Sunday, May 17, 2015


Hi everyone!  How are you all doing?  It is mid-day on Sunday here in Nazareth, PA, and it's gorgeous!  It feels like summer here already, and it's only May 17th.  I think we actually skipped spring!!

I would love to share a layout that I just made today.  For all of you scrapbookers out there, when I decided to work on a scrapbook page today, I started looking for inspiration on the web and definitely found some at Sketchabilities!

Their sketches are absolutely gorgeous and look like works of art in and of themselves.  Here is current sketch - it's a real beauty:

The layout I created using the sketch is as follows:

and here are some different views:

I used a photo taken in Paris, then converted it to black and white.  I have been wanting to use the paper "Happy Thoughts" from Webster's Pages for such a long time, and finally found the perfect sketch and photo to go with it!!!  Thank you so much, Sketchabilities for the inspiration from your wonderful blog!

And I would like to end as I always do, with some recent photos that I took. These were taken in my mom's garden the first week she was home:

It has been a pleasure to see my mom at her home every day and to get to see her flowers, too! I am very happy to be taking care of her for now!

And thank you all so much for visiting my blog today.  I treasure your visits! Have a great week.  HUGS!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I love you!

Good Morning everyone!   ♥ 
would like to share the latest challenge with you at Challenge YOUrself today.

Challenge YOUrself is a challenge blog where the BIG challenge is to use a photo of YOU!  This month it's a sketch challenge as follows:


With Mother's Day coming up, I wanted to make my layout about being a mom.  Here is my page:

I used a special photo of Katie, Anne, and me taken last year on Mother's Day.  

Here are some close-ups:

And for my journaling, I used the lyrics from Cyndi Lauper's song, True Colors:

This year, Mother's Day will be very special.  As most of you know, my mom fell and broke her hip just before Christmas in 2013.  She was lucky to live through all of her medical issues that followed.  It has been a long haul for her, but this week we (my sisters and I) brought her home!!  YAY!  I decided after much thought and many prayers to give up my job as a nurse for the time being and take care of my mom in her home.  I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see her overjoyed to finally be home.  I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers for her, too.  Here is a recent photo of her with her grandchildren:


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And last but not least, I always end with some of my recent photos.  I would love to share these photos that I took of Anne for my photography class taught by Lisa Schleicher Furey.  If you want to check out the classes that she offers, her web site is here:

This week's assignment is about "raw and unfiltered beauty."  Here are some of the photos I took of Anne:

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms, sisters, aunts, grandmoms, etc, out there!!  I love you all!  HUGS!!! ♥ 

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Happy Day!

Hi everyone! Welcome to Monday!  I have the day off!  I can't even remember the last time I had a day off all to myself!  WOW!  So I decided to get some scrapping in.  Went looking for inspiration and found it on Facebook from my friend, Lynn!  She posted her design team layout for Scrap Our Stash Challenge Blog.

 Here is the sketch:

and inspiration board:

From the inspiration board, I picked that amazing pink color, the cloud shape, and the word "happy."  From my stash, I found some old ribbon, washi tape, and Webster's pages paper from Christmas.  I also found old paper clip stars and one that said "family!

Here's my layout:

with some different views:

 And the real inspiration for my layout is that we were able to celebrate Katie's 21st birthday with her at Penn State yesterday!  I cannot believe how very fast time flew by in 21 years.  Wasn't she a baby and a little girl just yesterday?

She has grown into a beautiful young woman: (Her friend took this photo of her!)

And here is the photo that I took at Beaver Stadium yesterday.  We were waiting for John to complete his 5K run.

It was such a beautiful day! After the 5K, we took Katie out for lunch and had a delicious meal filled with fun and love. I am very happy that John, Anne, Aunt Karen, and Uncle Tim and I got to spend Katie's 21st birthday with her.

And in closing, I would like to share some photos with you. I am taking a class right now and am learning a lot about editing in Photoshop!  I am really amazed at all of the things that can be done in Photoshop, and I know that I just touched the tip of the iceberg, too!

Here are some of my examples: 

The original photo was taken right down the street from our home at the farm:

My edit with Cinderella's carriage and castle:

I took this picture at Jacobsberg Park during a foggy evening:

One of my Facebook friends said that it looked like the headless horseman should 
come riding over the bridge, so I added him:

I snapped this photo at Arrowhead Lake last summer:

Here is my edit after I added a family of bears:

A pretty boring photo that I took last summer At Monacasy Park in Bethlehem:

Not anymore . . . I made it haunted:

And last but not least, I took this photo at the top of the Empire State Building:

We couldn't go up at night because it was extremely cold, so I made it look like we did:

So, I hope you had fun taking a peek at some of the fun that I have had editing the past 2 weeks!  I am enjoying this class and learning so much!

And if you have a chance, please check out the Scrap Our Stash Challenge Blog this month, too.

Have a great week everyone!  Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  HUGS!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Around here!

Good Morning everyone and welcome Tuesday!  WOW!  What a day we had yesterday.  Our temps soared into the 70's and my family definitely had spring fever!

Today I would like to share the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself.  Check it out:

Challenge YOUrself #17: Around Here
Record some of your daily blessings 
(snippets of your normal day)

Remember to include YOU in the photo :)

Here is my take on the challenge:

Since Easter was last weekend, I used a photo of Anne and I from Easter last year.  And I have been obsessed with Webster's Pates papers lately.  This beautiful sheet of paper is from the "Dream in Color" collection!

And here are two different views:

And to end, I would like to share some photos that I have taken during the last month:

This is the farm down the road from our home:

Jacobsburg Park one foggy evening:
Anne after her piano recital:

 A snow storm that we had last week.  I took this with my cell phone through the windshield:

The morning after the snow:

We long for spring!  You can see the snow falling in the background:

Easter morning:

I hope you enjoyed the photos - a snippet of our last month!  If you have a chance, please check out the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself!  These challenges really give me the motivation to scrap photos with me in them!

Have a wonderful week and enjoy spring!

Hugs to you all!!!