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23 July 2016

Snaps–On the Trail #1

We started a new adventure the first Sunday afternoon in July.  Even though it was not a sunny day, so not ideal for photography, we headed out among the cornstalks towering over our heads – tracing the country roads – tracking down barns.  Barns with quilt blocks – in Gibson County, just north of us - more than 200 on the trail. (Rinda, see the map!) I drove, hubby snapped, doing whatever it took to see over the corn.


The highlight of our first trek was meeting Jean, whose family has owned their farm for more than 100 years. She came out to greet us as we snapped pictures of her barn quilt square.  Hers is a Hoosier Homestead farm that’s been in her family more than 100 years – she has a sign tacked up on her shed saying so.


She lives alone, but not to worry: her nearest 3 neighbors – her 3 sons.  That’s how it is on family farms.  She has a lovely backyard where she sits and remembers, missing her husband. She says local photographers often use it for photo shoots. Beyond her backyard, cornfields extends for miles all the way to the highway.  She has 8 friends to keep her company – here’s one of those fellas.


She shared a souvenir with me, and we snapped a second photo for Rinda’s 2016 Summertime Photo Scavenger hunt in her front yard.


Her quilt square is titled Checked Popcorn. I forgot to ask her if she quilts or why she decided to join the barn quilt square tour in the first place, perhaps for the Sunday afternoon company it brings.


Then hubby heard his phone buzz;  a tornado warning had been issued.  We bid goodbye to Jean and skedaddled on our way, thinking it would be safe to make one last picture stop, only because it was at a nearby church.


Sometimes, the most interesting views of the barns didn’t include the quilt blocks. We are looking forward to our next day out in the sunshine (we hope).

Barn Quilts Tour-001

22 July 2016

Visiting with Mary & You

On one of my Visits With Mary, she had a little Q & A that makes for a nice quick blog post.
1. What time did you get up this morning?
5:30, and that is my normal time.
2. Diamonds or pearls?
Both.  Normally I would choose diamonds, but I just inherited my husband’s aunt’s string of pearls.  Then last week, hubby helped me pick out a pair of pearl earrings to match.  The dainty earrings are one pearl each, topped with a diminutive diamond hung on a French wire.  Love them.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Gosh, I really had to think on this - The Martian.

4. What is your favorite T.V. show?
NCIS, although I also enjoy Masterpiece Mystery on PBS.
5. What do you usually have for breakfast?
2 pancakes with butter and syrup.  This a.m. college girl made chocolate chip pancakes, so I had two of those with whipped cream.  Yum!
6. What is your middle name?
I never liked my middle name, it started with an “e” and when I got married I switched it to my maiden name which starts with an “a”. (So yes, my initials used to be SEA!)
7. Favorite cuisine?
French cooking – small portion, rich sauces. My second choice which follows quite closely is  Italian cooking – large portions, spicy sauces with tiramasu for dessert.
8. What foods do you dislike?
There aren’t too many edible items that I don’t like, but snow peas come to mind as something I would push to the side of the plate.
9. What is your favorite chip flavor?
Grippos brand barbeque – they load the seasoning on extra thick, although now that I am trying to be good – Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar aren’t too bad.

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?
I recently hunted down a couple of older George Strait albums – Carrying Your Love With Me (1997) and Pure Strait –a compilation (1998).  I like that there always seem to be some lesser known gems on each album.  I still need to find several of his older albums and pick up his newest one: Cold Beer Conversation.  That sounds just right for summer doesn’t it.

And there’s no better way to end this post that with a snap shared from his website:


Feel free to answer a question or two in the comments or in your own blog post - Mary won't mind.

20 July 2016

Partaking of Pretty Papers

Well, over the weekend I got to hang out with my #1 crafting pal, my sister-in-law.  We were both visiting mom-in-law with our hubbies, and after lunch on Saturday, she dragged me, kicking and screaming here.  (Well, was that kicking and screaming, or jumping and squealing?)


Daisy Lane Scrapbooking in Mattoon, IL,  biggest local scrapbook store that I have ever been in. 

(Pssst, sis-in-law – you could totally make a layout about this place and use that tall giraffe die-cut we got at our Creating Keepsakes workshop!!)

I should have taken pictures of the inside, but didn’t because I had been there once before when I did snap some, which now I can’t find.  Anyway, take my word, it is  “UUUUGE!”  They not only have current lines, but they have room to hold onto older lines as well, which makes it a great place to pick up another sheet of old favorites. Here’s what I came home with – half of this was 50% off.


A couple of close-ups of the goodies:


And here are things I am keeping in mind for later (how much later, you’d have to ask the jumping and squealing girl?).


Carta Bella’s Old World Travel line


Kaisercraft’s Wanderlust Line


Echo Park’s Party Time line – they had me at the music paper and with those gear/burst type shapes.


Julie Nutting’s Belle Vie line for PhotoPlay.  I am really loving everything PhotoPlay does. Daisy Lane does lots and lots of sample pages too.  And there were other ideas I picked up.


The Scrabble letters reminded me of the current Counterfeit Kit Challenge to be inspired by crosswords.  The simple idea of glitter on adhesive could be a real layout pick-me-upper.

After we got back to mom-in-law’s, we spent 45 minutes pouring over what sis-in-law called her impulse buy – Papercraft’s Card Sketch book found on the clearance rack (alas there was only one).  This is filled with fabulous ideas – here’s a snap of my favorite card inside.


You know, scrapbooking sharing over the Internet is fun, but it pales in comparison to shopping at a store with another scrapbooker.  Even looking at examples is so much more fun with a running commentary between the two of us.

Well, I had better get off the computer and finish up lots of chores so I can eventually play with pretty paper.

17 July 2016

Summery Layout Prompt @ The Studio Challenges

Summer Light Show – a layout for The Studio Challenges

summer light show 

Start: The prompt over at The Studio Challenges was to create a summery layout.  I told you earlier this month that I had been stewing over this Little Yellow Bicycle paper with the fireflies.  When I spotted the June 15, 2106 Stuck?! Sketch by Laura Whitaker, which allowed me to tuck a row of photos in between the preprinted elements of this paper, I went for it. Drawing a parallel between the subject of the photos and the elements of the paper gave me my title.

Style: I used tiny photos of fireworks from last year, and matted them with some Studio Calico white patterned paper with tiny gold lines.  I used the faint preprinted sunspot as the perfect place for a fireworks burst sticker, topped with a gem.  I added my title at the bottom, and embellished one of the mason jars by outlining it and sticking a Bella Blvd flag and a pin from my pincushion in a star diecut through the top of the jar.

Stash: My July 2016 Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, of course!

16 July 2016

Sketches in Thyme #35–Project Life Style

July 2015 Planner Page – A Sketches In Thyme – Project Life Style project


Sketch: sketchesinthymeanothersketch 
Steps: I am woefully behind in adding favorite monthly pictures to my 2015, yes, 2015, yes, that would be last year’s, Project Life planner.  I was diligent for the first few months, and then got lazy about printing the pictures and finishing the pages.  I know no one is surprised about that.

But when I noticed that this month’s sketch had stars on it, I thought it perfect for the month of July last year – because my current July 2016 counterfeit kit is very patriotic.
  • I scrunched the 4 x 6 design onto a 3 x 4 card, which worked better for the spots I had open in my planner.  The fact that the stars element is just part of the printed paper background allows that to work; otherwise the card might have seem too crowded.
  • I punched a star from a leftover pinwheel flower and added it a gem to anchor it.
  • The little flag on a stick pin stands in for label-type element on the top right.
  • The calendar is shrunk down from a free printable by Hadley Designs.

Here are the two pages in the planner, front and back for July 2015.  I scanned these instead of taking photos as it was a cloudy day waiting to rain, so the colors aren’t nearly as vibrant.  You can see on the top two photos on the right page, I played around in Picasa with effects to apply to a couple of the snapshots.

Stash: Bella Blvd All American pattern paper and flags plus We are Family sticker,  Elle’s Studio journal card, Queen & Co. gems, other stickers and plastic stars from stash

Now anyone want to guess how long it will take to me scrap this year’s 4th of July?