July 31, 2020

August 2020 Pixel Scrapper Blog Train

I loved the colors for this month's blog train.  Of course, I started with one idea and ended up going in a totally different direction.  That has happened to me so often over my 30 years of designing for decorative painting.  I don't fight it.  I just let it flow and wonderful things usually happen, except when they don't :) 

Baby's 1st Birthday
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Fan Freebie --

I became an avid gardener over the past 20 years since we moved to our ranch here in Wisconsin.  How could I not?  We went from a 75-day growing season to a Zone 5.  After all those years, I finally have been able to get all my flower beds planted so something is always blooming.  As we head into the final month of summer, the late bloomers and re-bloomers are showing their wonderful colors.  The Japanese Anemones are absolutely beautiful this year.

August Fan Freebie
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The Boo Update --

This is my "little" Boo...all 20 lbs. of him :)  But, I think this picture needs a bit of explanation.  He's laying on his back with his hind feet braced against the wall.  Then his upper body is twisted to the side slightly to brace his front feet against the cabinet.  He slept like that for about 3 hours while I was working in the kitchen.  What a character!

Sleeping Boo

Scrap happy!  See you next month!


June 30, 2020

July 2020 Pixel Scrapper Blog Train

Starting this month, you're in for something a little bit different.  We're all still using the same color palette, BUT we are doing whatever theme we want.  Marisa gives us suggestions, of course, but we're free to whistle to our own tune.  I feel like one of our ponies when someone left the gate open :)  This kit is a mixture of spending time on the North Shore in Minnesota and the years we lived in California.  Sort of the best of both worlds.

North Shore
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Fan Freebie

Since I'm kind of pressed for time, here are some watercolor papers to go with the Blog Train kit above.


North Shore Watercolor Papers
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The Boo Update

Boo quit laying on the dining room table as soon as we removed the plastic drop cloth when we were painting that room back in March, but he has now moved over to the buffet.  Poor kitty will be moved from that spot also very shortly because I am planning on painting it sometime this summer.  He's kind of funny in that he doesn't have one favorite spot to snooze.  There have been times that I've walked through the Livingroom and found him sound asleep right in the middle of the room.  And he doesn't curl up into a ball like "normal" cats :) 


I hope you all have a wonderful summer.  See ya next month with something new!


May 31, 2020

June 2020 Pixel Scrapper Blog Train and Fan Freebie

Short winter, long spring, but summer is finally here.  The house got painted in March.  My flower gardens got new perennials in April and the older plants are already blooming.  I expanded the strawberry patch with a new type of berry and they're already growing.  The garden is planted and growing very nicely with the rain and warm temperatures.  Spring round-up went off without a hitch.  I moved two herds of horses together onto one big pasture.  They tend to stick with their own stable pals, and the two "alphas" (herd leaders) try to torment each other once in a while.  But, for the most part, they're more interested in munching on that wonderful long green grass.  So, this summer is going to be less work and more play.  Oh!  And I have two new litters of kittens in the stable.  Cute, cute, cute!  Life is good.

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Fan Freebie

I had so much fun with this theme and the wonderful palette, I carried it over into the Fan Freebie as well.  Enjoy!


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The Boo Update --

Boo got a new toy!  We were picking up wood at Menard's for a project I'm working on and just happened to walk past their pet department.  The ball stays in the trough and just goes around in a circle when Boo bats it with his paw.  Sounds too simple to be entertaining, right?  He loves it!




See ya next month!

April 30, 2020

May Pixel Scrapper Blog Train and Fan Freebie

While working on this kit, my 10-year-old grandson looked at my computer and asked what I was doing.  I told him I was working on a vintage kit for scrapbooking and asked him if he knew what "vintage" meant.  He said "ya, something really old like back in 1990".  Well..when I told the ladies over at Pixel Scrapper about this, the laughter and joking began.  They are such a fun group!

Vintage Memories Blog Train
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Fan Freebie

I designed this kit for my granddaughters.  They like wearing dresses and have sweet little voices, non-stop giggles, love dolls and are just as sweet as can be.  They're a little young for make-up yet, but that day is just around the corner.  Enjoy!


May Fan Freebie
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The Boo Update -- 

When you dream, dream BIG :) 


Boo Dreaming

March 31, 2020

April Blog Train and Fan Freebie

 It's kind of ironic that the theme this month is "Around The World" at a time when we're supposed to "Stay At Home".  On the other hand, staying at home gives us lots of time to get creative.  Wisconsin started a "Stay At Home" policy on March 25th.  So, we decided to paint our living room, dining room, kitchen, entry way and down the stairway.  That included the vaulted ceilings.  After 7 days of painting, we're just about finished.  It will take another day to move everything back in place again.  Ooo...it looks good!  

Around the World Blog Train
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Fan Freebie

Easter is just around the corner, my friends.  Blessings and good wishes to all of you!

Happy Easter Bunnies Freebie
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The Boo Update

Boo got a little excited when we started moving things out of the rooms we were painting.  But, when the plastic drop cloths came out, he was sure we were making a big play area just for him.  Crawling under plastic apparently was more fun than a grocery bag.  Here he's laying on the dining room table supervising our painting project.  I hope he doesn't think he can lay on the table when I take the plastic off :)


Project Supervisor

February 29, 2020

March 2020 Blog Train and Fan Freebie

"My Tribe" was the perfect opportunity for me to take a more Western approach with this kit using these wonderful colors.  I've bred and raised horses for over 30 years.  Western everything kind of goes with the territory.  And, yes, I scrapbook pages for my horses.  They're part of the family, too!

March Pixel Scrapper Blog Train
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Fan Freebie

I love Dream Catchers.  This one just happens to match the kit above!

Family Dream Catcher Freebie by Di Hiller
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The Boo Update

Boo loves it when our UPS man brings him a new box.  If he keeps growing like he has been, we're going to need a bigger box!  The side walls of this box are 15 inches.  And to think he could curl up in the palm of my hand just a year and a half ago.    



See ya next month!



January 31, 2020

February 2020 Blog Train and Fan Freebie

Royal Pears from Oregon, in the middle of winter in Wisconsin, are like a taste of heaven!  Sunshine on a plate!  Add some great Wisconsin cheese, a few crackers or homemade bread, and we can call it lunch.  You're going to have so much fun with his month's blog train.  Enjoy!

Delish Blog Train Freebie by Di Hiller
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Fan Freebie

I love my kitchen almost as much as my studio.  My husband says I cook like I paint -- with an artistic flair.  Not only does the food need to taste good, it has to look good.  So does my recipe book.  It's a great big scrapbook for recipes instead of photos.  Makes cooking even that much more fun!     

Fan Freebie by Di Hiller
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You can also pick up the Fan Freebie from my website
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The Boo Update --

Boo has always loved watching running water and even playing in it when the opportunity presents itself.  Well....this has become an every morning event.  This is how he prefers his morning drink.  I wouldn't normally allow a cat on the counter, but I cut him some slack at times such as this.  I gave it some thought and realize he's not a normal cat.  I brought him in from the stables during freezing weather when he was just 3 weeks old.  He was the only surviving kitten and his mother didn't want him either.  He has never played with another kitten to learn all those essential cat-like things.  As a result, he often tries to do things more like a human than a cat.  Besides a few idiosyncrasies like this, he is the most interesting, definitely the largest, most fun cat we've ever had.  I'm just wondering if I installed a "touch" faucet so he can turn on the water himself, could he learn to touch it again to turn it off :)

Boo at the water fountain