It seems like the weather is finally warming and things are all green. It is the perfect time to get collect inspiration for my art and design projects. Some leave stamps and screens for printing are in the works. I have several classes coming up around the Tidewater area, so check out that page for all the locations and dates.
This coming Saturday April 23rd I will be doing some embroidery and hand stitch work demonstrations at the Oak Level House in Isle of Wight as part of the Virginia Historic Garden Week. Make sure you visit my studio in the Arts Center @319 in downtown Smithfield.
It has been a crazy time with several projects not working out, and just a lot of downs and not many ups this year. SA has been doing most of the garden work and I really miss being out in the plants and soil, so am making an effort to get outside-even in the winter and work in the garden. It is so much a part of my creative inspiration. Only one more design event next weekend, here’s to hoping for a big, positive finish, with my art, before the Holidays.
So much rain, the leaves are falling, the weather is really crazy this week, it is making me a little edgy ( my sinuses are a wreck) and hard to get all my studio work completed.
It is interesting how, you can make a schedule, work to get everything done and everything changes. Trying to do several new things this year and all those typical things like weather, accidents get in the way. But I know I have to keep moving, and these little detours are will not stop me, just slow things down, or show a new direction, I might not have seen before.
My entry in the Bra Ha Ha event to raise money for womens’ breast health. You can see it and more creative and fun bras made by others from the Smithfield area at the Art Center @ 319. This creation was inspired by the persistant mother bird in my earlier post. Like in mother nature, we have to adapt, adjust, nurture and persist in helping all women have access to what they need for their health.
I used to work in coal mining, creating environmental designs for coal removal and reclaimation. With all the spills and containing pond failures in recent news, it has me thinking about all that has been done to the area where I used to live. I left long ago when all the rules changed and you could see that the environment was not going to be an important part of the region.
My life has been through many changes both location and my work, since those years working in Van Lear, KY. Whenever I go back, now it is sad to see how much damage has been done, and all the people have been hurt physically and economically. I don’t know how it all went so wrong, and when money became more important then human life and the natural resources. I think it has not been good for us, and hope we can change our way of thinking, so we can help everyone, including mother nature. We are all in this together after all
Even though it is winter I still love the soft, muted colors of the yard and garden. We have been talking and planning for some changes in the outdoor space for next year, slways on the look out for ways to make it more sustainable and add more food to the household. Looking forward to a the new year with many ideas. Hope you all have a fun New Years Eve! See you next year.
It has been a great year for strawberries and we have been busy picking and cleaning and freezing. Oliver Farms had a great crop and thy will be having other products coming throughout the season. Another local place, here is Smithfield, to get produce as well as bedding plants is Browder’s Farm. It is so important to support local farms as well as other independent businesses. So go to a Farmer’s Market this week and check out all the lovely selections, this is best time of year to get in the habit of eating well.
Earth Day happened this weekend, we weeded, and planted, and mulched all day Saturday and just made it in time for a full day of rain on Sunday. It was a so nice to work with the soil and fuss with the herbs and flowers. Now everything looks so bright and beautiful.
Today we spent the afternoon out in the wind and rain, while the boys were being filmed for a coming attraction “Dillzilla:Titan of Terror!” Elizabeth and her team were great.
A busy week coming up, and more classes to add to the schedule.
My yard is kind of a mess. It has been a couple of seasons since much of anything has been done except mow the “weeds” lawn and some pruning. The soil here isreally bad-red clay here in the South, and I don’t use chemicals or want the waste a lot of water to have a perfect green lawn. Natural landscape plants and rock gardens are slowing going to take the place of just grass. I have been doing some research and found this great resource, houzz. You can set up your own ideabook. This photo is great example of working with the area you have, it is beautiful. Baby steps this year.
It is a beautiful day for the first day of spring. I do love this time of year, the sun is not so hot and all the new greens shoots and flower buds. I hope to get out in the sun, if only the pollen would not be here, it is so early, but at least the pines dust will be gone earlier.
I have to get my work orders finished, I have some garden/yard work to do this year. It helps me relax.