Picking violets for grandma

Can there be anything more beautiful and refreshing as the bloom of spring flowers in Michigan? At the same time, is there anything more daunting than a yard and garden full of weeds?

The older I get the more I appreciate the beautiful spring blooms and the memories that accompany them – like the violet. The lovely lavender and blue blooms of this beautiful wild flower seem to spring up everywhere this time of year, their delicate little faces nearly hidden from view by their green leaves.

As I was facing the daunting task of weeding and prepping my garden bed surrounding my little backyard pond I kept coming across these lovely little violets.


The violets bring back memories of my Grandma Root’s backyard in the spring. As a child of the 1950’s we were taught to entertain ourselves and play with each other and find something to do. I remember her backyard was just full of these little wild violets and I would just plop down in a section at a time and pick little bouquets that grandma would place in a little tin cup.


During summer months we would sit on the ground for hours hunting for the elusive four-leaf clover. And, oh the joy when you finally find one! Do kids still do this?

When my middle son was a toddler the very nice neighbor lady who lived next door would spend time with him outdoors and one day I watched them from the window as they sat and stared at a small patch of ground for quite some time. Later I had to ask her what they were doing and she told me they were watching ants. The two of them just sat on the ground and enjoyed the simple pleasure of nature while creating memories.


So even though I was out there tilling and weeding these memories made the experience bearable and enjoyable. I just can’t bring myself to pull those pretty little violet plants out so I’ll leave them until the blooms are gone and think of grandma Root’s little backyard in Livonia every time I walk past.


Is there a spring favorite that stirs wonderful childhood memories in you?


Exploring my backyard …

936118_10200443269817690_1038169553_nAll this week Xyron and BoBunny design teams are working together to share some great ideas using their products. I received BoBunny’s Trail Mix collection. I created this little mini to document areas in my yard and garden that need some extra attention this summer. Of course, as usual, I’m about two weeks or more behind in garden work so now I have to play catch-up. But, I digress. On to the mini book.

I started with a plain mini book from Basically Bare – Krafty Keepsake Vintage. This mini has four white envelope pages with flaps and a heavy-duty chipboard inner page along with two black chipboard covers.

After measuring the covers, envelopes and center page I cut papers to fit each of these along with some smaller pieces to cover the envelope flaps. I inked all the papers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink followed up by a light edging of Black Soot Distress Ink then processed them all through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station.


With full coverage of adhesive on the papers it is so quick-and-easy to put this little book together – just peel and stick! I even process my photos through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station because they stick down so very well. Mini books often get a lot of handling so I like to make sure my photos and papers are stuck down securely.


After adhering BoBunny’s papers to the envelope flaps I made reinforcers by punching 1/2 circles, coating them Piccolo Glastique Gloss (clear-drying dimensional glue), and adhered them in place with little black brads. I added a length of Cappuccino twine from The Twinery as the closure.

I intend to tuck garden notes and receipts into the envelope pages. Seems like every time I purchase garden plants with a one-year guarantee I can never find the receipt the next year if I need to return it because it didn’t survive. This way I’ll be able to access the receipt!

I popped up several of the BoBunny Noteworthy die-cuts by trimming some leftover Grunge Board which I processed through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker, flipped over and processed again. This applies adhesive to both sides of the Grunge Board so I’ve just created my own dimensional adhesive.


The flat embellishments are adhered with Xyron’s Mega Runner and Xyron’s Glue Stick.




I added a dollop of Glastique to the eggs on this little tag to make them a bit dimensional. It dries in about an hour and adds a nice touch.



I love this large postage-stamp embellishment. I inked the edges and used Xyron’s new High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere the metal BoBunny Trinket in the center.


I also added the Explore Trinket to the cover with two black brads and tucked in a little bird from the Noteworthy collection.


I added the BoBunny double dot ribbon By using Xyron’s High Tack Adhesive Dots to the back cover and pressing the ribbon in place. It keeps the garden journal closed by tying a simple bow.

For even more ideas using Xyron and BoBunny be sure to visit the Xyron and BoBunny blogs.