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This year for my birthday my parents gave me a circular saw.  Total surprise, I had no idea this is what they were getting me.  All the best gifts usually are surprises, just like my speak n spell in the 1st grade.  But I digress.  Now, to some this might seem odd, but I grew up as “Daddy’s Helper” my whole life so to me power tools are exciting!  My only problem was deciding what my first project should be!  I saw some DIY scrabble wall tiles online and I felt like it would give me a good chance to get used to the saw and make lots of short, straight cuts.  And I’m happy to say that it worked like a charm.  Project #2 is on schedule for this weekend!:-)

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Cut and sanded – 22 blocks of wood just waiting to become scrabble tiles.;-)

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I found some scrabble tile printables online, resized them to 6×6 and did a quick pencil trace transfer then painted them with black paint.

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2 coats of stain applied while watching The Princess Bride - Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday…..You Warthog faced buffon!:-)

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And it’s up!  I totally love it!  Eventually there will be photos on each side, but for now, we move on to project #2 – a blanket ladder!

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I’ve got about 75 days left until my 1,001st day, so I’m trying to fit in as many goals as possible!  This week we decided to play 9 holes at Sun City and then have a picnic in the park afterward – 2 goals in 4 hours.  Efficiency at it’s best!  And as usual, a HUGE thanks to the Hubs for supporting my crazy goal lists and ideas of what constitutes “fun” on a Thursday afternoon.;-)

Goal #48 – Play golf in Sun City.  My golf game has very strict weather restrictions, so this is totally my fault for putting this goal off until the blazing hot summer months.  Usually any day over 72 and slightly overcast deems it un-golf friendly for my standards, but we braved the heat, humidity and sand traps for 9 holes out at Sun City.  It’s been about 2 years since I’ve last played (and I use that term loosely), but I was happy to see my Shelby club head cover strapped into the back of the cart cheering me on.  Golf for me is really about the shoes and club accessories and my game reflects that admirably. Check and mark goal #48!

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Goal #3 – Picnic in the Park.  How in the world did it take me 3 years to have a picnic?  This seems like a huge failure on our part because picnics are very underrated.  We decided to check out the Anne Springs Greenway concert series after our round of golf and it didn’t disappoint.  True Crafted pizza, the sounds of Motown and a handsome date.  Probably the best Thursday night we’ve had in a while!  Of course you’d think I would take a picture of the band, the picnic, or us, but instead I took a photo of the people crazy enough to climb up into the grain silo.  You’ll just have to take my word for it – there was a picnic and we enjoyed every morsel. Check and mark to goal #3!

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I’m so excited to share photos of my new sample albums that just came in from my heirloom album vendor.  Not only do they come in beautiful cases, but they also allow embossing on the front and an inset photo.  Yes!  I’m so excited I could bust.  So let’s get started with the leather version….

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The box is black leather and the album comes in a variety of leather options.  I love the handy dandy ribbon to help take it out of the box.

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Super thick, lay flat pages.

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Embossing also comes on the spine of the album.

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These pages are super thick, so you can see a small gutter in the middle to help maintain the integrity of the photo paper and insure that it lays absolutely flat.

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The linen version also comes in a box – suede lined with a vinyl exterior and a magnetic closure.

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There are lots of linen shades available, and here you can see two different variations on taupe/tan.  I think it really sets off the inset photos.

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These pages are slightly thinner than the leather version (but still very thick), so there’s no gutter when it’s flat.

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I love, love, love these albums!  If you’re thinking about adding an album to your wedding coverage shoot me an e-mail so we can meet for coffee and you can see these in-person!

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