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Sunday, November 6, 2011

adventures in gratitude

My husband has several buddies, who like him, enjoy Radio Controlled aircraft, but no one was available this morning to make the drive to Northville, Michigan for a swap meet, so he asked me yesterday if I'd be interested in driving over with him. Well, no, interested wasn't the right word, but I was willing.  It was a beautiful day for a drive and after I peeked at the swap meet (a lot like the computer swap meets we used to attend in a different decade) I went for a walk.  There are many beautiful homes like this one in Northville:
Quaint beauty notwithstanding, the walk reminded me of how grateful I am to live in the country.  On the subject of being grateful, this is how Tom expressed his appreciation:
Mmm-mmm-mmm!  Absolutely worth the entire drive, just for this!  We also took a little side trip to IKEA and bought a new lamp that will turn on in the morning before my alarm clock, since I have such a hard time waking up that early (no matter what any of you early birds think, 7am is EARLY for the night owl I've been all my life).  There was a sign in the department that stated that a large percentage of the world's children don't have electric lights to make it possible to read after dark, so I am also grateful that we have reliable electricity for lamps, computers, laundry, and all the other advantages of life in the United States, including crafting!
Months ago I saved a link to this card by Diana Gibbs, because I really liked it and wanted to CASE it.  Pals Paper Arts posted a color challenge - Early Espresso, Soft Suede, River Rock - that was meant for this card, don't you think?  Stamp sets are Have a Seat, Teeny Tiny Wishes, and Woodgrain.

Meanwhile, over at Stamping 411, there's a new color challenge of Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade, and Early Espresso.  I have a little list on my table of the current challenges in which I'd like to participate, and there was a sketch that I thought would work:
Funny thing is, the sketch is also Stamping 411 - oops ;\ - will it be silly to post it twice on the same blog?  Stamp sets on this card are Polar Party and Kidoodles.  One of these days I *will* learn to put Dazzling Details on LAST.


Ann Schach said...

White Castle and! I would love to visit either one! Thanks for sharing your adorable cards! The challenge colors worked perfectly with the Have a Seat set! And thanks for playing with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts!

Tammy Fite said...

What a fun card!! And the color combo works perfectly with the sketch!!

Selene Kempton said...

Not silly at all! I love how you combined both challenges! Thanks for playing along with stamping 411! :D

Nina Dee said...

What great cards! I love that woodgrain! Thanks for joining us at Pals Paper Arts! :)

Linda Callahan said...

Great cards! And I have never ever been to White Castle - some day! But Ikea is another story...... :)

Patti Chesky said...

Way to go for combining both the challenges! Love that sweet little elf!!!

Tiffany Bauer said...

Great 411 care!! Too cute!!