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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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I'm joining in with Mary-Lou today with her Take Three Thursday meme at Patio Postcards. Every week I intend to join in, and so frequently it just doesn't happen. If she continues it next year, I'm hoping to be more... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at random reflections
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After the combo red, black, and white, gray might be one of my favorite colors. Strangely enough I don't often pull that color for cards very often. But this week's CASology Challenge encouraged me to change that. My favorite gray... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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There's been no snow to speak of yet. Luckily the storm moving up the East Coast isn't going to get as far west as Rochester. They're predicting several inches by early next week, though, so I think winter's on its... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at random reflections
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As soon as I saw the Color Throw Down Challenge this week, I knew I'd want to get a card made for it. Gold, Silver, and Black---what's not to like? There was still a pile of silver snowflakes laying on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at random reflections
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A quick post for the Fusion: Red Christmas challenge. I've admired the challenges here for a long time. One of the things I particularly like is there are always three choices. You can use the photo, the sketch, or combine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at random reflections
So glad to hear that both Dolly and the baby continue to improve. What a stressful week for everyone. You know I'm keeping all of you in my heart.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2017 on Gratitude and Cheers~ at Morning Glory Studio
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Despite many good intentions, I have not gotten a blog post up in nearly a week. I thought a good way to get "back into the game," would be to join Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards for her Take Three Thursday... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at random reflections
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It's the 25th of the month, and that means it's time for the November Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink. The inspiration piece this month was really lovely. I took my cues from the plaid napkin, the beautiful swag on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at random reflections
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I'm back to share the last of the fall birthday cards. I had a few scraps of the watercolor paper I created for an earlier card, and didn't want to throw them out. I love the unusual sentiments in Papertrey's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at random reflections
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I'm back with another post featuring some fall birthday cards. The first one uses a new Cover Plate die from Aletnew. When I first saw it featured on their blog, I knew I'd find good use for it. This is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at random reflections
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November brings a long list of folks with birthdays and anniversaries, so I spent much of my free time the last two weeks getting cards made. There was a group of people for whom I thought I could create the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at random reflections
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I'm joining in with Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards for Take Three Thursday. I have three different shots of the same subject from our trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden. I loved the beautiful red vines twisted around the stone railing.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at random reflections
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It's been a crazy few days-- lots of social engagements and the usual volunteer commitments have meant very little time at home. So here's a post I thought I'd have up early last week! We've made many trips to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at random reflections
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I'm joining in with Mary-Lou for her Three on Thursday where she's making an effort to notice some of the more ordinary aspects of life. I took a walk in one of the smaller parks in our community earlier this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at random reflections
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The first Monday in November---how quickly October disappeared. We arrived home from Chicago on Friday. The trip didn’t turn out exactly as I planned or hoped. I was sick every. single. day. we were away. First a cold, then a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at random reflections
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It's November 5th, and I have my Five in Five for the monthly meme at itchifingers, hosted by Sandie. Tracy and I spent one afternoon last week at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I don't believe we've ever been there in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at random reflections
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This week's challenge at CASology is "Cherish," and I have a quick and easy card to enter. The striped background with the metallic heart is actually a the card front from a pack of inexpensive cards I bought ages ago... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at random reflections
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We arrived in Skokie on Friday, and have been enjoying time with Sarah and her family before she leaves tomorrow for a week-long retreat outside Little Rock, AR. Once she leaves Tracy and I will be busy helping with Caleb... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at random reflections
You found an excellent way to pass the time! Hope the audience grew before the performance started.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2017 on evening at The Clarice*... at Morning Glory Studio
Must admit that chamber music is not my favorite genre. I think it goes back to childhood, sitting in churches on a summer afternoon listening to it. I appreciated my father's interest in jazz, but not so much the chamber music.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2017 on The better to treat you... at Morning Glory Studio
As we drove to and from Boston a week or so ago, the fall colors were brilliant. Driving across northern Ohio and Indiana there wasn't anywhere near as much color, and not a lot has changed here on the North Shore of Chicago. Your photos at the Monastery are always favorites of mine. It's good to have a place of quiet and reflection nearby. (I subscribe to Feedly which "collects" all the blogs I read regularly. All the new posts show up in one spot. Once a day I try to go to Feedly to see who has posted. Once I click on the title of the post, it takes me right there so I can comment.)
Our heat's been on periodically, but recently the windows have been opened again. The weather the last two months has been so unpredictable, but overall, quite lovely. The table setting is also lovely!
Heading off to Whole Foods in just a bit. There are none in Rochester, but the one near Sarah is just 2 miles away. Sometimes I walk over, but my cold returned as soon as I got here, so I'll drive. Think it was too many hours in a closed up car! You have a wonderful list of projects. I need to write mine out again, and get them prioritized for the last two months of the year!
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I have three Halloween cards to share, one of which I'll enter in this month's challenge at The Heart's Desire. It was Nan who inspired me to get going with a few Halloween cards. Luckily I had a stash of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at random reflections
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When we were in Boston for the wedding, we spent Saturday morning at The New England Aquarium. My favorite exhibit (as well as my oldest granddaugher's) was the penguins. It was easy to get five photos in five minutes for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at random reflections