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Where Women Create

As I write this, I am sitting by my son’s sparkling pool enjoying the warm, Scottsdale sunshine.  It’s a nice change to the rather cold weather in north-central AZ where I live.

Several years ago, while perusing magazines at Barne’s and Noble in our local mall, I remember being enamored by a lovely ‘magazine’ about other women’s studios.  I knew it was something I would love to take home with me, but the price was more than I could justify at the time.  Being an artist with a studio, I found it MORE than interesting to read of others’ studios and their artistic journeys.

Where Women Create Magazine

Imagine my delight when I saw the latest edition of Where Women Create Spring 2013 Issue at my Costco!  Costco sells their magazines at a 30% or greater discount.  Perusing through this issue sparked the same desire to take it home with me.  It didn’t take long to remember that my birthday is VERY close.  “This would do well as a gift to myself,” thought I, and it found it’s way into my heart…er…cart!

The next day, with frapp in hand, I sat in my comfy chair and read it cover to cover including the ads.  Even the ads were beautiful and interesting.  Where Women Create, published by Stampington & Company, is a remarkably well written publication.  I find it difficult to refer to it as a magazine, as it is more like a book.

Each article contains a nice array of success stories, tips, and favorite quotes certain to encourage any artist who endeavors to read them.  The articles are accompanied by many beautiful and artsy photos.  The photographers do an exceptional job of capturing the essence of each studio.

Now that I’ve read an issue and have been inspired and encouraged, Where Women Create will forever find it’s way into my cart with each new issue.  Kudos to Stampington & Company for such a great publication.

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Starbucks

As I have stated before, I am a fan of Starbucks’ Frappuccinos. If you use a gift card to purchase your drinks, you can receive bonuses. You need to go online and register your Starbucks Gift Card.  After you register it, they keep track of the number of transactions you make.  When you have made 30 transactions within 12 months from signing up, you will be eligible for a GOLD card!

During our seven week road trip this summer I purchased quite a few coffees which put me at the 30 transaction, or stars,  mark this year!  So I am now the proud owner of a GOLD card! Today started a new holiday promotion for those who have Gold Cards.  Purchase seven drinks from Dec. 17th – 25th and be rewarded with a $5.00 Starbucks e-gift card.  This is in addition to the one free drink rewarded after each 12 stars acquired.

Combine that with my earnings on Swagbucks and I keep my card charged up!  Don’t know about Swagbucks?  It’s a website that awards points as you search the internet.  You can save up points (swagbucks) and use them to make purchases.

Search & Win

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Coffee Cozy

Someone asked me about the coffee sleeve in the photo from yesterday’s post.  It’s a crocheted coffee cozy designed and made by me.  I have quite a few cozies of different materials and styles.  I guess I sort of collect them.  After all, my coffee has to look pretty right?  turquoise coffee cozy cup

You can visit my Etsy Shop to see several that I have listed for sale.  Crocheting is another of my hobbies.  It’s a convenient hobby, in that you can take it with you anyplace you go and work on the project.  My favorite hobby being watercolor painting is not quite so portable.

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Iced Blended

Coffee Iced Blended

Are you a coffee lover? I do not consider myself a coffee lover, because I don’t drink hot coffee. I do enjoy the flavor of coffee cold like in ice cream and iced coffee drinks. My coffee drink of choice is a Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino. Since they carry a hefty price tag, I rarely have them. So, I have developed my own home recipes for blended coffees. If I have my coffee in the morning, I make it using Starbucks Via instant coffee. If I have it in the afternoon, I make it using Folger’s decaf instant coffee. Here is the basic recipe that I came up with:

  • 1 cup nonfat milk or whatever milk you prefer
  • 1 kitchen teaspoon of instant coffee (not a measuring teaspoon, but the spoon you eat cereal with.)
  • 1 teaspoon Nesquik (optional)
  • 1 kitchen teaspoon of sugar or whatever sweetener you prefer. I mix it up using turbinado, white sugar, or even molasses occasionally.
  • 12 ice cubes if you have an automatic ice cube maker, or 6 cubes if you have trays in your freezer. The photo shows the size of my ice cubes.

Place all ingredients into your blender and mix until you no longer hear little ticks of ice grinding. My blender is a Bosch. It is amazing. The ice blended is thoroughly mixed in about 20-30 seconds with a Bosch.

You might also try adding other flavors like mint or caramel.  My daughter uses Hershey’s in the brown bottle.  I can’t use it because I cannot have corn and it is sweetened with corn syrup.  Find a mix you like and you’ll be enjoying iced coffees from home anytime you like!

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Friends and Frapps

Recently, we went to Georgia to visit friends ‘G’ and ‘D’.  While the men did whatever men do, we women went out for coffee and also did some shopping.  Not much buying, but lots of idea shopping.  We all enjoy finding bargains or, more correctly, finding those great decorating ideas that we can build on, adding our own touch.

My friend’s daughter, ‘B’ is an interior designer.  ‘B’ helped her parents with the interior decorating of their home.  I must say it is AMAZING!  ‘B’ and her mother ‘D’ are always changing things up.  They even swap furniture between their two homes.

‘D’ had her home already decked out for Christmas.  There wasn’t a room without some touch of cheer and light.  I especially liked her idea for displaying the Christmas cards that she receives from family and friends.  Here, you can see how nicely it looks in her kitchen.

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She put command hooks on the inside of the cabinet doors, placing the top one upside down and the bottom one right side up.  Then tied some festive 1″ ribbon to the top hook draping across the top and over the front of the door, down under and behind at the bottom, tying it to the bottom hook.  She covered wooden clothes pins with pretty red ribbons and glued a snowflake to each one.  She uses the clothespin to attach her cards to the ribbon using the clothespins.  Cute idea!

ornaments

Another display that I enjoyed was above her table in the dinette area of the kitchen.  The ornaments she purchased in store at Hobby Lobby and were clear plastic with splashes of gold on them.  She tied gold, metallic ribbons to each one and then attached them to her chandelier.  You can see their festive tree in the background of the photo.

Do you have a special way that you display your Christmas cards?  Please, use the comment box to tell me about your holiday ideas, I would love to hear about them.

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Changes

No posts since September?  That is because I am not finding WordPress to be very user friendly.  When frustrated, I tend to quit.  But, with encouragement from my blogging daughter, I am committing to figure it out and get this blog organized.  A downside of this is that my daughter lives 1600 miles away!  We see each other one or two weeks each year.  During that time we drink coffees and chat, chat, chat about blogging, crafting, shopping, and other girlie stuff.

Other news…  My camera broke while on vacation this summer.  You saw my summer travel posts, right?  Well, when I returned home, my son gave me his old camera that was still lying around.  I am now the proud owner of a Nikon D70s with a zoom lens.  That is exciting to me, because now I can get some photos of flowers to paint from.

Before I ever had a digital camera, I used a Pentax SLR for many years.  I also had a Minolta SLR that I didn’t like very much.  When I got my first digital camera, an Olympus C-3000, I put my SLR cameras away in the back of my closet.  When my son gave me the Nikon, it didn’t include a case, so I dug my cameras out of the closet to possibly use one of the cases.  I found five rolls of unexposed film in with the Pentax.  Go figure…only I would pack away film with my cameras.  What a waste!  The Nikon didn’t fit in either case.  My children are so generous.  My photographer daughter had a spare case that is now containing my camera and accessories.  Happy dance.

Keep a look out for some new changes and upgrades to my blog, thanks to some much appreciated help from my daughter.