Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Road Trip Part 2

It's been a while since my last post, but you know how it is, sometimes you have to take care of people and stuff in our lives. I miss blogging, so here I am.

Continuing with our Summer vacation....

We went to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. I love this area, so rich in history, so beautifully

It's also part of the Appalachian Trail

The Shenandoah River runs on one side:

And the Potomac River meets the Shenandoah on another side:

We ate at the Secret Six Tavern on High Street, the food was delicious and reasonably priced.
Vince and I, had the Southwestern Shrimp Salad:


It we ever go back, we'll definitely eat there again!


We were also in Leesburg, Virginia. I remembered from reading The Cottage G als' blog about the store they run in Leesburg. Vince took me there so I could check out the store in person. If you love the cottage style, this store will make you love it even more.

I adore the aqua color of the entrance door:

They were so gracious in allowing me to take pictures inside, thank you so much ladies!

I loved so many things in that store, now as I look at other pictures I took, I wonder why I didn't buy certain things in those pictures. Quite simple, we didn't have room in the van for more things. However, I did buy a big tin star, which I love!. And believe me, it was quite the adventure driving around with it!!

This store is on the top of my list for when we go back to this area again.


We also took the kids to Dinosaur Land in Winchester, VA. They have these concrete replicas of different dinosaurs, along with some information pertainig to them. My kids had a lot of fun there!

There are many other dinosaur sculptures, you'd think that you have stepped back in time!. Great place for kids and dinosaur lovers.

I have one more post about our vacation, and then I'll post about stuff I've made and apple picking, Halloween around the house etc.
Check back for those, and I'll try not to be away too long!

A big Hello to Grace, and to Sarah.

Take care of yourselves and hold your loved ones near!



Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Day of School/ Road Trip Part 1

It seems like it was yesterday my kids had their last day of school, yet here we go again with the start of a brand new school year. Every September, I take a picture by our front door just to see how they have grown from year to year. Let's see how much longer I can get them to pose for this . Hayley is in 6th grade, and Jeremy is in 3rd grade, Oh my, where have my little babies gone?

I wish them a very happy and successful school year!


Road Trip Part 1

We started off our road trip in Strasburg, PA. We visited the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum.

Inside, there are numerous locomotives, and different train cars, that have been beautifully restored by volunteers.

Even if you're not a train fan, this is an incredible experience!

Across from the museum, is the Strasburg Railroad Company. You can take a ride in beautifully restored coaches, and dining cars, pulled by an authentic steam locomotive. The ride takes you through corn fields, and by Amish farms. It's very relaxing riding on this train.

An Amish farm:

I love the Amish Country!

And if you feel that you'd like to sleep in a caboose, you can always stay at the Red Caboose Motel in Strasburg:

These are really awesome in person!. We didn't stay in one of these. Instead, we headed to visit some good friends in Germantown, Maryland.
I'll continue with our trip next time.
Take good care,

Monday, September 1, 2008

I'm Back...And A Winner

Hello there,

We're back from our road trip, and after driving (actually, Vince did the driving) 1,358 miles, I feel like a pooped chic(ken)!

We visited many areas, I'll post pictures over the next few days. But I wanted to thank the lovely ladies who left me birthday wishes, thank you for making me feel very special. All were entered to win a birthday crown similar to this one:

I had two helpful assistants pick out a winner...

And without further ado, the winner is....

Congratulations, Maria Elena!

I'll create a crown for you with the colors of your choice.

Once again, thank you all so much!!

Big hugs,


Monday, August 18, 2008

It's My Birthday !!

Yes siree Bob, all day long today!

I always feel extra special on my birthday. Thank God for gifting me with another year, and I wish for many more to celebrate with my loved ones!

Yesterday, we went to The Cheesecake Factory. I love the food in that restaurant, and the great variety of cheesecakes to choose from!. I had to bring my little slice of heaven home with me, as I was so full, I couldn't eat it there... sorry no pictures.

Our tradition for every member of the family is, that, after eating at the restaurant of their choice, we go back to the house for ice cream cake.

That's right, this is how old I am today. What a beautiful number!. I made my own special crown to celebrate!

Some of us were really in a party mood!!

I wanted a picture with all of us, but Mr. Jason... was sound asleep!
But then, he woke up... and the party got started!!

Oh, everybody seems to be having such a great time!

I received wonderful gifts from family and friends. Actually, $$ from the family ( I want a white Brocade Home mirror, unfortunately they are not taking any orders at this time...sniff, sniff).

On the bright side, I received a beautiful tag from Scrappy Jessi, thank you, I love it!!

And from Sarah, a beautiful paper cupcake. So yummy lookin' !!

And to celebrate even more, if you leave me a happy birthday wish on this post, you'll be entered to win a birthday paper crown similar to mine, handmade by me, in the winner's choice of colors!. I'll announce the winner when I return from vacation on August 31st!!

P.S. You can click on the photos to enlarge them to view the crown's details!

Go ahead, make my day even more special!!!
Hugs to all,

Friday, August 1, 2008

Show Me Your Form!

Tiffany at ShabbyScraps is hosting this fabulous dress form party!. When I read her post about how her husband feels about her forms, I had to participate and give her support!!. {Some} men just "don't get" certain items women need to have in our lives.

I don't own a full size form, yet...but it's calling my name from somewhere. I do have a small collection of mini ones, and here they are. I haven't given them names but I love them all.

This one is about 24'' tall. I love the blue flowery dress with the ruffled ribbon collar and hem:

The next one is 21", she used to have a brown and white painted dress, obviously I had to give her a makeover. I painted her blue and decoupaged roses, and painted the pink polka dots, much better!. This is one of my favorite ones!

I had to have this one when I saw it in the PBTeen catalog a while back. They had a full size version, which I was tempted to buy, but didn't. I wish I had though, I love the roses on it... oh, well!

Whenever I can, I buy unfinished ones. I'm hoping to make beautiful paper dresses for them...when I find the time. This one I kept it as is, only added the pink netted skirt, and a beautiful necklace (bracelet) by Sarah.

This one, many of you may remember her from Target:

This pink beauty was bought at Bombay Kids (out of business):

And last but not least, the next two are 12" tall, both were purchased at TJ Maxx, a few moons ago. The black and white one is sporting a bracelet from GAP Kids.

I have a couple of others that didn't make it to the photo shoot!
The funny thing is, yesterday afternoon as I was setting up my makeshift background for the photos outside, I was having a bit of a hard time propping up my background. My husband was in the pool`and I was telling him that I was shooting my mini dress forms to post on the blog in support of a fellow blogger. He's like," oh brother, is there like a $50 thousand prize for showing these around?". I replied, "No...why don't you get out of the pool, and help me by holding the background up for me?". To my surprise, he did!!. After a few minutes of him stading there, he said: " Are you done yet?, it feels cold out here!". I thanked him for helping me and off he went!!
Well, I hope you all enjoy my collection. Thank you so much for stopping by!
And, Thank You, Tiffany for hosting such a beautiful party!!
Take care and have fun,