Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Challenge #114 Use Buttons

It's time for the newest challenge over at Craft Gals Corner Challenge.  This week the challenge is to use buttons.  These can be an embellishment or used anyway you can image.  But first let's see who are our terrific sponsors for this weeks challenge.

Prize: 2 digital images

Cute As A Button
Prize: 3 digital images

I have a story to tell you about my project for this week.  I have used All Dressed Up's digital image  the Hot Air Balloon image called Follow Your Dreams found at All Dressed Up. I don't think that you will be able to read the story I have included in the pics for this week.  So here it is.  

The Arts and Air Festival is in it's 17th year. I've been watching the balloons launch since I was a junior in high school. They launched from West Albany High Schools athletic field and usually went right over my childhood home. Some years you could have a conversation with the pilots in their balloons on the back deck while they passed over the house. The air and wind conditions were so perfect.

I have to admit that I have missed a few launches. The year is 2014. My girls took me to the Friday launch and due to thunder storms in the area, the launch was cancelled. So we went out for breakfast and then when our separate ways.

It's now Saturday morning at 6:15 am. We live about 2 miles from the new launch site. I pride myself on my excellent hearing. So what do I hear? The burners of a hot air balloon. I hear them every year but not as loud as this. I get up and look outside my bedroom window. Low and behold one of the balloons decided to pay me a visit. Here is a 70ft. tall hot air balloon landing in my driveway. Shaking alike a leaf, throwing on clothes, I run outside to see this huge balloon up close and personal. Thankfully the chase crew was pulling up just then.

The Balloon crew and the pilot landed this beautiful balloon in the street. Everyone in the neighborhood is running to come see the balloon. The pilot said that whenever they have an unexpected landing (such as this) they give rides to all the neighborhood kids. This went on for about an hour.

Finally it was time to deflate the balloon. The crew laid down huge blue tarps almost as long as ½ the length of the street. The pilot opened the top of the balloon and as quick as a bunny, the balloon collapsed smack down right on the tarp with the crew using one of the guiding ropes to position the fall of the envelope. The crew folded up the balloon, stuffed it in the trailer along with the tarp and wooden basket. Everyone said thank you and my very own balloon visit was over. 

So here is my 2 page layout of my balloon adventure!  Might want to click on each pic to see a larger version. 

The 2 page layout.

Page 1.

The story on page 1.

Page 2.
This is a button balloon.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you have questions about the items used.  The list is just to long for this post.

Now for next week, I have something that is out of this world to share with you.

Have your best day ever, Bright Blessings,


  1. What a cool story! Thank you for sharing your unexpected visitor with pictures! XOOX

  2. Thank you Tami. It was so cool.

  3. What a GREAT story! :) And you memorialized it in such a pretty layout!