Monday, November 30, 2009





















Life has been so crazy! So sorry that I have not posted in a month!
Thanksgiving was awesome! Black Friday shopping was fun, took my son and Mother in law! We were done in time to open my Store, Chic Style at noon for it's event! (was a hit!)

My boys have been so busy with school, sports life just flashes by!
Christmas is in just 26 days and I need to decorate this week... Christmas pictures on Wed.

Girlfriend Day at the store on Friday! Yummy food, Free glitter toes, Trunk show featuring Jennifer Barlow Charms and great body products! You should come!
I think I have done a pretty good job of getting my shopping done... Now to wrap!
The store Chic style has been keeping me busy, with new arriving daily and I keep adding rooms full of great Stuff! Lately I have added a ton of great kids stuff!
I really do have something for everyone! Great prices too!

For those of you have not seen the store you can follow be on facebooks and twitter!
Here are some fun pictures of a table I did for a table scape challenge and My boys in the fashion show we did! Plus a couple of other kids!
I will try to be a better blogger! So please follow me and stay tuned! oxox
Note My retreat dates for 2010 are posted and are filling up!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Ok, What happened to Fall! (It's snowing here!!!!) I hope you all had wonderful UEA long weekend! Mine was full! Friday was the fall open house for the store! It was awesome and a big hit! Thanks to all of you who came by to shop and check out all the new!
Sat. was followed by an all day crop with 6 ladies and a ton of good food, great company, plenty of laughter and many hours of scrapbooking! Good times!
Sunday was a day with the family, We were suppose to go to Lagoon and it was raining! So off to the Mall and Dinner at TGIF! Hamps final picked out his fall/winter clothes....
This week is full again 2 pto meetings, work, a retreat on the weekend (spots open if anyone wants a getaway!) and plenty of cleaning ! Want to help!
Sorry I have not posted pictures lately! My Camera chip was taken on accident, I went and bought a new one so I will post some fun pictures this week of the store, cards I made and a couple scrap pages! Plus my boys!! Have a great week! hugs, D'Arcy

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hello!
The store Chic Style is doing great! Thank you to all who have shopped , stop by to check it out, and sent me customers! The store has been well received! Thank you!
Chic Style has something for everyone , Chic Kids is opening soon! I am also working on My Web site opening By January 2010! So I have been crazy busy but in a good way!
Coming up Events for Chic Style! (fashion)
We are Having A Fall kick off event Oct. 2nd 4-9:00pm with treats, specials and give aways!
November 6th Our Fashion show for a Snowcrest Fundraiser!
November 13th Trunk show Featuring Bohemian Cowgirl Charms and Bobbles! All Day!
December 4th Girlfriends Night! 4:00-9:00pm Skin care, glitter toes and yummy treats!

Events for Chic Studio (scrapbooking!)
Sept.25th Crop night 4:00-midnight $7.00 Pizza and treats served
Oct. 3rd All Day crop 11:00am - midnight $10.00 + a dish to share
Oct. -9-11 Heavenly retreat (spots open!)
Oct. 23-25th Heavenly retreat (full)

For all you scrappers don't worry This is still my favorite hobby and I will continue to get cool stuff in my little store and doing crops and Retreats! Look for my 2010 retreat dates to post soon!
My Favorite top 5 things this week
1. The weather it's been fabulous!
2. Tia Pan! The fall decor is Awesome!
3.collagen make up removers! ( I sell them) 30 tissues for $3.75 And they are
awesome...They remove all of your make up in one step! love!
4.Homemade chicken noodle soup! Made a pot for dinner! Yum!
5. book club What a fun group of girls!
Do something for yourself you deserve it!

My recipe for the month
Chicken noodle soup
6 cups of chicken broth ( I make my own)
2 Chicken breast cooked & shredded
4 carrots lg.chopped
5 celery sticks lg. with tops chopped
1 onion chopped
1 tablespoon Dill
Sea salt and pepper to taste
noodles I love home made but if you don't have time 1/2 the bag of Country pasta soup noodles!
Throw it all in the crock pot except noodles, let simmer all day while your at work! Throw noodles in 10 to 15 mins before serving! Yummy and perfect for a fall day....Serve with fresh Bread! Enjoy, D'Arcy
Please keep checking back I will be posting more now that everything is up and running! ox

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chic Style is Open!
My Grand opening turned out to be a hit! The support from the community was awesome!
I think the store looks amazing and my Hubby built all my Displays and I antiqued all of the furniture white and added glass knobs! Thank you Honey!!!
Chic Style is located in Eden, Utah !
I carry fun accessories, Jewelry, and great clothes in every budget! Yes you can buy a whole outfit for under $100.00! Check back for photo's soon!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I have to say Summer is just flying bye! I am sorry it has been over a month since I blogged!
I have had a lot happening on my end! So let me tell you all the news!
My In laws had their 50th wedding anniversary! Congrats to them! Ben's sister and Ben and I threw them a huge party in Santa Barbara this last weekend and it was alot to par pare for since we had 79 guest from all over the world! (really) It was like planning and decorating for a wedding! So that is done and we had a great time!
My Boy is turning 13 at the end of the month so I have been planning a bash for that!
I have had a D'Arcy's Heavenly scrapbooking retreat every month since March (some months 2) They are going well and everyone is loving the new location! I have 2 in Aug. With a break for July!!!
My little handmade card business (Chic Studio)has me doing a booth at our local farmers market on Saturdays until Aug. And I have a web site for that on Etsy.com (click on my etsy button! to view)
Lastly the best news of all My Husband and I are opening a Clothing Boutique (Chic Style) in Eden! Opening Day August 12th! I have been thinking of doing this for a while and decided I just needed to do it now! We are excited to bring a great shopping experience to our valley! For all of you that loved my Home decor store in Ca. Will be happy to know I will bring the same charm to our new adventure Chic style and we will also be on line at the end of the month!
We will have Contemporary clothes to keep you Chic all the time! For Men, Women and girls!
With A ton of Great accessories ,Gift Items and bath products! We are trying really hard to have things for every budget and great quality! You will also be happy to know we have being searching hard for MADE IN THE USA items! If you are in Utah please make sure to check us out! Chic Style, Eden ut. (next to Eats of Eden!)
Don't worry Retreat ladies I will still be doing my Scrapbooking retreats! I have some great girlfriends that are going to help me in my store.....
I will keep you posted with pictures and a link to my Web site as soon as it's ready!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yea for Summer!! I love the long days, warm summer sun, working in the garden and sipping Ice tea! (June is National Ice tea month!) Have your friends over for a glass on your porch and serve with some of my yummy homemade scones!!

Fresh brewed Ice tea (full proof)
3 Lipton black ice tea bags Tea kettle of hot boiling water poor water over bags ( in a heat resistance container)let steep tell really dark remove bags and add in some ice water! Makes one gallon! Serve over Ice with mint , lemon or sugar!
My scones
2 1/4 cup Bisquick mix
3/4 cup milk
1 cup sugar
cup of dried cranberries or blueberries
Mix all together and place in a round greased shortbread or cake pan
bake at 400 until golden brown ( done with toothpick test) Sprinkle with sugar Serve with lemon curd and clotted cream
One of my Favorite things!!!!!!!


We just got back from Vacation! It is always fun to see family and friends! We had great weather 85 for Palm Springs and Las Vegas this time of the year is awesome!!!

My booth! Chic Studio!

I have added yet another thing to my list of to do's! Farmers Market on Sat. May-Oct. 9:00am to 1:00pm in Eden at the Eden Square next to Harley & bucks and Dottie Becks! I have a booth and sell my Handmade wears Chic studio! You can also purchase my things on Etsy.com http://www.chicstudio.etsy.com/ Come by and enjoy the beautiful fresh air and tour over 40 vendors!
This weeks top 5
#1 Sipping Tea on a warm summer day!
#2 Planting and tending to my Garden!
#3 The Magazine Where women create! A true pleasure!!! I just love this magazine.... Great
to look at and sip tea!!!!
#4 The taste of BBQ! Family and friends outside enjoying the summer night!!!
#5 The new Stickels gel pen!!! I love it's silver sparkle writes like a pen, dries fast and is only
$2.50 ! To purchase one just email me and I will mail one out to you!!!
Talk with ya soon, D'Arcy

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

videojust another little clip! Just in case I don't blog befor Sunday!! Happy mother's Day to all you Mom's oxoxo!
April flew by now it's May!!!


video videoHamps Kindergarten program!

Little clips!The little guys put on the cutest little program! each had a talking part and sang songs from through out the whole year! So darling! They grow so fast! In a couple of weeks he will be a 1st grader!!!! The month of may goes by so fast with spring sports, school functions and field trips I hope all of you moms get a breather!!!!! I have been busy working in my yard 1 week of 6 to 8 hour days weeding!! Today the fun part of planting has started!! I love being out side in the sunny weather..... My retreats are going well and filling up! The ladies are even booking for the fall they are loving it so! I posted new pictures on my web site www.darcysretreats.com check them out! Crafting has been a big part of my spring so far! Lots of Idea pages, classes and card making going on here! I will post some pictures soon of my new work! This is a fast post for me so no top 5 this time sorry! Next time I promise!! oxox

Tuesday, April 14, 2009



Sorry to those of you that bought my Jenni Bowlin year in review kit!
I forgot to post March & Aprils Pages!! Here are the pictures!
I hope you are having fun with the Album....


















I hope you all had a great Easter!
Ours was nice ! We were in Las Vegas and Happy to go to the pool and have sun!
Hamps got another double ear infection!!! So sad He gets everything!!! Then Yesterday stepped on a nail! (had to have a shot and more medication!!!) Next week we go to the Ear specialist to see what we can do!! Poor kid! A few pictures of Easter!!!
Reminders My Spring Open House is May 1st and 2nd!! Fun projects, Prizes, Shopping and Yummy food!
My next all day crop is May 23rd!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy April!
My lap top has been having problems!!!! What a bummer!! So a lot has been going on since I last posted... Hampton had his 6th birthday (star wars) with 21 kids attending he had a blast! I had my first retreat at the new location and the ladies loved it and everything went smooth......Yea!
Went to Ca. for a girls trip with my friend Kim who has never been to Ca. (but Disneyland)
We had a blast! Stayed with my girlfriend Carol in Calabasses, My mom and Sister came up to visit and we painted the town red!!!!! Lunch at the Ivy, Hollywood blvd. Beverly Hills, Rodeo Dr, Santa Monica, Venice beach.... Way fun! Thank you Carol!!! The weather was perfect 75-80 sunny and everything green.... I needed that!
Now back to the real world!!! Get home to find out a friend from High school Died 38 years old and mother of a little girl. I am so sad Suzi was a beautiful person inside and out and will be greatly missed......Life is so short and can be taken at in time.... Remember to live each day as your last because you never know when it will be!
Easter break starts Thursday- Monday And we still have no plans! My Hubby has been trying but he waited just a little to late! We are always good for last min! Well see what happens! I hope all of you have a wonderful Easter and remember he died on the cross for our sins and he rose on the 3rd day! God bless! Happy Easter, D'Arcy
My top 5
#1 Walmarts color coordinating Easter basket fillers (love)
#2 The Juicy store on Rodeo drive
#3 Dear Lizzy's cupcakes!! ( We tried every cupcake in Ca. and they are still the best!!)
#4 the big hair hair spray from target!!!! Awesome
#5 fresh strawberries (there in season..)
Have a wonderful week and a great Easter!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Spring! I am so looking forward to long warm days and a garden full of flowers! How about you? I can't believe how fast the weeks go by!!! Tomorrows St. Patrick's day don't for get to wear green!
Jr. High Basketball is officially over! The season was good 3rd place and same with the tournaments! Spring Basketball starts on Wed. (It never ends!!)
Hamps Birthday party is this sat. (star wars) Turns 6 on wed. the 25th, Happy birthday Buddy!
Family Starts arriving on Friday... YEA! We always love that!
I have been working like mad on the retreat house for all of my scrapbooking retreats! It's looking so good. A new tool bar station, Mini store in it's own room and the crop room is all dialed in! I even got a new stove for the kitchen and all of the Bedrooms are finished down to the smallest detail... I will post pictures soon! First group comes at the end of the month. Wish me luck! (and prayers!)
Thanks to my hubby for all his help! Love him!
On another note My Jenni Bowlin Monthly 8x8 album kit is so cute you will want one! $25.00 for the first kit book, cover, back and 2 pages each for Jan. And Feb. Then each month after $5.00 per month for two pages! (mar is Ready) by the end of the year you will have finished a book with the highlights of each month through the year! Love it! (photo's Coming) Sorry I have missed place my camera!!! (so sad!!)
I love this easy recipe you have to try it!
Lemon Velvet Cake
1 lemon cake mix
1 pkg instant lemon pudding
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup water
Mix all together bake 45 min. @ 350 in a 9x 13 pan
Icing
1/3 cup oj
2 cups powdered sugar
2T veg. oil
mix together use long fork stick cake all over spoon juice over cake while hot, cool serve!
Enjoy!!! Yummy

My top 5 favorite things last week
#1 Fresh fruit smoothies!! (ya the taste of spring!)
#2 Gold canyons Orange vanilla candle! ( Smell of spring !!)
#3 Costco's fresh Tulips!! (look of spring!) I love their fresh flowers!!! My weekly spurge!
#4 The New nordstroms at Fashion place in Salt lake! Wow were not in Utah anymore!!!!
#5 The Latest issue of Scrapbooking etc. What great Ideas!
Try some of my favorites! Have a great week ox, D'Arcy

Saturday, February 28, 2009



So My week started out with my computer crashing!!!!! So this would be why I am updating today! My boys had their teacher conferences this week. Both did great, Good job boys! Hampton lost his second top front tooth! (now a window!!) He was happy to have the tooth fairy come. This is his 4th lost tooth! I have been busy with decorating projects this week. Finishing up my 3rd floor, doing a home project for a client and doing spring displays for my girlfriends store (Dottie Beck) Busy week! Speaking of spring, I can't wait I am tired of winter! I want to see flowers and work in the yard! (fill up my new window boxes!)

Our 13th wedding anniversary was this week! We had a nice evening out...(no kids!) I am very lucky to have married such a wonderful man!

Top 5 this week

#1.Antique hunting love it! This week I found a pair of kid skies, Old camera, Crystal decanter for my bar! If you have not gone hunting in awhile do it's fun!

#2. Bubble bath! I looooove the MILK line smells so good and gives lots of bubbles! Go take a bath and relax!!!! (you deserve it!)

#3. Making cards out of my left over scraps! After I finish a page , whatever is left I create a card with the scraps. I then add a cute embellishment and ribbon and voila a card for my stash!! Try it next time your crafting it's a great tip and you won't have to by cards anymore, Plus you will always have a card on hand for that special someone.....

#4. Costco's Strawberries!! Yea! They are almost back in season.... I have been able to pick up big flats for $7.00 and my boys and I love them!!!! Yummy!

#5 Rent a geek! 1888-for-geek He saved me! Dell Customer support sucks and you can't understand them!!!! So if you every need computer help that is convenient and reasonable! call them!

Have a great weekend, D'Arc

Sunday, February 15, 2009







What I missed another week of blogging!!!! Were does the time go!!!! He is some pictures from Valentines day and the month of Feb. (so far!)
My 12 year old Hiking to ski powder! My Men for Valentines dinner After a day of Skiing! The 7th grade boys Basketball all dressed up before the big game!!! mine is the 2nd one in the white shirt!
Here is some fun little video clips of the guys skiing! Valentines day 2009!

video video

I hope you all had a Happy Valentines Day! Remember to Have love one in your life is the greatest gift! ox

My calendar of events should be posted on my web site this week! Note the all day crop is Feb. 21st I have fun classes and events coming up so check it out! www.darcysretreats.com

Scrap Studio has a ton of great scrapbooking product coming in and already here! Come over and check it out! Product from the New releases of Teresa Collins, Jenni Bowlin, Mark Richards, Fancy Pants, Yellow Bicycle, Making Memories, 7 Gypsies and Maya Roads! I love it all and can't wait to play with it!

I promise I am going to post more often!!

Happy Birthday to My girlfriend Melissa! For her birthday we had a girls night Dinner and a movie a treat from her Mother in law Judy! We went to see Twilight! I loved it! Most of the girls had already seen it multiple times! (but not me, I did not get into the rage!) I did buy all of the books , but did not read them!!! I am going to now!!!!

Last week my Hubby and I had a date!! Rare!(lately) We went to dinner at Zucca's in south Ogden if you haven't gone it's yummy! Then to the Movies for the Opening night of (He's just not that into you!!) Way cute and funny! Great date night! Note have more date nights!!!

This weeks top 5

#1 $3.00 movie theater on 12th street! Plays currant movies no longer playing at the Top movie theaters! Right now they have, Twilight,Bride wars, Australia, Valkyrie, plus 2 others I can't remember... Very cool!

#2 Mac make up! Their New Hello kitty line! So fun.... Get it now it's limited time only!

#3 The March/April Memory Makers Pick up a copy! Has tons of Ideas and features a ton of the latest product!!!

#4 Basketball is down to 1 game a week!!!!

#5 Girlfriend outings (make plans for one with your girlfriends!) We just went to Dear Lizzie's, then off to Nordstroms and Lunch at the Cheesecake Factory! What a fun day! Even if you can only go to lunch, do it! Time for yourself makes you a better wife, Mother!!!

Hope you find the time to do one of my Favorite things,ox D'Arcy

Thursday, February 5, 2009






Ben's birthday dinner!
Hampton hitting a rail! Opa skiing after 2 strokes!!!!! Way to go OPA!


Wow! It's been a long time!!! So sorry time
just gets away from me.


Superbowl 43!

Alot has been going on my way! I helped my girlfriend redo her her store Dottie Becks! (way fun for me since I owned a store for 10 years.) I just love playing with the stuff! The store looks AWESOME if I don't say so myself! If you are in the neighborhood please check it out! Next to the old General store in Eden! (the Victorian house!) this took up one week of my time! I loved it!
Then we had a great super bowl party on Sunday! A blast! Then my In laws came into town on Monday. Hudson has had 3 basketball games and 2 more to go this week. Plus Ben's Birthday was yesterday! Happy Birthday honey!!! Nobody would guess how old he is!!!!!

This weeks top 5
#1 Living everyday as your last!
#2 Having active Boys!
#3 The New Close to my Heart Catalog!!!
#4 Jasoh Restaurant on 25th street!! YUMMY!
#5 The New Fabric Flowers from Prima! I love the bright colors!! Can't wait to play with them!
receipt of the week is easy so try it!
Pigs in a Blanket!!!! MY BOYS LOVE THESE!!!!
package of hot dogs or turkey dogs
1 package of Pillsbury crescent rolls
8 slices of cheese of your choice
Open the crescents lay them into their triangles place cheese on top of crescent then add the Hot dog on top of cheese then roll up! Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 min or until roll is golden dip in sauces of your choice. Yummy! Have a great week! D'Arcy



Thursday, January 22, 2009







Snowmobiling over the Holiday weekend with our friends the Lewis family, We had a blast! I hope you all had a great weekend! It through me off to remember what day it is! So this is just a little up date till I can get it together! Coming this weeks top 5 faves and the Valentine album photo's plus a couple of decorating tips! Talk to you this week end! ox D'Arc

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hello! I am a day late! Sorry the day's just fly by! This is a little family photo from Christmas eve! SnowBasin Ski resort had a event, Santa a tree lighting, fireworks and torch parade! The whole family enjoyed the event! ( it snowed so it was a white Christmas!)

My boys skiing at Wolf Mnt. During the Christmas break with their cousins!


Here is a couple of photo's for 2 of My January Classes! 3 12x12 winter pages $15.00 and 6 vintage valentine cards for $25.00 There is alot of detail you can't see glitter, flocking,painting etc. You can purchase these classes via email or phone call in kit form! darcyscrapper@aol.com
Who wouldn't love these beautiful cards! A gift from the heart!!
On another note I have been ordering fun new product from the CHA show! It should start arriving soon, I will keep you posted as it arrives. My FEB-April schedule will be posted The 1st Feb. with fun classes and kits ready for spring! My next popular all day crop is Feb. 21st sign up soon as this class fills up! (calendar of events is posted on my web sight under classes) Shopping is on my web sight as well! www.darcysretreats.com
This weeks faves
#1 Our WEATHER! It has been sunny and clear blue skies and above normal temperature! love !
#2 HGTV Color splash! What a fun creative show!
#3 Cherry licorice! It's fat free and 20 bite pieces is 100 cal. YUMMY!
#4 Date night! I can't wait for this weeks night out with my Hubby!
#5 The New Janet Evanovich Book! (Plum Spooky!) Half way through ! It makes me laugh!
Hope you will enjoy a couple of my favorite things! ox D'Arcy

Monday, January 5, 2009



Happy 2009!




Leave it to my Boys & the Dowtey Boys to want to ski out of Bounds or any where it can be Danger!!!! ( In Utah this year we have already had 4 death's due to Avalanches ! Don't worry we have talked this over with the boys on many occasions and they understand the Dangers!!! They just like to joke......

We Started out the New year Great! Our Family was all here for the Holiday's and we had a great time! Then they rolled out and our good friends the Dowtey's came into town to help us celebrate the New year! ( We had not seen them for 3 years!) The Boys acted like it was just Yesterday! What a great time & we hope it will not be another 3 years before we see them again!!!! We love to have company so family and friends come on over!!!! FREE place to stay!

Skiing in Park city!Right before Christmas. Notice I do not have a helmet!!! I my son did and he mentioned several times that day! Well I got one from my boys for Christmas! It's pink and white with flowers & they were very proud!!! Got to love it! (If you know me you are laughing right now!!! I just starting skiing again after 4 years of watching My oldest race and having a little guy on my hip then having a little guy on ski's that was easier for me to not be on ski's to help him!) So I am back in the groove & now with a helmet!

My 5 Favorite things this week!!!

#1 My Sewing Machine! I made my first set of curtains!! So Martha of me... (not)

#2 GyText Colorm ball I am loving this ball. You can do the exercise in front of your morning news show and kill 2 birds with one stone! Try it!

#3 The new crush line from T. Collins! I just got it in and I am working on a mini book for a class at the end of the month. (check back for the photo's next week!)

#4 My Carrot Muffins! So yummy try them today! Recipe

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 cup shredded carrots

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup craisins

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar add eggs and sour cream beat well add carrots and raisins. Add in all the dry ingredients, fold in nuts. Fill muffin tins with paper cups add mix 3/4th full Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 min. Or until tooth pick come out clean! Let cool 5 to 10 min. before placing on a wire rack... Makes 12 to 18 muffins! Love these, Yummy!!

#5 Lollia (wish Sugared Pastille) Shea Butter Hand cream WWW.lollialife.com My girlfriend Heather gave it to me for my birthday and I saved it tell I finished a different cream! I started using it last week and my hand are so soft! (even in this dry winter weather!!!) Thank you Heather!

Was one of your New Years Resolution to Scrapbook more or get caught up on a project!!! My Calendar of Events is listed on my Web sight www.darcysretreats.com I have a All day crop This sat. 11:00am tel 1:00am 14 hours of scrapbooking time!!!! Sign up today!

Photo's of classes for this month will be posted next week on both sights.. Check back! Have a wonderful week! ox D'Arcy