Monday, May 27, 2013


     It's a cool cloudy day, but at least it hasn't rained yet.  We've had two very cool days of rain, so it's about time for a dry day.  It's certainly not the weather people wish for on Memorial Day weekend.  It's been in the 40's at night and only in the 50's for the high temperature in the day and when we decided to turn on the heat Sat. morning to warm the house up a little, the furnace didn't want to cooperate.  Needless to say, it's been a little cool!  We finally got out our quartz heater and have moved it around from room to room, depending on where we were, which has helped.  Guess we'll be giving the repairman a call!  Our area has had about 5" of rain and more is predicted for this week.
     We went into town this morning to do our Memorial Day cemetary tour and took a floral arrangement out to my parents grave.  We took this
picture of the bell tower surrounded by flags at Memorial Park where they always have a large display of flags on Memorial Day.
We also happened on a Blue Heron in the pond near the front entrance of the cemetary and of course I couldn't resist taking his picture.  He was really tame and didn't seem to mind all of the traffic.  We have one of these fellows fly out of our
woods once in a while and Irv thinks
they may nest there.  I'm always surprised to see them away from the river, but guess they just like water.
They are a rather elegant bird!
     Well, I finally got back to a project I started a few weeks ago. "Paris" was a popular theme in the papercrafting world this Spring, so I couldn't resist trying to incorporate it into something.  Thus, I've made three tags which I plan to display on our buffet.  I used Distress Inks on them and cut out some images with my Big Shot.  I used some Kraft Core paper, which I embossed and sanded for an antique or distressed effect for some of the images.  The background for the tag with the umbrella man was a piece of printed tissue paper, while the other backgrounds were stamped.
All of the materials used were from Tim Holtz collections.

     I've been visiting a lot of "new-to-me" blogs the last couple of rainy days and have seen so many wonderful ideas -- now all I have to so is sit down and start creating!  I think I've gone on quite enough, but I have one more thought on this special day -- God Bless the USA and all those who have or are defending her!




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