Saturday, May 26, 2012

Unexpected Delight

I'm not going to bore you to tears with remorse on not blogging. Life is what it is and yesterday was a beautiful page in mine. No, wasn't productive but it was enjoyable. Weather was magnificent and thanks to a constant wind, I was delighted by the scent of lilacs filling my "craft cave" that is currently more than a bit over whelming. I decided to go out and enjoy the smell close up and see if I could get a photo of the white lilacs which grow in our side yard. Why, you ask? For some reason, I have always loved the white over purple; normally as soon as the white blooms, it rains and turns them an icky, dead flower brown. I wanted a shot to remind me of the beauties they are.

Well, one thing led to another and I decided to snap a photo or two of the purples as I have a stamp for lilacs and have always struggled in capturing the shading correctly. Photo for future reference in the winter months to practice. Here is the first shot and need I remind you, the wind was blowing if it seems a tad blurry.

 While I snapped this photo, my eye was caught by something around the flower. Feel free to enlarge the one above and the next few if necessary to see if you can spot it.

Getting obvious? If only I could capture the smell while taking these, or the excitement of having it land on my hand. This is the best I can recreate and reward you for your perseverance in following through this post.

I normally leave with a parting thought and think this one sums up my post: 

 The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.

Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

One last thing to share. As dusk was settling over, I attempted a photo through my living room window. Apparently we have new parents at our house. Yes, momma and papa Cardinal have built a nest in our shrubs. Couldn't resist snapping this of the proud papa watching over the babies while momma was off eating. He gets very nervous as our kitties now have cat TV with the opened front window and are very vocal, trying to lure him closer, while he babysits.  I hope to count how many babies there are over the week-end. 
Here's wishing each of you beauty and enjoyment wherever you are.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Hello to anyone that might be out there yet!

Just popping by to say I actually made a card this week. Hard to believe isn't it. The last five months have gone so quickly in grand baby time and yet so slowly in crafting time. I'd bet my bottom dollar you want to see what I finally created...

Sorry, can't do for two reasons. No, make that three reasons. First, I have been up a really loooong time today and am tired (those who know me will say "so, what's new there?") Two, I did not think to take a nice photo due to the excitement of finishing something I had actually started. Three and most important of all, it's a secret for someone participating in the Secret Pal section of Anything Goes on Paper Craft Planet. I will tell you I am happy with how it turned out and that's saying a lot. Just have a little faith in me.

Oops, I said three reasons when there are actually four. The fourth is the torturous process of relocating a craft area due to a certain little man needing a crib in my house so he learns to take his naps. While I love him to pieces, this move is tearing me to shreds. The stuff you accumulate. Thirteen steps, up and down, over and over...I'm no spring chicken. The fact that the new area has no closet or shelves. At my current rate the move might be complete in June and by July I should be able to work on last year's Christmas cards for my many lovely friends who have been waiting a very long time.

Enough rambling as I need sleep to dream of lazy days doing nothing but coloring while I listen to a little DO in the background. That's what I call a sweet dream...