Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pearls and a Diner

We had a lovely weekend with daughter Amy. She helped me with some 'dejunking'! A pick-up truck full of cast-offs headed to Goodwill made my day! She and her papa watched a couple movies while I sat in the adjacent area making a card.

We had breakfast at a local REAL diner. Archie's (when I was growing up it was called Dick's Diner) is only open Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm. The lady who runs/owns the diner, takes your order, brings you a beverage, and then heads to the kitchen - leaving the front-end to the guests. As regulars yearn for another cup of coffee one of them will round the counter, pick up the coffee pot, and fill everyone's coffee mug! They take turns with this duty. The total capacity of 'the joint' is about two dozen. The food is great but you can NOT be in a hurry!!!! After all - this is a ONE woman dive! The three of us each had a huge breakfast consisting of 2 eggs over-easy, 2 slices toast, 4 slices of bacon, coffee, and hash browns! No biggie you might is the kicker....the price of this home-made bountiful meal is $3.50! The three of us ate a very filling and delicious breakfast for less than $14.00. The hard part is figuring out the we tip the regulars for filling our coffee cups?'s just all part of the ambiance and neighborly way of livin' in small town USA! It is great fun and great food. Word of advice: don't have an appointment to keep and bring your electronic device. While our little family waited we played several rounds of an iPad game. Here are a few pics of our favorite (and only) neighborhood diner.

View from the street.

View from one of the three tables.

The menu!

I'm thinking we need to go for lunch sometime. That hamburger DELUXE basket for $3.15 sounds like too good of a bargain to pass up!

Now on to the card...

Glass Thoughts
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink Raspberry Fizz
~Layer of Colorbok Rosewood design paper
~Rectangle of vellum
~Rectangle of My Mind's Eye Lost & Found
~Pennant shape layer of BasicGrey's Manila paper pad
~Six pearls
~Elizabeth Craft Designs Thinking of You die cut sentiment - highlighted with Wink of Stella
~Oval Spellbinder die cut, stamped with Hero Arts Soft Sand using Stampabilities Le London Script
~Image by Lavinia colored with Copics and glass beads
Inspiration | Challenges
Lavinia - Lavinia image plus beads or gems
YNS - sketch
Glitter and Sparkle - use digi
Ditzie Digi Designs - anything
Pile It On - patterned paper
Southern Girls - sparkle, shine, bling

Here's to pearls, diners, and family time!

Thanks for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa


  1. Wow - gorgeous layering of papers - really rich looking card. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  2. Nancy, that a fantastic price for food!! Sounds delicious too. I think I must need to made a road trip.
    Beautiful card too! So lovely and love your design. And that gorgeous paper. Outstanding!

  3. great card, the colours are fab and I love the layout. So jealous of you going to a proper diner, here in the UK we get a greasy spoon cafe or caff as it gets called! Just love the glamour of the diner! anyway, many thanks for joining the Lavinia Stamps challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  4. Very pretty card! And what fun to read of your "dining" experience.

  5. LoVe the beads on the zen tree :) And the diner looks fab too

  6. A beautiful way to use the Zen tree! Thank you for sharing with us at Lavinia Stamps, good luck! Wendy DT xx

  7. What a great card and layout Nancy,
    Fabulous, thanks so much for joining the Lavinia Stamps challenge, good luck
    Karen (DT) xx

  8. Nancy this is beautiful, gorgeous colours, thanks for joining us at Ditzie digi design. Joey x

  9. That diner is the reason why I wanna visit the states soooooooooo much.....heavenly. ..gorjuss card hun, thanks for joining us at Ditzie Digi Design this week. Shell xx

  10. The Diner bought back memories when my Son and his wife were living in America. They had such a lovely atmosphere. I love this image. A great result!

  11. Fabulous card! Oh! that diner looks so inviting - I think I've missed out on the chance to ever visit an American Diner - ho hum!!! xx

  12. Beautiful card! Love that pretty tree! Thanks for playing with us at YNS!

  13. Beautiful card! Your colors, image and papers are perfect with the sketch!! Thanks for joining us at YNS Fun Friday Challenge, Hugs' Jacki

  14. What a beautiful card.....this is one of the few stamps I haven't got, so maybe a little 'spend' is needed. Thanks for sharing with us at Lavinia Stamps.
    Barbara xx

  15. Nancy, it was wonderful seeing your card at Your Next Stamp! Please join us for this new challenge that just started today and please hop with us on July 7th for some fun YNS prizes!


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