Monday, October 23, 2017

Usual Praying Mantis and Dapper 10-10-2017

I was over at the kids house on October 10th. Right next to the front door was this unusual creature! I realized it was a Praying Mantis but very unusual in its color than I had ever seen before.
















It was my "unique find" of the day!
















While I was there I got to meet "Dapper".

He is the brother to Klassy (I spelled her name wrong in the previous post)  He is bigger than she was and much more docile but Kennedy is happy to have him. Vanessa learned that the people who had him were looking to re-home him. I think it is helping Kennedy to work through her loss of Klassy.











Have a good one!















Sunday, October 22, 2017

October Spider Month?

Everywhere I look I am seeing spiders and webs. I guess it's the time of year. Maybe that's part of the reason spiders and webs are associated with Halloween. Just a thought I had.

There are currently about 6 or 7 spiders and webs at both barns. Although I'm not a fan of spiders they do intrigue me. I will see one in the evening when I feed and the next morning the spider and web will be gone. Then that evening it will be back! So interesting!

This one had no spider at the moment but I loved how the evening light illuminated it. It was really hard to get the right angle for the camera to pick up!


























This is a different one. He looks like his suspended in air!











This picture was taken several days later. Click on this to see it bigger. Is it me or does it look like its eyes are glowing!

Have a good one!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kennedy Cheering 10-06-2017

I did not realize how behind I was! I apologize. Things have been a little busy around here!

Kennedy is on the cheer squad at our Christian School. The school only has a junior high team but we
are excited to have football back!














Marching out to the field to perform their routine.























Here they are performing.




I saw this walking stick when I feed horses. I don't see these every day so I am thrilled when I do! This one was on the top door frame going into the barn.










On October 5th I caught this pretty sky.












It was interesting to me how differently it look in just a few minutes.



Have a good one!






Sunday, October 8, 2017

Blowing in the Wind Card Challenge

I just discovered I missed the last challenge (ugh) and it was pretty easy. The challenges run for 2 weeks and I still seem to miss them!

Back to the current challenge at Cards in Envy which is "Blowing in the Wind". Make an Autumn card with falling leaves.

Here is my entry.

For the background I used watercolor paper. I took Distress Oxide inks Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade and Broken China and spread on a non-stick craft mat and spritzed with water. I then randomly put the paper down in the inks. Once the paper was covered I used a heat gun to set it. Next I took a leaf stamp out of Unity's August KOTM. I used Distress Oxide Ink "Peeled Paint" and randomly stamp the leaf covering the paper.

The tree stamp and sentiment came from September's KOTM. I used Copic Markers to color the image and cut out. I added some glossy accents to the stars and foam tape to the back of the image for dimension. The sentiment I stamped and heat embossed. I really like how this card turned out. I don't have anyone in mind to give it to yet.

Thanks for taking a look.

Have a good one!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Dinner Conversation with Kashton 10-2-2017

On Monday night October 2nd, Vanessa asked if I would mind cooking them dinner.

Korin actually asked "I want to help you". Wish you could hear how she says it. Anyway, Kashton was doing something else and Kennedy was working on homework so I told her she could help me.

I was making spaghetti so there wasn't much to cook that she could help with. I did let her put the bread on the pan.












She was pretty proud of herself.















Then I let her stir the spaghetti sauce. She really did think she was something doing that!

















Then to give you a good laugh just listen to our after dinner conversation with Kashton. The first part he's rehearsing what he's learned in school but after I'm not sure what he's talking about 😖.




Have a good one!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Dragonfly Cards

I had embossed a couple of papers using an embossing folder and set them aside. I finally decided I needed to do something with them. I remembered that I had a dragonfly stamp I thought that would work good on these backgrounds.

I stamped and cut out the dragon fly, I then put score tap (double sided tape) on the dragonfly's tail, wings and heart and burnished it with micro-beads. I used foam tap to give the dragonfly dimension. I colored the rest of the dragonfly with Copic Markers.

The dragonfly is from Unity's January 2017 Kit of the Month.

I wished I had taken another picture before I mailed it. This picture doesn't do the card justice. I made this for my brother whose birthday is October 5th.





I decided to reverse the color and used some pink to make this one a little more feminine.

I decided the cattails might show up better if I partially cut away some of the paper. I do like it better but not sure if I'm really pleased with the background. I am pleased however with the dragonfly! Once again I used score tape on the wings to adhere glittery micro-beads. I used my Copic Markers on the rest of the butterfly and the small heart its holding. I used foam tape under the dragonfly and the sentiment.

These were fun to create but a little more time consuming.

Thanks for taking a look!

Have a good one!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Riding With Kennedy 10-1-2017

Kennedy spent the night after Korin's birthday party. I was looking in her overnight bag and saw she
had boots. I asked why she had boots and her response was "I thought we might ride horses tomorrow so I wanted to be prepared. That is if you want to." Are you kidding me?! "If I want to?!" Of course I want to!

Vanessa forgot about a birthday party that Kennedy was invited to so after lunch she went to that but came back after the party.

Kennedy announced she wanted to ride at the State Park. I am always game to go there.

Here we are getting started.







Kennedy wanted to stop and rest her legs for a bit.

















She has learned how to blow bubbles with her gum without taking it out of her mouth. She's pretty proud of herself!












We didn't have enough daylight to ride the whole trail. We did manage to go half way. Kennedy did really good. I did have a lead rope on Diamond (for safety) but Kennedy had reins and controlled him for the most part.

I heard them but Kennedy saw some deer while we rode. We both saw deer as we left the park.

Have a good one!