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Ghost in the Garden. by Leenechan
Ghost in the Garden., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

She was originally a Skull Shores Ghoulia that Kristen rerooted for me with Restoredoll saran in Snow White. Unfortunately, the white hair with her default makeup made her look like a nutty old lady...so Kristen sent her to the very talented armeleia to be repainted as a trade for this really awesome rerooted CAM witch head.

And here she is, wearing Spectra 1.0's dress. I love her a lot! I haven't quite paid Kristen back for the reroot, though...any day now!

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The Mysterious Silver Rose. by Leenechan
The Mysterious Silver Rose., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

If there's one complaint I have against "Silver Shadows," it's that the flowers are often flat rosettes instead of hybrid tea shaped. This one looks pretty good, though--and pretty silver!

I am in awe of this customized Frankie I received in the mail last week. She's a Dead Tired Frankie Kristen rerooted with Dollyhair saran in Cupcake Pink and Cotton Candy Pink, and repainted by Retrograde Works. I hadn't originally intended on having this girl repainted, but her eyepaint was damaged in the rerooting process. That kind of thing usually doesn't happen when Kristen rerooted these dolls, but DT Frankie's eyes seem to be abnormally sticky. Now I feel like a whole world has been opened up to me. Isn't she beautiful?

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I went out early this morning looking for "Quietness," which still hasn't quite opened all the way. Instead I found this lovely bloom from "Chapeau de Napoleon," its second flower that was born during a dry spell.

Even though it's small, I am really loving this plant. It's so petite but so tough, so loyal. And like the best of all roses, it doesn't have thrips.

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Kristen finally listed her lovely rerooted Draculaura on eBay today. She was a lot of work, but I think she turned out great!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330698287119?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

I was very nervous about doing it, but Kristen had asked me from the start to repaint her lips. She had a small factory defect in her lip paint that she thought might bother prospective buyers. So repaint them I did...and I very nearly ruined her! I learned two very important lessons about customizing Monster High dolls today. 1). Always keep a bottle of 100% acetone in the house and 2). If you want to repaint the lips on a Monster High doll, you MUST REMOVE THE ORIGINAL PAINT FIRST!! This goes against the advice I received when I started repainting dolls XX amount of years ago. Don't worry about not having a guide for keeping the lips straight. Monster High dolls' lips are well defined. You'll figure it out. If you don't remove the original lip paint first, you'll get a horrible, chalky, splotchy, lumpy finish. Thank god Kristen didn't break my neck for messing up her doll's lips at first. She kept her cool and wiped the crap off with acetone. Painting the naked vinyl was so easy after that!

If the doll goes for her starting bid, Kristen will have made exactly $8 profit. Here's to hoping it goes higher! XD
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Creepy Trees. by Leenechan
Creepy Trees., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

We haven't had a discernable sunset since July, I think. I was surprised that we had such a pretty one tonight. Maybe it's our reward for having survived Thanksgiving?

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It's not a holiday by any stretch of the imagination, but it's been a long time since I've been able to snap a nice photo of BooBoo. It's hard to believe he's lived with us for more than 4 years. It's hard to believe that he's 4 1/2 years old! He's still about 10 percent adult cat, 90 percent kitten.

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We got some bad thunderstorms last night that stayed parked over our area for at least an hour. I spent the whole time in my basement cowering with Lucas (who isn't even remotely afraid of storms, by the way) but I could hear large hail boinging off our roof for about five minutes. Thank goodness nothing was broken!

We were treated to a nice sunset afterwards. Those steep mid-level lapse rates that gave us giant hail always light up the night sky nice and pretty.

Good form.

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A cut above the rest. by Leenechan
A cut above the rest., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

When it comes to butterfly bushes, the most recent entries are often the most beautiful! I think that "Peach Cobbler" has only been on the market for a year. It was developed as a sterile (because in certain zones butterfly bushes reseed like mad), drought-tolerant variety. Compared to the other butterfly bushes we have, this one has very strong stems and fat flower spikes that don't wilt in the sun. It's more of a peachy-pink color than Pink Delight, which is pink with a hint of lavender.

If you're ever looking for a butterfly bush and you find this one, you must buy it! I think that it's the best of the best.

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A Brand New Butterfly! by Leenechan
A Brand New Butterfly!, a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

This lovely butterfly is a meadow fritillary. This is the first time I've ever seen one in our yard. Usually they like to hang around wetlands; I wonder if it's here because of all the rain we've had lately? It seems to really like our butterfly bush "Pink Delight."

It was only by chance that I had a camera on hand when I spotted this butterfly. Lucky me!

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A Whole Swallowtail! by Leenechan
A Whole Swallowtail!, a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

Royal Red has been attracting a lot of butterflies!

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I never managed to get a photo of one of these last year.



EDIT: Buhhhh...this is actually not a black swallowtail. It's an "Astyanax" Red-Spotted Purple. Sorry!

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Duchesse de Nemours, after a rainstorm. It has a lovely fragrance.

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This is what Mons. Jules Elie looks like when it's open all the way. XD

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More "Coral Supreme." by Leenechan
More "Coral Supreme.", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

It finally bloomed today. I love the coral peonies, but they don't exactly smell like roses...

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::snickers::

Here's a butterfly photo I nabbed while I was out watering tonight. I'm not sure what kind of butterfly it is. I see these little things fluttering around a lot.

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Paula Fay, Day Two. by Leenechan
Paula Fay, Day Two., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

Or is it lighter? Either way, peony Paula Fay's only flower changed from dark red to hot pink overnight!

I love the semi-double form in peonies. It's my favorite!

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Oh, my iris... by Leenechan
Oh, my iris..., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

I was totally surprised to find this blooming this morning. With raindrops on it and everything! I love huge flowers. This one looks like it could talk!

My lawn is a wreck this year...

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Royal Red, A Close Up. by Leenechan
Royal Red, A Close Up., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

The flowers smell really nice!

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Red Admiral Butterfly. by Leenechan
Red Admiral Butterfly., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

I will be photographing butterflies again this year.

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Do I ever love my flowering cherry tree "Shogetsu!"

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