Archive for the 'Art From Nature' Category

A Garden to Dye  For

I’m Dying to Get Started!

I’ll never look at a colorful plant, seed, flower, leaf, or garment in the same way again! A Garden to Dye For is a delight from beginning to end. As with all of this author’s works, it is honest, fun, inspiring, witty, and thorough. She has considered every angle and answered every question in a way that makes me feel
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Joy, Gladness, & Spendor

Garden Planter Combination ~Joy, Gladness, & Spendor

Our entire garden space is visible from our kitchen, office, and family room. It is a living, moving, breathing, singing addition to our daily lives. As such, we keep it groomed, fed, and full of color. This planter has spent over a dozen years on our patio. It contains my favorite combination of flowers: geranium, pansy, sweet alyssum, and rain
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May Basket Delivery

May Basket Delivery

This morning greeted me with newness. Springness. May. The month when flowers take the leading role in our garden. And the sky’s expansive canvas fills with color. And the air’s soft presence thrills with scent. As the calendar turns to May 1st, people all over the northern hemisphere celebrate the awakening of Spring’s fresh start. And for me — this
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Retro Merry Christmas Wreath_Santa 2012

Retro Merry Christmas Wreath

I’m finding the task of making a new wreath every month for 12 months to be a fun challenge! So far they have been easy, inexpensive and attractive. This month was a different story, and I believe if you read this post to the end, my Christmas Wreath will make you snicker. You wouldn’t think that a Christmas wreath would be
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Berry Wreath

Wreath of Berries

Nandina domestica, AKA, Heavenly Bamboo, is one of our favorite plants. A hardy, waterwise evergreen, Nandina grows in part to full sun, zones 5-10, offering year-round beauty, moderate growth, low maintenance, and deer resistance. I use Nandina leaves in flower arrangements, but I never clip its springtime blooms, because by autumn they develop into sturdy clusters of orange red berries
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next time you look, see

Leaf Art

Leaf art is easy to make. Here is an Autumn leaf, scanned into  Picasa (a free photo editing program).   I was able to change the image to black and white. …add and change background colors…   …add text… …and make it into something useful. I could go on and on with ideas for this fallen leaf.  But I have
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close-up pumpkin wreath

Homespun Pumpkin Wreath

I had so much fun last month crafting an apple wreath, that I decided to challenge myself to make a new door decoration each month for a year. October, being the month of pumpkins and trick-or-treaters,  my theme was obvious. The first step was to shop our home and garden for materials. I chose a simple grapevine form, which I
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Apple wreath

Welcome Autumn with an Apple Wreath

The front door of a home is more than just the focal point.  It is where the outside and the inside worlds touch, the portal, where homeowner and visitor each linger for a moment before entering the private spaces.  Here is the perfect location for a personal statement… a sign, striking color, or a wreath. Jim and I hang different wreaths
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