Thursday, September 27, 2012

Summer Officially Over???

Saturday, the 22nd welcomed Autumn. Summer is over here in Pittsburgh, or so it seems by the weather we have been experiencing.  Anyway, I have been wrapping up my Project Summer 2012 journal, adding photos and a few finishing touches.  Thought maybe I would revisit my Summer Manifesto ONE last time and see how I did. (Want to do this now, because I am working on my Fall/Winter Project 2012 journal and will be rolling out my annual Things to do in Fall soon).  

1.            Go to the Drive-In  - Um, no
2.            Spend more time at Amanda's pool – Okay, I only actually swam twice, but we did picnic more this year.
3.            Read the books on my Summer Reading List  - Well, half a check
4.            Cook with seasonal foods (and eat healthy) - Check
5.            Grow a garden herbs (growing basil and cilantro) – Check
6.            Walk the neighborhood in the evenings – Check this off.
7.            Have more picnics Check.
8.            Clean out the cellar (again) – Um, no.
9.            Spa weekend once a month (with the girls) – Er, no.
10.         Go thrifting - Check
11.         Make something wearable
12.         Camp-out in the LR with the kiddies (make smores) – Yes! FUN!!!
13.         Make ice-cream – Um, no.
14.         Take a trip to the zoo
15.         On a rainy day, go to the museum
16.         Wear a summer dress every day Check mark plus!
17.         Go miniature golfing ah, no
18.         Take all the kiddies to Idlewild Park - Check
19.         Enjoy my front porch - Check
20.         Make iced tea - Check
21.         Donate - Check
22.         Make a Financial Vision Board – Er, no. Not yet. But I’m gonna!
23.         Take more photos - Check
24.         Learn to sew
25.         HAVE FUN!  Check ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Well, not too bad. Add to this list the Strip, the Island, the meals out, the Jersey Boys, the Flea Market, Chuck-E-Cheese, the wedding, the fireworks, the movies, the birthdays and more, it was a GREAT and FUNTASTIC SUMMER!!!!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Bird's Party Giveaway

If you are looking for fun Halloween Party ideas, grab your broom and fly on over to Bird's Party Blog for a ghoulish giveaway sponsored by Party Partners.  Get the goods here.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Preparing for the Fall…

... Autumn, that is.  If you are looking for fun “things to do” this fall, check out this site, Woodland Trust.  Chock full of things to do in any season.  I’ve printed off the Autumn Scavenger Hunt and Leaf Hunt for my son and his daughters as they often go hiking in Frick Park. 

In anticipation of the upcoming holidays, cooler weather, oven cooking, visits to the pumpkin farm and zoo boo, entertaining and a host of other traditional activities, I’ll be putting together my Project Fall: 2012 journal.  I’ve gathered together all my Daisy D’s in one basket and am ready to CREATE.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Good Stuff

Seriously good. Totally loving the Travel Collection from The Curiosity Shoppe. You will find all of this and more (for a limited time) at Target.
Travel Journal. Perfect!
Tag & Twine.  Yes, please.
Service Bell.  Wouldn't the kiddies love this!
Appetizer Plates - LOVE these!!
Coffee? Tea? Latte?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

LSNED - Cover Page

After a whirlwind weekend (so fun!), I am finally able to upload and share my cover for Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day project.  

Materials used for the Cover: Apple Cutout - ArtMinds, Letter Stickers - Jenni Bowlin Studio, Cardstock Strips - Little Yellow Bicycle, Journal Page - Making Memories {Note Worthy}
I made the album itself by altering a Cartapaglia Tree Free Recycled Notebook with a Little Yellow Bicycle Medley Album Kit (Paradise).  Pretty much the same products and methods as I did my Project Summer 2012 album.  You can read and see more about that here.  Since I keep a notebook and calendar diary with my ALWAYS, my thought this year is to write a journal entry (or print from a blog entry), add a photo (or not), add a quote and a few embellishments. Simple, easy, doable.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Trip to the Strip

Mom, Melissa and I took a trip to the Strip District. It was a lovely morning, not yet too hot. Perfect for a morning stroll.  The Strip is an experience. The people, the vendors, the smells, the sights, the food. THE FOOD!!! 
Every imaginable kitchen gadget, cookie cutter and more!! 
Mike Feinberg "The Party King".  Wonderful selection of party supplies.
Eat here!
Penn Mac - #1 Italian Import Store - get your meat and cheeses and olives and herbs and . . . Get it here!
We had a wonderful morning. After our excursion, I took home garlic, cookie cutters, bread from Mancini's.