May is here and with it brought some beautiful weather and those fiercely biting, blood sucking black flies! I spent just a few minutes outside yesterday and got nailed by them! I was hanging up two new bird feeders and they surrounded me. At one point I thought maybe they would just lift me up off the grass and take me to their people…or should I say head bug in charge. Spring is a wonderful time of year but those bugs really know how to spoil it. One of my gifts from my husband this year at Christmas time, was this gorgeous Victoriana calendar above. I love it. It is made by Cynthia Hart and her artistry shines through on every page. Each month is made up of collage layers of antique paper ephemera, elegant fabrics, garlands of ribbon and lace, jewelry and flowers for an effect that’s nostalgic. She apparently does scrapbooking workshops and has some books out there too. This calendar was a 20th Anniversary Edition and came packaged with a special gift: a scrapbooking kit with four sheets of decorative paper and 100 self-adhesive embellishments. On top of that, the last two pages of the calendar give you scrapbooking tips and it describes the items used in the collages each month. They are old die cuts from 1895 and 1900. An old advertisement for Pope Bicycles… Bicycles built for two from old catalog pages… Really cool old things that she threw together like this moon face, girl with umbrella and an old piece of jewelry. The pictures are lovely that she chose. It has been my absolute favorite calendar I have ever had and he has gifted me some nice ones. What a joy it is to see all these old Victoriana items each month when I flip the page. Cool huh? Thought I would share with ya’ll!!
Let’s see….what else goes on in May here on Blueberry Plains? Well….probably next week, I will be calling a local farmer to come by with a dump truck full of cow manure that has been wintered over. He usually brings about 5 to 6 yards of it and dumps it into my garden. It’s a little bit stinky so it needs to sit for a while before I get another farmer to come and rototill it into the garden. I am expanding my garden a little bit this year too so that will take some time. He tills it for me and then I have to dig and rake all that grass out of the area he has tilled. I’m not sure how big my garden is but it’s a good size for me and I enjoy it so much! Here are some pictures from my garden of 2008…………….