I may add some wisteria to the garden. when I have an arbor strong enough for it my grandmother had wisteria gradually over the years it brought down a barn wisteria can lift a building off it's foundation when left unchecked
next Spring, I must get a picture of the house down the road that is being eaten by a climbing rose for a short time the house looks like Christmas, aglow with yellow rosebuds
I am fascinated by plants that consume their surrounding structures
things I love from around the house old cloudy bottles decked out in vintage jewelry a good shade of aqua chippy shabby calendar plates grandma's old perfume bottle (one whiff can take me back decades) and fuzzy china cats more fuzzy cats sitting on a stack of vintage greeting card boxes good shoes stained glass windows and lace curtains how stained glass windows look from outside at night a good truck vintage metal frames tucked in a mirrored nook finding cool rusty stuff in the barn and rainy day frogs putting their best foot forward
I am a saver of all things, scraps of paper, bits of found junk, faded pieces of ribbon. Little of it has any value but it is kept all the same. so it was only natural that I saved the first rose to bloom at the new house the dried rose was so fragile, I wanted to give it a special place so it could be enjoyed, some kind of display. a clumsy first attempt to fabricate a sheet metal box with a soldered glass top but I am happy with it I am just glad the first rose was a small one. This dried rose box measures 3 1/2" by 2 1/2" by 3/8" and it turned out pretty much how I wanted it to. I learned quite a few things making it and many things I would do differently next time.
journal pages ready for something interesting to write about and another while waiting to see if Hurricane Dolly will be gifting us with wind and rain members of "The Jolly Roger Gang" are once again ready with pirate eye patches and fully prepared for hurricane season. inspired by yesterday's photo of the plant growing through the fence, I am on a quest to find photo opportunities of a mostly monochromatic color scheme dashed with green with a isolated bolt of red. No elaborate setups just a grab and shoot out the car window kind of thing. This is what I found while out driving today.
much activity has been going on in continuing progress with the gardens a curious neighbor has been looking through the fence to check on what all the activity is about gigantic flower pots were planted outside the studio window the purple gum ball (gomphrena) are putting on quite the show with non stop blooms and very little water needs salvia lined up like soldiers - a great deer resistant plant in my area and that is saying a lot since the deer mow down everything that is not locked behind a six foot or higher fence who couldn't love a flower with the name of "razzmatazz" I am head over heels in love with this coneflower and another photo as I don't have enough words of praise for this flower this planter is called "the Bambi buffet" as the deer were doing nightly raids. Two weeks ago, I tucked in a couple bars of Irish Spring soap in the planter and so far the deer have not been munching on the leaves of the sweet potato vine. Time will show if this trick will work.
as I have been working in the big visual journal, I have been working on pages of a second journal (actually I have several journals going one at one time). I thought it would be fun to have a second journal with finished backgrounds that I can just add bits and photos and other good stuff in no particular order. Pasting in papers and images that are floating around the table, stuff left over from other projects. Pages from yesterday's journal
It's nice to have a couple of journals to work on at one time. While glue is drying in one, pasting can be done in another's background pages.
collection of sweet spots from the second journal
see the tiny bit of spray painted stencil it's good to be back outside and using spray paint in the journal after a long aerosol absence.
a vintage atomic baby, I love this photo -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hate me now or hate me later but I had to share this link from tipnut.com This is something I did not need to know about. Today I am going to try one with a few peanut butter chips, http://tipnut.com/chocolate-cake-5-minutes/
How To Make A Chocolate Cake In 5 Minutes
4 Tablespoons cake flour (I found you have to use cake flour) 4 Tablespoons sugar 2 Tablespoons cocoa 1 Egg 3 Tablespoons milk 3 Tablespoons oil 1 Mug
You mix the ingredients in a mug, pop in a microwave and zap it for about 3 minutes and voila!
****important update**** I just made the 5 minute cake and this time added a few peanut butter chips...OMG, now you can really hate me. I am thinking a marshmallow variation, butterscotch chip, carmel... there will need to be a support group started for this new addiction. Can I say again, this is not what I needed.
my variation, not pretty right out of the microwave but as the cake cools it goes back down into the mug.