New card: Blessings

gardenlady2I have had this beautiful digi from Mo’s Digital Pencil for some time now. As you know, I love to be in my garden and watch things grow. So I decided it was time to color her up. I used paper from two collections: Basic Grey’s Highline and Dear Lizzy’s Lucky Charm.  I also added some sequins and used my pearl pen to add a little more on top of each sequin. Can you guess where I got the vellum from? I actually had some left from the sheet I ran through the Silhoutte from my Project Life accents I made so instead of throwing them away, I took out a border punch and made a few. No waste in this craft room. I like how it softens the look.


Lately we have been spending long hours in the late afternoon and evening on our deck and I enjoy taking in the beauty of the garden but the sights and the sounds of the birds, butterflies and bumble bees rock  my world.  They are so amazing and they are a gift so I make sure to remind myself to take the time daily especially while the weather is nice.

I recently watched an amazing TED talk by Louie Schwartzberg, an amazing photographer and filmaker who captured the most beautiful time-lapsed photography in nature.  Then set it to film with a voice over that reminds us we are interconnected to nature and not to take it for granted. It is a blessing. That we should make gratitude a priority.


So when I looked for a sentiment for this card this video popped into my brain and  I found the perfect sentiment from my Autumn Blessings stamp from Flourishes.

I hope you can take time today to enjoy the beauty of nature and let gratitude warm your heart.



Fun Photos Friday #21: Outdoor Reading

Hello, happy Friday!

I think every year we welcome spring with open arms. The winters seem to be becoming more brutal and down right freezing.  So it makes the yearning for spring strong.  We have as you may have seen in older posts, a screened in deck.  During the winter we move things to our garage and throw a tarp over the table and chairs.  When we think it’s time, we will clean off everything and out will come all my pillows and decor and that becomes our sanctuary.


While it is still not quite warm enough, there is still another little place that is one of my favorite reading nooks that I can enjoy even before we can pull out the deck stuff. It’s on the stairs on the side that leads up to the deck.  It always gets really sunny and warm here. So on decent days recently I have come to spend my lunch hour reading and eating there.  Yesterday two beautiful Crocuses greeted me while I sat to read.  They are the first bloomers in my yard and they are sure sign of the warmth to come. Wahoo!!

I thought my book would look nice next to the flowers for the photo and help represent one of my favorite things to do – reading in nature. I am listening to one book club book on audio and reading a book from the library for another book club.  This one is an African American Historical fiction.  I will be sure to put a review up when I complete both.

Well I hope you all get to find some time with nature even a few minutes. After this long winter, I welcome every opportunity.

Have a blessed weekend!



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