Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nature and Rainy Days...

It is a rainy day here in PA,
 but the best part about that is it's washing all the dirty snow piles away.
I was challenged on Facebook by a friend to post nature photos for seven days. I thought I could share my first three days here.
The house next to me has been vacant. Last year this lovely white Azalea was in bloom and I enjoyed seeing it. I took this photo and loved the star pattern in the center. Last fall the owner of the property dug this plant up and took it away. I'm glad I got to enjoy it one season.
Another Azalea in front of my deck. This one gets red blossoms.  
A new pot of Pansies, just in time for the rainy day. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

SPRING stash attack!

We still have snow on the ground where I live.
But signs of Spring are everywhere.
It's time to prepare...

All creative people have a "stash." It may be yarn, fabric, beads, ribbon, etc.  Several years ago I bought these wooden bunny heads at a yard sale. I decided I needed to use them. I also had wood flowers, clay, wire, wood beads, stickles glitter, and a lot of pretty paper. I had the basket and silk flowers in my stash as well.
Here is the result of my Spring Stash Attack.
 Bunny Heads, wood flowers and dowels
Wire and thinking about it... 

Clay ears in slightly different shapes and sizes.
 Wood flowers coved in pretty paper and accented with stickles glitter.
Floral taped dowels and painted beads added.
Tape covered wire ears before covering in clay.
Painted clay ears and silk flowers added.
Bunny Bouquet
Time to make and gather ornaments for my Easter/Spring tree.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

My seasonal tree and a few other decorations around the house for St. Patrick's Day.

Happy Pink Saturday also! Linking with Beverly at How Sweet The Sound.

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Old Grasshopper that is...
Never too old to learn

In the fall of last year I sat in on a class held at our local museum presented by a Master Gardner. His presentation was on how to grow Bonsai plants. I was intrigued.

Below is a Bonsai Rose Tree which belongs to my daughter but I have taken on the job of caring for it. We have it for about two years and kept it in a sunny window and it blossomed and seem to be growing just fine. Then we moved and I guess it just didn't like the new location, it soon began to fade. The leaves dropped off and we thought it had died. I cut the branches back and noticed green. I relocated it to a very sunny window, watched and waited, it revived.  I have not had any blossoms as yet but with the help of fertilizer I'm hoping to see some soon.
I've also included some photos of my newly started bonsai plants. I hope to eventually show their progress.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Love is...

Love is...

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate love.

This year I am going to try to keep a seasonal tree. I had purchased a five foot artificial Alpine tree in December. It was in my bedroom and decorated in sea shells for Christmas.  After taking down all the Christmas decorations I moved the Alpine tree to the living room and sat it next to my house plants.  For most of January it was just a pine tree with no decorations.  Checking my craft stash I found quite a few wood hearts and began making February decorations. Below are photos of the ornament making project and the finished tree.

A February LOVE tree,
decorated in new and old handmade and  purchased ornaments
and tags made by me and several Blogland friends.

Posting with Pink Saturday later this week.
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Magical October...

Magical things often happen in October.

Meet Dan de Lion.
A messenger faerie.
If you believe, he will blow your message of love, hope, dreams, or wishes to the one you love on the seeds of a dandelion.
I took me weeks, not months, to finish this new art doll. About three months ago I shared a clay head that I started for this doll when I introduced my Butterfly Elf, Star Catcher.
I was stuck on what kind of a body I wanted to give my new character for quite some time. Originally I was going to use a box for his body but I didn't really like the effect.
Then summer arrived. I took time to plant flowers and relax at the beach. September rolled around and I had a new idea for his body that I wanted to try.
Below are some photos of many, but not all, of the steps I took to complete Dan de Lion.



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