Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Crafty Break

You guys, (guys=Northwest slang) I'm freaking out that I'll be away from any crafty-ness for 9 whole days. A big-'ol-crafty-break. It'll be like having a crafty fast. Or as one blog buddy mentioned "It'll be like detox." I think it'll stretch my creativity fer sure! Remember how I'm going to Oakland, CA from August 4th to the 12th? I'll be helping out some youth do skits & dramas & work with inner-city kids & local organizations in their work with the homeless & others in need. I'm nervous. I'm excited. I'm gonna miss my girls like crazy! There will be 4 guys & 4 girls in our group & 4 adults going. I'm really excited to be with the teen girls, it's something I've always had in my heart to do--to hang out & help motivate & just be the biggest dork EVERS! This group I'm going with seems very quiet & I haven't "broken through" yet. I've been around them a handful of times & I thought they might have warmed up to me by now. They are very quiet. Reserved. Hmmmm. My dorky ways will soon conquer their inhibitions.

You know what though? That drawing thing came at a great time because I'm totally planning on taking a sketchbook & tons-o-colored pencils. Don't know how much time I'll actually be able to sketch, but just in case, ya know? Just knowing some sort of artsy supply is near, will help me be OK. And the funny thing is, I have had this stash of colored pencils in my crafty supplies forEVER. There are bits & pieces of all different brands, but I seem to have a good selection. I guess?

I did another cheesecake drawing after I gave my brother HIS cheesecake. I really like how it turned out. I'm working on a cupcake one now. Feel free to mention any dessert or "sweets" I should give a try at.

Speaking of cupcake, I'm busily trying to get my stuff together for my cupcake swap buddy. The send out date is Aug. 5th, but I'm hoping to get it out tomorrow. I'll post pics when I get back from my trip. AND, that means I'll have a package of cupcake goodness waiting for me upon my return!! YAY, it'll be Cupcake Christmas!

Oh, this might bore you to death, but I did the cutest thing for my girls. I have NEVER been away from them for more than one night. This 9 days thing is big. So, I put each of their names on 9 different brown paper lunch sacks. Pazely has 9, Zoey has 9--each numbered. Each day they'll open one bag & inside there will be a note & a little prize from mommy! On the first day I put supplies in both of their bags to make a paper chain to count down the days until mommy's return! I'm trying to make this trip as easy on them (or me?) as possible. Now that I think about it,I might need to make myself a paper chain...

And I thought I'd mention my 2 bestest treats this summer. Nescafe brand Ice Java Iced Coffee syrup in Chocolate Mocha flavor. I mix it with milk, toss in some ice cubes & sip it down with a straw. And, The Laughing Cow brand creamy Swiss cheese that I spread on a cracker & gobble up. Yummo!


  1. AWW! gonna miss ya! maybe I need to make myself a paper chain!lol! Seriously, what a thoughtful way for mommy to be there everyday for your girls! You are very talented and I know it will go well! Can't wait to hear all about it! I Pray you and everyone has a safe and fun journey!

  2. Oh Nikki
    Bless you, I hope you enjoy your trip and don't miss the girlz too much. I am sure they will enjoy some freedom, especially if someone like daddy or grandma is looking after them cause it will be treats all the time.
    Its great to see you doing something so worthy pat on the back, your drawings are fab can't wait to see the next cupcake.
    Have fun

  3. No kidding! I need a paper chain too!

  4. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is me waving bye!!! I just know you'll be great at this and have a wonderful time. Those wee girls are gonna so love the bags and later it will be a stand out memory for them, I'm sure!!! Have fun and be safe, if I don't talk to you again before you leave! BTW glad you liked the cupcake book!


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