" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "
Gandhi

Sunday, August 28, 2011

For Marjorie..

Finally know your name!!!
    I found out what the name of this plant was that is in our planting bed near our front patio. My friend, Elaine's daughter, Kari, has some on these and told me they are called Anemones. They are so pretty. I  may dig them up in the spring and move them somewhere else 'cause they get so tall. Love the pink and green colors together, though.
Tender thoughts...

    I am sorry to say that I had to make a sympathy card fora couple in our church who lost their daughter this week to cancer. I chose a page from an old hymnal entitled "Softly and Tenderly. I used my Spellbinders to make the oval and the fleur di lis border on the side. I cuts pieces  out to make the corners. White prima flowers with the white ribbon lifted the colors a little. I used Stampin Up's "Close as a Memory" stamp set for the sentiment. I hope this card gives them a little support in their time of need.
   We are waiting for Tropical Storm Irene to come by us today. We have had rain and some wind, but nothing awful . It hasn't really come over us yet, though. We still have our power at this point.  I think I'll take some pics for my blog to remember this storm.. Hope everyone on the Eastern Seaboard is faring well.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thank you card!

Feathered Hope set
   This is a thank you card I made for Bette and Tommy for the wonderful veggies we have been enjoying.(See a few days earlier post). We  had zucchini in my salad for our dinner and it was so yummy....
   I used the Feather Hope set from Stampin Up since it looked like a garden setting. My copic markers helped me to add the color. I really like how the terra cotta pots came out. I put a few stickles on the flower tops to make them sparkle. It is so good to be back in my art studio/craft room again.
   Thanks again Bette & Tommy for our healthy harvest... Next year I hope to have pics of our garden, maybe...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pleased as Punch!!

Lucky number! 



   This weekend we got to go see my son, Nathaniel, run in the 16th annual Breakaway 5K marathon race in Old Orchard Beach. I had never been to a race before and found it exhilarating especially since Nathaniel was running. His goal was to beat his time from his last race in the Old Port 5K.
    We got there early to get a good parking spot and waited for Nathaniel down by the Pier. We watched people sign in and get their number pennant. There were over 425 people running.
A little blurry...
   Nathaniel was running so fast he was a blur.. Well, I think he was running fast and I was so excited my camera shook a bit. Good shot of him, though. Here are some more runners in the race.
Here he comes!!!
   Nathaniel was happy with his race since he shaved off some time from his last race and made it over the finish line.....Here is a picture of him coming in... It was a great time. We hope to see Nathaniel race again... Everyone did a good job and I inspire others to get physically fit... I went home and worked in my garden and took a nap.. That counts...right?                                                                         

Nature's Bounty

 
   My husband's sister, Bette, and her husband, Tommy have a lovely garden in Phippsburg. They invited us to "raid" it this past week. So we drove down with our basket and filled it with goodies.
Lovely garden in Phippsburg...
   The garden is quite big with tomato plants, squash, beans, zucchini, beets, and more. Their garden is an inspiration  for us to start one next year. We won't plant one quite as big, but hope to have many of the vegetables that they have grown.  Tommy has been giving us planting tips especially on the tomatoes which looked fabulous. We ate the beans and while they were cooking our kitchen was filled with the scent of summer. We all loved it. We are so thankful for having such generous relatives. Thanks Bette and Tommy!    

The beans were great with dinner.
The tomatoes were huge!
Beautiful views from their garden in Phippsburg.
                                                                             







Friday, August 19, 2011

It's So Good to be Back!!!

   I am finally back to my blogging. We have been dealing with the move to our new house... Which we absolutely LOVE, by the way, that I didn't even think of blogging for a little while.. Then when I was super anxious to blog to everyone.... our hard drive started to die... Oh no.. Thank goodness Casco Bay Micro in Freeport saved the day.. They are terrific.. They copied everything from our hard drive onto the new hard drive... It really teaches you to save/ back up your computer... They charged less than two hundred, too. So anyway, here are some pictures of my NEW art studio...
Cardstock storage!

Lots of natural light!

My art table...

Do I have enough punches?

Another hubby creation for my ribbon ..

Inspiration cards...  










Happy Birthday, Tom!
                                                      I just love my new home and my art studio...It's so much bigger and better than my old one..I even got to make a card for my brother-in-law, Tom. It was his birthday this week and I know he loves all things Disney, so I used that to make this card. I think he really liked it.. The Mickey  hand was a gift from his wife that will hold his business cards at work. Neat, huh?
   Even with moving we took time out to
go the the Cumberland Craft Fair last week.
Ezra, my sister's grandson, went, too. I love this
picture of him with the lambs... So cute...                                                                                                                          
He's such a good boy...

   It's good to be back blogging about all that is going on in my life. Hope to continue my journey in our new home in Yarmouth, Maine. I'll be showing more pictures of our home and our gardens. Stay tune...