Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wishing You a Happy Christmas

Hello Everyone!

I'm excited to share with you today, my first holiday card featuring the new Christmas collection from Pion Design, "Long Ago in Bethlehem".

Pion Products:
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Shepherd's Watch PD9402 
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Mary and Joseph PD9401
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Blessings PD9407
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Church PD9406

I hope everyone had a good week. I got my railing planters installed finally, which gives me a wonderful layer of privacy and a great spot to hide the squirrel and bird food dishes. Still need a new couch and some new cushions for the chairs, but I feel like it's finally taking shape. Is it just me, or is a garden patio something that always needs just that one more little something. A project that never really gets finished. lol. 

"We don't need to explain our love. We only need to show it."
~Paulo Coelho~

"Crap, there's another one! I really need learn how to carry two peanuts at once!"
~Baby Cardinal~

When the light catches a male Mallard just right, their feathers are brilliant green, aqua and blue. The slightest movements can cause a colour change and it is magical to watch when they are wet!

"I am Mario. I bring you the love and I wish to be mine!"
"OK Mario, that's nice. Now can you back up a bit!"

The most amazing thing about being new to wildlife photography, is experiencing something for the first time. I actually squealed when I saw this handsome American Toad on the pathway. I took a few photos, then gently guided him to the safety of the grass. Thanks for my first toad experience little dude!

"FINALLY! Something to look at while I eat, that's NOT a frog's butt!" 
~Neddie (formally known as Nadia)~

 "Oooh myyyyy gaaaawd! Could the buffet line move anyyyyy slowwwwer!" 

 "Human, stop teasing me! I know just opened opened a bag of cashews, now hand 'em over!" 
~Baby Kay~

"Grateful for the corn, but any chance you could set this down on the ground next time? 
This dangling corn thing is playing havoc on my back!" 

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.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pion Design - Celebrate Togetherness

Hello Everyone!

Today I'm sharing another romantic card designed with the new Pion Design collection "Patchwork of Life". During the summer, there are always lots of weddings, engagements and anniversaries, and this card would be great for any of those occasions.

Pion products:
Patchwork of Life - Meeting Tom PD9205
Patchwork of Life - Borders PD9211
Patchwork of Life - Family Quilt PD9212
Pion Design Palette - Pion Green II PD6108

Christmas will be here before you know it, and Pion Design has released a sneak peek of this year's Christmas collection, "Long ago in Bethlehem". Release August 3rd!

This has been one of my favourite summers with regards to the weather. I can't believe how mild it has been, with lots of rain and very few days over 35 degrees! I spend my time walking the trails and sitting on my new garden patio. It's almost finished, so I will post pics when it's finished.

I don't see many of these wonderful birds in the summer time. I sure do miss their morning songs and sweet personalities!

My first ever Great Blue Heron! I almost squealed when I rounded the end of the lake and there he was! What a gorgeous bird to see up close. Another one to cross off my wish list for this year!

My first time getting to see a Swan busking (raising their wings in the shape of a heart), so amazing! The lady trying to feed him thought it was a sign of friendliness. I didn't have the heart to tell her he was actually in attack mode. Lol.

"Mum, Mum, Mum, Mum. I think we're being watched!"
How excited was I to see my first baby Raccoon!! And what a cutie he was, hiding underneath his Mom's tail, so adorable!

"The sun makes me sooooo seeeeeepy!" 
~Baby Kay~

"No, I did not lick the cookie bowl clean! What would make you think that!" 

And in the corn cob corner, weighing in at just 400g, we have Teddy the Squirrel! Oooooh, he's going for the difficult full-face technique, scoring a 9.8 from the judges! That's gonna be hard to beat folks!

I would like everyone to meet a new visitor to the Johnson Buffet. This handsome little dude is named Porter and he is so unique with that gorgeous frosted tail! He's very shy, but very brave and I can't wait to get to know him better!

These are the flowers that I decided to plant along the railing. Unfortunately, there's nothing but stems left, as the squirrels love the yummy petals and buds. Oops. I am now in the process of replacing them all with Marigolds, rumours say squirrels won't eat those. We'll see. lol

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.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pion Design - Happily Ever After

Hello Everyone!

Today I'm sharing a card featuring Pion Design collections "Patchwork of Life", "Theodore & Bella" and "The Songbird's Secret". These papers are soft and romantic, and would work for an engagement, anniversary or wedding.

I apologize for the photos, they are dark and the colours are off. I must have forgotten to change a setting because they don't do the papers justice at all.

click on any thumbnail to view the entire Pion collection:


Pion products:

Patchwork of Life - Family Quilt PD9212
Theodore & Bella - Sweet Dreams PD8612
The Songbird's Secret - Apple Blossoms PD8409
The Songbird's Secret - Borders PD8410
Vintage Wedding - Borders (discontinued)

The butterfly die is Spellbinders Cascading Butterflies, the frame and the leaf flourish are from Joy Crafts, and the filigree leaves are from Prima.

Today I thought I would share some photos from the Twin Valley Zoo trip we took at the end of May. It's a small zoo, which I thoroughly enjoyed because it felt so private and personal. Don't let the small size fool you though, there was a wonderful variety of animals there, even ones the Toronto Zoo doesn't have! We will definitely visit this place again!!

I have a thing about eyes, and the eyes on this Demoiselle Crane had me completely hypnotized! What an amazing bird! 

I absolutely love the amazing shimmer on a Peacock's feathers! I could watch these beautiful birds strut around all day!

"Hey lady, you think you're annoyed... I have a big piece of dead grass between my eyes and no way to get it off with these stupid short legs! 
~Mr Capybara~

These little guys were the main reason we decided to check out this little Brantford attraction. Baby Ring-tailed Lemurs!! Cuteness overload!! I mean seriously, don't you just want to take one home!! This species is at risk of going extinct in the wild, so this was a once in a lifetime experience! WOW!!

When a rabbit and a kangaroo have a baby! Patagonian Mara. Blam! So freaking cute!

I would like everyone to meet Taylor. She is a baby Starling who has decided that I am a person she can trust. She sits on the chair beside me, eats out of my hand and hangs around in the tree staying cool on hot days. I've never made friends with a baby bird before, what a thrill!!

"What do you mean say something funny? I'm kind of busy being adorable here. I don't have time to be a comedian too!" 

"My Mom warned me about that camera thing. You really DO always have it pointed at me while I'm eating! 
~Baby Kay~

"So I sit up here and eat my cookie, and you'll stay down there and take my picture? Fun game! Let's play again!" 
~Baby Mickey~

Back in April, my best bud Crazy Karen showed up with some pretty bad injuries on her back, the back of her head and her front leg. She was scared of me, she wouldn't eat out of my hand or even come down off the roof.

I threw food to her, but she losing weight rapidly and I was so scared for her. Nursing 3 little ones, fighting off infection and still trying to forage for food, it was becoming too much for her. Then 3 weeks ago, she disappeared and I feared the worst.

Three days ago she showed up looking all shiny and new! She was hesitant, but I sat on the patio floor with her and just talked to her while she ate. Yesterday she ate from my hand, and today I was able to gently pet her arm for the first time in months.

Oh how I missed her smile and gentle nature. I love you sweet girl. ❤️❤️

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.