Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fun, Friends, Fiskateers at Scrapbook Territory Berkeley 8/28/2010

It was a lot of fun getting together with old and new friends at Daniela Costa's class and crop at Scrapbook Territory yesterday. Scrapbook Territory is full of wonderful scrapbook, card and paper crafting supplies. It's a little crowded, especially for a crop but when everyone is such fun - who cares much?
Grateful, though, that the Crate &Barrel outlet store was nearby so I could buy a cushion to put on the hard chairs. Getting up, moving around, exercise only go so far. It seems like some stadium cushions are a minor expense to increase customer satisfaction. I'm hopeful that Green Tangerines plans to continue their concept of comfort seating when they re-open.
I'm listening to Paperclipping Roundtable as I write this. It seems to be influencing my wandering writing style. Actually, it's probably my style which is the reason I love that show that seems to wander all over at times.
OK, back to yesterday. It really sums up as fun. Lots of Fiskateers at the event and lead Fiskateer and my friend, Angela Daniels came by and added to the fun. She demonstrated the anywhere punch. I had been sure I'd not really want this tool but I'm considering it. If you make a lot of cards you'd probably like this. Those windows are pretty neat once you get the hang of using the tool. I'd like some kind of thing for leverage, though. Punch needs too much pressure.
I think most of the nonFiskateers attending were ready to beome part of this very fun group by evening's end.
Daniela had some charming little projects for us to make - a little birdhouse ornament and a banner.
She has a fun, colorful style and personality.
My pals Jackie and Diane as always are so fun to "hang with", as my son would say. Loved meeting my friends from the internet, old friends like Jennifer and my new friends. I really must admit that I miss all the social life from work. My scrapbooking outings are not so much about what I accomplish or what I learn or even what I buy (though my family might challenge that latter statement) it really is about the social stuff. Eat, chat, laugh, eat, chat, laugh, scrapbook, did I say eat, chat, laugh?, shop, shop a little more, chat, laugh! LOL!!
Yes, a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Visiting Mom

It is beautiful here in the Okanagon! I'm enjoying a visit with my mother. Travelling is not my most fun experience but I do love it when I get somewhere. A few good views of mountain lakes and some fun chats with my Mom when she is at her best are the best ways to soothe aches.

Some Xmas collections from CHA

This year I think I'm obligated to scrap Xmas. Such a wonderful array of Xmas lines. Here are a few I love from My Mind's Eye, Donna Salazar and Kaiser Craft,

Don't these look like fun? I love them and those i featured earlier. Yes, Xmas=scrap time this year!

Monday, August 9, 2010


Here's a little tour of Sassafras. Love those enamel jewel pins. Vintage 50's. As always delightful colors and patterns. Enjoy!

Yipee! Found it and more

Yes, I did get a quick photo at Bo-Bunny. I never made it back for more but I did get one. Love the Halloween Whoo-ligans. Very cute!

So may photos to sort through and so much I missed. There was one item mentioned by a number of regular scrapbookers (non-industry folk) that I interviewed. They liked this magnetic scrapbook that attaches to your fridge, wall, etc. where magnets help hold the pages open. The idea of displaying current photos and work without someone having to page through the books on their own really appealed to them. Since I scrap just for me it was interesting; but, not for me (though I do very willingly share my albums). Some folk create for their families and felt this would be ideal for them. The pages they really wanted to share would be up and open and did not need to go into an expensive frame and get changed out with effort.

I'm glad to be home. I did have fun but as this photo at the SR booth shows I was ver tired. My left side is definitely drooping in this photo. Nonetheless, I had fun and enjoyed my little part in raising money for charity!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fiska Fun Partee CHA Supershow Rosemont, IL 2010

Ms. Jackie, dear friend, it was as wild as you suspected. Yes, I was the "rapper" and Merlene and Becky lost control & dyed their hair orange, There was noise. Rebecca did start the punching - though it was of the border "punch" sort. Cheryl did instigate a little pinching and rolling (of polymer clay) and Tami had us poking (a needle), Surprisingly, it was Angela who did try and institute order with a drill. It was all you would expect and more of a Fiskateer partee. Some new friends look to join the "gang", too. There was even a possible theme song, though I believe the tune goes "Three COINS in a fountain not three LEADS...".

Oh, well. Out there on the wild western frontier, I'm sure there'll be some law and order in the Scrapbook Territory, before that Fiskateer gang rides again. Be seeing you all at the round up!

Montreal - A Girdled Porcupine (reflections on a reunion in 2013)

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