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The Stampin’ Up! Retirement List for 2017 Is Here!

Retiring Stampin' Up! Products Banner 2017

It’s certainly sad to see some of these Stampin’ Up! products being retired, but it is fun to shop the retirement sale and to look forward to new products coming June 1st in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!

Click HERE for the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List and Sale!

Click HERE to go shopping at the Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Remember, products are available “while supplies last”! However, since the stamp sets are manufactured by Stampin’ Up!, they will continue to manufacture all retiring stamps until May 22 and then they will be available “while supplies last”.

Be careful that you are not choosing one of the foreign language stamps unless that is what you want! With so many things to choose from, sometimes we choose the wrong number item!

More information later!  Just go enjoy the list and the shopping!

If you were a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you could be getting a peek at the new catalog online right now! Just buy the Starter Kit for $99 and choose $125 worth of product and you’ll be a Demo in minutes online!

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A lot of exciting things are coming up and you won’t want to miss anything! Hard as it may be to believe, it will soon be time for the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  And before that comes the Retirement List, which you don’t want to miss. Stampin’ Up! will be holding their OnStage event and news of new products will be coming out!  Neither will you want to miss the last two months of the Occasions Catalog!

If you are here reading my blog, I invite you to sign up for my mailing list and try out my monthly email newsletter. No risk, no obligation, you can unsubscribe any time. But you might want to stick around for my “12 Weeks of Christmas” emails I send out once a week with a holiday project you can make! It’s my gift to my subscribers.

Sign up for my Mailing List now and get a FREE GIFT right away. You’ll get a free sampling of ideas for gift wrapping using our stamping and papercrafting techniques. Use the ideas for inspiration and then come up with your own gift wrap design with current paper, ink and stamps and accessories!

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For The Birds Mailbox Thinking of You Card

 

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How are you going to keep up with all the latest Stampin’ Up! news?  We’re about to enter an exciting time period with Stampin’ Up!  Soon the Retirement List will come out for the current annual catalog and before we know it, it will be time for the new catalog! Right now Sale-A-Bration is coming to an end soon. Will you need a reminder? Do you know about the newest Sale-A-Bration items released? What about the April Paper Pumpkin Kit?? Do you like to see stamping projects to make that aren’t available online anywhere else??

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Just sign up in the red box in the upper right side column!  It’s easy and you also get a FREE GIFT!  I send out an email to your Inbox at least once a month and update you with the latest news from Stampin’ Up! on any special offers or new products PLUS give you several different stamping and papercrafting projects with supply list and directions that you will not find online anywhere else.

One of our favorite parts is my “12 Weeks of Christmas” emails with a new project each week to help you with your holiday stamping! You will get this FREE as one of my mailing list subscribers!  It’s my gift to you!

Go ahead!  Put your first name and email in that red box so you will get my next Stamping With Karen newsletter! And you get a free gift, Creative Gift-Wrapping Ideas!

Are You Backing Up Your Photos??

Computer photos

Do you back up the photos that are on your computer or even on your phone?? Do you intend to do it just as soon as you get the laundry done, after your vacation, after dinner, after you buy an external hard drive, after you get a new computer, after you organize all your photos first??!

Yesterday I listened to a Facebook Live video (it was live the day before) by Becky Higgins, the founder of Project Life®. Stampin’ Up!, of course, has partnered with Becky and Project Life on kits using Stampin’ Up! exclusive colors to make memory-keeping easier so we “get it done”. But this isn’t about Project Life, nor even Becky Higgins.

I know we all assume our “stuff” is all safe on our computers, laptops and phones and hard drives crashing is something that happens to someone else. Well, on this video, you can hear how one of Becky’s employees, who DOES know better, had her external hard drive crash where she had thousands and thousands of photos stored. You’ll hear the very human story at the beginning of her realizing what had just happened. The good news is that as she searched the house she found a pile of old CD’s on which she had backed up photos a long time ago and previous hard drives and she took all these devices and probably retrieved most of her photos, as best she can remember, without paying a LOT of money to try to recover data on her external hard drive that crashed. The two ladies have many suggestions for how to keep your photos backed up in case anything happens, although, as they claim, they are not experts and different systems work better for other people, but at least you can get some real ideas and then do your own research.  If nothing else, maybe it will remind you that this is something in this digital world, that we need to do in exchange for the convenience of all this computer stuff! As they say, if your hard drive hasn’t crashed yet, it will! Sometime!

Watch this recorded Facebook Live Video on Becky Higgin’s Facebook Page and start thinking about your digital photos and files and what would be best for you to do to protect them!  If you aren’t on Facebook, it probably will eventually be on her YouTube channel.

Back Up Your Photos! Don’t lose them!!

Chevron Houston Marathon 2017 Runner Card

Chevron Houston Marathon 2017 Runner Card

This morning was the Chevron Houston Marathon, a very big event here in Houston, Texas, so I thought I would celebrate the day with a marathon runner card! Early this morning 27,000 runners began running through the streets of Houston, either running the half-marathon of 13 miles or the full marathon of 26 miles! It’s amazing to see the massive crowd of runners passing by, from the elite runners to the regular people who are just doing it for the experience.  There are people of all kinds – I saw a few little kids running with their mom, men older than my husband (who was running the half-marathon), super-skinny people, not-so-skinny people, lots of dogs out with their owners watching from the sidelines, families watching for their loved ones, lots of people with cowbells or in costume, music, whistles, boxes of tissues, anything they could think of to inspire the runners and entertain them to take their minds off the difficult task of the run. Runners come from all over the world and from right here in Houston. It’s amazing!  Only to watch, of course, for me!

To commemorate the Houston Marathon, I put together this card with Stampin’ Up! punches and paper, just making it up as I went!

Congratulations to all the runners, the people who put on the marathon, and ALL the Houston Police (HPD) and other security people I saw EVERYWHERE keeping the streets closed off, keeping the runners and observers safe. It really is a tremendous undertaking!

If you would like to make cards or scrapbook pages to commemorate the special events in your life, and just for fun, please consider Stampin’ Up! products!  Everything you need for papercrafting and stamping!

VISIT STAMPIN’ UP! HERE!

Did You See Sara Douglass on the Today Show?!

Sara Douglass on Today

Image Stampin’ Up! 2016

Did you see Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin’ Up! on the Today Show yesterday??  She was there to donate $2.5 million dollars in Stampin’ Up! papercrafting products to the annual Today Show 2016 Toy Drive.  In fact, the donation was so generous that the Today Show electronic screen didn’t even go above $2 million!

On display was the Tin of Tags Project Kit, and Sara mentioned part of the donation would be kits, that make it easy for anyone to create!

To read more about Sara’s appearance on the Today Show, check out the Stampin’ Up! Blog HERE!  We’re all so proud to be associated with Stampin’ Up! and their generosity!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE!

See Stampin’ Up! Cardstock Being Cut and Packaged!

Stampin' Up! Cardstock Cutting and Packaging

I LOVE seeing behind the scenes for just about anything! Yesterday Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin’ Up!, was in Kanab, Utah at the Stampin’ Up! manufacturing facility and did a Facebook Live video showing how our beautiful cardstock is cut and packaged. I love finding out things like this! The top Demonstrators who always got to go on a special retreat always got a side trip to Kanab to tour this facility and meet the employees, but for the rest of us, this is mostly our first glimpse.

You will see the giant sheets that our cardstock starts out being and how it is cut with an amazing cutter that slices right through the stack and then how it is packaged before it is shipped out to us!  Sara says she will do more videos for us! Kanab is also where they make our stamps!  That would be interesting to see!

Click on the photo above or HERE which just takes you to Sara’s Facebook business page. Then depending on when you see this, you will have to scroll down or find the video in her feed. I don’t think there is a way to link directly. Perhaps it will be on YouTube at some point if you are unable to view it on Facebook. I also shared it on my Facebook page, Stamping with Karen.

I hope you enjoy the video. And if you need any of that cardstock, you can order it from Stampin’ Up! Online HERE!

Paper Pumpkin at the Pinners Conference in Arlington Texas!

Paper Pumpkin Pinners Conference Booth

Image (c) Stampin’ Up! 2016

Paper Pumpkin is at the Pinners Conference today in Arlington, Texas!  I see Carrie Cudney in the black Stampin’ Up! apron from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office manning the booth! Use the code “Stampin'” to get a discount on your tickets.

Paper Pumpkin is the papercrafting kit that comes to you once a month in your mailbox!  So fun to get that red box and find out what is inside! Each month is a surprise project, but what is NOT a surprise is that each kit contains an exclusive stamp set, ink and all the supplies, cut and ready to go, for you to sit down and enjoy making the project!  Of course you get directions for the project but you can also watch a video in addition from Stampin’ Up!  Follow the directions or do your own thing with the supplies! Often there are extra pieces leftover.

Stampin’ Up! has a special offer going for Paper Pumpkin right now! Subscribe today and purchase the September Kit for $19.95 + tax (shipping is included!) and get the October Paper Pumpkin Kit FREE!  Use Promo Code BOGO.

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN HERE!

If you miss the deadline today for the September Kit, you can still subscribe between September 11 – October 10 to purchase the October Kit and get the November Kit!  Use Promo code BOGO.

State Tax Free Holidays

Tax Holiday 2016

Click Chart!

This weekend, starting today is a State Sales Tax Holiday in Texas and several other states (AL, AR, FL, LA, MO, NM, OH, SC, and VA). While most people will be shopping for school clothes and supplies during the Tax Holiday, we stampers can also shop at Stampin’ Up! for certain items! Please click the chart above to see a readable version and check your state.

Here are the products available in Texas (and most of the states) during the Tax Free Weekend August 5-7!  Check the chart above to see exactly what is available in your state!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE this weekend!

Don’t forget the new Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies!

Buy them in a Bundle and save 10% or buy them separately!  Use your Bonus Coupons from July!

The New Stampin’ Up! 2016-17 Catalog Is Here!!

New Stampin' Up! Catalog 2016-17

It’s here! The new Stampin’ Up! 2016-17 Catalog is here with new In Colors, new stamps, new accessories, new Project Life products for memory-keeping, new designer paper, and MORE!

View the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog Online HERE!

SHOP the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog Online HERE!

Contact me if you need a new Stampin’ Up! Catalog to hold in your hands or to put in an order for you!  Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.

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During the month of June, if you host a workshop, gather orders together from some of your friends, or put in your own BIG order of $350 or more, you will earn an EXTRA $35 in Hostess Stampin’ Rewards!

Stampin' Rewards Extra June 2016

Let me know if you have any questions about the new catalog or ordering! Be sure to flip through the catalog online today if you don’t have your own copy!  It’s worth a view for sure!!

Check out the NEW STAMPIN’ UP! CATALOG TODAY!

 

Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions Catalog Begin Today!

Stampin' Up! Occasions Spring 2016 Catalog

Sale-A-Bration 2016 Catalog

Today is the day!  The Stampin’ Up! Spring Occasions Catalog 2016 has gone live as well as the biggest Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year, Sale-A-Bration!  Be sure to check out these online catalogs today!  If you would like hard copies and do not have a Demonstrator, I would be happy to mail some to you.  Just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.

Sale-A-Bration has long been a very special promotion from Stampin’ Up! And boy, has it grown in the years I have been a Demonstrator! During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 you spend on catalog product (from ANY of the current catalogs, my Online Store, or Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals), you get to choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Brochure! And who doesn’t love free??!!

To clear up some confusion:  You do not have to purchase any specific products listed in the SAB Brochure in order to get a certain free product. Where it lists current product, those are just suggestions for the sample project. Just spend $50 with Stampin’ Up! and choose anything marked FREE in the SAB Catalog.

This year there are some products only available until February 15 and then there will be some new products coming February 16th!  Just to keep things fresh and exciting! I’ll remind you so you don’t miss out!

Have a workshop with your friends or place your own big order of $250 or more and receive an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards!!

JOIN STAMPIN’ UP! DURING SALE-A-BRATION!

Want to join the Stampin’ Up! family? Purchase the Starter Kit for only $99 and choose $125 worth of products. But there’s more!! During Sale-A-Bration choose an EXTRA $30 in product! That’s $155 in Stampin’ Up! products for only $99! Email me if I can answer any questions for you or CLICK HERE for more information!

OK, enough reading, go look at the catalogs and go shopping!  Have fun!!

Shop Stampin’ Up! for new products in the Occasions Catalog and then choose your FREE Sale-A-Bration items for EVERY $50 you spend!  No limits!

Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Retiring Products

Holiday Catalog Retiring Products

As we approach the end of the year, Stampin’ Up! is getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from the Holiday Catalog; but before they do, they’re giving everyone an opportunity to order their favorites. Find the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Retiring List HERE.  Retiring products will only be available until January 4th.

  • Retiring products are only available while supplies last. The lists of retiring products will be updated every business day. Check with me if you want to find out about any certain product.
  • Remaining inventory for retiring products may appear later on the Clearance Rack.
  •  Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we’ll keep producing retiring stamps until December 28 (not accessories-accessories are only while supplies last).

This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has released a retiring list from a seasonal catalog. Take advantage of the list to make sure you get the products you want from the Holiday Catalog instead of guessing or waiting until the next Annual Catalog to find out!

Holiday Catalog Retiring List HERE

Order Stampin’ Up! Products Online HERE

Join my Stamping With Karen Mailing List and Get a Gift for the Holidays

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It’s almost time! The holidays are getting closer, and my valued mailing list subscribers will be getting a special gift soon!

If you are receiving my newsletters already, you don’t have to do anything.  You are ON my list already! And to show my appreciation, I will be sending you something fun very soon!

If you are NOT on my Stamping With Karen mailing list, you probably better sign up! If you are reading this on my blog, then perhaps you have found something interesting on my blog. Why not join my list of subscribers and get a monthly newsletter filled with projects and Stampin’ Up! news and latest offers?  As a bonus, you get a FREE GIFT for signing up. And as an extra bonus for the holidays, you will be getting something else, too!

Stay tuned and find out! But first you MUST sign up in the red box in the upper right of my blog or the fun pop-up box on your screen! All I need is your first name and your email address. You can always unsubscribe if you are not pleased. I send out a newsletter at the beginning of the month and a short one mid-month with any updates and usually an extra project idea for fun. And something my customers and mailing list subscribers tell me they enjoy once a year is coming soon and you will receive it too IF you are on my list! Don’t miss out!

When you do sign up, you will receive a “Confirmation Email‘ almost immediately to be clear that you do want to receive the newsletter.  This is a customary thing with email to protect you. PLEASE be sure to check your email and spam folder to find this Confirmation Email and CLICK the link inside to confirm.  Only then will you be added and receive your free gift from me!

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I hope I see your name magically appear on my list so that you will be set to receive my special gift!  Be sure to tell your friends, too!

Sign Up For My Mailing List! Get a Free Gift!

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Have you signed up for my Stamping With Karen Mailing List yet? If you like visiting my blog or if this is your first time here, please join us by signing up in the Mailing List Sign Up Box! You won’t get tons of emails from me!  But you will receive a main monthly email newsletter around the beginning of each month with the latest Stampin’ Up! news and any special offers, plus several tutorials for cards and other projects.  I also usually send out a mid-month email to update everyone on any new offers or to remind you of ongoing ones. Even though I try to keep it very short, I often include another project or two. So that is two emails a month. On some rare occasions, I may send out a special one if there is a big announcement or offer I want you to know about right away!

If you like getting new ideas for stamping, then this is for you! These projects are exclusive to my newsletter – you won’t find them anywhere else. As a special gift for signing up, you will receive a PDF called “A  Dozen Creative Gift Wrap Ideas”. Who doesn’t need some quick and easy way to wrap a gift at the last minute?! This might save you a trip to the store for gift wrap!

Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email very shortly, which you do need to open and click the link inside to confirm that you do indeed mean to subscribe.  Yes, this is an extra step and many people don’t take it, but it helps to keep everyone compliant with email and helps keep you from receiving emails you really didn’t want.  When you click that confirmation link in the email, it means you really did sign yourself up for this mailing list. And after that, you will get another email with a link to your FREE GIFT!

And one of the best parts of being on my mailing list is something that will be coming up soon! This may be hard to believe, but we are inching ever closer to Christmas, even as we are suffocating in the August heat!  Something very popular with my subscribers is my “12 Weeks of Christmas” newsletter. Each week leading up to Christmas, I send out a special email with an exclusive project in it.  We start with cards, move on to gift ideas, and end up with tags and bags! This makes it handy for my subscribers to get ideas or just be inspired to create something of their own. Get some cards made, make a few simple gifts, and then be ready with some wrap ideas and cute tags for gifts! It’s all fun! Only my subscribers receive these newsletters each week leading up to the holidays so make sure YOU are signed up! And tell your friends!

No obligation, of course!  As with any email, just unsubscribe it if it is not for you.

You can also “Be a Fan” on my Stamping With Karen Facebook page HERE and follow me on Instagram @stampingwithkaren.

Keep on top of all things Stampin’ Up! and learn ways to use those great products in your papercrafting!  Sign up in the Mailing List sign up box in the upper right corner of my blog or in the pop-up box if you are lucky enough to get one! 🙂

Don’t Miss Out on My Newsletters!

For the Birds Mailbox

Are you on my Mailing List? If not, you missed out on getting all the news that we know so far about the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List, links to click to get your own list to print, info about My Digital Studio and why you might want it, the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, and more!

My monthly newsletter has all the latest Stampin’ Up! news and any deals, plus several projects with complete instructions and maybe some stamping or papercrafting tips and techniques. You won’t see these projects on my blog or Facebook page, they are just for my subscribers.

Occasionally I send out an extra newsletter, such as this last one about the Retirement List, but usually I only send one at the beginning of the month and one mid-month. I know people get lots of emails. But sometimes I want to be sure my subscribers have the latest important Stampin’ Up! information!

When you subscribe to my newsletter by filling in the red Sign Up box, you will also receive my free gift, “A Dozen Creative Gift Wrap Ideas”. You can use these ideas with whatever card stock, paper, ink and accessories are current and put your own twist on them if you like!

After you subscribe, you will receive an email asking you to CONFIRM your subscription.  You MUST open this email and click the link inside to officially be on my list. This is just “safe” email practice you’ve probably seen with other companies to guard against spam and other nasty stuff. So be SURE you watch for that confirmation email (usually within a few minutes) and after you click on that you will receive your FREE GIFT. Let me know if you don’t receive this confirmation email or have any trouble with the process.  It’s surprising how many people sign up but don’t complete the process and I can’t contact them and remind them to do so!

Don’t just be a lurker!  Join us by signing up for my Mailing List today!

I’m Back! Happy Spring!

Death Valley National Park Spring WildflowersToday is the first day of spring! We came back from our trip to Death Valley, California yesterday and even here in Houston, where things are green year round, we could see the trees leafing out in that bright green and our azaleas are bursting into bloom! We were excited to see some spring wildflowers in Death Valley on our vacation there this past week. Lots of these little yellow flowers in certain areas, but when you get up close you see they are pretty spread out.

Death Valley National Park Wildflowers

Death Valley National Park Wildflowers

Death Valley National Park Wildflowers

We had never been to Death Valley before and although I resisted going with every fiber of my being, it turned out to be a spectacular place to visit (as long as I could go back to the car when I got too hot or tired from hiking with my husband and kids!!). I didn’t know what to expect (except lots of hiking!) but as all national parks have done, it delivered more than we could have imagined. I certainly wouldn’t want to be there if it was any hotter, but these temperatures were doable and comfortable enough in the mornings and evenings. The hotel we stayed at was very nice and convenient, the food not so great and very expensive, and we kept our water bottles and  the gas tank filled up so we wouldn’t have to worry.

At times we were BELOW sea level and at times 6000 ft above. The views and expanse were amazing, just amazing!!! The silence in many spots was golden. The mountains were rock, not covered by trees like you usually see, so the landscape was quite different. At times it looked like piles of dirt and rock like you see where mining has gone on or where construction is going on. But then you could see the beauty in all the different kinds of rock and their colors and the way they were laid down or uplifted. And it doesn’t hurt that I’m married to a man who knows all this stuff and which way water runs and how these mountains and landscapes were formed. We even visited a volcano that went off as recently as 300 years ago! The wind was so fierce I was afraid we would all blow in over the edge, but of course my family walked around the rim while I waited in the car! Some parts of the park looked like a moonscape. We also stopped to see some very tall sand dunes. There were people laying out in their swimsuits on the sand as if it were a beach – but there was no water anywhere around!

Death Valley

If you haven’t visited some of the national parks, you are really missing something. I find them to be almost a spiritual experience to see these amazing creations on our earth and to witness the forces of nature going on under our own feet or in front of our eyes, invisible but taking place over eons of time to form these magnificent landscapes that we can enjoy.

Even while I was away, I didn’t forget that Sale-A-Bration was going on! It only lasts until March 31 so don’t delay or you might forget and miss out on your free product with every $50 purchase!

Shop HERE for the best in stamping and papercrafting supplies AND to earn your FREE Sale-A-Bration gift!

Realize the Importance of What We Do In Our Personal Communications


At the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference this year, the keynote speaker was Jason F. Wright., an author and speaker. He spoke to the demonstrators about our Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart and how we make a difference with our handmade cards, handwritten letters and personal communication. This is something I feel very strongly about, that I worry our society is losing, because when I find a box of old letters, written in ink on paper, hand-addressed envelopes, I recognize and feel the person who wrote it. This is true with traditional scrapbooking, too.  When I hear someone say they don’t like to do the journaling because their handwriting is terrible, I think they are selfishly keeping something of themselves from the people ultimately looking at that scrapbook. Nothing typed or emailed can compare to the handwritten note or letter! I’m just as guilty, being in too much a rush to sit down and write a real letter. Think about how you used to feel when you went to the mailbox and found a letter from a friend. My mother wrote me letters almost everyday when I was away at college (everyone did think I got the most mail!).

Anyway, please take some time to sit down and watch and listen to this video of Jason Wright’s talk at Leadership. I guarantee you he is very funny and also very emotional describing some letters in his life.  Have a box of tissue handy! You’ll enjoy his stamping experiences also! And it will make you realize how important that paper and ink you are working with just might be to someone who receives your card or letter.

Hope you enjoy! Then go write a letter or send a card to someone! If you have a story about a special letter or card, please leave a comment. Here is the link to view the video if you need it:   https://youtu.be/iURdgEYuoso

“To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…in this we make a difference!”

Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart

River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail

Azalea Trail FlowersIf you live in the Houston area and the rain doesn’t get too bad today, you should consider a trip to the River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail today. This is one thing my husband and I have done every single year (except one) that we have lived here and we always enjoy it. We like to focus on the houses, because you often get to walk through the main floor in order to get to the garden out back. Sometimes you only get to see the yard and garden. We love to see beautiful homes, and of course the Garden Club ladies have them all spiffed up and beautiful flower (or vegetable – or ???) arrangements in every room (but unfortunately you can’t take pictures inside the houses!). I often love the smallest details the most, like the table arrangements or decorations. It’s a chance to see how the other half lives, as they say! Some of us can only dream!

Azalea Trail Home & Garden

This is the BACK of a house. How would you like this to be your backyard?!

Azalea Trail Fountain

Just a little fountain for the back of the yard!

Azalea Trail Garden Party Table

An outdoor table set for a lovely party.

Azalea Trail Garden Party Tulips

Close-up of the tulips on the table.

Azalea Trail Children's Table

A small children’s table set for a garden party!

Azalea Trail Table Decorations

Cute table decorations!

Azalea Trail Tulip Tree

A Tulip tree in bloom!  Spring is coming!

Azalea Trail Yellow Tulips

This is how I would like MY flowers to look!

Azalea Trail Fountain

Always my husband’s dream feature! This type of fountain reminds him of one from his childhood.

Azalea Trail Pool

Unusual pool in a newer house and grass unlike the usual in Houston WAY back in the far corner of the large yard.

Azalea Trail Home Backyard

Our house and backyard! (Just kidding!) Those plantings on the left are azaleas. About three flowers had bloomed! But oh my, when all those and the ones along the back of the yard burst into bloom, what a beautiful sight that will be! Azaleas aren’t always blooming on the Azalea Trail!

Azalea Trail Easter Table Decorations

Another fun table for an outdoor party!

Azalea Trail Easter Table Place Settings

Yes, my friends are invited over for an Easter garden party in my beautiful yard behind my beautiful mansion!

Alyssum and Purple Flowers

This house wasn’t even on the Trail but was across the street and had these beautiful flowers blooming in front! So many pretty houses!

Azalea Trail Home Overlooking Golf Course

We like to have many parties in our numerous outdoor spaces at our home overlooking a country club golf course!! I really did like all the “spaces” and levels at this home, not that there are too many days in Houston that you can sit outside and enjoy such a thing.

Azalea Trail Pool Fountain

Just a relaxing fountain in the pool!

Azalea Trail Basket of Freesia

A cute basket of white freesia (we think).

Azalea Trail Azalea Bouquet

And finally, some azaleas on the Azalea Trail (if only in a bouquet!).

If you want more information about the River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail, just click the link.