Monday, December 09, 2013
Friday, December 06, 2013
Yes, August is in the books, hurray! I put the photo of all the orange/gold from our garden on this great peacock paper, and layered a transparency over the photo. I used a x-acto to cut around the peacocks head and layered it over the photo. I added a vintage dictionary description of 'Midas' in the lower right of the transparency, and added the word 'touch' with my Dymo label maker. I mounted photo and transparency over graph paper that I did my journaling on. I magazine cut-out of a butterfly with golden flowers, a piece of crochet trim, a clock face, a white peacock feather and some crystal flourishes finish the layout.
The reverse side of the layout is another photo of all the gold in our garden-Giant holding a big bunch of sunflowers, ahhh! I layered a banner with a dictionary description 'summery' and the words 'just bee', a piece of paper doily, a clock face, a banner with a large gold gem on top of a vintage music paper 'Only a Beam of Sunshine'. I used rub-ons on a 'honey beige' paint chip. I left the cut-off strip on the patterned paper named 'dance in the sunshine'. A quote from a magazine 'hide not your talents, they for use were made what's a sundial in the shade' by ben franklin, an arrow and some washi tape to finish.
For week 35, I used the same piece of patterned paper for both sides of the layout. On the front side, I colored some Heidi Swapp 'mistables' paper and layered it over the turquoise graph paper. I cut out some of the honey cells for the date, and along the edges for journaling. Washi tape, butchers twine, and vintage ephemera finish this side of the layout.
The backside of the layout is the other side of the same graph paper. I used another magazine quote that says 'geniuses are the luckiest of mortal because what they must do is the same thing as what they most want to do'. Patterned paper remnants, coupons, Cowboy Joe stickers and a piece of honey cell paper are layered behind this awesome picture of my handsome Giant!
Augusts folder got a super-fast treatment of just a couple photos and a patterned paper remnant. I'm deep into September layouts now, it's a race to see how much I'll catch up before the end of the year-don't want to start 2014 behind! Until next time, happy scrapping and happytrails!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The weather has turned cold, so that means the Yorkies have to wear their sweatshirts to go outside-Gus of course is very nice about it, but Orchid in her naughtiness sticks her tongue out when I put her sweatshirt on lol!
Piggies!!! Dang, they are so cute! They are very calm, didn't try to get out of the pen, weren't afraid of us, weren't afraid of the dog...but Chicken George the barncat came down to check them out-since they live next door to the chickens, CG was there already anyway, lol! The pigs ignored the cat...
and the cat tried to ignore them back, but the pigs freaked the cat out too much and he had to leave lol!
See the chicken door on the other side of the pig pen? Notice there's no chickens in the run? That's cuz they took one look at the pigs, FREAKED out and ran into their house...the pigs aren't afraid of anyone, but everyone seems to be afraid of the pigs!
this is what they'll look like by summer! This is their Auntie, you can see the babies on the other side of the fence for comparison...
I've never had pigs before-so I guess a great way to start is with Red Wattle pigs, an endangered, heritage breed, that has become highly prized by chefs...stay tuned for the rest of our pig adventure and happytrails!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
So, after the Chicken Move 2013, I left everybody in their coop/run for a while to re-boot them, so they figure out where they are supposed to live and lay their eggs...(yes, that's the barn cat, Chicken George, hanging out with the chickens again lol!)
After a week or so, I decided that it was time to let everybody out together to free-range...I figured the roosters would have a little tussle over territory, like they usually do...
It only amounted to a few chest bumps, then the girls went their separate ways, with no harm done other than maybe a little hurt feelings lol...
The only other fall-out from the move was this Americana hen...she has decided to abdicate altogether, and has moved into the dog house...she is very sweet and would like to come into the house to live, but I never have any luck potty training the hens lol! Stay tuned, next time I'll let the combined Reds out to free range for the first time...I'm wondering if we'll have to wrangle all 33 of them back into their coop at night, and how long that'll take lol! Until next time, happytrails!
Monday, December 02, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Halfway done with August, September here I come lol! For side one of week 33 I used a gorgeous Heidi Swapp glitter paper that I'd been saving for just the right photo...I thought these beautiful Buff Orpington hens were worthy ;) I layered a weathered wood background paper with a 'sunshine in the soul' vintage music paper, and a torn piece of paper doily. A metal label holder and a banner hold dictionary descriptions of the words buff and orpington. The quote reads :"We see a thousand miracles around us every day. What is more supernatural than an egg yolk turning into a chicken?" S. Parkes Cadman. I finished the layout with some background stamping, a black flower and a ribbon dyed black and gold around 3 Buff Orpington feathers.
Side 2 background is a kraft grid paper stamped with butterflies and script. I cut out part of a vegetable ad from a catalogue, and a manifesto about gardening from a magazine and layered those with pics from our garden. A metal label holder has the catalogue description of the dragon beans in the photos. A vintage ephemera bunny and 3-d butterflies complete the layout. No time to tarry, gotta go scrapbook! Until next time, happy scrapping and happytrails!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
*Cleanse Week 2: The Bad News-what should have been our week 2, we couldn't do the cleanse because I ran out of grapefruit-grrrr! So, this past week was our week 2-The Good News? We're both down another 1/2 inch yay! BONUS side effect-I've been dabbing the Citrus Fresh on my jawline at night and it's already visibly tighter! Still doing the Epsom salt foot soaks at night, taking our grapefruit pill and putting on the Citrus Fresh/Ledum oils before bed, and that's it, nothing else, it's SO easy! We've been measuring and not weighing, but I have an oil friend who is doing the cleanse, and she has lost both and inches and pounds. We feel great and still have had no side effects! My next order is going in this Monday, let me know if you want me to order you the cleanse oils with my discount...happytrails!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
While I was uploading the pictures for this post, I realized some of them were a little gross...nothing you can't handle, but still-so I decided to start with an adorable photo-freshly groomed Yorkies, awww!
So, gross pic #1-dead polliwog. Why did I include this picture? Because I just took it last week! This is one of the polliwogs we got last August, found him gloating at the top of the horse tank, still a polliwog, how weird is that? It never turned into a frog or a toad or whatever it was supposed to become, it just stayed a polliwog...all our other polliwogs fulfilled their biological destinies, but not this one...weirdness!
Gross pic #2-dead mouse. Why a picture of a dead mouse on my kitchen floor? Here's why-so, one night last week we were watching t.v. and I heard a weird squeaking noise-My first thought was that one of the finches got out of the cage and that one of the Yorkies was killing it...yeah, it's happened before-so I ran into the kitchen, and Gus had this mouse! Yorkies were bred to be ratters, but I've never had a Yorkie get a mouse before, so that was awesome, hope he keeps it up so I don't have to fight mice in the house all winter long!
OK, all done with gross pics! Here's a cute random pic of goats and chickens to cleanse the palette!
In other Yorkie news, Orchid came into heat-dang, she was miserable! Glad she's only got to have one more before she can fulfill her biological destiny and have Yorkie Puppies, yay! So she spent a lot of time in the play-pen we got when she was a baby-she liked to be in it and feel safe, but still see what was going on around her. I thought she might like it again when she wasn't feeling good, and she did...
We had a really spectacular full moon-none of the pics I took of it at night turned out well, but I liked this one I took just after sunrise the next morning...
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, I'm getting very excited for all that yummy food! We'll be eating our own turkey and some of the veggies are from our garden-our goal next year is to have 90% of our feast be from our own farm! I'm trying a brand new sweet-potato pie that I'm cobbling together from several recipes and a couple ideas of my own, hopefully it'll turn out fabulous, I'll keep you posted!
And I had to finish with just a couple more shots of the clean-and-brushed Yorkies-doesn't last very long! Giant looks like he'll be really glad when I stop making him pose with two silly little dogs lol!
Orchids pony-tail lasted about 5 minutes, Gus kept his bandana on for several days...now it's been replaced with Yorkie sweatshirts, cuz it's hella cold at the farm today! Until next time...happytrails!