Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ooooh, you are so pretty

This is a single bloom that a 3 year old Rhody (or maybe an Azalea) bloomed early. I brought it in and put it in some water and just adored how it looked. Out came the camera!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Rockin' Pile

Wow! A whole week has gone by since my last post. Life has been getting busy. For you too?

After trying to sell our house last year, April through September, we took it off the market to hunker down and wait out this recession. Some of the feedback we got about our property had to do with the yard - no fenced yard, no obvious property borders - and since we are staying here we decided it was time to get those privacy shrubs up and put some time/money into the yard now - not to mention add some value to the house when we do sell! So after a long rainy winter it is time to come out of the slumber and get back outside and work on our yard!

My main issue is I am no good at this gardening/landscaping business. Well I wouldn't say that I am bad, it is mostly that I don't have confidence due to lack of knowledge. I am reading lots of websites, magazines, books trying to gather as much knowledge about planting a privacy "green" screen in our back yard. It sounds fairly easy, right? On some properties I am sure that is true. But mine is a slope, filled with rocks and fairly neglected since we moved in. Though I prefer to call it "natural" and blending in with the woodsy surroundings, it definitely needs some TLC to become our private shady haven.

After meeting with a landscaper we both felt a bit more confident about our plans and decided to roll up our sleeves and start digging up rocks to make our retaining walls. We both agreed to go "gather up surface rocks for 30 minutes..." and ended up out there for 2.5 hours digging up huge rocks. It was actually kind of fun and felt rewarding see our rock pile growing. Both of us feeling more confident and eventually tired and hungry (break time!) I will try and remember to take pictures as we go. Wish us luck!

Boyfriend's rock pile with a few of my contributions. He is rock extracting machine! I wish this picture was closer to the pile.

This was my station. Cutting back the slope to put a retaining wall. Those two big rocks took me so long to wedge out. Boyfriend is much better at rocking extraction than I.

Any gardeners or none that read landscaping/gardening blogs or websites they could share? I would appreciate it if so. Thanks!

Monday, April 20, 2009


I'm working on a few new clip art sets though I got a little sidetracked and created this instead. But it will be easy to add a few more elements and make a cute set.

Thanks for all the kind comments on my last set - each one made me smile and spurred me on to keep at it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Turtle + Friends Set

Here is my latest clip set for mygrafico.

And the other sample card I designed.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Illustration Friday - Impossibility

Penny believes with a bit of devotion, positive thinking and one juicy worm fishing is not as impossible as some might think.

This is an illustration I did for a Fishing Derby poster this week at work. I removed all the promotion details and logo. I like how open it made illustration.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Toadly Great

I'm working on a new clipart set but not ready to post it tonight. I should have the files prepared tomorrow night. But this is one of the card samples I put together for it.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Graduation Set

A little graduation set for my mygrafico shop. I really like how these turned out. I need someone to graduate so I can send it!

A couple of samples I include to show the customer how they might apply them. I really like how these turned out.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

April Walk pt 4

The last picture from last Sunday walk. I loved all the textures in this shot and it was so different from all the others.

Bee + Squirrel - April Walk pt 3

Oh yah, I have even more I wanted to share. Another favorite thing of mine is watching little critters go about there business.

These flowers were like an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet for the bees on Sunday.

You go bee! Get that 10th helping of pollen!

Little squirrel with nut to mouth while he watched us.

As we moved he got a better view and flaunted his nut in his mouth.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

April Walk pt 2

Kelly's favorite flowers: Tulips + Daisies. I only saw tulips on Sunday. But you can bet daisies to come! :)

I saw these and let out a little yelp. Love.

Gushed over this one. Love too.

*sigh* Love.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Early April Walk pt 1

Some of these

plus some of these

equals a beautiful combination.



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