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.

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