Thursday, May 21, 2009

the CLASSroom {can be fun!}

It's true (even though you'd be hard pressed to get most kids to agree with you -lol)...hanging out in the CLASSroom can be fun! As my dad always says, Who'd a thunk it? Well, I have proof!

Last week I received an email from Ellen, of Ellen Hutson's online store fame, informing me that I'd won some free stamps (woo hoo!!). The ironic thing here is that when Ellen had posted the winners to the contest (guessing the images of some of the new stamps to be released), I read it and didn't even recognize that my post was among the winners. lol Anyway, take a look at what I received!: That's right...not one, not two, but THREE! of Karen Lockhart's brand spankin' NEW images (Aren't they cute!?!)! It's no secret that I adore Lockhart stamps, but unfortunately I don't use them as often as I should. I think they're buried behind a lot of my other stamping supplies so they tend to be out of sight when I'm looking for inspiration. I think I'm gonna have to change that ASAP though, because I certainly don't want them to feel unloved! And now that I've got these cuties to add to my collection, I'm definitely going to have to make it a priority to get some of them inky! ;)

If you've never been to the CLASSroom, you don't know what you're missing. There are all sorts of wonderful tutorials and projects to get your creative juices flowing, presented by Ellen herself and several other wonderfully talented designers (many of whom I'm sure you're familiar with). Ellen also has a monthly newsletter that you can sign up for. If you check out the {many -lol} links I've provided for you here, you'll see that she's got all sorts of ways to inspire you (of course, she and her gang are equally likely to enable you to purchase more supplies along the way too -lol)...and if you frequent the CLASSroom, some day you may just find yourself unexpectedly winning some cute stamps. ;)

And, no, this wasn't a paid endorsement for Ellen's fabulous online store, nor am I affiliated with it in any way...I was just so excited to have won these darling stamps and am such a big fan of Ellen and love that she is so dedicated to bringing us the latest and greatest in techniques and products that I wanted to share it all with you (her store is chock FULL of things that will have you tempted to empty your don't say I didn't warn you -lol).

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope to see you again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

happy {camper}

I hope you're all having a wonderful week. ;) We're still working diligently with our extra schoolwork to get done with the school year a bit earlier than planned, and we're actually having to do two extra days' worth to make up for the days we're going to miss coming up...we're going camping for the first time in four YEARS.

The last time we went, we were still in CA and had a great time camping in the Sierras (an annual trip) with all my kids and even some of their friends. This time will be so different from any of our past camping experiences, as we'll only have our two youngest with us. I know there are certain obvious advantages to having fewer people to pack/cook/clean for, but I'm truly going to miss having everyone with us and, surprisingly, it's making me sad as I sit here thinking about it...I miss them all so much. We'll be camping with some good friends, though, so I'm sure we'll still have a wonderful time...despite the relatively empty trailer, noticeably more quiet family hikes, and a lot fewer marshmallows roasting over the campfire {**sniff, sniff**}.

Okay, enough of the blabbing {and sniffling} and onto the cards.... To celebrate this weekend, I suppose I probably should've had a camping-type card or at least a patriotic card to share, but I don't. Those non-feminine cards would require too much creative brain power and time from me, both of which are in rather short supply this week. Just curious...Did any of you create a patriotic card for anyone special to commemorate Memorial Day? If so, I'd love to see it.

Because this week has been so crazy busy for me, because I am SOOOO far behind in cards that need to be made, and because I couldn't feel good about leaving tomorrow and not being able to stamp for yet another weekend, I decided the only way I was going to get anything made before our trip would be to stamp smart...something I should definitely do more often! So without any more small talk (you're welcome!), let me introduce you to my newest set of twins --of course, had I been really on the ball, you'd be meeting septuplets -lol!

This first one is for a very sweet and thoughtful friend who happens to love butterflies (and so LONG overdue that it's embarrassing): And this next one is for a woman at church who faithfully sends out 50-60 birthday/anniversary cards each month to our ever-growing church body. She has THE most beautiful handwriting I've ever seen, almost like calligraphy, and her card ministry is a blessing to so many. I figured if she's the one sending out all the cards, then she obviously wouldn't be receiving one on her birthday and I wanted her to feel as special and appreciated as she makes others feel, so this card's for her (too bad the handwriting inside won't be anywhere near as beautiful as hers...but I'm pretty sure she's used to that): They look a little washed out here, but in real life I think all the colors together are so fresh and pretty. And both cards have little touches of sparkle (courtesy of glitter pens), but it doesn't show up well at all in the pics. For the flowers, I used foam mounting tape in between each layer of petals: As you can tell, both cards use the same products (with the exception of the embellishment dies) and are the same basic design, just tweaked a bit to make each card one-of-a-kind to reflect their special recipient.

And you may have also noticed they are a bit "busier" than my usual work, but I've been wanting to use some of the pretty papers from one of my new K & Company stacks (these patterned papers came from the Urban Rhapsody collection), and even though they took me a lot longer than I think they should have (don't they all? lol -- but perhaps my struggles this time were because they're such a departure from my usual style?), I'm happy with the end result. I'm finding that sometimes it feels good to step out of the ole comfort zone and mix things up a bit (yeah, I was playing dangerously close to the edge with these and somehow managed not to freak myself out -lol). It felt good to stretch and grow a little, and I hope you like the fruits of my creative journey. ;)

Well, I need to get the kids' back on track (they always know when I'm not paying direct attention to them -lol) so I can take those cards to the mail and then get busy packing for our camping trip (I've got a TON left to do!). I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend...and if you know a Veteran or anyone who is currently serving our country, I hope you'll remember to thank them for their great sacrifice. America wouldn't be America without them...though I'm not sure many of them are all that pleased with the direction our nation is seemingly headed today (but that's a whole 'nother story)....

Thank you so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Just Because You're You card:

Cardstock: White Daisy, Hollyhock, Creme Brulee, Crystal Blue (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Urban Rhapsody collection (K & Company); Stamps: Circular Sayings (Verve); Ink: Hollyhock, Chocolate (CTMH), Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Butterflies dies, Scallop Petite Oval and Classic Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), Scalloped Scallop border punch (EK Success), white gel pen (Signo), pink, orange glitter pens (Spica), crocheted trim (Wright's), grosgrain (May Arts), button (Autumn Leaves), embroidery floss (DMC), sponge (CTMH), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape, pop dots

Birthday Wishes card:

Cardstock: White Daisy, Hollyhock, Sorbet, Crystal Blue (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Urban Rhapsody collection (K & Company); Stamps: Circular Sayings (Verve); Ink: White Daisy pigment ink, Hollyhock (CTMH), Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Flower Creations dies, Scallop Petite Oval and Classic Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), Scalloped Scallop border punch (EK Success), white gel pen (Signo), pink glitter pen (Spica), crocheted trim (Wright's), grosgrain (May Arts), button (Autumn Leaves), embroidery floss (DMC), sponge (CTMH), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape, pop dots

Friday, May 15, 2009

{gift card} cuties

Yay! It's the weekend and the sun is shining (kinda rare here lately -lol)!! ;D

If you're here following the Unity Kit of the Month blog hop, you should've arrived via Sara...but if not, you may want to start here at the beginning so you won't miss out on any of the wonderful things being shared today. ;)

I made this gift card holder for my mom as part of her Mother's Day gift. My mom absolutely ADORES quail (each spring she has the pleasure of watching covey after cute little covey crossing her back yard, foraging for food --they truly do travel single-file like that...sooo cute!), so from the first time I saw these little darlings included in Simple Life (March's kit of the month), I knew I would have to use them on something for her. (Turns out she saw them too, and so after more than a month of being tempted time and again, she couldn't stand it any longer and jumped on the KOM bandwagon herself! Go, Mom!! lol): Here's what it looked like when she opened it: And here's what it looked like right before (and after) we entered Michael's (yep, she spent it all! lol): On the inside, I used a few other stamps from two other KOMs (Remember Happiness, the August KOM, and Fresh Beginnings, the April KOM) --it was so easy!

Your next stop on this fun Kit of the Month love-fest is Audrey, who I'm sure will have something wonderful to share with you!

Hope you have a great weekend (even if it means having to clean your poor neglected travel trailer inside and out to get ready to go camping soon -lol)!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: White Daisy (CTMH), Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink); Patterned Paper: Wild Asparagus "Birthday Girl" Plaid (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: quail covey from Simple Life, March 09 KOM, indulge, small flower from Remember Happiness, August KOM, flourished bracket from Fresh Beginnings, April KOM (Unity); Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew-Cornell), button, ribbon (Papertrey Ink), scallop dot border punch (Martha Stewart), word window punch (SU!), embroidery floss (DMC), foam mounting tape

Thursday, May 14, 2009

{I'm still} smiling

Before the week ends, I thought I'd share the heartwarming handmade Mother's Day cards that I was blessed to receive this year. Hope you don't mind.

I also have to mention --Hi, Monica!-- that I received a couple other very special non-handmade cards that brought tears to my eyes because of the sweet, sweet words written inside by my older kids, but I don't think they're what you came to see. ;)

This first one is one of the cards that Chloe made me (she made another {secret} one while we ladies were blissfully shopping at Archiver's last Friday, though I have a feeling she decided to save it until next year because I highly doubt she'd forget to give it to me if that were her intention...Hmmmm....): (As her "teacher," I have to say this...She does know better, so please pretend she didn't forget to put the apostrophe in "Mother's" -lol!)

And I'm gonna show you the inside too (if you want to read it...or see any of the cards I post here on my blog in more detail...just click on the pic to enlarge it), just because I think it'll make you smile almost as much as it does me. (That sweet little girl just melts my heart): This next one with the beautiful paisley/floral paper, arch lattice border, and blue accents is from my wonderful and talented mom (those flowers she used look and feel almost as if they have white embossing powder on their edges --so unique!; and you can't tell from the pic, but the bird has Shimmerz on it and looks so pretty): And last, but certainly not least, this beautiful card with the sunshine-y daisies, Swiss Dots, and pretty scallops arrived the other day from my sweet bloggin' buddy Barb (it's always so much fun to receive such wonderful surprises in the mail!): Thank you all SO much! I feel so very blessed to have such sweet and special ladies in my life! And, yes, I realize I use the word sweet a LOT, but I can't help it. ;)

Tomorrow I'll have something fun to share with you (HINT: you'll see some wings --and it won't be Chloe's butterflies...not yet anyway -lol), so I hope you'll stop by. ;)

Thanks so much for indulging me while I shared some of my special cards with you. And thanks, too, for taking the time to come visit. Until next time, many blessings to you!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

{Spellbinders} storage, {beautiful} bouquets, and {a couple of} bookmarks

I've got a few things to share with you today, and, knowing me, I'll likely be too wordy in doing so. Hope you'll hang in there with me, but if you can't, I totally understand; hopefully you'll still enjoy the pictures. ;)

**ETA: After posting this and seeing several of the pics not where they were intended to be, and not having the time (or apparent technical knowledge) necessary to correctly align my photos across the page, I'm hoping you'll accept my apologies...and enlighten me if you can. Thanks so much!**

My parents have come and gone, and we all thoroughly enjoyed their visit --lots of yakking, laughs, and food, and even a little stamping, shopping, and game playing. I think us ladies had a lot more fun, though I may be a bit biased. lol On Friday my mom, Chloe, and I, along with a friend and her young daughter (who just happens to be one of Chloe's friends) --all five of us armed with gift cards-- spent the day shopping at the Michael's concept store, enjoying a nice lunch, and then stopping by Archiver's. The two girls would've preferred to bypass Archiver's, but for us older and wiser gals, that store turned out to be the highlight of the day (too bad they don't have 40%-off coupons!), and so the young ones did their best to indulge us (as if they had a choice -lol). Despite the fact that neither store had BasicGrey's new Wisteria collection in a 6x6 pad, every one of us still managed to come home with plenty of fun new toys. ;D

To make it even better, we came home to an empty house, meaning the guys were out having fun too...but more importantly, and unbeknownst to them, they were being very kind and considerate to let us put away all our booty without an audience or feelings of guilt (although my friend wasn't so fortunate).

And the icing on the cake was that within an hour of our being home, my mom and I had BOTH received flowers! First, my very sweet and thoughtful oldest daughter sent me this gorgeous spring bouquet (here's a couple shots from Friday and then one from today):
Thanks so much, Monica!

And then my mom received this beautiful heather-colored arrangement from my oldest younger brother and his family. Good timing too, as the irises we had gotten for my mom earlier in the week weren't looking so lovely by then. (BTW, these pics don't do the flowers justice, but I'm sure you already knew that.)

If you're still with me, I think you'll like this next part. ;)

In addition to our shopping excursion, one of the things my mom wanted to do when she was here was to help me store my Spellbinders dies in a more compact and less-cumbersome way (yes, she's thoughtful like that)--I'd been storing all of my dies crammed into a medium-sized plastic storage box. While blurfing around a while back, she'd come across a few organizing ideas for them and had since decided on one and organized her own collection using a tall CD binder and thin chipboard pieces (aka cereal boxes cut to size) covered with adhesive-backed magnetic sheets. So that's just what we did...for several hours. The only die of mine that didn't fit into the binder is the Classic Lace Border, but since it's 12" long, it's understandable.

My mom even went a step farther (which she's very good at) and cut up the acetate from the MANY empty Spellbinders packages, so now I have a LOT of acetate pieces waiting to be used. ;) This system takes up a LOT less room than my storage box, is more convenient to carry, holds a TON of dies, and is making it so much easier to find what I'm looking for --I already LOVE it! Thanks so much, Mom! Here's what it looks like:

Next up...I've been wanting to make some bookmarks as gifts for quite a while now, but, as usual, I haven't found the time. I had been planning to make the 'house-shaped' type that fit over the corner of the page, but then my mom and I had both fallen in love with a gorgeous vintage bookmark that Amy Sheffer (I absolutely love her work!) had recently shared on the Verve blog. Because I had specifically wanted to make one for my mom as part of her Mother's Day gift and hadn't yet done so, and because she mentioned she'd love to have one like Amy's, I let her choose the papers and stamp she wanted and went to work. I didn't intend to CASE Amy's (and really would have preferred not to), but with my mom's choice of supplies and preference of layout orientation, it just kinda worked out that way. And I really do love that color combo, so I'm not complaining too much (and if Amy ever reads this, I hope she'll take my version as a compliment). ;)
The only thing that threw me for a loop was that I was using a one-sided ribbon. I didn't even think about it until after I'd attached the button to the end of it and found that it would be showing the wrong (back) side of the ribbon when attached to the paper. Oops. Because my mom really wanted to me to use that particular ribbon (I IS really pretty), and after we did some brainstorming, I ended up removing the button, cutting another length of ribbon and attaching it to one end of the original ribbon strip to create my own double-sided ribbon, and then starting over. It's a bit thicker than it would be otherwise and it prevented me from putting a pretty little piece at the top edge of the bookmark like Amy's has, but it works. ;) And while I was working on my mom's bookmark, she was playing around with the other type of pattern I mentioned earlier. She followed the directions we found HERE in a tutorial by Aud and made herself one, and then later scaled it down a little, added a bit of ribbon as a 'handle' at the upper corner, and made one for me using some of my scraps. While it doesn't allow much, if any, room for stamping on the front side, we both ended up preferring the smaller size. (And this is a good indicator of how slow I stamp --she always runs circles around me, no matter what the task!)

And because she didn't stamp on it, I love how she personalized this for me. What started out as an experimental bookmark and way for her to kill some time while waiting for me to finish up became an unintentional treasure, and I love it (thanks again, Mom!).

You could stamp on the back side, but on this one we opted to keep it simple and just go with a larger piece of the pretty patterned paper: Well, with my parents back at home and our Spring Break over, we're back hard at work with school...hoping to pick up the pace a bit so as to complete the last five weeks of work in four. Not fun, but worth it if we succeed.

Oh, on Saturday we received the kids' state test scores (in record time, I'd say!) --and they both did very well (94th and 95th percentile for their grade level nationally)...I'm soooo relieved and we're very proud of them. And not to take away from their accomplishment, but I'm pretty sure they both could've done a bit better had they not thought they had done everything correctly and used their extra time to go back and check their work -lol. Oh, well. Even still, I guess we must be doing something right. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit and if you hung in there to the end, you deserve an extra special thanks...and maybe some sort of medal -lol. I hope you'll stop by again soon, as I've got an update on Chloe's butterflies to share. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Garden Green (CTMH), Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins); Patterned Paper: Sugared collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Something Within (Unity); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Baby Pink (CTMH); Other: Labels 4, Curved Rectangles (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Terrifically Tacky Tape (Provo Craft), sponge (CTMH), ribbon (May Arts?), buttons (Papertrey Ink), embroidery floss (DMC), sandpaper, glue dots, foam mounting tape

Saturday, May 9, 2009

{I love you} Mom

Here it is Monday night and I'm writing up this post in advance so that I won't spoil it for my mom by posting her Mother's Day card now. I'm soooo excited because she and my dad are on their way here and should arrive about lunchtime tomorrow!! But that wonderful gift means that I've still got some cleaning up to do around here, so I need to make this short and sweet cuz I'm not quite done yet. lol
My mom's absolute favorite flower is the iris (she grows them and they're all so pretty!), so I bought this Siberian Iris stamp set planning to use it for her card last year. However, I ended up switching gears at the last minute and doing a card with a little Southwestern feel, mostly because I'm not the best at coloring and this image requires a LOT of coloring. And so it's been staring at me ever since, so this Mother's Day I decided I'd have to be brave and give it a only took me over a month of looking at it almost daily to get up my nerve to actually sit down with it, and I'm sure I would've put it off longer had I had the time to spare. lol

Since Chloe and I had our 'Mommy and me' weekend last weekend (well, it was cut a little short due to bad weather, but that's another story), I made this card on Saturday while she sat at the other end of the table making a Mother's Day card for me. I know what you're thinking...either Chloe's terribly slow at making a card or I sat there for a few more hours after she'd finished (you decide) ;)

So based on the length of time it took me to make this card (yep, you were right to choose the latter of the two choices), I'm not ready to say my mojo's back, but with a little futzing around with the image and Jenn Balcer's fun sketch, I think it worked out nicely. I think the biggest challenge I faced was trying to match the color as closely as possible to that of my mom's favorite iris variety (with a box of only 48 pencils, and none to match), and then try to find the right patterned papers from my stash to coordinate. I think I spent at least an hour on that last decision alone (ridiculous, I know -- but when making a card for someone as loved and special as my mom, it had to be just right, ya know?).

Anyway, here's what I came up with: The butterflies have some glitter on them, but it doesn't really show in the picture. The iris looks a bit too "blue" the picture here and actually looks fairly close to the color of the Lilac Mist cardstock I used, though definitely not as pretty as the soft lavender color of her favorite iris (but as close as I could get to the picture I was referring least with my limited supplies and for my first try). I'm hoping that I can find my box of 120 pencils in the basement one of these days and then I should have a lot better luck with my color matching. And I couldn't get the charm to hang perfectly straight, so after many failed attempts, I finally gave up. I know it's possible because I've seen several others do it, so I'm gonna have to work on that one some more.

Regardless, I think my mom will like the card, and I can't wait to give it to her. But more than that, I can't wait to get to spend time with her (and my dad too). It is such a blessing to be able to spend Mother's Day with my mom, especially since we live a thousand miles apart. Now if only my older kids could all be here too, then this Mother's Day would truly be perfect.

The kids are just as excited as I am that my parents are coming to visit, and so is my hubby (seriously! -- he even suggested and got approved to take Friday off so he could spend more time with them). We've got some yummy meals planned and we girls are looking forward to our big shopping day...hubby also informed me that he would have to lead the guys on their own shopping day to even things out. lol Fun times ahead to be sure! ;D

I hope you all are celebrating a Happy Mother's Day...whether it's with your own mother, your kids, your MIL, your grandma, or maybe someone special who's like a mother to you.

Thanks so much for the visit (sorry it wasn't the 'short and sweet' post that I intended -lol), and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Lilac Mist, White Daisy (CTMH); Patterned Paper: LilyKate collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Siberian Iris (Flourishes); Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger); Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew-Cornell), white gel pen (Signo), Stardust clear glitter pen (Sakura), organdy, sponge (CTMH), pewter charm (Watch Us), classic butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), scalloped scallop border punch (EK Success), embroidery floss (DMC), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape, glue dots

Monday, May 4, 2009

{krafty} Cosmo and the cannibal caterpillar

Thanks, everyone, for taking the time to share your tips on finding your creativity when it's taking a break. ;) I'm definitely making notes for future reference! ;)

I haven't stamped since I posted last, except for a Mother's Day card that I'll share with you on Sunday, but thought I'd sneak in a quick post and share the birthday card I made for my oldest younger brother back in early January: Because it was for my brother, I decided to go very quick and simple. The lollipop has Stickles over it, but the red ink that I'd stamped it in kept seeping up into the thinner area of blue Stickles, so I had to keep going over it again and again. The finished result wasn't ideal, but again, it was for my brother and I didn't really think he'd mind (or even notice -lol). He did let me know he liked it, though, which was more than I'd really expected --and he didn't say a word about the lollipop! lol-- so that was nice. ;)

I need to get back to cleaning the house, so I'll see you guys later. We're already one day into our Spring Break, and the kids are enjoying it thoroughly (even though I had them cleaning their rooms most of the day). I have a feeling this week is going to fly by.

Oh, speaking of flies...or insects rather...Noah was given an ant farm for his birthday so we've been having fun watching them tunnel all over creation in this blue gel stuff (something new since the days of the ant farms with real dirt). I have no idea where they think they're going or what they think the purpose is for all their digging, but they're sure going at it like there's no tomorrow. The kids are quite fascinated by it. Did you know that the ants actually 'bury' their dead? Well, these ones seem to anyway. They actually transport the dead ones down to one of the two bottom corners of the farm. Weird.

And talk about weird...Chloe was given a butterfly pavilion. While butterflies are beautiful and the whole process is amazing to witness, we discovered that two caterpillars must have been cannibalized (one in each of the two containers she received). I'd never thought about that before...having a cannibal caterpillar I mean. So last night when we were about to say prayers, I peeked into one of the two containers and noticed that the only remaining caterpillar was hanging upside down like the other four newly formed chrysalises in there with him. At first we thought he was about to start the chrysalis process himself, but instead he (and we say "he" because a female wouldn't do such a thing -lol) worked himself over to the nearest chrysalis and began to try to eat it. The poor thing inside the nibbled chrysalis began to move as if to shake off whatever it was that was trying to sample her. It was awful to watch, even though he really didn't appear to be getting much in the way of food.

In disbelief, we watched this go on for about 15 minutes, nibbling on one, then moving over to another, and to yet another, and back again and staying mostly focused on the one nearest to him. It was so creepy to see his little pinchers moving wildly like he was desperate for a meal, and even more so to think he'd be eating one of his sleeping roomies. Finally we decided there was no way we could go to bed and leave this guy to potentially kill all of the other chrysalises while we slept. So...we called in my hubby and had him pull the lid off the container so we could toss the little creep outside (not my hubby...the cannibal caterpillar). And that's just what we did. It was unfortunate that we had to do that, but it certainly explains why we saw one of the caterpillars in each container that was scattered about the container in several sections (one of which is still hanging from the lid, almost as if it had been cut down while it was trying to form its chrysalis). I'm very glad that we didn't witness either of the two caterpillars being devoured, and even more glad to know that we were able to prevent it from happening again. What a learing experience -- I mean, who'd have EVER thunk it?! (And, yes, I know 'thunk' isn't a word, but it's a phrase my dad always says -lol!) Once we get all of the chrysalises moved into the pavilion, I'll try to get some pics to share with you.

Sorry if I grossed any of you out. Hopefully we won't have anything like this to report again. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Kraft (SU!), Cranberry, Crystal Blue (CTMH), watercolor (Strathmore); Patterned Paper: Cupcake collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Cosmo the Turtle, Little Boy (Cornish Heritage Farms); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Olive, Buttercup, Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Bamboo (CTMH); Other: Cuttlebug, Tiny Tags die (Provo Craft), piercing tool, grosgrain, water brush (CTMH), brown waxed linen (unknown), Xmas Red, Waterfall Stickles (Ranger), mat pack (SU!), foam mounting tape