Feb 17, 2011

I know... I've been naughty!

Hello there blog friends...

I, of course, must begin with an apology for being absent for the past week and a half. You see, I had every good intention of finishing my Sale-A-Bration preview projects prior to leaving for vacation, but alas I had way too many things on the "to-do" list before I left and it just didn't get done.

And then of course you know how it goes when you return from a vacation... everything and everyone wants something from you.... right now! Well, this is the first time I've had a moment to breathe and take stock of what needs to be done and I've been home for five days now.

So I promise I will get back to the Sale-A-Bration parade of samples on Monday. We'll take a look at the stamp set "Sweet Summer" all next week. It's another one that I think I'm going to have a lot of fun playing with.

In the meantime, I thought I'd show you some 8 X 8 template pages I made with the Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper in the Occasions Mini Catalog. It coordinates perfectly with the Nature Walk Stamp set and the Rustic 8 X 8 album. Here's a picture of what I've done so far...




You can't really see all the pages... perhaps I'll load a few of them and show you over the next couple of days -- although I can't promise anything as there is still a lot of work for me to do to catch up! Thankfully, I have a long weekend this week... Yipee!

I'll leave you with a few highlights of my trip to Las Vegas (sorry no photos as I really didn't take any -- gasp!):

Viva Elvis - This Cirque de Soleil Show was one of my all-time favorites. Matt and I love to catch a Cirque show whenever we can. They are a bit expensive, but always deliver. I especially liked this one as Elvis is a favorite of my Mom's -- I wish she could have seen it! I bought her a very cool gift though in the gift shop... can't wait to give it to her!

Pawn Stars - This was probably more exciting for Matt than me, but it is always cool to see what something looks like that you've seen on T.V. We went to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (I think that is what it is called) -- it is the Las Vegas Pawn Shop featured on the TV show Pawn Stars. The "Old Man" (as he is dubbed on the show) was actually in the store when we went -- although he was hiding in the back!

Candied Apples - I don't know that I've ever had a candy apple, but in The Orleans where we stayed the first two nights they had this won.der.ful. chocolate shop (click on photo gallery to see the candy apples). On Super Bowl Sunday we got three Candy Apples to share -- one of them was called Cheesecake and Oh. My. Goodness. was it yummy!!! I might just go look to see if they will ship me one it was that good!

Gloves? Really? - While there were lots of other highlights from the trip -- one other very funny thing (at least to me) was when we first arrived. We exited the airport to a fabulous 68 degrees and sunny skies at 3 p.m. Vegas time. When we got outside, there was a limo driver waiting there -- unfortunately he was not there for us, but the funny part was that he was dressed in a winter coat, scarf and gloves. Gloves, really? It's 68 degree! Perhaps I should take him home to New England so he can get a taste of what cold really feels like... what do you think?

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