Friday, May 11, 2012

foto finish - solvang

we got a new car a few weeks ago and ever since, my husband has been itching to go for long drives every weekend.  i don't mind, as i like to ride, and Mr. Bagubian's pretty good in the car, too. so a couple of saturday's ago we set out on a mini road trip.  we ended up in Solvang, which is the Danish capital of the US and it's incredibly different scenery than what we're used to in Orange County.

i love that clock tower!  it's actually an antique shop--that we have yet to go in, although i'd really like to.  i actually took this photo back in november, 2011, when Hoss and i went away for an overnight anniversary trip.

don't you love these colors??? this is my favorite photo from that weekend.  it was fall and the orange leaves on that tree paired with the teal trim were so eye-catching.  as soon as we saw them i knew i had to take dozens of photos...and i did!

i love places that have town squares, don't you?  they're so inviting and welcoming.  Solvang has such a darling town square that the Goob had fun running around. the above picture was taken there (back in november).  it was nearing dusk which is a wonderful time to take photos as the light from the setting sun does beautiful things to the subjects in photographs.

this monument of Hans Christian Andersen is in the same park.  he of course is the Danish fairytale author.  Solvang has a museum that is dedicated to him and i'd love to take Mr. Bagubian there when he's a little older.

aren't these two cute?! I love this shot of Hoss and Mr. Bagubian walking in rhyme with each other.  (kinda wish that lady in the black dress wasn't in there, too, but oh, well.)  Solvang is so quaint and easy to walk around.  being that i'm an east coast transplant, i love anything that looks different from where we live right now.  (i promise i'm not knocking Orange County--but sometimes you just need a change.)

that's my little Gooby and me!  he was being so friendly to everyone we passed by on our stroll around town.  the best part was when he accosted a young couple eating ice cream on a bench.  apparently, he thought they should share their yummy treat with him.  needless to say, we had to get ice cream after that.

it was a fun little overnight with my sweet little family.  sometimes it's just nice to take a break and get away for a minute.  do you have any fun plans for this weekend?  don't forget--Mother's Day is this sunday...time to celebrate our wonderful moms. (Kathy--i'm talking to YOU!  i love you and appreciate everything you do for me.  i wish i was 3000 miles closer to you...)  have a great weekend, folks!

Monday, May 7, 2012

all you need is love

well, it's monday again. i actually have a few minutes to post today, so i'm taking advantage of that.  i have a wedding card to share with you today.   i made it using mostly items from the Crate Paper Portrait collection.  i'm playing along with the May Color Challenge on their blog.  Tara Anderson always picks a great color scheme and then makes gorgeous cards and layouts using it.  this month she chose aqua, marigold orange, and marshmallow white.
in friday's post, i talked about wanting to create a card with some layering techniques and this was what i had in mind.  i layered on a bunch of elements like doily and paper scraps, die cuts, tags, buttons, washi tape, and messy thread to create an exciting focal point.  
i did the same thing on the lower right of the card, only with fewer elements.  for the sentiment, i made a little white flag tag and stamped "{all you need is love}" on it.  the stamp is from the Fillable Frames #11 mini set from Papertrey Ink.
that's all i have for today.  don't forget about the chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate to my Etsy here for details.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

a spectacular giveaway!

good evening, folks!  i hope you had a great weekend.  in friday's post i mentioned i'd be having a giveaway today and i'm here now to share the details with you.  i'm a little late but such is my life...i'm trying to spread the word about Thurston Post and i have a little contest going with a prize at the end to entice you into helping me.  you have until next sunday (may 13) to play.  the lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced here on monday, may 14. 
so what do you win???

you can use it for anything i have in the shop, including sale items and supplies.  i know a few people have been eyeing some's your chance to get them for free.  if you take that $20.00 and spend $40.00 or more, i'll pay for your shipping.  not a bad deal, right??!!
{happy birthday friend card}'s how to can do one or all of the following: {the more you do, the more chances you have to win}
1. like Thurston Post on Facebook (1 entry)
2. follow the Thurston Post blog (1 entry)
3. refer a friend (1 entry for each friend you refer, no limit; *your friend must do one of these things for it to count)
4. share this blog post on Facebook (1 entry)
5. tweet about this post (1 entry)
6. "heart" Thurston Post on Etsy (1 entry)
***please send me a quick email and let me know which of these ways you've played so i can be sure to enter your name for each one.***
you have until next sunday (may 13) and i will announce the winner here on monday, may 14.  the winner will be sent a coupon code worth $20.00 to use at Thurston Post.  
{the fine print: the $20.00 is for tangible items only and cannot be used toward shipping costs. the code will be good until june 30, 2012. the winner will be posted here on may 14th and must contact me with an email address. if i don't hear from that person by the following monday--may 21--a new winner will be chosen, again at random.}   
{cozy kraft flower tags}
i've given you lots and lots of ways to up your chances of winning...but you don't have to do all of them.  you can still win if you only do one but you can't win if you don't play!
i'll be really, really grateful to everyone who plays along here in helping me get the word out about my teeny tiny blog and card shop.
please feel free to email me with any questions...good luck!

Friday, May 4, 2012

flower card and etsy treasury

yay, it's friday again!  it seems that monday-thursday gets so busy and i don't have time to blog or do much of anything besides homework.  the good news is that i'll be done with the semester on may 17 so that could free up some time.  the bad news is that i need to find a job and that will likely usurp (yes, i said usurp!) a whole lot of my time...we'll have to see but i'll do my best to keep up with writing here.

i'm popping in today to post about a quick card i made this week using products from Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle collection.  i have been itching to make some cards using a layering technique and while this is not exactly what i envisioned, i think it turned out to be a cute way to get sidetracked!

to make the flower i used the Borders paper which is already divided into different strips.  i trimmed them and made v-cuts on each end.  i did the same thing to some strawberry-colored lace (Wright's) and layered them together.  i topped it all off with some messy gray thread and a book paper flower that i made.
the book paper flower was super-easy--i stacked 9 scalloped circle punches (i think they were 1.25") on top of each other and held them together by pinning a brad through the center of the pile.  then, one by one, i just crumpled each layer around the brad until the last layer which i left flat.  i made a bunch at one time so i had some on hand for future projects. I got the idea from reading this post on Dawn McVey's blog a couple of years ago.  you can go here to see a tutorial by Wendy Smedley.
the pink frame is another strip from the Borders paper and the pink, cream, and yellow circle tag is Elements paper.  the border sticker is from the same collection.  the "happy birthday" stamp is from Papertrey Ink.

i also wanted to share with you a gorgeous Treasury on Etsy, curated by Heather Elizabeth.  it's called "Aqua" and is filled with 16 beautiful aqua lovelies from different Etsy shops.  She featured my French-Inspired Paris tags in the collection so i was especially pleased to be in such good company.  eveything in the treasury was really beautiful--please go and look for yourself.   
heather's shop, Rosebud's Emporium, features some stunning jewelry pieces.  i especially like these butterfly earrings:
that's all i've got for today.  please, please, PLEASE check back on sunday as i will be having a giveaway right here at thurston post!  you won't want to miss it!