Jun 6, 2010

Happenings ,Workshops, and the Winner of the first giveaway is........

I am happy , excited, and a little bit blue today all at the same time.
Less than 2 weeks ago , we found out that Mason had won a scholarship to to be a summer exchange student in Japan. Well, nothing like the last minute! He has been wanting to go for almost 2 years. The problem with the "less than 2 week notice" scenario is that he had no passport, and he had school finals , final projects, and a state track meet!
After many phone calls , I found out that we had to go to
Chicago, which is our closest regional passport office (about 5 1/2 hours from us)

This was our beautiful walk from the hotel at 7:15 am to get to the passport office by promptly 8:30am , complete with a letter from our Congressman's office. Our Congressman's office , along with my friend Jamie (Thank you so much Jamie!), was a very great help to us in planning this. Then...

We had to wait until they issued the passport later that afternoon soooo.

We walked to Navy Pier and had Bubba Gumps!
We may have passed ~just a few stores~ along the way that we took a little peek in as well! Wow , that mile really is Magnificent!

Then , at the very end of the day ,being a California girl at heart , and considering that we probably walked at least 10 miles that day( seriously, I had no heel left on my shoes!) ,we felt it only right to stop in here

For this!Before we made the trip home. (there went my diet)

This is what Mason was doing about 14 hours before he got on the plane , running at the High School state meet down in Louisville. I think he was well ready for a nice nap on the plane this morning!
He is off to California now, to spend h
is orientation at UC Berkely with some quick "survival Japanese " language crash sessions and then on to Tokyo .

I am so glad Mason got his wish, and something he worked for.
But, sometimes the right thing for a Mom to do is the ha
rdest thing, and I will miss him.

(my favorite Disney digital collage I did of him a couple of years ago)

I want to thank everyone for all the kind and wonderful comments you left here , and I am going to get back to each one this week before we leave for Disney World with almost all of our family.

And the winner of the Frozen Charlotte doll by random number generator is ......
Congratulations Carol Mae!
congratulations to Carol Mae of Prairie Dreams

I will draw the winner of the bracelet from my list of blog followers tomorrow at midnight .

"Afternoon Tea"
Broken China Jewelry Pendant workshop

Lots of fun stuff in this workshop!
This workshop will be Saturday July 31st
5:30-9:30 pm
Pasadena Bead and Design Show
Pasadena Hilton
You can find out all of the information and register for it, and the other 2 workshops I will be doing while in California here:


Other than getting orders off to the post, in between the rush to get Mason organized and off to Japan, I have not been in the studio to "create" this week. Hopefully I will get at least one new creation done to offer before I leave for Florida.


  1. I can't imagine getting ready to go to Japan in two weeks! It would take me that long to decide what shoes to take! But CONGRATS to your son for taking this adventure! And we'll look forward to hearing of you going to visit him!

  2. You brought me to tears, Shari!
    I'm happy - for both of you - it is an adventure, not only for Mason, but you as well. Congratulations! Loved the pics, too!
    Love & hugs,

  3. I am so happy for your son Shari...knowing how much he wanted this and now it's coming true just made me have happy tears in my eyes for him :)

    Congrats to the winner! Lucky gal!


  4. Oh gorgeous necklace there!beautiful!!
    You have my sympathy at 'losing' your boy for what...a year?...sigh..it's hard for us mother birds to let the littlies leave the nest! But you're right...it will be the experience of a lifetime for him...hang in there!!

  5. that's awesome for Mason...He sure is a cutie too! Hope he has a wonderful experience. I know your gonna miss him. My boy will be in Washington again this Summer for 5 weeks. He did that last Summer too and I missed him so...... Best to him on his travels. Hugs..Mica

  6. Congrats to those incredibly lucky bloggers. I was so crossing my fingers, LOL. Thanks for including everyone in your blog for a chance to win. Hope your day is grand!

  7. Hi Shari!...Congrats to your Son,for reaching the stars...And to you Mom for giving him the lift to reach them!...Love the Ghirardelli pics..nothing like chocolate and icecream to sooth the soul....Love your artwork,Do you do tuturiols as well as workshops?~~~~virginia~~~~

  8. Hi, I found you through Etsy Cottage Style. Beautiful pictures,
    amazing that he was able to get the passport so quick. Glad that worked out for him. You must be very proud and sad at the same time.
    Am I too late for the giveaway?
    Maybe next time. lol


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