Artistic Journey

Sep 30, 2010

I have been so excited for Artistic Journey to begin and can’t believe it is finally here. Tomorrow, I head down to Waxahachie to spend three days with a wonderful group of ladies at The Crafty Scrapper. These ladies are coming from all over ready to create, make new friends, shop and have fun. Friday night will be filled with make n takes and lots of laughter. Then Saturday and Sunday, I will be teaching my shadow box class along with Katie Watson and Aubrey Rives. Katie created an adorable recipe card holder and Aubrey created a super fun and whimsical mini album. I cannot wait to see these two as I only get to see them at CHA. Laura my online vintage buddy and CHA pal will be there too as well as...

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I have a paper secret…

Sep 29, 2010

But I have to share. I just cannot keep this one a secret. While participating at the Cocoa Daisy Destination ~ Mykonos event I stumbled upon this gorgeous vintage paper line. And since I LOVE Christmas and anything with old Santa images well… you can only imagine my excitement. The designer is Gudrun Loennecken. She lives in Norway and is super talented. Gudrun did an adorable make n take with her papers one evening in Mykonos. Everyone loved her designs. The one shown below is Gudrun’s Christmas 2010 line and I cannot wait to start my Christmas album. Front view… love that little girl and the Santa images. Back view… the paper with the postcard images is incredible. Isn’t this little girl so cute among all the hearts and holly. Then you can only...

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Cocoa Daisy Destination ~ Mykonos

Sep 28, 2010

This past week was spent with a wonderful group of ladies (as well as a few husbands) from all over the world and a group of teachers (Ali Edwards, Jenni Bowlin and Karen Russell) who I have admired for a very long time. I still cannot believe I was lucky enough to be a part of it all. Tricia and Elina did such a great job selecting the accommodations, the food for our breakfast and dinner each day, the cocktails each evening as well as having a cooking class and Greek dance lessons at the hotel. Each night was a special dinner out at a restaurant with either Ali Edwards or the Daisy Instructors, a lunch with Jenni Bowlin or a tour with Karen Russell. There was a tour provided to see the ancient...

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Saturday…

Sep 27, 2010

Saturday was last day in Mykonos and my roomies (Christine and Ronda) and I got a wonderful tour of some awesome sites. Elina drove us to Starbucks, the lighthouse, the Monastery and then to a wonderful restaurant for an incredible lunch. It was a fabulous way to end our stay. Ronda, Christine and I will certainly miss Elina. She has such a bright and cheery spirit. It was so sad to leave. Yes there really is a Starbucks in Mykonos… brought home a menu too. This lighthouse was really nice to see… the view of the Aegean sea was gorgeous from here. My sweet new friend Elina… she is such a delight to be around. And I will miss hearing her say, “okie dokie” and “No Worries” so much. One of the priests at...

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Friday

Sep 25, 2010

A group of us went to lunch with Jenni Bowlin and I was one of them… certainly no surprise to you as it is no secret that I love and adore Jenni and her products. The restaurant Tricia took us to was a really sweet restaurant that was seaside. The view was awesome. the colorful flags were so pretty as we walked into the restaurant their menu felt just like a book… I had to keep reminding me with what Ali says… we do not steal or borrow we gather…. I so wanted to run out with this menu inside the restaurant… loved the way they folded the napkins to look like party hats the view was gorgeous as you could see the sea and all the white buildings of Mykonos Yes I ate...

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Thursday

Sep 24, 2010

We all took a ferry ride to Delos, Greece today. Looking at ruins that have been here since 300 B.C. was so interesting. I could spend days on that island. The ferry ride over was fun but the ride back was WAY fun… that ferry was rocking and rolling with waves splashing up the sides… needless to say I was a tad bit wet on the walk back to the hotel. And I will let you know the Aegean Sea is very salty. View of Mykonos as we leave on the ferry flooring from the home of a wealthy family men’s conference room Theater Delos ruins Mykonos harbor from the...

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Wednesday

Sep 23, 2010

Today most of us with Cocoa Daisy hung around the hotel getting ready for our make n takes for the evening. So in between preparations I took a cooking class that was available and had such a wonderful time. I certainly will be trying my best to make the dishes we were shown. I also wondered around the hotel and took photos of areas that will bring back fun memories. The cooking class we took was a blast and I must say I am ready to start cooking greek food… it is wonderful! I love all the white on white that you see here. Another wonderful stairway… I am so in love with these shades and the view… This is what I see as I am making blog posts… my system is certainly going...

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Tuesday

Sep 21, 2010

A group of us walked into town today to do a little shopping and eat lunch. It was windy and cooler today. The sun was bright and the water was gorgeous as usual. Here are a few photos from today’s excursion. This is along the water as we got into town. The water is so cool and refreshing and CLEAR. Lots of quaint family churches are on the island. They say most families have their own church next to their house. It is so pretty when you fly over the island as you see all their steeples. Pathway in town… love all the pathways there are lots and it is very confusing. As I understand it they did it this way so that it would confuse the pirates when they came to the island....

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Monday…

Sep 20, 2010

I hope your Monday was as great as mine… got up this morning, ate some fabulous Greek yogurt with pineapples, oats and honey on top then topped it off with chocolate crepes. I am certainly not starving that is for sure. After breakfast I walked around the hotel and took some photos… I love the doorways  in Mykonos. This is the doorway leading from the lobby to the patio. Here is the doorway leading out of the hotel. What you see looking out the door. Today there were 7 cruise ships in view. Love the shades they have in the window and notice the pop of red. The lobby decor here makes me want to go to IKEA. And thankfully living in Frisco I have one just around the corner. Tomorrow will be pretty...

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Sunday

Sep 20, 2010

Okay really I cannot even begin to describe how incredible Mykonos  is… I say look up every single incredible word in the dictionary and that might describe this place. I will be coming back here no doubt…  so here are more photos that I took during the day yesterday. I know my family and hopefully some of you are looking forward to seeing Greece through my eyes. The only colors you really see here on the island are pops of blue or red among all the white. It is truly gorgeous. Poolside lighting … the lighting is even cool in Mykonos And eating lunch poolside here is a true delight… I could really get used to this type of living. Getting ready to walk down to dinner and waiting for the sunset… love all...

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Sunday morning….

Sep 19, 2010

Wow is all I can say… Mykonos is incredible. The food is awesome. Shops stay open well past midnight, the temperature is perfect and the people I am spending this week with are AWESOME. We went out to eat last night and had the most incredible salad ever. Honestly I could eat this every single day of my life. We ate dinner out on the patio and the entire trellis over our heads was covered with this blooming trumpet vine… it was stunning. This was my view first thing this morning… it made me instantly think of my daddy as I know he would love to be out in the sea sailing. Another scenic view taken around the hotel this morning… so gorgeous. And another stairway… loves this so much although going down is...

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I am loving my life…

Sep 18, 2010

not one doubt about it… I arrived in Mykonos dead dog tired but I cannot think of a better place to be dead dog tired… entrance to our hotel lots of wonderful stairways like this, this one goes to our hotel room. this is the view as we walk out of our room ate lunch with everyone here this afternoon and this is what we ate… it was SO GOOD! Tonight we are heading to town for dinner… more fun and loads of laughs I’m sure. Tomorrow I will be a bit more chatty… tonight I’m doing good to know my own name. Have a great day… I sure am. Sorry for the early morning wake up call mom… but you know one is never too old to have to call her mom to...

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Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabbers…

Sep 13, 2010

Did you know Jenni Bowlin now has acrylic paint dabbers and ink pads that match her color schemes perfectly? Well if you didn’t she sure does and they are awesome. I got to play with some while creating this mini album for a guest blog post on her Inspiration blog. I love Chili Powder as it is a wonderful shade of red. I used the Chili Powder, Lemon Drop, Malted Milk and Fountain Pen when creating this mini album. If you want to see photos of the inside visit her Inspiration blog… And I cannot believe I head for Greece this Friday. I am running around like a crazy woman getting all my last minute items and hoping everything will fit into one suitcase… I really do not want to bring two. Thankfully I...

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A Gray Sky and some sprinkles…

Sep 2, 2010

means it is a perfect day to work in the scraproom and what better products to play with then Jenni Bowlin and Maya Road. I have to say I am in love with Jenni’s new paints ( have not tried the inks yet but I am certain I will love them as well) the colors match exactly with all her inspiring products. I still need a few more colors of her paints and ink which I will be purchasing soon. I gotta have them all. Once I finish this mini album it will be filled with cute photos of Ansley and her friends. As you can see I started out with a Maya Road 4″ binder album, painted it with Jenni’s new paints (Chili Powder “inside”, Lemon Drops and Malted Milk “outside”) and plan...

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