Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ME: My Day

Totally knowing that EACH of us have unique responsibilities... 

This is a glimpse inside my day... TODAY:

LEFT: Finishing up earrings for my Halloween Costume.
UPPER RIGHT: Almost ready to send off the first round of a custom piece to a lovely client.
LOWER RIGHT: Working on Kiddo's B-day Invites

With a Bible Study, Church Time, Toilet Cleaning, Cooking and Errands thrown about... it seems to be a normal day, but wait ---

This seems like a rather "crafty" day. 

Not such the norm. 
But, I guess that is what special events can do to a creative girl.

For my first "jewelery" making attempt -- not too shabby!

Whatcha up to today?!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WORDS: Excitement

I am a very charismatic individual.

I get excited if the sky is blue.... I also get excited if it's gray.

I try to be a pretty positive person. 
Although, some days are easier than others [I'm sure you can relate].

I am THANKFUL for every day I get to live in this crazy beautiful world!

And it shows by my excitement!

Katie Rogers of Paper Fashion

What are you excited about today?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

PARIS: The Cathedrals

Nothing better on a Sunday then meditating on the glorious works and history of The King.

Paris has some major history....

La Madeleine - The Judgement

La Madeleine - The Judgement

La Madeleine - The Judgement

La Madeleine

La Madeleine - Prayers

La Madeleine - The Altar

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame
Sainte - Chapelle

Sainte - Chapelle 

Medaille Miraculeuse

Medaille Miraculeuse - St. Catherine de Laboure

Medaille Miraculeuse

Medaille Miraculeuse - St . Vincent de Paul

Medaille Miraculeuse

Medaille Miraculeuse
This is the last works of The Paris Installment... and it was the MOST MEANINGFUL to us.

The Spiritual.

Have a GLORIOUS WEEKEND, my friends!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY: Costumes

I have been working diligently on our Halloween Costumes for this year.

I can't believe it is only a week away!

It's actually nice because we have a small area around here where several of us with kiddos can meet and take them around. Although we live in a rather large condo building, we don't go door to door. Instead we venture out to designated locations around our area. They get plenty of candy that way. Plus, we get a fun time of fellowship. We typically gather for dinner after the candy excursion.

And yes, us adults get in on the act too -- of course!

Every year our family dresses up in a theme.
Since there is only 3 of us, it's easy to come up with an idea.

This year.... it's 80's pop icons!

So, here are some sneak peaks of what I have been putting together for us.
I will share the full pics after the fun-filled evening!

And as a confession disclaimer.... I DO NOT SEW!
So, all of my DIY costume ideas have been fabricated with scissors, hot glue and adhesive.
Go figure!

Can you guess who I am gonna be?

Can you guess who my kiddo is gonna be?

I'll save my hubby for the final reveal. His is the simplest costume.
He is always a trooper at joining in on the fun!

How 'bout you?
Do you dress up for Halloween?
Does your family dress in theme?
Do you go the DIY route for your costumes?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower

I've seen countless pictures of this structure.

I know a lot about the history of this architecture.

It's the back drop of many many many movie scenes.

BUT.... I still couldn't have been prepared for its MAGNIFICENCE!

This structure is A BEAST!



We went for a short 2 mile walk right upon our arrival in the city. 

The shot below is from the Seine River near our hotel. I was thrilled I got to see the Eiffel Tower immediately into our visit. But, I didn't comprehend how extraordinary it was until the next day when we went to Tour the Tower.

Please excuse this pic of me... it was after a 10 hour [sleepless] flight ;)

We decided to walk [like we did throughout most of our stay in Paris] to the Eiffel Tower from our hotel.
It was about 2 miles away and on our way back we looped around and visited the Arc de Triomphe. It was a GORGEOUS day out and the sky was a brilliant blue. We ran into a 20k run along our route. We cheered them on with the rest of the spectators. Their final destination was identical to ours: The Eiffel Tower.

Apparently, it is quite a "touristy" thing to do -- Tour the Eiffel Tower.
But, hey.... this was our first time visiting -- we were going to be tourists!

I had a Museum Pass for practically everything else we visited and toured while in Paris. Those are AWESOME! You get preference for entrance and your wait in lines are always pretty short. But, the pass is not accepted at the Tower. So, we had to wait in a pretty long line to visit the top. However, the top observation deck was closed, so we were only able to visit the 2nd deck. Still pretty high up!

The Seine River as viewed from the 2nd Observation Deck of the Eiffel Tower

Paris as viewed from the 2nd Observation Deck of the Eiffel Tower

Being and Aerospace Engineer, I am in awe of the structural design of this Tower.

It is beyond BEAUTIFUL.

We were able to walk to the plaza at night and see the Tower SPARKLE.
At the top of every hour, in the evenings, the Tower sparkles with lights for 5 minutes.
It's pretty dreamy.

I never thought I would see this piece of architecture IRL.... and I certainly NEVER would have thought I would be as mesmerized as what I have become.