4 SEASONS CALENDAR

Well we can all breathe a bit…the big stuff is over and we can relax and celebrate the new year… think positive….

I have lots of calendar patterns and i like them all but this is one of my favorites and I received it years ago from my dear friend Sharon Clymer… Sharon was one of my early students and she has been a super fan ever since and while she no longer lives near me I think we have a connection because she seems to sense when I need a digital hug and bingo I get a note via e mail or a card in the mail… so SHARON  thanks sweetie for all you do and for being my constant fan… and friend..

This is based on a standard card base 5 ½ x 8 ½  scored at 4 ¼ and folded… now you technically have 4 fronts to work on… i.e. 4 seasons…so then you cut layers that will be

4  x 5 ¼ cut 4

approximately 2 ½ inch circles again cut 4 …

You can decorate this differently you can use designer paper or better designer yardstick for the layer and still cut the circle knowing that it will cover part of the designer layer or you can just put your image on the designer paper or perhaps its an embellishment…

HUGE HINT..#1…. DO NOT ALLOW ANYTHING TO STICK ABOVE THE FOLD LINE ON THE BASE CARD.. because you only get two seasons to a front and back then you flip it completely and you have two more seasons each with 4 months on a strip.

This is the directions that I wrote for a class I was teaching… copy them if you want but be sure to give Sharon and I credit… me for writing it up and her for sharing it in the first place.

 4 SEASONS CALENDAR DIRECTIONS BY KH

4 SEASONS CALENDAR
DIRECTIONS BY KH

Now I left this page with the months running sideways so you can get two full calendars per page…and they are exactly the right size as I preshrunk them to fit on your 4 sides…

remember nothing sticking up over the fold or it will get bent when you reverse it for the ne two seasons…

READY TO PASTE calendar months for the 4 seasons. you have 2 full calendars per page

READY TO PASTE calendar months for the 4 seasons.
you have 2 full calendars per page

one using the designer card stock

one using the designer card stock

This is one I have started and you can see I used postage designer paper for the layer..and just stuck the flowers embellishment on top of the designer paper then added some lady bugs crawling around….

HUGE HINT #2….DO NOT GLUE THE BOTTOM OF THE LAYERED PAPER ACROSS THE BOTTOM… it needs to stay open so you can stick your little stand ( see photo of standing calendar )into each side to hold it up and open like a tent…  then when you flip it you can re insert it again… or you can glue it to the card base on only one side and it will work even when you reverse it…

These are so much fun and you can use small photos as well as stamp images if you wish … JUST don’t for get hint 1 and 2…they are like THING 1 AND THING 2…you must remember them… Ok

Think that’s all for this one… hope your holidays are coming together well but if not remember just smile… time together is always good even if things are perfect…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad ..aka kath

 

Dawn’s Dutch Fold Card

If you have cable you might be able to watch a really incredible series called THE NATIONAL PARKS :AMERICA’S BEST IDEA…by KEN BURNS perhaps like myself you might have grown up with at least one parent who had the urge to wander… My folks did not have money but every summer from the time I was about 5 my Dad tossed us into the car and pointed it west… I saw and hiked Yellowstone, Mt Rushmore, and Devil’s Tower…when I realized that was where they were going in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND….I was immediately transported back to my childhood… as I said we didn’t have money and we mostly ate one meal out maybe every other day but in between time we ate baloney sandwiches out of a cooler in our back yard…or sometimes peanut butter but we did travel… often sleeping in the car ….we wisely had a station wagon …me mom and dad squished into the back and my little brother slept on the front seat… unless Mom took it away ( she was short) and forced him to be in the back with me and Dad..

As I grew older we eventually had more funds and got a small travel trailer..( this was my favorite) and again as time went by Dad got a trailer that sat in the back of the pickup truck he now owned.. and finally my folks well my DAD was probably the prime reason they got an RV…my dad was happiest on the road…Fond memories and this series about the Parks is just magical if you have any love of the national parks … hunt for it its worth the effort… Ok now back to cards…

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DAWN’S DUTCH FOLD CARD...because i assume the some of my readers are younger than myself you might think that the name of this card is due to being made by the dutch…nope …it has to do with a unique type of door that is rarely used these days but it make for lovely set of opening for cards…and gives those of us who can’t stop ourselves from buying yet one more set of embellishments…. and so here you have multiple surfaces on which to mount them…

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who doesn’t love mice at christmas…

but what about travel….

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This just has so many options that you can hardly decide what to do…. but if you are like me and have tons of embellishments cause ya just can’t resist them especially when they are on sale…. well here is the card for you… lots of spaces to use…

WELL THAT CLOCK KEEPS TICKING so go make something…. AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad… aka kath

PS… plan to take some time to enjoy the holidays so probably no posts in January however you might be surprised so SUBSCRIBE to make sure you don’t miss a thing..HAVE A WONDERFUL, CREATIVE HOLIDAY….hugs kath

CHRISTMAS WOBBLE CARD..Dawn’s and mine

YES, ITS COMING READY OR NOT…but this card is so adorable that You have to make at least one… yeah you know why….it WOBBLES… and I fell in love WOBBLES when they first came out in fact I love them so much and I do actually use them that every time I see them for sale I have to buy at least one pack… yes… this is my part of the card… WOBBLE SPRINGS…they are available to purchase…and because I am the INCREDIBLY LAZY STAMPER…I have been buying and using those ready made springs for a couple of years now…. So after you watch her video please feel free to make your own springs or use the ready made.

Its great knowing how to make your own because sometimes your image that you want to use is not large enough for the ready made springs…( however for me I usually just cut a circle or oval that is large enough and put the small image on the larger one … by the way did I tell you that the ready made springs come with adhesive on both sides… so that’s just perfect…and of course AMAZON has tons of them… pretty much I find them on line..

santa wobbles vertical and horizontal

santa wobbles vertical and horizontal

elf wobble

elf wobble

While the images used on Dawn’s card are obviously STAMPING UP again the lazy stamper would remind you that Michaels and Joannes have tons of embellishments that can be used on the front of the cards… also they don’t necessarily have to be inside a window on the front they can just be on  the front .

So here is her video check it out and then WOBBLE AWAY… DAWN’S WOBBLE SPRING CARDS..

ALSO these are Christmas cards but they don’t have to be…they can be whatever celebration you want or even just a hello….like use a telephone …Just let your creative juices flow and go where they lead… and of course I’d love to see any that you come up with.

Also wanted to mention that Love her use of the washi tape.. I keep buying it but I often forget to use it …. I recently saw a card that used the washi tape as candles…very cool and great way to use it… each candle can be different…and you can use an upside down small heart punch as the flame.. quick simple yet elegant… just saying…

Ok time for you to go play …take these ideas and make them your own…

EYE CANDY not sure this is actually eye candy but it certainly made me laugh and also wish that He’d been on the ballet …pretty sure a lot of us would have voted for him….

Humor t shirt

Humor t shirt

My dear friend Craig saw this at the airport and snapped a picture to send me…you have to admit its cute..

my new sewing table

my new sewing table

Remember I showed you that I was suddenly inspired to sew…not much mind you but some table runners…well I needed a place to set up my sewing… so not its official I have sewing on side of the guest room / calligraphy on the other side and my closet is over flowing …so guest need not apply…I will just have to get them a motel room… lmao..still as soon as I get the big bird over with I hope to get a few xmas runners made for friends.

front of table runner

front of table runner that I made that got me started sewing..

Ok that’s it for today… REMEMBER TO TAKE TIME TO PLAY…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY ….wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

 

 

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD via  YOUTUBE

Well I hope you had a wonderful THANKSGIVING FILLED WITH LOVE , LAUGHS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

I love this card and I know that DAWN and I posted a similar card …at least it has the same technique of that camera shutter effect on the inside …however hers was smaller and this one is not only larger but it is centered in the middle of the card… I do really like it and so thought I’d share again…I am going to make one like for my grandson who is graduating from college in December.

Now it may look a little scary but its really not hard at all and I would suggest that you cut a pattern out of a piece of old file folder for the two pieces that create the shutter effect then keep it in the sheet protector with the directions page…

There are several videos on how to so this but I think this one does the best job of showing and describing what she is doing .

COUPLE OF EXCEPTIONS…tips and hints… her description of how to assemble the shutter effect… she makes it look like she is sticking it down on the wrong side of the score …. best way is put the tape on be sure the the fold is to the back and then tuck it up just a fraction off the score line…look closely at her picture and you can see then line up the other side and do it also…

I do like her suggestion that you put these pieces in place BEFORE you attempt to put the the center piece on … also I would not cut the opening as close to the edge of the center piece as she did… make it too fragile.. go for a smaller punch or die cut circle…

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD OPEN showing shutter

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD
OPEN showing shutter

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD OPEN showing shutter

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD
OPEN showing shutter

where the shutter pieces are glued down...

where the shutter pieces are glued down…

I do think that this is my favorite cards right now… I seem to have a lot of small birthday stamps and I love using them in this shutter effect…

Ok give this one a try and AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

SCS MINI FILE (TAG) BOX

GREETINGS 

I have loved my envelope and box punch board ever since it first came out and when they came out with putting both the envelope and the box on one punch board …priceless…however if you have one of those nothing changes in the directions I have a tip…..it is be sure you open the bottom leg on the board so that you can embossing all the way down.

Next I love this design a lot because it makes use of all those WONDERFUL DUPLEX 6X6 SQUARES…and you can make 4 out of a 12×12 square… plus what a clever idea to make holiday tags for gifts …. as she points out they are quick and relative easy and everyone one would love to have lovely special tags for their packages… My BFF, Pamela,  is the most amazing package wrapper /decorator… her packages look so amazing you don’t even want to open them… they are gift all on their own…so I can’t make to make up some special tags for her to add to her packages…I think she will really enjoy them. Since my idea of wrapping is usually just a bag I will make some for myself as well and kick up my bags a notch….

 

mini file/tag box...SCS

mini file/tag box…SCS

 

 

my mini tag box

my mini tag box

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Here is the link to the video and tutorial...SCS MINI FILE BOX..

You know that these could also be tags to use on the front or even the inside of a card or actually as a card themselves… they don’t have to be holiday tags they could be birthday , get well, anniversary, etc…so just keep that in mind.

Now I am not sure this actually counts as EYE CANDY ..but I am child of a woman who was and incredible seamstress… as a child every year for christmas I got a lovely Madam Alexander doll. Now the dolls always came with an outfit ..maybe a bride doll or fancy evening dress …but my Mom would make me a special dress for christmas and she would  also make the same dress for my doll so we had matching outfits and she would also make other matching outfits for us both… as I grew older my mom made my first prom dress and several others along the way…so you can imagine that when I took home economy class in high school you would think I did well in the sewing section…NOPE…I  managed to cut out a dress with both sleeves on the same side of the dress… I should have gotten an F on the project but since no including myself could figure out how I did it I was given a D for creativity…lol… anyway sewing was never part of my crafting … however I recently saw a really cute table runner and I had bought some amazing material in Alaska ( thinking I’d have someone else sew it for me) so the pattern and people at the quilt store helped me figure it out… My WA BFF STEPHANIE said its easy… well she didn’t know my history…however this so called 10 minute pattern took me a week… lol. but I finished it today so I am so proud of myself and because Stephanie assured me I could do it… bought more material to make some more of them for christmas presents… so here it is…This fabric came from a wonderful QUILT STORE in SKAGWAY..and its called BATIK type fabric…

back ..this fabric came from the quilt store

back ..this fabric came from the quilt store

 

front of table runner

front of table runner

 

 

unique point end and close up of alaska batik

unique point end and close up of alaska batik

OK that’s it for this week… hope you enjoy… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad… aka kath

DAWN’S COOKIE CUTTER REINDEER CARD

We are moving right along from HALLOWEEN…which I hope was delightful for all of you… TO CHRISTMAS or various holidays…. I don’t really do much for Thanksgiving holidays due to fact that I am in transition…however, LAST weeks twisted gate fold card  just so excited me that I made up several and now they only need the stamping inside and then some type of embellishment on the outside.

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(this first one above used the cookie cutter as a cookie… me I plan to use it as a reindeer.)

But because I plan to use them for the few Thanksgiving cards that I need… I found some cute readymade embellishments which are Thanksgiving themed…BUT…are ya ready for this… that cookie cutter punch makes a terrific reindeer and I really like it if she had only shown the gingerbread boy I would not have been very interested… but turning it upside down (repurposing) it to be a reindeer well that one got my attention…so picture the card above with a reindeer on the front rather than the gingerbread boy….

By now I am sure you have figured out that I bought the both the punch and the stamps but you can probably do without the stamps if you can draw just a little…. but remember my nome de plume is LAZY STAMPER…lol..

DAWN’S RUDOLPH CARDthis was just a basic card folded in half and then decorated..the whole thing was making the reindeer which in this case she is calling Rudolph and giving him a red nose… just too cute…but you can use him with any of the other cards we have made like putting him on the front of gift card /candy holder…or on the diagonal/twisted gate fold card.  So you decide if you can pass up this punch… I couldn’t cause I have no willpower.

EYE CANDY….Ok so last weekend I took a PASTE PAPER class with SALLY PENLEY..if you don’t have a clue what PASTE PAPER is then basically its like watercolor on paper then using just about anything you can think of to make marks on the paper while its still wet… however , you are needing something that is more opaque so paste paper is made up of wall paper paste with acrylic added…there are other kinds but this is what we were using … and it was such fun… as a calligrapher this paper can be use to write on depending on how busy a background it is or it can be used to make cards, booklets even  gift wrap if you are careful with the folding … Sally prefers to make her designs on ARCHES TEXT WOVE paper…this paper takes the paste well and for the most part holds up to most of the tools you might use to kinda scratch designs into the paste. Ok enough talk here are some photos I took of the class and the papers.. If you have an opportunity to take a PASTE PAPER CLASS I think you will really enjoy it and if you can take one with SALLY PENLEY well then I know you will have a great time…

this piece Sally had written on the paper before applying the paste

this piece Sally had written on the paper before applying the paste

note gloves to keep the paste off your hands. also the scratching tool

note gloves to keep the paste off your hands. also the scratching tool

some of Sally's finished pieces

some of Sally’s finished pieces

well that should have gotten your creative juices going so now go make something… and most of all play…

ONE FINAL EYE CANDY…well I am not sure its really eye candy…while raking up the leaves from the last storms my hubby rescued a weathergram as seen below…he swears there was a squirrel holding it who told him if you ever want to see this again bring me the nuts…( we have run out )…lmao…good weathergram though..

kath's half eaten weathergram...the squirrel's hostage

kath’s half eaten weathergram…the squirrel’s hostage

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad ..aka kath

 

HALLOWEEN..Buckets, Flaps and Panels..

SCS PILLOW BOX BUCKET

My good friend ELIZABETH WALSH recently sent me this link from SCS on making a HALLOWEEN bucket using the pillow box pattern… you may have a die for this and if you do it will be easier but still its cute and you have a whole month to get one or two made for those special little guys in your life or even for a friend or yourself for table decoration…

 

bottom bucket

bottom bucket

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bucket with handle

bucket with handle

i do have the die but no time right now to make one…still its really cute…

DAWN’S POP UP PANEL…This is the most incredible card and while it looks complicated…just watch the video so you make sure to cut and glue where necessary and if you do that it not complicated… I would recommend that you cut and score the mechanism and store them in the sheet protector so that you have them ready to go when you need them… this one is a halloween but it could be birthday eat…

Dawn's pop up panel open

Dawn’s pop up panel open

front of the pop up panel

front of the pop up panel

 

pop up panel bday

pop up panel bday

DAWN’S TRIPLE FLAP FOLD

DAWN'S triple flap fold

DAWN’S triple flap fold

She has give directions for this before but this is very cute and Halloween is coming…

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The cute thing about this card is that it just keeps opening… just a matter of decorating several pieces then assemble the card…and again it can be anything it doesn’t have to be halloween..

Not to be left out on Halloween…I found this ghost card in my PAPER CRAFTER and fell in love…. turns out the die is Lil Inkers… and I think its available from Amazon… I love him… and have used him several different ways…both inside cards and outside… here are a couple of samples..

this was the magazine version.

this was the magazine version.

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this ghost was cut from text weight pale green paper and then because i thought the design looked a little bare I tried stamping in a new BRILLIANCE PAD called STARLIGHT BLACK …on white paper its closer to a smokey grey with glitter … and it doesn’t show up much in the background of the ghost but I loved it as it looked IN THE BACKGROUND… I did trim the ghost down a bit so that he was didn’t cover too much of the house… and then I stamped the BOO on the front and I did use the same stamp pad.

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this is a tri-fold ….5 ½ x 12.. score at 4, and 8… then on the 4 ” score you use a hole punch approx 1 ½ round and you center it on the 4″ fold and punch out the hole then you fold it closed and glue a moon the same size .. In this one I also cut the top with a wavy cutter and then on the front I folded a flap about 1 inch wide back and used designer type paper to decorate.

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this is the ghost card folded open with the front flap …the ghost is cut off so that it doesn’t stick out beyond that fold on the front… and still I like him…

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screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-08-18-pmok this is open to the third flap and the writing is washi tape.  I also used the eat drink and be scary stamp , a web stamp on the moon and then a sticker for the spider…. I like it … these are just two of the designs I used with the ghost… and I also think he works for birthdays…in BIRTHDAYS AREN’T SO SCARY …it all those candles… …happy birthday… love it..

Ok this is all for this week and plenty for you to try….AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…AKA kath

DAWN’S HAPPY DAY SPINNER (FLIPPER) CARD

OH MY GOSH….ya’ll know how much I love interactive cards…well this one is just too cute and not that hard to produce… just cut your pieces first then go forward with the creation…and don’t worry if you don’t have the stamps she used…. you more than likely have others that will work… ONE HINT..I can’t find any place where she gave you the measurements except ON THE VIDEO…so keep paper and pencil handy and write them down…. DAWN’S HAPPY DAY SPINNER ( I CHANGED THIS TO FLIPPER because it was too confusing to have two spinner names…)

Dawn's spinner closed

Dawn’s spinner closed

Dawn's spinner open

Dawn’s spinner open

this can be almost any type of insert… it could be square or round or oval…or funky…as long as it fits thru the opening and frankly while I love that is will spin…many who receive it at least from me…don’t do this kind of thing and so they may not even realize that you can spin it… still its MY KIND OF CARD…

In addition… I didn’t have those same flower stamps so I used what I had…and in fact I have a flower punch ( old stamping up i think as I can’t find it now) so punched out flowers or whatever designs you might want for the inside of the card….like maybe seashore type images or cakes and candles etc…

front of flipper/spinner card by nah

front of flipper/spinner
card by kh

inside flipper spinner cd kh

inside flipper spinner cd kh

as you can see I did not get the image in the correct position on the back side… ha…but I am sure my uncle will not care he will just flip it… I do like this and I want to try another one using circles…

 

EYE CANDY

VAN GOGH ON DARK WATER this is a paper marbling video and its the most amazing thing I have seen… I know about marbling and how its done but this goes way beyond and remember I told you I can’t draw hence the stamps and dies and etc… well this guy is just too fantastic for words… warning though as soon as its over click off as apparently Youtube had a new trick called jump right into another video or ad and they may not even have anything in common with this one…..still its worth it to see this guy work….

THE LETTER N ….this was an interesting video on carving jewelry the old fashioned way by hand… its kinda noisy so you may want to turn you sound down..its just background noise not music.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…..wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

SCS DECORATIVE CORNER CARD

Decorative_Corner_Card_300ELLO, ELLO, ELLO,  ah yes feeling a little british this am… I did post this card along with some other cards quite a while ago but I must say I didn’t give this card credit… I have used it a lot… maybe because as in my hints I said that she was correct that you could just use an 5 ½ x 8 ½  sheet of card stock and score it at 2, 4, 6, AND THEN ADHERE IT TOGETHER WITH THATHPIM8057_by_lacyquilter ½ STRIP.  Well I cut quite a few and scored them ahead so that I would have them when I needed them…. and that’s probably why I have used it so often… it was already ½ completed… lol…MARTHA STEWART I AM NOT… I am nothing if not the lazy stamper…SCS DECORATIVE CORNER CARDLet_s_Talk_Turkey_by_Clownmom

THE two above are samples from the decorative corner gallery of SCS…

 

my b day corner

my b day corner

front of my b day corner

front of my b day corner

Ha just noticed that what is actually an ANT brad…down by the writing looks like a mistake that was marked out…lol… its an ANT I promise….

So I am reposting it here and as I said I really use it a lot… in addition I will add that I rarely use her method of attaching the embellishment…again LAZY…I just adhere one side of the attachment to the base… if more than one attachment I adhere one on one side and the other on the other side… It works just fine …still folds flat and lots less effort… yes it will not stand out just from the point of the corner but I think it works just fine….

This the most recent one I did for a friend who loves GIRAFFES…the giraffe image is off the internet

giraffe corner

giraffe corner

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kh giraffe corner

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standing

so you can see when folded flat it fits envelope but standing I have one going one way and the smaller one going the other way….easy peasy…

EYE CANDY

BEACH ART BY ANDRES AMADOR..he isn’t writing words or letters like SUZI BRINGER but this is amazing and beautiful and gone with the tide… enjoy

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

 

FLAP FOLD card with Dawn

GREETINGS..this has been on my draft pile for quite a while but its still so cute and I liked it especially because it almost just uses scraps….just a quarter sheet of cards stock for the base then smaller for surface and then scraps for the front pieces… watch the video and then go make something…FLAP FOLD CARD

Dawn's flap fold

Dawn’s flap fold

two versions of flap fold

two versions of flap fold

This card will work best with small short sayings….there is not room for a long or large quote…although she makes it a birthday …it will be great as a THANK YOU..OR A HELLO if you need more space you can always write a note on the back of the base card…As I said part of the reason that I like this card so much is due to the fact that it doesn’t open and close like a regular… it doesn’t take much to amuse me…lol…

I also like the fact that it gives you an opportunity to use up some small scraps of paper that you may really like but now you don’t have enough of it left to make an actual card….

I also have a very small snail die and I think cutting out a small snail for on the front of the card and then on the inside I would write ( have to hand write it as I don’t have a stamp that says it) YOU’VE GOT MAIL….I LOVE THAT SENTIMENT…then on the back you can write a slightly longer note with whatever you want to say to your recipient.

These posts are shorter but this is due to HEY ITS SUMMER….and the outside is calling even if its only to go lazy about on the deck and read a good book..watch the birds feed and watch the squirrels and crows and Stellar jays fight over the peanuts… then every so often we get several BANGTAILED PIGEONS..which I must say give meaning to the term BIRDBRAIN…they appear to be the dumbest bird I have ever seen…I am convinced they have no idea of their body size ( they are quite a big bird..approximately

BAND TAILED PIGEONS are approximately 14 inches tall….which does make them a large bird who might be trying to land in a birdbath only to find that they have splashed all the water out…my little song birds (Chicadee’s, Goldfinches, Nuthatches and Purple finches…etc ) look at them like WHAT THE HELL… dude you now no one can drink…

BAND TAILED PIGEON

BAND TAILED PIGEON

The STELLAR JAY…is very aware of his size and regularly challenges the squirrels as well as the Crows… he is so vibrant that while many consider his loud and screechy cry annoying, I think that his color is so impressive that I don’t mind the noise….He is also a rather large bird approximately 11.5 inches tall.

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Ok I am sure you have had enough of my nature studies but I do love my birds and my friend Stuart Feil says I should have a sign that says Nature Sanctuary.  I am not sure about that but WHOA to the cat that thinks he can grab a meal from my back yard….I am a pretty good shot with my slingshot…Please don’t think I don’t like cats…I do but I think the if you have a cat you have a responsibility to keep them in your yard or in your house your neighbors should not have to deal with them…. My closest neighbor does have a cat that just runs loose but one day I took a shot at it with my slingshot and a marble …the marble hit the wall in the back and shattered right underneath where the cat was slinking… I am happy to say it scared the pooh out of the cat and we now seem to have an understanding the cat will stroll down the hill behind our house and there is a line of bricks on the approximate property line and the cat will look at me as if to say…hey I get it I am on my side of the yard… no way would I even think of coming over to your side no matter how many birds I see over there….lol….anyway a truce has been formed and we seem to be able to keep it…

EYE CANDY…. I promised you a link to the WINNING AND BEST OF SHOW site for this years GRACEFUL ENVELOPE…ENJOY…

SALLY PENLEY'S BEST OF SHOW

SALLY PENLEY’S BEST OF SHOW

 EYE CANDY

This one on Youtube…starts out and you think well just some statues…but CHECK IT OUT….stay to the end its a huge surprise…. and amazing…MODERN ART

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath