Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Cardmaking Day 2014 at Pink Chair Studio

Spent the day brainstorming some new business ideas and making cards for
World Card Making Day 2014.

I didn't get to participate in any of the WCMD challenges but I'm pretty excited about the new business ideas and this card! :D 

Here is the blog post on Pink Chair Studio about my cardmaking adventure today. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

YouTube!!!

Hi everyone!

I have spent the week starting my YouTube channel {Stephanie T Gascon}. For now it mostly focuses on my papercrafting adventures, and I will cross-post this on my PinkChairStudio blog. There will be other kinds of videos though - jewelry, dolls, dogs, vlogs, etc. Eventually. ;-) 

You can find my YouTube channel here:


Here is my craft studio tour video.

Subscribe to my channel to be part of a craft studio destash giveaway that I am planning for the end of August.

Happy Creating! :0)




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Family!

My sister, Kim, and her family came to visit at the end of June. 
I haven't seen any of them since early June of 2011 when I visited them in Stockton. At that time Chris had just graduated high school and was getting ready to ship out to boot camp in the fall. For this visit he was on leave before his next tour overseas, and I wasn't sure if Stephanie would be able to join her family on the trip. 

I was overjoyed to be able to see the entire family and they were excited to see us, and meet our girls - which is what we call our three spoiled dogs! ;-) This is the first time Travis and Kim have been to Stockton, but the kids visited us twice when they were younger (about 12-13 years ago), but we didn't have dogs then.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the visit: 

Lunch at Vero Amore the day they arrived. It was yummy! True Italian paninos! Left to right: Travis, Stephanie (niece), Chris (nephew), Michael, and Kim.

The dogs got LOTS of attention which they really enjoyed. Here is my niece Stephanie (she is named after me) throwing a toy for Ginny while Mocha waits (mostly patiently) to be pet. Bella is not being ignored in this photo, she is waiting at the door because someone went out front.

My nephew Chris, on the left, went indoor rock climbing.
 

Then the next day he went outdoor rock climbing. ;-) These are pics from my trip with them to Mount Lemmon. Michael took Travis and Chris up to Mount Lemmon the first day to ride the ski lift. Chris was more capable and adventurous than the rest of us (Michael as at work) out on the rocks, but...
...Travis did get my sister pretty far out on the ledge though. Windy Point is windy! lol They were posing for photos taken by Stephanie.
The dogs getting more attention. Travis is playing fetch with Ginny behind the couch, while Mocha and Bella are enjoying quality belly rub time with Chris.

Introduced them to eegee's - much needed after the hot hike on Mount Lemmon. Mmmm, refreshing!

My dinner at Fini's Landing, where we took the family for Taco Tuesday! YUM!!!!


Taking photos during their last night in town. Chris, the almost 21-year-old soldier, and Stephanie, the 23-year-old fashionable chef.
Me with my sister and family! In this photo my sister, me, and Stephanie almost look like we are all the same height, but Stephanie is taller than me, and I am taller than my sister (only by an inch or so though LOL).

One of the difficult goodbyes on the morning they left. Chris had a special bond with Bella, who was very well-behaved when he told her to be. 


 I am hoping we can make these yearly visits, even though I am not sure I will be in Tucson full-time and they would prefer not to come during the summer again. ;-) LOL Highs of 108 that felt like 113 were no fun! Especially because they were on their way to Vegas after and it was even hotter there. Yikes! 

My sister is a crafter like me, especially loving papercrafts, but we only had limited time in my craft room and no actual projects got finished. We did find crafty goodies for excellent deals at the thrift store, and shared lots of goodies between us so that she had a big extra bag to take home, and my niece had an extra bag as well. They brought me some wonderful things from Daiso (along with other fun stuff I have never seen in our stores here), which I was super excited about because I see all the pics on Instagram of fun California Daiso hauls. 

Here are most of the goodies they brought me: 



Sweet haul, right?! Ignore my iPad but you might recognize the commercial (I'm watching TV on my iPad through Cox).

Love. Create. Discover. Play.



Monday, June 23, 2014

What is in a name?

Hello! 

This is my first post of 2014. What?! LOL 

I just updated the blog name and URL so I thought I'd provide a quick update on why I want to revamp this blog. 

I have too many blogs. I admit this. Like all of my creative work, I went in a lot of different directions with the various blogs, instead of unifying.

I think this is just the nature of creativity, but a bit much to keep track of, practically. ;-) 

Still, each blog is distinct, so for now the multiple blogs remain but I will use this blog to cross-promote and for random musings.

My life right now:

1. Job hunting; school ended for me on April 28, 2014 so I now have my BS in Environmental Science. At the moment I am looking for a local part-time position with benefits. Number 2 explains why.

2.  I need to find a good dog sitter. My husband has a job he loves, but his travel schedule this year has been unpredictable and the trips far more frequent than expected. Our three dogs are not low-maintenance, so I need the freedom of not being gone for more than 4-5 hours at a time until/unless we can find a dog sitter. 

3. I am hoping to open a Paper Kismet shop on Etsy this year where I will sell my papercrafts. Papercrafting was an amazing way to relieve stress during school, but making choices between crafting with paper or beads on any given day is HARD! ;-) At least for me it is.

4. Staying fit. I am only 4'9", so the weight I gained last year might not seem like much to some, but for my frame it was a lot - I lost the weight I needed to, about 6-7lbs, but the goal is keeping it off and keeping my heart healthy. I also want to gain back strength because I have scoliosis, so I need to increase my yoga. About mid-May I started walking every evening, but the distance is inconsistent. I try to eat healthy enough to help me prevent adult-onset diabetes, which runs in my family. I love chocolate though, and eggs. Good thing I also love veggies, and seafood. Sustainable seafood.

5. My husband surprised me with a lovely 4 day trip to Monterey, California as a graduation/birthday/anniversary gift. The trip was in May and I really enjoyed myself, but because I still want to live/work near the ocean it also made it even more difficult to not want to quickly plan my next trip to an ocean destination. I'm pining away for the sights, sounds, and smell of the sea!
6. Anxiety/depression. This I have to add because every day it hinders my progress and success. It is not an excuse but something that I have to admit to myself or I remain in denial that it requires overcoming. I have struggled with anxiety disorder for over two decades. I developed severe depression last year (around April of 2013) as a result of a minor illness that had symptoms that mimicked depression, and therefore seemed to prevent an accurate diagnosis and treatment. The constant fatigue and frustration brought on actual depression, which I finally started feeling free of in January (2014). However, life has seemed overwhelming lately with my anxiety disorder making the weight of choices that much heavier. I want to run off to the ocean but never want to be parted from my precious dogs. Living in California is much too pricey, and moving back to California is not something my husband wants to do anyway. The heat of a Tucson summer (although thankfully it isn't as hot as Phoenix or Yuma) adds to my discontent as I returned from lovely 65 degree days in Monterey to 108 degrees here at home. I am handling the heat much better than in the last few years, and it isn't always 108 for a high, thank goodness! Today it is only supposed to be a high of 103.

I am grateful for my comfortable home with air conditioning, cool concrete floors, and lots of natural light so I don't have to turn on lamps during the day.

I am grateful to have the freedom to make this a slower job search because my husband brings in a good income. 

I am grateful to have my creative supplies, the desire to create, and online shops to earn money from my creations. 

I am grateful for many things. I am also 42, and need to get my butt in gear! LOL 

I need to find a satisfying job that helps others but one where I don't have to use my entire salary to pay for doggie daycare. :-/ I find it to be a conundrum and this doesn't even take into consideration the other personal matters (too personal for this blog, at this time) that I have to factor in. 

My life is being turned upside down this year. So many changes, so many possibilities, too many choices. At least I'll never have to change my name - no matter what might happen! 

The name of this blog is my name. Given to me at birth, not changed upon marriage, and it feels like an anchor right now.
 It was the name I chose for my business (since 2009) even though my online shops are under various other names.

So here I am...and here I go. 
What adventures, and scary pitfalls await?