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  • blueribbonfair 1:40 pm on July 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: canal cities, International Bellhop Travel, ,   

    The World's Most Beautiful Canal Cities- A photo blog and list discovered as I weekend wandered among Blogs. 


    I know I fit in a one of a kind mold, but when I saw these travel images of canal cities- (Venice is not here This I am glad of.)- I actually had tears because I wanted to go there. So beautiful, I really love the one in the Netherlands.

    Originally posted on International Bellhop Travel Magazine:

    Most Beautiful Canal Cities of the World

    In ancient times, the most efficient roadways through cities were made of canals that would allow easy transport of goods between shops, homes, and shipping centers. While these were long-ago the most efficient mode of transport through cities, it also became quickly adored by residents for the beauty and uniqueness that they add to the overall feel of the cities they serve. While the canals are not as necessary for travel today as they once were, the canals still offer beauty and character to the cities that they grace. Of all of the Canal Cities of the World, here are our favorites:

    Suzhou China Canal City

    Suzhou, China

    Check Out Our Best Suzhou, China Photo Gallery HERE >>

    Bruges Belgium Canal City

    Bruges, Belgium

    Best Bruges, Belgium Photo Gallery Coming Soon!

    Stockholm Sweden Canal City

    Stockholm, Sweden

    Best Stockholm, Sweden Photo Gallery Coming Soon!

    Annecy France Canal City

    Annecy, France

    Best Annecy, France Photo Gallery Coming Soon!

    El Gouna Egypt Canal City

    El Gouna, Egypt

    Check Out Our Best El Gouna…

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  • blueribbonfair 10:43 pm on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: glitter crafts, glitter fun, glitter gifts, glitter storage, glitter tutorials, mason jar crafts, sparkly slime   

    All that Glitters….Great glitter Projects 

    While looking over craft projects on Pinterest I found some beautiful glitter ideas. These beautiful ideas and finished projects really caught my eye because I have just put my craft room together and had thought I really needed to use up some of my glitter. I know that glitter is more of a winter medium, but I do not want to wait for short days to try some of these.


    Fancy Rings @

    Fancy Rings @


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    Play dough made with koolaid and glitter. (Photo takes you to link.)




    SeaShells-Of course they are perfect because the finished idea is via Martha, but simple enough I thin k even kids can turn out a master piece:

    Sea Shells-Of course they are perfect because the finished idea is via Martha, but simple enough so that I think even kids can turn out a master piece:


    Storing glitter in a pretty manner for easy usage.

    Storing glitter in a pretty manner for easy usage.

    I will try to post how my glitter is stored soon on here. ( I would love to do as shown, but I do not have the shakers to do it with for now.)


    Glitter on glass can be done in so many ways and using mason jars as seen here or using small tea light glasses using this method: The red mason jar is so lovely I think.

    Glitter on glass can be done in so many ways and using mason jars as seen here or using small tea light glasses ,etc. using this method:
    The red mason jar is so lovely I think.


    On cards. Remember this type stuff as a kid?

    On cards. Remember this type of stuff as a kid?


    Speaking of the kiddos; What kid can resist? 



    • vothikhanhhoa 4:15 am on July 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I do love glittering things, they’re dreamy and very girlish. I have many colors of glittering nail polishs, so many that I do not have time to use all of them :(

      • blueribbonfair 4:45 am on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I know what you are saying with the nail polish. I almost posted one section telling how to make glitter nail polish. I left off without it since my mind had had enough doing my blog.

  • blueribbonfair 8:14 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , fungus on trees, , spring wildflowers, walking sticks photography, wildflower photography, wood photography   

    Weekly Fun Foto Challenge on Wood and Spring for Cee’s Fun Foto 



    Secret Garden Wildflowers in front of old wooden tree as a back drop.

    Secret Garden Wildflowers in front of old wooden tree as a back drop.



    Why take a picture of a stick anyone sees any day on their lawn? But look at the next photo and you will totally get it.

    Why take a picture of a stick anyone sees any day on their lawn? But look at the next photo and you will totally get it.



    It's a pretty big walking stick! (I happened to have on gloves from working with my chickens to protect my skin from allergies.)

    It’s a pretty big walking stick! (I happened to have on gloves from working with my chickens to protect my skin from allergies.)



    "Speaking of chickens": Chocolate her thinks he's a big shot up high on the wood pile.

    “Speaking of chickens”: Chocolate her thinks he’s a big shot up high on the wood pile.



    Cool est fungi ever discovered in my yard. Gel like and growing out of an indent in the wood holding it like a little vase.

    Cool est fungi ever discovered in my yard. Gel like and growing out of an indent in the wood holding it like a little vase.






  • blueribbonfair 9:52 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Chocolate dipped watermelon with salt #sogood #summer 


    Watermelon and chocolate. I really want to try this. I will have to get some watermelon this weekend. It just seemed to hit me as a craving just now after reading and seeing it.

    Originally posted on Taylor Rae Luster- Flights of Fancy:

    This was a great idea I found on pinterest. It is super yummy and healthy to boot!


    Chocolate watermelon with salt!

    You will need :
    Unsweetened bakers chocolate (or chocolate chips so long as they are Unsweetened – the watermelon is sweet enough)
    Lots of plates /napkins!

    First cut your watermelon if it is not already cut.


    Then start melting your chocolate squares in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Stir often. Do this until completely melted.


    Pour some salt onto a plate for easier pinching. I liked sea salt but others have said that regular salt was less salty so it’s up to you.


    Once done, take a spoon and drizzle the chocolate over a slice of watermelon. Then pinch a bit of salt and sprinkle over the top. The sweeter the watermelon, the more salt you should use.

    And enjoy!
    Keep in mind that while this…

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  • blueribbonfair 7:53 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: found in a dump, good old days, items to make over, relics, rusted beauty,   

    Relics I plan to Upcycle and Renew- 4 a Friday Foto 





    Rusty refuse from bygone days; Relics of a melancholy moment for me to use for the Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge.

    Relics of the past.

    Relics of the past.

  • blueribbonfair 3:00 pm on June 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , easy paper hyanciths, , , paper flower tutorial, paper flowers, paper hyacinth tutorial, paper hyacinths   

    IMG_20140411_2346551-290x290HANDMADE HYACINTH. This is on my docket this week;  I just moved into a cute 1 bedroom apartment I was waiting 4 months to open up. Needless to say, I need something fresh, bright and new for my lovely windowsill. It is always an excuse to make something handcrafted myself also.

    My weekend wanderings are taking me to visiting “fresh pressed blogs” I discovered on my own, it being too hot now to venture forth outside.

    I am thinking there are also other flower tutorials on this site. Enjoy these on the first actual days of summer.

     See link for directions.





















  • blueribbonfair 8:14 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cant find kindle, feeling lost, kindle, lost kindle   

    My kindle has been missing for over a week. I am somewhat lost without it!

    • SalvaVenia 8:31 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Why not try a book? That is, a REAL book, made from paper, printed, and all the rest of it … :D :D :D

    • blueribbonfair 8:54 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Aw, I do those too. It is just so much easier to go places with my kindle. Also I have several book on there for book clubs and the summer challenge on there which is up to 100 books. Only so much room on my shelves. I will never be without books. It is also easier to read with the kindle on my long walks since books are more cumbersome.

    • NikeChillemi 9:59 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      When I lost my first Kindle, I was lost. Looked high and low and had to get another.

      • blueribbonfair 10:05 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        A boy found mine where my husband works. It had been out in the pouring rain and weather for quite awhile. I figured it would not work. It charged and will work any where but left on scroll so I cannot get it off being set to my collections. I am going to work with it when I have a chance to fix it. I also was about ready to use my gift cards for another. Hate to lose something like that.

        • NikeChillemi 12:49 am on July 12, 2014 Permalink

          Glad you found yours. Hope you can get it to work again.

  • blueribbonfair 8:11 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baby shower gift diy ideas, , , , , decorate a shelf, , gifts, gifts home made, make your own gifts, , wood projects   

    Lots of Edges 

    I looked in my lovely portfolio for  Cees-fun-foto-challenge-things-with-edges and found a cute little craft I made for a baby shower :



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    Someday I will cutout background noise before I use a photo. But hey you kind of visited my place!

  • blueribbonfair 9:13 pm on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: daily lists, distractions, distractions from work, do you like to make lists, Francine funny, Francine on list making, grocery lists, , knowledge lists, list making, list of, lists, lists verse, love of lists, never ending list, sites that make lists, to do lists   

    Love for Lists. Tuesday Thinking of….. 

    I love lists. It is so hard for me to keep from reading one of almost any subject if I see one on the internet and “working” Oh the perils of managing your own time and accountability only to yourself!

    I also write lists every day. I have actually tried to force myself to not write that “to do” list once and awhile and just relax and “go with the flow” on some days, but it never works. I just want to sleep and am pulling my hair out. I find myself making a list and my left hand just can’t stop my right from doing it. My daily lists usually have anywhere from 15 to 100 things I want to do daily. there is my list of things I try to do daily at the top such as exercise, a load of laundry, work emails, (Yes, even when it is supposed to be my day off; Such is the life of selling stuff on line!) I sweep through the house and pickup all over room by room as fast as I can do it. It is not a perfect sweep by any means and I do try to do it at night before bed also. On work days and some other nights this does not pan out well. I am too tired or just do not want to stop working on building my businesses.

    Anyway, here are few sites that fulfill my list cravings: Many helpful lists when you need something. Not just fun lists to read. This is my favorite site for lists. thgis is the never ending list spot. They go on and on. Start with a list, then find another one on the page you went to and spend days there> Reminds me of the guy that died playing video games because he went without stop for about a week. (Yes I did read this fact on a list site. lol)

    Put lists on your search engine and see what you find.

    So do you make to do lists, grocery lists, fun lists, vacation lists or such and are like me lost without one. Do you like lists or hate them like some people I know? Perhaps you read lists, but do not like to write them. What is your take on lists of any kind-you find?

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    My internet is acting up and somehow I got an extra photo on there for DIY I did with coasters. At one time they were on a list of craft ‘to do’s’, so am leaving them here.

  • blueribbonfair 10:04 pm on June 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: book challenges, book groups, , , Good Reads groups, join reading challenges, Libraries, reading challenges, reading is fun, reading tasks, summer reading, Summer Reading book Challenges   

    Excited about Reading Challenge on Good Reads


    If you are on Good Reads or in any book club anywhere, you may participate in boo challenges.

    About a 1/2 month back I joined :

    The Seasonal Reading Challenge group. It is fun it seems, but really a lot of work; I spent over 6 hours preparing for the summer challenge which began yesterday. (Now you know where I was as I did not show up on WP. lol) The challenges run 4 times a year and as you probably guessed with each season.  RAH, RAH. the spring one was closing up when I took the plunge into the group so I was waiting for summer to hit.

    There are a lot of tasks to do. This is what took me so long. I just want to get to doing them and reading so I laid the ground work of picking books for tasks. Some books on my Kindle and some on my shelf I have not read yet, were added. Books I have to read for June in other groups that I could make fit into a task were written down. I also checked books that fit for specific tasks(after much time searching) to see if I could get them at the library. I may end up buying a couple, but 2 out of 40 is not bad. 

    This is going to be some work. I am truly exhilarated by it though.  I really have not set my sights on doing every job listed which may reach beyond 100 books in 3 months time, but I am giving it my best shot, reading (my favorite thing in the world) and doing something to make me reach  higher. You do win or earn things for completing the whole page, but I will earn the satisfaction or a race well done. Here is the list of tasks for those with ‘courage’ to check it out:


    One section of the tasks (copied and pasted.):


    15.1 – Moms and Dads
    Help Thread
    Read two books:
    Book A, by a female author, must be written during your mother’s lifetime, but not your own. Ex. – my mother was born in 1933 and I was born in 1953, so I would read a book by a female author first published in 1933-1952.
    Book B, a book written by a male author, during your father’s lifetime, but not your own.

    You need not state the exact years if you don’t want to, but you must state in your post that the book was first published during your mother’s/father’s lifetime and before you were born.

    This is one I am doing. 

    If you have read thus far, you see a link for a help thread. Each thread has help. (I feel sorry for those moderating; they must not have 3 retail internet businesses like me. lol) Especially if new, you need to get books you have picked okay-ed by a moderator and when you are finished with a task, post it as completed exactly as the task rule given.


    “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” 
    ― Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel


    Good Reads Link at top.



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