Digital Scrapbooking – April Blog Hop

Raindrops and Rainbows
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx: 45F, raining, wind

They fall.  First one, then another.  My husband points them out to me as we drive by.  I turn my face away.  I can’t look.  The neighbor is pulling out his cherry orchard.  15 acres this year – maybe more next.  With each fallen tree, my heart sinks lower.  For years we have marveled at the beauty of a cherry orchard in full bloom.  Playful chickadees have darted within the clouds of white and pink spring buds.  A small semblance of heaven.

But the new laws are in place this year to protect migrant crop workers, and the economy is bad for fruit sellers.  Our neighbors have hired the same family of workers for two generations.  They are provided with a clean and attractive bunkhouse for their two-week stay.  It has a restroom, showers, bunk beds, etc.  Picnic tables outside provide a place for playing cards or reading.  Last year I baked cookies for them.  Sometimes they come to our church.  But the new laws state that each individual family must have their own, separate housing.  I don’t make a judgment call on that law – I wish everyone had the opportunity to have everything they require.  In my neighbor’s case, they just don’t have the funds to build new bunkhouses for individual families.  Along with that mandatory law, the market for Bing cherries has fallen considerably.  The heartbreaking decision was made to pull down the trees. A little bit of my heart falls down with them. Sigh.

The Pixel Scrapper Blog Hop for April is called “Raindrops and Rainbows”, a fitting theme for this time of year in Oregon.  Lots of early rainfall.   I am excited to see what the other designers at PS have designed.  I went with a watercolor theme and stayed away from bright, primary colors.  Please visit the link to get access to all designer creations for this Blog Hop.  And remember, each designer will have their own particular terms of use for their designs.  My designs are free to use, as you wish.  I just ask that you do a random act of kindness for someone else, in return.  My official terms are at the end of this post.

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Be well, my friend.  Hug the ones you love.





Digital Download – Free Stuff

Thank You All
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
WX: 62F, rain

Ah, the peace that comes upon good news, after a long, hard wait. My daughter “J” will be fine.  Just irritations and lesions that will heal on their own.  Thank you, everyone, for sending prayers and positive thoughts.  Your comments really uplifted me when I was scared and greatly concerned.   In this time of our lives when the world doesn’t quite make sense anymore, and there is hatred being practiced in all of its tormented forms, you have proven the truth that there is precious goodness in this world.  Again, thank you all for your encouragement – it meant so much to me.

I have a couple of free downloads for you, one is for a challenge called “The Letter B”.  We were asked to come up with a mini kit that contained a bird or butterfly, borders, button or brad, and a balloon.  I included all of those items, except a balloon – call me a rebel if you must.  Truth is, I forgot it.  My mind had been on J, and I was beyond distracted but I still needed to try to focus on something other than waiting for a diagnosis.  Hence, the absent balloon. I did throw in a few bees just because I love them. And, I have been on a “kick” lately of making blended papers.  I can’t help myself – I love the way the colors ebb and flow into each other.  I have always wanted to paint watercolors, but I never approached that art with any confidence.  But here on paper, I am exploring what it means to be in the midst of a liquid color box. The emotions of color have no better display than in watercolor, yet I suppose Mr. Rembrandt would challenge that theory.

Here are the previews and downloads for “The Letter B”.  The elements have two previews but just one download.  I wanted to show you the full content of the element download, and it is better seen in two separate previews.  I wish I was one of those designers that could just pile it all together in one big center lump, but when I do that, I am never happy with the result.    As always, these are free to you for any purpose – I just ask that you do a random act of kindness for someone else – pass it on.  My official “TOU” is at the bottom of this post.

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Download both element previews


I also did a small number of frames for an entirely different challenge, so if you are interested in the frames, here they are:
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Official TOU Stuff:

Until we meet again,