Thursday, July 30, 2009

A few new layouts today

It was a rainy day today finally we needed it. It also gave me a few opportunities to scrap. :o)
The font was Lyrical Letters and the bird is Wild Card Cart done with my Cricut. The paper is DCWV Stack 6.
No Cricut with this one but it is sure cute. I use a vellum quote and K&Company stickers.

This one I think is my favorite so far. I used K&Company paper, a Martha Stewart scallop punch for the boarder. I think it turned out nice.

I used my new cart Printing 101 with my Cricut for the font and Plantin Schoolbook for the tag, DCWV Stack 6 for the pattern paper.

I also picked 3 big zucchini's from the garden today and the tomatoes and sweet corn grew even taller. I am going to measure them with a ruler to see how high they really are. CRAZY...

Thanks to my Bro Matt for coming over to update my firmware in my Cricut. Yea! Now I need to get SCAL software (sure cuts a lot) I can't wait.

Take care!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Green Beans and Bell Peppers!!

Hello, We had some rain the last few days. They were on and off sprinkles, but enough to get things growing super in the garden.
I have uploaded a few pictures to compare to when I first posted some. I swear the Cherry tomato plants are getting close to 6 feet high. There is quite the competition between the sweet corn and cherry tomatoes.

Above is Brandi our 11 month old Golden Retriever. She is catching some shade under the cherry tomato plants. I guess they are tall as trees.
Here is my 7 yr old son Lucas again standing so you can see the height of my tomatoes. They have sprung at least a foot over the cages already. Not much getting ripe yet; I did steal 3 red cherry and 1 yellow pear tomato but nothing to go nuts over yet...

My 1st official picking of beans. I think I might have enough for supper tonight. Yes!

LOOK at the size of this pepper! I can't believe it. YUM, YUM YUM...

This is what I harvested today, Green Bell Peppers, Banana Peppers, Broccoli, Zucchini, Green Beans, and Sugar Snap Peas. (yesterday we did pull out 2 purple kohlrabi too.)
Happy Gardening!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Misc. Cards

Here are some Cards I made using the One Sheet Wonder Method I scraplifted from It is my 1st attempt at it. I am thinking of selling them in the rummage-O-ramma my SIL and I are having. Let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!!! (sorry didn't know there was music on the slideshow, oops)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Our first Red Potatoes and Zucchini Squash

Our first attempt at ever planting potatoes and look what we have. We ate these scrumptious delectables for dinner last night and I left 4 out and the kids were licking the bowl; "more potatoes Mom please." I should have made them all.
I was a little nervous to dig them yet but Joe wanted to try, and I am glad he did. They were the perfect size. It seemed like digging for treasure, very fun. Although, Joe was much better at digging them than me. Then we packed up the mounds and wait for more. We really only dug in 1 mound so far.

Tonight we am going to deep fry zucchini. YUM! I am going to use Italian seasoned breadcrumbs with garlic and Parmesan cheese. Dip in flour and egg then the crumb mixture. Fry until they float. I will let you how they turn out. Nothing like going to the garden and getting stuff for dinner.

Have a great weekend everyone. Next project, clean up my scrap mess and get ready for a rummage-o-ramma sale with my SIL.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

2 new layouts

Here are 2 layouts I did the last couple days. I had so much fun at our BBQ/Crop with friends on Saturday.

This one I did with Lyrical Letters Cricut Cartridge in the Jumbo setting. The squares are cut out of Plantin Schoolbook Cart.

This one I did at our crop over the weekend using Jen's Cuttin Up Cricut cartridge for the font; and DoodleCharms for the ducky's. We had such a good time I can't wait for the next one.

Friday, July 17, 2009


Yea it rained today even though it is cold!! Only a high of 63. I'll take the few sprinkles we got though.
I picked broccoli again today (I am not complaining at all, I love broccoli, keep on comin'). I had enough to do 3 quart bags for freezing. Joe and I also picked a bunch of peas. I have been using them in salads or I just saute them to eat.
We visited my in-laws today and we were fortunate to get 2 kohlrabi's. 1 of them is already in our stomachs. Yummy!
Lucas mustered up the nerve to try it and he liked it. Nick on the other hand who is only 3 didn't yet.(ok give it to Mumma, darn.) I was darn jealous of how their zucchini plants looked. Their plants are enormous! Mine looked like the baby offspring comparing to theirs.

Still waiting for the cherished 1st tomato. Nothing yet.

Tomorrow I am going to our good friends' house to scrap it up and BBQ it up!! Can't wait. I am already packed up. I will post on what we accomplish.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Birthday Card -Wild Card Cart -a Scrap Post

A woman at my husbands place of work asked me if I could make her a card for a surprise birthday for a female friend. Ok. Then he said she asked a week ago. He needed it tomorrow. I never turn down a an invitation to scrap so. Here is what I came up with. I only used the Wild Card cart. The Present card on pg. 62 at 7-1/2"

Front of envelope

Front of card and inside liner of envelope. Tag says Surprise.

Inside of card: the saying is: The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. "Lucille Ball"

Back of card

figuring this out

I am slowly figuring out this blogging stuff. I seem to change my template daily. Crazy... I think I like this one. Leave me a comment and let me know.

Not much to report today on Gardening; no rain, still windy, and a bit chilly for JULY?!?. I watered this morning. It is supposed to be cold tomorrow a high of 63. YUCK

Here are previous pictures of "the girls" Brandi is 10 months, Ginger 11 years.

A day out at Mom and Dad's by the lake swimming on a warm sunny day summer of 09'.

Oh, and it is my 1 year anniversary today of quitting my job. I wouldn't have it anyother way. (unless I can get paid to garden, scrap, and blog. he he)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Daylillies and the remains of the Armyworms

Here is my update for today. We were supposed to get rain last night or early today, well that never happened. At least not at our house. We need rain. We are border line drought stricken here. Now there are 20 to 30 mph winds which also doesn't help growing conditions. Guess I'll be watering soon. I uploaded some pictures below; Enjoy.

below is a picture of one of my favorite daylillys. I love the ruffles on it.
This one is pretty too, it reminds me of a firework.
Below is my son Lucas he is 7 years old and my Cherry Tomato plant is just a hair taller than him. No cherry tomatoes yet but I am waiting.

Now for the stink'in armyworms. See how some of the leaves are damaged?
If you look at the ground closely the little buggers are in their final resting place. Do not rest in peace you stinkers!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Armyworm invasion in my Peas

I went out to the garden this morning to my horror (well Joe found) I found some hard working caterpillars hard at work eating my pea leaves!!! I have had it with caterpillars this year! In spring we found and Armyworm nest in our Canadian Cherry tree and I sprayed that & cut out the branch they were on. Then we found another nest in my Flowering Crab tree sprayed cut out that one; I burnt that limb. I sprayed the rest of the trees with concentrated Seven mixed and thought that'd be the end of them. WELL... Much to my horror they sprouted up in my peas. I think they were in larvae stage since they weren't very big yet and they didn't turn the blackish color and no sign of a nest. I had been diligently spraying the garden for bugs since I think that my zucchini got the stink bug last year toward end of the harvest season. Spraying was supposed to suppress them. I hadn't really sprayed the peas much, since Joe and I tend to eat most out of the garden. So much for that. I have already sprayed and I am to sad to take a picture of it yet. Maybe tomorrow I will take a picture of their graves... Little suckers...

Sunday, July 12, 2009


I am going to brag about one more thing, you guessed it, my broccoli. I am having a wonderful harvest so far. Here is what I picked yesterday evening.

To freeze broccoli: blanch in boiling water for 3 min; then immediately put in freezing cold water to stop cooking process and freeze in appropriate containers or plastic bags.

Easy Peasy

Day out at the GB Botanical Garden-Garden Walk

What a fun day and picture perfect to go on a Garden Walk. Joe tagged along with me to look at 6 gardens in the area and enjoy the Botanical Garden in the area. We saw some amazing things people are doing in there gardens. Lilly's that are over 6 feet high!!!, climbing roses that are as big as trees, beautiful ponds with large coy fish, just to name a few. Below are a few pictures of things I also found interesting.
I think I am going to try and make this next year in our garden. I think it is neat!
This is a must plant for next year or better yet this year yet.
I am becoming obsessed with the ornamental onion!! There are many different varieties and this is one. What a neat way to accent a garden. It seems to make you say, " wow what the heck is that."

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sugar Snaps peas are starting!!!

Look what I've got in the garden. YUM... I don't think we have quite enough for a meal yet but they are
sure fun to pick and eat when you are working. Joe told me to stop eating them or we'll never
get a meal out of the plants. I just can't help myself.

Also the red "Legends" rose has another bloom. Isn't it HUGE.It smells so pretty too. I highly reccommend this rose. Joe and I just purchased it this year.
We couldn't resist it when we saw it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pictures of my Garden

Ok, now I just needed to share some photos of the trials and tribulations of my garden. Last year '08 was our 1st garden at this house. We called it the "Dead Garden". Unbeknown st to me we had no nitrogen in the soil. We now are learning to soil test and trying different fertilizers to correct the problem. I would prefer to be more organic so I have started our own compost bin as well. 

Our 1st year planting Potatoes, I don't know how this will turn out.
Can you say dry? guess I need to water (again, sigh). We have had little to know rain here.

My Garden signs are made with my Cricut Expression (used for scrapbooking) using vinyl and the Lyrical Letters Cart. I even cut out the rectangles myself out of old wood scraps. Who knew what I could do. I love them and hope to use them in years to come.

Lilly's on the side hill

Joe and I planted a TON of tiger Lilly's on our side hill. (thanks to Marvin and Mom for the Lilly's). They are slowly filling in on each other and are taking over. (This is what we wanted) 

First Blog!!

Hi All, so I needed a way to document my journey of all of my loves in life; my Husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs and my passion for Gardening and Scrapbooking. I am just an amateur at best just trying to enjoy what I love to do.