Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chichiboulie Blog Hop

Welcome to Stamping Bella's Chichiboulie Blog Hop! Who needs to go trick-or-treating when you have Chichiboulie eye candy? You should have come to me from Laura's blog. If not, start the blog hop here.

I am so excited to celebrate Gretchen and her line of Chichiboulie stamps! I have been a Chichiboulie fan since Gretchen's stamps first appeared on Stamping Bella. You can find her Bittybloom stamps here and her Fairie stamps here. Gretchen herself is such a delightful woman! I am so honored to call her my friend. And I am in awe of her talent! Check out her artwork here and her blog here. You'll be glad you did!

Now, onto my project. I wanted to make a picture frame for Emma's room (my granddaughter). Her room is decorated with daisies and ladybugs, so my stamp choice was easy: Daisy Bittybloom! Last year, Emma dressed as a ladybug (with a yellow daisy) for Halloween. I just couldn't resist putting this photo and this stamp together for her room!

I purchased the 5x7 lucite frame at Target for one dollar! Not a bad deal, huh? I used some miscellaneous DP I had in my scrap bag, CTMH Black, SU Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and Dimensionals, and some paper daisies. This project literally took about 15 minutes!

The best part is that Emma loves it and told me, "Giffy, I proud of you. You did a good job!" Life doesn't get much better than that!

Now, hop on over to Kathy's blog for the next entry. Remember, there is a $25 Stamping Bella gift voucher hidden somewhere along the blog hop. Be sure to comment on every blog for a chance to win! The winner will be randomly drawn from among the comments left on the pre-selected blog. Happy blog-hopping and good luck!

TFL and Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Rather, "It's the Perfect Pumpkin, Miss Emma!" LOL It has been tough to get to a pumpkin patch here because of all of the rain and mud. We finally braved it last Friday, only to discover that the pumpkins had been decimated by people and weather. But Emma was pleased as could be with the "baby" pumpkins. Check out the "pumpkin tree" in the first photo. They hactually wired small pumpkins to it! Too cute!
After picking the perfect little pumpkin and some fresh apples, we treated ourselves to a local delicacy: fresh cider donuts! I am not a doughnut eater, but these are scrumptious and worth every calorie! They are made with freshly pressed apple cider and are covered in cinnamon sugar. If you ever venture up here to apple orchard country, make sure you try one (or two, or six!) The expressions on Emma's face say it all.
Wishing everyone a safe and fun Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Few More Autumn Photos...

that I forgot to include with the others. You know me and photos through tree branches~I love them! These were taken in Hudson, MA, which is the town next door to Bolton. The first two were taken at a small park, and the last one is our church (Grace Baptist).

Miss Charlotte

Meet Charlotte Ketto by Stamping Bella. Is she not adorable?
This is for BTC10 on SCS. Pinky challenged us to use purple and to paper piece. What a fun challenge! Thanks, Pinky! (Supplies.)

Darling Daisy

For last week's Bellariffic Challenge on Stamping Bella, Em asked us to make a card having to do with nature. I love this stamp (Daisy with a ladybug by Stamping Bella) because it reminds me of my granddaughter~her room is decorated with daisies and ladybugs. (Supplies.)

Forever Friends

Jamie offered this fabulous sketch for BSC82. I used this cute gem of a stamp from Stamping Bella: Ruby and Rose Lulu. (Supplies.)

Thanks, Jamie!

A Pot o' Flowers

This is for CCBJ35. The challenge was to make a shaped card~basically anything other than the typical rectangular card. I love this flower pot card. It literally took 10 minutes to make! (Supplies.)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Autumn in Bolton, MA~Part 2

Here are some of the photos I took along the back roads of Bolton. Most of the town consists of country roads like these.
Hope you enjoyed the beautiful autumn scenery!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Autumn in Bolton, MA~Part 1

The town of Bolton, MA, is fairly small, home to approximately 5,000 people. It is primarily an apple orchard town, with quite a few produce farms and horse ranches thrown into the mix. We have a small country grocery store, two pizza places, a dry cleaners, a florist, and a few small chruches. That's it. And yes, main street is actually a two-lane road called Main Street. Here are a few snapshots of this picturesque "country" town.

This is the lake at Camp Resolute, a Boy Scout Camp. Yes, I live where all of the city kids go to "get away from it all." LOL
This is our Town Hall.
Here's one of the churches.
This is our police station.
Here's an apple orchard/fresh produce store.
The Post Office.
Our small, country doctor's office.
This is the original elementary school, which now serves as the district office.
This is a small park near the old elementary school.
This is the entrance to our K-8 school.
Here's the high school. Check out the view from the parking lot!
Every town out here has at least one old graveyard. And by old I mean graves that are 300 years old! Rick's theory is that the graveyards boast the most beautiful autumn colors because of all of the natural fertilizer. Sounds strange, I know~but it's true!
Here are a few shots from along Main Street.
Tomorrow I'll post some beautiful pictures of the "back roads" of Bolton~such beautiful scenery!

Happy Monday!