I haven't updated for almost a week, but I've been busy! First off, my two daughter's came to Minocqua for a visit over the weekend. I hadn't seen them since October 2008 when I moved here. We had fun time checking out the stores in the downtown area and went to lunch. I had gone into some of the stores last summer when I was here for a weekend, but haven't ventured out to any of them since I've been here. I do have to say that most of the area stores only cater to the tourists and not the locals. I did have a business owner comment to me while we were going through her store that the locals don't support the downtown businesses. Well, I can see why! The prices for the most part are outrageous. Because of the pay scale in the area I would imagine that most locals can't afford to shop these businesses.
I did find something that I just had to have while in the Antique Store in Gaslight Square. I love buttons and this jar (shown below) is perfect for my cards and page layouts. This is one store that I will go back to when I have more time to just wander around aimlessly.
I'm pretty pleased with myself that I am finally getting some scrapbooking done. I just finished this layout (shown above) of my mother and her siblings. It's going to take awhile, but someday I will get all my pictures scrapbooked.
The products used for this layout are: Graphic 45 papers Botanical News from the Botanicabella Collection, Vintage Cherries from the Fashionista Collection, Child's Play from the Playtimes Past Collection, Bazzill French Vanilla 3" Paper Flower and Pomegranate brad, Sizzix Flourish Die, Flowers from Irene's Garden, paper lace, Creative Imaginations brad, Creating Keepsakes Postcard Font, assorted buttons.
Marlene Allen, a very nice customer of Paper Studio came in last week and brought some of the items (shown above) that her husband Don creates. These were all made using pinecones and clothespins. These are very cool and I was so happy that she came in and shared these with us at the store. She also brought in a layout that she had done in which she had created a medic kit. It was amazing! If you click on the above link to Paper Studio you can view the page there.
On a final note, above is a card I made last week using some of my Graphic 45 paper scraps. The paper is Dollie's Teaparty from the Playtimes Past Collection and Sizzix Flowers and Vines Die. The stamp used is from Hero Arts. Now I need to finish a couple of other projects I am currently working on.....