We Celebrate

Today has been a very wonderful day in our house.  We’ve had reason to celebrate.

With a little ice cream. Special request.

Because somebody very dear to me has gotten his braces off today. And I am so excited to share his new smile with you.

I hope you have had a happy day, too!

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Downtown

Yesterday we had a fabulous day here in sunny California. Mom took us on a visit to one of her favorite places, and I have fallen in love with little downtown San Mateo.

What a quaint and charming place to shop and dine.  I loved walking the streets taking photos and window browsing.  I could so image owning a small home around the corner from such a place.  How I would adore that.  Think I would never leave.

Of course we had to stop and get a little ice cream treat in one of the shops. 🙂

But mainly we came to go here.

We’ve been lucky enough to have my daughter’s best friend visiting us! Aren’t these two girlies the cutest?

These buildings have the most amazing detailing and architecture. Don’t you love the patina on the old metalwork? I took a few photos inside, too.

This little gal caught my eye.

But I think Crissy would be jealous.

I will miss you, little San Mateo.  Can’t wait to visit you again!

So what about you?  Are you a downtown kinda gal, too?

Just a Day

Hi everyone and happy Tuesday to you! I hope your weeks are off to a wonderful start. We are having such a fabulous time here in California, at the home I grew up in.  We haven’t been doing much of anything or going anyplace fancy, and that is just the way I like it. There’s just no place like home!

I’ve been taking tons of pictures, of course!  So today I wanted to share with you what we’ve been up to in the past day or two.  Hope you don’t mind a few photos! 🙂

Mom and I went antiquing here.  What a beautiful, upscale shop this is.  One of the nicest antique stores I’ve been in for a long, long time. The prices were a bit too dear for my pocketbook, but if you’re looking for quality antiques in the Bay Area, you must check this place out.

We’ve discovered some new games out at the old homestead. Some new old games, that is.  This antique Carrom board belonged to my dad’s family growing up.  It is a double-sided board with lots of different game pieces and lots of different games one can play on it. We tried a couple of games, our favorite being a finger-shooting game quite similar to billiards.

Glammie kicked our butts.

But I was starting to make a comeback. 🙂

Mom and I spent a morning together here picking out flowers for alter guild duties this weekend. What a gorgeous market and bakery this is, and as an independent local shop, one of my favorite types of stores to support. If you’re in the market 😉 for quality specialty foods and wines, go check them out.

So the weekend found us at church, arranging flowers for the alter. I do love her sweet little church. The Spanish Mission style is so reminiscent of California architecture. Makes me feel like I am home.

Ah, but it’s good to be home!

Thanks for letting me share a day or two with you. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to, too! 🙂

Flutter Bug

Good morning everyone!  Happy Wednesday to you. Can you believe we are half-way through the week already? And about to start a new month, too? I sure wish I could slow things down a little bit.  I want this summer to last! 🙂

And speaking of summer, today I have a bright, summery card to share that features the latest digi-stamp release from Digital Doodles called Flutter Bug.

Isn’t that butterfly adorable? I enlarged mine in Photoshop, paper pieced it with two patterned papers, cut it out and popped the butterfly onto a handmade flower.

Papers and Flip Note are Pink Paislee’s 365 degrees line. I added a Journaling Card from Webster’s Pages Lullaby Lane collection, buttons, and a die-cut sentiment strip from K&Co. You’ll see I once again layered different shaped die-cut pieces for a more detailed focal image. I always enjoy the depth the contrasting shapes lend to the whole. It’s a super easy way to add interest to your design.

The trims are a combination of vintage lace from my stash and red crochet  from Making Memories’ Passport line. I created the flower from 5 layers of punched flower images using 2 different sized punches.  Once the layers were secured with a brad, I was able to scrunch and smash all 5 layers until I had the shabby look I was going for. Just play around with this step until you’re happy with the outcome.  You really can’t go wrong with this process. Once I was finished smushing, I added a touch of brown ink to the edges of the flower and card to give a sense of age, and added a bit of zig-zag stitching across the top.

Hope you stop by the Digital Doodles blog to see the lovely projects from the rest of the team.  Kathy is offering a chance to win this week’s Flutter Bug stamp for all who leave a comment by midnight tonight. You can see all the details here.

And before I go, I want to leave you with a few more photos of our recent visit to the Great Wolf Lodge.  It’s hard to tote your camera around in a water park, but I did manage to capture a few shots I truly treasure.

The kiddos inside our lodge room.

Little Missy playing at Fort Mackenzie.

Pete at the Loose Moose restaurant inside the lodge.

More Mini-Golf.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  I always appreciate a visit from you!

Welcome Home

Hello everyone and happy Friday to you all! I’m so excited that it’s Friday, and even more so today as we begin the Memorial Day three-day holiday.  Love a long weekend, and those of you who follow my blog already know I love a holiday.  I just love to decorate for any season or special event I possibly can and make these moments truly special for my family.  Here are a few views of my Memorial Day house.

Found this lovely vintage tablecloth on my shopping outing with Mom earlier this week and used it as the jumping off point for my kitchen table decor.

The red tool box is another antique treasure I recently found with Mom and the barn star is a gift from my dear friend.  Paired them with some potted white petunias and blue lobelia and a simple candy stripe votive.

I’ve also combined vintage glass pieces with some new, a few hand-made treasures, a couple of throws for the chairs and an American flag, and random bits of red, white, and blue.

I also have a scrappy share for you today of one of my recent pages for the 52 Weeks x 52 Layouts blog.

The challenge was to create a shaped layout (other than rectangle or square) using letter stickers and hand-written journaling.  I pulled out my webster’s Pages Garden Gala goodies to create this page celebrating the day we adopted our sweet little pup.

I absolutely adore this photo of Nik as she’s hugging Crissy to her.  Loved the color match of the blues and browns of the picture with this paper line, too.

I used the Garden Gala die-cut scalloped paper, as well as several patterned papers from both the Garden Gala and Lullaby Lane collection.  The title was created with the new Storyteller Alpha Stickers font.  Added lots of yummy Webster’s trims, along with their die-cut Cardstock Stickers and a pair of Vintage Sparklers.

I just cannot get enough of these gorgeous Webster’s Bloomers! 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your day with me.  Wishing all of my American friends a lovely holiday weekend with your friends and family.  See you all soon!

Thawing Out

Good morning!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  We are having quite the wild week here in North Carolina.  After our snowfall last weekend, and three days of canceled school in a row, we are finally settling into our old routine.  School buses are once again able to safely access the back country roads, and folks are able to get their cars out of their driveways and off to work.  We sure enjoyed the snow and the unexpected days off, but it’s good to get back to our regular schedule, too.  Although I do admit….there was some grumbling from the wee people on their way out this morning.  I believe they would have enjoyed one or two more snow days. But since we have the possibility of more snow in the near forecast, they may end up getting their wish yet.

I have been so struck by the peace and beauty of this gentle snowfall.  Loved every minute of it, including the gradual thaw and meltdown that we are having now.  Makes me smile to see a remaining patch of lone snow hiding under the bushes or off to the side of the road.  But nothing is making me smile quite as much as watching the gradual transformation of our little snowman in the front yard.

Here’s our guy yesterday afternoon.  Silly little thing.  You can see he’s about to loose his hat, and his arms are drooping on the ground.  And if you’re wondering what happened to his eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons….well, here they are.

He’s in even worse shape this morning, of course.  His head is now entirely missing and his little bike helmet lies upturned on the ground beside him.  I do wonder if he’ll make it through the day???

I have a card to share with you all this morning that I made for the Sketch This blog.

A little Valentine using Making Memories’ Love Struck line.  The sentiment came directly from the patterned paper, as did the single heart that I cut out and layered with a Prima Say It In Pearls embellishment.  The die cut journaling block is Anna Griffin and the trim is vintage Melissa Frances.

Added a few more pearls and a bit of machine-stitching, plus a touch of hand-stitching, to finish the card off.

Here is the sketch.  I do hope you will come and play with us!

Have a great day everyone!

Webster’s Pages Meets Tattered Angels

Hi everybody!  Happy Tuesday morning to you!  We are still under a blanket of white from our snow last weekend, and for the second day in a row, schools are closed in our county.  Right now, the skies are “spitting” at us with a light rain that is supposed to turn into freezing rain as the day continues.  And we have yet more snow predicted for this weekend.  Looks like we are truly getting to experience a Winter Wonderland here in North Carolina.

My two kiddos and I took full advantage of the snowy fun yesterday with a snowball fight, jumping on the trampoline all covered in snow, and a bit of sledding down our back embankment.  Nik and I even built a sweet little snowman…….snowgirl……….er……..snowperson.  Not quite sure what it is.

Don’t you just love the hat?  That’s a handmade bicycle helmet Nik made for her teddy bear awhile back, decoupage style.  Looks rather sporty, don’t ya think?

In scrappy news, I am very excited to tell you all about a partnership between Webster’s Pages and Tattered Angels for the month of February.  Each day this month, the Webster’s Pages design team will be bringing you fabulous projects pairing products from both companies.  Be sure to check out the special section here in the inspireME forum every day and prepare to be blown away.  And take a peek at the Tattered Angels blog throughout the month, too, to see what their girls have created using Webster’s products.

I launched off the month with this little wall hanging I made for my scraproom using papers from Postcards From Paris and Nature’s Storybook along with lots of the gorgeous Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.

Started this project with a 9″x9″ plaque wall hanging I found at the thrift store.  It was white plastic, originally.  For the background, I tore up lots of pieces of white tissue paper that was leftover from Christmas packages and adhered them to the hanging using a mixture of 50/50 Mod Podge to water.  Any liquid glue will work.  This gave me a fun textured background to play with.  Once finished, I masked off the center area and then sprayed the edge of the frame with English Ivy Glimmer Mist and then a lighter coat of Gold Glimmer Mist.  I then laid a piece of lace paper over the center area and sprayed with Blue Skies Glimmer Mist, which gave me a unique patterned look.

Cut some clouds from the Paris Couture paper for the top and flowers from Soar Blue Skies for the bottom.  The tree was created from the die-cut cardstock stickers using a fun negative/positive treatment to get a double image.  I used the tree from the Winter’s Wings diecut stickers and cut around the outline of the tree from the Nature’s Storybook stickers.  Layered them together for a fun outlined shape.

The house is part of a chipboard album from Maya Road that I covered in Grow Dreams, Soar Blue Skies and Romantique chic papers.  Created the windows using chipboard frames covered in Heidi Swapp tape and backed with the Nature’s Storybook designer vellum.  Used the Nature’s Storybook Storyteller Alphas for the wording.  Sprayed the house with Gold Glimmer Mist.  Love how that shines!

I silhouette cut photos of my kiddos in black and white, using pop-dots to adhere them in place.  Created a sign post from patterned papers.  Added butterflies from the diecut sticker sheet and a couple of the Whimsy Threads for some fun texture.  The gated Whimsy I cut into two pieces so they could flank the house.

Loved using the Mists on almost every item here, including the frame edge and background, the papers, the small flowers in the tree and the pearls in their centers, and even the white resin frame in the attic rooftop.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you’re having a wonderful day in your neck of the woods!