Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Wolf Creek Falls Preserve

Hi friends,

Today was such a beautiful day we went on a hike to the Wolf Creek Falls Preserve in the Town of Knox.  

This preserve has multiple cascading waterfalls as you wind through the woodland path.

There are several different trails to choose from which intersect and intertwine with each other both north and south of Bozenkill Road.

Stretches of old stone walls can be seen along the trail.  The property was once part of the Rensselaerywyck Estate.  In 1864 the Van Aukens started clearing the land and put up stone walls to raise sheep, providing wool for the Huyck Felt Mill. 

The hike was very peaceful, meandering through the woods. 

Half way into our hike we came upon a little picnic area and ate our lunch.  There was also a bird house nearby, but was vacant during our visit.

I couldn't resist taking a tree canopy photo.  

We came upon this bridge built by Dan Driscoll.  It was crafted to produce a tune if you stand on the platform and use a mallet to hit the planks.

I was surprised we didn't see any squirrels or chipmunks along the way; however, this little birdie stopped to say "Hello".

The hike was just shy of 3 miles and we stayed on the trail to avoid any poison ivy.

There is quite a bit of history behind the land, which was donated to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.  

I hope you have a beautiful week!

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Micro Paris Planner

Hello blogging friends,

It has been so long since I dusted off my blog and posted.  I've been wanting to share with you my custom micro planner.  It turned out better than I could have imagined!

I finally have a pretty portable planner, which allows me to have a grocery list, meal planning, wish lists and so much more on hand.

The planner is the same size as a Micro Happy Notes, which is 3" x 4".  Great for on the go!

Since I love all things Paris I knew the first cover I created would be a Paris themed one.  The images were composed and then the cover was printed on heavy white cardstock and laminated.  Yes, I finally bought myself a laminator.  Actually, it was a birthday present to myself back in November.

Journaling cards by Cloth & Paper fit perfectly in the planner since the cards are already 3" x 4".  No cutting was needed for those.  Divider tabs keep everything organized and easy to find.

The discbound system works great for me so I can just pull out my grocery list or meal planning sheets and take them with me to the store.  I used aluminum 3/4" inch discs from Eleven Discs to keep everything together.  I've already started creating different covers for the seasons.

Do you still use a planner or rely solely on your Smartphone?

Wishing you a blessed Sunday!   

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Happiness Jar

Hi friends,

I hope everyone is staying safe.  I want to share with you my "Happy Jar".  I've been wanting to create one and today I finally had the time to be creative.

The concept of a happiness jar is so very simple.  A jar you can fill with happy memories as often as you like.  There are no rules!  Just jot down on a slip of paper the happiest moment of your day or week; fold up the paper and drop it in the jar.  I also like to write on my slips of paper the date.  

I'm amazed over time the little things I have forgotten had I not jotted them down.  I am realizing in uncertain times my happiest moments are common every day things, from watching the birds at the feeder, to having Pippin snuggle up on me.

To create my jar, I took a mason jar and painted it with blue chalk paint and then distressed it.  Studio Manu Sound of Music scrapbook paper was used for the lid top, jar band, tag and pocket envelope.  This is one of my favorite paper designs.

The label for my jar was simply computer generated using the 1942 Report font (simple and quick) :-)

A band for around the jar was cut with scallop edged scissors and adhered with double sided tape.

A view of the jar top, which has a cream crochet flower with a flat back pearl in the center. 

Digging deep into my stash of die cuts, I located a Sizzix pocket envelope perfect for my slips of paper.

I decided to get extra creative and added a text graphic to the top of each one before cutting them out.

Have you created a "Happy Jar"?  If not, I hope today I have inspired you to make one!

Supplies:  Mason Jar with Lid
Text:  1942 Report, Enjoy the Little Things Text Graphic
Paper:  Studio Manu Sound of Music Scrapbook Paper, Whisper White
Accessories:  Vintage Tea Stained Seam Binding, Cream 12mm Flower Flat Back Pearl, Cream Crochet Flower, Spellbinders Small Circles #4, Labels Four #3, Small Labels Four #4, Large Classic Rectangles #3, Sizzix Pocket with Scallop Edge Die Cut, Scallop Edge Scissors
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