Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Roses for Mom

Hello Everyone!

I'm so excited to share this Mother's Day card with you today, because it's made with papers from the upcoming new Pion Design collection "My Dearest Sofia". This collection is drop dead gorgeous, with some beautiful shades of pink and blue, and some really luscious rose patterns!

Pion products:

My Dearest Sofia - With All My Love PD8801
My Dearest Sofia - A Day in April PD8803
My Dearest Sofia - Sophia's Treasures PD8806
My Dearest Sofia - Warmhearted PD8809
My Dearest Sofia - Borders PD8810
My Dearest Sofia - 6x6" With All My Love PD8901

Well our snow is all gone now and the temperatures seem to be getting a little better each day. I probably won't have any landscape photos for a while. As attractive as I think that MUD is, I'll probably hold off a bit until some green shows itself. So I'll get straight to the wildlife!

For my birds today I have this sweet little Chickadee...

This is my first ever photograph of a White Breasted Nuthatch!! They are wicked fast, sort of rare and do not like humans at all, so I am pretty happy to get this this shot!

A sweet little Blue Jay enjoying the morning sun...

I'm so excited the ice on the lake is all melted away! I really missed the ducks, geese and seagulls this winter and I can't wait for lots of babies to start coming out of the reeds!!

I thought I would introduce you to a few newcomers at the Balcony Buffet! For those of you who follow me on social media, you probably know these faces, but they are worth seeing again!

First up is MARCIA. I believe you saw the back of her head in my squirrel fur macro shot a while back. She is a darling and has been through a lot with a missing tail, a limp and a wobbly walk. But she is happy and seems healthy, so rock on MARCIA!!

This is RUSTY, a very rare Red Squirrel who visits me out the side window. He is a hard dude to capture with the camera because he never stops running. This was a rare moment when he paused to let a stiff wind pass by, before he got up and zipped away again!

This is PEPE LEPEW. He is a very unique guy as you can see. He has a white nose, white ears and paws, and a white stripe on his tail. He's cautious and shy but so adorable! Just this week, he suffered head wounds from a cat attack, so everyone please send him wishes for a full recovery.

Last but not least, my macro. Some spring water droplets on a pine branch.

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.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Christmas in March

Hello Everyone!

I always have the best intentions every holiday season to get all my cards done and it never seems to go as planned, so I thought I would try to get the odd one done this summer to get the stash started. This card is made using the Pion Design collection "The Night Before Christmas".

The Night Before Christmas - Christmas in the Air PD7808
The Night Before Christmas - The Stockings Were Hung PD7806
The Night Before Christmas - Borders PD7810
The Night Before Christmas - Memory Notes PD7811

Well it looks like I may have seen the last of the snow for this year. The forecast is sunny and fairly nice for the next couple of weeks, so upward and onward. I figured since I made a snowy card that I would share one last round of snowy pics. 

For my birds today, this handsome little House Sparrow with a snow cap on...

a Grackle in the snow, what a very strange sight to see since they are a summer bird. Seems these guys were a few weeks early and then they were stuck here in the miserable snow and ice!

I"m sort of sad that I won't see any more Cardinals sitting in the snow, boy they sure look beautiful against a sea of white!

"You mean all I have to do is show up here, and you'll just supply the food? I'm so happy!!" 

"Cant. Feel. My Fingers!"
~Mr Chubb~

"What? I had an accident while I was shaving, OK! The cookie makes me feel better!" 
Isn't just darling that my sweet little guy still comes to visit once in a while! I always breath a sigh of relief when I see him alive and well. Even with the missing fur, I love this little guy!

For my macro today, one last shot of that fun yellow tree I found!

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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Light as a Feather - with Video

Hello Everyone!

It's time for another video! Today I have combined two of my favourite Pion Design collections to make this feminine all occasions card, "The Songbird's Secret" and "The Scent of Lavender". I just love how the pastel shades blend together so perfectly!


Pion products:

The Songbird's Secret - Blooming Branches PD8407
The Songbird's Secret - Nesting Birds PD8401
The Songbird's Secret - In the Nest PD8404

The Scent of Lavender - Lavender Love PD7201
The Scent of Lavender - Lavender Bouquet PD7204

We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday and it melted quite a bit of snow, but by the time the sun went down, the temps had dropped back below zero and the wind was up to 70 km/hr again. Looks like more snow for us this week, so I'm sticking with more snow pictures.

For my birds today I have this sweet little Chickadee, enjoying the day regardless of the snow...

a male Cardinal watching the snow fall with much confusion and frustration...

a stunning European Starling looking downright annoyed at the snow...

... and this beautiful female Mallard Duck who seems to prefer just say to heck with it and have a bath in the snow!

"I knew this fat ass would come in handy! I just prop it towards the wind and snow and I've got a built in tent!" 
~Busty Bertha~ before the moulting

"The sun is coming up and I've just discovered the all-you-can-eat buffet! What a wonderful day!"
 ~a newbie~

"OK, did something just fall on my head? What is it? Get it off!" 
~Mr Chubb~

For my macro today, some snowflakes that came to rest on a single strand of a spider's webbing.

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.