Winter Walk

We spent Thanksgiving down in Pennsylvania with my Dad & Annie, and my Brother Jon. This open field is one of our favorite walking spots during the winter.

My Hubby 🙂

And my “boys” (minus Strider)

I loved the slope of the fields

The dogs follow along with noses to the ground!

Sage and Strider time 🙂

Love this one of Jeff

How hilarious are these? They are some of my new favorites 🙂

The original three!

Also loved this silhouette

Brother Bear Jon

When you are about to throw the ball and you tell Sage to “sit” she’s so excited this is as good as it gets 🙂

Mom are you going to give me a treat?

Dad surveying the scene – we had walked all the way to the tree line and beyond

Hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!

Zack & Laura’s Queensberry Album

I sent this stunner album out a few months ago. Laura & Zack’s wedding was one of my favorites of the year so I had so much fun designing this 9×9 album.

A classic black leather cover with blind embossing set the tone

Laura & Zack chose not to incorporate their family initial in the title page – I love the album opener – it really sets the tone

Laura & Zack chose to do a first look and we had more than enough time for portraits – I was so glad she chose to incorporate so many of them in as full page images.

Usually I advise people to use two large family shots instead of multiple ones of smaller groups

A few pre-ceremony details and Laura’s adorable nieces and nephews 🙂

We incorporated a double flip out for the ceremony for a spread four panels wide

Laura loves details and their wedding was full of them – we gave them their own spread 🙂

A few fun photo booth photos and highlights from the tarantella brought the album to a close

Congratulations Laura & Zack!

Book Recommendations

One of my favorite things to do is curl up and enjoy a good book…especially with the weather being chilly outside. Add a woodstove and a cup of tea and you have a perfect afternoon 🙂

As November was winding down I started reading….a lot. Then I forgot to blog about the books I was reading so now I have to catch up! Here are a few I’ve read in the last month or so:

I picked up “Hay Fever” at a cheesemonger (love that word and love any store that exclusively sells cheese!!) thinking that it would be similar to The Dirty Life which we read last year for Girl’s Crafting Weekend.

I enjoyed it but found the author to be a bit full of herself at times – name dropping and the like. Still….an enjoyable and easy read.

The Strangers on Montagu Street” goes under a good beach read that you can read in a night or two. My friend Alyssa introduced me to this author and used to lend me her books but now that Alyssa has moved to Texas (boo!!) we can’t book swap anymore. This is the third book (I think) in this series and I’ve really enjoyed each one. Good characters and absorbing plot.

This book was also the first I read on my new Kindle! I do like the feel of a book but for convenience it can’t be beat!

My Mom lent me “In the President’s Secret Service” which is a non-fiction book written in a very user friendly and approachable manner. Some of the facts were fascinating – it’s amazing how much behind the scenes preparation goes into protecting the President (and many other important people) and the sheer number of people it requires. A good read!

My friend Megan lent me “The Best of Me” and this also goes in the beach read/can’t put down category. I love me some Nicholas Sparks!! The Notebook had me before hello (if you haven’t seen the movie run don’t walk) and I’ve read a few of his other books since then. This follows the same lost romance storyline but it’s good 🙂

That’s it for now – more books coming soon 🙂

And……we’re off!!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Oh the way I torture my poor dogs 🙂 I found these headbands at Target for $1 each and couldn’t resist 🙂 Can you tell they aren’t quite as psyched as I was 🙂

I hope everyone is having a lovely Christmas surrounded by family and friends and LOTS of good food!

Enjoy my holiday card below and click the image to see it bigger (and then click on the image to increase the size in the new window

Merry Christmas!!