Sunday, January 31, 2010

Five Fingers and more

Well, not really fingers .. they're toes! Yes, these are my new shoes, or slippers actually. Weird, yeah, I know ... but comfortable!! I discovered these over the weekend .... they're called Vibram Five Fingers. These are soft leather, beautiful purple (yeah, Debbie, i know you're jealous!), and intended for inside use. But the Classic design has a sole designed for walking, running, hiking, kayaking .. all kinds of outdoor use.

I'm into yoga. 2, 3, 4 times a week ... love it. We work our feet, alot. There are lots of studies on how healthy feet make for healthy bodies. These shoes are like walking barefoot, allowing your feet and toes to work naturally.

If you want to find out more about them ... check out the website here ... ... or try them on at Fitness West in Tempe, 209 E Baseline, Suite 108. They're getting a new shipment in on Wednesday ..... i'm keeping my fingers (toes) crossed for a pair of classics in my size!

This is what the sole looks like ... tricky taking a picture of the bottom of your foot! Hmmm, wonder if CSI would confuse these with real toe prints??

And then I did something today that I haven't done in a long time. I made a simple scrapbook page. As I was working on this I found myself thinking how fun it was to just go back to the basics. Used up some old product, threw in some new product, didn't worry about it being a "masterpiece" ... just wanted it to tell a story.

Saturday, February 20th, I'm teaching a Copics and Cards class at Frenzy Stamper, 3:30 to 6. Call Debbie at 480-946-0007 for more details.

Enjoy your week!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tornadoes? Rain?

I live in the desert ... I'm not even sure I spelled tornado right .... and rain, well that is a scarce and beautiful thing. But last night ... we had a storm pass through the valley that has already gone down in the history books as one of the worst storms to ever hit Phoenix and the state of Arizona!

Around 5 pm, the governor of the state issued some emergency status, the airport was shut down for several hours and lots of flights were cancelled ... i only remember that happening once before when the temperature outside hit 122, and they were afraid the tarmac at the airport would melt the rubber on the planes tires .... and the wind proceeded to blow harder than I've ever seen. There were two tornado warnings issued, but thankfully never were confirmed to be tornadoes.

And the rain ... in many places we had 4" of rain fall .... thats more than we usually get in a year. Yes, things are a bit saturated this morning!

And snow .... lots and lots of it up in the mountains.

Being in the insurance industry .... I'm hoping we didn't loose too many roofs last night!!

But I love this kind of weather ... it refreshes and revitalizes me ..... just in time to head off to CHA tomorrow! Can't wait to see all the new and exciting things!!

Photos of the fun stuff .... next week

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I love picture frames ..

.. full price, half price, bargain frames ... i just love cool picture frames ... and then follows the hunt for the perfect photo to compliment the frame.

But, I have to admit, there's nothing better than searching the closeout aisle at Hobby Lobby, or the markdowns at TJ Maxx, and finding the perfect frame, preferably marked down to a mere pittance, that can be painted, further distressed, covered with paper, or embossed with metal .. so you get the picture. Terri, my idol, is the master of turning the ugliest frame you could imagine into a piece of art!!

In my last post, I mentioned that I found a great deal on some very nice frames. They started out purple and chartreuse. I like to wear those colors, but I'm not so fond of them on picture frames.

So I spent the day today, retooling them a bit ... cuttlebug embossing folders with metal .. and thanks Dawn and David for making it even easier!!

... and the best part is .. the templates fit so perfectly into their spots, that I didn't have to permanantly adhere them, so I can redo the design and/or the color any time I'd like!

Now the hunt starts for the perfect photos!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Took a break ...

... and didn't even mean to!! Whoooooosh, and two weeks went by!!!

The only creative thing I've managed to get done since Christmas is this:

Happened upon some great frames ... with bright purple and green fabric inlays ... marked down to next to nothing. I grabbed everyone they had, as all I could see was embossed metal inserts in place of the fabric. I cut out chipboard pieces, covered them with metal, embossed with cuttlebug embossing folders, and slipped them into the space covering up the fabric. Love how it came out!

I hope everyone's new year .. and new decade ... is everything you want .. and need .. it to be!!