Wednesday, September 29, 2010

30th High School Reunion

We had such a wonderful time! The only problems were that it went by too quickly and that I was so busy socializing that I forgot to take enough photos! There are so many people with whom I would have liked a photo. But one of my classmates is organizing a central photo album where we can all upload our photos, so hopefully everyone will be captured there. Anyway, here are the few I took.

First, we celebrated Cheri's 50th birthday. Mark and I have been friends since the 7th grade. He's the only male friend I've known longer than I've known Rick (whom I met in the 9th grade). Mark and Cheri married a few months after us. (Their "story" is so cute~they met when Mark, who was working at a gas station, filled Cheri's tank with gas!) We have been friends for all of these years! We have kids the same ages~their daughter, Audrey, and Brittany have literally been friends since they were born. Audrey lives in Boston now, which is great because we get to see her and Mark and Cheri come to visit! Anyway, we went to Duke's in Malibu to celebrate. We sat right along the shore and got to watch the sun set over the beach. Lovely all the way around! And look at Cheri~does 50 look fabulous on her or what?!
And now for some reunion pictures. We went to Chaminade, a private Catholic school. Rick and I were in "Section 13," aka the Honors Section. That just meant that we took all of the AP classes and Latin. Each year, "Section 13" became smaller, as kids opted out to take other classes. By our senior year, there were only @10-15 of us left. I was the only one who took fourth year Latin~yeah, that was fun! Fr. Sutton and I played Latin hangman! LOL For those of you who went to Chaminade, here's the scoop from left to right: John Burke, Paul Sharpe, me, Mark Ranieri, Martin Donahoe, Rob Pintar, Rick, Dan Santiago, and David Carnevale.
A bigger group of Section 13-ers: Rick, me, Scott Wheeler, Shari Mount Essex, Paul Sharpe, John Burke, Maureen Burford, Carine Asker Keenan, David Carnvale, Jennifer Jones French, Rob Pintar, Dan Santiago, Martin Donahoe, and Mark Ranieri.
Me and some of the girls~everyone looks so great! Not bad for a group of 48-year-olds, huh? Sue Nuenschwander Castillo, me, Lynn Bassett Israel, Melissa Doricott McDonnell, and Nancy Rohde Otto
Here we are with Mark and Cheri.
Me and my handsome sweetheart of 30 years!
In high school, I basically hung out with a great group of 4 guys: Rob Pintar, Rick, Mark Ranieri, and Bob Cyffka (not shown). Karen, we really missed seeing you and Bob at the reunion!
Early the next morning, Rick and I headed to San Francisco to see our boys. First, we checked out Keaton's (left) new apartment in Berkeley and bought him a couch. Then we checked out Brennan's (right) grad apartment at Stanford. Here I am with my far-away-sons whom I miss so much...
And here I am with my three handsome men!
The next day, Rick headed to Tokyo and I came home. I found this note when I arrived. Not only did Emma sign her own name, but she wrote mine as well! Yup, so going to scrapbook this!
And that's all she wrote early Wednesday morning...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Boxes, Boxes, Boxes

Several people have asked about my box collection, so I decided to post pictures of it. My love for boxes started when I was a little girl. My grandpa smoked cigars and he often gave me his empty cigar boxes. These, of course, were treasures to a little girl who adored her grandpa! So I used them as treasure boxes to hold my gum wrappers (Karen, remember the gum wrapper chains we made?), my costume jewelry, my money, etc. My grandpa's been gone for 25 years, but I still have one of his cigar boxes~it must be 40+ years old! And in many ways, it has held up better than I have! LOL

In addition to the cigar boxes, I've always loved a wooden box that my mother has. Her grandmother brought it with her from Hungary, I think (Mom, let me know if I'm wrong on that). I don't have a photo of it, but the box is breathtaking with its very detailed carvings. Next time I go to my mom's, I'll take a photo of it.

I have boxes in all sorts, shapes, and sizes. They're not displayed together as a collection, but are used to decorate various rooms in my home.

When Rick and I got engaged in 1981 (at the ripe old age of 18!), my parents gave me this box as an engagement gift. It it very delicate, but has survived 5 moves! And so the collection began...
Rick gave me this box, made in Italy, as a Christmas gift in 1984.
Rick and I went to the World's Fair in Vancouver in 1986. I bought this box at the Korean pavilion. The bamboo and bird are inlaid with Mother of Pearl.
My parents gave me this Lennox box as a Christmas gift in the mid-1980's.
This Hummel music box (made in Germany) was given to me by a friend when Brennan was born in 1988.
I painted these hat boxes in 1995, a few years before I blew my hand and could no longer paint.
Rick's parents brought this box to me from Russia in the early-t0-mid 1990's.
This box came home with me from Maui in 2003.
Keaton made this box for me in 2003. He was 13.
I bought this box in San Francisco in 2004. I like to quilt, so I couldn't pass on it!
I bought this box in Honduras in 2009.
Brennan brought this box for me from Lebanon in January.
I recently bought this glass box in Rhode Island.
A few months ago, Christy Stanford sent this box to me from Japan. (It is actually a set of nesting boxes.)
And more recently, Christy gave me this box~which she bought in Tokyo~for my birthday.
So there you have it~my life in boxes! And it all started with an old cigar box from Pop. Oh, how I miss him...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ashton's Baby Book

I finally finished the last of the baby albums, at least for now! The monthly pages are the same as the other albums I have made. You can see them here. My brother and SIL, Mark and Nicole, are expecting a son in early November. They decided to decorate his room with Winnie the Pooh characters, so I made the front and back covers, as well as the birth pages, to match. I used the Cricut Winnie the Pooh and Pooh Font cartridges. Love my Cricut!
They are having a "family" baby shower at their home in October~everyone can swim, play, eat, etc. Sounds like fun! These pages are for their shower. I love this new paper by SU! It's called Greenhouse Gala. I know it's not very baby-shower-theme-ish, but they aren't really having a theme and Nicole likes sage green and brown, hence the beautiful paper!
I made this card to match.
See, I really have been crafting!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mother's Day Layout

On Friday when I said I'd be back "tomorrow" with scrapbook pages, "tomorrow" was apparently code for "Monday." LOL I just lost track of time over the weekend. I had to work on the last of the baby scrapbooks I've been making. I finished it today~hooray! I'll get those photos up this week.

I am so behind on my own scrapbooking. Sometimes the pile of photos waiting to be scrapbooked can be overwhelming! I've decided to try and scrapbook current events, then work on the backlog as time allows. Maybe this way my scrapbook of Emma will at least have current photos of her!

At any rate, this is my layout for Mother's Day~only 4 months late! LOL
That's it for today. I need to get some cards made!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Few Cards...

My SIL, Kristin, made this card and sent it to me for my birthday. Isn't it stunning? I absolutely love it!
Kristin used a beaching technique that I have never tried. She explained it to me, and it's really easy! You need cardstock that is dyed all the way through. (SU's smooth cardstock is perfect!) Stamp your image with Versamark clear ink, then emboss with black embossing powder and a heat gun. Use a Clorox gel bleach pen and a cheap paintbrush (I bought kids' paintbrushes at Target for $2) and paint the gel bleach wherever you want to lighten or remove the color. Then use markers to "recolor" as desired.

I stamped this on SU's Pumpkin Pie (orange) cardstock. I bleached the background (everything but the pumpkins) until it was yellow. Then I used SU markers to color in the leaves. I also colored the pumpkins to make them more vibrant. Next, I lightly bleached some areas to get varied shades of green and orange. This was so easy and so much fun! Thanks for teaching me something new, Kristin!
These were my "thank you" notes for my birthday gifts. I used Soft Flock on the flower centers. I love the texture that Soft Flock adds.
This is the inside.
See~I actually crafted! LOL I'll put up some scrapbook pages tomorrow.

Happy almost weekend!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ahh...Life in the Country!

I like to buy my produce from the local farm stores~there's nothing better! One nearby farm also houses some animals, so of course this is the store that Emma wants me to patronize. Here she is visiting the bunnies. Emma's comment: "Aww, they're soooooooo cute!"
And then we visited the pigs. Emma's comment: "Giffy, look at the cute little piggies!" I was thinking, "Ewww, they're sooooooo dirty and stinky and, well, piggish."
See what I mean?
Emma thought it was hilarious that this little guy drank from this water bin and then climbed right in to take a nap! Yeah, I was still thinking, "Ewww!"
And here's the face that only a other~HIS mother~could love!
Emma liked this goat, clearly enjoying one of the delectable apples from the farm.
I love this shot~you can see little strands of Emma's hair being blown by the wind.
Look at how long her legs have gotten! She's not a baby anymore, that's for sure!
Here are my favorite girls, going for an imaginary tractor ride!
What a fun afternoon~and the peaches, pears, and blueberries were scrumptious!

I've been busy scrapbooking, so I'll be back tomorrow with some pages. Shocking, I know!