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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