Thursday, July 2, 2015

washington dc: mary livingston ripley garden

so, i have saved the best (to me) for last.  this is my last washington d.c. post and it is WAY photo heavy.  there is no way i could leave out any of these gorgeous flowers.  i'm so glad we decided to stay a few extra hours and i got to experience this place.  this is exactly how i would like my own garden to look.  maybe one day.  :)

and look!!!  a monarch butterfly sighting in the wild!!!  i was SO excited!!!  it has been years since i've seen one.  it's not a great picture, but it's a great memory. 

do you see the sleeping monarch?

joining in with annie and "how does your garden grow?"

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

cocoa daisy: spreading our wings

here is the first layout i made with the july cocoa daisy kits.  the alphabet in the kit is just perfect for the long titles that i like to do.  this is the layout you can see peeking out from behind the intro page in my 2015 album.  do you see the tiny bird nest in the first photo?  i love how it adds so much to the story on this page.

"bistro" add-ons will be available for purchase to nonsubscribers tomorrow!  in the meantime, don't forget to check out all the inspiration in the july gallery!

cocoa daisy: stamping sensation

we've got a stamping post up on the cocoa daisy blog today.  there are lots of lovely pieces of inspiration there featuring this month's stamps, including a video and flipogram.  don't miss it!

washington dc: smithsonian sculpture garden

i had intended to leave d.c. at 3:00 to avoid rush hour traffic and get to our hotel 4 hours away in plenty of time.  after walking the monuments, however, g mentioned that he wanted to go see the imax.  we talked about it and ended up staying and leaving d.c. after rush hour (sorta) at 6:00.  i'm not sure if rush hour ever ends in d.c., but it wasn't too bad.  we didn't get to our hotel till 11:00 that night, but that was okay too since we had a reservation.  it's good to be flexible sometimes.

so, we had some time to kill after the imax and as we wandered the streets we got to enjoy several beautiful gardens that we wouldn't have if we'd rush out of town earlier.  in the flower gardens, g graciously sat on a park bench and waited on me to finish photographing all the pretties.  i was a little surprised, though, at how much he enjoyed this sculpture garden.  he came up with his own names for all the sculptures as we walked through.  such fun times.