April 17, 2012

Arbor Day Blog Hop


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
...Alfred Joyce Kilmar

In the News: Arbor Day celebrated in Clarksville, 'Tree City USA' as quoted in their local paper
"I have a saying that trees are one of our utilities, and the reason I say that is because they help clean the air, they help control rainwater runoff, they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen," he said. "What we really have when we have a line of trees around the city is a utility that provides good things for the population without having any cost associated with it."

Today, we are celebrating the wonderment of trees and we welcome you in our celebration. If you are just visiting me, I would love for you to have a good "roots" with our hop and start at the beginning of our seedling which is at Lynne ~ http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/. If you have arrived from Anita~ http://www.anitaandbugs.blogspot.com,  then don't "bark" up the wrong tree as you are standing in our midst!

I think one of the best ways to celebrate Arbor Day is to share it with a child. Give the gift of a sapling to a young person, teach them how to plant and nourish it and keep a journal including photographs of how tall it has grown. They will get so much satisfaction knowing "they" made it grow and will enjoy happy memories years from now remembering the day they planted it.  


I made the journal generic so it could be used for a boy or girl and used lined paper for the pages for easier recording of dates, facts and pictures.  The cover is intended to include the child's name, photo and the date the tree was planted.
Supplies Used: 
Cricut - Campin' Critters Cartridge (2000933) (Rabbit and Owl were cut at 2")
Spellbinders - Ribbon Tag Trio Two (S4-234)
Ranger Archival Ink - Sepia (AIP06657)
Spectrum Noir Marker - TN2
Ribbon: Spotted - American Crafts   Sheer - Casa Collection
Paper: Brown - TPS-A day at the Beach (276899) 
          Greens - TPS-Glittered Cardstock (456343)  TPS-Back to Basics (780015)

Cricut Cartridge - Fabulous Finds (29-0286)
Paper: TPS-Daydream Doodles (975300)
Spellbinders - Ribbon Tag Trio Two (S4234)
Brads: CTMH Twinkle Brads - Jolly (Z1220)
Ranger Archival Ink - Sepia (AIP06657)

We recently visited Dismals Canyon in Alabama where observers can spot the state trees of 30 states on the canyon floor, including the Champion Tree. Canyon workers boast that the Champion Tree — a 350-year-old, 138 foot-tall Canadian Hemlock — stands as the largest of its species in Alabama and possibly the world. Although the picture does not do it justice, it was truly an amazing site to behold. 

Thank you for visiting us today as we celebrate the loveliness of our trees. This is the last stop along our trail. Thank you for counting our rings and not stumping along the way!

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  1. Michele amazing project! Something I would love to display! and the matching card is cuters! TFS!!
    Hugs your newest follower, Wandy

  2. Thank you so much for hopping by and becoming a follower Wandy (hugs)

  3. OMG!This is soo beautiful! What a wonderful activity to teach children about taking care of our environment.

    Love it!!!!!

    Tiffany ♥

  4. What a great idea. Having small children in our home, I can appreciate the gift of planting a tree. In fact, one of my older children planted a tree with her elementary class and we got every year to see how it's grown, along with her. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Such a cute idea! The journal is a great addition.

  6. Such a cute idea! The journal is a great addition.

  7. That is awesome baby!! You are so creative!

  8. TFS!

  9. What an awesome, creative project!! I love this idea!! And the cuts you used are just adorable :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts


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