Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
When we first bought this house we decided to separate the entrance to our garden from the driveway with a wood gate and arbor. My husband and I built this together, I designed it, he built it!! He was a good sport! Little did he know it was only the beginning of his many projects! I planted several concord grape vines to provide shade and grapes! In the fall I like to make grapevine wreaths like the one hanging on the gate in the picture. If you read my bear story earlier in the month this is the gate he didn't destroy!
Our bluestone patio off the back of our home connects to the entrance gate on one side and a hot tub on the other. A wrought iron table and chairs is one of my favorite spots to drink my morning coffee, bird watch and congregate for family dinners! Unfortunately, this spring has been cool and rainy, so I haven't been able to enjoy doing that much.
It's also a wonderful spot to work on my crafts when it's warm and sunny. Our Siberian Husky loves to hang out with me, staying cool under the table and patiently hoping to catch any crumbs I might drop from a snack break!
My pink Rosebud Azaleas are in full bloom! They are amazing with their soft pink, double flower blossoms. They look like little roses!
This is our cat enjoying the garden too! Her favorite past time is chipmunk and bird watching! She is a brown patch tabby cat born to a feral mother. Seven years ago, our neighbors came home from vacation and found the mother cat and six kittens under their car! My daughter chose this kitten to adopt! We absolutely love her!
Each week I look forward to revealing another part of my garden!
Monday, June 22, 2009
The Cafe Handmade Lounge is a great place to join groups, blog, and socialize, creating a network to connect those who love to buy handmade with those that love to create handmade!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Needlefelted Panel - 12" x 16" Image
"I make needle felted naturescapes. I use a small, barbed needle and a felt canvas to “paint” scenes with wool fiber. "
Needlefelted Panel 10"x 23" Image
"Recently, my work evolved from two dimensions to three, as my love of watercolor painting found new expression through needle felting. Using the felting needle as my “brush” and felted wool as my “canvas,” again I paint, only this time with fiber.""Sunset at the Shore"
Needlefelted Panel 8" x 10" Image
"Currently, I seek to translate some of my past watercolor work into scenes of fiber. I am now felting with a variety of fibers in addition to wool as a means of exploring new colors and textures. The repetitive nature of needle felting frees my imagination and allows for many fortunate accidents that serve to make painting with fiber a deeply rewarding experience. "
Needlefelted Purse 4" x 5"
"Additionally, my interest in black bears comes from my home in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina---black bears are some of our most treasured forest friends."
Thank you Andrea for taking the time to tell us a little more about you!
*You can find more of Andrea's work at her Etsy Shop, Andrea's Fibers http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5941297
*Her website http://www.HazelTreeFibers.com/
Andrea's work has appeared in numerous publications and is held in private collections around the world. Most of her naturescapes are created in beautiful panels or purses! I share her love of bears, so my favorite piece is the Purple Mountain Bear Purse! Do you have a favorite?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
On this rainy day I have lots to do! But I'm so comfy sitting here with my coffee and laptop, I don't want to move!! So, I thought I would make good use of my time and pass along a wonderfully creative blog that I found through twitter!This blog has lots of great ideas for entertaining. With summer BQ's & July 4th coming up, today, is a great time to take a peek and dream of throwing that perfect party on a warm SUNNY day! Something, we New Jersians have not seen in weeks!
So take a minute and get inspired with wonderful recipes, and ideas! http://www.partybluprints.blog.com/
Do you have a favorite blog that cheers you up on a rainy day? Please share it with us!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
*Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
*Please take a minute and visit all these wonderful blogs.You may discover a great new blog to follow! (They are in no particular order)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Through the years friends and relatives expressed how they loved my box, so when I began my Etsy Shop, I decided to create them for others. Now, they are my top selling items and I have even personalized them for beach side or beach themed weddings as Bride gifts or bridesmaid gifts! It's been fun to share what has meant so much to me and be able to offer it to others!
After 22 years, we still enjoy that wonderful week or two that we leave behind the soccer fields, ice rinks, and all the other sports that fill our lives, replacing them with swimming, relaxing, baseball, kite flying, and long walks on the beach. Ahhh, I can't wait for this years vacation!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I just love the creativity of this indigo butterfly necklace! It is called 'Dwellers of the Mechanical Garden!' created by Eugena777.
Each of her necklaces is one-of-a-kind, with its own color scheme and watch parts design. The pendant is covered with multiple layers of translucent resin to give it a smooth, glass-like surface.
If you would like more information about this item and clever artist, just click on the title Wednesday Garden!
Also take a peek at Eugena's comment to hear what sparked the creation of this clever piece! Thanks Eugena!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Using natural elements, such as shell, wood, and Cinnabar is perfect for the warm months when we are all enjoying the outdoors!
Simply Silver & Shell Bracelet