Monday, October 26, 2009

New Friends

Not too long ago, I began chatting with another Michigan stamper, Lynn, whom I met on StampTV through the Michigan forum. Lynn had posted a thread that she was looking for some local Michigan stampers to get together with occasionally, and I had responded that I was interested. Well, through a series of e-mails, Lynn and I discovered that we live only eight miles from one another and we work one block away!!!

So, this past Wednesday, Lynn and I met up after work at a local restaurant to meet each other and chatted as if we'd been life-long friends! She is quite the artist and creative soul versus my short six years of cardmaking, but we are looking forward to stamping, creating, and learning together.

This past Saturday, Lynn invited me, along with some other local women stampers, to her beautiful home for a day of stamping and sharing. It ended up that only four of us were in attendance, but we had so much fun, and I wanted to share a few pictures. Hopefully the ladies who had to cancel will be able to come out and play another day!

Here are the other two ladies who joined us. Krista (middle) and Joanne (right). Joanne is Lynn's aunt, and the four of us got along really well. Joanne was really focused and accomplished much more than I did that day. Giggle. I was too busy chatting and eating (no m&ms; the ladies haven't learned about my m&m addiction yet) and checking out the cool supplies everyone brought. Also, a friend of Lynn's had sent a couple boxes of stamps and punches that were out on display for us to use, which was cool. I definitely took advantage of stamping some images to be colored later.

Lynn recently celebrated her birthday. Her daughter gave her a ScorPal (woo-hoo!) Krista brought a tote template to share with us, so Lynn was getting familiar with how to use her new ScorPal by making a copy of the template. Thanks, again, Krista!

Like I said, Joanne was the productive one that day. Hee! Well, actually Krista was pretty productive, too, working on mass production of some of her Christmas cards. Lynn and I were busy playing with embossing folders, die cuts, punches, and stamps we don't have, so I suppose we WERE productive in another way!

Lynn has lots and lots of windows, and these tall ones are so beautiful and provide a wonderful view of the river and fall colors outside. The windows also provided us with spectacular lighting to work by. Check out the view here.

And check out this cutie-patootie. His name is Gomez Addams and he is Lynn's Yorkie. He's such a sweetie and this is HIS spot and HIS blankie on the sofa. Lynn told me a really cute story about how Gomez Addams loves to ride in cars. One day Lynn opened the door to the mailman not knowing that Gomez Addams had dashed past her and out the door! A few minutes after Lynn retrieved her package from the mailman and closed her door, the doorbell rang, again. The mailman discovered Gomez Addams in his delivery truck!!! He was ready to go for a ride! I so wanted to take this little sweetie home with me.

I couldn't believe how fast the day flew by! It was so much fun.

Hey, Traci, if you're checking in, you'll be proud to read that I even baked some pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting....from scratch, no less! For those of you who don't know, I'm not too fond of having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking or baking after I've worked all day. I'd much rather be stamping, spending time with family or friends, reading, or watching a good movie.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to see my pictures. I hope YOU'RE having a terrific day and are able to spend time with loved ones---whether family or friends---each day is so precious.


Janine said...

Charlene you look like you had a fabulous time... Isn't it fun to get together for a day of stamping.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Looks like you had a great time and she lives so close. How cool is that! Glad you had so much fun!

Francie G. said...

Well, how fun to discover new friends and stampers in your neck of the woods! Looks like you all had great fun! Thanks for sharing!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

makes me wish i was in michigan! super pictures!!!! thanks for sharing.


jdmommy said...

What fun to stamp with others, and to make new friends!! I'm so glad you two got together! And you made treats???YUM!

Joanne (jojot) said...

how fun for you......(and sad for me....I wish I discovered I only lived 8 miles from YOU....)...looks like a fab day meeting and making new friends, something one can never have enough of....wonderful

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

It looks like you had so much fun Charlene!! So fun to meet up with some new stamping friends. Wish I had that here.

Glad you had such a good time. TFS!!

Grace said...

Oh how fun this must have been Charleen! I wish I lived just 8 miles from you!!!! It's so fun when you connect with a fellow stamper who shares your love for stamping and with whom you really hit it off!!! I'm also enjoying all that gorgeous color out those beautiful windows! So happy for you!!! I hope you have many more happy times together!!! Hugs!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Looks like you had the most fun Charlene!! What a treat to be able to meet such wonderfully warm stampers! So glad you had such a wonderful time!!

Dawn B. said...

This looks like so much fun.. I love that you made new friends to stamp with.. I have started doing that here too.. My hubby would rather not talk scor pal and stazon all day..LOL. Her house is beautiful and I am loving that sweet dog.. Thanks for sharing.. Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting..my FAV..

Mothermark said...

OMG! What fun! I am jealous! I would like to spend a day with you! It looks like you had a wonderful time! Its the coolest. What a beautiful house and a adorable little critter in animal print! Too cool....thanks for sharing!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Looks like you all had a BLAST!! How cool that you work and live so close to each other. Making new stamping friends is ALWAYS fun. :)

Pat (mspfd) said...

What a wonderful time!

Joan Ervin said...

Oh, man....what a wonderful day, Charlene!!! Wish I could have been there...looks like you had a super AWESOME time!!! I bet they have M's next time...LOL!!!!