It’s was my Birthday

It was my birthday on the 14th which was the first day of the event. What a way to spend it. .  . . . . playing with paint and mediums!!!

All the supplies we used were stretched along both walls of the room!

This was the box full of panels we needed to complete.  There was also some canvas in the box.

A paint pouring that I did.  Different than the way I had done it before (so much easier)We had a fabulous lunch in the courtyard of the hotel and then wine and cheese at 3 pm in the afternoon.

Dinner was in a private dining room at Cafe Gallery at Loew’s Hotel


The food was delicious!!!

A great end to a fabulous birthday


The Hotel

The Hotel Mazarin is beautiful. An old building right in the French Quarter with lovely architecture.



I came in early so I checked my luggage and went for a walk. I stopped by Cafe Du Monde for a Beignet. Everyone said to come here. Stood in line for about ten minutes so not too bad. I also decided to try the Chicory Coffee which is also a New Orleans staple. Have to say I was not impressed, sorry everyone!!


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Stopped into this lovely stationary store and bought a new wax seal and some metallic sealing wax

20191016_1131061899597072.jpgNew Orleans has such beautiful buildings and the history/stories behind them are very interesting..

In the evening we had our first meal with my fellow artists and the folks from Golden. They gave us a goodie bag filled with fun New Orleans souvenirs as we shared cocktails and got to meet each other. I had my first oyster (tasted like dirt) but, the rest of the food was lovely.



On my way to NOLA.

I am headed to New Orleans, Louisiana with Golden Paints. I am attending a training event called GAEP. I am one of twenty people selected from around the world to be immersed in everything Golden for an entire week. They are putting us up in the Hotel Mazarin which is in the French Quarter. I have never been to New Orleans so it should be interesting.

Rae Missigman

I have admired Rae Missgman’s art for years.  I met her for the first time a couple of years ago at the Faber Castell booth at the trade show.  I was so delighted when she finally agreed to come teach at Everything Scrapbook & Stamps.

Rae taught two fun mixed media classes and I know everyone enjoyed them

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Rae is so sweet and gifted me a handmade book and a lovely crocheted piece that can be work as a necklace, book wrap or bracelet.  I wear it as a bracelet and adore it.


Hoping to meet up with Rae again soon.  If you want to see more of her work click here!


So excited to be visiting New Orleans in a few days. I have never been and I will be there with other artists at a GOLDEN paint training session!!!  Lucky me :)


Where has the month gone? I got back to Florida on the 1st of September in time to board up the store for an impending hurricane. Then we had a huge estate sale at the store for one of our customers who passed away at the age of 89. Myrna had been crafting for many years and had an overwhelming amount of stuff. And of course I was behind on designing all of the classes for this month.

Now onto the crafty/art stuff

Cards from one of our recent card classes. Quick but, fun to make.

This is the Halloween Assemblage for this year.

I love the Halloween Making Season


In Skagway I took the coach to the Train which went through the mountains.  Stopped at the suspension bridge and had Bison Chili for Lunch.  The views are just incredible.

Images of Skagway




Views from the coach

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we even stopped to pick up hitch hikers who were on a hiking tour and two of them turned out to be Nicole and Bryan who were with our group.


Alaska is just so incredibly beautiful and the polar opposite of Florida.  We have beautiful palm trees, ocean views and balmy breezes but it is very flat!


It was a rainy day in Juneau and I had tickets to the Rain Forest.  After getting there we discovered the roads had been washed out so the tour was canceled.  Called another Uber to go to the Medenhall Glacier.  We were in the visitors center and the power went out.  Just a crazy day!!

Here are the photos that I manged to get.


I can see how much the glacier has receded since my last visit.

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