Wednesday, May 28, 2014

From the Heart May Challenge

Today I  had planned to get some mulch spread in my mother's flower beds.  She had some trees come down this winter and the 'tree guy' left us a huge pile of mulch.  (I didn't realize just how huge it was until I started working the pile.)  Life never seems to go according to plans, though.  
We had a pretty good thunderstorm yesterday, late afternoon.  My mother was telling me how one of her chairs was even blown across her front yard from the wind.  She hadn't noticed that  there were a half a dozen large branches, 10-15 ft. long at least, and lots of smaller branches that were strewn across the yard.  That became the first order of business for the day.  It took an hour for me to pick up all the small branches and drag all the large branches onto a pile.  By the time I got finished it was pouring.  Time for a cup of tea.

After a bit the rain had mostly stopped and I headed back out to plant some sunflower seeds while the ground was wet and Mother Nature was doing the watering.   That done, I tackled the weeds in the front beds and spread several wheelbarrows of mulch in them.   And then it started to rain again.  Time for lunch and another cup of tea.

We were surprised when my DH arrived to look at the outside faucet which had sprung a leak.  He and I headed out to work on that project, got the onery faucet off, and he headed to the store (he had to go to 2) for a new one.  I loaded, wheelbarrowed and spread mulch the entire time he was gone.  That pile of mulch is really, really big.   But, not quite as big as before.  The new faucet is now working perfectly and Mom can water her plants.
 I'm a bit tired and I've decided that I'm ordering a stromboli for dinner.

My next project at Mom's, after I get rid of the rest of the mulch,  is digging a hole and planting a weeping willow tree. 

After a day spent in my mother's gardens, I thought it only fitting to post this cheery card featuring the May freebie for the progressive challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  I hope the sunflowers I planted today (in the rain) get as pretty as last year's.  
To make this card, I printed the garden image 3 times, twice on white CS and once on a green DP so I could paper piece the banner.  If you look closely you may be able to see the design.  I colored, fussy cut and popped the bird,  some of the flowers and the cute little pup.  The sunflowers got some glitter glue in the centers.  I used a yellow card base with an embossed piece of kraft paper under the image and quote. 

These are the challenges that I am entering with this card:
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge #5 - How does your garden grow? 
Fairytale Stampers Challenge #39 - Flowers
A Random Fan Challenge #9 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #174 - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #20 - Anything Goes 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and listening to my ramblings.
Hugs to all,


  1. Gorgeous card Debi, and what a fabulous verse, hugs xxx

  2. Sounds like you had a fun - and exhausting - day! You accomplished a lot! Your card is beautiful! Love how you popped up some of the image! Lovely colouring too! And of course I love that there's a kitty on it LOL.

  3. What a saga, Debi! I too am in the throws of weeding and mulching, I only got 14 yards this year, and it appears that I will finish it this morning (if it doesn't rain) just in time for the prom photos tomorrow! Love your cheery little card - hope your sunflowers bloom!

  4. Love your card and all the dimension. Your story of all the yard work made me tired just reading it :-)

  5. Such a pretty card!

    Thanks for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and I hope you come back soon!


    Owner Dragonfly Dreams

  6. a beautiful card.

    danke für deine TN bei den fairytale stampers.

    glg mrggi

  7. great card, just love that image, thank you for joining us at crafting from the heart, good luck
    caroline dt

  8. This is adorable, Debi !! Your coloring and the 3d look is just great.

    Thanks for joining our SOTM May 2014 Challenge @ From the Heart Stamps !!

  9. Your card is beautiful
    thank you for joining us at Fairytale Stampers.
    hugs Manu

  10. What a beautiful flower card. Love all the details. Thanks for playing at A Random Fan and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at A Random Fan xx

  11. Die ist wundervoll großartig geworden.
    Hab lieben Dank für's mitmachen bei Fairytale Stampers
    GLG Tamesis


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