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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tea Tuesday

My summer drink of choice tends to be ice water with lemon slices and a bag of green tea.  The tea doesn't "brew" since it's ice water but it definitely flavors the water. 

Today I have Yogi Lemon Ginger Green tea flavored water.

I love today's quote....

Hope you all have a wonderful day. 

Stop by Kimmie's blog if you'd like to see some more tea posts for the day.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Flags and a garden update

So I go out to check the side garden this morning and the deer have eaten the tops off my green beans and snow pea plants. Wasn't that nice of them...pesky things.  So I decided that maybe some flags would scare them...create some movement...and generally get in the way of their snacking. Bonus...I think they look cute.  We'll see what happens.

The garden box is also doing very well.  There are tons of little green tomatoes on the plants. 

Check it out ... 

Nature is funny at times.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Look want I found today

I think they are baby wrens. The mama of these 3 tiny babies is pretty small herself.  The nest is only about 3 feet off the ground in our dwarf lilac bush along the front walk. She was scolding me from a nearby tree for peeking in on her brood while I snapped a quick picture.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Since we've been pretty much stuck in the house lately I've been exercising my creative side by attempting to finish some UFO's...unfinished objects.

I have a stack of these type of projects. Some just have a background finished. Others are a train wreck and are in need of a do-over. 

This small canvas board was one of those. Whoa! You can't even imagine how ugly the background on this baby was. I didn't take a before picture...it was too awful.  Now I happen to like it.

This puzzle piece was another that had been abandoned sometime last fall when I ran out of steam after gluing papers to the backs of a dozen or so pieces.  I used my scrap bucket for most of this one.

I'm also working on a mixed-media painting. So far I'm just layering and layering...no photos yet.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Too hot for Tea

Much to my surprise this morning this is what I saw when I pulled open the shades.

Can we say humid!?!  That condensation is on the OUTSIDE of our windows. It's not even like we run our A/C very cool...it's just that thick out there.

("mini-me" says I look like a deer in this photo...I don't see it.)

Through the patio door we can usually see the kids playset...now just the yellow blob of the slide.

Keeping my fingers crossed that lacrosse will be cancelled again tonight. To dangerous to practice in this heat for anyone...much less kids.

Stop by Kimmies if you'd like to visit more bloggers hosting tea today.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Rust and white pages

Elizabeth has gotten her pages and says she loves them...

Don't know why but these "colors swap" pages are giving me fits. Couldn't tell you why if I tried.
Maybe I just do better with a theme instead of a list of colors to use.

Page 1 front:
Butterfly fly

Page 1 back:
untitled abstract

Page 2 front:
Starlight, Starbright

Page 2 back:
Rusty flowers

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Freebie

We're at the end of the line folks for the freebies...
I'll have to see if I can scare up some more images.

This last one is the Buffalo Bill Museum...not sure where its located but it might be fun to go see what it looks like now.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Travels postcard book

This spring I got back into swapping postcards on Swapbot.  Of course, they have other things to swap but I've had the most fun with postcards.

Who doesn't love getting mail, right?!

So what do you do with a big stack of postcards to make them a little more fun...

You make a book!

This one was a great size and had the perfect title.

I made 3 tiny signatures and attached them to the cover with a pamphlet stitch. I used a dry adhesive tape runner on the front side of each of the postcards to "tip" them into the book.

These postcards came from all over the globe...

Such as South Africa

 New Zealand


And as close as the next state.

Years ago, before starting this blog, I made my first book to hold my postcards.

Kind of a cheesy title....

But I was happy with the the way a bound the signatures as well as attached envelopes to hold some extras.  Good thing too...the pockets are filled to the brim now.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

First harvest

The weather has taken a turn for the better so I took my coffee outside this morning.

We decided it was time to start harvesting some from the garden. It's nice to have little hands to help in the garden.

Have a great day!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Round Robin pages

This is the second to last book in the round robin for me. The theme was "questions of love". 
I'm not exactly sure I hit what Jana was looking for in the most literal sense but I'm happy with my results.

I've titled this spread Secret Embrace

The image is from the cover of an off romance novel.
This is a tribute to Gina Wise...she did some really fun arches for last years ABC 7th anniversary swap with this same technique.

This one is titled Ecstasy

The image is from a late '60s hairdressing guide. I loved the expression, so it drove the direction of the page.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Freebie

Is there a fly on the ceiling?  Maybe her brother just said something stupid again...  Makes me wonder why she's looking up!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rusty sneak peek

I'll be getting my package ready to mail off to Elizabeth today.

I can only show you a tiny snippet or two of  her rust and white pages until she receives them.

I used both rusted fabric

and rusted paper to create my pages.

I hope Elizabeth likes them!!

Before I let you go, I just had to share these flowers...
I picked all of them from my yard.
Did I mention that I love flowers!?!?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tired Tuesday

After a fun filled, busy weekend... it's hard to believe that it's already Tuesday.

We over-indulged...

Enjoyed a carnival both from great heights...

and with our feet firmly planted on the ground...

The people watching is always fun...

Of course, we still had more fun to pack in yesterday...

A car show...


Tractor rides for the kiddos...

We never even made it to fireworks. Everyone was tired, sweaty and slightly sunburned. A shower and bed sounded like the best option.

This morning the kids and I took my mom out to visit my dad's grave. He would have been 84 today. We left red, white & blue flowers and placed little stones on his marker. I think it would have made him very happy. He always said he was a late firecracker.  He always treated the 4th of July as part of his birthday celebration too. Time for family, friends and fun. Makes me happy to think of it as that way as well.

Hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday weekend!  I think I need a nap now!

Stop by Kimmies blog to see what's up with my Tea Tuesday friends this week....

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