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wild flower?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Not sure what this wildflower is but we have it everywhere now. I think it is a type of wild thrift, but maybe wrong. It is funny how it is blooming more profusely where we have cleared out some of the brush.

Just like this little flower does better when things are removed that choke it out, we need to remove those things that keep us from being the best we can be. One of my sparkfriends here is putting procrastination as one thing she wants to work on along with getting healthy. So too am I going to try to put this in my challenges to do. I will try to eliminate those things that hinder my progress.

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ANGORA4 4/2/2009 1:06AM

    Looks so dainty, how high is it?

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children's books

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I've become obsessed with wanting to design little characters from children's books. I am just trying to firm it up in my mind. My mind tends to go 100mph all the time and have to have some outlet for my creative urges. I have fallen in love with the little mice especially. Beatrice Potter's books come to mind as well as Wind in the Willow characters...and Uncle Wiggly. I have this idea to make the dolls and have Sonny make me a display stand like a tree and then display in the library with the characters and the book. I will let you know how this project goes later.

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ANGORA4 4/2/2009 1:08AM

    How wonderful! You have such imagination, what a wonderful way to bring them to life. As a Beatrix Potter fan, I love those illustrations.

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DORATHYINMN. 3/30/2009 6:33AM

  Dear Barb,

Yes ,I also like the little magical mice and also the rabbits.I never had any little books as a child so I enjoy them now. A person is never to old. emoticon Have a great Monday!


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Saturday, March 28, 2009

We had the family out today and this is a picture of 2 of my granddaughters. They are cousins. Taylor is the older one and it is her birthday. She turned 9. Baby Molly is 10 weeks old. Taylor is ADHD and can hardly sit still for any length of time. But today she was in love with Baby Molly and sat and held her for over an hour. She would sing to her and strange thing, Baby Molly never cried when she was sitting with Taylor either. And when Taylor would sing, Baby Molly would smile and croon along with her. It was amazing to watch these 2 together. My youngest son (the father of Baby Molly) adores Taylor and they have a great bond as well so guess it is just natural for his daughter to have that bond with her as well.

Love among family members is the best thing in the world.

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ANGORA4 4/2/2009 1:11AM

    What a sweet thing! On one hand you see the ADHD, on the other, such a gift with the baby. Funny how much of life is like that, one thing balancing another, special gifts/special trials.

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LKWQUILTER 3/29/2009 8:50AM

    Oh, what a great picture Barb. I know you love those grands dearly and they love each other. It is amazing how some just bond so deeply. All I have is granddaughters (6) and it is funny how they bond together. Enjoy them while they are so young cause they don't have as much time for grandparents when they get older, then come back when they get grown. Linda Kay

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DORATHYINMN. 3/29/2009 8:13AM


This is just an adorable picture of your grandaughters. I have 9 grandchildren and they such a plus to our lives. May you enjoy your sweeties, because they just grow up to fast.May you have a great day and thanks for your blog.

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    What a beautiful picture. I can see the love in their faces. I have 4 grands and I love them so much. I have 2 this weekend. We have been playing video games and it makes me feel so young. Of course they always tell me that I don't look 59. They always suck up to grandma. Have a great weekend. Pam

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Friday, March 27, 2009

I have been noticing that the bluebirds have returned for spring. We had a pair to nest in a small apricot tree in our back yard. So Sonny has gotten busy and made some bluebird houses and we have hung them up around the place. I'm so excited to see some straw hanging out the drain holes in the bottom of one. Not sure yet if it is bluebirds or not as we have a lot of wrens around and they love the houses we have everywhere. I'm still seeing the pair of bluebirds so I will keep up updated on whether they are using the house. We have already had our usual run in with a wren getting into the house. We have a doggie door and he happened to fly in it. It drove our doggies wild so they chased him to my studio where I opened a window and removed the screen and he was able to fly out. I've found this is the easiest way to get them out of the house. We have had redbirds to venture inside as well as humming birds. Living in the country can sometimes be a thrill with the wildlife that may happen to come around.

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ANGORA4 4/2/2009 1:12AM

    Now that's getting close to nature!

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Gnome garden PART 2

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Well we got the gnome house door installed on the tree. The top picture shows the overall view with the gardenia "tree" to the far left with the little Gnome with the shove under it. I will bring out my other 2 gnomes later and plant flowers around this area. But I'm really pleased at the looks of it already.

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ANGORA4 4/2/2009 1:04AM

    I found it! Cute as can be, and what an inventive idea! You have such a gift!

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    OH That is terrific! I know the children must love it.

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    It is so whimsical. You need to make a fairy ring of flowers with little fairies dancing around it. I would love to do this but in the aparments, we have no yard. Poor fairies and gnomes, no place to play LOL. It is really great.

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GLORIBEE123 3/27/2009 10:42AM

    I love it, I love it, I love !!! I wish it were in my yard.....I need to start looking around out there to see if I have a gnome house tree too!!

Really cute....thanks for sharing it with us.

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DOXMOM 3/27/2009 9:53AM

    How very Sweet!

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ANGELIAP 3/27/2009 12:35AM

    Your Gnome Garden is wonderful! I can just imagine everything that must be hidden behind that door.

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MARILYN432 3/26/2009 11:09PM

    So very cute, Barb! You are so talented and such great ideas! I love it! emoticon

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    Ohhh, I love it!!

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CARLI_MAE 3/26/2009 9:07PM

    How cute! I've been looking at all your pictures ... want to come do some landscaping here when you're done? haha ... I have this rabbit who's been hanging out in my backyard now since it was a baby, year after year, all seasons ... I think the poor thing is nearing it's last days as it sits all day in the sunny part of the yard sleeping & getting fatter & ... emoticon ...

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CEB2007 3/26/2009 8:19PM

    That is so cute -- I love it. Where did you ever come up with an idea like that. I hope your "gnome" appreciates it.

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SUNNY332 3/26/2009 7:34PM

    That is great! I just love it.

Hugs, Sunny

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JTRACY59 3/26/2009 2:17PM

    Barb, I love it!! I had tried something like this several years ago and it left a lot to be desired! but your's is beautiful and now I want to try again - thanks for the inspiration!!

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MYMISSY 3/26/2009 1:26PM

    Sooo cute now I know where to go if ever I leave home... emoticon

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