I have had some “issues” with chipmunks this past year. If you live in New England, that probably does not come as a surprise to you! Don’t get me wrong~~they ARE adorable….and Chip and Dale are high on my list of favorite characters…..but when they eat ALL of the bird seeds AND the people food (tomatoes, cukes, beans, etc) AND then the FLOWERS–that is about all I can handle! Last year I tried a variety of “diversion” tactics….some worked….but had other side effects….most tactics jus simply did not work!
Well, we are about to plant our garden. I know that I am 3 weeks too late but for us, that is 2 weeks early! I mentioned to my family how I was worried about what we could do to keep the chipmunks from eating the garden this year. Well, Allie, my only niece chimes in, “Marigolds–plant Marigolds–they don’t like the smell and they stay away!”. SO, while I was purchasing some flowers this year, I picked up a punch of marigolds to try out Allie’s theory. When I got home, I placed –didn’t plant just in case it didn’t work– a bunch of marigolds at the base of the bird feeder. That has been a favorite place of theirs to mock me. Well, that was about a week ago and so far, I have only seen ONE chipmunk attempt to climb the pole to get to the bird feeder. In Allie’s defense, he looked like he had allergies and probably couldn’t smell anything! So–I think I am actually going to PLANT those Marigolds and line my vegetable garden with them too! Thanks, Allie!
Ok–on to today’s sample:
I am DESPERATELY waiting for my order of new goodies to come in so I can start working on samples for my Catalog Kick Off Open House (Buy One Get One FREE) on June 16th (See here for details). BUT–I was able to get some new things ahead of time –and for FREE–Thank YOU , Stampin’Up!. This card features Patio Party (#126916) Designer Paper. This pack of paper uses some of the new In Colors–Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals and Summer
Starfish Starfruit. Summer Starfruit is by far the most different color and because of that, I love it. It takes a little more to match it up with other colors but when you do match it well, it is a stunning combo! Because I am not an artist, I start with those that know. If the artist at SU tell me that Midnight Muse matches Summer Starfruit, I listen. And, they were RIGHT!
See what I mean?
You may not recognize this as the Patio Party Paper because you have never seen this side of it! Stampin’ Up!’s designer paper is double-sided and the OTHER side of this —-A-DOR–A-BLE!! It is full of cute cupcakes….so you are not likely to see this side often–although it is pretty in its own right. The stamped images along the side are actually the Posy Party Wheel (in Midnight Muse) accented with a little Baja Breeze. Finally, the piece de resistance (Is that how you spell that??) is the Paper Daisies. You get 40 of these cuties per package for only $6.95! They come in 4 different sizes (10 of each). FUN!