This week’s Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog #UYS229 challenge is to make a project with fruit or vegetables. Please join the challenge here. Since strawberries are a favorite at our house and we have our own small strawberry bed, I decided to use the strawberry paper for my project.
Here’s the back side of the packet. Isn’t this DSP (Designer Series Paper) gorgeous?!
This picture shows all the beautiful patterns in the Fruit Stand DSP pack.
I used one 8×8 sheet of DSP, a bit of ribbon and some dark chocolate almonds from Trader Joe’s. Easiest project ever!
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I mentioned our strawberry bed. Well, here it is. Yep, Superman built it for me a few years ago. You might be wondering about the pvc pipe? I cover the strawberry bed with netting to keep my strawberries safe from the birds and also safe from my sweet pups, Maya and Molly. I caught Maya “red handed” in my strawberry bed munching away and figured out I needed to secure my netting better. You might wonder why my pups love strawberries so much? I blame my oldest son, Sean. When Sean is home, strawberries are his favorite thing to eat. He also loves our pups so much, he shares his favorite food with them, which in turn made my two pups love strawberries as much as he does. Hence, why I have two strawberry thieves living with me. 🙂
For those of you who don’t grow strawberries, you might be fascinated to learn that each strawberry begins as a beautiful flower. The yellow center becomes the strawberry.
Here’s some berries after the white petals fell off and the yellow center part formed the berry. As you might be able to tell, I love gardening almost as much as stamping! Most days I spend around one hour each morning weeding, watering, picking up sticks and enjoying my flowers and vegetable gardens. Oh, I also jump on our trampoline, but I’ll save that story for another day.
Today was Keegan’s first day at musical theatre camp. His day started off bad by accidently dropping his iphone in water and ruining it. After he got to camp things got better. He nailed his first solo, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Miserables, and was selected for the top group. He made three new friends from Nevada, IA and reconnected with an old friend he met at The Playhouse a couple years ago. He’s excited to go back again tomorrow! He’ll spend all week with three professional actors from Broadway working on singing, dancing and acting.
Since Keegan was at camp, and Abby’s still a camp counselor at Okoboji, I had to do therapy dogs alone today. I almost never go alone so I thought about cancelling, but I’m so glad I didn’t. Maya brought so much joy to so many people today. One of my favorite gentlemen in Assisted Living was having a really tough day today. Maya and I succeeded in cheering him up. It made my heart happy! I always say that the best way to cheer yourself up, is to cheer up someone else. It works for me anyway.