Heart in HandFebruary 5, 2010 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Holidays
Show a loved one that you care by creating a custom gift basket for this Valentine’s Day. A handmade miniature wool heart pillow will be a lasting memento of your affection.
National Compliment DayJanuary 28, 2010 in Friendship, Well-Being Have you ever regretted letting an opportunity to compliment someone go by or are you looking for the right moment to let someone know how much you appreciate them? I’ve been watching a great series on PBS called “This Emotional Life” and among many interesting topics one of them is about what makes us happy. The conclusion (from scientific research!) was that creating positive connections with others is how we create happiness for ourselves and for others. Sharing a compliment seems like a great way to reinforce your connections. Email everyone you know a compliment and it will make their day. (Yours too!!)
New Year, New Dog!January 8, 2010 in Family, Friendship, Pets
Murphy made his life long dream of being a Doggie Daddy come true in 2010. He adopted the sweetest little pup from Spokanimal and named her Penny. She’s about 1 year old and we’re guessing she’s a little hound, a little lab, a little retriever and lot of who knows what-else in her. But it all adds up to be adorable. She instantly bonded with Murphy and is friendly to all. Murphy is getting used to having a constant shadow. Wherever he is, Penny is at his side smiling from ear to ear. Murphy hasn’t headed back to school yet, so they’ve been camping out in my basement and so far we are incident free! I’m so happy the two of them have found each other.
Heart of a HeroDecember 5, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Current Affairs, Family, Friendship, Quilting, Quotes
Sometimes we don’t think about some of the agony that volunteers and people who serve others can feel. However, a letter I received from the founder of American Hero Quilts reminded me of that. We featured this organization in our newest book “I Care with Quilts” and as a thank you to Sue Nebeker, the founder I sent her a couple autographed copies of the book. Here is an excerpt from the letter she sent to me.
“I wanted to tell you a little bit about the arrival of your unexpected package and what a gift it was on a very difficult day. The day started with a phone call letting me know that a young Marine I had come to know had succumbed during a facial reconstructive surgery. I then sent off three quilts to a family where their daddy had been killed. We packed the car with 100 quilt to go to Madigan (Army Medical Center ) and another 25 to be mailed to our wounded service men and women getting care in other states. In truth I arrived home quite depressed and once again wondering how I could continue this. My friend and volunteer greeted me at the door with a huge smile and your book. This was just the medicine I needed.”
The message was clear – the volunteers who give their heart and soul to look out for others, need us to look out for them too. It really can make a difference.
Mad Hatter Vintage Flea MarketOctober 9, 2009 in Creativity, Decorating, Friendship, Quilting
I got to attend my friends Flea Market Sale this last weekend and it was so magical! Gladys and Celia (mother and daughter) are both so cute and have such a magic touch when it comes to turning their flea market finds into true vintage treasures.
Even though it was their first event they had an enormous turnout to the Five Mile Grange which was decked from top to bottom with antique linens, jewelry, furnishings, seasonal decorations, mirrors, vases, pillows, signs and so much more. Everywhere you looked your eyes were delighted by sparkles and glitter and twinkling lights.
First Day of Fall is hereSeptember 21, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Home, Well-Being
There’s always a period of mourning as you anticipate the ending of another summer. Don’t they go faster every year that passes? Probably the best distraction from this mourning is enjoying the most beautiful season of all - which is Fall.
A great way to commemorate the Equinox event (Sept 22) is a Hunting and Gathering adventure walk. It is almost time for putting out your Autumn décor which is always enhanced by a potpourri of natural elements. Pick a crisp, sunny day to invite your walking buddy to head out to a nearby park.
With large baskets on your arms, start gathering pretty leaves, pinecones, acorns, twigs or anything else nature leaves on the ground for you. While sipping on some hot, orange spice tea, get inspired to start your Fall decorating with your hand picked elements from Nature.
Hens only – No Noisy Roosters Allowed!September 16, 2009 in Creativity, Friendship, Staff
Normally, I probably wouldn’t think to acknowledge such a thing. But since we have our own Chicken Lady on staff, we must honor the chicken. All of us here at the studio benefit from regular deliveries of fresh organic eggs from Kathy’s flock.
Raising chickens for 18 years now, she has a brood of 27 and just loves these girls and all their personalities. Since she welcomes new hens into the flock every year, she has a system of creating fashionable colored leg bands to identify what year they joined the clan. This year two of her chicks did turn out to be roosters! (Yikes!) Each time a rooster makes their way into the batch, she says a little prayer in hopes that it will be the first rooster in history that doesn’t crow. Although she has inquired, the vet told her that you just can’t “de-crow” a rooster.
The hens all have names like “Strawberry” and “Silky” based on their colors and markings. One of her eldest (who is a little more full figured) has earned the name “Queen Mum” and naturally she is the grand dame and self appointed role model to the other chicks. (sounds a bit like a DIVA to me) The four golden hens that pal around in a pack are nicknamed “The Blonde Bombshells.”
Because of the growing interest in eating organic foods, Kathy recently interviewed her chicks about the eggs they produce. The response was positive...
“It’s not a bad job. About once a day I spend 10 minutes in hard labor, and give a big SQUAWK when the blessed event is complete. Then I have the rest of the day off to jabber with the girls and sun myself.”
Not a bad deal since Kathy keeps them well fed along with extra treats of cracked corn, wheat kernels and yummy kitchen scraps. These chickens are well loved and doted on by Kathy and we sure do love the eggs!
Grandparent’s Day is TodaySeptember 13, 2009 in Family, Friendship, Weblogs
There are countless ways that Grandparents contribute to the raising of our collective kids – by baking cookies together, having overnight slumber parties, taking them on a special trip, lots of babysitting, helping out with expenses, reading stories, tolerating lots of messes, outings to the park, clapping louder than anyone at the recital and sitting through countless animated movies.
Even though they usually don’t require it, any bit of thanks is usually appreciated.
Remember to send your Grandparent a little “Thanks” on this Grandparent’s Day.
The World’s Gone MADAugust 8, 2009 in Family, Friendship, Television
I know I have anyway. The countdown in underway on my calendar for the Premiere of Mad Men’s Season Three and it’s only one week away! If you’re a Mad Men Fan (like I obviously am), be sure to set your DVR, TiVo, VCR (or whatever) to AMC, Sunday, August 16 at 10:00pm.
Murphy, Anna and I have already made plans for our Premiere Party. We’ll make a 60’s meal – I’m thinking a Tuna Casserole dish and maybe I’ll try one of the Old Fashions that Don Draper is always drinking. However, we have all agreed that there will be no chain smoking! If you have Comcast, you can catch up right now on all the Season Two episodes on On Demand.
For even more fun go to this link www.madmenyourself.com
Aug 2 is National Friendship DayAugust 2, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Scrapbooking
What a way to make her day – spontaneously send a card in the mail just to let her know how much you value her friendship, to reminisce about a recent adventure, how you can always count on her to laugh out loud at your silly jokes, appreciate how she has helped you and listened to you during your last emotional crisis, and that you look forward to fun times in the future. It’s not her birthday, so you’ll catch her by surprise. Try your hand at one of these sweet & easy-to-make friendship card ideas.
Vacation Getaway RecapJuly 23, 2009 in Excercise, Family, Food and Drink, Friendship, Holidays, Well-Being
I grew up in Seattle and making a road trip to vacation at the Ocean was a favorite tradition in my family. We revisited this tradition with a recent trip to a coastal fishing town in Washington called Westport. We spent time doing all the touristy attractions. We climbed 135 steps to the top of the tallest lighthouse in the Northwest and learned about what an enormous job it was to keep a lighthouse operating. (Now replaced by simpler, modern technology) I didn’t realize that every single lighthouse has a different light signal so sailors know where they are. We dined at the oldest resort in Washington. (we did our best to ignore the ants that were crawling around on the table – but couldn’t help but laugh about it after) We browsed the gift shops, the Oyster Farm, bought cans of best Tuna you’ll ever taste, toured the Museum, and even spent a few hours tasting and lunching at the Westport Winery. When we weren’t being tourists, we enjoyed walking the beach looking for whole sand dollars while taking in the wonderful sea air. It’s actually a pretty decent work-out to walk against the wind and trudge through the soft sand. (an excuse to eat more!) When you grow up with certain smells and sounds it is so very nostalgic to experience them again. We happened upon a great driftwood structure that we surmised locals had spent many hours constructing. But mostly we ate – and every meal was seafood. And it was all great seafood – crab, oysters, clams, tuna and prawns and then we’d do it all over again. Don’t worry though – we ate our veggies too – my sister introduced us to the best Bloody Mary ever!
The Perfect EveningJuly 16, 2009 in Food and Drink, Friendship, Recipes
You know how when you’re watching a movie and a group of people are dining outdoors in a lovely setting, eating wonderful food, laughing and drinking wine and it all looks so ideal? Then you dream about doing something just like that (but without having to do all the work that goes with it). That’s exactly what I got to do this weekend. A local Winemaker and Chef pooled their talents together to present the most magnificent meal to 10 very lucky people. We started at the Tasting room at Townshend Winery before we headed up to winemaker’s home to enjoy an incredible meal paired with a chosen wine for each course. With a clinking of a wine glass at the beginning of each course, the chef and winemaker introduced and described the upcoming dish and wine. To top it all off – it was a warm and glorious evening, set on top of Greenbluff, with a panoramic view enhanced by a gorgeous sunset. I couldn’t resist taking some photos of the food. It was all so perfect, that even the mosquitoes and bees even left us alone. Now that I’m describing it, I feel like I was in a movie!
Kris RetiresJuly 12, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Family, Friendship
No one likes change, unless it’s their idea. But you know what they say about change, it is the one thing you can count on to be constant. After 10 years at Debbie Mumm, Kris decided she was ready to retire and attend to some family priorities. Good for her, bad for me!
The good thing is it gave us an excuse to have a little party and shower her with gifts. Because she is going to be spending some of her time caring for her Mother, our group at the office made her an RX Caregiver’s Kit. We filled it with all her favorite beverages, lots of scrapbooking supplies, we all scrapbooked a photo of ourselves and filled it with lots of other goodies too. As an assistant to me for 10 years, Kris did many things to take care of me in and out of the office. So I guess after looking after me, doing the same for her Mom will be a piece of cake.
I’ll always be grateful to her for the millions of “extras” she did to make my life easier. Because she has such a passion for Scrapbooking, I decided to create a Memory book with photos and captions for her to remember the people, trips and fun parties we shared. Best wishes and many thanks to you Kris.June 25, 2009 in Friendship, Sports, Staff, Weblogs
Tom Harlow is our Graphics Manager and has been working with me and my team for a decade now. He is our expert when it comes to the computer and if it can be figured out, Tom will figure it out. Tom has that wonderful right brain, left brain balance of creativity and logic. He does lots of great fabric designing or as he describes, "I take art and create "stuff" with it." In addition to that he does all our digital photography for our books and designing of our website.
The LED name abbreviation on the phone in our Photo Studio reads Photostud - so we have nicknamed Tom our "Photo Stud!" He loves the title and it seems appropriate since he is the only guy in the Art Studio. Luckily he copes pretty well with all the estrogen and brings us the guy’s perspective when needed.
Tom and his lovely wife Kim are the proud parents of three rambunctious boys, ages 6 to 11. So you can only imagine how lively that household is. Tom is the Dad of all Dads’. He coaches some of their sports teams and is very involved in every aspect of their lives. Tom's watch alarm goes off everyday at the time when each of them was born. Awwwww.....now isn't that just the sweetest thing! Tom and his boys are all big sports fans and when Tom isn't watching his boys play, he loves to watch college and professional sports. Like any good local - he loves Gonzaga basketball!
Tom is also a music fanatic and relies on iTunes to keep him up to date. His musical taste is very diverse and at anytime he may be listening to anyone from Nickelback to Elton John, Pink to Alison Krauss, or the Beatles to the newest Alternative Pop group. He has recently been to concerts by Sarah Bareilles, Jason Mraz, Rush and Nickelback.
Tom is generally known around these parts as just a really good guy. He would help out anyone with anything if you just ask him. He has rescued me on several occasions with things I needed help with around the house. When he’s not assisting someone else, he always keeps busy with a whole assortment of do-it-yourself projects and home and yard improvements.
You can always count on Tom for a kind word, support and occasionally out of left field he'll zing you with his slightly twisted humor.
Happy Father’s Day and First Day of Summer!June 21, 2009 in Family, Friendship, Holidays
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Birthdays are the BestMay 27, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting, Scrapbooking
My super creative team at the office surprised me with a super creative birthday gift this week. Each of them made a wool flower that somehow reflected their own style. The colors and techniques were a personal stamp. Jackie included a ring of wired beads, Kris used scrapbooking supplies and staples to attach her layers together, Nancy used her favorite color of purple, Gil- Jin showcased her exquisite blanket stitching, Kathy used feminine colors with a pretty flowered button, Monica whipped out a glue stick and tie-dye, Mandie’s was decorated with Margarita glasses, Carolyn used her favorite orange and a big stitch edge and Tom’s was funky with cool stipple stitching. Then they each inserted a (color coordinating!) gift card to one of my favorite places. You know like Nordstrom, Starbucks, AMC, iTunes, Macy’s, Pier One Imports, Mel’s Nursery, Target and the coveted Punch Card for 10 dozen organic eggs from Kathy’s hens. I am set! Thank you for the fantastic gift!!
Baby Contest ReminderMay 22, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting
We’d love to see your baby-themed projects that use Debbie Mumm® scrapbook products.
it’s an announcement, shower invitation, decorations, scrapbooking
pages or any Paper Craft, please send us photos of your projects and
for every project entered, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a prize
package of scrapbook supplies. Three winners will be drawn.
By entering this contest, you are granting Debbie Mumm, Inc., permission to use submitted photos on this website for future articles.
Baby on the Way ContestMay 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting
Our CPA, Mandie, is expecting a little boy at the end of the month so we are looking for scrapbooking ideas.
We’d love to see your baby-themed projects that use Debbie Mumm® scrapbook products.
Whether it’s an announcement, shower invitation, decorations, scrapbooking pages or any Paper Craft, please send us photos of your projects and for every project entered, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a prize package of scrapbook supplies. Three winners will be drawn.
Contest (and Mandie’s) Due Date: May 28, 2009
Send photos of projects to firstname.lastname@example.org
By entering this contest, you are granting Debbie Mumm, Inc., permission to use submitted photos on this website for future articles.
Fiddlesticks ReunionApril 26, 2009 in Friendship
If you’ve ever read my BIO, you might recall that I learned to quilt and do visual display while working in the early 80’s in Yakima, WA at a CUTE little store called Fiddlesticks. I got to work there a little over three years and it holds some of my fondest memories. I learned just how much fun work could be if you enjoy what you do. I worked with the most lovely women (looking back - we were practically girls back then) and the woman who owned the store became a role model for me and influenced my decision to start a business. When we moved to Yakima, my husband commented after visiting the store together that these were “The Vogue-est girls in Town and I should work there.” That phrase and so many others were the subject of big laughs and reminiscing at a Fiddlesticks reunion that I attended over the weekend. There were 12 of us who worked together during the time I was there and it was a small miracle that 11 of us made it to the gathering. (Sometimes it’s hard just to schedule lunch with one friend!) What’s hard to wrap my head around is that we were all 25 years YOUNGER when I left Yakima. We reminisced about some of the trends back then and the most popular colors were mauve and slate blue. We were all maniac sewers and made lots of our own clothes. Of course we were sporting lots of big shoulder pads back then too. We made things like Teddy Bears and stuffed Geese and sold them at local bazaars. There was so much camaraderie and affection between us and it was still all there. Michelle (my co-worker) bought Fiddlesticks about 15 years ago from the original owner. I’m so glad she is at the helm perpetuating the legend. I got to take an after hours tour and it is as delightful as ever!
Meet KrisApril 15, 2009 in Friendship, Staff
You’ve gotten to know Kris a little by all her scrapbooking projects that I’ve featured on
my blog. Kris is going on 10 years at Mumm’s
and has spent those years doing whatever is needed to keep the studio
organized and running efficiently. There is so much behind the scenes work that is so important to keep our business operating
smoothly. In case you’ve ever sent us an email or called us with a question -
the kind, thoughtful and timely
responses are all courtesy of Kris. Whenever it’s a staff
birthday, she scurries around the office and puts together the cutest assortment of props to decorate
around the birthday cake. It’s often a clever theme that the birthday girl or boy
will particularly appreciate. She offers up a lot of enthusiasm to other members of the
staff for their work. Kris has been an enormous support to me over the years
both professionally and personally. A few years ago for my birthday gift she came to my house
to help (ha! – run the show) get
my mounds of paperwork organized. She’s escorted me and brought me home after
medical procedures that I couldn’t drive myself to. (And picked up some chicken
soup and my prescription on the way home, too.) Now, isn’t that amazing? I’m so grateful. She’s
always untangling my issues when it comes to understanding my phone, camera,
computer or anything else my artsy brain can’t comprehend.
Away from the office, Kris is very devoted to her
husband Bill who
works in his dream job as Deputy Fire Marshal for the Spokane Valley Fire
Department and her active 15 year old son Justin. Justin is a baseball nut and
she is able to attend most of his games to cheer him on. Don't get in her way when she's
cheering on her son! As a
family they do a lot together including RV Camping, skiing,
snowboarding and biking (as in Harley). Bill keeps his bike spit-spot. Any day of the week I
could apply my make-up in the reflection off his chrome. They regularly watch
or attend auto
racing events, car shows and love to watch our local Hockey
team (The Chiefs) cream the competition. They are a darling little
Kris’ mom was diagnosed three years ago with Alzheimer’s. As you can imagine it has been an extremely painful process and experience for their entire family. Kris and her extended family (she grew up with brothers that she describes as loving and a little cantankerous) have been teaming together to support their Mother and organizations that are working to research, prevent and reduce the affects of Alzheimer’s. Since they all live in the same area, it makes it easier to share their efforts. Last Fall I joined them on a Memory Walk to help raise funds and to honor her Mom.
Kris (who usually has strong opinions about who she does and doesn't like on American Idol) enjoys a variety of music including Glen Miller Orchestra and George Strait, but is an 80’s rocker at heart. She is also a die-hard Sammy Hagar fan and has traveled far and wide to attend his concerts with her good friend Michelle. She dressed as Madonna for my 50th birthday bash and assembled her entire costume from her own clothes that she had stashed away since high school.
She would have a million pets if she could and is always looking out for the best interests of all animals. They’ve got a tradition of naming their pets with names that start with an “S.” Shelby who Kris describes as a snotty princess cat now rules the house. The family was devastated by the loss of their beloved Border Collie Suzie this last December. When the time is right, I expect she’ll make an announcement of a new “S” named puppy joining the household. As our in-house scrapbooking expert she keeps us up to date in all the latest trends and techniques. Her organizational skills have not gone to waste when it came to designing a scrapbooking den stocked to the rafters with papers and tools in the new house her and her husband built a year and a half ago. Kris loves a good sale, is a serious coupon clipper, but is never cheap. She's got an uproarious laugh and loves to use it 'til her sides ache.
Hug, Love, Save, WIN!March 26, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting, Well-Being
HUG LOVE SAVE is selling raffle tickets at two upcoming events. Just in case you’re in the area, see them in Booth 326 at the Northwest Women's Expo in Seattle, WA on March 27th-29th. Or if you're in Spokane on April 19th for Race for the Cure you can also purchase $1 tickets in their booth at the Spokane Women's Show. Nancy who doesn't let a scrap go to waste made four tote bags for Hug Love Save team to carry to all their events. The winner will be notified April 20th. All money raised will be donated Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Eastern Washington Affiliate. Isn't it great to know that savvy and talented girls like Nancy and Monica are getting together to make great things happen!
Meet Gil Jin - An Inspiration!March 15, 2009 in Friendship, Staff
Gil-Jin has been part of the team for over seven years and is a very talented painter. She is so focused and can spend hours painting without a peep, except for the occassional chuckle. Because she is quiet and so focused you don't realize that she hears every word. When you hear that chuckle from Jin (that's what we call her for short), you know you've made a good funny.
Jin has a very interesting story. She was born in Seoul, Korea and married as a young woman. After 3 years of being married, she lost her husband to a serious illness. With her 2-year-old daughter Susan in arm, she made the brave decision to move from Seoul to Spokane, WA. Jin could read and write English but spoke only a few words. With little financial means she came to America in search of an education in art and to make a better life for herself and her daughter. She didn't receive a lot of encouragment and was told that she would probably fail. However, she was very determined. With language barriors to overcome, she found school very challenging, but she persevered and graduated from Gonzaga University. Unfortunately, her degree did not immediately garner her a job. She said it was her little daughter that gave her the strength to keep on going.
Next, she moved to Seattle where she attended The Seattle Art Institute and learned computer graphic skills. When she returned to Spokane she landed a job for a Printer and also got married. It was several years later that she came to work for me. At the Art Institute and Gonzaga she learned everything but watercoloring painting. The position that she was applying for with me was as a Watercolor Painter. That wasn't going to stop her. Because of her natural talents, she went home and did three watercolor paintings and proved she had the skills for the job. Everyday she continues to hone her skills and has become an invaluable member of the team.
When Jin isn't chained to her drawing table at the office, she is very involved in her church. It is primarly a Korean congregration which brings wonderful cultural familiarity to Jin. As a Church Elder, Jin helps newcomers integrate and uses her skills to create Power Point Programs and has the daunting job of updating the Directory every year. That doesn't leave her much free time, but she does manage to keep up on her favorite TV show "Lost" whenever it's airing. She is naturally a very humble person, but she is so proud of her accomplished, well educated and not to mention, beautiful, grown daughter. And she is also so rightfully proud of herself for changing her destiny and making a good life for herself. Jin has only been back to Korea for one visit since she left 25 years ago, but dreams of going home for a visit again someday.
Meet Monica - Crusader!February 20, 2009 in Friendship, Staff
Monica is as close as we have to a newbie with two years in residence as a Graphic Designer. She is responsible for our book design and works on making every page of our quilt books pretty to look at and easy to understand. Other areas that she excels at are fabric layouts and product designing. She's such a great part of the team because she is so focused and dedicated to the task at hand, and most importantly she has a great laugh! Monica admires her co workers talents and really enjoys homemade treats - especially Jackie's Fudgy Upside-Down Cake!
Monica's passion has become a Non-profit organization that she formed with a group of dear friends to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. She was inspired by her own Mother's battle with breast cancer who by the way (after treatment) is now a Survivor of the disease. Her and her comrades have designed a variety of cool t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and more as a method to raise funds.
She spends many evenings and weekends at local events showcasing their wares and raising awareness. You can view or purchase these on their website www.huglovesave.com
When she is not out saving the world from disease, she is spending time with hubby Chris. When she came to work at Mumm's she was newlywed and they are still very enamored of each other - Isn't that sweet! They are deep into some serious home renovations. We all know that if they are still having fun during a remodel - it must be love! Monica is also a very adoring auntie of her big sis's little ones Jacob and London (which is pretty obvious by these photos). Her family lives on the other side of the state and misses them like crazy between visits.
To wind down in the evenings, she is kept company by her somewhat flawed, but still loved kitty, Lexi and her handful of a pup, Ozzy (part beagle and basset hound) while she tunes into the latest "Mc-Drama" on Grey's Anatomy. She’s “old school” when it comes to her all time favorite movies, E.T. and Footloose. Bunko Night (which she organized, naturally) is her excuse for a fun evening of uproarious hilarity with the girls.
Even though she loves camping, when she wins the lottery, she will return to Jamaica where her and hubby honeymooned (or anyplace where it's warm!) hire a team of carpenters to magically finish up her home remodel or even better buy a dreamhome on the lake. If I know Monica, she'll also make an enormous contribution to finding a cure for Breast Cancer!
MEET CAROLYN – Craft GuruJanuary 29, 2009 in Friendship, Staff
Carolyn had an impressive resume of work in tourism before taking over the management of our publications and marketing 8 years ago. She’s got quite a flair for the written word (loves alliteration) and gives Martha Stewart a run for the money when it comes to being creative and resourceful. And, when it comes to concepts and content, Carolyn cooks up a seemingly endless supply of project ideas for our books and website. Photo planning and styling, writing, editing and a lot of hands-on creation all come under the heading of Carolyn. I’m sure you’ve enjoyed some of her “romance” copy in her years of coming up with clever ways to describe our latest quilt.
Carolyn always has big plans. In fact her husband claims she has ADD – Attention Deficit Decorating Syndrome. In her house, she is perpetually in the process of something and may have several irons in the fire at any given time. At the tender age of 7, she redecorating something and may have several irons in the fire at any given time. At the tender age of 7, she wallpapered her playhouse and hasn’t stopped painting, sewing, reupholstering since. (not to mention shopping – on any given day, she can recite the inventory at Pier One and Pottery Barn) On the rare occasion that she does take a break from her own projects, she “sticks her nose” (self-described) into my decorating. We have very similar taste and we only live two blocks apart – so we love sharing our opinions with each other. Monday Night is Craft Night and she’s part of a group (also includes Jackie) that have been meeting religiously for a few years. However, most of the stories I hear are about the food and wine!
Carolyn occasionally partakes in stage productions and even treated me recently to a fantastic production of “Phantom of the Opera.” When she’s not glued to HGTV, she enjoys traveling with her husband to exotic locations like Thailand. She enjoys participating in a book club. She looks forward to weekends at the “cabin,” and even occasionally finds a Saturday to take a paddle in her kayak. Carolyn is the proud mother of one son, Chase, who is currently working on his graduate degree in film in sunny California. Perhaps missing him so much explains her new fondness for the quail who regularly visit her backyard. She has now taken to buying birdseed in bulk. Best of all, Carolyn laughs at nearly every attempt I make at humor. Now that’s endearing!
Meet Mandie – Roller Derby Mama!January 10, 2009 in Friendship, Staff
After more than 3 years of working as our CPA, Mandie "claims" to have never had a bad day at work - now that's impressive! She is certainly beloved here at the office because she is the one who makes sure that payroll happens on time. (she has never let us down)
The mother of one 6 year old daughter (Brielle), Mandie is also a newlywed. She had a glorious beach wedding this summer on the Oregon Coast and they are expecting a baby together around Memorial Day. She's enjoying being able to wear loose maternity clothes so she can enjoy all the goodies she wants this Holiday season. Described by her husband as a "Tree-hugger," she has impressed us as being somewhat of a "daredevil." Within the first year of working with us, she broke limbs in a motorcycle skiff and in a tumble she took while doing Roller Derby! (I personally haven't been on roller skates since Jr. High)
A supporter of the Spokane Humane Society, Mandie surrounds herself with a mangerie of pets. Jaeger is a Bengal cat and Malibu is a mutt tabby. She also has 2 dogs – Tonka, a 3yr old Bullmastiff (who she describes as a big, dumb jock). He is about 130lbs and thinks he still weighs 15 and should be able to PLOP down on her lap at anytime. The sweetheart of the family is Kona, a 2yr old American Bulldog (no…she isn’t even indirectly related to a pit!). Last, but not least is a beta fish named Mar-Teenee – mainly because he lives in a giant martini glass on the dining room table.
When not working at "Mumm" she volunteers at school (naturally, she is number one choice for Skate Night), has her own part-time CPA firm, helps organize her husband's business, does DIY projects at home, and all that other “life” stuff. She looks forward to the day she has time to scrapbook, stamp, cross-stitch, sew, organize her photos, train the dogs, and phew.......relax a little. Mandie loves to vacation anywhere especially if there is water involved and has the motto, "Attitudes are contagious…is yours worth catching?"
It takes a Village!November 19, 2008 in Friendship, Staff
Kathy Arbuckle is an incredible and humble artist and I’ve had the good fortune to have had her on my team for nearly 10 years. Kathy has many passions in addition to art, but I would say what is nearest to her heart is her love of animals. When it’s feeding time on Kathy’s spread, it means a loving visit to her 2 Pygmy goats, a flock of laying hens, 2 big outside dogs, Sammy and Summer, 2 horses, Teddy and Wyatt, and even several goldfish that reside in the water trough. Her little house dog is a black Pomeranian named Daisy. Always at her side, even in the deepest winter snow, Daisy is cheerfully underfoot as Kathy’s self appointed guard dog. (She thinks she’s a BIG dog and is the great protector)
A woman of great faith, Kathy is mother to one grown son, Nathan and shares her life with her hubby, Bud, of 30 years. Not a year goes by that Kathy doesn’t plant her vegetable garden. She's been raising her own tomatoes from seed for over 10 years now. Her fruit trees produced a bumper crop this year allowing her to make 3 gallons of applesauce - Yum!! Kathy is our resident "egg lady" too - bringing us freshly laid eggs whenever we need - presuming the hens are in a cooperative mood of course. In the fall and winter months Kathy pulls out her knitting needles producing beautiful scarves and sweaters. Right now her kitchen table is covered with beading supplies after recently catching the beading “bug.”
Inspired by the encouragement and guidance of the lyrics, Kathy is a fan of Contemporary Christian Music. However, her very favorite recording artist is her Dad. She grew up listening to his wonderful, rich voice accompanied by his ukulele. He has recorded 3 CD’s and now her husband has taken it up and serenades her daily at the dinner table. It is now a tradition and favorite family pastime. This very down to earth woman loves all things creative and domestic, but occasionally takes the time away from the homestead to visit some of her favorite places like Glacier, Montana, Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island…The beach…Lake Wenatchee, and Leavenworth, WA. Her vacation dream plans include Hawaii and New Zealand. She hopes that someday she'll clear out a window of time to write and illustrate a children's book. Hopefully between feeding all her critters!
It takes a Village!November 10, 2008 in Friendship, Staff
I have a very talented and good hearted group of people that I get to work with. I’d like to introduce you to each member of my in-house staff – so for the next month or so, I’ll be featuring staff profiles so you can get to know them too.
Jackie Saling has been working with me for 13 years. She even worked for a year with me in my basement when we ran out of space at our office. (whoa - that brings me back!) Jackie has a force field of her own and turns out great fabric designs and has developed great relationships with many of the companies that produce products for us. Jackie, has earned the nickname ”Jack” by being a Jack of all trades. There’s nothing that she isn’t good at - particularly when it comes to gardening, baking and decorative painting. She’s not afraid of power tools and loves sports too. Before working at “Mumm” she was a hairdresser and taught decorative painting. She still cuts hair occasionally for staff members and purchases beauty supplies for us.
Jackie has three grown children and is a proud grandmother of 2. When she is not being a domestic goddess, she is out kayaking with her soul mate, Bill. She and Bill recently took a vacation in the South of France where she hopes to retire (heaven forbid!) when she’s young enough to enjoy herself and still look good on a topless beach. Still a rocker at XX (don’t worry – no ages will be revealed in these profiles), she listens to Nickel Creek and classic rock. She participates in a book club and a craft club, but from what I hear the focus is usually on what wine they will be drinking. Jackie keeps our plants watered and brings a lot of humor wherever she goes.
Quote of the MonthNovember 7, 2008 in Creativity, Friendship, Quotes
Instead of interpreting, I just asked Kris what her intention was in sharing this with us. She told me that very often people express their gratitude with words on Thanksgiving, but she wanted us to be inspired to express our gratitude with our actions all year ‘round. I’m grateful for that!
Since we’re neighbors, let’s be friends!October 29, 2008 in Crafts, Friendship, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
What a friendly and attentive bunch they were. It was fun to show them the art for the Christmas product that is currently in boxes in their back rooms right now. Insiders tell us that the product will “set” on Saturday. Between touring and talking, we served them up my homemade Pumpkin Bread which is a recipe I’ve had for 40 years now! (Luckily they didn’t eat it all and we’ve been nibbling on it all afternoon – I’ll jot down the recipe for you) It certainly is more fun when you get a chance to know the people you are working with and the JoAnn team members were a delight!
Tie me Kangeroo Down Sport!October 13, 2008 in Current Affairs, Friendship
Former staff member Kat recently moved to Douglas, Arizona to pursue a teaching career. The other morning while getting ready for school her little boy double-taked a very unfamiliar sight. Kat grabbed her camera and captured a photo as evidence. When they tried to report it to the police, they got hung up on - assuming it was a "Drunk-Dial." She mentioned the incident to her 3rd graders and one bright little lad mentioned there was a Fair in town with an Australian exhibit. Low and behold her student got a "A" for keen observation because one of the kangeroos had indeed escaped. I loved the irony of the Pet Signs next to the stray Kangeroo. I bet Jay Leno would have loved to get his hands on this photo!
Quote of the MonthOctober 7, 2008 in Creativity, Friendship, Quotes
“The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public” is our Quote of the Month courtesy of comedienne, Phyllis Diller. Truer words were never spoken! I knew there was a good reason I never took up football. Kris combined this quote with a pink and brown color scheme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Notice her special details like the football in the middle of the dangler and the pink ribbon in the upper corner. The pattern that frames the quote also reminds me of an animal print that I recall Phyllis Diller used to wear often. (Oops, that kind of dates me, doesn’t it?) Those clever embellishments are what make us appreciate Kris’ talents as a devoted paper crafter!
Babies are so Adorable!September 17, 2008 in Books, Friendship, Quilting
One of our “own” recently had a baby. Bill who works with our agency in NY became a first time father. To offer our congratulations to him and his wife, we sent him one of our baby quilts, Cuddles Crib Quilt from our book Memories & Milestones. He tells me that baby August is bonding well with his “blankie” and the proof is in this photo. Since babies make us all melt and even though toddlers give us the occasional melt-down, we have dedicated our next book called “Cuddle Quilts” to that very subject. The book will launch in late October and I’ll be sharing a sneak preview with you very soon. In the meantime, enjoy little “August.” Isn’t that an adorable name for an adorable little boy!?
From the Hen HouseSeptember 11, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Pets, Scrapbooking
Kathy (resident artist and chicken custodian) just delivered an only slightly belated birthday gift to omelet-lover Jackie that was not only inspired, but very practical. Her initial gift of a dozen Martha Stewart-esque eggs was accompanied by a custom created card with a photo of her prize chickens as well as a punch card for ten dozen eggs. (Delivery included :-) Cock-a-doodle-do – How cute is that!
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!August 25, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Scrapbooking, Technology
Former staffer and master scrapbooker, Robin, just shared her latest project with us. In honor of her annual GJWHF (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun) weekend in San Francisco she made everyone their own custom Word Album with her well used Cricut. So not only did these lucky girls get to spend the weekend in San Fran – they were each the recipient of these darling albums that are all primed and ready to add their photos. Don’t worry, Robin will take plenty of photos to fill them too. She also custom printed M&M’s that filled the little round suitcases. M&M colors were pink, dark pink and white and featured their mottos, “GJWHF 2008” and “Shop ‘til you drop!”
Robin, a big believer in the Cricut also let us know that Provo Craft is coming out with a new heavy duty blade and housing unit that will cut chipboard, magnet sheets, rubber sheets (to cut your own rubber stamps), and more.
14 Things to do before Summer is overAugust 15, 2008 in Books, Food and Drink, Friendship, Recipes, Resolutions, Travel, Well-Being
- Loose the swimsuit weight - ha!
- Sit in the canoe by the waterfall at Horseshoe Lake and sip Lemon Drops
- Get one of those European Pedicures that Carolyn keeps raving about
- Have an old fashioned picnic with fried chicken, potato salad and strawberry jello (wow, that one brings me back to my childhood)
- I need at least four more “floats” in the pool. Crystal, come on over!
- Be the willing recipient of all the homegrown tomatoes and zucchini that I’m offered by my zealous gardening friends.
- Finish up my fun summer reading before they're due back to the library. Currently enjoying Nancy Martin's Blackbird Sisters Mysteries including, "Cross your Heart and Hope to Die," "Have your Cake and Kill Him Too," "A Crazy Little Thing called Death."
- Take a ROADTRIP to Seattle to see the Mariner's play. (and win, hopefully - however, I hear you can get tickets cheap)
- Have an old-fashioned double scoop chocolate ice cream cone. If I'm going for all those calories, it's gotta be chocolate.
- Drive up to Greenbluff to pick ripe Peaches. Just slice the peaches, sprinkle with powdered sugar and arrange in pre-baked pie crust - Yum!
- Talk Murphy into a day at Silverwood Theme Park to get soaked on the Thunder Canyon water ride. (forecast is 100 degrees on Sunday)
- Go up to Priest Lake, lay on the beach and watch the Meteor Shower on August 18
- Throw the final pool party of the season - but make it easy - Pizza and beer!
- Meet girlfriends at Anthony's to watch the Falls from the patio - if I leave right now, I can make it for the earlybird dinner special.
What's on your List? Write up 14 ideas and do AT LEAST 3 of them.
MacGyver meets Martha StewartJuly 18, 2008 in Creativity, Friendship
I went to a sweet outdoor wedding for a very young couple last weekend. (My first outing after the Appendix fiasco) The couple was very casual and relaxed about all the wedding details. (no Bridezilla’s here) That was all up until the moment when they realized the garter was missing. I was sitting on the sidelines, minding my own business and enjoying my new lease on life, when suddenly Jennifer brings me a bra strap, a long crinkled piece of teal satin fabric and an old, dull pair of shears. “Okay Debbie Mumm, you need to make us a garter, and fast!” “It might not be too pretty, but find me a needle and thread STAT and I can make it happen!” I still had some of that hospital jargon in my head that just seemed to roll of my tongue.
All that could be found was bright yellow embroidery floss and the hardest part was threading the needle. I folded the satin fabric in half a couple times and did a long, fast running stitch to pull a gather. I ran the elastic bra strap though the center and attached it end to end. The edges looked pretty rough, so we disguised it with a scrap of tulle for a bow and a daisy out of the garden. It was a little bit “MacGyver meets Martha Stewart. And I got to feel a little bit like a hero when the bride gratefully pulled the garter up onto her thigh. She gracefully showed me a little leg, so I could snap up a photo. Some lucky bachelor caught it an hour later. Happy Ending!
An Explosive Fourth!July 9, 2008 in Family, Friendship, Holidays, Well-Being
Well, my holiday weekend plans took a big change of course........
So much for the Rooftop party downtown to watch the Fireworks, so much for going up to Green Bluff to pick Strawberries and have a picnic, so much for going to see Steve Carrel's "GET SMART"........
I conducted my own (internal) symphony of Fireworks with an ambulance ride to the hospital with a ruptured Appendix!
I'm still home recovering after the surgery - but thought I shouldn't wait any longer to explain my absense. By the way, there will be no photos in this blog! Although, I wish I had my camera when they had to pull over the ambulance so the Newbie Paramedic in training (her 3rd call!) could insert my IV. There was much fumbling - I just looked away. I wouldn't have minded having a photo of my son sitting by my side in the ER and the next couple days attending and comforting me. The McDreamy ER Doc would have been a good shot too. (and we thought that only existed on TV) I would have been pretty glamorous in a shot of me trying to get a spoonful of broth to my lips while every appendage was hooked up to some monitoring device. My whole body was bloated and swollen and I looked 20 pounds heavier too. Yes, that would have been a good one - but I forgot my camera.
A shot of Murphy and Anna accompanying me in my hospital gown with my two day old bedhead while I shuffled around the 4th floor with my IV tree would have been a cute one. I would have loved to have had a photo of my friend Lynn making up batches of soup for me to eat while I recovered and Dan hooking up my DVD player so I could watch movies from the sofa. My friend Jennifer brought me a new (cute!) set of pajamas from Victoria's Secret which was a big lift for me because now I have daytime PJ's that are different from my night time PJ's. Even though I've been home for days now and I know where my camera is, I'm still not going to take any photos. I'm sure you understand. Hope you all had a Happy Fourth!
Girls Weekend ItineraryJuly 1, 2008 in Friendship, Home
When I entertain my organizational neurosis often surface. And this last weekend, I was hosting three of my girlfriends in Spokane for a Girl's weekend. I emailed them the plan ahead of time and we kept a copy on hand to make sure we were "on schedule." Compare my pre-meditated schedule to what actually happened:
- 6:00ish Gayle and Andrea blow into town (slightly road weary, but still high from their last Root Beer Float) Naturally, they were a little late, but made sure they worked in their floats
- 6:05ish After Gayle & Andrea wash the dirt off their faces (after a top down drive) and Deb fills the ice bucket for the first round of G&T’s and Hot Crab Dip.(now one of my stand-by recipes - but I modify it a little each time I serve it) Gayle took charge at the ice bucket
- 6:30 Optional: Quick cool-down swim We opt, not.
- 7:00 Dinner Menu: Grilled Chicken, Healthy green salad w/cilantro, multi-grain bread and cookies for dessert. We ate about an hour late and were too full for dessert - and Pepperidge Farm worked so hard baking those cookies!
- 8:00 Bedrooms are assigned: Andrea in the den, Gayle in Murphy’s room (sans Murphy, of course), Jan in the guest room
- 9:45 Murphy’s Chauffeur Services are employed – Driver (Murphy & co-pilot, Anna) head to airport to pick up Jan (she's an O.R. nurse and had to work all day)
- 10:45 Jan is delivered to the house, Deb immediately brings her a glass of wine Jan's too pooped for wine. Chit-chat ‘til midnight.
- 12:00am Nighty-night We feel our age now - can barely stay awake 'til midnight - yawn!
- 8-9:00 Walks for those who feel like it Okay, so NO-ONE felt like it. It was more fun sitting around in our jammies and visiting over coffee
- 8-12:00 Pool-side Self-serve breakfast- Coffee, blueberry bagels, cream cheese, fruit salad Alternate taking showers
- 12-1:00 Pack Picnic Lunch
- 1:00- 4 Head to Arbor Crest Winery for a Tasting (Deb unintentionally takes the scenic route - luckily no one realizes this) Picnic: Savingnon Blanc is our agreed purchase for lunch, smoked salmon, cream cheese & crackers,left-over chicken, green grapes, carrot & celery sticks
4-5:00 Stop at Nordstrom to buy Andrea a new wardrobe Former CFO, Andrea, says "No, it's not in the budget" - Instead we go back to the house for an afternoon swim - pure heaven. No one can tell I've had pool problems - until I start whining. A little more sympathy wouldn't have hurt!
- 7:-10:00 Dinner reservations at Ella’s (dinner & Jazz club) Murphy is once again our driver (he's broke and will do anything to earn a few bucks) After dinner we head to the Davenport Hotel for a nightcap - just so we can say we went bar-hopping. Gayle & I are big fans and we make everyone listen to Joni Mitchell on the car ride back. Once again, we can barely stay up 'til midnight.
- 9:00 Self-serve breakfast – more of same. Everyone sleeps in and shows up with our swimsuits on to enjoy a morning float in the pool.
- 10-11:30 Craft Time – Outdoor Beaded Votives (this months craft project on our website) As much as everyone "says" they wanted to do the project - in fact they were earning beads (all former Campfire Girls) by helping Deb clear dishes, etc.......they preferred more time in the pool.
- Noon Airport Transport Since the chauffer is sleeping in - Deb takes Jan to the airport. Meanwhile, Gayle & Andrea discover that I am preparing to have a Garage Sale in the near future - they snap up more than a few treasures to take home with them.
- 3:00 - Gayle, Andrea and Deb try to stuff everyone's purchases in Gayle's VW Beattle - just barely fits. (we had to cut Andrea off from more shopping) They hit the road!
- 3:05 - I crash in my Recliner.
Was a great weekend!
Quilts at Work!June 4, 2008 in Creativity, Friendship, Quilting
WOW! Here's a great story about how our 2007 BOM design helped raise funds (and a lot of funds, I might add!) to help improve the lives of many young children. Jane, one of our quilters from Brazil shared the following story about how a Quilt made a difference for so many.
Jane works as a volunteer at a Day Care Center that cares for needy children with many poor families. In this rural community many of the children have a hard time attending school; and the Center tries to make sure kids won't be used as farm hands. The Center provides a safe place for young children to stay while their families are working. They provide a number of services including education, meals, dental and medical care plus other activities such as sports, music and handcrafts for 400 children. Jane teaches English and crafts there and helps organize bazaars and other fund raising events.
Just three short months ago Jane contacted us about permission to raffle a quilt based on our 2007 BOM project "Garden Sampler." She just let us know that the raffle was conducted last Saturday, and that the profit from it was about R$ 5,800 - or two thousand nine hundred dollars! Jane is naturally thrilled to put her quilt to such great use and help out so many kids. She plans to stitch projects to be raffled at least twice a year.
Jane provided photos of some of the girls in the sewing room. She said they are all absolutely in love with patchwork and we are all very glad to be offering them the chance to learn and produce beautiful things. Their piecing abilities is quite impressive!
This is such a wonderful, inspirational story about how one person and one quilt can bring service to so many. Thank you Jane for sharing this with us.
Carrie Underwood comes to town!May 30, 2008 in Friendship, Music
After watching her win American Idol (four years ago now – wow, time flies), seeing her win award after award, admire her beauty on magazine covers and of course be wowed by her amazing vocal chops it was quite a treat to see her perform in Concert when she came to Spokane. Even though I was always amazed by all those things, I had the impression she wasn’t very warm as a person and was a little stiff as a performer. I’m changing my tune entirely on that impression….She was darling! She smiled, moved and charmed the audience with her chit-chat between songs. She was very friendly and warm and graciously accepted flowers from a fan in the audience. My girlfriend JoAnn (what a friend!) treated me to the Concert for my birthday and we had a spectacular evening out with a fun-loving girls. We had great seats, which was so cool because we had a bird’s eye view of “hottie” Josh Turner who opened the show for Carrie. All the ladies in the audience swooned throughout his performance. As a treat for y‘all – enlarge this photo of Josh Turner to take a good look!
You’ve Been Goated!April 25, 2008 in Friendship, Pets
We almost had a new member added to our staff today. One of Monica’s friends from “Team Gigi” (from Walk for a Cure) had a little prank up her sleeve that played out at the office today. A couple representatives from the Wishing Star Foundation showed up on our doorstep with the sweetest little goat in arm. With a cute little poem and a bucket they presented Tricia the goat to Monica. The confused and nervous smirk on Monica’s face was priceless. (of course, we were all in on it- otherwise we would have been equally confused) The poem declared that the goat was hers to keep and that she needs to be bottle fed every two hours! You could almost read her mind….”WHAT? Where will I keep it? What will my husband say?” But there was an out. “If you don’t want this pet you can slip us a donation to get out of your situation!” We all ran to our wallets and made our donations to bail Monica out and lend our support to Wishing Star. Don’t worry Monica’s revenge is in play. She sent the Goat, the poem and donation bucket onto someone else from her team. The goat was surprisingly docile and very gentle and only tried to chew up an electrical cord once.
Quote of the MonthApril 8, 2008 in Creativity, Friendship, Quotes
First of all – Wow! - we’re already well into April and I’m getting in the mood to “play.” And, I certainly do feel out of practice. Not that I’m going to go out there and play ball or anything. I’ve long since given that up. (Although, I was the left-handed pitcher for a couple years on a B-League Ladies softball team – that was more than a few years ago now)
Kris brings us inspiration this month from Jerry Seinfeld who has always had a great sense of “play” – especially when it comes to verbal quips. I guess we each need to come up with our own version of “Spring Training” so we can “play well” all season long.
Friends & Family PhotosMarch 26, 2008 in Friendship
Sometime a photo can tell such a sweet story. In this case, it was Easter and baby Kate sat on my lap and we read a very quick story. She loves to turn the pages faster than I can read the words off the page. She also reads along in her own little one-year old language. Murphy, who loves all creatures that are cute and little, held Kate for a few minutes too. At least until she squirmed her way out of his lap. Isn’t my little boy cute? It has been so wonderful to have Murphy in the house for Spring Break! I’ll say that again – It has been SO WONDERFUL to have Murphy in the house. My quiet, empty nest has life again! Murphy and Anna downloaded that sweet duet from the movie “Juno” and sang it over and over to each other. (I had to run and get my camera to capture the moment) They are such a charming and darling little couple. A friend of mine that goes back to GRADE SCHOOL was in Spokane visiting and we had breakfast together and snapped a few photos together. She has spent most of her adult life as a Missionary in Indonesia with an organization called M.A.F. (Mission Aviation Fellowship) It was great to catch up with her.
Quote of the MonthMarch 5, 2008 in Creativity, Friendship, Quotes
Thanks Kris for our inspiration for the month!
Snap-Shot ProfileFebruary 29, 2008 in Friendship
10 Years Ago: It was certainly a bittersweet time for me. My now ex-husband and I separated after 20 years of marriage and at the same time my most well-known art character, Mummford, the penguin debuted in Mervyn's stores as a plush character and a store-wide program.
Things On My To-Do List Today: Design a Juvenile Fabric line for Jo-Ann's, write a blog (oh good, I'm doing that right now!), a session with the Chiropractor, stop at the grocery (seems that is on my list every other day), go online to shop for new Bar Stools for my kitchen counter, increase my time on the Treadmill from 35 to 45 minutes tonight!
What I Would Do If I Were Suddenly Made A Billionaire: Family and friends would receive generous gifts of homes and cars; I would donate big dollars to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, I'd plan a couple vacations - starting with "chilling" for 2 weeks on a sandy beach at a Tropical destination, and then a month long tour of Italy, France and England (this would involve much wine and shopping too) Oh, and I'd have daily massages by a very handsome Masseur with strong hands!
3 Of My Bad Habits: I hate to get my mail (the postman is not pleased with me when my magazines pile up in my box); All my work areas are cluttered and messy; and I have a hard time throwing out old clothes. In fact there are more clothes in my closet that don't fit me than do fit me.
5 Jobs I've Had: In Seattle, I was a "Tray Girl" in the kitchen at the Foss Nursing Home, Switchboard Operator (one ringy-dingy) and Staffing Assistant at Virginia Mason Hospital. I worked retail and did "display" at two quilt shops (Fiddlesticks in Yakima, Quilting Bee in Spokane) before I started my business in 1986.
5 Things You Don't Know About Me: Hmmmmmm....I think you know a lot by now, but here goes:
1. Bunnie was my nickname as a child. 2. Celebrities that I've had crushes on are Robert Downey, Jr. (when on Ally McBeal), Ewan McGregor (in Moulin Rouge) and Orlando Bloom (in Pirates). It's always the EYES that get me.
3. I like listening to old Crooners Like Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
4. I traveled around the US and Canada on a Greyhound Ameripass for 2 months when I was 19. 5. I like to shop and watch Chick Flicks. (Oh, maybe you knew that! Ha!)
Pomegranate Cosmo RecipeFebruary 21, 2008 in Friendship, Recipes
Mary Ann from Oregon sent the following sweet little message:
LOVE YOUR BLOGGING DEBBIE..BUT PLEASE.....YOU LEFT OUT THE POMEGRANATE...COSMO RECIPE.....THANKS..WE CAN'T WAIT...and what fun you had..thanks for sharing..our slumber party....in June....we have done it..since we were 5...and now we are 60..hee hee...old friends are the best gifts we give ourselves..thanks...
Pomegranate Cosmo Martini (according to Debbie)
1 1/2 jigger Absolut Vodka
1 jigger Triple Sec
a few drops lime juice
approx 1/2 cup pomegranate/cranberry juice blend
Combine all ingredients and shake like crazy in a Martini shaker
Pour into extra large Martini glass
Add a wedge of lime and serve!
Girl's Night OverFebruary 20, 2008 in Friendship
This last weekend I invited some of my best girlfriends over for a "Sleep Over" and what a blast it was. We made it easy and the menu was "All Appetizers-All Night Long" and Pomegranate Cosmos. And as you can imagine it was all about girltalk. Discussions were about kids, family, work, hair color, dream vacations, our good times and our struggles. The best part was the giggles, but the occasional tears were good to get out of our systems. Even though bedtime was 2:00am, with slightly blurry eyes, we bounced out of bed feeling lighter and happier after an evening of bonding, understanding and supporting each other. We picked up where we left off with more chatting over coffee and quiche. We all agreed that it is really great to take a break from the routine for an old-fashioned slumber party with just "the girls!" Plan one with your girlfriends and start looking forward to it now.
Quote of the MonthFebruary 4, 2008 in Creativity, Friendship, Quotes
Happy February! January as I mentioned was a killer month here in Spokane with our crazy snow and weather.
So, February (so far, sans snow) was a welcomed change. And what better way to greet the new month than with a new “Quote of the Month” courtesy of Kris Clifford. It’s the LOVE month and for all that means to us. If we can approach our friends, family, co-workers, strangers and particularly ourselves with love (and maybe a touch more patience too) – it really can open the way to more happiness and ease in our lives. Thank you Kris for this reminder in the quote you brought to our attention this month.
Baby Kate's 1st BirthdayFebruary 1, 2008 in Friendship
First birthday's are such an amazing event. To think that a year before the baby was just coming into the world (thank goodness I wasn't delivering) and you didn't even know what this little one would be like. Which parent would she look most like, would she be just like her sister or a complete opposite? Would she be fussy or easy; would she have dark hair (like Dad) or blonde hair (like Mom)? Over the first year you really get to know their personality - and I must say that baby Kate (Lena's little sis) is one of the easiest going babies that I've ever met. We just celebrated her first birthday and she was calm and delightful and all that surrounded her couldn't have felt more proud of the beautiful little being she is.
Happy Birthday Kate!
Quote of the MonthJanuary 10, 2008 in Creativity, Friendship, Quotes
I know so many creative gift-givers! Kris gave everyone at the office a special gift that will keep on giving all year long! She started us out with a quote that she chose for January. I displayed on my desk - so I can read it often. She plans on updating us every month with a new quote. I look forward to being inspired. Happy thoughts!