July 23, 2013

in the pink...and orange

I'm a neutral girl.  I love the soft blur of aged browns, yellow and whites, with  smidge of red thrown in for good measure.  But lately with this class I'm taking?  I am overwhelmed by hot pinks and orange.  Really. I could eat. them. up.  It's kind of liberating to make such a 180.  I'm not going to go crazy and paint my living room orange or anything, but it's nice to mix it up a bit.

 Every time I sit down to paint I find myself reaching for the same orange, pink, yellow, and green.  At first I tried to limit the use, but then I thought what the hell, it's my painting and I'll paint it orange if I want to.  With a bit of blue thrown in for good measure.



July 1, 2013

how does your garden grow?

A few years ago I thought I'd start a garden.  And since I often bite off more than I can chew, I thought a container garden would be the way to go.  And it was, for awhile.  There was already this box there in the area where I grew herbs and the occasional tomato. After about a year, one tomato became five and oh! those look good! lets grow some (insert name here).   Suddenly, I was covered-up in clay pots.  So, I did what any reasonable woman would do, I spent the winter on pinterest looking at garden-p#rn and dreaming of a garden of my own.  So, after some planning and MATH, we designed in a small area that would work for us.  I built the boxes!  Myself!  Dale did the MATH!

And now?  Today?  The plants are growing like wildfire!  Later this week I have to start the seeds for my fall and winter crops!  I L.O.V.E. being in the garden!

 Next?  I'm going to build a small, rolling greenhouse from salvaged windows.  Happy Halfway Day!

June 15, 2013

SEWN a new class by Mary Ann Moss

I've been so busy working on the new garden and projects around the house, I forgot I was blogging again (even misspelled the name of my blog in a comment box the other day) (mixed with suger, nice huh).  So.  I'm working on a few things, but I had to stop what I was doing and say, my favorite on-line teacher is teaching a new class called SEWN.  I've taken all her classes and I have to say it's a good thing she only peddles art or some of us would be in rehab.  Can't wait for July 4th to get here!

May 1, 2013

remains of the day

I signed up for this class ages ago;  a crap storm hit my life and I forgot about it.  Then I remembered!  I started this journal cover sometime in late January.

the layout
front cover
good magic
back cover
inside cover with signatures
first day of spring

I've always loved making books but when it came to actually putting anything in there I was (I'm sorry to say) stymied.  I'm not a diary or scrapbook keeper, so the idea of a visual journal appealed to me on so many levels.  I have been taking pictures for years and now I can do some creative documentation in the books I've made in the past and the several I'm working on now.  I've never done anything by halves so I'm all in on the bookmaking just now.  Actually, more than bookmaking.  When I got into the book classes it brought me back to something in myself I let go for too long.  I'm happy to say I've got my groove back.

April 29, 2013

spring is here

We've been getting outside when it's not raining or freezing cold; but it seemed as if things were never going to get blooming. 

 I love the little flowers that show up all over the yard in the spring!

 Dandelions are one of my favorites. 

 Did you know you can make a great medicinal tea from the root?  You can, just be sure you know what you're doing.  You don't want to use any that have been sprayed with pesticide or have been um...sprayed by an animal.

Heather doesn't last long.

We are fortunate to live about five miles from the Biltmore Estate.  The grounds of the estate was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park.  

 Some of the grounds are laid out as formal gardens.

But most are these wonderful, wild areas.

I can't wait for it to warm up a bit more so we can get up on the Parkway too.  The rhododendrons will be blooming in May and June.

April 11, 2013

and now for something completley different

It's been a long time.  Over the past year or so I remembered something I let slide out of my life for too long.  Art and making.  And my love of bookmaking in particular.  Thanks to Mary Ann Moss and her awesome classes, I remembered.  So, for the next little bit I'm going to talk about that.  The book-and-art-making.  I'll start with books I've made in the past.  This one I blogged about years ago.  It's as good a place to start as any.  Here goes.  This was originally post on May 10, 2006.  Hope you like it!  If you click the link you'll see the pages inside.

 Flora and Fauna

Finally, the copper book is finished. I swear sometimes it's so hard to get the stuff out of my head and on to whatever I'm working on. Others not so much. This was a long one but I'm pleased with the results.
I decided not to make resin charms and went with these. A little stone heart, the copper charm has a drawing of a bird with straw in it's mouth, and the bottle contains soil from my yard.

December 20, 2009

boy...is it ever getting deep around here

How deep you ask? 12.5 inches. That's how deep. And geez louis 36 hours without electricity. I know why the pioneers lived to the ripe ol' age of 29. They spent all day everyday making food and heat. Cross that off my list of things to do. The thing that gets me is growing up in Colorado, it snowed like this with regularity so people when on about their bidness. Here? Not so much. The whole city was shut. Everything. They had to call out the National Guard to get people out of their cars on the highway. There were people who were stuck for almost twelve hours (that happened to us once when we had just returned for Iceland of all places. We were stuck on the beltway in DC. For twelve hours. That was a treat with a two and six year old I can tell you.). Anyway, nothing was moving. We live in the mountains and it HAS been known to snow here. You would like to think they would be a tad bit more prepared for when it actually happens.

It is awfully pretty though...

And? May I say? Thank You for the lovely birthday wishes!