Friday, February 27, 2009
Happy 90th Birthday, Aunt Mildred!
A friend of mine asked a group of us if we would make a birthday card for her auntie. She's turning 90 years young. Imagine what her aunt has seen in her 90 years; all the changes our world has seen, the good, the not so good, and everything in between. Boggles the mind.
So, still on on Cosmo Cricket, layering colored images ala Kim, and layout kick, I created this card for her this morning.
I used Kim's stamps again; Bloomin' Beautiful (now retired), Flower Vases (now retired), Ocean Friends (for the vase pebbles) and Scripty Words. Memento inks were still out, so you see Dandelion, Rose Bud, Lady Bug, Tangelo, Grape Jelly and Pear Tart. The vase is stamped in SU!'s Buckeroo Blue. I added a bit of sparkle by outlining the raised flowers, the vase, the pebbles and the sentiment with a Spica Clear Glitter pen. Orange mini brads, Striped Grosgrain, and a tiny rhinestone finish out her card. SU!'s Soft Sky is the base and Buckeroo Blue the skewed layer. Finished size is 6.25" x 4.5". I think hitting 90 deserves a bigger card!
After taking this picture, one of my OTT lights fizzled out, I tried to take close-ups of the glitter that you can't see in this picture, but they are just too dark. So I'm off momentarily to purchase a replacement bulb. But the glitter is such a perfect, subtle touch!
So, some of you who read my blog know that we have a small
garden in the backyard. Nothing big as we live on a city lot that isn't all that huge; nonetheless, I plant tomatoes, lettuce, snap peas, etc., depending on the season. Last Friday I planted 24 seedlings; chard, bibb lettuce and 2 types of romaine. Saturday I went out to have a looksie, and 1 plant was missing, knawed down to the nub....hmmm. Sunday, I go out, several more are gone. By Monday, even more are gone....all that remains is 5 green romaine and 5 red romaine. See those blank spaces in between the soaker hose? They were full of delicious seedlings! Looks like the midnight buffet is open. So frustrating! I'm sure they'll all be gone when the weekend is over. We haven't had stealers for years, but they are loving our grapefruits as well, leaving just the rind for us. We are guessing it's ..... ick ...rats...ick...coming from a neighbors yard. Could be opossums, too.
Anyway, makes me leary to plant our tomato plants next month! We might be building a wire cage to enclose the raised bed. But if it is rats, they are tricky and know how to get inside just about anything. Anyone have any advice?