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Monday, January 25, 2010

Our Sore Fun Bike Ride

field of cattails

Last fall, my friend Hannah and I decided to take our second trip into town by bike. On our first trip we had enjoyed our ride very much and liked the fact of not paying any gas money to go to town.

Hannah in the corn field

Hannah just bought a new camera for her photography business, so she was having fun trying it out on our nice autumn ride.

curly leaves

I love observing the tiniest of details while out in nature. These curly, twirly leaves looked very intriguing to me. I was busy snapping pics here while Hannah was busy taking pics there.

Hannah taking pics

There she is, busy being a shutter-bug! :-)

Hannah by bike

Hannah near the field of corn we visited.

cool dried plant

I'm not sure what type of plant/flower this is, but I thought it looked interesting.

curly plants

Some more twisty dried plants.

fall on the trail

A gorgeous fall day!

fall colored leaf

A fall colored leaf.

Hannah on trail

On our way home from town, we experienced something we hadn't on our first trip to town. Since it was fall, our hours of daylight were limited. While in town we ate lunch and then stopped to get a couple ingredients for our supper. We knew that we couldn't spend a long time in town since we needed to get home before dark.

There we were back on the trail, knowing we needed to keep on biking with little time to stop along the way to rest. We weren't even halfway home when our legs were aching. Ouch! We had to keep on biking, we could see it was starting to get dark. We stopped briefly at a couple points, but our legs continued to hurt us. The darkness continued to creep in. I wanted to quit. We kept on going with Hannah leading the way. By the time we got to the last tree tunnel it was dark. We could not see much of anything and I thought I noticed a black shadow moving ahead of us. Yes, there it was, a shadow of some guy walking out in the darkness. Creepy! We finally got home after our painful ride.

We have been trying to come up with theories about why we were so sore this second trip. Some possibilities are:

On our first trip to town we had more time to rest our legs since we saw a movie. Plus, the cooler temps probably caused our legs to ache. And we also couldn't take a leisurely ride home like we did on our first trip. Regardless, Hannah and I will never forget our second trip to town.

Missed seeing our fun first trek?

Nature Trek, part 1

Nature Trek, part 2

Here's a post about a watercolor ride we went on,

A Watercolor & Marsh Adventure

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My Yogurt Lovin' Kitty

Tigger with yogurt

My cat, Tigger (aka Tiggy Boy), loves to clean out my yogurt container when I'm done eating my yogurt. As soon as I peel off the cover he's ready to have some yogurt goodness. When he hears me scrape the sides of the container, he knows it's his turn to have a yogurt treat.

Tigger with yogurt

He licks the inside of the container.

Tigger with yogurt

He dips his paw into the container and then licks the yogurt off of his paw.

Tigger with yogurt

He will spend quite some time trying to get the remaining yogurt within the container.

Tigger with yogurt

I never get sick of seeing him clean out a yogurt container.

Tigger with yogurt

That's my Tiggy Boy! :-)

Another bright idea for biz cards!

Recyc-a-lites tag

I'm always trying to find ways to make some tasks a little bit easier and economical. That doesn't always happen, but one area where I've found some ways to save some time and money is by using business cards for other purposes than "a business card." Last year I blogged about how I used biz cards as merchandising tools for my pins and magnets.

I make some of my sculptures from re-purposed burned out light bulbs.

Click here to see my Recyc-a-lite scultpures

Re-bottled tag

Well, I've also thought of a way to use business cards for tags for some of my products. I try to include some type of info about what my product is and the name of the "collection/series" it belongs to. And then on the back of the card I leave room to write an item number/description/price. Using these helps save time on printing a card each time I need one and makes it easy to write out a price tag when I price new items.

Click here to see my Re-bottled sculptures

I make some of my sculptures from up-cycled shampoo bottles.

See how my shampoo bottle morphed into a cat.

business card

This is a new set of biz cards that I had printed from the Vistaprint website. I tried to keep the same theme throughout my tag cards and biz cards to unify my biz identity.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Valentine's Card Contest

The other day while on Etsy I found out about this fun Valentine Card design contest. Since I love greeting cards and hope to be an illustrator of cards and children's books, I decided to enter the contest. The blog "Cool Mom Picks" is running the contest. They are looking for nine designs to feature in Etsy's very own shop. They will be selling the card designs as downloadable pdf files for children to color. All of the proceeds go to the Children's Heart Foundation. Here are my three entries.

The "Woof" Dog

The Lovey Dovey Love Bugs! <3

Sarette the Birguin "Be Mine!"

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Giveaway at my Facebook Fan Page

This weekend I'm having a giveaway for one of my Petite Purses. Just stop by my Facebook fan page to leave comment under the post about my Petite Purses. Just remember that you need to become a fan of my page, before you can leave a comment. Good luck! :-)

Assortment of Petite Purses

You can tuck in a little trinket or treasure inside of the purse. In the following photo I tucked in one of my Calico Cat pins inside of a pink Petite Purse.

Cat pin inside Petite Purse