First things first.
My sincere apologies with being so tardy with
the giveaway from my week of GIU.
Many of you know that I was away for a few
days celebrating my birthday
(more on that next)
and last week just flew by with a multitude
of creative deadlines & life as I know it.
Thank you to all who visited during GIU
and I hope you will continue to peek
inside The Open Window.
Without further delay
congratulations to my birthday twin
Cathy...get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
because you have a choice between 4 different sets from Unity!
Now on a loooong personal note....
I thought I would share a little of my birthday shopping
with you. Some of these things you have already
seen in action as I have 'broken them open'
and played...and posted...and played some more!
This is the front of the fab Hilton Garden Inn.
The trees are already turning up in Central Wisconsin
which is always a bonus having a birthday in September.
I hinted on Facebook often about just how close
I was to Archivers...and here is the proof...
Just to the left, you see the back courtyard of our hotel
and what's that I see just a few steps away?
So yes, I was very fortunate to spend most of my
Sunday in the workroom, playing and shopping.
Paul watched football, then came down to see
what I was up to, treated me to coffee at Starbucks
(also next door...I know!).
Here's where I share a funny side story....
Paul noticed that our keycard was not locking the
door properly in our room while I was away.
Can you see it coming?
I decided to take a break to go get my camera,
got to the room to find it completely empty.
Everything was gone.
A trip to the front desk proved that they indeed
had moved us, and apparently I kept passing
Paul in the elevator. By the time I found him,
he was in Archivers looking for me.
By the way...we were upgraded for the inconvenience
to a beautiful 4 room sweet with a whirlpool bath.
So our second night there was quite a lovely surprise.
There was a nice little make 'n take that day...
It was Tim Holtz weekend there and with a
$30 purchase, you got an Archivers tote
designed by Tim.
Oh! Speaking of surprises....
When we arrived at the hotel on Saturday afternoon,
the hotel clerk informed me that there was a
gift card waiting for me over at Archivers from Sarah.
My dear bestie from England made 2 phone calls
to get it arranged...Bless her heart!
She only knew the details because I had
shared them here with you.
It made me a little 'teary' to know that I have a
friend who would think to do all that to
make it happen....so what did I get?
Here's the tour.....
Sarah wanted to make sure that I got that Tim Holtz bag!
I also received two wonderful packages by mail from
me this fabulous Martha punch and Sav sent the rest...
All were such lovely surprises!
I have the best husband!
I used to own my own store and spent 12-14 hours a day
there, he thought I would never want to spend time
the way I did that day. When that was my request,
he made it happen and even 'indulged' me.
Two more little photos....
This is my favorite thoroughfare through Madison.
We go up there once or twice a month.
We spend so much time on this road getting to our
favorite places. I love how the changes in color
make this a lovely drive.
And finally.....my family treating me to Red Robin...yum!
From top L: my son Alex (22), Alex jr (2) & his mom Jayme
CJ (7), Mallory (CJ & Caleb's mom) (26), Caleb (5),
myself and Paul.
(I love little Caleb peeking over his mom's shoulder)
Thanks so much for spending some major time with me!
I appreciated all of the birthday wishes that came my way.
It made turning 50 that much sweeter...