Classes & more . . .

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I have to share . . .

IMG_0004, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

From time to time I loan my creations to someone, especially if it is a past class that they may have missed out on. I know I will get them back and I am always pleased when someone finds some kind of inspirations from my work!

This week when I came into work after a week out of town, I found this sweet surprise on my shelf! It brought a smile to my face on such a rainy day! I waited till I got home to open my little gift . . . "Puddin" my kitty kat helped me!

Inside the little purple box was a pretty silver charm with the words Thank You. What a neat surprise! Thank You Laury for making my day special!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Down East

Down East, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Sooo, if you drive a couple of miles east of the family home . . . you come to Oriental.

Quaint little village on the Pamlico Sound, it's also the Sailing Capitol! you'll see boats from literally all over the world docked here.

It's a quiet, colorful town with great childhood memories for me!

Bear Statues

Bear Statues, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Bears are New Bern's city mascot. You will see bears all over including the city's flag. This year there are at least a dozen of these fiberglass bears all over town. I didn't find all of them but here are a just a few!

Scenes from Downtown

Scenes from Downtown, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

I am often asked, "Where do you go when you {go home}?" Well, here is a few photos from Downtown New Bern, NC. New Bern is the closest actual town to where my family lives. This is where the tiny airport is . . .

New Bern is about to celebrate 300 years in 2010! They have done a wonderful job of preserving the old in this town. Tryon Palace is the centerpiece with the gorgeous gardens.

These are photos from our short walk to a little lunch place called Chadwick House, where we took my Mom.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cotton . . .

Sue's Pic Oct09 042, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

A better photo of the cotton . . . I know I'm a dork, but I love stuff like this! Guess I am kind of a country girl . . .

October 2009 in Downtown New Bern,NC

A few pics from yesterday . . . a stroll downtown, a little lunch @ the Chadwick House & on the way back home I pulled over to take a couple of pics of cotton in the fields, which always looks so cool to me!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Greetings from Down East . . .

orientaldragon, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

where the land & sky meet the water etc etc . . . It's gorgeous down here as always . . . took a little road trip this morning to get some eastern north carolina bbq.
Actually you can get this kind of bbq anywhere down east but my Dad has to get his bbq only from "Rolands". I didn't mind, I got to see the ocean . . .
More to come, big family reunion on Saturday . . . meanwhile go to, you might see me on the live cam you never know. . .

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Here you go:

Some of my students & friends have asked for my favorite Apple Cake recipe again this year!

We also shared some homemade Caramel Corn yesterday @ Fright Fest and the gals wanted the recipe for that too. Enjoy them both, they are Kelemen Family traditions here!

Grandmas Fresh Apple Cake
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup chopped nuts
4 cups coarsely chopped apples

Mix together dry ingredients
Stir remaining ingredients except apples into dry ingredieints
Batter will be very thick
Stir in apples (you will need to use your hands to combine the mixture)
Pour into an ungreased tube or Bundt pan
Bake in pre heated 350 oven for 1 1/2 hours

Usually I dust the top with powdered sugar but this cake is unbelievably decadent with Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting.

For the frosting
1 stick butter
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
16 oz box powdered sugar
Blend until smooth, pour over cooled cake!


1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda
8 quarts popped popcorn

Pre Heat oven to 200 degrees.

Over medium heat, combine first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan & boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in baking soda. Stir well. Pour over popped popcorn in a large roaster or pan. Stir to coat well. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper to dry.

My Class This Week!

Christmas Holiday Planner, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

I have a few more spaces left in this class. . .

Christmas Planner Project
Thursday, October 20 @ 10:30

Just in time before the holidays, we will create a useful but fun project that will fit inside your pocketbook! This is an altered file folder turned accordion book with pockets.

Bring your basics plus: Scoring Tools, distress ink, cropidile

Friday, October 09, 2009

New Class for November

Holiday Banner with Sue, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Thursday, November 12 @ 6PM

We love Graphic 45 & the Holiday papers are just perfect for this vintage style Christmas Banner! Visit For Keeps Sake to see this project in person, photos don't do the colors & sparkle justice!

Basics PLUS
cropidile, Sanding Tools, TIny Attacher
You need your own
Antique Linen Stickles
Clear Rock Candy Crackle
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Black Gel Pen or other black pen
Gold Gel Pen
Ranger Archival Coffee Ink
Gold Paint Dabber

Stamp Sets used are:
Studio 490 Thinking of You Background Stamp
Tim Holtz Festive Sounds Music Background
TIm Holtz Mini Holidays Mini FLourish

Sunday, October 04, 2009

FRIGHT FEST is Saturday!

Spooky Memories with Sue, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Each year Missy & I bring you FRIGHT FEST! An entire day of Halloween Fun. My project is an accordion album with pockets & room for all your spooky photos! We'll have refreshments too. Call the store to reserve your space in 1 or both classes!
Spooky Memories

Saturday, Oct 10 @2-4

Bring your basics plus Glossy Accents & Purple Crackle, Black Soot Distress Ink.

Classes this week . . .

First is Preserving the Past for October
Wednesday, Oct 7 @ 10:30 or 6:30

You don't need antique pictures to join this class! Each month we create a 2 page layout perfect for your Heritage Album BUT this class is for everyone that loves vintage style! If you haven't signed up yet I have prepared 2 extra kits. Call the store tomorrow to reserve your spot!

Bring your basics plus: Bronze Metallic Crackle
Brown Distress Ink