Friday, February 27, 2009

Dreary Day

It rained all day. And my favorite mug broke.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Dress for Lizzy

I made this dress for Lizzy probably...2 months ago, but wanted to wait for some warm weather to get some pictures, so I could take them outside. :) Today proved to be the perfect day, but I didn't realize until we were already out and about, so I hope you can ignore the unironed condition of the dress. ;] The style is slightly Narnian, although the print is not, but it's great for all sorts of princess-y things, like...


..and running......and Narnian role playing...

...and more running. :) But I suppose it could also be used for things like tea parties and curtsies, if need be. ;]

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Monday Birding Trip

On Monday we took a birding trip for my birthday at a local lake. We saw...
...Canvasbacks (Aythya valisineria)...
Ring-Necked Ducks and a Bufflehead
...Ring-Necked Ducks (Aythya collaris), one Bufflehead (Bucephala Albeola)...
Canada Geese
...two Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)...
American Coot
...three American Coots (Fulica americana)...
3 Mallards and a Coot
...three preening Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), and...


Trumpeter Swans
...two Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator)! :D
Trumpeter Swan

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Keeping Warm

The feeder has been busy during the past few chilly, snowy, icy days. Molli (our cat) is almost always found in the kitchen, watching birds through the window, as opposed to spending time in beds and laps and on radiators, as she mostly did before we got the feeder.
About a week or two ago, Lizzy made a bed for Molli out of a cardboard box and put it on the drier. (which is near the Kitchen window) As an added gesture of kindness, yesterday, Molli was covered with two blankets and was wearing a hat, although I'm not sure she really appreciated it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Frugal Friday: Greeting Cards

A few years ago, my mom picked up an expandable file folder from WalMart, and we now keep it stocked with homemade cards. Each section houses cards of different types, like "child birthday cards," "men birthday cards," "women birthday card," "sympathy cards," "get well cards," "thank you cards," etc. Greeting cards can be quite pricey, so we use a half piece of cardstock folded in half, which perfectly fits in invitation size envelopes, and ends up being around 15 cents per card!

To make the Cards:
Supplies: In the office supply section of Walmart, you can get a 150 pack of cardstock for less than $10. (It was around eight in August, but we haven't had to buy any more since, so I'm not sure of the current price.) The same section carries 50-packs "Invitation-sized" envelopes. (4 3/8" x 5 3/4") for under $5. You'll also need some pretty papers. :) We got a Scrapbooking back of 40 coordinating, patterned, 12"x12" sheets of paper, and matching cutouts that have letters and whatnot on them. (cost $7 when we purcased it)
Steps: Take one piece of 8.5" x 11" cardstock, and cut it in half, so it's 8.5" x 5.5". Fold each half in half so that it is 4.25" x 5.5". You now have two cards that fit perfectly in the invitation envelopes. All that's left to do is to "prettify" them.

Some ideas for cards:
I was making a card for a friend's father, really liked the outcome, and so made three. :) For each of these cards, I cut out a large square of colored paper for the background......a little shape (in this case an airplane, car, or train) from some printed paper......and about an inch and a half of paper for the ground, cut with mini scallop scissors.I also added a little banner to the airplane, to carry a message. :)
You don't necissarily have to use fancy papers, though. I made this card using just watercolors (for the water) and acrylics (for the swans) for the nice lady who let us stand in her yard to see the some Trumpeter Swans in a recent birding trip. :) (More on that another day.)
So grab some supplies, get creative, and save money! :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WFW: Matthew 6:25-27

Matthew 6:25-27 (New King James Version)

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Wisdom Teeth

I have't been blogging much, but I hope to start again soon, and I have plenty to share. :) Today, though, I'm mostly just laying around, as I got my wisdom teeth out this morning. My face is still quite numb, but it seems to be wearing off, so I figured I'd post this before I retire to the couch with a few books. :)
Lizzy made me an adorable mini "Magnadoodle-thingy" (easel) and a mini painting of an apple to go on it that says "I hope you can chew soon."
Oh, and the easel comes with paints, too. Lol :D