Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

It has been an incredible couple of days--smile. We decided to take a day off of work, the two of us, and go to the Dubuque Museum and Aquarium. We have talked about going for some time as it comes highly recommended. It was wonderful and it is especially perfect if you have younger children with short attention spans because it is small, but very interactive. I will share pictures another day.

But for now I wanted to share a bit of my creativity. When one of our Vice President (and my mentor) left our College to go to another College we all pitched in to make her a scrapbook. I couldn't resist adding some pages. So this is one of my submitted pages. I incorporated a mini-book into my page. Within the book I included pages of different teams within the College that were under her direction. I had such a wonderful time creating this for her. My other pictures, outside of the mini-book included photos of sunrises in the county where she was going to and a sunset on the counties she was leaving. I wanted to give the book the gift of flight...flight to find new pathways and flight to inspire. She was spreading her wings...

Each page within the mini-book not only had pictures, but I created pockets (made from textured fabric) that held large tags (many sizes and shapes)that I disseminated to people I knew were very close to her. I asked them to do a little journaling to send her forward. They did such a wonderful job. I was even able to get in contact with those who would be working directly with her at her new school and asked them to fill in tags as a greeting. It turned out so well and I felt that it would provide her with the warmth of ourselves even after she had left. (I blocked out faces to protect their identities). The left-side shows one of the pockets and the tags I was talking about.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Warm Greetings, Cold Noses

When I have a rough day, like today, it is always so wonderful to go home and just "be" with my family. For me that means my husband and our little zoo of pets--smile.

I just love this little one for many reasons, but not least of which is her desire to just cuddle with me. She climbs under the covers and snuggles right next to me, I think I have the smallest amount of understanding about what parents of two-legged kids feel like.

I can't forget the other two that always greet me with a smile and a kiss no matter how awful the day went. And of course it is only appropriate that this be a fall photo shoot. Morgan (yellow dog) is our eldest and she has always been our little model. When we first rescued her she had a weak tummy so not only would she pose for pictures she was also scrawny just like a super model--giggle. And if you think she's a Golden, she isn't. She is a beautiful mutt (Yellow Lab/Border Collie) and very smart. Aidan (white dog) is high energy and extremely intelligent. She has come such a long ways since we rescued her. Can you believe we got her after 2 families returned her to the breeder, she was arrested twice, spent time in the Humane Society and was part of a court order? Then we found out that she needed to move or she'd likely be destroyed. We went and saw her and the fleas were so thick on her that you could watch them run across her belly. Between the attack on her ears from flies and fleas her one ear is permanently flopped down like in the picture. Everyone thinks she absolutely adorable because of this ear, we think she's beautiful because she has become quite a wonderful, loving creature.
Thank you for looking, perhaps considering animal rescue/adoption (see your local Humane Society or click here to go to mine and see all the love that awaits you) and spending time with me. I'd love for you to share your animal adoption/rescue stories.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

It has been far to long!

I can't believe that I've been gone so long. I'm embarrassed and surprised by my lack of contact. So much has changed since last I posted. Pak Rats Stamp, for one is no longer focusing on kits. I will not be focusing on all those things that people who love the craft want and try to provide great service and great prices. I had to remind myself why I got into this in the first place and it wasn't to make a fortune. It was to meet wonderful people who love to do some of what I love to do, to connect to my creative side and enjoy...

I want to get back to that. To do that, I must expand what this blog means to is a place for me to connect, re-connect and to hopefully inspire and be inspired. So with that in mind I wanted to share one of my biggest pleasures that I threw myself at this summer--gardening! I completely re-did our center flower garden, tweak our newest area, built a pergola with my husband and planted a butterfly/hummingbird garden. I also have decided to focus more on my rose garden which up to this summer I hadn't given the attention it really deserved. So I expanded that a great deal and even as recently as yesterday I was still getting beautiful roses.