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

Monday, November 13, 2023

High Hopes Stamps - Santa in Chimney


We are getting really close to Christmas! This year has just flown by! Have you started your Christmas Cards yet? High Hopes Stamps has so many fun fun fun images to play with and make your cards perfect for you family and friends. 

This week I pulled out Santa in Chimney! I just love the magic how Santa pops down that Chimney!


I colored Santa with my Copics (colors below) and then cut him out. While digging for some Christmas papers I found some older Graphic 45 papers that I knew would be great to pop ole' Santa onto! Perfect Winter Background sky! And loved that vintage Santa pattern as well, so I sewed them together with a zig zag stitch, then stuck Santa down leaving a little bit of base at the chimney to add some Nuvo White paint for my snowy roof top! 

Now Santa... he needed a little more magical bling so some Nuvo glitter paint on his fur trim was perfect addition. The sentiment, also from High Hopes Stamps, I one of my favorites! "Celebrate the Magic of Christmas" It is just the sentiment to use with our mystery of magic on how Santa gets down those chimneys! I punched it out with an EK Success punch then did a faux red mat with a Copic marker. 

Love how this one came out. Wasn't sure about the black card stock base, and zig zag thread. But I love how it makes everything else pop once all together!

Copic colors used -


To see all the fun at High Hopes Stamps and get your perfect image for this years cards - click HERE to get there fast! LIKE MAGIC!

Have a blessed day- 

HUGS and

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Animal Crackers - Hubby Photographer

Howdy - 

Well I took another week off... Oh I am much better, not sick. But well... It came time to get out and take photos yesterday and I just chickened out. A cold front moved through, it was very muddy and drizzling. So I smiled at Hubby and asked him to please head out and take photographs for me. He thinks he can't take good photos. But this weeks shows he is much better than he thinks. He did a great job! 

First up he went out and checked out Ellie Mae. She has been pretty sick. But is doing so much better! She is even putting on a little weight! Moving around well and screaming out for her breakfast each morning. That is the best sound in the world! 


Vicki was nice enough to look up and pose for Hubby. She is such a beautiful girl. Dirty most of the time, she loves her dirt or mud rolls! She should be a stunning white with black and brown spots. But well... lots of dirt there! 

And always close to Vicki is Pepita. Gorgeous ... like her Daddy, Black Jack.

This girl is so bonded to Vicki. And honestly is not at all happy unless she is close. 

Miss Macie took a second to look up from her hay to pose for her photo. Macie has always been special lady to me. She is so sweet, calm and loving. And I love her long eyelashes and big brown eyes. 

Getting older, and a little more of that white grey coming in. Beautiful! 
Speaking of more grey coming in. Hubby got a fabulous photo of Fanci Pants. This one really shows off her big eyes. And sweet spirit. Oh and that grey.... 

He then moved on to the goat pen. They were not cooperating as much but he got a few good photos. Miss Jackie stood still and looked right at him for her photo. She is a pretty goat. Love her coloring, adore those ice blue eyes!

And as for more ice blue eyes. Miss Gracie. If you need to snap a pretty photo - you can always count on Gracie. Our super model. Big blue eyes, gorgeous coloring, and her perfect smile! Always that grin from her! 

I think Hubby did a fabulous job. And he took so many wonderful photos to share this week. Don't you think??? 

Have a wonderfully blessed weekend - 

HUGS and

Monday, November 6, 2023

High Hopes Stamps - Angel Bear Scarecrow

Howdy - 

Fall is here and I love coloring fall images. Today for High Hopes Stamps I pulled out Angel Bear Scarecrow.   

Love how much is going on in this image. The bear is adorable especially with the angel wings. The fun straw hat with flower, crows on his shoulders, turkey hiding behind him and then the pumpkin sitting out front. Fun to color with my Copics (colors below) and then added Nuvo glitter pen to the wings because wings have to have sparkle. 

Found some older Basic Grey paper in my stash that I layered up on a kraft card stock base. No sewing this time as my machine is really acting up. Why is it I feel like I just didn't finish my card without my sewing?? 

The sentiment is also from High Hopes Stamps "Happy Fall Y'all" I created a faux border in orange with a Copic marker. Then digging around I found just enough orange enamel dots to add to the sides. I really need to stock my stash as my color choices are getting low. LOL 

Copic colors I used -

Fun fall card and fun to create. For you to have some fun pop over to the High Hopes Stamps Web Store HERE and fall for lots of fun! 

Have a blessed day- 


Saturday, November 4, 2023

Animal Crackers - Close to the House

Howdy - 

This week for Animal Crackers I stayed close to the house. Picked up a bug, and I am much better but most of the week I was pretty much out of it and not wanting move far from my snug warm quilt. No worries I am better... but my photos this week are close to the house - First up is this cute photo of Miss Ferrari - Hubby took his ficus tree outside to cut it back and fertilize it. That left this bowl empty! Oh my an empty bowl you just must curl up in!


She was so happy in this bowl. Not sure if it was comfort or just that she got there before anyone else to claim it. Funny kitties. 

 A couple of weeks ago I got a box delivered. I opened it.. yes it is the paper gift bags I ordered. And then the box was squashed and made into the perfect bed as well. We have cat beds for these kitties I promise! But nope... bowls and boxes are much more comfortable! Or at least fun. This box was a sort of throne for a few days. There were lots of "discussions" on who was going to claim it. 

Bubba won most of the time. Then again he wins most of the time anyway he is the only guy and the largest kitty. Or it may just be that he has the hardest head and doesn't give up until he gets what he wants.

Next is a photo Hubby took of Miss Moxie... The donkeys breakfast hay is always a great soft place to take a nap. Especially on a chilly morning!

I think this is a sort of super model shot with a little funny of a tongue sticking out! She is such a wonderful dog. Love her so much she always warms my heart! 

This is an older photo I took and sent to Hubby one afternoon. I don't think I shared it but it was too cute when I came across it so I wanted to share it.

One of the outdoor kitties enjoying one of Hubby's concrete flower pots. Tangerine loves to lay across this one. Pretty kitty. 

Now to some very sad news... This week we lost Sweet Pea. Hubby said to me on Wednesday that the cold front was really effecting Sweet Pea and she was not moving around as much or being herself and he was keeping a close watch on her.

She rolled up in her hut Wednesday night to go to sleep and just never woke up. She was never acting sick or anything. Just not herself. And I guess it is best that she didn't suffer and just fell asleep. I will so miss this girl. 

Her funny grin, and those pop eyes that always reminded me of her Grandma Lilly.... Love you Sweet Pea - Thank you for being a part of our family.

Have a blessed weekend and please hug your furry kids.

HUGS and