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Almost ready . . .

G45 Halloween Book

is well on its way


almost ready for class


Saturday October 16.

But not quite!















Still adding, tweaking and pricing.

I'll let you know as soon as sign-ups are open.




Check out Linda Cain's blog to see one of Mary June Walker's amazing grungepaper birds - now displayed in Tim Holtz booth at CHA.

Note:  I have a link to Linda's blog in the right column

A Halloween Tease . . .

On Saturday October 16 I am planning a Halloween book class.  It's not near finished but already I'm excited about the cover that features the Graphic 45 Halloween line.  So, here's a bit of a tease:

G45 Halloween 1

As soon as I get the innerds and the binding figured out

I'll post more info about the class.

G45 Halloween 2

In the meantime, please

save the date!

G45 Halloween 3



Another Class . . .

Ideas popping out all over.  This is one that's been brewing for a while and got an idea from Joni Russell on how to finish the inside.

I Want You To Know 1

Are there things you want to make sure your kids (and/or grandkids) remember?  Not those that you are scrapbooking with photos but those untouchables . . . heartfelt emotions . . . that you hope they never forget long after you're gone?  No pictures needed. Write down what you want your kids to remember about how much you loved them and why . . . advice you want them to remember . . . and moments that took your breath away . . . and in your own handwriting.

This is a mini-book meant to pass down to generations complete with envelopes so you can feel free to write in your own handwriting with no worries about how bad you think it is.

I Want You To Know 2

Sunday, October 17

12:30 pm - 3 pm



Make your reservations by calling

For Keeps Sake

(314) 487-8131



Altered Tag Book

This book is chock full of tags, envelopes, stampings and ephemera:

Sep 12 1

a grand total of

Sep 12 2

23 pages

Sep 12 3

all decorated, stamped and gussied up

Sep 12 4

then bound with a Zutter.

Sunday, September 12

12:30 pm - 4 pm


August Classes . . .

Saturday, August 8:  12:30 pm - 4 pm:  Back To School Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board

Whether they're a college bound or stay-at-home student,

they'll be thrilled to receive a

one-of-a-kind bulletin board

for their dorm room or bedroom.


You'll be able to choose your own papers, colors and theme

day of class

to personalize for yourself or your son/daughter.

Feel free to byo photos to add some of your own family memorabilia.


Learn new techniques while creating this adorable

12" x 24" hanging bulletin.



Sign up by calling

For Keeps Sake

(314) 487-8131


Sunday, August 14:  1 pm - 3 pm:  Itsy Bitsy Tag Books: $18

You'll love all three mini-tag books we'll create in this class.  Ahhhh . . . the detail and technique is amazing!  These direct from my trip to Wichita where I learned from Mrs. O'Leary herself (and yes, she has a cow!)







Plans, plans and more plans . . .

Meeting with Timi today to set my new classes.  Here's what you might look for in the near future:

  • A bulletin board for your college bound student (or yourself) to stay organized.  Choose your own papers/colors to personalize your board
  • BOOKS! Plans are in the works for more books this fall and winter.
  • Creating with tags . . .so many possibilities!
  • Treasure box and contents.

Samples, dates and prices will be posted asap.  Stay tuned for details!

Home again, home again . . .

Just a few days after getting home from California, Timi and I drove to Wichita to meet the uber-talented Joni Russell of Mrs. O'Leary's/Artful Illusions.  We first met Joni at the stamp convention in Collinsville IL and instantly fell in love with her style.

The booth Joni and her daughter Farron set up was amazing.  Every inch filled with fun little trinkets, rubber stamps or fabulous samples.  We were in awe.  So we decided (almost on the spot) to attend her Art Unraveled seminar. 

These were the projects we made:





There is so much detail in each of these pieces you just can't imagine until you hold these and see for yourself.  Always energetic, Joni is extremely generous with information.  The minute you step into her store or classroom you know you're in for a treat.

Watch for some of these classes at For Keeps Sake.  Can't wait to share!

Inside the CIA . . .

not that CIA -

the Culinary Institute of America.

This post dedicated to my bro-in-law Pat and my niece Alexis.  Wish you guys could have been there with me.  You would have loved it. 

One of the CIA schools is located in Napa Valley (St. Helena).  While out San Francisco way, one of my goals was to visit the CIA.  Bill and I were the only two people on the tour and because the students were not back in session yet, we got to go *behind the scenes* where tours usually don't go. 

First the building is fabulous.  Once a winery run by the Christian Brothers, the architecture is amazing. It looks like a stone castle sitting on top of a hill.  The CIA was able to purchase the building and land for 1.5 million - even though the asking price was 12 million.  The owner then turned around and donated the other 10 million to the institute.  How awesome is that!


We walked through the kitchen where the students work on ovens and worktops enclosed in an island that cost $250,000 each! Each island has gas, electric, hot plates etc so the students learn to cook everything on any kind of cooktop possible.  The entire bottom portion of each island houses 4 ovens (2 on each side) in red enamel.  Originally ordered in red, the ovens were shipped from France in blue enamel - so back they went and new red ovens were shipped.

This is the place where culinary history is made.

CIA store

(yes, I shopped here)

Our guide was lucky enough to be working the day that Julia Child visited the CIA. 

We ate at the Wine Spectator Restaurant located adjacent to the CIA.

CIA restaurant 

Overall, an amazing experience. I wanna go back and take classes (and yes, I'm whining here).