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Gwen
Connecticut
Interests: travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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I absolutely loved the canvas that Donna Downey did for her free online class for getting 40,000 Facebook likes. I think at some point I'll do a canvas as well, but I decided to start by doing the class as an art journal page. For the base, I used some stencils from Stencil Girl (that's the stuff you can see that's in black) and lots of fun color. I didn't have the lotus stencil that Donna uses, so I found an image online and used it as my model for painting it on the top at the end. I absoultely... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Gwen
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I'm really loving this little class... the instructions for the 2nd set of twelve cards were posted in the classroom on 4/1, and I worked through them to do my cards and I love them. The techniques were a little different this time - lots of fun layers, some different mediums, and lots of color! Each of the cards has a definition on it for a word that resonated with me... the first letter of each word should help to spell out BEAUTIFUL YOU which was fun. Here are the individual cards with all their lovely layers and their words:... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Gwen
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I have literally had these giant foam egg things for years... sitting in a bag in my closet with a very specific project in mind. This year, I decided it was time to pull them out and actually do it! I was originally inspired by these gorgeous ostrich eggs and have had it bookmarked, also for years. I used them as inspiration, and I'm pretty thrilled with my eggs. I made four of them, since that's all I thought to pick up when I found these babies on clearance at Michael's for like $1 each. First, I did a pink... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Gwen
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Last weekend I got the chance to go up to Right at Home Scrapbooking in MA to spend a day taking classes from Joanne Sharpe. I had gotten to take a class from her a few months ago up at Absolutely Everything - I took Decorative Doodling, but the rest of her classes had already sold out by the time I found out about it. So when I saw that the classes I'd wanted to take and missed were being offered, I jumped at the chance to go! First class of the day - Watercolor Whimsy. We played with watercolors... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Gwen
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So while I was in Asia in February, I missed getting to take classes from Stephanie Ackerman at Right at Home Scrapbooking in MA. I've been a fan of her work for a long time and I was bummed about the timing. So after I got home, I went ahead and signed up for her online 52 Pick-Me-Up 2014 class. I worked through the first twelve cards over about a week and a half or so. I mostly followed the class instructions, but gave it my own spin, of course! Starting with the base... I have TONS of Project Life... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Gwen
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I was able to get to a few classes at Papercraft Clubhouse during March - one was our monthly Mixed Media Club - Tracie gave us a refresher course on a few Dyan Reavley techniques - we did the bleaching technique and also ghosting. Here she is giving us a demo (and having way too much fun going crazy with the mist! Sue was frantically looking for refuge from the overspray. lol.) And my sample in my notebook at the end of the night: I always forget how much I love these techniques until I do them again - I'm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Gwen
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Another little project I finished in March... this one was actually started back in January and ended up sitting partially done on my desk throughout February while I was in Asia. I picked it up again at the beginning of March and worked on it off and on until I was happy with it. It took a while, and it's different from anything I've done before, but I like it. This was another canvas redo - this is the original canvas (I actually remembered to take a "before" photo!) I liked the shape of the flowers and the background color... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Gwen
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So I'm slacking again... March ended up being a crazy month! (I'll join the choir of people stating that I can't believe it's April!) Lots going on right now... getting caught up at work, another trip to Chicago, lots of classes and other good stuff. I'm trying to get caught up on the artsy posting, starting with a few Zentangle pieces from the last month. If you follow me on Instagram, these are probably familiar, but I wanted to get them up here as well. First, I actually started this one at the airport before my flight to Singapore, worked... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Gwen
Yes, take a class if you can! I tried doing it before and was never happy with how anything turned out. Just taking a beginner class made a huge difference. And it was really fun!
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2014 on All tangled up at Gwen
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Here it is! The last (and least picture heavy) post from my trip. We got up early and had one last bowl of that delicious noodle soup for breakfast before getting back on the boats to head out to the jetty and meet the buses. I was sad to leave! I could travel like that pretty much indefinitely, really... most everyone was ready to go home, but I was ready to do it all again! But I digress... From the jetty we took the buses back to the Heho airport where we were again split into flights. This time I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Gwen
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Okay, I've been home for two weeks and it's time to finish the trip blogs! I finally got over the jetlag just in time to get hit with Daylight Saving Time, which was kind of worse. It was easier to wake up when I was jetlagged than it's been to wake up when it's still so dark outside! I'm pretty caught up now with work and everything else, and I edited all of my trip photos. All of them. That would be 2,689 photos (those are the ones I kept!) And I hate editing photos. A lot. But, I shot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Gwen
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Still playing catch up here... trying to get over the jetlag, fight off a cold from lack of sleep / trouble sleeping since coming home (I might be winning! knock on wood) and getting caught up on real life. And trying to GET WARM!!! (My well documented antipathy toward snow has only grown after my trip. This weather sucks.) Anyway... This was the day of my trip that our group split... our tour manager took the 9 people who weren't doing the extension and they went back to Rangoon and then on to San Francisco while the rest of us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Gwen
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This was one of the days I was most excited for on the tour, just based on the photos I'd seen while checking out all the places on the itinerary. I woke up early to a beautiful day and headed down to the restaurant on the river for breakfast before meeting the bus for our excursion. It was gorgeous - the air was still cool, and the sun wasn't all the way up so everything glowed silver in the morning light. Lots of delicious fresh fruit, and I'm going to miss having noodles with veggies for breakfast when all of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Gwen
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The first full day in Myanmar (or Burma) was awesome. I woke up to discover the beauty of our hotel in daylight. I was sung awake by a multitude of birds outside my window, which was facing the lake and its gardens. I headed down to give the staff my big bag for storage and check out, and then had a delightful breakfast looking out at the gardens (I'm loving the fried noodles and veggies they serve here.) First thing was to go visit the Shwedagon Pagoda - the most important pagoda in the country, and I believe one of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Gwen
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On the morning of our last day in Thailand, we left Pattaya early and drove the 2.5 hours back to Bangkok. We stopped at the same stinky rest stop (it didn't smell quite as bad, but maybe it wasn't as hot that day?) and this time I tried some cherry pomegranate juice that was delicious. I wish we sold some of these flavors in the states! Once in Bangkok, we left all of our bags stowed in the bus storage compartments and went out for a little touring in the city. We went to the Grand Palace, and got on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Gwen
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Well, time got away from me! The last few days in Thailand I didn't have internet and then in Myanmar, I had internet, but it was so weak that I couldn't even download email, so I figured posting a blog was out :) But I did try and keep up with taking notes on what we did each day and looking through my pictures, so now it's time to start catching up! After our big day with the elephants and tigers and shopping at the night market, we got up the next morning and went to a few last things... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Gwen
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Today was a super fun day! We got up early - the bus left at 7am to head out to the elephant camp for the start of our day. We were able to ride elephants over the hill to the Long Neck Village. It was about a 45 minute ride, and so amazing! I've always loved elephants but never ridden one. Since we had to go two to an elephant, I paired up with another solo traveler and we were on a big 30-year old male elephant named Poo Noi. He was just too cool. Look at those tusks! After... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Gwen
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I'm in Thailand! Another long-time dream of mine, and I'm so excited to be here. We left Cambodia just after noon and flew to Bangkok where we had a short layover. Since we hadn't had lunch yet, we all went off to find something to eat while we waited for the next flight. I was thinking, yay! Thailand! Thai food! My choices for lunch? McDonald's, KFC, Burger King, Subway, 7-Eleven, and Krispy Cream. Seriously? There were a few places to buy instant noodle bowls, but that was about it. So weird! Anyway. We had a brief lecture from our educator... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Gwen
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My second day in Cambodia was really cool - one of the most impactful so far in terms of what we saw. We started the day with a bus ride to nearby Tonli Sap Lake to see the flooded and floating villages. It was interesting to get out of the city and our resort to see the countryside and how so many people here actually live from day to day. In the flooded village, the houses are built on high stilts because during monsoon season, the lake grows to about 5x the size and everything is flooded. So half of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Gwen
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So yesterday (February 12th) was another day that I'd really been looking forward to - another check on the bucket list! We were heading to the Angkor temples here by Siem Reap. We started, of course, with Angkor Wat - we went out as early as possible to try and beat the crowds, but there were still a ton of people there. It was really amazing... pictures don't do it justice. And our guide Dy (pronounced Dee), explaining to us the story shown in the carvings on the walls of the galleries. It was really fascinating to hear the myths... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Gwen
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Okay, I think I figured out how to get the posts to go up the way I want them by working around the app. Crossing my fingers! I got a little far behind... the internet at my hotel in Cambodia isn't too reliable, but I have some free time this afternoon so I'm relaxing in the air conditioning and trying to catch up on journaling. So... day 2 in Vietnam. We have fabulous breakfasts at each hotel - in Vietnam, we had to have pho - really yummy! After breakfast, we checked out and loaded up the buses and then... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Gwen
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About three-quarters of the way through our cruise on Halong Bay, we stopped at one of the caves - our guide Minh said it's one of the most beautiful in the bay. The one we visited is called Dong Thien Cung, or Heaven's Palace Cave. It wasn't a huge sequence of caverns like some that I've seen, but it was quite beautiful. It was only discovered in the mid-90s, and has been nicely lit so you can see. We wandered through and looked at the different formations - so many of them looked like jellyfish. I also thought a lot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Gwen
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So the main point of our visit to Halong Bay was the scenery! This has long been on my bucket list of places to see, and for a years I didn't think I'd ever have the chance to come here. The pictures I've seen have had me amazed, and they're nothing compared to the reality. It was an overcast, slightly misty day, which only added to the atmosphere. The island peaks are just stacked one behind the other, and in the softer light, it gave the most amazing ombre effect... I'd like to try and paint it some time. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Gwen
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My first full day in Vietnam! We're staying in Hanoi which was quite a shock to the senses. It's very crowded and a bit dirty, and it seems like most everything is pretty worn down. Of course, the city is over 1,000 years old, so I guess that plays a part. This morning we headed out early to go to Halong Bay. The traffic going out of town was, apparently, pretty typical. People here don't really pay much attention to stop signs, yield, pedestrians, etc... you just go with the flow and push your way in and everything adjusts around... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Gwen
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Saturday morning, I got back on the bus to go around the city... I loved Chinatown - everything was all decorated to celebrate the year of the horse! Visually, that was probably my favorite part of the city so far (aside from the gardens). I also love how colorful some of the buildings are, and how there are plants everywhere! It's all quite lush. I didn't do as much as I would have liked while there, mainly because I made the mistake of not making Saturday plans the night before, and I decided there wasn't anything else I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Gwen