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Archive for the month “July, 2013”

Photography Monday: Denver Botanic Gardens

While on vacation in Denver, we spent a half day at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  Located in Denver about 10 minutes east of downtown, the Denver Botanic Gardens are nestled in a quaint neighborhood.  We strolled the gardens at a leisurely pace while taking lots of photos.  We often like to visit botanic gardens while on vacation because we enjoy discovering new plants and we find a visit to the garden is a joyful respite.

Pines signify longevity and happiness in Japanese gardens.

Pines signify longevity and happiness in Japanese gardens.

The reflection in the water is stunning.

The reflection in the water is stunning!

How beautiful this garden must be in the winter covered in snow.

How beautiful this garden must be in the winter covered in snow.

A perfectly arranged yet lush, verdant garden.

A perfectly arranged yet lush garden.

A solitary water lily surrounded by verdant lily pads.

A solitary water lily surrounded by verdant lily pads.

The Japanese Garden was charming and intimate.  A little bit of zen in the big city.  Next week, I will share more water lily photos.

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

Cricut Friday: 70th Birthday Card

So purple and very regal!

Very regal indeed!

A milestone year for my parents so a special card was definitely required.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the lavender cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the eggplant cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the 70 at 2″.  Adhere the layers of the 70 together.  Run the eggplant cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the 70 to the embossed cardstock.

The birthday celebration was part of a larger family gathering celebrating several events.  Great food, fabulous wine, lots of gifts, and plenty of laughter!  A grand time was had by all!

I am taking a break for three weeks and in that time I will enjoy watching the Tour, go on vacation and complete some other pending projects.  I will return on July 29.  Until then, enjoy life and be crafty!

*Tina

Tour de France

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Tour de France!

Celebrating 100 years of the Tour de France!

It is July, which means it is Tour de France season.  Since Saturday, we have watched every stage.  We are avid fans and we have been following the Tour since the late 1980’s.  We love the drama, skill, and strategy.  The Tour de France is like no other sporting event in the world.  The scenery is stunning, the commentators are spectacular and lively, and fans camp out for days to see a glimpse of the riders as they pass by.  Absolute craziness and we love it!  Vive Le Tour!

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride”.  – John F. Kennedy

*Tina

Photography Monday: Pismo Beach Car Show

I love classic cars!  My father got me started and my husband has continued to fuel my continued admiration.  My interests lie with the design, styling and finishing of the cars.  What is under the hood is of no consequence to me.  On the way home from my grandfather’s 98th birthday luncheon, we had the opportunity to stop in Pismo Beach to see the 28th Annual Classic at Pismo Beach.  Blocks upon blocks of cars lined the streets next to the beach.  These details caught my eye.

Classic details!

Classic details!

Love how the lines add to the sleek styling of this car!

Love how the lines add to the sleek styling of this car!

The wood joinery is superb.

The wood joinery is superb.

These tail lights are spectacular!

These tail lights are spectacular!

Red, black and chrome is a classic combination.

Red, black and chrome is a classic combination.

“I grew up with my father, so I know more about cars than most women.”  – Danielle Steel

*Tina

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