Friday, June 29, 2012

This is my Peaceful Friday...

One from our trip to Pennsylvania.
Have a safe and relaxing weekend.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

5 days in the Poconos in Pennsylvania

After we left 3 days of bustling through NYC, we went to the Poconos, which was a huge change of pace.  It was so very green!
 This is the unit we stayed in - a 2 bedroom.  Rustic, but all three of us said we slept really, really good.  It was so dark there.
 This was taken standing on the back porch.  Deer would come up to the grassy area and we also saw ground hogs or wood chucks - I have a hard time telling them apart.
 We took a day and drove to Philadelphia... hoping to see the Liberty Bell, but I think all schools in Philadelphia were on a field trip that day.  The line was extremely long and it was too hot to stand in the sun.
 So instead we took a horse and buggy tour through the downtown/old part of Philly.  
It was educational and we actually loved that!
 I just couldn't pass up taking this photo.  We took a drive through the backroads by our resort.  They were completely shaded, winding roads - so very different than what we have here in Arizona.
The most excitement we saw in Pennsylvania were the feral cats who took residence under the back porch.
I put this picture in to remind me of the 8 different forms of travel that was utilized on this trip:
1. Airplane
2.  Taxi
3.  Subway
4.  Ferry boat
5.  Amtrak train
6.  Rental car
7.  Horse and buggy
8.  Limousine

Scrapbook that!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


I just wanted to share a few photos of my trip to New York City...
This first photo was taken as we were walking along High Line Park.  The High Line is so very cool - a park built on an old elevated railroad bed and it is a mile long.  We walked clear to the end and I couldn't believe how crowded it was.  This is some roof top art we came across.  It was very cool!
This photo of Kate, Kim, and myself was taken at a fountain in Central Park.  We spent a short amount of time walking around the park and it is so huge.   This one afternoon was hot, hot, hot.  Most days it was rainy and cool, which helped with all of the walking.
You know this place - Time Square!  It was packed with people but surprisingly I was not bothered by that.
This is one of the fountains built at Ground Zero.  There are two situated where the Twin Towers were.  Very solemn.
We bought tea - LOTS of it - at this tea shop - David's Tea.  I was amazed at the facts that (1) the streets were crowded with people even though it was raining, (2) it was 10:30 at night and we were buying tea, and (3) the lady serving samples was happy to be there!
I took a picture of the "Stuarts" who are listed as immigrants who passed through Ellis Island.  Stuart is my mom's maiden name and I really want to see if I can follow up on some of these names.
Walking, walking, and walking.  That's Kate and Kim ahead of me.  I loved walking down streets with brownstones.
Pizza at John's on Bleecker.  Really, really good pizza and great atmosphere.  Extremely close to Rocco's (pastry/chocolate place - something great to know.
One of our many trips on the subway.  The girls definitely helped navigate me through that.
And, just a photo of the city.  It is amazing and I would love to go back.  Tomorrow - Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Moving weekend...

No, not for me!  Did I fool you for even just a second?  If it were me moving, I would be crying right now!  Well, my oldest daughter, Kate, moved this weekend and I promised to bring food for all of the "movers" a/k/a "friends."  They were so good they were finished by 8:30.  Of course, Kate and Katie didn't have years of accumulated stuff to move - not yet anyway.   On the menu?  A request was made for lasagna, so that's what they got.
 Just a few of the supplies needed...
 Browned hamburger...
 No boil method and ready to pop into the oven.
This little one is for me.
Lasagna ~ salad ~ green beans (Kate loves them) ~ dinner rolls ~ cake!
They ended up finishing much earlier than planned, so rather than eat lasagna for breakfast, they went back to Kate's for dinner.  I missed the move entirely.  Don't be confused by that statement, I am not complaining.  Best to Kate, Katie, and Kelsey (yes, they picked up another roommate) in their new place!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

More about the card crop...

I told you previously about the card crop held at Paper Vineyard Scrapbook Store and showed you the cards I made for the upcoming card exchanges.  What I didn't show you was the card that I made from the product given us.
We were given a 6 x 6" pad of paper by Glitz, along with two packages of embellishments.  The paper is absolutely gorgeous - such beautiful prints.  So the $10 we paid to attend the crop was definitely worth the product we received.  Here's the card I made...
I just cut part of the paper that had a bicycle print on it, mounted it on one of the dark red floral print papers, popped it up, tied a gold sheer ribbon around it, then used an epoxy sticker/button for the center of the bow.  Simple but cute. 
I know Adriana plans to do another card crop in August, but I am not sure of the date.  Check it out - we had a great time.

Monday, June 18, 2012

I had so much fun at the card crop

on Saturday held at Paper Vineyard!  It was only $10 and we received product worth more than that.   The store has been rearranged by swapping the cropping area with part of the store.  I did not get a picture of it, but it is really nice.  While sitting at the tables and working on your projects, you almost feel like you are a part of the store.  You will have to go and check it out for yourself.  It just has such an open feeling.  Everyone loved it.
At the crop, I worked on my cards for both the June and July card exchanges.  Here are the finished cards...
This is June's card - the theme was "red, white, and blue."  I used a cornflower blue as opposed to a navy blue.  The paper used is a combination by October Afternoon and Crate Paper.  A little patriotic, but not 100%.  Simple but cute (if I do say so myself).
July's card exchange theme is "thank you."  I am trying to use supplies/papers, etc. that I already have at home.  Several years ago I bought these round tags off of  I think I had wanted to use them in a class, but never did.  I used the match stick / a tri-fold card base with an older line of Crate Paper.  You can't see it in these pictures, but I used white eyelets to attach the tags to the edge of the card.  I then punched a small slit in the fold on the left and threaded white ribbon through the eyelet.  I love the end product!  My first thoughts were not good ones, but actually I am quite happy with it.
I love that I am ahead of schedule for the card exchange!  Yippee!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

You may have noticed

that I missed a week, or so, of blogging.  Well, there's a good reason for that.  I actually went on vacation and was gone for 8 days.  A couple of pictures below will let you know where I went...
 New York City!
 It was my first trip to New York and I have to say that it was an amazing city!
The first night there were finally got to the hotel about 8:00 and headed out for dinner.  My daughter, Kimmy, told us of a great pizza place - John's Pizza on Bleecker - and took the subway to our destination.
I took many more pictures on my camera, but I still have yet to transfer  them over to my computer. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Getting ready for this weekend...

We have a card exchange this weekend, the theme being red, white and blue cards.  I also have a card crop and so I am putting the cards together at the crop.  I have everything cut and ready to go...
 I used the cricut to cut out stars ...
I also used my Zutter paper cutter to cut the base cardstock...
Kits -- ready to go!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Peaceful Friday

Just a photo...
This "green" room is so inviting!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Peaceful Friday

Only one thing missing... a park bench.
Have a great weekend!