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Last weekend, we had a houseguest. It was rather unexpected, but not inconvenient. Our houseguest was family, and in our home, family is always welcome. Our houseguest only stayed one night, but upon leaving, he presented us with a gift: a certificate to the Portland Nursery as a way of saying thanks for the hospitality.

The gift was unnecessary of course, but we accepted it with gratitude. This past Saturday, after purchasing a huge variety of heirloom tomato starts (for just $1 each!) from my co-worker’s annual plant sale, we stopped by the nursery to use our certificate. We knew exactly what we wanted, too. A few weeks previous we had been at the nursery to purchase a crab apple tree (the one that now graces our front yard lawn). Dragging our wagon towards the front entrance checkout, we spotted a nice looking vine plant with a big sign that read: kiwis. Kiwis? Really?! We live in Oregon and we were astonished that this tropical-seeming fruit was being offered at our local nursery, a guarantee that yes, this will grow in your Oregon yard if you plant it.

My husband latched onto the idea of growing a kiwi vine right away, but with the crab apple tree purchase, we couldn’t justify it. Fast forward a few weeks and the gift certificate made it possible. We brought home one female vine and a male vine to accompany it. Yesterday, we had my husband’s family over for a lobster bake Mother’s Day party and everyone oooed and awed at our kiwi vines. I can’t wait until we are actually growing our own backyard kiwis!

Speaking of Mother’s Day, I hope you had a good one. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have plenty of new photos to scrap and you’ll need a kit to scrap them with. You may recall that a few weeks ago in my Monday blog post I mentioned a “bonus days” event being hosted by Snickerdoodle Designs. Through May 22nd, if you purchase one of the ‘kits of the week,’ you’ll get a bonus included with download. Last week,  Apple of my Eye and Hay Day were featured.

If you’ve been following along in the Wednesday Studio newsletters, you’ll know that there are a number of Mother’s Day appropriate kits that have been featured. One of my favorites was the Merry Month of May collection, featured April 17th. The hats and ribbons in this kit are so perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch, picnic, or tea layout, don’t you think?

Because I’m sure many of you have Mother’s Day photos to scrap, I decided to make this week’s freebie using the Merry Month of May collection. Just click on the image below to download. And be sure to watch for this week’s newsletter and find out which kits will be featured next!

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If you’re at all familiar with my blog postings, you’ll know that I am forever working on my yard. One week I’m adding flowers, the next pulling weeds. This past weekend was no exception and I added two beautiful young trees to my yard.

Three years ago when my husband and I decided we wanted a puppy, we spent night after night on the internet reading through lists and looking at images of different dog breeds, considering which breed would be best for us and for our future family. When it came to choosing trees for our yard, our approach was the same; we scoured nursery websites and wiki articles reading about this tree or that. What color are the flowers, when does it bloom? Does it fruit? What sort of diseases is it resistant or susceptible to? Perhaps it’s a bit much, but we wanted our trees to be just right for us and for our yard.

We finally settled on crab apple trees, Malus Evereste for the front and Purple Prince for the back. Each of these trees will blossom in the spring and fruit in the fall, white and deep pink flowers, and yellow/orange and purple fruits, respectively. The trees are a bit scrawny now being that they are still young, but I am so looking forward to seeing them grow and take shape in my yard.

As I mold and shape my garden I wonder: what will next year bring? What new flowers, plants, and trees will we add, and how will they all grow together? To narrate my story, I turn to a delightful collection from Snickerdoodle Designs: Leaving Room. The collection includes garden staples like a shovel and glove, and some surprising elements like the garden angels who watch over the seeds you sow. This Wednesday, and every Wednesday through May 22nd, you’ll find two collections from Snickerdoodle Designs featured in theStudio newsletter, each with a little something extra included. This past Wednesday, Leaving Room and Flower Creek Lane were featured.

If you’re wondering how to get the “extra” bonus that is included with each kit, there’s no secret. Just add the kit to your cart for purchase and the bonus will be included with the download. Be sure to check theStudio newsletter each week to find out which two kits will be featured next.

For my part, I’ve put together a quickpage for you to download, so in addition to the bonus you’ll get with purchase, you can add this little bonus to your collection as well! Enjoy and happy Monday.

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Do you ever wake up early on a Saturday morning, look out the window and see the sun yellow and bright against a clear blue sky and say to yourself ‘what a perfect day to spend outside in my yard?’ As spring meanders in between occasional April showers, I find myself in this position now and then. I’m not usually an early riser I admit, but on days like this, I make an exception.

Just a few weeks ago, I got up bright and early and put on my “dirt clothes.” I filled a thermos with ice water and set up an extension cord with a floor fan to blow cool air on my garden bed as I worked (tip: the fan is a great way to keep cool while working in the sun). I got out my garden gloves, pinned my hair back, and plopped myself down in front of a flower bed full of weeds. For a couple of hours, I picked and pulled and scraped. I culled the bed of weeds and covered it in hazelnut shells (great ground cover that keeps the slugs out). Then, I filled the bed with hostas and Magic Carpets, flowering currants and hebes.

Soon, tulips started to emerge and the wildflower seeds I spread last year began to poke through the surface. The result was spectacular! Some time later, I arrived home from a long day at work and noticed that my currant was draped in glorious pink blooms. Behind it, a bushy plant whose name I do not know covered in cotton white flowers. I spotted my camera sitting on the center console of my car; I couldn’t resist. It was one of those spring photo opportunities that just can’t be missed.

While my photos are still on the camera, I am determined that the next chance I get I’m going to create a layout to show them off. I know just the kit for it, too. Spring Photos Ops by Snickerdoodle Designs was created specifically for photos like these; the ‘can’t miss’ moments of springtime.

What sort of spring photo opportunities have you encountered this year? An Easter Egg extravaganza perhaps? Or maybe a family portrait in the park? Check out these examples of photo ops captured and scrapped by other scrappers in theStudio gallery:

Whatever your photos ops may be, I think you’ll agree, this kit will help you scrap them! If you’ve got lots of photo ops to scrap, check out the extras too and complete the collection. In addition to the kit, you’ll find solids, border papers, clusters, glitters, and an alpha set all at 30% off in Snickderdoodle Designs’ shop. Or, grab the whole collection for 55% off.

To get you started, I’ve put together a frame for you to download using the Spring Photo Ops collection. Just click to download. I can’t wait to see your photos in the gallery!

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Take Me Away, Calligraphy Collection 2, and a freebie!

by Jenn 1 April 2013
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Grass is a funny thing. When we first bought our house in 2010, the grass was short and mostly green. A few months later, when spring rolled around, the grass exploded into a dandelion-filled green jungle that you could hardly walk through. So, we mowed the lawn and in just a few short weeks, the lawn dried up and […]

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Laddie Brian, Lassie Brianna, and a freebie!

by Jenn 18 March 2013
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Did you have a lucky and lively St. Patty’s Day yesterday? Perhaps you plucked a four-leaf clover, or found a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow (as if, right?!). Maybe you just had a jolly celebration with family and friends, and wore a touch of green to avoid an unlucky pinch. As […]

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Little Sprouts Jack and Lucille, plus a freebie!

by Jenn 4 March 2013

My mother-in-law is full of sweet and funny anecdotes about my husband growing up, and she’s shared plenty of photos to accompany her amusing tales too. One of her cutest stories is about my husband and his red cape and fireman boots. Apparently he’d wear them everywhere, even to the grocery store where he’d ride around on the grocery cart like a superhero. I don’t […]

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The ABC Teach Me Album collection, plus a freebie!

by Jenn 19 February 2013
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I have a terrible cat named Sasha. I say this not because I don’t love her, I do, but she is in fact a terrible cat. As a kitten, Sasha had ginormous ears and the loudest meow you’ve ever heard. She grew into the ears, but not the meow. Sasha is now 9 years old […]

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Love is in the Air, plus a freebie!

by Jenn 4 February 2013
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Love is finding your stocking filled with the things you love and knowing that the person who filled it knows you like nobody else in the world. My husband and I are pretty good at choosing gifts for each other. We never do the typical department store Christmas, but rather focus on unique and personal items. […]

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Cheez The One revisited, plus a siggy!

by Jenn 21 January 2013
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One of the first things that caught my attention when I started digiscrapping was the “siggy.” Everybody had one; I wanted one. I must admit that it took me a few tries to ‘get it right,’ but once I did, I’ve never been without one. It took me a bit longer to realize that a […]

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Jack Frost and Friends, plus a freebie!

by Jenn 7 January 2013
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About a month ago, my husband Andy and I went up to Mt. Hood, Oregon to play in the snow. We took our dog, Sophie, who had absolutely froliced the first time we took her to the snow, so we were pretty certain she’d have a blast this time too. She did, but in all […]

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