Saturday, March 24, 2007


Doesn't this guy resemble that 'thinker' statue? This fella was created using another reference photo provided by Melanie - and reading her blog it sounds like she's had a not-so-fun week so why don't you slip over and just leave her a *hug*? You can find her blog HERE


We had a par-tyyyyyyy... We had home-made pizza, and ice cream cake and chocolate and popcorn and presents and a movie. Our dear freind Melanie came and spent the night at our house (she lives 20 minutes away, in another community!) What can we say, 'cept a good time was had by all. We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you Mel!

The Things I Prize

These things I prize

and hold dearest of worth:

Light of the sapphires skies,

Peace of the silent hills,

Shelter of the forests,

Comfort of the grass,

Music of the birds,

Murmurs of the rills,

Shadows of clouds

That swiftly pass,

And, after showers,

The smell of flowers

And of the good brown earth, -

And best of all, along the way,

Friendship and mirth.

-Henry Van Dyke


background scene by Connie

zoo animals by Barb Derksen

Isn't it so CUTE? Thanks to Connie who provided htis layout she created using some of the zoo animals. Connie has a very cool FREE download of some 'spagetti flowers' on her blog for you, as well! You can find her blog HERE. Thanks so much Connie!

I would love your close up, well posed & high quality digital photos of animals. Some of you have been sending and I really appreciate this. Would love all sorts of animals! You can email me at can you please put element animals in the subject line?

I am making this entry short as Melanie (birthday) is visiting with us and we are taking her out to our new house when we drive her home. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

While blogging this morning we heard a fascinating article on NPR radio about music - in particular about Bflat... anyone who's musical will enjoy -

For reasons that remain mostly mysterious, the note we call "B flat" does the oddest things. It aggravates alligators, it lurks in the stairwell of an office building, and it emanates from a supermassive black hole 250 million light years from Earth.

You can here the article in audio form by clicking HERE (click the LISTEN button)

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  1. Fantastic chimp thank you so very much!

  2. What a wonderful chimp!!! Thank you so much Barb for the link to my freebie and for showing my LO using some of your animals! You are so generous and sweet! Connie

  3. Hi Barb, Hope you're having a great weekend...Thank you for newest addition...Take care


  4. thanks soo much for all the links and freebies!! :) i will have to look over my zoo pix, i saved your email addy, who knows, you may hear from me too lol :) LOVE your blog!!! :)

  5. Thank you very much for sharing these stunning animals, I love the chimp :)
    Beautiful LO of Connie (and what a beautiful name LOL)
    I hope you´re having a great weekend!

  6. Awww...these are looking SO great, girl! :) I'm so glad that you're able to use them! And thanks for pointing people over to my blog. It's been a LONG week and it's nice to know that someone cares!! {HUGS}

    Hope you have a great weekend!!

  7. what a cute little guy we have today.. You do GREAT work.. Tell me.. I know you had a tutorial on Vectors... is that how you do such wonderful work? what exactly are vectors? should I be learning this? I know I have seen you mention it somewhere. I am going to search your blog to see if it turns up :) THANK YOU again for the cute little guy:)

  8. I followed a link and found your blog a while ago and I promised myself that when I had more time, I'd come back and explore. Well I shouldn't have, but I took some time for myself this evening and did just that. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading through the past few months, and saving some of your lovely freebies (if I now have a button fetish that would be your doing lol!) and just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing - your talent and your life, your anecdotes and your reflections - many, many thanks!


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