Tuesday, November 30, 2010

They Draw and Cook Contest Entry
Illustration Friday: Savour

Flip Flop's Savory Flapjacks

I heard about the They Draw and Cook Contest today and thought I would hurry and get something done before the 9 pm PST deadline. I gnawed over pumpkin soup ideas, hot chocolate recipes, crepes...then finally, my favorite, pancakes!

I started this image at around 2:00 pm when I put the girls down for a nap...and worked straight through until 8:55 pm PST. Thankfully, hubby was amenable to getting dinner for himself and the girls. I was in my groove.

My hand has a cramp and I'm getting a slight headache from slouching over my computer non-stop...but I think I'll survive. It was a good test of endurance.

This also works with Illustration Friday's theme this week, savour! Love it when that happens.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Western Washington Scrapbook Retreat

Tea Cozy
Jodie and Stacia

And the fun begins! Jodie drove up from Bend, Oregon to participate in the WWS Retreat. We left a day early to enjoy the town of Port Townsend, but, before we got too far down the road, we had a delicious breakfast at the Queen Mary Tea Room in Seattle.

Later that morning, while sitting in line to cross the Hood Canal Bridge, we noticed the car in front of us had a license plate cover that read, "Crazy for tea cozies." How apropos! My monkey brain loves seeing pattern connections.

Cropping Buddies
Shannon, Tonya, and Jodie

The retreat was a lot of fun. I was roped begrudgingly into volunteering for the Bumpy Basket Raffle, and although I didn't do much, I met some nice ladies and enjoyed myself in the process. Sometimes, I surprise myself. Next year I won't be so hesitant to participate.

Here are a few finished projects from the retreat:

Gingerbread Man
Christmas Cards 2010

Floral Greeting Cards

Woot, Roar, and Quack
Artist Trading Cards

Friday, November 26, 2010

I'm a Finalist!

Deux Pois Bakery Confections
"All Buttoned Up" Contest entry

While perusing the Cloth Paper Scissors website, I came across the list of 24 finalists for the "All Buttoned Up" contest...and my name is on it! I should have gotten an email letting me know, but never did. Truly, a Black Friday surprise!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Card Swap

The Western Washington Scrapbookers Retreat is drawing near! A weekend of dedicated creative time...time away from kids, routine, and responsibilities. For me, the ball starts rolling with the introduction of the card swap.

Last year I used old music sheets for my "Just a Note" greeting cards. This year, I had bought an old atlas from a garage sale and was eager to use the maps for my inspiration.

A Single Daisy Can Be My Garden...
Final Count: 15 Cards

A Single Friend, My World
Front, Inside, and Back

The original quote for the card came from Leo Buscaglia, which read, "A single rose can be my garden...a single friend, my world." I took the liberty of making a flower change to suit my needs. Leo, please forgive me!