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I have indeed moved ... Please come visit @ www.whatsnextnancy.blogspot.com

See you there!

It's early, but....

since I've had such an overwhelming response to a new blog name (lol) I'm going ahead now with the announcement of a new blog & name: Tammy, thank you! "What's Next, Nancy?" seems quite fitting for me! Anne & Kathy, thank you both for your suggestions!

Anne & Tammy, if you'd please email me your mailing addresses, I'll send your winnings to you.

Thanks again, everyone!

I'd appreciate your help

I need to create a new blog. With my name & email address change, I can only post to my blog with my new info, so to give myself full access to my own blog, I have to start a new blog. I can import this blog into it, so my posts & comments come with me ... but, that's the extent of what I can do with my old name & old email address.

So ... are you feeling creative? I'm not. I now have a cold, along with cruise lag, and don't seem to be able to come up with anything for a new title. Please help? I'm leaving this post as my "first" post until Sunday, October 25, 2009, at noon. If you'd please leave me a comment with a suggested blog title (be nice, please! lol), I'll draw 2 names from the list of commenters & they will each receive one of the ATC's I created for the cruise (see earlier posts to see them). The person with the "winning" title will receive each of my cruise ATC's as well as a third ATC (also created by me). Please be sure to post your name & a blog title or email address for me to reach you. My plan is to draw the names before Sunday evening. One entry per person, please. I'd like my title to reflect "me" ... what you've learned of me here.

Thank you for helping this cold-addled tired blogger!


And the cruise memories continue...

As we drove through Mazatlan, we went past the open air food markets, a full-block open air floral shop & fresh fish vendors, lined up on the sides of the streets. Our guide stepped off to get some shrimp to show us the beautifully HUGE shrimp that are caught in nearby. Bet they are yummy!

The drive along the beach is full of statuary ... Wish we could have just stopped & wandered along the beach.

Nothing like traveling to California & Mexico to meet 2 women from right here in central Ohio! Heidi & Terra own & operate an online store, Simon Says Stamp! Heidi & Terra are real sweethearts .. we had great fun traveling in the same group with them. Check out their store - it's a warehouse with thousands of goodies!

One of the projects I didn't get completed on the cruise was Tim's shadow box - so I finished it tonight. I love it! We collaged a 2" canvas with paper from an old book, then a ticket - then covered it all with wax. We also collaged the box's backboard with vintage ledger paper, then covered it with wax, too. It was my first encaustic piece - I liked it so much, I bought beeswax & Suze Weinberg's hot wax applicator from our Marketplace! Yep, I'll be playing lots more with wax! Tim supplied us with all of the pieces/parts - his Ideaology, birds he'd purchased just for us, Heidi Swapp rub-ons & bling, an Ikea shadow box ... then we each did our own thing. The little photo here in mine (on the left side, under Tim's filmstrip ribbon) is a picture of T's great-grandfather.

More to come....


More cruise photos...

Thanks to Tim's fine business sense, I was able to purchase a 7Gypsies ATC rack from the Marketplace on the cruise - so today, I took it to my office and hung 80 of the cards I received in the cruise swap. I love it! It's so sweet to be able to look at all of these wonderful memories while I sit at my desk ... Can almost hear the laughter, feel the sun on my back...

The class I forgot to list earlier was Wendy's "Fragments" necklace, which I finished last night. What a fun piece of art to wear!

Sherry finished her necklace with adding pieces of Ideaology & making the Fragment pieces two-sided. I really like that - there were times I'd look down & some of mine would be turned around ... not the best look. (lol) So, yeah, I thought my necklace was done...

T's younger son's birthday is Saturday, so T asked me to make his card, which I did last night. I followed one of Wendy's creations from her book, doing my own thing when I didn't have one of her stamps. The GrungePaper pumpkin is such fun to make! The journal tag is one of Tim's, the background paper is Graphic45.


I'm sorry, Wendy!

When I listed the cruise classes I'd taken, I forgot one ... then, this evening, when I sorted through all of my cruise stash, I couldn't find what I'd made in that class. Talk about panic! Fortunately, I found it -in with my pens - how weird!

Anyway, Wendy taught a Fragments necklace class - it was such fun! We were given Ideaology Fragment charms, a packet of Jenni Bowlin's mini papers & a lengthy piece of Tim's chain link. Oh, and a Sakura black Glaze pen - and bling from ... hmm .. ok, I'll get back to you on that vendor.

I cleaned my pieces up this evening, created a few more ... and here's a less than perfect picture of them, as they dry. When I get them made into the necklace, I'll post a new picture.


Let the pictures begin...

We boarded The Mariner of the Seas on Sunday - absolutely no problems checking in, though finding our stateroom was an adventure. Our room was on Deck 2 - as in, the tendering deck is #1, then you go up. Since we were low in the ship, our deck was divided into 2 sections, with different sets of elevators feeding the sections. Yep, we went down the forward elevators first. That'd be fine if we wanted to go to the Conference Center (where our classes, the art room & the marketplace were) or the ice rink - but, not our rooms. We figured it out - go to Deck 5, walk across the Royal Promenade, take the Centrum Lift down and viola! our hallways!

After we settled into our room, went to the upper decks to watch us leave port & catch some sun, we had dinner, then a "welcome" party for we Artful voyagers. All of our "crew" was introduced by Jim West of ScrapMap - Wendy Vecchi & her husband Rick, Tim Holtz & Mario, Karen (aka Keychain) & Michelle - and, Jaci & Michele from ScrapMap.

We each had 3 classes with Tim & 2 with Wendy. This "collage" box was our mega class with Tim. The frames are from Ikea, the bling's from Heidi Swapp, the birds & Ideaology pieces were from Tim - and, we played with beeswax & Suze's hot was applicators. What FUN stuff! This is my box in process ... some pieces moved while coming home, so I'll open it back up & fix it, then post another photo.

Our first class with Wendy was making an art apron (mine's the next photo here). Each class we entered, we had all of our supplies were all set at each place, as shown here. The Ranger travel pack you see here was a gift to each of us & had an archival ink pad (black), a Distress Ink pad (brushed mahogany - Wendy's favorite), Rock Candy Stickles, a black Paint Dabber, Rock Candy Distress paint, a white ink pen. We each received our own Blending Tool & the small bottle of Claudine Hellmuth's matte medium - to keep!

I also stamped the pockets with 2 of Wendy's stamps - and "trimmed" the pockets with a "dash" roller stamp we each received from Glitz!

It was great fun seeing how we each finished our aprons - the diversity was cool!

To close, for tonight ... Cabo's beach in the early morning ...

I'm home!

Was this hard to leave? Oh, yeah!

I had a wonderful time on The Artful Voyage to Mexico! We had classes with Tim & Wendy ... made beautiful pieces of art! We made a travel journal, 2 pieces of jewelry & a collage box with Tim, and an art apron & a bulletin board with Wendy - learned new techniques, played with encaustic (wax) art, worked with Claudine Hellmuth's "Sticky-Back Canvas" - and, yes, I'll share pictures.

We had glorious weather, except for the day Tropical Storm Patricia made us change our course. We were to stop in Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday, but Patricia wanted to be there more, so we went on to Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta, then went back to Cabo. I was in Wendy's bulletin board class when the ship's pitching was at it's worst - and, yep, I got seasick. Dear, wonderful Mario shared his anti-seasickness pills with me, gave me some of his Coke to drink & crackers to eat - so I spent the class time in our stateroom, resting. The days in Mazatlan & Puerto were fun - hot, humid, lots of sightseeing, some shopping. Both cities were beautiful & our tour guides were great! I didn't go on land in Cabo - couldn't take anymore hot shops - but, that gave me a day of relaxation on deck at poolside & in the art room, working on my voyage journal.

We swapped ATC's - what wonderful pieces of art everyone created! I got a 7 Gypsies ATC rack to display them on in my office - what great memories they'll bring me as I sit at work! I made lots of new friends - even some from here in central Ohio. We received lots of freebies - whole packages of GrungeBoard, Cosmo Cricket papers, Heidi Swapp blings, Jenni Bowlin papers - lots of Ideaology, Hero Arts stamps (even one made just for us cruisers!) - it seemed endless! At our bon voyage party, I won a package of GrungeBoard & a packet of Halloween goodies from Cosmo Cricket. All of the vendors who donated to our party gave lots of product - thank you to all of them!

So, I'm home. Brought a cold home with me ... yuck! Anyone want to share? ;o)


Leaving on a jet plane!

Tomorrow morning, I'll board the plane & head to LA, where I'll meet up with some of my cruisemates. Then, Sunday, we'll board the ship & cruise off to Mexico with Tim & Wendy. Am I excited? OH YEAH!!!

This is the cover of my travel journal. Don't know how much I'll get done in it while onboard, but .. I'll have it with me just in case...

At the last minute, I decided to make "door art" for our cabin door, as many of my cruisemates have made. Hope my roomie likes it!


And the ride continues....

Yesterday was a WONDERFUL day! Our wedding went off without a hitch - the weather cooperated, all we invited were able to attend - a good time was had by all.

Today's been a quiet day at home, catching up on laundry & all. When I'm done with this post, then it's time for CRUISE prep!!! 5 more sleeps!


Fog, anyone?

Yeah, I know ... you're not supposed to take pictures while you drive ... but, I did - one! This morning's drive was a fogfest - one minute, just under the layer - the next, no fog - then totally enclosed in fog. Sure made the drive interesting!

One week 'til I'm in California, meeting all of my cruisemates, then boarding the ship on the 11th! CANNOT WAIT!

But, before that .... this Sunday is my wedding day! Yep, T & I are taking that plunge, one more time (lol). It'll be a small ceremony with about 15 of our family members with us. The weather should be nice, so we'll stand out under the trees as we share our vows.

So, I won't be posting here again probably until after I'm back & recovered from the cruise. Everyone, behave! *lol*