Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Squirrel LOVE for ReneaBouquets

Good Morning everyone!  Can you beleive that September is here already?  I can't!  Both Anne and Katie are back to doing school work, and things are settling down for fall.  But we don't have fall weather quite yet as it is very hot and humid today.

And I have very exciting news!  Renea of ReneaBouquets asked me to be a guest designer for her for the month of September.  I was very honored and happy to say "yes!"

And the best part was that I got to do some shopping in her shops that are online and wow!  You wouldn't believe the beautiful items you can find there.  Here are the links:

ReneaBouquets Shop: http://www.Reneabouquets.com
ReneaBouquets ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Reneabouquets
ReneaBouquets Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ReneabouquetsEtsyShop

And I would be remiss if I didn't share her blog link, too, as follows: http://myglittercoatedlife.blogspot.com/

So without any further ado, I will share the layout that I made using some of her beatuiful hand-made flowers.  I also used photos that I took on 7/5/14 at a friend's wonderful picnic.  At the picnic, we decided to have a little "Squirrel Love," and here is the final result.  I really enjoyed using some of the beautiful flowers that I purchased at Renea's shop!!!!

And some different views and close-ups:

You can see the flowers that I purchased at ReneaBouquets ETSY shop here!

And here are some more photos that I took at the picnic:

Here is the squirrel who started it all:

My twin sister, Karen, with friends:

Karen, Anne, and me!

John and Anne enjoying a game:

And here's one of my favorites of John and Anne:

I have more photos from that picnic to share with you during this month and  I have lots of scrapbook pages to share using more of Renea's beautiful hand-made items!  So . . . . stay tuned!!

Happy September everyone!!!

HUGS to all!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Celebrate your age!

Good morning everyone and welcome to Thursday! ♥  It seems to be much cooler here today in Pennsylvania!  I welcome the cooler weather!  I also want to welcome a brand new challenge at Challenge YOUrself:

So, are you brave enough for this challenge???  We want you to scrap your age, right now, today!!!!  Come on, it will be fun.  Even for me, a 50-something year old gal!!!  I am blessed to still have young daughters, and they make me feel young every single day!  And  . . . I have heard that 50-something is the new 30-something! ♥  Here it is:

 I used the lyrics from one of my most favorite songs of all times:  Beautiful, by Carole King:

And here are some different angles:

In addition, I used a good friend of mine, Heather Landry's sketch as the basis for my page:

 It is her Miracles Momma Designs sketch #23, and you can go to her blog and check out all of her amazing sketches here: Miracles' Momma Designs.

So what do you say?  Are you feeling daring?  Enough to scrap your age?  If you are, head on over to Challenge YOUrself for all of the details and you can win a prize, too!  (Don't forget to include a photo of YOU!)

And thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  HUGS to all of you! ♥ ♥  

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!!!!