Thursday, May 20, 2010

To Market, To Market...to get INSPIRATION!

I LOVE going to the markets....it has everything that I want to see.The market is all about food, outdoor displays, crafts...in fact, this is the reason I love spring and summer! I live near the rich farming country in Southern Ontario. Here we have Mennonite poeple (similar to the Amish in Pennsylvania) whose livelihood heavily depends on the thriving business of the farmer's market.
I went to the market to get a few locally made gifts before my trip. Here are a few snap shots.

Are you inspired by these owls and butterflies?
And how about these cute wire outdoor decorations? I was glad that I got the permission to take photos so I took as many as I could.
What about these ADORABLE mushrooms? I think they would look so welcoming in the entrance/foyer!
Don't these images remind you of the leaf prints on your cards or stamps that you have!? I am definitely inspired!
How about these TREE images..? The sun clock looks so gorgeous!
MORE butterflies here....gorgeous shine and colors!
I did get a few pottery items here... so many to choose from.
Yes, markets are all about food, folks....
....and FUN! Since I am inspired by all the fruit and vegetables at the market, here's my fruity card.
I'm brimming with excitement that I will be off to the UK to meet my Hero Arts Hostess sista -Cathy Andronicou!! I will be hugging her on your behalf (those of you from HA Flickr Group) and please keep my family's travel in your prayers. THAT volcano is worrying me... I am sure Cathy will share our meet should it take place on May 28. She will tell you how "horrible" I am in person (LOL) and that I'm not what you all think. Here's my latest "glamour shot" (don't laugh) that was taken by my daughter Stephanie a few days ago.
So if Cathy shares our photos, you should not be shocked how terribly  gracefully I have aged since my last photo. I will miss you, blog friends!! I have a few fun and "yummy" (hint, hint) posts that will get published while I'm away so don't go far!

31 comments:

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Virginia, I liked all the photos that you took when you went to the market. Lots of inspiring things for cards. You have a wonderful time in the UK. Take care and and God bless and may He keep you and your family safe during your travels. Hugs to you.

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Hello gorgeous! I love your glamour shot and the fun market inspiration!!!

Have a beautiful journey and I'm looking forward to any shares!!!

Trinh said...

Great photos & card and you look beautiful in your photo! I wish you a safe & happy trip!

Lin said...

Virginia, my sweet friend, I love your hair shorter - gorgeous pic! Really enjoyed our tour through the market - just like a little vacation! Your sweet card is wonderful, with those little hanging heart buttons! Will keep you in my prayers during your travels.....come home soon!

Dawn said...

Virginia.... I will keep you and the family in my prayers for a safe journey. Loved the market photos... and your card is adorable. Love your glamour photo. You are so pretty.

Barb said...

Virginia, it is so nice to see your beautiful face! I love that picture of you! The photos of the market are wonderful! So many fun items to look at! Love the fruity card!! So cute! Have a fabulous time in the UK! Praying for safe travels! Hugs! :)

alexandra s.m. said...

A great post Virginia! TFS!
You loook gorgeous and so fresh!
Have a wonderful time in the U.K
Safe Travels ~

BabyBokChoy said...

Market be darned, who needs to look at those photos when we can see you so gloriously decked out?? Bon voyage and thanks for leaving us with a gorgeous hairdo! I'll print your photo out and take it to my stylist this week with instructions "make me look as good as this!" xxoo!!!!

Laural-Lee said...

Virginia your posts crack me up! LOL Your glamour shot looks fabulous! And you're only as young as you feel. Thanks for all of those fabulous inspirational photos. I've got something in my mind brewing after seeing that dimensional leave print picture.

Have a splending time in the U.K.

AnitaRex said...

WOW! Virginia you look amazing! Look at you! So happy you will be meeting Cathy! That is so exciting! I will pray for your trip, I hope you have an amazing time! Love the market photos! So colorful and fun! Love your take with your card too!

Simone said...

Virginia that glamour shot is gorgeous! The photos of the market were so much fun to look at! Love all those butterflies! Love your fruity card especially how you turned the hearts into cherries! Have a great time in the UK and meeting Cathy! I'm praying for your safe travels :)

Dotty Jo said...

Wow Virginia, what amazing inspiration at the market! Love your card and your picture is lovely, you look great! Have a wonderful trip. The weather is good here in the UK right now and hopefully the volcano will behave! Jo x

Sanne said...

I think you look just beautiful Virginia. Enjoy your trip and say hi to Cathy from me :)
HUGS Sanne

Isha said...

Thanks for sharing so many inspiring ideas with us. You look so fresh before your holidays start....wonder how it would be when you are away on holiday relaxing. Have a safe flight and enjoy your trip....so to tell us all about it when you are back.

Sarah said...

Those pictures of market ARE inspiring! Thanks for sharing! Love your card and you look BEAUTIFUL, Virginia! Hope you have a wonderful time on your trip!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Oh, I love your photos of the market! I want to be there! It looks like such a fun place and definitely inspirational! Love your card and your picture is beautiful Virginia! Thanks for sharing all the pics today. I will keep you and your family in my prayers for safe travels. Enjoy your trip!

vera rhuhay said...

Wow...Virgina...Beautiful picture of you!
and those picture of market are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing,Virginia!
Have a safe flight and hope you have wonderful trip...hugs

Nancy said...

What a lovely picture of you...you are so beautiful inside and out! Thanks for sharing the wonderful market photos, what great inspiration! Your card is perfect, for some reason I'm craving strawberries now.
Have a wonderful trip, I hope you will have a great time with Cathy. I will keep you and your family in prayer as you travel and I'll be looking forward to hearing about your trip.
bless you,
nancy

CinnamonSally said...

Great photos of the market and stunning shot of you Virginia hope you enjoy your trip to the UK, have fun with Cathy and hope to see some more great photos when you get back.

donna mikasa said...

Beautiful, inspirational photos and I think your card is so yummy! Love that marketplace! And that is one gorgeous photo shot! Love your new 'do--so glamorous!

Have a safe journey and give Cathy an extra hug from all of us! Looking forward to seeing some food shots(?) Bon Voyage!!

ivy said...

love those spoon rests and all the pottery!

your pic looks great and i am partial to short hair (look at mine =)!!

have a fab time!

Vicky said...

My dear friend Virginia I wish to you and your family a happy and unforgettable vacation! You are gonna have a great time and we all wait to see beautiful you in photos from London. Safe travel!
This card is sooooooooooooo cute! I love the way you used this little heart-button stamp and the strawberry border is awesome!

Kathy Martin said...

Wow, I got to go on a little shopping excursion visiting your blog! How nice! And how lovely you are! We ALL complain about our own photos...you are no exception...you are beautiful! Love your strawberry card! It's almost dinner time and it's making me ravinous! :)

Leesa B said...

What a beautiful glamous photo of you! Loved it! Thanks for sharing and taking all those wonderful Market photos! Love the mushrooms, butterflies! So much yummy inspiration! Love your fruity card and I am inspired to make on of my own. Keeping your family in my prayers. I hope you have a wonderful trip!!!!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Have a wonderful trip! Love the photo of the butterflies in the circles.

Karen from MI said...

Hi Virginia! What a GREAT and FUN post, today! LOVED looking at the Farmer's Market.....sure seems like a NICE one, with a whole lot more to offer than FRUITS and VEGGIES! Great photos, too. I'm sure you could spend a good part of one's day, just looking at all of the crafts, not to mention food. Your card is DARLING and so appropriate for your "theme". I want you to know that I'll be thinking about you and praying for a GREAT and SAFE vacation for all of you along with BIG SMILES shared with Cathy. She is a doll and it will be as if you've known each other your whole life! Can't wait to see all of your travels when you return home, Virginia. LOVE and PRAYERS, Karen xoox

Deirdre said...

Virginia, I adore your new "glam" shot... great photo. Great photos of the markets too... don't you just love all the colour and fun things.... super, TFS.

Safe Travels - don't worry about Eyjafjallajökull, hopfully it will behave!

Agata said...

You look absolutely glamourous! And you're inspiration is fabulous! Have a great trip, enjoy London! ANd hugs to Kathy!

Tiffany said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! Me, too! I love going out into open markets and just inhaling all the goods and the color combos! It's great inspiration for what we love to do so much! Love your sweet as strawberries card! Your makeover photo is gorgeous! You will have such fun meeting up with Cathy!

Alice Wertz said...

thanks for taking me with you to the market, VIrginia!! i enjoyed this inspirational post! love seeing all the amazing craft items! LOVE your sweet card, too! so cute! and hey, you are a pretty girl! thanks for sharing the pretty photo of you!! i am sure you will have a super fun trip meeting Cathy!! enjoy and have fun!! =)

Jill said...

This post is just brimming with inspiration! I love your card and your photo is beautiful!!