Monday, August 18, 2014

Anything Goes challenge...

I love to watch art videos and lately I am hooked on watching very talented artists making greeting cards with a variety of techniques. When I saw that Simon Says Stamp was holding an "Anything Goes" challenge I thought I would give it a try... you can find the challenge here.

Now I have very little card making supplies, so took me a few hours to decide what would work. lol I used my only 3 colors of distress ink that I own (must get more one day soon... love it), and 1 of only 2 stamp sets I own. I need to start picking up more supplies soon... I had fun making this!

This card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, and was created on Strathmore Mixed Media Velum Surface 140 lb paper. I used Tim Holtz distress ink pads in 3 colors: Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint and Tea Dye. I used my square paper punch, and a butterfly stamp from a set I got at Wal-Mart, unfortunately I don't know the name, I didn't keep the packaging. I also used my Martha Stewart score board to make the outer card as I didn't have any on hand.

The colors in the top image are the closest to the actual card.



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tonight's super moon...


I had to stay up to see it! Didn't see any signs of the meteor shower yet! Will check tomorrow night! Beautiful view, hope you all got to see it!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

My new rock garden...


I have been wanting to do a rock garden for a few years now, because I can't garden with my allergy to wasps and my mother can't handle it anymore. So in Late July I started planning it. It was a ton of fun, but worth it in then end!

Thank you to my friend C and her husband T, they helped A LOT. lol


My weed garden produced beautiful dandelions but it looked horrible. So I really wanted to fix that. These are just some of the beautiful weeds my garden started producing at the beginning of July lol.








July 21st - THE BEFORE PICTURES




July 29th

Thank you to my neighbors M & B, for pulling all of the weeds for us, they did an awesome job!




July 30th - 33 C / 91 F

My friend C and I went on a rock garden shopping spree, we bought 8 bags of rock and some other decorative rock. Then we put down the liner, and started putting the rock down. We were both sweating to death... why did I pick the hottest days to do this ? lmao This was a seriously hot couple weeks.





August 6th - 29 C / 84

Today my friend and I went out and about, first we went to a greenhouse and butterfly garden, then a 2nd greenhouse and then over to a rock quarry to get rocks for my new rock garden, then after we unloaded 1/23 of the rocks and were sweating to death from the heat lol . 

You can check out my pictures from the greenhouse and butterfly garden here.



We got a truck full of small rocks and quite a few big rocks for $32, we had already bought $100 at Home Depot lol... but we never even thought of a rock quarry. We could only use 1/2 the truck load, my friends took the rest home to use around their home.

















August 7th - THE AFTER PICTURES

20 C / 68 F

At 8am I started emptying the big rocks out of the left side and off of the top of the right side... then at 8:15am or so my friend Carol and her husband arrived. Her husband did most of the shoveling and I helped. Carol put down the liner on the left side and took out the smaller rocks.

I may add some decorations to it later, but it looks way better!



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back to the greenhouses & butterfly garden...

Today my friend and I went out and about, first we went to a greenhouse and butterfly garden, then a 2nd greenhouse and then over to a rock quarry to get rocks for my new rock garden, then after we unloaded 1/23 of the rocks and were sweating to death from the heat lol (more about that in the next post). It was 29 C / 84 too hot for doing this lol

THE GREENHOUSES

Wow what a difference from when we went in May, not nearly as many flowers and plants, but still beautiful and a lot of fun!



These birds are rescues and live in the greenhouse. 















This moth or butterfly was flying through the greenhouse, think it came from outside, nothing like this in the butterfly house. It is beautiful and landed on the perfect plant for me lol







 This butterfly landed on my friends head LOL




































This is a Button Quail family. They have 4 babies two days old, they are the size of a quarter. The first picture is the Daddy with 1 baby, they were off adventuring. The other photos are of mom and the babies. There were also lots of single birds roaming about.














Petting Zoo


These 2 pictures were taken May 21st, this is to show you how little these 2 Dorking chicks were.



Now look at how big they are, so neat to see them older. Beautiful birds.


This is an outdoor sanctuary... beautiful!




This was at the rock quarry... not sure what kind of bird this is! 


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