Sunday, July 3, 2011

Kelsey's Birthday Card

I was afraid I wouldn't get a card made for granddaughter Kelsey's birthday this next week, as we will be gone to Oregon. Duh--it dawned on me that I could use the Magnolia class card for her if I just got it finished before we left. So I worked like a dog, (do they even think about working?), the last two days and finally got it done. Yay!

Of course, I have spent a lot of time doing other things as well. Like shopping. For shoes. For many pairs of shoes. But they were having sales. On shoes. At Macy's. And Dillard's. And I needed wanted new sandals. :^) Angela, dear daughter of mine, don't choke because I bought more shoes. I have always loved having a shoe collection. You should know this about me by now.

Anyway, I did find some wonderful sandals at both stores. And they are so comfortable. And they would look really good on me if my feet weren't so red. Why in the world do my feet look like cooked lobsters? I have a need to know this. So if anyone can tell me, please comment. I have no idea how to get rid of the redness without getting rid of my feet. And that might be a bit inconvenient.

I did other shopping today besides shoe shopping. Poor Gary. He called me, while I was shopping, to tell me he thought of a birthday gift for me--noise-reduction headphones for air travel. I informed him that another gift was entirely unnecessary since I had just spent thousands on shoes. (Just kidding). I also got a new shirt at Chico's because I had two gift cards to use there. And a new Chi styling iron at Ulta because it was 1/3 off and I had a $20 coupon. Well, it made sense to me at the time. And I had to get a pair of granny panties to wear under my summer skirt. But those only cost $4 since I had a gift card to Soma also. Oh, and I bought some skin care items at Origins, because I was running out and had another gift card to use. I love having a birthday! I get all these gift cards from stores and restaurants. And I almost feel guilty if I don't use them. So, of course, I go shopping. And eating.

As a matter of fact, Gary and I went to Gordon Biersch last night to use a birthday coupon. We had some yummy shrimp and lobster spring rolls. Then I had a delicious lobster, crab, and shrimp salad. Gary had a Kobe burger that didn't wow him. He should have had a salad like I did. :^) So the waitress asks us if we want dessert, and we say we are too full, so thanks-but-no-thanks. So she comes back to our table with a piece of chocolate cake for me (since it was my birthday dinner). I say I am too full, she says take a bite and then put the rest into a to-go box. So I take a bite--and it was fabulous--and I tell her that we are going shopping so we have no place to put the cake. She says she'll put it in the refrigerator with my name on it, and I can pick it up after shopping. So I say OK; we go shopping, I buy nothing (I was good last night, not so good today), and we both forget about the cake. Oh well...I didn't need all those calories anyway.

Today, after a hard day of card-making, exercising, and shopping, I needed another good meal. And we hadn't been to the Deli yet this week (horrors), so we went out there. And had another wonderful dinner. Gary had the California sea bass (which I tasted and loved), and I had the pork loin and shrimp skewers--which were superb. My meal came with roasted potatoes (so many I couldn't finish them), and asparagus. Sigh. I loved it. Then Nicole had made some peach custard, and I got the last one available. Gary had cotton candy vodka ice cream. Both were delicious. So we got our Deli fix in for the week.

I am looking forward to another fabulous dinner tomorrow (oh, I guess it's today since it is after midnight). Gary and I are invited to our daughter's home for my birthday dinner celebration. Such fun to stretch out the festivities! And Angela asked me what food I wanted her to fix for me. I picked Indian because I love it, and she does a great job of preparing it.

Then, Monday, on my actual birthday, we will be having my birthday dinner in Oregon somewhere. Cool, huh? Literally. We will cool off for five days and then return to our delightful desert heat. I really don't mean that last bit. Anything over 85 degrees is just wasted warmth as far as I'm concerned. But most months of the year are really comfortable here. The only place I would rather live is Hawaii, and that's not going to happen in this lifetime. For many reasons. Family for one. And the rest all start with dollar signs.

Note to Angela: if you don't want to see Kelsey's card before her birthday party, don't read any more of this now. Because if you scroll down any further, you will see it. Just sayin'. 

I probably won't be posting while we are gone. So I wish everyone everywhere a wonderful week! And here is the card I made through Suzanne Dean's Color Me Creative Classroom. The actual class was taught by Mindy Baxter. I highly recommend the class--it was fun, creative, and I learned a lot.


  1. Hi Kelsey!
    After you finish the card, please post it here and share it with us. Thanks!
    xox Julia Sáddi - Brazil

  2. Julia, I couldn't get my photo to load on the class page. I did load it into the main photo gallery on CMC Classroom. And it is at the bottom of the post "Kelsey's Birthday Card" on my blog.


  3. Wow, Mom ... that card is absolutely gorgeous. Kelsey will love it. I love it. The stamped image is adorable, and the coloring wonderful, as always. Love the heart border and those flowers. Did I mention it's gorgeous?

    LOL about you forgetting that cake. Glad you enjoyed all the shopping!

  4. Oh, thank you! I hope she does and I am glad you do! It was such a good class and I really did learn a lot! Loved it!

    My cake. Sigh.

  5. I too LOVED Mindy's class. I thought it was excellent. Saw your card on CMC and Online Card Class. Beautiful! We used to live in Florence OR. I miss it. Not the inlaws but the coast! I am becoming a follower of yours. When you return, you should check out

  6. WOW! You du=id an amazing job! It looks just my my card. I'm really happy to hear you enjoyed my class. Beautiful, beautiful card and coloring!!

    Hugs, Mindy

  7. Thanks so much, Carolyn and Mindy! It means a lot to me that ladies of your talent caliber would like my work! I wish you both a wonderful rest of the week.
    Hugs, Penny

  8. Thank you, Abby! :^) I really appreciate that!


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