Saturday, April 17, 2010

Birds, Measuring and Cutting

While taking a lunch break in the family room last week a flash of red flew by the window. I looked out to see a red cardinal sitting in one our trees. Then I noticed the female sitting down on the fence. 
Today as I walked past the dining room I commented 'come look at the big bird in our tree'. I caught a few photos through the window. Is he/she a young hawk?
In between bird sitings I found only a couple hours for the sewing room. One quick project was to be a trading card but I used a new little template ruler for the first time. I measured out and cut what I thought was 4 by 6 but when I was finished my card appeared quite large. Yes, it is indeed large. It is 4.5 by 6.5 inches as my ruler has a built out 1/4" which I had not noticed. How could I not notice?! There is a bright blue 1/4" all around the ruler. I am so used to my favorite ruler that measures from zero at the edge. Lesson learned: 'pay attention' when measuring and cutting!


  1. I like your card even though it turned out too big. I've not seen that ruler before. It does look a bit confusing.

  2. Gina-I have been following your blog for just a little while now. I am attracted to your color choices, especially with your recent ATC. Very earthy:)

    PS-I found your site when I checked my favorites on Etsy. You were there!

  3. Looks like a young hawk. Nice ATC regardless of size.

  4. It's a red-shouldered hawk. it's a youth, which you can tell because his eyes are still clearly amber. When he ages, they'll turn almost black. Neat photos, neat ATC! :D

  5. Wow great bird photos Gina and I think the card is very cool no matter what size it is :)

  6. Great shots you got, I love cardinals but the hawk photos are amazing.

    I've been caught out like that with the whole measurement thing before too.


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