The weather here in Las Vegas fluctuates drastically from day to day. We’ll experience a string of beautiful days with seventy something degree weather, as we did this weekend, which will be followed by a string of mighty cold ones during which I constantly complain and am consequently labeled by my hot-blooded partner in crime as a “wuss (sp?).” Right now, we’ve got severe wind, and trashcans are rolling back and forth across the street.
Fortunately, this last weekend, we were blessed with gorgeous weather, so Contadina K was able to garden throughout – I even got a bit of sunburn! Yes, I boast. But come June, I’ll be a wilted flower beneath the blazing Vegas sun and all you East Coasters will be living large. My Walls-O-Water arrived, were filled, and then placed around newly planted tomatoe seedlings. Hopefully, this tool will give my heirlooms a headstart so that I can do some harvesting before the harsh summer sets in. I gave a bed of less than ideal soil some desperately needed attention, working in some nutrition and sifting out some unwanted presents from the neighborhood cats – ugh. As I wandered about, contemplating which seedlings will go where, I found a few worms and laid them in my lazy compost pile – I’m hoping that they’ll speed things along in there.
Sunday afternoon, cameras in tow, Jonathan and I even strolled out to our favorite pond where we encountered plenty of other folks who had also been hankering for some play in the sun. During our walks with the pooches, we thoroughly enjoy taking note of which birds are hanging out at our pond throughout the year – I joke that bird-watching will be a perfect shared interest in our old age. I can just picture it – two crusty, old, hatted fools, trolling about, camouflaged and bedecked with cameras and tripods, sharing in the joy of a precious sighting.
For now, we giggle at the common mallards waddling about. And when Jonathan’s sure no one else is present, I will confess to you that he contentedly quacks along with them – it’s really funny! I’ve started doing it, too. I never tire of the showy feathers on the males’ heads, how they iridesce under the sun in shades of green and blue.
Buoyancy is a quality that you’d think one would have to touch in order to sense. But it is something I can visually comprehend as I observe these geese dive for greens.
Trees are abloom…
And the pines are sprouting new growth.
At this time of year, there’s a type of tree (I’m a budding botanist, but not an expert on trees so I don’t know which one) which drops these. When lightly pressed, the capsules release these…
All the colors and sensory input made their way into my card for this week’s video:
Make Ahead Monday, “Pastels for Spring”
Here’s a teaser shot!
Come over to the tube and check it out! Shari Carroll at Hero Arts posted a new technique video on “Velveteen Stamping,” that I really liked! So I gave it a try with this week’s vid, of course putting the contadina K spin on it! Nice, subtle effect. If you’re interested, below is a list of materials that I used to make my card.
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Springtime Sparrow, Stamper’s Best
Kaleidoscope and Floral Flair; Fiskars
Sentiment, Hampton Arts
Frost White Pigment Ink, Colorbox
Spice Tin, Malted Milk, Soap Box, Brown Sugar; Jenni Bowlin
Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar, Wild Honey; Tim Holtz
Rich Cocoa (for bird), Memento
Burlap Ribbon – Craftsmart from Michaels
Scales Texture Plate – Fiskars
I’d also like to share with you that thanks to a fellow youber, I just found Viva Las Vegas Stamps and am so psyched to have a local shop to patronize! For any of you crafters, they are having a DT call right now! Click Viva Las Vegas Stamps!