Thursday, March 30, 2006


Rebecca, your true color is Black!

Your color is black. The color of night. Serene and mysterious, black conjures up images of elegant evening gowns, dashing tuxedos, and gleaming limousines. Traditionally a symbol of success, black also represents power and an uncompromising demand for perfection. Not surprisingly, you tend to set challenging goals for yourself and do whatever it takes to achieve them — your strength of character is second to none. This unfaltering determination, along with your natural elegance, impresses people. But keep in mind that your personality might be intimidating to some. Try to temper your demanding side with a little softness — trust us, it won't kill you. Overall, though, black is the color of professionalism and achievement, which means it's clearly the color for you.

My son sent me this test to do, and it was hard for me. Must be age mellowing me or something.
I am in the blackest of moods anyway, so it fit. Wendy passed away Sunday afternoon. Heartbreaking. I had made my flight arrangements because I didn't think Rox would be able to go. She worked it out so we would be able to drive down in her car together on Wednesday morning, so I cancelled my flight. We left and got 75 miles away, and the radiator in the car went wonky. That was it, we waited for the tow truck. Got her car to the dealership and it was 4:00 in the afternoon by the time it was all done. We both were exhausted, disappointed and grieving, we gave up. The funeral is today. Want to be there, I won't be. The internment is in Spanish Fork on Saturday, so we will all go to that.
Anyay, black is the theme for the week.

Sunday, March 26, 2006


Had a really rotten day yesterday, and I am still trying to digest why I think it is about me, because it simply is not.
One of my very dear friends the amazing Wendy has cancer.
She had breast cancer 4 years ago, did everything right, and went into remission. She then did many preventative measures to avoid cancer in her future as well. She had a remission of about 9 months and then went in for a body scan and spots were found in her lungs and her liver. That was about 16 months ago.
Her husband called me yesterday and told me that she was in the hospital and that it was close to the end of her fight. We sobbed and then he had to go home to his children and explain to his 4, 6 and 7 year old children that mom was going to go home to Heavenly Father. It is just so wrong in so many ways. Why her, she is the most amazing person, she has the purest heart and the strongest mind. Her faith that she would beat it never faltered.
The tragedy is just so inexplicable. I am so heartbroken for her husband Rick her parents John and Alice and for her children Dallas, McKell and Halle. I also feel heartbroken in a very selfish way for myself. I am going to miss her in so many ways, she is always the voice of love and reason and I need her.
The hardest part is that she lives in So. Cal. and I am in Utah. I feel utterly helpless. I want to be there to do something for someone. To keep the kids so her parents can be with her, to clean her house so Rick can come home and just love the kids without frustration. I can't, it isn't what is needed, and it is so hard to deal with that. All I am doing is sitting and waiting for that horrible phone call and crying randomly.
Wendy, I love you. Thanks for everything you have been, I wish I could have been there more and taken a part of your burden somehow. We were only separated by miles, you were always in my thoughts and I prayed for you often. I wish that it could have been enough, but you are needed elsewhere, and I hope to be worthy to be near you again. You were an amazing angel on earth, I can only begin to imagine how incredible you will be with no boundaries or limitations.

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Cyber Party is ON!

So today is the official Elizabeth Dillow cyber party!
So here are the links for the around the world celebration!I am going to try to keep up with the links, but so many people LOVE and ADORE Elizabeth, that it is going to be hard! The darling, amazing and uber talented
Miss Elizabeth Dillow
and her Fabulous Friends!
I will update as more come in! So much fun to share the love!
Keep passing it on!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Congrats Elizabeth!

Elizabeth Dillow, new Hall of Famer for 2006-2007!
We are so proud of you and so excited for your accomplishments this year! I hope that you enjoy your year, and can't wait to see what your creative mind comes up with next!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Basking in the warm window sun

EV loves to sleep and eat!
When she isn't eating, she is found most anywhere in the house taking a little cat nap! She sleeps at night in one of the girls room, usually Chloe's because Laurel will lock her out (she gets in her hair and on top of her pillow) and during the day she is anywhere she wants to be! In the sun under the dining room table, on my bed or some other random places (under sofas and chairs, on chairs, behind my sewing machine, etc.)She likes to be where every one is and loves to be involved in her own special way, watching behind half closed eyes from a warm comfortable sleepy haze.

Sunday, March 19, 2006


Being a poppet! I took my own image and photoshoped it to create a more Claudine Hellmuth like Poppet. This is one of the pictures that Rox had taken of me while we were with Lazar StudioWERX in Las Vegas. Next time I will try some different things but it was fun to go crazy and just try different things!
Other wise, the weather is still stormy and is is actually snowing right now! My poor tulips and crocus are not going to know which way is up!
Still missing Avalanche a lot!
Played too much tennis this week and I am kind of feeling burnt out. One win one loss both in third set tie breaks. Would rather have won the one we lost, but oh, well that is tennis.
Volunteered at a fundraiser on Friday night and it was a group I will probably not voluteer for again, it was not a very positive experience.
Kelly is coming to visit at the end of the week, and it will be a nice change of pace. She will only stay for a few days, but she is bringing Pico her dog, and it will be fun to have them around!
Anyway, that is about it for now.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

In like a Lion and out like a Lion?

February was gorgeous.
Not too hot or cold, too wet or dry.
Saved it all for March!

Chloe shoveled the front walk Sunday afternoon with a fresh six inches on the ground.
This was last night with a beautiful alpenglow on the foothill
Woke up today to about seven and another three or four fell in the next couple of hours.
And of course because it is Utah, if you don't like the way the weather is all you have to do is wait five minutes and it will be different.

Now this afternoon, the snow is completely melted off the back deck and it is sparkling, we call it BlueBird here!
So like March! Where is the lamb?

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Changing the Spin

Time to change my spin, been feeling a negative pull and so I am going to push it back around through sheer will power today!
Missing Avalanche.
Okay now that is out of the way, all my wonderful good stuff has room to come out!
I have been on a design team that I just love working with Little Black Dress Designs!
Tina Masterjohn is so talented, accepting and wonderful, and has really been a blessing in my life! I get to do some travel dates with her, and the first one is in St. Louis and I can't wait! Only a few weeks away and it will be so fun! She has let me give some input on some products, and it has been so great to feel valued! Thanks Tina!
Just this last week, Christina from Lazar StudioWerx placed me on her design team and is having me help with coordinating the talent. I am really excited about this opportunity! The women that I will be working with are all very talented and I hope that I can help meet their needs and Christina's! I also just ordered piles of rubber stamps from Lazar and can't wait to get to play with them!
I have never been a stamper kind of girl, but these are so amazing, I am converted!
It has been gloomy for about ten days and another set of storms is coming in later but it is sunny and blue here in SLC today, and it feels so good!

Totally forget to mention this earlier, but it is PI day, and that is a holiday in our house! 3.14 is a fabulous number, and we have a few nerds who live here, so we love this day!

Friday, March 10, 2006


Found this quote on the talented Miss Kelly Angard's blog The Crafty-Girl , I love to look there for strength and support, the lady has great insight!
"HEROES: There are few things as powerful as having people in your life who want to see you succeed and thrive. Most goodhearted people are willing to help others and make sacrifices...they only ask that other people do the same. And finding people like that in your own life begins with serving others." from NO EXCUSES by Kyle Maynard

Tina (Little Black Dress Designs) and Christina (Lazar StudioWerx) are amazing, and I wish that I had taken a better picture, I adjusted it, but the light was just too bright from where I had shot this from in the booth! And a pic of Rox eating was the best I could do to get her alone, she is usually in the middle of all the pictures I take surrounded by people she loves!
These three women are FAN-Freakin-TASTIC! Heroes really! Great people who go through each day doing the very best they can with what they have to do and be! Great examples of taking the high road for the right reason whether it makes them feel better or not!
I want them each to know that I love and appreciate how wonderful and unique they are! Thanks so much, I love you!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

March 8th at 1:00 p.m. A time to remember

Avalanche passed away.
We miss him. He is a big dog, and our hearts have big holes in them.
When all of us got home safely from our daily obligations, a light beautiful snow fell for a few minutes. It was a wonderful and perfect closure for us. It was as if Avalanche sent us this moment to say Heavenly Father has it at the perfect tempurature here, and I'm doing great!
It was incredible.
I am so relieved for him that he isn't in any more pain.
He will be the best guardian angel, and we know that Heaven has a special place for dogs, the most unconditional of all creatures.
I had to put some of the highlight shots in as a tribute to his memory.

A long wet walk with Laurel was a smelly, delightful, soggy experience for both!
Anytime you get to snuggle with such a love muffin you are the lucky dog!
one of our favorite ways to tease Avalanche was by pushing his ears up and calling him Easter bunny, and then pushing his ears forward and calling him the big bad wolf. He was always in the mood to play, and loved the attention!

The holidays won't be the same without him, he was always in the middle of everything checking it all out! But the real gift was him leaving hair everywhere....

...and we will long be remembering him as we pull his fluff out of towels, clothes and off the furniture!
Thanks for everything baby dog, we cherish your memory!