Saturday, May 18, 2013
Last night I finished the latest FSU albums to go up on ETSY and I had all intensions of posting a “How To” on creating the flower on the front. Went looking for the camera . . . .and looking . . . and looking! &%^*#.
Add to that the fact that this album is in dark shades of garnet, chestnut, gold cream and black and thus the title. I had 2 things working against me. Scratch the “How To”. Just post the album.
I made 2 and one’s already been promised so there’s only one left on the site for sale.
YEAH! Anyway, enjoy. I’m off to find my &%$# camera!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I’m in The Villages in Central Florida on the last leg of my Spring Fling. Thought I’d quickly share with you before I head off to class again. Yesterday was day one of a two day workshop with Dyan Reaveley. Art Journaling is an area I’ve stuck my toe in before without much success. Not this time.
I had so much fun just letting go and not worrying about what the outcome would be. Dyan is easy to listen to and looking through the journals she brought with her is so inspiring. She tells you that she can teach you how to journal the way she journals, but she can’t teach you the way you journal. So liberating. She uses the metaphor of creating Chicken Soup. You can watch her make it but ultimately, you take away what you need and make it your own.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The temperature at 10:00 when I went through the gate was 63 degrees! There was a slight breeze all day and the temperature didn’t get above 75.
Even though I only live 3 hours south of Orlando, there are lots of things that grow up here that don’t in sunny Ft. Lauderdale. So I just took the day to explore all the plants and attend some of my favorite countries. That’s right, I speed right past the front of the park, past the Fast Tracks, and the Soaring ride, past the giant aquarium and the huge ball that defines EPCOT and head right for the World exhibits at the back of the park.
I love the films in France, Canada, China and Norway. Love the exhibit in Japan where you can pick an oyster they open for you and extract your own real pearl. Love the night sky in the Mexico exhibit too. And Mexico was special this year as I attended on Cinco de Mayo! They were celebrating in the street in front of the exhibit and inside as well, so much fun. I even snagged lunch in France without a reservation. Wasn’t so lucky trying to get into Canada for dinner, but that’s OK. There’s always another year.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
|Waiting for the Show Floor to open|
Friday I wandered the hall looking at Vendor Booths. There were lots and lots of stamping supplies, very little paper and only a handful of it new. I was also disappointed at prices. With the exception of Close-outs on items that were at least a few seasons old, there were not a lot of Show Specials where product was concerned.
|One of Melissa Francis' Kits, so sweet!|
The one highlight of the show floor was the Melissa Francis Booth. It was beautifully decorated with lots of projects from her line. I was beginning to explore and take pictures for inspiration (it was allowed at this booth) when Melissa Francis came up and introduced herself! Wow! I mean, Holy Cow, WOW! We talked. Actually, she talked, I was tongue-tied! She even invited me to her CHA Party this July in Las Vegas! I was SO flustered, I forgot to get a picture of us together! Her booth was filled with all of her new line and it was all half-off! So many goodies and it all went into my bag. I watched her demo and took away lots of inspiration and a few new techniques and uses for her product. That alone made Friday worthwhile.
My other find of the day was a booth that was demo-ing Ten Second Studio’s new VerDay Paints. If you haven’t seen this paint in action, head over to their website and watch some of their videos. The line is designed to give a worn, patina look. Paint chipboard with copper paint, let it dry, and spritz it with the VerDay Patina wash. Leave it alone for a few hours and you have the look of aged copper, so cool! The kit I bought has bottles of Brass, Copper, Bronze and Iron. I can’t wait to get home and play!
|The show floor|
Oh well. I’ll take away the good things and move on. One highlight from the hotel - it's undergone a renovation since the last time I visited. One of the new venues is Wreckers Sports Bar. One whole wall is dedicated to ten televisions screens, two of them oversized, showing ten different sporting events. Insane! I had dinner there saturday night and watched The Kentucky Derby, two baseball games, two hockey games, a NASCAR race, The Bulls playoff game (boo!), a golf match and a college Softball game. Wow, is all I can say!
|Ten, count "um, TEN!|
Today I’m headed to Epcot for the Flower Show and then up to The Villages for a class at She Scrapbooks. More on that in the next post. Stay tuned!