Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Welcome to Guest Blogger, Stayce DeWid

Hi, I’m Stayce DeWid, I’m so excited to be blogging today for Cruise and Crop.

This album is a mixed media album done with several different mediums on several different media surfaces.  I’m just beginning to get into the grungy goodness of mixed media. Not sure I’m very good at it yet but I’m trying. Lol

I do however LOVE to layer items and little pieces and trinkets etc....

Lots of glue, lots of different mediums and Tons of fun. If you get a chance you should try it.

We also have a fabulous cruise coming up with Cruise and Crop. Would love to see some of you there.  Check out all the details at: 

Thanks for looking

Stayce DeWid

And thank you Stayce for contributing!  Leave a comment about a class you've taken with Stayce.  We love her work!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Have you heard about Azamara Cruises?

Check out this great deal from Azamara Cruises...


Travelers Booking a Christmas Voyage Early Can Enjoy Up to $1,200 Onboard Credit

MIAMI, July, 13, 2012 – Azamara Club Cruises is celebrating Christmas in July and gifting holiday travelers with 12 Days of Savings. Beginning July 16 and for 12 days, the cruise line will feature a new onboard spending credit for vacationers booking a Club Oceanview or higher stateroom on either Azamara Journey’s 14-night Vietnam and Thailand voyage or Azamara Quest’s nine-night Christmas in South America voyage.  The onboard credit offer ranges from a maximum of $1,200 to $100 decreasing by $100 each day. Holiday travelers may use this opportunity to leave the stress of the holiday season behind and experience an unforgettable Christmas onboard one of Azamara’s two intimate 694-passenger ships while enjoying its signature authentic hospitality.

Guests may choose between the Far East, where Azamara Journey will sail roundtrip December 23 from Singapore on a 14-night voyage,  and South America, where Azamara Quest will sail December 18 from Rio de Jainero, Brazil, to Buenos Aires, Argentina on a nine-night voyage .

Along the way, guests aboard Azamara Journey will be treated to five overnights in fascinating Asian destinations, including Ko Samui, Thailand. Guests will enjoy sailing the Chao Phraya River to Bangkok where they will have two days to explore the thriving city and visit the world heritage site, Angkor Wat. A late night stay in Sihanoukville also provides an opportunity to visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, before heading to Ho Chi Minh City where two overnights allow ample time to enjoy the city’s fantastic shopping and nightlife.                                
Guests aboard Azamara Quest will leave the holiday stress behind and sail along Brazil’s Costa Verde with calls at Parati, Porto Bello and Ilhabela, known for its lush green landscape.  On Christmas morning guests will awake in Punta del Este where Uruguay’s natural beauty and penguin colonies await in addition to sophisticated restaurants, bars and shopping.

The offer is valid for new individual bookings made with full deposit by July 27, 2012, on either Azamara Journey’s Dec. 23 voyage or Azamara Quest’s Dec. 18 voyage. Offer applies to Club Oceanview or higher categories only.  

Travelers on either voyage also may enjoy additional savings on Azamara’s proprietary air-booking system ChoiceAir, with a $500 credit per guest, up to $1,000 per stateroom, when booking a Club O
ceanview, Club Veranda, or Club Continent Suite category stateroom; and $1,000 per guest, up to a maximum of $2,000 per stateroom, in a Club Ocean and Club World Owner Suite.  Full details for this ChoiceAir offer re available at:

Azamara’s 12-Days of Savings
July 16:         $1,200
July 17:                $1,100
July 18:                $1,000
July19:                $900
July 20:                $800
July 21:                $700
July 22:                $600
July 23:                $500
July 24:                $400
July 25:                $300
July 26:                $200
July 27:                $100

        Year-round, travelers can take advantage of up to 50 percent savings off brochure rates and delve into the destinations that larger ships cannot reach with half off Land Discoveries (shore excursions) purchased online. More information about these offers can be found at     
        Guests aboard Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest also enjoy more inclusive amenities, such as included gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; complimentary bottled water, sodas, specialty coffee, and teas, as well as complimentary red and white boutique wines to accompany lunch and dinner; complimentary self-service laundry; English Butler service for suite guests; and shuttle transportation to city centers in ports, where available.

To book - call 352-527-8473 or e-mail


Monday, July 16, 2012

41 Day cruise to Singapore?

Hello All:
Do you LOVE long cruises?  Then check out this unique cruise....

Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas will leave Galveston, TX on April 21, 2013 and arrive in Singapore on June 1!!
All leg's for this 41 day cruise are now open for sale.  (Add 14 more days if you want to sail to China!)

See the flyer above to view the ports of call on each segment of this unique and one time opportunity. 

Since this flyer is a bit hard to read - you can check out these links to view the itineraries on RCL's website...
Transatlantic Cruise:  Click Here
Suez Canal Cruise: Click Here
Dubai to Singapore Cruise:  Click Here

The rates are outstanding and RCL's Choice Air (One Way return on June 1st) is available for the return flight to Houston starting at $1,437pp!!  Total cost for the 41 night cruise is $3,684pp WITH AIRFARE....That's less than $100 dollars a day WITH AIR! Rate is based on inside stateroom, double occupancy. Government taxes are additional.  Choice Air can advise additional gateways for you select city.  

Here's the details:

April 21st, 2013 - Galveston to Barcelona - 15 Nights

Inside  $749pp,   Ocean-view $949pp,   Balcony $1099pp

May 6th, 2013 - Barcelona to Dubai - 15 Nights
Inside  $799pp,   Ocean-view $1049pp,   Balcony $1349pp

May 21st, 2013 - Dubai to Singapore - 11 Nights
Inside  $699pp,    Ocean-view $899pp,     Balcony $1149pp 

Let us know if you are interested in this fabulous opportunity.   1-800-645-1481  This is not a crafting cruise.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Quick and easy 4th necklace

Our town's big 4th of July fireworks celebration takes place on the 3rd. So as I was getting ready this morning I made sure to put on my Red, White and Blue...except I didn't have a very cute outfit. I found my old strand of red pearls hiding in the back of my jewelry drawer. Even with the red pearls on top of my white shirt I still didn't look very festive. This looked the the perfect opportunity to craft!!

The outcome was pretty simple. I'm sure it could have been a bit more embellished (and maybe blinged)...but not bad for my 30 minute time slot. The three flowers are independent of each other. In fact, the red flower is a pin I had made last week. The little blue Yo-yos I whipped up today. Each flower is sewed on with thread {which could be removed later}. I did tack the three together with one stitch so that they didn't spin around.

I hope this inspired you to create something patriotic.

Share with us your creative 4th of July crafts. Email them to


Monday, July 2, 2012

House Warming Party

On Saturday I had some of my dear friends and family over for a classic house warming party.  I wanted to share with you a few cute gifts that I got.  First - here is my invite.  I had lots of fun with my Copics.  Not my best coloring job - but not too bad for a beginner.

These stamps are from Close to My Heart.  Click here for the specific stamp set. (Consultant Sheila Wilson)

This first gift is from Gail (my sweet momma)...and my dad.  She really went the extra mile to present the gift in a creative and thoughtful way.  And check out this card.  The Lattice work was created on her Pazzles Cutter. (Join us on Pazzles 1st Cruise & Crop cruise...CLICK HERE)

The curtains were made by layering ribbon.   

A piece of acrylic was attached between the window lattice work and the curtain to make it look like a real window.

I plan to leave this cute sign on the basket.  Now to decide where to put it and what should fill it.  Any ideas?

This second gift was from Jim & Jane.  They were my neighbors before I moved.  Jane has been with us on a couple of Cruise & Crop cruises and is quite possibly our most supportive, unpaid "sales women".

Check out this clever idea...presented in a cute basket. 

Do you have any creative House Warming Gift ideas? Leave a comment.