Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Yummy Veggies

This was my yummy veggie haul from the garden today. When I set the basket on the table after picking these this morning, the colors really grabbed me. 

Just look at those beautiful colors of red, yellow, green and purple! Yes, I said purple. Ever see a purple pepper? This is the first year we've grown them and they are so pretty! I was hoping for some yellow peppers this year, too but that didn't happen. There's always next year!

Only 45 days to go!

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Close To My Heart 'Dakota' Layout

Yea, my creative mojo has finally returned thanks to Big Picture Classes. I am taking another sketch class since the last one went so well for me and I really needed some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing again!

I think what I really needed though was a brand spanking new catalog & idea book from Close To My Heart to REALLY get me inspired. It worked!

Here is one of the first layouts I created with a new paper pack called Dakota. Now I am NOT a southern style country girl - think country boot-scootin' music and all that - but I do live kind of 'out in the country' (although it's very quickly losing it's country feel) so I do consider myself a country girl in that respect. Therefore, I found myself attracted to the Dakota paper pack - perhaps the colors grabbed me - and this is the result. I really do like it. Not sure what photos to put on it but I'm sure I'll find some eventually. I also threw in a few squares of the blue dotted paper from Dreamin', which is no longer available. The area where my name is, is actually where the photos will go. The Pacifica cardstock is just to show placement of the overlapping photos which will be 1 - 4"x3", 2 - 3"x2", and 2 - 1 3/4"x 1 3/4". I hope you like it!

Only 46 days to go!

Sunday, July 29, 2012


My new key cover for my house key. Found this at the Booth's Corner Farmer's Market two days ago. I love sunflowers so when I saw this, I just had to have it!

Only 47 days to go!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Teeny Tiny Flower

Look at this little bitty flower that fell off one of my houseplants today and don't ask me what kind of plant it is because I just don't remember! This little itty bitty teeny tiny flower fell off just as I was looking at the plant and thinking it needed to be watered. I picked the flower up and immediately thought to myself - I wonder if I can use this as an embellishment on a scrapbook page or card? Ha ha! That's the mind of a papercrafter for ya! I'm sure some of you can relate!
Only 48 days to go!

Friday, July 27, 2012

My New Shirt

Just had to share my new shirt! I bought this today while at the Booth's Corner Farmer's Market in Garnet Valley, PA. I haven't been there in like forever and quickly discovered one of the main reasons why - I always spend WAY too much money when I go to places like that. But I totally had a great time and LOVE my new shirt.

Only 49 days to go!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Happy Day!

Just wanted to share a card I made today with the Footloose paper pack from Close To My Heart. Unfortunately, this paper pack is retiring and will no longer be available after July 31st so if you want some, you better grab it now. The 'happy day' sentiment comes from the National Stamping Month stamp set 'It's Your Day' which will be available for you to purchase on August 15th.

It sure is a 'happy day' for me as the card states. I have been in a creative slump lately and haven't made any cards in like forever! So when I got inspired today by something - not sure what - I jumped at the chance to play in my craft room. I actually made 2 cards today and may share the second one with you tomorrow.

Only 50 days to go!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Just wanted to say Thanks to all of you, my followers, who sometimes look at my daily posts. I appreciate you every now and again just checking in to see that I am still trying to post a photo a day for a full year. I now only have 51 days to go and it's amazing how quickly the time has gone. Anyway, thanks for stopping by once in awhile to see that I'm still here!

Only 51 days to go!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


....for this Stargazer Lily to open.
Only 52 days to go!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Another Hibiscus

Love how this hibiscus looks all closed up and wet from a recent brief rain shower.
Only 53 days to go!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

More Lilies

Playing with my camera today and took this shot of my Stargazer Lilies while sitting on the ground looking up. Interesting perspective.

Only 54 days to go!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Another Quick Post

Another quick post tonight because it's almost midnight and I need to get this posted before it's the next day and too late! Enjoy these blossoms of our Vitex bush! They are beautiful!
Only 55 days to go!

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Wet Bluebird

A young bluebird sitting on the shepherd's hook after a dip in the birdbath.
Only 56 days to go!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


.....I seem to be running out of exciting photos to share, not that ANY of my photos are really THAT exciting but I do hope I haven't been boring you with all my flower photos. I just love flowers because they never give me grief when I take their picture like a human can do! Ha ha! Anyway, enjoy another one of my hibiscus flowers.

Only 57 days to go!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I don't know why we planted these on the side of the house that we spend the least amount of time on. These Stargazer Lilies are absolutely gorgeous! I can't get enough of their stunning beauty and wonderful fragrance. I just wish they were in the backyard instead of on the side so I could enjoy them more. I wonder if they could be moved? I'll have to do some research on that.

Only 58 days to go!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Bluebird Returns

I spotted this bluebird sitting on top of one of our bluebird boxes and wondered if he was one of the two babies that had left the box a few weeks ago or if he was the male that fathered the two babies. I'll probably never know the answer to that.

Only 59 days to go!

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Day Late

 Okay thanks to the bad storm we had last night, I wasn't able to post this photo that I took yesterday. Just as I was getting ready to post it, the power went out! I was so upset because I have been trying so hard to post a photo a day for the past year, although I have missed a few days already, I didn't forget last night! The weather didn't cooperate! Ugh!

Anyway, as I walked back to the farthest corner of our property to take some photos of my hibiscus bush, this little wren poked his/her head out and started yelling at me for getting too close to the box where they are nesting. I was totally surprised that it didn't come flying out as it usually does when I venture too close. I got really excited that I was close enough to get some really good photos and planned to share this yesterday but you know what happened! ;-(

To make up for missing a day, I am posting a second photo of one of my Stargazer Lilies that I took this morning. Notice the rain drops from last night's storm still clinging to the petals. I am just in awe of these gorgeous flowers and can't seem to get enough of them! And their fragrance is amazing!

Only 60 days to go!

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Love these Vitex blossoms! So pretty!
Only 62 days to go!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pretty Petunias

These petunias seem to be loving the planter they are in because normally they don't grow for us very well at all! I am so happy they are growing well because they are so pretty and I am really enjoying them!

Only 63 days to go!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


....my Stargazer Lilies have opened! I have been so patient waiting for these gorgeous flowers to open up and share their beauty with me! I was not disappointed! Hope you enjoy their beauty as well!

Only 64 days to go!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Quick Post

Beautiful purple blooms on our Vitex bush.
Only 65 days to go!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baby Praying Mantis

Every year, we find a baby Praying Mantis in our garden. This one looks to be about an inch and a half long and I'm pretty sure it's the same one I saw a couple weeks ago when it was very tiny and I almost stepped on it. I'll have to keep an eye on it and take more photos as it grows.

Only 66 days to go!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hibiscus Flower

Real quick post tonight as I've got other things on my mind. My mother-in-law is in the hospital and quite ill so it's been difficult to focus on anything else but here's one of my hibiscus flowers I wanted to share with you. Isn't it gorgeous?

Only 67 days to go!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Yes! We have some tomatoes!

Aren't they awesome? We have been waiting it seems like forever for the first tomatoes from our garden and here they are! Finally! Can't wait to bite into one of these!

Only 68 days to go!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Yummy Bread

Yummy zucchini bread I made a couple days ago! You know it's zucchini season and we have a ton so I will be using it in just about everything I cook! You may see more yumminess from me soon!

I modified this recipe to make it a bit healthier by substituting some of the oil with applesauce, used whole wheat flour & organic rice flour instead of regular white flour plus used about half the amount of sugar (I used organic) called for and lo and behold, it was extremely yummy! We didn't even miss the sugar. 

So tell me WHY do companies that make our foods have to add so much extra crap when it really isn't needed? I don't get it! This loaf of bread was so yummy that I will NEVER go back to the old recipe.

Only 69 days to go!

Friday, July 6, 2012


Love this silhouette of a robin sitting on a fence. 
He seems to be pondering what to do next.

Only 70 days to go!

Thursday, July 5, 2012


This goldfinch feeder was the best investment we made back in the spring. Every day we are entertained by these beautiful yellow birds and many red house finches, too. Lately there's even been some young goldfinches and house finches hanging out with the adults. We totally enjoy watching them all.

Only 71 days to go!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Young Bluebird

Looks to be a young male bluebird hanging around our birdbath. I wonder if he is one of the babies that hatched in one of our bluebird boxes! It would be nice to know he survived the whole traumatic 'leaving the nest' experience.

Only 72 days to go!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Come here often?

A robin and a goldfinch hanging out at the birdbath almost immediately after I cleaned it and added fresh water. 

Only 73 days to go!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Flowers & Grasses

Thought I'd share a photo of some of my flowers and grasses. I love how they look when viewing them at an angle along the driveway. So many pretty colors to enjoy!

Only 74 days to go!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

No bluebirds.....

.....in the bluebird box but we sure do have some happy little wrens that seem to love the box. This little thing sits up on top of the box just a singing his/her heart out almost all day long! Too funny!

Only 75 days to go!