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Archive for the month “February, 2013”

Delicate Blooms

Beautiful pink blooms

Beautiful pink blooms

I see these tiny pink blooms when I walk to and from the train station.  They cover a very large and tall bush.  Such an unexpected treat!  I hope you find them as sweet and charming as I do.  Enjoy!

*Tina

Temecula Rust

While on our weekend trip in Temecula, I noticed a trend with aged surfaces.  I was particularly drawn to the items with rust.

A rusted rivet near City Hall in Old Town Temecula

A rusted rivet near City Hall in Old Town Temecula

Rusted tree well cover

Rusted tree well cover

Meritage at Callaway Vineyard

Meritage at Callaway Vineyard

You can find inspiration anywhere so always remember to keep your eyes open and just see.  It is all in the details.

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” –  Confucius

*Tina

Avocados and Lemons

Sharing the bounty

Sharing the bounty

In my family, we share the bounty with others.  Be it flowers, fruit or vegetables, it goes to those who will enjoy it the most.  For me, these are some of the most coveted goodies.  I can never get enough.  For the past few months, it has been such a treat to come home from a long day at work to a surprise bag of these luscious fruits.  Thanks Dad!

*Tina

Photography Monday: World War II Memorial

Washington D.C. is one of our favorite places to visit.  Every time we visit we are able to see something new because you can never see it all in one trip.  It is a vibrant city filled with museums, memorials, and historical buildings.  A photographer’s dream.  On our most recent trip, we explored the World War II Memorial for the first time.

Many of the DC memorials have water features and this one was spectacular

Many of the DC memorials have water features and this one was spectacular!

It is so moving to view a memorial with those who served our country.

It is so moving to view a memorial with those who served our country.

Every last detail was finished including the drain cover.

Every last detail was finished including the drain cover.

Every state is represented in the memorial

Every state is represented in the memorial.

The sun casting its shadows across the memorial was beautiful and unexpected.

The sun casting its shadows across the memorial was unexpected yet beautiful.

The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort.  The memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people.  If you want to learn more about the World War II Memorial, please visit this site for more information.

Next week, I will post photos from our visit to Mount Vernon.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Floral Thinking of You Card

Floral Thinking of You card

Floral Thinking of You card

I have another friend going through a difficult time right now and thought she would need something to cheer her spirits.  You need the following supplies and tools to create this card:

Fold the green cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the pink cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the flower at 3″.  Adhere all of the layers of the flower together.  Run the pink cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the flower to the embossed cardstock.

She is a garden lover and I thought this card would be the perfect way to brighten her day.  Happy paper crafting!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Wine Tags

DIY wine tags

DIY wine tags

We went to Temecula for the weekend to relax, go wine tasting and antiquing.  Of course, we bought some wine, which prompted me to create custom wine tags for organizational purposes.  You need the following tools and supplies to create these tags:

Cut the tags to 3″ x 4″ and punch out a circle at the top of the tag.  Write your description or wine name on the tag and finish it by using the ruler to create the border.

What a sense of satisfaction when you have a need and you fill it creatively with the supplies you have on hand.  And, you create a custom piece that is perfect for you.  Genius!

Happy paper crafting!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Daisy Thank You Note

Daisy Thank You Note

Daisy Thank You Note

I was in desperate need of some thank you notes so I created my own.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • daisy embellishment
  • Quickutz Revolution
  • Quickutz die
  • cardstock
  • adhesive

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the gold cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Using the Quickutz Revolution, cut out the “thanks” with the Quickutz die.  Adhere the gold cardstock to the white card then adhere the daisy embellishment and “thanks” to the gold cardstock.

I always make my own thank you notes because it shows the recipient that are special and you truly value them.  Besides, I find it fun and challenging to use what I have in my stash as well as create something unique.  I hope this card inspires you to make your own thank you notes.

Happy paper crafting!

*Tina

Cheery Camellia

Better late than never

Better late than never

Finally, the third camellia bush started blooming just before Valentine’s Day.  A little late to the garden party, but definitely showing off by enjoying some winter sun.

Enjoy!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Random Rome

We spent a week in Rome and between the two of us, we shot over 700 photos.  We are very particular of what we shoot and don’t practice the shotgun effect.  We photograph with purpose and are always looking for inspiration.

The Pantheon, an engineering marvel for its time

The Pantheon, an engineering marvel for its time

A pile of gas meters

A pile of gas meters

A gorgeous building near the train station

A gorgeous building near the train station

Stunning architectural detail

Stunning architectural detail

Campo de' Fiori, Rome's famous farmers market

Campo de’ Fiori, Rome’s famous farmers market

Rome is filled with many neighborhoods, each with its own style and flavor.  We enjoyed exploring the city with an artistic eye and not necessarily following the common path.  We ate gelato every day, which was divine.  We barely scratched the surface of this beautiful city and know that we will be returning to Italy, especially Rome in the future.  Hope you enjoyed the photographic tour!

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Llama Birthday Card

Llama birthday card

Llama birthday card

What kind of card do you make for your mother-in-law’s birthday?  A llama card, of course, especially if she has a sense of humor.  You need the following supplies and tools to make this card:

Fold the green cardstock so it is a finished size of 4″x 8″ and cut the orange cardstock to 3.75″x 6.5″.  Cut all of the pieces for the llama at 5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the llama together.  Run the orange cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the llama to the embossed cardstock.

I thought this card was most appropriate for my mother-in-law because she makes a Christmas donation in our name to Heifer International.  By the way, she loved the card.

*Tina

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