Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Just a quick post to show the August Kit Cover. This is a Maya Road 4x4 Mini Book that is filled with all things vintage and vintage inspired. If you love ART Life goody bags (blown up), think of that all tucked inside a mini book and instructions on how to make it! This kit will be at My Daughters Wish on Friday and will also be available through this blog, and on the ETSY store. You'll love it!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Hi everyone! First off, thanks so much for all the well wishes after the crash. Everyone is doing great, and the vision of impact is fading and life is moving forward. We went and bought a new SUV, which I am kinda scared to drive, but things are much better!
This is a CRAZY week for me and for My Daughters Wish. We have the man, the legend, the freaking rock star TIM HOLTZ arriving on Thursday night. Personally, I am super excited because I just think Tim is the most down to earth, friendly and hilarious guy ever! In the business sense, THE ART LIFE is getting ready to debut a bunch of new products this Friday at the store when we will have everyone coming in to visit. I have my August Kit, which is full of vintage ephemera, ribbons, german scrap, and all kinds of fun things! I also have this new Jenni Bowlin product.. mini chipboard albums, and mini BINGO CARDS! Aren't these the cutest things you've ever seen? So, I have put it all together in some inspiration kits that also include some JB tickets, Heidi Swapp Bling, ART Life charms buttons and other doodads.. I am making a ton of new vintage inspired ephemera packs, tins, and collage sheets to add to my section of the store. Seriously though the mini bingo cards are so adorable.. I can't wait to make something with them!
I also went to the San Francisco Gift Show which is a trade show for gift shops.. it was totally overwhelming but I ended up ordering some beautiful Midori Ribbons, and some product from PAPAYA! I ordered these two Art Panel Prints which are 12x16 that have ribbon and ready to hang. I ordered calendars, journals, and cards, so if you see something you like email me and I can hold it for you.
Finally, here is a pic of some beautiful furniture I found a few weeks ago, with another one of the Papaya prints behind it. I am in love with this little dresser.. so beautiful and my colors!
Whew.. I'll share more this week, sneak my August Kit, and share more things I purchased.. stuff for a cute Halloween project kit that you'll love!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Thats what happened to me and Tony yesterday. We are ok. It was so scary, and I just can't explain how it happened.. your mind kinda turns off for those 15 seconds of impact. All I remember is seeing this car right in front of me and I hit it. Tony starts crying and I just try to make sure I can move. I immediately go to him and he says his neck hurts.. the carseat seatbelt did its job. My knees were throbbing from hitting the dashboard. The car is mangled and the other car is too. We ended up just fine, but I have these feelings of wow.. I haven't been in an accident in 15 years.. and my son was in the car. So, today is a day of rest and icing my knee, I am sure its fine. But I woke up in the middle of the night with that scene of the impact right in front of me. I am going to try to do something creative today to get my mind off of it. Tony is going to grandmas to make snickerdoodles.. so a day alone is exactly what I need. I also feel so blessed that we were not hurt badly and neither was the other driver.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I can't believe how fast time flies.. and that its been so long since I blogged.. sorry everyone! We had Tony's 3rd birthday party last weekend and wow it was so much fun.. here is a fun pic of him in the bouncy house. He cried when they came to pick it up. Poor baby.. I wish we could have one full time too.. keeps the kids busy.
Yesterday I taught the "I Wanna Be Tim Holtz" class at My Daughters Wish and we had a full house! Everyone got their hands dirty and hopefully learned a lot of new techniques using all of the FANTASTIC Ranger and Tim Holtz products. We played with grungeboard, distress ink, alcohol inks and paint and had so much fun. Thanks to everyone who came out to play with us yesterday.
My Daughters Wish is getting ready for the real man to come visit in two weeks. Its going to be utter crazyiness, but to have the rockstar himself in the store is going to be incredible. Then the day after Tim is here, the Paperchase bus people are coming, so no rest for the wishchicks. I too am getting busy making new ephemera packs, inspiration packs and putting out new things. Yesterday I put out a ton of ArtChix Studios collage sheets and buttons along with some new embellishment tins. They were flying out of the store. ArtChix does such a fantastic job on their collage sheets. So if your in the area, keep checking "my" section of the store for lots of fun new things!
I am almost done with the August Kit as well, and its full of fun vintage items, german scrap and beautiful lace and ribbons.. look for a sneak peak later this week.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I have been very busy creating and playing.. having fun! I am on this vintage kick big time and have created a bunch of new projects that will be classes at My Daughters Wish. They all are whimsical, fun and completely different then what I have done in the past. I will be teaching on the same days as Lisa Super, and we will be assisting each other with classes.. so come join both of us for a fun filled day of whimisical fun, exploring another realm of art!

First is "Fairy in my Boot". This is a mini boot which features mini Jenni Bowlin papers, Glaze and messy hands. Coming out of the boot is this darling fairy girl. She will bring a smile to your face every day!
Secondly is "Beeswax Collage of Me". This will be a wooden plank in which you'll have buckets, baskets and boxes full of things to choose from that represent your passions.. of course mine has an owl, is turquoise and Hambly.. you'll be amazed at all the great vintage ephemera I have lined up for you to choose from.
Thirdly is "A Whimsical Star Gazer". This little guy is there to make you smile every day. He will sit atop a wonderful box that opens a "different" way..
I also have a "Dramatic Theater" which will be a shadow box with a beautiful ballerina inside, but I am finishing her up. I'll post as soon as she is done.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Well Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope everyone enjoys this day with family barbeques and fun! I realized that I did not share my last Hambly project, so I thought I'd throw this one out there! I love making the Doodlebug houses and I decided to make the Hambly House with Mr. Hambly himself. It was a bunch of fun and I included 3-d chandeliers, an owl (of course) on a real stick sitting outside a window, curtains, flower boxes and beautiful Overlay flowers on top. I read they got hundreds of submissions.. I know they are going to have a very hard time picking from the talented people who have submitted.