Posts Tagged ‘Animal/Bird Cards’

Aint No Spring Chicken

April 5, 2013

Hello – until I completely decide which type of  blog I want to create, for the moment I have moved to


We are at Week #14 of 2013 and my blog posts this week are about one of LIFE’S simple pleasures ~ Spring.


I loved one of the quotes I found the other day by Henry Van Dyke, there is a difference between the first day of spring and the first spring day!!  It’s a matter of how you put a spin on things, in all walks of LIFE don’t you think???

In the mid-west we could say that a day with sunshine and blue skies with temperatures in the high 40s is a perfect Spring day!  Especially coming off a winter with 8″ snowfalls and wind chills of below zero.  On  gorgeous day like today, someone in the southwest might think our spring weather is their winter and be freezing their tootsies off in their leather cowboy boots!


The Spring equinox which started on March 20, 2013 at 7:02 am is the beginning of nature’s renewal. It’s really simple to enjoy spring when you take a moment out of you busy day and stop to really listen to the new sounds and observe animal behaviors and the way that the plants grow.

I may no longer be a ‘spring chicken’ but I truly realized this year and writing this blog … that LIFE is simple when you live SIMPLY.  Being in Week #14 of this year has been an amazing journey and I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner.


Thank you for letting me share my he♥art.  Creating whimsical paper crafts with a twist of LIFE has been such a blast for me. My creative greetings are for sale by the way.  You wont find anything like them at the Hallmark store, and my prices are quite reasonable. Just think a bit in advance *wink* have any extra ordinary people in your life that are celebrating special events?  Help a small business grow!!!! :0)


A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots SPRING up and make new trees ~ Amelia Earhart


PS ~ I’m still in ‘blogover’ mode, so when you come back and visit me…. things may look a little different… just like me, a little quirky and odd, but loyal to the end!


Now go out there and BRIGHTEN SOMEONE’S DAY!


I’m Wearing Milkbone Underwear

March 29, 2013

If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of fun out of owning one – Andy Rooney


Week #13 – LIFE’S simple pleasuresa warm puppy

Oh, it doesn’t exactly have to be a warm puppy, it could be any family pet.  There are many families who are dog lovers, or cat lovers… or any other kind of domesticated animal lover.  And there are some families that are highly allergic, travel outside of the home often or just don’t want another ‘thing’ to take care.  And that’s alright!!! We’re a two dog family and we love our furbabies! And I especially love to give other fur babies hugs and enjoy their excitement when we meet on a walk!


The more people I meet, the more I like my dog – anonymous

Hopefully, in upcoming blog posts, I can highlight some of my other animal creative greeting cards. Sometimes, the animals can state a sentiment so much sweeter!


Yesterday was a dog.  Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog.  sigh, there’s so little hope for advancement – Snoopy

PS – stay tuned for more changes… I’m still in blogover (makeover) mood and my blog layout and design is in chaos!!!  Happy Easter!


The Bird is the Word

March 15, 2013

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song ~ Chinese Proverb

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Who would have thought that exploring LIFE’S simple pleasures, that you could find out so much about ordinary every day things.  In Week # 11 I’m exploring birds.  Well, if I was a real scientist I would be a Orinthologist, which is the study of birds and one of the branches of Zoology.


There are over 10,000 different species of birds in the world.  I’m sure there are just as many books about the topic and as many sites to google search as well.

Anyone can be a bird watcher.  Just thinking back when the kids were small, it was always fun to go to the park and watch the ducks swimming in a pond;  at the zoo it was always a treat when the peacocks would cross our path; on a bike trail in the conservatory it’s always a breath-taking site to see a loon or swan coming in for a smooth landing into one of the reservoirs. You can watch birds from a park bench, standing on the corner or walking through the woods.

mache2I love finding a twist on things too… so many bird analogies and names, there are Angry Birds, you can flip the bird, we’ve got Big Bird and Larry Bird, Lady Bird and other famous people with bird names… Sheryl Crow,  Jay Leno, Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Russell Crowe, Lynn Swann, Joaquin Phoenix, musical groups the Byrds, the Eagles, counting Crows, Dixie Chicks… sports teams Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Eagles, Alanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals.

Someday, there may be a simple pleasure 11.1 on birds, because there are so many ways to see and hear them.  Come back and visit me real soon!

Gliding on air streams,
travel forever upwards,
on top of the world.
~ David Darbyshire ~


Enjoy the View

March 13, 2013

When you are out on a limb, the whole world is at your feet.

bluebirdIn Week #11 – LIFE’S simple pleasures, I am exploring the variety of birds that visit my back yard.

Yesterday I mentioned how ‘noisy’ they were on my morning walk through my neighborhood. Today I will show you what I see most mornings while sitting at my kitchen table, enjoying a nice cold Iced Coffee with fuzzy socks on my feet*. (*A few of my simple pleasures that I have already highlighted here on my blog).

feeder1The birds around our house are a bit plump it appears.  They are fed quite well by my dear husband.  Although the above bird is not tiny, he blends in well with his surroundings.  Our winter, like all weather has been quite strange.  We went over 335 days without measurable snow.  And then when the snow fell, we got 5-8″, mostly of heavy wet stuff.  17th snowiest February or something like that!  I love how the snow sits on the branches, with the bird!

feeder2I don’t know much about birds.  A bird is a bird, right?  But we think that the ones who come visit our bird feeder are House Sparrows.  House Sparrows are noisy sparrows that flutter down from eaves and fencerows to hop and peck at crumbs or birdseed.

feeder3I tried to get pictures of the pretty Cardinals, but I tired standing still on a kitchen chair to get a view above the window screens.  They certainly are fun to watch every day, however, they make a grand mess which attracts our local squirrel friends!

feeder4Well, I guess that’s better than this article I just saw…

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont  Fish and Wildlife Department is urging people to take down their bird  feeders to avoid attracting hungry bears emerging from their winter dens.

If you find yourself out on a limb, have a seat, enjoy the view.



Dude, that’s a little Pitchy

March 12, 2013

He rocks in the tree tops all day long
Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and singing his song
All the little birdies on Jaybird Street
Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet


While on my walk today I noticed the sounds around me.  I was almost acutely aware… but that’s because I made a point to listen.  I heard tweets, chirps, cheap-cheaps, whirring, trilllllls, pretty bird, birdie-birdie and honk, honk, honk…. words we humans use to duplicate the sounds of the songs the birds sing.  It was amazing that in my twenty-minute walk I could hear so much.

Week # 11 – LIFE’S Simple Pleasuresbird songs

I found many sites about birds on the internet, if you are interested check this one out —>  the recordings are so real (well yes, they are REAL)  that my doggies came running to the window expecting to see all these birds fluttering around the bird feeder.  They know exactly where to go to see the daily show!

bird2I think American Idol Judge Randy Jackson might have a few complaints if he heard the birds in my neighborhood…  they can be pitchy, they repeat the same syllables,  their tone can be off, sometimes they don’t have rhythm and they often squawk loudly so they can be heard over each other.

bird3Books and movies often depict the city kid who goes to visit the country folk and he is rudely awaken to the sounds of birds singing outside his window in the bright morning sunshine!  I guess if you are not used to it, it could be a lot of NOISE!

But what a beautiful sound it is on one of the first days of spring when you can open the windows and listen to everything chatting away, excited to be outside enjoying the new day!

Every little swallow, every chick-a-dee
Every little bird in the tall oak tree
The wise old owl, the big black crow
Flappin’ their wings singing go bird go

PS: birds are a fun part of my art as well.  The top picture is a special birthday card, tiny doodles of Birds on a Wire. The next pictures are paper mache` birds with wings and tails painted with fun colors and stamps, mod podged with wise words. They free-stand with some funky wire coming out as their legs!


Birds of a Feather

March 11, 2013

The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best ~ Henry Van Dyke


Week # 11 – LIFE’S Simple pleasuresbirds

I’m very fortunate!  The window to my world backs up to a field for our local electric power towers… before that, our backyard has lots of trees that house natural beauty and closer yet are my patio and garden.

When I sit to type my blog post I always have some company.  It could be my fur babies sleeping at my feet, squirrels running up their jungle gym of tall trees, or birds feasting at the feeder.

bird1The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese!

We have house sparrows, woodpeckers, cardinals, morning doves, black birds and on occasion… our resident hawk.  I will have a few more pictures to post soon.  I’ve stood still for 15 minutes trying to get the pretty birds… but it’s hard to get a good picture behind the windows, I have to be above the screens.

A simple pleasure is just to take a moment and watch the birds.  What a bonus it is to hear them sing! Pretty bird, pretty bird!

I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth.  Then  I ask myself the same question ~ Harun Yahya