Sunset Photos

A couple pictures of the sunset this evening. Straight from my digital camera taken out the back door. I have been following Tracy and was inspired to try my hand at some pictures so I could join her party! These are the 2 pictures that stood out the most to me.

A softer picture…

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Looking at this picture is really calming and soothing. Even a bit of “rest” for the soul if you know what I mean. It feels as if you could take a deep breath, relax and sleep peacefully.

And a more distinctly contrasted picture. It almost looks as if I over sharpened the image. Sort of looks like black veins running across the sky.  Maybe it is more of a sun flare image rather than a sunset, but it is definitely unique!

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Thanks for the challenge Tracy – I enjoyed my sunset this evening and will enjoy the pictures anytime I look at them!

Jo at the Creative Collage


Signs of Spring

I took the camera outside tonight to get a few pictures and look what I found!!!

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Aren’t they adorable?!?!?!

They were tucked all safe and sound behind some hay bales in our cow calving barn. They already have their eyes open, so they have been there for awhile! Good thing they have a smart momma and she found them a nice warm place during their cold start in life! It probably helps that there are 5 of them too!














Upcoming photo is not for the squeamish!






Are you sure you still want to see?!?!??








Don’t say I didn’t warn you though!






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Sorry – couldn’t resist! I can’t believe I got this picture! I was really surprised to see it when I downloaded it. I was too far away to see what he was actually doing (besides sitting nicely) when I took the picture. This is actually a very common practice for cows but difficult to actually catch in a picture!

Just another piece of the collage…

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Catchy Color Clips in the Kitchen

I have been having a lot of fun with my new beachy green accent color. It has spread to the kitchen now!

I have one small can light above my sink in my kitchen and have seen those conversion kits that allow you to put in a pendant. So I bought one and put it up. It was a bare bulb for a couple weeks until I found this basket at GW.We used the Dremel to cut out a hole to hold the basket on the light.

Pendant raw

I really like the rustic look of it, but I have so many browns that I felt like it needed to have some color to is, so I used my latest favoritest color! It is a light greenish blue. It makes me think beachy green.

I used this same color on my “Our Family” sign and photo mats.


On the basket I spray painted the inside white to help reflect the light and dry brushed the beachy green over the reddish brown.

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I like the pop of color that it added and the rustic charm of the basket.

I also added some color to my painted tile back splash. The browns and tans and whites were used to bring together the colors in my kitchen.


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I was ready for a little bold color so I added a few beachy green “tiles”.

The after…

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I may be adding some black “tiles” in the backsplash or maybe replace the dark brown with the black after I get the island and bench painted. We will see!!!

I even added an EAT sign on the soffit in the accent color…

Eat collage

I cut the letters out of cardboard that I stacked and glued. I used a band saw to make the actual cuts. The newspaper covers the ribbed edges of the cardboard and was mod-podged on.

Now if I wasn’t so afraid – I would paint my small kitchen island the beachy green color!

I am afraid that I will grow tired of it because it is a rather trendy color, so I think that I will stick with the original plan of painting the island black. I like to paint but the smaller things are much easier to change!

So, a few spring-like updates for the kitchen make me happy and give me something new to look at and enjoy daily! Plus I’m hosting Mother’s Day at our house, so I like to make a few updates!

Does anyone else do that? Add a bunch of stress by trying to make changes before a big event at your home? It drives my husband crazy – he just can’t understand!!! I agree that it makes for more stress, but it also forces me to get some things that I wanted to do done, and right away!

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