Friday, August 19, 2016

Dan's Trip to Xi'An, Suzhou, and Shanghai, China

I always enjoy the photos my husband, Dan, brings back from his trips to China. This time there were three categories of photos I would like to share with you: the city, the decor and the food.

The City

A model of the ancient city of Xi'An at the entrance to a restaurant in the hotel where Dan stayed.

The next two photos were views out of Dan't hotel window in Suzhou.



The Decor

Coffee bean world map on the wall of a coffee shop in Shanghai.

The next three photos were in the hotel lobby in Xi'An.



Note the little bronze flute player - very cool!

The hotel offers a special suite with a bedroom designed especially for children.

The next two photos were taken at the Marriott Hotel in Suzhou.


special teas in beautiful bird boxes

Beautiful tile in the hotel bathroom. So pretty that I use it as wallpaper on my computer screen.

The Food

The first three photos are of welcome gifts in the hotel rooms.

Xi'An hotel - the yellow macaroon, chocolate wafers with vanilla filling, and green tea flavored cookies

Grapes at the Marriott Hotel - as big as golf balls; a delicious torte was in the cute little straw container


Breakfast at the Marriott Hotel


Seafood restaurant - you choose your meal!



This fish below came out of the tank above; Dan says it was delicious!


Fresh water fish from another seafood restaurant he visited.


Thank you for letting me share Dan's photos with you!

Friday, July 29, 2016

July Art Class

July's art class was enjoyable as always. For the first hour or so, the eight of us sat around the tables and talked about all kinds of interesting things. 

Here are the artist trading cards I made to share with the group. Since the topic from last month was Graphic45 "fussy cut", we were to practice more of that through our trading cards. We used cardstock produced by the Graphic45 company and cut with a small scissors at least two layers of the same image to give dimension. The layers were held together with foam adhesive. 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ashleigh's Bridal Shower with a Vintage Twist

Last Sunday we held our daughter Ashleigh's bridal shower. She and Kyle will be getting married in the Fall. It was a beautiful day to celebrate our bride-to-be. Since we catered the food, I was able to focus on making projects and cleaning our home.

I was thrilled that Ashleigh requested to have a vintage-themed bridal shower. Here I will share with you the projects I made, many of them with my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine (I will refer to it as "Cameo"). As you will see, the Cameo is a machine that has amazing capabilities.


Friday, June 17, 2016

June Art Class

We started off our June art class by going around the room and sharing what we did in the last month. First of all, we shared our artist trading cards that we made with the theme "Prima" art products. Here are some of the beautiful cards that I received.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Girls' Week in Indiana

In mid May, my Southern friends Becky and Missy came to visit me. We had such a great time - it flew by so quickly. Since we met at an art retreat a couple of years ago, our main focus is always to create some things. We found that we enjoy doing so many other things, we didn't get around to doing much crafting. 

Getting ready for their visit was so exciting. One of the things I did was to bring out my vintage doll house. We are like little girls when we are together.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May Art Class

This month our instructor taught us about Prima art products. We applied metal objects, lace, sewing pattern pieces, gesso, texture paste and paint to a small canvas. When I saw the model piece, I immediately thought "wedding"! This is how mine turned out! I love how the sewing pattern piece created a nice textured background.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April Art Class

April's art class was enjoyable as always. This time we practiced layering with stamps. Here are the pieces I made that day.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Baby Shower Decor: Banners, Toppers & Confetti

I was recently asked to make decorations for two baby showers. The interesting thing was that their themes were quite similar. One had an Alice in Wonderland theme, and the other theme was a children's storybook. The three items I made for each party were a banner, cupcake toppers and confetti for the table.

For the Alice in Wonderland banner, I cut pieces from a children's book

photos from this baby shower compliments of Ashleigh Antle

Friday, March 18, 2016

March Art Class at Palette & Paper

This month we met at one of my very favorite inspirational creative spaces called Palette & Paper. We worked with colored pencils this time. But before we did that, we visited for awhile and then partook in our monthly Artist Trading Cards (ATC) swap.

With our swaps, we practice what we learned from our previous class. So since last month we dabbled in stencils, die cuts and stamps, that's what we did. Here's my creation. After cutting lilies with my Cameo, I decided they would be the perfect size for my ATCs. The lilies have a green base, and a second piece (the flower I cut from white cardstock) adhered to it with glue dots. The flower was sponged with ink.


Monday, February 22, 2016

February Art Class

I enjoyed February's art class with the Not Your Ordinary Art Class group.