Heather’s Sea & Stone Designs – Take 4

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The artist is Heather Smith. Her Facebook page is Heather’s Sea & Stone Designs. You can reach her at mvseaglass@yahoo.com.

My thanks to Marianna Bellantoni for posting some of her work on Facebook.  Isn’t it amazing what someone with creativity and talent can do with sea glass, stones, and pebbles?

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Simple Kadimple

Anita Opper Via Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

Anita Opper Via Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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To-Be

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This time of year is such fun! I love walking around the yard each day, looking to see what progress our flowers have made, what is blooming, what might be blooming – life bursting forth all over the place! Yesterday I found these lilies-to-be. It seems they sprung up over night. One day soon they’ll be blooming!

 

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And these are phlox-to-be.  We have these in three or four places in the yard now, and I’ll be looking for more to plant. They’re such a happy, pretty flower and come in several colors. I can’t wait for these to bloom!

What ‘To-Be’s” do you have in your yard?

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“In Bloom”

"In Bloom" - Paul Militaru Photography

“In Bloom” – Paul Militaru Photography

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A Wonderful Gift Today

One of our best friends (and bowling buddies) Carla has been traveling for about three weeks now.

We usually bowl with her and two other good friends on Mondays at 8pm when the pricing for games is on special. For one reason or another, all of our bowling buddies couldn’t come with us.

We could go bowling by ourselves, but for some reason, we don’t. We have a tradition now of bowling and then going to Braum’s for ice cream afterwards. Sometimes the ice cream is celebratory, and other times it’s a comfort food. It’s ALWAYS wonderful.

I just received a text from Carla asking if she could go bowling with us tonight!!!!! (Her way of telling us she’s finally home again and that we can see her tonight. HOORRRAAAAAY!!!!!

I was feeling pretty good today, but my spirits soared when I discovered our friend was home. Can’t wait to see her!!!!

 

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Tutu

Jules Wharram-Namaste via Ann Bell

Jules Wharram-Namaste via Ann Bell

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Today

Credit - The Crone's Grove

Credit – The Crone’s Grove

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It’s Called “Reading”

Jon Bradley via Carol Auclair Daly

Jon Bradley via Carol Auclair Daly

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“Hollow”

"Hollow" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Hollow” – Paul Militaru Photography

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May 2016 Contest on Creative Artworks!

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“Tiger’s Eye” 5×7 Matted Print by Sherry Dell’aria McGrath

5×7 matted print by Sherry Dell’aria McGrath. It will be shrink-wrapped for protection and shipped in a flat envelope. Please allow approximately one week for delivery. Great gift idea!

To enter the contest, email linda@creativeartworks.cc sending

  • your full name,
  • full shipping address, and
  • home phone number. (optional – will only be used if you’re the winner of the contest and I’m unable to reach you via email. Your information is never shared with anyone!)

Winner will be chosen May 31st!  Good luck to each of you!

See all of Sherry Dell’aria McGrath’s work on Creative Artworks!

  • ceramic pieces
  • Original paintings
  • Matted Prints of original artwork

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April 2016 Contest Winner on Creative Artworks!

"Papillon" Note Card Set by Ines Miller

“Papillon” Note Card Set by Ines Miller

The winner of the April contest on Creative Artworks for the 6-card “Papillon” note card package is Analisa from Fort Worth, Texas! Congratulations, Analisa!

Adorable set of 6 “Papillon” notecards printed on fine quality linen stock textured paper. Envelopes included. Inside note card is left blank for your special message. Size is approximately 4.25″ x 5.5″.

Ines Miller has some wonderful note card packages for sale on Creative Artworks HERE

See all of Ines Miller’s work

  • Painted plaques
  • note card packages
  • painted key or leash holder racks
  • stained glass
  • digital portraits
  • posters from her original artwork

 

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Greenwood Car Show

Bob Dyer Photography

Bob Dyer Photography

My husband and I went to the 29th Annual Greenwood Car Show this afternoon. They started this the year we built our home the last Saturday in April. When it first started, it was just a few people who brought their antique cars to show off. I guess the word spread because each year there are more cars about which to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ and more people enjoying it.

You can buy tickets and tee shirts to support the show. Prizes are given in lots of categories. It’s fun to talk to the owners about the work that went into their cars.

This year my husband found a man who had fixed up a 1965 Corvair. Since my husband tried to do the same thing years ago, we looked with great interest in what this man had done.

My favorite each year is a 1932 Deuce Coupe.

 

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Isn’t this CUTE!  This is one of my dream cars – like Mazda Miatas, Mini-Coopers, etc. – that I love every time I see them, but they’re not practical for my lifestyle. I also love boxy Jeeps – and they ARE okay for getting up our driveway. I miss the Cherokee Sport I had for several years. We got rid of it when it started making really ominous noises. :0(

We replaced it with our Honda Ridgeline truck – not my favorite as far as looks go – but it’s hard to carry a 4’x8′ sheet of metal in a ‘cute’ car…

We had a great time wandering around. The show gets more and more impressive. The money goes to local charities.  I was afraid that the show would be rained out this year. Happily enough, the weather was perfect. I’m so glad the weather forecasters were wrong – at least for the time the show needed!

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Ponies Loose!

Yesterday my husband and I dashed out between heavy rainstorms to run errands.

When we started up our road on the return trip, we saw three Shetland ponies on the road! We thought we knew they belonged to our neighbors, so my husband backed the length of the road and we turned into our neighbor’s driveway. We went up his long driveway only to find a padlock on the gate. We didn’t see any ponies in the area where they keep them.

Since we couldn’t go to the door, we went home, intending to try to find his phone number.

The horses had gone up our steep driveway and were in our back yard!

I was unable to find a phone number.

My husband grabbed a rope, thinking he might be able to rope one – he used to have a horse when he was a young teenager. He was unable to do that, so he got back into the truck and tried to ‘herd’ them back down the driveway.

All of this was in a rain that started right as we turned into our road. He was able to herd them down the driveway and down the road a bit toward our neighbors, but then they ran off the road into a utility easement next to our neighbor’s property.

We gave up at that point, unable to figure out what else we could do to help. :0(

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Heather’s Sea & Stone Designs – Take 2

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The artist is Heather Smith. Marianna Bellantoni posted some pictures of her work on Facebook and I’m really impressed with Heather’s talent and creativity. She gathers sea glass and stones from the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard and creates designs I love.

See Heather’s website

Contact Heather via email – mvseaglass@yahoo.com

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Gardens after the Storm

Email from Marsha Koenig

Email from Marsha Koenig

We had some big storms yesterday, but thankfully, the hail didn’t come here. I’ve just been out to check the gardens. I was afraid that I would find a disaster, since the forecast included large hail. Everything is looking great. :0)

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Head lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, green bell pepper, tomatoes.

 

 

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This is the planter beside our porch, protected by that and the back of the house. It was the only place we successfully grew tomatoes last year. This year I planted one tomato plant on the left, and then planted a second one about six weeks later, on the right. Hopefully we’ll have a good, long season of ripe tomatoes.

 

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This is my first try at radishes (top) and carrots (bottom). These two planters have deeper Mel’s mix than the other planters, so I’m hopeful that the carrots will be happy here.

 

 

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Butter Crunch lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach

Our weather looks beautiful right now. Storms are still predicted for later today. We’re going to head for the car show in the square in Greenwood! Will tell you about it later. Have a wonderful day!

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“Spring Began with You”

"Spring Began with You" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Spring Began with You” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Excitement in the Garden

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If you look at this plant very carefully, you’ll see the first green bell pepper of the season!

 

 

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And – to the left side of the picture, you’ll see the first green tomatoes of the season, plus lots of blossoms!

 

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I just harvested an entire basket full of lettuces and spinach two days ago. Look at how BIG the leaves are again!

 

 

 

 

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Here is the north side of the main square foot garden. You can see cauliflower making pretty little heads – my first EVER!

 

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This is the south side of the main square foot garden. Everything is WEED-FREE for this moment!!!  The broccoli is making teeny-tiny heads now, as well.

I really love to go out and see what’s happening every day.

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Mosaic Gazing Ball # 2

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Since it’s too cool – not to mention the severe weather, hail storms, heavy rain, and flying hairballs we’re having today and tomorrow – I’m going to spend some time out in the shop with my husband.

He’s upset with our chop saw. Two of the parts that hold the piece you’re cutting in place don’t do the job well enough, so he’s going to make replacements for them. ( Not only is he talented enough to use the tools to make other stuff, he also makes the tools better, or even makes some from scratch!)

While he’s doing that, I’ll finally get the chance to work on gazing ball # 2. I started it before spring began, and then I’ve been super-busy getting the garden in and tending it, plus working in the yard. It’ll be great fun to spend some time on it. It’s about half finished at this point.

 

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Here are a couple of pics of Gazing Ball # 1.

 

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My husband says the birds won’t use the bird bath anymore because they like seeing their reflections in the gazing ball. Now that they can’t see themselves, they won’t use it.

 

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I pointed out that the birds didn’t use the bird bath anyway. The gazing ball had faded and didn’t reflect anything anymore. Now at least there’s something colorful in the middle of the bird bath. We’ll see if we can tell what the birds think…

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Iffy Weather

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We’re having iffy weather today – a forecast of TWO possible waves of severe weather – one in the morning and the other at about 5:00 this afternoon. HEAVY rain and possibility of hail.

We had storms overnight and lost power for a bit. Thanks to our generator, I slept right through it, though it woke my husband up. The outage was so short I only had to reset a couple of clocks that are super-sensitive.  We didn’t want to risk being caught out in a hail storm, so we told our good friends we would skip Lunch Bunch today.

Though the sky turned really dark a couple of times this morning, we haven’t had the forecast severe weather yet. I hope we can avoid the one this afternoon, as well.

I weeded in the main square foot garden for a couple of hours yesterday, finishing the weeding. My body is telling me that I am TOO OLD to do that. I feel that I need some WD40 to loosen my joints and muscles up. :0)  The garden seems to have come through the storms well so far, though we have small branches all over the yard around the house. We have a too-cool wind blowing now.

After my weeding marathon yesterday, I’m REALLY looking forward to NEXT spring, when we’ll have our raised-bed square foot garden boxes in. We’ve finished one of the six metal supports for the boxes, and my husband is out in the shop cutting angle iron, solid round metal, and metal tubing in preparation for starting support # 2.

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The metal support table legs will be attached to solid round pounded into the ground. The wooden planter box will ‘sit’ in the metal support table. We’ll have SIX 4’x4′ boxes in the garden.

CAN’T WAIT!

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Arkansas Pictures

Valerie Elaine - AR Pics - via Cindy Bassnett Thurman

Valerie Elaine – AR Pics – via Cindy Bassnett Thurman

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Heather’s Sea & Stone Designs – Take 1

Thanks to Marianna Bellantoni on Facebook today, I discovered a wonderful sea and stone artist, Heather Smith. She has a Facebook page that you might like to visit. She collects sea glass and stones from the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard and creates designs that take my breath away. I wanted to share some of them with you.

 

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You can contact Heather Smith at mvseaglass@yahoo.com

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“Intense Purple”

"Intense Purple" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Intense Purple” – Paul Militaru Photography

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A Book Series New to Me

I’ve found a wonderful author new (to me) and I feel like a kid at Christmas!

Steven Gould has written a whole series called the “Jumper” series around a teleportation theme. His books are very hard to put down, so I’m warning you in advance.

The books in the series are –

  • Jumper
  • Reflex
  • Impulse
  • EXO

I’ve finished “Jumper,” am reading “Impulse,” have ordered a used “Reflex,” and we have “EXO.”

There is almost nothing that makes me happier than discovering a new, wonderful author, and then to find out he or she has written a whole series!  You definitely do not need to be a Science Fiction fan to enjoy these books. They don’t have to be read in order, but of course, it’s better if you do. I find this author as readable as J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series – one of my highest compliments. :0)

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Playing in the Dirt Today

I’m weeding and watering in phases in the main square foot garden today.

The last rains made the weeds very confident, so I’m trying to provide them a definite inferiority complex by the end of the day.  The sun is shining brightly, and it’s hard to imagine that tomorrow and Saturday are supposed to provide HEAVY rain.

I work for half hour to 45 minutes, then come in to cool off and drink lots of water – over and over again. If I were a younger woman, I could spend a couple of hours out there, and then come in a rest a bit…

I have to admit that I enjoy harvesting and watering much more than weeding…

Hope you’re having a fun day!

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Beauty

Juicing for Health via Cathy Ruggiero

Juicing for Health via Cathy Ruggiero

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Promise

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Camellia

As I walk around the yard, things starting to bloom fill me with hope for the future.

 

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Iris and Camellia

I’m TRYING to send some spring your way, Cathy, Dezzi, and Maxine!

 

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No Appointments Necessary

title-wave-via cathy ruggiero

title-wave-via cathy ruggiero

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“Spring Flowers”

"Spring Flowers" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Spring Flowers” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Harvest 4-27-2016

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I’m inside now, cooling off from planting a second tomato plant in the planter in the nook beside the porch, and weeding and harvesting from the East side lettuce garden beside the house. I’ve taken two pictures so that you can see how lucky we’ve been with our harvest so far this year. We have Butter Crunch, Romaine, and Head Lettuce, plus spinach.

 

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I’m afraid that our weather will turn truly hot early this year, so it’ll soon be hot enough the lettuce will bolt. We’ll enjoy every leaf we can harvest before that happens.

I’m going out again in a minute or two to plant 3 more tomato plants in the main square foot garden. I’ll also do some weeding.

I hope you’re enjoying your day.

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Stop

Christoper Terrones via Michael Remillard

Christoper Terrones via Michael Remillard

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Square Foot Gardens after the Storm

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I need to do a LOT of harvesting and weeding in the next few days, but I wanted to show you progress in the garden. If you look carefully in the middle of the large leaves, you can see a teeny-weeny head of broccoli.

 

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Carrots

 

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North side of main square foot garden.

 

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Side lettuce garden – does THIS need to be harvested!!!!

 

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South side of main square foot garden.

 

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I have some cauliflower with big leaves.

 

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And cauliflower with smaller leaves. I’m excited to have ANY cauliflower, since my crop was a complete bust last year.

 

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One kind of lettuce.

 

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Another kind of lettuce.

 

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Radishes.

As you can see by these pictures, the garden – and the weeds – are really happy with the rain. I’ll be doing many phases of weeding and harvesting in the next few days.

 

 

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