Saturday, April 21, 2012

Holiday Event Season

Portland Crafters and Artists!!!

The Summer is quickly approaching, which means your handmade Christmas creations will be rolling off your assembly line soon!

If you are a seasoned craft show Vendor you have most likely participated in a Holiday show of some sort. 

If you are a home crafter who only gives your creations away to friends and family as gifts, consider building an inventory and renting a booth this year!

Our school is hosting their 2nd Annual Grout Elementary Holiday Bazaar on Saturday December 1st. For $25 you can rent a 6x6 booth. Last year it was an extremely successful event. 

We have a Pancake Breakfast from 8am to 10pm, and the Bazaar will take place 9am to 3pm. 

If you would like to rent a booth, the applications are available at the Grout Elementary Holiday Bazaar site. 

This year we are going to add a PTA Winter Hearty Lunch that will include homemade soups and bread and desserts such as Apple Pie and Spice Cakes. 

Craft on!!! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Saying Goodbye

I entered a new stage in my career this week. I accepted a position as a Merchandise Presentation Analyst. I will be working with Buyers and Merchandise Planners to manage their product plans and fixtures. 

I've been interested in this field for years. The artist in me loves the creative presentation side of the job, and the nerd side loves the analysis end. 

What's really wonderful is that I'm entering a department that is coveted by many in our company. Not only because of the creativity that it allows, but also because the Director of the Department is a wonderfully kind, smart and compassionate man. He and his Wife have eight children and they value a life of balance.

The only downside of my new position is that I am leaving our Shoe Department where I was the Replenishment Analyst - responsible to keeping the stores stocked with shoes in the basic inventories. 

The Department is full of  fun, smart, kind women. It's a nice comfortable home, and I'm proud of what we have created there. 

I love them and I will miss them all. Here is the card I made for them. The Director of Merchandising hung the card in the window facing out of her department for all to see, which I think is super cool of her. 

I had to use a shoe!

I'm in a stage of using a 12x12 sheet of paper  folded in to a card.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Paris Lingerie

I just noticed that I didn't post about my most recent Graphic 45 collage. Their paper wasn't all I used. I also gathered some Tim Holtz, some Laughing Elephant (coffee cup), 7 Gypsies, and a few things from magazines that my Mother-in-Law cut out years ago. I love it! It was to be a gift, but since I never keep and hang my own art, and this one struck me, I kept it!

(Poor Quality Pic!)

Sick Day

I stayed home sick today. Woke up feeling OK, and quickly took a dive. This would normally not stress me out, I'd just go back to bed. But, today is my Husband's Birthday and it's my last week before I start my new job. 

Guess what I really wanted to do today? (Well, besides feel better and go to work.) Craft!! 

But I couldn't. I had to sleep.

So instead, I'll give you a glimpse in to what my day was like. 

First, this is Dieter. He is this blog's namesake. He is sweet, but he is also very conceited. Some of that conceit is warranted because he is so beautiful. 

He and his brother sleep all day, as feline's do. I got this dirty look  when I moved my legs.
I love his pink belly. He wasn't very happy that I turned him over, 

but he quickly fell back to sleep.

Belly close up.

My favorite part of his body are his pink feet. I love the white tufts of hair!

When my Husband got home, he got in to bed too. So when I woke up I had...........
and this......

as well as this.....

next to me.  The sun was coming through my windows and it looked really pretty.

I was feeling better. But the best was yet to come. 
My Somerset Life magazine came!!!! 

If you haven't ever read any of Stampington's publications, I recommend you purchase one (many places sell at least one). See their website for details. My favorite is Somerset Life, but I also enjoy Where Women Create... and their blog, and their facebook page, and their twitter updates.

In fact, pick up this season's issue!
Inside you will find all kinds of goodies. My favorites in this issue: 

A story on Christine Mason Miller, a gutsy woman who opened a boutique featuring handmade gifts in Santa Monica. 

Stacey Remiker of A Sort of Fairytale shows how you can incorporate vintage items in to your life. I found the featured pincushions especially sweet. 

Connie Fong at Artful Play made mini books with her sisters. I'd love to do the same with mine!

 So, the day wasn't a total loss! Now, off to bed!!