I hope this finds all of you feeling warm and fuzzy the day after Christmas. Heaven help you if you are out and about shopping today! There are two days I try to not venture out for shopping. The day after Thanksgiving and the day after Christmas. I am getting too old and creaky to fight the crowds. (Some peeps might mention that I am getting too old and cranky, but that's another story entirely. Which I will leave alone, doncha know.)
On Monday we took our granddaughter, Brynn, to Rania's Kebob Grill, (a wonderful little Afghani restaurant in Gilbert), for her birthday dinner. We gave her the choice of whatever restaurant she wanted. We were quite pleased with her decision, since we are always up for some yummy food from Rania's! Brynn enjoyed her meal and was such good company! She is growing up so fast. Almost as tall as I am and just turned 11 on the 20th. Oh my! Wherever is the time going???
For our Christmas Eve, we boogied on over to Fleming's in Chandler for a delicious Taste of the Season dinner. It started with yummy Butternut Squash ravioli, which was followed by a tasty chopped vegetable salad. Then we had small filets, beautifully seasoned and grilled, served over a fabulous braised mushroom ragout. And ended the meal with scrumptious almond butter cake with strawberries and a truffle. Did I finish every bite? Does a bear poo in the woods? (Well, not if it is running around in Mesa, like one here has been recently.) And you know, I forgot to take photos of the courses. Chalk it up to holiday exhaustion. (More likely, it was just senior forgetfulness, but don't tell anybody. Let that be our little secret. OK? Okey dokey, thanks.)
We had a wonderful Christmas afternoon with our little family: Angela, Jon, Kelsey, and Brynn. Jon's brother Barry and his partner, TJ, joined us for dinner. (The spaghetti was fabulous, btw.) Our sweet daughter took compassion on me and didn't use veal in the meatballs this year. YAY!
OK, here's the skinny on this week's card. First, our sponsor this month is Ppinkydolls Art, a shop for the most adorable images! Our lucky, randomly-selected participant will win 3 digital images from this fabulous shop! Be sure to color an image for your project, with any coloring medium, and enter for a chance to win this prize!
For Tristan's birthday card, (he turned four and got a guitar for his birthday), I chose LaLa Land Crafts Lil' Rocker Luka. I printed him on X-Press It BC and colored him with my Copics:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: Y21, E31, E33, E35
T-Shirt/Hat/Jeans: B32, B34
Star/Shirt: YR30, YR31
Guitar: E42, E43, E44, E47, YR30, YR31
Shoes: E40, E41, E42
I added some Diamond Glaze to the Guitar. My die cuts are from Spellbinders Classic Stars and Memory Box Typewriter Upper & #'s dies. My DP is from the Carta Bella So Noted collection and was paired with Bazzill Kraft CS. And that's it!
Do check out the great inspiration by my talented teammates: Carla, Kathi, and Laine. (Although one or two may be a bit late in posting.) And then play along with us, won't you?
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! We will watch our Cardinals take on the 49ers in SF. Our team was Coyote-awful last Sunday. It was really embarrassing to see how easily they let Seattle run over them. Honestly, it didn't help that we were surrounded by Seahawk fans, doncha know. But I still love our team anyway. I truly do not expect to see another of their games until next fall. But you just never know, do ya...