it's been a busy garden day. The boys bought me summer-blooming flower bulbs for Mother's Day so we're out getting them in the ground.
And the strawberries are ripening! I took these photos last week. Looks like a good harvest this year. The photo on the left is from plants I put in the ground last fall. The photo on the right is of a bed I planted the previous fall. If you're normally a spring planter of strawberries, consider planting them in the fall instead. You get an extra 6-8 months of growth on them (yes, they continue growing over the winter months) so your second spring after you plant them you can expect massive amounts of strawberries! In another week or so I'll be making jam. Lots and lots of jam.
I have something new and fun to share with you! See that little banner in the upper left-hand corner of this book cover? That's mine. It's from a card I made. It's been a really long time since I contributed to a book. I think Elsie's "recipe" book with KI may be the last one. I already have a tough time keeping up with everything I have going so, even though I love contributing to books, I usually decline. A few months ago I got an email from May Flaum. It started out Dearest Kendra, and I knew I was in trouble. May is the person who hired me to work as a designer for Fiskars. I still can't thank her enough for that. She was so wonderful to work with when she was with them. I loved the concept of her idea she proposed, scrapbooking bloggers sharing their favorite techniques. So not only is it a source for scrapbooking techniques, it also ties in blogging. I couldn't say no. I just received an email from May that the book is available for preorder on Amazon now. And I saw the list of the other contributors. Holy moly I was excited! I'll be in a book with some of my favorite scrapbookers. It's always exciting but it's also always a bit intimidating when you see the other names. I've been doing this a long time and that intimidation is still there. But it's good. It makes me strive to always do my best work and it makes me proud to be trusted to create something that is worthy of being included with the work of others whom I know are admired in the scrapbook community. May will be posting more information on her blog soon. And you can preorder the book here on Amazon's website.
I'll be posting a giveaway of a Fiskars border punch next week so be on the look out for it!