31 March 2011
I saw some classic Picasso sketches at IKEA this weekend and was inspired to try my hand at his one line puppy sketch.
|I used my classic drawer front and burning tool to create the sketch.|
30 March 2011
engaged at the Jefferson, that's kind of a crime. So, inspired by Paradise Under Glass, we went to DC this weekend
...and the blossoms really are this beautiful...
They must be proud when they visit and see the beauty they have blessed our country with, don't you think?
not to take the branches and instead just hopped over the barriers to get some photos.
Do you know how hard it is to get photos of the cherry blossoms without people in it?
This was was the best I could get of the Jefferson Memorial with the crowds of people swarming it...
Well, I couldn't even get close because it was covered in fences due to a construction project.
...on a happier note, I have lots of DIY projects and CHICKENS to post about the next few days
...no more gardening posts (for a few days at least...)
This weekend, the kids were away, so I went to the library and checked out about a thousand books...and then I actually started reading them. I was still in the "read as fast as you can because you don't know how long you'll actually get to be drinking words" mode as I flew through 2 or 3 books. Then I started reading "Paradise Under Glass" and I slowed down. Her words seemed to cut through my frantic pace and made me stop and actually READ. Within the first 4 pages, I was so entranced by her description of the US Botanical Gardens that I wanted to go right that second....and we did! We can never do such spontaneous stuff anymore, so it was such a treat to act like we were 20 years old again, pack a bag and drive to DC...to look at a garden.
Crazy? A bit. ...but it was fun (for me...I realize it was a bit of torture for my husband and appreciate his willingness to go look at plants when he would much rather be doing...well...anything else.) Are you curious about the words that inspired me to drive 2 hours for some plants? Indulge your curiosity, but be prepared to want to go visit a garden if you read slowly enough....
29 March 2011
....and the winner is....
jude Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:11:00 PM
The wood block is too sweet! Also loved the "upcycled" idea...The bag that could be an easter basket was very interesting. I will be looking more at LittleMe123's site.....I must say the detail clear in the creation, AND in the descriptions of size and materials used impressed me!! I feel like I would know EXACTLY what I was going to get....not always true in buying online! Thanks LittleMe for your thoroughness!
Do you ever feel like all of the little projects you are doing are really pointless? The spray paint and thread starts to seem like a chore instead of a joy? Your motivation just goes bone dry? Well of course you do, everyone does.
I work in phases (like a child...). When I get on a photography kick, I take countless numbers of photos, countless numbers of hours editing, you know the drill. When I get on a blogging kick, I have to store up posts in the queue so I don't hit readers with 6 in a day, for 6 days straight. When I get on a painting kick, I ruin every single pair of yoga pants I own with paint splatter because I run out to paint first thing before bed and every hour thereafter. When I get baking, I run out of butter. When I get gardening, my fingernails are never clean. Are you like this?
Once in a long while, the crazy phases, the wearing myself out on a craft before I move on to the next and back again makes me tired. So I take a break. ...and while I'm taking a break, it never fails...I start thinking. I start to get inspired and the cycle begins again.
I could say I wish the roller coaster would stop and I want to get off, but the truth is, I like the ride. No matter how tired I make myself, it is better than the boredom of doing nothing.
So during this break, I noticed the amount of jars collecting in my cabinet and was inspired by THIS JAR PROJECT (and if you search, you'll find plenty of other jar projects around the country.) My project was simple...put something beautiful in a jar and send it out into the world with a message of hope, a reminder of God's presence. I don't know who will find them or what words they need to hear, but the hope is God using these silly little jars to bring strangers a little joy...a little hope.
|Can you see what is in there?|
|I figured moms changing poopy diapers are most in need of a bit of beauty, right??|
|Does anyone recognize this location in DC???|
26 March 2011
Posted by Amy Renea at 9:17 PM said...
25 March 2011
I can’t, so I have to borrow this one from ENGAGEMENTAL .
|See how I am gently squeezing the bananas outwards?|
24 March 2011
So how many of you blogger girls are going to be attending the Relevant Conference in Harrisburg this year?
I have an idea, and I want to know if any of you girls would be up for it. I have been wanting to do a DRESSES FOR AFRICA party like Ashley Ann did last year, but I need some help!! I need some blogger girlfriends to come and hang with me for an afternoon, sipping sweet tea and lemonade, chowing on some lunch and making dresses for little girls in need with me! Are you game??
Basically, I would provide lunch and whatever sewing supplies and fabrics I can rustle up, you bring your willing hands and whatever sewing notions and fabrics that are sitting unused in your sewing basket (or old clothing we can cut up! or hot glue guns! or YOUR sewing machine! or whatever!). We spend the day in the garden piecing together dresses, eating lunch and spending a little extra time together outside of the conference...and believe you me you will probably end up with some seeds or divisions or cuttings if we are hanging out in the garden all day!
I live in the Harrisburg/Hershey area, so I am thinking of hosting this party the afternoon before or after the conference - any suggestions?
...and the 'Every Boy Needs a Truck'? I was thinking (since I have 3 boys) that it was a little sad to do dresses for the girls, but nothing for the boys, so I wanted to round up all the extra matchbox cars everyone has to send a big old box of trucks and cars for the boys to play with while the girls dance around all beautiful in their new dresses. The boys would rather be covered in mud playing with trucks anyway, right?
So who is up for a party??? Comment or email me if you are interested!
22 March 2011
If you like babies and you like Pottery Barn...you'll like gardening. HA, got you didn't I? You girls that never want to look at gardening posts, this is for YOU! I’m going to convert you!