Monday, March 30, 2015

T is For Treats

Well, after the excitement/scare of last Wednesday's big fire down the street from us ( you can see a pic and read more here) I can say all is well. We have our power which was only out for hours, and today our land line phone was restored after being out since last week d/t the fire.

 For my T Stands For Tuesday gang I'm sharing a collage of pics taken at my birthday dinner the other week:

 Caesar Salad, Vegetable Medley, Wine, Seared Scallops with Jasmine Rice, Mexican Dk. Choc. Cake with a peanut butter whipped frosting/filling. The Apollo Grill in town is our very favorite restaurant to go to for a treat! The food is very fresh , beautifully presented, top quality ingredients, and excellent service. I didn't get a pic of hubby's main plate of crab cakes but other than that we both had the same salad and veggies. There was a group of girls that came in celebrating a bachelorette party just as dessert arrived and so they and our waitress sang happy birthday to me-a really sweet bunch! Of course, Bill ate the dessert-all of it- minus one bite because I had to taste. And I must say, it was DIVINE!

 Last Friday another friend took me for lunch but I didn't have my camera. It was also in town- a newer restaurant. We had a quiche and mixed greens salad which was very good. She also gave me this gift:

A beautiful wood box with a stained glass like hummingbird on top. Lynne knows I have a thing for hummingbirds and it is one of my totem animals. I love it!

 This past Saturday my friend LuAnn and I went to the Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamps and Paper Arts Convention that was held in the next town. I wasn't sure what to expect as the number of vendors seems to decrease each year and there isn't very much new. We had a GREAT time and were delighted to be able to purchase new products! I also ran into a few old friends who used to take classes I taught-back in the early 2000's :).

 Here's what I came home with:

 Beginning at left- 6" x 6" background stamps from Impression Obsession. I was given a sample card and then had THE hardest time choosing just three of the many fabulous styles they had! The deal was to buy the mega mount and two stamps and the third was free; journaling stencil from Lost Coast Designs; Tim Holtz Lace Stencil; below that is a pack of three Wink Of Stella brushes -gold , clear and silver. I have been seeing these and hearing so much about them. They are brushes filled with a liquid glitter with a brush tip that allows for writing and filling in-without a glittery mess. Right next to that is a pot of Light Gold pan pastel-another product I keep hearing about. They are not cheap so I went with a color I thought would best serve me. I got three different Stickles glitter glues -for  $1.99 ea. A four pack of gelatos in vibrant tropical colors-YUM!-another new to me product I need to play with; and next to that -new Staz-On mini ink pads in new colors. I got St. Valentine-a gorgeous red, and Spiced Chai. I try to get reinkers every time I buy an inkpad anymore. I love my Staz-On inks!

 If any of you know of any of these products and have any tips or links I'd LOVE to know-thanks!

 So, here is just a quick journal page playing with the two new stencils above:

 Linking this to the Simon Monday Challenge (Pastels). I used distress inks in the background; and the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes).

 Have a great rest of the week everyone! Oh, and if I'm not back until after, a very Happy Easter to those of you celebrating this coming Sunday!

                              " Relax, recharge, renew, restored."               Lailah Gifty Akita


  1. You had a fabulous birthday celebration. I can tell by the look on your face. Or maybe that was the wine (grin). That beautiful box from your friend is wonderful, too.

    I buy pan pastels one at a time, because I pay around $8.00 for each color. I've never seen that color before, but it looks great. Be sure to seal the pan pastel after you work with it, and don't smudge your arm into what you've already created in your journal or art. That's all I can offer in the way of advice.

    Krisha has a lot of those gelatos. If you've never used them, she will surely have tips for you.

    That floral stencil is gorgeous. I'm in love with it.

    Thanks for sharing your art, your birthday bash, your birthday gifts, and your stash you bought while sharing T with us this week.

  2. Sounds like you had a lot of great celebrations for your birthday :) Can't wait to see what you make with your new supplies!

  3. Oh, my goodness, your birthday dinner looks like a feast! Glad your celebrations were so much fun :) Happy T Day

  4. Your birthday pics looks fab Linda ! Great new goodies - a wonderful box and a lovely Art Journal Page!
    Happy Easter my friend!
    Happy T-Day!

  5. Your quote certainly speaks to me (but yours always do dear Linda).
    You're making me hungry with those delicious food photos and especially the scallops!
    Lovely photo of you Birthday Girl ♥
    Glad you're still celebrating.
    Happy T Day

  6. Your birthday dinner looked delicious. Since I hardly ever cook seafood, it is a favorite of mine when we go out also.

    Look at all those goodies you found at the stamp show! I'm glad you weren't disappointed! Have fun playing! You've already made some beautiful art!

  7. Hello and Happy T Day and belated birthday! Your dinner out looks so yummy, glad you enjoyed it. How nice to be out with friends and her gift is beautiful. It's always fun to have new supplies to play with isn't.
    Happy Easter to you as well. Stay warm and dry this week, doesn't look like spring is coming for us yet, sadly.

  8. Linda your birthday dinner looks wonderful. I too wish to taste that lovely cake.Yet another wonderful birthday gift! Of course those art supplies, you have purchased look great. I highly recommend GelatoS. They are so rich and creamy, I am sure you will love them. I'too am a stencil girl-:) Hope you have a great time getting creative with the new supplies.

  9. What a fabulous haul of goodies you got Linda. I never knew there were mini Staz-Ons! Live and learn ;)
    I love my Wink of Stella and have seven colours, but have decided that I only really 'need' the clear most of the time, but the gold & silver are 'good to haves'. I also love my gelatos. They are so creamy to use, but am no expert by any means and haven't actually found many demos for them, so I just experiment most of the time.
    I have the TH lace stencil, it is one of my most favourite.
    Thank you for your visit; I haven't tried Spearmint tea before. Not seen it either actually. Must keep a look out. Happy T Day :o)

  10. Belated Happy Birthday. It looks like you celebrated well. I'm sure you will have fun with your new art supplies too.


  11. I love your journal page...that stamp does look like real lace! happy belated birthday...sounds like you had a pretty good week! happy T day!

  12. Oh what fun and that food is making me hungry!! Great new supplies and very sweet little box. Really like what you did with your journal page. New supplies often are very inspiring!!
    Happy T day

  13. What a treasure trove to cone home with. I'm going to keep my eyes open for tge arrival of some of them here in the UK, specially those items that sparkle. Wish we had a similar event near here!

  14. Was my birthday on Saturday, too. Happy belated birthday to you!!
    Love those conventions! You got some goodies, too. I always try to buy reinkers, too--especially with StazOn pads cause they dry out pretty fast. Pretty journal page!
    Happy T-Day! :)

  15. Very cute project! Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  16. Happy birthday, I could lick the screen-the food looks so yummy. that stash looks delightful and I am sure you will make some wonderful craft with it.
    Bridget #1

  17. Love your artwork Linda! And a belated Happy Birthday to you! I have a favorite YouTuber i watch Vicky P... she uses gelatos alot. If you would like a link to her videos just ask me. Happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  18. Gorgeous page! Love the stencils! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  19. Belated birthday wishes Linda. You look so young it must have been your 21st birthday
    All the food sounds and looks so yummy, and all your new stash is great stuff!

    Thanks for the comment you left on my blog this week.

  20. Happy Tday Linda and Happy Belated Birthday!Love your adorable page, my friend!

  21. Lovely post Linda..... have fun with your goodies. I recently indulged in some gelatos.... not really got to grips with them yet.... love the colours though. Your 'wink of Stella' brushes sound fun and the Staz on mini ink pads. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them all!

    Great, colourful journal page.



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