Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Baby x 3

No, we have never had triplets born in our family, but I decided to make 3 cards to celebrate the birth of a first cousin-twice-removed. The card above is for the parents of a baby boy born this month in Las Vegas.

Using coordinating colors and layouts, I designed a card for the grandparents of the baby (my cousin and her husband), and the GREAT-grandmother of the baby (my aunt). All three cards have a footprints charm tied onto a self-made tag. The paper all came from a Die Cuts With A View "baby boy" (what else!) cardstock pack. I ran the unadorned card front through my new Kodak printer for the sentiment on the front. I'm very happy with the way even small sizes of paper run through the printer without jamming or tilting.


(Remember - you can always click on the photo to see a larger view)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Goodbye Maggiano's

Last night my cousin L and her husband treated me to dinner at the Southdale Maggiano's on the last night the restaurant was open. I've only been there a few times, but it was one of their favorite places and I found out why. We ordered the family-style dinner - a choice of 2 appetizers AND 2 salads AND 2 pastas AND 2 entrees PLUS dessert - with refills and boxed-up leftovers to take home! Everything was so delicious.
I always liked the classy nightclub decor with dark wood and old photos - even in the bathroom.

Thanks a bunch, L & J! I owe you some homemade spumoni!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Year-End Wrap Up

Happy New Year! Yes, I know I'm a couple of weeks overdue, but I've been on an unplanned blogging break due to a pesky sinus-allergy condition that hit me just before Christmas. At least I was able to enjoy "A Tuna Christmas", a play put on by the Bloomington Civic Theater. David and Kim took Mom and I to see it the weekend before the holiday, and we stopped by the art gallery before the show to see this exhibit:
As a collector, I was immediately intrigued by this show. What fun to CREATE artifacts instead of having to dig for them. What better way to display small objects than old printer's type boxes?
Repeat, repeat, repeat. Stop.

Examine.
Wrap in mystery.
Lighten up and laugh a little.
Multiply.
Cat-egorize.
Mesmerize. (See the mouse)

My favorite exhibit so far. And the play was hilarious. "A Tuna Christmas" was set in Tuna, Texas and had 20 roles - men AND women - all played by just two men who changed costumes and characters quicker than I can type "costume and characters". A wonderful time was had by all! Thanks again, D&K.