Saturdays With LeAnn

Hello Gorgeous

Are you ready to get out of the heat and into your cool, air-conditioned craft room?  It is time for me to share some creative inspiration, so it’s time for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy session. You definitely deserve it, so let’s get started!

Best Day Ever By Amanda Baldwin

Take advantage of your beach surroundings by adding some soft colors and a few embellishments, and you will have a perfect layout for your vacation photos.  Children at play, the sounds of waves, hot sun, laughter, and the noise of the beach makes a day perfect!   A day on the beach is worth a thousand words.

Best Day Ever

This stunning layout was created by Amanda Baldwin using the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection.  With a little help from Amanda and Pink Paislee, you, too, can create a beautiful beach layout in just a short amount of time.  This layout will bring back all of your fabulous memories, and what a fun way to reminisce about an amazing day at the beach.  Let me escort you on over to Happy Art Days where you can see more outstanding projects created by Amanda.  You will be so inspired by her beautiful talent.

Hello Gorgeous By Laurie Schmidlin

No paper crafter should be without a good supply of cardstock for stamping, embossing, painting, chalking, and creating backgrounds.  I love the way the rich khaki color of kraft paper looks and how it gives a homemade, comfortable feel to the card.  Laurie Schmidlin transformed a plain sheet of kraft cardstock into this gorgeous work of art.

Hello Gorgeous

For Laurie’s card, she used one of the Infinity Frames die cuts to frame a pretty floral scene.  She then stamped and die cut several images from the Give Love stamp set and coordinating Give Love die set.  For more detail on how this adorable card came together, click here and I will take you over to Laurie’s blog “Just Give Me Stamps” so you can follow along.  Using your imagination is all about creativity and taking something as simple as a piece of paper and making a beautiful piece of art.  I hope you have been inspired today to take out your stamps and dies and let your imagination run wild.  Have fun, my friends!

Gatefold Mini Album By Lisa Gregory

You all know how much I appreciate a unique mini album, and this one is no exception.  This mini album has pages, pockets, and tags.  It is a fun size and also chunky, so you can place dimensional pieces on each page and it will still close.  I am thinking this is definitely one of those that is a must do.  Just think of all the possibilities!  Mini albums always make a beautiful home decor piece, not to mention a conversational piece as well.  They are the perfect gift for any occasion and who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a handmade treasure full of priceless memories? They bring a smile to anyone’s face and an instant enjoyment for both you and the one receiving the album.

Gatefold Mini Album

There is definitely a lot of love put into all the perfect details of this darling mini album.  Click here so you can check out the fine details and step-by-step instructions given by Lisa Gregory.  You will have so much fun you won’t know when to stop!  Have fun creating, my crafty friends!

Mini Mason Jar Fruit Crisps By Ali Ebright

Anyone craving a fresh fruit crisp this weekend?  These adorable little single-serving desserts can be made with just about any fresh and juicy fruits, and they will give you the true taste of summer!  They are wonderful, sweet, and delicious!  I highly recommend a scoop of ice cream to go with each one.  No matter how you serve them you can’t go wrong.

Mini Mason Jar Fruit Crips

These fruit crisps are easy to make with mini mason jars, bursting with fresh and sweet fruit flavors.  They are easy to scale down for one or two people, or up to a full crowd.  The best part of all is you can make them with whatever fruit you would like!  Such a perfect little summer treat!

Hope your week is ending on a creative high note!  I am not sure about you, but my neck of the woods is so hot I could really use a cold beverage and a day of crafting in a cool house.  Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you.  I will see you back here next Saturday with more great project to inspire you throughout the week.

Hugs to you all,

LeAnn

 

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Thinking Of You

Saturdays-with-LeAnnWelcome back, my friends.  What better way to round out the work week than with five amazing projects from four wonderful designers?  I hope I can WOW you today with these wonderful projects and a yummy dessert!  So kick off your shoes, relax, and let’s get started!

Young Wild & Free By Cathy Cafun

You are probably familiar with the term “fussy cutting.”  It is something we see quite often in layouts.  Our motifs lend themselves to be hand-cut, layered, and put on display.  What a fabulous way of using some of your beautiful papers.  It adds dimension and gives your layout a clean, refreshing look.

Young Wild & Free

Cathy has some step-by-step and easy to follow instructions prepared to help you create your fun beach layout.  I highly recommend you stop by her blog “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” for a visit; you will love all of her fun tips and techniques.  This is one that you will certainly will want to make to put your fun beach photos on. Thank you for sharing your beautiful layout, Cathy.

Thinking Of You By Yoonsun Hur

With shaker cards being so popular, I wanted to share this adorable card designed by Yoonsun Hur.   Yoonsun used the Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax die from My Favorite Things that really simplifies the process of creating a perfect shaker card.

Thinking Of You

Along with the fun dies, Yoonsun used a fun flower stamp to create this beautiful and colorful design.  For the beautiful sequins to fill up your shaker card, you’ll find them at My Favorite Things. The fabulous combination of beads, sequins, and confetti all coordinate perfectly to create this beautiful card.  I really hope you have a great time creating your own fun shaker card!

Venetian Summer By Heather Telford

I instantly fell in love with this beautiful card.  It is so classy and I love the pop of red.  Heather created those shadows and highlights so perfectly with water coloring.  Heather inked her stamp Venetian Summer in London Fog, but avoided the hat so she could ink it in red.  She then added some shading to the building and the woman by picking up ink with a small watercolor brush. What a masterpiece Heather has created!

Venetian Summer

Her beautiful card encouraged me to develop some new skills and be less intimidated to try new things.  My motto is “Creativity involves in breaking out of your traditional style. Never hesitate to try something new.”  I would like to say a big “Thank You” to Heather for her fabulous inspiration and allowing us to share her beautiful creation.  Do yourself a big favor and stop by her blog Bits and Pieces where you will enjoy some creative therapy with Heather.  You will be filled with so much inspiration and be very happy you took the time to visit.

Fancy Box By Beatriz Jennings

I love having cards on hand.  When an occasion comes up, I am prepared and don’t have to stress about making one quickly!  I found this adorable Fancy Box created by Beatriz Jennings and immediately knew that I had to make one.  What a perfect way to store all of my hand-crafted cards!  This adorable box turned out to be the perfect place for my cards, and I had a blast creating one of my own.  Thank you, Beatriz, for sharing your fun Fancy Box.

Fancy Box

Now lets take it one step farther and create a birthday card using up some of the scraps that were used for the Fancy Box.  Grab some of your fun embellishments to finish adding some dimension to your card.

Birthday Card

Now that you have fallen in love with both the box and the card, let me take you on over to Beatriz’s blog Iralamija where you will find the supplies that she used, along with instructions to begin creating your own box and card. Have fun creating!

Mason Jar Lid Mini Cheesecake By Linda Braden

I have such a great love of Mason jars; I have used them in so many different ways in my crafting.  Today I want to take it one step farther than only using the jar – we are going to use the Mason jar lid to create mini cheesecakes! Yes, you read that right, Mason jar lids!  Who would have ever thought that a lid would be so useful?  They are like mini springform pans.  What a fun treat to make with your family.  Always creating memories, right?

Mason Jar Lids Mini Cheesecake

These taste as good as they look.  I bet you can’t just eat one! 🙂  Click here and let me escort you over to the It All Started With Paint blog so you can print out your recipe.  This is one you will want to be sure and add to your favorites. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed spending some of your Saturday with me.  If you are in the Orlando, Florida area today, make sure to stop in at the Gaylord Palms resort and say hello and enjoy a fun day with Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.  Hope to see you there! 🙂

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Ampersand Home Decor

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Happy Spring, everyone!  Another fabulous weekend is here and I wish you a very happy Easter weekend. I thank you for sharing part of it with me. Today you are sure to be inspired by some wonderful and talented designers. I hope you will take the time to enjoy and create some of the fabulous projects I have to share with you.

Paradise By Denise Van Deventer

With the winter season behind us and summer on its way, I thought you might enjoy a nice summer-inspired project.  I fell in love with the beautiful blue colors, along with the gel paste and the new Under the Sea Stickable stencil by Bo Bunny. This layout is perfect for those summer photos that are waiting for you to showcase them on a lovely layout.

Paradise

I love the way that Denise added some drops of acrylic onto her page, then sprayed water onto the drops so the paint spreads out and seeps into the paper.  This gives such a beautiful look to her background. Mixed media is really fun and there is no right or wrong way to do it.  Most important is to play and have fun with it! Click here to see Denise’s full step-by-step tutorial on how she created this fabulous layout.  It is time to break out some of those treasures you might have of beach and travel, and begin to have fun creating your own beautiful masterpiece!

Just For You By Leslie Miller

I really enjoy working with die cuts. They make my projects work up quickly and also give some dimension to them, not to mention how beautiful they always turn out!  This darling card was created with several die cuts and an embossing folder.

Just For You

Leslie Miller created this fabulous card.  She completed it by stamping the adorable birds, coloring them with Prismacolor pencils, and shading with soft chalks.  She colored her birdhouses and flowers with Copic markers.  Be sure to pop on over to Running With Scissors to get all the supplies you will need to create this fun card.

Enjoy This Special Day By Amy Sheffer

When I see butterflies I always get so excited knowing that summer is just around the corner. Today I want to share this darling card made by Amy Sheffer.  Don’t you just love the soft chevron background and how it complements the beautiful butterfly? This outstanding card could be used for many different occasions.

Enjoy This Special Day

Amy heat embossed in white, then sponged some yellow, green, and turquoise inks.  She used a fun chevron stencil for her background.  Come with me over to Pickled Paper Designs where you will find so many more wonderful projects created by Amy.  You will be so inspired by this talented lady!

Ampersand Home Décor By Gina Lideros

I am so ready to add some spring to my home, how about you? Now is the time of year when I like to change out some of my winter home décor and add in some bright, spring colors.  This fun ampersand décor piece can really add some fun color and charm to your home.  Place it on the table, fire place mantel, or even hang it on your wall.  The rolled flowers will be so fun to create and bring in some springtime freshness to your home.Ampersand Home Decor 1

Gina used a die cut machine to create her rolled flowers out of various patterned papers.  Come with me over to Gina Lideros Design to see how she puts her ampersand home décor piece together.  I can only imagine how your mind is spinning of all the fun spring flowers you can create with that stash of papers in your craft room!  You will be so surprised how quickly this fun home décor item comes together.  Have fun creating! 🙂

Cranberry Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies By Samantha Seneviratne

What could taste better than cranberries, marshmallow, and chocolate?  Putting these three ingredients together creates a very delicious cookie.  You can even learn today how to make your own marshmallow.

Cranberry Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

Samantha Seneviratne at Real Simple will give you the ingredients, along with a step-by-step recipe on how to make these yummy little cookies. This will be a fun treat for your friends and family.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I will be back next Saturday with more projects for you.  Enjoy a day in your craft room and have a fabulous week!

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Thanks

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Hello, my friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready for a relaxing and creative weekend.  I have some fun and inspirational projects to share with you today, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Cherish The Little Things By Alicia McNamara

I know you will enjoy this glorious layout from Alicia and I’m very excited to share it with you.  Alicia has such a beautiful and unique style; she inspires in so many different ways with her beautiful papers and embellishments. I always love the way she groups things in a way that draws your eye around the page.  Cherish The Little Things

Alicia’s design has a perfect balance with all of her beautiful elements.  I would love for you to come with me over to Time To Create where you will find a full tutorial on how Alicia created this beautiful layout.  She will share with you how she used her mists to add color to her background.  Thank you to Alicia for sharing your wonderful talent with us. Have fun scrapping!  🙂

Easter Greetings By Anne Kristine

I just love cards, and I save almost every one that has been given to me.  I love going through old boxes of cards and reading sweet, thoughtful messages that my friends and family have written to me.  With Easter just around the corner, I want to share this beautiful card that someone will definitely treasure forever!  I know this will give you some inspiration to start working on your own handmade Easter cards.

Easter Greetings

I love the soft, delicate, and vintage flair of this handmade treasure.  If you have been inspired as I was when I discovered this beautiful card on “Anne’s Paper Fun” blog, you will definitely want to check out more of her outstanding projects using collections from Pion Designs.  Have you been inspired to make and send a card?  Give one a try this week!

Thanks By Shari Carrol

Cards are all about letting those close to you know how much they are loved.  I often find myself wanting to send out thank you cards to express my gratitude for the big and small things that are given to me by friends and family. This sweet card is one that you can change the sentiment to “thinking of you,” “have a great day,” etc.  Can you just imagine the warm feeling that will come over the person who receives this one in the mail?

Thanks

Shari really has a gift for bringing her images to life with amazing coloring skills.  It is so fun to incorporate water coloring along with these beautiful die cuts.  Click here and you will find a video of the process on recreating this card by Shari. I hope you are inspired to send someone special one of your handmade creations.

Mini Storage Cabinet By Christy James

I also want to share a fun storage/organization cabinet using reclaimed wood.  Would you ever have imagined that something this cute would be made from an old wooden crate?  This is something you can hang on your wall or just sit on the counter.  It gives the room such a fun, shabby chic look and will also give you a small space to tuck things away.

Mini Storage Cabinet

This can be used not only for the bathroom but in any room of your home.  Create two then hang them on the wall for double the space and double the charm.  Let’s pop on over to Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer where you will find step-by-step instructions on how to create this fabulous mini storage cabinet.  Christy James is very talented from sewing, to painting, reinventing, rebuilding, craftiness and everything in between.  You will be so inspired by her projects!

Salted Caramel Apple Tart By Kelly Senyei

Do you love apples?  Today you are in for a real treat by Kelly Senyei.  This caramel apple tart is so fabulous and everyone will definitely want your recipe.  The ingredient list is not very long, and the savory flavors of buttery pastry, tangy apples, sticky sweet caramel, and sea salt is to dye for.  This is such a perfect combination that will be a real treat for your family and friends.

Salted Caramel Apple Tart

This is a recipe you don’t want to miss! For your ingredients and the recipe, visit Kelly at Just A Taste.  You will be so happy you paid her a visit.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s creations and that you have been inspired to begin your next project!  I am looking forward to sharing some more fun things with you next Saturday.  Thank you for stopping by, and have a fabulous week!

 

 

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To The Moon And Back

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I am thrilled to be with you today; thank you for stopping by! The last few weeks I have been traveling with Scrapbook Expo and teaching a variety of workshops. I want to share my love of crafting with you today, as I have some wonderful projects to showcase. My hope is that these will serve as a great jump start when you are feeling stumped and uninspired. Hope you enjoy today’s projects!

Beautiful Little Girl By Di Garling

This is one of those perfect designs that can be adapted to fit any occasion. Even though there are a lot of beautiful details and dimension to this layout, the photo is still the first thing your eye is drawn to. Take the time to journal, to preserve and record those special moments of life. It is always so fun to go back and reminisce about those special memories.Beautiful Little Girl

This gorgeous layout was designed by Di Garling, and what inspiration she has given us! Click here to see more of her fabulous projects. Break out of your traditional style; take a look at your project in a different way, and never hesitate to try something new.

Happy Birthday By Karen Letchworth

My eyes were immediately drawn to this adorable birthday card with the machine stitching around the edges. What a fabulous way to add a personal touch to your cards. This is a very simple card, yet it has so much appeal. Adding a perfect bow to this card gave it just what it needed.

Happy Birthday

It made me want to pull out my favorite papers and begin to create! This is a perfect card to give to that special person on their birthday. Come with me over to My Cup Runneth Over where you will find so much more inspiration from Karen, along with a list of all the supplies that you will need. A big thank you Karen for sharing this adorable card!

To The Moon And Back By Ellen Taylor

This darling card truly warms my heart. I am so in love with the Hang In There stamp set from Impression Obsession. Just think of the different possibilities you can do with this fun stamp. I can see this stamp working for all seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

To The Moon And Back

Come with me over to The Serendipitous Stamper where you can see each step that Ellen used to create her card.  You will also see her same design made using a chalkboard technique with Prisma pencils. You won’t want to miss this project!

Wall Art By Gabrielle Pollacco

Now, how about some perfect home décor created by Gabrielle?  What an amazing job she has done creating this beautiful wall art. I just love her style, along with so many of her great tips that she always shares. Can you just imagine this gorgeous wall décor hanging in your home?

Wall Art

You may think of mixed media as being eclectic or busy. This wall art is one that is very elegant and soothing. What an inspiration this piece is! I would like to say a big thank you to Gabrielle for sharing today’s project. Click here to follow Gabrielle’s step-by-step instructions on how to create one for yourself.  Here is your chance to dive into a mixed media project if you haven’t already given it a try. I know you are going to have a blast creating your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Toasted Coconut Trifles By Elizabeth LaBau

Are you a coconut lover?  If so, this is the treat for you.  My husband loves coconut, so I made these for him hoping I could make a new favorite treat.  Well, guess what? I did just that. He loved every bite!  (Shhh…they are super easy to make as well.)

Toasted Coconut Trifles

Trifles are a secret weapon dessert. You can always turn to them in times of true baking emergencies; when family members spring in unexpectedly, to impress co-workers, an unplanned party that comes up, and so on.  Click here and I will take you over so you can get the recipe for this fabulous dessert.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s inspiration. I look forward to sharing more fun projects and recipes with you, especially as we start into the holiday season. Have a fabulous week and I will see you back next Saturday.

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Happy Birthday

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Welcome back, my crafty friends! I hope you are ready to take in some inspiration and get those creative minds flowing. Six back, relax, and enjoy the projects I have to share with you today.

Enjoy Life by Mona Pendleton

Do you stamp on your scrapbook pages? Think of all the unique possibilities you can create one after another using stamps, textures, crackle pastes, and embossing powders. It is a very fun and unique way to create backgrounds for your layouts.

Enjoy Life

This beautiful layout was created by the very talented Mona Pendleton.  Mona always amazes me with her fabulous and inspiring talent. Mona is one to light the fire under you and motivate you to try something you have never done before. So… if you haven’t tried stamping on your layouts, you must give it a try! It will be so addicting and you will want to do one after another. Click here and we will visit the Cupcakescreations blog where you will find so much inspiration to start your next project.

Dive Into Fun by Ginny Nemchak

How perfect is this adorable card for the summer months? Who wouldn’t feel the love that was put into this darling card. Take some time and send a friendly hello to brighten someone’s day this summer!

Dive Into Fun

Let’s go on over to Polly’s Paper Studio where you will find all the supplies you will need to make this adorable card. You will love Ginny Nemchak’s wonderful projects. I hope you will be inspired to mail out one of your handmade treasures to someone special today and share your talent.

Happy Birthday by Donna Mikasa

I love the beautiful, multicolored ombre’ effect for the background of this card. Donna Mikasa shares how she created this wonderful card. Using the Balloon Strings Background, she gold embossed the design to give it some texture.
Happy Birthday

I fell in love with the different colors of ink and the blending effect that created such a beautiful background. The colors complement the gold lettering and give it a real pop. Give this blending technique a try – come with me over to Three Umbrellas and Donna Mikasa will show you how this is done

Vintage Canvas by Bobbi Smith

If you love creating projects using canvas, then this one is just for you. This is such an adorable idea for home décor. Set this on an end table, or even hang it on your wall. You will definitely be able to show off your wonderful talent!

Vintage Canvas

Bobbi Smith gives us a tutorial on creating this fun double layer canvas. Click here for full instructions. The techniques you will learn are such great inspiration. You will simply love working with stencils, crackle paste, and so much more. Bobbi did a beautiful job with her cluster of flowers and her finishing touches.

Lemon Icebox Pie By Kitchen Nostalgia

Would you believe that this is a no-bake pie? I just have to mention that this is also an eggless, and lower in fat pie as well. This delicious pie is a Southern dessert named “Icebox Pie”  because you set it in the refrigerator instead of baking it. I can promise you that it is every bit as good as it looks!  My mouth is watering!

Lemon Icebox Pie

Click here for the easy Instructions along with all the ingredients. This will be such a fun summer treat and your family and friends will love every bite! I would like to send out a big thank you to Kitchen Nostalgia for sharing this fabulous dessert.

Thank you for sharing part of your Saturday with me; I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you back here next Saturday!

 

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Bold Backgrounds

Saturdays-with-LeAnnHappy Saturday, my friends. Let’s stay out of the heat and create some fun and wonderful projects. Today I hope you will be inspired and want to take some time to relax and enjoy the projects I have to share with you. It is the time of year to kick back and enjoy life!

Beach Mini Album by Kathy Clement

Summer is the time to make many wonderful memories whether it is at the beach, swimming pool, or even at a family reunion. Take the time to create a spot for your cherished moments in this fabulous mini album to document your favorite summer memories.

Beach Mini Album

You can almost picture your toes in the sand with this fabulous mini album. The album was made by using Wooden Files from Crafty Secrets. Adding layers of paint, stencils, and crackle medium to the wooden cover will create it’s own personality. Let’s get started by clicking here where Kathy will give full step-by-step instructions, along with several tips that will be very useful in your crafting. Kathy is the queen of mini albums so be sure to visit her blog Kathy by Design. You will be over-the-top in love with her projects!

Live The Dream by Jennie Atkinson

There are so many things that attracted me to this beautiful shabby chic card. I love the pretty pink tones, combined with the gorgeous background papers from Maja Design. What’s not to love about this gorgeous card; it is so soft with such a feminine touch. The photo is priceless and gives the card a perfect finishing touch! Jennie really added the perfect details to create her fabulous card.

Live The Dream

Jennie’s card has layers and layers, scruffy edges with stitching, and to top it off she used muslin, flowers, buttons, pins, and ribbon. Click here and I will take you over to Jennie’s blog “Live The Dream” where you are sure to leave totally inspired to start your next project.

Bold Backgrounds by Kathy Racoosin

This bright bold background adds a lot of techniques and imagination to Kathy’s card and I love the beautiful colors. Using a bold dark background is a great way to give drama and impact to your cards.

Bold Backgrounds

I would like to take you over to Kathy’s blog The Daily Marker where you will learn some wonderful techniques. You can also find a wonderful tutorial on YouTube of the 30-day coloring challenge HERE. This is such an eye-catching card – I bet you can’t wait to get started creating your own!

Stencil End Table by Taylor at TayRose Design

Do you have an old table in your home that needs an uplift? Today I want to share a fun project so you can enjoy and utilize that piece of furniture again. A stenciled table is an easy way to add a style that will really stand out in your room. You can create your own stencil, or use the fun stencil French Poem Allover.

Stencil End table

You will be able to bring life to that table just by using a can of paint and a stencil. To complete the look, Taylor painted the legs of the table in the same dark brown hue, and then brushed on a gold metallic creme. Adding a natural wax for the final step gives the table some protection. Click here and we will jump on over to Stencil & Stories. Taylor will give you all of the materials needed, along with some directions how to make your beautiful table in just a very short time.

Twix Thumbprint Cookies by Alyssa Rivers

Yum… what could be more tasty than a shortbread base cookie with a chewy caramel center and drizzled chocolate? These fabulous little treats are fun and easy to make, not to mention the smiles you will receive after they get eaten!

Twix Thumbprint Cookies

Come with me and I will take you over to The Recipe Critic where you will find all the ingredients and directions from Alyssa. You won’t be disappointed with these yummy little treats. Fun for showers, birthday parties, summer parties, and the list goes on. There is no way you won’t love these!  🙂

Thank you for stopping by on this warm summer day. Enjoy your weekend, and I will see you back next Saturday!