Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Twyla on Tuesday - Birthday Trip to the Zoo

Hello dear friends!
I want to thank you all for your birthday wishes
last Tuesday!  It was my birthday and my family
and I spent the day at the St. Louis Zoo!

I had so much fun taking pictures!  There was so much
to see.  It is a very magical place and of course I was
mesmerized by the carousel.

The grizzly bear was fun to watch.  He kept turning circles and would
jump in the water to cool off.

The giraffes are one of Lindsey's favorite animals!

One of my favorite exhibits is the flight cage.  It was
built in 1904 for the World's Fair that took place right
here on these grounds. 

There's also a butterfly pavillion, and believe me, it's
not easy catching one still enough to photograph!

I really enjoyed watching the black necked swans skimming
around their pool.  So beautiful and peaceful.  I could have
watched them all day.

The new sea lion tunnel was awesome!  You can walk through
and watch them swimming over and around you. 

It was well over 100 degrees that day, but there were plenty of
indoor exhibits for us to get in out of the heat so we paced
ourselves.  I had a great birthday!  The best part was that for
the first time in what seemed like forever, all of my family was
off on my birthday!  What a great gift that was!
Thank you all for visiting the zoo with me today!
Have a wonderful day!
Love, Twyla

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mad Tea Party 2012

Welcome all who enter here!

Once in a lifetime, or maybe twice, something magical
happens to you.  Will you follow me into Alice's Tea
Room and see what awaits?!

What's this?!
A fine table set with enchanting games and treats.
Sure to lure us into the magical world inside.

A sip of tea wouldn't hurt.
Or a delectable looking cookie!
Should we?  What could happen?
I don't think there would be any harm.

Why, there is even instructions inviting us to eat!

Oh, you must be our host!
Thank you, Alice, for inviting us in.
It's truly a lovely party!

And who might this be? 
A party guest for sure!
And a couple of cheeky rabbits!

What is that?!
Oh, no!

Look what happened to Alice!
She now is small enough to fit in the cup!
Something tells me we'll be sorry for drinking
that tea!

Well, never mind.  We've had so much fun
I don't even mind being small for awhile.
I've enjoyed meeting everyone and especially
this handsome fellow!
I think I've made a new friend!
Maybe I will take him home with me.

It's been a wonderful day of parties and much thanks and
appreciation goes to Miss Vanessa, at A Fanciful Twist,
for hosting this marvelous, enchanting event!
Thank you all for stopping by our little party.
It's been a pleasure!

Twyla and Lindsey

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Little Bo Peep

Hello friends!
When I spotted Crate Paper's new Little Bo Peep paper line I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I had to have this cute retro baby themed paper line!

So sweet and retro, this paper line is just dreamy!
I also purchased Crafty Secrets retro baby Girl stickers
 to make this sweet baby album.

I pulled out my lace patterned border punches and pink flowers
 to make this album feel girly and cute!

I thought I would pull out my vintage baby cards and use in my album, but the paper line was so full of sweet graphics that I didn't have room for more!

This sweet pattern with yellow birds on a light
aqua background was my favorite!
This paper line is new and should be available
 at your local store or online.
I highly recommend it!
This album has been listed in my ebay shop.

Have a beautiful day, Lindsey

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Twyla on Tuesday - Birthday Party

Hello friends!
Today is my birthday!
Because we have made plans for today,
we already had my birthday party.
Thought I would give you a peek!

If you've been a reader of our blog for awhile
you know that we have themes for each party.
This year, since my New Year's resolution was
to read more books,
they surprised me with a book themed party!

Lindsey found these adorable Little Golden Book
decorations and she and my son did the decorating.
I think they did a fantastic job!

Aren't the decorations cute?!
Lindsey even used her collection of Little Golden
Books as part of the decorations.
Yes, you are right!  There were several
books in all those packages!
I have a lot of reading to keep me busy!

I loved the wall decorations.
How cute is it to use the plates?!

This year we opted for cupcakes instead of a big
birthday cake.  They were made by a bakery here
in town and they were So Good!

Thanks for stopping by my party.
I am getting to spend the day today with
my family.
I am very blessed.

Have a wonderful day, ladies,
and happy birthday to all the other
July birthday girls!
Love, Twyla

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Christmas Crafting in July?

Hello friends!

Last December, something very exciting happened to me.
I had just shared a vintage Christmas card here on our blog, as well as sharing tags everyday that I had been making for the Tim Holtz Twelve Days of Christmas Tags event. Tim found and visited our blog and offered
 to buy the vintage card that I had shared here.
 I am a total Tim fanatic and was thrilled to send him the card.
He said that if he ever used the image he would let me know.
Well, fast forward to just a couple weeks ago, when I was visiting Tim's blog to see his newest product releases, I spotted my card used as a new stamp!!!
I was so happy to see this Santa and reindeer image created into this gorgeous stamp set! Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, Tim contacted me to send me this not yet released stamp set!

So I've had this set in my hands to play with
 this week and created a few tags.

This tag was created by stamping the image onto watercolor paper and coloring with Distress Markers and a water brush.

I just love how this image stamps!!

This tag is using the Distress Markers to color the
 stamp before stamping it onto the tag.

On this tag, I heat embossed the stamp and colored in with Distress Markers.
I also used Tim's Kraft Core cardstock on this tag.

I created the white wash effect with Picket Fence
 Distress Stain on a kraft tag.

On this tag I used Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn Distress inks and then stamped the image with Archival ink.

I hope your having a lovely week, Lindsey

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Twyla on Tuesday - Summer Days

Hello dear friends!
I've taken a little vacation from my Tuesday post the
last couple of weeks as I continue to spend time with
my husband who is recovering from surgery.
I am happy to report that he is doing very well and able
to enjoy an outing.

It's been such a hot summer as I know it has been for many
of you.  Luckily, it doesn't keep me from traveling around
our beautiful state and discovering new places.
There are many beautiful, peaceful spots to spend
a day or an afternoon.

'Deep summer is when laziness finds respectibility'. ~ Sam Keen

I hope you all are enjoying your summer and taking some
time for playful bliss.

Enjoy your day!
Love, Twyla

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Irmi Monday - Play Lamp

Hello friends!
It's time for another Irmi Monday again!
Today, I am sharing one of my very favorites!

This cute puppet play themed lamp features two cute irmi people and a poodle!
It also has a music box mechanism in it.

Aren't they cute?!
I love their little outfits!

If you've never heard of Irmi before,
 they created hand painted, wooden nursery items
 from the 50's through the 70's.
Irmi also went by the names of
 Nursery Originals and Nursery Plastics.
They created lamps, switchplates, mobiles, plaques,
 night lights and other wooden nursery items.

Have a wonderful day, Lindsey

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