Saturday, July 19, 2014

Charlie Bones....We will miss you!

Today my son's bearded dragon died.  We have had Charlie for 9 years and he's been an interesting pet for sure.   I took him several months ago to check on a lump that appeared on his chest area. The vet gave him a series of shots over a months time in hopes it would reduce the mass.  After the shots didn't help there wasn't much left to do.  She informed me that lizards do not heal well after having surgery and with his age he probably wouldn't ever be the same.

We loved Charlie each day for the last 9 years and today he decided it was time to leave us.  My animal family is getting smaller each day.  Two years ago I had three dogs, a rabbit and a bearded dragon.  Today, Lily the golden/retriever is our only pet.  She is 12 and not doing well with her ACL being torn a few weeks ago.  Taking one day at a time and enjoying the time we have with her.

Each time I have to say goodbye to a pet they take a piece of my heart with them!  They become so much a part of the family and I hate to see them go.
 Charlie looking scary....just a shedding stage!
 Charlie the gentle dragon!
Shedding stages!
Charlie, we will miss you!
You were definitely a unique pet!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sunflower Choir Singing!

April 5, 2014 I planted the first seeds in my sunflower patch and on June 5, 2014 I had my first sunflower show her beautiful face.  It's hard to believe such a little seed can produce such a beautiful plant.
My choir idea for the patch is working just like I imagined.  The tall faces are in the center and they gradually get shorter.  My zinnias are on the front row on both sides. Guess they are the kids of the choir.

I planted several type sunflower seeds and they all have a unique quality about them, just like people!  I look forward to seeing what new faces I have in my choir each day. The birds, rabbits and squirrels are enjoying the hiding places the flowers provide.  I even have a bean stalk growing in the middle of my choir.  I imagine it goes to heaven....wouldn't that be a special treat to slip up to heaven and visit and sneak back down!  A girl can dream!

I am already planning a bigger choir next summer but until then I will enjoy my little piece of Heaven right now!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Goodbyes are never easy!

I had to say goodbye to my sweet dachshund Sadie June 20, 2014.  She would of been 14 years old November 3.  My animal family is getting smaller each year.  I had to say goodbye to Audrey, my brown dachshund two summers ago and Taffy, my rabbit a year ago and now Sadie.

It broke my heart to see Sadie's health decline.  I  found out in April her heart was enlarged on a visit to the emergency vet after she passed out.  I thought for sure I had lost her that night but I was blessed to have her for two more months.  She was on two heart medicines but the last week of her life she stopped wanting to eat.  I offered her anything she might like, chicken, rice, bread and cheese, which was her favorite.  She refused it all the last two days she was here with me.  My vet said the test results were showing her little body was starting to shut down.

I had to decide when it was time to let her go.  Her breathing was heavy and she had lost so much weight. I held her all morning and told her how special she was and what joy she had brought to me and the whole family.  She already knew how special she was without me telling her.  She was the alpha and we all did what Sadie wanted.  My son and I brought Sadie to the vet and said our goodbyes.  I left a piece of my heart there that day.

Lily, our lab/retriever is still here with us.  She's 12 years old and has her own set of problems.  Her hips are weak and she has a torn ACL.  I will pamper her for as long as I am blessed to have her.  We have Charlie the bearded dragon as well.  He's not well either so we take one day at a time and count our blessings for the time we have with our animals.

They all have a piece of my heart!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sunflower Love

Nothing says SUMMER like a SUNFLOWER to me.  This is the third year I have planted a small sunflower patch in my backyard.  I had a plan this year to create a "Choir" with my flowers.  I wanted the tall ones in the center and on either side they would get shorter and shorter.  Zinnias were planted on the two front sides.  
I planted the seeds on April 5, 2014 and on June 9th my first sunflower appeared.  I planted several varieties that would grow to different heights.  The first sunflower to show her beautiful face was a red variety. She's a beauty.  About two days later another red on the opposite side started to open.  The shortest variety is the Teddy Bear Sunflower and it looks like one is about to open up.  

Every morning there's a new face to welcome me.  Some look like they are winking and half smiling when they are just about to open.  I love the golden dust they drop on the leaves after they are blooming.  They all have a personality of their own.  Can you tell I just LOVE everything about SUNFLOWERS!  

The process of making a sunflower patch....
Husband tills the ground, I plant and water....
God's handiwork appears!
My first Beauty to appear....June 9, 2014!
Her name is RUBY!
In the beginning....flower on the way!
Not quite ready to show her beautiful face!
My first Zinnia of the season!
Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful faces appear
when I visit my little patch of  HEAVEN!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Daisy Headbands

Daisy headbands are all the rage at the moment.  I made several for my daughter to wear.  They are pretty easy to make, finding cute flowers is the hard part.
I found my flowers at Michael's on sale!
 Take each flower apart and glue layers together.
I combined petals from several flowers to 
make the flower fuller.
Glue the center in place pushing the plastic 
center into petals but don't put 
the plastic backing back on the flower.
Cut the green stem off so it will be flat.
Cut a small circle of felt out for each flower.
Lay the leather or cording(about 14" ) on the table,
put a felt circle under the leather where you want a flower.
Glue the felt circle to the leather and lay a flower on top.
Press gently and wait for the glue to dry.
I used 7 flowers for the headband below.

 I added beads to the end of the leather by making a knot
adding beads and then tie another knot.
Tie the headband onto your head.....instant FLOWER POWER!

 I used colored cording for another headband version.
I braided three colors together and did the same knot,
beads and another knot to hold in place.
 I used the bigger flowers for this headband and 
did the same process as the small.
I took the flowers apart and cut felt circles for each flower.
 Glue the petals layers together
 After gluing the petals together I put the center
back in the middle, glued it in place 
and cut the long plastic stem off.  
Do not put the green plastic backing back on the flower. 
Repeat the same process as before. 
Lay the cording out, place a felt circle under cording
where you want a flower, glue in place and then glue
the flower onto the felt.  Press gently until glue dries.
I used 5 big daisies for the headband below. 

Go find some cute flowers and make your own version.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunflower Festival Preparation!

Crafting like crazy around here recently.  I am having a booth at a local festival here in Louisiana.  It is a small town event, Gilliam's Sunflower Festival.  If you blink going down the road you might miss it.  My sister is sharing the booth with me.  She will have jams, spiced nuts and plants.  It has been about 20 years since I have done any kind of craft show or festival.  My kids are 23 and 21 so you know I haven't been loafing around!  I have made lots of group gifts along the way for my daughter's dance groups as well as birthdays, grad gifts, etc.... but it was all NON-PROFIT!  Those are the best kind of gifts to make because there is a person you have in mind for the specific item but making money and doing what you like is a double bonus.
I have decided Ruby9 is my new adventure name.  I even made tags and stickers to sew and place on my items.  I have a feeling this won't be my last festival!

The items I have made so far are things I think might sell.  I made curling iron travel bags, hooded beach towels, hanging tea towels but need to make so much more!  The next project will be baby related, I know people love to buy BABY STUFF!  It's really hard to come up with items that are fun to make and I think will sell.  It is always a guessing game to what might sell.

Off to do a little more sewing today and see what I can come up with.  The festival is June 21, 2014 so time is ticking.  
These are a few of the items I have ready for the festival....many more to go!
Hanging Tea Towels
Curling iron travel bag
 Hooded beach towels

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hummingbird Arrival!

Spring is here and my little Hummingbird friends have returned.  I thought I might be a little but I was pleasantly surprised.  I hung two feeders out with sugar water (4 parts water and 1 part sugar, boil for 2 minutes and cool)  and that same day, which was April 5,  my feathered friends showed up.  It's been a week and I have three regular visitors.  I hope they are spreading the word on where the SUGAR STATION is located!

I love catching them in action.....!

Hummingbird Sunset....God's Creations!
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