may june and now july???

Yes, holy moly yes, it’s July4th!  Happy Birthday America!  My favorite holiday, and before we delve into BBQ preparations and finding the bug spray for the fireworks later tonight, I wanted to share a few of the layouts I’ve been working on during my  blog posting silence (which, you are all quite used to by now ;-) )

I’ve been working on layouts for Little Feet Digital Designs the last few days and wanted to share them with you all.  I love Janet’s vintage inspired designs, and there are always bits that make me say oooh!!!! love that! must do a layout!!!  I’m so thrilled for Janet that in addition to her Panstoria store for .page format kits, she will be part of Pickleberrypop very soon for all of us universal format scrappers!!! Yay Janet, so happy for her!!

Supplies for both of these layouts:  Kit:  Life’s Sweet Temptations / LFDD by Janet Carr  Design/ Template:  STR Designs


Oh my gosh, if you ever go to Portland, OR you must go to Voodoo Donuts.  Best. Donuts. Ever.


And the cupcake queens, Gwen and Marielle after their first “baking camp” at Cambridge Culinary Institute, can’t wait to see what they make this summer!

I’ve been working on the “Family Archives” project with my Dad since last October when we dragged slide trays, the projector and screen and boxes of stuff back to my house from Rochester.  I have plans to start a Family History Album and instead of continued dithering over what form that album should take, I decided to just make a couple of pages.  Fortunately, Grandpa Triggs had organized and annotated some family photos so we know who these people are…from over 100 years ago (!)

Kit for both layouts:  Rooted in the Past by Little Feet Digital Designs


Template:  Flight Plan #2 / One Little Bird Designs


Design/Template:  STR Designs

Thanks for stopping by!  And on to celebrating the 4th!!

Garden: What a difference a year makes!

Before I head out to do a little garden clean up today, I wanted to see what the garden looked like this time last year…but in my wanderings I came across my photos from the first day of spring in 2014.

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Kinda greenish, just a little snow but things starting to warm up and peek through

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Aaaand this was the first day of spring this year, 2015.  The year of snowmageddon here in Boston.  Yep, no green to be seen.  It’s finally starting to bloom here and later this weekend, I’m going to dig around for more photos for this time last year as a comparison.

I’m keeping a new garden journal (started last year) for our new house.  My last journal was sketches and words, this time around I’m trying photo collages as well as written descriptions and adding in tags from plants etc.  My format is 5×7 which may be a little small, I may end up going to 6×8, we’ll see how it’s working out.

Nepal dreaming

We all have these travel fantasies, you know the ones…if I had all the time/money/inclination in the world I would love to (fill in the blank with your list).   One of the items on my never-gonna-happen-but-it-would-be-so-cool is a trek to the base camp at Mt. Everest.  It would be the closest that I could ever get, and even just to make that trek would be an amazing achievement!  Over the years I’ve read about Everest expeditions and high altitude climbing, watched documentaries and even attended lectures at the Museum of Science.  So fun to dream isn’t it?

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I even have one picked out, from National Geographic naturally…

Imagine how stunningly beautiful it must be up there!!

Except now it looks like this:

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17 people died at base camp, climbers were stranded at camp 1 and camp 2 and were airlifted by helicopter.  And of course, base camp is by far not the worst of it.  Thousands and thousands more have died all over the country, villages are unreachable, aftershocks continue to roll across the mountains.   The whole thing breaks my heart, such a beautiful country devastated.

Please consider donating to the United Methodist Committee on Relief Nepal.  100% of the funds go directly to disaster relief, administrative funds are covered by the United Methodist Church.  Click on the link below for more news and a link to donate.

What are your secret travel dreams??

Layout a day for Lent complete!!


Tonight I just finished my last layout for my layout a day during lent challenge. I actually made more layouts than I had planned and will post another day on that. 

I’m very happy that I was able to fulfill my goal with only one layout half-done and finished the next day. I’m very happy with doing something positive and creative as a Lenten practice. 

Now, for some sewing!

Happy Easter and Passover everyone… Enjoy your Easter candy!