Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesdays Around Town - The Color Lavendar

It's looking like a good Spring for lavendar colored flowers. These irises are growing on the boulevard at the end of my block.

And the lavendar plants near Yorktown make a beautiful rest stop along the walking path.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Elegant Scraps

The flower on this card is - you guessed it - another magazine page cut-out. And the background paper went so perfectly that I had to use it even if it meant piecing together the 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" size I needed. That's easier to do with a busy pattern. The "special" is a sticker over gold vellum. I really like how bold and neat stickers are.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesdays Around Town - Ivy Tower

My after-work walk today took me to a building I've been wanting to photograph for a very long time. The Ivy Tower stood empty and neglected for years near the Convention Center before being restored as a spa and restaurant attached to condos and a hotel.
The setting reminds me a little of a book I read as a child about a country house that survived progress to find itself one day surrounded by the city. [Edit: Cousin L left a comment reminding me the name of that book was "The Little House" by Virginia Lee Burton". Thanks, L]

1930 was the original building date and the refurbishing was completed in 2008.

I stopped in at Porter and Frye, the restaurant/bar on the ground floor, to take some interior shots. The historic designation prevented any change to the structure, but the bar and fixtures are all new.

Although I never took any photos of the building when it was standing alone, a painting in the lower level captures the feeling fancifully.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Digital Scrapbook - Twins Souvenirs

One last post about the Twins: my souvenir cup, pin and ticket displayed in a digital "scrapbook". As much as I love paper and ephemera, I think this is the future of scrapbooking. Photos have already been transformed from paper that can tear, crack and age. They now exist as files on sturdier CDs that take up much less space than bulky albums, or on a website, where they take up no physical space whatsoever. Scrapbooks will no doubt be next. I've seen digital scrapbook pages that were created with virtual paper and embellishments, then printed out and placed in an album. Next step: skip the actual album and store the scrapbook pages as photos are now being stored. It's the "eco" way!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tuesdays Around Town - Twins Stadium

Tuesday night I went to see the Twins play the White Sox at Target Field. I never expected to get to a game in the first month of the first season at the new ballpark, but my brother D got free tickets and invited me.
We walked all around the outside in the light rain, taking pictures before the gates opened.

Here's a statue of Kirby Puckett, #34. Trivia - I was 34 the year the Twins won the 1987 World Series with the help of Kirby P U C K E T T!

Giant baseball bat trellises line the walk to Gate 34, the closest gate to our seats (which were located behind 1st base).

The tarp covered the bases until just before game time. The all day drizzle miraculously stopped right on cue.

This isn't the Twin Cities' first outdoor stadium, but it's the first one with such an interesting skyline view.

D taking a photo.

The giant TV screen has jaw-dropping clarity, and the other display screens around the perimeter change constantly.

That's Butler Square behind the yellow 1st base foul line post.

More personal trivia: the building with the water reservoir right behind the Budweiser sign is the former location of the Thymes Ltd, where I was a temp for a few months 10 years ago. (Click on any photo for a larger view).

We took a short helicopter ride to get these aerial shots. Or did we? These 2 photos are of the stadium model in a display case.

This was the view from our seats. Brother C and Cousin Wendy showed up in time to see the Twins hit a home run, followed by fireworks and the "twins" sign shaking hands.

The view as D and I left early to avoid the crowds leaving downtown. It was a thrilling first visit to the new stadium.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother's Day. Our Minneapolis weather, so cool and rainy these past few days, has turned sunny and warm in time for the occasion. My brothers and I treated Mom to dinner at the restaurant of her choice. And I made her this card, recycling another page from a magazine (the flower).
The sentiment is a sticker over vellum and the leaves are punched from glittered cardstock and magazine pages. The sketch is basically the same as the previous Asian-theme card. It's been so much fun to create the shaped mat, I didn't want to stop.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Colors Of The King And I

A couple weeks ago, Mom, D&K and I saw "The King And I" at the Bloomington Theater. The play (musical) was excellent and the costumes were so colorful! Since photography is not allowed, I had to work from memory to create this card inspired by the play.
I used a corner punch on opposite corners of each different colored square. The background paper is another from my handmade paper supply. For the embellishment, I used an edge-punch on each side of a square of gold metallic cardstock, then attached it over a larger version in gold vellum.

A few pieces of metallic ribbon finished it off.