The Island's Creative Escape

Happily updating u w/ items received! Like something? dm us w/ inquiries. Located in Los Gatos @ 14090 blossom hill road. Happy crafting!

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What an amazing day with @livelifeandcreate & the #norcalplanneraddicts. We had a demo with @tonicstudiosusa heart shakers by Diana, and a Make & Take by @plannerstreet
If you haven’t checked out Planner Street stamps - you should, they make me smile and they’re a Bay Area company!
@tonicstudiosusa @plannerstreet @livelifeandcreate #planner #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannercommunity #norcalplanneraddicts #craftyplannergirlfriendsmas #creativeescapelosgatos 🎨🏝️🌲🎁❀️

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Christmas in Kentucky... Today we went to a local mall and we see the Santa booth ( no Santa at the moment ) but tons of peeps wearing their UK blue shirts, jackets, dresses, and hair bows waiting in line for his arrival. Jessie say’s... hey mom, looks like everyone wears their UK clothes for pictures with Santa. We just smiled and kept walking. About an hour later we pass by again, the line was even longer. Santa was in his seat... dressed all in BLUE with the UK MASCOT! It was crazy fun to see how the whole town really goes nuts over the BIG blue. Fun times! We head home tomorrow. I believe Kentucky will be a great home for Jessie to do her nursing program. Everyone treated us so nicely, and we really enjoyed our time here. #kentucky #suchnicepeople #futurenurse

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Ya know you’re in Kentucky when ...

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We have Planner Street Coming this Saturday From 2-6 pm. Stop by and say Hi! @plannerstreet #planner #norcal #norcalplanneraddicts #plannercommunity #losgatos #creativeescapelosgatos πŸŽ¨πŸοΈπŸ•β€οΈ

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My baby girl is almost home ( she's over Canada right now )
I have had so many things I wanted to share with the amazing village of friends, doctors, designers, companies I buy from and family who gave their heart to my Jessie's goal of buying an oxygen machine for clinic in Africa. Some of you even gave twice when you heard she was a little short. <3 The support has touched my heart so very much. I feel so blessed. I want to personally thank each one and everyone of you. Not only did your donation help Jessie reach her goal, your gift will help many in need of medical attention in the small village of Manyoni, Tanzana Africa for years to come.
I know I may not always be at my best, but I know I did something right to have seen this beautiful story and community come togther. Thank you Jessie for being the daughter you are and to all those who supported her.
Love always,
Laurie
#tanzania #manyoni #africa #medicalvolunteer

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Hey hey!!! Look what arrived today!! Everyone has been asking and asking! In Stock while supplies last Tim Holtz Paper Dolls Christmas! #tim_holtz #christmas #vintagechristmas #ideaology #mixedmedia #creativeescapelosgatos πŸŽ¨πŸοΈπŸ•β€οΈ

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We’re getting all set up for the Holidays! I just love this time of year, with all the lights, and friends gathering. #holidays #holidayshopping #makehomemade #giftcertificate #craft #create #scrapbooking #mixedmedia #watercolor #danielsmith #tim_holtz #cardmaking #creativeescapelosgatos πŸŒ²πŸŽ¨πŸοΈπŸ•β€οΈ

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Got to spend Thanksgiving with my beautiful Goddaughter Sophie ❀️ #theotherjimenez #bestgoddaughter

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Shop Our Black Friday Sale 11am Friday and Small Business Saturday opens at 11am with store specials offered Saturday only. See our Facebook for full newsletter. #danielsmithwatercolors @danielsmithwatercolor #santaclarawatercolorsociety #watercolor #julienutting @myprimaplanner #bayareaplanner #norcalplanneraddicts #planneraddict #lawnfawn #scrapbooking #scrapbooksale #diecutting #cardmaking #creativeescapelosgatos 🎨🏝️🐈❀️

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Boy, do we have fun! Thanks @frankgarciadesigns for teaching your awesome Blush Tags class! Everyone had a great time! #frankgarciadesigns #primamarketinginc #christmas #losgatos #creativeescapelosgatos

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Excited to announce Andy Skinner coming to The Island’s Creative Escape! #savethedate #mixedmedia @andyskinnercrafts #art #creativeescapelosgatos 🎨🏝️🐈❀️

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Every October I host a Craft Pink Event in memory of my sister Debbie. She was the one I called when life got me down, or when Happy life events happened. I miss her so much. My goal is to help find a cure so that other sisters, and friends won’t lose their loved ones and can call them when life is happening. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event happen- together we can make a difference. #believe #hiltonscottsvalley #findacure #breatcancerawareness @joeyotlo @bellablvdllc @simplestories_ @tonicstudiosusa @scottstevenson8489 @jules_jewels_jules #creativeescapelosgatos πŸŽ€

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For those asking for an update on Jessie in Africa.
I've been here for a little over 2 months now and i feel like i have grown so much. I kinda feel like i am finally blending in with the customs of the culture but i still can't help but stick out like a sore thumb.
As my time is coming to an end I've started to reflect on my experiences.
When i first got here i knew absolutely no Swahili, had never experienced life without water, and had never administered an injection.
Now i can hold a (very basic) conversation in Swahili and I am able to pick up on different words and laugh with the sisters at the dinner table. I am able to communicate well with patients and it makes my heart happy when i can make them smile (usually they're laughing at my attempt at Swahili).
We have had little to no rain in my town so water is really limited. I have taken more than enough showers with a bucket and i can't wait for a warm one at home! The sisters used to have a pump to bring water from the ground but recently the pipe fell into the hole which is very deep and they don't have a means to get it out. This is another thing added to their list of stuff they would like to get done but money prohibits this progress.
At the hospital, I now give at least a dozen injections to adults and children a day. I go to 2 different villages within an hour from my town to vaccinate children, provide check ups for pregnant mothers, and educate them on different diseases that are common in that area. This past week a woman 6 months pregnant went in to labor and the head nurse, Sr. Julitha, delivered the baby right there in the room with close to no medical supplies that would normally be used for that circumstance.
Tomorrow i am leaving my town, Manyoni, for Dar es Salaam to purchase the oxygen machine! This is about an 8 hour trip and I will be staying in the city for about a week to make sure the purchase goes smoothly. I will return to Manyoni for about 3 days to present the machine and say my goodbyes and then i turn around and head back for Dar es Salaam to catch my flight home.
Also during my time here, i had a nursing school interview and will be attending University of Kentucky.

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Love a fun night out with my Honey and The Golden State Warriors! #dubnation #dubweiser #sportygirl #bestnight

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Our Lawn Fawn Day with Julie Kelly- 3 awesome classes! Swipe πŸ”™to see all class pictures. A special thank you to everyone who attended, our amazing teacher Julie Kelly, and Lawn Fawn. What a fun day for everyone! @jules_jewels_jules @lawnfawn @kelitakels #lawnfawn #lawnfawnstamps #cardmaking #diecutting #copicmarkers @copic_official @copicmarkers @copicmarker #creativeescapelosgatos 🎨🏝️🐈❀️

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New Prima Planners and Josefina Fernandez stickers in stock! Swipe πŸ”™ to see Planner Pictures #planner #planneraddict #norcalplanneraddicts #bayareaplanner #plannercommunity #primaplanner #creativeescapelosgatos 🎨🏝️🐈❀️

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The WINNER of our CraftPINK basket is ... Hannah Krenn Congratulations Hannah! #craftpink #creativeescapelosgatos #fundraiser #findacure

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Be still my heart! My milkshake opened right by my house! @mymilkshakesj #reesepeanutbuttermilkshake β€οΈπŸ˜ƒ

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I host many events at the store ... BUT, at the end of these Planner events, I always have an extra smile in my heart! I feel uplifted, and recharged. Carpe Diem’s @laylekoncar has such a simple, fun way for teaching and sharing ideas! We always have SO much fun! Everyone’s swapping things they had made, and enjoying each other’s stories. If you haven’t been to one of our planner events, we have more scheduled for next year. Thank you to all the ladies and Sadie 🐢 who attended, you filled my heart with happy! #simplestories #carpediemplanner #norcalplanneraddicts #planneraddict #plannercommunity #planner #creativeescapelosgatos #zombieplannermeetup

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