Friday, April 28, 2017

A Magical Mystery Tour to Spain and Portugal

What a perfect theme for me this month at Art Journal Journey.  Thank you Hazel.  What a surprise I had in March!  My son called me and said "Mom, do you want to go to Spain and Portugal with Daphene and me?"   YES!!!!  The magical part is the part where I tell you that Scott and Daphene treated my husband and me to the whole two week whirlwind including airfare!  Wow!  I haven't been with my son this long since he left home for college some 34(?) years ago.  The whole journey was indeed shear magic.  The mystery part?  Daphene planned everything.  All we knew was that we would land in Barcelona and drive through Spain to Portugal. We never knew where we would stay or for how long.  Basically it was a business trip for Scott and Daphene.  They own a company which is growing by leaps and bounds.  So we went to two manufacturing companies, one in Madrid and one in Porto, Portugal.   I can't begin to tell you how much fun we had together.  I really want to go back to Spain and Portugal to stay longer in a couple of the places we visited.  

This is my son Scott on the right and  Jose who lives in Madrid.  Jose was our host in Madrid and Portugal and I mean to tell you we had such a wonderful time with him.  Thanks Jose for happy memories!  Jose is younger than my son and took to calling me Mama.  He also teased me every bit as much as Scott does.  One night we had dinner with Jose and his beautiful wife Maria.  What a pleasure and the restaurant was so elegant.   I am indeed a lucky Mama!

This is my handsome son Scott and his beautiful wife Daphene.  Thank you kids, you make me so proud and happy!!

This was one fantastic meal in Madrid and I enjoyed every mouth full!

I want to start handwriting in my journal but had a hard time  -- maybe y'all can give me some pointers as to the best pens to use.  My quote says "We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us .."   unknown.

I hope everyone is well and happy.  I so appreciate your comments and it does encourage me.  I know I have a long way to go!

My best to you and yours - Sandy

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017


I do have a special post.  This is my second time to participate in Stephanie's Tea Cup exchange.  You can find Stephanie here.

This is so much fun so this time I decided to participate in the tea cup exchange and the mug exchange.  It was really a hustle bustle for me as we had been out of the country to Spain and Portugal and my names came while we were gone.  I had no time to personalize each box and barely got my gifts in the mail on time!  Plus the fact I forgot to take pictures of the boxes I sent!  I will do better next time Stephanie I promise!!

This was in the box I received from Ronnie -- such a delight!  It seems we have the same sense of humor.  The Mug is hysterical -  and I love it!!!!

Now would you look at this -- Ronnie tells me that she looks for pretty spoons and then her husband cuts them to make necklaces - it is really gorgeous!!!!!
Thank you so much Ronnie -  it really was a pleasure with your letter telling me about you and your family!!!!

This is surprise number two coming from - you guessed it!  SUE!!!!  I thought it was so neat that she included post cards of where she is from.  I will do that in my next boxes for sure!  She also saw that I make cards and like to art journal so she included a special package full of goodies for my craft making.

Her yummy was Easter Chocolate and some homemade maple syrup.  You heard me right - her husband makes their very own maple syrup!!!!!!  Plus a diary, crochet flowers and beautiful napkins.  I think she knows I like to use napkins in my art journal!
The tea cup she sent me is absolutely gorgeous - yellow roses.  I love the color yellow especially when paired with red.  And what is that next to the gorgeous tea cup?  A really beautiful antique sugar spoon.  It is really quite nice and perfect to use for tea parties!!

Thank you Ronnie and Sue -- I appreciate your kindness and generosity so much!

Although it is fun to receive surprises, for me it is more fun to make a box.  I am collecting little bits and pieces throughout the year to try and make my boxes special.  So much fun!!!!!

I will be posting again soon - I have to catch up with my art journal!!!

Thanks for stopping in for a cup of tea - your visits and love are always appreciated!!
Sandy xx