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Thursday, July 29, 2010


Stop by Calico Rabbit for this wonderful giveaway opportunity!!! Deadline to sign up is August 7th, with the lucky winner to be announced on August 8th!!


WHOA!!!! MY LUCKY MONTH!!! I also won a wonderful print from another great artist!! Elizabeth Gonzalez is very talented, and I am fortunate to now be the lucky owner of TWO of her great prints!! Stop by her blog and say hello!! You can find wonderful prints and ceramic items in her Etsy shoppe, too!! Thanks so much, Elizabeth!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I WON!!!!!

I am so honored to be the winner of this beautiful journal from two creative sisters, Rebecca and Kathleen!! Stop by their blog, Pigtails Paper Trails, become a follower, and be the first to know about their new creations!! They have a great Etsy shoppe, too!! STOP ON BY!!!! You can follow these great Texas gals on Facebook, too!! I hope you will pay them a visit, and tell them that Trudy sent you!! :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010


With all that I need to be doing....deadlines, orders to fill, I have been this morning, enjoying the animal friends in our backyard!! I can spend so much time watching and enjoying them!!! What would I do if we lived in the woods???!!!!
The foxes were not in the yard this morning, but I don't believe I have shared these shots with you yet! I haven't seen the coyote in awhile, and I had also stopped feeding the birds, at the suggestion of the local HOA. However, a few days ago, when the little golden guys were searching for their seeds, I had to feed them!! :)
Enjoy the shots!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

My Photo Class Theme for the 3rd....a Day Late Here!!

Our theme for yesterday's assignment was "Getting Centered"......instead of the usual artistic play, we were to strive for centering our subject....perhaps with symetry on the sides, etc. Although I did not find quite what I was looking for, I did find some things to "center" my view finder on! Enjoy the shots!!


Democracy and America were born on July 4, 1776. Every year we Americans celebrate the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave in a variety of ways, often including parades and backyard gatherings, hotdogs and watermelon.

I suggest that we all take a moment to reflect on what it means to be an American, what we each can do to continue the work of our nation, and what our responsibilities are as Americans.

Today might be a great day to read all or part of The Declaration of Independence, and put some thought into what it means to be an independent nation, during the days of the signing of the Declaration and now today, in 2010.

I suggest that we take a moment to thank those that have given themselves to serve in our Armed Forces, and to their families, many of which have sacrificed the ultimate.

Stay safe, have fun, and God Bless America!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010


I love a good summer rain.....the kind that you can see building up, with the skies growing darker.......then the thunder...............then the lightning..............then the downpour.

We had one of those events today!! NICE!!! The rain brought the temp down to a chilly 75, everything got a nice little drink of coolness, and then the clouds moved on, the sun returned, and the temperature rose to another 90+ day!!

I love the rain. This kind of rain. The rain the comes....and goes.....quickly!! Enjoy the shots!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


JULY!!! Already!!! Yes, we are already half way through 2010. Hard to believe!! I like to think about the year in terms of how well I have done to reach my goals, the adventures I have experienced, the challenges I have taken on, the accomplishments I have made. I need to get busy!!!!! heheheheee!!!

This is the month that we celebrate the birth of our Nation.....the United States of America. This is the month my late father, Howard Spencer Graves, was born in Leon, WI, in 1922.

In 1969, man first set foot on the moon, during the month of July. That man was Neil Armstrong, an American.

One of my favorite childhood activities was to transfer the comics from the Sunday paper to another paper using my SILLY PUTTY!!! Silly Putty was trademark registered in July, 1952.

The people and events of the month of July are many, obviously. I will leave the further investigation of these to you!!
On the creative front, July 2010 brings an end to the amazing e-course I have been participating in with noted artist Kelly Rae Roberts. As that great experience winds down, I have joined an inspirational photography event with Shutter Sister, Tracey Clark!! You might want to jump in for a fun photo experience, too!! Just visit Picture Summer, and sign up!!

July brings updates for Crows in the Attic Primitives on Simply Primitives and The Primitive Gathering, as well as updates on Lemon Poppy Seeds, too!! Both of my Poppy Shoppes have been updated with some great Christmas in July choices, too!! Be sure to visit Annabelle's Attic as well as Crows in the Attic Primtives on LPS!!

Most of all, I hope that you will welcome July, the heat of Summer, the fun in the sun, and all that Summer brings to you! Prim Blessings to all, Trudy