definitely not a treat ~ this one compliments of Mother Nature. The weathermen (and women) were right ~ drats. I was hoping they'd be wrong (as often happens) but unfortunately not this time. It started snowing almost right to the predicted minute and is still snowing as I type. So far, we have approx 12" on the ground, (maybe more?) and it's not supposed to stop until tonight. I took a couple pictures of the birdhouse (standing in my doorway) but haven't ventured out yet. I'm hoping not to until it stops!
It looks more like winter than fall, doesn't it?
The pumpkins are toast. We can forget about winning any carving contests this year unless we go out and purchase new ones. Maybe we should just tuck away the Halloween decorations and pull out Christmas??!! No, we won't go that far but I did do what I often do when it snows ~ a little papercrafting! Usually I make cards but on occasion I'll still scrapbook like I chose to do yesterday. I don't know what it is about creating a summer layout (on a wintry day) that makes me feel instantly better? Maybe seeing, touching, and feeling the pictures transports me back to my favorite season? I don't know. I selected the swallowtail photos because we hardly saw a butterfly (of any kind) in the garden this summer. I thought they deserved to be preserved. The results of my creative time are below but I did want to say (before you take a peek) that I don't usually have to resort to this sort of therapy until much later in the year! I hope it's not a sign of what's ahead...
I don't know why I did this the old fashioned way ~ scanning and stitching the two halves of the layout together instead of photographing the whole page?? I guess you get the idea either way? Maybe I'll go back and photograph then edit this post?? Sometimes my mind doesn't work right the first time around... FIXED IT!! Besides the photos, I really love the June calendar card ~ I added the color to it using chalks. They were one of those supplies I bought then realized the moment I got home they were already "out of date." The year on the 12 month set was 2008. arrggg. I hate when that happens. Instead of tossing them, I decided to cover the year and use them anyway. Cute (and true) message on the card too, don't you think?
While we're doing close-ups, let's take a better look at the title:
I'm going to have to keep staring at this layout all day instead of looking out the window ~ maybe it will convince me that we're still in "sweet days of summer?"