“Feathered Friends” Final DD & Freebie

Well, goodness!  Another month is passed.  Another daily download is, hopefully, on your hard drive, with this last day.  But, don’t slow down.  No!  We have another month, waiting in the wings, to wow and impress you.  LOL  This Mai DD is the one I have told you about.  I chose the colors and the theme.  I showed you the theme logo, yesterday.  Today, I am offering you a quick page in the color palette and theme, flowers.  
(click on image to go to MediaFire for download)
I want to point out the kitteh to you.  Kitteh was done with Pencil Pixels to give him a hand-drawn effect.  The actions there are so impressive to me.  Check out PencilPixels and download some freebie styles, frames and see what sets their actions apart from the crowd.
The ladies did the most amazing goodies to go along with this.  What we are going to do is show you good folks a preview of each day’s download with a link to the forum.  Our forum at Magickal Scraps is safe.  It’s just the store that is messed up and can’t be accessed.
For today, the last DD for April’s “Feathered Friends”, click on the image below.
That will do for today.  I have some things to do before tomorrow’s release of the new DD.  Thank you for your interest.
Hugs,
Su
SMILE!

SU CheshireCat

DD Freebie, Garden, & May Poles

Greetings, this fine evening.  LOL  The moon is full as of last night and Beltane is coming. In my neck of the woods it is well into spring.  The flowers are beginning to fade and fall from the stems, ensuring reproduction next year.  My dogwood, azaleas and bottle brush tree have already passed their prime, their discarded flowers no longer good for much but compost and memories.  Beltane is all about the birth and re-birth of elements of nature.  In days of old a May Pole ceremony marked this same celebration.
Some folks still do the May Pole thing, particularly of late with the rise in popularity of what we call ‘New Age religions’.  The elementary school I attended had a May Day celebration every year.  I loved to watch the pretty colored ribbons, winding over and under, that ended up in a lovely patterned ‘pole’.  I don’t mean to be disrespectful or raunchy, but, there was a certain phallic symbolism in the May Pole.  Actually, there is quite a bit of sexual reference in this sabbat, Beltane.  The whole selection/reproduction cycle sounds a lot like something on a dating website.  Flirt and date to find a proper mate(selection), “engage”, then, reproduce.  It is the same the world over.  
I plan to chill out and maybe have a walk around my garden,  It’s about time to start maintenance on all the new growth!  I have a pile of stones and broken-up cement sidewalk pieces.  They were going to make a little path of stepping stones to a ‘faerie garden’.  I will post pictures when I get it done enough to recognize what it is.  LOL
The last thing today is the daily download.  Since there is only one more day to April, I am still posting them in my blog.  However, beginning Mai 1, with the new DD, they will go back to the forum.  Several of us hosted the DD’s when the store was messed up.  The forum is still okay to use.  Now that Snowy has some time off, perhaps we can get the store back up online and running smoothly.
Mai’s DD is the one where I chose the colors and the theme.  Here is that logo:
This DD will start on Mai(May) 1(first)
The last two days of April are all that’s left.  I will post the 29th now and the 30th late tonight.

Until then, have fun today!  A person can change the direction of a moment just by their facial expressions.  Smile today and see what may go better.  I can almost guarantee a better day!  After a couple of well-timed smiles, I always feel good!

Hugs,
Su
SU CheshireCat

Tornadoes, Kaleb, Doors & DD Freebie

Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful weekend.  It was sure lovely here in Florida.  Until the (tornado) storms.  The news called it a storm, but, as it was coming through, there were tornado warnings.  The storms are the same ones that swept through Mississippi, killing something like 10 people, a day or so prior.
I don’t normally get concerned over high winds and storms.  You do what you have to do to protect yourself and the rest is out of your control.  This one was weird.  I was trying to nap.  I heard what sounded like someone suddenly running water full blast.  But, when I looked up at the window, instead of seeing the tops of trees, it was solid grey!  I jumped up and went to the children, who were starting to freak out.  We gathered in the center hallway of my house, where overhead supports would protect us the most from falling ceilings.  It didn’t last long, but, long enough to scare the peewiddle out of the family.
When the wind and rain settled down, we ventured outside.  The first thing we saw was my neighbor’s house.  An huge oak tree was felled on top of the roof, covering almost the entire house.  I ran over there knocking on the door and calling out, but, they weren’t home.  The first photo is his roof from my yard.  It is visible just above the fence.
This is the base of the huge tree that fell on his house:
And, finally, this is what fell in my yard.  These branches just missed the children’s trampoline:
We were really fortunate.  The worst part was not having power for a couple of hours.  The storms came through around 2 in the afternoon.  At 10 o’clock last night, crews were still clearing a portion of street by my house.  Trees and power lines were felled all over the place.  Our power was out until about 5 in the afternoon, so, about three hours without power.  My daughter took the little ones and drove around a bit.  By this time, people had located the obstructions and were working to clear them.  Otherwise, her jaunt could have been a bad move.  One thing that was noticeable everywhere you looked.  Little sprigs of new growth from the trees were all over everything.  It was almost beautiful.  Imagine a rain where sprigs of greenery fell instead of water.  That is what it looked like.  It’s pretty much all blown away or I would get a photo of that.
Sarah had just cleaned the pool and got it all set up again for the warmer days.  Now, look!
I’ll say it again,  “We were blessed!”
I had joined in on a progressive scrap at another site.  I went through the entire week of adding all the goodies.  It turned out really nice.  But, I missed turning it in on time.  I didn’t want to waste the layout, so, here it is:

 

The kit is the April Collab, “Gentle Rain”, from the SAS Design Team.  Click image for the complete list of artists in a zip file for you)

On one of Kaleb’s visits with me, he was in a particularly good mood.  I snapped a few more shots of him being all smiley-cute and made a layout for them:

He’s such a cutie pie!  But, then, I am prejudiced!  LOL

Next, I ‘cut-out’ and colored these doors.  They can be used for anything one wishes.  I thought they were neat.  I set them up in the ‘collage sheet’ format as it seems like a good idea for a single object like the door.  Have at ’em.  Enjoy!
(Click image to enlarge, then, right click and ‘save as’)

Last, but, not least, here is the Day 27 “Feathered Friends” daily download from Magickal Scraps.
(Click on preview to go to download)

So, until next time, smile!

Hugs,

Su

SU CheshireCat

Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful weekend.  It was sure lovely here in Florida.  Until the (tornado) storms.  The news called it a storm, but, as it was coming through, there were tornado warnings.  The storms are the same ones that swept through Mississippi, killing something like 10 people, a day or so prior.
I don’t normally get concerned over high winds and storms.  You do what you have to do to protect yourself and the rest is out of my control.  This one was wierd.  I was trying to nap.  I hearn what sounded like someone running water full blast.  But, when I looked up at the window, insyead of seeing the tops of trees, it was solid grey!  I jumped up and went to the children, who were starting to freak out.  We gathered in the center hallway of my house, where overhead supports would protect us the most from falling ceilings.  It didn’t last long, but, long enough to scare the pee out of the family.
When the wind and rain settled down, we ventured outside.  The first thing we say was my neighbor’s house.  An huge oak tree was felled on top of the roof, covering almost the entire house.  I ran over there knocking on the door and calling out, but, they weren’t home.  The first photo is his roof from my yard.  It is visible just above the fence.
This is the base of the huge tree that fell on his house:
And, finally, this is what fell in my yard.  These branches just missed the children’s tramploine:
We were really fortunate.  The worst part was not having power for a couple of hours.  The storms came through around 2 in the afternoon.  At 10 o’clock last night, crews were still clearing a portion of street by my house.  Trees and power lines were felled all over the place.  Our power was out until about 5 in the afternoon, so, about three hours without power.  My daughter took the little ones and drove around a bit.  By this time, people had located the obstructions and were working to clear them.  Otherwise, her jaunt could have been a bad move.  One thing that was noticeable everywhere you looked.  Little sprigs of new growth from the trees were all over everything.  It was almost beautiful.  Imagine a rain where sprigs of greenery fell instead of water.  That is what it looked like.  It’s pretty much all blown away or I would get a photo of that.
Sarah had just cleaned the pool and got it all set up again for the warmer days.  Now, look!
I’ll say it again,  “We were blessed!”
I had joined in on a progressive scrap at another site.  I went through the entire week of adding all the goodies.  It turned out really nice.  But, I missed turning it in on time.  I didn’t want to waste the layout, so, here it is:

SU CheshireCat