Saturday, May 30, 2015

May Challenge with Anna

Anna is hosting a challenge for the month of May...(you have one more day to enter)! It's been a lot of fun checking out what everyone has been creating using their watercolor techniques. She even provided a video (CeeCee's Creations)that you can follow along with in case you need some inspiration. I think everyone has done a wonderful job!

Tommy Jo

And mine...I used a picture from a friend of mine who I just recently met during Garden Jubilee. It's so much fun to meet the person in "real life" after getting to know them online. She posted a picture of her Clematis and I asked her if I could do a drawing from it. I used my latest splurge...a set of Tombows that I recently purchased from my local art store, The Starving Artist. He was unpacking them when I went into the store and I swear my blood pressure spiked...I bought everyone! lol Thankfully Matt gave me a 30% discount and he even threw in an extra black one. :)

And here is mine. I drew everything with the Tombows and used my Koi waterbrush to give it a watercolor effect, outlined with a Micron pen.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Collage it baby!

I have collaging on my brain these days as I decided to re-make a canvas. I had painted it, but it just didn't click with me, even though I "lived with it" for several months...9 months to be exact. Artists have discussions about re-doing their work, I am one that has no problem with that.

The 2 parts I loved and knew I wouldn't change were the owl and the eyes peeping out of the hole in the tree. I really liked the papered owl and decided I needed to emphasize that more.

So I begin collaging the entire canvas...

Here is a side by side comparison...personally I really like how it turned out, what do you think? Would you have kept it like it was originally or do you think it was worth the makeover?

And every collage doesn't have to be this complicated, I did a I created a tongue in cheek Garden Hours art journal page today to express how scattered I feel right now over on the Helmar DT blog today. Check it out, whooooo knows, you might want to do something like this too!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

My fountain!

So most of you already know the story of how I got the fountain.

Well, that same afternoon I spent leveling the ground and removing plants for it to fit in. Had to take a break at this point, drink some water and read the pump assembly instructions.

Then I came back for round 2, assembled everything and replanted all the plants.

Today, the maintenance guys came out and put in the wiring, it was a lot of work for them, but finally it got completed!! I did get tickled that they thought they would have to put the pump together and were quite surprised that I did it ( men, eye roll)

And now I have a running fountain, it sounds great and I am so excited! I need some plants to put up around the base that the deer won't disseminate, but otherwise I am very happy with it's location.

I have to add a picture which shows the light inside the fountain a little bit better....:)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Note it in Bling!

Hi everyone, bringing you a noteworthy project today!
I love to carry little journals with me..I can make a quick sketch in it or jot down an important phone number or a date I need to remember quick and easy! And there is no reason to bring out a boring notebook when you have The Buckle Boutique Dazzling Diamond sheets to use!

For this project, I used the Hot Pink Zebra sheet to wrap around my little notebook. I love the self-adhesive sheets that are so easy to apply with! I simply pulled back the cover on the bling....

And then laid my book onto the sheet and simply wrapped it around, cut off the excess and trimmed around the corners of the book. The bling sheets are flexible and oh so easy to cut through with your scissors!

The last thing I did was to adhere an epoxy phrase to the front of my book with my Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, and voilà, it's done! I LOVE how easy and fast this was to make!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

garden work today

Yesterday the owners of my apartment complex stopped by to look at the area I have been working on, to let me know how much they loved what I was doing. They wanted to know if I wanted a fountain to add into the area. Do I? Heck yes, I do!! I have actually been thinking of putting in a shallow bird bath just to have some kind of feature down at the left end. They bought it by this's awesome! They will hook up the wiring and it has a light to go inside too!! LOVE!
So, I know what I'll be doing today! Moving plants so I can set this puppy up exactly where I want it!

Monday, May 25, 2015


I have been working in my woodland garden for 4 years now, in and out of the creek gathering rocks and moss, and never saw a snake, not once. Today I was taking a break, chilling by the creek bed with my wine cooler after having weeded the creek bed and gathered moss for my bench planter when up the middle of the creek swims a snake!! Then another!! I think there were 3 or 4 of them...I took some pictures, but got creeped out and removed myself from the area. I need to educate myself on snakes it would seem.

I came immediately inside and did some research...

Watch how the snake swims. To tell the difference between a venomous water moccasin/cottonmouth and a harmless water snake: Check to see if it is swimming with only its head above water, or whether most of its body is floating, too. If just the head is showing, it is most likely a harmless water snake, but if the body is floating too, it could be a water moccasin (almost all venomous snakes swim with their lungs inflated, leaving the majority of their bodies afloat). A water moccasin will have elliptical pupils and the harmless water snake will have round pupils. Either way, leave it alone and allow it to leave the area.

So I think it's a non-venomous snake. Round pupils - check

Swimming in a "group" with it's head above water - check

Leave it alone and leave the area - check

I just joined another excellent group on FB...Snake Will find out if I am correct or not in my research. I'm think a Brown Water Snake....I'm posting this when I discover what it is from the group assesment.

And they say it is a Northern Watersnake, or a Banded Watersnake

Northern Water Snakes and Banded Water Snakes live near lakes, ponds, marshes, streams, rivers, and canals; just about anywhere there is water. They are active during the day and at night. They are most often seen basking on rocks, stumps, or brush.
During the day, water snakes hunt among plants at the water's edge, looking for small fish, frogs, worms, leeches, crayfish, salamanders, young turtles, and small birds and mammals. At night, they concentrate on minnows and other small fish sleeping in shallow water

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Garden Jubilee

It can be depressing for an artist trying to sell things to the public, don't think for a moment that you are alone in feeling this way. Here I have sat for 2 hours and haven't sold a thing! People have looked, and liked...but not purchased!

...finally sold a sign

 woo hoo...a customer bought 2 plus she wants to commission me to make some special ones for her with a Wizard of Oz theme, that sounds so cool! Looking forward to doing that!

 Sold another...yeah!!

....not a bite....this
Packing up, going to visit my friends up on the street level and walk around and look at plants I can't afford.
 Must. Not. Spend. More. Money. On. Plants.