Kunsthistoriches Museum


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Not being a big opera fan, I opted for a bit of museum hopping. Luckily, our oldest daughter is also interested. So, armed with museum apps and Google maps, we headed of on our museum adventure! We started with one of the big one that houses a variety of exhibits.


I am a BIG fan of Egyptian art and was happy to discover the very extensive exhibit on display. After seeing the art in Egypt I knew this was quite an impressive collection.





I fell in love with this hippo (a replica of the original); so much so that I bought a reproduction from the gift shop! 

Vienna – July 2016


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This was a fun surprise to find on our way to the train station near our hotel. According to the plaque nearby these were painted in a minimalist style in 2013. We love superheros!

Also on the same route to the train station, I spotted these beautiful wildflowers. But they may have been intentionally planted.  What caught my eye was the color and as I got closer, the unusual shapes. Of course, I had to get a photo!!



My son, husband and one of our three daughters walking through Nacht Market.

Summer Vacation


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I am having the hardest time getting back to posting. I can find anything else to do but sit down and compose. Ack! I am trying to improve…

For our vacation this year, we all agreed on a family one. It’s been a few years since all of our schedules have meshed. With four adult children it takes a bit of planning! But we did it and decided on Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria) and Budapest (Hungary). All three destinations were close enough that we didn’t have to traipse through airports, which is a big plus given security measures in effect globally. And since all three countries are member of the EU, it makes country hopping that much easier!

Our first stop with our two youngest,  was an overnighter in Bratislava. We arrived in the afternoon so had a chance to explore around the hotel. The next morning we hired a car for the hour drive to Vienna, where our two oldest children would meet us.

I loved discovering all the wondrous architecture…

I took many other pictures, but these are the most stunning, especially with that gorgeous blue sky as a backdrop!

We found the famous open air  Nacht Market and had schnitzel and other local food for lunch.


Fell in love with this sign outside a cafe:


Just a few pictures to share today. More soon…

I’m Back!

It’s been quite a while since I last posted. It’s so easy to get out of a routine and more challenging to get back into it! I had quite a busy summer and plan on sharing what “I Did On My Summer Vacation.” Remember the read-to-the-class introductions we had to do write for grade school? Well, a lot of us had to write those. My upcoming posts will fit very nicely into that niche.

Not only did I temporarily stop posting I stopped creating in my art journals! Gasp! Horrors! I still haven’t gotten any of my journals out. I’ve eyed them and looked at them with something akin to longing, but haven’t opened one. Yet. Baby steps, baby steps…

I have done a few crafty, creative things. I’ve finally, finally painted the river stones that have been sitting patiently in their bag outside. Since this is my first time painting on rocks, I wanted to keep it simple. I’m in love with how they turned out and have gotten very positive feedback. I’ve adorned my outside wall and they’ve really brightened up the place!


Their home…

DIY Necklace Storage


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If you’ve read my previous post,  you’ll know that I’m in the process of reorganizing my closet space especially all of my jewelry.I say in-the-process because it’s always ongoing, changing, and possibly moving things around so it works better.

I have so many necklaces I don’t wear mostly because I forget that I have them since they aren’t in plain view. With that in mind, I perused furniture stores looking for what I wanted. Of, course, I couldn’t find anything that grabbed me. Then I had a light-bulb moment and decided to look on Pinterest for ideas. It has everything! I did find several do-it-yourself ideas for storing and displaying jewelry. I found one! Adding hooks to the underside of a wooden hanger really caught and held my attention.

So, off I went out and got a set of 6 relatively inexpensive wooden hangers. I removed the pants bar then altered them by covering with decorative napkins. I ended up using clear-headed thumbtacks because I just couldn’t get those darn hooks to screw in! I’m happy with how it turned out. I also got rid of so much jewelry that I don’t wear and most likely won’t. And the most fun part? I’m wearing different necklaces because now I can see what I have!




Crazy for Altering Stuff!


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So I’ve been in the process of re-organizing my closet/dressing space and downsizing as much as possible. I have accumulated just too much “stuff.” Besides, getting rid of old stuff makes it much easier to bring home new stuff, right?

I’ve had these handy little mini chests of drawers and it’s perfect for storing my jewelry instead of having everything just laying on the top of my dresser.  They’re from IKEA and are unfinished. I do like that look but thought it needed a make-over for its new purpose.

I decided I would decoupage it with decorative napkins but paint the drawers a complimentary color. I love how it turned out! In fact, I loved it so much I decided to alter another one as my night-stand. This one is missing two drawers but it works great as a shelves, too!



Amazing how different it looks in a different color and decoupage design!


April Pages


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I have been in a funk for quite some time and finally decided to get my butt in gear and just get moving! I’ll admit, it hasn’t been easy but that first step is always the hardest. Not many pages in my April journal (and even less in May’s) but I am ok with that. I think. Maybe. Yes. No. Yes! I AM OK WITH AN UNFINISHED JOURNAL!!! Hey, it’s true, the more I say it, the more it starts to feel like it’s true. Who would’ve thunk it?

I have been trying to use up things that are in the catch-all box on a shelf beside my desk. I think it’s working.


It’s April

Yes, I know it’s really May now but this page was all about starting April.



April Journal

Finally have a chance to post what my April journal looks like. I used a paper bag that just makes me smile. Tokyo Banana is a banana flavored and shaped confectionery similar in texture to a Twinkie  and filled with a sweet banana cream. Apparently it’s a signature Japanese sweet. My husband received a box as a gift and I just loved the bag it came in. It’s the perfect size for this month’s journal!

This was a departure from the non-sewn journals of the past 3 months. I love the stitching on the spine. I used another bag for the inside covers and the pages are recycled copy sheets I’ve used as test papers for other projects. There is also a couple wall calendar pages that, when folded were just the right size. Can’t wait to fill it up!

PS. Looking at these photos, I realized I hadn’t added the Journey Within’s logo as I had for the previous journals. I think I’ll add the logo on the inside cover so it won’t distract from the fun Tokyo Banana cover.

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Last Pages of March

It’s the end of another journal.

This was such a fun page to create with Andrea Gomoll. Wouldn’t this make a fun cookbook? Will have to remember to use this style again!