Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Little Red Wagon Challenge #43

It is hard to believe that the school year is just around the corner! For this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon, Avril wants us to create something in a school theme. Easy enough!

I decided to play with my Cricut this week and I made this fun pencil card.

I cut out the shape, then shadowed it twice; one for the backing of the front of the card and one to use as the back of the card itself. I added a little Glossy Accents to the tip and the 'metal' piece, an encouraging sentiment using Loopy Lou alpha stickers from Doodlebug and a button and ribbon from my wagon! It should bring a smile to a back-to-school student!

Why not create something for your child as he/she returns to school and join in the fun at Little Red Wagon! We would love to see your creation ♥

Have a great Wednesday!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I Love Picnics!

Picnics are something that I so very seldom have the opportunity to enjoy, but that I absolutely love! So for the last evening of our sisters weekend we decided to enjoy a picnic dinner rather than go to a restaurant to eat.

We set up our picnic in one of the gazebo's at the resort we were staying at. Dianne had a brightly colored tablecloth that transformed the table and I had some bright red plates that were the perfect match.

With fresh out-of-the-oven pizza and a delicious antipasto salad, our little picnic meal was like a feast!

We even indulged in a bit of vino - with little individual bottles of Pinot Grigio.

Mary mixed hers with Squirt and it was absolutely delicious!

We enjoyed lots of laughs and girl-talk and even played a board game until it was late and dark and too hard to see the board with just our two little candles.

It was the perfect way to spend the last evening of our weekend together.

Happiness is...

...the farmers' market on a Saturday morning!

Much to our delight, there was a local farmers' market just a couple of blocks away from where my sisters and I were staying on our weekend away. So, not so bright and early (lol), we made our way over the market and we were quite surprised at how well attended it was! There were easily close to 100 different vendors and people from all over came to purchase farm fresh produce and local crafts.
The fresh fruits and veggies were a feast for the eyes!

There were interesting crafts like these birdhouses attached to pitch forks and these hand-made wooden roses...

lots of home-made yumminess...

fresh cut flowers and garden perennials...

and beautiful home-decor items and hand-made clothing.

Our only regret was that since our fridge space was very limited, we couldn't buy as much as we would have liked to. But we did pick up some fresh fruit and veggies that we took to the beach with us for our lunch. Plus, an absolutely lovely flower vendor gave us a bouquet of fresh cut wildflowers in a canning jar to put in our hotel room - for free! Everyone was friendly and happy and interested in who we were and where we were from.

Yes, happiness truly is the farmers' market on a bright, sunny Saturday morning!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Little Red Wagon #42

This weeks challenge at Little Red Wagon was posted by Regan (Carolyn went AWOL!). She challenged us to make an altered item.

I was really excited by this challenge as I had made a cake shaped box a while ago and I was just waiting to put a few finishing touches on it and post it!

I didn't use a template for the cake. I just cut some chipboard to make the shape and then I used pattern paper and cardstock to cover it. For the icing I used Bloomers ribbon from Webster's Pages - perfect!

I also made up a little card to go with it.

I used alpha stickers from Echo Park and 'cake' was cut with my Cricut. I put Glossy Accents on 'cake' and it looks totally yummy!

Be sure to check out Little Red Wagon this week and try to join in the fun!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Favorite Store

While we were away for our sisters weekend, we happened upon the most delightful little store. It is called The Haven, which is the perfect name for it. It is a beautiful little place that you don't want to leave. Everywhere you look there is some delight for the eye, a little treasure reminiscent of times past. Needless to say we spent a very long time browsing in this wonderful little place and we enjoyed an engaging conversation with the owner, who very graciously let me take lots of pictures. I thought I would share just a few of the photos with you.

Hmmm... three bowls, three sisters! Yes, we each have one in our home now to remind us of our weekend together :)

I loved the idea of using china to create garden decor and bird houses! I also loved how they used old doors to create shelves and archways. (sigh)

Now, if only my house looked that pretty - although I am now one bowl closer!
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