Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Big Band Jazz Machine at Bernardo Winery

Todd loves big band music.  Even when I met him at Ohio State when he was 18 years old, he loved big band jazz.  So on Sunday, after getting home from my crop with the Studio Calico girls, we headed to Bernardo Winery to enjoy an evening of music with Ira Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, with special guest saxophonist Eric Marienthal.  What could be better than a San Diego evening (75 degrees) at a winery with big band music?  Nothing much.

We got there at 6:35pm and the band had already started promptly at 6:30.  We walked into the tasting room and got our concert tickets, plus a glass of wine each.  His & Hers.

The sun was golden on the horizon and it was a beautiful evening in Rancho Bernardo.  It is magical to think that we live only a few minutes away from this beautiful winery.

Our view of the stage.  Since we didn't get there earlier, we were further away than we wanted to be.

Sun flares.

I loved the trees and the little lights on strings.  It really made the place feel celebratory.

Closer view of the band.

Special guest saxophonist Eric Marienthal.  Todd has been a fan ever since Eric played in the Chick Corea Electrik Band.


After the sun went down, the lights on strings became the only lighting around. 


It could have gone on forever, I was enthralled.  But alas, the concert ended around 9pm.  It was one of the best nights of this summer of 2012. 
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Monday, August 27, 2012

August Crop At Ever After

Back at the end of June, I attended my first ever crop.  It was a meetup of the Studio Calico girls at Ever After Scrapbooks in Vista.  When another one was organized for Sunday, August 26th, I signed up.  I had so much fun with the women I met last time, I knew I wanted to do it again.  And now that I know what to expect, it's less intimidating to go to a crop!  I even have a crop packing checklist now in Evernote!  :)

Yesterday morning I picked out some photos in Lightroom and printed them out to take to the crop.  The sheet of 20 square photos are 2" each.  You'll see what I plan to do with those.  :p

I bought a rolling crate at Office Depot on Thursday for $25.  I need it to haul my crop supplies around. Fitting everything into this rolling crate is the best thing ever.  Now I won't have to bring my shoulder bag and another bag.

The crop started at 11am and I got there around 11:30.  Some of the girls (Donna, Sam, and Kelly) were there already.  I picked a spot and started trimming my photos.

Work-in-process.  I started putting my 2 inch square photos into my Avery slide protector

Kelly and Kristen sitting across from me.  They were both at the crop last time.  I met Kristen at the Amy Tan class at Paper Tales in May

Pearl sat next to me.  She was at the crop in June also.  Such a fun lady!  And I totally coveted her Artbin divided satchel box.  So fun to see how everyone organizes their crafty supplies!

A view of our space.

The start of my layout.  I have commitment issues and I never glue everything down until I've placed everything on my page and moved them around a million times. :p

I liked this general arrangement, so I took this photo to help me remember it when I take everything off put adhesive on!

Start of my second layout.  Fueled by Fritos corn chips.  The crop cost $20 and includes a lunch of submarine sandwiches, chips, and soft drinks.

Zack (owner Camille's son) took a group photo of us.  Love how it turned out!

Here's my finished layout.  It is about our trip to Santa Barbara in June to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary.  :)




This is what I ended up getting done in 4 hours, LOL.  I guess I chatted more than I scrapped.  But that's my reason to go to the crop.  Any layouts I get done is a bonus! :D

I used post-it notes to remind me about my journaling.  Those slots will be filled with papers, embellies, and journaling.


I had so much fun spending the afternoon with these creative women.  I can't wait for the next crop in October!  :)

Supplies Used

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