Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pion Design - Birthday Birdie

Hello Everyone!

I'm so excited today because I'm sharing my first card made with the latest Pion Design paper collection called "THE SONGBIRD'S SECRET". These gorgeous papers are definitely a must have! Soft and feminine and full of birds, flowers and feathers!! HELLOOO!!


Pion products:

The Songbird's Secret - Nesting Birds PD8401
The Songbird's Secret - 6x6" Nesting Birds PD 8501
The Songbird's Secret - Apple Blossom PD8409
The Songbird's Secret - Borders PD8410
The Songbird's Secret - Tags PD8412
Images From the Past - The Songbird's Secret PD1624

As far as the weather goes, I have nothing new to report this week. We had some snow, and then some rain, and then some snow and then some more rain, and more rain, and then MORE rain!!!! I feel like I'm experiencing two completely different seasons at the same time. 

So... I have decided to concentrate on my trips up north and the shots that I get during the snowy periods. lol

For my birds today, I have a female Downy Woodpecker...

my token male Cardinal shot...

and a beautiful female House Sparrow...

"Holy crap, you have a whole bag of these! Would be wrong of me to ask for another??"

"Snow snow go away, come again some other day. 
Snow snow go away, sun please come, so I can play."

"Yep, it's still wet and it's still cold!"

For my macro today, a branch covered in ice...

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. If you have any questions or interesting tidbits about today's wildlife, please let me know.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Festive Spots and Dots

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful week and weekend. Today I'm sharing one last Christmas card before I pack away the pretty paper and take down all my twinkly lights. This one is made using papers from Canvas Corp Brands. Even though my term as a CCB Crew Member is over, I will be using their amazing papers for years to come!

The snowflakes are Penny Black, the reindeer is Frantic Stamper, the flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, the snowflake flourish is Memory Box, the snow and glitter are DecoArt and everything else is from my stash.

It's been raining here all week and there's no snow to speak of, so I took a trip up north so I could get a little taste of winter. There was four feet of snow up there and the world was covered in ice! It was absolutely glorious!!

I didn't see any grey squirrels up north, I did however run into this little red squirrel. He was so adorable, but he ran away quite quickly when I stepped in to get a close up.

"UGH! Now I know why my Mamma told me not to eat yellow snow!!"

I saw some Chickadees up north, but they sure didn't want anything to do with eating out of my hands, so I had to come back home for a little one on one with my local wildlife friends.

This is MISSY, she hangs out at the lake and is only starting to get used to me. She normally just watches from behind a tree to see what I am up too. So cute.

"OK, so it turns out, it's NOT easier to go through the reeds!!"

I am so glad that my good friend KAREN still comes to visit. She is the last of the my original gang from when I moved in last year. She is sweet as ever and always poses nice for the camera!

For my macro today we goo back up north to an ice covered pine sprig...

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. If you have any questions or interesting tidbits about today's wildlife, please let me know.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Frilly and Funkie - New Year's Inspiration

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! I took way more time off than I originally planned for, but I enjoyed every minute of it!!

It's time for our first challenge of 2017 over at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny is the hostess and she has chosen the theme "NEW YEAR'S INSPIRATION". She would like you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve in 2017. One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Linda's shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

One of my crafting goals for 2017 is to use up some of the bits and bobs from my 'scrap' drawer. Ribbon bits and pieces of paper or lace that I cut and didn't use for some reason or another. A butterfly here, a leaf sprig there... Time to pull them out and put them to use!

All of the following products that I used can be purchased at  The Funkie Junkie Boutique!


Since they built the community center right on my lake, they now plow all of the paths here. It's easier to walk, but not quite as pretty, so I decided to walk to the neighboring lake last week. It took me two hours to get there and even longer to get home, but it was worth it to see all the untouched snowy trails!

For my birds today, a Blue Jay super close up...

Feeding time for a sweet little Chickadee...

My token Male Cardinal shot (boy how they pop against the snow)!

I find capturing a bird in flight to be one of the hardest photos to do well. This is not the best, but I'm happy to have even a partial success!

That's a pretty big wave for such a little duck! You go dude! 
Is it just me, or does that water look fricking cold!!

It's good to see how healthy the squirrels are out there by the lake.

I would like to introduce you to my newest friend MR CHUBB. Those of you who follow me on new Facebook page have met this darling already, but how cute is he when he's covered in snow! HA!

Out in the tree, my friend MARIA is very concerned about the winter weather. Turns out she did not have a warm place to sleep, and has now taken residence in one of the corner folds of my gazebo canopy. I have placed some soft clothes in there, in hopes she stays warm and safe this winter.

My first attempt at capturing snowflakes. This was done with my medium size macro lens, but I think I'm ready to try the large macro lens next time, so hopefully I can capture more details.

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. If you have any questions or interesting tidbits about today's wildlife, please let me know.