Monday, November 28, 2011

Up, Up, and Away

Another WDW memory from last summer!

And then we had to go home. Oh boy. All week Kevin had been asking, facetiously, if we could rent a car and drive. Or if Christopher, who was already back home, could take the van and come and get us. The experience of flying to Orlando had not been good one. The pressure differences in the cabin bugged him from almost the moment we took off. "Swallow" I would tell him, and the overly exaggerated and contorted act would begin. Eventually he complained that his throat was hurting. After what seemed like forever, we reached a cruising altitude and all was well...for a few minutes. And then we began our descent. Oh boy. The photo on the layout below was taken before we left the gate at New Orleans, when everything was still exciting and fun.

Supplies: Patterned paper-Basic Grey, Little Yellow Bicycle, and Creative Imaginations. Fabric tag-Little Yellow Bicycle. Chipboard airplane-Maya Road. Chipboard phrases-Jenni Bowlin. Letter stickers, metal alphabet nailheads, ribbon, and airplane charm.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fall Tag #2

My next tag incorporates shades of teal in the ribbon and on the "Autumn Wishes" card along with the more traditional colors of fall, rust and orange. I love the combo! The quote on the playing card seemed a great sentiment for the season, "These are days of miracle and wonder."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fall Tags

When my friend Nancy Burke started her 12 Tags of Fall project a week or so ago, I tried to resist playing along. I still have mountains of Walt Disney World photos to scrap and a ton of other projects on my to-do list. Who has time for tags? And fall...what's that? Rustling around through my stash of stamps, patterned paper and embellishments, I realized that I had precious little in the way of fall stuff. Duh. (When you don't have much of a fall, you don't accumulate fall "stuff"!) Still it didn't take long for me to shake off that negativity and get totally caught up in this creative seasonal diversion. Here is my first tag, an ode to the fairs and festivals that populate every weekend this time of year:


Friday, November 4, 2011

Beautiful Views

Walt Disney World is such an explosion of sights and sounds, that it can become overwhelming. So many people. So many attractions. Always rushing from one place to another. Sometimes you just have to stop and take it all in. These two pages feature two of my favorite photos, taken when I managed to do just that.

When the crowds could be no thicker down the main drag of the Magic Kingdom, we decided to take a leisurely ride on the train that skirted the perimeter. On the way up to the platform we got a good view of the maddening crowds we were trying to avoid.

This next page features a scene quite divergent from that of Main Street, a serene view of the Expedition Everest namesake "mountain" with prayer flags draped across the vista. This is about as close to the real Mount Everest as I'll ever get!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

One Thing's For Sure...

Kevin will NEVER entertain thoughts on becoming an astronaut, pilot, or anything else that sends his body into warp speed through either the atmosphere or the space outside it. Epcot's simulator attraction, Mission:Space had two options from which to choose:

  • GREEN-the "lighter" version of the attraction with simulator action similar to Star Tours at Hollywood Studios.
  • ORANGE-the vomit-inducing, high velocity centrifuge that isn't for the weak of heart...or stomach.
Knowing how much Kevin enjoyed the intense roller coaster rides, Rock N Roller Coaster and Expedition Everest, we figured he'd be cool with the the all-out version of Mission:Space. While the rest of us opted for the Green queue line, he joined Brendan and Laura in Orange. OMGosh, what an experience! During the ride, Laura could hear him lamenting over and over..."I don't like this, I don't like this, I don't like this! "When it finally concluded, he stepped out of the ride and walked right into a wall! Nope, no astronaut aspirations for him. This page features the brave crew BEFORE boarding the "death chamber".