Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Did you see a Red Flash go by in 2013?

Yup, that was probably me! LOL  I’m a bad blogger!  Facebook just seems to be so much more “in the moment” and I’m afraid I’ve fallen off the blogger wagon this year.  It seems that I’ve had something going on every month and sometimes several things in one month.  My heart and soul have been filled with so much love, friendship and inspiration and I want to thank everyone whose path I’ve crossed this year and hope to cross again in 2014 for an amazing year.

Here’s a sampling of my adventures. . .

JANUARY brought a surprise visit from Miss Charlene when she came out for a short stay with Vickie.  We managed to squeeze in dinner, a sleep over and a trip to Matilda’s Mouse Valentine sale, On the Wings of Love, where we met up with Joy.Jan Matilda's

FEBRUARY is my annual Valentine’s sushi date with my girl Melissa.Valentine sushi

MARCH was The Vintage Marketplace’s quarterly saleMarch marketplace

This is my absolute favorite of the show designed by Debbie of Blossoms Vintage Chic!  This Manni chandy had my name all over it but a huge boo boo face with no where to put her!  I’m sure she went to a good home.manni chandy

Spring Glitterfest never disappoints with a wonderful selection of handcrafted and vintage items.  These are two of my faves from the show; a soldered manni sculpted piece by Crystal Basica, of Vintage Fairy Finds and this stunning book made from a silver serving tray by Michelle Hurtt.

spring glitterfest 2

spring glitterfest 1

New Orleans – this year’s trip was just for visiting so no photos to share only full hearts to tide us over until the next visit.

MARCH/APRIL Round Top – There were five of us this year, our fearless leader Charlene,  Joy and the newbies, Laurie and Vickie.    We had a blast and Charlene had planned an extensive tour of some other Texas cities for us to visit. Before heading home, we went on to Gruene, Fredericksburg & San Antonio.  WE MISSED YOU SO MISS CINDY!rt bull

joy   char vickie

rt booth   marburger booth   tc 1   tc2

carol hicks boltonnavarro st san antonio   MAY  Vickie and I signed up for a 2-day Joanna Pierotti class held on Coronado Island at Art Retreat by the Beach.  Inside the Fair’s Dream – what a fabulous project!

jp and us  jp doll

JUNE Diana Frey’s Petite Retreat “Let Them Eat Cake” and Remnants of the Past in San Luis Obispo.

june class samples   june students

june rem1   june rem2

june rem3   june rem4

Vickie, Diana and Cynthia surprised me with a sushi birthday lunch.bday2   bday1

Which was followed by some local antique shopping where we came across this amazing Mercedes replica car and the owner let us borrow vintage hats and climb in for a photo op!bday red car

JULY  was Matilda’s Mouse Gatsby salegatsby vignette

AUGUST was a four day crafting marathon in SLO including the grand opening of Willow Nest with Charlene, Diana Frey, Diana Salvucci, & Vickie.   willows nest

cage dolls

necklaces and cuffs

SEPTEMBER started with a Labor Day wedding in Newport Beach.  Yes, Ronnie does actually exist!  LOLwedding

The Vintage Marketplace was HOT HOT HOT!sept marketplace

On the last day of Sept, Joy and I headed to Seattle to meet up with Cindy, Charlene and Vickie for a sleep over at Laurie’s stunning dream home in Gig Harbor.

house v1   house v2

This is the “J Room” Joy and I shared!  We were truly in heaven!j room

OCTOBER We we all off to drive from Gig Harbor to Lincoln City, Oregon for Terry Brush’s Art Camp.  Of course, there were several vintage shopping stops along the way!  We met up with Diana Frey, Diana Salvucci, Jan Petek and Doreen Orlando completing our group of 10!  We had the little blue house on the right all to ourselves and did we ever have a slumber party! wink winkart camp group

ac bags

art camp 1   art camp 2

me char art camp   me cindy ac  ac dolls

As soon as we got home, we were off to Glitterfest

witchie poo   crow

and Matilda’s Mouse Frightful Frolic.

Oct matildas   matildas hall

NOVEMBER was a quick trip to SLO for Remnants of the Past and a visit with Diana Frey.  Of course, we shopped our way there, stopping at Bacara in Santa Barbara for lunch and to enjoy the fabulous weather.bacara1

aug slo girls

rem6   rem4

nov rem1   rem5cynthia

There were four of us in an SUV rental and we barely had enough room on the way home even though we were minus Diana who stayed behind for an extra day of fun!  LOL  

DECEMBER – This is what you get when you mix a slim Christmas tree, a wire manni and just a “little” bling at Casa Navarro!bling tree

We spent a COLD weekend (for spoiled Cali girls) at the last Vintage Marketplace of the year and met up with Cynthia, Jan, Joy & Laurie.  They had the most fabulous pink photo booth set up for all the shoppers and we all squeezed in! dec mp

We did some speed shopping and then caravanned to Matilda’s Mouse. dec matildas 1    dec matildas

Then a few of us headed back to Joy’s new house for a weekend of wintery crafting fun.  Laurie and Vickie stayed  in Joy’s fabulous guest house/studio and Diana and I were RV roomies parked right next door.joys studio  xmas dolls

Annual Christmas sushi with my girl Melissaxmas sushi

May 2014 bring you all the adventures, travels, laughter, fabulous finds and wonderful friends your heart can hold.



lordblessu said...

What beautiful memories!! I was glad to meet you at Art camp. Many your year be just as sweet for 2014!!

Rita said...

Happy NEW YEAR! You are an amazing and very creative Lady! Wishing you a wonderful 2014!

Jan Petek said...

What a great recap of the year! May 2014 be even better! I hope to see you more also! It has been wonderful to get to know you Sandy! Here's to a fabulous New Year!

Charlene said...

I am soooooo glad you did a blog post! Yes, FB is faster & blah. Blah. Blah. But, your Blog ROCKS & I love the photos & stories. Looking at all the photos just made it feel like we were there again. What fun we had! Looking forward to a lot more fun adventures in 2014. Hugs!2

Vickie Orlando said...

Great post Sandy...Thank gosh we have you to recap our wonderful memories. Loved it all. Look forward to an even better 2014. I've already booked 4 so far....Just got confirmation from my wonderful friend Ann for Diana and I staying at her home for Remanants. hugs Vickie

Robin said...

Hi Sandy, it was such fun meeting you at Appleubee's in Warrenton last week. I hope you had fun and found some treasures junk shopping with Cindy and Charlene.


Charlene said...

WHAT FUN MEMORIES! I miss you & can't wait for you to come see YOUR NEW ROOM!