Sunday, November 20, 2016

Winter Market at the Riogrande.

Yesterday Karen and I went to Salt Lake on a whim, we headed to the Winter Market at the Riogrande in Salt Lake. Since Thanksgiving is next Thursday, we decided to head to the market to buy our vegetables and herbs also some other goodies for us as well.
 We like going to Salt Lake, whenever we can I think there is more to do in Salt Lake than in Utah County. There isn't a farmers market during the winter where we live in Utah County, so we travel an hour to go shop. I don't mind coming up here so often because I think there is much to do up there than down south where we live. 
 I think it may be our tradition to come and visit the market before thanksgiving, we actually came up here last year and that was much fun. So this year we wanted to check out the fresh produce and see what was out for the season, 
 It does get crowded, it was bit chilly we kinda had to bundle up for the early shopping. There was apples, meat from the local butcher, potatoes, herbs carrots and someone was selling juices and of course the food trucks along the streets. Inside the building we seen some pastries (my fave) bread, hummus, cupcakes and chocolates. 
 Good thing we came early enough, because by the time we got done it was pretty busy by the time we left. whew! carrying potatoes and apples can wear you out, hahaha.
 I would like to come up here again very soon, this time I want to pick up some more apples and some meat particularly some lamb meat. I hope he will be around next time. There are some time I wished we lived closer to the city. I like coming up to Salt Lake, its different, and more things to do than back here in Utah County. Sometimes I wish.

 Every Time we shop for food, we ALWAYS stop by at Caputo's. It's a Italian shop, they sell pasta, meat, and cheese they also have a deli inside. Best place to buy some olives and meat. It's to die for. Lol. It's one of a couple of shops that sells Italian food that I know of, one of the specialty shops they have in the city. There is a bakery right next door too. Its called Carlucci's Bakery, of course it's one my favorite place to shop for baked goods. they also serve breakfast and lunch. That is why I would love to live here, I'd probably be here almost every day.
 Yep, that was my Saturday. I had a great day just shopping for thanksgiving. It's nice to come up to Salt Lake when we can, even it's for food. I like coming to my favorite shops again and again. Now that the shopping is done, this coming week it's going to be busy. Working, cleaning and getting ready for the NEXT holiday, Christmas, Ugh. So much to do in a little bit of time.
 Soo, I hope you all have a good week and also have a Happy Thanksgiving!! until next time.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Letterpress at the U

I've been planning to go this letterpress mini-workshop, up at the University of Utah (or the U, its what everyone calls it) for a couple of weeks now. I've been wanting to try out letterpress for sometime now, I thought this was my opportunity to check it out. 
 So my sister Karen and I went to Salt Lake last friday to attend the "Print Appreciation" held at the "U" campus at the J. Willard Marriott Library. The public were welcome to try out the school's antique presses, they were all set up with modular design, all pre-inked so the participants can make their own designed cards. The cost was $5 for 1 or $3 for $10. Of course I made three for myself and Karen also made several cards for herself.  They were selling some of their books and I bought a couple of them for a $1 for my scrapbooking.
The instructors showed us how to load the press with our notecards and then they let us try on our own. They had several pre-inked presses for us to try, we just went around and chose what design we liked best. The instructors were really nice, helped us when we needed and very friendly to everyone.
  I had the best time, I felt like a kid in a candy store mesmerized by all the presses and the little shelves that held all their blocks of letters. I even picked up a flyer for classes for letterpress. Hmm, maybe just maybe I might be thinking of taking classes for this, maybe. 
 We stayed for over an hour, it wasn't too long. They also served refreshments so we stayed for that as well. I enjoyed myself, it was fun, different and I wanna do more stuff like this in the future something I really liked to do. 
  Before we head out to the university, Karen and I went to Red Rock Co. for some grub to eat. Luckily, we got there before the lunch rush hit. It's been awhile since we ate up here and we chose this place because we haven't been here yet. I picked the grilled reuben with sweet potatoes, it was so good! the sauerkraut wasn't to strong or overload with it, the bread was a little weak. The stuffing kept falling out and I was making a mess. The sweet potatoes fries was crispy and came with some dipping sauce. Yummy! Karen had the tuna salad sandwich with a side salad. She thought the side salad would be a small plate but it was pretty big, and she didn't even finished it. But she did enjoy the tuna, wasn't to messy or overcome by the dressing. 
 Overall, it was pretty good place. Our server was pretty nice and the atmosphere was pretty busy with a lot business lunches that was happening. Karen wants to try out the dinner here, I'm down for that when we get the time again.
Overall, our Friday afternoon was quite a awesome day. I was happy to attend the Print Appreciation at the university and had some great food for lunch. I'm happy to share my friday fun with you all. 
 I hope there will be more things to do in the coming months. Now Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming up we shall see, I still working on my little junk journal and figuring out what cards to make for Thanksgiving for friends. 
 I hope your weekend was a great, and I hope week ahead will even be better, until nextime.

254 south 200 west , SLC. were coming back to try the dinner menu

my lunch selection, yummy!

the letterpress we tried out.

my sister making her own print

the three on top were Karen's cards, and mine are on the bottom.

Monday, November 7, 2016

what's been happening lately

Recently I've been trying to get back into scrapbooking, and cardmaking. I always have an excuse not getting caught up, something comes up or my work table is covered with paper, junk and more. So I made myself print my pictures in a smaller format, and made a little 5x8 junk journal/smashbook with my bind-it-all. 
 When I have the time I would try working in my book, also I've been putting my instax pictures in the book too. Its the perfect size for it, Im actually happy how its coming along with my little book. (I will do a showing when I'm closer to finishing it).
 Also, Im watching a lot of youtube on junk journals, traveling notebooks, cards. Like how-to's, and tutorials on them. Lately I been needing a lot of inspirations, ideas just trying to get back into making stuff, crafting. Just need that relief from stress and do what I love doing, papercrafting.
 While I'm working in my book, I will be working on my thanksgiving cards, I  have one done but several to go. I wish there was more thanksgiving stamps or saying out there, There probably is online but I'm actually not a big online shopper I like to shop in stores because I like to see it, hold it and actually take it home that same day. I shouldn't be shopping for more stuff I should use what I have and I intend to.
 I hope to get to finish my little book, want to finish as much as I can. I would like to make another junk journal for christmas and do a similar "Daily December," 
 Since the holidays are coming quickly, I'll try to keep up on my posts and show more of my pages, or whatever I'm working on at the moment.   
   So until next time I hope you all have a great week and keep crafting. 

The lighting isn't so good, I've been working late in to the night on my pages. Even though, its 5x8  book there is so many choices and lots of ideas to make a single page.

trying to use up my stash of everything 

I cannot wait till its done.

Have a great week everyone!!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

What's going on.

Well I didn't think I was going to be away this long. A lot has happened since my last post, just dealing with visiting with doctors and dealing with medications. It wasn't a fun early Autumn for me, I'm doing okay for now. I don't want to say a whole lot about it, something I was worried about and figure out what was bothering me. Nothing serious, just womanly stuff we woman have to deal with when getting older. 
  Sooooo...Any ways, just been busy with my jobs and trying to enjoy my autumn. Actually my friend Maritta, wanted to go to the corn maze in Provo, Utah. after the first day of Autumn. Before that day  it rained for about three days straight. It even rained that morning before we went to the corn maze. Maritta, texted me telling me that it was raining and I thought she was giving me an update before we went. Finally it stopped in late afternoon, I thought great we can still go and check out the corn maze. So I met up with her and she drove us both to the corn maze near the Utah lake. When we got there it looked like we were the first ones, there were just barely setting up. I didn't know what was going because Maritta, was in charge of our day of fun at the corn maze. 
 After we got ourselves situated we trek our way into the corn maze. Apparently, this year's theme was "bigfoot in Utah," They told us that if we find all the clues and punch our cards they would gave us a prize. I thought ok, it's gonna be quick. I thought wrong. We trek into mud and puddles of water everywhere. Several times I almost lost my shoe or shoes. I wasn't thinking about the mud and the rain how it would gonna be a mess after that rain storm. Maritta wanted to keep going and hit all the posts get our cards punch and finish the maze. I was not having it I wanted to be done with but I stuck to it and keep on going.
 During our way through the maze, we kept sinking into to the mudd. Omgosh! I felt like we were in quicksand. There were times we got lost but Maritta the navigator got us out. We calculated it took us almost two hours over two miles of walking in the corn maze. By then, I was really tired and thirsty. Luckily we both carried a bottled of water with us that was a lifesaver. 
After coming out of the corn maze we had to trek out on the muddy trail back to where we started. Some of the employees were staring at us and blurting out "I thought we had to send out a crew to find you guys," I was so happy to get out of the corn maze. I didn't think we could ever finish the maze. Oh man, that was a work out, but the good thing was we got our punch card all punched. They told us were the first people to finish the whole corn maze and they gave us free pumpkins. I was excited and picked our pumpkins. Yay!!

Can tell in the background how muddy the maze was, it was muddy

My friend Marita and me somewhere deep in the cornmaze

check out our muddy shoes, I wasn't to happy about it cause there were my favorite pair, I haven't still washed them

A whole LOT! of pumpkins we got to choose our own. Mine is actually still sitting out in the front porch.
 I think that was my exciting time in September for me, It wasn't really a good month for me. I was not enjoying myself.  But since then I've been trying to do some cards, scrapbooking and always cleaning my room and enjoy my little craft area in my tiny bedroom.
But I will post more soon what I've been up to. Well I hope all is well and enjoy weekend. I'm gonna try. Happy Weekend!!1