Saturday, December 9, 2023

Animal Crackers - Resting on a friend

Howdy - 

Visiting the Ladies yesterday - they were really interested in food and Dad was running late to feed. But I did get some attention and ear scratches before he came out. 

Irene seemed to be in the middle of everything. Seems she was the donkey to be leaning on -  resting on a friend for sure!


She is a good height - Juliet and Irene are good buddies and together a lot of the time. But then again Juliet thinks she is in charge of all the ladies. Like they are "her girls" She is such a sweet BIG Girl herself. 

Now this photo you have to take a second look at... LOL Very odd head position there and made me look again for sure! That is Vicki resting her head on Irene now!

Really cracks me up how strange that photo is - I am use to the close up long ears!  Not the head on backwards photo!
Fancy is great at the ears pose!

Ouch Loud Hee Haw right in my ear! Jolene seemed to think I was being rude taking photos and not feeding them. And she let me know it big time! 

OH Irene finally got to rest on someone herself! She was leaning over on Macey - But at this point I was loosing them all. 

Here comes "Dad" from the house to feed... Yep no more photos of the donkeys now! 

On my way back towards the house I tried and tried to get my sweet Penelope's attention... she would barely even give me a glance. 


I can just hear her... "Sorry Mom but these weeds are coming through the fence in the wind, if I don't eat them someone else will notice and get them instead!!" She was one busy serious eater! 
Snapped a photo of how big the outside boys are getting now. There are three of them and they are usually never very far. Grey Beard the Pirate (Hubby named him... sigh) Grey Beard is usually always near the back porch in the backyard. 

His brothers Orange and Tangerine venture out a bit more... they follow their Mom at times and she wanders way off. But at least I don't have to worry about more kittens from her now. Fixed and all Good! Still pretty skittish from us - but we did trap her in a cage haul her off and she spent a week getting her turn to get fixed. But she is home and back to her own happy spots now. 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend - gunna get cold here this weekend. Our first real chance for a freeze. I am hoping we miss it as all this green grass to too much of a blessing for the fur kids to eat so late in the year. But it is December so we are past due - 

HUGS and -


Monday, December 4, 2023

High Hopes Stamps - Let Us Adore Him

Howdy - 

This week for High Hopes Stamps I chose a sweet image - with a great sentiment. I hummed the entire time I was putting this one together. This image is "Let Us Adore Him"

Sweet image! And I just love the sentiment also from High Hopes Stamps "Let Heaven and Nature Sing!

I colored with my Copics (colors below) and found papers from Pink Paisley papers deep in my stash. They are all stacked up on kraft card stock for a base. A simple card - and I wanted something just a little additional but really didn't want bling or flashy on this one. I went digging deep in my drawers and found this cute little Fiskars punch of a music note! That fits perfect with my sentiment and my humming going on! 

Copic colors used - 

Simple card and I missed my sewing machine with this one. Sigh... its on the fritz again. I need to do some internal cleaning on it. Seems all my paper sewing does build up some fuzz inside and I just need the time to clean it. Time... uh right. 

Hope you enjoyed my card - and please pop over to High Hopes Stamps website and see all the glorious images to play with! You will love them... and fill a cart fast I am sure! 

Have a blessed day - 

HUGS and

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Animal Crackers - Tribute to Ellie

Howdy - 

Sad hearts around here this week. Ellie went to sleep one night last week, and never woke up. She has been getting slower, not eating as much and just not feeling well. Was doing a little better then went down hill fast. Old age does that I suppose. 

One of our first donkeys all those years ago and a huge personality she will be missed horribly. 

A beautiful girl, that we purchased looking forward to her having the same beautiful babies as her. BIG eyes, Long ears, and a scream that you knew across the entire property. She sounded like a screaming toddler. A very very loud screaming toddler. Neighbors would even comment about the child screaming. Sadly she was never able to get bred. But she was still an important part our family. 

The hardest part about raising our fur children is loosing them. And so many of our kids are getting pretty old. Ellie Mae was mid 20's - that is pretty good for a donkey. They can live much longer... look at Darlene now over 32. But as we all know everyone is not the same. But it is still hard loosing one of our fur kids. 

Ellie Mae was always wonderful with her fur. She would get so furry in the winter, and then totally slick off like a super model.

She was a big heart in our family - Center stage in all the girls.

She was also a great Guard Donkey - Always watching and listening and at alert when she felt something was off -

Our hearts break loosing any of our kids - but loosing one of our first really does hurt deep. Hubby really had a special bond with Ellie. When we first got her she loved for him to stand over her like he was riding her. I always laughed... if he really did ever sit down on her that would be one wild ride.

We will miss you Miss Ellie <3 - And feel blessed that you were part of our family - 

HUGS and have a blessed weekend -

Monday, November 27, 2023

High Hopes Stamps - Woodland Stocking

Howdy - 

Back again today with a Christmas Card for High Hopes Stamps - This image is so sweet and great for your cards! This is Woodland Stocking -  love the country feel of this image!


I have also been testing myself to use some non traditional colors lately. So for this one I found some scraps from my stash, and went with the colors of the animals and then loved the blue and lime green the rust color. So off to the coloring to match! 

The pattern papers have a kraft card stock feel to them, so that is what I used for the base of the card. Sewing things down with a zig zag stitch. The sentiment is also from High Hopes Stamps. "Scripty Merry Christmas"  A favorite as it works with so many types of images. To finish it off a few enamel dots

 Copic colors below-

Different - yes, but I think I like it. I know I love the image. Country adorable! 

For LOTS and LOTS of image to have fun with click HERE to pop right over to the High Hopes Stamps Web store. 

Have a blessed day - 

HUGS and

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Animal Crackers - Thanksgiving Week

Howdy - 

What a week! LOL Only Hubby and I decided the weekend before Thanksgiving to totally repaint our kitchen! Oh My... 

Took down my antique yelloware bowls from on top of my kitchen cabinets. Seriously needed washing for sure! After clean we set them on the floor so Hubby could paint above the cabinets... Bubba was happy and comfortable! 


He was so happy and I hated to tell him they were not put there for him a new bed. And then - Ferrari decided the size smaller was just right for her! 

They slept there very happily until we had to remove them and put the bowls back. Now we just pray they don't find them on the tops of the cabinets - so far they have not ever gotten up there! That I know of.... 

Would you like to see the finished kitchen? I know it really isn't animals... but I am really thrilled with how it turned out - Hubby out did himself and it it was all done before Thanksgiving Dinner! Whew.. .wasn't sure that was going to happen.

New paint, and new backsplash. Which I adore! Love that vintage tin! The kitchen is brighter, cleaner feeling, and I still get to show off my collectibles. Yelloware, and Cobalt Blue and White Graniteware. 

OH! And he also got up this antique door I've been saving for years! I wanted this barn door on my utility room forever, and this was the perfect time and I love it! 
So so happy how it all turned out! And I have some room to do a bit more collecting too :0) 
Now I thought I should show off  few animals this week along with my excitement of my new kitchen. 
Snapped this funny one of Miss Juliet - She was waking up from a bit of a nap when she realized I was coming. The funny part was the background. 

Patti is back there flirting with Raffie! Poking her head through the fence and just teasing Raffie... Oh Patti! LOL

To finish off this week Thelma wanted to say thanks so much for visiting! Pretty girl!  

Hope you have your weekend Animal Crackers Smile! 

HUGS and

Monday, November 20, 2023

High Hopes Stamps - Goliath Christmas Mouse

Howdy - 

 I am not ready for it to be time for Christmas. This year has been a blur! But that doesn't mean it isn't coming fast. So time to color up some Christmas cards. And this little image from High Hopes Stamps is just to cute and too perfect for a sweet card for a friend! This is Goliath Christmas Mouse

Colors and patterns are a little non traditional. But I just loved the soft red, and greys. And the circles worked well with me kie cutting out the little mouse! 
Goliath is colored with my Copics (colors below) and then added sparkle with Nuvo glitter pen. And Nuvo white for his tie on beard. He is just so cute! I cut him out with a circle and then matted with a stitch circle. My papers are from Sassafrass and I just adore the scallop edge that is made on the paper. All sewn down with a straight black thread. 
The sentiment is from High Hopes Stamps "Merry Christmas" and punches out perfectly with an EK Success ticket punch. 

Simple but sweet! 

Copic colors used - 

For more fabulous images to play with for your holiday cards click HERE to pop straight over to the High Hopes Stamps Web store!

Have a blessed day!

HUGs and -

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Animal Crackers - All Grown Up

Howdy - 

All Grown Up... Josie is such a pretty little girl! She has really gorgeous coloring, just like her Dad that silky black. But girl I think we need to talk about those whiskers... 

She really does have some long long WHITE whiskers! LOL still a beautiful little girl and gorgeous expressive eyes!  

Miss Hannah also has grown up to be a beautiful lady as well. But she still loves on her Momma Bella. Caught them doing a little donkey hugs and scratches yesterday morning.


You scratch my back - I'll scratch yours! Sweet Sweet Sweet! 

Found Abigail and Gracie taking a little late morning nap in their breakfast. They were both totally snoozing! Didn't even care that I had walked up and was snapping photos.

Then I realized... uh where is Penelope???? She is never far from her Momma, Abigail.  I went in the pen and searched and searched... wait missing a couple of other girls too... heart racing... Ok all is well... 

All three missing girls were back behind the hut. I have no idea what they were up to. What they were whispering about? But when Mom wakes up I am sure she will scream out and Penelope will know she wandered off too far and needs to go back. Ha! She is a full grown girl, but Mom has just never let her be grown up. She is attached to her and keeps her close at all times. 

I then went and chatted with Miss Olive Oyl. She had a prime spot up in one of the larger huts with the morning sun shining in on her. Was a chilly morning but the sun was coming out and she was enjoying it! 

I have to admit it felt really wonderful! I would have picked the warm sunny spot to nap after breakfast too. 

Speaking of napping. Came inside and found McLaren curled up and out cold. I've been putting off turning on the heaters - so it was just a tiny bit chillier than normal. So she squished around in one of the quilts that is kitty approved to lay on and made a little nest to roll up and take a cozy nap.

Now that was a place I really would have loved to join in on! Sigh... too much going on, no nap time. But it did look inviting. She did finally open up her eyes just a peek. I think it was the look of .. turn the lights off and leave me alone. Ok - wish granted. 

Hope you have a smile again this week. And that you have something wonderful planned with family friends and some furry children! 

Have a blessed weekend - 

HUGS and