Monday, August 22, 2016

Craft Heaven - Happy Everything

Hello Everyone!

It's time for some more inspiration for the Craft Heaven Blog. This week our theme is Happy Everything. I decided to go with a card that can be used for an anniversary or wedding, which is perfect for the Maja papers I used from the Vintage Romance collection! There's lots of other yummy products from the Craft Heaven Shop and you can find them all listed further down the post.

All of the following products that I used can be purchased at the Craft Heaven Shop

Maja Design Vintage Romance - When I Saw You / Champagne / Love Notes
Pion Design Palette - Green II
Scrapiniec - Park Avenue Clock Mix / It's a Boy! Sheet of Words
Vintage Seam Binding – White / Lace VĂ©ronique / Heart clip - charm
White Cosmos Daisy Stem Flowers - 25mm
Pale Pink Mulberry Paper Open Roses - 20mm
Baby Pink Bead Berry Spray Clusters
Ranger Glossy Accents
Distress Ink - Ground Espresso / Dina Wakley Media Gesso - White

Some photos today from one of our hikes along the river. When we first came out onto the trail it looked so user friendly. I was sort of relieved and disappointed at the same time. lol. It did NOT stay that way! Eventually we were stumbling over tree roots and ducking under branches, but there were lots of interesting things to see along the way, so I was ok with that.

The water was so extremely low in this area that there were parts that were almost dry! The upside is how lush the foliage is around the river, such a difference from the burnt, dead world back at the house.

These thistles don't seem to care about the drought, they are thriving and look beautiful!

This Cedar Waxwing was way out on a branch over the river, so the quality's not great, but I was so excited to see a new bird!! Another one that I can cross off my list! So pretty!

And back on the home front, I am still seeing so many baby birds and squirrels! I'm so surprised this late in the year to see this baby Starling and baby Red Squirrel.

TINY TINA says hello from the railing as she keeps a careful eye on me. The angle is different here, because I'm sitting on the patio! So cool that they trust me enough to relax when I'm right outside.

PATRICIA has a little lay down while she nibbles on her lunch. We are still fielding temperatures of over 100 degrees, so any bit of shade they can get is probably a relief.

JUNIOR doesn't lounge around on the furniture as much as he used to, but he's never that far away. You can see him on the ground here below my window, displaying his usual laziness! Note the dead grass, the dead leaves and dead pine needles. This drought has made it look like November around here. Sure doesn't feel like November though!

My morning coffee shot with a touch of artsy thrown in for dramatic effect. tee hee

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. If you have any questions or interesting tidbits about today's wildlife, please let me know.

UPDATE: we got two days of fairly heavy rain this week!!!! YAY!!! I am hoping to see a little green grass sprouting soon, what a relief! Just a little more to save the dying trees and I will be one happy camper!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Live & Love Crafts - Christmas Elves with Video

Hello  Everyone!

I'm so excited to be here today to announce that the new Pion Design Christmas collection 'GREETINGS FROM THE NORTH POLE' is now available at Live & Love Crafts! I have put together this lovely card of elves for my Guest Designer spot and I have also tossed together a video so you can see just how beautiful these papers are. There's lots of other goodies from Sandra's shop too, so stay tuned.

Greetings From the North Pole now available at Live & Love Crafts!
click on the thumbnails to view the corresponding 12x12 and 6x6 collections.



Greetings From the North Pole - Snowflakes PD7604
Greetings From the North Pole - Midwinter Night PD7601
Greetings From the North Pole - Snowfall PD7607
Greetings From the North Pole - Tags PD7612
Greetings From the North Pole - Borders PD7610
Greetings From the North Pole - Memory Notes PD7611
Images From the Past - PD1617

All of the following products that I used can be purchased at Live & Love Crafts

My entire adult life I've been making the trip up north to visit my parents. Every time I have, I've passed by this road that seems to be floating on the top of a lake. I've never checked it out before, because it's almost always been flooded or looked like it was going to be flooded any minute. Well I finally found the silver lining in this drought we've been having... the road finally looked safe enough to drive on!! lol

So on one side of the road is this beautiful clear blue lake...

and on the other side... an icky smelly marsh! What's up with that!!

I stuck to taking photos on the 'lake' side of the road. tee hee.

Oh no, Mr Bee, stay away from that spider's web!! It's a trap I tell you, a TRAP!!

For a second I thought the road the slanted and my heart skipped a beat, but alas, it's just the sign. lol

Well of course I'm going to check out what's on the other side of the bridge! Silly question!

A gorgeous lake where you can walk right in from the sandy area and get your feet wet. Behind where I'm standing is a stunning little picnic area and we will be stopping here for lunch on our next trip for sure!

One last little discovery before we head back on the road. MR & MRS HALLOWEEN PENNANT DRAGONFLY are making kissy kissy!! Fun Fact: Did you know that a female dragonfly is actually called a Damselfly! How cool is that!

And back on the home front, I've been practising with the zoom lens on my bird shots. I still get mostly blurry photos, but I've had a few successes so far. Here is my little Chickadee shot.

And a stunning Grackle up in the tree. Take note of the missing feathers on his face. I'm starting to see a lot of featherless heads in the bird kingdom, as they prepare to grow their winter plumage. EEK

SKITTLES says hello from the railing. Kids... they're always eating on the run! lol

and PRECIOUS says hello from the tree where she likes to hang out.

My dear MR SCRUFF has gotten quite picky about his menu recently. He has figured out that I carry a variety of munchies at all times, so if he doesn't find what he wants in the food bowl, he comes and knocks on the door... LITERALLY... then stands on his hinds and patiently waits! What a hilarious little dude!

And JUNIOR you ask? Well he's not as picky as Mr Scruff. He's a good kid and will eat whatever is in the bowl, but his favourites, hands down, are avocados and carrots, so I always make sure he has them when he comes.

My token morning coffee shot.

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. If you have any questions or interesting tidbits about today's wildlife, please let me know.