Thursday, June 28, 2012

Getting Ready for July 4th with Stars & Stripes

Myst Designs has a great new kit out that is wonderful for all your patriotic scrapping needs. It's called Stars & Stripes. Here is the preview:
Use this link to see all of Myst's stores: Here are a couple pages I made with the kit.
I love those old postcards, don't you? I live in Norfolk, VA and have seen the Navy's Blue Angels perform on numerous occasions. Very appropriate to scrap with this kit:
My thanks for all those who protect our freedom! And here is a little July 4th tag changes - inevitable

Spent a lovely (but hot) day yesterday with my dear friends, the Smith Sisters - better known as Sandy & Wanda. We had heard that the Williamsburg Pottery had undergone a radical change and wanted to check out the new place. Way back when I was a teenager, the Pottery was a wonderful place for my friends to go and shop for bargains. Back then (late 60's) it was a ramshackle collection of buildings (often tin roofed warehouse type places) where you could find anything from pottery and lawn ornaments to quality West Virginia crystal stemware and for less. It continued to be a great bargain place, at least during the 70's but gradually the bargains became less substantial. I think it was in the early 80's when it started being taken over by outlet stores. Anyway, we went to see what the new Pottery was like and what goodies we might find. the new buildings are pretty. It's laid out nicely with lots of paved parking spaces, which is a big change from the old Pottery where lots were often unpaved and you could get bogged down if it rained. The first building we went into housed pottery, mostly pots for plants and plants too. Nothing inexpensive and there was lots of free space. Other buildings contained "gifts" - mostly signs, small pillows with slogans, cutesy photo frames, some bed linens. Elsewhere there were multiple areas featuring various lotions, soaps, and the like. All specialty lines and no bargains. In fact, I can get better prices on similar items locally. I did pick up a chunky bar of lemon verbena soap which is a fragrance I don't often see. I'm hoping it's really hard milled and will last 'cause it was $6! Picture framing was available but nothing special and prices no less expensive than you can find at Michael's or AC Moore. There is a shop that has international food products and that was fun to look at even though locally we have a couple places that carry some of what I saw. We were especially interested in the tea section as Sandy & I both love teas but we didn't see much of interest. She did get a white peach tea by a well known company to try. We rounded up a couple cold fruit drinks (sparkling pink limonade from France for me) and a box of Walker's Lemon shortbread thins to nibble on. After the disappointment of the Pottery, we headed down to the Villiage Shoppes at KingsMill where we can usually find some goodies. A lot of those shops have closed up. Two we frequent, Savy Home & Garden and High Cotton are getting ready to move because they just aren't getting enough business there. Sandy found a couple things at Savy like some nice beads that were on sale. At High Cotton, we found a bundle of linen napkins on sale to be used in crazy quilting, some teardrop shaped pearl buttons, some a yard of very delicate lace,a little napkin (?) of 2 blues in batiste with embroidered chickens. Wanda loves anything chicken and is working on a chicken themed quilt. I picked up the little napkin for her to embroider and use as a quilt label. The best part of visiting the Shoppes at Kingsmill was finding Discover Teas. That was so much fun. One of the owners, Kenneth (forgive me sir for not having your card at hand and having to resort to the use of your first name), took us for a tour of the shop, pointing out what was available. He was so warm and friendly, he made our visit a treat. We started with complimentary sample of an iced mango tea (yummy and refreshing),were introduced to the Sit & Sniff table where you can sit down and open little sample tins of the various teas and become beguiled by the delightful aromas. We learned that Discover Teas offers a variety of educational classes to acquaint people with the health benefits of tea drinking. There's a tea lounge where you and friends can sit and socialize while you sip. Lots of tea equipment and oh so many loose leaf teas! Discover Teas will even do custom blends for you. How cool is that? I cam home with one of those silicone steepers I've been wanting, apricot/peach tea (one of my favs) and a new tea to try called Kama Sutra Chai. Can't wait to try that one as it has so many good things in it. Check them out here: We also discovered a little antique shop called Plum Pudding (cute name!) where I found a miniature tea pot for my collection and an elephant mug for a friend who collects elephants. Wanda found a cool desk lamp to go by her computer. Can't remember what Sandy got. Tried to visit the Antique Mall at Williamsburg which has over 400 vendors but it was going to close in 20 minutes. Sadly, almost everything in the area closes at 5 or 6pm. We still had a few more shopping hours in us before we collapsed but had to give it up, part and head back home.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scraps from Father's Day w/ Myst Designs

Father's Day is just over but you probably still have photos you haven't scrapped yet. I got a great new masculine kit from Myst Designs called The Men In My Life, which you can find here: I used it to scrap a layout of my Dad and I (okay, I used an older photo of me 'cause I haven't allowed photos last couple years); I call it Always Daddy's Girl. Dad is 82 and I realize I might not have him much longer although his health is pretty good. Find myself thinking a lot about things we've done over the years. While I was at it, I decided to scrap the other important men in my life like my husband: My son, Jeremy: And our oldest grandson, Tyler: We don't get to see the youngest grandson, Malachai, very often and when we do, we can't get him to keep still long enough for a photo! I'm hunting for a good photo of him to add to this little collection. I hate how I can't tell where blogger is putting the photos in relation to the text!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

New from Sher Scraps 4 CU

Victorian Brass Floral Buttons 7 Victorian era brass buttons with a floral theme. Use to embellish frames, add to ribbons and clusters and so on. also Stacked Floral Borders 3 full size stacked floral borders in psd format so you can personalize by coloring the flowers, using papers and styles and decide whether to use all layers or only some Sher Scraps products are available at Bee-n_creative, Digi Style Design, Your Scrap Addiction, Scrapping Your Memories.

New from Wonderland Scraps _ Ice Cream Social

It's summer; it's hot! Head to your local ice cream parlor and get a frosty treat to beat the heat. Kit includes 12 full size papers in ice cream colors: chocolate, strawberry & vanilla. 32 elements include frosty treats and a variety of trims. Find it at Digi Style Designs, Scrapping Your Memories, Your Scrap Addiction & Tagging Angels

The Latest Newsletter June 23

Can be found here: There are two freebies in this one because I missed the last time. Here are the previews: You can sign up for the newsletter at the top of my blog. thanks

sales reminder

The moving in sales for both my lines, Sher Scraps 4 CU & Wonderland Scraps have been extended to the end of the month at these locations:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lovely "September Light"

Of course I know it's not September lol. September Light is the name of a lovely new kit by Myst Designs. The coast of North Carolina is my son's favorite playground and where he plans to be married. This kit is definitely going to be used to scrap some of the wedding and reception in Nags Head. I love it because Myst has both detailed beach images and wonderfully soft abstract papers too. In all the beachy colors I love. I scrapped a few photos using this kit and some old photos of Jeremy and his girlfriend down at Hatteras and Nags Head. Ssh, don't tell but the one with Jeremy and girl fishing is an old girlfriend. It was just too perfect for the page I wanted to make. Now these are of Jeremy and Berkeley, our future daughter-in law: Yep, that's the real Hatteras lighthouse but Myst has one in the kit too in case you haven't been there ;) You've got to have this kit now, don't you? Check here to find all of Myst's stores and enjoy:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SherryD's Newsletter June 11, 2012

Having trouble remembering how to show my Mad Mimi Newsletter here but think you can just put in your browser and you will be able to see what I've been up to.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sher Scraps 4 CU Sale

Just moved into Your Scrap Addiction and I'm having a moving in sale. Won't you please come visit?

Designer Call!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Melody Of The Heart

My friend, Sandra Rowe/S G Rowe Designs, has a beautiful new tagger kit out called Melody Of The Heart: I was just playing around with it and wanted to show you 2 tags and a bragbook page I made from it. (If you haven't tried to make bragbook pages with tagger kits and have questions, let me know.) Here is granddaughter, Inara, with her Dad, Brett: Here is a tag with photos of my son and his girl (he's frowning into sun): And a tag I made fro Sandra: Check Sandra's blog: to find all her stores.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Quick - don't miss Joanne's Sale!

I just read about it and thought I'd pass on the news before it's too late. Joanne's Digital Designs is having a $1 sale. Seriously, if you love her designs - and who doesn't? - type fast and go to her store here: The sale is only good until Sunday midnight. I had to behave and limit myself to 5 items because I broke a crown which, with dental insurance, is going to cost $600 to replace! Also need a larger hard drive for my OS and major programs as this one keeps bogging down and is old. Still, even though I couldn't fill my shopping cart, this was a wonderful deal. Hurry now and go buy yourself something nice. Hugs!