Saturday, April 12

M4H P52: 15/52

I went shopping today.  I don’t like to shop.  I have to psych myself  to go..  UGH!    I don’t like dealing with the other shoppers.  Because of that, I usually do most of my shopping on line.  

I had a couple of great coupons about to expire and I really needed a pair of new jeans.   A few weeks ago, my employer started allowing salaried employees to have Friday casual day.   I get to wear jeans to work!   It’s only one day a week but I’ll take that!

As you know,   the new style of jeans are  worn and have the white stitching.   I had a hard time finding a pair that wasn’t frayed or full of holes.   I can’t wear those to work.   I found a pair of long jeans and a pair of Capri's. I love them.

This weeks word -  WHITE


PS…  I also bought a couple of pair of shoes..  It was a successful shopping day.


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Sunday, April 6


As I walked down the path along Indian Creek, I was looking and studying everything.   I wanted some macro shots and I wanted practice.   I took a lot of photo’s.  Some not so good.  I adjusted the F-stop many times to see the different bokah effects. 

Mother Earth is rebirthing.   Buds of life are showing up everywhere.  I took pictures of a few of the shrubs along the creek as they’re starting to leaf.  I took pictures of a couple of trees in bloom.   Most of my pictures, quite honestly, are well….. weeds. I know I need more practice but that is part of the fun of the adventure.    

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Weeds have such tiny delicate flowers.  Most of these tiny little beauties only measures about 1/4” – 1/2” across.   I found yellow, white, purples and pinks.   So pretty. 

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I got down on my hands and knees and practiced taking some close ups.


I even took some close ups of the tree bark and pine needles,

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Here are a few from home.   My tulips are starting to get some color. Tulips are my favorite.

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Hens and Chicks


I hope you notice all of the beauty that is around you today.  Get out and enjoy nature.

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Saturday, April 5

M4H P52: 14/52

I took my camera out today.  Last year I bought a Canon 100mm macro lens and have used it only a couple of times.   I decided to use it and play around with the settings.   I took a walk down to Indian Creek this morning.   It was such a beautiful day out.   Mother Earth is awakening and coming back to life after her season of sleep.    This busy little bee was gathering pollen on a bright yellow dandylion.  His little legs were covered.  Even weeds can have a certain beauty about them.  The brightness radiates Spring.

Word this week:  Radiate



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M4H P52: 13/52

I live in the desert.  I’ve mentioned this before and I’m sure I’ll mention it again.  So many people don’t realize that Southwest Idaho is the desert.  Yes, we are surrounded by mountains, but the lava rock and sagebrush is closer.  I drove about 3 miles out of town and took a picture facing North East.   That snow capped mountain is where Bogus Basin Ski Resort is located.  At the base of that mountain is our Capitol City, Boise.  

It is a vast state that I live in.  We are surrounded by farmland, sagebrush and mountains.

Word for week 13:  Vast



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Saturday, March 29

Random Craftyness

Is Cratyness a word?   Maybe it’s craftiness.    Oh yes….  That is!

I made a couple of RAK’s which I enjoy doing randomly.   It’s nice to occasionally cheer a person’s day; whether it’s their Birthday, or their un-birthday.   Either way… It’s fun!    Everyone wants a little joy in their life.

These exploding card boxes seem to be the big thing right now.






Just a fun spring flowery card.






And of course a special birthday!





Products used:   Silhouette Cameo, CTMH: Sunset, Orange, Chocolate. Cosmo Cricket. My Minds Eye. SU watercolor crayons. Buttons. Twine. Rhinestones. Echo Park: Sweet Girl. Doily. Tim Holtz distress ink: Vintage photo. Diamond glaze. Circle punch. Old sewing tool. SU – Yippee Skippee, Happy Watercolor.  My Favorite Things: Blissful Butterflies. Liquid Appliqué.


Have you done a Random Act of Kindness today?


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Thursday, March 27

Not Your Typical Baby Mini

Don’t get me wrong.  I like pink.  I like all shades of pink and believe me there are a lot of pinks out there. 

My cousin’s daughter had a baby a few weeks ago.  I made this cute little baby album for her new little daughter Gracee.   I didn’t use the typical baby colors, but I did make it girly. Now that she received the gift in the mail, it is safe to share.






Aren’t the colors fun?    I know!  There are a lot of pictures but I really want you to see it all.





There are many places to add pictures and journaling to remember the special moments.





I used stickers, buttons, twine, washi tape etc…..  I like to use Tim Holtz Distress Ink – vintage photo to distress all of the edges.  I think it gives it a finished look.





Here are instructions on how I did it….

Paper Bag Scrapbook 6x6

You will use 4 #8 brown paper bags. Lay one down, turn the next in the opposite direction, until you have all four stacked. Sew a seam down the center. Fold in half and punch 3-5 holes. I use my Cropadile.

Staple down the inside flaps.

Cut the following sizes of CS (Cardstock) and B&T paper (background and texture).

4 – 5”x 5 1/2” CS

4 –X Large CS circle punches.

4 X Large B&T Circle Punches.

12 – 5 1/2” x 5 1/2 “ B&T

4 5 1/2 “ x 3 1/2 “ B&T

4 5” x 3” CS

I like to ink the outside edges of all of my B&T paper and CS with a coordinating color, or with Tim Holtz Distress ink (Vintage Photo).

You will need several colors of coordinating ribbon. Cut several 5” strips of various colors. Tie these on the spine of the scrapbook. ( I add mine after the rest of the book is finished so that is lies flat while working on it) Cut 4- 2” strips of ribbon. These will be to attached to the 5” x 3” pieces of cs. These pieces will go in the inside flaps of bags (great for journaling or small photos).

Glue a 5 1/2” x 5 1/2 “ piece of B&T paper on each flat page including Front and Back.

Glue a 5 1/2 “ x 3 1/2” piece on outside of each flap. Glue a Large Circle CS on each 5x 5 1/2 “ CS. Stagger these so that they will look like tabs inside the book. Glue a large B&T Circle on each Large Circle. These will be inserted into each bag opening (front and back can be decorated.

Embellish and attach photos and journaling as desired.

Extras – Ribbons, buttons, staples, chipboard, stickers as desired. The paper kit I used is: Echo Park - Sweet Girl Collection





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