Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Versailles, Paris, Giverny, and Rome- Part 1!

It was a day we had been looking forward to for a VERY long time. Britt, Bill, and I were all packed, checked in at the gate, and just waiting to hop on our first flight of the trip!

(This is the cutest packing list ever! I had to snap a shot of it. Just because! Compliments of kate spade.)

Bill and I have been blessed to have visited Europe many times (always for work, but we will take it), but Britt had never been there. Her excitement was seriously contagious! I tried really hard to take pics of every single step of the journey. (She probably got REALLY sick of me saying, "SMILE, BRITTY!")

FINALLY it was time to land in Paris! I just kept watching Britt's reactions. I LOVED watching her face as she saw things for the first time. :)

And, yes, I made her pose by the welcome sign in the airport! We were just going to be crazy tourists this trip and that's OKAY! 

All of our luggage arrived (hallelujah!) so we grabbed them, hopped in a taxi, checked in to our hotel, washed up & changed, and took off on the train to Versailles! I kept telling Britt how important it was to try and stay awake the first day to beat the jet lag. (It was mainly a pep talk to myself. UGH. That first day is the worst! Just think of flying all night with no sleep, then trying to stay awake another 12-14 hours. At my age it's a major feat; even if I am in Paris!)

The Palace of Versailles was pure splendor. Not only was it HUGE, every single inch was decorated, from the floors to the ceilings. We could have walked for days and not seen it all. 

Selfie shot in the Hall of Mirrors! Wowza. Total opulence.

See what I mean? Looks just like our house back home. heh!

Even the grounds were vast, impressive, and over-indulgent!

Britt told me I HAD to get a photo of the Queen's bed...cause my girls are all huge readers and were just shocked and disgusted that custom at the time allowed people to watch the French royalty give birth.

So, according to the tour, people could be as close to the bed as the railing allowed. UGH! YEAH, that gold railing right there! (I understand why they did it. I just happen to feel sorry for those women. Although I DID have an audience when Britt was born. She was early and the doc brought in everyone he could think of, just in case. They joked and laughed about stuff. I wanted to slap 'em. And a janitor just walked in and started mopping the floor as I was delivering Bethany. Seriously? The nurse ushered him out pretty quickly, but, yeah. He must have been totally oblivious. So can I get a bit of those French designers to come decorate my home now?)

Back to Versailles....we loved visiting it! The town was beautiful too! We walked back to the train station and then started the miserable job of STAYING awake for the train ride back into Paris. Just for the record...Britt and Bill both fell asleep. :)

Stay tuned for Part 2...Paris sight-seeing!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Featured on Simon Says Stamp!

I always LOVE getting asked by Stephanie at Simon Says Stamp to make a special project for them! This time I chose a very sparkly, summery Magical Mermaid Layout! You can see the full project, plus step-outs, on their blog right here! But, here are a few peeks just for you!

Come create your own magical vacation layout with sand & water effects, a sparkling custom-colored mermaid, and shimmery golden seashells! I combined a few fabulous Prima products on my summer-filled page, perfectly framing one of my favorite summer vacation photos of my granddaughter, Amariah!

Prima's new paper collection, Sea Shore, makes me feel like I'm on a tropical beach! I wanted to add that same beachy texture to the paper. You'll have to check out SSS for the how-to!

BONUS: I will also be teaching this page, from start to finish, on Live With Prima, April 29th, at 11:00 PT right here! Thanks for letting me hang out with you today! :) Sharon
Prima Products:
813635 Sea Shore Paper-Under The Sea
574987 Sea Shore Flowers
573140 Sea Shore Cling Stamp
573270 Sea Shore Tag Me
573201 Sea Shore SIIC
910655 Julie Nutting Wood Doll Set-Ashley
573300 Resins-In-A-Box
573454 Lace Trim
572952 Wood ATC
573850, 573867, 573829, 573805, 573843 Color Bloom Sprays-Lime Wedge, Summer Sky, Worn Leather, Gold Foil, Antique Gold
891954 Gold Metallic Chalk Edger

Other: Gesso, Gold Sequins, Inka Gold, Glass Bead Gel, Sponge, Foam Squares