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...the shades of summer

My Sorority Issue is below my Show N Tell


Just showing off the flowers of this month in full bloom. Oh, and Dawn? I have another beautiful iris to show again. And there is another one budding! By the way, my dad had iris blooming all Spring and into the Summer months. When he planted them, he would plant just a partial amount, then, wait two weeks, and plant more. This way, they wouldn't all bloom at once. They're beautiful; all thanks to you and your generous gift....

The very last photo is of a newer crepe myrtle tree I planted last year called Strawberries and Cream...its color ranges from deep rich red to rosy pink and off white, cream color. The Strawberries and Cream crepe myrtle is in the back yard while the hot pink and lavender myrtles are in the front yard lining our driveway. Oh, and I almost forgot, in the 5th photo from the top....see if you can find the honey bee?!!

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I thought I'd join the sorority of blogland. A new feature and a whole new concept of sisterhood. And as with joining any sorority, there IS an initiation. Yessiree. AKA 'Rush' week!! And the challenge for the inaugural post for this group is simple. The rules are posted HERE Also, the rush for initiation...
    To rush you must do the following:

    Take this picture . . .

    and create something with it.

    A banner, a hanging, an ATC,
    a piece of jewelry, a tag, a card . . . anything!
    Print the picture and place it in a frame -
    it doesn't have to be fancy!
    Just use your imagination. The possibilities are endless.
    You have inspiration all around you.
    After all . . . that's what our blogs do - they inspire us.
    This can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.

    Then take a picture of your creation.
    There are no rules.
    Well - except one.

    You must be in the picture too.

I made them in my photo program. I took a photo of some earrings, then, cut and pasted the image above into the lower portion. While all along, I added my profile image to the top portion....and then, made both to match in sepia tones. Both images are 'framed' in brass as the initiation rules state. It's the best idea I could muster today.

POSTED: Friday, June 25th, 2010
12:30 A.M.


  1. Another great post, enjoy your weekend.

  2. you have a floral paradise there. and those irisis... my absolute favourite, can to spare a bunch?

  3. What gorgeous flowers!! Visiting over from Red Ted! Will look into your show & tell too :-)

  4. Hi Anni,

    First off what beautiful photos of your garden it looks gorgeous with everything in bloom....
    Love your rush creation your earrings just look so real it's amazing what you can do with digital now days....
    Happy rushing blog sister from your blog sister in Australia

  5. Love those earrings. . . what a clever creation!! It was so nice to meet you via this rush!! I hope we have many more visits!! dana

  6. how cool is that?!?!

    Nice to meet you, sister!


  7. Anonymous6/25/2010

    Well if you had made them, you sure would have got lot's of compliments when you wore them. Glad to meet you sister, I'm Margaret from Missouri.

  8. Oh Anni, That is creative and beautiful! I loved the flowers too, by the way:) Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment! I am so enjoying meeting all of my new Sisters! Have a blessed day my new friend! HUGS!

  9. Anonymous6/25/2010

    These are just gorgeous pictures my friend. So summery. I love it. You are also so dang creative. Those earrings are a hoot...pardon the pun LOL Have a fantastic weekend my friend :)

  10. Hi Annie,
    Beautiful garden! I'll visit often. Thanks for stopping by MAY DAYS!

  11. Good Morning Anni!

    Love the cute "virtual earrings" idea.

    But the flowers? FABULOUS! Our iris are long gone, sadly -- they only stick around a little while but they are so gorgeous while they are blooming.

    I have some peach and white iris that I especially love ... like peach ice cream.

    Thanks for visiting That Old House! I'm hoping to have tomatoes for sandwiches this weekend.

  12. Cass Ohhhhhhhh, how I love home grown tomatoes. You just can't get that wonderful 'taste' in store bought. :o)

  13. Wow! That is simply amazing! Never would have thought of earrings! Patsy from

  14. Hi there sista!

    WOW, how totally cool is this and unique! Fabulous!

    Thank you for stopping by and paying me a visit!!!

    Your Sassy Sorority Sista!

  15. Anni, now that is just positively the most creative art project yet!!!! You are so clever! Gorgeous earrings and I love the pic of yourself in there too!!! So nice to meet another sister!!!
    Margaret B

  16. Hi Anni, your flowers are soooooo lovely. Also love your bloggerette creative earrings. Wow!

    Happy Day sweet Sister!

    Barb ♥

  17. Hello....I am Jil and it is so nice to meet you and be one of your many Bloggerette Sistas!
    Love those darling earrings...how clever is this!!!

  18. The sorority sounds like fun. You are so creative!

    The iris is gorgeous - I'm so glad they're coming on for you - amazing. Ours were glorious, but sadly are gone. I thought they were cooler weather flowers - I learned something new this week!

    We're off to camp this morning to pick up Care Bear and another kid from our church - should be a fun day trip. It'll be good to hear her adventures - unless she sleeps all the way home!

  19. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Your flowers are beautiful.
    I can't believe what you did with the earrings! You are sooo creative. I'm going to share your post with my sorority. They will be blown away.

  20. LOve this idea and it some thing you can wear and people will ask you about it. thank you for poping by it is very nice to met you. have fun at the rest of the party. hugs ~wendy

  21. Anonymous6/25/2010

    What a super cute idea Anni!

    I have one lone Iris at this new place. I'll show it soon. ♥

  22. I LOVE your earrings!!!! They are beautiful! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! :)

    Good Job Sister!


  23. Anonymous6/25/2010

    Sista Ann I can't believe another Texan. Our son lives in Austin and I always get excited to meet someone from Texas. We are just all Southern Belles. I love your contributation. It is definitely different. This is so much fun. Thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to knowing your better. Your blog is so cute.

  24. i have to say that your blog header is super cute, and your name too. love wordplay!

    thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for your comment about the little bird. but i can't take credit for the sketching of it, that was printed in black and white. i just colored it in to make it work for me!

  25. Well girl..I would say you did good!! There is a whole nother world out there..that this Texas gal hasn't even ventured into to.
    That is what all you can do with pictures on the computer.Awesome job.
    Yeah another Texan..I'm in Seguin..you?

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  26. They are darling and so are you. I also love this comment form! And your crepe myrtles above are wonderful. Ours are just starting to bloom. They are early this year. I do love them because they last forever and give a pop of color around the pool. Nice to meet a new sister. The door is always open at The Vintage Nest so just pop on in whenever. xo Lynn

  27. Oh look at you! You are one talented and creative lady! I love the earrings, they are just awesome! Nice to meet you!


  28. Why you talented little thing, you....this is AWESOME...just the cutest things!! I love it, Anni.
    Also love all thpse amazing flowers...so beautiful.
    Thanks for stopping by..come anytime...
    xo bj

  29. Anonymous6/25/2010

    Oh, Anni, you are the most clever one! Look at these cute earrings and there is your most gorgeous face! I love this!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)
    Sorority sis from Texas

  30. Your flowers are beautiful and I saw the bee. It took me a few minutes but I finally got my trifocals to zoom in on it.
    Love your earrings. What a clever idea, but you already know that you are one clever lady.
    Have a great weekend.

  31. Oh my - - - how did you get that big picture into those ear rings? Good job!

    Keetha from The Eclectic Company

  32. That has to be the most creative idea I've see from the sorority sisters yet! What a wonderfully talented genius you are!! BRAVO!

    Please, can you tell me how you've gotten that little patriotic image to show beneath each posting block?? It disappears when I move my cursor off the block. I would soooo like to learn how to do this. I have lots of gifs in my photobucket & usually just plop them into the body of my postings. I would love to be able to use them like you have. It is adorable & the possibilities are endless!!

  33. OMG! How creative! These are the cutest earrings ever! Love 'em!!!

  34. Hi Anni,
    YOur blooming flowers are gorgeous, especially the crepe myrtle. Mine isn't even close to blooming yet. Love what you did with the photo--earrings are perfect! haha.

  35. Now that's a very cool idea~ I love your creativity!
    Now you need a real pair of those!

  36. Oh my word, you are so clever. Earrings, and I love the way you put both your pic and the blog one on them. So smart and such a really cute idea. Now we will all want a real pair like this. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  37. Your yard is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it. You are a multi-talented woman and that "sorority" is lucky to have you ;>>>>!

  38. Wow, it is the best take on the photo! How creative you are. Can't wait for the upcoming events. We have some very talented sisters! ;o) Enjoy the rest of the party.

  39. Love visiting your bright and beautiful garden. What a show!

  40. Anni - you crack me up! What a great job! I wish you had taken a picture of yourself WEARING them! :)
    I've been reading some of your comments on our sisters posts. you are so funny! I am so glad you joined!
    Enjoy the party!

  41. How darling is that! Clever sister!!

  42. Oh my gosh! Now...I'm telling you girly this is an amazing contribution to our sorority. ORIGINAL and fun. LOVE IT!

    You are one talented gal. I promise to come back over and over. Thank you for visiting me today. So great to have you, SEEZSTA!


  43. I love those, they look real!
    Those flowers in the "Show and Tell" are beautiful! I have a black thumb when it comes to plants, so I'm jealous.
    I love your banner too, so cute!
    I see that you visited my blog already, thank you for your comment!

    Cortney Bunker

  44. Your pix are just amazing and so colorful. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the sisterhood. Be sure to have some take a picture of you wearing those earrings. I think they're so fun!

  45. Oh such goregous flowers! And beautiful colors.

    love your sisterhood earrings! have a wonderful wekend Anni!

  46. Hello Sorority Sister! I love what you did with the picture, the earrings are fabulous. Hugs!

  47. Wonderful blossoms. I have a crepe myrtle tree in my yard too, but I didn't know the name. I'm writing it down, so I won't forget.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comment.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  48. Brilliant! I almost didn't join the fun, since most of my creativity is in the digital world, so I'm excited to see I wasn't the only one!

    Anni, this is just so creative and fun!

  49. It has been a long time since I've been to Hootin' Anni's... it's fun to see what you've been up to.

  50. Anonymous6/25/2010

    Your Bloggerette earrings are wonderful. They look heavy!!!
    How fun that you lived in CO once. I've been here 33 yrs (not in the same place, tho).
    Your flowers are so pretty and it's nice to meet you Sista!

  51. Wow! These are great.
    Very original.

  52. Your flowers are beautiful. I also love your earrings. Such a creative idea.

  53. Anonymous6/25/2010

    Awesome earrings! Those are too cute! I'm so impressed!

  54. Love what you did! I used a home publishing program to "frame" mine--nothing so professional as what you did, though! Stop by to visit when you get a chance!

    Charlene @ A Virtuous Woman

  55. Neat idea! Glad to meet you sister!

  56. Digital earrings? You mean to tell me they are not real? Lol, how easy it is to fool me, they look incredibly real. Love that idea.

  57. You have some beautiful flowers...thanks for sharing them and also thanks for coming by for a visit:)


  58. How great are those??? AWESOME!! You are very creative sister.


  59. Hello Anni,
    I love your beautiful flowers, that adorable Header, but most of all being sorority sisters now, those "Earrings" are the most creative and adorable use of the picture and your picture.
    I LOVE IT.
    Hugs and Blessings
    Simply Debbie

  60. hi anni, thanks so much for stopping by http://cottageromance.blogspot.com/2010/06/yard-sale-finds-and-white-wednesday.html! i really appreciate it! lovely flowers too!

  61. Awesome Anni! What a very clever sister you are. You missed the picture of me in my project. I'm there, stop back and look.

  62. Happy Friday! I am stopping by via the linky party.

    Your garden looks utterly charming!

  63. Wow, Anni, I think your earrings are the most creative I have seen! What a great idea to use the sweet photo!

    Beautiful floral photos too!

    So nice stopping by to say Hi!

  64. Love your earrings! I am now following you since were sisters!

    In the sisterhood,

  65. Cute, cute. I love what you did with the postcard. Sorry I haven't been around for a bit again. Too many things happening here.


  66. Wow, Anni....Your flowers are drop dead gorgeous...Those pink strawberry and cream ones are to die for! GREAT JOB! Susan

  67. WOW!! So unique!! I love your Rush project!! I'm so glad to meet another Sister!! I can't wait to see what's next with our sorority ~ I look forward to getting to know you.

  68. Hi,
    Thanks for visiting my blog! It's not as easy for me to blog surf on the road depending on internet connection (if any) at whatever RV park we are at but this one has fairly decent connection and speed. I love the ice cream colors of your flowers. Just beautiful! And your earrings are adorable - and very creative. Have a lovely day!

  69. Hi new sister! I am so happy to meet you and hope we become true sister friends in our sorority journey. I apologize up front that this message is a "cut and paste" message to all the sorority sisters because I wanted at least to become a follower of all of you and take a moment to say hello. For those who may not know my youngest son was killed last week and we buried him on Tuesday. I had started my project before that tragic event and am not finished but I did post what I've done on it so far. If you have visited me already I thank you and if not I invite you. I am just not quite at the point of being able to think of something to say individually at this time. I will soon hopefully be able to be active and visiting everyone. Love you already, Mollye

    June 27, 2010 11:12 AM

  70. Hi Anni! Great to meet you. I'm a fellow Texas girl. You live at (or close to) my FAVORITE place in Texas. I could live on the North Padre Island in a little hut with the bare necessities and just be happy as a lark. Got to spend a day there last year and I want to go back!!! Great to meet you sista!

  71. Be still my heart, your crepe myrtle is absolutely stunning! I've never seen any in person so I'm assuming we can't grow it over here. Your irises are also gorgeous. I have red ones opening up now and with the yellow ones it makes quite a striking contrast.

    You did a fabulous job with the sorority initiation project!! Leave it to you to come up with something so perfect:-) xoxo


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