of the albums...don't they just make you smile?
Looking forward to meeting up with friends Kelly and Becky, rooming with friend Pam, doing some junking and seeing many of the friends I made at Artistic Affaire. Of course, there's the event, vendor night, great classes...it's going to be fun!
I woke up really early this morning...around 4:00...but just couldn't drag myself out of bed. So, I lay there thinking and mentally planning my day...lots and lots to do.
Finally, a little before 5:00, I crawled out, grabbed a cup of coffee and started writing my lists :)). When the sun started coming up, I took my camera and went outside to see what was happening.
I discovered that the outside animals were pretty busy, too!
Here's what I saw:
This little guy was eating like the food would be gone in a minute...never mind that the feeder was brim full! He didn't last on the feeder very long...a larger male came buzzing in and chased him off.
Fred was trucking through the bushes...can you tell that he wasn't at all happy to see me, or the camera? Is that a glare or what???? OK, message received.
And, while most of the rest of the country is picking pumpkins or raking leaves, my roses are busy growing...of course, we're still wearing shorts and flip flops, too!
The backyard is alive, well and busy!
Another cup of coffee...and I'm ready to get started...sneak peeks will be available soon!