Thursday, September 2, 2010

The End of Summer Vacation 2010

My quote for today is:
Nine tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
Theodore Roosevelt

(That kinda reminds me of "Hindsight is 20/20"...same difference)

Hello all, this is my last photo posting with no cards. I hope to have at least one to show soon. But I really haven't been making any because I have had so many other more important "distractions." I am almost finished with my "move" and am contemplating posting a few shots of the new craft "digs"...hummmm, we'll see...

I'm starting off with a few really bad photos, but I just had to show them. Cheeburger, Cheeburger is a hamburger place in Maryland, where we went to celebrate my niece's birthday with her and some family. It was a lot of fun. While we were there, her husband ordered a full one pound burger. If you complete the whole thing, you get your picture on the wall in the restaurant. I tried to show the "before" and "after" shots of the burger... ;)

Do you see the size of the burger in comparison to that fork?

Abracadabra, presto chango........
It is gone!...


This is a shot of one the Wyndham Resorts located in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Pretty place, but I will not book here again. Furniture was the MOST uncomfortable
I have ever slept or sat on! I just came back from Portland, and sleeping
in a most comfortable bed at a Marriott Hotel. If you ask me, these places charge
too much money to have uncomfortable furniture!

The front entrance. Pretty, right?

Then I took a short drive over to the Pottery. If you have never been, it is a collection of warehouse sized rooms filled with all kinds of "stuff." Hugh garden pieces, crafts, bedding, kitchen stuff. I kinda went "for old times sake..." There are better places to shop. But if you want to walk several miles while looking, this is the place to do it...

My sisters and I stopped in at this store,... and why was I buying Christmas ornaments for everyone on my "list?" I'm not even buying Christmas gifts any more... lol...

This has got to be the biggest and the best Yankee Candle store ever!
I shot as much of the front as I could from where I was standing, but it isn't the whole length!
It was like a Yankee Candle mall...
It was so great hanging out with 2 of my sisters, we had the best time!

The "mall" inside...We actually "dipped some our own candles
(I forgot to show them). I enjoyed it.

Some "Yankee Candle" Christmas... Did you know it actually snows
inside the Christmas shop in there? So awesome!...
You know I tried to take a photo, but it was too dark!

This looked like a set-up in "The Pottery Barn", also inside the Yankee Candle store-
I just had to shoot it! :)
Doesn't it look lovely?...

Well, that's it for my vacation! I had a wonderful time that was made richer by spending the time with my family! The only thing that was missing was Miles!
Hopefully he had a good time in California...

Thanks for stopping by...Please come back and visit me again! HUGS!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Portland Oregon

Todays quote is :

If today you tried and failed, than tomorrow is another day.
If today you failed to try, then tomorrow is only today. Lee Scott


Hey there! I wanted to share a few photos from my trip to Portland, Oregon. (I took many more) I didn't get a chance to go to Mt. St. Helen's, but I may be able to get some of the photos from those that did make the trip. This was a work trip. Of course there are no photos of THAT! :)

This first photo is something that is truly unique. This person is taking a fingerprint that you send, and makes a necklace or keyring out of it! The colored glass represents all the various colors it can be reproduced on. I plan on ordering one, and even thought they would make a very unique gift for a family member. Of course you would have to actually get their fingerprint! If anyone is interested leave me a comment and I will send you the information to purchase. (and no I get no commission, I just think it is a cool product!)


These desserts came from the dessert table at the "Monday Night Out" gathering of AFIS users from across the United States. Don't they look fabulous! Just looking at the pictures takes me back... :)
...and no I didn't have them all, only one...or two...maybe...

Couldn't get to that chocolate cake before it was sampled!


I was able to walk over to "A Bite of Oregon" that was going on during our visit.
If you've ever been to Chicago, it was like "A Taste of Chicago".
Lots of people, lots of lines and lots and lots of food!

My first experience there! I also sampled a couple glasses of wine and some seafood.
It was good, but I forgot to take the photos!
But doesn't this look delicious? It was!...

In the afternoon....Lemony cake on a raspberry sauce...
(that pretty colored diamond was white chocolate on whipped creme)


I also walked over to the Portland Police Museum. My only site-seeing happened within
walking distance of my hotel, with one exception! This was an interesting visit.
I shot so many photos this trip this is just a very brief sampling here.

An old fingerprint processing kit! Look at all those powders!

I thought this five foot palm print was pretty cool!


And here is the one exception to my walking rule. I just HAD to visit Powell's City of Books, I was told by sooo many people. So I figured a way to do just that. I walked as far as I needed to catch a street car that took me directly across the street from the bookstore. (and the street car was free!) It is a unique bookstore in a couple ways. (1) It occupies the entire city block in all directions, and (2) I've never been in a book store that sold new and used books on the shelf right next to each other. It was odd, but ok. While I was there, they also offer to take a free photo of you on a blue screen which when shown you will be standing in front of the store. It was nice...

I got as much as I could fit in the frame of my camera. But it stretches further on both sides...
This was where I walked directly across from the hotel we stayed in. It was a nice looking area. Philadelphia should try to develop our waterfront like this. There were all sorts of shops
and restaurants with outdoor eating. It was quite nice.

This was a short distance from the hotel where "A Bite of Oregon" took place...

So many pretty florals in Portland!...

Thanks for visiting with me today...I hope you come back soon.
I have one more post before I get back to cardmaking
(and I am still working on my house!)
Slow....but sure...