With just three days to catch up from our trip to France, I managed to prep and pack for the long weekend crop at The Paper Doll House. You may have seen a few snaps over on Instagram of a layout or two. It was my second time to go with sis-in-law Trenna, and I loved it again.
I purposely packed unused or underutilized items from my studio – like embossing folders and metal dies to use in my Big Shot (the one I won at Creating Keepsakes). Also, I grabbed a Christmas Crop & Create kit from 2014 and several class kits from Creating Keepsakes (yes they do seem to be never-ending). We filled up the back of her Prius with a little room to spare.
The bed and breakfast is a charming old place; the proprietor is very, very welcoming and accommodating. With only half as many scrappers there as she could hold, the place felt airy and more relaxed than my first visit.
Trenna and I settled in at a nice large wooden library table in the back corner of the room and got to work. I finished 18 layouts, 1 pocket page and 4 Christmas cards from a kit over the 3 days we were there. I could have gotten even more done if I had taken more types of photos, instead I was forced to keep working on my backlog Christmas photos of years past. That’s not really a bad thing.
We were on our own for lunch one day, and walked the main street in downtown Sycamore, just blocks away from the B and B. Sycamore, IL is adjacent to DeKalb, IL which is a college town, home to Northern Illinois University. I wonder if that might be part of the reason that Sycamore’s “downtown” shopping in historic old buildings and variety of restaurants is really quite good.
We perused a couple shops – at least one of which qualified as NEW this weekend. I managed to pick up two Christmas presents too. We also visited the dollar store as in years past that has more than its fair share of scrapbooking items. We made a separate run to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby when sis-in-law ran out of adhesive – and I may have picked up an item of two there (and there) as well. I managed to at least partially use almost everything I purchased, and killed a whole sticker sheet on one layout.
Mary Kim always serves brunch late on Sunday morning, with her signature eggs benedict; this time paired with red velvet waffles – also a first. They are yummy with syrup and whipped cream, but afterwards she brought us out the extras as a snack. Quite high on the yummy scale, even plain. I will be looking up recipes for those.
Sunday afternoon we headed back to Trenna’s and went to see The Magnificient Seven, a remake of a good old fashioned western shoot-em-up. It was pretty good. I drove home on Monday a.m. and quite accidentally realized that I could do a rest-stop here – so I did.
Even though I am sick of scrapping Christmas photos – I bought some of this paper line to help renew my enthusiasm.
I arrived home around 2 and by 4 was ready for a nap before dinner. It turned out to be a nap before breakfast, as I slept straight through to 4 a.m. So theoretically I should be ready to tackle my day – which includes a dentist appointment, laundry and unpacking from the crop.
I hope your Monday was fun too. Did you send a memo to Sian and friends with all the details?