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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Wicked Busy Month

  It has been such a busy month that it just flew by. I can't believe we are into September now. Where did the summer go?  I've been working on canning with my husband because our tomatoes and beans are overflowing on the vine. Russ's sister, Bette and her husband, Tom, gave us a great Christmas gift last year: canning must haves... We have been harvesting, peeling, boiling, and smelling great smells from our kitchen. We just finished canning "Dilly Beans". My friend, Elaine, says they are great.. Can't wait to try them. Here are some pics from  "the fruits of our garden"  this year.
Red Pepper Relish

Red Tomatoes

Dilly Beans
Green Tomatoes
   We are really happy with the way our garden worked out this year. However, we have plans on how we are going to improve it next year. We need more space for the zucchini and squash. We are going to try  these plants outside the raised beds. See what happens.

August was a wicked busy month for birthdays. My sister, Andrea, and her daughter, Emma,  were the last birthdays in August that we celebrated. I had fun making cards for them. Here are the two I made : 

Andrea's card
   I used Martha Stewart's bird punch in red for Andrea's card. I like the simple clean line with the red color and a little black edge. The stamp is from Hero Arts. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig from Stampin Up to get it in the right place since the stamp is on a wooden block.
   On Emma's card I used MS balloon punch. I added the sentiment to a Spellbinder's label die cut. I wish I had done it in a different color than black now that I look at it. I like the pink and green of the card itself.
Emma's c
   What a busy month .. next year I hope to have cards made ahead.. Of course, I always say that.. Maybe this year it will happen; especially if we get alot of snow this winter.. We'll see...
   I am looking forward to September. Fall is my favorite season.. It's my son, Nathaniel's birthday.. What shall I make for a card.. Ummm......check back and see....Happy Fall!!!


  1. I think canning looks like alot of work! What great results you had from your garden! I love your cards too!

  2. Connie,

    You are a jack of all trades! Wish I knew how to can, but simply don't have the time. Enjoy the wonderful veggies from your garden. Both your card projects are beautiful too.

  3. You and Russ have definitely been busy! Love your pictures of the work you both did! Good job on the cards!!

  4. Hi! I saw you Mother's Day post on SCS with the file folde card and wanted to stop by and say hi! You make wonderful cards! I didn't get to do any canning this year because the heat here in Kansas kept everything from growing. Luckily I still have a few things left from the past few years. We might have to try the raised beds you described.