Saturday, December 16, 2017

Animal Crackers - Christmas Presents

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Now this may not be a present that can be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree, but the men were still very happy to see it arrive yesterday!


We make them eat up as much as they can from their hay bales. No waste… but it was time for a new bale in the front pasture for the men. And for them nothing else could have been better they love seeing that "fresh" new hay bale.

Waiting for "Dad" to get it off the trailer is not easy… I end up running around waving my arms and trying my best to keep them from getting behind the trailer while he gets it off with the tractor. Don't want anyone getting squished you know.

Flavio.. he stayed clear no worries. He is cautious as always waits for things to be calm before he approaches.




The same with his 1/2 brother Patricio. Actually Patricio is probably even more timid lately. He actually stayed in the barn most of the time we were unloading the hay. Just in case he needed to hide. But once it was down on the ground, truck and trailer were pulled away and Dad took that noisy tractor away… then it was safe to come closer.


Miguel.. Diego and Rico.. nope they were not afraid of anything and getting that first bite of hay was worth the risk of a large rolling hay bale!

Was all good though .. they are so cute they are never in trouble right?


Look at that sweet puffy face! With it being colder they are all so puffed up. Helps keep them warm. And adorable.

After all they work was done hay bale in place, then there was time for some loving of course!


I think there was loving going both ways here.. Miguel and Rico love hugs with "Dad".

Now last week I told you that Wyatt and Spartacus had moved into the men's goat pen. And now Doc has a few new "friends" living with him in his bachelors pen.


Abigail, Louise and Olive Oyl have all moved into Doc's pen for a little while. All will be first time Mom's this spring.. hopefully.  First time Mom's make me a nervous wreck but I think they all will have stunning babies with Doc. Hopefully lots of color and LOTS of blue eyes!

Now… Louise … she has been the most vocal about this arrangement.


 If only this photograph had sound attached to it! Wowser! She screamed wanting in with the boys.. and now that she is in there she wants back into the girls pen. Then again maybe she just likes to hear her own voice. It is loud that is for sure!

Hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend planned. Hug a furry friend.

 Hugs and -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Whimsy Stamps - Flower Girl

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A little Flower Girl to enjoy today - sweet new image by Kirsten Winkelbauer for Whimsy Stamps.


She is so pretty isn't she? Now I started off going purple on her and then I just felt like I needed to work with some pink today. A pretty little girl with lots of pink. Perfect.


I colored her with my Copics and then cut her out with a Spellbinders Oval Nestie. I inked her with some Rangers Tea Dye Ink around the edges. My papers are from DoCrafts paper mania Lucy Cromwell collection, love the little bits of sparkle to them. I sewed down the layers and attached to a kraft card stock base. I used an EKSuccess border punch that I punched on each side with a polka dot ribbon around the middle. Now then I pulled out some of my favorite Whimsy Stamps dies! First up those brand new leaves! Leaf Foliage 2 Die Set.. LOVE this set from Crissy Armstrong! WE all NEED great leaf dies. Then I used the flowers from the Peony Flower Dies by Bev Rochester.. I swoon over these! I inked the edges of them to add a little depth. I added some jewelry spacers and then Viva Decor Green dots in the centers. Then for my sentiment I used the words "Happy" and "Wishes" from the Smiles Happy Celebrate Set and the Birthday Wishes Magical Set . These sets are perfect sized and perfect for so many cards! Yes I used them A LOT!

Love this image and I really have lots of fun working with all the Whimsy Stamps Dies. So perfect.

 Copic colors used -


Make sure to visit the Whimsy Stamps website and fill your cart with some presents from Santa for yourself!!

Have a blessed day -
HUGS and

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

High Hopes Stamps - Snowman Cowboy

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Now it has been near 70 here this week.. but with the freak snow last week I guess I just had to keep playing in the snow! So I pulled out High Hopes Stamps new Snowman Cowboy and Winter Evergreen and had some fun building or coloring a snowman!


A bit of a Yee Haw Texas Cowboy Snowman huh? I stamped out the Snowman Cowboy and masked it to stamp up the Winter Evergreen behind him. I colored with my copies and then added some White Snow paint for some depth of snow. Loved adding it to the tree branches especially!

A Piece of scrap winter paper some black and white card stock for this image. Then I found the High Hopes Stamp "Think Snow" Sentiment… maybe we will get snow again soon here in Texas?? Wouldn't that be crazy fun??

My Copic colors used -


Have a blessed day -
HUGS and

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Animal Crackers - SNOW???

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Now for this weeks Animal Crackers I need to explain to those not in or from South Texas. IT DOESN'T SNOW IN SOUTH TEXAS. Ok well it has snowed here… last time measurable snow that was in my lifetime… 1985!! So when it snows you see it in the sky it hits the ground and melts. So when it started snowing just after dark Thursday night we were on the back porch watching and enjoying… then we realized it was getting harder and actually starting to pile up in a few places. Suddenly video's all over Facebook of people in Texas going nuts making snowmen and snow angels!

Hubby and I got up just before the sun came up on Friday so we could get some photographs before it melted. And boy did it melt quick.. by mid morning everything was soggy wet and the pretty white stuff was pretty much gone, other than a few shady places. But hey we got over 2 inches here and that was enough to totally confuse some animals that had no idea what was going on.


Ellie Mae was watching everyone else to make sure this was safe to be out in. My kids understand rain, understand cold… but this white stuff.. well this just doesn't not make any sense.

Juliet, Gabby and Jolene were walking slowly and cautiously… and lets stay on these paths just in case!


Tried get a photo of Black Jack as he was running and hee hawing like crazy to let everyone know his bachelors pad was covered in this white stuff too!!


Wyatt and Spartacus now live in the men's goat pen out in front.


This is the look saying.. can we move back to our old pen as the ground wasn't  and cold there last time we were there!!! sorry boys same conditions there and right now that pen is Doc's.. and he has ladies in there!

The chicken coop was pretty..


All those chickens were taking full advantage of those heat lamps! And after a few more photos I am heading in to the heat as well!!

The men's Donkey pen in the front pasture… gorgeous!


Now a few of the guys were at their bale of hay stocking up some food to build up some warmth. Then if you look close you can see a couple of other guys decided it was safest to stay in their hut… just in case!

Now this is horrible blurry photograph, but it was too cute to not share. Thursday night while it was snowing we let out the dogs… Libbie went to the edge of the porch and said I may be blind but there is no way I am going out there… Chica ran out did her business as fast as possible and ran back up to the porch! Autie… this boy was having some fun! Running around and trying to figure out what this stuff is and where all the grass went!


 Each time we let him out while the snow was still here he would check out the entire yard and we had to force him come back in. Think my boy was enjoying this odd white stuff!

Ok.. one more photo - was too pretty. This is our road from our gate going towards the house.


 Feet are frozen at this point… I walked down this road and headed back to the house and warmth! Brrrr… Funny… Monday it was in the mid 80's here… snow Thursday night and now by the weekend it is suppose to be back up in high 60's! Texas for ya!

Have a blessed day -
HUGS and -

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

High Hopes Stamps - Winter Kitty

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Today I am showing off a new image at High Hopes Stamps - how can you not fall in love with a Winter Kitty in a hat and scarf?



I just love this image! Matches up well with the Winter Puppy I used a few days back. I colored with my Copics (colors below) and then used LOTS of Viva Decor Sparkle pen. Has so much bling to it! My papers are from My Minds Eye Laundry Line collection. I love using non traditional colors with Christmas cards! So refreshing. And these papers have a glitter to them as well... love that! I sewed the layers down with a zig zag stitch along with some Core'dinations card stock. I punched out a EK Success tag punch and layered the sentiment "Meowy Christmas!" from High Hopes... such a perfect sentiment!!!

Copic colors used -


Hope you got a smile from my little Winter Kitty Christmas Card. Pop over and see all the newest images at High Hopes Stamps HERE 

Have a blessed day - HUGS and

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Whimsy Stamps - December Release - Gecko Love

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A second day for me showing off the Whimsy Stamps December Release! And how can you not show off a Gecko in Love!! This is "Gecko Love" -


Now this little Gecko seemed to have a romantic side to him, so I added some frills to my card. I colored with my Copics and then cut out with Spellbinder Nesties. I found some romantic papers from Dove Craft's Sweet Paris collection. I matched up with some cream colored card stock and lots of die cuts. Some wonderful older retired corner dies, then one of my favorite Whimsy Stamps die "Doodled Doily Die" (and this one is on sale big time right now!!  Then I love the "LOVE Scripted" die from Whimsy Stamps!  Such a pretty die!

Here are my copic colors used -


Now don't forget the new stamps are available on the 7th! So to see the blog and all the inspiration sneak peeks HERE and then shop shop shop at the Whimsy Store HERE

Have a wonderfully blessed day! HUGS and

Monday, December 4, 2017

Whimsy Stamps - December Release - Bunny Love

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New Release is going on at Whimsy Stamps! The first 6 days of December we are showing off the new images and then on the 7th... Everything will be live on the Whimsy Stamps Web Site to order! And you are going to want to pop on and order cuz these are going to be very popular!

My first card with the new release is "Bunny Love" - How cute is this image??


Colored with Copics and matched up to pretty floral papers from Wild Rose Studio's Poet's Kitchen collection. I love the purples - and matching it up with green card stock is a favorite. I sewed down the layers and then found a green and purple gingham ribbon that I tied in a simple bow. For my sentiment I used Whimsy Stamps word die "Smiles" from the "Smiles, Happy and Celebrate" set. I adore word dies!!

My copic colors used -


Make sure to visit the Whimsy Stamps blog HERE to see all the new images and then on the 7th - make sure to pop over to the Whimsy Stamps Store HERE to fill your cart!

Have a blessed day -
HUGS and

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Animal Crackers - Big Brown Eyes just melt my Heart

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Well last week the three standard Donkeys finally talked "Dad" into a large round bale of hay of their very own. You see we try and get everyone to graze as much as they can. Healthier for them and the more they graze the less costly hay they consume. The ladies in the back are now getting their round bale every 8-9 days.. men in the front pasture... well they are slower at chowing down their 1st bale. So last week Hubby went off with the trailer to pick up two huge round bales. We had thought about putting in a different pen, but when one bale got left on the trailer overnight... well the three standards were having an all you can eat buffet the next morning. There really isn't too much for grazing here now. The lack of rain has not cooperated with the warmer fall weather here to keep things growing. So since these three standard or three stooges.. have us wrapped around their hooves. They ended up scoring a bale of their very own. All to themselves to enjoy, and besides how could you take it away from this face?

Seriously.. look at those eyes! Those big brown eyes just melt my heart. A grown up man.. this boy is the biggest baby of all times. When he gets lost from his Momma Cocoa and buddy Ted he just totally falls apart and the ground shakes with him running and screaming to find them. 99% of the time they are hiding in the brush watching and snickering at the poor guy. He is such a love!

Now I tried to get his Momma Cocoa to look over for a face shot of her and her big bale of hay... but nope. All I got was a munching sound and I swear I could hear her say "Mom... no time for a camera now, chomp chomp... I have to eat this bale of hay while I still have it!" Can't believe how Gray her face is turning.....


It will take them a little time to realize that "Dad" isn't going to take it away from them. Usually they steal a few bites while it is on the trailer and then it is placed in a pen away from them. But this bale is all theirs! 

Now I did have a talking to Teddy...

If he doesn't start eating from the top and different locations it is going to fall over on him! He is cute... but not too smart!

Lizzie was enjoying the sunset and a very full belly herself. The weather has been so warm here lately and well beautiful for this time of year that everyone has been out in it and eating more.


Lizzie was stretched out just chillin' and enjoying the evening. LOL

Found Momma Cat sitting out as well... all though I think she honestly had just gotten up from one of those famous afternoon cat naps.


She wants so bad to have some head scratching. She has gotten so good and staying still and not running off when I come up to their cat house. But the moment you open up the door to come in bam! She is off to other end of the pen. One day Momma... maybe you will let me rub you. Rescue kitties have trust issues you know.

How funny is this guy?


Turned away from the cathouse and found Sergio frantically trying to get my attention. Love this shot, with the bars of the fence holding his ears down he has that Mohawk look! But don't let him hear you make fun of him... nope this "Man" is all stud! LOL But he will always be my little orphan bottle baby!

Then I see Moxie... you see I told her to be patient that I would get her dinner as soon as I got photographs taken...


You see patient is not a word this little ball of energy knows at all! I was so surprised to see her being so still down like that. Of course as soon as I said her name and asked her if she was ready for me to heat up some left over turkey for her... ZAP a streak of lightning she was running a million miles an hour all over everywhere! This girl loves her Thanksgiving turkey! I made sure to freeze up a few little baggies for her to enjoy for a while as I do not make giant Turkeys that often. And it is a favorite of hers! And yes... Moxie is loved and spoiled!

Hope you got a smile this week and enjoyed a few photos of my fur babies.
Have a wonderfully blessed weekend -
HUGS and


Friday, December 1, 2017

High Hopes Stamps - December Challenge

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It is December 1st! Wow... it is December 1st... ok back to business. It is the 1st of the month and that is the High Hopes Stamps Challenge at the Blog. HERE and for the challenge this month it is a Christmas Winter Fun Challenge. I decided to have a little fun with the Tall Country Snowman


I adore the country feel of this image! And I love all the little details in this image. I colored with my Copics, and then found some scrap papers from Paper Studio Christmas papers, A little different color combo but it feels so country and winter at the same time. I sewed down the layers and added the High Hopes Stamps sentiment "Warm Winter Wishes"  A few red buttons for a little embellishment and all done. Again.. love the country feel to it.

Here are the Copic colors used -


A fun challenge at High Hopes stamps - make sure to pop over HERE and join in! you could win a little more HH fun!

Have a blessed day -
HUGS and

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

High Hopes Stamps - Snow Couple Block

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This week for High Hopes Stamps I got ahead on a few Christmas Gift Tags with a folding notecard. Using Snow Couple Block I colored with my Copics


I love making these little gift note cards - personal touch on a gift. And there are a few more of these great blocks to make an assortment of little cards for your Christmas packages. I colored with Copics, then added some scraps of paper in light blue and red on a white card stock base.  A little Viva Decor Glitter pen and then the High Hopes Sentiment "Think Snow"

Copic colors used -


Love the winter image at High Hopes Stamps - You can find all kinds of fun at the website store - HERE 

Have a wonderfully blessed day -
HUGS and

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Animal Crackers - Princess and the Pea

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This little girl does believe she is a Princess... or is it Queen? But when she saw the dog beds stacked up while doing a bit of cleaning, she decided that they were meant to be and if one bed is cushy - two must be really luxury!


Such a beautiful little girl.

And if she is beautiful... this boy is totally handsome - and simply adorable when sleeping.


This is how we spend our evenings. Autie in my lap sleeping and a bit of snoring. And so cute I just can't stand it. He didn't like the flash going off by the way... I got one eye opened looking up at me with that "Mom... Stop that!!" look.

This the look of Gato mad at me for moving her box. She went straight back to it, and was not happy it wasn't put back in the position she wanted... after I snapped the photograph, I put it back like she wanted liked it.



Went out to get the eggs yesterday afternoon, and with the time change the chickens are still a bit confused and start roosting and getting ready for bed at 4pm or so...


I laugh.. but then I think of myself and how I am ready to crash at 9pm or so... LOL The time change really messes with us all!!

Doc... I just love this guy and his stunning blue eyes.


How can you not love that face! My young man. He is so fabulously sweet! Right??

Then again our old man Frankie is pretty awesome too...


 Our retired guy, but still a very important member of our family. Everyone that visits loves Frank. He loves to greet people and get attention.

Ok I'll be honest here... I love all our furry children! They make life happy!

I hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend and love on a fur or feathered baby!

HUGS and