I spent some time at my daughter Suzie and Winston's house in Las Vegas last week and wanted to show you a bit of Suzie's style. Her house is darling and clean and organized like none I know. I brought home some ideas for organization and great memories of time spent with two nice people in a nice house!
This kleenex box...from Puffs Plus. It is the first kleenex box that I have EVER liked. I have often wondered why there isn't one decent graphic designer at any of those tissue companies. Paper towels too. But this box, it's a winner. You have to buy a pack of three and the other two are, of course, ugly.
This notebook...that I GRABBED when I saw it, at a little gift shop in Jackson Hole. I have had a like-affair with Orla Kiely designs (link to Anthropologie) since I discovered them about a year ago. Awesome bags and housewares. Problem is, they're pricey. Now Target, being the marketing whizzes they are, recently came out with a less expensive line of Orla Keily products - but the one thing I really like at Target, a red flowered tray, is always sold out. Good stuff's always gone. Or as the Orla Keily website says, being a proper British company, "Offer available whilst stocks last."
I just have to show you my 'surprise' from Scott. He decorated the dining room and got a cake and flowers - and some gifts from the dollar store. I had told him "no presents," because I got some nice stuff for Mother's Day - so he bought funny little gifts at Honks - and he enjoyed shopping there a lot more than wandering through Dillards.
There's a little lamb that says, "Ewe are special to me," and a ridiculous pair of chimps hugging. The pink plastic necklace says, "It's my birthday." It came in handy when we had dinner at Hamiltons - free dessert. He also got me a Shrek notebook, a trashy romance novel, some glue sticks and a pair of chip bag clips. lol
I looked out the window and saw that our good friend Dewey Forsberg had just pulled up. Bonnie had sent him to deliver some Bluebird chocolates - thanks Bonnie - I've been loving them all day!
I had to get some photos of Dewey's decked-out Jeep - adapted by his own company, Novak. I said, "Dewey, would you have dreamed 20 years ago that you would be doing what you're doing?" He laughed and said, "No way!"
When I saw Adornit's Busy Women Scrapbook Kit for June, I knew it was perfect for a travel scrapbook. The colors and style of the papers will look great with photos from your journey.
To prepare, before your trip, you need to make a little TRAVEL KIT. Gather patterned papers and matching cardstock, cut them to 8” x 8”, and put them in a one gallon ziplock bag. Add coordinating stickers (I used the Life's a Hoot Cardstock Stickers - cut to fit in the bag) and a set of pre-cut lined journaling spots. (I used a sheet of Adornit’s Red Lined Paper cut to 4”x 4” squares – that gave me nine journaling spots.) You’ll want to take only the most basic scrapbook supplies – scissors, gluestick and/or glue runner, pen, rubber stamp and inkpad. (Robin took a mini-stapler on her trip.)
Happy traveling and scrapping from Debbie and Adornit.
I finished the book I started on our last trip. I love author Karen Hesse and her Young Adult literature books. I picked up this book when I was searching for something to read that wasn't an adult bestseller filled with swear words I hate and sicko life situations. That's when I turn to old classics and YA lit. I'm going to enthusiastically recommend "A Time of Angels," but you have to remember something before you read it. You HAVE to go to the end of the book and read the Author's Note and the Glossary first. Then you can start the book. You also have to believe in angels. That's easy for me.
Here is a short review by School Library Journal: A Time of Angels is a warm, personal novel set in Boston during 1918. Hannah Gold, 14, and her two sisters live with their Tanta Rose while their parents are trapped in Russia because of the war. Although life is not easy, Tanta Rose provides for the girls as best she can. When the deadly influenza epidemic ravishes the city, Hannah's world is turned upside-down. Aspects of Jewish culture are nicely incorporated into the story, as are period details. However, some plot elements may cause confusion. The angel, portrayed as a guiding force instead of a fully developed character, interacts with Hannah on an almost subconscious level. Hesse offers readers much to enjoy, analyze, and consider in this piece of historical fiction with a mystical bent.
I just can't mention Karen Hesse without also recommending "Out of the Dust," another YA book that took my breath away. This book is written in free verse - but as you read it it doesn't seem like poetry, just like narrative in short sentences.
Here is a bit about the book from a reviewer: When Billie Jo is just fourteen she must endure heart-wrenching ordeals that no child should have to face. The quiet strength she displays while dealing with unspeakable loss is as surprising as it is inspiring. Written in free verse, this award-winning story is set in the heart of the Great Depression. It chronicles Oklahoma's staggering dust storms, and the environmental—and emotional—turmoil they leave in their path. An unforgettable tribute to hope and inner strength.Karen Hesse must be a person with great compassion because many of her characters are filled with compassion. I loved Uncle Klaus in the first book and Louise in the second. I believe we all have a lot to learn about compassion.
Here's a favorite photo of my two cute daughters - it seems to me that they were eight years old not that long ago. Becky (and Pitt) came from SLC and Suzie from Las Vegas. We missed Winston - he had to attend a family wedding.
I made Brookelyn a little 'comforter' to commemorate the day. She is a darling girl and showed proper awe at the wonder of Grammy sewing a blanket for her.
All set up to paint some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. This picture is on Day 2 of Scott's painting workshop. You can see a bunch of logs in the centerof the photo - that's a beaver dam. Below is Jim Wilcox (on Day 3) demonstrating how to paint this Wyoming scenery.
This is Jim's painting - Scott took lots of photos so he could refer to them later. Half of the painters in the class considered themselves "professionals."
Here's me still sewing. It seems like I've worked on this for three full days, but I actually did a lot in between. I walked downtown today and shopped for awhile then sat at the counter at Billy's Burgers and ate a huge hamburger - probably the first hamburger I've had in six months. Oh, it was delicious. Got acquainted with a kid who is shooting photos for the Wyoming Travel Bureau.