Sunday, December 28, 2008

It's A White Christmas

Tom and I just got back from Minneapolis. I had never experienced weather below ZERO! Talk about chilly, but beautiful! I took this picture from inside the was too cold to go outside!
We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas with Hubbie's family! We even had time to spent a day at Mall of America: shopped, took in a movie: Benjamin Button ~ "amazing movie", and had dinner at an Italian restaurant ~ delicious!
As always, Tom's family makes me feel so very welcome, and I really appreciate their hospitality!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Little Gift...

I put together this 2009 Calendar for family & friends. Six are going to Minneapolis tomorrow! I planned to make more elaborate calendars out of coasters, but never got around to it. These were a cinch to make, and will take less space in my suitcase. This calendar is a CASE from Karen's calendar that she gave to us "Peoria Posies" last Sunday.

No Time for Stamping...

I have been a "Social Butterfly" since last Saturday... Stamping get-together, Red Hat Event, Office Party, Bunco Night, birthday party, and Company Party...and in-between: Christmas Cookie Exchange, Secret Santa, shopping, wrapping, mailing, working, carpooling, delivering... This season has been so busy!!! In the past I have always been very organized...What happened to me this year?
At this time I am finishing laundry and packing for a trip to Minneapolis to spend Christmas with Hubbie's family...I hope I can finish their calendars tonight...This has never happened to me before...I am a little stressed to say the least...
I am grateful that DH is now retired and does most of the chores around the house, and has helped me with Christmas shopping,...Thank you Sweetheart!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

'Twas the night before Christmas...

Last year my friend Karen taught me how to make this Christmas tree out of a tomato trellis and garland! Yes, that's right a tomato trellis!!! Thank you Karen.
This year I made a smaller version for our bedroom. In the 20 years DH and I've been married, we have collected a lot of precious Christmas ornaments. I can easily name who gave us each ornament or where we acquired them from.
Living in the Arizona desert, you really don't need a fireplace. So to hang our stockings we improvise! Tom's is hanging on the left and mine's on the right. Oliver & Phoebe's is in the middle. Ollie & Phibbs are our adored and very spoiled Kitties.
My collection of stuffed snowmen. It is a big surprise to us that our Kitties haven't played with them this year. Last year, the poor snowmen were toys for our "babies"! I was constantly picking them off the floor.
My collection of Nutcrackers. This collection started a couple of years ago, when my father-in-law gave me my very first Nutcracker. So it has become a tradition that every Christmas I know for sure I will be getting one. I can't wait for Christmas!!!

Red Hat Peoria Posies

Our Red Hat group gathered at my house to celebrate Christmas. Everyone brought a delicious appetizer to share. We had a White Elephant Gift Exchange. I ended up with "Red Hat Socks", which I stole from Lee. Sorry Lee!
Our Group meets monthly and whoever hosts a month plans a fun activity, whether is going to see a movie, watch a play, a get-away to a local resort, have a tea party, ...
Top Row from left to right: Lee, Karen, Linda, Patti, Cinda, Billie, Connie, Cynthia
Bottom Row from left to right: Cruz, Ernie, Our "Queen Bee" Kaye (sitting), Oliva (me on my knees)
Lea and I took turns taking pictures. Lea is on the top row behind our Queen Bee Kaye, sitting, to the right (blonde wearing a black jacket).

Friday, December 12, 2008

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

This is Sun City's Viewpoint Lake Homeowners 22nd annual edition of the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. The parade offers spectacular views of the decorated boats and homes reflected in the Lake. There was a band playing holiday music. Sunset is beautiful!

I just love this picture even though is a little fussy. Several homeowners were having private parties out on their decks/patios. Too bad I wasn't one of their guests...

My camera's batteries decided to die :-(

2009 New Year's Resolution: Take Photography 101!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas...

I'm playing with my camera!
Hubbie put up the Christmas lights on Monday! This is the second Christmas at our new place. Last year due to the declining health of my Dad, we didn't get to put up the lights. We did have our Christmas tree all decorated, though.
More pictures to come...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Snowy Friends

Thanks to my SCS Big Sister Linda Borneman, I put together this card. I used the stamped image she sent me and the gold rhinestone stickers. Thank you Linda!
Linda has a new weekly color challenge over at Paper Craft Planet: Clear Dollar Stamp Weekend Color Challenge. Linda is a very talented artist and you will be in awe of her work. Her artwork has so much detail and creativity...absolutely unique!
I wasn't able to do this weekend's challenge, because I didn't have the colors... :-(
White Gel Pen, SU CS, DP, gold marker, SU markers, ribbon

Kitty Under Glass

This is my take on yesterday's SCS Inspiration Challenge, IC157. I picked this pendant from Etsy: Images Under Glass as my inspiration. I loved all of the pendants. They are so unique! I had not stamped in a while, and it took me all morning to decide what to do...:-( I feel like I have wasted most of my morning! This is my first card taken with my new digital Canon camera! I still have to figure out how to do my signature in watermark!

Clear Mini Stamp, rhinestones, Diamond Glaze, SU Water Color Crayon-Black, Cameo Coral, Garden Green, SU Brilliant Blue & Pink Passion stampin' pads, StazOn Jet Black ink pad, Monochromatic Red Art Glitter, foam dots, Glitter Glue

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Canon Power Shot

For my birthday my DH gave me a digital camera!!! This is one of the first pictures I took with it. It is amazing at the beautiful pictures it takes!!! I'm so more one-dimensional cards posted here...I'm going 3-D! LOL!!
I was a little intimidated by all of the instructional manuals and cords the camera came with!!
Well, no more! I will have fun with it and learn along the way!