Travel Tuesday – Lisbon’s street art, hills and stairs

Graffiti art in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon has lots of vibrant graffiti artists, some government approved others are free style. There are even street art tours, however, you’ll see many of them on your own by riding or strolling around the entire city. Day two of our June trip to Portugal, my youngest daughter stayed in to sleep so my oldest daughter and I headed out to explore locations I had found online before leaving the states.

I had no idea Lisbon had so many hills and stairs so I’m sharing these for future visitors.   Thankfully, the weather was beautiful, low 70’s but I needed to stop a few times to rest and even my gym going daughter also appreciated ‘my’ breaks lol. Of course, I looked back to see how far we had come and decided we needed to reward ourselves with lunch at the top of the stairs and down the street before reaching our first destination in Graca

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

Sunday Sales Summary Smiles for April 2019 – Khoncepts Zazzle shops


Thanking my wonderful April Zazzle customers from Canada to The Netherlands for enjoying and hopefully fondly remembering your times at these beautiful travel locations and art designs. You are so appreciated.

Sharing below is a bit of my background story for each of the above items.

  • The hot pink, lime green, black and white stripes towels were inspired by one of my granddaughters.
  • The scenic photos of Jamaica were taken during a family wedding in Ochos Rios
  • The Sint Maarten photos were taken during my very first solo trip. It was an amazing time.
  • The Shades of Purple stripes are one of my favorite pattern designs to create.
  • You Are Amazing was for one of my family members who needed it at the time.
  • St. Thomas photos were also taken during my two fabulous Royal Caribbean cruises
  • Gradient Dark to Light Green is one of many of my gradient prints selections
  • Mom on a black background with a red heart is appropriate for that special woman in your lift.  🙂

Item Categories with links and where they were sold

Send me a note if you have photos or special colors you’d like to have designed as gifts so you don’t have to!

 

Sunday Sales Summary Smiles for March 2019 – Khoncepts Zazzle shops

Thanking my wonderful March Zazzle customers from Canada to The Netherlands for enjoying and hopefully fondly remembering your times at these beautiful travel locations and art designs.

Sharing below is a bit of my background story for each of the above items.

  • The St. Thomas Photo Collage postcard images where taken during my son and his wife’s 11 day family honeymoon cruise out of Baltimore.
  • The St. Maarten Heart shaped keychain serene Sint Maarten Beach Scene and Marigot Downtown photo were inspired by my 2008 trip and posted in  2012.
  • Images of Switzerland Postcard collage was during a fabulous London to Rome bus tour with my adult daughters in 2009
  • Lovely photo taken of Mom’s broken purple and lavender beaded necklace inspired this eye catching paint splatter design
  • The purple and lavender abstract began as a photo of my Mom’s broken necklace (before I had it repaired )  🙂
  • Lively colors of hot pink, lime green and white stripes created for one of my granddaughters

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Item Categories with links and where they were sold

Send me a note if you have photos or special colors you’d like to have designed as gifts so you don’t have to!

Sunday Sales Summary Smiles for February 2019 – Zazzle shops

Thanking Zazzle customers from California to Maine for enjoying my artsy designs and still popular travel images.

Sharing below is a bit of my background story for each of the above items.

The I Heart Big Daddy graphic was posted to my shop in 2011. The colorful, all seasons Boston, MA photo collage was created in 2010. This Shamrocks bath towel was included in 2018. The serene Sint Maarten Beach Scene and Marigot Downtown photo were inspired by my 2008 trip and posted in  2012. The newest Estonia swirls art was inspired in January 2019 by one of my DNA test results. The Heavenly Hawaii postcards reflects wonderful memories of my trip to Oahu to attend my cousin’s wedding.
Visited one of my cousins living in San Antonio who took me to lunch in Gruene, Texas,
Our 2nd wonderful family cruise from Boston to Bermuda and visited Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda and one of my favorite types of patterns when creating this yellow stripes design. and Mardi Gras wish list of places to visit

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Items with links and where they were sold

I Heart Bid Daddy Mousepad – (California)
Boston, MA Photo Collage Postcard– (Massachusetts)
St. Thomas – Scenic Photo Collage Magnet (Illinois)
Field of Shamrocks Bath Towels – ( 2 – California)
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Beach Scene Magnets– ( 5 – Maine)
Blue, Black and White Estonia Swirls Art 4044 Floor Mat (Massachusetts)
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Magnet (Pennsylvania)
Heavenly Hawaii Postcard24 – Massachusetts)
St. Martin and Marigot Bay Photo Magnet (Virginia)
Gruene, Texas and Guadalupe River Postcard (sold in Texas)
Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda Postcard
Yellow, White and Gray striped towel set
Mardi Gras Swirls 3589 Leggings

Send me a note if you have photos or special colors you’d like to have designed as gifts!

Sunday Sales Summary Smiles for January 2019 – Zazzle shops

January 1, 2019 my first sale of the month was a postcard of Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda! Normally it would be one of my images of Sint Maarten which came in second this time. Warm thoughts during a bitterly cold Northeast winter. Thanking customers from Canada, Germany, Sweden and the USA for enjoying my non-niche artsy designs. 🙂

Items with links

Horseshoe Bay Beach Postcard– (Pennsylvania)
Pink, Red and Orange Gradient Throw Pillow – (Texas)
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Beach Scene Magnet– (California)
Red, Yellow, Black and Green Swirls 3588 Tie– (South Carolina)
Boston, MA Photo Collage Postcard– (Texas)
Mardi Gras Stripes Throw Pillow – Louisiana
Mardi Gras Kaleidoscope 3589 Throw Pillow – Louisiana
Glazed Camel Art 8083 Postcard – Montana
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Photo Collage Postcard – New Mexico
Marigold Mandala Postcard – United Kingdom
Saint Maarten Photo Collage Postcard – Germany and Canada
Mardi Gras Stripes Colors bath towel set – Alabama
Sint Maarten-St. Martin 12 month calendar – New Jersey
Bermuda Playing Cards – New Jersey
Black, White and Red Stripes wrapping paper – Indiana
Mardi Gras Paint 0584 full color tank top – Pennsylvania
Laie Beach, Hawaii Postcard – Texas
Labadee, Haiti Square Magnet – Germany and Sweden
Mardi Gras Stripes Colors hand towel – Louisiana
Mardi Gras Paint 0584 Crossbody Bag – Louisiana

Thank You Thursday – Sint Maarten – St. Martin themed gift products

My first visit to Sint Maarten-St. Martin was in 2009. It was a wonderful, five day solo visit full of boating, touring, eating and simply enjoying some Mommy alone time. All of my additional visits have added memorable blessings to my life experiences.

The bottom right St. Martin postcard was my first and collage (2009). I decided to update it a bit in 2018 and it too has also become very popular. Thank you to everyone who has visited my online shops this month and gifted people with these colorful Sint Maarten -St. Martin products which were the top images for January.

Sunday Sales Summary Smiles for December 2018 – Zazzle Shops

to each person who visits my shops, shares my shop links and the ultimate – enjoys my eclectic view of life through photographic-art. Sharing these monthly summaries of purchases through my Zazzle shops provides me a visual overview of the “flavors of the month”. Travel images continue to be top sellers.

I’m extremely blessed to have been declared “cancer free”, 2 years after surgery.  However the catch-22 is long distance traveling has been severely limited to one annual trip which I gladly accept and look forward to for as long as I’m physically able. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings all of us!

Laie Beach, Hawaii Postcard
Artistic Aruba Landscape with Divi Divi Tree Postcard
Art Deco Boston Swan Boats Ornament
Grand Turk Photo Collage Postcard
I Heart St. Maarten Ornament
St. George, Bermuda Postcard
Iceland Summer Landscape Magnet
Kwanzaa Art Gift Bag
Skull Boys Neck Tie
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Calendar
St. Maarten – Marigot Bay Magnet
Colorful Images of Switzerland Keychain
Pink, Red and Orange Gradient Throw Pillow
You are Amazing Postcard
Yellow, White and Gray Stripes Bath Towel Set

Sunday Summary Sales Smiles for August 2018 – Zazzle shops

Very thankful for my Zazzle customers from: Canada, Virginia, Idaho, Massachusetts, California, Maryland, United Kingdom, North Dakota, The Netherlands, Romania, New Hampshire and Missouri for enjoying my vision of the world through the lens of my Nikon camera, iPad Pro and graphic apps.

 

Images of Switzerland Postcard
St. Thomas Photo Collage Postcard
Sint Maarten Photo Collage Postcard
St. Maarten – St. Martin Kaleidoscope Magnet
Atlantic City Beach Photo Collage Magnet
Horseshoe Bay Beach Bermuda Drink Coasters
Pastel Stripes TissuePaper
Brown, white and black spiral Mandala #2778 tissue paper
Sint Maarten-St. Martin Photo collage magnet
Sint Maarten-Saint Maarten magnet with white border
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Oceanview magnet
Tropical Colors of Bermuda postcard
Pink, Red and Orange Gradient Binder
Labadee, Haiti magnet
Heavenly Hawaii 3 Ring Binder
Black, White and Red Ellipticals shower curtain