by brae  

I have a new mini bird in my life, but this one I didn't make.

I've named him Sam, though his beak is true to life rather than cartoonish like the one of his namesake Toucan Sam.  :D  Man, I haven't had Froot Loops in a long time!

Sam is a gorgeous Toco Toucan made by Katie Doka of FairiesMiniatures on etsy.  He's quite perfect.  In fact, he's so lifelike I half expect him to blink and fly about the house!  Birdie wanna go outside?!!  :D

No and yes...

by brae  

No, I haven't been in the milk.  My chin?  No, that's not milk.  Nope, nope.  Nothing to see here.  But, yes, that is the Creatin' Contest build on the table.

Jasper is trying to give away my secrets.  :D

That's it! I'm leaving!

by brae  

Or "leafing" is perhaps the word I need here.  :D  I finally had some time to work on the maple tree again.  This is three hours of work, so that ought to tell you just how much time this will take.  I foresee many movies and TV marathons in my future.

I made 425 additional leaves to add to the approximate 800 from the Easy Leaves sheets, for 1,225.  I still might need more, but for now I am starting to apply the leaves to the tree.  I can make more as needed.  Each leaf is applied using a mix of Aleene's Quick Dry and super glue gel using a toothpick; the glue is applied to the stem only.  Long, slant-nosed tweezers are a lifesaver.  :]

I've spaced the leaves apart.  I will go back later and add in more to fill in.  Right now they are also flat, but once they dry I can bend them down, up or sideways.  By applying the leaves to all the branches, I can keep going until I reach the fullness I want without overdoing one section and ending up bare in another.  Plus, I want to use the slightly smaller leaves from the Easy Leaf sheets throughout.  By working all around, these will be evenly distributed even if I end up with more of the manually paper punched leaves overall.  #HBSCreatinContest2016

Little Milo

by brae  

Little Milo has passed away.  :[  He was two years old and still getting around fairly well though I could tell his health was failing.  These little hamsters live about two to three years.

He came to live with me during the transition between homes back in 2014.  He jumped up and down as I looked in the cage next to his at the pet store...I guess he knew he wanted a quiet life with me.  :]

This morning, I knew the time was close.  I said my goodbyes and wished him a safe journey.  I told him he could come visit any time.  He passed sometime today in the very spot I saw him last this morning.  I will miss my sweet little friend.

investigating the sea chest in the barn on Milo Valley Farm

Early Summer Sale - new etsy coupon

by brae  

I'm offering 20% off orders $40 and over in my etsy shop through July 8!  This coupon is valid for international buyers as well as domestic, but you'll have to let me know which items you're interested in so I can add your country to the shipping profile.  There are too many listing/country combinations to do as a whole and shipping varies so much from country to country.  However, I am happy to look up the pricing and add it.

Come on by and treat yourself to some new minis!  :D  Use code: 20OTTER40







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