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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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Although we made our annual weekend trip to the Adirondacks, the big event in September was Skylar's third birthday. I had a lot of fun embellishing the birthday pages, using stamps and die cuts from my card making supplies. I... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at random reflections
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One of the few flowers beside bulbs that can withstand the fickle spring weather in Western New York are the pansies. We really needed a shot of color on our stoop so we bought a few pots of pansies this... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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I've continued to make good progress on catching up with Project Life; not quite as good on getting the pages photographed for the blog. August found Sarah and Caleb still here; Adam joined them a few days later when he... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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I had a doctor's appointment this morning. It was a bright, sunny day so I asked Tracy to drop me off at the doctor's office so I could walk home. I hoped I would find some inspiration for Pairs since... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at random reflections
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It's been a long time since I posted a new card here. I made all the cards for March/early April birthdays and anniversaries before I left for Florida, and got this one done between our two trips. I love that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at random reflections
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Rinda has been working on one creative project each month, and I decided to designate April as Project Life Catch-up. I have the layouts mapped out by the number that need to be completed each week, and if I can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at random reflections
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We've been home from Chicago for a couple of days, but didn't leave until after church on Easter Sunday. Grandpa is the ultimate scavenger hunt creator for the Easter Bunny. Years ago, when our two kids were teenagers we were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at random reflections
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We've had several nice warm days in Chicago. The crocus are blooming in Sarah's backyard, and on our walk to the playground yesterday afternoon we spotted several robins hopping about in yards, and lots of daffodils and tulips pushing up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at random reflections
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There is a baby shower today in Hyde Park for my niece who is expecting her first baby, a little boy. She's due the day after my birthday, so I'm hoping for a delivery a day early! I wish I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at random reflections
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The last day we were in Florida, we went to visit Selby Gardens in Sarasota. One of the things I enjoy doing in a botanical garden is to look for pattern and light. Once I found one of these pairs,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at random reflections
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When these cards were made I was so sick of winter I decided to break out the butterflies for some of the March/April birthdays. This card uses my new favorite paper pad, "Watercolor Wonder" by Maile Belles, "Life is Beautiful"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at random reflections
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There won't be any scrapbooking done in March since we'll be away more than we're home. Once we get settled in again, Project Life needs to rise up to the top of the priority list. June was a pretty quick... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at random reflections
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Recently a friend celebrated her 65th birthday AND her retirement. We had a great time at her open house, and took this card and a bottle of wine. The card turned out to be a snap to make. I picked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at random reflections
We have exactly the same situation!
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2015 on Photo Pairs Week 11 at Odds and Ends
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One of the top items on our To Do list for this vacation was to visit The Ringling Museum. We spent the afternoon at the Circus Museum, and walked down to Ca'D'Zan, the Ringling mansion but never made it to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at random reflections
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Today is Tracy's birthday, and what fun to be able to celebrate it in sunny Florida! When Papertrey Ink released "Zappy Birthday" I just fell in love with it. I decided I didn't need the stamps, just the die cuts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at random reflections
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As soon as I saw the dies and stamps designed for Papertrey Ink's anniversary by Maile Belles, I knew I'd be adding them to my collection. I also purchased her new paper pad, "Watercolor Wonder," and some of the gold... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at random reflections
Raising two children who have become successful, happy adults who are raising happy, successful children of their own! it's been such a wonderful adventure!
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I was looking through some Christmas Pinterest boards this morning (another nice thing about vacation), and remembered I wrote this post before I left. Hard to think about Christmas here, but as far as I know there's still plenty of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at random reflections
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One of the great pleasures of being on the beach are morning and evening walks. Although I took my DSLR on one walk, most photos are taken with my iPhone which I always have with me. These are both iPhone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at random reflections
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I'm late posting my Pairs for Helena's meme this week, but intentionally so. I took a photo on Wednesday morning as we pulled out of the driveway, and one again this morning, our first on Longboat Key. I was pretty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at random reflections
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There were so many people who contributed to Sarah's wonderful Ordination service that I needed to crank out some new cards. I have several "Thanks" die cuts, so pulled them out, and die cut them all in black. With that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at random reflections
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Tracy looked out our kitchen window one morning this week, and saw a large package sitting on the front step. It was a fabulous box of oranges sent directly from Florida from friends of ours who are there visiting now.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at random reflections
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You've seen many cards over the last six months that were created for a friend who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The prognosis was rather iffy, but this week she got great news. The chemo has halted the progress of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at random reflections
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Today is Matt's 32nd birthday. He's celebrating with his three favorite girls, Betsy, Skylar, and Ella in Niagara Falls. They're staying at a hotel overlooking the falls with a swimming pool, and have plans to visit the aquarium and perhaps,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at random reflections