Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Moving Day....

This is my moving day....
I certainly don't want anyone left behind...so just come with me...
I am moving to a new address...this is where you can find me...a fresh new look...something I can call my own!


See you soon!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Girl Cave...continued

Since so many of you have commented on the color of the Girl Cave, I thought I would share a cute story..
We live in a new house,,,so when the contractor was here to do the painting...he had the room all prepped ,was starting to paint he stopped & called me.."Are you sure this is the color you picked it seems a little ..umm bright?"
Well in an otherwise empty room it did look like perhaps you could get raditation burns or something..a "strong sunscreen might be required" at the least...but once we got the furniture installed.. cabinets hung..it was perfect...it is a happy place..
Thank all of you for your comments...
I have been blog hopping & have seen some awesome spaces...
Thanks to Karen for putting this all together for us!

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Girl Cave

Welcome to the Girl Cave as my husband so affectionately calls it.

This is the right side of my studio..(GC), I use this desk for sewing and paper crafting...just about everything actually. To the right of this is a metal sorter for files , ideas, old papers and below is a little cabinet for some of my sewing things..I keep the bolts of yardage in a walk in closet ...behind this area..it was not ready for public viewing!

The inspiration board is a frame I thrifted. repainted and had a piece of sheet metal cut...I was going to cover is with paper..but once I got it up I liked the look of the metal..so that's it for now.It gets rearranged on a pretty regular basis.

On the upper cabinets I have some of my dress forms .The Big Cupcake was a wine display from the market that my friend Martin scored for me...I love it! It needs a serious dose of glitter...the ribbon says "live deliciously"...
ahhh..that makes me grin!

This little cabinet...another trip to IKEA..or as my husband says ickea...he had a bad experience there once!
I stash small sewing items in here ..buttons, thread, scissors, lining ,fat quarters, trims..you get the idea..the drawers get progressively deeper as the go down..I actually have three of these cabinets..Two on the other side of the GC, plus they are on wheels , so are pretty easy to move..

Inspiration Board....

Going around the GC to the left on the back wall is more storage, you can never have enough! I keep my sewing machine on the top and the little cabinets have drawers, where I store my inks, stickles, & small tools..just in arms reach when I am working...I should have bought more of these..the big white board for scheduling...classes..projects..ordering supplies.

Another shot of that side of the GC ...my accucut is on the left side..it is a perfect spot.. I keep all the dies in the cabinetry below, so they are handy.In the right side I try to keep all the small stuff in containers from the container store labeled.

A little shadow box I found at the thrift for like $2.oo...score! It required a little overhaul...

I have two identical workspaces in here...my computer is over on this side of the GC..love having the window..first thing in the morning I am in here checking my email, reading blogs, and more often then not, I have hot air balloons hanging right out there...lots of birds..what a great view.
Plus....if I have someone over we can have our own spot to create....

Here is my ink jet printer, silhouette & flat screen..for those late nites up creating!..
The other two cabinets..I keep paper in these drawers..they are just perfect for that..I started out with just one, then another and then another..someone stop me!

To the left of this is a walk in closet..actually more like a warehouse...I keep supplies for classes, projects, miscellaneous stuff from the thrift and fabric...bolts of it!
it is scary in there..but I have big plans for it...soon! So check back for the reveal...

I love this little spot..just to the right of the door when you walk...perfect spot for some shelves, books, jars of buttons and pics of my favorite peeps!

I am glad you stopped by to see the Girl Cave, most days you can find me here...some nights too..it is where I go to create...I am sure it is no secret it hardly ever looks this tidy...although I find I function better if it is at least organized chaos...
Can't wait for a peek inside your space!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

something new...sew cute

This is a peek at something I am working
on for a new class coming up later in the summer...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Where Women Create

I am participating in a blog hop on June 19th if you are interested in playing along click here.......http://mydesertcottage.blogspot.com/ Karen was featured in Somerset Magazine Where Women Create...and is hosting this...she expects over 400 to join in...I guess you know what I will be doing that day!
We'll get to see where us creative types do our best work...
I have been cleaning like crazy so I can take some pictures...it will never look this tidy ever...somedays I can barely walk in here...I know I am not alone..
but it is looking pretty good right now...wait till you see.

Summer in Payson

On Saturday at Paper Metal Scrappers, Payson Az, I taught my shabby chic wreath class....if you have never been it is definitely worth the trip...Brenda and Barbara are the best..I love this place..
There was a Farmers Market going on right outside their door... and up the street a rodeo!
The Strawberry Festival was in Pine ..lots a things to do on such a great summer day.
Of course the main event is the Rodeo in August!
I met the nicest girls..Alyssa was celebrating her 15th birthday with us ( if I had known we would have brought a cake) and Teddy..the iris folding lady was there too. We had fun and every one's project turned out great!
I did not take any pictures..note to self don't forget next time!
I will be back in July with the sewing journal project..so if you want to join us give them a call.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tony Bennett

Tonight at the Dodge theatre in Phoenix..another thing to cross off my bucket list....just getting in the mood!

Tiny Houses

I have been obsessed with houses in all sizes for sometime now...recently I came across a Somerset Apprentice Magazine with these sweet little houses..I made a few on my own...I love them...

Shabby and Chic

This is the class I will be teaching on Saturday at PMS in Payson..who doesn't love a little vintage dictionary,old sheet music,and some glimmer mist.. If you want to get you hands dirty come and play the link is to the right...

Been to the Thrift

I found these recently at the thrift.
they don't look like much now...but wait and see what I do with these .I have something in mind.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Scrap Happy Sister's...

The raffle for the lamp at SHS is going on now...this is a fund raiser Kris does every year for Breast Cancer..you can buy tickets for $1 each or 6 for $5 dollars..what a great opportunity to donate to such a good cause and maybe take home this lamp for your scrap space!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Scrap Happy Sister's...

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

the big reveal

Tomorrow, I will be in the OC for the big reveal...get to see the kids new house...I just know it will be fabulous..out with the old in with the new.
Well in this case in with the new old....midcentury marvel..
See you guys tomorrow..and Stella too!
Allan is making a run for treats!

Monday, May 10, 2010


Going by Essence Cafe tomorrow to pick up some french macarons to take over to Carrie, what is better than that.. a new house and fabulous desserts all in the same week..Lucky you.


Hello all..geez it has been awhile since I have posted anything...where has the time gone...
Palmer's Bd has come and gone...Murphy's birthday was closely behind...
I will be heading to Murphy and Carrie's this week to help them to move into there new house...woo hoo...we are so excited for them.
I am getting ready for my classses at Creative Quest in Glendale when I get home...I love those ladies..I can hardly wait..This is the cutest place in Caitlan Court in Historical downtown Glendale. They have amazing stuff going on there.
Next on my agenda is Paper Metal Scrappers up in Payson...that would be Barbara & Brenda, this is a fabulous spot also..and with the summer coming I can hardly wait to enjoy some of their cool air!
I am feeling really lucky to have met all of these fabulous ladies....
I'll post the times and place on the side to the right.
Talk again soon...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Scrap Happy Sister's...

I will be teaching at SHS again on April 10th..a magnetic memo board home decor project... thanks to all of you who attended my very first class a few weeks ago..it was so much fun! So call Kris or Kit to sign up! Scrap Happy Sisters - Your Scrapbook Place

Happy Birthday Palmer!

Look who is celebrating a birthday today..love you Palmer! See ya later...xxoo

Want vs. Need

My husband just handed me the new Pottery Barn catalog..so much goodness and I found this...it is now definitley on my list! I love it!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Copy Footwear Release Sportswear International

12 March 2010

Copy, the four-year-old men’s brand known for its upstreet, contemporary styling, is launching a footwear line for the fall.

Inspired by travel and classic silhouettes, the debut collection features shoes that are one part vintage, one part sneaker and another dress shoe, and come in five styles, each available in three distinct color ways.

“I have always wanted to add footwear to the Copy range and have had a fetish for experimental shoe design for a long time,” said Copy founder and designer Murphy Martines. “Now, working with Four Star Distribution, it was a natural fit. This is their area of expertise and is potentially a major growth area for the brand,” Martines added, referring to the brand’s newest joint venture with the group owner of C1RCA.

Ranging from the futuristic “Elevate” high-top to the modern low-top “Studio” and button-enhanced “Tap,” the footwear forms a natural complement to the fall apparel line and comes in colors such as black, white, purple, aqua blue, slate blue, griffin gray and soft yellow. Made from full-grain leather, patent leather, suede and canvas, the collection is expected to retail from $75 to $150 at better department and specialty stores.

—Tim Yap

Monday, March 1, 2010

the promise of spring..

March has arrived...it is my birthday month so I always look forward to this time of the year..Allan & I celebrate someplace new every year...this year will be no different...
We have gotten so much rain in past few weeks that the mountains out side my window are emerald green....they are beautiful...I can hardly wait for the show the wild flowers will produce...

Lulu has been here for the weekend , getting spoiled ..she goes back to the city later today..
I don't think she is mssing being home though, but we won't tell Palmer!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Scrap Happy Sisters

I am so happy to announce that I will be teaching at my LSS Scrap Happy Sisters - Your Scrapbook Place soon..my first class will be March 10th ...Vintage Junque..if you are local, I hope you will be able to join me...it will be fun.Vintage dictionary paper, buttons, frame, and a little bling..I have been out junking and love the results...
In April ..on the10th a magnetic memo board project and on the 24th glitter-licious...lots and lots of glitter..
Aprons...I have been working on those and hope everything will be ready to go soon..kits and workshops..stayed tuned.

Monday, February 15, 2010

New's Flash....more on Murphy..

Four Star Distribution’s only child just got a baby brother.

The San Clemente-based owner of skateboarding clothing brand C1rca has joined forces with Murphy Martines, designer of the menswear line Copy.

Article Tab : A model wears one of Murphy Martines' designs for his line, Copy, which is joining with San Clemente-based Four Star Distribution, owner of skate clothing brand C1rca.
A model wears one of Murphy Martines’ designs for his line, Copy, which is joining with San Clemente-based Four Star Distribution, owner of skate clothing brand C1rca.

This is the first time Four Star has partnered with another company since selling its snow-focused brands to Vermont-based Burton Snowboards in 2005, said Arely Benavides, Four Star’s senior vice president. Four Star is constantly looking to grow its brand portfolio and found a right fit in Copy because the two companies mesh well, she said.

Martines used to have to direct both the business and creative sides of the Copy line, which can be found at stores such as Urban Outfitters and American Rag. But the new venture has taken a load off his back, he said. Now the 32-year-old can focus completely on making clothes and leave business matters to Four Star.

In addition, Copy has moved its headquarters from Ladera Ranch to Four Star’s San Clemente office.

“Whenever we partner with people, we want them to have a vision. Murphy has a real sense of where he wants the brand to go,” Benavides said, adding that Four Star plans to make a substantial investment in Copy.

Martines started as a freelancer for Four Star and was being courted for the company’s culture squad, a group that helps stake out fashion trends. But the more company leaders saw his work, the more they liked it.

“We knew we had to take it to the next level,” Benavides said.

Martines, who has a background in industrial design, said he plans to create new shoe, outerwear and denim lines this season. He also plans to design a new collection every month, much like large-scale fashion titans.

“My goal is to become a global fashion brand, eventually opening up my own retail store,” he said.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Who doesn't like s little something vintage..go check out this blog..http://patinasoul.blogspot.com are having a giveaway..hurry , deadline is today!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Can I have your attention please!

After so many requests I will be offering my aprons for sale here on my blog..stay tuned for the details!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Palmer Martines: rider spotlight

Palmer (wearing copy )sent me some shots of himself grittin on his Leader Trick Star...

Photos by Jaime Peachy Photo, LLC

Feature article on

Photos by Jaime Peachy Photo, LLC

Feature article on http://www.theheavypedal.com/blog/ check it

://www.theheavypedal.com/blog/ check it

Miss Cupcake !

Allan's granddaughter is all ready to follow in grampa's footsteps in the kitchen...
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Murphy's press release!

Happy Wednesday!
You can go here to see the press release on Murphy's joint venture with Four Star Distribution!
So exciting...also if you scroll down you can catch Palmer doing tricks on his bike!

Have a great day everyone...even if it is raining here!

Sunday, January 17, 2010


This is what I made for Polly for her Birthday..a magnetic tabletop bulletin board..with vintage elements and of course a little bird..she loves all things with birdies!
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Happy Birthday Polly!

Just got home from Flagstaff...so fun..Celebrated my friend Polly's birthday, we have know each other since we were 13...that is along time!..The most delicious dinner at The Cottage..amazing food and service...it was so fun to spend time with her and Dennis...
Did some vintage shopping today and helped her with some home decor ideas...the cutest place in the middle of this big meadow with views to die for out of every window! I loved it...
They are preparing for a big..really big snow storm this week...brrr!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

This is a new year ..so I have posted a new name for my blog.Watch for some changes....it will be fun!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

ending..beginning..new word

Say goodbye to the end, hello to a new beginning and pick a word that has some meaning just to me...
I have been trying to come up with my word for 2010..this is an concept I read about on Ali Edward's blog and decided I would play along this year...coming up with the WORD takes some time..alot of words were rattling around in my brain...but for me the word NOW is perfect...so many things I want to do..create...make.So I need to make it happen NOW...when will it be a better time. One word can be very powerful.
What is your word gonna be?