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Archive for the month “March, 2016”

Utility Box Art #4

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Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way so that they look their most beautiful.

One of the simplest in design, but interesting nonetheless.  A beautiful bonsai tree placed against a repeating geometric pattern.

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Bonsai are appreciated as objects of art.

The process of raising bonsai requires controlling the kind of shape the trees take and allowing it to achieve its most beautiful, balanced form.

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A wonderful quote to accompany this artistic piece.

In essence, both of these mediums are controlled.  One is achieved naturally and the other is not, but they provide a dynamic contrast when placed against each other.

*Tina

Front Door Series #7

Understated elegance with a pop of red.

Understated elegance with a pop of red.

Another red door.  What can I say?  I love red!  This color scheme and feel is very similar to Front Door #5, with a darker gray for the house color and simple landscaping.  A cute little Fiat is always parked in front of the house.  How divine!

*Tina

Lemons and Lilacs

A delightful delicate scent perfumes the air.

A delightful, delicate scent perfumes the air.

According to the calendar, spring hasn’t started yet, but in my world it has.  Over the weekend, our lilac tree burst into bloom.  Maybe exploded is a better word to use to describe the event.  The tree was covered and it is a delight to see.  Since moving into our home almost five years ago, this explosion of blooms is the best so far.  On Sunday, my father dropped off a standard sized paper grocery bag filled with lemons.  The fatherly drop off has been a weekly occurrence for some time, but this bag had the largest crop including lemons the size of softballs.  Yesterday, I shared the lemons and lilacs with my colleagues and it brightened everyone’s day.  Thank you Mother Nature for sharing your bounty with us!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Birthday Card #35

A special birthday gift for you!

A special birthday gift for you!

Birthday gift imagery can be interpreted many ways.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Stampin’ Up bow punch
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • patterned paper
  • cardstock
  • adhesive

Fold the watermelon cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Cut out patterned paper rectangles using these dimensions:  2.75″ x 1.5″, 2.25″ x 1.5″ and 1.5″ x 1.5″ .  Punch out the pieces for the bow and put together.  Cut a strip of .25″ cardstock for the ribbon.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss. Adhere the paper rectangles, ribbon, and bow to the embossed cardstock .

Another scrap buster using supplies you have on hand, which is my favorite type of card.

*Tina

Edgar the Cat

A sweet, friendly cat!

A sweet, friendly cat!

Edgar is a wanderer.  He has been visiting us intermittingly since the fall of last year.  A few weeks ago he camped out on our porch for a week.  When I was out for my late afternoon walk, I spotted Lost Cat signs for Edgar.  I promptly contacted his owners and they were thrilled to hear he was alive and well.  He was taken home and loved by his family.  We learned that he only lives a few blocks away, but obviously loves the tranquility of our quaint dead-end street.  He has returned a few times to stop for a snack and lay in the sun spot on our porch.  This perch allows him to watch the comings and goings on our street.  He definitely loves adventure and we are so glad that he has chosen us to visit with.

Loving this sun spot!

Loving this sun spot!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Many Glacier Hotel

Nestled next to Swiftcurrent Lake

Many Glacier Hotel is nestled next to Swiftcurrent Lake.

Built by Louis Hall and the Great Northern Railway in 1914-15, it’s the largest hotel in Glacier National Park with 214 guest rooms.  Lofty peaks surround the hotel and its balcony overlooking Swiftcurrent Lake offers one of the finest mountain views anywhere.

What a stunning setting!

What a stunning setting!

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The view of the lodge from Swiftcurrent Lake.

The secluded location was intentionally selected to entice visitors to explore the natural surroundings in a rustic experience.

The flower boxes add beauty and color to the hotel exterior.

The flower boxes add beauty and color to the hotel exterior.

As part of an effort to establish Glacier National Park as the “American Alps”, it was built in the chalet style and was considered the “Gem of the West”.

The lobby soars above you.

The lobby soars above you.

A common theme amongst the park lodges, timbers used as structural elements.

A common theme amongst the park lodges, timbers used as structural elements.

With a view of Many Glacier, a stay in this lodge would be one to consider if you plan on visiting Glacier National Park.

*Tina

Cricut Today: Love Card

Love you forever!

Love you forever!

Sometimes, the simplest, graphic cards are the best.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut Machine
  • Cricut Base Camp cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • heart punch
  • cardstock
  • adhesive

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Cut LVE at 1″ and punch out one heart.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere LVE and the heart  to the embossed cardstock.

This card was originally made for my in-laws wedding anniversary last year.  I decided to duplicate it and give it to my husband’s aunt and uncle for their wedding anniversary next week.  I hope they love it!

*Tina

Utility Box Art #3

Groovy!

Monochromatic madness.

This box is next to a gas station and it is a welcome sight.  It reminds of a doodle on a massive scale.

Love the mix of imagery.

Love the mix of imagery.

Upon closer inspection, you can see birds, plants and roses.  With South Pasadena being a neighbor to Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade, the roses are definitely appropriate.

Utility Box Art #3

Some of the imagery is a nod to historic home design.

Not knowing the artist’s full intention is what makes it fun to interpret from a personal perspective.  Long live art!

*Tina

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