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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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I'm linking up with Helena's meme for 2015: Pairs. As soon as the New Year arrives, a portion of my grocery money goes to bright flowers to grace our kitchen table. It makes the long, cold winter a bit more... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at random reflections
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I need four birthday cards for guys by the end of the month, and decided to do the same design, with different papers and dies for all four. All four qualify for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: It's a Guy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at random reflections
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I'm on Day 12 of an upper respiratory infection. Enough already! It really put a damper on our trip to Florida, but it was at least more pleasant when the temperatures were in the 70's instead of the single digits!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at random reflections
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I'm joining in with Abi's meme to share one of my favorite moments from our recent trip to Chicago. Sarah has been called as Acting Associate Pastor at the Winnetka Congregational Church. Proud parents on her first official Sunday. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at random reflections
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Tracy and I left Rochester on December 27th to drive to Chicago where we celebrated Christmas with Sarah, Adam, and Caleb, celebrated Caleb's third birthday, and attended the service at the Winnetka Congregational Church for Sarah's first Sunday as Acting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at random reflections
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When my nephew saw the shaker card I made for my mother-in-law this summer, he announced that that was the kind of card he wanted for his birthday. I found the perfect patterned paper in an American Craft paper pad,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at random reflections
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It's the last Wednesday, the last day of 2014, and my 53rd Zoom In, Zoom Out pairing. I've loved this project and send many thanks to Helena for hosting it this year. I'm looking forward to next year's pairings which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at random reflections
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In November I was searching my Pinterest boards for a card design for my nephew's birthday card. I found one I liked (but can't find it today after combing my Pinterest boards), and this is the card that resulted. It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at random reflections
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Merry Christmas! We'll be celebrating with all Tracy's family later this afternoon, and in Chicago with Sarah, Adam, and Caleb over the weekend. We had a quiet celebration with Matt, Betsy, Skylar, and Ella earlier this week, and this is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at random reflections
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In a bizarre twist on the weather, it was 57° here today. Tracy and I walked over to the new College Town near the University of Rochester for lunch, and really didn't need our jackets. Just an hour ago, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at random reflections
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I'm pretty sure everyone has received their Christmas cards so I'll share the three designs I made this year. Two are very similar in design, but different in content. I certainly did not need a new Christmas/winter stamp set this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at random reflections
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While Sarah was here over Thanksgiving, we both got a little crafting done. This year in each of the pockets of Caleb's Advent calendar there's a note with an activity or a description of something she's made to decorate his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at random reflections
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My friend, Cheri, sent me this adorable die a few months ago. It's taken me awhile to get to it, and Mr. S'Mores does take a bit of time since there are so many little pieces. He is, however, totally... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at random reflections
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Here we are at Week 51 of Zoom In, Zoom Out. I was happy to see that Helena's planning to host another photography meme for 2015. This one will be a little looser, and I'm trying to decide if I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at random reflections
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My Christmas cards are all in the mail. Since I send so many, I usually mass produce one design. This year I did three different designs which made it more interesting. When I'm sure all the recipients have their cards,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at random reflections
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My brother celebrated his birthday this week, and it was the perfect opportunity to break out a new stamp set from Papertrey Ink called "Uncorked." I knew as soon as I saw this set that it would make great birthday,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at random reflections
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I took these photos about 10:00 this morning, and then left for a lovely luncheon at a friend's house. By the time I returned we'd gotten at least five more inches. It's beautiful, and fortunately the roads weren't as bad... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at random reflections
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Sian has once again come up with a great idea for some holiday blogging--a revival of her 2010 Christmas Club stories. Just begin with: At Christmas we . . . At Christmas we have a family band. It started in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at random reflections
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I'm trying to figure out what happens to my days. They are simply flying by too quickly, although I am truly grateful for my happy, healthy, busy life! A friend and I enrolled in Jane LaFazio's "Sketching and Watercolor: Journal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at random reflections
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We had a fabulous few days with family over the Thanksgiving holiday. We stayed up too late chatting with Sarah and Adam, and up too early with Caleb who decided after a couple of nights, that 5:30 am was about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at random reflections
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It's already a blessed Thanksgiving holiday. Matt and Betsy welcomed Ella Renee at 9:20 Monday morning. She weighed in at 9 lbs. 9 oz. and 20.5 inches long. If her first two days are any indication, she's going to be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at random reflections
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I was hoping to have several projects to share for today's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, but the days just got away from me, so there's just one. Sarah, Adam, and Caleb are on their way here from Chicago, and we're... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at random reflections
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I have a fun card to share for a great event. Last week I found out my niece and her husband are expecting their first child in mid-May. Maybe Aunt Karen will be lucky and the baby will be born... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at random reflections
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I almost always find lots to love about the monthly Simon Says Card Kit. Usually I tire of kit club subscriptions after a few months, but I've never been tempted to give this one up. It's a great value, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at random reflections
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I don't think we're supposed to get snow when some of the trees have yet to lose any of their leaves. But that's what happened this week. And I'm not complaining, because we ended up with just a couple inches... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at random reflections
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