Latest Designs and Adventures

Customized Address Labels for Sea Green Palm Tree Invitation February 18 2018

I just designed customized watercolour address labels for my Sea Green Palm Tree Wedding Stationery Suite!  They look fabulous on the bitter chocolate envelopes.  I've attached another recent address label design for my Colourful Sea Turtle Invitation.  Customized address labels can be designed for any wedding suite.


6 New Wedding Invitation and RSVP Suites have arrived! February 11 2018

Here are my six latest invitations!

I'm in love with this gorgeous rose metallic tropical floral watercolor beach wedding suite. I've designed this suite using a 6x6" pocket invitation with beautiful metallic rose and pink colours with tropical flowers and leaves. The suite is nicely tied up with ribbon and a large monogram. 

Lovely soft coral and pacific blue beach wedding suite designed with a 6x6" pocket invitation. Beautiful watercolor seashells, coral, starfish and seahorses are featured in this wedding suite. The suite is nicely tied up with ribbon and a large monogram. 

Gorgeous mandalas designed with a 6x6" pocket invitation are featured in this wedding suite. The soft tones of browns and enhanced with the copper cardstock and bitter chocolate pocketfold. The suite is nicely tied up with copper raffia and a large monogram. 

Beautiful browns and sea blue marbled watercolor bark wedding suite designed with a 6x6" woodgrain styled pocket invitation. Natural tones of colour with added birds, feathers and cotton are the design features of this suite. The suite is nicely tied up with natural jute and a large monogram. 

Beautiful browns and bamboo green wedding suite designed with a 6x6" pocket invitation. The header is a Thai inspired design with shades of green and brown watercolor, brown watercolor elephants and gorgeous mandalas. The suite is nicely tied up with natural brown and green raffia and a large monogram and I've added a die cut elephant tied to the ribbon and around the invitation.

Beautiful and bright purple and orange wedding suite designed with a 6x6" pocket invitation. This tribal inspired design is perfect for your boho wedding. The suite is nicely tied up with purple and white bakers twine with tassel and a large monogram.

 


A2 Thank You Cards February 11 2018

A sample of A2 sized thank you cards that coordinate with my wedding suites.  I can create thank you cards for any of my wedding suites or for any of your special occasions.  Photo thank you cards are also available.


Photo Thank You Cards and "Spread the Love" Jam Jar Tags February 11 2018

For my nieces wedding, I made these A2 sized thank you cards and little tags to attach around the jam jar guest favour.  The photo was printed on satin photo paper and attached to sea green cardstock and then canvas paper.  I made the little "Spread the Love" tags to wrap around the jam jar.  


NEW! Hangover Kit / Survival Kit Luggage Box January 14 2018

I've made this luggage box particularly for the "Hangover Kit". Perfect for those destination weddings. You can fit a lot of supplies for your guests in these perfect sized boxes (6.5" L x 5" H x 2.5" D).  Use them for bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, weddings, birthday parties and your special event.


Scenic Photos of Maui November 15 2017

Here are some final photos of Maui that I've put together from a previous trip to Maui. I also did my first panorama of the Haleakala Shield Volcano, which forms 75% of the island of Maui. The tallest peak is 10,023 feet with a massive depression approximately 7 miles across and 2 miles wide and 2600 feet deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.


GoPro Video of Green Turtle at Keawakapu Beach, Maui November 14 2017

Here is my video of one of the green turtles I took at the Keawakapu Beach in front of our condo in Wailea, Maui September 2017. The turtle was eating within the rocks just off shore where the surf was quite strong. We were both swaying back and forth with the tide. I hung onto a rock to try to keep steady and managed to get some great video clips with my GoPro.


Scenic Photos of Maui 2017 November 13 2017

Maui is an amazing beautiful island full of gorgeous beaches, warm turquoise water, white sand, lava, jungle, volcanic crater, blowholes, waterfalls and more.  Green turtles appear on many of the beaches and the sea is full of life, perfect for snorkeling or diving.

In May 2017, I went back to Maui for the third time.  I'm always so amazed at how much nature is there to explore.  I spent a lot of time snorkeling with my gopro and videoing the green turtles and we took a couple trips around the island to explore the scenery.  Here are some of my top photos of Maui.

 


Sunset in Washington Park, Anacortes, WA November 12 2017

A few photos from our glamping trip down in Anacortes, WA a couple of weeks ago.  The sunsets are amazing and the scenery is breathtaking.


Egyptian Pyramids 8 Day Tour - Day 2 to 3 Overnight Train from Cairo to Aswan October 06 2017

From Cairo we took the overnight train which left at 8:00pm and arrived in Aswan around 8:30am. The train compartment had two sleepers and a sink to wash up in and we were served dinner on the train. The ride was pretty comfortable and it was clean. Of course, the bathrooms not so much by time morning came! But I've seen worse! I really enjoyed this experience. We had a really great bunch of G Adventure travelers and we all hung out and chatted with each other during the trip.  

From the Aswan train station, we headed to the Nile Hotel which overlooked the Nile and Elphantine Island. The hotel rooms weren't that impressive in itself at the time of my visit, but the views from the room and rooftop were amazing! We found some wine at the Aswan Duty Free store a few doors down and enjoyed the views at night. It appears that the hotel has undergone some renovations and the rooms look really nice now, which is wonderful to hear because the hotel is in a prime location. The market is nearby and so are many nearby local sites and you can walk to the Nile and catch the boats to Elephantine Island and for our trip on the Felucca down the Nile.

During the tour of the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, the temperature was 32 degrees, which rose to 42 degrees in Aswan. Now that's hot!! Lots of water and ice cream!

View overlooking the Nile and Elphantine Island from our hotel room.


Egyptian Pyramids 8 Day Tour - Day 2 Cairo Pyramids of Giza October 01 2017

Ahhh the amazing Pyramids of Giza. The feeling of standing next to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx that you've seen in books, movies and documentaries was overwhelming. These pyramids are the last standing original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to survive. The Sphinx, Guardian of the Giza Plateau, is dated around 2500 BC. The Great Pyramid was built by the 4th-Dynasty King, Khufu, between 2589-2566 BC. The two smaller pyramids were constructed by Khufu's successors, Khafre and Menkaure.

The Sphinx, Pyramids, inside Menkaure's Tomb and our G Adventures group.

The Pyramids and Cairo in the background.

The Pyramids of Menkaure and Khafre.

The Sphinx!

I paid to go inside the Pyramid of Menkaure, which was pretty cool.


Egyptian Pyramids 8 Day Tour - Day 2 Cairo Egyptian Museum September 30 2017

Our Day 2 was a very full day as each day to come would be as well.  First thing in the morning, with our bags packed and loaded in the van, we headed to the infamous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (Egyptian Museum) established in 1902.  The museum has two floors with multiple rooms full of wonderful antiquities. The historical artifacts range from the Narmer Palette, dating around 3100 BC, through to the Graeco-Roman Fayoum Portrtos of the 2nd Century AD. Impressive is the Colussus of Amenhotep II and Queen Tiye and the King Tutankhamun galleries.  The museum also has a room full of animal mummies with lots of large crocodiles!

Colussus of Amenhotep II and Queen Tiye

On the ground floor are artifacts from the New Kingdom, the time period between 1550 and 1069 BC. These artifacts are generally larger than items created in earlier centuries. Those items include statues, tables, and coffins (sarcophagi), it also contains 42 rooms, upon entering through the security check in the building, one looks toward the atrium and the rear of the building with many items on view from sarcophagi and boats to enormous statues.

On the first floor there are artifacts from the final two dynasties of Egypt, including items from the tombs of the Pharaohs Thutmosis III, Thutmosis IV, Amenophis II, Hatshepsut, and the courtier Maiherpri, as well as many artifacts from the Valley of the Kings, in particular the material from the intact tombs of Tutankhamun and Psusennes I. Two special rooms contain a number of mummies of kings and other royal family members of the New Kingdom.

Various Animal Mummies

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly...

During the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and the 2013 Protests, many museums and tombs were raided and valuable artifacts were broken and stolen. In 2011, in particular, the Malawi National Museum, located in El Minya, was heavily ransacked and partially burned and took 3 years to reopen. The Egyptian Museum had mummies and other valuables stolen during these two time periods. The Egyptian Museum was protected by the people and army of Egypt during the riots which reduced the loss of artifacts.

 

*Note: These photos were taken from the web except the one photo with me in front of the Museum.  Therefore I assume no credit for any of these photos nor for the quality of the photos. I have solely added the photos for the purpose of sharing the exquisite artifacts and social climate of Egypt. The floor plan is copied from my Eyewitness Travel Egypt book.


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