Authentic or Faux — My Forsythia Struts Its Stuff

Igot so excited when I rounded the house this weekend to find my forsythia bush blooming! I immediately cut several stems to take the place of the faux flowers I wrote about only days before on my post “Five Tips for Displaying Faux Flowers.”

This cheery card is a perfect way to brighten someone's day. . . complete with a little shaker surprise!

Country Cuteness from Mom’s Garage

I took an old canning jar, a partial can of off-white spray paint, twine and twigs and quickly whipped up a cute little country-style home decor.

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

-Margaret Atwood


  • spring for the fall
    Cards & Crops

    Dash of Spring on a Gray Fall Day

    I need to get my card-making mojo back because this simple sketch took four tries to produce something that cut the mustard. Sometimes that happens when I have fewer constraints. Somehow it’s harder to focus on one idea when the sky is the limit. Still, I managed to create a cute little spring inspired card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketch challenge, which helped ward off today’s gray sky blues. I used Simple Stories’ Vintage Bliss 6×6 paper stack for this card and flipped the sketch on its side. I used two different scallop punches for the accent pieces, tied ribbon along the top and, of course, inked all the…

  • my garden
    Life as I Know It

    Green Beans, Goulash & My Garden

    My son and I are making a quick weekend visit to my hometown for my great niece's high school graduation (which is finally happening), and after several hours on the road it's always nice to sit down to a delicious home cooked meal. Mom whipped up a huge batch of very cheesy goulash for the three of us, but I supplied the tasty side -- fresh green beans.

  • In the Kitchen

    Seed Cake Recipe for the Birds

    When the flurries are flyin’ and you’re stuck inside, why not bring a few birds to your window with these homemade birdseed cakes. I had my doubts when I first tried this recipe, but they really are easy to make and the birds love them.

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