Thursday, May 28, 2015


Inspired by the Queen of Arts and her adventures with "intuitive" painting, I gave it a try today.

Painting by intuition: I used only my left hand, colors were feelings, shapes were words, and my inner critic was kicked to the curb.

My thoughts wandered and so did my paintbrush - it's a very childlike and freeing way to express thoughts that have no words.

Maybe you'll give it a try too


Friday, May 22, 2015

revival survival

I rescued this sweet little plant from one of those upscale home decor stores. You know the kind - lots of Paris themed pillows, urns, and soaps. Olive baskets, burlap stuff, and chandeliers.

This poor little guy was drowning in his cocoa tin - I took him home, punched holes in the tin, and drained out a bunch of water. I let it dry out for a few weeks and now only water him a tiny bit just once in a while.

And now he has some family to keep him company. And all their tins have drainage holes ... for that tiny bit of water just once in a while.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

8 hours

7:30 in the morning:

and 3:30 in the afternoon:

morning fog usually means afternoon sun around here ... 

Monday, May 4, 2015

making faces

I've been making garden fairies  and needed some good faces - let me show you what I learned ....

I began with magazine pictures

And used this old template I have for making circles:

I use the circle to crop in REALLY close on the features (this is good old Martha)

What I learned:
Cropping super close is what gives you the PERFECT sun or moon face.

I cut away all the non-essential stuff like ears, hair, neck, forehead,  chin. The closer in you crop, the more moonlike it comes out.

Here's my collection:

And here are the garden fairies I've made so far ....
They have so much personality, I've given them each a name.