Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch; Part XCI

There are millions of happy sunflower faces this year... 
and almost as many Russian and Canada thistles...






















even though the thistles are classified as a weed, they are so pretty, especially with the sunflowers...
OK, on to puppy news, which is why you're really here, lol! The puppies are starting to move around a teeny bit more...we're getting them out of their basket and trying to get them to move around some...which makes Mommy very nervous!

 

Beetle finally got up the nerve to have a good, close look at them...he instinctively knew to be very careful...












The puppy isn't even as big as Beetle's muzzle lol!
 

 

Gus has gotten a little closer to his progeny, but they still make him nervous and Orchid doesn't like it, so Baby Daddy is still persona non grata!


















Awww, what a cute little family!
and look at that ooodoo-boodoo face!
In other news, the pigs have gotten enormous-they're almost as tall as the fence! We're hoping Lucretzia Boargia is with piglets, but have no proof that piglets are in the making...
and the goats have gotten so bold now that they sleep on the deck on Beetle's bed! In fact, they got to be such a pain in the neck, underfoot all the time, eating all the chicken foot, etc. that we moved them back down to the barn...
While we were fixing a hole in their outside run, Beetle startled this mother rabbit-see her in the front of the pic? And it's hard to see in the pic, but you can see a little bit of baby bunny hanging out of Beetles mouth-Shame on you Beetle! We made him drop the bunny, which was unharmed, and mother and babies were reunited safely!
Stay tuned for a shut UP! puppy post and happytrails!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Quote of the Week

"Know that same spark of life that is within you, is within all of our animal friends, the desire to live is the same within all of us." Rai Aren


Friday, August 15, 2014

Shadow Boxing


I love shadowboxes and I know a lot of my artsy mixed-media friends do too!

 
I got both the shadowboxes really cheap, but they hung around for a while before I got inspired...Kyle always brings me birds nests and I was running out of places to put them, so I decided to make one of the shadowboxes to hold birds nests. I decoupaged some bird-themed scrapbook and vintage music paper to the inside. Then I lightly misted the box and the paper with some Heidi Swapp Glimmer Mist for a little shine. Then I just added nests and a few little knick-knacks. There's a nest and a vintage bird book that belonged to Kyle's grandfather on top of the box.
This typesetting box just needed a little vintage-ing, lol! I sanded down the corners and misted with Glimmer Mist...





















then I tore interesting pieces out of a vintage dictionary and decoupaged them onto the back of the box...
 
 hung it on the wall...






















and filled it with tiny tchotchkes! I've got big plans for making a beach-themed shadowbox soon, so stay tuned, and until next time, happy crafting and happytrails!
























 
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shut UP Puppy Cuteness!!!

Although the puppies still don't do much of anything besides sleep, they sleep darn cute! And I know you want it, so here's a whole post of nothin' but cray-cray adorbs puppies!
puppy tummies!
cheek-to-cheek puppies!
Ahhh, little sister has such a sweet little face!
And look at those eensy paws...
and that little tummy!




When you tickle July's face, he almost always yawns, so cute!
They get into some of the funniest sleeping positions...
so much cuteness in such tiny packages!
They look like the yin/yang symbol in this one lol! Stay tuned for more puppy cuteness and happytrails!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch; Part XC

Puppies! SO cute puppies! 
They've finally opened their eyes, baby girl Michonne was first. One eye opened in the morning, and the other opened that afternoon...
Little brother July Johnson, who tends to be a bit of a mouth breather, opened his eyes the next day...
He also seems to be the squirmier of the two and sometimes falls out of the basket...
Orchid doesn't pick them up by the scruff of their necks anymore, she kind of just pulls him back in the basket by his leg...he doesn't cry when she does it, so I guess Mother knows best!
She continues to be an excellent little mother...
To us, it seems like the puppies are growing like crazy...
and getting so big...
but as you can see, they are still quite tiny!
Poor Gussie is still persona non grata...Orchid hangs out and plays with him a little more now that the babies are a little bigger, but she still won't allow him near the puppies...
In other news, we've continued to get a lot of rain, and our garden is flourishing...
We had to go to Craig Co on business last week...
clearly, they've been getting plenty of rain too, everything was so green and the wildflowers were amazing...
all my pix were taken out of the car window, so are a little blurry, but you get the idea lol!
Speaking of rain, there's lots of little temporary ponds around right now, which means...
time to catch tadpoles! We got about 170 of them in less than a half an hour! We brought them home and put them in the back yard ce-ment pond and the horse tank...
Stay tuned for an all puppy cuteness blog coming up soon, and until next time, happytrails!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Quote of the Week

"If I were flying, I would travel to a perfect place. A place with frosted cakes and and beautiful flowers and excellent trees to climb and absolutely no doldrums.        Virginia Woolf

Friday, August 08, 2014

2014 Week by Week-weeks 21 and 22

I kept this layout simple-the gorgeous background paper does all the work-I framed a small pic of Ozzie the rooster for an RIP salute-I miss that little guy! I silhouetted a pic of the Yorkies, added journaling and a date and viola!

















I love this pic of Beetle and Hannibal Hamelin, so I let it take center stage-I did some background stamping and cut out a big vintage ephemera piece to tie together the quote and the pic. The quote reads "It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness." Thomas Jefferson















I used a page from a seed catalogue for this layout, and did my journaling on a vintage seed packet. I framed the small pic of Giant gardening, and added the quote "plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy"

















I cut the seed packet on the bottom and across one side so that it would open, added another pic to the inside of the packet and did my journaling on the other side.












I silhouetted a pic of Giant and his recently graduated niece to make them the starts of the layout. Since the group shot didn't turn out very well, I silhouetted it and gave it an ephemera frame to draw it out some. Background stamping and washi tape finished the layout. Until next time, happy scrapping and happytrails!