Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mustard Yellow and Lemonade

We had ameba pizza for dinner last night. When John asked ‘what’s for dinner?’ and I replied ameba pizza!, he made an ewwww face.

Ok, so it wasn’t really ameba pizza.  It was a pizza I made that looked like an ameba though. This was my first time making a homemade pizza and that crust and I went round and round. Ha! Round and round. I crack me up.  But actually it didn’t go round and round at all.  Hence, the ameba pizza.  I finally gave up and just put the odd shaped crust on the pan and called it a pizza.  Clearly I need more work in the pizza department.

You know all those lemons picked from our tree?  Well, I juiced 40 of them and ended up with 2 quarts, plus a couple of odd bottles and a pint container.  Here’s a pic of part of them.

Lemonade here I come!  And broiled fished and lemon meringue pie. Yum.

Here’s a greeting card recently made.  Love the cameo. Always wanted one when I was younger.  I think they are just so romantic looking. 

I used Crate Paper papers.  I absolutely love, love, love Crate Paper!  Some of the designs remind me of vintage wallpaper. You know the kind you’d see in your Nana’s house. 

That’s all for today.  I’m off to run some cat errands.  They are soooo demanding.  They think we are their Butlers for crying out loud. 

Until next time,

Monday, January 23, 2012

Such a Purrfect Day

Yesterday was such an wonderful day.  You know, one of those days when you feel like you can take on the world?  Well that was yesterday.  I started getting the garden ready for planting, John helping me with the hardest parts, did some much needed pruning and planted some lemon balm and a hanging basket with impatiens.  Doesn’t sound like much does it?  But as a fibromyalgia sufferer, it was everything!  One of those rare days with very minimal pain.. I was on top of the world :-) 

Such a beautiful day too.  Perfect temps and a light breeze.  We hung the hammock up.  It seemed to be calling us.  Hey, you two, over here.  And, of course, our Allie was all for that.  She loves to relax in the hammock.  She thinks it's hers.

Pulled most of the lemons off our tree yesterday too.  Love our lemon tree.  It has these HUGE lemons, lots of juice and it was a volunteer tree to boot.  We didn’t even know we had a lemon tree until a couple years ago and BAM! I spot a lemon on the grapefruit tree. Ha!

Aren’t these great?  In total, we pulled 60 off the tree.  And there are still more.  So today I have lots of juicing/freezing to do.  And when summertime arrives…  let there be lemonade. 

And of course one of the kids had to get in on the action.  No Bailey, this isn't something you can eat.

Nothing going on crafty yesterday although I did make this little valentine pocket with tag recently.

I love to make pockets.  This one starts with a little Kraft paper envelope I made then lined with Basic Grey Kissing Booth collection.  Love the little cupid. 

Until next time,

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Getting A Home

Bear with me as I post another story about cats. Yes, it is clear I love-love-love them.  Actually I love all animals. How can you not when you look at their little faces and see all the hope coming from their eyes. Ahh.

So today I want to show pictures of several of the cats in a colony I’ve been taking care of. First, here’s the story (from my original blog) of how these cats came to be in my care.

This blog, Purrfect Whimsy, was the initial blog I started. At the time I thought I would keep just the one. But then I thought (gets me in trouble every time) that I should have a blog more in combination with my Etsy shop name. And soon I realized I was not going to be able to pivot back and forth between the two trying to keep up. So, I’m just posting to this one. Much easier and I can spotlight animals when I want, crafting and this and that.

So, I digress. Sorry. Here are pictures of some of the colony.

Lots of black and whites here. Look at this little girl.

Is that not the most precious little face? I named her Lola. She is the first in this colony that I was able to socialize. This little face peeking through the fence was there to greet me each day as I showed up to feed. Sigh. It just melted my heart.

I’ve been able to get Lola a forever home. So thrilled!!!!! Not seeing that little face peeking out as I arrive each day is bittersweet, but there’s more to the story. I’ve been able to visit her and help getting her adjusted to her new home. It’s been a win-win. And when I come to visit, little Lola comes a runnin’ when she hears me. It just fills your heart doesn’t it? Yes indeed.

Stay tuned for more from this colony.

Until next time,

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pockets and Purrs

Remember the cat I was finally able to trap around Christmas?  Well here he is.
I named him Grayson. He’s really sweet but sometimes he has a look that will stop you in your tracks. John says he looks like a body builder that’s hasn’t built his lower body. You can see a little of that in this picture. Big head and then the rest of him thins out. Bless his heart.

He’s the only solid gray cat in the colony. I really don’t see many grays around. Lots of black and whites, tabbies and oranges, but not grays. Apparently the grays weren’t invited to the parties very much. Probably because they act huffy puffy with others :-)

Some of my favorite materials to create with are paper bags and Kraft paper. Something about that natural background that I love. So many possibilities. I love to make pockets with them. You can tuck so many things into them and then give as a sweet little gift. Wrap a homemade cookie or treat in a doily, tuck in the pocket and you have a sweet little gift for one! Personal and heartfelt.

Here’s a recent paper bag project. 

Slip a candy bar, cookie or other treat in one of the pockets and add a little handmade card or note in the other.

That’s it for today.

Until next time,

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Note to self

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a list maker.  Grocery lists, things to do lists, what to take on trips lists, book lists, you name it. I love lists!  Big ones, fat ones, short ones, tall ones, thin ones. Such a handy dandy thing to keep you on track.

A number of years ago I kept a running list of to-do projects in our home. Loved crossing through the things we completed and looking back later to see how much we had accomplished within a certain amount of time. I then took the information from that list and entered it into what I call our “Home Sweet Home” binder. The binder is a compilation of everything about our home. Year built, year bought, appliance upgrades, room and paint colors, when painted, etc.
I made this list pad yesterday.

The cover is cut from white cardstock, then I dressed up the front with some shabby layers. The pink wrinkle ribbon is from Prairie Bird Boutique. You can find them here. Beautiful colors, generous yardage and the bundles are sweetly packaged.

Maybe this inspires you to make a list of your own.

Until next time,

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year

Well we didn't stay up until midnite but we did wake up shortly after hearing the neighborhood fireworks.  Surprisingly they didn't last as long as they typically do.  So back to sleep we went!

I'll start taking Christmas decorations down this week. Wrapping everything carefully and tucking it away for another year.  It's a slow process but for some reason always seems to take less time than putting everything up.  I love all the decorations but by the end of the holiday I am ready to get my house back in order. 

A little card to share with you today.  Fresh pinks and greens. Love the cottage look. 

Until next time,