Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Moment In Time

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Mackinaw Bridge

Mackinac Bridge

I have been away from my blog for a while, taking some time off to spend with my family and enjoying the beautiful summer sunshine. In fact, for the first time ever, I put my Etsy Shop in vacation mode and we took a few days off to go on a road trip. We have always wanted to visit Mackinac Island, so we packed up the car and off we went. Leaving early in the morning, gave us the opportunity to take our time and explore and enjoy the lovely back roads of Michigan on our way up north. As we approached Mackinaw City, we got our first glimpse of the Mackinac Bridge. Seeing the bridge for the first time was a jaw dropping experience. The beauty and grandeur totally took my breath away. The Mackinac Bridge is located on Interstate 75 in northern Michigan at the Straits of Mackinac. The bridge connects Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas and it is the dividing point between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Mackinaw City is located at the south end of the bridge. St. Ignace is located at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge. It is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere. The total length of the Mackinac Bridge is 26,372 feet.

Arriving In Mackinaw City at lunch time, we found a little place to get a quick bite, as we were so excited to start our big adventure. After lunch, we decided to cross the bridge and go explore St. Ignace on the upper peninsula. Here we discovered a very beautiful and picturesque little town right on the shore of Lake Huron.

St. Ignace Lighthouse

St. Ignace Lighthouse

Located right down town is a wonderful city park with a boardwalk that goes all around the lighthouse. We enjoyed strolling around the area, taking in all of the beautiful scenery. From here, we could see Mackinac Island out in the distance. Late in the afternoon, we made our way back across to Mackinaw City to locate our hotel and to have dinner.

Early the next morning, we headed over to Shepler’s Ferry to catch a ride over to Mackinac Island. It is a historical resort area, covering 3.8 square miles in land area, in Michigan. Located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Travel on the island is either by foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage. We opted to rent bicycles for the day and ride the Around The Shore Tour. Eight miles in circumference, Lake Shore Boulevard (M-185) is the only state highway where cars are banned! As we pedaled our way out from the busy dock area on Main Street, I could feel all tension began to slip away. We stopped many times along the way to enjoy the spectacular views of the shimmering multi-hued blue waters and to take advantage of the many nature hiking trails.

Arch Rock

Arch Rock

The hike up to Arch Rock was simply stunning. Arch Rock is a natural formation, which spans fifty feet at its widest point, and rises 146 feet above the water. We could see for miles and felt like we were on top of the world! It felt like time was standing still. I could feel the warmth of the sun, the slight breeze on my face and hear the gentle sounds of the water lapping the shoreline. I was totally lost in the beauty of the moment and felt like a child again.

We were sad to leave our island paradise. The next morning, as we were loading the car for the ride home, we were greeted by a gorgeous sunrise over Lake Huron. A perfect ending to a wonderful adventure.

Lake Huron Sunrise

Lake Huron Sunrise

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Stamps, Stamps and More Stamps

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Stampin' Up Baby Firsts

Stampin’ Up Baby Firsts

As a business owner, I am always looking for new opportunities to expand my offerings and take my Etsy Shop, Designs By CnC to the next level. Last month, a new opportunity happened to come my way. I met a woman that was retiring as a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. Because she was going out of business, she was having a big sale on her inventory of rubber stamps. Needless to say, I was just like a kid in a candy store, and could not pass up this chance. I bought all of her stock and came home with three large boxes of rubber stamps.

It has taken me several weeks to get everything unpacked and sorted out. I wound up with several brand new Stampin’ Up sets, and also some used sets too. In addition to the Stampin’ Up products, there are also many other styles of individual rubber stamps ranging from lighthouses to tea parties, patriotic themes and animals. Naturally, I am saving some of the stamps for my personal use. I am looking forward to creating some brand new greeting card designs with them.

Most of the stamp sets, as well as the individual rubber stamps will eventually be listed in my Etsy Shop. I have already listed quite a few, with a lot more still yet to come. Here are a few of the rubber stamps that are currently available in my shop.

Stampin' Up Best of Cluck Set

Stampin’ Up Best of Cluck Set

Lighthouse Scene

Lighthouse Scene

Tea Pot and Tea Cup Stamp

Tea Pot and Tea Cup Stamp