Thursday, August 29, 2013

082913 Dewy Misty Morning

Thursday's are my day off & this morning was an exceptionally beautiful one in the garden.

And this afternoon we discovered this little houseguest on the porch...

Saturday, August 24, 2013

082413 CKC Challenge #1 Blog Hop!

So glad you are joining us from over at Stacy's to 
take a peek at our August Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1
It's an exciting one: Geocaching Challenge!  
Use the concept of "something hidden" on your project!

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants 
use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other 
navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, 
called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.
 (If you ask me, it's Hide & Seek for grownups!) 

 I have been working on pages that will eventually go into an album
that is just about me. This page will be included! As soon as I read the
challenge I was thinking of a map-like grid that could be referenced with
a letter & number system. I immediately thought of this Jenni Bowlin 
paper and snuck it onto my design table. (shhhh!) 
And Hey! How come no one makes a geotag PUNCH?

 A closer look...

Lots of fun little bits on here!

You can see the "key" in the top left corner. 
Each location's coordinates plus the year of what is represented.

The baby elephant with the party hat on? 
I was born in Washington DC, so the flap reveals a White House!

The light bulb? 
I grew up in Maryland, hence the little red crab :~)

The flowery heart?
Married my high school sweetheart in sunny Florida.

The two baby elephants are for the births of my daughters, 
represented by little pink hearts.

And today? I am happy, living here in Michigan, 
also known as "The Mitten" (check an atlas & you will see why.)

Now get your hop on to 

All of the links are available at Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog! 

And please let me know what you think of my take on the prompt :~)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

081713 Date Day Saturdays, This Week & Last

Today was a wonderful rerun of last weekend in Shipshewana, Indiana.
Last week we rolled into town pretty early...

 Bonus! Gun & Knife Show this weekend - lots of the locals here.

Lots of fabric stores with quilters in mind.

...and Ladies - hilarious!

 Dessert, anyone? Is this the craziest meringue pie you have ever seen?

Did they know I was coming?

Or this whole chalkboard trend.

This reminds me of my special friend, Sherrie.

Inspired to add a water feature around the back deck next year!

And what did I bring home?

This week we returned to stock our freezer with beef & chicken,
and the pantry with some delicious canned goods from the heartland.

But first a stop at a Bird & Game Swap Meet, 
which turned out to be more swap meet than bird & game!
 Love this! but I already have a great breadbox...

Any takers?


This little one is sweet.

Daddy told me to get my bum off his chair!

 We did get to see some wonderful birds.

She looks ready for Mardi Gras!

I'm afraid these chickens are headed for a nearby restaurant...

So what did I come home with, besides a trunk full of meat?

These make great homemade ice cream sandwiches.

Dessert for Sunday dinner - butterscotch pie...

And a few goodies for little ole me!
The dish towels are from Moda.
I'm thinking I will put them in poster frames.
And the blue shelves are for my happy scrappy place!