Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
It has been an interesting experience coming up with a theme each month for this project. I now have 10 squares completed and I find that I don't really pre-plan too much. Every month is a different time and mood. June is all about peas and strawberries from our garden. They don't last long, so you have to enjoy them while you can, or freeze them. We have snow peas, sugar snap peas and garden peas, so picking has been an every other day event.
I'm lucky to live where we can have a big garden, and to have a husband who likes to do most of the work in the vegetable garden. I'm in charge of the flower beds, and they are rather out of control this year. I look at pictures from a couple of years ago and wonder where all those huge plants came from. They aren't the dainty, neatly separated plantings I intended. When you have something in the garden that is easy to grow (daylilies, phlox, coneflowers, sedum, etc.) they develop a mind of their own. One of these days.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
March is finally done. Red-winged blackbirds are my personal proof that spring will return and the earth will grow again. They always show up at our pond the first week of March like clockwork. Do they know how important they are to me? Not likely, lol.
The males love to show off their red and gold epaulets, and make a lot of noise claiming their territories. At the same time the goldfinches are getting their gold back and the mourning doves are getting their mating feistiness back. Spring is just amazing!
I'm so grateful that Robin sponsors this project. I've learned so much, more than I can really put into words. (I guess that is why it is a visual journal...duh) My first 7 pieces look like this, with April still empty but planned and May just a glimmer of color.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
What a winter it has been. Large snowfalls, most of which is still on the ground. I imagine we'll be close to a record for the season. Our driveway curves and goes up hill, and has beaten more than one poor driver! But snow is supposed to be a good insulator for the perennial garden, so it can stay until the really cold weather is done.
This piece looks a little dark, and it is very monochromatic. I wanted a variety of snowflaks, just like you see on a snowy day. The lampworked bead on the right side middle is just a disk with white and clear dots built up. I made another one that I used for a friend's birthday present. I'll have to borrow it and take a picture. It was simple and lovely.