Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Under the Weather, Over the Weather...and a Brand New Baby Boy!

I was bitten by the cold bug on Monday, and haven't been doing much until this morning--much better now! Besides, how could you feel yucky when you look out your window and see this?



Oh, my! Have you ever seen anything more glorious than this?! It's really not fair, is it? I love seeing what the sunrise has in store for me every morning--certainly not a disappointment today!

Well, backing up a bit...Monday afternoon I was able to go out and pick strawberries at my friend Christina's farm.
(Can you see that I was getting a bit damp here? I was feeling pretty soggy at this point!)

Their strawberries are possibly the best I have EVER tasted--always huge, juicy and amazing! They give them away freely, provide them for any get together, and are so generous letting friends and family come and pick as many as they can when the season is over. I had plans of picking till my fingers fell off, but the rain returned and made me a little less enthusiastic about continuing! Only got about a bucket and a half, but it was plenty to snack on and make some divine homemade shortcakes that night for dessert!



YUM!!!



Yesterday I managed to squeeze in a Color Challenge on Splitcoast while I was waiting for my kids to get ready for school. Even though you feel yucky, life goes on, right? Gotta get those kids out the door!

The chosen colors were interesting, and I probably wouldn't have put the Cameo Coral in the mix, but they were Bravo Burgundy, Cameo Coral, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla. Here's what I came up with:



The image is from Crafty Secrets' new "Christmas" Creative Scraps--I LOVE these! Each image is just beautiful, and I've got so many ideas for them!

I decided I needed to echo the greenery in the image elsewhere on the card, so I stamped a bunch of pine boughs from the "Christmas Joy" stamp set (also Crafty Secrets), cut and sponged them, and added them to the upper left. A bit of work, but I like how it turned out. Some gold glass glitter, Dazzling Diamonds, lace, ribbon, a little button, and that's it!

Yesterday was also a very special day for our family--my "baby" sister (she's 31!) gave birth to her first baby late last night--Connor Riggs Baron--good name, huh? We're so thrilled that everyone's safe, healthy & happy! Congratulations, Eddie and Jenny! Sweet Connor, your Auntie Julie CANNOT wait to meet you!

Early this morning, I made this card for my new nephew:



The sweet baby image is from Crafty Secrets' "Joys of Life" booklet--been wanting to use this for a while--thanks, Jenny! The letter stickers are from their "Baby Boy" sticker sheet.

Cardstock used--Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, PTI Vintage Cream. I used Vintage Blue glass glitter, white grosgrain that I dyed with Barely Banana ink, brass baby bootie charms, lace, and my favorite Ranger's Vintage Photo ink for sponging. That's it!

Well, that's all for today! I'm off to run some errands and finish up a couple of projects I'm working on...my kitchen table is a MESS! (Sorry family!) See you tomorrow!