August 19, 2010

A New Family Member

Meet Shakespear, the newest member of the family.

Shakespear is a baby squirrel and was rescued by little missy who just HAD to bring it home.  Little missy selected the name based on the street she was found on.

Anyone who knows me knows my relationship with squirrels.  They are my least favorite garden animal.  However, when it comes to the small and defenseless (like this one), I can handle them (for a short time).

She was found near the end of July laying on the pavement around the corner.  More than likely she fell out of the tree.  Little missy scooped her up and brought her home.  Of couse, this all happened two weeks before school started, and of course now that little missy is in high school she's not home to feed Shakespear as often as needed.  This leaves the lunchtime feeding to me.

Isn't she so sweet? Tiny, tiny. 

You're seeing her with a bit of hair than when she was originally found.  She was all pink prior to this.  Must have been at least 1 - 2 weeks old when missy found her.  Must be 4 weeks now.

I told little missy that this thing is going to the LSU Vet school b/c I do not care to drive home everyday to feed it.  Then I started thinking and wondered if it would get lost amidst the other animals there at the school.  So, I've decided to let her stay for a while longer.  At least till she can move around more on her own.  Her eyes aren't even open yet.

This isn't our first encounter with a baby squirrel.  We found another a few years back at the church after mass and named it "Lucky".  Austin was kicking it thinking it was dead but it wasn't.  We picked it up, nursed back to health and enjoyed watching it grow.  The down side.  They have teeth that are used to chew  nd gnaw.  Apprently they enjoy wicker patio furniture.  The furniture was getting old anyway so I guess it didn't matter.

It's time for another feeding for Shakespear and myself.  After all, it is lunchtime! 

August 10, 2010

Nature's Beauty ~ August PCS

The newest issue of Paper Crafters Sampler has just been release!

The August issue offers ideas for incorporating “Nature’s Beauty” into your artwork.  The design team has created a variety of projects based on their own prespective of what nature has to offer.  Projects range from oak leaf candles, button birds to a charming peacock pendants. 

August 4, 2010

Valentine's in August

Spent the weekend working some Valentine projects to submit to a publication.  Yanked the 6 foot table from the shed so I had some room to spread my supplies.  All crafting took place in the living room.  I like to be present where the kids are (even though my concentration was on my crafting).  Kind of like sitting in the yard and listening to the birds together, although this time they were listening to my tape runner.

Here's a little glimpse of the projects I completed, awaiting the mail.

I know it's not much fun to see sneak peeks of artwork, so I've created an extra card to share with you.

So, what do you think?  I'll tell you want I think, and that's Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso look awesome together!  Very dark, very rich.  They're great for a masculine valentine.  I wasn't really going for "Valentine" but she's holding the darn thing.  I'm going to omit the heart next time or put someting there in place of it, maybe a teddy bear.   Maybe a ball of yarn unraveling on the card?  That finger on her chin makes me think she's being mischievous.

I stamped on the Cherry scallop with the medallion from Artistic Etchings

The boys are having a pillow fight in the back...and now I hear crying.  Time to run!