spring in the back yard

These pictures were taken in our back yard on Sunday, April 24. The garden changes so quickly this time of year.

The Spanish Bluebells were here when we bought this house in 1994.

Spanish Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells and Hosta ‘Janet’

Honesty and bluebells

bluebells and Hosta 'Janet'

Spring Beauties are one of my favorite spring flowers. The flowers open up on sunny days, and close during cloudy weather and at night.

Spring Beauties

Columbine. These flowers are good at reseeding themselves. And they transplant easily, too, so can be moved if they come up in an inconvenient place.

colombine

Back yard

back yard

This clematis climbs on the hydrangea bush.

clematis

The flowers on the hickory tree.

hickory tree

The back yard is home to our largest tree. This big oak is either a Southern Red Oak or a Pagoda (Cherrybark) Oak. We’ve had two separate opinions.

big oak in the back yard

Solomon’s Seal in the little woods. This clump sat in place for five or six years and suddenly has decided to start spreading. We’ll be able to move a few bits to other parts of the woods soon.

Soloman's Seal

Friends of ours kindly allow us to host a bee hive in our yard. All the lovely flowers make the bees very happy.

busy bees

I do love this time of year. ~~Rhonda

not so frustrating

Today I had a better day than yesterday. Thankfully! I did finish the other little Putz house. Middle Daughter suggested adding pink to the yellow and I think it turned out very well.

yellow with pink Putz house

yellow with pink Putz house

I also made a new Christmas card shadow box. It features Mary and Baby Jesus. I was able to add some purple embellishments, which I don’t get to use with most Christmas cards.

Mary and Baby Jesus

Mary and Baby Jesus

Both these items are listed in my Etsy shop – ChristmasNotebook.

~~Rhonda

a little putz frustration

Dear Readers,

This has been a frustrating day. A month of so ago, I started three little, very simple, Putz houses.

Putz house

I’ve worked on them on and off since then. Put the houses together. Painted and glittered them. Made bases. Made fences.

grey and yellow Putz houses

I put them together.

grey and yellow Putz houses

Then they sat until this past weekend, when I decided to embellish them so I could list them in my shop on Etsy. Yesterday, I finished embellishing two of the houses, took pictures, dumped the pictures to my computer, then realized (as I was editing the pictures) that I had forgotten to put window panes in the houses.

Thought they were done…oops.

minus the window panes

After trying to put window panes in through the little tiny hole in the back of the house, I had to take the white roof completely off this house to put in the vellum for the panes. When it was time to fix the roof, I decided to make it blue. By comparing the two pictures you can see that I also decided there was too much foliage so I removed some of it. I think it looks better with less.

little grey Putz house

To put window panes in the second house, I had to actually accomplish it by using the little hole in the back. Took me about two hours. I do love the yellow theme going on with this house.

minus the window panes

It’s hard to see the panes in this picture, but they are there.

Christmas Putz house in yellow

The third house I was able to open just one side of the roof, put in the window panes, and then glue the roof back down. I’ve been working on embellishing it today. Hopefully it will be done tomorrow. And, hopefully, it won’t be as frustrating as today was.

~~Rhonda

three more shadow boxes

I haven’t been feeling up to par the past few weeks, but have still enjoyed working at my craft desk on new shadow boxes. Here are three of them.

Winter Evening

Winter Evening Christmas shadow box

Winter Evening Christmas shadow box

Grandmother’s House

Grandmother's House Christmas shadow box

Grandmother's House Christmas shadow box

Sledding Party

Sledding Party

Sledding Party

These, and other ornaments I’ve made, as well as Putz houses, can be seen in my Etsy shop ChristmasNotebook.

~~Rhonda

Christmas card shadow boxes

I managed to get two Christmas card shadow boxes done today. I have six more in process. I listed these two on my Etsy shop, ChristmasNotebook.

The first box uses a Christmas card with a picture of skaters on it.

'Skating Party' Christmas card shadow box

This is a small box. Only four inches wide, three inches tall, including the embellishment on the top.

'Skating Party' Christmas card shadow box

The other Christmas card is a very pretty angel.

'Angel in Red' Christmas card shadow box

'Angel in Red' Christmas card shadow box

~~Rhonda

menu plan monday ~ april 18, 2016

The weekend was warm but beautiful. Rose Red had fun using Pa’s garden wagon to haul sticks to the burn pile.

helping pa pick up sticks

I have garden pics and twin pics to share, but haven’t had time or the energy to do anything with them yet. Hopefully tomorrow!

Here’s the menu for this week.

Monday
Carry Out

Tuesday
Tacos
Lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, etc.

Wednesday
Baked Penne with Chicken

Thursday
Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup

Friday
Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin
Potatoes and Carrots
Green Salad

Saturday
Roast Beef in the Crock Pot for sandwiches
Homemade Buns

Sunday
Baked Rotini with Red Sauce
Garlic Bread
Garden Salad

You can find more menus and ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

~~Rhonda

three new Christmas shadow boxes

Since opening my Etsy shop, ChristmasNotebook, I have enjoyed watching the views add up. I sold one of the listed Putz houses and am grateful for that! I had only one Christmas shadow box listed and it has been favorited more times than anything else in the shop. So I decided I’d better make a few more. This is the shadow box that is garnering the faves. One of my personal favorites, too.

Sleigh Ride

During the past several days I have made three more shadow boxes to list.

Taking Home the Tree

Christmas card shadow box

Christmas card shadow box

Christmas card shadow box

Moonlit Sleigh Ride

Christmas card shadow box

Trimmed inside with silver beads.

Christmas card shadow box

Frosty and Friend

Christmas card shadow box

Christmas card shadow box

Christmas card shadow box

It has been fun to get back to the shadow boxes. I haven’t made any since January, if I recall correctly.

I want, again, to thank everyone who has donated cards to my crafting efforts. Thanks so much! I continue to look for more cards. Any kind at all…Christmas, all occasion, new and old, vintage, whatever you want to pass along. If you’re local, there is no need to take the backs off, but if you are mailing them, it may save some postage if the backs are removed. I’ll take them any way you want to send them!

~~Rhonda

menu plan monday…on tuesday

A day late but I did get the menu done. But first a few pictures. Youngest Daughter had prom Saturday night. Here she is with Dad. He just got back from a 55 mile bike ride (bicycle not motorcycle). Doesn’t she look pretty?

prom night

It was beautifully sunny, but cold outside the past couple of days. Clark and Winston found a pool of sunshine to enjoy.

cats

Clark (and Winston) will be one year old in May. He keeps getting fluffier and fluffier. He has the funniest little tufts of hair next to his ears.

cat

Sunday we will celebrate Oldest Daughter’s birthday. Looking forward to having her home for the afternoon!

Monday
Chicken Tortellini Soup
Sour Dough Toast

Tuesday
Carry Out

Wednesday
Hamburgers with Smoked Cheddar
Homemade Buns
Roasted Cabbage with Maple Bacon

Thursday
Chicken Quesadillas
Avocado Sour Cream
Tortilla Chips

Friday
Homemade Pizza

Saturday
Smoked Pork Shank and Beans
Cornbread

Sunday
Crock Pot Pork Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Birthday Cake and Ice Cream for Oldest Daughter

You can find more menus and ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

~~Rhonda

this putz house gets pink trees

Middle Daughter brought me some new artificial foliage last week. I was excited to use some of the pink leaves for the background of ths little Putz house. Or is it a church?

Putz house

Putz house

The houses are so plain looking before the embellishments are added.

Putz house

Bottle brush trees add a lot.

Putz house

And foliage and beads…

Putz house

You can see this and other Putz houses, as well as hand crafted Christmas ornaments, in my Etsy store. ChristmasNotebook at Etsy

I have some other little Putzes that need paint, bases, fences, etc. Back to work.

Putz house

~~Rhonda

the widow’s walk Putz house

I didn’t get much done this weekend as far as crafting goes. I was very busy, though! On Saturday some of the church ladies came over and we pieced a quilt top. That was so much fun that I totally forgot to take any pictures. Saturday, late afternoon, DH’s sister and her husband came to spend the night. They are making a long road trip out west and we were their first stop. It was great to visit with them and to catch up on family news.

I did spend some time Sunday afternoon, embellishing this little green and blue Putz house with the widow’s walk on top.

widow walk Putz house

widow walk Putz house

widow walk Putz house

widow walk Putz house

This house sold! It’s on its way to a new home.

ivory Putz house with green roof

Today, I’m not feeling the greatest. I have one more Putz house ready to embellish. I’m going to work on that and then retreat to the recliner to put my legs up. My next big project will be to make some Christmas card shadow boxes for my etsy store.

ChristmasNotebook on Etsy

~~Rhonda