Creative Holiday Event Checklist

Put your event planning stress and frustration aside, take a look at our Creative Holiday Event Checklist. Allow it to bring you clarity. We’ve used our crafty skills and complied a fun list of all the things you may need to finish to make your holiday event a success.  So simply print yourself a copy and start marking off those tasks. Your fabulous event will fall into place in no time and you can finally enjoy that glass of holiday eggnog before guests arrive – or have two! We won’t tell.Lab5Holiday Party Check List

Laboratory5 Inc is a local business based out of Tempe, Arizona – we love and support our local community! Shop Local This Holiday Season!

xoxo – All of us at Lab5

Special Event- Ignite Your Creativity

blog Come meet The Little Spark author Carrie Bloomston tonight at Changing Hands Bookstore.

This is a great gift for artists, art lovers, girl friends who get together, self help fans and lovers of all things local!

If you order the book now from Changing Hands you’ll receive two free tickets to meet Carrie Bloomston in person at the Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix on Tuesday December 2nd, at 7pm (Details below) and get your copy autographed by the author.

Local artist and author Carrie Bloomston interviewed a dozen local creatives who are featured in this book! Artists, writers, chefs, photographers, musicians and other creatives. It is a celebration of all things local and it’s available now!

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Event: December 2nd, 2014 at 7 pm

Changing Hands Book Store, Phoenix Location

300 West Camelback Road Phoenix, Arizona 85013 United States


  • TICKET (admits two) is free when you purchase The Little Spark from Changing Hands Bookstore.
  • Letter groups (printed on top of ticket) will be called at 6pm to fill seats and designated standing room. If available, seating and standing room opens to those without tickets at 6:45pm.
  • Space cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals.
  • Booksigning line forms by assigned letter group after the presentation. Those without tickets may get their books signed after ticket-holders, if time allows.
  • Event details may be subject to unannounced changes.


Happy Holiday Shopping – Locally!

Laboratory5 Inc is a local business based out of Tempe, Arizona

– We love and support our local community! Shop Local This Holiday Season! xoxo – All of us at Lab5

Orange Buddha

My orange Buddha went missing a couple of months ago. He sits by my front door in a collection of other Buddha’s. Today he reappeared, not in the same spot  but in a pile of books in another room. I am happy to have him back. Everyone in my house denied touching him or moving him. I will assume he took a break on his own and was now ready to return for all to enjoy. Welcome back!


Orange Buddha – the essence of Buddhism which is full of wisdom, strength and dignity.

Great Love

I had the opportunity to spend a night this past week with important ladies in my life. I was surrounded by women who love me, they were there supporting me and offering me a moment of pause to see life as a gift. I am so grateful and deeply thankful to all the women past and present who have touched my life and taught me so much — simply how to be myself.

Allowing the Thunderbird Stones to fall where they may, a heart was formed. A snapshot from the evening:

Had a Merry Southwest Christmas

As mentioned in a previous post the extended family Christmas had a Southwest theme this year. Our new tradition of the last few years is to celebrate the Saturday after Christmas so that everyone can do their own thing on Christmas and then come together more relaxed. That said – we are also all tired of ham and turkey by then so I thought now that all of my family lives out in Sunny Arizona (at least during the winter) we should celebrate the season by embracing the flavors of the South West. We had to make multiple versions of items due to some members of the family’s desire for a lot of heat in their food and some members who refuse to have a pinch of pepper added! Also, putting this post together I realized I forgot to take a picture of the Southwest peach/mango cobbler baked in the donkey shaped pan and since it is all gone I can’t do a re-do. It was yummy though let me say! Here are some pics of dishes made by . . . . . hmmm . . . . .  all the ladies of the family. Well, I guess the guys did build and keep stoked the holiday fire pit outside in the fabulous AZ weather. Oh and as a p.s. side note we discovered my brother doesn’t like this type of food. He ordered a pizza with out telling us and had it delivered to my house to the suprize of all of us when the knock came on the door. Well each to his own right!

Mango Citrus Punch

Guacamole - I think mom may have actually licked the bowl!

Spicy Chiplotle and Green Chili Salsa (only 3 of us dipped into this)

Warm black bean/corn dip - seriously good - mmmmmm

chili and sugar crusted dried mangos

Tamales from the Tamale Store - kind of a disapointment I wish I wouldn't have praised so much in an earlier post

Pan of corn enchillandas

Three bean chili

Southwestern Beans

Taco Pie

Peach Mango Salsa

Vintage Modern meets guest blogger

Today – A guest blogger invites viewers to shop for vintage modern furniture – read on . . . . .
If your looking for Vintage furniture pieces from industrial to danish to deco check out my booth at The Trove in Scottsdale. I just started this month. Pretty much a bit of everything but focusing specifically on furniture. I have a warehouse full of stuff that I will be rotating through the space. I have Plycraft, Knoll, Herman Miller, Teak, Danish, Wakefield, Primitive, 40’s 50’s 60’s 70’s and 80’s. If I would have it in my house… I buy it, but since my house is full. . . I sell it! I tend to get the things people need like coffee tables, lamps, end tables, sofas, dining tables and chairs, lounge chairs, pairs and singles, credenzas, bedside tables, desks and a few kitchen items. I also have a soft spot for coffee mugs and vintage thermos. The space is less than ten by ten so check back often. Most of my stuff I am selling I have in a storage warehouse and I will take it to the Trove as I get it ready to go. Thanks for looking!!!

  • Location: Antique Trove Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 2020 N Scottsdale Rd
    Scottsdale, AZ 85257-2121
    (480) 947-6074
Space #308 at The Trove

Space #308 at The Trove

I'm #308 at The Trove

I'm #308 at The Trove

The Trove: #308

The Trove: #308

Peacocks, Peahens and chickens oh my

This week I have been teaching the  workshop “How to write and illustrate you own book” for tweens out in Glendale, AZ. This setting is so amazing, so calm and so beautiful. The historic Fruit Packing Shed at Sahuaro Ranch Park is surrounded by animals and nature. During my lunch breaks I have enjoyed writing and drawing and feel accomplished from just my hour a day free time. Today we were visited up close by a Peacock, his lady Peahen and their baby pea’s. I also captured some pics of a few loud chickens. Tomorrow for lunch I will forage at the fig trees, pear trees and grape vines.

Pea babes

Pea babes

The Fruit Packing Shed

The Fruit Packing Shed

The Fruit Packing Shed

The Fruit Packing Shed



Sir Peacock

Sir Peacock

Lady Penhen and her babes

Lady Peahen and her babes