Saturday, August 5, 2017

Pion Design - Angel Ornament

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing an ornament shaped holiday card featuring the papers from this year's Christmas collection "Long Ago in Bethlehem", and last year's collection "Greetings From the North Pole". I just adore the soft angel images, so magical!




  

Pion products:
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Mary & Joseph PD9401
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Three Wise Men PD9403
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Borders PD9411
Greetings From the North Pole - Snowfall PD7607
Greetings From the North Pole - Snowflakes PD7604
Pion Design Palette - Pion White I PD6101







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There are so many birds on my photography wish list, and I get so excited when I get to see something new out on my hikes, but my world wouldn't be the same without the familiar sounds of these amazing Sparrows. I missed them so much during construction time and I'm glad to have them back keeping me company and making my patio a more enjoyable place!


I don't normally take shots in the high contrast created by sun and shadows, but I just couldn't resist the beauty of this Blue Jay enjoying the sunrise!


"What can I say, I don't have an air conditioner!" ~Mrs Mallard~
(ducks stand on one leg to help control body temperature)


"I'm thinking the coast is clear, let's get the heck outta here!" 
~Baby Raccoons~


"If the thrill of hunting were in the hunt, or even in the marksmanship, a camera would do just as well."
~Jonathan Safran Foer~


"HOLY CANNELLONI! Did I hear the words homemade cookies? Count me in!" 
~Crazy Karen~ my best bud


"Oh crap, you caught me! Just back away slowly because I'm still taking the cookie!" 
~Squiggy~


"Oh this peanut? This is nothing. Last week I found a peanut, and it was THIS BIG!" 
~a trail friend~


"Yuuuuuck! You tricked me! There's vegetables in those cookies!" 
~Tippy~


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.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pion Design - Rose Passion

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing a lovely all occasions card featuring two collections from Pion Design. "Patchwork of Life" and "My Dearest Sofia". You really can't go wrong with all of these gorgeous pink designs!





  

Pion products:
Patchwork of Life - Baby Blanket PD9204
Patchwork of Life - Being a Mother PD9202
Patchwork of Life - Borders PD9211
My Dearest Sofia - Generous PD8807
My Dearest Sofia - Rose Linens PD8804






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Continuing with my patio redesign, today I would like to show you the way my patio looks right now. There is still some work to be done, and I am constantly finding little changes that need to be made, but for the most part I have a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy the outdoors.


The lattice makes such a beautiful pattern on the floor when the sun shines through the sides, and when the sun is at it's peak, the corrugated roofing creates a pattern that looks like the bottom of a pool, it is so amazing!



My shelf is lined with planter boxes and there are four feeding dishes and a water dish set out. I thumb-tacked them to the wood, so they won't get knocked off the ledge.




I am so in love with my fountain. It is such a relaxing sound and I hardly ever shut it off unless it's raining out!



As you can see, there is almost always a bird or a squirrel hanging around in the 'garden'. This is Teddy popping in to photobomb me as I take my garden shots!


I installed these shelves to create a staircase for the squirrels to get down onto the floor. Each shelf has a little dish full of goodies. The top shelf is where the corn station is, and the floor has some stumps for them to jump on.


My new chair set is so amazing for reading, but I still have to buy some nice new cushions. These green ones are so old and faded and full of holes.


My beautiful Dahlia, when it blooms! You can see the old couch in the back, we also need to replace it with the matching piece to the chair set, but that will have to wait until next year.




The Majesty Palm that I first placed here died because we had a cold snap, so I have replaced it with this gorgeous Dracaena Corn Plant, which I like better anyway!


I thought I should include a few shots of my wonderful squirrels enjoying the new patio garden...

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"Oh my gosh, you added pink flowers! I'm so happy, pink is my favourite snack!" 
~Baby Kay~


"I'm so exhausted, chewing on that stick you installed totally wiped me out!" 
~Baby Mickey~


"Love the new flowers, but I'm concerned about this dish... It is tiny and doesn't hold very much food!"
~Neddie~

Don't worry Neddie. There's dishes everywhere, just take the tour and you'll see!


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.