I thought it might be time for an update on Sweet Potato, the young heifer calf we got just after Thanksgiving and bottle fed. Here she is "mowing" the backyard and enjoying the lush vegitation that grows in the drain field. You can see her horns starting to come in.
She's getting so big! Maybe one of these days I'll actually get a photo of her next to one of our full-size Dexters. They're not the most cooperative critters when it comes to posing where I want them. *grin*
And, her gal-pal Leia, who is full Dexter. She's becoming quite the chunk, isn't she! They're only about a week apart in age, and are very cute together. Chums. Moo!
If you're a stamper or scrapbooker, you probably own (or are at least familiar with) white storage cubes similar to these. And if you own these kinds of storage cubes, you're probably also familiar with the horrible SQUEAKING the drawers sometimes make.
The squeaking drawer is usually the bottom drawer of the unit. In a three-drawer unit, the top two drawers have a nice plastic rail they slide on when you open and close the drawer. But the bottom drawer slides against painted wood, and that is what causes the squeak.
Because I can't stand that squeaking noise, and because I bet you can't stand it either, I thought I would share my quick, easy, and inexpensive way to silence those drawers!
First, remove the treasures you keep in your squeaky drawer. Take the now empty drawer completely out of the storage unit, and turn it upside down on your table.
Add a layer of 1/4" dry adhesive (like score tape or redline tape) to the back corners of the drawer's base, along the left and right sides of the drawer. I added about 5 inches of adhesive to each side of this drawer. I've found that you don't need to cover the entire length of the drawer sides - just a few inches will do.
Cut a strip of felt (inexpensive sheet felt will do) about 3/8" wide and press it onto the adhesive. Put your drawer back into the storage unit, and admire how quietly your drawer now slides.
So, I mentioned last week that we welcomed a new little gosling to the farm. Well, we couldn't have just ONE, so late last week we also welcomed a second little one to the farm! (I already mentioned this on FaceBook, but haven't mentioned it here yet...) I thought I'd share some photos of them, enjoying some time on my crafting table. Isn't that what everyone has on their crafting table?! *grin* The youngest one, on the left, is the second one we brought home. The oldest one, on the right, is the first one we brought home.
We haven't settled on names yet. But we do have some considerations... Loosie, Raspberry, Zerbert, Doodles ... do you have a suggestion?
This is the younger of the two. She (we're going with that until we know for sure) was about 3 days old when I took these photos. She's more like 8 days old now, and I'm pretty sure she has doubled in size. Ha!
They really enjoyed the heat from the lamps I had on.
I won't be able to take photos like this for very long, at the rate they grow!
So fuzzzzzy! So CUTE!
I'm not sure she could be any cuter.
Checking out the lamp.
Might as well just take a nap.
This is the older of the two, and is the first one we brought home. While both of them are very sweet, this one I think might be the sweeter of the two.
The younger one likes to be held, but this one WANTS to be held. And snuggle. And poop. *grin*
Side by side, you can see how different they look and they're only a week apart in age.
Coffee and tea are popular subjects these days (and not just in papercrafting), so I was excited to see The Stamps of Life release dies that coordinate with their coffee themed stamp set. I put together a few projects using the new dies, and thought I'd share them with you!
First, I made a treat packet using a glassine envelope. I put chocolate covered espresso beans inside, folded down the opening of the envelope, and added a paper band around the bag to keep it closed. I used the coffee cup die to create a small gift card that I added to the front of the treat packet. The backside of the coffee cup shaped gift card is just slipped underneath the paper band that wraps around the bag of treats. The paper band holds the coffee cup card in place, and the card helps decorate the front of the treat bag. Yummy!! Yes, please!
I also made this card, using the negative shape of the coffee cup die. Using different patterned papers with the die made this card super easy to make! The coffee die set also comes with the itty bitty coffee cup die I used on the circle charm. I cut it out in chocolate brown paper and added a cute antique button to the center.
And finally, I also made this card using the label die from the same set of dies. It's a great shape, and will come in handy for all kinds of fun projects!
And speaking of coffee .... if you're a coffee drinker, what's your favorite brand and roast?
Supplies: Stamps: Coffee4Two and Coffee Dies by The Stamps of Life Paper: Neenah, Bazzil, Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon, and The Paper Loft Other: bakers twine, buttons, thread, tracing wheel, glassine bag
I was cleaning up one of my camera's memory cards and came across some video clips I took last summer. I thought I'd mash them together into a short video for you .... it just cracks me UP! Moose and I were just returning from a walk, and when we walked by the barnyard Callio-Pea was so funny! And at the end of the video ... *HAHAHAA!* She's so wacky!
If you're having trouble viewing the video here on my blog, you'll find it here on YouTube.
The Touch Twin ARTisans have a fun hop planned for today. There's no particular theme for today's hop, so you're sure to find all sorts of inspiration along the hop!
I chose to use my "Annika" stamp for today's project. She's still one of my favorite girls. I stamped her in Memento black ink, colored with ShinHan Arts Touch Twin markers (of course!), and added a bit of grass around her feet with the Kelp Green Prismacolor colored pencil.
Here's a list of ARTisans participating in today's hop.
All of us here on the farm wish you luck and happiness on this fine St. Patrick's Day!
We won't be having any green beer today, but we certainly will enjoy some green-shelled farm fresh eggs! And I think that's pretty fun! And speaking of eggs, are you keeping up with the daily egg count?
Wishing you a rainbow For sunlight after showers;
Miles and miles of Irish smiles For golden happy hours;
Shamrocks at your doorway For luck and laughter too;
And a host of friends that never ends Each day your whole life through!
We've always had a flag here on the farm, but didn't like where it was hung and didn't really have any other better alternatives for a place to hang it. In the current location, it was easily tattered by the ever-blowing wind we get here -- either by the light pole it was mounted to, or the garage. Big bummer.
So, for Christmas I gave Alan a (Made in the USA) heavy duty telescoping flag pole and flag that he could choose to set anywhere he wanted to on the farm. Winter is not the best time to be digging holes and setting concrete, so he waited until recently to actually install it.
He started by digging a big, square hole. And, anyone who lives near here knows that this was not an easy task. We were shocked that he didn't hit rock 3 to 6" below the surface of the soil. This must be the only location on the farm that has any depth to the soil!
More and more digging took place.
Yay for me, I got a photo of the hole. Boo for me, I didn't actually get any photos of the form he built to support the concrete, or even the finished concrete base! Argh!
Below the soil is the HUGE concrete block that Alan poured, that's securing the PVC tube that the pole fits into. Perhaps I should sprinkle some flower seeds there?
Now, a beautiful new flag flies proudly on the farm. We love it!
Yup, you really are! I put together this card using the rest of the emboss resist panel I made the other day. A clean and simple design.
I just love how the watercolor paper absorbed the color sprays! So fun, and uncontrolled!
I packaged the card in a glassine envelope and topped it with a pretty paper doily.
I made a little white and yellow felt flower embellishment to decorate the baker's twine bow I wrapped around the envelope to keep the doily in place, and finally, I added a small tag with the recipient's name written on it.
I'm sure Moose's actual birthday was sometime in February, but that's just a guess. Since Moose was just dumped in our driveway early one morning last summer, we're not exactly sure when he was born. At the time, the vet said he was about 4 months old. So we're fairly certain he's a year old now, give or take a couple weeks. So, we'll just say he's 1ish. *grin*
When I saw the gum4backgrounds stamp from The Stamps of Life, it immediately made me think of a fun technique called emboss resist. So, I thought I would use the large background stamp to share with you a photo tutorial on how to do the emboss resist technique using the Stephanie Barnard color sprays.
Here is a detail photo of the panel I created using the emboss resist technique. Let me show you how it's done!
The supplies you'll need are watercolor paper, embossing ink, embossing powder in white or clear, water, several color sprays, a waterproof craft surface, a heat tool, and of course the stamp.
Start by embossing the stamp image onto watercolor paper using embossing ink and an embossing powder.
You can use white or clear embossing powder, or even a clear based irridescent powder. The powder I chose is irridescent and has a bit of sparkle to it as well. Beautiful, and really adds to the "bubble" look of the stamp image.
Spray your waterproof craft surface with a couple of spritzes of each spray color, overlapping them slightly, but not completely. I chose to use two different blue sprays as well as a bit of purple, for a nice complimentary color palette. Spray water onto the colors until your colors start to form slightly larger pools of color.
Next, lightly spray the embossed side of your watercolor paper with water. This step preps the paper fibers for absorbing the color sprays. Once your paper is dampened with water, set your watercolor paper (embossed side face down) into the pools of color. Press the paper onto the crafting surface so you get color on the entire surface of the paper.
Lift the watercolor paper from the crafting surface to reveal the color. You can see how the embossed area resists the color, and leaves you with a beautiful pattern.
Using a heat tool, dry the watercolor paper to set the ink colors. If you like the results, you can be finished with the coloring stage... or, you can take it a bit further!
To add more color, tap the dried paper down into the remaining pools of color, adding a random assortment of spots to the surface of the paper. Tap randomly, into big spots and little spots. When you're happy with the additional splotches, heat set your paper again to dry the ink.
You can repeat this process until you're happy with the results.
The Stephanie Barnard sprays have wonderful, intense color payoff, and blend together beautifully! I was thrilled by how they took to the watercolor paper. I trimmed my dyed paper to size and assembled my card.
One more thing ... you could simply clean up your craft surface with paper towels, but don't let that left over color on your craft surface go to waste! Use the left over color to make hand dyed ribbon! This is white seam binding ribbon that I used to wipe up my crafting surface after I was finished coloring my paper. Once I had the ink all wiped up with the ribbon, I gave the ribbon a couple spritzes with water to help soften the edges of the inks, and then set the ribbon aside to dry. Now I have some beautiful hand dyed ribbon to use on future projects.
I hope you try out this technique. It's super easy, and so FUN to watch the color transform the white paper (and ribbon!) into a beautiful, one of a kind, surface.
Thought I'd share this cute little Easter / Spring card with you today!
Hope you're having a great day!
Supplies: Stamp: Eggs4Easter, Eggs2Hunt, and Pattern2Love by The Stamps of Life Dies: Eggs by The Stamps of Life Ink: Black Memento, Sand Memento, Dusty Durango by Stampin' Up! ShinHan Touch Twin markers: Y36, YR31, YR32, B143, PB144 Paper: Neenah, October Afternoon, Bazzil, Bo Bunny Other: button, baker's twine, tracing wheel
My Baker Creek seed order arrived today! Alan wanted to know why I wasn't out in the garden this evening planting seeds! *Haa!* I'd have to prep more beds first, that's why! I still have some seeds from last year, so this isn't a complete list of what will be grown in the garden this year. These will just fill in a few spots with something new to grow, and provide us with a couple favorites. Let's see what I ordered.
I ordered up this Fordhook Zucchini simply because of the note on it that reads "freezes well". We get a LOT of zucchini from the garden, so this might allow another method for prolonging the harvest. I'm excited for the Bush Buttercup squash. Since they grow in bushes, like a zucchini, they won't take over the entire garden like a vining plant would.
I wasn't able to find scallop (patty pan) squash seeds locally, so they are were top priority on the order list. I also picked up some Patisson Strie Melange, which will be new to our garden. We thought they looked like fun!
Long Standing Spinach ... because I love to grow spinach!
I need to get these kale seeds in the ground ASAP.
You know I love Zinnias, so I couldn't resist putting a couple of these beauties on the order.
And what's a farm without sunflowers!? I ordered the Tiger Eye mix, and they tossed in a Lemon Queen packet for free. Yay!
I've tried growing strawflowers two years in a row now, and have had miserable luck with them. I thought I would try them one more year before coming to the conclusion that I just can't grow them here.
And you can't grow strawflowers without Statice nearby, so I ordered a packet of Blue Seas Statice as well.
I know many of you are still having freezing temperatures, and may even still be getting snow! So hopefully this little promise of "spring" warmed you up a bit!
Here's what I ordered, if any of these spark your fancy! Bennings Green Tint Scallop SSQ109 Blue Curled Scotch KA101 Dwarf Siberian Kale KA102 Bloomsdale Long Spinach - 1/4 lb SP101-E Patisson Strie Melange SSQ134 Fordhook Zucchini SSQ139 Bush Buttercup SQ168 Tall Double Mix - Strawflower FL640 Blue Seas - Statice FL662 Tiger Eye Mix Sunflower FL743 Orange King - Zinnia FL818 Pink Senorita Zinnia FL831 Redman Super Cactus Zinnia FL820
Wow ... tomorrow's expected high is 80*. Of course, the low is expected to be 45* so it's not like it will be warm for long. But, I might be able to turn the heat lamp off of the baby chicks for a couple hours, anyway!
you're a stamper and you like challenges, or you're new to the idea of
challenges and want to give one a whirl, I invite you to
participate with The Challenge Chicks! We're a small group of friends and stampers hosting monthly challenges. Won't you join us?!
Our challenge for March 2013 is being shared today: It's Not Easy Being Green!
I chose to re-purpose a few items and made something that gives my selected items an entirely new purpose! For my project I used the cardboard core from a roll of packing tape, a wooden lid from a jar candle, and chipboard from a box of Alan's favorite fiber bars to create this little "masculine" themed container.
I covered the packing tape core with paper from The Paper Loft. The base of the container is made from two scalloped die cut circles (adhered together) from a fiber bar box. The lid from the jar candle fit PERFECTLY inside the packing tape core.
This will be fun to fill with little chocolate goodies, or even a small gift for a birthday or Christmas!
Now get yourself a good dose of some "green" fun and check out the rest of The Challenge Chicks projects:
And, finally, you'll find this month's challenge gallery on SplitCoastStampers using keyword CHXMAR13. We invite you to play along! Upload your project to your
SplitCoastStampers gallery, add the keyword above, and your project will
be automatically added to the gallery. Or join us on Facebook!
We look forward to seeing your projects!
Supplies Paper: The Paper Loft Ink: Ranger Brushed Corduroy Other: Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die, tracing wheel, reclaimed lid, tape core, box chipboard
April 2013: April 14: April 13: April 12: 42 April 11: 48 April 10: 50 April 9: 51 April 8: 49 April 7: 56 April 6: 52 April 5: 48 April 4: 47 April 3: 51 April 2: 47 April 1: 53
March 2013: 1477 March 31: 44 March 30: 41 March 29: 47 March 28: 50 March 27: 55 March 26: 36 March 25: 65 March 24: 46 March 23: 51 March 22: 55 March 21: 55 March 20: 58 March 19: 51 March 18: 58 March 17: 47 March 16: 54 March 15: 57 March 14: 31 March 13: 42 March 12: 49 March 11: 52 March 10: 45 March 9: 39 March 8: 42 March 7: 47 March 6: 48 March 5: 49 March 4: 45 March 3: 45 March 2: 38 March 1: 35
The Stamps of Life has a "sweet" new set available today! I chose to make this card using bright, cheery colors with black for my accent color. I coated the gumballs with chunky glitter, and ooooh, do they sparkle!
Supplies Stamp: The Stamps of Life "Bubblegum4Me" Ink: Stephanie Barnard ColorBox Licorice Paper: Neenah, October Afternoon, Bazzil ShinHan Touch Twin markers: GY175, B68, R136, YR124, R12 Other: Bakers Twine, Stephanie Barnard Sprinkles Chunky Glitter, 2-Way Glue Pen