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My trip to Mexico

I spent last week at an all-staff meeting for Friends of the Orphans, the non-profit that I’m employed by. We did a lot of team building exercises, but the highlight of my trip was visiting the orphan home, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos in Miacatlan, Mexico. NPH makes a loving home for orphaned, abandoned and neglected children. Volunteers from the US and around the world provide TLC and so much more for them. They are getting a montessori education in the younger years, and are provided opportunities to have extra-curricular activities like performing in bands and dance troupes; tae kwon do; sports, etc. When they get to high school age, many of them go on to Bachillerato, and take college-prep or vocational courses to prepare them for adult life. I feel very blessed to have participated in going to visit this home… I know it will help me to feel the passion about why I work where I do.

High School Dancers at NPH

High School Dancers at NPH

Tae Kwon Do girls

Tae Kwon Do girls

The picture below is of Maria, 13, and Maria, 11. They were my partners in a scavenger hunt activity that we did with the “pequenos”. They were a bundle of energy and had me racing all over NPH looking for things like a zapato rojo (red shoe), stuffed animal (hence the gorilla), corn husks (out back of the kitchen where they make all their own tortillas and many more things. It was a lot of fun and they are sweet girls!

Maria y Maria... y un gorillita

Maria y Maria... y un gorillita

We also spent some time working with the kids on craft projects. It was such a lovely day that I will always remember… I hope I can get back to Miacatlan someday, and even visit some of the other NPH homes throughout the world.

Crafty Kids!

Crafty Kids!

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Big Picture Scrapbooking – Scrappin’ on a Shoestring

This is my first Big Picture Scrapbooking class. It was only $20, and it will last for 4 weeks… this is my first project (well, second) from it. Actually the first project was a little product inventory mini book that you can take with you to the LSS to keep from buying more of what you already have! It’s cute, you’re supposed to embellish it and make it all fancy, but I looked at it as something utilitarian… cute papers sans embellishments. The Layout project this week is to make a page using something sparkly, something with a decorative edge and something that sticks. I believe I have all bases covered here.shan_danielleswimming1

The fun thing about this class is – NO TRIPS TO THE SCRAPBOOK STORE ALLOWED. I’m forced to dig into my stash. I’ve used Love Elsie, Bazzill, CTMH and DCWV papers; CTMH stamps and flower; some sticky pearls (can’t remember who makes them); a Martha Stewart border punch; K&Co stickers; Cosmo Cricket chipboard letters… waxy flax and a button from ye olde stash.

We had a long and lovely girls weekend in Las Vegas last weekend. My daughter and SIL are owners in Worldmark and she used her points for a fun condo… it was so luxurious. My mom and cousin Jana and her daughter Danielle were there. We had such a great time staying up into the night and talking… it was such a fun trip and ended all too soon. Ah well, I have lots to scrap as a result…

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Laura’s Sketch #20

2Sketches4You, #20 - Laura

2Sketches4You, #20 - Laura

I discovered 2 Sketches 4 You a couple of weeks ago and I’m hooked! Here’s my take on this sketch:

More fun than a barrel of monkeys!

More fun than a barrel of monkeys!

As a former CTMH consultant, 3/4 of my product at home is all CTMH… this card is no different! The stamps are by CTMH, Chipboard from CTMH, the embossing powder is Crystal Blue by CTMH, the cardstocks are Cocoa, Crystal Blue, Barn Red and Taffy by CTMH. The patterned paper is by Love, Elsie. As for embellies, I love the little Bitty Brads by CTMH; ribbon is from the Dollar Spot at Target and I’ve used a button with Waxy Flax. I colored in my monkey with inexpensive colored pencils — which work great until I can afford those Copics!

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