Wednesday, May 12, 2010

100% Success Rate

Today, the last of our pupae became a Painted Lady butterfly. We have 10 in all. Now what the heck do we do? I've read that they reporduce within 2 days. It would be fun to continue the life cycle, but I've never considered myself a caterpillar/butterfly breeder. Also, the food plant the caterpillars need to survive may be a little hard to come by in the desert.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I made this scrapbook layout in less than an hour using Studio J. There were no photos to print or crop, just a few mouse clicks and voila! I can hardly believe I have a 2010 event ready for a photo album. You can play with Studio J by clicking on the link in my website: By the way, this paper kit is called Hippity Hop and it's only available through Studio J. Check it out.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Butterfly Chronicles

Uncle Trevor gave our family a butterfly kit for Christmas. I finally got around to ordering the little critters a couple of weeks ago. In my defense, I didn't want to order the bugs when it was too cold, but I almost waited too long -- the Arizona heat is knocking on our door. Here are my happy scientists inspecting our new caterpillars that arrived via USPS on April 28th.

This was one of the bigger caterpillars. There are about 10 total in the two containers.

Do you see that webb-stuff in there? The carmel-colored stuff on the bottom is there food and droppings (aka frass).

They're growing...We hope to see chrysalides real soon.
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cherries in the Summertime

There are some pretty incredible products inside the pages of our new Summer Idea Book. Here's just a sampling. Click here to see the entire new book on line.