Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Make Your Books Your Own

I always love crafting, that is why I like "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts"!  Not that I endorse the lady, but I really enjoy her book (and it's a big one!). 

 Every time I flip through I see something that catches my eye.  I've already used it for party decorations and the activity, but now I am trying something else...

stamped - edge books!

Now when someone wants to borrow one of your books - you don't have to just write your name on the inside cover, simply make it all your own with rubber stamps!   You can tell the bottom one didn't work perfect, that's suppose to be a neat, little A - oh well, that was one of the first books I did.
Also in the book they had stamped napkins - what a great way to turn plain napkins into beautiful ones!  I just wouldn't suggest wiping your mouth on the stamped part! :)

Thank you for reading!  Enjoy stamping!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

A bit ago, Anna and got a whole new farm girl experience...  Every time before, Anna and I had to do no work for our horse's hay - Grandpa delivered it and Daddy stacked it, but this year Anna and I had a hand in it too, and I learned how much work Daddy does for these horses he doesn't even really like!

While Grandpa worked the baler and Daddy threw the bales up onto the trailer, Anna and I took turns putting along on the clutch tractor and stacking the hay on the trailer.  Those couple of days were actually very fun - how sweet to lay high up on the hay stack under a bright blue sky, breathing in deeply the wonderful smell of fresh cut hay!  But not to say the sight of my Grandma's house and the thought of hot pizza was not welcome at 8:30pm when we finally came in from the fields!  We got very hot, dirty, and tired! :)  The horses better appreciate they're barn full of food!

Now I know more of what goes on when I look at the picture of my great-Grandpa haying - but he also had the trouble to work with horses and not so fine machinery!

Well, that was a really neat experience, and I'll do it again... next year.

Blessings, Amber

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

She Is Here!!

After what seemed like months of seaching (although, Mom deserves all the credit for doing it for me - I just had to try to wait patiently) I finally have a little gray kitten!!!

She was welcomed into our home on July 11th 2011, at 8 weeks and 1 day old.  And she is just the sweetest, cutest thing - since five years ago, when Inky was a kitten, I have forgotten how tiny and fun kittens are!!  I am in love! :D

The adjustment to her new home has been very good.  And the adjustment to the other animals as been slow but steady - they all should be fine friends soon... hopefully!

Now I just need to find the perfect name - a very difficult choice!  But I know I want something biblical or in Hebrew - here is my list so far...

Shiloh (his gift)
Elaina (God has answered)
Liat (I have you)
Afor (gray)
Shalom (hello)
Tikva (hope)

What do you think?

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Flowers, Fireworks, & Bears, Oh My!

First off, I was going to post about old-time school, but it is such old news now, so I will skip it.  But it was one of the best old-time school weeks of old-time school weeks!  I was a TA (teacher's assistant) for my third time, and I was able to really develop a great relationship with all the young kids!!  All of them were coming up to me with a "Miss Amber, can you help me..", and it was just a great experience - I am still dreaming about the time when I can be a teacher there!!  Mom did post some pictures.

Now, not quite so long ago we went to the flower conservatory and zoo.  It gave us some good flower pictures and to be able to see some animals that are not regulars around here!

This is The Corpse flower.  It is named so because when it opens there is a beautiful flower, but a awful smell like rotting flesh. :P  It would have been nice to see what it looked like when opened, but not to smell it!

Also, I hope everyone's 4th was wonderful!  We had a great time at our Grandparent's for dinner, but our poor little cousin was sick, and so we couldn't play with him. :(  Instead we got extra four wheeling time!  Then after that we went to watch fireworks.  We usually watch them in town, but then it takes oh so long to get out!  So we tried a different spot that worked out really good!  The fireworks were a little more distant, and the place wasn't sprayed for mosquitoes, but it only took us ten minutes to get home!!!  A big bonus!

Well, thank you for reading!  I pray you all are having a really blessed summer!  ~Amber

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