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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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February was the coldest month on record in Rochester. It never got above freezing the whole month. But despite the cold, it was a big month in the life of our family, and almost all the photos for this month... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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When we moved into this house nearly 30 years ago, a kind neighbor walked us around the property pointing out some valuable plants that might not have been recognized. One was a tree peony. Sadly, it's in our lower yard,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at random reflections
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Well, finally, I've gotten to the current year. January found us in Wilmette with Sarah and Adam, and then quickly after our return, on our way to Florida with my mother-in-law's van. Last year, all my title cards were created... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at random reflections
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When I returned from Chicago in early April, I had nine months of Project Life pages to complete. Tuesday I finished them all!!! It took six weeks, which isn't bad considering all the other things that were on the calendar.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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Last week for Helena's meme, Pairs, I had three photos because I couldn't choose. This week I have just one photograph with both bud and flower. I love the lilacs in Highland Park. They are just beginning to pop out,... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at random reflections
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It's been a few days since I've had time to make any progress on my Project Life pages. I've switched gears a bit, and am working on getting all the photos printed for the last four months I need to... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at random reflections
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It's Mother's Day here in the States, and I've had a lovely day---flowers, phone calls, Face Book compliments, and a lovely afternoon at my sister and brother-in-law's where we celebrated with Tracy's family. I made just one card this year---for... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at random reflections
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It's 90° as I write this. We've gone from winter to spring to summer in less than three weeks! It won't last, but I never complain about the heat. It does seem odd, however, to have turned on the air... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at random reflections
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I needed three thank you cards---quickly! Luckily I found two in my stash, and this one came together very quickly by going through my stash of already stamped and colored images and pre-cut die cuts. I'm not sure I would... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at random reflections
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This might be the first ZIZO pair for the year. I've been trying to be more creative, but this just works when it's flowering trees that are the focus. Monday I posted some photos from our walk in Highland Park... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at random reflections
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It takes a long time for Spring to arrive in Western New York, but after several days in the 70's and 80's it is here. Last night after dinner, Tracy and I walked to Highland Park. Designed by Frederick Law... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at random reflections
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October saw us on the road again, off on the postponed July trip to Petoskey, MI and Door County, WI. A friend of mine lives in Milwaukee and vacations regularly in Door Co. and a friend of Tracy's made a... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at random reflections
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When I flipped my birthday calendar over to May, I was somewhat taken aback to see that I needed 12 birthday and anniversary cards, and only one or two appropriate ones in my file. I took some time off from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at random reflections
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When I need a quick card, I often reach for my Songbird die cuts. When I first purchased this stamp and die set, I die cut multiple pieces and can usually put them together to make a quick card. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at random reflections
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Switching from a concentrated effort on Project Life to card making proved to be more stressful than I anticipated. This card doesn't even begin to match the idea in my head when I started to make a birthday card for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at random reflections
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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 Apr 24, 2015 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 Apr 22, 2015 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 Apr 18, 2015 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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