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I love to create one of a kind items! My Cake Toppers, themed boxes and crowns are created using handmade papers, Vintage Scrap and other Vintage finds. I will gladly work with your theme and/or colors to create personal items for you or your event! S

Updated: 2018-03-05T09:32:22.298-08:00


Scoop Review


Random Images from the Scoop of Vintage Event on Sept. 7th. I need someone to create a folder file,,,,,,,,,We had a great Event!!! Going to turn all the images over to someone that knows what the heck they are doing! LOL,,,,,,Hope you enjoy the images. We had a GREAT show!! Love my Vendors and Customers, Hugs, Thanks Alll![...]

A life well lived, Love you Mary!!


 Early this morning, I lost my "Bestie." My dear Mary girl passed away from Cancer.  Ironically, I was reading this letter from her, that she'd sent several of us August of last year.  She'd already had a tumor removed from her spine, and one of her kidney's was also removed.

This is the beautiful Letter she sent to us,,,,,about her life.  

August, 2012.

"Hello to my dear friends and family-

For today my one true sentence is:  My life is good.  It is the truest thing I know at this moment.  Even when I walked in that black cloud, a part of me knew that this, too, would pass and somehow, sometime, I would feel human again.  Right now I know that I have had the best life can offer.  I also know that I have to keep that thought firmly with me.

I have to keep remembering that I had the best childhood, the best growing up years.  I have the best husband, and I have the best family and grandchildren for me.  I've had the best experiences in life and love.  I have traveled, although never far enough or long enough.  And I have experienced many things:

Being loved by Ross
Being touched by a hummingbird
Being Mom to Brodie and half the neighborhood kids
Being a partner in the best of marriages
Being a big sister
Being intelligent enough to learn from life's lessons
Being a lifelong friend to my dear five muscateers (you know who you are)
Being able to work
Being able to get up each morning
Being able to go anywhere I wish

My life is good because:

I know that I am truly loved
I know that my only child Brodie, my "best accomplishment"  loves me and chooses to be with me
I know that Brodie, Mary B, my grandchildren and family and friends love and support me
I know that my health can be fragile
I know that I am capable of dealing with whatever comes
I know that I have passed my hardest tests
I know that I am not alone
I know that I have finally learned the lessons that Ross tried to teach me

Thank you, Ross
Thank you, God"

-This was and IS my Mary Girl.  Can't believe she is gone. She will always be a part of me!!

I loved this woman, body and soul.  I'm going to miss her SO!!  If you've read this far, THANK YOU~ we're all going to get through this, because that is what SHE would want!!

Hugs, Love, Thanks!

Candid Scoop on the "Scoop" Event.


A photo from my Scoop of Vintage Event. Here my sweet talented friend Tonya Cartwright, of Backroads Vintage.

It was a Great, Fun Event. I think for the most part, Shoppers and Vendors had a GREAT show!! We were a "Bit" Soggy at Set up, A bit "Misty" the morning of my show,,,,but it didn't stop Junkers, Antiquer's  from turning out!!

I'll have an array of Photos by Saturday,,,,,,Can't wait to share!! I cannot begin to say how honored I was to have so many fabulous Vendors, So many Great Workers, and Volunteers. Fabulous Music, shopping, My friend Linda Jensen, that TRULY had my back, and made things happen.

All in all, it was a GREAT show, and we'll more than likely do it again NEXT year,,,,,and maybe have a Friday Eve of shopping as well.

I had No blood family support. As you all know my Sister in law is terminal. My son's both have their own agenda's. I'm not a part of that in either of their lives. Won't share those details now, but have to say,,,,,I LOVE my "non-family" family. I had great support, both as Vendors and as shoppers!!

We do WHAT we can everyday. We love who we love regardless, or in spite of. We find joy, inspiration, hope, direction where we can!

Thank you if you're reading this. We change, we grow, we try,,,,,,,and we love, regardless!!

Hugs, Love and an "Eventful Bus!!"

More pics of the event soon!!!



I simply cannot believe it's been almost 2 MONTHS since I have blogged! Where does the time go??

As you can see from the image, I'm promoting my first Venue in 10 days!!  I have SUCH amazing Vendors, Volunteers, at the most Wonderful site,Snoqualmie Ice Cream.  We will be setting up in their mini-farm, 30 some fabulous Vendor (friends) are taking part in my first event.  They are coming from ALL over Western Washington, with various "visions" and goods!!  I am SO blessed to have them all coming to this first time event!

Top it off with a "Scoop" of Ice cream from a local business, a dear friend that told me, "Sure, No problem!" It's all fallen into place so beautifully, I'm a bit nervous!! "What if, Can we, Should we, ????"  All up to ME.

We are donating $2.00 of all Ticket Sales to Fred Hutch. That is to say, "Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center."

As I write this, I'll say, that I don't KNOW what is "going on" with my dear Sister in Law, Mary. I've left Phone messages with my Brother. Unanswered. I DO know she is on Hospice, and can no longer walk.  I truly don't KNOW whether HE is trying to protect me, protect HER, or just can't cope.

I will DO this Show. I will always KNOW as my Junking/Antiquing partner in crime, that She will be "There" for me. I will KNOW that she will smile and wish me the Best.

We cannot Chose a timeline for important events, or "Life." We can only move forward, and Know that we are surrounded by LOVE, Hope, Challenges,,,,,,,,,,,,and understanding!

Make Each Day, each moment Count!! Hugs, Love and a "Bus" (It's been Too long!)

Happy 4th of July! Vintage images for your Use!


Wishing you ALL a wonderful 4th with Family and friends!!

I'll be having lunch with my "Daughter from another Mother," Kelly and staying in the neighborhood with my animals. IF things aren't too crazy, I'll wander down to the neighbors that have a "display" and live Music. If things ARE crazy I'll just hunker down with the drugged Black lab (Shadow) and my oblivious Golden Retriever! (Not sure WHAT my kitty Beau will do yet,,,,,,,this will be his 1st 4th!)

Here are some images from Vintage Postcards from postcards given to me by my sweet Mary girl. Yep,,,,she gave me a stack for almost every Holiday, because she knows I love them!! ( I love the fun/old messages on the back sometimes almost as much as I love the images.

I don't have a scanner hooked up,,,,,,,so sorry, they are just pictures, of the images. But feel FREE to download/print and use THIS bunch in whatever way you would like!!

Have a lovely 4th!! Hugs Love and a Patriotic "Bus" on the Cheek!

Losing the Cancer Battle,,,,,Stuff


If you've known me for a while, followed me here or on FB, you know that my Sister in Law Mary has been battling Cancer. And, the Cancer is winning.  During a visit yesterday my brother hugged me as I arrived, and after saying a word that I've never heard cross his lips, said, "She's dying." NO!! I cannot imagine my life without her. She's been in my life since I was 7. I'm not taking this well, to put it lightly. She is my life long confidant, my Junking/decorating friend, my Joker, my inspiration, my grounding, my heart.I was blessed to have two friends with me yesterday when we journeyed for several hours to get to see her for 45 minutes or so. We didn't talk "sick", we didn't talk Cancer and we most assuredly didn't talk death. Since Mary has been sick, she's starting giving me Antique and Vintage stuff. When I filled my car with the first "Load" about a year ago, I was worried. Then boxes of things started coming in the months to follow. Her Antique Postcards. A Box FULL of Vintage Rhinestone jewelry. Books she knew I would love,,,,,,and yesterday she tucked a few things under my arms and gave me a heavy shoe box ,,,,which she said was full of "Buttons!"When my friend Debi Burton and I were in the Ferry line to go home,,,,,,,I was already a mess. She's got nerve damage in her hand. (Which I held and massaged while we visited). The tumor is back on her spine and no chemo or experimental drugs have helped. And my brothers words kept ringing in my ears. "She's dying."After boxes and cars full of glorious treasures,,,,,,some of which she and I found together and I KNOW how much she loved them,,,,,,(And I knew how much she knew I would love them) I sat there with Debi in the Ferry line with this box on my lap. A French Pillow case on top. (No, she never got to go.) And underneath that,,,,,,,a single postcard.And I lost it all over again!! She'd already sent me near 100 Antique postcards,,,,,,,for every season, for every reason,,,,,,,and this one tucked amongst the contents broke my heart!!!Oh Sweet Sweet Mary,,,,,,,I will Always remember you!! And HOW are we going to live without you???If you're read this far, thank you. Yeah.....I'm a mess. And I'm glad I got a visit yesterday. And I am SO thankful that I had friends with me to help hold me together!Debi Burton and her Sister Peggy. Pretty "Stuff" is great. But family and friends are the "glue of life!" We need to stick together when things start falling apart.We move on,,,,,,one Day, one Week, one Month at a time. Some days? One Breath, one memory, ond moment at a time.Keep us in your prayers if you will. We are broken.Hugs, Love and a "remembered" Bus,Shell[...]

Hats off to Summer!


Happy Summer!!

Been busy making hats for a couple of Cupcake stores,,,,,,,,,,

Hope you have a great weekend! Off to Joyworks soon!

Hugs and Love,



I have been a BAD Blogger!! So sorry, I have been SO busy the last couple of weeks!  Getting all the wheels turning and Vendors thinking and lining up friends to help for my FIRST ever Show!!

I am Super excited and feel SO blessed! Everything has fallen into place for this Event in September. As many of you know, I take part in a Couple of Shows a year. And I attend several. So, when the location and business (Snoqualmie Ice Cream located in Malty, Washington-9 miles out of Snohomish) kind of landed in my lap, it just felt RIGHT!!

And I talked with the Marketing Director extensively and she said it sounded Good!

And then I started talking with Vendor friends,,,,,,,and it just ALL kind of fell in to place.

So,,,,,,,I have a GREAT line up of Vendor Friends, I couldn't be happier! I'll settle down a bit in the days ahead and those of you that don't live locally will go "Huh?" When I post some of the Vendors taking part,,,but I'll share links to their Stores/Sites/Bios soon. But for just bare with me,,,,,,,,,the line up is Fantastic:

Ormolulu-Deb and Jim do gorgeous Antiques and Specialty lighting fixtures, they have spaces in some of the BEST Antique Malls in the Pacific NW and do shows at "Remnants of the Past"  in CA.
Whimsical Whites-These sisters have the most GORGEOUS Store in Kent, WA and am so honored to have them!They take road trips around the Country and find the most wonderful treasures for their Shop and Shows!
My Dear and Talented friends John and Bob, of "JohnBob's Cool Junk"- who win awards, praise and applause for their merchandise and displays in Antique Malls and Washington Shows........
And the list goes ON and ON-

I'll share links and photos for ALL both on my Blog and Facebook in the days to come!! If you are reading this and haven't yet "Liked" Scoop of Vintage on FB, I hope you will! So I can share all the photos and folks involved in my upcoming show!

Promise to post more often in the days to come! Tomorrow, I am working with my helper Natalie on some lace headbands!! We'll take some photos!!

I hope that YOU and Yours are healthy, safe and happy. These have been difficult days for many!
Find and Go to your "Happy Place!" Whether it is a book, a song, a recipe or a Pet or Hug!

Love, Hugs and a "Busy but Caring" Bus on the Cheek!

Spring Island Chicks Show in Anacortes!


Just home from Working at Joyworks today (Sunday) and finally gearing down after the "Island Chicks" Show in Anacortes yesterday!We had a Great Show! I think everyone had a good time! Here are a few photos from my little booth...Mostly neutrals, aqua and "old Lady Pink."Had a stack of Vintage Suitcases,,,,,with a vignette in the top one.............some headbands/fabric rosette's and Vintage jewelry.............Fabulous Show!! I had SO much fun, on So many levels and went home with a LOT less than you see here!!Perhaps I should have waited to post when I was a bit LESS tired,,,,,,,,but have a busy week ahead around HOME and working on my Fall Event, " A Scoop of Vintage!" Can't wait to share more with you all!!!Before I end this post, I have to say that MOST of what made this event SO amazing, were the people!! The best Promoters for the show! (Jo and Jackie), the Amazing Vendors that worked SO hard, the Food that was Fabulous for US and the shoppers (Gere-a Deli) The great Friends that stopped by, shopped and Supported us All!! And for me, most of all, my dear friend Linda Jensen, who "had my back," made me laugh, thought of things that I'd forgotten, took charge at times AND helped me with anything I needed help with!! I am Blessed to call her "Friend!"(On our way home, in the Skagit Valley, Linda, My "Rock Star" friend!!)Happy Trails...........hope you are all well!!Hugs, Love and a "Chickie" Bus!!Shell[...]

Island Chicks


Getting Ready for Spring Island Chicks Show!


Getting ready for the Island Chicks Show on Saturday, April 27th! Hope to see you locals there!! Always love doing this show, but this time, I fear, it will be a bit sad/hard because I won't have my "Mary Girl" there. She is undergoing Chemo, each week again. And her spirit is Good! But the tumor cannot be removed.....apparently just held in "Check". So I hold my breath,,,,,,,,and each day, each conversation, each moment is a GIFT!

I know personally that this is how we all need to live our lives. In light of recent tragedies and disasters, that is the ONLY true way we can live.

On that note, I'll just say that I wish you the Best in every moment, every encounter,,,,,for we never know. But I DO know that these adversities and challenges bring out the best in so many. And for that I thank God. There ARE smiles/hope and kindnesses in our lives in these hard times.......I think it is important to focus on THAT!!

Hugs, love and a "Bus" on the Cheek of Gratitude for the Good in life!

My first Event!! So excited!!


I will be Hosting my first Vintage Event on September 7th, at "Snoqualmie Ice Cream." 25+ Vendors and an "Ice Cream Social."

More info to follow, but I'm so honored and pleased to have an event on site of one the Premier hand made Ice cream sites on their adjacent "Mini-farm!"

I'll have my own Graphics shortly, but in the meantime, love this fun image!! Will keep you all posted!!

Hugs, love and a "Sweet Bus!"

Easter Fave,,,,,,,,


Hi all! Hope you are having a great start to Spring and had  a lovely Easter!! I'm behind on posting,,,,,,and hope to get more active again in the days to follow. It's been a busy time of year,,,and I will finally have some time for Crafts/Postings/Junk shares, etc.Yesterday, I made a family fave,,just me and my youngest for Easter Brunch, but we had a great time,,,,and I made these.....I posted several years ago, but thought you might like the recipe, especially NOW, if you have left over HAM,,,,or Turkey Ham!!  You will need:Ham OR Turkey HamMayoFresh Grated Parmesan CheeseFresh AsparagasSwiss Cheese,,,,,,,Sliced Fresh French BreadButterPre-Cook AsparagasMix Diced Ham (or Turkey Ham) with Mayo,,,,,,,,,,about the consistency you would make TunaAdd Fresh Grated ParmesanButter ONE side of sliced French Bread Broil those sides until lightly browned. Turn bread slices over and dollop generously  with Ham mixture.Add pre-cooked asparagas (2-3 stems each)Add a slice or two of Swiss Cheese.Place Baking Sheet of sandwiches under the Broiler and Brown until Cheese melts.  Enjoy!Will catch up soon!Hugs and loveShell [...]

Card holders......Vintage postcards


I have loved Vintage postcards longer than I can remember. And so does/has my Mary girl. She recently sent me an envelope full of the most AMAZING "Souvenir" Postcards. They are from the 1900's and generally left a space for people to write on the image, "Souvenir from".....and the sender would fill the Place they were in the blank.

A couple of months ago, with my love for vintage wooden thread spools, I found that if I wrapped a wire and stuck it in a thread spool, it made a fun holder for Vintage postcards, Photos, etc,

Take a STURDY piece of wire and wrap it around a pencil to create 3 loops. Cut and insert into a Vintage thread spool.  That's it! You don't have to glue,etc. And it will hold paper images.

You can stack the wooden spools for Height. ..............

I've always loved these Vintage Postcards, including the message on the backside! ("The wheat is in." We have a new cow. The weather is getting better, etc.)

Feel free to use this "Card Holder idea." But I'd love it if you share either images OR Messages your read on the back!!

I got about 30 of these from my Mary girl. It was both with Joy and Sadness. Joy because she KNOWS how much I would enjoy them, and sadness that she is parting with them. I will share other images here and on Pinterest  (Under Shell's Favorites). 

I hope your week is going well. Truly I am taking it one day at a time right now. These last couple of days have been a gift. Sun, rest and comfort. 

May you find Joy and comfort in the little things!

Hugs, love and a "Bus!"



Looking forward to doing this show again next month!! If you are local, Mark your Calendars!!

I know we are ALL looking forward to Spring! It's just Days away, even if we have to wait a bit for the Sun, the Flowers and the HOPE of new beginnings!!

Hugs and Love and a "Bloomin' Bus!"



Oh, you all know how I love my glitter and my "Bling." But to truly Sparkle? It is a bit more!! -----

You Sparkle when you find the beauty in EACH moment.
You Sparkle when you take JOY in simple things.
You Sparkle when you reach out to EACH person that crosses your path that you take time to get to understand, know and care for, if only in that shared moment.

And your Sparkle is brightest, when you combine ALL those things-
awareness,acceptance,beauty, awe, kindness and simply living in that moment.

May you Sparkle and share your brilliance, every day in every way!
(Just found out that my Mary girl was in the Hospital this last week! with pneumonia......( I think my brother tries to protect me) But I want to protect them BOTH!! 
New treatment advice tonight, I took the dogs (and ME) on a LONG walk! 
The tumor cannot be removed....we just take it ODAT......One day at a time! Hope to talk with her soon,,,,,,,just to let her know how much I love much she has always meant to me. 
Oh yes, truly a breath. a prayer, a moment at a time time of life.............Will share some growth and creativity soon...........

Hugs, love and thank you ALL so much for your support/prayers/love/kindness as of late!!

A small town


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Someone posted this on FB today,,,,I had never seen this Video before. Shows a GLIMPSE of life in my little town of Snohomish. Thought some of you might enjoy seeing it.

Hope you enjoy!
Hugs, love and a "small town Bus,"

New Blog for one of my Besties!!


My Dear friend Deb Bock started a new Blog and FB page!

Love her more than I can ever say. She is SO talented, and one of the most genuine people you'd ever have the pleasure to meet!!

Weddings? Gardening? Home inspiration and Decor? THE BESTEST!! Please add her Blog to you list!!

Or "Like her" on Facebook at Vintagelilli !

Cannot say enough about her Talents, Love and Passions! Enjoy!

Hugs, Love and a "Bestie" Bus!

A bit of Whimsey on a blustery Day!


I REALLY wanted to work outside today! Gardening is great therapy and my yard needs a major clean up!! The weather forecast was for SUN today! HA! The wind blew like crazy and the drizzle that we're all to familiar with in Washington state was pretty constant.

I pulled the recycling bin to the back yard and noticed the snails-I kid you NOT 4 deep in a bed I'd hope to clean up! The Crocus are teasing, the snow drops ARE blooming and I just let it go. Hopefully soon. If you garden, you KNOW how good it feels to pull the weeds, and yes, even get those slime balls OUT of there!!

So instead, worked on some Easter! I've done peat pot stuff before, but found these little square numbers and thought they would be fun to turn into baskets........

A bit Vintage, a bit new, fun to put all together.

Thank you for your kind words and support. It's a "one day at a time" thing right now. But I am blessed by dear friends-that means all of YOU!

I'm SO tired this week. I think it's a mental thing. But I'm off now to take my dogs for a short walk. I think they KNOW that mom isn't quite her "normal" self! HA! Whatever THAT means!

I'll be busy working at Joyworks this weekend, which IS always a JOY because I love my co-workers, our lovely store and all the wonderful customers we see. I hope you ALL have a great weekend.

Hugs, Love and a "Bus"

(Please continue to pray for my Mary. I spoke ever so briefly with her today. She'd been napping. "Love you, call soon." This is a one day, one week at a time thing. This cancer/tumor is not going to go away, I just pray that it doesn't grow/spread.)



I wish I had pretty things to show and share. I wish I could say that after my last post on Saturday, that things were better or easier. Those of you that follow me KNOW that even in the darkest of hours I am a "Glass half Full" kind of gal. A Polyanna, a idealist, and yes a survivor. 

I had a huge loss on Sunday, a grief too deep and personal to share. And I had another huge Blow from a loved one the same day.

I will NOT give up, or give in. I will take each day and live it with strength and hope and when the burden is too heavy, I give it to God. 

All too familiar with the expression, "I know God will not give me more than I can handle." And I think HE knows when I say, I cannot handle this and He does step in. Right now, I DO have more on my plate than I can handle, but I know HE is giving me the ability to cope, function and believe that "THIS TOO Shall Pass."

I hope and pray that these adversities will lead me to be more kind, more understanding, more forgiving and yes, even MORE Joyful, because I will appreciate the important times!

May you hold those you love a bit tighter, a bit closer, tell them you love them, appreciate them and share memories. All that little crap we think and worry about? It is NOTHING!! Let it go. Live/Love/Give/Forgive.

My Love and appreciation for you ALL! (Be patient with me for a while, I'm a bit broken)

light in darkness


I found this quote this evening while winding down from work today on Pinterest. Love it!

The one thing I've learned about "Darkness" -grief/pain/cruelty and suffering is that there IS a great Light that follows! It shows us compassion, understanding and "enlightenment." Not always immediate, but with growth after the Darkness IF we are willing and open to it. 

I'm not "There yet." But I know this scenario, and I know with Adversity comes enlightenment, strength and insight.
It's enough to Know that right NOW. When I cannot change circumstances, only Pray. It's enough to know that whatever life dishes out, I will grow stronger, more compassionate-eventually. For today, that is ENOUGH!

Enjoy your Sunday, take nothing for granted! And may you find LIGHT!

Hugs, Love and Light!

Busy Week! Two days to go!


Thank you all for your support and encouragement! It truly means a lot!!  I have been So busy working, I haven't had a chance to dwell much on personal problems, which I guess is a good thing.

I've been working at another Shop, filling in and extra time at Joyworks because the gals have been in Vegas on a buying trip for the store. (Trust me, I used to "buy" clothing for Nordstrom, it all sounds like fun and games until you spend days and days 12 hours long doing it. )

I did manage to do a bit of stitching while I was filling in at the other to do some beading...

 French Cuff with Vintage Millinery, lace, tulle, crystals and pearls..........

Two more days and I'll finally have some time off from Work-BUT then I'll need to catch up on other things-like sending some late packages, getting ready for a couple of classes. (Which includes working with my son's BFF's to helping me learn to do Video's or having THEM do it, so I can put some KITS together with Video instructions) And <sigh> once again the Easter Parade that I volunteer HOURS and HOURS every year.........

So? What have YOU been up to?

Reality is, 

I/We are in a holding pattern with my Sis-in law Mary's Cancer. Her tumor is "stable." Which means it hasn't grown, but it hasn't shrunk. I hold my breath every week and say my prayers and give gratitude.  Gratitude that I get to talk to her, try and make her laugh, forget, and let her KNOW in any and EVERY way that I can, how much I love her!

What I didn't share, is that my oldest is sick. He has lost weight, a LOT of weight. Can't eat most food, is passing Blood, and refuses to go to the Doctor. And he says "it doesn't matter." He has no Faith and has no direction.  When I asked if he prayed about it, he said , "To Who, to What? There is nothing." When I suggest anything he gets angry and mean. I KNOW it's fear driven and try not to take it personally.  He's gone "off" to do whatever, so no further communication at this time. Worry? Yes. Frustration? Sadness and Fear.  Trust me, I'm well familiar with the phrase, "Let Go, Let God." I don't know what else TO do.

So, for now, I stay busy with work, and my "to DO" list after work. If you've read this far, thank you for your "ear." I guess "Busy is GOOD!"  So I'll just continue on that path and do what I CAN.

Be Healthy, Be Happy-or so busy that you can't think about the problems!

Hugs Love and a "Busy/Crazy/Frustrated "Bus" on the Cheek,"

Adversities, Strength, Understanding and Acceptance...........


More going on in my life right now than I can share. And this quote seems appropriate, because I've been through a LOT and "come through" on the other side. For the most part, I think I'm Stronger, Wiser and hopefully more understanding and more compassionate because of prior adversities.

Deep breaths, prayers and looking deep inside right now. I can DO this! I can handle it. And what I can't, God will.  And Angels, friends and strength come forward in these times, too.

Be kind to yourself, be kind to others- Sometimes those that are hurting the MOST are the meanest and hardest to take. I need to remember that.  Easier to see that hurt and mean in people that aren't close to you.......When those you love are unkind, it attacks your soul, your being.  And I need to remember that those "Strikes" are from pain! Not at me personally!!

If only you could deal with one problem, one hurt, on situation at a time! But life doesn't work that way ....and some times you have to deal with multiple cuts, pains and bruises at the same time!!

This is where I have to evolve and adjust once again.

Hugs, Love and a "Thank You" Bus on the Cheek for letting me vent.

New Perspectives


Where did this week GO?? I have been so busy with new orders, extra  (shop) work hours, Chamber of Commerce business (Easter Parade in the works again- year 4) and New Classes already booked and other in the works!I have discovered this last year, that I REALLY like teaching classes. I don't have any formal training, and I don't claim to know it all,,,I learn as I go. I make something I enjoy, and I want to share how I did it! I've been blessed to have some great private venues and my friend Todd, at Bountiful Home has been SO generous to allow me to have classes at his Store. Too Fun! As many of you KNOW, you can spend HOURS and at times even Days, creating one item. As much as I love that, I am at a time in my life that I either need to get:A)  A "real" full time job again.B) Find a life partner. (HA!)or C) Create what I love and find a way that allows me to continue doing that, and yet making more than minimum wage.The classes have been great! If I make one or two or six of something but teach a dozen or so more how to do the same....I actually make a profit! Albeit small. Nonetheless,,,,,I'm making and doing what I love,,,,,,it's all a learning and growing process!!I have a couple of other Private Classes (one full to the brim and one still filling up) in March. We'll be making Paper Clay Birds, Chicks and Ducklings, as well as decoupage eggs and some crepe flowers.  Then, in April, I will have my first Evening Class here in Snohomish! The class will be Thursday, April 11th, at Bee Bops & Lollipops on 1st Street.  For this first Class, we will be making Ribbon and Lace flowers and "French Cuffs." But stay tuned,,,,we're going to be having MORE!! I'm excited about this Venue, where I can have up to 20 Students. Nancy's shop is great, and I think we're going to be a good match for a lot of upcoming Classes/Workshops!First Class will be: Ribbon and Lace Roses and French Cuffs Ribbon and lace Roses (These are pins,,,,,but you will learn how to place them on Headbands,  Hairclips, Necklaces and more.)French Inspired Lace CuffsI'll have Tons of Lace and embellishments to create your project...(Back of Cuff)The cost of this Class is $25 per person.  All Supplies and equipment will be supplied. You can register at Bee Bops & Lollipops (360-568-2333). More classes to follow! And If anyone has any insight as to creating Video Tutorials, let me know. I'm going to chat with my son's friends to see if I can get some help with that!! Thanks to all of you for your support, enthusiasm and encouragement.......It feels like that right direction!!Have a great weekend!! Stay safe and warm if you are on the East Coast!!Hugs, Love and a "Classy" Bus!Shell[...]

It's all fun and Games till Momma Breaks the Chair! (My Valentine Class in Review)


Hi! Hope you all had a good Weekend! Mine was wonderful, fun-filled, creative and inspiration central..except for one little thing!This is me, about an hour or so into teaching my  first Valentine Class of the day. (My dear friend Todd, the Proprietor of Bountiful Home, where we had the event took this pic.) And then about a half an hour later, the stool I was sitting on kind of disintegrated! One minute I was upright and the next I was on my Butt! If I recall, I just kind of sat on the floor for a minute laughing, in a bit of pain, and kind of checking body parts for breakage! No prob,,,,,,lots of "padding" on this 50ish Bod!To say I bonded with the first group of students is an understatement. "They saw me at my "lowest" ,,sprawled on the floor!"Do you need and Advil?" "Do you need a break?" Nahhhhh, we just kept going!! Here's a pic of my first group! (It was still a bit chilly when we were working, hence the coats!)They were all such a Joy! Such Lovely ladies!!This class was a bit different in the sense that I brought tons of different supplies,,,,Papers/Ribbons/Crepe papers/Millenery/paints and glitters and taught different techniques,,,,,,but not a specific end result......So the colors, the box sizes and shapes, materials were different for everyone in all 3 sessions. It was truly a case of "Work with what you love" and techniques you've learned and create your own pieces!Some painted, some glued, some ruffled and some glittered in each of the 3 classes! So fun to see each Unique creation!And Then,,,,,,there was my Mid-day class!!This fun loving Gal, Susie,  Co- Hosted my class in November in her home, where we made Paperclay Snowmen! Too fun! And 4 of the gals from that class were back for MORE Creative Chaos!!(Susie and Rhonda- Co-hosts of  my Snowman class in Nov. )The Mid-day class consisted of these two and two dear and lovely friends in the Nov. Class! Love these gals! And,,,,My blog/Facebook friend Pat Tulip joined us!!  Always fun to meet an Internet friend face to face!! Pat was a "trooper," new to this spunky group! And I think she had fun learning new things,,,,,,as creating Jewelry is her forte!Love these ladies!! So Pretty- (inside AND OUT), fun, and creative!! You Rock!!By  my last class, I was hoping between the head cold and my earlier fall, that I'd be all that they hoped for!! My largest group of the day,,,,,,But I hope they had as much fun as I did!! They were great,,,,,and I had a "surprise" in that one of my "patrons" and lovely Customers from Joyworks did not know that I was the one teaching the Class! These ladies were amazing,,,,,,in the creativity, the fun and the Help at the end of the Class. Thanks to all and especially the sweet Lin,,,,,,,who wanted to take me home, feed me and give me supplies! (I needed to get home to the Fur Babies!)Four of the six of my last session,,,,two of the ladies opted out on photos.(FBI most wanted? Just kidding!) Lovely group! Thank you ALL for coming!! (Lin, Center back row,,,,She is an Angel!)It was a great day, even WITH Shell spread out on the Carpet!  And special Thanks to my dear friend Todd from Bountiful Home for Hosting me!  More classes ahead,,,,,and I'll be doing a Spring KIT with supplies and instructions if you aren't local!!Okay,,,,,,I'm super Achy Today,,,,,,,the "Bus" that hit me arrived this morning!! But it was a great day at Joyworks, which helped me forget the[...]