Catching the Flowers Between Thunderstorms

I took advantage of a break in the weather to snap a few photos of the iris blooming in the front yard. They are such a nice pop of color as they tower above the surrounding catmint. . .  and then I was chased back inside by the rain. Thankfully, I do not have a photo of my Saturday morning green bean replant in my nightgown, a jacket and mud boots. . . A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.


“Down Home” Card Answers Sketch Challenge

I guess I’ve been in the patriotic mood lately with Memorial Day on the horizon and Independence Day not so far behind, so that’s right where my mind went when I saw the newest Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I really like rustic papers when it comes to stars and stripes, but I actually have VERY little patriotic paper. *Gasp* A shocker, I know. In order to achieve my desired look, I roughed up, painted and/or inked everything I used to give this card a tattered look. With the addition of the raffia and the stitching, it kind of has that “down… Continue reading »


This Tortoise Lives with a Hare

So most of you probably know the old story of The Tortoise and the Hare, where the tortoise wins a race by keeping his pace slow and steady while the hare is out having a good time, taking naps and visiting with friends. This means the tortoise probably packed his lunch of celery, water and flax seed for the road and never stopped to indulge on “brunch with the girls” or “mom’s night out.” Now I ask you, what seems like more fun? After all, didn’t the hare still finished the race even if he wasn’t first. I’m sure I would… Continue reading »


Don’t Pet the Dragonflies and Bumble Bees

This beautiful little guy (or girl, I’m sure I don’t know the difference) showed up in our front flowerbed yesterday evening and decided to stay awhile. Wasn’t it nice for him to cooperate long enough for me to grab the camera. Of course, our son wanted to pet it. He wants to pet everything, except animals typically in need of petting. Just once, he would love to get his hands on a bumble bee. He says, “but they look so soft.” He has agreed not to go after the bees that frequent our catmint by the mailbox, but I know that… Continue reading »


A Little Peach and Roses

It has been awhile since I participated in the Operation Write Home sketch challenge, but I took a little time for myself this Mother’s Day weekend to do a bit of quilting and crafting. This sketch was actually basic enough to make for a quick card creation, even with the spin on interpretation. There’s no bling, just the basics on this one, but it still turned out pretty cute. I used Authentique’s Humble Bundle 6×6 pack for all the papers, added a stamped sentiment, inked the edges and added a line of stitching. I usually keep my paper sewing machine at… Continue reading »


My Son’s Sorrow was Mother’s Day Gift

Well I might be the last to wish all of you a Happy Mother’s Day, so here’s to all you ladies everywhere who sing lullabies, wipe tears, wipe bottoms, deal with teenage heartbreak, pay for college or marry off children this year. May you all be strengthened, empowered, joyful and blessed in the coming days. . . and, of course, I hope your family treated you right today. As for me, my little one woke up from a nap yesterday afternoon with a temperature and sick to his stomach. The poor guy felt terrible and I felt equally saddened at his predicament…. Continue reading »

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