Tuesday, March 3, 2015


It was a sunny, but cold day yesterday. The ground is covered with old snow from two weeks ago plus another 7" from the past weekend. I don't regularly feed birds (no sense in a bird becoming dinner for a cat should one catch it!), but threw some old pizza out yesterday. Here are a few photos I took:

This is Hyla.
She will be two this May.
She loves to watch the birds 
and go outdoors to hunt mice, etc.
I had just closed the door from throwing the old pizza
out for the birds to eat and there she was, wanting to go out.
I wouldn't let her, I'm so mean ! 
I snapped this photo of her looking at me,
begging to go outside. 

This is Kitty. 
She will be 16 years old in May.
The only bird watching/hunting she does anymore
 is in her dreams :)
She loves to chase the sun shine across the floor though !

A Blue Jay squawking at a starling,
"Back off, buster, this is mine!"

 It worked  - temporarily.

A female Cardinal finally had a chance at a piece of pizza.
She has a little bite in her beak.

No sooner had she gotten a few nibbles,
one of those pesky starlings came back in.

I tried to keep chasing the starlings away so the 
prettier songbirds could get food
(once again, proving how mean I am, giggle!),
but there were just too many and they were persistent.

I think this is a sparrow. 
I like how it was standing on a "snowball" as if
to get a better perch to find the food.

A few quick hops towards something it spied.

Bits of snow flew up as it landed.

Those awful starlings........
A little Junco (?) in the background,
ever so patiently waiting its turn.

 I shooshed the starlings off, the junco (?) came right back
and worked it's way over to the pizza crust. 
Of course the starlings came right back, too.

Uhoh, there is another stray hanging around!
I knew I had heard yowling off and on the past two weeks or so,
was hoping it was just the neighbors cat over here again
(she comes over and picks fights with Hyla). 
It must be a wild cat because as soon as I took this photo, it ran away.
My slight motion caught its attention and it was gone. 
Move on kitty cat, go find another house to take you in.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Green With Envy at AnythingButACard

Welcome to this months challenge at
Green With Envy.

My project is a hand cut mat that I painted
a Patina finish on to frame an Irish Blessing
that I created on my computer.
There is a paper punch four leaf clover at the top
for a fun dimensional touch.

My Green With Envy project is also a sort of
Go Green project by repurposing old items, too:
matboard , frame and card stock scraps.

First, I found an old piece of matboard
that wasn't really nice enough to be used
as a mat alone. By covering it with layers of paint,
it hid the flaws so it could be useful once  more.

Cutting the rectangle part of the mat with my Alto's mat cutter.
It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.

This was the first time I've added an arch cut
to a mat. It was actually pretty easy and I
surprised myself by having it work successfully the first time !
No wasted matboard from a poor cut, yippee!

The patina finish was created with this really old,
never used, paint set I picked up at a yard sale.
The paints were still good surprisingly!

It's super easy to do:
Basecoat your project with a black green.
Lightly sponge on a minty green.
Lastly add some touches of gold.
I used a sea sponge to apply my paints.

This is after the first two coats of green, before the gold.
The matboard did warp from the moisture in the paint,
but flattened out nicely once dry.
It looks just fine in the frame.

I used a small paintbrush to paint the bevel edge gold.

Punch three or four hearts from green card stock.
Lightly score down the centers.
This score line will help in folding the leaves
up slightly for some dimension.
Cut a stem by hand.

Sponge a darker green ink around the edges of the hearts
before assembling your clover.

I ran a thin line of glue down the fold of each leaf
to attach them to the printed piece.

Lastly, here is the PNG word art file I made if you'd like to use it in your projects:

Thanks for looking =)
Be sure to visit the
to see more inspiring ideas every Sunday -
and link up your Green With Envy project, too !

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Perfect Day for Chicken Noodle Soup

I still use the bowl cozies nearly every day ! 
I love them and they are easy enough to make.

So cold and snowing again,
homemade chicken noodle soup is perfect for lunch.
I cheated and didn't use home made from scratch stock or noodles though !

I used this recipe today (minus fresh thyme and parsley)

We've had more winter weather since Groundhog Day
(when he saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter)
than we have had all winter long, crazy! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

17th Birthday Balloons Card

I was asked to make a birthday card for a girl that used blues with a touch of green. This is what I came up with.

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

First Birthday Card

I was asked to make a birthday card for a boys first birthday.
Although I do like the card, I'm not sure that I really like it for a
First Birthday, but I don't really have any toddler type stamps.
The cute dragon is holding a cake with a single candle on it.

The #1 is hand drawn/hand cut.
The fold of the card is at the top.
The orange background was run through a Texture Plate.
The Darling Dragon image was stamped into White card stock
then water colored and cut out.
I slightly bent it in places to give it more dimension
before adhering it to the #1 card base.
Stamped and punched letters to personalize it, a touch of ribbon
to finish it off.

Thanks for looking =)