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Wine Tasting in the Lehigh Valley

Hi Everyone! I hope you all have been having a wonderful spring! The temperatures here  aren’t quite as warm as I would like them to be, but the sun is shining and the trees are turning green, so I can’t complain too much.

This past weekend, my girlfriends and I went on a wine tasting tour in the Lehigh Valley. The bus picked us up in Manhattan and drove us to the first vineyard, Vynecrest Winery, in Breinigsville, PA. There, we enjoyed cheese and wine tastings (the cheese was really yummy!) and toured their building a bit. My favorite was a sweet white wine, which is unusual for me because I tend to lean more towards dry reds.

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Once we finished at Vyncrest, we drove over to Blue Mountain Vineyards for more wine tastings and a catered lunch. Here, I really loved their white merlot. Again, this wine was on the sweeter side and I usually don’t like sweet wines. I’m wondering if there was just something funny with my taste buds that day, that all the sweet wines tasted better to me than the dry. The best part about this winery though, was the furry friend that was wandering around the tables, saying hello to all of her guests!

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Once we were sufficiently wine-happy and our growling stomachs were satisfied with pasta and bread, it was time to move to the third winery, Blair Vineyards. Here, they paired chocolate with their wines and my absolute favorite was a chocolate covered ginger paired with their Gewurztraminer. It was spicy and sweet – a delicious combination. Once the wine tasting was over, we got to spend some time outside enjoying the gorgeous spring day before we headed back to the city._DSC0605_Lovely _DSC0653 _DSC0639

Jumping for wine!

It was the perfect spring day, spent with good friends and good drinks!

Until next time…

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Hand Printed Christmas Gift Tags

Last week, my friend and I had a craft day and decided to stamp our own Christmas gift tags. As usual, we got distracted by food (Thanksgiving leftovers, yum!) and did not get nearly as much done as we thought we would. That being said, we still enjoyed ourselves and I  made one tag that I’m really happy with!

I had a bunch of card stock left over from my scrapbooking days so we cut some pieces down to 3” x 5” rectangles. We both really love the big, colorful Christmas lights, so we made three rubber stamps, each with a different size light.

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Once the stamps were made, we inked them up and started printing! Unfortunately, quite a few of my photos came out blurry, but I did get a couple good shots of my favorite tag:

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I stamped the lights in 4 different colors because I wanted them to resemble the really colorful, old Christmas lights. Once they were dry, I drew in the black strand to connect then. All that’s left to do is punch a hole in one end, add some ribbon, and write a note on the back! I think I may try this design on a card as well because I love how colorful it is!

I got distracted with my camera and all the paints on the table and then went a bit crazy editing them in Photoshop, so here are some extra shots of my printing supplies:

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Last night, I went to Michael’s to buy some tote bags, t-shirts, etc. for a screen-printing workshop I have on Sunday, but of course, left with more goodies than I originally intended! I got two packs of pre-made gift tags, two packs of cards, some glitter glue, gold and silver pens, and adhesive ribbon. I have some ideas brewing so I will be sure to share them all with you!

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Stay Curious! xo…Alane