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Graduation Pictures, Pot Still Bourbon, and Art

I haven't kept up with blogging much lately - lots of overtime at work, baseball games and getting ready for my daughter Allie's graduation.  The graduation is over now, and I have some pictures to share. Allie is in the middle, of course, and her sister, Crystal, is on the right and Crystal's husband, Joey, is on the left. 

This is the bouquet I made her with some candy and gift cards tucked in  - the flowers sort of match her school color. 
This is one of her fun pictures done on top of a parking garage - I guess that is a thing with grad pictures....
Here is another - can you tell I am proud?
Of course, I made a two sided poster to hold up as well. One side is old vintage newsprint with pictures of Allie and hats.
The other side is Stamperia Around the world paper with some of the images cut out and popped up.  Since her major is Marketing with an Event, Hospitality, and Tourism speciality, I thought a travel theme would be fun. She liked it. 
My ticket to the T-day party over at Elizabeth's Blog is some Willet Pot Still Reserve Bourbon. Yes, I bought it because of the bottle shape (and a recommendation from the lady at the register).  Found this at our local gas station/liquor store way in the county. It always makes me laugh that they have the coolest stuff out in the middle of nowhere.  Happy T-day to the T-day gang. 
I had a bit of time for art this weekend so I got a bit adventurous and tried the watercolor challenge at - it was to draw and paint an endangered red squirrel.  I almost passed, but I am glad I tried it.
Mother's Day card I made for Crystal (Allie's had less roses as my fingers got tired - lol). 
Hope you are all doing well and have a wonderful week. 


  1. Good morning, congratulations to your daughter, loved the photos and the bouquet you made for her is beautiful! What an awesome bottle-I buy for the bottle allot of times too-this one is very unique.
    loved seeing your art-your squirrel is awesome Happy T Kathy

  2. Congratulations to Alex. She looks so happy. I like the spread you created for her and I like all those photos of her, too.

    Your squirrel is adorable and so very sweet. You did a great job painting it. That Mother's Day card is beautiful. I love those roses.

    That bourbon bottle reminds me of the Eiffel Tower. I can see why you were drawn to it. Thanks for sharing Alex's graduation, your squirrel and cards, and your bourbon with us for T this Tuesday, dear Nancy.

  3. Congrats to your beautiful daughter!
    Great photos and Hats Off is a fun idea. As the world-tour, when if not now?
    Yes, I fall for cool bottles, too. Love your squirrel! And such a beautiful card, too - hugz from here

  4. Congrats to your daughter Nancy. It is an exciting moment. For you as her mom too, and nice it happened over Mother's Day weekend. And nice art too. Your squirrel came out great. I didn't know red squirrels were endangered. I have one here who I am quite fond of (as far as squirrels go). he is pretty brave and feisty and can get into the bird feeder. It makes me sad they are struggling. And nice bottle. We live fairly rural and have a general store with some unusual items in my town. It is always fun to see what they carry. But no liquor. In NH you have to get anything other than beer or wine at the state run liquor stores. Have a great T day and week ahead. hugs-Erika

  5. Graduation is great news -- my best to the graduate.

    your squirrel picture is neat.

    best... mae at

  6. Congrats to your daughter, and I love your poster too. That squirrel is lovely, we have such a problem with grey squirrels taking over here too. Loving the bottle also, Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

  7. Congratulations on this rite of passage :) No wonder you picked that bottle. What a great shape! Happy T Tuesday

  8. You have every right to be super proud of your gorgoeus daughter, congratulations! And I LOVE that bottle. I don't like what's in it, but that flask is just fantastic. Have a great weeke, take care, and great to see you around again! Hugs, Valerie

  9. And I LOVE that fabulous squirrel! Hugs!

  10. Congrats to your lovely daughter! A gorgeous bouquet, and I love all your art. That squirrel page is fantastic! Happy T day!

  11. Congrats to you and Allie on her graduation!! She's looks just lovely and oh so happy!! LOVE that bottle too!!! i'm a sucker for a pretty bottle and a pretty label on a wine bottle... I know how to get the label off real easy now to use in future projects! Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  12. Allie is beautiful! your bottle and all your projects are beautiful too. I love the red squirrel with his fluffy tail and almond shaped eye ~ Enjoy your week!

  13. Huge congrats to your daughter and a big milestone indeed! Really love the way you've commemorated the event too! The squirrel is really amazing! Thanks for sharing friend!

  14. Congratulations to your daughter. I love that bottle. It would be one I would bead. Love your art too. Have a great day.

  15. Your daughter's pictures are beautiful! Yes, I can tell you are a proud parent!
    That squirrel is fabulous! You did an amazing job.
    And what a great find with that bottle and surprisingly at a gas station. Beautiful shape.
    Happy Tea Day,

  16. Nancy, she is gorgeous! Congratulations to the mother of the graduate. I love the bouquet you made her and especially love your squirrel. I want to try that! Happy T Day, late. I was at our daughter's seeing our grandson graduate from college. :)


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