Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Watch God Provide..........

You know sometimes you feel like you are running or in my case hobbling in circles with no end in sight. We have been trying for a couple months to get me an electric scooter to use while traveling and out of the house. With a broken foot and other nasty medical issues, it can get tough. I don't want to be bound to home. I want to be out and about.

So, I need a scooter. God knows my need and He knows there is one out there for me, so with a humble heart I ask that if anyone has one or knows of one that I can borrow or have, it would be so appreciated.
I will keep you all posted, it will be fun to watch God work.

Bucket List............

Have you done this yet?
I have not seen the acclaimed movie but after hearing about it, I thought how fun that would be to do.
While traveling to Washington last March for Dave's brothers wedding, we talked about what we would like to do before we died. I haven't read this list since last March, so I am curious to see what I have accomplised so far.
Here we bucket list.

1. Go to England and France
2. See Statue of Liberty
3. Visit New York and see a Broadway show
4. See Mt. Rushmore
5. Alaska Cruise
6. See Grand Canyon
7. Go to DisneyWorld
8. Get something I have created published ~ this is done. Have work featured in the upcoming Zutter Idea Book - yeah
9. Be on a Design Team
10. Organize my Craft room, so I have a place to work ~ a work in progress
11. Go back to Mall of America
12. Go to CKU as many times as I can ~ 3 times so far: San Jose in '06, Anaheim in '07, Provo in '08 and hopefully Provo in '09
13. Visit the New England States in the Fall
14. Visit the Precious Moments Chapel
15. Teach classes at scrapbook stores~ had great opportunities at 2 great stores, looking for a long and great relationship with Scrapbook Cottage
16. Try to make CenterPoint a success
17. Continue entering Scrapbook / Craft contests just for fun
18. Attend CHA (Craft Hobby Association Convention) at least once. ~ going in January, 2009
19. Go to Disneyland at least once a year ~ we went in March, 2008 and October 2008. Will be also going in January, 2009
20. Do a Hollywood / Malibu tour

Here is to 2009 and making more of these items happen.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Bride of Frankenfoot...........

Well if you have followed my blog, you read about my broken foot back in October.
On October 27th, I broke my heal on my left foot. One fracture, that is all but a fracture none the less. When I saw the Orthopedic doctor, he felt that my physical therapist Jenny decide could decide when my boot could come off. You remember the boot that I humbly name Frankenfoot.

Frank and I were together for just over 5 weeks when it was decided that maybe I could part ways with him and settle for the simple yet sublime athletic shoe. All was going well till my foot swelled and the pain resumed.
After a trip to the ER for excruciating pain, the X-ray showed that the fracture had not and was not healing.
Primary doctor was instrumental in putting my relationship with Frankenfoot back together again until I could see the ortho doctor. Frank and I were together for 5 weeks and got back together 2 weeks later. He wanted to spend Christmas with me because Halloween and Thanksgiving were so much fun LOL
Long story short saw the ortho doctor today and.........the foot is still broken, not healing and he says that he needs to get aggressive. So let me introduce you to The Bride of Frankenfoot.
We will be together till February 11th - oh it was a sad day in my world. Began 2008 with back pain and leg problems. Will end it the same way. Guess I need to pray, pray, pray.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Great Classes at Scrapbook Cottage

If you live in Northern Nevada, you need to check out all the great classes being offered at Scrapbook Cottage. There is lots to offer, it would be great to see you all there.

Calendar of Events

The Scrapbook Cottage

January 2009

Thursday Jan 1 - FREE-New Year's Day Crop 10am-6pm w/ FREE CLASSES!!!

Join us starting at 10am for 8 hours of Scrapbooking Fun!! What a way to spend the day!! PLUS, Faye will be on hand to lead you through not one, but TWO projects to celebrate the NEW YEAR!! One is the "What A Year!" clipboard album, the other is a beautiful Perpetual Calendar in the style of your choice!

Saturday Jan 3 - Thank You Card Collection w/ Rae!!

Rae will be leading us through a collection of Thank You cards worth repeating. The class starts at 10:30 and goes until 2pm. What a great way to kick off 2009, saying Thank You to those we love!! Cost - $16.00

Sunday Jan 4 - Snowman Paper Pieceing 2 Page Layout w/ Faye

Learn to do Paper Piecing and complete a fantastic 2 page Layout! You'll love this adorable Snowman, he'llbe perfect for your snowman making pic's!! Time: Noon to 2pm Cost - $20.00

Wednesday Jan 7 - Winter CD Album

We've got a beautiful Winter-themed CD Album all set for you to put together!! Bring your ski pictures and your snowball fight pictures...this one's gonna be FUN!! Time: 6pm to 9pm Cost - $29.00

Saturday Jan10 - Digi-tales 101 - taking better pictures

Reno's favorite photographer and scrapbooking officianado, Zully, will be teaching a variety of tips and tricks for getting better pictures from our digital cameras. We'll discuss lighting, angles, and we'll cover some basic photography lingo. We promise to take the mystery out of photography!! Time:11am - 1pm Cost -$35 (just $30 when purchased with Digi-tales 102 - Basic Image Editing)

Sunday Jan 11 - Snow Play Split Album

Been having fun with the snow?? How about we make up a cute Split Album for all your great pictures!! Faye's put together this fun little number for us and.....we get to play with the Bind-it-All!!! Yahoo!! Time: Noon to 3pm Cost- $25.00

Wednesday Jan 14 - Fully Loaded w/ Kim

Fully Loaded is one of two classes we offer that allow you to choose your own colors and themes. You'll complete 2 double page layouts to add to your scrapbooks. Time: 6pm to 9pm Cost: $20.00

Friday Jan 16 - The Cricut Club

This class comes just once a month!! Nadine will be leading us through a layout using some great new techniques with the Cricut. When you've completed the layout, you have access to our Cricut Cartridge Library for the rest of the night at no charge!! Time: 6pm to Midnight Cost : $25.00 Participants must bring their own cricut.

Saturday Jan 17 - Altered Tin and Four mini-books

An adorable Tin you cover in theme of your choice with four mini books! You may choose to make it a cook book collection or a Four Seasons collection of's up to you!! Time: Noon to 4pm Cost: $30.00

Sunday Jan 18 - 6x6 Clear Acrylic Dog Album

We all love our puppies!! We've got an adorable Clear Acrylic Album tailor-made for your precious pooch! Time: Noon to 3pm Cost: $25.00

Wednesday Jan 21 - Fab Four w/ Monica

This class is one of two classes we offer that allow you to choose your own colors and themes.You'll compleate 2 double page layouts to add to your scrapbooks. Time: 6pm to 9pm Cost: $20.00

Saturday Jan 24 - Private Party 10am to 5pm

Call us today to schedule your own Private Event!! We do Birthday Parties, Private Crops and more!! Call for details 775-829-7749

Saturday Jan 24 - Digi-tales 102

Basic Image Editing. Learn the basics of Photo Editing using your own software program. We'll cover the software options available today and the merits of each as well as how to transfer your photos from your camera, reduce red-eye and crop out uncle Joe so no one knows who you're really related to! Time: 6pm Cost: $35 ( just $30.00 when purchased with Digi-tales 101 Taking Better Pictures)

Monday, December 22, 2008

What is Christmas All About?

This year is turning out to be difficult to say the least. I began 2008 in pain and unfortunately I am going to end 2008 in pain. The much acclaimed epidural steriod shot was my hope for a pain free end to the year and it seems that the precious shot did not take. As many of you remember, my left leg became the home for what I loving called "Frankenfoot" Frankenfoot hung around through Halloween and Thanksgiving then a week later my precious physical therapist gave me permission to put Frankenfoot away. Well that bugger wanted to be around for Christmas and depending on what the ortho doctor says next Tuesday will determine if he will be here for the new year. Urghhhhhhhhh. The boot was causing problems with my leg and nerves so the epideral shot was scheduled right after my foot was free. Alas, the break is not healing and so the swelling and pain persist :( . Prmary doctor ordered it back on immediately.
So back to Christmas, financially we have hit a bad place and it is mostly my fault. Christmas this year is sparce and the guilt with that is weighing on me. We are trusting God to see us through and I know He is but in His Time not mine.
I love to bake and make gifts and I am weeks behind on that venture. Though we have the front yard decorated (sort of) The wind last night took out our inflatables and Dave is dragging his feet to fix them. He promised that tomorrow he would. We have no tree up, nothing is right. And if I have to hear one more time that Christmas isn't this or that............I will use whatever piece of heavy equipment near me to beat someone over the head.
Pain is a hard thing and when it keeps me from accomplishing things it is hard when my inability to complete a task or two gives license to some to not do anything or at least maintain what is done.
If you know me, you know that I love Christmas and this year I feel like I have so negatively impacted Christmas this year.........Call me Grinch

What is Christmas? That is is the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My Lord came to earth so that He could die for my sins. The ultimate gift and I so know this. What is hurting is that I am just missing the fun and festiveness of it all. I miss being able to give great gifts at times home made, I did actually get some presents made. Engraving glass is my new fun thing. I have some more stuff to get done and pray that my body holds out. Tomorrow is church (our church does services on Tuesday and Wednesday) To avoid the crowds we will go tomorrow. God will see me through, this I am sure.

I miss the tree, I miss the lights and decorations. I am sad that some actions on my part have caused some financial hardship. I am frustrated that I can't get things done because most time broken foot or whatever else this darn disease throws at me, if I don't do it - it don't get done or started. I am just feeling sad, I am in pain, I want to just have Christmas. My Savior is in my heart but I want Christmas. I want my lights, I want my tree and decorations and I want to bless those around me with treats and homemade treasures. I don't know what the next 48 hours will hold but Christmas is in my heart and I am hoping in my home too somehow.

Here are the mugs that I etched.........

As you can see the baking stuff awaits. Thank God for stools to sit on while I cook and bake.

I know many have lost jobs, many are also struggling financially and life is just hard. Our one hope is truly Jesus and that is all that matters. I want to others to see my joy that only the Lord can bring. It is not unchristianlike to be sad or to have regrets. I won't be negetive just regretful but I am sure an awesome Christmas eve service should take care of that.

Merry Christmas all and God Bless

Friday, December 12, 2008

I Corinthians 13 - Christmas Edition

Christmas Version Of 1 Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Zutter Queen of Nevada will be published.......

Well the announcement was made and though I didn't win the grand prize of $500, I will be published. Here is the announcement. Yeah they have my name in there and it is spelled correctly hee hee hee

Vicki will receive the $500 Grand Prize.

CONGRATULATIONS VICKI!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see the winning creation

The following runners-up will be featured in the upcoming book:
Bind-it-All Around the World
to be released early 2009.

Carol Bayne, Pennsylvania USA
Traci Knoell, California, USA
Judy Kreitler, Illinois, USA
Betty Mathew, Indiana, USA
Jolene Johnston, Indiana, USA
Shelley Haganman, Iowa, USA
Yvonne Tinney, Virginia, USA
Amy Littleton, Missouri, USA
Emeline Seet, Singapore
Faye Warriner, Nevada, USA
Mikey Menely, Oregon, USA
Jo-Anne te Raa, Netherlands
Fleur Smith, British Columbia, Canada

Monday, December 1, 2008

Have Dinner Out and Help Evelyn Mount

Have dinner out at one of Sparks' premier restaurant and I am no kidding. This place is fabulous. Then a portion of the purchase will be donated to Evelyn Mount. Fill your tummy and someone else's at the same time. We eat their weekly and love it. Maybe we will see you there. Enjoy!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Zutter Club for November.......

A Manger to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas ..............

A Christmas Tree to add to the celebration.

Join us at Scrapbook Cottage to create these fun little books. Zutter Club has a new home. Hope to see ya there.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

CKU Provo Chronicles #8 - Inspiration Stations and I am such a dork!!

The first official day of CKU was Thursday. We had a series of make and takes called Inspiration Stations. Instead of like in years past where we walked around going from table to table to make a book of our Favorite things, this time we sat in one room all day and the teachers rotated in to our rooms.

This is before the doors opened and we were allowed into our rooms to begin our day.

One of the things that I most looked foward to at both San Jose and Anaheim was the chance to meet Lisa Bearnson. She did not attend either CKU and I was bummed. But this year in Provo, there she was. To my delight she was the instructor for our first make and take. I about fell off my chair. I was so excited to finally be in the same room as she was. (OK here comes the dork LOL)

She gave the instructions for our project and then began to work the room. When she got to our table, I totally gushed and told her how awesome I think she is and how excited I am to meet her and that I loved her work and watching her on QVC. I think I did all of that without taking a breath. I was totally star struck, I just couldn't believe that I was getting to chat with her and I was giddy with excitement. You can ask Tara, she will confirm that I was a dork. Anyhow, Lisa signed my bag and then took a picture with us. So anyhow, it really made my trip and was a definate highlight.

These are 2 of the pages we created that day.

Along with Lisa, we were blessed with classes from Brandon Brazel, Tim Holtz, Lance Anderson, Margie Romney-Aslett, Brittany Beattie and Ali Edwards. Inspirations Stations were a blast. The album we created throughout the day, was perfect for CKU memories.

Christmas Clipboard Class Pictures

Thank you Diana, Torrie, Nancy and Jennifer for taking my first class at Scrapbook Cottage. You all made it lots of fun. Here are the pages. Have fun embellishing your clipboard albums.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

CKU Provo Chronicles #6 - Dorms

Part of the fun of attending CKU is being in a dorm. A dorm is a group that forms to create a song / story, a table centerpiece, nametags and characters to tell the CKU story. Our group decided to do a parady of Dr. Seuss books. We had a great time, from the Grinch, Thing-a-dile One and Two, Scrap I Am, Horton etc we were an ecclectic combination of Dr. Seuss characters. This is the logo we used for our group T-Shirt that we wore on Thursday the first official day of CKU Provo. Our dorm buddy Karen created these works of art. Thanks Karen for all your hard work.

With Grunge Mountain in the center, our village of CKUVille was created around the mountain. This is our entire group in our fun outfits.

This is our group on stage performing. We were one of 3 dorms asked to perform - yahoo!!! We won 2nd place for performing our little story and song.

A Reading (borrowed from “The Cat in the Hat”)
We sat there, that Wednesday,
We sat there, in fear
And oh how we wished
registration was here.

All anxious and worried
We might not get in
The clock slowly ticking
When could we begin?

Yes, all we could do was to
Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit!
And we did not like it
Not one little bit.

Then something went BLIP!
How that blip made us FLIP!

We looked, then we saw it
We frantically type
Got my album track – WOW!

The homeroom was next
Would we get into B?
The class block is full,
Guess we’ll have to take D.

We give a big sigh,
We’re finally done.
All that’s left now
Is get set for some fun!

Our classes in hand
We head to YAHOO
We post “WE GOT IN!”
“Hey, how about you?”

Now, we’re gathered together
Our passion, so true
With others who “get it”
Where else? C-K-U!

SONG (sung to the tune of "Mr. Grinch")
You're a keen one, Mr. Holtz
You taught scrappers to distress
With a craft sheet on our table
We will never have a mess
Mr. Hooool-tz
You're a favorite with the ladies
That, we confess.

You’re a dilly, Pickle-Guy
Your techniques, they’ll never “Rust”
Lance inspires us with stories
A scrapper we can trust
We can’t wait to start on
“A Story of Us”!

You’re outrageous, Thing-a-diles
Margie, you and Debbie ROCK!
Using shimmer on our accents
Or painting on cardstock
With both of your albums,
We’ll be scrappin’ round the clock!

You're an artist, Ali E
Capture life from day-to-day
You brought freedom to our scrapping
And we'd really like to say
Ali Eeeee-E
The three words that best describe you are,
and I quote: "IT. IS. OKAY!”

This is my name tag. We each made little books with our character and made a little story about us in each book. I was Scrap I Am ~ Would you like green eyelets and brads. LOL

Jennifer and Angie the awesome mother daughter duo were Thing-a-dile One and Thing-a-dile Two. They were a riot.

Our pregnant momma Val played Horton hears a pickle and was thrilled to poke fun at Lance Armstrong from Rusty Pickle. Tara was my CKU buddy and she played the other Green Eyelets and Brads character who only did digital scrapbooking - paying homage to Jessica Sprague

Here we are the Green Eyelets and Brads gang. Thanks Tara for being my CKU partner in crime.

This is my CKUVille store front. Brads Etc.

One final look at our great group. Thanks Emily for pulling us all together. So to Tara, Maria, Emily,Kim, Karen, Jennifer, Tracy, Angie and Val CKU Provo will always be special because of you all. It was great!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

More Zutter Fun!!!!

OK, the Zutter Bind it All was busy tonight.
I am teaching a class at Scrapbook Cottage and here are the samples.
Isn't the Bind It All wonderful.
The new year is coming and calendars are great

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

CKU Provo Chronicles #5 - Secret Sisters

What fun it is to have secret sisters. I enjoying spoiling as much as I get spoiled. On the CKUProvo Yahoo Board, I participated in the Secret Sister swap. I gave to Diana Hufnagel. She was so much fun. She loved purple so I loved finding all the purple I could. She was one of my favorite people to meet at CKU. Her mom Linda was wonderful too. Two great ladies - lots of smiles

Liesl Doty gave to me and she was wonderful. I loved chatting with her before CKU and we seemed to have lost touch since comeing home. I need to fix that. Anyhow, she spoiled me rotten.

This was my final package of goodies from Liesl. Disney, Zutter and all other great things that I love and use. THANK YOU SO MUCH LIESL - YOU ROCKED!!!

We did Secret Sisters for our Album Track. I was in a swap square, it was funny when we saw how it was all working out.

Tara Chapman gave to Maria Angel
Maria Angel gave to me
I gave to Emily Irwin (whom I also gave to last year - talk about hard LOL)
Emily gave to Tara Chapman

It was so funny but it all worked out and we all had great secret sisters.

This is the package of goodies that Maria gave me for my final gift. All the things I love and more Zutter wires - yeah Thank you so much Maria you were awesome. Maria also came with her mom Nancy and they are awesome. They were another huge blessing of the trip.

This is the adorable theme book that Emily gave me for being her SS. She is so thoughtful and always has treats for her SS. So Emily, I am sure more See's Bordeaux's will come your way again next year. It is becoming a tradition.

Thanks to all my SS's this round. You all were the best.