Classes & more . . .

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Classes . . .

It's almost 2012!  In 2011 I managed to keep up on blogging fairly well until Fall when life just got hectic and I put it on the back burner.  In 2012, I'm doing Project 365 or {a Photo a Day} and hopefully I can keep up for the whole year!

In January I have 2 classes planned.  Preserving the Past returns for the 9th year.  Each month I create a 2 page layout for your Heritage Scrapbook.  Many of the pages I create have old black and white photos in mind but can easily be used with more updated or modern pics.   We have a great group of regular ladies that come each month and it's a great night out!  Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 6PM.  Here is this month's page:

Preserving the Past with Sue
Wednesday, January 11 @ 6PM

Please bring basic supplies plus:
Paper piercer
Brown Distress Ink
pop dots
Adirondack Marker Stream
Black Fine Line Pen (I used Copic Multi-liner)

My next class is an annual tradition!  Each year I create a Holiday themed 2 page layout for your current or older Holiday photos.  This layout uses papers from Simple Stories and some added sparkle from K and Company.
Christmas Layout with Sue
Wednesday, January 25 @ 6PM

Bring your basics Plus:
Foam dots or squares
Brown Distress ink
Green, Red or Gold Pearl Pen

Sign ups are required for both classes!  Call For Keeps Sake to save your spot!  314-487-8131

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Upcoming Classes

Once again . . . so far behind!  I just wanted to quickly share my December class:

Sunday, December 11 @ 12:30-3:30

Christmas Mini Album

In this class we will decorate a plain Unibind Photobook with Gorgeous Papers from Bo Bunny!  The inside pages feature pockets, tags, foldouts and envelopes and more.  We will be using the Unibind Photobook Creator to bind our finished book.  Limited space available in this class.  Call 314-487-8131

Cost:  $30

Bring your basics plus:

Claudine Helmuth's Matte Medium/foam brush

SunFlower Perfect Pearls Mist

Beacon 3 in 1 Adhesive

Red line or Scor Tape

Brown Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)

Sanding Tools

Optional: Craft Drill if you have one

Scoring Tool

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Photo of the day and my classes this week!

Preserving the Past for October, Wednesday, October 12 @ 6PM.  This class is sold out.  Thanks to everyone that signed up!

Fright Fest, Saturday, October 15 @ 2pm

After a Frightfully Fun class creating Missy's Spell Book, join Sue to create 2 sweet projects to end your SpooKtacular day!   In this class you will create 2 projects for the price of oneTrick or Treat Hanger and Little Witch Cone.

Call For Keeps Sake to make your reservation!  314-487-8131

Friday, September 23, 2011

Photo of the Day and a new class!

I've been a bad blogger lately I know . . . yesterday I spent some time creating a new class for November.  I haven't put it on the calendar yet but I will later today.  This class uses the Unibind Photo Creator and Simple Stories Generations.  It was so fun to put together and having it bound in a hard cover is just icing on the cake!  This would be a great Holiday gift either for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Cost and Dates pending . . . Have a great day!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Photo of the day and a recipe

Fall is Apple Time!! When my boys were growing up we took our annual trip to Eckerts to ride the wagon and pick way more apples than we needed!
Nowadays Tom and I end up going to pick "up" apples from the Country Store instead of picking them outselves!
This is a recipe from my mom that has become a tradition as much as picking apples. I usually make this at least twice every Fall!!

Grandma's Fresh Apple Cake
3 cups flour 3/4 cup oil
1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder 2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 c sugar 4 cups coarsely chopped apples

Mix together dry ingredients. Stir remaining ingredients except apples into dry mixtures. This is a very thick mixture. Stir in apples. I usually wash my hands really well and mix it with my hands.
Place batter into an ungreased tube or bundt pan.
Preheat oven to 350 and bake 1 1/2 hours. 

Sometimes I go crazy and whip up a cream cheese frosting and it takes this yummy cake to whole new level of decadence!

1 stick margarine
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
16 oz box of confectioner's sugar

Try it!! You'll house will smell as good as mine!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Photo of the day

"Never Forget"

in Forest Park in front of the Art Museum.

In honor of the nearly 3,000 people who died ten years ago Sunday, a tribute unlike anything St. Louis has ever seen has been set up on Art Hill in Forest Park. A display titled "America's Heartland Remembers" features 2,996 flags in perfect symmetry, a flag for each person who died in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Each flag features information about a victim.

It took 300 volunteers, including city firefighters, to put up the display. Rick Randall came up with the St. Louis idea. The design was actually copied from a display at Pepperdine University a few years ago, but putting the names on each flag pole is unique to St. Louis.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Photo of the day

Scenes from Door County, WI
We left St. Louis when the predicted high temperature was 103.
Door County was cool at night and perfect during the day with a high temperature of about 75.
Our Motel

The view from our second floor room.

 A little shopping in Fish Creek.

Our breakfast place.

Pretty Scenes.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Photo of the day

Sneak Peek . . . Each year Missy & I host a spooky little event called FRIGHT FEST at For Keeps Sake.  FRIGHT FEST is so popular that Nancy W and Mary will join us this year to bring you an entire weekend of Frightful Fun! 

Missy has already shown her amazing SPELL BOOK on the FKS blog!
Saturday, October 14 @ 10:30-1:30

A Frightly Festive Spooktacular! One of the scary classes offered at the ever popular Fright Fest! Create a Spell Book/ Recipe Book with a Spooky twist to display near your cauldron full of Halloween goodies!

- - - - - -so I thought I would give you a peek of one of my projects! 

Saturday, October 14 @ 2:00-4:30

After a Frightfully Fun class creating Missy's Spell Book, join Sue to create 2 sweet projects to end your SpooKtacular day!  My class will be limited to 11 participants.  You will create 2 separate projects!  Call For Keeps Sake to make your reservation 314-487-8131.

Projects are on display @ For Keeps Sake!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Photo of the day

While my family is suffering through the aftermath of Hurricane Irene {they are all fine-though without electricity}, we had a gorgeous late summer weekend in St. Louis.  We decided to check out The Festival of Nations @ Tower Grove Park and then stopped off @ Ted Drewes for my favorite Fox Treat {frozen custard topped with hot fudge sauce, raspberries & macadamias}.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Photo of the day

We saw these albums when we went to CHA Summer in July!
  Now we have them in the store and they are beautiful.  
The covers are made with the uniform shirt and even has the velcro to attach the name and rank patches.  We have them for each branch of the service plus Fireman and Policeman!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Photo of the day

Earlier this summer I shared this project.  I altered this old Samsonite train case.  My original idea was to use the case to carry supplies but after I finished it didn't seem like the right use for it.  I decided to use the case to store some of the heritage mini albums I've made. 

Anyway, in July I taught a class and one of my students came in with her altered suitcase.  Check this out:

Isn't this adorable?  All the girls in my class loved it and I've been looking for a "new" old case to alter ever since!  I just happened to find one yesterday at the right price!  Awesome!  Okay now Barb, have you got yours yet?

 Oh and the trim is green!  How perfect is that!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hello and today's photo . . .

I've fallen behind on blogging again but I'm working on it!  Today's photo is yesterday's supper.  Let's just say Nancy W. made me do it!

Last week we went to lunch @ the Blue Owl to celebrate Nancy N's birthday.  I casually mentioned that I had the recipe from their cookbook for the Chicken Salad Pie. Nancy wanted the recipe so since I had it out I had to make it!   So yummy. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Photo of the day

Pink Paislee Mistables are @ For Keeps Sake!  We saw these @ CHA Summer and we thought "this is pretty cool"!  I wanted to make a sample using the papers, frame, flowers and trim!

The wood frame was colored with Weathered Wood Distress Stain.  So easy and fast drying!  I used Ranger Color Washes on the paper, Butterscotch and a little Lettuce.  I gathered the muslin trim to make the large flower (dyed with Cranberry Color Wash).  What a fun project!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Photo of the day

Today's Photo is next month's Preserving the Past.
Wednesday, September 14 @ 6PM

For Keeps Sake is celebrating it's 10th Birthday in September!
Soo, September's class has a birthday theme!

Call 314-487-8131 for your reservation.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Photo of the day

I recently got a new toy to play with . . . I watched Ken Oliver demo the Unibind Photo Creator and knew I had to get one of my own!  I finally got a chance to use it yesterday and made this cute little sample book for the store. . .
Good news, Mr Unibind is coming to For Keeps Sake, September 16 for a weekend of fun! On Friday he will demo and host a FREE Make and Take from 4-8PM.  Be sure to stop by and see for yourself how easy this system is to use. 

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Photo of the day

My class this week!

Preserving the Past, Wednesday, August 10 @ 6PM

I believe this class is full but if you are interested, call For Keeps Sake @ 314-487-8131 and I'll see what I can do!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Photo of the day

I've had to take a break from bloggy stuff.  Soldier son is back in Georgia after his month long leave.  The weather is still HOT and this week DH had to have a minor surgical procedure done.  I think he's on the mend now and the nest is once again empty sooo I'm trying get back into this gradually . . .

He he, I hope he doesn't pop in and see this!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Photo of the day

Spent the day on the Huzzah with my boys . . . 
no friends or girlfriends just the 4 of us, almost like when they were little!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Photo of the day today is very important.

This is the son of a fellow Army Mom.  He was critically injured after stepping on an IED yesterday.  He was flown to Germany and is currently stable.  His injuries are severe and has already lost a leg in the explosion.  Please keep this family in your thoughts, hearts and prayers.  This is a military family's nightmare.  If you would like to send a card to this soldier or his family please email me privately.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


I've been MIA but I had very good reasons!  Soldier son is still home and we are enjoying our family time together!  PLUS, CHA last week kept us busy from morning till nighttime!  So much good stuff coming to FKS in the next few months!   I am posting peeks of all the scrappy goodness we found at the trade show on the FKS Facebook Page

Today's POD is my class next week:

Life is Good Travel Journal

Friday, July 29 @ 10-1

In this workshop we will create a binder style travel journal using products from
7 Gypsies, Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi
This class is full but class takers will need to bring the following supplies to class:

Claudine Helmuth's Matte Medium
Foam brush
Red Line or Score It Tape
Pop Dots
Ranger Archival Coffee Ink
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Tiny Attacher

Of course you will want to bring your basics!