Sunday, October 24, 2010

Another fall - Blah! - but exciting things ahead...

I'm going to talk to Stacy Julian!! YEAH!!! I met her once before - about a decade...(!) - in San Antonio, TX. Her secretary emailed me, (one of those her people called my people, only I don't have people, so her people called me) and I'm speaking with her via Skype on Wednesday eve, our time. I'm so excited. The conversation (or part of it) will be on HER blog shortly. How cool is that?

Now my other favorite thing - Christmas - is coming upon us (I found out how soon when I took the dogs to the groomers and they announced that 8 weeks would be the week before Christmas!) - and I have two awesome classes - one new, the other, so good, it'll be a re-do. On "Big Picture Classes" - we are "Cutting the Crazy out of Christmas" - in other words - organizing! I really am so pleased I signed up for this - as soon as we were told to gather all the recipes we use over the holidays (my Christmas cookie recipes alone are all over the place) and then add them so they are all in one place - I thought YUP! Makes sense. So I've started that. Plus, the gals are so supportive - they say "You don't have to finish this all this year, you add to it as you want to - and it becomes the "Family Christmas "How to" Book". Long after I've passed away, my family can still make Mammam's stuffing, or Press Hard cookies! I'm so happy to be doing this.

Second Class - Shimelle Laine's "Journal Your Christmas". Last year I thought I was going to be fine with doing it digital (I had done a paper journal in 2008) but it never got started, least of all finished. I was very unhappy just plopping photos onto my computer each day. So back to basics for this gal. I am using up all the Basic Grey Christmas papers that I just had to have at the time - and pre-making the book, so I can journal and add the photo, plus any little embellishment that so tickles my fancy - or not - and I'm starting it on Thanksgiving. I decided that while the London-ers may go until the 6th of January for the "12 days of Christmas" - I am happy to put it all behind me on New Year's Day. So I'm going from Thanksgiving - to NYD.

Oh - one more thing - speaking of Shimelle - TOMORROW starts her new journaling class. Brand new! Back to using a PEN - remember them? I was thinking as I began reading her "get ready" message this morning - how when going thru all my stuff - recipes, page attachments, etc., anything in my "Heirloom" box - how precious my mother's handwriting is, or a recipe written by Aunt Beesie, or even my Dad's printing in Mom's cookbook. So I've realized how right Shimelle is - we need to WRITE NOW. In our own handwriting. So I begin that tomorrow.

Yes - I'm busy - but that's the best way to be. Especially in FALL.

Monday, March 15, 2010

This is a challenge from the gals at Scrap Mojo - a wonderful site my friend stumbled upon. She knew how I had a guest room of the Wizard of Oz, but she never knew how much Carrie's horse Squid looks like the horse of a different color. . . . with a tad of Photoshop help, he looks JUST like that horse.
So I decided he needed to be honored in tihs way - after these photos were taken he underwent cancer surgery for his left eye - and he's doing just fine!! What a magnificent lovely animal!! I was proud to do this layout.