Tuesday, April 22, 2014

High Hopes Challenge - One for the Girls!

Howdy -

Today is the High Hopes Challenge and it is a really fun one this week! "One for the Girls" LOVE GIRLY CARDS! This week I went into my older High Hopes images for a favorite! And perfect for the challenge!!



This is Gertie, Millie and Hattie! Three great "Girl friends!" And they work wonderfully with the sentiment "Chicks with Hat-itude!" Just cracks me up! I colored with my Copics, colors below, and them found some very girly pattern papers from First Addition called Rose Garden. Really yummy papers! They have some great texture to them, and wonderful rich colors. I used a piece of lace, sewed things together and then added some mulberry roses with leaf punches. Girl enough?

Here is the inside - all the same papers -


And the Copic colors used -


Now you need to pop over to the High Hopes challenge - see more of the DT inspiration and then please do join us!! You can have a great chance to win some High Hopes stamps to play with!

Have a wonderful day!
HUGS and

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gardening Sunday - Things are looking good!

Howdy -

First let me wish you all a Happy Easter. I hope you are blessed with lots of friends and family to share today with -

Well this week was one that we just held our breath and watched the garden. A bit of a cold snap with some frosty nights this last week. Hubby held off planting anything else from out of the greenhouse or starting anything else new until the frosty nights were over. This week he should have some better progress.

Speaking of progress....


The Squashes are all doing great after their hail damage... We have little veggies starting over again! The beans... well they are just too sad to share photographs.

But these little guys are doing well!



Right before the hail storm Hubby planted some Watermelon seeds. We at first thought that maybe they washed away, but they didn't and they are really putting on some leaves this week.

Now this is really exciting too! Don't you see...



Last weekend Hubby planted two long rows of corn. Just for fun, not sure how they will do, but lookie......



Think I should get extra butter at the store this week? I will hold off for now, but every seed he planted is coming up so far! We have a neighbor that does acres of corn, and I always want to pull over and "borrow" a few and Hubby won't let me. But I am thinking I won't have to get in trouble stealing any if these keep on growing! And if they all do there will be lots to share too!

Now that the weather is warming up again and the threat of frost looks over, Hubby will get back to the tomatoes and cucumbers that are still in the greenhouse. Oh and the grapes too. We both are really watching the tomatoes really close, they slowed way down with the cold. The tomatoes are both of our favorites and we have I think 3 or 4 different kind this year.  I can almost taste them.

Oh.. one more photo - - -



 Found this gorgeous little one in the greenhouse yesterday - Isn't he just beautiful! Love how a garden and plants bring out so many pretty things in nature to see. And yes, there are some scary and bad too... but I won't think about those today.

Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Easter with friends and family -
Hugs and -

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Animal Crackers - All about the Goats... babies :0)

Howdy -

This week it is all about the Goats - I told you last week that some of the girls that we sold to a wonderful couple have had babies. Well she has been so kind to share photos of the babies with me. I don't have any goat babies this Spring.... But this week we have things in the works for Fall! Peso got two Ladies. And Frankie got Four! Three of the younger girls and then Annie went in on accident so now she is there until pregnant. Tired of chasing goats and she gives pretty babies and is a good Mom.

I captured a photo yesterday evening that cracked me up. I guess Frank is showing off that he can still fit inside a bowl to Miss Alice. She didn't seem amused, more like get your feet out there I eat out of that!

These two should hopefully give us some stunning babies. Both Black and White and both those stunning ice blue eyes!


We also put in Gracie with Frank... I have been waiting for this for two years! All though at this point she was staying high up away from Frank... not to sure about this guy thing... Vera also was put in with Frank.



Now I know you are wanting to see those babies... not talk about future babies! 

Speaking of FABULOUS Black and White with blue eyes... Lady Di had twins... and are they royalty or what??



Lady Di's Sister, Camilla also had twins... and oh my these are stunning!!! I am so jealous of all the color and all the blue eyes!!


I believe that Camilla was bred to Peter... Remember that stunning hot shot boy we had? Well he and Camilla really out did themselves! WoW Love that color!!

Then she also has Betty Davis!! And Betty had triplets! All different too! Looks like Triplets was requiring a nap for Betty...



Here is a close up of Betty's Boy.... Oh my just melts my heart! LOVE THOSE EYES!!! He got Betty Davis's eyes huh?




 Cuteness overload huh?

Was going to add a photo of our baby Patricio for you but that guy was too interested in being in the big pasture with all the Ladies. He really is proud of himself over there! I'll get some during the week for you next week before he starts growing up to fast.

We have a family coming this morning to see the donkeys. They think they want a pair for their ranch. One of those happy sad times for us. We need to sell sell sell... but we hate to have any leave us. Sound like a wonderful family and a pretty place though... so I will share my donkey love -

Hope you have a wonderful day -
Be back tomorrow with the Garden!
HUGS and


Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter Card!

Howdy -

Today I have an Easter Card! This image just made me smile when I saw it. Whimsy Stamps artist LiaStampz Digi's are a favorite for me, and "Bunny Costume" is just a cutie don't you think?



Colored with my Copics (colors below) I went with some bold coloring and just a tiny bit of shading for the costume. Easter Bunnies need to be white right? Used up some scrap papers on my desk from My Minds Eye. Added a satin green ribbon, lots of mulberry flowers with leaf punches. Then I printed out a Whimsy Digital Sentiment "Easter Sentiments" This is a wonderful collection of sentiments! And a great deal too!

Inside are the same papers -


Copics used -



I am having so much fun with all these spring fun images! And there are so many new ones at Whimsy! And you can have them so fast and do so much with Digitals! Change the size - add together - print in different colors.. Have you tried Digital Images yet? Head over to Whimsy Stamps Digital Images and see all that there is to offer! Digital Sentiments are a must!! Go ahead and give it a go...

Hopefully the weather is going to be nice today. Hoping to do some Spring cleaning outside and then a bit inside as well today. Yesterday the sun never came out and it drizzled all day... very yucky depressing feeling. I love the rain don't get me wrong but love that Spring Sun when I am outside!

Hope you have the sun where you are!
Have a wonderful day
HUGS and

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

High Hopes Challenge - A Sketch!

Howdy -

Todays High Hopes Challenge is a sketch - isn't it wonderful to have a sketch provided sometimes? I don't have to think about the layout at all. Just follow the sketch!

I decided to play with the new image - "Sitting Shelby" One really adorable little turtle don't you think?


I colored with my Copics (colors below) Then I found some older papers in my stash from My Minds Eye Home Collection - rich earthy colors that work for a turtle card right? The sentiment is also from High Hopes and is perfect for Shelby - "Wishing you a turtally awesome birthday!" Great Guy Card!

Here is the inside -


And the Copic Colors used -


Quick fun card I think! Now the sketch is over at the High Hopes Challenge Blog I do hope you will join us and you might win some new images from High Hopes!

Chilly day today ... planning inside jobs for me. Other than that quick run out to love on a few animals. wink wink... Not sure what happened to our wonderful Spring weather, it decided to hide for a little while and mean old winter came back to show us he is stronger I guess. I will just keep looking towards the Spring that should be back in a day or so!

Hope it is nice where you are - And that you have some time to do a little crafting too!
Have a wonderful day -
HUGS and

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gardening Sunday - Moving Forward After the Storm

Howdy -

Well as I said in an earlier post this week we had some really bad storms here first part of the week. I hailed constant for over 30 minutes. It covered the ground and we actually still had piles of hail the next morning! It was unbelievable. And not so nice to Hubby's beautiful garden!

The green beans took the worst of it.


Hubby says they will come back but it will take a while before I can have the pot ready for cooking..

The Squashes also took a pretty good bashing, Hubby has picked a lot of the bad leaves off and they are already looking worlds better than they did.


After we pouted just a bit about the damage Hubby decided that it was more than time to put out the tomatoes. So he has started sorting and planting them out in their planters. I mean what are the chances of another hail storm right? I will share the varieties next week once they are all in - 


No I am really proud of Hubby... I had no idea he had saved the strawberries from last year! But he surprised me today and not only showed me healthy and happy plants, but there are already strawberries showing! 



We went into town the other day for "supplies" and found a few more grape plants. I do hope these do well once "we" he he he Hubby gets them in the ground.


 So things are moving on around here. Spring has Sprung! Things are green and growing! I love Spring!

Hope you have something pretty growing where you are!
HUGS and -

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Animal Crackers - Donkey Hugs!

Howdy -

Well the weather has been really gorgeous here the past few days - first of the week we had some horrible storms and lots of hail.... Yes the Garden will be shown tomorrow and it ain't pretty folks. But today is all about lots of cuteness!!!

Now you will have to just let me go on and on about our baby Patricio... or as his we have been calling him "Pac Man" - He has so much personality and is just a total love...

He LOVES to give Donkey Hugs!


He puts everything into it! He leans so hard on you is front legs come off the ground! Wish you could see his little tail... it was going a million miles an hour! This is really fun, adorable and cute now.... as he get bigger and full grown.... well you can imagine! LOL

"Dad" is explaining that he is already getting big and gonna have to not lean so hard. In reality... Hubby loves it and wouldn't change a thing.... How freaking adorable is that furry face! PacMan... I am talking about, but I do love Hubby's face too...



Patricio then decided he wanted a close up...


It does let you know under those bangs he has adorable big brown eyes!

Snapped these yesterday morning.... PacMan had already done a few laps around his little pen and was napping...


He finally did sit up for me. But you can tell he was sleepy still...


I know you might be bored with all my baby photographs.... but we are just so in love with this guy I just can't stand it!!

I did get emails this past weekend that some of our goat kids that went on to new homes ... Well they are Moms! And a DAD!!  Lady Di - Camilla - Betty all have had babies this last week!! And there is one proud Dad that we know as well!! Peter!!! I have gotten a few first born photos... I will see if we can get some bouncing photos to share next week! So proud - these are all some of our prettiest kids and they though we miss them, they have a fabulous new family home and now have babies of their own!

To end.. I did snap one really sweet photo yesterday ----


 Miss Chica ... she is just so beautiful. She was watching the donkeys off in the distance running - If you note.... her "baby" The Flea was right there behind her. Always is close...

We have been letting Patti and PacMan out into the large pen during the day with all the girls... so I probably will do the same as I did yesterday and spend time going in and out to check and make sure all is happy - I know I am a dork... LOL

Have a blessed wonderful day -
Hugs and