I had always wanted to visit Iceland, especially with a direct flight from Boston. I decided to make that happen for my brother’s 50th January 26th birthday and as a belated January 19th birthday gift to myself. Boston folks were incredulous that we’d want to travel to Iceland rather than a warm tropical island. Thankfully, we’re a bit unconventional so I took advantage of a very inexpensive, 5 day Iceland Air package including: airfare, hotel, breakfast and travel voucher package deal and we jetted off to Reykjavik, Iceland.
10 minutes after landing, I had my brother take a photo of me in front of the Welcome to Iceland sign, we then headed to the included transport to our downtown Reykjavik hotel, located about 35 minutes from Keflavik, airport.
Day three, I decided to buy Golden Circle Tour tickets so we could visit the snowy South Iceland countryside, see the famous geysers, Gullfoss falls and all the tour had to offer. The eight hour tour was a fantastic decision. Our guide was knowledgeable, a good driver and she was very friendly.
Let me say that it was such an exciting trips, my youngest son and I went on a 6 day Great Value Vacation tour for his 21st, August 2017 birthday.
Due to medical challenges, traveling direct with no layovers with almost everything included is a major win win for me.
Designing easily customizable gifts has been my goal for those who visit my online Zazzle shops. The majority of patterns will also include a color matching text box that they can keep and add they own text like the JRJ initials shown below or they can remove the text box and the monogram leaving just the design.
I’ve illustrated how to modify this notecard using three images below.
Here is my Mandala note card design. I choose an orange background, however you can easily change it to another color.
Notice it says Personalize this template. Click Details to see the options you have to change the design.
After clicking, it now shows that the text JRJ can be changed or even deleted ( to leave it blank)
You can also keep the orange circle text box or delete it as well
Because the design is a mandala (circle), I wanted to give the option of having a background color to match the design. You can easily change this by selecting another hue or remove the color to leave it as a white background by choosing the no color first box option.
I hope this has been helpful. If you change your mind or need to redo it, refresh your browser to start over.
My brother flew to Maryland from California and I took Amtrak in from Massachusetts, to spend the weekend at our parents’ home so we could celebration my 54th birthday (1/19) AND the Historic Celebration of President Barack Obama’s January 20, 2009 Inauguration. This was a very special birthday because it’s the only time since 1973 that I celebrated my birthday with my parents and my brother. Due to logistics, weather and the size of my family, we’ve always gotten together for either Mom’s or Dad’s birthdays. During my birthday dinner, Mom and Dad gifted me with a Commemorative SmarTrip transit pass with $ added to it. Ten years later (2019) and I still have the card with all the money loaded to it.
My brother used to live in DC so he planned for us to park and ride into DC. It was bitterly cold, like single digits cold but we were properly dressed , especially with our footwear because nothing is worse than having frozen feet. We had no idea it would take hours to get through the massive crowd to the building where we had been invited to watch the parade. After many phone calls to the head office and much maneuvering, we managed to get to the rear of of 701 Pennsylvania Avenue where we were searched by Homeland Security and confirmed that we were invited guests and allowed upstairs.
Whew!!! heat, hot tea, good food and a great spot to take photos of the parade route using my telephoto lens. The top left image was taken at the actual distance from the conference room to the parade route. The second image was a thrilling moment when President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, stopped and stepped out of their limos right in front of our building and walked part of the parade!!!
Overall, it was a most fabulous birthday weekend, spending time with my family and seeing the first Black President of the United States and his wife during his 2009 inauguration parade.
I had my enlarged and slowly growing right thyroid removed, September 9, 2016. While the cancerous removal was considered “successful”, my life was forever changed with debilitating after effects and internal adhesion scar tissue neck pain. Slowly, ‘fast forward’ to 2019 and I’ve finally gotten a bit of a rhythm with my life, my medical disability and thankfully my art.
Designer leggings with matching tote bags! Patterned leggings, graphic art leggings, bold printed leggings. Many vibrant selections to choose from. Wear a solid color top and shoes and you’re off looking like the fabulous fashionista you are or gift them to someone who will also love them. 🙂
Coordinating customers’ favorite colors is also an option, especially if you prefer a solid color. Contact me below of what you’d like to match and let’s see if we can make that happen for you.
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!
My first Society6 customer made a purchase of two Black, Red and White designed throw pillows five years ago today, January 3, 2014! It’s so exciting that there are folks out there who also enjoy my eclectic ‘art khoncepts’ patterned home decor and gift items.
to my customers from the United Kingdom to New Hampshire for visiting and enjoying an assortment of gift selections in a few of my Zazzle shops during the month of November featuring travel photos, colorful graphic art home decor and sentiments using fun fonts!