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!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bucket List!

Good Morning everyone and welcome Saturday!  I am so happy to see the sun this morning and hope that a lot of this snow melts away today.  I also hear that our temps are going into the 40's, which is wonderful news.  YAY!

I am here today to share Challenge YOUrself's challenge #16:

Challenge YOUrself #16:  The Bucket List 
What are some of the things you want to do in your life?   
Or have you recently achieved something on you bucket list or a goal?  
Tell us about it.
Remember to include YOU in the photo :)

Here is  my layout.  I included my bucket list on the tag - it's from when I was 30 years old:

To me, there is nothing more important that for John and I and our family to enjoy each other.  I have checked off what I already accomplished on my bucket list and there are still some things left to do!!

♥ ♥ 

And since it has been so long since I last posted, I would like to share some moments in pictures that have taken place in our family since last month:

Anne celebrated her 12th birthday on January 15th and had her first girls' sleepover:
(I can never understand why it is called a sleepover when very little sleep occurs!!)  

We have been given a lot of snow & ice this winter, Anne and I decided to make the best of it: 

Anne has been enjoying reading this semester and especially likes the Hunger Games series:

♥ We went to NYC last weekend to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.  
The hotel knew that it was our 25th anniversary and this is what we found in our room:
(WOW!  We were so excited!!!)

♥ And here are some more photos from our weekend:
 (Here's Anne on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.  Look at the ice on the water!)

  (Seeing the Statue of Liberty was an amazing experience and one of the items on my bucket list!)

 (We ate at "The Spotted Pig" for lunch and had a delicious meal!)

 (This was one of the views from the top of the Empire State Building!  Spectacular!!!)

( . . . and to show you just how cold it was last weekend - here is the fountain in Bryant Park!)

♥ We missed having Katie home, and we were sorry that she couldn't;t come to NYC with us, but we know that she is having some amazing experiences at Penn State this semester!  LOVE you , Katie!!!
(Katie with the Lion!)
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♥ Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I can't tell you how much your visit means to me!  I hope you are all having a nice weekend.  (And for all of you scrappers, if you have a chance, please check out Challenge YOUrself this month!)  HUGS!! 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

I am . . .

Good Morning everyone!  Happy weekend!  I hope you are all as happy for the weekend as I am!  Last week was a full moon, and although very beautiful to look at, it sure can bring out the "nasty" in people.  My triage nurses and I have had to deal with a lot of  "nastiness" on the phone at work last week.  I am hoping for a calmer and nicer one starting this Monday.

Today I would like to share the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself!

This month's challenge is a color challenge using this very cool color palette:

In addition, the challenge wants you to include "I am . . ." in your title or journaling!

Here is my layout:

With some close-ups:

My husband, John, and I are going to be celebrating 25 years of marriage on March 3rd of this year, so I thought this would be a perfect time to scrap this.  My daughter, Anne, took the photo of the 2 of us walking . . . it looks like a silhouette, and I loved the effect!!!  (Thanks Anne!!)  To get the colors from the palette above, I added stickles to the trees and stitching around the outside of the page.  And I used more paper from the collection that I have been obsessed with lately, Webster's Pages "All that Glitters."

So that's it!  If you want to see more, head over to Challenge YOUrslef to see what the rest of the design team did with this challenge.  

I will leave you with some examples of the projects that I have been making for my Life Book 2015 class!

Here's a daily affirmation jar:

a ballerina:

a watercolor word art project:

a watercolor tag:

a dream catcher:

 . . . and a feather art mixed media project:

I must say, I have a lot to learn, but I am really, really enjoying this year long class so far! (Did I say really?  I mean it!!)  To learn more about the amazing Lifebook classes, check out Tamara Laporte's website!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  Have a good weekend everyone!  HUGS!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday!  Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the One Little Word blog:

I was challenged by one of their design team members, Jessica, who visited my blog and asked me to join them this month at OLW for the word sing.  She said:  "maybe you can release your inner voice!"   Since release is my one little word for 2015, how could I resist?  

So  . . . here is the layout I came up with using their word for the month, sing:

with some different views:

I love that Sesame Street song "Sing a Song" that was sung by the Carpenters!!  It just makes me happy and want to smile.   I used my new papers from Webster's Pages - the collection is entitled "Nest," and it is filled with beautiful papers like the one I used for the background.  And I found this photo of a robin singing in my stash, so I enlarged it and cut it out.   Thank you,  OLW, for the inspiration to make this layout!

I also would like to share some photos of Anne - we celebrated her 12th birthday on January 15th, then had a little family party for her.  (We sure did miss having Katie here as she is back at Penn State!)

Anne loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

Her cousins came to help her celebrate her birthday:

She enjoyed all of her gifts:

And my mom came because it was her 84th birthday this month, too!  
Anne loved sharing her party with Nana!

And here is Anne with her cousins:

A fun time was had by all!  

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  I hope that you are having a good January so far.  We were just hit by a snow storm and got about 7 to 8 inches of snow on Friday night.  I heard that we may get some more tonight and tomorrow night, too.  Old Man Winter is definitely here.

Hugs to you all.  Stay warm!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One Little Word!

Good morning everyone!  Welcome 2015!  I am so sorry that I have not been to my blog in a month.  It has been a very busy holiday season for us, with lots going on every day.  I hope you all had a wonderful one!  And I would like to wish you all a very happy and blessed new year!!

I have a special reason for being here.  Today is reveal day at Challenge YOUrself And Lynn has an amazing challenge for us- it's One Little Word as follows:

"Challenge YOUrself #14: One Little Word
Choose a word that you will focus on and reflect upon all through the year and create a layout that celebrates your chosen word.
Remember to include YOU in the photo :)

One Little Word was created by Ali Edwards and is defined as a word that you invite into your life and let it speak to YOU.  You focus on and reflect upon this word as you go about your daily life.  There's no right or wrong word.  The main thing to remember is that it is YOUr word."

This year I picked the word RELEASE.  
Here is my layout:

 with some close-ups:

I saw that this month's "One Little Word" is RELEASE so of course I am entering my layout there, too. Check out their blog here!

I used a photo taken by my daughter, Katie, of Karen and me with our cameras on Christmas day.

I love this photo and thought it was perfect for my layout.  I also used more paper from the "All that Glitters" collection from Webster's Pages.

Finally, I used a new stamp that was part of my winnings from last month's Once Upon a Sketch challenge - it is a rubber stamp made by Designs by Ryn!

In addition, I am very excited to be taking a new year-long Life Book class!

I did my first warm up lesson using my new one little word:

 . . . and I will leave you with some photos that I took during a magical photography class that Karen and I attended in Bethlehem, PA during the month of December.

Under the bridge:

Bethlehem, PA, at dusk:

The police on horseback:

A beautiful church:

Photographer Karen(my twin sister!!) in the Hotel Bethlehem:

A welcoming staircase:

The Moravian Stars:

The Hotel Bethlehem sells Creamery ice cream!

The Hotel Bethlehem still has it's old phone:

Apples for the guests to enjoy:

And you could take a magical carriage ride:

And a view of the Hotel Bethlehem by night:

That's it for now!  I have lots more photos to share, so stay tuned . . .

Have a wonderful day everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog!