Thursday, October 30, 2008

Where's my mojo?

Today started like everyday, up at 4:22 am. Don't ask. Anyway, met Debbie for our biweekly jaunt. Everyone that knows me, knows Thursday is nail day. Today it was pedicure and waxing day. So with pretty toes, a freshly waxed you know what, and a tummy filled with Pumpkin spice latte my day was starting pretty good. Got to work, and the storm began. Been busier than usual today and every patient was demanding and not very nice and I hate to admit I took my frustration out on a patient. I apologized and sat there realizing I just didn't have my mojo today. My closest friends would stop here and say, she apologized? Yes I did, for what good it did. So the fumbled through the day, so busy that I could not finish anything I started. Then I looked at the clock and it was 530 pm. Enough off to my happy place! After a quick put together I finished a two page layout for my bud Candice. Now I feel my mojo is back. Tomorrow is another day! I hope it is BEAUTIFUL !

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


A couple of weeks ago I went to my great nephews first birthday party. For Christmas I decided to make a little cowboy first birthday book below. I have made many little Xmas projects, but I cannot show most of them, since the recipients read my blog. Anyway it was the first time I used the Zutter machine on metal. That's a workout, but I think it turned out cute and since the family does not read my blog I felt it was safe to show ya guys.

The title was cut out on my wishblade, the metal corners

I picked up a month ago at Simply Scrapbooks.

More frames and titles cut out on my wishblade.

Love the little buckaroo with the bat.
There are more pages but will have to save that for another post, I need to get some sleep before meeting my bud Debbie for our biweekly jog at 430 am UGH

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Walk In My Shoes

I have to say my step has been a little lighter this past week. Why, well let me tell ya. When Debbie and I were in Santa Barbara I saw the newest Dansko clogs at of all places Nordstroms. They were screaming Cindy. But of course they did not have my size. But alas, with a few clicks of my mouse, they arrived on my doorstep.

Aren't they so cute and sooooooo Cindy! Now if I could actually walk in them it would be great, but my trainer showed up again and once again I cannot walk without the word ouch coming out of my mouth. I keep telling myself no pain no gain, but somehow that isn't comforting me right now. Cosmo anyone?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hot Dog Anyone?

Wow this weekend flew by and I did not get enough done as always. But such is life. What did make me laugh this weekend was the Halloween costume my son bought my little Zoey Lou. For those who don't know me ,Zoey is my miniature doxie. She is shy so it took some doing but I did get a picture of her in her costume. She is a HOT DOG. Not so original but funny as heck.

PS- don't ya love her pearl and jewel collar. I put it on her for our family photos A little ladie needs her BLING!

I am working on many projects for fall and Christmas. I hope to have my family holiday card done by the end of the week. Taking pictures with two dogs and Garrett really pushed my patience and thank god there is photoshop! I will preview it later in the week before my pal Candra heads back home for some fun and business. If you have not booked a session with Candra, do it. She is so great. I hope to preview a little cowboy birthday book I am doing as well as some paper I am creating digitally later in the week too, however tomorrow is day two with my trainer and I may not be able to move to get anything done!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Family Ties

The Welch Family or as Richard said we are not laughing with you, But at you!

Well when everything is said and done, family is what ties everyone together. I have planned family pics with Candra for a couple of months and have a session scheduled for my entire family when they are here for thanksgiving. Because Duck hunting is a priority for Richard these days, we had to have our individual pics done early. Needless to say the dogs were a challenge and getting Garrett to be in a good mood as he was missing the baseball game was more of a challenge. However there are some cute shots. Here is a preview. I can't wait to design my xmas card and create pages that will capture my thoughts during this time. Love C
My Beautiful Rachie
He is not a little boy anymore!
I'm not nineteen anymore :(
But I think I prefer to be where I am today, My fun is just beginning!
Candra, You are the best, so FABULOUS and giving. Thanks for being my buddy, my creative soulmate!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I believe I might make it through my first training session with Tyler Saso. With the holidays fast approaching, I decided I needed a little help with my exercising. Thus I hired a trainer for two days per week. He comes to my office and makes me do things I don't want to do for one hour. Today was my first session, and amazingly I am still walking, but sore. I have dedicated two times per week from now to Xmas. So we will see how it goes.

I am a little late on learning something new this week, but I did a quick tutorial on how to piece a 12 x 12 layout (traditional or in my case hybrid) together from a scan of the right and left side of the pages. In doing so I can save it in jpeg format and post it like my digital layouts. So here it is. This is a piece I did no pismo of my daughter Rachel and her 21st bday Princess Cake. I think it turned out cute. What I find is that I write more journaling when I do it on the computer. In this layout the entire journaling paper and type is together. I printed it out, cut it out and inked the edges. Really love the prima rivit jewels on this layout. So now I will be able to post more of my traditional pieces. I have to say that Tommy never throws away anything and the flat bed scanner was in the "junk room". I rescued it and here is the result.

I also put together a quick page for Debbie Sue of her granddaughters from the pumpkin patch. Love their personalities. Hope everyone has a happy friday, I am so looking forward to it!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Just another day

Well, its Wednesday and the last couple of days have been super busy and I have not had a lot of adventures. Book club at Simply Scrapbook was uneventful, but the margarita afterwards was GREAT! Tomorrow a new adventure starts. My lunchtime trainer. Yes you read right trainer. I who cannot stand exercise, who drags herself up at the crack of dawn to meet Debbie for my cardio will start lunchtime training tomorrow. Getting older really sucks, but I guess I have to do what I can to keep my ass from getting any bigger. I will report back if I am still alive with the details. Well back to the Ole grind.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Okay how did Monday get here so fast? It was just Friday. I always need another day in the weekend to get the stuff done I need to get done. But alas, work never goes away. I did have a productive day in my happy place Saturday. Candra, Candice and I scrapped all day. I finished a couple of projects and Have in mind the next few I need to do for the upcoming Holiday Season. It was a lot of fun and I finally got some new actions loaded into Candra's computer so we could have some fun. I always try to learn one thing new on Sunday. What did I learn this Sunday?

I learned that a martini in Santa Barbara with a good friend makes this rat race all worth it! Debbie and I had a great time shopping in SB. The weather was perfect, the food was great and the shopping fun. Thanks for the fun day. At least I did buy one Xmas present since the holidays are right around the corner!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

He is not a little boy anymore

I knew this day would come. My son Garrett will move on in his life, not needing his mommy anymore. Saturday was when I realized he was now an adult. He bought his first new car or truck I should call it, all on his own. I did not have to do a thing. Wow just yesterday he was running into kindergarten, driving for the first time and now this. I saw a hint of this on Friday. Avery has been cutting his hair since he was 3 years old. He stood up after his haircut and said Avery, I'm gonna shock you. She looked at him and said what Garrett? He said, I am going to pay for my haircut. She just stared at him and he said how much? When he told me that, I know I should have been jumping up for joy, but instead I had a little tear as he is not my little boy any longer. And then the big blow the next day. I am so proud of him He has become more than I could ever have hoped for, but more than that, I now see that he has a bright future and he will be okay. Richard and I must have done something right. I love you boo.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ahh Saturday

Sleeping to you wake up! Thats my favorite thing to do and rarely do I get to do it. With my husband off hunting for the weekend I had the luxury to do so today and now I feel like a new woman! Going to be scrappin all day at my happy place. Lots of xmas layouts for my holiday boutique show coming up. Makes me want pie at noon! Hope everyone has a great Saturday.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Well I really do not have anything super special to say today. Work was work, busy the entire day and I feel like I have a phone strapped to my ear. Not one patient was happy today. Why is that. Why does everyone have to be grouchy. Why do they think yelling and demanding will get them their way. Why should they have to pay their bill? That one really gets me going. Do you pay for your groceries when you go to VONs? Do you pay your gardner? We provide a service just like they do and you have to pay for your portion of the service. With the bad economy I feel this is only going to get worse. I say we this practice has to pay the bills too, I have employees, Rent, PGE. The misconception that "oh doctors make millions" has to stop. I have never seen one person work as hard and long day after day as Tommy does. I paid an oral surgeon more to pull my sons wisdom teeth than we get to save a patient with a heart attack and don't get me started on the free medical care for all the prisoners not to mention payment of two guards (who are getting overtime) to watch one patient. My grandmother cannot afford her medicine and will go without eating to pay her doctor, but the prisoners get free everything. Its our tax dollars paying for that. That where we need to cut, not reimbursement to doctors or social security. Well I guess I had something to say today!!!! Ahh I feel better now.

On a short note, check out my pal ,Candra's blog, she has some stinking cute baby pics!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Well another day, another dollar. But I think I spent more than a dollar today so I am already in the hole! My Pal Candra is taking fall pictures of the kiddies, you can see the details here She takes FABULOUS pictures and I am going to take some with my bitty kitty and my little Zoey. That should be an Adventure, I might have to buy two sessions! I am working on too many projects to list, but gearing up for Holiday Boutique, November 8th at Hodels. There will be 10o vender's. Come check it out.

Well I have gotta go work on some digital layouts. Have a great night. Again if you have any solider spouse who would like me to do a custom book for them to send to Iraq for Christmas
email me!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday Monday

I can't help repeating myself. I hate Monday. I think the person I vote for president will be the man/woman who proposes a four day work week! Sunday was busy busy for me. I finished the American Hero book I did for Shirly's son. They are mostly pictures of her father from WWII. It reminded me once again how thankful we should be of our freedom and for the soldgers fighting for this freedom in Iraq. Regardless your opinon of the war, you cannot ignore what these men and women do for our country. I think for xmas I am going to go hunting in the blog community for a couple of ARMY wifes and offer to do a book for them to send to their spouse for the holidays. If anyone knows of a special someone who I should contact, please let me know. With all my other commitments, I feel I can at least do two or three before the thanksgiving, in time for shipping. Check out below and you can see the pages, I will link the book once I upload it. Well tomorrows another day!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

So Sweet

Well its Sunday morning and I was up early. On Friday I stopped by my pal Candra's art show. It was located at the Harvest Bread Store and it was the first time I had been there. It is a nice store, very cozy with Beautiful Xmas tree. Not as beautiful as Candra's acrylic pieces. So BEAUTIFUL

Saturday had me heading to Westwood for my great nephews 1st Birthday. The little cowpoke was so cute. I hate to say it was the first time I saw him. Makes me realize how fast time goes by and family is whats important. I had a very special day.

What a little cutie.

One special family.

If one thing was learned, without friends and family, life would be a lot less colorful

Friday, October 10, 2008

Ahh, 5 pm On Friday

I have never wanted 5 pm on Friday to get here as bad as I do today. This week has been hectic. Work never seems to slow down, I wanted to stay at the beach and never come home, but alas I have to work :(

However at 5 am today I was in my Happy Place, and the creative process has begun.

Yep, Christmas and thanksgiving are just around the corner and I have many projects in the work. Now is the time to get in the orders for Xmas books and layouts. I had the second in a series of 3 Hybrid class last night at Simply Scrapbooks. It went well. I think I have encouraged a couple of students to keep trying and soon they will never want to leave their laptop at home! I am hoping to teach one hybrid layout a month next year, with the emphasis of learning a new trick each time while learning to incorporate traditional elements and papers. Makes me smile just thinking about it. But of course the boss man will make a comment about my room being messy, but I am in the middle of it right now. At least my office is still clean!

Well, the whistle has blown and I am off to have dinner with my son. I am a hunting widow on Friday nights now (not that I mind) and am going to stop by my pal Candra's art show before heading to famous Dave's for some BBQ. I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will have a sneak peak at my weekend creations on Monday.

Party on!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Why mommy? that's one of the first words I can remember asking my mom. Why has become such an important word to me lately. Why do I do what I do? Why did I become a nurse? Why did I stay in Bakersfield for college? Why did I get married so young? Why was having kids so important to me 23 years ago? Why do I hate exercise? Why do I love scrapbooking? Why did I gain 10 pounds? Why can my son see how great his sister is? Why do I stay? Why don't I leave? Why do I ask why? I can ask why, but I never can answer all the whys.

Why do I write this blog? To share my Life Art with friends, family and for those who want to do the same. To create, to think, to share all that I have. To make someone laugh once in a while. Maybe this blog will help answer some of the whys. I know there is a reason I do what I do, I just hope I see it soon! Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Its Foo Foos Appreciation Day

Today is my sister Foo Foo's 43rd appreciation day. I have always had trouble with birthdays starting with my 30th. After that I did not have birthdays, only appreciation days. I wanted foo foo (lisa) to know how much she is appreciated and how much I love her. I know no matter what happens I can always count on her. Happy Appreciation Day !

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Today is a new day

Woke up bright and bushy tailed, or as much as possible at 4:22 am. Met my pal Debbie Sue for our twice weekly run/walk along the bike path. God I hate exercise, but gotta do it. I know today is going to be a good day for two reasons

First: My office is sparkly clean. I know when Tommy sees it today he is going to pass out! And no I did not clean it because he complained. Now with my scrap room so neat and tidy, I find that I can't work in all this clutter. I know I will never have a desk with no work on it. Its impossible when you have so much responsibility and tackle more than you can possibly do. But at least I feel like I am doing something.

Second: My flowers from Candra are BEAUTIFUL! I am ready for fall, pumpkins, turkey, cranberry, family. I am so looking forward to family pictures by Candra.

So now I know today will be a GOOD day.

Happy Tuesday

Monday, October 6, 2008


Today I am tired, I guess all the excitement from the weekend caught up with me. Tommy was out today so my day was not quite so hectic and Candice was back from Boston so life is good. I unexpectedly got flowers today from my pal Candra. All the card said was "thanks for the hot weekend". Well you know when someone gets flowers in an office full of women, what is written on the card is the number one priority. Of course I did not explain and I'm sure I was the talk of the office most of the day, but That's nothing new. I guess the Q & A sessions were better than I thought or maybe a nice hot shower hit the spot! It sure made my day. The Q & A questions got me thinking or should I say reflecting on my life, what I have done and what I want to do. I don't know if that's good, but mentally good anyway. Well with baseball on TV I guess I will just have to read tonight. Too tired to scrap, yes you read correctly. But tomorrow is another day. Have a wonderful Today!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Q & A

It's Sunday night and I am back from visiting my sister DeDe who lives in Pismo. My pals Candra and Nancy came along too and we had a nice dinner, walked on the beach and scrapped some too. We set off Saturday morning at 6:45 am

Of course we were all smiles as the Adventure began.

I was in the drivers seat of course cause you know how I like to be in control. We headed to pismo and met up with DeDe at Margies diner. I had to introduce the girls to grilled biscuts. Yum Yum.

Then off the DeDe's castle to start scrappin. It was great to create with three gals who are all very inspiring. I also had to introduce Nancy and Candra to another local hangout McClintocks

Those lemon drops are the bomb!! We then went for a walk on the beach.

Wow wee. its all I can say.Wanna know why there are smiling? Its amazing what four women can talk about! You would never look at a shower massage then same way again! Its a girls best friend! Q & A does not end with school. The school of life is so much more interesting. Whats even better is that there is not one question we did not answer! You know me, I'm pretty vocal, and shy is not in my vocabulary. But with Nancy probing my thoughts on friendship and soulmates and Candra's best accomplishment and worst regret questions, I won't need therapy or Effexor for at least three months! Reflection is what I plan to do tomorrow.

It's always fun to spend some time with my sister DeDe. She is known to us as the Princess. A walk on the beach was special.

Well the weekend went by so fast and before I knew it, it was time to come home. Back to the real world now. But without family and friends my world would be so lonely. So thank you DeDe for always being there when I need you and opening your home whenever I want to come and letting me bring my gal pals.

Thanks Candra and Nancy for always keeping me in check. You two are one of the few people who know or see the real Cindy.

But most of all, everyone should take the time to walk barefoot in the sand, smile, love and laugh. It makes facing Monday so much easier.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Close To My Heart

Okay, I have finally caught up on my sleep and am getting ready to jet to my sisters in Pismo with my two gal pals Candra and Nancy. I am so glad I have them to keep me in line. Anyway despite my hectic week with little sleep, I have taken up a challange to do Ali Edwars A week in the life book. Thus I have been taking shots of some everyday life. Today here are the three things I am thankful for

My friend Debbie Sue (thats what I call her)
She has been my manicurist for over 20 years and a best pal for that long as well. Without her I would be insain and my nails and toes would look #*&*&#@#!

Thursday am coffee with Debbie Sue. Pumpkin Spice my favorite

Pretty pink toes. Thanks debbie I feel so much better now.
(sorry Suzanne, your right ugly carpet. I will do better next time.

So after an hour with Debbie, coffee, mani and pedi I am a new woman.
The massage last night by Amy didn't hurt either!!!!!!!

And now I am off to our monthly Close to My Heart night were we make a two page layout and have a drink and chat with the girls so fun.
Have a Great Day