Thursday, September 29, 2016

Basket of Zinnia

I gathered as many vases that I could get my hands on and filled them halfway with water, placed them in a large basket and headed out to the zinnia's and cut flowers for hours this evening. Had to fight the bumble bees, spiders, and grasshoppers off, by the time I was done they had decided I was fixing them dinner or something. I left them plenty to eat in the flower bed but my husband had to practically hand pick them off the flowers before bringing them in for me. The spider's are my least favorite and let's hope they didn't come inside. Aren't the colors fabulous? 

The grassy weeds took this bed over about mid summer. We are going to dig the cannas and and till some black magic into the soil this fall. I'm going to replant the cannas and put the elephant ears in the ground also. If they don't come back that is okay. Bought some great mulch to put down to control the weeds next year. I really love how my husband lets me go wild in this narrow bed and even helps me when the gardening gets OUT OF CONTROL! It is 40 foot long, so too much work when not mulched properly. Adding packs and packs of seeds each spring, along with the re seeding going on, it is chaos of the best kind! I hurt my arm one year trying to pull them, so that is why we are going with this other plan. I will, for sure, plant lettuce in the big pots next spring. That was a great success and I have never had such delicious lettuce in my life. So tender and fresh! I planted garlic and green onion on one end but not sure if I'm going to keep that up. It was really fun to go out with a colander and scissors to cut the salad each evening.

I love the shabby chic look of these pink pompom zinnia once they start to fade. We have lived here for eleven years now. The longest I have EVER lived anywhere. I have the itch to move but am enjoying our mature trees, lilacs, magnolias and really every flower in the yard. We have a nice shade garden until the grasshopper swarm from the field next door. Thankfully they don't enjoy the fern so they are the backbone  this time of year.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Three ballerinas

My niece Kerington Condron painted this beautiful watercolor to thank me for her Easter puzzle. She named it the three ballerinas. I love it so much. She is a wonderful artist and can't wait to see her future work. I will display this in my studio and look at it everyday. She has already mastered watercolor and I'm afraid to even try.
Good things come back to you tenfold.

Friday, September 23, 2016

JoAnn's haul

Made the mistake of going to JoAnn's this week. Everything I bought was 50 percent off but I got carried away in the fat quarter section. I think I bought every batik they had. Also found solid flannel really cheap so going to jazz up my pj's this year!

The last picture is my ice dyed t shirt with freezer paper ironed to it. I'm going to do some more art on it.

Hanging the painting

Felt more like July outside today, than the second day of fall. Hot!

Busy week off for my husband and then I made him hang my paintings. He hates to do that, but look what a great job he did!

Glad to have the Venetian Pool to look at because he is closing mine tomorrow.

Friday, September 16, 2016

purse charm

 Riki has the best view of the new painting from his bed.

 Found this beautiful leather purse in Austria so spent some time and made a purse charm for it today.