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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Little Mirrors - Saturday 21st September

Hello Friends!

We truly had a lot of fun sampling the central Californian wine country- we'd done Napa Valley before, but this was totally different - more laid back and we loved it! Harvest is in full throttle here, lots of grape pucking goung on.

This little town ( more a village in our terms), Los Alamos is fabulous from our fun Pirate themed room complete with waves lashing rocks sound effects, treasure chest and swaying lanterns, to the Casa Dumetz wine tasting room a few steps away, where we spent to fun evenings and Flatbread Pizza opposite, the best pizza we've had in a while....and I haven't mentioned before but before we left San Luis Obispo, I did happen to pop in to a Michaels store, which some of you will know is the big craft outlet in the USA...and yes I did purchase a few things!

I also managed, after decades of trying to get a few good photos of a humming bird, but you'll have to wait, they're on my camera! 
Photo of Fall items for sale in Michaels... Love these little straw bales!

Our themed hotel/B&B 'The Victorian Mansion' at Los Alamos

Tom and I at Casa dumetz last night... There was a talk by a top movie industry composer, which as I did Film studies at uni, was very interesting for me, super evening!

Well the  California Roadtrippers will be setting off for the home of my cousin Elisa, who lives with her husband, Scott and two year old son Wesley in Ventura, between Santa Barbara & LA and over the next few days I have some presents that I made for them to share with you...I may not get the chance to update...too much catching up to do! But I do have scheduled posts.

I  pinched this idea from Christine Emberson, but I've told her, so it's okay! Christine made some little gifts similar to these for her Spellbinders teamies recently and I thought what a great idea for a little something from the UK. I made one for Elisa, one for her sister Brianna, who sadly we won't be seeing as she and her family are currently based in Florida, as her husband is a Coastguard helicopter pilot and they move around every few years...and the final one, for their Mom, Teri who we will be staying with in San Diego.

So I popped into our nearest Kath Kidston store and bought 3 of these little handbag mirrors. I typed the greetings on the front and die cut a perfectly matching circle, using Spellbinders Classic Circles, then I set the mirrors in the centre and stuck them to the card with sticky pads.

This was so simple and yet effective that I think I'm also going to adapt it for my female friends in Italy this Christmas!

I also made one of these Hunky Dory 'Night before Christmas' books for Elisa and Bree, I thought they are a nice keepsake to read to their kids..sorry about the photo: I forgot to take it before we left home, so had to do it in an hotel room!

Thanks for stopping by and following our trip, it's so nice to be in touch with my crafty friends back home!
Love and hugs,
Carole X


  1. Hi Carole,
    Great photos again, and your little gifts are sweet. Your trip sounds amazing.

  2. that all looks fabulous! thanks for popping by to visit me! Happy scrapping, jenx


  3. Love these little gifts and your books are fab,

    Hazel x

  4. MOre lovely pictures Carol and thank you for sharing them...sounds like you had a great the Kath Kitson mirrors...was super little gifts


  5. Hi Carole,
    fab presents for your family. I think they will be soooooooo pleased with them.
    A great idea the book thing for the children.
    Love the place your staying at oh to own a house like that, it would be my dream place. I love that American style house.
    I am a great fan of most American things especially their houses.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. Lovely presents Carole, really love the little mirrors. Great photos again too. Hugs, Anne x

  7. I just love visiting Michael's stores their displays are always great.
    Great gifts they will be loved by all who receive them.
    Happy travelling

    Patricia xxx

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