Sunday, August 28, 2011

Foto Funday {week 35}


Ahhh, sunflowers, how I love them! Open-mouthed smile All the ones at my house are “volunteers” that the birds have planted for me. Open-mouthed smile

Summer has heated up pretty good here in North Idaho this month. We’ve had an abundance of those mean summer pests, bald-faced hornets, but we found one of their nests … right at the peak of our roof. Jimmy took it out the night after I shot this photo.


We’ve had lots of deer in the yard every day, including several adorable fawns …


… and even these precious twins!


And here is a beautiful mama and baby on our backyard trail.


We have had a sweet little frog living in our garage-shop all summer. I am wild about frogs and love seeing this little guy hang around. Most of the time he perches atop a plastic pitcher I have sitting on the stoop outside the door, but we recently got to watch him crawl across the wall – too fun!


The turkeys have been hanging around with all their babies. Jimmy has even been feeding them some cracked corn, which they love.


We made another trip up to the Wildlife Refuge this week, and I am so glad we did! The Canadian Geese are all staging all along Myrtle Creek as they prepare to migrate – I’ve never seen so many honkers in one place! Click to see this first one a little bit larger …


… and here’s a closer look at one of the creek banks …


And something I still can’t believe – huge white pelicans in North Idaho!! I only this year heard that pelicans actually stop at the refuge here on their annual migration, and I was thrilled to find they had arrived and I’d get to see them this visit!


Lots of small ducks, probably coots, were hanging out with the pelicans.


On our drive out to the refuge and back, we saw so much beauty all around. The fields in our area are all in various stages of being cut and baled. They look so very beautiful to me!


And here’s one more gorgeous sunflower for the road … love them! Open-mouthed smile


Blessings to you!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

I Can Fly {*new* digi release}


I Can Fly {the kit} by Cari Cruse – $3 on sale today {regularly $4}

:: The colors of yummy sherbet make this kit a delightfully tasty one to play with! Hand-doodled elements and textured papers with a touch of shabby chic will make give your pages a truly yummy look!

Contains: 12 papers + 24 elements

I Can Fly is the first digital scrapbooking kit I’m releasing in the brand new GingerScraps packaging – do you love it?? Open-mouthed smile This fun kit features plenty of my handdrawn doodles, including a little birdie you might recognize from my recent hybrid clipboard.

Hybrid: Doodle Bird Clipboard

I Can Fly {the papers} – on sale $2.25 {regularly $3}



I Can Fly {the elements} – on sale $2.25 {regularly $3}



The lovely CT gals from GingerScraps had some fun playing with I Can Fly



Blessings to you!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Life’s Little Delays + New Site Designs!


Donald Duck expresses pretty much the way I was feeling at times this past week while I was sweating every minute just waiting for my website to fully come back online! lol! … but thankfully, all is back in order! And *surprise* – I’ve done a full redesign! Some of that redesign is evident here on my blog, but be sure to take a peek at my main site, too! Open-mouthed smile


After you peek there, you’ll certainly want to take a peek over at GingerScraps to see the new site makeover there, too, if you haven’t seen it yet! Too cute!



:: random bits & pieces from my week ::

With all the website problems, I missed posting my Foto Funday this past week, but I have some great ones to go up this coming Sunday – twin fawns, dozens of baby turkeys, sunflowers, an antique metal lathe, and more! What did you photograph this week?

I submitted my application and some papercraft samples for a manufacturer’s DT call this week … trying hard not to think about it while I wait … wait … wait. Open-mouthed smile

Last Saturday, my hubby and I went to a fabulous retirement dinner for a good friend whom Jim used to work with in law enforcement – a state trooper with 31 years! It was a packed hall and it was so great to see so many of our dear law enforcement friends (more like family). Being medically retired, my husband was especially blessed to see the guys he used to spend so much of his waking hours with.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week, let’s chat again soon! Winking smile


Blessings to you!

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Wee Bit of Trouble


Well I set out last night to finally transfer my main website,, to a much better host, which meant I also needed to transfer my domain name (with OfficeLive sites it was all part of a package, so they have to be done together). I waited until late at night so I wouldn’t have the site offline for long, I had everything set at GoDaddy for my new host & domain, I “disconnected” my site from OfficeLive which meant it was offline until I could get it switched on at GoDaddy. I went through a half dozen authorization emails and a half dozen codes to enter so my old registrar would know it really was me wanting this done. Then I finally got the email from my old registrar, MelbourneIT, acknowledging my request as genuine, and guess what it tells me? The transfer will be complete after a FOUR DAY “grace” period. Say what?? So here I sit with my main site in limbo for the week. What could possibly be the point when I have fully authenticated the whole thing. I suppose I was na├»ve to think I could just move my site when I want to. Definitely will not do business with MelbourneIT again. Not that I ever did intentionally anyway, it’s who OfficeLive used, but still, lesson learned…I hope.

Oh, and for anyone who’s heard me recommend using OfficeLive for free, no-ads website hosting, they announced a new Office365 deal this week that I had thought was just more of their document-sharing service. It is, but what they neglected to mention to those of who have websites on OfficeLive is that 365 is *replacing* OfficeLive, and there will be no more free hosting, in fact, the 365 site really doesn’t mention any actual webhosting that I can see so far. That’s fine for them to decide, but they ought to let their users know, especially since my site was going to auto-renew in October. So I can no longer recommend OfficeLive. I will, however, mention that I got one heck of a deal on GoDaddy by catching a sale with a sale with a coupon! Open-mouthed smile

So alas, there’s my wee bit of trouble today. I have temporarily re-routed my site links in the navigation menu here on my blog to my preview site being held on GoDaddy. It just shows a little dialog box when you first go there to let you know it’s in preview mode. All the links work just fine, tho.

Before I go, I’ll share a couple of the great deals from GoDaddy – I’m really excited about moving my site there and having so much more control as well as much easier access to updating my site! I actually signed up for 48 months on everything, as the discounts I was getting made it cost a fraction of any other pricing anywhere. Smile

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Blessings to you!

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