Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 Week by Week-weeks 25 and 26

And just 10 days after my birthday, it's Giants birthday, yay! I had fun with this layout, adding little things symbolic to him and us; for instance,the vintage book page in the background is about a cowboy from Wyoming, the tag under the pic of him shaking a cocktail is from a 50 Cent song we like, a cut out a 'Gemini Man' horoscope for fun, etc! And of course I had to add lots of banners and word stamps to make it celebratory!
This layout of checking our hives was a lot of fun-this Tim Holtz paper is a perfect background! I lightly stenciled a honeycomb pattern over the paper with a Heidi Swapp stencil and Glimmer Mist to give it some texture.  I stamped and journaled in the upper left corner and added some text from a magazine under the photo. The tag over the right side photo and the label under it have the quote, 'The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.' by Thoreau. I glimmer misted the back of the banners I used on the birthday layout on the other side of the page so they went with this layout. Finally, I added a dried flower by melting beeswax and lightly covering the flower with it. To finish, I added a Scrabble tile B.
The lake layout was a lot of fun to do. We found a gag-gift 'Giant Lure' in our friends cabin, so of course I couldn't resist that photo op lol! I cut my 'good times' title out of a patterned paper pack, and added the words Lake Seminoe. I got some great pix of Giant and FarmGiantDaughter skipping rocks across the lake, so I featured my favorite one by framing it. I journaled right on the page, added some stamped butterflies, bees and phrases, added flowers, a clock face and a tag to finish.
I finally got to use some of the peacock stamps I've been collecting on this layout lol! I stamped the background of the patterned paper with the peacock stamps and well as text and star stamps. I added some flowers, and butterfly and some labels, journaled on the paper and added a little bit of ribbon to finish.
 I've been doing a couple different paper arts projects lately-stay tuned for those coming soon- so once again, I'm behind on the week-to-week album again lol! Oh well, such is life! Until next time, happy scrapping and happytrails!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Quote of the Week

"Some beautiful things are more dazzling when they are still imperfect than when they have been too perfectly crafted."
La Rochefoucauld


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shut UP Puppy Cuteness! II

Seriously?
Really?
Shut UP!
Look at that little face...ohmygawd!
Although they're still basically slugs...
they have started oozing around a little bit...
I think they're eyesight is better and they can see a little more clearly now...
Brother even holds his head up and looks around for a minute...
which is quite exhausting lol!
And they're starting to peek over the edges of their baskets...
but mostly they just lay around and sleep in a really cute way lol! Hurry up and PLAY with me puppies! Until next time, happytrails!

Friday, August 22, 2014

2014 Week by Week-weeks 23 and 24

Still stayin' scrappy and catching up! This was a fun layout for me...since Giant and I are both Gemini's, I cut out our horoscope and added it to my birthday layout, along with  vintage strawberry and happy birthday ephemera, 'kindred spirits' that I cut out of a magazine and a clock face...
The layout opens to reveal more Gemini facts, the receipt for Cletus the metal rooster Giant bought me for my birthday along with the receipt for Cletus, which added up exactly to our lucky number, and an ephemera piece of twins for Gemini.
Love these pics of the mares! Added some stamping, crystals, vintage sheet music and a fringe. The quote reads 'the wind of heaven is that which blows through a horse's ears.'
I couldn't resist this little girl ephemera piece...it just looked to me like she was calling the hogs, lol!
I had a lot of fun with this layout of the girls riding. I used some of my TweetyJill cowgirl stamps, love the 'cowgirls just wanna have fun' and the heart/horseshoe stamps especially!
I hinged the bottom right photo with deco tape and did my journaling on the inside, love the Tim Holtz background paper and how well it co-ordinated with the journaling spot and the Heidi Swapp letters colored with her Glimmer Mist! Until next time, happy scrapping and happytrails!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Here a Chick, There a Chick Fowl Doings

Archimedes started setting on some eggs a few weeks ago-she tries to brood every year, but she usually just broods for a few days, then quits. Last year she hatched a chick, and immediately threw it out of the nest and it died. SO, I was not all that excited about her brooding! But after about 6 tries at brooding, she finally hatched a chick...AND didn't kill it, hooray!
It is a very fast and shy little chick, hard to get pix of-probably a very good survival skill, and the only one they've got! It's literally about the size of my thumb!
Archimedes is very proud of herself and her new chick!
And Dad is pretty proud too, he stands guard 24/7!
We moved poor Peg in with Archimedes and her rooster; she was just getting knocked around a lot by the other chickens and the turkeys, but now I think Archimedes is being mean to her....I just don't know how it's all going to work out for poor Peg!
The lone barn chick is doing well too...
It's totally camouflaged in this pic!
It sticks pretty close to Mom; the other chickens peck at it when it gets too close to them.
It's probably pretty tough being the only chick in the flock!
In other news, we're building a run out of t-posts and net for the Peacock Palace-and of course Giant has an ingenious way of setting the t-posts; I hold the posts in place, then he pushes them into the ground with the Bobcat bucket...way easier and faster than digging holes!
We got the posts set and the netting stretched out...then we ran out of supplies, so we'll have to finish next week...I'm really excited about it, can't wait til the turkeys and peacocks can come outside!
Speaking of peacocks, they are growing fast! They've all got their crests now, and the India Blues are starting to get iridescent feathers on their necks. We think we've figured out the male of the India Blues; we'll be able to tell for sure in a few months from the feather patterns. The Whites are much harder to sex, since they're, well, white lol! So we won't know for sure what sex they are until they get full plumage.

The littlest white one is quite the character, hope it keeps its funny personality!
And The Littles are just their own little tribe lol! Until next time, happytrails!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch; Part XCI

There are millions of happy sunflower faces this year... 
and almost as many Russian and Canada thistles...






















even though the thistles are classified as a weed, they are so pretty, especially with the sunflowers...
OK, on to puppy news, which is why you're really here, lol! The puppies are starting to move around a teeny bit more...we're getting them out of their basket and trying to get them to move around some...which makes Mommy very nervous!

 

Beetle finally got up the nerve to have a good, close look at them...he instinctively knew to be very careful...












The puppy isn't even as big as Beetle's muzzle lol!
 

 

Gus has gotten a little closer to his progeny, but they still make him nervous and Orchid doesn't like it, so Baby Daddy is still persona non grata!


















Awww, what a cute little family!
and look at that ooodoo-boodoo face!
In other news, the pigs have gotten enormous-they're almost as tall as the fence! We're hoping Lucretzia Boargia is with piglets, but have no proof that piglets are in the making...
and the goats have gotten so bold now that they sleep on the deck on Beetle's bed! In fact, they got to be such a pain in the neck, underfoot all the time, eating all the chicken foot, etc. that we moved them back down to the barn...
While we were fixing a hole in their outside run, Beetle startled this mother rabbit-see her in the front of the pic? And it's hard to see in the pic, but you can see a little bit of baby bunny hanging out of Beetles mouth-Shame on you Beetle! We made him drop the bunny, which was unharmed, and mother and babies were reunited safely!
Stay tuned for a shut UP! puppy post and happytrails!