Sunday, August 28, 2016

Retreat Prep

If you've been to one of my retreats you may remember these beautiful pink towels I scored from April James Interiors!  They've been turned into pillows for my upcoming Christmas retreat in November!  

Think pinks & golds for Christmas!  

I'm gathering 1,600 glass ornaments for our Christmas Wreath project!  If you happen to find some at a good price, send them my way!  
(email me at

I get more and more excited the more I post so I'm gonna stop here for now...stay tuned for more fun!

Friday, August 5, 2016

2016 Rio Olympics!

The 2016 Rio Olympics are here!  

I had the opportunity to create an Olympic Party and thought I'd share what I used and how easy it is to throw together to support our United States athletes!


American Crafts Cardstock
Crimson - #71029
Marine - #71071
Sunflower - #71038
Black - #71082
Grass - #71053

Rosettes for the Olympic Rings
I used the same cardstock colors throughout the theme and made a simple layered banner.  Use Thickers for the letters.

This was my favorite part!  
Coming up with fun ways to use treats for the different Olympic events.
Ice Cream Cone cups with Cheetos for Olympic torches, Pixie Stix so you can do your own rhythmic gymnastics!  Go for the gold with Hershey's Nuggets and celebrate America with red, white & blue Hershey's kisses!

Paper - American Crafts
Magnetic Chalkboard Sayings - American Crafts DIY 3 Collection
Metal Tins - Partyland
Soda Pop Bottles - Zurchers
Follow the Olympics here


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pool floaties are trending BIG right now!  Summer is nearing to an end and now is the time to grab these up as they leave the stores to make room for the back-to-school stuff!

Ashley Brooke shows you all the fun floaties for grown ups she found and where you can pick one, two, or three up...
how can one choose?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Doodlebug Designs Christmas Retreat!

I can't wait to get my hands on the new "Here Comes Santa Claus" Christmas collection by Doodlebug Design Inc.

Cynthea & Tonya will be joining us in November with their Santa size sack full of crafting treasures!

please check back for my 2017 retreat dates!

Cynthea Sandoval, owner of Doodlebug Designs.  Isn't she adorable?

Cynthea & Tonya

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Farmer's Market

The Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City never disappoints.  It's one of my most favorite markets to attend during the summer and fall months in Utah.

I was excited to meet Carrie de Azevedo, a local crafter who makes these beautiful wool felt garlands.  She hunts for old wool sweaters that have shrunk in the wash and sometimes dyes them for an added richness in color.  She crafts all kinds of things out of the wool and her booth was adorable!  You can follow her on Instagram:  slcqueenbee

The produce selection is amazing and the beautiful colors and smells of fresh fruit make your eyes happy & your mouth drool. 

 Fresh cut flowers, herbs and plants are plentiful at the market

This bakery was my favorite...the selection was huge and they had the best baked goods I've seen in a long time!  You can find this and more at Pierre Country Bakery 
 I love these cute photo holders upcycled from old finnials.

For all the information on the Salt Lake Downtown Farmers Market click HERE

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Things Moms Say

Here's a list of those things we swore we never say (but do) or...
 8 Scientific Reasons Your Kids Hate You
The Illogical:
  1. Don't look at me with those eyes.
  2. Children are to be seen, not heard.
  3. If you keep making that face, it'll freeze that way.
  4. If you want to act like a child, I'll treat you like one.
  5. Quiet down, I can't even hear myself think.
  6. One day you'll thank me.
  7. Because I said so, that's why!
The Logical:
  1. As long as you're under my roof, you live by my rules.
  2. God gave you a brain, use it.
  3. Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.
The Sarcastic:
  1. Are your legs broken?
  2. If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?
  3. Oh, Jen's mom lets her do (Blank), fine, go live with Jen's mom ... I'll help you pack.
  4. Shut the door, were you born in a barn?
  5. Your room looks like a cyclone ran through it.
  6. Talking to you is like talking to a brick wall.
  7. Let's play the quiet game
  8. Someone better be bleeding.
  9. Where are your manners -- were you raised by wolves?
The Threatening:
  1. I'm not asking, I'm telling.
  2. When you have kids, I hope they're just like you.
  3. Don't you use that tone with me Mister/Missy.
  4. Stop crying or I'll give you something to cry about.
  5. You better wipe that look off your face.
  6. Don't make me: tell you again / come back there / turn this car around, et al.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What Happens at Retreats?

I don't know what the other guys do at their retreats, but I can tell you for sure that...

Trust me.  I've been asked.  What do a bunch of women DO at a retreat?  What is a Reclaim Retreat?  Well here are a few Will Do and Will Not Do's that will explain what happens at MY retreats.

There will be NO singing of Kumbaya...ever.

There will be lots of laughing.  Maybe some peeing of the pants.  Definitely some snorts.

There will NOT be much sleep.  
If you need lots of sleep, this may not be the retreat for you.

There WILL be lots of crafting...I mean lots! The best part?  I provide all the craft supplies!  There is a craft store within driving distance in case you want MORE crafts.

There will NOT be singing of the Christmas carols.  
Unless you want to.

There WILL be shopping.

There is no weirdness.  No hanky panky.  Just women.  Women who need a time out and a break from the mundane.  A chance to get ahead on the Christmas game and get some projects done, start that Christmas list and not feel insane at a time of the year when we need peace the most.

The women you meet WILL be amazing.  They always are.  I don't know how and I don't know why but we ALL leave feeling connected and our cups are filled and we can go back to our routines with a smile and a pep in our steps.  We can give more and keep going some more.

So why wouldn't you give this a try?  Why wouldn't anyone?  I don't know.  Maybe your worried about the unknown?  Maybe putting yourself out there isn't your favorite thing to do?  Making new friends has never been easy?  Being brave is hard?  It's true.  It's hard for everyone but it only takes one try and I promise your life will be changed for good.

Join me in November.
November 3 - 6, 2016
Heber, Utah
Meals, bed & supplies all included

Click here and scroll down to find out all the info about November's retreat.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fourth of July Party!

You guys!  I love my job on the Design Team at American Crafts!  We work with amazing products and make wonderful and inspirational projects every day...and...I get paid!  It's my job and it makes me so happy!  I'm excited to share my Fourth of July party I created using the paper line 

"America the Beautiful" by Pebbles, Inc.!

See the cute video here!

To see the whole party and how to make each project click here!

Thanks to the following:  
Videographer Mikey Scheurs
Photographer Rachel Glaittli 
Madge Gillen for making the USA
Shelly Myers for letting me have free reign with the product
Curt Jensen for his amazing hand lettering "Cherry Limeade" & Ice Cream Labels
Designer Desirae Struthers for designing such an adorable line for Pebbles!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day Cocktail

Hey Friends!
  Mother's Day is a big deal so let's celebrate!

Mother's Day does not include doing dishes!  
Pick yourself up some Chinet Cut Crystal Wine Glasses and make yourself a drink!
Grab some delicious S. Pellegrino, your favorite fresh fruits, (I used blueberries, blackberries & raspberries in mine), some chunky ice for a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail made special for the lady of the house. 

S. Pellegrino comes in mini bottles too! 
Add a pretty Mother's Day Banner and fresh flowers and you are ready to celebrate!  This adorable paper line was made using Jen Hadfield's "Everyday" line from American Crafts!

This We R Banner Punch Board from American Crafts is my "go-to" tool!

Happy Mother's Day!