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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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How can it be the end of July already? The summer is flying by far too quickly, and it's time for the July wrap-up of Rinda's Scavenger Hunt. I have four more photos to add, and just five left to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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Apples are the crop I most associate with western New York, but cherries are big here, too. I recently rediscovered my love of cherries, but years ago, a friend and I picked several baskets of them, pitted them, and canned... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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It's been a tough week. Betsy's mom passed away last Tuesday after a brief bout with cancer. She was just 65. In April she went for a routine physical, having no symptoms, and within a few days had a diagnosis... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at random reflections
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My friend and I enrolled in an online art journaling class in April. Overall it was pretty dismal. I wasn't inspired by the artist's final pages, and none of the techniques I tried pleased me in the least. I'm fascinated... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at random reflections
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There were lots of opportunities for Zooming In and Zooming Out this weekend. First a nest of ospreys near the end of the dock at the Antique Boat Museum. The fireplace in the dining room on the Bolt/McNally house boat.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at random reflections
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Warning: It's a long post, but mostly photos; not too wordy. We left Saturday for Selkirk Shores, a state park on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. We've been camping with our friends, Bob and Cathy, for over 20 years.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at random reflections
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Last night when I should have been packing for our camping trip, I came across the new ColourQ challenge, and thought it would be perfect with the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. And I had the perfect (new) stamp set... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at random reflections
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Alexa once again shared her photo and digital gifts with a download this week. As soon as I saw these delightful typewriters, I knew I'd make some simple, one layer cards. Sadly, I'm in almost constant need of encouragement cards,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at random reflections
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I saved these photos from my earlier post about the Corn Hill Arts Festival for this week's Zoom In, Zoom Out. Check out the others here on Helena's blog. Every year the display from Hurd's Orchards is one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at random reflections
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There are several wonderful art festivals during the summer in Rochester. One of our favorites is the Corn Hill Arts Festival. Each year the organizers ask an artist to create a design that is used for posters and tee shirts.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at random reflections
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There's nothing finer than a beautiful summer Saturday morning, a walk with Tracy to Park Avenue, and eating breakfast outside. Linking up with Abi's meme One Photo and Twenty Words. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at random reflections
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A quick post to share a card that uses, yet again, a new die for the first time and links to two challenges. I ordered the Block Talk die from Papertrey Ink last month, but haven't had a chance to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at random reflections
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Our lettuce and zucchini are being eaten by some critter in our vegetable garden. We're having a hard time figuring out how that's possible, since our plot in the Community Garden (fenced) is fenced again, but somehow it's happening. Fortunately,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at random reflections
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My niece and her husband celebrated their second anniversary this weekend. Their wedding was one of the most fun weddings I've ever attended, and the two of them couldn't be sweeter! Here's a more elegant verson of the anniversary card... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at random reflections
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Happy 4th of July! I'm grateful every single day for the freedoms I have living here. It's an extra-special day for us because we're celebrating my mother-in-law's 85th birthday today. Tomorrow is the actual day, but everyone is coming here... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at random reflections
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One of the many things that seemed to get off track during June was regular exercise. About a week ago, I got back to more regular walking, and I'm in the process of finding a new personal trainer to set... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at random reflections
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Thanks to keeping a daily log and maintaining my Lightroom files, catching up on my Project Life pages isn't too difficult. I found some time to get back to it recently, and although it's not a particularly fast process, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at random reflections
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I'm back with a card for The Card Concept challenge site. The current challenge is "Oh, Baby!" and I needed a baby card for good friends who just had an adorable baby girl. I had a lot of fun creating... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at random reflections
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It's not often that I publish two posts on the same day, but today is the last day of Less Is More's Watercolour challenge, and I have two cards I'd like to share. They were both made with the stamps... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at random reflections
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My dear friends celebrated their 66th anniversary yesterday. They no longer live in the same building (but are at the same facility) so this year I made an anniversary card for both of them to have in their rooms. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at random reflections
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It's hard to believe the year is half over. I have no idea what's happened to the month of June! Keeping up with Helena's meme is one of the goals I've managed to keep up with and enjoyed all year.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at random reflections
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The inspiration for Papertrey Ink's June Blog Hop was a photo, sketch, and color challenge. This was the way Nicole described it: You can choose to work with any of the ideas above or use other components of the inspiration... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at random reflections
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When I traveled to Detroit last weekend, I had my traveling companions on the lookout for the scavenger hunt items I needed. We found a few, and they had a great idea for one of the items I thought would... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at random reflections
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One of my goals this year is to try to use all the stamps in my collection. Truthfully, it will probably take me more than a year, but I'm making progress. As soon as I saw the current challenge at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at random reflections
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It's that time of year, and two people I've worked with are retiring in June. The first is the program secretary at the Presbytery office. Jan has been a huge help to me during the six years I've served on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at random reflections
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