An Assault Upon My Garden

When I came back from Moondance, I found that our beautiful garden had been attacked.

By these little guys.

I’ve never seen these guys in my garden before so I had to do a little research to find out who they were and where they came from. I found my answer at the University of Minnesota Extension website and found out they are Colorado Potato Beetles. The ones I found are in the larvae stage. And I guess they can fly in from anywhere as adults.

Adults look like this.

Photo taken from the University of Minnesota Extension website

Because I don’t like to use pesticides (which, according to the UofM are largely ineffective anyway) I got to spend monday morning handpicking them off my potato plants and dropping them into a bucket of soapy water.

But the website didn’t say what you are supposed to do with them after that. Throw them in the garbage? Put them in a compost pile? Throw them in the woods? I ended up throwing them in our fire pit and putting wood over them.

I hope they were really dead.  I have images of them waking up from a soapy stupor and finding their way back to my potatoes to seek revenge…

AND… the assualt didn’t stop at the Potato Beetles.  Oh no, my peas, beans, and few beets took a beating too.

I’m guessing the offender in this case was our little furry friends that seem to be in abundance around here.

I’m going to have channel my inner Elmer Fudd and catch those “Wascally Wabbits!”

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Moondance Jammin’ Country 2011

I spent last weekend at Moondance Jammin’ County Fest.  Here’s a recap of the weekend.

We attended great concerts.

Like Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley, Big and Rich, and Neal McCoy,

Thompson Square,

The Jane Dear Girls,

Sara Evans,

and Craig Morgan.

We also got in a few games.

Like Farkle.

And Kubb.

Kubb is a simple little game.  The main objective is to knock down wooden blocks with a wooden stick.  If you’re interested, you can check out all the rules and regulations on wikipedia.

What we discovered about the game Kubb is that it draws people to your campsite like crazy!  Almost everyone would stop and ask us about the game.  We constantly had an audience.

 If you’re going to a summer festival, I highly recommend you bring this game along.  You meet a lot of people.  Maybe even a celebrity or two.  Like, Phil Vassar.

He stopped and played Kubb.  Which might have something to do with the fact that I practically jumped in front of his golf cart and wouldn’t let him leave till he played with us.  I think he had fun!

Here he is in concert only about an hour after playing Kubb.

Here I am enjoying his concert and thinking how cool it was that I hugged that man.

All in all, it was a great weekend!

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The Crop Circle

Have you heard of The Crop Circle?  It’s Paperclippings online scrapbooking community.  It’s where you can chat with other scrappers, share your projects, and enter challenges.

I just joined The Crop Circle and participated in my challenge!  Here’s the page I entered.  If you want to find out more about the challenges, just click on The Crop Circle link above!

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Life Documented “Upcycled” Photo Journal

I got another book done for the Farmers’ Market.  Ya hoo!

I gotta say these books are a lot of fun to put together.  I’m thinking I need to be hitting some more flea markets in search of more book covers.   🙂

A little bit about this album:

  • I used papers and stickers from the Life Documented kit by MemoryWorks, and binded the book with The Cinch.
  • I included 10 handmade plastic pockets for photos (which would hold 20 photos). But, if you wanted to include more photos, there are two pockets.  You could also adhere photos to any of the pages instead of journaling on them.
  • The cover came from a book I picked up at the Swappers Meet.  It’s title was The Stubborn Heart, which I thought was cute and was the reason I picked it upHowever, it was only on the spine of the book, so it doesn’t appear in the “upcycled” book.

Even though I made this for the Farmers’ Market, I’m thinking I need one to keep.

Hope you enjoy the album!  I threw in some pictures from the SugarLand concert so you can get a better idea of how the album would look finished.


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“Re-Fashioned” Book

I’ve found a new love.

Old, hard-covered books.

I’ve found these gems for super cheap at Saver’s, the Flea Market, and a vintage shop.

These are some of my favorites:

I picked these books up for one purpose, to “re-fashion” them.

Check out my first attempt.

For this book, I used American Crafts Kraft cardstock (can you tell I love that paper) and Echo Park’s For the Record Collection.  To bind the album I used We R Memory Keeper’s Cinch.

This book will be going with me to the Farmers’ Market.  Hopefully someone will want to give it a nice new home 😉

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I couldn’t resist…

posting one more picture of my pretty stawberries.  I can’t promise this will be the last one either.

Because they make me so happy.

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Moments in May

I love month-in-review layouts.  Smashing a ton of pictures into one layout leaves little space for journaling and embellishments.  Because of this I seem to get them done at a faster pace 🙂

Here is May’s month-in-review:

For this layout I used papers from Cosmo Cricket’s Earth Love line.  I also used very old rub-ons from Stampin’ Up and stamps I found at a garage sale.

Have a great weekend!

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