Saturday, December 2, 2017

Changes

 I can hardly believe it has been four years since any of us posted here.  It was about the time that our Mary Fox was diagnosed with colon cancer and things changed.  Mary and her husband moved to town, followed by Pinky who was newly widowed.  Lucky that they were able to find new homes within a couple of blocks of each other.
The picture above shows us gathered at Mary's new craft room.  It is bright and roomy and has all of Mary's things organized with art work all over the walls.  Unfortunately Mary wasn't able to enjoy it for long as she succumbed to the cancer in April 2017. 
Pinky and Mary, sisters
Mary and her husband Kit
 We were all devastated by losing Mary but are still getting together when we can, sharing memories and sharing art, laughing and crying together.  Our friend Karen, pictured above behind the red gift bag, has been struggling with her own health issues and she and her husband are now moving closer to town.  We won't be able to see her unless we go to her house.  Which we will do!  Gwen has started attending our get togethers again.  She was one of the founding members, she dropped out for awhile but has time again to join us now and then.  I'm going to start posting more often than once every four years, at least that is the plan. 
We will forever miss our Mary Fox.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Celebrating Mary's Birthday


We celebrated Mary's birthday on June 27th even though her birthday was June 3rd.  We just couldn't find a day earlier where we could all get together until now.  Mary didn't mind as she got to celebrate her birthday all over again without having to turn a year older.  Unfortunately, no one remembered to bring a camera so there are no pictures of the event.  Instead, I am sharing some pictures from the previous week when we got together at Mary's without Karen.

As luck would have it, Mary had received in the mail a birthday gift from Lyla who lives too far away to be able to get together with us, so we talked Mary into opening it.  Lyla gifted Mary with many little paper embellishments, some of which she bought and some of which she created herself by printing out and then labourously cutting out by hand.

Look at this wealth of embellishments!

There is usually a Fox in amongst anything associated with Mary!

Jan had brought these pretty paper napkins to give everyone and they were all inspired to create something from them the same day.  Cards were rolling off the assembly line with blue napkin bits on them!

Sorry I can't remember who was creating these cards.  I think it was April.  Very pretty, I love that print.

More card making.

Pinky was creating something from a large stamp which she was then embellishing with pens.  She is barely started here.
 Above is a page from Karen's journal that I found from a previous get together.  I love these little animal figures!

Jan was decorating matchboxes with collage images from Piddix on Etsy.

Jan also made these bookmarks from some gelli prints.  You can find tutorials for using the gelli plate here.

So sorry I forgot my camera for your birthday outing, Mary!  We had a fun time breakfasting at Stephanie's Cabin restaurant, waited on by our favorite waitress Kelly.  Then headed to Dot's n Doodles art supply, Deja Vu thrift store, JoAnn's craft store,  lunch at Dooger's seafood restaurant, then on to the Goodwill store.  Plenty of laughs and a bonus was we had April's daughter Amber along!  Really sorry I forgot the camera.  Mary had fun opening her gifts during breakfast and all the shopping thereafter.  We all had fun watching Mary open her presents and shopping thereafter!  See you next time!!
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mary Can See The Floor!!!

 I had to send these pictures so all my S & B buddies can see that I can actually see the floor in the room upstairs where I work.  Everything is in a drawer.  It is amazing!  While Kit was doing his work in the remodel of the bathroom that he didn't need help with...I worked in the room.  Some went to the Goodwill, some went to Consign Me, and the rest found places in drawers.  Now, when Pinky comes to stay for the month, she will have a place to work where she isn't tripping over everything to make a card!  Figured out how to put the pictures on the blog while I was at it :>))



                                    Yes, Yes, Yes...I can see the floor!!!  It was there after all.










Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April's Birthay Bash


Another birthday has rolled around for April.  She is hanging on to her 50's by a thread!  As has become our custom, we met at Stephanie's Cabin in Astoria for a birthday breakfast.  Our waitress was sweet enough to bring April a candle in a paper cup of whipped cream.  

The group went in together and bought her this Zentangle book, she was excited about that!

Pinky included some beautiful batik fabric in her gifts.

She received plenty of card making supplies, including these stickers.  The duck over her shoulder isn't quite sure what to make of all this gift opening.

Sorry I didn't get more photos but believe me, she got enough cool gifts to last her awhile!  It was a fun outing.  We were disappointed that our favorite art supply store, Dot's n Doodles, was closed, so we made do with 3 different thrift stores and JoAnn's craft store.    Next birthday will be Mary's in June.
Hope everyone is enjoying some fine spring weather!
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Another fun day





We gathered at April's again on the 4th.  Above you can see some of the cards Karen was working on.  Cool images, Karen!

April was creating some card gift sets as prizes for a bunco party she was going to be participating in.

She was packaging them up in this recycled plastic container that had held some salad.  Great idea!

Mary was also working on cards, including some she was using her wonderful hand carved stamps on.

This is one she made using an image of one of Pinky's daughters  smiling face.  Cute!  The card is cute too.

Pinky was also working on cards, she loves making these iris paper folding cards and is quite expert at it now.  Lovely!

Jan continued work on her knitted hat, when she wasn't perusing these magazines.

More of the prizes April was creating for bunco.  These are a package of book marks.  Fantastic!

Everybody has got to get in on the act including April's cat Arnold, posing with a card that Mary made.  Her hand carved stamps are so well done!

When we first started getting together we always hauled our sewing machines around and were mainly into creating art quilts and sewing projects.  Then April gave us a workshop on card making, Pinky and Karen joined the group and the focus has mainly switched to paper arts.    Glue and B(eye)tch just doesn't have the same ring to it though, so we remain Stitch 'n B.
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