Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Happy Easter! Before I showed you one more snow photo, I had to post this pic I took at the Como Park Conservatory last Spring. Easter in Minnesota is never going to look quite like this, but it gives us hope. This is the earliest Easter in 95 years, but I remember plenty of times as a child wearing a cute little dress with nothing on my legs and being chilly! It was a small sacrifice for the chance to wear a new Easter outfit!
I believe we have had fresh snow every morning for three days now, and yesterday's was especially beautiful. I took the "tree canopy" photo through my car window as I was headed out to see "Horton Hears A Who". The other photo is of my 10-year old maple tree in the front yard. It looks like every branch has started to sprout new growth, which gives the snow even more to cling to.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Happy Spring! It's also the anniversary of moving into my house 28 years ago! Brother D and I bought the house together and he lived here for the first 7 years. We rarely saw each other, though. He worked normal day shift hours and I was studying interior design by day and working in bank processing by night. We still had our adventures: the locust that got into his bedroom one night and was so huge he didn't know what it was without his glasses; the huge thump in the attic when I was home alone that I had him investigate...turned out to be a mirror left hanging on the wall that had broken off its twine hanger and crashed to the floor. I could have sworn the chimney had fallen, that's how loud it was!
It's too early for any real Spring-in-Minnesota photos, but I will keep my eyes open. In the meantime, this little chick bowl is something I bought at Hallmark last year after Easter. It was too cute to resist and I've put it to good use in my studio. As much as I'd like, I can't buy decorations and dishes for every occasion. Living in a 1000-square foot bungalow is actually a blessing more times than not. It's one way to live the simple life. There's simply no room for clutter - not that I haven't tried! :)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Anyway, the Hallmark salt and pepper shakers were on clearance after last Easter, so I added them to my collection. I thought they'd be a cute way to photograph the snow-to-grass scene.
Monday, March 10, 2008
The card pictured is an SCS challenge card, using the Faux Cloissone' technique: embossing powder (gold on this card) is used with a stamp on a glossy magazine page. When I first heard of this, I couldn't stop myself from saving every interesting pattern from all the magazines I was trying to recycle! Now, I'm a bit more picky, but once a saver, always a saver :). I used a heart stamp to create the shamrock for a St. Patrick's Day card. The patterned paper and the dry-embossed paper both have a diamond design. I inked and gold-embossed the edges of the circle and the white rectangle. The gold edge on the base card was created with a metallic pen.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
This card was another SCS challenge, a triple challenge! I used the sketch from a couple weeks ago, paper I'd designed on the PC, and scraps. The chipboard flower and leaf were sent to me on another card. I removed them and added the stamped design as well as the 'happy' sticker. It was a fun and easy card!
The PC-paper was designed in Word. Each leaf is actually a Wingding in a large font size. They can be inserted onto the page in 4 different orientations, so I positioned them to appear as if they form little circles across 2 rows. The color is what completes the pattern. Once a few rows are done, copy and paste really speeds up the process.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Saturday, March 01, 2008
This video was taken last summer on a small lake near Lake Superior in Wisconsin. I've tried to upload it several times and it's never worked. So, it's here for no other reason than to share it with you and maybe give you a little taste of our summer to come. The quality isn't as good as it looks on my camera, and you'll hear my companion's voices since they didn't know I was filming and that their voices would be picked up. Still, the sound of a loon just can't be beat!