Sunday, May 31, 2009

Robin family update and Video!!

Thank you so much for all your Wonderful comments Everyone!!..... Quite a few of you have ask for updates on this little family...and of course I am so happy to share!!
I have two more videos for you to enjoy...... one is a little I'd like to share a little info about what you are seeing in the first video.
Just about every time a baby robin eats ....he poops. That makes for a pretty dirty nest!! the parents have to keep it clean in a very unique way. The baby robins poop is contained in a strong mucus the mother can carry it away in her beak with out it breaking....LOL...disposable diapers for birdies!!....Within seconds of feeding the baby robin poops...whichever parent robin has fed them also takes the waste away immediately ...keeping the clean nest.
When the baby robins are young...there is hardly any bacteria in the is mostly food....the worms and such that the parent robin it is okay for the parent to injest it. Once the babies are a little older contains more the parent carries it 20-50 yrds away and drops it in flight!! (more info about about all of this right here).
** This information was shared from the "Journey North Website". Be sure to check this very interesting and informative site out!!**
One of the most Amazing things I've noticed about all that the Mother and Father share the work load. They take turns doing everything....Wow!! talk about modern day families...right?!! Today they were both flying around in the back looked like they almost collided at one point and were talking like almost looked like they were having an argument....Could it be????..............
Enough of my babble ....onto the video...double click to see the videos even larger.
Can't view it?.. click here This 2nd video is just of the Robin babies.....It's really Cute...cause the baby on the right will give the baby on the left a little lick......When I first saw this I was be sure the robin actually licked the other...I watched it on my camera in slow motion...Unfortunately I don't know how to show it to you all in slow motion....So just Watch carefully!.........This so reminds me of my son's little dog Chewbacca .....He's such a little licker and whenever he first comes over....he gives our dog Buddy a lick hello on his face....Which irritates the heck out of Buddy.....Haa haa ha!! Thanks for looking Everyone!!....Enjoy!!
Can't view it? here

Thursday, May 28, 2009

More RAKs and Goodies!!

More Beautiful cards and Prezzies!!......How lucky can a gal get?!!......This card is from my daughter Crystal.....She has been making Lovely scrap type cards for a few years....just recently though she has taken up coloring with prismacolor pencils....and gave me this card for my Birthday....Thank You Crystal!! Not only did I receive Fabulous Blog candy from Marcea.....(you can see it in this post)...She also made me this Beautiful Tag!!!! ....Thank You Marcea!!
A Lovely Mother's Day card from Crystal...............
This Beautiful card and the Lovely gifts to follow are from my Dear friend Tina - "Yummy Scrummy Create"
Tina created this lovely bouquet of flowers.....not only is it Gorgeous...the flowers are I can use these lovely goodies.......This is the front view....
This is the top view you can see what's inside...Thank you so much Tina!!!!....

But that's not all......Tina also created this Beautiful Altered Canvas using one of my favorite photos of Buddy!.....It is totally Amazing ....and I simply can't do it justice in the photos to follow. There are so many Beautiful elements on it....big and small snowflakes, rhinestones, hearts, charms, netting, brads, stitching, flowers, lots of Gorgeous's just unbelievable how much it Sparkles and how Lovely it is. It is so inspiring and a total show stopper on the wall!! Thank you so much Tina for this Beautiful work of Art and Heart!!

Here is a front View...

Here is a bit of an offset view.......

Mama Robin and her babies are doing well.....I am hoping to have another video for you all in the near future. I am so glad so many of you enjoyed the photos and video...Thank you all for visiting and for your Lovely comments!!.

Have a Great Day Everyone!!!..........Hugs, Ila

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mama Robin Has Babies!!

We've been glued to the back door .....watching and waiting for the eggs to hatch. What fun!!...They feel like part of the family.....(smile)...
Mama Robin kind of looks like she's rejoicing here! Maybe she is calling someone here.....
Awww....Look at the little baby Robins! "Give it all to me Mama!!"......Think...maybe....he's standing on the other birdies head??
I also managed to capture them on video....through the window. I'm not very good at taking videos....and it's pretty shaky......but it's very clear.......Enjoy!! .....
"Mama Feeds her Babies"

Thank you so much for looking Everyone!!.....and for your Lovely coments!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Temporary Residents!

We've always enjoyed the birds that grace our backyard....This year we have a Robins nest just outside our back door......In fact I can take photos right through the glass in the door. This Robin does not spook easily either....when I or Buddy go outside .....she will stay in her nest. She does fly away if someone she doesn't know too well goes out. She also gets a little camera

But sometimes .......she likes to pose

But lets me know she sees me........ Thinks if she ignores me .......I'll go away.... Then ...she acts a little irritated and looks like she saying, "That's it more pics today"

Before the year 2000 we lived in a different house. In that yard we had a family of tree swallows take up residence every year for about 4 yrs. When we decided to move....we really thought about them and how much we would miss them.....

Well... they seemed to just..simply follow us to our new home. They appeared the very first spring we were here...and have raised a family here each year since. They arrive around or in between my birthday (May 6)and Mother's Day. I can work in my garden right under the bird house and they won't spook. Although usually one of them will be watching me from the above cable wire. Here is a photo this year of them taking up residence.......

I will keep you updated on the Robins progress......hopefully with some nice photos. I will also dig up some baby tree swallow photos from before......Hey...I might even share some pics of my gardens. Don't worry!! ....I'll still be showing some cards.....

But for today!!'s Mother Nature.....

Have a Wonderful Weekend Everyone...filled with Warm Spring Blessings!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

RAK Request!!..For a Lovely Lady!!

A Sister blogger is very ill...... Many of us all know Deb - "Stampin' on the Mountain"... She has shared her Gorgeous creations and graced many of our blogs with her lovely cheerful comments. I Sadly understand from Nancy ..."Nancy's Creative Mess" that Deb is now Terminally ill.

How Wonderful it would be to shower this Lovely lady with cards to brighten her day! I have already mailed her this card in hopes to make her smile.

If you are able and would like to join in please feel free to email me ...Here or Nancy Here for Deb's mailing address.

Thank you So Much Everyone!!...Have a Great Day!!

Birthday Raks...and Look what I won!!

I had a Wonderful Birthday and Mother's Day. Here are some of the Gorgeous cards I recieved for my Birthday, Mother's Day and even Easter......I have been spoiled!!!...Thank you girls for the cards and Goodies!!...They are all Beautiful!!...Click on the photos to visit their Fabulous Blogs!! Katherina's Kreative Place


I recently won Marcea's Fabulous Birthday Candy...Yay!!...Check out Marcea's Wonderful blog everyone "Marceas Crafting Corner"...You're in for a Treat!!

I will be back with a few more cards in the near future. Take Care!!...Have a Wonderful Day Everyone!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Spring is in the Air" - Friday Sketchers & 3 Clovers Thursday and Doraline!!

The Challenge this week at 3 Clovers Thursday is flowers...Yay!! lots of them here!! I've also used Carole's fabulous sketch from Friday Sketchers.

I am also introducing you to Doraline....isn't she just the Sweetest?!!! Stephanie a very kind lady that has recently started a stamp business in Canada .....ask me quite a while back if I would mind making a few cards....After seeing these cuties ....of course I said yes!!....Thank you so much Stephanie!!...Please forgive me for being so late with this!!

First off.... I must say the quality of these stamps are Wonderful and they stamp just Beautifully!!

The image Doraline is created by a 25 year old very talented artist named Marina who lives in Florida USA. There are many Doraline stamps Marina has created and they are all just as Cute!!

You can find them all right here at... "Motivet"....On this card I've used the sentiment "Spring is in the air" and "Doraline with ladybug" Click on the names to take you there.

Be sure also to check out the Inspiration Blog to see Gorgeous creations designed by their talented DT team...and .....check out how to win some fabulous FREE stamps!!

On to my card.....

I have colored the image with copics, prismacolor pencils (oms) and h20's

There is glitter on the lace on Doraline's shirt. There is diamond glaze on the lady bug and little hearts and shimmerz on the flowers. The little spacer on the small black flower is from my dear and very kind friend Tina. Thank you!! so much Tina...I love these and all the lovely spacers you sent...I have a tendency to want to hoard

The large flower and Doraline panel is popped up with foamy's.

Paper - GP white, SU Black, Kelly Panacci, Bo Bunny

Ink - memento black, bashful blue

Accessories - flowers, brads, button, cord, stitching, lace, pearls, shimmerz, glitter, spellbinders flower die

Before I go...I want to Thank you all So Much for your kind comments and Well Wishes about my vision......I'm coming along just fine :)

I wish you all a Wonderful Weekend!! ... and Thank You So Much!!...for your Lovely comments!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Celebrate the Little Moments"- Magnolia

The pretty Magnolia on this card is "Tilda picking Lilacs" She is part of the New Magnolia "Chasing Butterflies Collection 2009". The sentiment is from Maya Road

This week the challenge for Just Magnolia is to have stitching on your card. I love stitching on cards!! I also used a sketch created by Bev - that she created for one of Stamp with Fun older challenges. Thanks for a Fabulous sketch Bev!!

I colored Tilda with copics, prismacolor pencils...and h20's.

The Tilda layer panel is popped up on foamy's. The lovely raffia lace is from Bernie....Thanks Bernie!!

Papers - GP white, SU groovy guava, dcwv...and card base and DP from Magnolia

Ink - memento black, bashful blue, certainly celery

Accessories - brad, flowers, raffia lace, tulle, MS leaf punch, stitching, spellbinders flower die.

It's very Cold and Windy here........expecting a little snow....Ugh!.... Mother's day was was pretty nice though. I had a lovely day!! I will be showing some of the lovely birthday cards I've received a little later in the week.

Have a Wonderful Day Everyone!! and Thank you so much for your Lovely comments!!.

Time to Celebrate!!....Blog Candy!! NOW CLOSED!!

Thank you so much everyone for entering this Blog candy and taking the time to share the great books you've read or been reading....and/or your favorite stamps. It's going to be a great summer for me....filled with some fabulous reading .....Thanks to you all....maybe even into the next few years!!.....Big Hugs!! to all of you!!

The winners are...Candy #1

Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers:459 Timestamp: 2009-05-13 06:32:26 UTC

angelesb said... Happy B-Day!I read a lot but one of my favorites is The Kite runner. It's really interesting and you learn about how people live in other countries and about friendship, too.Great blog candy, hope to ahve a chance to win .-) Thanks

Candy #2

Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers:36 Timestamp: 2009-05-13 06:39:02 UTC

dawnmarieg said... Hi Ila, how you doing?? Fab blog candy, I will put a wee pic and a link on my blog. The 'Twilight' saga of books is very good, and quite a few of my blog friends have enjoyed them too, also have a look at Diana Gabaldon's books, she has done a series of books about Jamie & Claire Fraser, the first one is called 'Cross Stitch' so you can look it up and have a wee read to see if it tickles your fancy lol. Hugs Dawn Marie.xx


Lots to Celebrate!!....My Birthday next week...Mothers Day soon after...and Especially your lovely Visits!!...Magnolia is generously helping out with this allowing me to offer a Spring Club you can see...I've divided it up....and added some goodies to create 2 separate Candies!! The above candy contains.......a K&Company Que Sera Sera Designer Mat & my Big ideas Just Write card stickers......EK success Inspirables Metal Stickers.....little bag of charms and a little goodie bag (flowers, lace, brads, tulle, pearls, baubles and bling).

The stamps included in this candy are from the recent released Chasing Butterflies Collection 2009 and includes...CC09 Roses....CC09 Dragonfly Tilda....CC09 Butterflies....CC09 Tilda with Bee....CC09 Flower -Bee Hive....CC09 Tilda with Flowers.

This candy contains......K&Company Classic Designer Mat Pad.... me & my Big ideas Just Write card stickers.....EK success Inspirables Leather Stickers.....little bag of charms.....and a little goodie bag (flower, lace, brads, tulle, pearls, baubles and bling).

The stamps included in this candy are also from the recent released Chasing Butterflies Collections 2009 and includes....CC09 Tilda with Ladybug.....CC09 Ladybug....CC09 Dot Butterflies....CC09 Chasing Edwin....CC09 Chasing Tilda....CC09 Chasing Butterflies Sign....CC09 Butterfly Grass.

Everyone is welcome to enter!! If you would like to spread the word that would be Wonderful but is not a requirement to enter. I do however have a question for you all.......

Have you read any good books lately.....or are you reading one right now?? Please tell me the name and author if possible......I would love a heads up on some good summer reading. If you don't problem... please tell me what your favorite stamp is at the moment.

This candy will run until the evening of May 12th ......I will announce 2 lucky winners on ... May 13th using Random Number Org.

Good Luck Everyone!! .... Thanks for visiting and your Wonderful comments!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

New Challenge Site and DT Call!!

Check out Alex's blog to find out more about the new upcoming Scrap and Stamp Saturday Challenge site!

While visiting Alex at this post you will learn about the DT call for this new Challenge blog and be able to enter to win some Fabulous candy!!