Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

Monday, October 28, 2013

Holiday Wishes

Hi.  First of all, thanks for all the comments on Bill's pictures of our trips, greatly appreciated.   He was 'wowed' by your comments.

 I thought it was time that I start working on my Christmas cards for this year.  I have some orders to fill, plus my sale basket out in Dresden and Paper Pickle.

Today's card showcases a Memory Box die called Classic Ornament.  You can purchase this die at
The Paper Pickle.  I've seen several cards made using this die. 

I started by cutting out 3 ornaments from glitter paper - silver, gold, and chocolate brown.  Love this paper it is so shimmery. I then placed the ornaments where I wanted them to hang, then drew  fine black lines for the thread.  I popped the ornaments up using pop dots.  It was kind of plain so I cut some pine needles using Memory Box Pine Needle border.  Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

I also made another version but this time I used glitter paper in the colours of black, silver and charcoal.

I love both of these, how about you, do you have a favourite?  Overall, this card is pretty quick to make.  I think I will be making more of these with other colours.

Thanks for stopping in today.  See you in a few days with another Christmas card.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lake Placid to Cape Breton

Hi, this is a long post, so grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy the view!
We finally got around to getting some of our pictures done from our trip out to the East coast. This first picture is from top of Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid New York.
We were almost 5,000 above sea level, it took 5 miles of winding road to reach almost the top, then we took an elevator to the very top.  Temperature was 32 F (0 C) - it was cold and with wind gusts up to 45 mph - and keep in mind I was wearing shorts!! Yes when we left our house it was low 60's so nice for wearing shorts, but not for mountain viewing.  Although I took my sandals off and put on my running shoes and jacket I was fine.  The only part that was really cold were my hands. This is the view we had to contend with - Spectacular is all I can say!!
(click on the photo for a better view)

And this is the hotel we stayed at overlooking the town of Lake Placid (Crown Plaza)- again the view was awesome, we had mountain view side with the sunset.  Bill took this picture the next morning before we left with the reflection of the sun rising against the windows.

We then continued our trip over to Bar Harbor Maine, with stops at Portland to see the famous Portland Head Lighthouse
Next day we stopped at Pemaquid to visit another Lighthouse.  You will notice through all our pictures we always seem to visit spots when the tide was out. These next 3 pictures were taken early as the sun was just rising.

After this we made our way to Bar Harbor - where we stayed for 3 nights and visited Acadia National Park.  There was so much to see we didn't even cover half of it. Never the less, here are some of our favourite pictures.

Famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse - Acadia Park
 This was just as the sun was coming up.

This next one you can see the reflection of the lighthouse in the puddle of water and long Bill's reflection taking the picture - pretty cool!
Acadia National Park along Park Loop Road (ocean view side).  

 We stopped along the Park Loop to visit Jordan Pond. There is a gift shop and restaurant there and as I walking by a hummingbird flew right in front of me and she landed within a foot from me. I couldn't believe how close you could get to them because we can't get that close here at home, maybe 3-4 ft, but that's it.  The fellow that was watering the plants said he has never seen anything like this before, they are not bothered by people, they will come really close to you.  These are two of our favourites of the hummingbirds.

These next 3 were take at sunset down at the harbor front in Bar Harbor


As we headed up into New Brunswick we stopped at another lighthouse in Maine
 Then onto Cape Breton Nova Scotia, where we toured Cabot Trail - simple breathtaking!!
The first 3 were taken around 6am just as the sun was rising.
It was so tranquil, I just wanted to stay and sit on that dock!

Back home through New Brunswick, we stopped at Dalhousie to view this lighthouse.

Traveling through Quebec,

sun set along the St. Lawrence River, Quebec

I hope your enjoy the view.  You just traveled across 4 provinces, and 4 states for a total of 6,049 km. (3759 miles).

Thanks for stopping in.  Would love to hear your comments.

I have some new cards to post so stay tuned.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Algonquin Park

Hi everyone, hope your enjoying your weekend.  I promised to share with you some pictures from our 2 trips in Sept.  Today, I will share some of our favourite pictures Bill took  of our trip to  Algonquin Park on Labour Day weekend. I will have some from our trip out East in a few days, so please come back to view them.

Algonquin Park,



Madawaska (just outside of Algonquin Park)

Thanks for the visit. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I'll be posting the East coast pictures mid week.
till then,