Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ahhhhh, the ocean......

Hi all,
Last weekend my nephew got married on the northern california coast
and it was sooooo wonderful.
I grew up living near the ocean all of my childhood but then about 10 years
ago moved to the mountains, so any chance I get to hang out near the sea, is a
chance I jump at.
Oh I miss it so much, even
the fog, lol.

Here are a few photos of the trip.

I loved this little church in town.
What a worship service they must have every Sunday, with the waves crashing outside the chapel doors!

My hubby and I stayed in this quaint little red cottage and the view was to die for!!!

Yep, they even had a swing to sit on as you gazed out onto the ocean.

Believe me when I say, it sure was difficult to pull ourselves away.

Here's the wedding party at
the rehearsal.

The ocean and romance, who could ask for anything more?!

talk to you all soon,

Friday, May 29, 2009

and the winner is.........

Congrats to you Karen!!
I hope you enjoy all the ZNE goodies.

For those of you that don't know Karen, you must go and check out her shop on etsy
called misseskwittys. She creates the darlingist (is that a word?) birdie bookmarks and other
wonderful cheery items that will make your heart smile.
Here's my fav in her shop right now, french dots bird tags. Aren't they soooo cute!

French Dots Bird tag set

Hope you all are enjoying the final days of spring. And that each day brings you
much joy and laughter with friends and family.

talk to you soon,

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Yeahhhh, the giveaway has begun!!!

Hi all!

Yes, the ZNE basket giveaway has finally arrived!
And I will be soooo jealous of whoever wins it, because there
are some treasures in it that I would love to keep!!!
The ZNE art retreat was soooo wonderful for many reasons but the best part was meeting some of the most amazing women
At the vendors fair on Saturday and Sunday I went around to a few of these talented ladies and asked if they would like to contribute to a blog giveaway and they all were so generous and happy to be a part of it.
The five artists who contributed are so talented and on top of the talent they are also wonderful sweet women. I was so blessed in meeting them and now being able to say that we are friends.

During the make and take sessions I had a table next to Ann Denise of the etsy shop whimfancydesigns and she was giving a workshop on these darling girly crepepaper wands!!!
Everyone just were drawn to their whimsy and color and of course the lovely glitter. Ann Denise and I chatted away the whole day and we had so much fun. I was thrilled when she presented me with one of her wands to put in the giveaway basket! Make sure you check out her etsy shop and see all of her wonderful creations :)

Heidi of the etsy shop birdsofafeather makes these super cute crepe ruffled trims and packages them up all so pretty. I knew who Heidi was through Sadie lou and was so happy when I got to meet her in person. She is a sweetie pie! The giveaway basket will include two packages of her trim, pink and lavendar. Make sure you check out Heidis etsy shop for more pretties :)

The next goodie is from Iva of ivascreations. Her creations are works of art. The fairy land lamp shadow box that she taught at the ZNE workshop was amazing!!!! I am not kidding you! it was
beautiful! And whoever wins this giveaway will be so lucky to own one of her creations. It's a petite victorian tussie mussie, that I was so tempted to hide away for my very own!!!

The next contributor was claire of glitterandgrunge. Claire and her husband have a website that artists sell their handmade artwork on.
The basket will include a pkg. of glitterandgrunges little birdie cupcake picks. They are sooo cute and of course have lots of glitter on them :)
Claire and Aaron contributed more then art at the ZNE convention, their sweet spirits and enthusiasm made us all feel welcomed and brought pure joy to the weekend! Make sure you check out their website for more fun and talent.

And last but not least is the etsy shop Stafforshiregardendesigns.
Shari is an amazing artist and I felt an instant kinship with her the moment we met. Her creations are so wonderful and whoever wins this basket of giveaways will be the proud owner of one of her sweet charms.

So, there you have it!
I want to say a huge joyful thank you to all the artists who contributed to the giveaway and whoever wins is going to be doing the happy dance for days!!! lol.

I also included a few other goodies that I got from the ZNE convention and it will all come packaged up in this cute kittie tin.

So, if you'd like a chance to win this wonderful giveaway basket, just leave me a comment on my blog and in about a week I will pick the winner.

talk to you all soon,

Friday, May 8, 2009

I haven't forgotten the giveaway!

Hi all,
Just wanted you all to know that I have not forgotten about the ZNE giveaway goodies. I just have not got caught up on everything yet and can't get a bit of time to put the giveaway together yet, but I will get to it soon!!!
My new goal is to post about it on Monday sooooo don't give up on me.
Okay, here's another sneak peek of some items that may be included :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Zne giveaway sneak peek!

Hi all,
Just wanted to give out a little sneak peek of my ZNE giveaway!
This crepe paper wand was created by one of the vendors at the
ZNE convention and everyone at the make and take class just left
the table so happy after they were finished with their creations.

I'll be posting the giveaway tonight and bragging about all the
amazing artists!!!
So stay tuned.......


Monday, May 4, 2009

I'm home!!!! from ZNE

Hi all,
just wanted to post a quick note to let you know I am home safe and sound and had an amazing inspirational, life changing art experience at the ZNE convention! I have lots more photos to show and I'll be posting about a wonderful
giveaway basket full of ZNE things later this week, so stay tuned for the fun.

My car is now back in running order and carried me safely home and
I am soooo full of new ideas and so thrilled with my new artist friends!
I will be telling you all about these new friends and also writing about
my meeting Anna Corba and how her class went! Let's just say for starters "AMAZING"
and that is not just about her class but about her too!!!

Anyway, that's just a sneak peek of what's to come and as soon as I get back
to my somewhat "normal" schedule, lol. I'll post away :)

blessings to you all,
(PS. I slept for 12 hours last night!!! I was totally exhausted, but it was a wonderful
exhaustion, lol.)