Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A trip to the Lady and Son's Restaurant

A few months ago my granddaugther came to visit us. Of course it was a world win of activity because we hadn't seen her in so long. One day we went to historical down town Savannah. The intention was to do a lot of sightseeing, a little shopping, and of course eat at Paula Deen's Lady and Sons Restaurant. The restaurant does not take reservations by phone, so the first stop we made was the restaurant knowing it was more than likely going to be busy. We arrived shortly after it opened at 11 am. The hostess is outside, down a little way from the main entrance, head phone on, with a line of people making their reservation or returning to be seated. So we make our way up to put in for a party of three. To our surprise the first available time is 3 pm! Come to find out the hostess starts around 9:30 am taking reservations for the current day. And of course, not to disappoint Taylor, we took the time and figured we would walk about town for a while.

So off we went to several stores, bought some Savannah Bee Co. honey and products, got the pups some treats from a doggie boutique, and did a lot of window shopping. Unfortunately the weather wasn't as understanding and it was a good thing those compact umbrellas fit into my handbag. (And for the record I was harassed about bring the umbrellas, but when the rain came they sure didn't complain when they were dry!)

Well, it was finally time to head there and eat! We are starving and our stomachs seemed as if they were grumbling to each other about not being sufficiently fed by this time. Back to the hostess on the street who gave us the OK to head to the entrance. Upon entering we were met by another hostess directing us to the elevator and told us we are going to the 3rd floor. As we arrived upstairs we were met by another hostess and we finally were seated. Needless to say you are not sneaking into this restaurant! Each floor has a buffet line, or you can order off the menu. Our stomachs were happy!

 I forgot to mention not only were umbrellas in my bag, but TWO Paula Deen cookbooks. Taylor asked our waitress if she was there so we could get the cookbooks signed. She said that Paula wasn't there, but she would see if any of the sons were there to come and sign the books and talk with her. A little while later she came back and said they were not there either, but she was kind enough to bring Taylor a signed picture of Paula Deen. Taylor was so excited the whole time she was there. Not only did she eat off her plate, which she ordered off the menu, but helped us with our food too. I just don't know where she can put all of that food!

Here is the page  I made for Taylor so she can remember her trip to PDs. For the journaling I used and old recipe card. I was going to write it out myself, but I figured it was Taylor's page so I gave her a call to see what she would like it to say. I think I may want to add a few more embellishments to the page, but so far everything I tried I didn't like. I have one more page to make with pictures from our Paula Deen visit and then they go to Taylor for her scrapbook.

Hope you have a creative day!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Fab 5 Day 5-Flower Soft

Have you tried Flower Soft yet? This product gives fast, easy dimension to your designs. I love the way the Flower Soft added that extra special touch and thoughtfulness to this sympathy card.

I hope some of our ideas this week inspired you to create something you love! Don't forget to visit the other blogs.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fab 5 Day 4-Dimensional Design

Today we had fun making some dimensional designs. I made this little advent box out of matchboxes. I painted each box with craft paint. I punched the holes for the brads with my Crop-a-Dile. I also lined each of the little boxes with a coordinating piece of paper. 

This would be great for small gifts such as mints, charms, earrings, brads, buttons, keys, or inspirational sayings. It would be just the right size for a kid, a work desk, or what about a cute Secret Santa gift to wrap up the end of the year and holiday season. 

In addition to the box I made this pop up gift card holder. I plan to make several of these this year since all of our gifts are going to be sent out to other states. 

I hope all of you are finding some fun ideas this week. Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fab 5 Day 3-Susan Louis Designs

Today we are featuring Susan Louis acetates. She is a local artist from Wisconsin that we met at CHA. What an interesting story she has on how she started making these acetates. She has so many beautiful designs you are bound to find something for any occasion. The wild life, are great to use for that special guy in your life! Some of the nice things about the acetates is you get several on one sheet, she has coordinating smaller items like bobbers, and fish hooks, and no coloring is needed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fab 5 day 2-Spellbinders

Today's challenge is one of my favorite things, Spellbinders! I hope all of you have had the opportunity to try these little babies out. If not, go see the girls and say "Show me the Spellbinders!" I promise you will not be disappointed, you just might hate me later for a new addiction.

 Since my cards didn't all post last month I made two cards for today to redeem myself-one for Grand-mom O's birthday, and one just for fun. (Plus, it was fun to make more than one card.) The snowflake card is at Picture This, along with all of our Fab 5 challenges, if you want to take a look. For the snowflake card cut out various snowflakes, ink the edges, adhere to your card layer, and then run it through the embossing folder. This is an easy technique that turns out a really neat effect. Give it a try with other Spellbinders such as the flowers. Don't forget to visit everyone else.

 Have a blessed day!


 Spellbinders: Various Snowflakes including this year's release, Lattice Rectangles, Foliage, Flourish
 Punch: Marvy
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Embossing folder: Textile, Snowflakes ribbon, snowflake, flowers

 P.S. Did you know if you click on the posted pictures they will enlarge so you can see the detail better?