Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wishing You a Happy Christmas

Hello Everyone!

I'm excited to share with you today, my first holiday card featuring the new Christmas collection from Pion Design, "Long Ago in Bethlehem".

Pion Products:
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Shepherd's Watch PD9402 
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Mary and Joseph PD9401
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Blessings PD9407
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Church PD9406

I hope everyone had a good week. I got my railing planters installed finally, which gives me a wonderful layer of privacy and a great spot to hide the squirrel and bird food dishes. Still need a new couch and some new cushions for the chairs, but I feel like it's finally taking shape. Is it just me, or is a garden patio something that always needs just that one more little something. A project that never really gets finished. lol. 

"We don't need to explain our love. We only need to show it."
~Paulo Coelho~

"Crap, there's another one! I really need learn how to carry two peanuts at once!"
~Baby Cardinal~

When the light catches a male Mallard just right, their feathers are brilliant green, aqua and blue. The slightest movements can cause a colour change and it is magical to watch when they are wet!

"I am Mario. I bring you the love and I wish to be mine!"
"OK Mario, that's nice. Now can you back up a bit!"

The most amazing thing about being new to wildlife photography, is experiencing something for the first time. I actually squealed when I saw this handsome American Toad on the pathway. I took a few photos, then gently guided him to the safety of the grass. Thanks for my first toad experience little dude!

"FINALLY! Something to look at while I eat, that's NOT a frog's butt!" 
~Neddie (formally known as Nadia)~

 "Oooh myyyyy gaaaawd! Could the buffet line move anyyyyy slowwwwer!" 

 "Human, stop teasing me! I know just opened opened a bag of cashews, now hand 'em over!" 
~Baby Kay~

"Grateful for the corn, but any chance you could set this down on the ground next time? 
This dangling corn thing is playing havoc on my back!" 

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. More than Gorgeous Pamellia, xxxx

  2. Wonderful photos, glad you are enjoying your wildlife. I had 2 mallard ducks on my balcony recently, evidently enjoying a rain break there! Gorgeous card, but it's still too hot to start thinking about Xmas. Hugs, Valerie

  3. Gorgeous Shabby Christmas card goegeous embellishments. Yes it is a bit early but I made my first o e yesterday we must be mad even thinking if Christmas in July. Never ever thought I would do this.
    Great pics. Nice to be early seeing your blog today.
    Jules xx

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  5. Happy Christmas to you too though I guess we are a bit early. Beautiful card as always.

    The photographs and commentary steal the show though. Wonderful! The close up Mallard looks like a painting

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. Christmas in july ! Beautiful card :)

  7. Beautiful card!! So very pretty and that touch of twine is gorgeous! LOVE the photos!! Amazing photo of the duck!

  8. Stunning card, love the white splatter on the card looks like snow.
    Such a beautiful photos of animals x

  9. Christmas is definitely coming Pamellia...July seems to be a very popular month for Christmas cards in Blogland! Your card is, as always, a stunner! Can just see this fabulous creation taking pride of place on someone's mantelpiece. The new papers are wonderful and I love the deep red and creamy white against the neutral background.
    Your beautiful photo has captured the iridescence of the duck's lovely!

  10. Beautiful card, Pamellia! I really need to get started on mine so I'm not behind again when the day gets near. Love your photos as always. Where's Happy Harry been?

    1. Thanks Patty. I think Happy Harry was just passing through on his way to somewhere better. He was here every day for about a week and then I haven't seen him since. That happens quite a lot around here, the buffet is a revolving door of wee little faces. hugs :)

  11. A truly wonderful card Pamellia, it has a sort of course try kitchen look about it which I love. Great photographs as usual, particularly the duck...gorgeous colours xx

  12. Beautiful card, it would make a stunning winter wedding card if you switched the sentiment. The photos are amazing and those squirrels are just so wonderful. I love how the wildlife trusts you so much x

  13. Oh wow, your card is absolutely stunning, Pamellia!! The layers are amazing!! I love the beautiful poinsettia and the pine cones!! The berries are perfect touches!! Wow!! I absolutely love, love this!! It's a card and gift in one!!

    My gosh, that mallard is stunning!! I love how you've captured the water drops on him, too!! That frog is toad-ally awesome!! What a fun snap!! The shot of Neddie with the flowers in the background - artistic and gorgeous!! I'd love to see pics of your patio when you get it all set up!! I haven't taken many wildlife shots this summer and I'm having withdrawal!! I so love looking at yours!! I hope you have a wonderful happy rest of the week, my dear friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. I was trying to comment more on the card, on this post, as it is absolutely stunning. Whoever gets this at Christmas will surely treasure it. The most fabulous colours and layout and absolutely amazing.....However I then looked at your glorious photos. How cute is Petie? So glad you had your first Toad spotting and yes the Mallard looks amazing x Yes patio's are always a work in progress. Thank you for the fun captions and as always your most amazing photos x

  15. Fabulous Christmas card love all the textured gorgeous layers and embellishments-great pics and fun-titles-our male duck is a beautiful mallard and the female is all white-just having a dip in the pond after chasing one of the cats out of the garden lol-don't think they actually chase her but follow her and she panics and runs so they run after her lol
    Carol x

  16. ts a beautiful Christmas card, wonderful layers and lovely new papers.
    I loved the photos and the last one with the sweet corn feeder was adorable.
    Yvonne xx

  17. Oh wow, well done you! Christmas in July, that certainly gives you a good head start! Wonderful card and of course your photos like always are amazing!! xxxx

  18. A wonderful card Pamellia, I love the layers and fluffy snow look! You always manage to put together the most amazing layers!! The wildlife photos are always so intriguing I Love them :) Have a great rest of the week!

  19. OMG, this card is simply stunning Pamellia. The embellishments you have used are gorgeous and there are so many. The big white flower is fabulous and thine cones so sweet - to name just two.

    As always, your wild life shots are out of this world. I love how you have captured the water droplets on the Mallard and the baby Cardinal is such a scruff, cute, but a scruff. I spotted the new marigolds - looking good!

    Dionne xx

  20. What a wonderful card Pamellia - I still marvel at just how much you can put on a card and still have it look stunning!
    You photos are adorable as ever. We have a lot of mallard ducks at the local lake and yes, it is fascinating watching the play of light on their feathers.

  21. I love your blog posts! Your gorgeous card has such lovely embellishments! Your photos and the accompanying comments always make me smile! Big hugs, Chrisx

  22. OMG ... your creations are astounding! You have such a delicate/beautiful touch with your embellishments! And I too enjoy your photos! Such a talented lady you are!!! Happy Day my friend! It's hotter than the hinges of Haiti's here in Ohio so I think I'll just hide out in my cool air conditioned crafting cave! LOL

  23. LURRRRRRRVE the card, the stars on the paper go beautifully on the flowers, gorgeous papers and as always the details you add to make an outstanding creation.

    Your animal close up photos are as ever, so wonderful to enjoy, as I have said before your patience in getting these photos must be immense. Fabby photos.

  24. Beautiful Christmas card Pamellia! I need to start thinking bout mine before it's too late. ;) Oh the critters are cuter than ever today! How do you get the baby birds to come down for a snack?! That wee Cardinal is sooo scraggly with such a bright orange beak. Mwwaahhh And the little black squirrel always has crumbs on his nose. Lol Bet they all love the private dining room. ;) Hugs

  25. So good to see your card pop up in my reader Pamellia. Those papers are stunnning as is your card. Your rails sound perfect and you have captured so many lovely photos today. It was so good to see you stop over at mine. Huge hugs to you my friend and I keeping you always in my thoughts. August is on it's way....time is flying by xxx

  26. Stunning Christmas card Pamellia! I love that brown damask paper. The floral arrangement is so gorgeously festive. Love this!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  27. The card is beyond beautiful, Pamellia - I always feel I'm short on superlatives when I come here! I need them for your incredible creations, and then I need them for your extraordinary photography too... another fantastic post full of treats.
    Alison x

  28. Far too long since I've stopped in for a visit lovely lady! Gorgeous creation today, love the papers and beautiful embellishments. You have such an art for putting them together. I so wanna come hang with you and the sweet critters! Big hugs, Wends xoxo

  29. Petie has tickled my fancy today! LOL Beautiful nature photographs, Pamellia. Your calling is definitely a wild life photographer. Beautiful card today using the new paper line - and perfect for any person. I especially like the twine used in your ribbon - it's lovely - and makes me smell peppermint! Wishing you a week of pure delight! hugs, de

  30. Another fabulous Christmas card, Pamellia! Beautifully rustic with the papers, wood snowflake, and pinecones, and yet fluffy and feminine with the snowy poinsettia and pom poms! Love it!

    And I adore seeing all of your nature shots! Good for you to spot a toad! I find them in the garden all the time and they scare me right out of my skin every time! My hubby found a turtle in the pool this weekend, and he and Lauren released it to a pond. The squirrels have been so fun to watch this summer, and I can't see one without thinking of you! We were up in W. Va. and saw the cutest chipmunks; wish we had them this far south. Sending lots more hugs!

  31. Ohhhh yeah! You know how much I like this one! :)