Ridin’ Through the Wide-Open Country

Oh, give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above.
Don't fence me in.
Let me ride through the wide-open country that I love.
Don't fence me in.
    ~ lyrics by Robert Fletcher and Cole Porter

Granny Heifer Stamp


Oh my, what an amazing two days we've had on our Griswold-like family road-trip vacation. It started yesterday with a stop into Memphis' Beale Street, which meant lunch at Polly's (yummy fried green tomatoes, turnip greens, and macaroni and cheese), souvenirs from B.B. King's Company Store, live music in the park, and a stroll through the Rock 'n Soul Museum. (Pardon the quality of these pics, they're straight from my iPhone.)

Pollys on Beale Street

Memphis Live SoulMemphis Rock and Soul Museum

From Memphis we stopped at Boomland, Missouri, a McClain family tradition, where my boys bought some toys, and I looked for the most kitschy thing I could find – it was hard to narrow it down to one item.

Boomland Kitsch


Today we woke up in Indiana with a biker convention outside our hotel and a Toddlers and Tiaras beauty pageant inside our hotel. Had creme brulee french toast at Uptown Cafe, crazy fun on the lake in the Party and Catfish Coves (Thanks Bro!), and then watched Dallas win the NBA championship in one of the best sports bars in the country! Nick's English Pub.

toddler and tiaraParty Cove



Ah . . . riding through this wide open country that I love!


Catered Crop Follow the Recipe

I followed Hannah Clark's recipe from the Catered Crop Follow the Recipe #14. Have you played yet? Remember, you don't have to use all the ingredients to play. I just used her Copic markers, machine sewing, distressing, and die cuts.

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I'm also very excited to help host the Ribbon Carousel Challenge this week. I called it "Music to My Ears" because the challenge is to incorporate music into your project. Now, we're not talking about just a solo of ideas here – there's a whole musical with full orchestra and chorus of ideas you can use to incorporate music: use sheet music, your favorite song title or lyric, include an instrument or musician into the project. You get the idea – use the whole octave of ideas. Of course, I used the old Cole Porter song, Don't Fence Me in, and also incorporated a Cuttlebug folder with musical notes.


Here's the rest of my recipe.

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Shew . . . so many wonderful adventures in just two days, and we've just begun.  Maybe tomorrow will be my day to bring home the big fish – or just a big fish tale.


Sweet Comments

  1. Nancy F. says:

    What part of Indiana are you in? I live in South Bend, but we did live in Atlanta, TX for 5 years before moving back to Indiana. Enjoy the cooler temps!

    • Hey, Nancy. We're hanging out around Bloomington, Brown County, and Monroe Reservoir. Shopping in Nashville is on the agenda today – here there are a couple of scrapbook stores there.  😉

  2. Linda, this card is fabulous!!!  Love the musical inspiration!!  And that mesh is the perfect touch:)


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