Monday, September 14, 2020

High Hopes Stamps - Welcome Fall - Hay Ride!

Howdy -

We had a little teaser of cooler weather here last week. I got all inspired to pull out the Fall colors and images!! This High Hopes Stamps image "Hay Ride" is just too much fun to color!

I just adore these country farm images from High Hopes Stamps... Can't you just see how much fun that chicken is having on this hay ride? I colored with my Copics (colors below) and shaded with a few pencils. For my papers I found some My Minds Eye printed kraft papers that just were too yummy with a Fall card. The layers are sewn down with both straight and zig zag stitches. I love how the image pops on the soft printed papers. For the sentiment I found High Hopes Stamps "Welcome Fall". LOVE this "sign" sentiment. If I thought it would work I would hang out a sign to welcome the cooler weather to stay! 

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You just must pop over to High Hopes Stamps and see all the fun! I first fell in love with the country farm images at High Hopes Stamps, but honestly there is something for everyone, every need! 

See the website HERE 

Thanks so much for looking and have a very Blessed day! 

HUGS and 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Animal Crackers - Pretty Girls

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The other morning I went out to visit with the Girls and say Hi. They were still finishing up their breakfast, but a few had enough to stop and visit with me. 

Vicki was the first to look up and acknowledge me. 

Look at those eyes staring up at me. So beautiful. Macie and Ellie Mae just kept on eating as if no one was there... 

Then she came over for some lovin'. 

Ok, so she was a dirty mess. But she still got lots of lovin' from me. I am use to dirty donkeys. Really she is a beautiful girl isn't she... then she brought over her little friend Pepita.

Pepita is just as sweet but just a bit more timid at times, others she is pushy friendly. So I loved on both girls, they didn't end up having babies this year. We will try again next year I suppose. 

I then went over to talk to Irene about a baby in the future. She really wasn't in the talking mood. She was still more interested in breakfast. 

But I did get her to look up for a pretty photograph. She has such a calm personality. Then at times she is right up front and demanding all the attention. I love how they all have such different personalities, all wonderful on their own, but as a group they all have their place. 

Ok one more collectible to show off this week. This is a porcelain donkey baby that Hubby got me right after we got Raffie, he looks just like Raffie as a baby. 

I pass it in the cabinet and grin thinking about my little "boy" ... and now we have a son from him that also looks just like him. "Big Al" 

Hope you got a smile this week - They sure make us smile. 

Have a wonderfully blessed weekend - 
HUGS and

Monday, September 7, 2020

High Hopes Stamps - Chris Mouse Dreams

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A Little Christmas Dreams - or should I say "Chris Mouse Dreams

Isn't he sweet... put out his Cookies and Milk for Santa. I colored with my Copics (colors below) and found some Country Christmas papers from My Minds Eye. A Country Mouse should have country colors. I layered things up and sewed them down with zig zag and straight stitches. The High Hopes Stamp "I believe!" is perfect for this little guy. I added some Nuvo white for the milk glass. 

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Have you gotten a head start on your Christmas Cards yet? High Hopes Stamps has a whole bunch of fabulous images to help with that head start! Head to the web site store HERE 

Have a blessed day - 

HUGS and 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Animal Crackers - Cloudy Day

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Oh my... rain rain please come our way. We need rain, and yesterday it was raining everywhere around us... storms would move right at us, break apart then re-fire once they passed us! We are starting to take this very personally! Praying for future predictions to actually hit here! Yesterday it was cloudy and dreary most all day. I went out to snap some photos and found the young men goats playing in their water and flirting with the girls. They are flirting pretty much 24/7 now a days.  Even when trying to be cool and manly, these boys stop their snorting and girl calling to run over for attention and head scratches. They are very sweet boys after all. 

Alvin Jr. came and was showing off his baby blue eyes at me, and his very wet dunked beard straight from the water bucket.


He is always so very sweet, even if he is sticky and nasty. LOL Love this guy and his baby blues! 

Speaking of Blue Eyes.. I found Alice looking out the lady goats new side window. 

Goats are so destructive... sigh... I can't tell you how many times Hubby has fixed, replaced and reattached the side of their hut... But Alice does look like she enjoying the view from the side of hut, but before cold weather that new opening will have to be fixed again. 

I decided that I would try and get a photo of the young donkeys... well they had a different idea. You see it was much cooler than it has been, cloudy and well they were feeling like being rowdy and playing! 

Hanna paused just long enough for me to snap a photo of her resting her head on the fence. She is such a sweet girl. Just wish I could have gotten a better photo... but you can see how sweet she is in those big brown eyes... 

A few minutes later Jose and Hanna stopped to take a minute to "scratch" each others back. 

Love the look on Josie's face, HA! She is like not now Mom! They seemed to really be hitting the right spot and enjoying it! Funny girls... I didn't get a photo in time, but their Mommas Jolene and Bella was doing the exact same thing the other side of the pen. Was too funny.

I came inside and couldn't find Gato... every once in awhile she gets in a bad kitty mode and likes to try and run outside. And lately she has actually made it a couple of times. I did not want to chase her around the back yard or especially up the tree! So when I couldn't find her I had a small panic. Then I went into the Living room when I remembered her new spot. Since cleaning out we have a trunk under a window... I put a quilt over the top of it and Gato now has claimed it as her own window bed with a view. 

Look at that innocent look on her face, You been looking for me?? I've been right here taking a little cat nap. 

Thought I would show off another favorite "thing" around the house. This time a kitty... and some roses. 

First the Kitty Teapot - its not super old, or valuable. But I love it. It technically is Hubby's, he collects all kinds of cat things. I remember the day we bought it, years ago. A great day out antiquing just the two of us, end of the day and there it was on a shelf. Not anything we normally was out looking for but it stood out and we had to have it. It has personality. It sits in my corner cabinet on the top shelf where we can see it every day. Behind that Kitty... something very special. Those are the silk roses from our wedding. We sat and made those roses with my Grandmother before our wedding day... Grandma and I sewed, Hubby wrapped them with tape and put them on wires. Then we filled them with bird seed... I have saved that little grouping of them for over 33 years... It is a nice happy memory of Hubby and I spending time with my Grandma. Miss her, but have lots of special memories like this. 

Hope you got a smile today - Cooler temperatures and a little bit of rain makes us and my fur kids happy and smile! 

Have a blessed weekend!
HUGS and 

Monday, August 31, 2020

High Hopes Stamps - Bunny Family

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The new High Hopes Stamps August release has some adorable images, and this image of "Bunny Family" has so many uses! 

Now it is over 100 degrees while coloring, and I was thinking of cooler temperatures, green grass and well.. SPRING. I love spring and around here we have lots of bunnies hoping around the farm. I always assume they are from one large family, so seeing this Bunny Family I just had to color them up to look like the cute little cotton tails around here. 

Colored with my Copics (colors below) and then matched up a sparkle paper from My Minds Eye. It has heavy glitter to it, love that! For my sentiment I found the High Hopes sentiment "Say Spring?" I know my ears perk up and get happy when I hear "Spring!" I punched out the sentiment with a very old EK Success ticket punch, then used a Copic around the edge to create a faux border for the ticket. 

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There are so many fabulous new images in High Hopes Stamps August 2020 release! To go along with will their great collection!! 

Have a blessed day - 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Animal Crackers - Handsome Smiling Donkey

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Decided this week to start off with my Handsome Smiling Donkey - My Man Raphael "Raffi

He is so handsome right? Such a sweet guy too! The inspiration for the name of not only my blog, but our business. he is famous! Ok in my little world he is famous - a very well loved! 

Peso was making his high pitch pay attention to me noise... and he just was posing too perfect for a portrait. 

Ok, he is stinky ... but handsome too! And I love his grin! 

Now beautiful... I think this is one of the top three sweetest girls we have. 

Crissy has always been super sweet, friendly and calm. Calm is a rare thing in goats you know... LOL 

Miss Ellie Mae - one of our original donkeys purchased YEARS ago. She never could get pregnant but her personality has made her very special in our hearts. 

She has a voice all her own, and loves to call out when she sees one of us. Beautiful!

Fancy Pants... another of the older ladies. She is a protector... 

We use to have her in with other ladies when they are breeding but she... well... she would "protect" her girlfriends and run off and kick the men. We learned that she has some issues and needs to stay at all times in the ladies pen. LOL GIRL POWER! 

Ending off today is another protector... Big Girl Juliet - 

She must have been really hungry for her breakfast... 99% of the time she is front and center for attention, but when out taking photos this last week... she barely acknowledged me... I did get a look and nod. I think this was a "come back in a bit ok?" 

Hope you have a smile from my fur children. And I hope you and your family are safe and blessed this weekend. 

HUGS and -

Monday, August 24, 2020

High Hopes Stamps - Dreamy Dragon

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How can you not love a a sweet "Dreamy Dragon" this cute? He is from the new release at High Hopes Stamps. Adorable! 

Used Copics (colors below) and pencils to color up this cutie. Went with light pastel colors as he is so cute and all. And for added fun Nuvo sparkles so he shines and has bling. And since this felt like it needed more sparkle I found papers from Paper Studios that has lots of sparkle to it. All the layers are sewn down and then the High Hopes Stamps sentiment "Lg. Fancy Happy Birthday

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Fun bright card for anyone's birthday. For LOTS of great images to play with! Click HERE to get there fast and find lots to color! 

Hope you enjoyed! 

and have a blessed day!

HUGS and