Saturday, May 19, 2018

Animal Crackers - It's all about Domino!!

Howdy -

This week it is all about Domino! I told you earlier in the week we finally have a bouncing baby here. Sweet Pea last weekend gave birth to an absolutely adorable little boy - We named him Domino....

Peeking to say hello..


This little guy has seriously stolen our hearts! Now we play a little bit of the chase game sometimes to pick him up.. he loves to run! But once we have him he snuggles, chews on your shirt and loves to be scratched on. 

He is very handsome~


Right now his favorite thing is the raised platform... took him a couple of days to get the jump to actually get on it, but now he is the master! The coolest thing is that it make thumping noises when you bounce on it. Not like that quiet dirt.

I took about 60 photos while out taking these yesterday... many look like this ...


So thankful for digital cameras!

Then after 10-15 minutes of hard playing.. STOP! TIME OUT!


Milk break! A minute or two of nutrients and we are ready to go again! Sweet Pea is a wonderful Mom. So proud of her. She had a text book birth, cleaned him up and has been taking care of him fabulously. Now I have seen she is having a bit of a hard time "controlling" him. He doesn't seem to mind very well when she tells him something. I told her that is just little boys... it isn't a reflection on her at all. Right?

He talks a bit - and oh my that little noise makes you just melt!


I think he will grow in a bit of Peso's grey areas as he gets older. He has a bit on his chest, his ears and on the side of his face.

And what a cute side ...


Ok there's not a not cute side! I was out the other morning and even called Hubby to tell him how cute he is when he stops to tinkle.. I know I am a total dork. Just been so long since I had a baby to bounce around! And this one is going to be spoiled rotten. He will keep me occupied until we have a few more... then they all will be spoiled! Hubby has "decided" that we are going to probably "fix" Domino when he is old enough and that way he can stay as a pet. (insert big softy heart here) Love him! But then again Hubby wants to keep all the babies. :0)

Update - got a call that Gabby and Sonia are doing well at their new home. Loving the grass and getting lots of carrots and lovin' - Missing them terribly, but happy they have a family that is going to spoil them.

Hope you got a little happiness and a smile today - I think I will go out and do more loving while it is still not so hot out... Once it gets hot (been 98 here this week) Domino heads into the hut and doesn't come out much until it cools down in the evening. Me too..

HUGS and 


Friday, May 18, 2018

Whimsy Stamps - Bunny Cuddles

Howdy -

How about a bit of Bunny Cuddles today?  This sweet little Bunny image from Whimsy Stamps is by Lee Holland and just gives you that warm hug feeling doesn't it?


Now I first started to make a 'love' card for like an Anniversary, but then saw the sentiment from Whimsy that just seemed to work perfectly as well. I colored with my copics (colors below) and then loosely cut it out and matted with the same dark brown card stock as the base. I found a pattern paper from SEI and then a shimmering pink metallic card stock.

I first used the new Whimsy Straight Edger Die set - love that!  Just gives that punched hint of the hearts at the base of the shimmering paper. Pulled out one of my favorite Whimsy dies Doodled doily die as a background to the image. A few dots of Viva Decor Pearl Pen in the corners, oh .. after sewing down my layers. Then for the sentiment that great Happy for you from the Clearly Bold Statements set - if you haven't taken a look at this set.. you must it is so fun!

Copic colors used -


 To pop quick to the products that I used click the images -

https://whimsystamps.com/collections/may-2018/products/bunny-cuddleshttps://whimsystamps.com/collections/border-dies/products/new-doodled-doily-die
https://whimsystamps.com/collections/border-dies/products/straight-edger-die-sethttps://whimsystamps.com/collections/clearly-whimsy-stamps-collection/products/new-bold-statements

 Hope you got a warm hug from this one this week!
Have a blessed day -
HUGS and


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

High Hopes Stamps - It's A Boy!

Howdy -

High Hopes Stamps today and for my card today I had a little inspiration... but that is for later. :0)

This stamp is a totally adorable image and a must have the perfect baby card! This is "Swaddled Baby Boy"


This little guy is such a cutie... I love paper piecing with this one. That blanket just screams out to match up to the pattern paper. So decided to only use on piece of pattern paper and make it pop sort of. A cream card stock, and the piece of green dot pattern paper for the card. Then I stamped the image on the pattern paper and cut out the blanket and glued it to the image. I sewed the image down with a zig zat stitch. For the corners I punched out a corner punch and then cut it to fit inwards in the card. Heart shaped pearls for the corners.

The sentiment is High Hopes Stamps "It a Boy"  is perfect with that little heart that I just had to add a little pink color too. Simple card, but some images just need to stay the focus - don't you think?

Copic colors used -


Now how about that little teaser at the start? Well IT'S A BOY!
Sweet Pea gave us an absolutely adorable little boy this week! He is such a sweetie!! And a cuddler big time!!

I would like you to meet "Domino"  -


Can't wait to share lots of photos of this guy! He is already stole out hearts!

Have a blessed day -
HUGS and

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Animal Crackers - He could have brought me...

Howdy -

Well Hubby could have brought me.. flowers, candy, craft supplies, something furry or feathered... but nope... he gave me his illness! His bug he had! Oh.. now the main thing to understand is that according to him... "As a man he was much sicker than me and handled it well because a man is stronger... " Oh MY ! He was such a baby! Honestly though for a "cold" this has been the worst I have had and remember in forever. The aches and pains with it and the fact that I have had no energy to move much less do anything. So he was a baby... but man this was or is a doozy of a bug! But I am now I think on the mend to a degree so it is time to get some things done.

First off we are going to have to say good bye to a couple of our girls. Very Very Very sadly as these two girls are favorites around here. But we had a call for a Mother's Day gift for a wife and for his small son to raise up and love on. And I know these two girls are going to be loved and have a nice home. I will probably tear up big time though when they leave tomorrow.

Sonia and Gabby are moving on.

I didn't get a photo this week of Gabby this week.. but I happened to get one of Sonia -


Dad spoiled the girls with part of a bale of fresh hay - So attention was not their main focus. We are going to miss Sonia and Gabby horribly.. but we have to share the love I suppose.

Now Lacey was really trying hard to say.. "LOOK HOW CUTE I AM!"


That nose through the fence pose is a favorite - They know they melt my heart with this pose. Such a sweet lady...

Then I find Patti.. I may be a bit older lady but I can pull off this cute pose too!!

 
Yes Patti and even if a bit older you are just as cute! A bit pushy as many of you girls are... but simply adorable! And yes.. I leaned down and kissed both of those sweet spotted noses!

Found this a fun shot...


Now shhhhh don't tell Juliet she isn't just like her BFF's! She was suppose to be a friend for our standard Valentine, but that didn't work out because Val was afraid of Juliet.. big baby boy. So Juliet has ended up being all the girls "BIG" sister. And she loves her gals.

Irene looks around and says normally I would be pushing forward for some attention, but I will miss out on this bite of hay!


 Funny girl... I understand eat first.. I would too.

Ellie Mae was keeping a very close watch on Moxie, who was wandering in and out of the girls pen. She knows to stay a good distance from the donkeys -


And Ellie Mae is one that is always on guard for any dog... she knows Moxie is family.. but she is still a dog so she needs to be watched. Ellie you are a good watch donkey... just keep it more to coyotes ok?

One other sad note I have to mention - Olive Oyl went into labor this week. And after staying with her a long while we decided this was not a normal birth.. with a little help she delivered a still born boy. So sad.. but now all turns to making sure Olive is ok. So far she is doing really well and I think is going to be ok. We were so looking forward to her first baby - but most important is our girl Olive being ok. So we keep a close watch - Now if one of those other pregnant gals will give a bouncing healthy baby that would really cheer me up. Just because I count down the days of pregnancy from the day we put them in with the boys - that doesn't mean that was the very day they actually got bred and it took.. so I leave things to God and try and stay calm and not freak - sigh.. not easy.

Hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend -
HUGS and -


Friday, May 11, 2018

Whimsy Stamps - DoveArt Great Blue Heron

Howdy

Today I have another new DoveArt image from Whimsy Stamps - Lovin' these DoveArt stamps... This is Great Blue Heron


Stunning bird right? We love when Heron's visit our pond. They like our pond we seem to have nice little frogs that really like. LOL I colored with my Copics (colors below) I decided to stay simple with this guy. I found a pattern paper in my scraps that the color worked and it is a simple pattern background. A white card stock base, the pattern paper and then I cut the image a bit larger. I added 10 Whimsy stamps enamel dots. I have a thing for these enamel dots.. sigh.

Copic colors used -


Have you toured around the Whimsy Stamps store recently? If not.. you must there is so many new things to see! Pop over to the web site HERE and see!

And to get to my Whimsy items used click the photos of the product to get there fast!
https://whimsystamps.com/products/great-blue-heronhttps://whimsystamps.com/collections/bling

 Hope you have a wonderfully blessed day -
HUGS and


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

High Hopes Stamps - Leapin' Larry Hoppy Birthday


Howdy -

This week for High Hopes Stamps I pulled out an older favorite for a great fun Birthday card - This is Leapin' Larry... isn't he an energetic little guy?


Wish I had that jump in me! I colored with my Copics (colors below) Then I cut Larry out with a Whimsy Stitched Oval Die. Then for the sentiment the perfect for Larry "Open Hoppy Birthday" that I colored with the same copics. Green card stock for the base and then two pieces of pattern paper from Making Memories.

For a little added fun I cut out Larry's arm from the paper and popped it up above the sentiment, like he is sort of waving. Hi Larry!

Copic colors used -


Have you ever surfed through the High Hopes Stamps store? Oh my there are SO Many stamps to choose from. I bet you find one or a hundred you can't live without. I was trying to think back to my first High Hopes Stamps order... way over a decade ago.... fell in love and haven't stopped coloring since!

Go take a look at the web site HERE and have some fun!
Hope you have a wonderfully blessed day-
HUGS and

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Animal Crackers - Did you know Goats will melt in the rain?

Howdy -

Its true... Goats will melt in the rain... well they think that way anyway. LOL I have a few that will be really really brave and stay out to finish up their alfalfa in a very very light sprinkle. But if a rain drop of any real size comes down - that is it! Game over ! we must find shelter NOW! And the more "controlling" ladies will take up their favorite hut and the more shy and calm girls run from shelter to shelter until everyone is safe.. Whew... It is mass chaos.

Well yesterday was a rainy day pretty much all day - I went out in the afternoon to snap some photos. Yes I was putting it off until the very last minute hoping for shots of new babies... sigh... what was I thinking having a baby on a rainy day! No way! So I went out during a light sprinkle shower to snap a few photos...

Lucy was a happy girl - she was able to claim one of the larger porches off one of the huts. 


This old girl always makes me smile... I guess basically because she always looks like she is smiling. Such a sweet lady with one gorgeous LONG beard. So girlie... 

And I know a couple of weeks ago I was showing you the love/hate relationship of our sisters Malory and Jennifer. Well in the very dangerous world of rain... sisters just have to stick together and protect each other! 
 





They popped their heads out just long enough to snap a photo... then went right back in! There were still drops! OH MY!

Now Jorge was screaming to let me know that he was LOVING the rain!


He had a lot of fun running all around in the rain yesterday - refreshing? Of just showing of he was the man! Such a cutie! LOL Loved all over that nasty wet dirty face... yep hands were yucky! But so worth some loving time with the man.

Momma Cat... what rain?


Well Momma Cat you have the luxury of your cat condo having a large covered porch. So you can enjoy the nice cool breeze and never seen a single drop of moisture. "Dad" has spoiled his kitties with a very nice cat house - Benches, Climbing areas, plants to hide in, indoor area with cushy beds and in the winter a heater... spoiled? Never...

Just about then Blanca came out from under the eve of the house and landed up on the roof. I guess she decided to get some fresh air before another harder shower came through.


 I snapped a photo because she just was so pretty and bright white against the grey sky... she has become a member of the family for sure. Even talks to us now and follows hubby around the property.

Now when Hubby saw my post last week and that I showed off his Vulture friend on the old tree snag he said... oh I took a photo this week that you can show off next Saturday! Guess he is becoming a regular guest photographer.. :0)

This is a brand new friend. A heron that has been stopping by...


 A few of the smaller ponds here have water in them and I guess this pretty heron has found a good frog pond either here on our property or our neighbors. With the rain that came through I bet those ponds are going to have lots of meals to enjoy so this guy may hang around a bit longer.

Do you think these birds are flying out and telling each other to show up for a photo opportunity? Wonder what will show up next...

Hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend - Hubby has been home with a "cold" - so the world has stopped rotating and life is ending... but I think he will start living again this weekend, especially as pretty they say the weather is suppose to be here. He can't stay in if it is really beautiful outside - he loves to be outside... and is not a real cooped up inside guy. So the sun will drag him out I am sure!

HUGS and