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i hope you can make it to my last 2 classes at ink about it for 2010!!

saturday, december 11th

thank you cards


winter greetings

sign up for BOTH classes and save $5… and be entered into a raffle to win these awesome a muse goodies…. i'm pretty sure i will be bringing more with me to add to the fun stash!!


wow. what a tough decision…. so silly i know, since she is "just a computer" but i have had good luck in the past when i have named my other macs… so i figured might as well stick with tradition!!

i really liked susan n's suggestion of: "Out of the names you have listed my favorite would be Miss Mac-arita! However that being said I like the name Miss Mac-ario which comes from Greek word meaning "blessed; fortunate". You are blessed for your talents (a creative chick) and fortunate to get the mac you wanted, deserved and loved :) Just a thought…."

my first mac laptop was named titania… my greek friend in college, george helped me with that one… so this caught my eye…. but.. it wasn't "clicing" for me….

and i do agree miss mac-arita is SOOOO me… but do you know… i haven't had a lot of margaritas lately… trying so hard to watch the calories.. and margaritas are KILLER!! sooooo i think i am going to go with…




{miss mac-tastic}


soo… everyone that chose THAT name.. email me your mailing addi… i have some goodies to send!!

robyn in so cal
tobey s
deb munn 

i figure.. if i wish you all a happy december, a day early… then i am ahead of the game… right!!!??

this past weekend was a fun time had by all, steph came down from NH for our annual create our holiday cards weekend… which turned into my create 5 advent calendars for my bestest girls weekend :)) christy and erin were cranking out the crafty stuff too!!


this is the 5th year i have taught a unique advent calendar…. each year is more different then the last…

you can the previous years here:

2009 advent frame

2008 ATC spinner

2007 mini muffin tin

2006 cookie sheet

i gave all my girls the 1st one i made… and now i wanted them to have this one to add into their holiday traditions with their kids :)

so although i didn't finish my cards… i got these 5 BIG gifts made… and a start on my cards… the design is done… the 300 snowflakes, yes… 300 snowflakes are punched…. and i'm ready to get my glitter on :))

happy december everyone!!

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this fall i was lucky enough to be able to get up to NH for a few weekends and enjoy the foliage… thats one thing i miss being on the cape… it just isnt as vibrant (although this year was better then years past)

jimbo raced in the frostbite 250 in groveton NH… he didn't place, but he completed the race with a functioning car, which is always a good thing… hi lumina will be able to run another race after the winter (since it has no windshield) and that will be it's 5th race… which for enduro cars thats a pretty good track record
(my dad put a forsale sign on the car as a joke… he had it off the dolly for a matter of minutes when this guy approached him to buy it hahaha!) 




i also learned which mountains my dad associates with who :) 


we were heading toward franconia notch and had a beautiful view of mt. lafayette, which is my grandfathers mountain

mt chocorua is my grams
mt. washington is my dads (hes obsessed with the weather conditions up there… i want to send him up to stay at the observatory some day…)
and mt. kearsage is mine (my dad and i hiked, snowmobiled up it.. and we have our names carved on the top by the fire tower "jenny and daddy shurkus" )



i was lucky enough to be able to meet up with these caardvarkians ;) some of the best ladies i know.. and used to work with before i moved to the cape!


i had a TON of fun in tim holtz classes at absolutely everything… always a great time to be inspired and get my creative juices flowing… this couldn't have come at a better time!!



i also had a *wicked* fun time for halloween!! I got to spend time with some of my fave peeps!! liz hosted a fantastic party, cheiron trekked it up here from NYC… fun fun fun times! i haven't dressed up in years… and this year spent 2 nights being a gangsta…. all the while trying to figure out how i can play this part throughout the year ;) 




lisa, christy and i spooking out hytown!! :) 

mister harley and i gutted some pumpkins for YUUUMMMY pumpkin seeds!!


now it is november…. 

lots of things in the works for the next couple months… and NO i *still* havent named the new mac… horrible i know!!!

1. the new mac is not named… soon i promise, i'm just having a really hard time deciding ;) 

now on to the real reason for this post….

remembering watcher… hard to believe it has been 3 years since he passed.
I still think of him every day… he is still very much a part of me and the island ;)

i try not to compare mister harley to him, but i know deep down it happens sometimes…

driving home from ink about it the other note i had a long time to think and compose a blog post in my mind… i had a good cry ;)

and as i sit here now i have decided to not blabber on.. just share some pics :) most of which have a memory, of course… all i will cherish always…. 
so …. as i watch my dad race today… in the back of my mind he will be…. and thats ok.

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note his flat ears…. he was so impressed with this fun crafty time i had planned for us ;) 





and this last pic is of watcher with steph. this is the last pic i have of him… how fitting hes sitting with one of my oldest and dearest friends ;) 


i know i know… everyone is waiting for my decision for a name.. for the new girl in my life.. but i'm just not ready to DECIDE!!! so i'll do what i do best, and that is procrastinate ;) 

i'm excited in the next few days i will be able to share with you pics from my crafty space.. like detailed ones!!! i havent done that since i lived in 284… my friend christy hung out with me sunday night and monday and we worked hard organizing and cleaning!! whooo hooo!! stay tuned…

wanted to point out some upcoming classes i have.. fun holiday gift ideas, cards and more

this thursday, september 30, 6-8p • card-ology: winter greetings @ colorful creations
 come make 6 cards and go home with this adorable hero arts mouse stamp!!


this saturday , october 2, 10a-2p • holiday countdown advent calendar (with ALL a muse goodies!!!) this class will be held at ink about it. if you can't make it then i am offering it again at colorful creations on october 30th from 9a-1p. i'm not sure i am going to be able to squeeze in another advent offering, so be sure that you don't miss out!!!


tuesday, october 5th 6-8p • card-o-logy: autumn greetings @ colorful creations
again make 6 cards and go home with this fabulous stamp from karen lockhart!!


saturday october 9th 10a-12p • glass snowman @ colorful creations
i saw these in cloth paper scissors a few years ago.. some of my closest gf's were lucky enough to get a few of them from me.. well now i am excited to teach YOU how to make these beauties!!


sunday, october 10th 10a-4p • copic training class @ colorful creations
see more details about this on my classes page

monster mash it's a graveyard smash (a muse style)
october 14th 10a-12p OR 6:30-8:30 at ink about it
october 19th 6-8p 
colorful creations

 wednesday november 17th 10a-12p OR 6:30-8:30p  •  a muse elegant holiday cards
at ink about it




my oldest friend, and one *super* talented photographer…..

has launched her new website….. and it's pretty rockin' soooo you should totally check it out!!



so i mentioned how in august i splurged and invested in a mac book pro… i have only had {miss mary mac} a lil over 2 years, but at the time i bought her $$ was tight and i didn't get *exactly* what i wanted….. SOOO i gifted {miss mary mac} to my dad (which we are taking baby steps on ;) )

and got the computer i really wanted, deserved, and loved :) 
back in august on facebook… there was a looong thread of trying to come up with a name for "her" 

and like always i have waited a month (*cough* *cough* kitten= mister harley) and now am taking the time to decide….

but i want your help!!

i have picked the names i liked best… from all the crazy suggestions ;) and want YOU to vote!!

those of you who vote for the name i pic will go into a raffle for a fun prize mailed to you!!

miss mac-arita

miss mac paddy whack

miss mac-tini

miss mac-tastic

miss mac-tilda

miss lotta mac

miss janis

ok… here we go!!!



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if you haven't been peeking at the hero arts blog OR the creative imaginations blog this week, then you have been missing out on some AMAZING inspiration!!

i had so much fun playing with my luminarte goodies and combining it with creative imaginations papers and hero arts stamps. 

you can see all my cards and the other fabulous projects on the links above… there are even instructions and how-to's





a fun card i made for a sample for colorful creations using an impression obsession stamp… playing with watercolors, glitter, and glossy accents :) 


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