Monday, July 22, 2024

Looking for Butterflies


I've been waiting for the arrival of the butterflies this summer, but I have not found many. I think I saw one monarch last week, but that's about it. I wonder, is it too soon? My butterfly bush has just begun to bloom, so maybe that will attract them.

In the meantime, I made some paper butterflies instead.

I've had this stamp and die set from Concord and 9th for a long time, and I'm not sure if I've ever used it until now. It's a lovely set, too!

Here's my pro tip: After gluing something extra delicate, you may end up with the evidence all over the card stock after it dries. I like to disguise the dried glue by spraying with some sparkly glitter spray. Works like a charm.

My butterfly garden is being overrun by milkweed, as usual. I've been inspecting for any signs of eggs or caterpillars.

I did find this sweet little ladybug who came to visit.


The natural world gives me all kinds of reasons to smile.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Squeeze the Day


I am a lemon lover. This week, I had a real summertime treat...a lemonade from Panera Bread. I rarely get any sort of sugary drink, but this one just tasted like summer in a cup.

I got this Squeeze the Day stamp and die set from the buy/sell FB forums last month. It was part of a C and 9th Summer Camp kit.

And that awesome backdrop? That's the Basket weave Cover Plate die from C and 9th. So versatile!

I'm making a point of using my new summer purchases this week. It's been a good spark for creativity.

Squeeze the Day, café friends!

Friday, July 19, 2024

Combining Old and New


For today's summertime treat, I combined an older Concord and 9th Turnabout stamp set/dies with a newer sentiment set that I got during their inventory blowout. These  Sweet Summer sentiments were meant to be paired with the Popsicle Party stencils ( still available) and not the retired popsicle turnabout. I knew they'd work great with this set!

And the sentiment inside is pretty funny, too!

I made this card for a friend at church who recently stepped down from her position there and will be retiring with her family to the far far up north of the UP next year. Waah! We are all so sad because this family has been so vital to the congregation.

Deanna has headed up a LOT of years of VBS and has passed out more than her fair share of popsicles. I think she will like this one!

And as long as I was making one card, I thought I'd make another as a spare.

Hope your summer is sweet!

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Make Some Noise


My birthday stash was getting a little low. I decided to make a stack of cards yesterday using one of my newest purchases from Concord and 9th.

This stamp and die set was part of their big inventory sale in June. It was such a great price, and I really thought it could be used for so many ways.

I used bright card stock to cut out a bunch of the elements, then went to work assembling them in different ways.

Each card has the same basic elements: ink splattered background, sequins, baker's twine, and stamped sentiment.

The sentiment is a two part stamp, allowing you to get a multi-color effect if you want, or just using the same color.

Happy cards for happy occasions.

Now that I'm on a crafty roll, I think I'm going to spend some more time in the craft room today.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Michigan Celtic Faire


This weekend was the annual Michigan Celtic Faire, which is now being held at the Washtenaw County Fairgrounds. It was our first time visiting the fair since they moved it from its former location at Mill Pond Park here in Saline.

I will admit, I do miss the more picturesque setting of the park, with the Loch Ness monster floating in the water, the green grass and the trees. But I can see why the new location is a better fit, with more room for events like jousting, sheep herding, caber tossing, and corgi dog racing.

Lots of fun vendors to choose from!

Demonstrations on forging and wood carving...

Celtic dancers and musical performers...

Luke and Candi came to town for the event. We did get to it a little late, but it was so hot on Saturday and we were waiting for the temperatures to drop.

Sweet newlyweds!

Nest year, I will try to get there earlier to see more of the events. It was a fun way to spend a summer evening.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

The Friendliest Flower


Are there any You've Got Mail fans out there? If so, then you will no doubt remember the scene when Meg Ryan's character is sick and Tom Hanks' character brings her a bouquet of flowers.

"Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?" she asks.

Yes, I do.

Last summer, I planted this variety that blooms in the sweetest shade of pale, buttery yellow.

Friendly flowers!

And here's a card inspired by those blooms.

{Today's Brew: Oopsie Daisy stamps and dies (The Greetery), sentiment and die from The Greetery, Woodgrain background stamp (Catherine Pooler), Dragonfly Dreams (Stampin' Up), gold shimmer spray}

After twenty-four hours of rain, we woke to a perfect summer morning. Sunshine, blue skies, high of 80 today. Everything is so lush and lovely.

I wish I could freeze the garden right here, at its peak. But gardens, like life, change quickly, and you have to enjoy the days and appreciate the goodness of each one.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Coffee, A New/Old Way (and a coffee card do-over)


I recently decided to switch up my coffee routine. I tend to go back and forth between my makers, but a few months back my beloved Senseo coffee maker died. RIP, special pod maker! And sadly, Phillips has stopped making them in the US market, so even the pods were becoming increasingly hard to find. I may have to snag one from Facebook Marketplace or Ebay one day.

I found myself using the Keurig more and more. Honestly, it's never been my favorite. First of all, KCups are pricey. Second, it only makes a mediocre coffee. But it was convenient. Third, those plastic KCups can't be good for the environment...or for our bodies.

I started thinking about all of that plastic that was being heated and added to my daily drink and ingested. Our modern bodies do not need any more plastic than we're already consuming.

I've been buying whole bean coffee lately and grinding my own. And these Single Origin Organic coffees from Aldi are very good...and a bargain! Less than $6 a bag. I make them in a Kitchenaid drip coffee maker that dispenses into a travel-size mug. Perfect.

And for my afternoon treat, I enjoy this new-to-me coffee roaster. Numa is a Christian-owned Michigan roaster, and their espresso is delicious!

And here's a coffee card do-over! I had elements from another card at my craft desk, and decided to give it another try.

Same colors and papers, same elements, different result.

I added the sentiment from Riley and Company, and stamped and embossed some beans to make them glossy.

I think I like this one much better.

Simple is best...with coffee-making and card-making.

I'll be procraffinating today and tomorrow, as rains from the hurricane head up north.

Blessings, café friends!