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Mixed Floral Bouquet

This bouquet has a classic, old world feel.

This bouquet has a classic, old world feel.

For the first time since moving to our charming home, I was able to create a mixed bouquet of flowers from the garden.  The roses and lilacs came with the property and last year I planted the sweet peas.  I am beyond excited that I was able to create this delightful arrangement with what I had on hand.  I am filled with immense satisfaction and happy that I am able to bring some of the garden inside for my own enjoyment.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.  -Luther Burbank

*Tina

Photography Monday: Doors of Frederick

Located less than an hour from Washington, D.C., Frederick, Maryland is a charming historic town.  Founded in 1745 by German settlers, Frederick is a city rich in heritage, opportunity, and innovation.  Located between the Civil War battlegrounds of Monocacy, Antietam, and Gettysburg, Frederick was ransomed from burning during the war and became a hospital town for wounded soldiers.

Such a charming, patriotic entrance!

Such a charming, patriotic entrance!

Love how the blue wreath provides contrast against the burnt orange door.

Love how the blue wreath provides contrast against the terra cotta door.

The crisp white door beautifully offsets the brick exterior.

The crisp white door beautifully offsets the brick exterior.

An understated, classic approach to a front entrance.

An understated, classic approach to a front entrance.

A traditional yet seasonal feel when you approach this door.

A classy, seasonal feel when you approach this door.

We discovered these doors within the award-winning 40-block historic district that includes parks, neighborhoods and industry.   With a population of 65,000 residents, Frederick is the second largest city in Maryland.  On your next trip to Washington, D.C., must sure you take a side trip to Frederick.  For more information, please visit this site.

Next week, back to D.C. for a potpourri of photos.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Frog Card

Too cute for words!

Hopping to good health!

My dear friend’s wife, who received the Happy Mushroom Card, is on the road to recovery.  I wanted to send another card to her to cheer her on.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

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

In the Japanese culture, the presence of frogs is considered to bring good fortune.  With that in mind, the frog card was created to assist her in her return to good health.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Border Thank You Card

A great way to use up patterned paper scraps.

A great way to use up patterned paper scraps.

Being a scrapbooker, I have lots of scrap paper left over from various projects.  This thank you card is a great way to use up those scraps.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the tan cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″.  Punch out 6 borders using various cartridges and paper.  Attach to the card and trim to fit.  For the “thank you”, create a Word document using Louisiana font at 64pt.  Punch out using a 2″ circle punch and adhere with foam tape.

The possibilities are endless with this design and you can change it to be a birthday card or thinking of you card.  Happy card making!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Gift Card Holder

So festive and fun!

So festive and fun!

To be honest, sometimes a gift card is the best gift you can give.  Why not put your creative spin on it and make the gift card holder to house the gift card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this project:

Cut a piece of cardstock to 3.5″ x 8.5″ (you can make three gift card holders from one sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock).  Score cardstock on one end at 2″ and the other end at 2.5″.  Use corner rounder to round the corners on the 2″ end.  Cut three pieces of patterned paper at: 3.25″ x 1.75″, 3.25″ x 2.25″ and 3.25″ x 3.75″.  Use the corner rounder to round the corners of one end of the smallest piece of paper.  Run adhesive along the side edges of the 2.25″ end of the cardstock to make the pocket.  Adhere the patterned paper to the outside of the gift card holder.  Attach the Velcro dot to the flap for closure.  Punch out the decorative emblem and attach to the pocket.

I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest and made it my own.  Now, you have the option to present your gift card with flair.  Happy paper crafting!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Christ Church

Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, was built more than 235 years ago to be a parish church to meet the spiritual needs of its parishioners and the community.  It still continues that tradition today along with preserving its incredible history.  Some of its most famous parishioners include George Washington and Robert E. Lee, who attended Christ Church throughout his life starting at the tender age of three.

The wineglass pulpit, which was installed during the 1890's restoration is consistent with the design, location, and liturgical practices of the church when the church was built.

The wineglass pulpit, which was installed during the 1890’s restoration is consistent with the design, location, and liturgical practices of the period when the church was built.

George Washington bought and later rented a box family pew and attended services when in Alexandria.

George Washington bought and later rented a box family pew and attended services when in Alexandria.

The earliest burials in the graveyard represented much of the gentry of Alexandria.

The earliest burials in the graveyard represented much of the gentry of Alexandria.

There are many Confederate veterans buried in the graveyard and churchyard.

There are many Confederate veterans buried in the graveyard and churchyard.

In its earlier years, livestock may have been allowed to graze, which allowed the dual function of trimming and fertilizing.

In its earlier years, livestock may have been allowed to graze, which allowed the dual function of trimming and fertilizing.

Christ Church fully embraces its history, while staying grounded in the present.  For more information about Christ Church, please visit this site.

Next week, the doors of Frederick, Maryland.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Embossed Thinking of You Card

Hoping it brightens your day!

Hoping it brightens your day!

I was inspired by this card that a dear friend pinned on Pinterest.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″.  Cut the purple cardstock to 1″x5.25″.  Run the varying shades of purple cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine using a different folder for each color.  Cut the white border from the Border Maker.  Cut out the floral emblem on the Cricut at 1.5″.  Create the “thinking of you” in Word at 36pt using the Louisana font.  Adhere all the pieces together and attach the floral emblem with foam tape.

When you send a handmade card, you are sending your love as well as a piece of yourself to the recipient.  This card speaks volumes about how much you care.  Happy card making!

*Tina

Record Store Day

Record Store Day is Saturday, April 20.

Record Store Day is Saturday, April 20.

If you know a vinyl record lover, then Record Store Day is the place to be.  Starting in 2008, Record Store Day was created as an event to celebrate the art of music.  Special vinyl, CD releases and promotional products are made exclusively for this day as well as artists making special appearances and giving performances.  I know where my husband will be on Saturday.

The four building blocks of the universe are fire, water, gravel and vinyl. -Dave Barry

*Tina

Purple Passion

Another purple vegetable to add to the mix.

Another purple vegetable to add to the mix.

My husband has a love affair with purple.  Purple clothes, purple potatoes, purple carrots and now purple asparagus.  He had a short list of items to purchase at the farmers market.  He surprised me with purple asparagus and I loved the idea.  I made Pesto Pasta with Purple Asparagus and Peas.  Lots of p’s in the recipe title.  To boiling salted water, I added the pasta and with three minutes remaining added the asparagus and peas.  Drained the pasta, peas and asparagus and added it back into the same pot with pesto and some of the salted pasta water.  Mixed it all together and the main dish was finished.  It was fast and quite tasty!  Definitely a keeper recipe that I created on a whim.  Sometimes, those are the best recipes.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Doors of Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia, founded in 1749, has a fascinating history and many of its historic buildings are still preserved today.  We strolled through part of historic Alexandria and I was enchanted by the doors of the historic homes.

This home is on the historic register exemplified by the oval marker to the right of the door.

This home is on the historic register noted by the oval marker to the right of the door.

What a charming entrance!

What a charming entrance!

A more stately, traditional approach for a front entrance.

A more stately, traditional approach for a front entryway.

Such a grand entrance!

Definitely grand!

A blue door...how fabulous is that!

A blue door…how fabulous is that!

Each entrance was its own vignette filled with charm, formality and sometimes a touch of whimsy.

Next week, we will explore Christ Church in Alexandria.

*Tina

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