Tuesday, March 3, 2015

standout...

Today is all about making a statement, standing out no matter the place or the circumstances.  This beauty sits in a wicker basket planted last year and somehow it has survived, bringing texture and bright color to it's corner of the garden.  It is easy to spot and continues to bring happiness each and every time it is noticed.  The uniqueness of this little plant, and each little stem, has many garden companions beat.  There are few like it that can withstand it's hardiness and color.
Then you have this flower.  Sitting in a pot that has seen it's share of ups and downs, moves and lack of direct sun.  Somehow it peeks up in pots where it wasn't placed.  No matter the water, sun or temperature it thrives.  Gotta remember this when it is difficult to get out of bed in the mornings.  A flower that closes at night to rest and greets each morning open and ready to face the day, and the little critters that climb and buzz around it.  Wish it were that easy to close down at night and rest in order to wake up refreshed and ready to go! 

 This is just a side by side comparison of the photo and Photoshop brush technique.

No let's get things done, have a relaxing evening and wake up refreshed...I am all in!

Monday, March 2, 2015

no matter the size...

No matter the size of the garden, or the fact that it is completely made of clay, there is still love that goes into making each and every one.  While school work took place around the dining room table this morning, out came the polymer clay and tools.  The task today, besides catching up with last week's sick day homework, start a little miniature garden for inspiration. 
First up, the carrot.  The simple and tasty carrot.  A vegetable that has grown in my container garden in the past and one that requires patience with little attention once planted.  It may be a little while until there is room to grow the real thing in the garden; however, there is always room for these little creations.
This past rainy Saturday you could find me peeking out my back window at the garden.  As the rain fell, the many pots of nasturtiums danced about as droplets collected on the leaves.  Each little drop ran down to the center of the leaf until it couldn't hold any longer and slid off in one gigantic swoosh.  So pretty, so difficult to look away and so photo worthy.

Celebrating a garden that keeps on giving day in and day out, no matter the size, no matter the weather and no matter the attention.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

coloring...


There has been something missing from everyday here and pinpointed it today...being creative!  Missing moments when the dining room table is covered in pretty papers, sewing machine and every other crafting supply known to man.  There has been a lack of color, besides what can be viewed through the kitchen window into the garden.  The house seems lacking in colors other than neutrals and all things boy.  So there is a great desire to pull out colors in any medium today and get creative. It is time.  It is time to spend a little time reconnecting with all of the lonely supplies that just sit staring back at me, waiting for me to catch a creative bug once again. 

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Spotted this project on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea.  Using clay, soft colors, and a frame that is sure to be found around the house.

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Or there is this adorable piece.  The colors just pop, the technique simple yet detailed and the black background so clever to complete the look.  Maybe mix the two ideas and colors together?  Oh the excitement.

Bring a little creative sunshine into your weekend and enjoy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

some sun...

I truly believe that there is something about a garden full of flowers that give me a peaceful heart.  Whether it is digging in the dirt, pulling weeds or just sitting back and enjoying the array of colors...it is one of my favorite places. 

Growing up I had a habit of rearranging my bedroom every other month for something new and exciting.  Although there were only about a half dozen ways to change it up, it gave me something to create and enjoy.  Well, my garden is now that place.  Mixing up the pots, flower beds, adding a new color or plant, watching seeds grow to provide us with food.  It is one amazing little place that is really all my own.

So after finishing my "welcome spring" shifting of pots and plants today, I snapped a few photos of my flowers.  In the photo above is a snapshot of some beautiful yellow sunflowers which I have put in the place of my tomato plants that are all done for the season. 

These flowers, well...probably the largest, most fragrant and may I add edible plants in my garden at the moment.  The nasturtium.  A beautiful, easy to grow plant that just keeps on giving.  Plop a few seeds in your planters and in no time, with little fuss you get one stunning outcome.

Used the "dry brush" tool in Photoshop to add a little more character to these photos, not that they really needed it.  Working on using some paint on a project when I get a few minutes here and there.  Big ideas will hopefully come out with big results...well that is what I am hoping for anyways.  

Time to clean up a table of work from the past two days.  Homeschooling gets a little messy when you have two kids and two parents with colds.  No one really is capable of moving at the moment, but gotta push through the icky days to make sure the better days we aren't stuck cleaning and playing catch up.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

the quiet corner...


It doesn't often rain here this time of year, but thankfully the other day it stuck around a bit.  We were having one of those days when quiet time was desperately needed, and I am not ashamed to say that I was the one that needed the time out the most.   Lessons were coming to an end and I tip toed into our office and closed the door behind me.  Our house isn't very big so only about 10 feet separated me from our dining room table, where the kids were finishing their work.

I could hear the rain outside so I cracked open the window, laid on the futon and just closed my eyes for a few minutes.  There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the rain drops.  My dill plant is nearing it's end here soon, but the rain hitting the flowers sent the scent in through the window.  I picked up my camera to capture a few moments of my down time.  After snapping the photo above it reminded me of crossstitch.  Don't you think?

It wasn't until today that I figured out that maybe you could take a photo like this and turn into an actual stitched piece of art.


I didn't make this; however, found this in my mother's Etsy shop here.  Oh my goodness it is so beautiful!

So on with our day, celebrating the weekend and hoping I can energize before Monday rolls around once again.  Have a beautiful weekend!

Friday, February 6, 2015

when life gives us a challenge...

It is already February and boy has this year taken a turn for us here at home.  After several months of heartache, conversations that lingered and frustration our family came to a decision that has changed our daily life just a bit.  We are now homeschooling our two boys and just completed our third week.

The wheels for this decision were set in motion back in October when a very inappropriate, mismanaged and label-loving set of teachers decided to diagnose my child with something that had never once been an issue in previous years.  After several emails, lack of resources and finding that we could not convince them otherwise it seemed like time to move on with alternate plans.  So we are here, homeschooling and enjoying the freedom of learning.  I want to see them love learning again and realize that we have time to think outside the box and explore everything around us.  

So where do we go from here?  Only time will tell, but there are some things brewing in the background that I will be exploring and sharing with you soon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

sunbathing...


It is cold. Toe tingling, red nose, keep me wrapped in a blanket cold.  This is strange and something my boys are not happy about.  Having to transition from shorts and flip flops to long pants and tennis shoes...oh, and to get them to wear a jacket ha!  Don't blame them for wondering why it isn't snowing here, but they are excited about the snow in the northwest and hoping it sticks around a bit for our visit in a month.  Hope you are all keeping warm!

Our adopted butterflies have begun to emerge and have tried to keep them inside for the past 24 hours to escape the freezing temperatures.  Ended up putting them in the garden to soak up the warm sun this morning.  Two have taken up residence on our large dahlia flowers.  It is one amazing transformation they undergo.