Throwback Thursday – unexpectedly wonderful visit to Jardines del Buen Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain

Planning and traveling with painful surgical after effects hasn’t totally discouraged me but has made me even more appreciative of new experiences. My favorite travel company Great Value Vacations posted a fabulously priced vacation package  in November 2017 to Madrid, Spain. I immediately booked it for August so that my son could celebrate his 22nd birthday in Spain.

Due to my recurring medical issue, on day three, I was stuck in my hotel room until 3pm which was fine for my son who was a bit jet lagged and napped until I could manage to leave the room.

We chose to visit the enormous public park located in Madrid. It was well worth the visit and was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel on Calle de Atocha. Thankfully, there are plenty of benches throughout the park, most of them under tall, shady, breeze inducing trees for those folks like me who have to take frequent rest breaks.

Featured in my  collage:
The Crystal Palace in Madrid
The artificial lake to the Monument to Alfonso XII
Retiro Park in Madrid

My blog post about Retiro Park in Madrid

Travel Tuesday – while medically challenged

Living with sometimes crippling medical issues like ulcerative colitis has slowed me but not yet totally stopped me from trying to live life. Eating is just one of my major hurdles so I’ve been forced to do one location trips vs cross country.  I had one very bad day while in Frankfurt, Germany so I made the most of it by staying in the hotel for an entire day eating several delicious plates of food from the buffet of everything I like, that sometimes causes flair-ups like fruit and coffee. Also, it was Easter Sunday and everything was closed so spending a few hours munching and taking pictures of my food, in the empty dining area, was a day well spent.😊

I should mention that 5 days before my trip I was on a very restricted diet because I needed to be sure I could even get on the plane which I almost missed due to a minor flare-up at the airport. So this one day of really eating a meal was a true treat indeed.

Travel Tuesday – Comic Wall Art of a Plaza in Madrid, Spain


This week’s Travel Tuesday features one snapshot from my trip to Spain. I was so excited to see this plaza is the same location where Forest Whitaker filmed “Vantage Point”. My son had no idea what movie I was referring to haha but I was thrilled to be there and looked forward to jazzing the image up a bit with a few different filter apps once we returned back to our hotel later that evening.

I selected a comic art filter as it obscures the people with the colorful tops creating an eye catching photographic wall home decor.

Please also visit my other store collection on Society6/CelesteSheffey for pillows, shower curtains and more images of Spain.

Sunday Sales Summary Smiles for October 2018 – Zazzle shops

It is still so exciting to be able to touch customers emotions who enjoy my style of travel photography and art designs. I truly appreciate you and thank you! Links to each item are listed below.

Neon Pop Bermuda 4544 Ornament
Bermuda Wave Magnet
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Beach Magnet
Photo Collage of Jamaica Greeting Card
Labadee, Haiti Square Magnet
St. Thomas Scenic Photo Collage Stickers
Iceland Summer Landscape Magnet
Black and White Striped Soap Dispenser Set
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Beach Scene Magnet
Sint Maarten – Saint Martin Photo Collage Magnet
Black, Brown and Gray Paint Splatters 2792 Bath Mat
Black, Brown and Gray Paint Splatters 2792 Bath Towel Set
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Beach Scene Square Magnet
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Beach Scene Postcard
Autumn Foliage – Boston, MA Postcard
Bold Rainbow Stripes Greeting Card
You Are Amazing! greeting card
Red, White and Green Tissue Paper
Colors of Bermuda MoJo Pillow

Contact me below if you have specific color combinations you’d like explore for home, office or school dorm spaces.

San Antonio, Texas – Throw Back Thursday Photo Collage

My cousin Sharon and I arranged my first visit to Texas right after my surgeon and I scheduled my operation for September 9, 2016. We decided on early April as we felt the weather would cooperate and not be blazing hot. Thankfully, it was fabulous, especially as I was able to fly out of Boston during an April snowstorm.

My entire family knows I am a camera head so she asked me to send her a list of must do’s and she’d come up with some activities. She did not disappoint! We had a great time finding Texas state symbols, eating delicious food, driving up and down the highway and simply acting like tourists. My joy joy included finding a store that sold a gold Texas bracelet charm for my bracelet, clapping!

This month features a few of my favorite  #tbt  San Antonio, Texas travel images.

Contact me below if you’d like help designing something for you using your personal photos. 🙂

Travel Tuesday – Walking through Jardines del Buen Retiro in Madrid, Spain

Jardins del Buen Retiro

Planning and traveling with painful surgical after effects hasn’t totally discouraged me but has made me even more appreciative of my experiences which are now only once a year versus several times a year.  My favorite travel company posted a fabulously priced vacation package last November to Madrid, Spain. I booked it for  August so that my son could celebrate his 22nd birthday on August 22nd in Spain.

Due to a medical issue, on day three, I was stuck in my hotel room until 3pm which was fine for my son who was a bit jet lagged and napped until I could manage to leave.

We chose to visit the enormous public park located in Madrid. It was well worth the visit and was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel on Calle de Atocha. Thankfully, there are plenty of benches throughout the park, most of them under tall, shady trees for those folks  like me who have to take period rest breaks.

Tip:  The photo collage was designed to show the paths are mainly made of powdery white sand.  Please be sure to wear comfortable, easy to clean, sand friendly shoes.             You can thank me later. 🙂

 

Iceland – Throw Back Thursday Photo Collage

I loved both my winter and summer trips to Iceland. I can picture myself living there for a month or so just traveling and taking photos. My goal is to finally capture a stunning photo of the Northern Lights 🙂

In the meantime, my son and I had a super great 6 day escorted vacation, last August for his 21st birthday trip. The weather was absolutely perfect. Our tour guide said our group had the best weather he’d seen in a while. Yes!

This month features #tbt gift products of summer landscape photos taken in Iceland in August. I couldn’t pick just one favorite and that’s why I get excited about photo collages.

Contact me below if you’d like help designing something for you using your personal photos. 🙂

Reynisfjara, Iceland Black Sand Beach Triptych

Last year’s six night, August escorted tour of Iceland was just what the doctor ordered. All the work was done for us, yes!  All we had to do was show up on time to board the tour bus. One of our fabulous stops was in South Iceland to Reynisfjara. My 21 year old son and I stood in awe at the magnificent basalt rock columns on our far left which he had to climb and our first black sand beach on the left  that is featured in the 3 panel acrylic print above, my first.
The original image was artistically tweaked into this dramatic wall art suitable for home, office or hotel room! Contact me below if you’d like me to modify the Iceland font and or to the text.

 

Cheerful rainy day Red, Orange and Yellow Oils 7365

Cheerful rainy day Red, Orange and Yellow Oils 7365 by khoncepts 

Umbrellas are a wonderfully inexpensive way to bring a bit of color on a rainy or snowy day. The umbrellas come in three sizes,  the smallest fits in your purse or backpack. Pair it with a matching travel mug!

 

Wearable Wednesday – Khoncepts Pink Floral Dresses and matching gift bag

Khoncepts Pink Floral Dresses by khoncepts 

A photo taken in Ochos Rios, Jamaica of a colorful, hot pink Bougainvillea plant inspired these three stunning dresses and beautiful, matching gift bag. I’m thinking a nice Mother’s Day outfit!

Dresses on Artsadd
Dress on PAOM