Friday, July 25, 2014


Good Morning everyone!  TGIF!!!  I am so happy that it is finally Friday.  I wanted to share some photos that I took of Anne in our back yard the other day.  Here they are:

And my favorite which shows off her amazing smile:

I also want to share with you a layout that I made using the photos that I took at Steel Stacks a couple of weeks ago.  I was looking for inspiration to make my layout and found it at the One Little Word blog!

This month's word is "Evoke."  What a great word!  I used it to make the following layout in memory of my dad:

He worked at Bethlehem Steel for many years and seeing the Steel Stacks in all of their glory brought back so many memories of him.  I took Katie and Anne along because I want them to know as much about their grandfather as possible! I placed the lyrics of "My Father's Eyes," one of my favorite songs by Eric Clapton, on the back of my layout in memory of my dad.

Sailing down behind the sun, 
Waiting for my prince to come. 
Praying for the healing rain 
To restore my soul again. 
Just a toe rag on the run. 
How did I get here? 
What have I done? 
When will all my hopes arise? 
How will I know him? 
When I look in my father's eyes. 
Then the light begins to shine 
And I hear those ancient lullabies. 
And as I watch this seedling grow, 
Feel my heart start to overflow. 
Where do I find the words to say? 
How do I teach him? 
What do we play? 
Bit by bit, I've realized 
That's when I need them, 
That's when I need my father's eyes. 
My father's eyes. 
Then the jagged edge appears 
Through the distant clouds of tears. 
I'm like a bridge that was washed away; 
My foundations were made of clay. 
As my soul slides down to die. 
How could I lose him? 
What did I try? 
Bit by bit, I've realized 
That he was here with me; 
I looked into my father's eyes. 
My father's eyes. 

Here are some different views of my layout:


And Anne:

Thank you, One Little Word!  This month's word evoked so many memories for me!
I encourage you to check it out, too!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Summer of Color: Week 6!

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the Summer of Color: Week 6!  It's the 6th and final challenge for this summer.  Wow!  I cannot believe how fast that went.  It has been an amazing and colorful ride.  I have really enjoyed visiting everyone's blogs, Flickr pages, and Facebook pages, etc,  these past 5 weeks, and look forward to week 6.

Our last color challenge colors are amazing and perfect for summer as follows:
Raspberry & Tangerine
with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Lemon

I decided that I wanted to use one of the pictures that I took for a photography class.  I converted them to black and white and want to share some with you.  Although I know they are not perfect, I think I like them anyway!  These were all taken at the Steel Stacks center in Bethlehem, PA. If you want to learn more about this center, you can go here.

 The steel stacks:

Here's Katie:

 And Anne:

And of course, I have to include Kita, even though she was back at home resting in her favorite spot: 

 Here is the layout that I made using the photo of Anne:

And some different views:

Well, I guess that's it!  The last color challenge for this summer.  Kristin, I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed playing along with this year's Summer of Color challenges!  Thank you so much for hosting such a fun and inspiring party!!!!  Goodbye for now!  See you all next year!!!

And thank YOU so much for stopping by my blog today.  I love your visits! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Summer of Color: Week 5!

Hi everyone and welcome to The Summer of Color:  Week 5!

This week's colors are as follows:
Red & Royal Blue
with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Light Blue

I love these colors and thought they were perfect for my 4th of July photos!  Yes, I decided to go with the patriotic theme!!!  I took these at my cousin's annual picnic this year.  Here are some pictures from the party:

My cousin's son just got a new puppy and everyone was enjoying him!

He even took an unexpected dip in the pool:

And everyone had a great time.  Just look at all of the smiles:

Karen and Patty:


Me, Karen, and Cindy:

Here's Lola with  my mom and Aunt Marlene in the background:  
(Yes, we brought my mom to the picnic!  YAY!)

Lola with my husband:

Beautiful party decor:

And here's Logan and Anne enjoying the pool!

Here is the scrapbook page that I made!  I picked three party photos and came up with this layout using the wonderful colors from this week's challenge:

Some different views:

Once again, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

And thank you, Kristin, for hosting this fun 5th week of The Summer of Color!  These weeks are literally flying by!

Monday, July 7, 2014

A color challenge!

Good Morning everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  For those of you who live in the USA, I know you enjoyed celebrating the 4th of July!  Our weather here was absolutely beautiful!!

Here are some photos that I took of Katie and Anne at Nazareth Boro Park on Sunday morning when no one else was around.  The park is right down the street from us, and we feel very blessed to have it near our home.

And now for the fun part!  Today I would like to share the latest challenge at
Challenge YOUrself.

This month we have a color challenge:

I loved these muted colors and was struck at how perfect they are for a summer layout.

I picked 2 photos that were taken during our recent vacation to Cancun, Mexico.  Of course, one of them had ME in it!

Here's my final layout:

With some different views:

I encourage you to check out Challenge YOUrself this month.  The design team has outdone themselves and there is a wonderful prize to win, too!

And thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  HUGS!!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Summer of Color: Week 4!

The summer seems to by flying by so quickly.  I cannot believe that today is July 2nd already, and the 4th week of the Summer of Color is here!

Week 4's Summer of Color colors are bright, fun and perfect for a summer layout!

 Pink & Apple Green
with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Dark Green

For this week's challenge, I wanted to use one of the photos that I took at Arrowhead Lake last weekend. My daughter, Anne, my sister, Karen, my friend, Barb and I had a girls weekend together!!  We had so much fun and hated to see the weekend come to an end.  The thing that struck me most this time was how beautiful the flowers and wildlife are there.  Here are some of the photos that I took:

A beautiful dragonfly:

A gorgeous Iris:

The sweet deer:

And an adorable chipmunk:

I decided to use one of these photos along with this week's colors to make a scrapbook page.  The first photo, the one with the dragonfly, is the one I finally picked for my layout.

 And here are some close-ups:

I encourage you to check out Kristin's blog to see what everyone else is creating.  The participants are all amazing, talented, and very different in their own way!  It is really inspirational to take part in this summer challenge.  Thanks again, Kristin!

And thank you for stopping by my blog today.

I will leave you with a photo of Barb, Karen, and Anne taken at Arrowhead Lake!