Just have to mention that tomorrow would have been my dad's 100th birthday, if he had lived that long. So, Happy Birthday, Daddy!
Did I tell you that the birdies tried four times to build a nest on our patio? And Gary took down the first three? Before we went to the Big Island, I told him to let them finish nest number 4, because they were bound and determined to build one on our rolled-up shade screen. So they finished the nest while we were gone, and the female must have laid eggs--because they take turns sitting out there. One of the birds is really twitchy--every time we go outside it leaves the nest. The other bird is a little braver and stays on the nest unless we are too noisy, or out in the pool. I wonder when the babies will hatch...I don't even know what kind of birds they are, but one has a crested head with dark head and tail feathers. Wish I could get a good photo, but neither one likes their picture taken. They must subscribe to the Penny School of Modeling. (To be a member, you must run every time you see a camera facing your direction.)
My sister, Merrilyn, and I had lunch together on Wednesday. And our waiter saw the anniversary card I had made for Merrilyn and Ron. He seemed to love it, and asked if I would make one for his wife of four months for her birthday in June. Crazy. I think I will find time to do that for him, but it is a first for me...
I have about a bazillion more photos to show you, but thought I would go through my card details first. That way you can skip-to-my-lou through the photos if you wish. We still have Sweet Pea Stamps for our sponsor of this month. Last week of the month, though, so get your entries in for the prize of four digis! Lucky, lucky winner! Love, love, love the different artists that are represented by this store! (I think I have mentioned that on one or two occasions!)
So I picked a cool image for my card this week. And, no, it is not a Christmas image. I needed an image for an anniversary card for Gary. The image is actually of a bride and groom, which is why I used the "Remember When" sentiment by Stampin' Up. I have to confess, that I certainly don't remember when Gary looked like this groom. He never had that much hair--not even as a teenager. Of course, in those days, (before there was dirt), boys were not allowed to wear their hair long in high school. Neanderthal rules, for sure. Girls couldn't wear slacks to school, not even when it was below zero outside. And our skirts couldn't be shorter than our knees. They had to touch the floor if we were kneeling down. Redonkulous. Oops, guess I got off track there, didn't I? Strange...that never happens to me...
OK, so my image is by the talented Teresa Sherman, and is called Sweet Pea Stamps Gothic Bride and Groom. You can find it here. I printed the image on X-Press It BC and colored it with my Copics:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E13, R20
Hair: Y21, YR23, E15, E18
Flowers: E13, E15, E18, E84, E87, E89
Tattoo: Y21, Y26, Y28, E13, E15, E18
Buttons/Jewelry: Y21, Y26, Y28
Jacket: T4, T6, T8
Veil/Shirt: W0, W1, W2
Tie: E13, E15, E18
My DP is from the Memory Box Nightfall collection and was paired with Stampin' Up CS. I used a bit of tulle and printed my sentiment on a Spellbinders Labels 4 die cut. Pretty much done. I would imagine Gary will chuckle when he sees the image, as neither one of us looks anything like the couple. Of course, neither one of us looks anything like we did when we got married, either. That was nearly 45 years ago--it will be on May 9, which is also Mother's Day every seven years. Ask me how I know that. Nevermind...
Be sure to check out the fabulous creations by my talented teammates: Carla, Kathi, and Laine. We have to say goodbye to Laine, as she is stepping down, which is so sad. But we will be welcoming two new designers, Vannessa and Karen, which is such good news. Anyway, do hand-color an image for your project, using the medium of your choice, and play along with us. Looking forward to your entries!
And now, for a continuation of our stay on the Big Island...
A turtle feeding in the shallows in Kona. You can see him right at the bottom of the photo. He proved to be as camera-shy as I am, but I finally caught his head poking above water--barely!
Another gorgeous sunset--this time at sea level.
Another early-morning, ho-hum view from our lanai.
Gary and his pretty drink at Annie's--home to yummy burgers, using Hawaii's grass-fed beef. Oh my! See the palm tree growing through the roof of the restaurant? Cool, huh?
Shhhhh...it's an endangered species, who is very, very camera-shy! Note the alcoholic beverage. That's a first. Snicker...
And you know we had to go here, and get some yummy malasadas. No wonder I gain weight every time we go to the Hawaiian islands...
Sleeping turtle at Black Sand Beach, (Punalu'u Beach). I zoomed my camera--I am not that close to it.
Another zoomed shot when it awakened. But he/she went right back to sleep.
A larger turtle sleeping further down the beach--again, a zoomed shot.
Gary at Punalu'u Beach. I always have to tell him to smile. But he really is happy.
Right before we left Punalu'u Beach. Sigh...I love it there.
Turtles moving up onto the shore at the Fairmont Orchid at Pauoa Bay. Guess they needed a rest! So many turtles there--we want to stay there to snorkel the next time we go back to Hawaii.
How's that for a gorgeous hunk of grass-fed beef? At Merriman's in Waimea, (high country). Scrumptious!
Came out of Merriman's and was shocked to see top of Mauna Kea with the observatories! It was always cloud-covered, so this was fun to see. Top is at 13, 796 ft., as I mentioned in my last post.
That's probably enough photos for this edition! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!