Last weekend, we had a houseguest. It was rather unexpected, but not inconvenient. Our houseguest was family, and in our home, family is always welcome. Our houseguest only stayed one night, but upon leaving, he presented us with a gift: a certificate to the Portland Nursery as a way of saying thanks for the hospitality.

The gift was unnecessary of course, but we accepted it with gratitude. This past Saturday, after purchasing a huge variety of heirloom tomato starts (for just $1 each!) from my co-worker’s annual plant sale, we stopped by the nursery to use our certificate. We knew exactly what we wanted, too. A few weeks previous we had been at the nursery to purchase a crab apple tree (the one that now graces our front yard lawn). Dragging our wagon towards the front entrance checkout, we spotted a nice looking vine plant with a big sign that read: kiwis. Kiwis? Really?! We live in Oregon and we were astonished that this tropical-seeming fruit was being offered at our local nursery, a guarantee that yes, this will grow in your Oregon yard if you plant it.

My husband latched onto the idea of growing a kiwi vine right away, but with the crab apple tree purchase, we couldn’t justify it. Fast forward a few weeks and the gift certificate made it possible. We brought home one female vine and a male vine to accompany it. Yesterday, we had my husband’s family over for a lobster bake Mother’s Day party and everyone oooed and awed at our kiwi vines. I can’t wait until we are actually growing our own backyard kiwis!

Speaking of Mother’s Day, I hope you had a good one. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have plenty of new photos to scrap and you’ll need a kit to scrap them with. You may recall that a few weeks ago in my Monday blog post I mentioned a “bonus days” event being hosted by Snickerdoodle Designs. Through May 22nd, if you purchase one of the ‘kits of the week,’ you’ll get a bonus included with download. Last week,  Apple of my Eye and Hay Day were featured.

If you’ve been following along in the Wednesday Studio newsletters, you’ll know that there are a number of Mother’s Day appropriate kits that have been featured. One of my favorites was the Merry Month of May collection, featured April 17th. The hats and ribbons in this kit are so perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch, picnic, or tea layout, don’t you think?

Because I’m sure many of you have Mother’s Day photos to scrap, I decided to make this week’s freebie using the Merry Month of May collection. Just click on the image below to download. And be sure to watch for this week’s newsletter and find out which kits will be featured next!

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