Friday, November 30, 2012

Around here...

Been more than crazy around here these past two weeks, but things are starting to take shape. Among things going on... submitted a request to publish one of my former Christmas projects--the Sock Wreath--and it was posted on their fun website here. Flattered they asked!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Tags

Wanted to post a larger pic for those of you who got a grainy email.  Be back later for a few more updates!
Enjoy your day!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Shabby Chic Advent Tags

I've been obsessed with altered tags for quite some time. Last Christmas, I decided I would start collecting items for an Advent Tag kit for this season. I picked up lots of trinkets, lace, and vintage elements here and there along the way for an entire YEAR. And this is what I came up with...
To showcase the tags, I bought a backless frame from a local antique store.  It was originally dark, so I added gold rub n buff to it, and I love how it shined.  Next, I bought foam core from the Dollar Store, dry fit it to the inside of the frame, and cut it.  Then I wrapped the foam core in burlap, to cover up the foam.  I then placed the entire backing into the frame, and attached it to the back of the frame with Duct tape.  Nothing fancy or expensive at all.
Here is a closer look.  Click on the images to see them more closely.
I plan on doing a whole sparkle/glitter holiday showcase, and will shoot photos of this in my home when I finish decorating.  For now, I wanted to give you a closer look at the project itself.

If you are interested in purchasing the kit, you can email Trish at, or place your order directly here.  The cost of the kit is $30 plus shipping.
Enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bertram Inn 2012

Here are a few (ha) photos I took from this past weekend at the Bertram Inn. My fifth year doing this retreat--isn't that something??
My van was packed to the gills.  And I had help from another friend taking stuff.  Ten classes.
 And the most popular this year was the Santa Glitter Canvas.  They lined the walls drying!!

Deb and her sister Tina have made it to every single retreat.  We have quite a few of those gals, actually!!  So thankful for each one of you.  You are my sisters!!

Carol Ann came from New Jersey.  Amanda came from Michigan.  And Melanie--a local--is wonderful about inviting her Yahoo group and coordinating extra activities for them.  I love these gals.

At midnight on Saturday,
 40 people were still up working.  Some never went to bed...

We had 57 attendees this year. 

On Friday evening, we had a brownie bar, complete with various brownies, toppings, and ice cream.  Saturday night, it was a cookie bar.

Kathy sketched a Santa to paint.

Along with several others.

Jeanie got a little loopy.  We had FUN!!
A great group of local scrapping buddies, whom I love to bits.  I couldn't have done it without you!!

Class Samples...

Gina and Emily.  Thank you for coming year after year, and driving from Cincy to hang with us.  I sure hope to see you this winter!!

Ruth and Rebecca and all the Willow Trader gals--you make my heart swell.  I'm so glad to have met you all many years ago.  You are the sweetest, most loving group of girls anyone could ask for.  Thank you for ALWAYS supporting me and this event.  I love you!!

So more food.  It really was something.

Thank you so much for the weekend.  I do plan on holding another one next year, but have yet to confirm the first weekend in November.  When I get that, I promise I'll make an announcement here. 
Special thanks goes out to Jennifer Bueck and my daughter Jami.  You two keep me together, focused, and happy.  I could NOT have done this weekend without you, and you know it.  I don't know what I did to deserve your love--but I'm grateful beyond words.
I hope to see YOU next year!!
Enjoy your day!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Leftover Bertram Kits for SALE!!

As promised, I'm selling the leftovers from the Fall Retreat at the Bertram Inn this weekend. If you are interested in any of the kits below, please shoot me an email with your selections, and your Paypal info. I'll be sending out invoices all afternoon! Many of the kits below are in very limited quantity--so if you are interested, please notify me ASAP. Requests are served on a first-come basis. Shipping will be based on weight. After the kits are shipped, you will receive an email containing photos (not written instructions) of the completed project you purchased, so you know how to assemble. Please email me with any questions at Thanks so much!!

My Life's Work Mini Album--$25

Favorite Photos of 2012--SOLD OUT
Currently Mini Book--SOLD OUT

Shabby Chic Burlap and Lace Bags--$30
October Afternoon Midway Mini Album Kit--$25
WIP Christmas Kit (Echo Park and Pink Paislee Papers &; Embellishments)  $25

Acorn Banner (10 acorns, 5" high each)--$12

40 Christmas Tags--SOLD OUT
Shabby Chic Advent Tags (24)--$30


To request a kit(s), please email Trish at  Thanks so much!
Enjoy your day!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Packing the van.

And it is FULL. Thankful for helpful friends and a jam packed weekend of crafting at the Bertram Inn. This is one of my favorite projects this year...
I've received several emails about leftover kits, and YES--if there are any left, I will make them available for sale on Monday!!  Be sure to check back with more sneaks.  Can't wait to share more!!
Enjoy your day!!