Flowers Abound!

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

My sweetie has been working on our yard for a few weeks now. This is one of the ways he shows his love.  I think he’s hung at least a dozen baskets of different kinds of flowers all around the house, and they look amazing.  We live in a very small house – we’re inadvertently part of the “tiny house movement” – and the flowers add so much character to the house.  He’s also planted a ton of different flowers in the flower beds out front.

Luckily we have a large backyard, and he’s been working on fixing up the patio and putting in the garden  Last week he brought 20 bales of straw home from a farm down south.  The hope is it will help keep our dog Sam from getting so dirty but I’m not holding out a lot of hope – Sam is very busy all the time. There are lot of rabbits, robins, butterflies and dragonflies to keep track of.  There is a kiddie pool to play in, and a shed to get stuck under.  There’s a lot of fence to check every day, and even some buried bones to check on.


Sam is a treasure and very intelligent, but I was starting to think he’d never learn how serious I am when I say “Come”.  Well, the other day he was out in the yard being naughty, and I went out and told him to come.  That was his signal to play!  You could just see the wheels turning and the grin on his face (he’s quite the joker).  I could just see the thoughts he was having, “Yay!  She wants to chase me!  I want her to chase me!  She loves it!  This is so fun!  Ha ha ha!  You can’t catch me!”  (no kidding, Sammy).  I got so frustrated I threw the chuck it (tennis ball thrower) near him.  It hit the ground a few feet from where he was and I literally saw the light come on – he got it!  “Come” means get over here right now.  He’s made about 180 degree turn around since then.  That was one of our last major hurdles in training.  I need to make sure he obeys pretty much instantly so I can keep him safe.  I’ve had dogs my whole life, and have had a couple of puppies, but it’s been at least 15 years since our last puppy so I had forgotten a few things. No worries though, Sam is super good at reminding me.  And Border Collies can be a bit more of a handful than other breeds.  Luckily our dear friends also have BCs and have given us a ton of good advice, since they actually run their dogs on sheep. So they have some great training techniques (which really did not include throwing the chuck it, but actually did include breaking the bubble by getting their attention somehow).

Sounds like thunder outside, and it is supposed to rain, but it could be some fireworks.  I’m hoping for a really good thunder boomer tonight, I love storms.

I decided to try my hand at watercolor.  I’m not super impressed but I’m learning so we’ll take what we can get.   This card is actually more colorful in person.


For this card I used the Kuretake Water Color Markers by Zig.  They come in just beautiful colors.  I will say though that I have a fairly new set and some of them are dryer than I think they should be.  It could be I’m storing them incorrectly – I have them on their side.  I also used a water brush. I stamped it with a black hybrid ink – I think Memento – on watercolor paper.  I put the color on the paper and then drew it out with the water brush for all the floral pieces.

For the background I wet the paper first and then put the color down, because I wanted it to be messier looking.  Once it was dry I cut out the center with a frame die cut.  I cut a second frame out of two pieces of fun foam and glued it behind the frame to pop it up from the rest of the card.  I stamped the sentiment in black hybrid ink, and when it was dry I used a Versamark inkpad and just covered it with ink, then I used clear embossing powder.  I added more powder before it cooled down and then heat set it again, so it has two layers of embossing powder.  Then I cut it out and used foam tape to attach it. I wanted the sentiment to look like an old fashioned label maker.

I spritzed it with some sparkly spritzer stuff and mounted it to a light blue background card.

Lots of tough stuff going on in the world right now. Let’s do our best to be kind to one another.  One of my favorite sayings is, “Be especially kind to everyone you meet, you never know what kind of a battle they’re fighting.”

Thanks so much for stopping by!




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