Thursday, 7 July 2011

Home on the range

You know, I've just got to say, that I can't quite wrap my head around the fact that it's already July 7th.  Seems like I was just carrying wood inside for the stove, freezing my butt off, dreaming of Spring.  And now it's JULY! How. Did. That. Happen?  Drives me crazy when people tell me that the older I get the faster time goes.  I KNOW THAT! And at 40 years old I've decided time's already going too fast! With this in mind, I'm trying my best to make the most of each day and ENJOY! I've got a list a mile long of things I want to do this summer.  Here's some of them:  go for bikerides with hubby and picnic in tow, road trip to Lunenburg and Prince Edward Island,  read a book outside in the sun with a nice cold drink, go camping, paint our living room and dining room, paint our barn (I've been itchin' to paint our white barn RED), work in my garden, make lots of pickles, salsa, jams and canned veg, sit around the bonfire and stargaze, build some new flower beds...and the list goes on.  Mixed into this list are some pretty big events too!  I'm off to Stampin' Up's annual Convention in Salt Lake City next week ~ I am so excited! Hubby and I are also going to England for couple of weeks.  For those of you who don't know, my husband is from England and we haven't been to 'his home planet' for 3 years now - so he's very much due for a trip home to see his friends and family.  Speaking of friends, my best friend/"sister of the heart", Hedi, will be visiting us from 'my home planet' of Vancouver Island in September.  September is also when my dear friend, Shallon, is getting married and I'm her Matron of Honor! There is sooooo much to look forward too! But I think you can see how I'm concerned the days are going to fly by, so I'm determined to 'live in the moment', BREATH and enjoy.

Here's a little bit of what my hubby and I have recently been up to:

 We had a old wagon (we figure it's at least 100 years old), in pieces, up in our barn's rafters. 
Hubby brought it down, put it together, gave it a power wash and set in on our front lawn.  He then built a box for it and I filled it with flowers.  I love it! It's a nice feature on our property.  I wish we could keep it out year round, but we'll store it back inside the barn during the winter months.

We love the antique stoves that are surprisingly discarded by many.  This is one of 4 that was GIVEN to us - I love decorating it each season.  The pots on top of the stove were reclaimed from our old barn too, as was the old coal bucket and child's rocker.  (FYI - re. the other antique stoves, we turned one into a charcoal BBQ, another is just decorating our back garden and the third is stored in our barn as it may be put back into use!)

 We also planted trees - FINALLY! We've been wanting to plant trees between us the store in front of our house since we moved here almost 4 years ago. 

We really need to work on some privacy around our property and it felt so good to get this task started.  For our wedding anniversary I bought my hubby some fruit trees (cherry, apple, pear and plum) so those are going to look nice too. It's amazing the difference a tree will make.
In amongst my busy days I still make time to STAMP!  These are quick one layer cards. 

 'Simply Soft' - NEW Hostess Set.  I also used 'Word Play' and the new In Colors.

 "Touched by Kindness" ~ Summer Mini 2011.  
This sweet stamp set is only available until August 31st.

 NEW! "Pennant Parade"& "My Friend" stamp sets

 Last night I had stamp club - this is the project the ladies made. 
It's a gift card holder!  That's an envelope folded in the centre to make two pockets; one for the gift card and one for the note card!  The stamp sets we used were "Aviary" and "Touched by Kindness" and the DSP is "Beyond the Garden".

That's it for me today.  I need to get some more coffee and continue making my 150 swaps for convention.  I'll post photos of my swaps for you next week (until then they're top secret...but I'll let you know they're CHRISTMAS themed!).
Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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