Friday, September 26, 2014

Magic and the Beach

 How is everyone? I've got lots of catching up to do. Bill and I recently spent 4 days in Cape May, NJ to celebrate our 31st anniversary and it was just beautiful-perfect weather! I'll share some pics in the next few posts. But first, here is a journal page I did just before we left:

   Background was made by sponging inks around. The tree with bare branches is from Stamp Camp. The teardrop leaves is a hand carved stamp I repeatedly inked up,  overstamped with a script stamp (Papertrey Ink), then stamped onto card stock ,trimmed and glued to the tree. The meditating figure is a stencil I hand cut. The fairy image is a rubber stamp from ERA Graphics. I added the words digitally. Linking to Paint Party Friday; Art Journal Every Day, Art Journal Journey (theme is "living beings"), Mix It Monthly (theme is "trees"), and the Simon Monday Blog Challenge (theme is "stencils and stamps").

 This is the card I made for our anniversary:

 I'm linking this to the Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog  (theme is "anything goes" ).

 And now for some Cape May photos. We first went to Cape May when I surprised Bill with a trip there for our 10th anniversary. We both love Victorian homes, culture, furnishings etc. and this is a historic, Victorian sea side town-just oozing with charm! We were not disappointed and fell in love with this place. We have gone there as many times as we were able over the years-even making some day trips-ever since. We have made many friends there-some have sadly since passed-but there are so many memories. Last year Bill surprised ME for our 30th with a 5 day stay there. It was so very special because we had not been there the last 12 years. We vowed to try and get there every year from here on in.

I would LOVE to have one of these mini cars!

   Or how about a horse and carriage to see the sights?

       Our favorite haunt for many years has gone but we discovered this gem of a place where we will make new memories. The food is excellent-with very generous portions, and the staff -so much fun!

  We were fortunate to have warm, glorious beach weather. We spent time at Cape May Point to walk around the wetlands and lighthouse, and went into North Cape May to see the sunset over the bay while sitting in Harpoon Henry's restaurant (another fun place with great food!).

 We have another full weekend this week. The Celtic Classic (festival) is in town Fri-Sun and as it is in walking distance most of our time will be spent soaking up all that wonderful Celtic culture-Highland games; bagpipe competitions; herding exhibitions with  border collies, sheep, and ducks; Irish dancing; lots of music, food and Guinness too! And we are expecting summer-like weather. I DO love September :)

   "Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice."    Unknown


  1. Love the journal page, thanks for joining in again at AJJ! Wonderful photos, looks like you had a great time! Valerie

  2. That looks like such a great place! Would love to visit there..... And how cute are those mini-cars!? Are they really driving around there? Congrats on your 31 years together!

  3. How fun! You are such a creative artist. Both of these are just wonderful. lol I've been married to my husband for 31 years, too. God is good. :D

  4. An amazing peaceful page Linda!
    Thank you for sharing it with us at AJJ!
    Congrats to hubby and you... what a fantastic couple-wish the next 31 years in love for you both!♥♥

  5. Beautiful journal page. 31 years together - wonderful!! M.x

  6. Love your journal page, love seeing your trip pictures :) What fun!
    ~Happy Paint Party Friday~
    Thanks for sharing your work :)

  7. happy anniversary! fabulous creations :) Thank you for playing a long with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  8. Stunning page Linda and what wonderful photos - the start of many memories - many congrats on your Anniversary

    Hilda x

  9. Lovely page! great pictures of your trip, just love those mini cars! Congrats on your 31 years anniversary!

  10. Congratulations on your 31 years! Your magic painting is so pretty.

  11. You both look like a very happy couple...and it seem you both had much fun together! Love the lil cars too :) And not enough you have created art! What a sweet tree with its happy leaves...also love the figur on its very calming...Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny

  12. your journal page and card are really great! how fun that you have special place to go and celebrate every year. We love going to N.Myrtle beach, I guess that has become a special place for us too.

  13. Your journal page is just lovely. My husband and I have been to Cape May many times - we now live in SC so not so easy to make a trip. Our favorite time of year was the fall - not so many people and usually lovely weather. Happy Anniversary

  14. Gorgeous those heritage style homes...such a romantic area! Beautiful artwork the tree..Glad you enjoyed your getaway...sound so fun so does the up coming Celtic fest! Enjoy your weekend!! Congratulations on 31 years, you two are adorable!

    Hugs Giggles

  15. gorgeous art journal page and what a darling card! It looks like you had so much fun on your trip! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  16. Happy Anniversary! Love your journal page, especially the leaves.

  17. Happy Belated Anniversary !!! 31 is a long time theses days!!! Sounds like a lovely place to spend your special days together, Love the journal page and the card you made for your hubby.

  18. what a beautiful post Linda! The photos and the art before you left are all wonderful. Happy Anniversary!

  19. Congratulations on your 31st anniversary.
    Your journal page is beautiful and all the photos of your time in Cape May make it look so inviting. Thanks for taking me along ;D
    Happy PPF and enjoy your weekend.

  20. Beautiful pieces, especially the anniversary card!

  21. Great photos and Happy Anniversary ~ love the quote in your card creation!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

    Happy Day to you!

  22. Oh wow!!!! Congratulations! What an amazing life together. SO glad you had a great time - it looks beautiful there - and your card is so sweet! Thank you too for the sweet comments, you made my day! oxo

  23. Hello my friend ~ lovely to see your getaway photos and congratulations on your anniversary. You two lovebirds look sweet! There is something about a lighthouse and what a handsome one that you know Cape May is on our bucket list...thank you for sharing some photos!
    Your journal page is wonderful and full of magic.
    Hope you are having a great October...the Celtic Festival sounds perfect too!
    Looking forward to catching up with everyone.
    Happy October

  24. Happy belated anniversary to you both :)

    Looks like a wonderful place

    Karen x


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