Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Quite Contrary

Hello, everyone.

It's been a slow knitting year, but there have been a few finished projects. I set aside my most recent (everlasting) sweater project for a much quicker knit, making this beautiful shawl for my mother for Christmas.  The pattern is Heaven and Space by Martina Behm. I knit it using Plucky Knitter Prima Sport in the Contessa color way.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Scotland Day 1 - Scrapped

Hello, everyone!

A quick and simple layout during this hectic season. I'm still loving blue and yellow color combinations, with a bit of pink to mix things up.

Supplies - Paper: Simple Stories (Posh), Fancy Pants (Life is Beautiful); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Twilight); Washi: Simple Stories; Tags: Fancy Pants (Life is Beautiful); Globes:  Simple Stories (I Am); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (ground espresso); Miscellaneous: wood veneer, gelatos


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Roadtrip Woes

Hello, everyone!

I've begun scrapping our trip to Scotland. One of the more memorable moments from the first day was not the happiest, but definitely part of the adventure - a flat tire while driving through Glencoe.  Really, learning to drive on the "wrong side" was a bit of a trial, and poor Glenn, I was a horrible passenger.

From a scrapping perspective, one exciting thing about scrapbooking our trip is that I finally have a chance to use all the deer embellishments that I have been accumulating.

Supplies - Paper: Fancy Pants Designs (Golden Days, Life if Beautiful); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Twilight); Stamps: Studio Calico (deer), Shimelle ("seriously"); Inlk: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (faded jeans); Dies: Spellbinders (label), Lawn Fawn (circle), Little B (arrow), Shimelle (banner); Flair: Paper: Fancy Pants Designs (Golden Days); Labels: Simple Stories (Hello Fall)

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Friday, December 2, 2016

A Wedding Layout

Hello, everyone.

Who doesn't love a wedding! For me, the best part is seeing the smiles on the bride's and groom's faces during and after the ceremony.  The love and joy just radiates and we all get a chance to share in it.  There's so much going on at a wedding that we want to remember: who was there, what everyone wore, what we got to eat and drink. But the most valuable memory, and the most intangible, is the shared experience - being together, being in love, being happy.

Supplies - Paper, Alphas, and Embellishments: Simple Stories (Posth); Doily: Recollections.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Bridal Shower Layout

Hello, everyone.

I love looking back at photographs of good times spent with friends. I makes me want to throw a party! 

Supplies: Simple Stories (Posh)

I have been keeping things fairly simple. For this layout, I decided to play a bit with inks, stencils and modeling paste. It's been too long and I wasn't satisfied with the result. Rather than simply throwing it away, however, I cut it and used a piece for my photo mat.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Celebration Layout

Hello, everyone.

I am really enjoying the Simple Stories Posh collection. It worked wonderfully for scrapping my friend's wedding festivities, including this photo of all of her papercrafting buddies.  What a wonderfully vivacious group of ladies.

In addition to the paper, chipboard and stickers from the Simple Stories Posh collection, I used Recollections doilies and tissue paper to add to the layers.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond

Hello, everyone.

Saturday was a beautiful, warm and sunny, late fall day and it begged me to go hiking.  I decided to head straight west to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area. This time I picked a network of trails on the New Jersey side of the park, exploring Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond.  This is a relatively easy 3-mile hike though forrest and along the water.
The challenge for this hike was getting to the trailhead. My car's GPS did not like the coordinates. It took me to the nearest major road and told me to go off road. The Delaware Water Gap website's directions take you to google maps, which does show the network of roads in the park that lead to the trailhead.  Once you get there, a kiosk in the parking area provides a closeup map of the trails in the area. I snapped a picture of this with my cellphone so that I could have it handy as we went along.

We followed the trails clockwise, heading left from the parking area, detouring down side trails from time to time to the edge of Crate Lake.

After about a half mile, you will come to an intersection with the Appalachian Trail, marked with white  blazes. To follow the Crater Lake Trail, continue straight, this trail will meet up again with the AT about a quarter mile further on. Or you can turn right onto the AT and cut straight across. If you take this route, be prepared for a short rock scramble.

Once the Crater Lake Trail meets the AT again, the combined trails will continue for about a half mile before the AT turns of to the left. If you follow the AT a short distance you will see a sign on the left for Hemlock Pond.  This connecting trail is a rocky woods trail that runs downhill for about half a mile before meeting up with the Hemlock Pond Trail. When you get to the bottom of the hill, you will come to an intersection, turn right. In a short distance you will see a post and a trail turning to the left. Take this. You will quickly reach another intersection. This is the Hemlock Pond Trail, which loops around the pond.  We turned to the left and circled the pond clockwise until we came back to our starting point.

The Hemlock Pond trail is mainly a woods path, with the pond in the distance, but there is a point where the trail comes to the edge of the pond. We were greeted there by a bald eagle.

Once you've circled Hemlock Pond, retrace you steps back up the connecting trail. At the top, turn right onto the AT and then left onto the Crater Lake Trail, which will take you back to the parking lot.  Before leaving, we stopped to enjoy the sunset.

Happy hiking!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Teatown Lake Reservation - Scrapped

Hello, everyone.

I really enjoyed my early morning hike at the Teatown Lake Reservation last summer, and it was as much fun to scrap these beautiful photographs as it was to hike around the lakes.

I used the Simple Stories Posh collection for this layout (and a series of summer layouts I will be posting over the next few weeks).

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Good Eats, Flushing

Hello, everyone.

Slowly getting back into scrapping after a hiatus. I've decided to keep things simple with this layout, which incorporates several small photographs.  I wanted to use a lot of photos on this page because they all share in telling the story of our food tour of Flushing Queens.  I toyed with different ways of getting the photos on the page, from photo strips to grids before deciding on this format.

Supplies - Paper: Scenic Route, Simple Stories; Stickers, Ephemera and Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (Life in Color)

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bluff Point State Park & Coastal Reserve

Hello, everyone.

Not so much a hike this week as a nice long walk. The Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve in Groton, Connecticut has a 3.5 gravel road that winds its way along the coast of the Long Island Sound and through hardwood forest.  The park is popular, and we shared the road with fishermen, walkers (with and without dogs) and cyclists.

 After about 1.25 miles, the trail reaches an intersection. The path to the right takes you out along Bushy Point Beach, where a few wild beach roses were still blooming late into the fall.

 Just past the beach, a narrow trail leads off from the gravel road and winds its way along the point. As the trail rounds the point, the pebble beaches along the Poquonnock River turn into rocky coastline.

There is a natural area preserve along the coast of Mumford's Cove.

From here, the roads goes back into the forest for the last 1.25 miles back to the parking lot. (There is trail that leaves the road to the right at the ruins of Winthrop House, which will make the hike longer, but does go back out toward Mumford Cove).

It was a beautiful afternoon. Even better, we found the perfect place for dinner  - Ford's Lobsters in Groton/Noank.