Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This evening I used some scrap pieces of Whoops A Daisy papers and one 12 inch square piece of cardstock (cut into three 4 inch widths and scored at 4 and 8 inches) to create a purse size accordion album, just the right size for a friend's preteen daughter's school photos of herself and her friends.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This evening our DD's friend called to tell us the happy news of her engagement!
We're so excited for her and her fiance!
I whipped up this fast card tonight using these Close To My Heart products:
Whoops A Daisy papers
Ocean and Watermelon inks and markers
Congratulations (Dainty Thoughts); "Be Yourself" girl stamp (May Stamp of the Month); HAPPY everything (With Love) for the inside sentiment
A blingy Sparkle on her hand (one can never be too big!)
and nonCTMH ribbon ...
I'll surprise T with it tomorrow, trusting she won't have any time to look at my blog tonight. I can't wait to see her very heavy left hand. And I'll be sure to wear my shades.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Tree shadows in the duck pond
Shadows behind our kitchen sink
Our backyard tree--the view from our corner office window
Lantana hanging basket hook & tree shadows
If you like photography and people's unique perspectives, be sure to look at the Shadow Shots each week on Tracy's HeyHarriet site! She posts amazing collages of shadow shots from around the world. Just in the short time I've been participating, I've gained a keener eye and greater appreciation of this art form.
I didn't have to go searching for these shadows--they just popped out at me when I least expected them. I almost missed the backyard tree shadow with the sun setting so quickly.
Enjoy! And be blessed in God's beautiful world!
Friday, May 22, 2009
It's not just about the hot dogs, brats, beer, boating and camping. Memorial Day is a national holiday that started after the Civil War, one remembrance day that has since become an entire long weekend. Families used to go to patriotic parades, attend gun salutes and place flowers on cemetery graves. Some still do, but for many it's now all about ball games, a lake getaway, BBQs and picnics, and a weekend to sleep in and/or get yardwork done.
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Have a safe, happy Memorial Day, one of true remembrance and thanksgiving.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
The Lemonade Stand Blog Award
Congratulations, ladies, and thanks again, Jaime!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Spring is just gorgeous in Missouri (however, we don't like the tornado warnings!) ...
What a lot of rain we've had to help make the grass, trees, and bushes so lush and emerald green.
As each bloom appears in my garden areas, I slip on my gardening clogs and grab the d-SLR and shoot away ... I love keeping a gardening journal of all the iris and other blooms. Some of the hybrid irises didn't bloom last year, so they must be taking turns! What fun surprises!
It's been challenging to capture the photos between the thunderstorms, and the high winds predicted for tonight might do some damage. If that happens, I'll have the slideshow to reminisce.
These are some of my favorite Bible verses about grass and flowers and His promising Word:
As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear Him ... Psalm 103:15-17
All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field ... The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:7-8
See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? ... Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself ... Matthew 6:28-34
Blessings and more!