Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sympathy Card





All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Thoughts and Prayers stamp set
Close As A Memory stamp set
Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
markers and card stocks
Natural card stock
Modern Mosaic embossing folder
twine
Scallop Edge  border punch
Lace Ribbon border punch
paper piercer
pearlescent dimensional paint, Tulip brand









I made the teeny tiny flowers from a portion on this 
paper punch. I attached a scrap of Cherry Cobbler
card stock to a thin strip of scrap white card stock
to easily insert it and maneuver it into the punch where I wanted.





Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Peeking Dragon Card










I created this fun little card for a nephews birthday.


All supplies used from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Just Sayin' stamp set
Darling Dragons stamp set
Word Bubbles die set
numbers embossing folder, not sure of manufacturer
Summer Sun and Whisper White card stock
various classic inks to watercolor the dragon with
dimensionals


I stamped the dragon twice, once onto scrap paper to 
cut out his arms and head for popping up on
the base image. 




Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Beetles Invasion ! Asian Beetles That Is

Somehow these little bugs know when it is the warmest day 
of the week right before a cold snap,
taking flight from the woods and field to our house
in search of a place to overwinter.
It's crazy to see so many in flight at once -
and that you can hear them as they bounce off of the siding
 in search of the perfect place to land. 
It sounds almost like rain drops. 

How to tell the difference between Asian Beetles and Ladybugs
(we still call them ladybugs, it's easier to say !)



It's difficult to see in the photo all of them
that are on this one window, but there are lots !
Multiply that amount by oh, I don't know,
a million, and you'll be close to the number of them
trying to get inside the house and barn!





Don't dare go outside when they are swarming
because they get in your clothes, hair, etc and
they can "bite" ! They also stink if you squish them.
The good news is, we only have to deal with the
swarming of zillions of them for a few days.






This is inside the window above my craft table in the basement.
I circled several of them that were scurrying about it
at the time I took the photo.


This is my craft table directly under the above window.

Yes, they do get in the house but the majority of them are in
the attic. Lots make it into the basement, too,
while some do make it in to the main living areas.
Most die and those that live I will catch and throw
back outside. Waste of time though
since the little bugs will just try to come right back in.
We live in a 100+ year old house that has many small gaps
and old windows, easy places for them to enter.

Those that get away just crawl into the walls and windowsills,
up into the attic. Sometimes I'll find them hidden elsewhere
(especially amongst my crafty things in the basement).

Once spring arrives, those that live will make their way back out.
Most die. I joke that our house is insulated with ladybugs !


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Woolly Worm Winter Prediction ?



I saw this woolly worm racing across the floor of our new 
steel building in search of a place to over winter.
I rescued it, taking it to the old wood barn where
there are many things it can spend the winter under.

It has no black ends, if you believe the folklore,
it means we are in for a mild winter !
Wouldn't that be nice after the record setting winter
we had last year ? 
 

http://www.almanac.com/content/predicting-winter-weather-woolly-bear-caterpillars

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Good Day, Sunshine !




FINALLY  -
sunshine and blue skies are on tap
after a full week of rain and gray skies !!!!!
There was fog early this morning in our little valley,
but it will be a beautiful day once the sun burns off the fog.
I sure was feeling "blah"
after so many dreary days without one single peek of the sun or sky.....