Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Week 36 Dane and his fiancée were here to visit! I used some gorgeous late fall style patterned paper and some lined paper for the background, added the photos, stamped 'family portraits' and used letter stickers and plastic numbers for the week. I journaled on the patterned paper, added clock faces, flair buttons, buttons, pearls an arrow and a tag to finish the layout-love the pix with the chalkboard!
We took the kids to Estes Park for the day to shop and look at the mountains and the elk. We had a great time! I used dictionary style paper and a grid paper for the background, along with a floral paper and a polka-dot 'family' cut out backed with vintage book paper. I added stamping, a map tag with letter stickers to spell out 'estes park', word stickers. arrow washi tape, ric-rack, a polka dot flower and some twine tied around the main photo. I cut out a dictionary description and added it to the center of the heart cut-out and journaled in pencil to finish.
These photos that I took of the kids picking veggies from the garden for our dinner turned out pretty washed out in the late afternoon sun, but I love them anyway! This layout is very simple; a yellow and white striped background paper with journaled tags and some butterfly stickers.
I used one large photo of some of the produce we gathered from our garden for this layout. I backed the photo with a vintage hymnal song called 'the call for reapers'-very apropos I thought! I added a drawing of a lady in the garden from a magazine, and a vintage style oak leaf spray over her. I added some burlap tags as a banner to finish...slowly but steadily I'm catching up! Until next time, happy scrapping and happytrails!
Monday, December 16, 2013
"Even without being believed, magic can change things. It moves invisibly through the air, dissolving the usual ways of seeing, allowing new ways to creep in, secretly, quietly, like a stray cat sliding through the bushes." Janet Taylor Lisle
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
the prep began the night before-Giant made his delish lemon meringue pie, and we made a fabulous sweet potato pie, and prepped ingredients for the dressing...
We were up and at 'em early the next morning to put our 24.8 turkey in the oven...the smallest turkey we've ever cooked here at the farm! We grow our own heritage turkeys here, and they get huge! Can't wait to get our next flock of turkeys next spring-get on the list early if you want a free-range, hormone-free, delicious heritage turkey, they go fast!
And it's time to enjoy our sumptuous feast! Besides the turkey, the potatoes, onions and lots of the herbs came from our garden-our goal next year is to have at least half of our veggies come from our garden...After our feast was over...
and here is what Giant changed it to after our feast...notice the pie and the Scrabble letters? He changed them from 'grateful' to 'grr-ate-ful' LOL!
The rest of the critters on the farm aren't left out of the feast either-we took all the pumpkins we grew in our garden, and that I've been using for fall décor in the house...
the pigs each got a pumpkin half filled with pig goodies, although it took them a while to realize there was a pumpkin for each of them...
Of course we didn't leave the chickens out of the feast! My lonesome Americana who left the flock didn't get a whole pumpkin treat to herself...but she did get first chance at it lol!
As did Ozzie and Archimedes, even though they're too mean to live with the other Littles! By the next morning, there was no trace of pumpkin anywhere-the critters ate them seeds, shells and all-very efficient!
We had a wonderful days of giving thanks and sharing the bounty with our critters-hope Thanksgiving was wonderful at your place too! Until next time, happytrails!
Monday, December 09, 2013
Friday, December 06, 2013
Yes, August is in the books, hurray! I put the photo of all the orange/gold from our garden on this great peacock paper, and layered a transparency over the photo. I used a x-acto to cut around the peacocks head and layered it over the photo. I added a vintage dictionary description of 'Midas' in the lower right of the transparency, and added the word 'touch' with my Dymo label maker. I mounted photo and transparency over graph paper that I did my journaling on. I magazine cut-out of a butterfly with golden flowers, a piece of crochet trim, a clock face, a white peacock feather and some crystal flourishes finish the layout.
The reverse side of the layout is another photo of all the gold in our garden-Giant holding a big bunch of sunflowers, ahhh! I layered a banner with a dictionary description 'summery' and the words 'just bee', a piece of paper doily, a clock face, a banner with a large gold gem on top of a vintage music paper 'Only a Beam of Sunshine'. I used rub-ons on a 'honey beige' paint chip. I left the cut-off strip on the patterned paper named 'dance in the sunshine'. A quote from a magazine 'hide not your talents, they for use were made what's a sundial in the shade' by ben franklin, an arrow and some washi tape to finish.
For week 35, I used the same piece of patterned paper for both sides of the layout. On the front side, I colored some Heidi Swapp 'mistables' paper and layered it over the turquoise graph paper. I cut out some of the honey cells for the date, and along the edges for journaling. Washi tape, butchers twine, and vintage ephemera finish this side of the layout.
The backside of the layout is the other side of the same graph paper. I used another magazine quote that says 'geniuses are the luckiest of mortal because what they must do is the same thing as what they most want to do'. Patterned paper remnants, coupons, Cowboy Joe stickers and a piece of honey cell paper are layered behind this awesome picture of my handsome Giant!
Augusts folder got a super-fast treatment of just a couple photos and a patterned paper remnant. I'm deep into September layouts now, it's a race to see how much I'll catch up before the end of the year-don't want to start 2014 behind! Until next time, happy scrapping and happytrails!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The weather has turned cold, so that means the Yorkies have to wear their sweatshirts to go outside-Gus of course is very nice about it, but Orchid in her naughtiness sticks her tongue out when I put her sweatshirt on lol!
Piggies!!! Dang, they are so cute! They are very calm, didn't try to get out of the pen, weren't afraid of us, weren't afraid of the dog...but Chicken George the barncat came down to check them out-since they live next door to the chickens, CG was there already anyway, lol! The pigs ignored the cat...
and the cat tried to ignore them back, but the pigs freaked the cat out too much and he had to leave lol!
See the chicken door on the other side of the pig pen? Notice there's no chickens in the run? That's cuz they took one look at the pigs, FREAKED out and ran into their house...the pigs aren't afraid of anyone, but everyone seems to be afraid of the pigs!
this is what they'll look like by summer! This is their Auntie, you can see the babies on the other side of the fence for comparison...
I've never had pigs before-so I guess a great way to start is with Red Wattle pigs, an endangered, heritage breed, that has become highly prized by chefs...stay tuned for the rest of our pig adventure and happytrails!