Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tired but inspired

I spent the week in California. My plane was delayed last night - so, I found myself crawling into bed well after 1am last night in an exhausted stupor. This morning, I had a 10am meetupplanned with my "Not your Grandma's" super hip chic craft club to go to the Phoenix Indie Craftorama at the Duck and Decanter. I have been looking forward to the meetup for weeks, so although it was tempting to just stay in bed, I got up and got out the door. I'm so glad that I went. It is always so inspiring to see what other creative minds are up to. I got a chance to meet the Crafty Chica - Kathy Cano-Murillo. She was super nice and said that she loves Soft Flex. It is always nice to meet supporters!

After the Phoenix Indie Craftorama, we went to a nearby Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix calledAjo Als for lunch (great food by the way) and a quick craft project provided by our lovely hostess Denise (organizer for the craft club). I loved it - we made little mini books to put a post it pad in. I decorated mine for my cousin Loretta who I knew I would be seeing later in the day. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of it before I gave it away. However, I think that I might make a few more for some upcoming gifts. A BIG THANK YOU to Denise for sharing.

After lunch, I stopped by home and then was off to see a play at Metro Arts High School in downtown Phoenix. The before mentioned cousin Loretta was the stage manager. Although I was a little too tired to be at a play, I did my best to keep it together! Loretta is an amazing artist - whether assisting in theatre, drawing, painting, etc. I might just be biased, but I do believe that she is a diamond in the rough.

Finally, I am home and ready to rest for the night. YAY! I just wanted to send an update out into the world wide web to let everyone know that I have been oh so busy - but doing oh so well and feel so inspired after my day of artistic pursuits. Now, I just need to get some rest so I can put my creative juices to work.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Life is good!

"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes." - Frank Lloyd Wright

Saturday, April 12, 2008

I love the great outdoors!

Only a quick 5-10 minute drive from my house (in Phoenix) there are several parks & recreation areas for day hikes. These photos are from the "nature trail" near what used to be called "Squaw" Peak. It has recently been renamed "Piestewa" Peak. I figured that hiking would be a great way prepare for the 3-day breast cancer walk and was checking out the easier trail to see if Honey (my constant companion and most favorite dog) could possibly come along. I think that I might have to work her up to the "easy" trail. I rescued her a little over 2 years ago. At the time, the vet guessed that she was 5. So being that she is now around 7, she loves activity but I am wary about making her work too hard. It gets awfully hot here in AZ, so you have to be really careful to not overheat your pets. I think that she will really enjoy the hike after she gets a little time on the trail.

Donate to my breast cancer walk

Speaking of parks, I have decided to become a park steward. What is that, you ask? I'm still learning, but I think that it means "park volunteer" that volunteers more than 40 hours in a year. I have picked out a park that is just 5 minutes south of downtown Phoenix. This park was introduced to me (and to Honey) by my boyfriend. The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration used to be a dump site and now is a beautiful desert landscape.

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration

So - no beading today, but SOON...I promise!


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