Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I always love an excuse to make cards for the ones I love and Mother's Day is my favorite holiday for this.  This is a time I get to express how much I love these beautiful women in my life through my craft. 

So, yesterday afternoon I sat down and started, I never know where my creativity will take me, I just dive in and start.  With much surprise, I came up with some beauties right away and fell in love with them and couldn't stop after I had started (as usual).  I also believe the messier my studio becomes during the processs the better the project turns out.  And yes, now the studio is "missing", the floor is cluttered, the table is under a pile of papers, chipboard pieces, ribbon, etc, lol!  My husband never thinks this is as funny as I do, but he is very patient with my creativity, Love You Honey!

Please enjoy!

To all the Mother's out there, please have a very happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

We Flew The Friendly Skies

As a flight attendant for United Airlines, I met some amazing people, and to this day I still keep in contact with many.  Especially my dear friend Bryanna, I met Bryanna just before our training started in Chicago.  She was living in Ohio and I in Iowa, both preparing for our move to the Windy City.  We were both nervous and extremely excited for our future in this new career we had chosen.  Now fast forward 14 years, neither of us are with United Airlines, but still share many of the same interests, our children and art. 

We hadn't seen each other for nearly 8 years, and the opportunity came up this past week for her to visit us here with her family.   They arrived Monday evening and she and I stayed up talking into the morning hours.  It was great to catch up with her.  She is such a lovely person!

The next morning we took our sons to the park, each are three years old.

They too share the same interests, trains, cars, and planes.  Each had a great time sharing and playing with each other's toys. 

Bryanna brought me same wonderful goodies.  She makes these amazing button bracelets and cuffs, BEAUTIFUL!  Check out her blog, The Canary's Cupcake, cute title, huh?!?  And on top of these precious gifts, she bestowed upon me her scrapbooking items.  An amazing collection, I can't wait to jump in and get my hands dirty, tee hee!

After the park, she taught me how to make these gorgeous flowers, great for scrapbooking, cards, headbands, etc.  I also inherited some of her stash to get started.

Before they arrived, I too wanted to gift her with items I had made.  I didn't have a lot of time but this is what I came up with. 

I painted these with chalkboard paint and used an enamel paint marker to identify each terra cotta pot.  I was very happy how these turned out.  It is a great idea for Mother's Day.  The kids could use actual chalk and decorate the outsides and varnish to preserve. 

I didn't want to leave her son out, and this is what I made for him.

A mini album made from coasters, the ones you find in the chain resteraunts, usually the steak houses.

Thank you for letting me share with you my week thus far.  It has been fun!  We are off to Iowa this weekend to see some of our favorite mothers and spend some time at the cemetary.  May every one of you have a fantastic Mother's Day weekend!