Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Frilly and Funkie - New Year's Inspiration

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! I took way more time off than I originally planned for, but I enjoyed every minute of it!!

It's time for our first challenge of 2017 over at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny is the hostess and she has chosen the theme "NEW YEAR'S INSPIRATION". She would like you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve in 2017. One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Linda's shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

One of my crafting goals for 2017 is to use up some of the bits and bobs from my 'scrap' drawer. Ribbon bits and pieces of paper or lace that I cut and didn't use for some reason or another. A butterfly here, a leaf sprig there... Time to pull them out and put them to use!

All of the following products that I used can be purchased at  The Funkie Junkie Boutique!


Since they built the community center right on my lake, they now plow all of the paths here. It's easier to walk, but not quite as pretty, so I decided to walk to the neighboring lake last week. It took me two hours to get there and even longer to get home, but it was worth it to see all the untouched snowy trails!

For my birds today, a Blue Jay super close up...

Feeding time for a sweet little Chickadee...

My token Male Cardinal shot (boy how they pop against the snow)!

I find capturing a bird in flight to be one of the hardest photos to do well. This is not the best, but I'm happy to have even a partial success!

That's a pretty big wave for such a little duck! You go dude! 
Is it just me, or does that water look fricking cold!!

It's good to see how healthy the squirrels are out there by the lake.

I would like to introduce you to my newest friend MR CHUBB. Those of you who follow me on new Facebook page have met this darling already, but how cute is he when he's covered in snow! HA!

Out in the tree, my friend MARIA is very concerned about the winter weather. Turns out she did not have a warm place to sleep, and has now taken residence in one of the corner folds of my gazebo canopy. I have placed some soft clothes in there, in hopes she stays warm and safe this winter.

My first attempt at capturing snowflakes. This was done with my medium size macro lens, but I think I'm ready to try the large macro lens next time, so hopefully I can capture more details.

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. If you have any questions or interesting tidbits about today's wildlife, please let me know.


  1. Lovely new piece, and glad you enjoyed your break. Lovely photos as always. It's cold over here, too. Hugs, Valerie

  2. Using up our crafty stash is definitely a great goal for the coming year Pamellia and you've done a superb job of using some here with your wonderful card. Wishing you a healthier, happy and creative 2017 xx

  3. Hi Pamellia, Happy 2017! Love, love,love this amazing card, you have used that paper so well! The bird on the green paper is a delight, and such amazing detail is that lace with the ribbon! Just fabulous! Love your "bits and bobs" accomodation, nobody could say that these are unused scraps from your stash :D Fab butterfly, tag and chipboard! Love the spring theme!
    I'm amazed by all your photos, and that flying bird makes me thrill, I can see all his feathers! Fantastic! :D
    Welcome to Mrs Chubb and Maria! I'm so happy you have prepared a warm home for Maria in your gazebo canopy !:D :D Hope she glad it! :)
    Great photos of the snow, too, these snowflakes look amazing on your macro!
    Big Hugs, my friend! Enjoy your days!

  4. A very stylish creation Pamellia and a real promise of Spring with the colours.

    B x

  5. WOWSER Pamellia, these images are brilliant, don't know about Duchess of Cambridge getting the honors of the Royal Photographic Society but you sure should. So love your snowflakes one that is so beautiful hun.
    I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year
    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  6. I wish you a Happy New Year with many lovely moments and creativity Pamellia!
    Beautifull colors on your card ... enjoy it!
    The photo's are amazing again, and a White Christmas in your!
    xx Gerie

  7. Hi hun, wow lovely card, thats my new year thing too, to use up bits, got a few flowers to go at too, don't know how long it will last though, lol loving your shos again, the snowflakes are awesome, we've had cold but no snow in sight!!! well fake snow on Hols the week before xmas, but don't think that counts, lol

    Got Tegan today, she goes back to school tomorrow thankfully!!! hopefully I will get some crafting time!!!!

    Hope your ok, speak soon, hugs Liz xx

  8. First, your nature photography just gets better and better! What lovely shots today! You e used some of my favorite papers and images in this lovely card. Cleaning out my scraps was a goal in 2016, and I'm happy to report that I really did use up loads of them. You're off to a great start with this scrumptious card!

  9. What a pretty card, Pamellia! You know how to make everything blend so well. Wonderful photos again today set against the beautiful snow. Thanks for sharing.

  10. What a wonderful way to use up some scrap pieces! Happy New Year!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  11. Your gorgeous card speaks of a promise to come ... Beautiful! Love your photos and that macro shot is stunning! We had two baby squirrels playing outside here yesterday and the cat was watching for half an hour!

  12. You have done amazing things using some of your scraps! Those papers look amazing layered up and I love how you've added them to the wooden frame. As always your flower spray is GORGEOUS! So happy that you are back in your craft room and are blessing us once again with your lovely artwork!

    AND your lovely photography! Those black and white rival and exceed Ansel Adams, and your wildlife shots are all amazing! The squirrels look fat and happy! Now the real ICE-ing on the cake is that snowflake close up! Fascinating! Sending you big hugs! Stay warm!

  13. Your card is a breath of spring - just what we need with the cold and snow set to return. Love all the little elements that have two purposes - make the card super pretty and edit your craft room.

  14. For me, the best way to get thru a day is to "enjoy the little things" so I adore this card. eyes are so happy to see the bright brilliant colors. I am just drinking in that luscious green and all the little things you did to make this gorgeous Pamellia. Love this.

    Dear me - walking two hours and longer back in such cold weather - I couldn't have done it. You are right though - the untouched snow is beyond beautiful. And your little friends are so precious. Your snowflakes are mind boggling to me - wow - what a great photo. And by the way... your bird in flight looked like sheer perfection to me!!! Xj.

  15. Happy New Year Pamellia, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your break. Wow, that untouched snow!!! Your card is just beautiful, great stash buster. Hugs, Autumn

  16. Hello, Pamellia! Sending delightful wishes for all things good your way, and hoping that 2017 brings only harmonious beauty your way. Loving the gorgeous summer-time card with all the delicate nature elements. But I've more enjoyed your little squirrels and birds - I can't help if that one ultra-chubby squirrel by the other lake might be PG LOL. Mr. Chubs looks happy despite his snowy appearance. The contrast certainly shows up! I'm incredulous that you made the 2 hour trek to the other lake - and 2 hours back! Yikes! But grateful at the same time because of all the serenity you captured there. Maria will appreciate your warm gift in the gazebo. It always tickles me to see the birds eating from your hand - and you never cease to amaze me by capturing events one-handedly. The macro snowflakes are WOW! I can hardly wait to see the large lens! Thank you for sharing your walk, Pamellia. Sending your fond hugs, de

  17. A lovely card to kick off the New Year with here on your blog - the colours and theme leading us in to thoughts of Spring and warmer weather. Glad you enjoyed your break and feel rested and renewed.

  18. A lovely card to start the New Year with - and a great resolution to use up the bits and bobs!
    Wonderful snowy photos and the snowflake one is amazing.
    Best Wishes for 2017,
    Hugs, Avril xx

  19. Happy New Year lovely card great way to use up scraps . Love all the nature pictures the trails look so peaceful and serene.

  20. Happy New Year Pamellia! A great way to start with this lovely has a definite air of spring about it! Good luck with your intentions of using up your 'stuff', something I should be doing too!
    Your snowy photos are very beautiful!

  21. Happy New Year!! Love this beautiful card, the spring colours are beautiful as are your outstanding photograps xx

  22. Happy New Year Pamellia! I hope you had a great Christmas and enjoyed your time off! I love your card! Pretty colors, dimension and fantastic elements! Your design is stunning as always! WOW, your outdoor pictures are fantastic! The little critters are amazing and your capture them perfectly! So crisp and clear! The bird in flight is incredible~
    Have a super day my friend and again, Happy New Year!
    Sherrie K

  23. Happy, happy new year my dear friend!! I hope 2017 is an amazing one for you!! What a stunning card!! I absolutely love the papers you used!! You showcased them so beautifully!! The frame is gorgeous!! The ribbons and butterfly and trim are all perfect touches!! Such a beautiful card!! I love your resolution to use up your bits...I need to do that too!! Mine are taking over!!

    Wow, what gorgeous nature photos!! The snowflake is amazing!! I love the close-up of the Blue Jay!! And your squirrel babies are so adorable covered in snow!! I hope you have a wonderful first week of the new year!! Big hugs sweet friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  24. Happy New Year Pamellia.
    When I saw the beautiful card and the pretty colours, it made me hope that Spring was just around the corner. Then reality set in when looking at the snowy photos, which were awesome.
    The birds and squirrels look so healthy, they are lucky you give them extra treats.
    Yvonne xx

  25. Happy New Year to you Pamellia, beautiful first post for 2017, love the spring colours of the gorgeous papers.
    Gorgeous nature shots of the beautiful wildlife! amazing photos.
    Hugs Pam x

  26. Happy New Year. Gorgeous first post. Love the bird imagery and beautiful flowers. Lovely arrangement of elements. Love how you have used up your bits and bobs. Love your winter photography. Tracy x

  27. Happy New Year Pamellia and love the gorgeous card and bright fresh Spring colours
    Carol x

  28. Your card is just beautiful. Love the colors and the design. Your critters sure love you.

  29. What a lovely card Pamellia - love the fresh colours you have used. Your squirrels are so plump in the winter - some fat, some furr??
    You photos of the birds are so gorgeous, but the snowflakes are exquisite.

  30. Great project Pamellia and very clever use of those bits and pieces! Your photos are excuisit, and wow, well done you for walking all that way! The snowflakes look totally amazing!!!

  31. Welcome back and happy new year Pamellia.Thanks a gorgeous card to cheer a chilly winter morning here. I agree re using up those bits and pieces, we all have whole stashes of them don't we! Your 2 hour walk was worth those gorgeous photos of untouched snow....just magical. I'm sure your woodland friends are glad to have you back with those peanut! Hugs xx

  32. Welcome back, Pamellia, and a very happy New Year! I hope this year is going to be a wonderful one! I am glad you enjoyed your so well deserved break!
    Another phenomenal card from you, my friend! I am always amazed by your super creativity and your use of those bits and pieces is simply brilliant!
    Exquisite photography! You are definitely a PRO! A pure magic!
    Sending lots of love to you! Branka xx

  33. Gorgeous card huni and awesome photographs! Love the bird in flight - that is so clever to capture that I wouldn't have a clue how. The close ups of the snowflakes is just jaw droppingly beautiful, clever artist you are xx

  34. Another beauty using some of my fave G45 paper! And if I may say, a bit restrained for you but oh so lovely! You're pics today blow me away. I've the two of the snow covered pines (for painting inspiration). Amazingly stunning shots of the bird in flight! The squirrels are so cute. Take care in the cold with all those loong walks. Happy New Year to you! Hugs

  35. Gorgeous photographs Pamellia and love your card. I love the way you've used those papers. Happy crafty weekend, Angela xXx

  36. I love the fresh springy look of your card Pamellia, it is beautiful! It looks SOOO cold I dont know how you could walk for hours in it :) The critters are always a delight to see and your bird in flight is Awesome!! Im off to your facebook page.

  37. Enjoy the little things and using up the scraps that come along with that is a goal I need to achieve as well. Love your happy card and the beautiful layers. The photos are beautiful as well. The snowflakes is wow!

  38. Firstly your card made from "scraps" is just beautiful and promises a great Spring. I love all the little details.

    Your photos are AMAZING, your dedication (a 2 hour walk!!! in the snow?) shows in the quality of your photos, I love the birds, as you know I'm a bird watcher (in the garden LOL) and the snowflake photo is so VERY beautiful.

  39. What a wonderful post full of contrasts... first your card made my heart skip as though it was already spring - so fresh and cheerful and pretty - and then the wonderful wintry photographs took me to a place of frosted beauty. Just fantastic, especially those macro snowflakes as the finale!
    Alison x

  40. Happy New Year my dear friend. I am just getting around to catching up after the Christmas/New Year break.

    Oh my goodness, how excited am I by your photography today, that snowflake is awesome and your bird in flight is amazing! You really rock my friend. I get so excited looking at the fabulous squirrals and stunning birds I almost forget about your craft projects.

    I am loving your left overs card, I have so many boxes and folders full of left over stuff I just cannot bring myself to part with, if I were to throw it all out I would probably half my crafting stash. Fabbulous card, I love all the spring green and orange colours as well as the lace and the pretty wooden thing - I must get myself some of those wooden things you use, they always look amazing.

    Have a great weekend in the snow, I look forward to the photographs.

    Dionne xx

  41. Your card is a lovely breath of spring and definitely a worthwhile goal to use our stash. We should all embrace that one, right? But it's hard to when so many fun new products keep hitting the market! Love the floral theme and the sweet butterfly. Wishing you all the best in 2017!


  42. This really is a breath of spring air, I love everything about it, the freshness, the stunning Monarch butterfly, the daisies - everything about it. Well done for using up some bits and bobs stash too!

    As always your photos are beautiful, love the snow shots and of course the delightful squirrels! Your micro is fabulous too! Apologies for my lateness, we have been laid low with a horrible virus..... Hugs, Anne xx

  43. Happy New Year, my dear Pamellia! I have returned from spending the holidays with my hubby... no computer time, just the sprinkles of FB love I left here and there. I am happy to be back to leave you some love. :) Your card is gorgeous! It is bubbling over with cheerfulness.. and I love how you've put some of those leftover goodies to use. Thank you for filling my heart with springtime beauty tonight.

    Of course your photos leave me speechless.. you know how much I adore your work. They truly are what my heart longs to capture.. especially the macro snowflakes.. and animal friends so close-up that you can practically hug them just by adoring your pictures! Stunning, my dear friend. Have a beautiful weekend. :)

    Hugs and blessings,

  44. Hi Pamellia
    Happy New Year!
    Gorgeous card that hints towards warmer Spring days. No snow here yet thankfully. In fact, its supposed to be getting a little warmer this week.....yay!
    Super feathered and furry pics as always.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  45. As always these nature shots are spectacular, dearest Pamellia! The winter scenerey looks so calm and beautiful. I love winter and the piece it brings. Nature is very still and calm and waits for spring to bloom again. Don't know why this touches me but it does :)
    Your card is so super beautiful. I love all the details on it. And I have drawers full of scrap pieces that I should use and I think I will finally do do this!
    Sending you best wishes across the miles! Ally

  46. Hi Pamellia and Happy New Year to you and yours.
    Absolutely gorgeous card what wonderful colours and design, lots of beautiful embellishments too.
    Wildlife photos are amazing, the colours of the Blue Jay and Cardinal are truly amazing, always a pleasure to drop by,Kate x

  47. Sounds like a good goal to have for this new year. I bet everyone has scraps they don't use. Love the Spring feel of your lovely and gorgeous card. It makes me want Spring to come even faster. Beautiful butterflies and lace and the whole bit.

    Of course your photo of birds in flight are stunning. I can totally understand why it would be hard to capture. Especially a hummingbird! Theirs little wings are super fast. Glad the furry critters are doing well. Hugz to you muffin! ~Doc

  48. Pamellia,
    Your card is gorgeous! The texture and dimension transform the paper and bring life to it. I love your beautiful 'bits and bobs'--something my mom always said that I've been using myself lately but had never heard anyone else say until now. I also look so forward to your inspiring photography. You may not believe this, but I show it to sooooooo many people. I saw something in my own yard the other day that was both horrific and at the same time part of the natural order of our world, A very large Coopers Hawk swooped down from out of nowhere to snatch one of my sweet House Finches from my bird feeder. I loved that little House Finch and feel so sad for it's mate. Nature is not always a kind thing. I've had to take down my feeders until the Coopers Hawk stops using it as a fast-food drive through. Wishing you every blessing in the New Year!