Monday, April 29, 2013

Mail Art Swap

Mail Art Envie

Back of Envie

US Postage Stamps

I always see the mail art swaps posted, but I can't draw or paint to save my life. So, even though they looked like a lot of fun, I've always skipped them. Not this time though! The theme was hearts, which is one of my favorite subjects...I just couldn't pass this one up. You had the option to use any medium or mixed media.
I made the main envie (envelope) out of black and white scrapbook paper and then embellished with inks, stamps and lots of different size punched hearts. Now, I just have to figure out what to put in it! I bought the heart postage stamps just a couple of weeks before I found this swap. Lucky hu? I just love these!
My biggest concern is getting it through the mail machines in one piece.  My post office always seems to have a problem with regular envies, so I'm not sure what might happen with this one. I thought about stamping the mail art envie and having them post mark it, then putting it in a larger envie to actually send. Not quite sure what I'm gonna do yet, I'll have to see when I get there. Either way its sent, I hope my assigned partner will be pleasantly surprised!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spring Fever

At the end of March, beginning of April my family ended up with the flu for the second time this year. Needless to say I pretty much missed Easter this year since it was so early. Every one is feeling much better now, but the weather doesn't seem to be co-operating with my spring fever. It has once again turned cold, and  we are getting all the spring rains and flooding now. Clean up has started , but I usually don't start planting until at least Mother's Day. We always get late freezes! I've picked up some seeds and started looking through some of my gardening journals from previous years.
I started these journals when I was new to gardening, and have to say they were a huge help. I kept records of what I planted, their care , plant names, tips from magazines, and if they survived in the area they were planted... You get the idea.
For the most part I think I have more garden clean up than planting to do this year .
Since I can't actually get out and start my gardening quite yet, I joined a couple seed swaps in anticipation. It's an international swap, so maybe I'll get some thing uncommon for my area.

I found a photo taking gardening tip in" Better Homes and Gardens" (July 2007),so of coarse, I had to experiment...the tip was to take a picture of your flowers at dusk instead of bright sun light for better color.
The photo on the left was taken during the day, and the photo on the right was taken at dusk! Wow!! What a big difference.The photo on the left was not photo shopped at fact this is a photo of the original photos side by side in my photo album. ( Guardian Blue Delphinium Perennial .)

I love these stepping stones...we spent a day painting them at this really cool ceramic shop.Once you paint them they fire them and you go back and pick them up. It was really fun to see the dull colors you painted with turn into these bright works of art.
The photos on the bottom of the page are of May Night Salvia when I planted them...

Ok this blurry picture is of the same Salvia , but this photo was taken the following summer. You can see a huge  difference and how large they grew in one year. Stunning, lots of compliments from the neighbors.

Seed Swap

My neighbor let me borrow her "Chicken Soup for the Gardeners Soul" book, and I loved the heart warming stories. When I borrowed it, I couldn't image what sort of stories they would have about gardening, but I was pleasantly surprised! I'm thinking to copy and include one to send along with the flower seeds. The best advise I've gotten on gardening so far has always been from other gardeners.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

We celebrated my husband's birthday tonight. Kelsey made a wonderful birthday supper for dad ....seasoned and grilled steaks, crab legs, salad , loaded potato rounds... and she decorated with streamers, he loved it! He is definitely a meat and potatos guy. It never ceases to amaze me how good of a cook she is...I'm so proud!
Since she made supper, I baked his birthday cake. We tried a new recipe.... Cookies and cream brownie cake. It turned out great, easy to make, but very rich! The only problem I had was the spring form pan I used didn't spring . Go figure, we tried every thing to get it out of the pan. We finally gave up, but it tasted good all the same. My son likes to help me cook some times and he had never heard of a spring form pan, so when I was trying to open it he was standing there waiting with his hands out.....hahaha he thought the cake would pop-up and out of the pan. Mom and I got a good laugh out of that one!!
Happy Birthday Dad!

Carmen stole my seat while I was up getting drinks....yes, she saw the crab  legs! Stinker!

To funny, she must be tired ....I caught her mid yawn. Awww

Birthday Boy!!

Cookies and Cream Brownie Cake

You can see we had a little trouble getting it out of the pan.....but it was still good!