bazaar goodness.

With the economy improving comes holiday bazaars back on the scene.

Which means it’s time for me to sell some of my paper crafting. Woot!

I used to do really well at holiday bazaars selling my hand crafted items. Whether they were my handmade cards, gift tags or other items, they would sell and I’d make a nice profit after I sold enough for the table fee.

And then, the economy tanked. People had no spare change to buy those things. Dang.

Fast forward to last year. Holiday bazaars were coming back-with no table fee. A portion of sales was the only thing required. I was happy.



My table set-up skills needed some work, but I was happy to see holiday bazaars back on the scene! 🙂

Despite my setbacks, I was happy to sell scads of gift tags.



And also mini albums.



It’s getting to be that time of year again. A time where I get excited about the possibilities of entrepreneurship and making some money at something I enjoy.  A time to also enjoy emptying the boxes of product to make room for new!

I love preparation time for bazaars. I love the holidays!

Project Life advice

I’ve gotta admit that I’m realllly behind on my Project Life. I mean really. behind. (Think January…) That meant one thing-I had to catch up.

Biscuit 001

(‘Scuse the sleeping bag on the floor… foster doggy had surgery yesterday and I had to play nurse.) 

A warning to those thinking about trying Project Life for the first time-be careful not to get 3 1/2″ x 5″ prints. Trust me. It can only work if you spend a spell binding amount of time doing this:

Biscuit 002

Yes, I spent an amazing amount of time making it work. I backed a spellbinding (my word for the evening 😉 ) amount of photos from a 2-month period last year.

Yes, last year. Not even up to 2013 yet. Aye yi yi.

Lesson learned. I gotta say though that I love using up card stock! Unintentionally, but I still love it! I guess there’s hope yet for my scrapbook paper stash to go away. Ha!

I wanna hear from other Project Lifers. Have you pulled this boo boo also? If so, did you fix the problem the way I did?

Crashing a family get-together

A long-time friend flew in for a family get-together that was literally held across the street from me. Literally.

Thank God we’ve been friends since junior high, ‘cuz it made it that much easier when Biscuit and I walked over to see her. They even offered me food. 🙂

It’s nice to see families that can sit in the park together and have a picnic and even play baseball together. My family would laugh if anyone offered to start a baseball game. Eating together though? No prob!



Here’s to a long-term friendship, families and even baseball.

You are responsible for you

“How would your life be different if…You stopped allowing other people to dilute or poison your day with their words or opinions? Let today be the day…You stand strong in the truth of your beauty and journey through your day without attachment to the validation of others” 
― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

So I was feeling upset yesterday.

Everyone was causing me to behave in ways I didn’t want to. It was all their fault, not mine. Thank goodness I didn’t feel like blogging yesterday. 😉

And then, I woke up this morning and realized a few things. Yes, we as humans can be swayed by decisions of others at times in our lives. In the end though, we are responsible for the decisions we make. We signed on the dotted line. We ate too much. We spent too much.

I’ll admit that it takes awhile to learn this. It took me awhile to learn. After all, isn’t it easier to blame others for stupid mistakes we may have made? Yes, but who made them? You.

For the record, yesterday’s silent tantrum wasn’t major. I need to handle it, but it wasn’t over something horrendous. I have control over the situation also.

Now that’s power.

That’s also responsibility for me.



Foster mama



I love dogs.

It’s really ironic that I hated dogs as a child and would always fear a barking dog. I feared being bitten, even though I never had a bad experience with one.

Then, I had a roommate with a Pug. I avoided him and wondered how in the world I could avoid the backyard while I lived with her and my other roommate. I realized how stupid this was the first Christmas I lived there and went out in the backyard. He was a cutie pie!

Years have passed and I guess I felt the need to be nurturing. I guess my motherly instincts are kicking in. I wanted a dog but now is definitely not the time for me to pay for one.

And so, I became a foster mama-to Biscuit.



He is just the cutest little guy who loves belly rubs, snuggling and being a sweetie pie. He’s also pissing off my neighbors by howling when I’m not home, which is why I was happy to get a call today from a woman interested in adopting him. We’ll meet her Monday.

In addition to being a wonderful companion, Biscuit has also helped me lose 23 pounds since getting him last month. Guess I should foster more dogs! 😉

This is my first foster dog, so I’ll see how sad I get once he’s gone. The good thing is that this rescue has 5 dogs currently needing foster homes, so I’ll get another one immediately to ease the pain.

I always need a walking partner. 🙂

A timeless church to tie the knot in



I love old architecture. We very often see it torn down in Southern California to pave the way for seemingly newer and better buildings. Sad.

For that reason I decided to profile this church I’ve driven past way too many times. There were tons of weddings there when I was a kid. Not so much any more, apparently.

I enjoyed the tour of the church, which included loving the details of the sanctuary, which included hand stenciled ceiling tiles and carved pews. Read about the church here.

And the water rates go up….

After not increasing water rates last year, the city of Fullerton decided to increase rates this past year.

A recall hit the city of Fullerton last year, with part of the issue being about the water tax that had hit Fullerton residents since the 1970s. Rates did not increase last year due to that but have now gone up.

Read about it here.

Of homeless shelters and such

The county of Orange went into escrow in January to purchase a homeless shelter in Fullerton. After meetings upon meetings, (which included the town hall meeting above) the city council ended up not approving that location, which meant escrow fell through. The supervisor of this area spearheaded the work, which got him in some hot water with the residents of Fullerton. Read up on the situation here:

-County entering into escrow for the building:

-The homeless shelter being discussed at a town hall meeting with the mayor:

-Planning commission postponing their decision for 1 meeting:

Granted, I didn’t cover the final decision on this, which I’m sure will continue to be a hot button issue for the city.

Farewell (for now) to a local entity


Photo: Davis Barber/Fullerton

Wow was the only thing in the email subject line.

It was an email from an acquaintance telling me that a local blog, Friends for Fullerton’s Future, was turning off-for now.

I nearly fell out of my chair reading it. REALLY?!

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, the Friends blog, as it has become locally nicknamed, has been around almost 5 years and became well known almost 2 years ago after the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless, mentally ill man who was allegedly murdered by Fullerton police officers. I personally believe that the persistent work of Tony Bushala, the blog founder, and Travis Kiger, led to charges being filed against 3 of the police officers on scene that evening.

I haven’t always agreed with the work on that blog, but I respect them.

I respect that they were instrumental in holding local politicians accountable and put many media outlets around the country to shame by bringing the Thomas case to light when they published a bruised, heavily beat up face of Thomas as he laid brain dead in his hospital bed.

I wish the blog admins well as they go on to the next chapter of their lives. You leave a gaping hole in this unique city’s structure.