#BringBackOurGirls

May 12, 2014

I’ve always told my daugh­ters that THEY are the LUCKIEST women in the world because THEY were born in the USA and have EVERY oppor­tu­ni­ty to suc­ceed in life with hard work and deter­mi­na­tion. The sto­ry of the abduct­ed Niger­ian girls is one that sad­ly proves my point. The way so many girls and woman are treat­ed in oth­er coun­tries is heart­break­ing. Artist Jes­si­ca Sporn is putting togeth­er an auc­tion to help raise mon­ey for a won­der­ful orga­ni­za­tion called Girl Ris­ing. I am donat­ing the mixed media can­vas shown below to help raise mon­ey for this awe­some cause. Girl Ris­ing is a glob­al cam­paign for girl’s edu­ca­tion and their mis­sion is to change the way the world val­ues girls. Please take a few min­utes to vis­it the web­site and learn about Girl Ris­ing. If we all work togeth­er I tru­ly believe...

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I Love Downtown Chicago

Jul 15, 2012

I think Chica­go is one of my favorite cities to vis­it and I nev­er tire of walk­ing down­town. The archi­tec­ture, land­marks and win­dow shop­ping is amaz­ing. Get­ting to spend the day with Car­o­line, David, Lau­ra, Ron­da, Emi­ly and Jes­si­ca made it even bet­ter. So what start­ed out not being such a great day end­ed up being a blast. I love rid­ing the train into down­town and am intrigued with how close busi­ness­es and homes are to the train. The train is lit­er­al­ly in their back­yards. I’m sure it has to be super loud but I guess they get used to it. The Civic Opera House was real­ly pret­ty and walk­ing over the riv­er is a guar­an­teed beau­ti­ful view and for some rea­son I real­ly like see­ing all the met­al beams under­neath the train. I think...

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Pre CHA day 2

Jul 26, 2010

First let me say… yes, dreams do come true… check out what Maya Road now has.… GLITTER!!!! I have begged and begged and begged for Car­o­line to PLEASE make GLITTER well not only she and Deb make GLITTER I actu­al­l­ly got to help pick the col­ors. All I am going to say is it is super awe­some GLITTER and if you are a glit­ter lover like me you will LOVE this fine glit­ter. So after I fin­ished doing the hap­py dance we start­ed adding all the design teams projects. Our team ROCKS… those of you attend­ing will be so inspired after­ing see­ing what every­one has cre­at­ed. And about 5 hours lat­er we were done.… Love that I have a larg­er and taller Make-n-Take table (thanks Car­olyn)… tomor­row’s project is going to be fun and the give away...

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I’m home…

Apr 16, 2010

It was a super fun week vis­it­ing Jes­si­ca and her fam­i­ly. Below is one of the pho­tos I took while vis­it­ing and let me just say it was a week. Not only were we cre­at­ing like crazy in the evenings we were also tak­ing care of one kid with a mild case of chick­en pox, one with strep throat and a 5 month old… some days we did­n’t know if we were com­ing or going. It got so com­i­cal all we could do was laugh. Espe­cial­ly the day Jess called the Dr. to make an appoint­ment to bring Jacob in due to some strange bumps on his face, turn right back around after drop­ping Han­na off at school to pick her up because she was­n’t feel­ing well, then call the Dr. to see if...

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Heading home

Apr 15, 2010

Jes­si­ca and I fin­ished our last project yes­ter­day. I can’t believe I head home this after­noon. This was one fast paced week. The sneak peek of the sam­pler album uses one of the fab­ric flow­ers we made ear­li­er in the week. I think accent­ing the flower with the vin­tage bot­tle cap worked out per­fect­ly. You will be see­ing more of this album in the near future. And Jes­si­ca and I thought you might enjoy this pho­to of our cre­ative mess… cre­at­ing is so much more fun than putting up. We made a huge mess but fun was had and that was all the...

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Another day of flowers

Apr 14, 2010

Are you tired of see­ing flow­ers? I sure hope not because Jes­si­ca and I are hav­ing a blast mak­ing them. The flow­ers shown below are made out of sev­er­al dif­fer­ent kinds of mate­r­i­al. Thank­ful­ly, Jes­si­ca is the fab­ric queen and made the selec­tions. If not I would still be stand­ing in the fab­ric sec­tion try­ing to make up my mind as there were too many col­ors and tex­tures. Talk about sen­so­ry over­load. Hon­est­ly, it would have tak­en me for­ev­er… she just said, “How about these col­ors and tex­tures?” And I quick­ly replied back with “Per­fect, looks great to me.” Jes­si­ca found the tuto­r­i­al on how to make these flow­ers on the Sew 4 Fun blog. You real­ly need to check it out. I think you will love cre­at­ing them. They are anoth­er real­ly easy flower to cre­ate. The...

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Flowers, dish towels and lemon bars

Apr 13, 2010

Okay here are some more flow­ers Jes­si­ca and I cre­at­ed. Be on the look­out for some new tuto­ri­als com­ing your way soon. These shown below are so fun to make. This is a zip­per flower we made using a white zip­per and mist. And here are the fab­ric flow­ers we cre­at­ed to accent Jes­si­ca’s ban­ner. You can find the tuto­r­i­al to make your own on the Sew 4 Fun blog. We made 12 flow­ers then made our­selves stop. We could have gone on for­ev­er. These flow­ers are super fun and easy to make. Notice the yel­low and green seam bind­ing… we dyed and crin­kled it… anoth­er tuto­r­i­al head­ed your way soon. The flow­ers are all made in the qui­et of the night so dur­ing the day we do fun stuff like go to Anthro­polo­gie. I thought these dish...

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You know the story…

Apr 12, 2010

“Give A Mouse A Cook­ie” well this is what hap­pens when you give two friends rib­bon, fab­ric, a sewing machine, one free hour and Rebec­ca Sow­er. Jes­si­ca and I are hav­ing a blast mak­ing these flow­ers. And just a lit­tle FYI… this is a great way to use up your rib­bon scraps. That is if you are like me, I keep every lit­tle piece. Now I have a super cool project to use them in. Warn­ing: These flow­ers are extreme­ly addict­ing to make. Once you start you do not want to stop. We also cre­at­ed a gor­geous ban­ner using some of the fam­i­ly pho­tos I took. It took us two days to fin­ish it and it is won­der­ful… yes fab­ric flow­ers on this one too… as soon as I take some pho­tos of it I will...

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See ya in a week…

Apr 8, 2010

This morn­ing I’m head­ed to Boise to vis­it my friend Jes­si­ca (Maya Road roomie at CHA) and her fam­i­ly. I will be tak­ing some fam­i­ly pho­tos for them, spoil­ing the kids with home­made cook­ies and oth­er not so healthy foods, cre­at­ing with Jess and the kids and snug­gling as much as I can on baby Ethan. Then on the 15th I leave her and Bri­an with all the dam­age from spoil­ing and head home. It’s gonna be a fun...

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If you love CUPCAKES…

Nov 19, 2008

you need to check out this new Etsy store. My friend Jes­si­ca has a sis­ter-in-law that is SO TALENTED. So Jes­si­ca con­vinced her to open up an Etsy store “Raub­s­ki”. You can pur­chase orig­i­nals and/or repro­duc­tions at a great price. I think this is the most incred­i­ble cup­cake. Look at that detail and the vibrant col­ors… makes me want to eat one now. Any­way, you will find oth­ers in her store like Choco­late, Striped, Blue Heart, Cher­ry and as you can guess my favorite is shown above “Fred­die’s cup­cake”. Actu­al­ly I love them all and just closed my eyes and picked to see which one I would fea­ture. The col­ors are so vibrant and the designs are incred­i­ble. Bren­da is just now start­ing her store so check back often as she will be adding...

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Kit SALE…

Sep 24, 2008

I just dis­count­ed some of the kits I had left over from teach­ing at the Crafty Scrap­per this past week­end. If you are inter­est­ed now is the time to snag them up. Each kit is FULL of prod­uct and comes with step by step instruc­tions and col­or pho­tos. I do not count out sin­gle but­tons, chip­board let­ters or cut up my papers. I give you entire tins, full sheets or pads of pat­terned papers and yards of rib­bon. On top of the already dis­count­ed price if you order two kits you get an addi­tion­al 10% off — 3 kits an addi­tion­al 15% off and 4 or more kits an addi­tion­al 20% off. I ship flat rate so sev­er­al kits can fit into one box. I must say I had such a fun day Sat­ur­day....

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Maya Road’s booth at CHA…

Feb 19, 2008

Here are are the new But­ter­fly, Artis­tic Scroll Frame, Clas­sic Scroll Frame and 2‑Ring Heart Chip­board Books cre­at­ed by Katie and Andrea.

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Look what came my way…

Sep 30, 2007

you bet and I am going to savor every sin­gle bite and every lit­tle grain of sug­ar because I LOVE PEEPS! I see a unique mini album is going to be in the works regard­ing my love of Peeps.

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Happy National Scrapbook Day

May 5, 2007

In hon­or of this day I will be giv­ing away a nice lit­tle Maya Road RAK. The class is to show every­one how to cre­ate real­ly cute mini albums using Maya Road jour­ney tins. I would love to see some projects that were cre­at­ed using some of my tuto­ri­als.

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Trial Run…

Nov 22, 2006

What a nice vis­it Ans­ley and I had with my par­ents. While we were down, Ans­ley made her first pump­kin pie. On our next vis­it Mom is going to teach her to make a cus­tard pie.

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