Monday, April 10, 2017

Hopping Into Spring


 Hooray-it's finally feeling and looking like Spring here! Hubby and I spent the beautiful weekend mostly outdoors doing yard work, cleaning windows, getting out the hummingbird feeders, and putting out the outdoor furniture and cushions. I love it!

 That was not the weather we had recently when my 3 BFFS and I got together again. It was colder than expected, damp, foggy and raining but we ventured about 20 min. north going into the Poconos for a trip to Mountain House Country Store. Here are a few pics:
  non edible cookies:) Most everything in this store is either locally made or made in the USA



How I love this sitting room-AND the furniture!! If only I had a room for these chairs;)

This was just one area of the attic which was filled with antiques and vintage kitsch

This was the Easter/Spring display you first saw when walking in the main door. The owner makes the sculptured characters. This is only a portion of the store and I was lucky to get these pics as my camera battery went dead:( What a fun place to peruse!

 Of course I  needed  just had to have these items:

 Aren't they the cutest??? And not at all expensive. My springtime decorations:)
We then headed down the road for lunch at  Mama Lucia's Pizzeria which the owner of the store recommended.  I was able to squeeze just one more photo from my camera:

 Hot tea and a grilled chicken and vegetable "wrap" with a drizzle of pesto sauce and balsamic vinegar. The wrap was made of pizza dough but was thin like a crepe and crispy and oh so good! We plan on making another trip there on a nice day and hope to tour the winery next door too. Joining Elizabeth and friends for T Stands For Tuesday.

 The Simon Wednesday Challenge is celebrating their 8th birthday so I made this card for them:

 I used their logo which I cut from a postcard of theirs along with washi tape, card stock in black and white, sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings set, SSS Moonshine sequins, and Versafine Onyx Black ink. They are giving away 8!!! $50 vouchers to the store and everyone has a chance to win!

 Also had some time to make a page in my art journal for Art Journal Journey with the theme of "Magical Mystery Tour" this month:

 Wouldn't you like to be able to fly and go wherever your heart desired? I am also joining Mix It Monthly (theme is Vintage and Turquoise)- I think the butterfly has a bit of a vintage feel, and Paint Party Friday.

 And my last project for this week:
 Products: Jet Black Archival ink, white notecard, bunny and eggs (Hobby Lobby), clear stamp (Papertrey Ink-Mega Mixed Messages Set), patterned paper (Echo Park), Dot Scallop Border die (Simon Says Stamp).

 I am joining in at the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is Hip Hop), and Work It Wednesday (theme is flowers, bunnies, Easter, Spring).

 And for those of you who will be celebrating Easter  (Sunday in the US, Monday in Canada according to my calendar) or Passover may the day be joyous. Blessings!

          " It is Spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. "
                                                                         Ranier Maria Rilke



49 comments:

  1. What a wonderful place you visited, I would love to look around there. You made some lovely buys. Your art is gorgeous as always, you got a lot done. And the food looks great! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. What a scrumptious post! Love your creations and attentions to details! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Happy Birthday” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

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  3. A SUPER SPECIAL thank-you for including the SSS Logo in the darling card! LOVE!

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  4. I love your post, it's so nice spring is finally here isn't it! The store is amazing and I could happily spend all day looking round, I bet you had loads of fun with your friends! The wrap sounds delicious and so unusual with the pizza dough - yum! Loving your art too :-) . Happy T Day! J :-)

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  5. the Butterfly Journaling is my favorite today. super awesome!! and i wish i could taste this wrap, your description reads yummy!
    have a happy t-day, linda!

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  6. Such a wonderful place to visit--thank you for sharing that with us.

    The wrap looks very tasty and the artwork wonderful

    Have a very happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  7. That country store is just speaking to me, it looks a great place to visit.
    The wrap looks delicious.
    Happy T day
    Yvonne xx

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  8. OH, Linda, I'm in love with your birds and their nests. This is an adorable combination.

    Sorry I’m so late getting here. I couldn’t work on my blog while my friend Scott was working on it, so that’s why I’m late visiting. At least the links are now fixed.

    What an incredible place to visit. Very country, and adorable. I'd love to have that old butcher's block, but I'd have to get rid of my kitchen table, which isn't going to happen.

    You not only got a lot done around your home, especially the outside, but you have also made some incredible art. Love the birthday card and the AJJ entry.

    My mouth is watering for the chicken and veggie wrap with pesto. I LOVE pesto. Balsamic vinegar, not so much. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous art, your trip, and your wrap and tea with us for T this Tuesday.

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  9. Linda, I spent alot of my childhood in the PA, NJ area and family has skied in the Poconos many times .... What a lovely store to walk around and i love your purchases.. they would have called my name too.. Your wrap looks divine ! So unique made with pizza dough.. i bet it was yummy!! Happy T day hugs! deb

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  10. What a great place you visited - I adore your choice of those birds and their nests! Your wrap looks delicious! Your art work once again is brilliant! To answer your comment about hubby's non smiling/fooling around - he was making me laugh so much that the only ones that came out without being blurred are the ones where he was concentrating on his scone! Happy Easter and Happy T Day! Chrisxx

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  11. L♥ve your Magical Mystery collage dear Linda!!!
    That country store is chock full of fun things and how nice to cater to Made in America. The shop owner is very crafty too.
    Being able to spend time with BFFs was clearly yummy and fun in spite of the weather.
    We are having a couple of June like days here too.
    Happy Easter
    Happy Spring
    Happy Happy Everything including T Day ;-) oxo

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  12. Your butterfly page is out of this world ! Totally beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey again!Always apleasure to see you there Linda! The cards are beautiful , your art is always such a delight ! This shop looks so so nice and this wraps must be very delicious! Happy Easter! Happy T-DAY! oxo Susi

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  13. love that turquoise butterfly and that shop is my kind of shop with so much to see

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  14. I would be lost for hours in a store like that.. and I fully understand why the little birds had to come home with you ♥ Great art today and so glad you are finally able to enjoy some sunshine too! Happy T Day!!!

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  15. I love stores like that. You can just spend hours and hours and not see it all. Your little birdies are too cute! The wrap looks and sounds delicious. What a fun outing. Thanks for sharing what photos you could get ;-)

    Happy T-day, Linda! Hugs, Eileen

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  16. Wow, that's quite a store Linda! Your lunch looks amazing, and I always enjoy seeing your lovely art.

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  17. That store looks great; it looks like a great place to poke around.
    The little birds are really sweet, and I love the little nests. Your pages and cards are so pretty, I love the color scheme. Very soft and pretty. Your lunch looks tasty too, something I would love to try.

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  18. Your art has that wonderful springlike feeling and as for that wonderful shop, it's probably just as well I don't live nearby!

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  19. Lovely spring time art ~ each one is great ~ favorite is the last one ~ store looks like a fun place and love the butterfly and you and hubby being able to be outside ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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  20. What a cool place to poke around! I've been thinking about vintage cupboards to store art supplies. Your little birds and nests are so adorable. Happy T Day

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  21. Pushed enter, too soon. Your cards and journal page are splendid. Good luck with the contest

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  22. Hi Linda loving your art page and wow that store is too much fun. I would enjoy visiting there
    Happy T Day
    Kathy

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  23. I love that store too. I think those chairs and all those cabinets would fit right into my house, but like you, I don't have any room. Love the art today. Its so happy. And spring-which we also got this weekend. i LOVE it. Hope it was a fantastic T day. Hugs-Erika

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  24. Sweet journal pages and cards! love the pastel colors-they make me smile. and I adore country stores...I would have picked the bird and nest too, so cute! happy T day!

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  25. What an amazing place.... so much to see and resist!!!

    Great art and lovely food as normal :)

    Hope you have a lovely Easter

    Karen x

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  26. What a delightful shop! I could browse there for hours. I agree, the sitting room is so cosy and the chairs are lovely.
    I'm glad you had such a great day wioth your friends in spite of the not-so-nice weather. That wrap at the pizzeria sounds yummy. I have never heard of it and I would love to try that. (If only I could lol)
    Belated happy T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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  27. Ohh what a fun to visit your blogpost! So much fun to look at! Loove all the vintage stuff you have here! I loove to look at these items and imagine how the people have lived with it...how they where satisfied with such little things....what a happy spread you made for http://mix-it-monthly.blogspot.de ♥ Conny

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  28. Eye candy all around, love the pictures you shared!

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  29. Happy PPF, Happy Easter! Hugs, Valerie

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  30. Thanks for these lovely pieces today. happy you dropped by my blog

    Happy Good Friday

    much love...

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  31. What a cute little store! I could browse for hours around there ... I can see that you're in Spring-mode, with all the springlike colours in your work! So cute and whimsical ...

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  32. Love the old stuff and your art as well. Happy Easter and Spring.

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  33. I wish spring would arrive. Still dull and grey here. That store looks like an awesome place to visit. Love your journal page, great colour, and the Easter bunny is so cool and cute.

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  34. I'm loving the spring look you have posted. The butterfly piece is beautiful and holds the promise of sustained better weather! The Happy Easter bit is sweet. Wish I could have gone with you to the country store. It looks fascinating. Happy Easter!

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  35. Your journal piece feels full of Spring magic, soft flutters and vibrant colours, I love it!
    What a great post, that store does look like a fun place to enjoy, so much to look at, it's been good to pop back here again!

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  36. Ohhhh! Your Spring page is just gorgeous - so pretty and colorful! And your shopping trip looks fun ;) Happy Easter to you!! xo

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  37. Love the market, the spring colors, the birthday card. All delightful.

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  38. Lovely page and cards, thanks for the shopping trip!

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  39. What a sweet post Linda...love that little store so full of eye candy. That wrap looks yummy! Great journal page too! That adorable little birdie is a perfect for Easter too! Have a wonderful Easter...

    Hugs Giggles

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  40. A very inspiring post in many ways, a lovely card and a great journal page. I enjoyed the pics from your trip, such a lovely place to visit.

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  41. Thank you for sharing your trip with us, the place looks very interesting, your journal page is beautiful.
    xxx Hazel.

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  42. Isn't it lovely to find a shop with locally made goodies. You had a delicious looking meal too, I like the idea of the pizza dough being a thin wrap. Your artwork is so pretty and I love the butterfly and quote. Cheers now and happy creating!

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  43. I love the butterfly and the page it flew to.

    kate

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  44. Your butterfly is sweet and that wrap, yum! lovely weekend to you.

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  45. What a beautiful art journal page, I love the butterfly! I also enjoyed seeing your shopping adventure, the bird nests that you bought are adorable.

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  46. loved the old store. Many things I could buy too.
    Nice to see a butterfly art :)

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  47. What a very nice post. Lost of beautiful art, photos and Easter foods.

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  48. What a great store, I love the Poconos. Your journal page is fabulous!

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  49. Hi Linda, what a great post, love the journal pages and that bunny is so sweet. I would love to browse around that store, so much to see and your lunch looks yummy.
    Avril xx

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