Friday, April 24, 2009

Happy Arbor Day!

Go out and plant a tree, or two ~ Wayne planted 3 Dogwood Trees, 4 Blueberry Bushes, 2 Azalea Bushes, 2 Butterfly Bushes & 3 Evergreens this week! Yay!!! They are already looking happy in our yard. He's also been on a mission to kill the "Woolly Adelgid" that are threatening to wipe out the whole population of Hemlock Trees that are such icons along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains & Blue Ridge Mountains. We have lots of them in our yard, too. Fortunatly, the treatment looks like it may be helping ~ we see new growth on the trees Wayne treated last year, so *yay* ~ but, the treatment is rather costly and you have to keep doing it. Unfortunatly, the trees out in the forest will not all be treated and most of them will die. Just driving up through Pisgah National Forest right now gives you the realization of what will be. The Hemlocks stand there baren & gray, with no new green growth. Once all of their branches die and fall off, then they stand there tall & proud until winds & rain drive them down ~ it's rather sad, but hopefully not all of them will die and little ones will grow and thrive. We'll keep our fingers crossed. So thanks to everybody that participated in my "Earth Day" sale, I'm sending a check for $25 to the "World Wildlife Fund" today! Yay ~ changing the world one penny at a time. And as a special "thank you" to all of you that read my blog and buy my jewelry, these earrings are next Wednesday's {April 29th} give away:I love them! They are called "Up in Smoke" and brand new in the shop. Of course, all you have to do to win them is comment on this blog post. I'll be picking the winner next Wednesday! Good Luck!!!

And........I have these new little gifts for everybody. Last Spring/Summer I had the plantable thank you cards and this Spring/Summer I have these awesome little bookmarks:This is the front ~ with my new banner image...and this is the back ~ featuring my little birdie that I fell in love with recently!!! I put this image on my website and it's really cute! At first it was just a static image and then Wayne said to me, "why don't you make him run back and forth on the branch"! Well, several hours later and with the help of "Animation Shop" ~ he's running up and down the branch now!! Check him out ~ I know you'll love him, too. So, I ordered 100 of these little bookmarks and they will be included in everybody's package from Dornick Designs ~ a perfect little gift for Summer reading and, a constant reminder of where you got that awesome jewelry you are wearing poolside :)

Well, I'm off to make some new things and some signs for my show tomorrow ~ I hope everyone has a super Arbor Day!!!
♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and tomorrow a vision of hope." ~ Kalidasa


  1. I'm planting a salvia clevlandii in my garden soon--it's a good water tolerant plant and has a very strong scent (here in SoCal drought tolerant is very important!). I love sitting in the garden at dusk and the not-so-subtle aroma that comes from my herb bushes at that time of day!

    And, as always, the earrings are lovely! :)

  2. Sounds wonderful, Jana! I have my windows open right now and I can hear the birds & chipmunks making noises ~ those little chipmunks are some noisy little critters ~ ♥

  3. We have the whippoorwills back and the lightning bugs too. I love Spring.
    I've planted a lilac, some hops and veggies in the garden. Everything is coming up so far.
    Happy April.

  4. Am I allowed to play again?? I looove these earrings too!! And, I am totally loving "Mellow Yellow" :)

    It's too early for planting much here, but a few more weeks and I'll be out there, digging in the dirt!

  5. You can play every time, Stacy ~ no matter what! I'm glad you are loving your earrings! It looks like all of my trees just filled in overnight around here! Yay for privacy once again :)


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