My name, Karin, was pretty common when I was growing up...just not the spelling. Unless you are of German heritage like I am. So, I have spent my entire life answering the question, "What is your name"?... With, "Karin...with an "i"! Who knew it would come in handy all these years later when I went to name my blog.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Hi Everyone,

I hope the weekend was good to you.  We managed to squeeze in a little fun for ourselves in the form of the new Woody Allen movie, Midnight in Paris. I thought it was very charming and the best movie he's made in a while.  Maybe my favorite movie I've seen so far this year.  It's reminiscent of The Purple Rose of Cairo for me, and the fact that it was set in Paris in summer didn't hurt either.  If you've never wanted to go there, you will after watching the gorgeous shots of the city :)

We then went out to the Winking Lizard to catch the running of the Belmont.  I was looking forward to watching it out somewhere, in a group of people. We got a seat right by the TV and put an order in, and then the horses were off and running.  So fun.  I'm cheering, the jockeys/horses are making a run for the finish line....Who will it be?  Who's that coming up from the back?  Then....Nothing.  Frozen screen.  The satellite goes out.  The race ends.  The screen remains frozen.  Sigh.  So much for watching it in a crowd.  Oh well, at least my portabella sandwich was very tasty :)

So this is my small attempt at flowers this year.  The deer (chipmunks and rabbits too) eat everything.  I hate marigolds, but they are in the deer resistant category so I give those a try every year.  They last awhile, but always get sampled here and there by the wildlife.  I'm also giving zinnias a go.  So far so good.

This is on my deck.

More of the same in a planter off the deck on my brick walkway.  That thing on the metal stake is some deer repellent gizmo.  It was a new item at the garden supply store and unlike the spray, I don't have to reapply it. Fingers are crossed.

Here is my lounge chair.  It's under a tree and my favorite spot to read in the summer.

And a shot of my herb garden.

This empty pot has mint seeds.  My mint didn't come back this year, so I have to start from scratch.

This coming weekend is Jennifer's graduation party.  I feel like I've been working on these favors for forever, so I even got Uncle Rod to help me.  They are a triangle boxes filled with orange and white M&M's.  School colors are a must have.

A close up...Only 22 more to go and I will be done. Whew!

Challenges for this favor:
Stamptacular Sunday-Dads or Grads
Craft Your Days Away-Monochrome (Triangle box)

A couple of months ago, I helped a friend make the favors for her son's graduation party.  He's a golfer and the school mascot is a bee.  Aren't they cute?  I used the small bee stamp from Hambo Stamps.

I've also been working on anniversary invites and favors for someone, but I'm no where close to showing those off yet, so I guess I will end it here. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great crafty day friends :)

Challenges for this favor:
Stamptacular Sunday-Dads or Grads

Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, Georgia Pacific White, Ink: Stampin' Up, Stamps: PTI, Stampin' Up, Hambo Stamps, Punches: Marvy, EK Success, Nesties


jonim52 said...

Good luck with your garden. We too have a problem with the deer eating everything. I have 4 beautiful hanging baskets, but that is it for flowers so far. Your favors are very cute.

Cass said...

Hi there! Your garden looks great! My veggie garden flopped. Your party favors are so pretty! I've never seen orange MM's, awesome!

Have a great day!

Angelica said...

Hola!! Karin

WOW!!! You have a beautiful garden , You favorite spot is very "relax" .
Your basil is ready for making a pizza...yummy!!.
Congrats your orange favors are so cute . I love-it

Doreen said...

Wow all those boxes Karin,you have been busy. Your garden looks fabulous.
Thanks for sharing with us at CYDA.xxx

Amanda R said...

Sounds like you had a fun weekend. Love to see pictures of your home, always makes a cyberfriend seem more "real". Cute idea for the favors too, both of them!

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, Karin, you've been working hard in your garden and on party favours! There are so many of them and they look fabulous. I hope the recipients appreciate all the work you put into them!

* Shaz * said...

Fabulous favour boxes thank you for joining us at CYDA this time good luck xx

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

fun topper! Thank you for entering our Going Buggy challenge on D2D!

Kristine said...

Cute topper! Love your deck pics--those flowers are so pretty!! Thanks for playing in our "Goin' Buggy" challenge at D2D!

Kim Mc said...

What a wonderful creation, Karin! That bee is adorable! Thanks for playing in the D2D Saturday "goin' buggy" challenge and can't wait to see what you do with next week!
Aloha, Kim Mc
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