Courtney S. Barr

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Awesome designer! JennyNDesigns!!!

Okay I just discovered this wonderful designer on ETSY.COM. If you have never visited ETSY you are totally missing out on up & coming designers as well as people like you & me who have a knack for crafting/creating anything.
Anyway, I visit GYPSYWINGS (one of the sellers) site all the time. She makes unique jewelry in the Northwest area & is also a Twilight fanatic. But just checking out the ETSY home page can enlighten you to all kinds of fun items.

The other day I stumbled across Jenny's Designs. Everyone knows how much I LOVE purses. Well her designs are awesome! She is a Texas based designer & the look she creates is unique. Her knack for classic styles, twisty-trendy fabrics & a vintage feel is welcoming in a sea of oversized duffels! (Granted I do own one or two of those oversized duffels... ahem) Anyway, if you are looking for something unique & handcrafted go visit her site: or her blog: or her facebook page:
She is even doing a GIVEAWAY!!! OME!! woo hoo!

Also don't forget to just peruse ETSY.COM it is so much fun & addictive....

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Part 2: Class of 1999 Reunion Dinner

Well the dinner went wonderfully! We all had a wonderful time & hate that those who could not attend missed a fun filled evening. My classmates are absolutely awesome. I was pleased with the results of all the planning and was ecstatic to find that they also seemed to be pleased. It was an enjoyable feeling at the end of the night to realize that we all are still comfortable with one another.

We all mingled, we all hugged, we all laughed and caught up with each other. But most importantly we all remembered that the camaraderie that was there ten years ago is still there even though time & distance has separated us...

Monday, August 3, 2009

PART 1 - The Picnic - 10 Years... Class of 1999 Reunion - August 1, 2009

OME! It has already been 10 years. A decade has passed since I graduated from High School. The past few months have been a huge planning session for me. My class decided that we did want to celebrate 10 years. Some how I was roped into being the lead dog on this chase. Well for some they might have shied away from the process, not me. Those who know about my travel agendas/books, my need for control, my type-A personality, my love of everything sentimental and my thirst for creating something fun will not be at all surprised when you see the pictures from the event.

Getting in touch with everyone proved the most difficult part of the process, but once addresses had been established, dates set, and the tone adjusted I was rolling right along discovering new things about old friends.
Ten years is a long time to do many things in life. My classmates have spent those years well. There is not a single person who participated in the events that I am not proud of. They all are so extraordinary. The comaraderie that we had growing up permeated the day as though 10 years had been really just 10 minutes from our last senior party. There were no cliques, no separation of this group or that group. Wives & husbands flitted amongst us as though they had known us all their lives. That speaks highly to the people we all chose to spend our lives with.
We were blessed to see the images of our own youth reflecting in children running around naked, hungry, or sliding on a slipNslide for fun. I watched men who had just been boys when I last saw them, carry a child as comfortably as they once carried a football. Women who were last seen as giggling young ladies stood deftly handled multiple children and their husbands with grace & love.

The summer heat beat down on us at the Picnic but laughter & memories won the battle. We stood and talked about what we do now, we all were getting reacquainted and ready to reminisce even more at the evening festivities. For a few hours children became friends - never really realizing that the adults around them have been friends for a life time, not knowing that these people their parents were laughing & joking with were people they had once played with at picnics & on slipNslides. It is a beautiful thought that one day these children might be as close as we are...
Enjoy the snapshots of the day