Yup! I'm still here, and so, finally, is summer! Happy Summer Solstice to you all! Ours has been a warm, humid day book-ended with fairly severe thunderstorms, leaving the ground completely soaked and covered in tree debris. Since my last post, the school year has ended so the kids are home all day, I turned 37, and we've spent three lovely weekends at the family cabin.

It's finally Spring in Minnesota! With snow still falling in early May, and June high temps in the 50's, we weren't sure this season would ever take off, but it's getting there, and the birds are rocking the chilly breezes with their calls and are busy collecting materials for their nests. While these birdies are doing their nesting work, I've been working on some nesting-related things of my own: Nesting Dolls!

If you're a fan of papery goodness like I am, there's a good chance you already know about a gorgeous blog called All Things Paper. It's written by one of the nicest people I know, Ann Martin. Ann is an accomplished quiller and blogger, and consistently fills her site with anything and everything to do with paper arts.  If all of this is old news to you, you have also likely heard about a new book that's currently available for pre-order. Taking its name directly from the blog from which it was born, All Things Paper is a new book out next month that will sate even the most discriminating paper art tastes.

We're going to keep on rolling with the Lake of the Month voting poll, and the ballot for June is live! While I'm well aware that this month's winner, New Zealand doesn't qualify as a lake, humor me with this title. It just rolls off the tongue so much nicer than "Lake, Coastline, Landmass, or other Body of Water of the Month" does. ;)

We've kept the runners up from this month on the list (Chesapeake Bay, Penobscot Bay, and the Great Salt Lake), and added newcomers Lake Tahoe and the Florida Keys to the mix. 

Let the voting begin!