Monday, April 30, 2012


I can't tell you how good it feels to be able to breathe without feeling flames of fire in my windpipe. I've had bronchitis for the past month. On and off of meds, getting better getting worse. I am hoping that this "almost good" that I am feeling today may be a turning of the tide.

The bazaar was last Tuesday, almost exactly one week ago. It went... well. Mixed feelings because the things that I expected would sell (the scrapbooks) didn't sell at all. But the things that I didn't think would sell (the beaded watchbands leftover from November's bazaar) actually sold quite well. I still have several left, but I was just happy to see that nine of them sold. The little felt hair pretty pretty's I made almost sold out.

For the first time in the several years that we have been doing this craft sale, my friends and I got together for an uchi-age (oochii ahgay) party. That's when you celebrate the successful conclusion of a long-planned event. It was fun. Because I was still on meds I couldn't drink any cocktails, but I had a blast just watching. The eats were good too and we sat in the Japanese izakaya restaurant for over 4 hours - until they had to kick us out because other diners were waiting. Girls... no matter our age we just like to chat until all hours.

We haven't set a date for the next one yet, but there will be another craft sale sometime late this year. Each time after our craft bazaars have finished we just crash for awhile, but at the same time, almost immediately, we are wondering about the next one. What should we make. What do the customers want. What is the next "it" item - something new, fresh, interesting, fun and just a must-have. Any ideas?

Okay.... so on the scrapping side I've been quite a bit less active this past month. But I do have a few pages to share.

Big news: ViVa Artistry is now Studio ViVa Artistry. They have moved their shop from The Digichick to Scrapbook Graphics. I'm so happy for them and wish them every great success. I can't be sad that they left TDC because fortunately I get to go with them wherever they go.

 papers and elements from Le Reve by ViVa Artistry
bookplate is from Lost World also by ViVa Artistry
font is DJB Her Fancy Hand by Darcy Baldwin
font for Illuminate is Hawaii Killer
Printer's Tray (altered) is from Everyday Trays: Volume 1 by Kristin Cronin-Barrow

all papers and elements from En Plein Air by Studio ViVa Artistry
page template (altered) is by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
font for journaling is DJB Miss Jayne Aire by Darcy Baldwin
font for Wonderful is DJB A Fresh Start by Darcy Baldwin

I was able to host two scrap challenges at Tell Your Story in April. 

 all papers and most elements from A New Me by The Digichick Designers
some papers from Someone Like You by The Digichick Designers
stitches are from Around the World by The Digichick Designers
page template by Little Green Frog Designs
stamps by Katie Pertiet
glitter action by ViVa Artistry
photos - pictures of my cookbooks
font is Jane Austen 

This next page is my first foray into mixed media. I printed out some papers and elements, shaped them into a little scene, then added some stamps, rub-ons and type. Fun!

 all papers and most elements from A New Me by The Digichick Designers  
rub-ons, paint, brad, stamps, ink, etc.

Okay, I think that's all for now. But will have more coming up as NSD (National Scrpbooking Day) is next weekend. Always a good time to hit the sales around digiland. TDC is having an event too, although I don't know much about it yet as its being hosted by the Designers this time! Stay tuned!

As always, thank you so much for putting up with my absences. Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the web. Please come again soon.


Chloé said...

I absolutely LOVE those LOs and projects, and I'm so so glad you are starting to feel better. Looks like a fun tradition with your friends!

Heather T. said...

Your daughter is so gloriously pretty--and so are your pages!

Holly in Japan said...

Chloe and Heather, I don't know if you'll see this or not, but thank you so much for your lovely comments! They made my day!