August was full of travel. First, to Nashville to see old friends as well as family; then to San Francisco for a family wedding which ended with a trip to Sonoma Valley for my Sweetheart and me. We love wine country and all the goodness that comes from that glorious region. I even got to check off a "bucket list" item-we flew over the vineyards in a hot air balloon!
The process of lifting the balloon is VERY impressive
This thing is 8 stories tall
The adventure begins!
Unbelievable beauty at this height
We could actually see the grapes on the vines flying this low
The celebratory post-flight champagne brunch
We were allowed to pick and taste these.
What a beautiful experience. We ate great food, tasted great wines, took MANY pictures, and will always cherish the memory of this time together.
Now that you know what has kept me from blogging for the last 30 or so days, I'll tell you something else going on in my life. I'm heading in a new direction with paper-crafting. As I approach my third anniversary in this delightful hobby, I recognize a narrowing of focus (for now).
My favorite projects are tags and embellishments for packaging which most frequently are for celebrations of new births as well as birthdays and the Christmas season. I want to spend more time creating specific projects that will sell in a local shop (or two). We shall see if this leads to an Etsy shop... All of this to say, I find that trying to keep up with challenges actually distracts me from what I believe to be my real purpose.
At the same time, I love participating with all of you in the creative process. You inspire me to think differently and try things that otherwise would be overlooked. While I'm not saying goodbye, I am saying I won't be making as many cards and posts will not be related to challenges as often. I know I will still be "stalking" your blogs and hope you will still visit me. I would be broken hearted to lose contact with all of you on-line-friends. Please say hello whenever you can!
Thanks for stopping by,