Sunday, April 19, 2015

Freedom is not Free - Washington, DC

Sorry for being MIA for a couple of weeks, but my hubby and I just got back from Washington, D.C.! 

I've chronicled our time in DC through photos :) we stayed 4 blocks from the White House, so it was pretty central and easily accessible every where. We also went to Virginia a couple of times to visit the pentagon and Arlington cemetery. 

Overall it was a pretty mellow and relaxed vacation. The only thing I would changed about it would be skipping the Washington DC big bus hop on hop off tour... The didn't come often or stop in the designated spots... Waiting for almost 1 hour for a bus to come was stressful; also the drivers were very rude. It was terribly disappointing to hear people employed to help tourists yell and scream at their faces when they're lost / asking questions. I mean Americans from all over the country and visitors from all over the world are paying hundreds of dollars to ride on a hop on hop off bus, and technically keeping these rude staff employed... And as a Canadian seeing a poor Californian seniors being humiliated was very disappointing and sad.
 (If you're wondering how we knew they were from California- they had Californian shirts on)

Anywho, to end in a good point, 80% of the time the hubby and I just taxied every where! And saved a heck of a lot more money and stress :) 
Hope you like the photos. 

Waiting to get on an airplane in YVR

Our stop over at Portland 

National gallery of art. 

The tunnel in between the west and east building under the national gallery of art. 

The national air and space museum 

White House backyard. We weren't allowed to the go to the front yard because of the heightened security ... Obama came home the day we went to visit. 

Three of these helicopters landed on the White House property ... 
And the several of the blocks were closed off 

Washington monument 

Lincoln memorial honouring the 150th anniversary of president Abraham Lincoln's death. 

Stood where Martin Luther King jr made his memorable speech. 

Arlington cemetery... Changing of the guards.  

Library of congress - Jefferson building. 

Smithsonian natural history museum 

The Hope Diamond 

The national archives museum 

National American history museum 

We stayed a couple of blocks beside a whole foods...- and this was the yummiest food every! 

Smithsonian national zoo 

Boa bao panda !! 

Washington national cathedral 

Flight home ... chasing the sunset. Flying beside Mount hood 

Monday, April 6, 2015

birthdays and cakes

(sorry but I had to delete and re-post this card ... something went wrong with my initial post)

hi everyone!!!
My dad celebrated his 60th birthday last week... on April fools day!!! and Simon says Stamp also celebrated their birthday... their 6th birthday!! YAY!!!

here's a quick entry for: simon says stamp challenge - happy birthday, sketch Saturday and tiddly inks - anything goes
happy crafting

here's my card - I bought my dad's birthday cake last week =)
so I thought this image by tiddly inks was perfect!!

here's my card and sketch challenge I used...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

a simple hello

Hi guys!
I sort of getting back into the groove of things... creating again and finding time to relax and mellow out... I realized that I really need to find a good balance... work, university, exercising and making time for my creativity to grow. I wasn't sure why I went into a slump but I think going to Paint Nite truly helped.
anyways, here's my entry for - paper smooches - anything goes and freshly made sketches

here's my card
- I used botanicals stamp from paper smooches =)

here's the sketch and inspiration

make tea, not war

Hey everyone!!
here's a quick entry for - catch the bug challenge - sketch

here's my card

here's the sketch