Monday, July 18, 2016

Operation Write Home Cards

A couple of years ago, I hosted a cardmaking session as part of an office women's networking event. I designed and made four different card options, and one of my co-workers from a different group very nicely came over the Saturday before the event to help prep, which involved cutting, stamping, and embossing to make kits for each card.

As part of the event, the cards that were made were sent to Operation Write Home (this was when they were still taking card donations). I left the sentiment blank for each card kit so that people could stamp their own following the Operation Write Home guidelines.

Operation Write Home Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Operation Write Home Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Operation Write Home Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Operation Write Home Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

AZ Love String Art

For my Whisker Graphics project this month, I used a Bucilla String Creations Square Stitch Blank to make a piece with some local love:

AZ Love String Art | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I painted the square stitch blank with acrylic paint first, then used my Silhouette to design and cut an acrylic shape of Arizona. Every time I use my Silhouette to cut vinyl (it's only been a few times so far), I'm like, Oooooh, why haven't I used this more?!

After applying the vinyl shape, I stitched a simple border with Rose Gold Metallic Divine Twine (it was closest color to copper, and Arizona is the Copper State, after all).

See this project, including process photos, on the Whisker Graphics blog here: Love = String Art

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Family Drawing

A year ago today, Evie drew this family picture.

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The plus side of technology these days is that I can digitally immortalize gems such as this.

At the age that Evie drew this (four years old), I felt that this was a pretty good picture because she drew all four us (plus my dad too, I think), including baby Parker. Do you see him down on the bottom right? Look how tiny she drew him! Because he's a baby! I'm all heart eyes over here.

I know I can't keep every piece of art she creates, and I wouldn't want to, because honestly, some of it just isn't that good, but this was a keeper for us!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received

I participated in the Pretty Postal Swap last month and finally opened up the mail I received over the weekend. I was waiting for some down time when the lighting in our front room was still good for taking pictures. The theme of the swap was floral.

Envelope front:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Envelope back:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

From Andrea:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

From Steph:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

From Ceara:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

From Jessica:
Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I opened the mail during Parker's nap, but Evie no longer takes naps, so she eagerly helped me open the mail. Since I was taking pictures of the mail, she also asked for a picture of her with a piece of mail:

Pretty Postal Floral Swap 2016 - Received | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I was actually a week behind in getting my mail out, but hopefully my swap partners didn't mind too much, because I thought my floral-theme mail was pretty good (not that I'm biased or anything, ha). I think I could have gotten them out earlier (or maybe even on time) if I hadn't come down with a cold the weekend that I got back from Taiwan.

Friday, June 24, 2016

National Independents Week 2016

It's national independents week from June 25 through July 4 and here in Phoenix, there's a number of local businesses participating. Additionally, there's a 20% off Golden Coupon available on the Local First Arizona site (there's an online shop code too), along with a directory of participating Local First Arizona businesses!

National Independents Week 2016 | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I took a spin through the directory and here are the ones that caught my eye, though there's plenty of other fun shops and restaurants on there:
  • Junkie Threads - I first saw them at the Gilbert Art Walk, where I picked up an "Arizona grown" T-shirt for Parker (it's still a little big on him). I also ordered their Feather Tank. Also, they were on the Finding Arizona podcast, which I enjoyed listening to.
  • LetterCraft - We picked up some Arizona-themed ornaments a couple of Christmases ago. I like the state cutouts and the United States puzzle. They were also on a Finding Arizona podcast recently.
  • For The People - This is a shop that I haven't checked out before, but I would like to.
  • Frances - My friend, Emily, first told me about this boutique shortly after I came back to Phoenix from undergrad. I like to check it out every once in a while when we're in uptown Phoenix. It's been uptown before uptown started getting trendier. Also, the owner's daughter is on SNL!
  • Practical Art - I thought this was a neat shop with a variety of handmade items from a number of different artists. We got a table from here that we now have next to our front door.
  • House of Tricks - I go here for work on multiple occasions, particularly for lunch, and I get the Grilled Chicken Breast Chipotle Pasta, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Scallions and Spinach in a Spicy Pepper Cream Sauce

Either this weekend or next week, Greg and I are planning to check out Practical Art again, and For the People while we're at it, which is next door. Frances is on the same corner, so maybe we'll swing by there too! (Although Greg isn't as big a Frances fan).

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