IT’S DEFINITELY SUMMER!!!

IT’S DEFINITELY SUMMER!!!
Our usual sojourn to Michigan to hang out for 2 weeks is underway. Yikes–it’s half over!!

I have to admit, that when I’m away from my studio this long, I have a longing to get back and get to work. I’m currently working on a pretty big, no huge, project. My paper flowers will be awarded alrong with the medals in January at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. It quite an honor to be a part of the competition. The Winter Olympics are coming up, so this event is where Team USA will be chosen.

Until next time, enjoy the summer. Remember to spend time with those that near and dear to you. Summer is the time for fun in the sun–be careful. I don’t want to hear about sunburn!!
XOXO
Susan

Happy New Year!!

Hello Friends!!! Happy New Year!!!

I love the Christmas Holidays more than almost any other time of the year. People are nice, happy, and I’m singing Christmas Carols in my head ALL the time. But, as every good thing comes to an end, Christmas has been put away in way too many boxes in the loft of the garage. I can’t believe how big my living room seems to be now that Christmas is gone!

Like everyone in my office — we share everything, it seems–I got a severe cold that has lasted about 5 weeks. The cough is all that’s left and is getting better, but wow! –this thing has held on way too long. Even though I was in the midst of my cold, it didn’t stop my from my annual love fest with my skating peeps at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. This year we were in Kansas City, MO. What a beautiful City. I visited Union Station–an absolutely beautiful specimen of a time gone by (check out the photo in this post). While I was there, the Pompeii exhibit was at Union Station. It was incredible. If you get the opportunity to visit this exhibit when it hopefully comes to your city, I would definitely recommend visiting. It’s a little Disney meets Museum and is really a life changer. My biggest thought was: “OMG, when I get home, I’m going to follow up with getting the rest of our house strapped down to the foundation. At almost 100, our house has been totally modernized with all the latest and greatest, but keeping with the Craftsman style, but we haven’t gotten to some earthquake “proofing” of the house. However, if we ever have something in California like they had in Pompeii, there’s nothing we could do. Of course, it’s helpful that we don’t live near a Volcano. Did you know that there’s no word in Latin for “volcano”? Hence, the citizens had no idea what a powerful force overshadowed their lovely city.

So now that life is back to normal, I’m feeling serious withdrawal since I haven’t visited my studio since early December. Wow–I can’t believe it’s been that long, but I am definitely ready to get back at it. As always, I’m already overwhelmed with the idea that I’m already behind the 8 ball–and it’s still January, albeit the last day of January. I am behind on my Birthday card stash. I love to send my clients (my day job is a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley for the past 39 years) handmade Birthday Cards which they really seem to appreciate. As I always say, “Nothing says I care like a handmade gift”. And Valentine’s day is only 2 weeks away, so I gotta get on those. I’ve actually been able to knock out about 8 cards with only being in my studio for a few hours over the last weekend. I’m pleased with how they are turning out since I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do when I walked in to tackle the job. Next year, I promise that I’m going to offer some cards for every holiday as well as a card box with cards for most holidays. So stay tuned for that. I’m hoping the summer will give me an opportunity to get up and running with that. I also do some really pretty note cards that anyone would be proud to send to a friend or loved one. They come 8 to a box, and of course, I don’t have any currently in stock.

Hubby’s niece is about to have her first child and of course we are both pretty excited. We are going to Sacramento over the weekend for a baby shower at a brewery–these parents have the right idea. So we took the opportunity to head to Amador City, CA on Friday afternoon to attend a winemaker’s dinner at the Imperial Hotel. That is always sooooo fun! We are also hoping to hit Placerville on our way back to Sacramento and picking up our recent wine club offerings. I have said to Hubby–we are NOT going to bring home cases of wine. He laughs–I’m always the one that says “Oh this is good, let’s get a case”. Bad habit, I know, but even worse, we recently bought a wine refer that holds 166 bottles of wine and we were only able to move about half of our stash to the refer. So, needless to say, we are drinking some pretty good wine with our dinner each night these days.

I would like to have some pretty roses available to deliver to my BFFs for Valentines Day (and take some to our Niece, as well), but time’s a-wastin, so I’m not sure I’ll get that done. So here we are, in the first month of the year and I’m already sooo far behind. And I’m feeling it! I love the time I spend in studio, so hopefully I can find some time this week in the evenings to finish up my Valentine’s Cards as well as get some flowers going.

I’m feeling pretty bold this year as far as floral art goes. I feel that I can take a real specimen and recreate it by taking it apart and looking carefully at each element. So I’m looking forward to trying some new things. Of course, the Lovey Ladies of Instagram Paper Floral Artists are extremely helpful to each other and the community is so close. No one sees another as competition, but rather someone to help. I love giving some gentle ideas to newbies on how someone could improve their current piece and am so great full when someone returns the favor–especially, Jennifer Tran (@Papetal), @TiffanieTurner, Amity Beane (@Florabene), Quynh Nguyen (@pinkand posey), and an awesome lady inside and out, Lynn Dolan (@lmdolan75 and tutorials @a.casual.florilegium) Amazing ladies, one and all and I’m just tickled pink that they include me in their circle.

So stay tuned for some new and different ideas coming up in the next few months. I realize that my website is a little behind, and that’s another project that I’m working on!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Susan

Hello Fall

I don’t know about you, but Fall is my favorite time of the year. Well, almost–Christmas Holidays send me over the top. The trees are starting to turn and the days are getting shorter. I would love to say there’s a chill in the air, but we had the hottest day of the year this week. Can you believe it? The hottest day of the year was in September in Marin County? I’m blown away by that. I’ve been really wanting to get out my Fall porch decorating boxes, but with the hot days we’ve had this week, its been a little hard to get on the bandwagon. Hubby and I are heading for a trip to the Sierra Foothills in the Northern California Gold Country soon. I know that they will be really amped up for Fall at Apple Hill in Camino, Ca. It’s really a fun time to go to Apple Hill and stay at the Historic Carey House for a few days. We take long walks and eat some really great food. But we love visiting our favorite wineries and have some fun there. We can spend an entire afternoon at Crystal Basin or Sierra Vista tasting the newest offerings, but the fun is having some laughs with the winery staff.

I did do a Michael’s run this week. I’ve seen some pretty Halloween themed wreaths made with deco mesh, so I stocked up. I bought some Purple (my favorite color, orange, lime green, and of course black. I also picked up a set of witches legs and a wire witches hat to put on the wreath. I’ll be sure and post the process. It should be pretty fun, and don’t you just love it when those creative juices get flowing and you just start having fun? I won’t be able to get to it this weekend, but maybe sometime next week I’ll get started on it. I’ve already got lots of ribbons in my stash to add, too.

Speaking of stash–I got some more pretty fine crepe paper from Lia Griffith–love the stuff. Unlike most fine crepes this is super stretchy and is easily formed into some beautiful buds. I’ll use it for poppies and dahlias for sure. I also picked up some pretty colors of crepe this week from Cartotecnica Rossi. Some lovely blues and greens to add to my holiday flower menu. Cartotecnica Rossi is located in Italy, but you would never know it by the quick service. Paper is usually at my front door in less than a week.

On the home front, the summer veggie garden is nearing its end. The last of the tomatoes are ripening on the vine, the squash are toast and ready to pull out. There are still a few lemon cucumbers coming, but the pickling cucumbers are done. Last weekend I put up 30 jars of pickles (cornichons are my best pickles), pickled up some beets and preserved a big basket of pears that came off Auntie Edie’s tree. Oh, and I made some pear sauce, too. It seems that the apple and pearsauce that I’ve been sending over to the 2 year old cutie next door have been devoured by Dad. I’m just glad that someone really likes the fruits of my labor–get it??

I’ve been locking myself in the studio most evenings. It seems that I have somehow gotten myself into 2 upcoming craft fairs–they are a week apart. What was I thinking?? This will be my first foray into the Craft Fair fun. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been giving some careful thought to my display. I bought some galvanized aluminum buckets like the ones you see in a French flower market to put some of my blooms in for everyone to see. I’m going to try to pick up a few more. I’m thinking I’m going to need about 2 dozen of about every flower and will make them in an assortment of colors. Roses though, I’m sure I’m going to need several dozen in the basic rose colors. I ordered some pretty pink tissue and some rolls of cellophane to wrap them in. I did pick up tons of ribbon a few weeks ago on a Michael’s run (I know, again) so I should be good to go. I do think I’m going to see if I can find a card sized table. I have a long table and the craft fairs provide on 6 ft table, but I think I’ll need at least one more, depending on the space. I’ve already ordered my signs and have them stashed under my desk. Next stop will be to have some postcards printed for handouts. I have to figure out how to add a promo discount to my website–anyone know how to do that???

I’m off for now. Please enjoy Fall–it’s so lovely. I’ll post again real soon–I promise!!
Happy Crafting!!!
xoxo
Susan

September–already??

I can’t believe that summer is almost behind us. I know I’m not alone in thinking how fast the year is flying by. It’s time to get ready for holiday festivities–YIKES!! But it’s true. Before we know it, Halloween will be here quickly followed by Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holidays. I’m also getting ready for a few craft fairs. I will keep you posted on when and where as we are getting closer to those dates. In the meantime, like you, I see the trees are starting to turn and the days are already getting shorter. A sure sign that I’ll be working in the studio in the dark very soon.
I designed this piece as a charity silent-auction item for Ross Valley Women’s League. They do great work in the community, so if you’re planning on attending the upcoming gala, please dig deep and purchase this beautiful piece to place in your home. If you’re not going to the gala and would like one for yourself, please reach out.

This Fall arrangement would look great on any mantle or Fall Holiday Table. 24 blooms with greens, pumpkins and apples.

This Fall arrangement would look great on any mantle or Fall Holiday Table. 24 blooms with greens, pumpkins and apples.

That’s it for today. Stay tuned for more fall goodies!!
Susan

My Trip to The Marin County Fair

I delivered my first batch of projects to The Marin County Fair. A big thanks to my BFF Melissa for helping me get them there in good shape. Now hopefully the Fair Staff can handle the cradle for the brides bouquet!!!
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