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CUPCAKE TREATS

Back on Tuesday, April 21st I drove all the way to Roseville in the evening after work (it took me nearly 2 hours to get there – after work traffic ya know) to take a class on making cupcakes at Green Trangerines. For those of you who don’t know, Green Trangerines is a scrapbooking store and I know you are asking yourself “why in the world would you drive all that way to learn to make cupcakes and on a week night to boot!” . . . actually this is what my hubby asked with some confusion in he voice . . . here is the reason why . . .

THE CUPCAKE IS A GIFT CARD HOLDER! Isn’t it cute!!!! When I saw it on display at the scrapbooking store I knew I had to learn how to make them. They are made of paper and ribbon with flower sprinkles and a wooden cherry on top . . . it was a fun, fast evening (only had 2 hours to do this in – which explains why its a little crooked – I just tell everyone my stove legs need to be balanced again). We were given enough supplies in the kit to make 2 of these cuties . . . and I have started to make the other one at home . . .
I will be giving that one to my hubby for his desk at work with a picture of our granddaughter in it instead of a gift card because he calls her “cupcake” . . .

Well that’s all for now . . . have a great day . . .

SPRING TIME GETAWAY

This past weekend hubby and I were able to get away from home and spend it in Lake Tahoe/Reno, Nevada with friends. Greg is active in the Knights of Columbus here in Oroville and last weekend our KofC’s bowling leagues were involved in a bowling tournament in Reno – soooooooo . . . when our friends Jim & Ilene invited us to stay at their condo timeshare in Lake Tahoe we said YES! . . . (okay, I actually did a little dance of joy) . . . before I go any further though I think I should let you know that neither Greg or I bowl . . . well, actually we did a long long long time ago and we took the kids bowling for family fun but neither one of us were ever in a bowling league. On this trip Greg was our teams cheering squad/backup player in case someone was unable to participate (hey 2 of the guys are in their 80’s) and me, well I got to go shopping with the girls(YEA!!!!).

Anyhoooooo . . . we had a nice relaxing drive up to Lake Tahoe late Friday afternoon – stayed in for dinner and played Mexican Train domino’s with our friends and called it an early night (I know, I know – we are such party people don’t ya know) . . . well this is what greeted us the next morning . . .

can you believe it . . . IT SNOWED . . . this was not something that we were expecting . . . here is a picture of hubby and I in front of our snow covered car (there’s even ice hanging off the front bumper) . . .


anyhooooo . . . we got an early start to Reno (the guys tournament began at 9 am) . . . dropped the men off and we girls went immediately to a casino (hey the stores weren’t open yet so what else are you going to do) . . . we were able to hit a couple of outlets . . . have a relaxing lunch . . . and even go to a couple of scrapbook stores (my friends don’t scrapbook and they spent more money at these stores than I did) . . . we girls did all this before we had to be back at the bowling alley by 3 pm. When we got there the men were still doing their thing . . . so we cheered them on . . . when the tournament was over and the trophies were collected (our guys took first & second place, YAHOO!!!!) . . . we all did dinner . . . did some gambling . . . and headed back to Lake Tahoe for another quit night . . . BTW . . . when we got back to Lake Tahoe everything was dry . . . it didn’t look like it had snowed at all the night before . . .

Greg and I left Sunday afternoon . . . drove all around the lake (it’s been about 15 years since we were last there and boy have things changed . . . so may more casinos and homes . . . we were very surprised at this) . . . it was a fun weekend and way too short!!!

Oh and one more thing . . . I can’t believe I did this but I forgot my camera . . . so our friends were nice enough to share their camera with us . . . that’s all for now . . . until next time have a good day . . .

FIRST HAIRCUT


I wanted to shared with you the pages I did about my granddaughter’s first haircut (click on the pics for a better look) . My duaughter took Kyra to a salon in Chico that specializes in cutting children’s hair and what an amazing place! Kyra is sitting on the small people’s side in a BRIGHT (and I mean bright) pink Barbie jeep, driving along while watching Dora the Explorer on a TV in front of her. The other side of the room is set up for the pre-teens with videos, etc. that interest them. Boy I sure could have used one of these places for my son’s & daughter’s first hair cut. The other thing I find so amazing is that this little person has so much hair at the age of 3. And it’s naturally curly to boot (like her granddad’s & mother’s)!!!

I’m not use to working with such a bright color and was originally thinking of using just black & white photos, but everything was really centered around that Barbie jeep color. I used the dark side of the SEI paper called “Love Birds.” I had a really hard time using this paper because I love the other side of it . . . but you use what works and this side was perfect for this layout. The only other papers I used were colored card stock and flower vellum. The little pink flowers actually came from her hair and I chalked them brown and used a gold gel glitter pen around the edges for a little sparkle. My favorite piece is the little circle frame on the big bright pink flowers that holds a lock of her beautiful hair. At the salon each child was given a certificate when their haircut was completed and I took the certificate to the copy center and made it smaller.

As you know when taking pictures of children you are able somes to capture those unexpected moments. Well, here is the one my daughter was able to get of Kyra and I see in Kyra’s future this being enlarged and use somehow.


YES, she is picking a good one. That’s all for now . . . have a great day!!!

A BUDDING MIXED MEDIA ARTIST

Greetings Everyone . . . before I go outside to play in the dirt (it’s suppose to be a beautiful day here-just perfect for planting flowers) I thought that I would share with you a piece of artwork that my 3 year old graddaughter did in daycare . . .

. . . isn’t it PRETTY . . . I see a future scrapbooker/mixed media artist here . . . her art work resides on the kitchen refrigerator for now, but will soon be framed and placed on the hallway art gallery (this is another honey please do project I have planned for hubby) . . . so okay . . . those of you who know me know that the other reason it has to be framed is that Kyra’s YaYa (her name for me) would love to have some of those buttons . . . I have even accidently shaken it (have to keep it dust free you know) . . . but alas nothing has fallen off . . . got to find out what kind of glue that daycare center uses and get some . . . so anyhooooooooo . . . that’s all for now . . . HAVE A GREAT DAY . . .

LadyBug Hugs . . .

WOW . . . what a big difference one year can make in how my granddaughter has reacted to having her picture taken with the Easter Bunny . . . I’m talking BIG difference here . . . this is a picture of the pages that I did last year of Kyra and the Easter Bunny . . . she was crying the whole time and saying over and over “no no mommy, scary bunny” . . . she really freaked the other kids waiting in line and they started crying and wanting to make the great escape from the Chico Mall . . .
AND THIS YEAR . . . . she was all smiles, hugs, kisses, and telling the Easter Bunny secrets of what she was hoping to get in her basket . . . this year we drove to Roseville Mall (1-1/2 hours away from where we live) . . . I know its hard to tell in the above photo but the truth is even I thought that bunny in last year’s photo really was scary (click on the picture to get a better view) . . . don’t know who picked out the costume . . . so that is why we went out of the area . . .
Needless to say there will be a lot more pictures of Easter that I will be putting on this blog (coloring eggs-hunting for them-big surprise the Easter Bunny left) . . .
Anyway . . . till next time . . .

WISHING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES . . .

The Rose Teacup Fairy

Well it looks like I am blogging again before the week is even over but I just couldn’t wait to share with you a picture of the exquisite Rose Teacup Fairy that my friend Cheryl made.

Cheryl not only creates beautiful scrapbook pages, she also does wonderful mixed art medium. This photo just cannot do it justice . . . so I am going to give you a brief description of Cheryl’s creation. Cheryl used a Royal Albert Bone China teacup upon which she floated a ceramic doll bust on a bed of moss and surrounded everything with little white blossoms and white roses that she sprayed with a glitter of yellow then orange mist. Embossed paper glitter wings are attached to the bust. And for that extra special touch that Cheryl is known for, she added a gorgeous little golden yellow rhinestone broach (which she said was originally an antique earring) to her fairy creation.

Cheryl was willing to give me this lovely work of art in exchange for my making her a few piddly crochet flowers . . . all I know is that I am the one who got the better end of this exchange . . . until next time . . .

P.S. . . . BTW my 3 year old granddaughter Kyra is the one who named it the Rose Teacup Fairy . . .