Wednesday, March 21, 2007


I hope you like the Gorilla - and I KNOW... someone pointed out that Melanie seems like such a SWEET name for such a hulking critter... and that's true, however, the credit goes to Melanielemonyr who provided me with the reference photos. You can thank Melanie yourself if you would like, by leaving some love for her at
her BLOG!

I do not add any drop shadows etc to my elements, and so I would recommend adding some drop shadow and loads of beveling to make this guy come 'alive' If you don't know how to do this you are welcome to contact me to request me to do one 'with'...

Now, lets get to know this species a bit better:

  • Gorilla's have unique nose prints just as humans have unique fingerprints.

  • In 1972, a gorilla by the name of "Koko" was taught ASL (American Sign Language) for the deaf. By the year 2000, the gorilla could understand approximately 2,000 English words.

  • Gorilla gorilla gorilla is the scientific name for the animal gorilla.

  • Human birth control pills work on gorillas.


Royanna Fritschmann- papers, dragonfly, butterfly, art inspire word art

Cari Lopez-Flower

Barb Derkson-Giraffe and Zebra (aren't they cool!!)

Nanci Rowe Janitz - Tea Wordart

Luciana - stacked frames

Fonts; Magic cards, Artistik, tasapainsaisti, Besign, Lipstick traces, chocolate box decorative, collie 10V, Cosmic Two

Thanks so very much Kate, for your delightful layout! - and for sharing with us. We look forward to see your next one. You can leave Kate some praise at her gallery HERE


My sweet husband took me out for a walk first thing in the morning yesterday - well, first thing being about 9 a.m. due to the fact our CO2 detector died at 3 of little spurts of high pitched, ear piercing noise as it made it's way out of this world. It would squeal, stop for a bit, squeal, stop and so forth till Miles buried it in some pillows. Needless to say we were less than rested by the time morning arrived.

It WAS nice to walk by daylight... the sun was very warm and grass is greening and birds returning and buds awakening on the trees. The lake level is down and so the beavers have dammed the pond up very high. They were very busy over the winter, eating down trees of a huge size! Color is turning up in the fresh red willow stalks and the burnt umber of the new Russian Olive trees. These things stand out against the faded grey/brown remnants of winter foliage.

We enjoyed the outdoors more knowing we would be inside for the rest of the day - doing paperwork and graphics. Miles was preparing all our taxes - no small feat - and each year us vowing to be more organized. I hear I am going into training to take this job over when we get organized at the 'new place'... sigh - I am utterly grateful to have escaped it to date, but I do know I need to help.


I finished up the cover of a CD for a little girl named Autumn. Autumn suffers from Luekemia and is one sick little girl. You can learn more about Autumn here:


Our dear friend Penny Buhr Johnson orchestrated getting the CD into existence, along with many volunteers and businesses. Penny has a link located to the left of this entry - she is a wonderfully talented musician. Penny teaches Music for Young Children.

Well, it's off for another busy day - you have a good one. By the way, if you're digging around in your photo collection and have high quality photos of zoo animals - any ones you've not seen yet - well posed - farm animals, bugs, pets - I would love to turn them into elements. Your more than welcome to email me anytime - be sure to put scrapping elements in the subject line! I would, of course credit you on my blog if I use your photos!


Make a Face!

Apperently this site is mucho popular ... how come YOU GUYS didn't clue me in? (ha,ha!) At any rate this is one cool and fun site.



  1. Thank you for the wonderful gorilla. I wish I had some photos for you, but no luck here. If I have any, they are buried too deep to find. LOL. Thanks for all you do. I really enjoy reading your blog. Love that picture of the lake. What a blessing to live in such a beautiful place. Have a happy day!

  2. Barb,
    Everything is lovely. The gorilla, the CD cover is beautiful. I'm glad spring has found you. I hope you have an excellent day!

  3. Good Morning Barb..:)
    Thank you soo much for the gorilla.I hadn't thought of one of those in the ark.LOL Yours is terrific and I hope to be able to use it with my zoo layouts when I get around to them:)
    Thanks for stopping by even if it was so fast I asked "who was that lady"? LOL Hope you are enjoying this lovely weather today.:)
    See ya later!:)


  4. Cute gorilla friend! I might have a photo or two that you could 'element'.

    Lawrence is out late Thursday aft. Maybe we could get together after work Thursday. Survivor is switched to tonight this week :(

    Hope you guys had "fun" doing bookwork. Can't imagine why he thought it would offend me. I'm no accountant. I hate it just as much as the next guy! But its always gotta be done. *blah*

  5. Thank you both so very much for this wonderful gorilla!!!!

  6. Cute gorilla (if you could call a gorilla cute). You do such a great job with all of your animals. Thank you!

  7. Great job with the gorilla...Thank you for sharing...


  8. Thank you for the gorilla.

  9. ((hugs)) Barb - Love the new addition!! Taxes AJ & I split the chore. I organize everything so that it's there and he actually does the taxes themselves. Love the LO that your reader did with the animals! It's stunning! Did I tell you that my washer is fixed WAHOO!!!

  10. Thank you for the gorilla! I always enjoy reading your blog and finding out so many fancinating things!


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