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Handmade Valentines

Sunday, February 01, 2009

I've been working on the Stitching Memories Magazine most of today. I did get out and walk for 40 minutes FAST. Weather has been glorious....warm and sunny. So nice for walking.

The picture is from one of the pages in the magazine. It is showing 2 handmade Valentines. I found out that I can do digital scrapbooking with my corel program. Yipee!!! I'm so excited. My Windows media also comes with a program to put my pictures to music and make a DVD. I had bought the Poloroid program back in the fall and it has been difficult for me to learn to use. I have since been using Smile Box. But now I can use Corel and do them.

The magazine will hopefully go out tomorrow.

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    Beautiful valentines. When my first two grandchildren were little, we made valentines. The other two are all boys and sometimes they will do crafty things but now much into it LOL. They are so busy with sports, that I don't get to see them as often. My youngest grandson spent the night Friday night and we had so much fun. Anyway thanks for the post. It brought back a lot of memories. Have a great day. Pam

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ZSAZSAJANNY 2/1/2009 9:36PM

    I love the homemade valentine's in your pic. Did you design them? I thought I might try the hand holding the valentine with my Gr.1 class and then I remembered their scissor skills. Very poor. The cards could look like someone had a bit of an accident between a power tool and their hand. Not so good.

We had a glorious day too and I headed out for a walk. Most of the snow has melted off the concrete sidewalks and parts of the roads. Spring can only be another 2 or so months ahead!
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Colors of Love

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Colors of Love
Love can be red, like the intense heat of a passionate kiss
.....the color of sweetness
.....the color of strawberries
Love can be blue, like the comfort we take in a pair of denim jeans
.....the color of strength
.....the color of perfect skies
Love can be yellow, bright and warm like the morning sun
.....like the sounds of laughters of children on the merry-go-round
.....like the sounds of fun from the boys flying kites in the open
Love can be green, peaceful and serene I can hear your heart beats
.....it is the feeling of a loving hand that touch a grieving heart
.....it is the whispering of trusting words to a distressing soul
Love can be orange, the loudness of it can drive you up a wall
.....it can drive you to sing like nobody is listening
.....it can drive you to dance like nobody is watching
Love can be purple, the courage we need to love bravely and unselfishly
.....the moment I first kiss you i know that i am not afraid to risk involvement .....the day the declaration of your love for me was made known to the world
by Arun Kumar


Feeding Birds

Friday, January 30, 2009

I thought this was a cedar waxwing but looked it up and looks more like a bohemian waxwing. They are cute birds and love sunflower seeds mainly. They look like tiny female redbirds. We have a new bird on our feeder now and I can't get a picture of it. I think it is some kind of finch. I know last year we had purple finches. They have red and orange tones to them so don't know why they are called purple.

Now is the time to really feed the birds. Most of the wild seed and forage are gone this time of year. They won't have much to eat until the bugs come out later in spring. I usually go through 100 pounds of seed a year. I love my birds.

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ZSAZSAJANNY 2/1/2009 9:27PM

    Ahh, he's beautiful! I've had Cedar Waxwings up at my feeder this winter. I've never seen the Bohemian one, though. I go through a whole lot of seed up here as their forage food is long gone from up here and everything else is buried by the snow. My background page only shows a little of the snow that has fallen since the pic was taken almost 2 months ago. I realized as I was filling my feeder yesterday that something was very different. Ah yes, I almost didn't have to reach up to fill the feeder! The ever increasing blanket of snow was raising me up to the level of the feeder. No more stretching needed!

I love the birds, too. I had 3 months to sit and watch them from my family room window while I recovered from surgery. It sure relaxed me and helped to pass the time. I fill the feeder everyday and don't even mind when the squirrels take their share. It's an equal opportunity feeder.
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BGGARDEN 1/31/2009 10:28AM

    Love the little Birdy! Thanks for sharing . YOu always have wonderful garden photos.

ENJOY the weekend in the winter garden.
((HUGS)) Bren

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BETRME100 1/30/2009 9:52PM

    I had to shovel a path to my feeder, then clear out around it, but it's paid off with a lot of different birds the past few days...blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, mourning doves, tufted titmouse, woodpeckers, grackles (not my favorite bird, but i guess they need to eat too), a couple of crows, wrens, and on and on. My crazy cat sits on top of the refrigerator watching the birds, just twitching because she wants at them so bad (she doesn't go outside, so they're safe from her). It's really relaxing to watch the birds and notice how each of them likes different feed.

Here's hoping you see some unusual birds at your feeders this winter.


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old washer planters

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I got these old washers at a junk shop a few years ago and decided to use them as planters last year. I planted mainly herbs in them. I think this year I may plant them just with flowers as I want to have a proper herb garden elsewhere. I still have a few herbs living even after all the cold freezing weather we have had. My Italian parsley seems to be thriving.

I can remember my grandmother having an old wringer washer like these. And also an aunt. They thought it was the most modern appliance ever. Who would ever think that they now have washers that clean with steam only now. But these old washers seemed to outlast the new fangled ones we have now. I know Sonny and I have been through at least a half dozen since we have been married. And they aren't cheap either.

I'm so ready for spring so I can start planting.

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BABSDOTTER 1/30/2009 2:21PM

    Love it...love it...love it.....I love the washers as planters...and I love the idea of a 'proper' herb garden. It is so cold and snowy and icy...just thinking about fresh herbs growing make me smile. Thanks. Janet emoticon

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-GRETCHEN 1/29/2009 8:30PM

    That's a really cute idea - using the washers as planters!!

I know -- I can't wait for spring either! I miss my herb garden too!!

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Kieran and Killian

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I'm introducing Kieran and Killian, 2 leprechauns from Ireland. They have just popped in from a slide across the rainbow bringing their little wool hats and lucky shamrock pins made of golden and pearl beads from their never-ending pot of gold. They like playing tricks on everyone they meet and like hiding and popping out to scare you when you least expect it.

I love making soft dolls. I draw up my own patterns and sew and stuff and while I'm stuffing and embellishing them, I make up stories about my "little people." This was a fun pattern to do. The dolls are made from tea/coffee dyed muslin. Stuffed with polly batting. The faces are hand drawn with a sharpie pen. The beards are eye-lash yarn in a varigated gray, black, white thread. I wrap it around a small match box and tie off and then stitch 3 hanks of these to each chin. The clothes are cotton fat quarters. The legs are hand painted green and the shoes are handpainted black. The hats are made from green wool. They are hand stitched and turned inside out and the brim is handstitched to the top. The shamrock pins are made from 2 pieces of wool cut in shape of shamrock. I hand stitch these with a blanket stitch stuffing lightly as I go. I then hand bead them and attach a pin back. I love giving my creations names so looked up traditional Irish names. Kieran means "dark one" and Killian means "strife". I thought since most leprechauns were mischief-makers that they needed names that somewhat showed that. I hope you enjoy them.


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