Sunday, April 24, 2011

Something Old, Something New

Something old, something new, nothing borrowed, something blue.  No….it’s NOT a wedding, it’s my Easter decoration!better easter centerpiece

Something old:  the three pink vases I picked up at a thrift store for about a dollar or two.  I love the pretty pinkness of them and how they look in my dining room.

Something new:  the light, delicate flowers in the vases and the decorated wooden Easter eggs.  All 5o% off at Hobby Lobby, my favorite store on this planet.

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Here is a close-up of the wooden eggs on a tea towel I got in a set at TJ Maxx.  I couldn’t resist using it as the base for this Easter center piece.

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Since the pretty tea towels make me so happy, I have them on other horizontal surfaces around our living area, too.  And because our main colors are a creamy yellow with a healthy heaping of pink, it’s all good.    

I also have some new dishes that remind me of spring.  I put them in my hutch instead of my usual Easter dishes in hutch           

So here’s the hutch.  If you look closely, you can see a spring tag I made in browns and pinks.  I like it so much I decide to keep it and make new ones instead to give away in our tag exchange.

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Here are the dishes close-up and personal.  There’s something I realize about dishes I like:  they need to have a decorative edge…not just smooth and round or square, and they definitely need a floral design (I guess that’s the romantic in me).  These dishes have both!  I hope they make you smile….I feel happy and cheerful every time I look at them.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Picture Perfect

I’m so excited to tell you all that I bought myself a new camera!  It’s a Cannon Rebel and I love it!  It’s so different than my little Fuji point-and-shoot and I’m still getting used to it. 

I bought it just before spring break started and was lucky to have my daughter and her family visiting, so I had lots of gorgeous gals who were eager to pose.

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Here’s one of my first shots of my cute little granddaughter.

What a glamour girl!  She’s a natural poser. Just like her mom in this next photo.

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It’s always exciting when she comes to visit!  I especially love the excuse we have to go shopping.  Our Monday destination is Hobby Lobby.  My favorite craft store.

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Just look at these sweeties!  Reese is in the green (that’s her mom in the photo above) and Taylor is in pink…I’m not sure where her mom is off to at the moment, but aren’t these the cutest girls? 

They have so much fun together as cousins and friends.  Sometimes they even dress alike and I love that!


We also had a family picnic at the park where I tried to get some pictures of Josie swinging.  It was hard for me to get the shot at just the right time, so even though the subject was wonderful, my timing…not so much.  Here are some of the shots that weren’t totally awful.

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I love these photos of Josie and her dad!  I’m glad you can’t see all the pictures of only feet and swing bottoms!

I just want to get in the car and drive to the park and jump in a swing and fly away!


rich and josie2_crop Have a great day!  Remember to save some time for family and fun!  Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Best of Times

This week-end really was the best of times, people, places and movies!  Our book club meets this Friday in Park City to discuss Half Broke Horses and The Last Time They Met…but on the way  some of us just had to stop for the first showing of Atlas Shrugged which opened at 10:30 am that very day.

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Although I had read Atlas Shrugged a few years ago, when our book club decided to read it last year, I reread it.  And loved it even more than before.  I’ve been following the Atlas blogs and cast my “Demand” more than once.  It wasn’t even going to show in my state!   Finally I got my “golden” ticket!

ticketWhat a great way to start our book club week-end!

We met at the condo and then hit the Factory Outlets for some serious shopping.  shoes

I love, love, love these shoes!  They’ll be great once it stops raining and snowing here and fabulous for Hawaii and our Mexican Riviera cruise.  Ooops…did I forget to mention those dream vacations?  Watch for future installments.

Shopping was great and we followed that up with a yummy diner at the Baja Cantina and sweet treats at  Rocky Mountain Chocolates and a trip to the book store (or course!).

Back at the condo, we talked about our book selections, life stories, more books and movies.  What wonderful women I have  to share my life with.  I am truly blessed.  We talked into the wee hours, and finally fell asleep. 

After breakfast we find the World Market.  It’s amazing!

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Here I find great treasures for filling Easter baskets but….shh, it’s still in the bag because it’s a secret!  I can show you the fabulous earrings I bought and the cute little bag the cashier put them in.  I even have a close-up. 


Then it’s back to the condo, pack up and load up for the trip home.  But there’s one more ultra fabulous stop on the way home ….  Cherry Lane Boutique!!  Do  you know how many times I’ve wanted to stop here?  Problem is, I’m always with my husband who just moans about these little shops.  This time, it’s only us girls, so of course we have to go on in!


I feel transported!  It’s everything romantic and feminine, sparkly and lovely.  It’s eye candy that looks and smells so inviting.

  Too bad I’m so close to the end of my paycheck….that doesn’t stop me though from buying a fantastic purse, beautiful earrings and a gift card for my daughter.  And don’t worry…payday is only seven days away!

Here’s an idea I found on a little charm there.

BE YOURSELF_crop Have a great day and remember:

Be happy with

who you are!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Break

Spring break and I finally get a chance to have fun creating tags for the season.  Usually I create tags that are pretty much the same, but this time each one is a bit unique.  I can’t wait to exchange them!
Image (4)_crop My first tag is from an insert taken from Somerset Studio Clip Art pages…don’t you just love this little vintage charmer?
I also used pieces of three different scrapbook papers and a butterfly from my Mariposa chip board box.
If you look closely you’ll also see a postmark stamp and the SOAR is from Jim Holtz Adage Tickets which I used on most of my tags.   
The first two tags I made, I did using only various scrapbook papers.  They’re okay, but definitely  lack the charm the vintage girls give the rest of the tags.
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I’m so glad that I decided to use the vintage clip art.  Aren’t you? 
I have to give a huge thank you to the wonderful who so generously provided the charming vintage graphics that I used on so many of my tags.
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I love this sweet little girl with the bunny so much that I have to use her in two different layouts.
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I really like the pastel colors and the bird cut-out on the left tag.  The tag on the right is a vintage ad for chocolate and has another of my Mariposa chip board pieces (sanded lightly and stamped).
But this is my favorite…this delicate child with the white dove.  I just love the pink and brown palette and the message for all of us:  I hope you soar. Image (8)_crop
May the blessings of hope and
joy be with you this season and