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MMDT Challenge #13: Welcome to Lake Geneva!

Challenge #13 – JULY Feature Grid – SPRING GREEN


POST WINDOW: July 1st – 7th


Use Mosaic Moments Spring Green Grid paper & Page Pattern # 48


THEME:  My Spot on the Big Blue Marble


Create a page that shows us “your spot”


Consider: what do you include in “your spot” – is it a favorite chair, your favorite room in your house, your house and yard, the street you live on, the town you live in… How would you describe “your spot on the earth”.


Element options - please choose one or more of the following:


  • Layered photo elements
  • Lots of little tags
  • A list


Living in the Midwest is a far cry from where I grew up on the Jersey Shore! When I first moved here 14 years ago, I lived in Indiana. I then relocated to Northern Illinois and finally settled in the tiny village of Sharon in Southeastern Wisconsin. Living in Sharon was nice, but it was so tiny and so rural, we didn’t even have a traffic light! On weekends I’d often visit the City of Lake Geneva, WI. I LOVED it there and said if I were ever to move again, I would like to live in Lake Geneva. It’s a tourist town, quiet in the winter and full of Chicagoans in the summer. There’s a beach, lots of boats, fine dining, fun shops and souvenir stores up and down the streets. There are horse and carriage rides, people walking around town in their beachwear and lots of fudge and ice cream! It always felt like I was on vacation when I went there, even thought it was only about 25 minutes from my house.


And now I live here!!! It was a long 2012 for me, but on June 18th, 2013, I closed on my very own house in Lake Geneva!! It’s on a dead end street away from the busiest section of town, but surrounded by Big Foot Beach State Park. It’s a 2 bedroom 1964 ranch that, big surprise, I’m going totally retro with!!


But never mind about my house for now….let’s talk about the town!! 

On this first page, you can see OshKosh, one of the 2 horses that pull the carriages around town. He loves having his picture taken! One of my favorite things to see in Lake Geneva is all the signage on the shops and eateries. They’re all very unique and I’ve tried to capture some of my favorites. Allison wonderland is the best toy store on the planet if you ask me. I love to go in there and play with the puppets! The Riviera is full of shops on the lower level and then there is a banquet hall upstairs if you’re lucky enough to book your wedding or event there. The fountain is beautiful! I’m glad I took these photos in early spring….it’s much more beautiful now, but it would have been impossible to get these photos now with all the hanging baskets of flowers and budding trees this time of year. The Olympic restaurant is a nice diner, and Popeye’s has the best fish fry around.


On the second page, I’ve included a list as my element option. This list is entitled “My Favorite Shops in Lake Geneva.” My friend Lisa owns Geneva Gifts and she has the best fudge in town, so if you’re ever in the area and need some Minnetonka Moccasins, fudge or souvenirs, hers is the store to visit first! Paws for Treats is upscale doggie accessories, Fleming’s is an Irish store and they have the ENTIRE Vera Bradley line and other beautiful things from Ireland. Leather Accents is my source for Brighton bags and jewelry…that’s Zoe, the Pekingese that guards the front door. I LOVE FUNKY’s is a shop you can’t miss. I don’t even know how to describe it…taxidermy meets antiques meets candy meets adult toys? Something like that. Well worth a visit! =balance=bath and body is a fabulous shop where they make their own aromatherapy products: soaps, lotions, lip balms, whatever you want, scented however you want. Global Hands is a fair trade shop that carries gift products made from talented people in other countries trying hard to make a living for themselves. Absolutely gorgeous stuff!


One thing that I would love to do, but haven’t yet is take a ride on The Lady of the Lake, the gorgeous boat you see above. They offer cocktail cruises, sunset cruises, and the mansion cruise I think. I’ll get to it one of these days, but for right now, I’m still unpacking!


As far as my pages go, I almost forgot! I used Spring Green Grid Paper, of course, and page pattern #48 for the first page. The second page is Page Pattern #47 from The Lake Geneva title came from a cropped photo that I took, shown uncropped below:


I love everything about Lake Geneva; these are just a few of my faves. It really is worth a visit, and if you’re in the area, let me know! I’d love to visit with you!!

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Love it!!! To start with the sailboat patterned tiles was a great teaser. The dog outside the shop is too cute...reminds me of Eureka Springs, AR you see that there. Great photos of your spot! I think I need to add Lake Geneva to my bucket list :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  July 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm   
Heather - I really like that you made a double page layout. There was so much for you to show us about your spot, I don't think you could have fit it on one page. The tiled sailboat is great. Love the colors. The photo with the horse is beautiful. Lake Geneva seems like a great place and I am happy you got to move there. Congratulations on your new home too!
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  July 7, 2013 at 5:50 am   
This is great! I love the sign turned into the title. It's perfect. And the little snapshots of the town just make the page.
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  July 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm   
Heather, I LOVE this. The shimmering water is just beautiful and really draws you in. I too love the photo of the horse, and the Lady of the Lake. You have to go on it! Up here we have paddleboats and it's so nice to go out in the evening on a dinner cruise and watch the sunset! YOU MUST!! And, being from small-town-Wisconsin, I may be a bit partial, but I do love the feeling I get from the photos and this layout! It really is wonderful! I want to come and visit you! It's really not that far, actually! :) (and I did a fantastic job with the title!) Hugs!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  July 6, 2013 at 3:33 am   
I can see why this is your favorite place. Your photos capture an ambiance that is coffee-table book quality. I also like your implied framing with water mosaics from the lake. My favorite picture is the horse . . . followed by the Zoe -- I wasn't sure if she was real or a well-crafted ceramic or sculpture. Then I read your narrative about her guarding the jewelry . . . does she ever get to wear any of it? Thanks so much for sharing your favorite.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  July 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm   
Heather, I LOVE all of your layouts! You are so full of life and spunk and all of your layouts show that! I love that about you and I particularly love your style! Your layout is so clean, as usual and I love how all of the colors go with the green of the grid paper! Very nice.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  July 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm   
Heather, I'm with Tami on the sign, great job getting just the right size. It's perfect for the overall small town feeling of your pages too. Love the bustle of the town photos along with the peaceful meandering river shots. The patterned page with your list is in keeping with the old town atmosphere you've shown us. Lovely town to be a part of everyday not just on holiday!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  July 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm   
Lake Geneva looks like such a charming town. If I am ever in that area I would definitely have to check out the Alice Wonderland store it sounds adorable. Love how you blew up your Lake Geneva sign shot to make your page title. It looks great!
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  July 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm   

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