Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday's "Peek Show!"

Many of you know that my Trunk Show is right around the corner....



In fact, it's this coming Sunday, June 3rd!

I'm happy to say that the trunk is no longer empty, but is filling up quickly....

I thought you might like a peek at what I've been up to for the past 3 weeks...remember, this is just a peek...I don't want to take away the element of surprise for those dear guests who are attending!!

some journals and petite cahiers

sweet bottles

vintage glove boxes

petite treasure boxes

pendants

layered necklaces
big beautiful bling
bracelets

of all kinds....

earrings

chaton rings

Lover-lee dollies

plates for sweets, treats, and jewelry

I hope you enjoyed this "sneak peek" ~ well, it's back to work for me....still lots to do with staging, the menu, and signage.  

Have a beautiful week, sweet friends....wish you could all be here for my premier event!
xoxo
Karen

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!




Remembering those who serve(d) to keep our country "land of the free and home of the brave!"
Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day
xoxo
Karen

** Karen's Monday Musings regular blogpost will resume tomorrow.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wonderland Magic!

There's a definite "Alice" theme traversing my life this month.


Last Saturday I joined an amazing group of uber-creative ladies at Pantano Christian Church for their annual Fiesta!

This is an all-day crafting party where there is fellowship, food, fun, raffles, make n' takes, and fantastic dedicated time for working on art.

The theme this year was "The Movies," 


and our group of 10 chose "Alice in Wonderland."  


So, let's let the photos do the talking....
Our Producer, Karen Flanigan, with body guard at the Red Carpet


Director Strittmatter and Producer Flanigan at the morning meeting
 Holly-wood be proud...we represented "Alice in Wonderland"








at everyone's place


Huge thanks to all of our group....Sally, Carolyn, Kenda, Sandra, Maureen, Elena, Cathy, Jill, who contributed time and effort to this lovely event.  But, most of all, to the lady who pulled it all together...
Geri!!
sweet Geri, our table hostess

Come peek at the other tables....

Secretariat ~


Toy Story ~




Harry Potter ~




Scrap Wars ~ 







The Three Amig"a"s ~ 





Pirates of the Caribbean ~


isn't she the cutest pirate!



Scissors in the City ~







We ate and played and ate and played and it was a perfectly mad and wonderful time!!
Thank you one, and all!

Playtime is over for me as I camp out in the studio this week.  I'm hosting my first full Trunk Show on Sunday, June 3rd ~ YIKES!!  Next week I'll be previewing "the goods!"

Have a simply WONDERFUL week, dear friends, and thank you from the bottom of this artist's heart for taking the time to visit with me!
xoxo
Karen




Monday, May 14, 2012

Tea Pots And Cups And Hatters...Oh My!

Last Monday night our little group of Tucson Swap Queens was treated to the most inspiring, most colorful, most creative, most delicious swap night!  .... Click here for some mood music!

front door wreath
We were greeted by the most charming of all Mad Hatters!

As you can guess, the theme was Mad Hatter's Tea Party, in honor of our June challenge ~  an altered tea cup.

my cup for Laura ~ more to come later on...
So, I'm going to give you the tour of the Kelley home and the little vignettes the gals created to enhance the ambiance of an already fabulous event!  Love the framed quotes from "Alice"...

would love to use this sometime.....hmmmmmm














menu board ~ yummy!  All the Queens provided the food
About to begin dinner...

Joan, Karey-Ann, Laura

Kathleen, Me, Geri, Debbie

Tiffany and Mallory


Stacee and Claire


one of the lovely tables

sweets bar

hand-dipped delights!

these cupcakes sat in darling chalkboard flower pots ~ personalized!!


red velvet heaven!
my place setting with favors
 Here are the AMAZING tea cups on parade!!

for Karey-Ann from Geri

for Debbie from Kathleen

for Joan from Claire

for me from Karey-Ann

for Geri from Laura

for Kathleen from Debbie

for Claire from Joan

for Laura from me ~ she loves topiaries!
We were allowed to add up to 4 gifties with the tea cup, so here's what I made for Laura....
a bookmark and charms for reading Alice in Wonderland

a vintage spoon for her tea and seed for her own English garden

And I packaged them in this...



Here's a card I made for Laura  ~ I just couldn't resist!

It was a magical evening made special by all the ladies in attendance.

I'm sooooo excited to share this with you ~ I WON A GIVEAWAY!  Lucky me....I was chosen by Cat Kerr for her handmade bobbin pendant!!  Visit her at her blog, In the Light of the Moon and check out all her beautiful creations. 

It arrived in time to post on this blog and I'm so excited to show it to you.
beautiful packaging

oooooohh......aaaaaahhhh!


Lucky me!!
Let me also share that I will be taking Cat's class in the first session of Artful Gathering 2012 and I can hardly wait!

I guess that concludes my doings from last week.  Hop over to Karen's Monday Musings on Facebook and you'll see some of my latest creations.  I have a commission and a trunk show this week, so life continues to be busy....but oh, SO good!

Have a beautiful week, sweet friends, and thank you for sharing your tea time with me!
xoxo
Karen