"Roses, a girl can never have enough of them in her garden

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Mini Rose Bouquet for 2015

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Picking rose in late February is what we do in Southern California.
We did receive some rain last night and will be receiving more rain for the next couple of days.

The only rose names that I know are the 
pink called "Confection JAcute" and the white rose called "pillow fight".

 Made my grey morning a little brighter.

 This is what the "Confection JAcute" looks like on the bush.  It is filled with tiny buds and

the beautiful white "pillow fight". Also, the bush is filled with buds.

Thanks for your visit.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Classic Pooh Cards and Garden Photos

Here are a couple of birthday cards that I made using some sweet die cuts by EKsuccess.
I purchased them last year.  I found the packet of die cuts  and a pack of Pooh adhesive borders in the clearance section.  Classic Pooh never will be out of style in my opinion.  

Both cards are 5 x 5
The top card I used papers from Pinkpaislee (6 x 6 paper collection) called "Butterfly Garden".
A floral embossing folder, paper punch and leaf die to make my own flowers embellishments.
 The butterflies were part of the die packet.
The scallop Oval frame is a Sizzix (#38-0306).  It is an older die. I cut out the frame using chipboard and covered it with the decorative paper.

This card was another simple card.
Using some pretty pink gingham and polkadot papers and  one of my fancy square dies to make a frame for image.  Inked the edges and added some  hearts from the die packet.

Now some garden photos

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We did have some rain on Sunday and into Monday morning.
But we are back to sunny skies.

Not much to share but a few things are blooming.
The mini maple tree has sprouted some new leaves.

The container geranium is flowering nicely and it looks pretty against the blue sky.

And a photo of my boy Opie.

Now, I need to do some blog catching up.  I can't wait to see what everyone else is up to.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


For the past five weeks, Southern California had some beautiful weather.  
Here are some photos of a few places my family and I visited.

Point Vicente Light House, located in Rancho Palos Verdes.  North of Los Angeles
It is whale watching time.
We did see a few.

The sea lavender is beginning to bloom.

Eaton Canyon
Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains

A very popular place for hikers.

A few on the road photos as we drove up once again to Northern California.
The weather going up there was nice and sunny but coming home, foggy.

 Along highway 5, there are large and small farms and this is the first time driving up to Northern California in late winter. We were able to see the almond trees in bloom.  I looks like spring has come to us early.  You can see beautiful landscapes of them and I wish I had a better camera with a long lens. 

 Wild mustard along the hills

 A small farm of grape vines

 My favorite photo

Yolo county.
A nest that will be home to some baby birds soon.

It has been a long while but I have not had too much time to post.  I hope to get some photos of the garden posted soon.  With the nice sunny weather we have been having, the roses are starting to bloom. I think I will need to start feeding them this week.

My new roses came in a few weeks ago, but one of them is not doing so well.  Lucky me that I can take it back to the garden center and they will replace it for me.  

I'm not sure how many vegetable I will be planting this year.  This year will be a very busy year for my family.  I hope to have a few tomatoes in the ground by next month .

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Take care.

Bobbie Lynn

Friday, January 9, 2015

Valentine Cards and Tag

I just made a few cards for Valentine's Day using K&Company paper pad called "Valentine Sweetheart".  It is a few years old but a favorite to work with.

I used one of the 12 x 12 sheets to made very simple note cards.
Mounted the decorative paper using coordinating colors.  Added Stickles to the hearts and crowns.  I also used a pearl pen to dot on a few of the hearts.
The Valentine sentiments are clear stickers.

The paper pad came with two sheet of images also.
Used my favorite frame die by Sizzix called "frame",#654988.  The hearts were punched out using a die.
I also used a gold leaf pen on the edges of the papers.

 I used behind the image a Cheery Lynn oval lace die.

Used one of my chipboard tags

Trim, embellishments and dies from my stash.

The sweet image is a sticker.  I have a book that has 83 beautiful Victorian stickers, "Victorian Flowers & Children".  The publisher is Dover,  ISBN # 0-486-28576-6

I will enjoy them for a quick while before they go out in the Mail.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

 Last of the roses for 2014. 
A rose bush that has no name but it produced beautiful flowers last year.
Lots of fragrance too.

I can not wait for this garden year.

 With the weather changing from warm to cold, the plant did not get any white powder on it's leaves.
Even the new shoots look pretty good. I was sad to even cut it down for the season.

Here is a posting that I did on them HERE.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Felt Hearts For Christmas and In The Garden

I want to share my last project for the year with you.
It was a last minute thing for me

The inspraition came from a wonderful book that I purchased a few months ago at Tuesday Morning.
The tile of the book is called "quilt a gift" by Barri Sue Gaudet.  A wonderful book with a lot of projects.  A great find for me.

I purchased some felt from my local quilt shop.  I used Spellbinder heart dies  and they cut out perfect. 
I know that I can freehand cut hearts out but if I can do it using my dies, why not.

I need a lot of practice on my stitching but I am hooked on felt.
I hope to do some Mother's Day project using felt and hope to do some other projects from the book.

I also tried out some of my Papertrey Ink dies.
No problem with cutting the felt.


December in Southern California, nice sunny days and my roses were still blooming.  
But it is that time for them do be trimmed down.

There will be some moving of roses to the front of the house, into containers, give one away and I did just order another new rose.
I will be receiving Her some time in the early part of the next year, can't wait.

I still have to trim the rose around the house and the few that I have in containers.
I will be doing that right after Christmas.

I was so happy to see my little container maple tree change with beautiful fall colors
Hubby and I hope to make this a bonsai maple tree.

I'm trying out growing carrots in containers.
These are Thumbelina carrots.

With the rain a few of the carrots popped out of the soil.
Hope the rest of them will continue to grow.

We did have a lot of rain here and it finally feels like winter. Nice cool mornings and nights.
Last year we were all dressed in shorts for Christmas.

But now we are drying out.

Hubby found this magnet bumper sticker at out local pet store,
very cute.

I want to thank all of you for visiting my blog  and those of you who left comments.
I enjoy reading them and sharing them with my family.

I hope to be sharing more of my garden with you next year along with my crafting.

Take care, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Blessings   : )