Saturday, August 11, 2018

What's in your garden?

It's the time of year when everything in the garden looks wonderful. 

This guy was on the side of our home the other day. Stick bugs are
such a strange product of evolution.  

My two pots of basil have been great this year. 
I've made several batches of my "pesto pucks" already.
The link to my post with the recipe & process I use.

Another pot holds a mass of herbs that have made it for a few years.

The Sage had gotten quite large so I decided to try some preserving techniques.
The Kitchn had some ideas. I hung some to dry,
did some in the microwave, froze some in water & did some sage butter.
Next clipping I want to try the sage honey.
 Should be great in home made dressing as the sweetener.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tid Bits on Thursday

Summer is in full swing and I am drawn to the textures & colors in the garden.
Had to bring this teeny floral arrangement inside after the bush got a pruning.

Got this sweet ceramic frog at an art fair last summer. Time to put it to good use. 
Hosta leaves make such a great statement on their own.

Dunno, just had to take picture of these eggs.

One of my recent creations now graces the fabric table with one of my favorite tools,
 the everyday clothes pin.

 So here's the real reason for all the above photos and noticing tiny details in everyday things. 
Here goes, transparency time. 
Above is all the "stuff" I took to the art fair last week end. I sold one piece. 
Despondency ensued the next day. After a bit of a pity party, a good walk in the park, 
and some time in the studio looking at inspirational ideas saved over time, I'm ready to move on. 
 I figure all this experimentation with fabric, paint, stencils, stitching was 
a learning experience that  can be applied to bigger things.
 The rest of the summer will be spent just playing around in the studio to uncover old & new ideas, some sketching, going back to playing with photography...
& some great travel coming up for us in a few weeks. 
Not to mention lots of music & visit from friends on the calendar. 

Lots of the storage items I've made are being put to use in my own home.
 That was plan B all along.There is still areas I can add more bins to, & I will. 

When all else fails, there is always beer. Love these corn hole boards at Right Brain Brewery. 
It could be my self portrait from last weekend.  Thanks for "listening". 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Stencils of Summer Plant ID & OMP Art Fair

Had another glorious week end on North Fox Is. Does anyone know what this flower is?
It is a spectacular little bit of Mother Nature. The blooms hang down.
If you turn them over you see this.

I would love to know what they are. Anyone?

We have rediscovered tent camping thanks to North Fox 
& the FUN people we've met on the overnights. This is a panorama of the field.
 The red nose is us with our little tent next to the wing. Cozy.
About a dozen planes "dropped in" over the week end.

Saturday, July 21 9 am to 4 pm.
Come take a look at all the vendors, get a snack from a food truck, listen to some music,
take home some art, & support your local artists!

All my stencils have names and a number. 
Anyone who wants a custom vessel can easily choose the images they want .
I've cut lots of new stencils this summer. here is the line up...
with example on fabric.

These last 2 haven't made it onto canvas yet. I need to fix that. 


 Hope to see you Saturday!