Sunday, May 17, 2009

An Indigo Bunting and Cardinal...

This past week, we've had birds of all kinds at our feeders, but my DH caught these two beauties one morning at our front yard feeders! In 13 years here in WV, we've only seen an Indigo Bunting twice. At least this time we caught it "on tape". IB's aren't really rare, jst rarely seen I guess! A friend said they must be just passing through and we are a lucky home where they stop to feed.We have lots (and I mean LOTS) of cardinals and goldfinches and we keep our feeders full for the most part but to catch these two beauties on the same day??! Awesome!

In other news: I survived the Open House! YAAY!! I had 5 guests and received a booking for a workshop, and a $400+ order. It was a good day. Lessons learned: too many projects, (okay, okay you told me so!! :), not enough time talking up the DSP special, and I inadvertently insulted one of the guests by my excuse for a scrapbook page. I thought it was cute, but when I saw her scrapbook pages (she brought them with her), oh my goodness! AWESOME!! I told her she should be selling SU because she's so good about putting pages together with her eye for color and composition. She said she spends hours on one page so she wouldn't be good at this. HA! As if!! Wooo! Made me want to go back to college and get my degree in C&C!! (Color and composition!!)

Everyone came away a winner with the door prizes. They were the good thing, I think. The day was overcast so the soup and bread were a hit and I had made cupcakes for dessert with a paper daisy as a topper (no, I didn't make the daisies - should have).

I'll do it again, but not right away. I've got a scrapbook club starting in June and a workshop to prepare for (a first actually away from home!).

So, thanks very very much to all you wonderful folks who held me up in your thoughts and prayers and encouraged me with ideas and thoughtful comments! You helped me immensely and I appreciate you a great deal.

Tip of the Day:
If you haven't already done so, start an idea file. Get one of those multiple flap folders and label them, "punch ideas", "scrapbook pagemaps", "glass ideas", etc. This idea came about when I sat at my desk with my 3-ring binder and realized it was bulging with no apparent order to the mess. OUCH! If you've already done this successfully, let me know! I'd love to hear your take on this tip!!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I am so glad your open house went well and congrats on the big order!! You can never, ever go wrong with soup and cupcakes!

    I still have to get round to having an event but I think that I'll be waiting until the new catalog comes out so I can build on my samples and ideas.

  2. Looks like your DH wins a prize today for Color and Composition--with the blue bird feeder as a perfect match with the indigo buntings. I'm sure he planned that ;-}

  3. Wooo Hooo...I'm so glad your open house turned out good, and that is great $$$$ for only 5 people. Wish I could have been there. Maybe sometime we will eventually get together...would love to see some of your scrapbooks.

    The birds are Beautiful!!!! Great job on the pics.

  4. Great job with the Open House!

  5. Beautiful pictures of the rare Indigo Bunting birds, I've never seen those before but I must admit I am usually screaming at the birds to leave my fruit trees alone!
    Everything turns out for the best and we all learn a lesson each day - for you, it was Fun and very rewarding - I bet you were smiling the whole day from start to finish! Great Job on your gathering and you will continue to try something different until you find our style.

  6. Congrats on your open house! I love the make and take and the class project idea. Nice!

  7. Mel, Congrats on your sucessful open house! And the blue bird, what did you call it? Indigo Bunting? is so beautiful! Aren't God's creatures amazing!?!