Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a nice weekend! We were busy here in my house, having lots of fun with lots of houseguests! More about that in a second - we have card details to address!

I think this Cupcakes image was my very first image from Lockhart Stamp Company. I remember seeing in my stamp store in Pittsburgh and just loving everything about it. I still use it often and smile whenever I pull it out. On this card, I kept is very simple, pulling my color choice from this fun Melissa Frances patterned paper. All the coloring is done with Copic markers and Shimmerz paints, and when you see it in person, it has a great shimmery shine to it. I am so happy that I pulled this image out to use again! You should see if you remember your first Lockhart stamp and create something fun with it today!

OK, so back to this weekend...

This is my crew at the National Mall this weekend. The Solar Decathalon is happening right now and it is such a FASCINATING event! It's sponsored by the US Department of Energy and it is a competition between universities from all over the world; the students create energy-efficient homes and are judged on a wide-variety of criteria. There were tons of rules that they had to follow and the competition was fierce!

This is the Penn State house. DH is a PSU Alum, and the boys' former babysitter is on the Penn State team; she's an architecture major and a leading force on the team. Her mom and dad are friends of ours and came into town to cheer her on. We got to spend a lot of time with them, too, as they stayed with us.

It was a GREAT experience - and perfect for my kids to see, especially since someone they knew was there. My SIL and her family came in on Saturday, so we went back down to explore a bit further. Our nephew is thinking about architecture, so it was very cool for him to see exactly all that it could entail.

For those of you who are off today, I hope you're having a nice holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends, and Happy Columbus Day (I guess we don't really say that, do we?!) to my American friends. Be well.

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