This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Patches the Scaredy Cat - Texture Tuesday

I used a photo of my daughter's cat Patches for this week's "orange" challenge.
We got Patches as a kitten for my daughter's 11th birthday. He was a great companion for her, although he definitely had his peculiarities.

I called him the ultimate scaredy cat. See that look in his eyes - you would think I was aiming a dangerous weapon at him - not a harmless camera! Sadly, Patches died earlier this year, just shy of 15 years with her. It was amazing to me that his little fraidy heart hadn't given out on him many years before.

He was definitely an indoor cat, but when he did go outside he hugged the ground and was constantly glancing in all directions looking for danger. In the autumn if he stepped on a crunchy leaf he scared himself and looked around to see who or what was following him before darting back toward the house. And if the door was shut AHHH! - panic attack!!

The poor guy once got a sticky glue-type mouse trap stuck to his foot and hid under the couch - didn't think we would ever see him again! We were able to free him by reaching under the couch with a yardstick and prying the gooey thing loose.

And he cracked me up one day when I was getting meat out of our chest style freezer. While curiously watching me he leaned in a bit too far - fell in  - panicked! - jumped out - jumped back in! - scrambled around and finally found his way out again. Yes - I had a cat running laps in my freezer! Could have won some money if I'd had a video of that escapade!!

Thanks Patch for the companionship and leaving years of stories and giggles to remember you by.
I used Kim's Pumpkin Grunge and Scripted Edges textures.

See more "Orange" here

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Fall Celebration!

If you are looking for a reason to celebrate today take a look at all the
items being offered for sale by the members of the
Primitive and Folk Artists team on Etsy.
To view all items in the celebration click the link below.

And to continue the celebration be sure to check out the
PAFA team giveaway - so many beautiful prizes to be won!
Find out how to qualify and see those fabulous prizes
by clicking the above link
Don't miss out!!

Fall has never been so fun!!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Summer's End . . .

I always hate to see summer end.

Growing up on a farm autumn was a very important and exciting time.
The year's harvest determined the income for the year and thus could produce either satisfied smiles or worried creases on the adult foreheads (as a kid I had no clue, just some years we had a couple more Christmas presents than other years).
And usually when the harvest was good prices were down. This meant that some tough decisions had to be made - sell the crop now at low prices or store it to sell later, when the price could be higher . . . or lower. 

And just because you had a good crop in the field didn't mean anything. A rainy fall meant a struggle to get the heavy equipment in the soggy fields without getting stuck. High winds could knock the stalks over so that the combine couldn't pick them up leaving grain on the ground. An early snow could cover your valuable assets and leave them standing in the field.
Farming is not a profession for sissies!!

So, all that farming stress could have had an effect on me - or it could just be that I don't like cold weather!! (probably the latter )
I do have to admit that autumn is a beautiful time of year.  So, enjoy the scenery, snap some photos, say a prayer for the farmers, and have fun with this cutting file!

I have also been designing sunflowers for my Etsy shop.
Here's a peek at my new Sunflower Clips.

End of Summer Quotes:

**Summer should get a speeding ticket.
**The bigger the summer vacation the harder the fall.
**Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.--Hal Borland

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Texture Tuesday - Back To School

My older daughter is going back to school this fall - but for her first year as a teacher! Unfortunately she is in North Carolina and I won't be there to get that first day of school photo of her this year.  :(
Soooo . . .

For this week's photo challenge I went back to my photo albums. My! how much easier it is to know you have a good photo here in the digital age!

I love this photo of my younger daughter waiting for the bus
(she pretended to hate school LOL)
unfortunately it is out of focus!!

I played with it anyway. I ended up using three of Kim Klaussen's textures; 123, Simple Things, and Chamomile.

Here's the resulting image

Seconds later that pouty face changed to this

and off to school she went!!

Be sure to check out the other Back To School Transformations on Kim's Blog.

After looking at my photo a bit longer, I wondered why I didn't take out that silly wagon handle - so, here's the revised revision - no distracting handle sticking out of my girl's head!!
much better!!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dog Days Wrap Up

Personally, our summer is finishing off in a flurry of activity!We have several projects in progress, made several visits to family and had family come down to visit us as well. My Etsy team is prepping for a Fall Celebration to begin later this month, so my thoughts are turning toward fall and cooler days.

In a farewell to my dog days series I'm offering this little puppy dog card. (Wouldn't this
be sweet to enclose in a lunch bag with an encouraging note written inside??)

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's the Little Things - Texture Tuesday

For this week's Texture Tuesday challenge I grabbed this photo of a butterfly checking out my herb garden blooms.

After playing around a bit and adding Kim's Klaussen's Textures Canvas Magic and Water Stained Frame. This is the resulting image.

I found it a bit amusing that I didn't even notice the tiny little butterfly wanna-bee hovering off to the right side of the flower until I was almost finished with my editing. Do you think she may be feeling like the ugly duckling "dreaming" of herself dressed in finer attire? Or is she patiently waiting her turn and enjoying the lovely view?
Hmmm, it is the little things (like attitude) that can make a world of difference!!

Be sure to take a look at more "Little Things" at Kim's Blog

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Monday, August 8, 2011


When we were young my Grandma had a little long-haired Chihuahua named Benji. (This was way before Taco Bell and Legally Blonde made the breed so well known!)  My brother and I had loads of fun playing with this hyper little creature whenever we went for a visit. I always thought he had such big eyes for such a little dog.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Every Heart Sings a Song

Texture Tuesday challenge this week was . . . anything!
Hmmmm, why was this so hard??

Finally came up with something I wanted to share.

This photo was from a family vacation several years ago. We had traveled to central Florida for spring break and stopped at a sweet little community park, looking for a geocache. Along with the geocache find we were treated to a show by these two birds, singing and dancing their hearts out in their little courting ritual. What a treat!

I used three of Kim's textures - Peeling Paint, Scripted Edges and Golden to achieve this image

Hope you take the time to listen to your heart sing today -
and take a listen to those hearts around you too!

And be sure to check out all the great photos linked to Texture Tuesday

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Book Review - God's Love Letters to You

God’s Love Letters to You
by Dr. Larry Crabb

God wants the best for you!
To devise this devotional Dr. Crabb has taken a verse and major concept from each of 40 books of the Bible then written a short “Letter from God” reading. He has then added questions for reflection and a suggested prayer. The letters are written as if God himself were encouraging, correcting, and directing you in your daily life. 
As we all quickly discover, the Christian life is not all sunshine and roses. In this devotional, Dr. Crabb guides us in thinking through the why’s of our life struggles and the good/growth that can come from the trials and problems of our everyday lives. The author does this in the form of a daily letter that begins “God says . . .” And, just as any nurturing parent would write to a loved and struggling son or daughter, these love letters are not necessarily the words we want to hear but the words we need to hear. These letters/devotionals are meant to lead us to a more mature life in Christ and to encourage growth in our faith so that we may become the person God had in mind when he created us.
The one page readings are short but powerful. This allows the majority of your devotional time to be spent in thought and prayer. It is a perfect fit for the busy lives we lead. This devotional is based upon Dr. Crabb's book 66 Love Letters, which I am now quite interested in taking a look at!
I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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