Sneak Peak

If any of you are parents to teenagers you know that getting them moving in the morning is worse than getting those in Washington D.C. to agree on something!  Today is election day in our State,  I am not a big fan of politics, I usually vote for who I think will make good sounds decisions and help the people.  I vote because my dad always told me if you don’t vote then you have no right to complain.  Another reason is because you can’t keep doing things the same way and expect a different outcome.  So I encourage everyone to vote.

I have noticed the days are getting shorter and have been seeing the signs of fall.  The last several nights I have heard a pair of owls calling to each other.  Owls are one of my favorite birds.  When I was a child we had an owl living in our garage for a summer.  It was not afraid of us and was so fascinating to watch.  So when I saw the Still Night Bundle I knew it was for me.  One of the perks to being a demonstrator is you get to see and order from the new catalogs a month before they are live.

I used Mossy Meadow for my base, then Natures Poem Designer series paper for my background.  I stamped the tree branch out on whisper white with soft suede, then colored with my blends.  I stamped the owl out on granite grey and colored with blends and added a little bit of wink of stella.  I liked the first card but it needed more…..

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I like cards to grab your attention and though I was happy with this one it didn’t have that wow factor I like.  So I played around with the next card adding grapefruit grove and pineapple punch by sponging.  Now it pops!  WaterMark_2018-08-12-16-03-05

If you don’t have a new Holiday Catalog let me know, I would be happy to send it out to you.  Don’t forget for every $50 you spend in August you get a $5 bonus to use in September!  I love great deals!  Have a great day and week.  Hope you get to spend some time creating!

Simple Things

First off I have to apologize for my delay in posts.  Seems life caught up and somethings had to go on the back burner.  Between my husband having open heart surgery, spring cleaning, new animal babies, farmers market starting and my mondaine daily jobs there hasn’t been time to blog let alone get crafts done!  I know we are all busy but having your spouse home for 12 weeks underfoot and not feeling the best can become a bit daunting. 

Meet our newest edition to our little hobby farm.  This is Squirt a spunky 4 week holstein steer.  He is so sweet and friendly, and our dog loves to play with him.    I enjoy watching him romp around in the play yard he has and how he interacts with the hens.  I have been nursing one with a broken leg, amazing what a popsicle stick and gauze can do.  Simple tricks you learn over the years. 

Have you viewed the new catalog yet?  If you would like one just let me know and I will get it out to you.  I have really been working with the stamparatus so I can demo it to all my customers.  In doing that I struggled with getting the magnets picked up off the stamparatus.  A trick I picked up on with the magnets is to wrap washi tape around them to leave a tail.  That makes it so much easier to pick up and less chance of the the two getting too close together.  To see how I did it, look at these photos:  

Hopefully that makes sense.  Once I saw this I was like how simple is that!  

I hope you will have time to do something creative this week.  Enjoy the weather it is suppose to be gorgeous here!  Amanda

 

How did this happen?

    So today will be a stressful day for this mom.  My oldest goes for his drivers license.  I am not sure where the years have gone too.  I still see the chubby little boy who adored his mom and was constantly on the move.  If he passes (gulp) he will be on the move again but in a totally different fashion.  It is a day that comes with mixed emotions for me.  Yes he is growing into a delightful young man and obtaining his drivers license is a right of passage.  But in the same token this mom is loosing part of her baby (I don’t care that he towers over me and calls me shorty) he will always be my baby. 

    I think I dealt with him shaving better than this driving thing.  I remember back (cough 30+) years ago when I got my license and the freedom it gave me (at least I thought is was freedom).  My mom didn’t need a GPS she knew where I had been.  There were no cell phones or that she just knew and if you didn’t tell her the truth, god help you the salt shaker would slam down.  My brother had it much worse than me being 10 years older than me and dad being a patrol officer.  There was no escaping what was reported!  I am sure I am having the same anxiety as my mother did and countless other moms have had or will have.  But for the life of me wasn’t I just changing diapers….

Spring is coming…

The last couple mornings I have heard the finches and other birds starting their spring songs.  My mother always called it “Spring Twitterpation” when I was a kid.  Never understood what that meant until I was much older.  Now when I hear the birds singing such happy songs it reminds me of her and makes me smile about the “twitterpation”.  This time of year makes me think of gardening, baby chicks and the Saturday mornings spent at the farmers market.  It also makes me want to start decluttering the house and do a major clean though I haven’t quite got that ambitious but the day is coming.  I remember when my mom would get that urge and the storm windows had to come down and screens cleaned and put up plus washing the outside & inside windows, then the spring cleaning of the house.  I don’t get quite that drastic but I do know I am going to purge my craft room and there will be a lot of things going out for the garage sale.  A girl has to make room for new! Enjoy the longer days of sunshine and the lovey tunes of our feathered friends.