That's a lot of Maija. It is not easy taking your own photo!
I did my consult at the Bariatric Center today and , if you are interested, you can find it in The Fat Files.
I'm going to be a hair model on TV in December! Here's how it started: I have been admiring the haircuts done by a local stylist for years. This guy is like a rock star in my book. He has a handle on what's in style, but most important, he knows what looks good. I have seen him do this for many years on a segment on Channel 3 TV in Phoenix. His name is Sal Meranto and he's got a chair at Donte's of New York in Scottsdale. I have always loved the salon I use, and I have been loyal to them for many years, but, this year I'm doing my own extreme makeover. Starting with my hair. I sat down and I have a fabulous new cut! I told him to do whatever he wanted....hair is just an accessory. Off came my long hair that I've been growing for months, but I knew it had to go. We had fun, he took a before photo and asked me to be one of his models! I'm thinking about it, but I just got a whole heap of cold sores on my lip and they keep growing! I think I have an outbreak from all the dental work that was done in my mouth a few days ago. I've updated The Fat Files, and this is where I will post my Extreme Makeover. Wish me luck!
Thanksgiving was wonderful, and I actually got very teary eyed saying bye to my mom. I really had a great time with her, laying in bed talking, clothes shopping (for her) and even grocery shopping. Mommy even stayed up a few nights to watch movies. The Constant Gardener was propaganda, but I loved the story and the acting was totally brilliant. Excellent movie. Firewall with Harrison Ford was a bore in comparison. Such banal dialog....I would have dosed off but for some wild and violent scenes that had me perched on my seat, just waiting to see who would prevail....good or evil. Of course, good wins every time!
Here is a photo of the Thanksgiving table. I share this because this year Nick, at 11, set the table for me. Everything was totally his idea including the oranges! All her needed me for was to remind him that at the table, you drink right and eat left. Isn't it marvelous?
This was the first Thanksgiving I've cooked in about 6 years. I usually have it catered by AJ's or we go celebrate with our friend's the Campbell's.....Lisa is one of the best cooks and entertainers I have ever met. I would say she is second only to my mom when it comes to flavor and presentation. I did OK on my own. I cheated and bought a Turducken from AJ's, but I brined a small Turkey and Al cooked it on the grill. It was fantastic!! Next year I'll forgo the turduken and go for the brined and grilled bird. I made Vichyssoise, mashed potatoes, a savory mushroom bread pudding, cold beet salad, a Pearl onion and shallot ragout and broccoli sauteed with lemon and prosciutto. It rocked, and everything was only 1/2 hour later than I expected.
I'm still finishing up making my treats from Silver Bella. This is my take on a kit I bought from Theresa. Seems so simple, but she is brilliant!
I'm also showing a photo of the Christmas Card Stashaway with some tags Theresa showed us. The pillow was designed by the beautiful and zany Kimberly Kwan (I love how her names sound together!). Lots of sewing but if was soothing. My very special purchase I made from my online girlfriend Jill Assman. I need a new scanner because the scan of this piece actually does it a disservice...it's really fabulous in person!
Jill also made some beautiful cards that I gobbled right up. They are all gone, except for one. I'm saving one for LK to send for her new baby!
And from Cari Kraft I purchased the most clever little gifts tags: How clever is this? I love special little things like these!
While there I met a lovely girl, Delsie, who was one of the designers of this incredible calendar:
This ledger size desk calendar blows my mind! It's so beautiful and lovely to touch, the papers are such a nice weight. It's not the kind to hoist around in your handbag, but it looks beautiful displayed on a desk. A bunch of us at Silver Bella ordered them right away. I got this style and the other one they designed with a butterfly on the cover. You can order these at Amazon.com. And extra sweet is the fact they they cost $12.91....it felt like stealing!
Now on to my new addiction.....
Jenny and her boyfriend Aaron make these delicious looking creations. I ordered a couple items for Halloween and now I'm moving on to Christmas. Just look at how darling this is! I'm waiting for some little house ornaments that were featured in Country Livings Holiday issue. I'll be sure to post when they arrive.
In other news, Al & I went for the seminar on bariatric surgery yesterday. I'm still absorbing all the info so I'll post to The Fat Files tomorrow!
I recently did a trade with my friend Gina . I sent her a 5"x5" canvas and she sent me these 2! Gina was so thoughtful to go to the trouble of including a photo of me as a child in the "Pink" one.
Thank you , Gina! Of course I want to share a few more of my purchases from Silver Bella. I am posting them here as I pull them out of the "to do" box in my studio. The beautiful ornament was made by Tracie Huskamp of the Red Door Studio. She is such a sweet doll! I also bought some phenomenal ledger paper from her and she gave me the pages dated December....very appropriate for this time of year! I remember meeting her lovely MIL at Artfest this year. Of course I had to buy something special from the Queen Silver Bella herself, Teresa McFayden:
In other news, I've been very busy getting my presents done for a 12 Days of Christmas swap I am in. A group of us were assigned numbers by our host, Lelainia Lloyd . We each created a present for the Christmas countdown. WARNING two the Dozen Days participants...do not follow this link if you want to be surprised! See all twelve here.
I'm finishing up some other stuff, and I still have some purchases from my friend Jill I saw at Silver Bella....stay tuned!
I had such a blast playing with pretty paper and so much glitter! I spent the weekend in Omaha, Nebraska with some of the most creative, wild and wonderful woman I've ever met. Those paper girls know how to have fun! Teresa McFayden, the queen of beautiful paper and glitter planned an event that was full of fun and goodies. And she is so pretty to look at! I got to see my friend Pam Garrison. Everything she touches turns into something clever and gorgeous. Pam is another one of those pretty girls who knows how to put everything together just right....her home, her clothes and her paper art. Plus I met a local paper artist Kimberly Kwan and her best girlfriend Cori. Both of them so pretty and funny! You can tell they are close....they are so funny bouncing off each other. I got to meet one of my online friends Jill Assman, another talented warm an beautiful woman. And I was so lucky to have the most amazing roommate Jana, who along with Heather, are my new girlfriends. Are you tired of hearing how beautiful everyone is? Well, too bad! It's so true! What a huge congregation of pretty women...the twin lovelies, Claudia and Connie, Cari, Carolyn Peeler, Becky Novacheck, Didi....oh my goodness, the list could go on and on! Here are some photos of the things I made. Keep in mind as you drool over them, that I crafted it but the teacher was the designer.
There's Megan, Jana and Cari Craft, the next photo is Carolyn Peeler and Theresa McFayden....see, I'm not kidding about how pretty everyone is! Unfortunately, my camera is difficult for other people to use, and their shots are blurry and can't be used, so that's it for the photo's! More later....wait until you see what I purchased!
Heather Cockrell and Nickie Hughes. I love to do these small scale, original swaps. It's so much fun to share. Art-e-Zine is a top quality web 'zine hosted by Gillian Allen from the UK. Any swap originating from this site promised to be first class. I was not disappointed!
We arrived in the morning an walked around the property for a few hours....it's theme is of the Pontevecchio and the streets of Florence:
Then we went to afternoon tea. Al had never enjoyed this ritual before so it was time for the experience. My favorite tea was the Pear Caramel and I came right home and ordered some online. They served beautiful tea sandwiches, scones with lemon curd and Devonshire cream and several fruit pastries. Throw a little champagne into the mix and we were in heaven!
That evening, we went to a little bar on the waterfront and sat outside drinking red wine with a cheese tray for dinner. The next day was spent luxuriating at the spa. I spent a few hours at the pool reading and sunning and Al worked out in the fitness gym. We both had several treatments lined up throughout the day so we rejoined each other around 6:30. Relaxed and hungry, we sat at the hotel's Terrace Bar to enjoy some more wine with tapas. Later we returned to our room and ordered some salads and dessert. Our final morning we spent sleeping in and lounging around picking at our room service breakfast. When we dressed, we walked into the little village shopping area, made a few purchases and returned home. What amazed me the most that after 20 years (we met on Halloween in 1986) we still had so much to talk about! Al is an incredible man!