Thursday, July 5, 2012

As American as Apple Pie

I have just a few photos to share from the Picnic in the Park yesterday - and a little enabling later on in this post!  A lot of you write and tell me that you enjoy hearing about our small town of Concord MA and the history and traditions we have here.  The annual Picnic and concert in the Emerson Field in the center of town is a fun family event that we enjoy every year.

The day started off with torrential rain - but it cleared up just in time to set things up in the park for the 11 AM start.  You can see the mud and puddles that were still there in the afternoon.

We missed seeing the parade of kids on their bikes but we did see lots of patriotic decorations on the bikes, wagons and strollers.

I think this year the hot air balloon was actually able to take some people up for a bird's eye view of the park (it is often too windy to raise the balloon).

There were lots of children with balloon creations...

...made by the clown at the far left of this photo.  I think it was a toss up for longest line between the balloons and the cotton candy.

There is a variety of food offered by local organizations trying to raise funds - a lawn chair is useful if you want to sit and enjoy the music and your food.

Lots of people dress in patriotic colors.  I thought this was one of the most stylish hats at the event!

A new activity this year was hula hoop coaching.  The Boston Hoop Troop brought lots of hula hoops for kids of all ages to try.  There were many sizes and the coaches told us, the bigger the person - the bigger the hoop!

It was fun to see kids and adults getting into the swing of things.

 This little boy had the tiniest hoop and a very large one that he dragged around behind him.

Last but not least, I had to take a photo of this ladybug picnic blanket for my friend Shirley AKA Okieladybug!

And now, just a little enabling...

Last February, I wrote about finding some CDs of Tim Holtz digital papers and images. I have three of these CDs and I love working with the range of items they include.  I haven't seen them in many places but Blitsy just added two of the three CDs yesterday.

The CDs are $9.95 and definitely worth having if you like Tim's style and do digital projects.  You could also print out the papers to use for more traditional projects.  I made these two sampler pages last February to show some of the contents from all three CDs to give you an idea of the types of things they contain (there might be things on these pages that are from the third CD that I own).

Please click HERE to go to Blitsy and sign up if you aren't a member already (it's free).  Once you have joined the site, you can get a referral code and earn credits for future purchases.

Blitsy also has the Tim Holtz Summer Seasonal Distress Ink set of three (Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean) for $12.99 until Friday (but they might sell out sooner).

There is a new freebie this week for the Cricut Craftroom.  The 3D party cones is available to anyone with a Cricut Craftroom account. 

Just log in and then look under "my cartridges" in the drop down menu.  I think it is a great idea for Cricut to offer these freebies - maybe more people will try the Craftroom and get hooked on using it.

I'll be driving back to New Jersey today, and then on to see my Dad in Pennsylvania on Friday.  I made a little progress on my "brainstorm" project - I can't wait to show you how it is working!

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