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Photography Monday: Georgetown, CO

While we were visiting friends in Denver, they suggested that we visit this picturesque town in the Rocky Mountains.  Since its beginning as a mining camp in 1859, Georgetown has attracted those who have sought something special.  First, it was the magic of gold and silver ore, now it’s incredible recreational opportunities like hiking, biking and fishing.  Plus, you can enjoy great shopping and restaurants on 6th Street in the National Historic Landmark District and elsewhere in town.

A view up 6th Street in the Historic Landmark District.

A view up 6th Street in the National Historic Landmark District.

Look for the orange tabby in the window above the door.

Look for the orange tabby in the window above the door.

Love the wear and charm of this building!

Love the wear and charm of this building!

The exterior details of the exquisite Hotel de Paris.

The exterior details of the exquisite Hotel de Paris.

The turret details of this church is magnificent.

The turret details of this church are magnificent.

Such a quaint and charming town, which we will visit again next week!

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Gift Tag #5

Isn't he the cutest purple dog you have ever seen?

Isn’t he the cutest purple dog you have ever seen?

The dog lovers needed a birthday gift tag too.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this tag:

Cut two purple tags at 3.5″ using the Holiday Frames & Tags cartridge.  Cut the dog at 2.5″ using the Celebrations cartridge.  Adhere the dog together.  Adhere the googly eyes to the dog and the two tags to each other.  Adhere the dog to the tag by using foam tape under the pom pom of the party hat.

As with all of the tags, there are endless color combinations.  Have fun with it and I hope I have inspired you to create your own birthday gift tags.

All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.  -George Harrison

*Tina

Micro Library

Complete with sitting room!

Complete with sitting room!

I had read an article in the newspaper recently about micro libraries.  I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this one in my neighborhood and come to find out that my town supports two of these micro libraries.  What is a micro library?  It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories.  The mission of the Little Free Library is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across the ages.  I am fortunate to live in a town that supports the library, which is open 7 days a week.  Being an avid reader, I visit the library often and love the idea of sharing books on a smaller scale.  The Little Free Library has gained momentum and I hope it continues its mission for years to come.  For more information, please visit this site.

There is no friend as loyal as a book.  -Ernest Hemingway

*Tina

Photography Monday: Cruz’n for Roses Part II

Because of my father and my husband, I have a passion for cars especially classic cars.  It all started with my father taking me to races at Ontario Motor Speedway, Laguna Seca and the Long Beach Grand Prix.  My father has restored classic cars and my husband is a huge fan with dreams of restoring his own car.  My husband claims that one of the reasons he married me is that I love cars.  The popularity of this event has grown and this year it was the 9th annual.  Many people attended this event because viewing the classic cars brings back memories of a simpler time.  Good old nostalgia!

Love the subtle detail of the P!

Love the subtle detail of the P!

The license plate definitely belongs to this bakery truck.

The license plate definitely belongs to this bakery truck.

Nicely detailed grill.

Nicely detailed grill.

A simple linear detail that provides contrast on this whale of a car.

A simple linear detail that provides contrast on this car.

A beautiful, weathered detail from one of the vintage trailers.

A beautiful, weathered logo from one of the vintage trailers.

I hope I have shown you that there is more to the car than the engine and how fast it goes.  Many of these cars are beautifully designed and we must appreciate these craftsmen and engineers for their dedication to a noteworthy craft.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Gift Tag #4

The gifty gift tag!

The gifty gift tag!

Another gift tag in the series and you need the following tools and supplies to create this tag:

Cut two blue tags at 3″ using the Holiday Frames & Tags cartridge.  Cut the present at 2″ using the Celebrations cartridge.  Cut the border at 1″ from the Ribbons & Rosettes cartridge.  Sandwich the border between the two tags.  Trim the border to fit the width of the tag.  Adhere the present to the tag.

This tag can be created in many different color ways.  A great way to use your scraps!

Happy tag making!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Gift Card Holder #2

So elegant and sophisticated!

So elegant and sophisticated!

I was able to go play on Saturday and create more marbled paper.  Too much fun!  It dawned on me that I should use the marbled paper to create another version of the gift card holder.  I can always create more paper so why not use what I have.  The instructions to create the gift card holder are here, but with one change.  My large decorative punch died and went to punch heaven.  For the above gift card holder, I used the Cricut Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge to create the flower medallion at 2″.  I was planning on adding these to my Etsy shop.  What do you think?

*Tina

Photography Monday: Cruz’n for Roses

Yesterday, my husband and I went out to support the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee by touring the Cruz’n for Roses Hot Rod and Classic Car Show.  A huge fundraiser for the oldest self-built float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.  Over 400 classic cars, hot rods and vintage trailers were on display.  All ages were walking the streets of South Pasadena to view these beauties.  As always, I am more interested in the finishing details than what is under the hood.

A nice touch of red to make the door handle pop.

A nice touch of red to make the door handle pop.

A nice detail that might otherwise be overlooked.

A nice detail that might otherwise be overlooked.

Seen on other cars, but the dice detail is well executed here.

Seen on other cars, but the dice detail is well executed here.

Love this font!

Love this font!

The space age vibe is a spectacular touch for this taillight.

The space age vibe is a spectacular touch for this taillight.

Nice contrast between the car color and this embellishment.  Love it!

Nice contrast between the car color and this embellishment. Love it!

Stay tuned!  Next week, a few more details to share with you about these fantastic vehicles.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Gift Tag #3

For the princess in your life!

For the princess in your life!

Of course, the princesses needed gift tag representation too.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this tag:

Cut two pink tags at 3.5″ using the Holiday Frames & Tags cartridge.  Cut the crown at 2″ using the Celebrations cartridge.  Cut the border at 1″ from the Ribbons & Rosettes cartridge.  Sandwich the border between the two tags.  Trim the border to fit the width of the tag.  Adhere the crown and rhinestones to the tag.

Sometimes simple is best and the rhinestones give the crown the sparkle it requires.  Any princess would adore this tag!

Whether or not you believe in fairy tales, every girl is a princess to somebody.   -Anonymous

*Tina

Etsy

Sharing the handmade with you!

Sharing the handmade with you!

I finally did it!  I opened my Etsy shop on Sunday.  It is filled with handcrafted paper goods including gift card holders, birthday cards, thank you cards and upcycled paper envelopes.  You will recognize many of the items with more to come.  Take a peek and I hope you like what you see!

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.  -Elder Uchtdorf

*Tina

Photography Monday: The Brown Palace Hotel

While in Denver, touring The Brown Palace Hotel was definitely on the list of things to see and do.  The Brown Palace Hotel opened its doors in downtown Denver in August 1892.  Architect Frank E. Edbrooke was hired to design the hotel and work began in 1888.  Edbrooke played a significant role in Denver’s history, designing several landmark buildings, including Central Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Temple Building, among others.  The hotel is designed in the Italian Renaissance style, using Colorado red granite and Arizona sandstone for the building’s exterior.  For a finishing touch, artist James Whitehouse was commissioned to create 26 medallions carved in stone, each depicting a native Rocky Mountain animal.  The interior has an atrium lobby with balconies that rises eight floors above ground, surrounded by cast iron railings with ornate grillwork panels.  Two of these panels were installed upside down and remain so to this day.  Every U.S. president has visited The Brown Palace since Teddy Roosevelt (1905), with the exception of Calvin Coolidge.

Gorgeous wallpaper that decorates the walls of the Palace Arms Restaurant Independence Room.

Gorgeous wallpaper that decorates the walls of the Palace Arms Restaurant Independence Room.

Looking down in the Atrium as it is set for Atrium High Tea.

Looking down into the Atrium as it is set for Atrium High Tea.

A beautiful sconce located in the Atrium.

A beautiful sconce located in the Atrium.

A glimpse of the living room of the Teddy Roosevelt suite.

A glimpse of the living room of the Teddy Roosevelt suite.

Love the Art Deco details on the room doors!

Love the Art Deco details on the room doors!

If you are an architectural and interior design buff, then you must tour this property.  It is worthwhile and the tour guide is charming and extremely knowledgeable.  All in all, a fabulous tour that we thoroughly enjoyed and maybe next time we stop in for a spot of tea.

*Tina

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