As Mark Twain would say news of my death has been greatly exaggerated!


From the plane window once of my favorite sites…Mt Rainier in all her glory at sunset …means I am almost home…if home is where your heart is.



Me with Seattle’s PIKE PLACE PIGEON MIME…I totally love Seattle and also Pike Place home of the original STARBUCKS and the best city and now they have this MIME who has REAL PIGEONS on his hat head and shoulders…. I love it…MIMES are one of my favorite things… pigeons…as long as they don’t poop on me they are ok..


Our glorious ( work intensive, for my hubby ) BAMBOO… as you can see in our absence the bamboo creeps closer to our wall in the back yard and if we did not cut these two down it would force the blocks out of the will within a week… so sad to have to remove them as you can see they are quite large and we do love it… but it must be maintained and while this is not a gardening blog, I will tell you that if you want to plant bamboo then do look for the CLUMPING kind rather than the RUNNING kind… we put in the running 17 years ago and we do love it but each year my hubby must go out and trench around behind it to keep it from running away into my neighbors driveway…our neighbors do love it too however so that’s helpful.. but the clumping is much easier to maintain with lots less work… still watching it sway in the back yard is very peaceful.


My sweet little Mother and the incredible CUDDLES…you can see why we named him Cuddles…he looks like a stuffed toy there but I assure you he is real and such a sweetie they are just perfect for each other.. we made the decision to move my Mom into an assisted facility with much smaller population and a the ability to add more care as she needs it…It is smaller but she is quite happy there and enjoying less stress and definitely happy with her new little dog Cuddles.

Ok ok …I know this is not a travel blog nor a this is my life blog… so I am going to move along to some cards….I have not had much time to play but I did have some late nights of not sleeping so PINTEREST was a great diversion… of course being a MINION fan when I saw this card I was hooked…could hardly wait to create one…



As you can see this was available to purchase at a very reasonable price from ETSY … BUT I was too excited to see if I could actually create one myself.  Lets see you need

YELLOW, BLACK, BLUE , BROWN, WHITE AND GREY… CARD STOCK THEN I USED 3 DIFFERENT SIZE CIRCLE PUNCHES BUT IF YOU HAVE THE NESTIBILITES CIRCLES YOU CAN USE THEM INSTEAD OF PUNCHES ALSO A REGULAR SIZE HOLE PUNCH LIKE A PAPER HOLE PUNCH FOR THE BUTTONS ON HIS BIBS.. but you could use brads also if you had them… Black for the card base then a a piece 4 x 5 ¼ for the yellow background .. I cut my blue rectangle about 2 x 3 and then my straps were about 3/8 inch wide and then I used the medium circle cut in half for the pocket on the front and the paper hole punch for his buttons on bib but again you could use tiny buttons or brads…a black strip for his band behind the eyes and the various size circles for his eyes and goggles.. One that I made I actually used the strap, the grey circle and then a large googley eye…. loved it…the one below is mine and I was using it for a 4th of July birthday card so I used stars on the bib pocket rather than a design…

minion cd

Oh yeah… I like the one eye…lol….and the smile is made by cutting a bit off a circle… then because this was for a 4th of July card I used stars on the bib pocket… well don’t just sit the go for it…



This is a sit I found on Pinterest and she makes lots of animal pictures and they are made out of various pieces of fabric in a quilt like fashion… just amazing…I SAVED THE PHOTO but not the link….aaarrrgggghhh and I have just spent last ½ hr hunting for it and can’t find it… so sorry… this is a lesson always write down the link … I spent a few days in hospital a week or so ago and now I have no brain….I checked my pinterest acct and my Facebook and couldn’t find it on either sorry guys… but at least you can see it was beautiful.


This one I did find… the link is

Mr Lopez is amazing at using scrap metal to make sculpture… I love this buffalo…check out his site for a few more eye popping pieces.

Again I want to apologize for the long delay in posting but as Mr Lennon said ” LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENS WHILE YOUR BUSY MAKING OTHER PLANS”.  My hospital visit was DEFINITELY NOT PLANNED and before that ..well you don’t really want to know… I do have some new ideas coming and rather than just showing you DAWN’S site I have a few cards that I want to share that were not maybe my designs but taught them in classes and think you will enjoy them…thanks so much for those of you who have been hanging in there.

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

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