Wednesday, June 28, 2006

My Sister's Anniversary

I nearly forgot my sister's anniversary! I remembered just before I was supposed to go see her, and, inspired by Alora's eight minute wedding card (thanks, Alora!) I got busy and made something for her. I didn't time myself, but I will next time I have such an emergency! I got to use some new stamps too, which was wonderful. And my sister seemed to like it.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

I had time to make a card with one or two of my new stamps and stencils last night, and this is the result. I made it for a seven year old friend and he seemed to like it, though I think he liked the attention more! I was pleased he could read all the words on the card, even the message on the inside. It was fun to make and this week I have another couple of birthdays to start preparing for ... though a wonderful friend will be visiting and staying in my stamp room for a couple of days and we shall be gallivanting around doing the 'tourist' thing, so maybe I will get a chance to create some cards next weekend. So many stamps! So little time!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Birthdays are wonderful

I must have told everyone near and dear to me how much I love stamps. That's exactley what I got for my birthday - a swag of NEW STAMPS!! And some new inks, brushes, tags, cut outs, scissors, and paper. I am all set - spoilt for choice. All I have to do is decide what I want to do first. That's harder than it sounds - everything looks so interesting. Even my Itty Bitty Backgrounds arrived on my birthday. Well, this weekend I am going to STAMP.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Itty Bittys

I ordered the Itty Bitty Background stamps from my new SU! demonstrator and can't wait till they come. I see so many cards on Splitcoaststampers that use these stamps! I noticed also there is something called a Stamp-a-ma-jig and will have to order one of those to see if it helps me keep things straighter when I make a card. If anyone reading this uses one, what do you think?

Saturday, June 10, 2006

This is what the cyclone did to our fence and tree. The tree is now gone, the fence is repaired, but it sure looks barren and bleak. I plan to allow the new roses to grow all over the fence - yellow Pilgrim and pale pink Cecile Bruner and deep pink Gertrude Jekyll roses - maybe we will one day have a pretty structure and a seat there too. Posted by Picasa

It's raining again, but that's good for the roses

I got up today, looked out the front door and was pleasantly greeted by three beautiful new Fragrant Plum rose blooms. I leaned out my window to see two new Kardinal blooms as well. When I looked out the side window, there was my gorgeous Carla rose nodding at me and a Peace rose looking up too! I am so happy that my roses are finally producing. I have only a dozen plants, and the enjoyment I get from them is enormous. I thought maybe the cyclone had ruined them but it seems it shocked lots of plants into producing their best, my roses among them.

Today my DH and I went shopping and came home with another new rose bush - a David Austin climbing Gertrude Jekyll. I plan to plant it with a couple of other new climbers I recently found to hide the ugly back fence where the majestic pine tree used to be. The pine tree was blown over by the cyclone and now there is just a stump left. Climbing roses will soften the old ugly fence and even better, I can see them from my kitchen window. Maybe the stump will make a nice garden seat one day. We are going to plant a few more things on the swell of the old root system too.