Friday, December 17, 2010

Treats for my Sweets!!

I wanted to send my grandsons, Andrew and Carlos a little something from their Mimi so I made them these adorable coffee mugs with their names on it. Since we have been having cold weather here in the sunshine state, I thought the snowman soup would be a treat. I haven't had a chance to do much crafting lately so I got out my Cricut and went to town. Of course, I got the idea for the soup from my blogger friend, Chris. She has some adorable projects on her blog. You should check it out.

I love and miss you two!!

Be Blessed!

Shannon Willis

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Tea - Stamp-A-Stack

On Saturday, I hosted my First Annual Christmas Tea/Stamp-A-Stack. It was such a nice and relaxing day. Although the initial plan was to begin at 10:00 and end at 1:00, I was in good company and having a blast. When my guests left, I was surprised to see that it was well past 3:00! I suppose time really does fly when you're having fun. :) I love it when I can get together with friends who share the same passion as I do. It was extra special as two of my newest friends, Eloisa and Leticia were able to attend. Even though it was a smaller crowd, we really enjoyed ourselves.

Today I spent the day in my pj's and cleaned up my studio. I always seem to make the biggest messes and it keeps me from finishing up projects. After reorganizing my paper and scraps, I finished two projects that I will share with you this week in addition to the Stamp-A-Stack projects. I am so excited about the turnout. I am definitely in Christmas mode!
Be Blessed Everyone.
Shannon Willis

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Santa Baby!

The Christmas spirit is growing here at our house. During the holidays I love having holiday parties and this year was no different. Because I am a procrastinator and was running a little short on time, I decided to combine my annual tea party with a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack. Thankfully my fellow demonstrator friend Debi Kyle came to the rescue. I have to say, being a demonstrator is so rewarding in so many ways. One being the friends you make along the way. Debi is such a talented woman. She DOES IT ALL!!! Her ideas are incredible and I feel so crafty when I am around her. She was kind enough to share her samples AND supplies to help me prepare for my party. Thanks again DEBI!!!

This little project is one of Debi's little gems. She showed it to me recently over coffee and I knew I could make it. Since I was a little limited on time and didn't have the cute little bags she used for the inside, I improvised a bit by adding the Big Shot Box # 2 die instead. Each guest at my tea party will receive one of these little cuties. Wouldn't they be cute as gift card holders??? If you would like to attend my stamp-a-stack/tea party, it is Saturday, December 11th between the hours of 10 - 1, email me for more information.
Be blessed everyone!
Shannon Willis

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A promise is a promise

As reflected in yesterday's post, I have been working on some things lately. Christmas Cards to be exact.

I have been making my own Christmas cards since my son Kody was born. I remember my first homemade cards and getting that perfect picture of my precious little boy to send out to all my family and friends. That perfect picture turned out to be quite the ordeal. I came up with the idea of wrapping a paper box and putting Kody inside (I know, how original...). The box kept flipping over and he would cry so I tried changing his outfits several times. Remember how difficult it is to change your baby's outfit, much less try when he has been placed in a box and keeps dumping over!!!! Needless to say, after all these years, I still enjoy making my own cards and enclosing photos of my precious little ones (yes, I know, they are grown). If it makes you feel better, they still give me a hard time when it's "Christmas photo-op" time.

Here is this year's card and a blast from the past.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I'm Back, well sort of...

Where do I begin!! It has been so long since I have posted anything and here is the reason why ...

Since the beginning of this school year, I have been so busy with my daughter Sara. We are a homeschool family and years past have been just so so. We didn't get too involved in many "groups" as my kids were older and they were having a difficult time finding "their niche". This year however, is the exception. Sara has gotten involved in Youth In Government, FISH Hawks Football and a social life too. Not sure I am ready for the last one :(.

We began our year with YIG and since this year was an election year, we were priviledged to be a part of our local candidates campaign. Little did I know I would be taxi driver or shuttle to not only my kid, but other YIGGERS (I didn't make that up) as well. Even though I don't consider myself to be very "political", I had a blast supporting our local candidates. I have also enjoyed getting to know the members of YIG and their families. Most of them are also FISH Hawks, which brings me to FOOTBALL.

It has been AGES since I have gone to a high school football game. I am not too much of a football fan (except UF vs. FSU), but let me tell you, those guys can play some mean football. The season ended up with the Hawks making it to the semi-finals.

Of course, during football season we managed to squeeze in a homeschool homecoming. Being the parent of a TEENAGE GIRL, there is always so much to do. Shopping for dresses, shoes, makeup, manis and pedis, oh my!! It was an awesome experience for Sara, one she will never forget. I am proud that my daughter did so well in picking her friends. The young women and men she "hangs out" with are truly exceptional kids and their parents are just as great.

Hopefully now that some of the functions are out of the way (for now), I am hoping to get back into the swing of CRAFTY things. I promise to share some really cool items I have been working on over the last few days. On Saturday, I am hosting my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack/tea party. I can't wait to have a day to enjoy my friends and my crafts.

Be Blessed Everyone!!

Shannon Willis