Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Can't wait for fall.


I've started taking out our fall "stuff", like my hubby calls it. I know it's a bit early but I'm just in a fall mood. Going to work on some goodies this weekend. It will keep my mind busy, and I so need to create something.  We might have a little hurricane heading our way, it looks weak and it's so far away that lots can happen. I usually make soap if a hurricane is coming, don't ask me why, maybe the essential oils relax me. We really have been blessed, we haven't had a hurricane threaten in years and I'm low on hand made soaps, lol.  









Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Composter in the house.

I've been so wanting to start composting for a while now. But I wasn't  sure how I really wanted to do it, there's  so much out there. Finally I decided on a tumbler,
we do live in the city and I think this will be the easiest way for us to handle it.
 I asked hubby to get me one and he showed with 3 of them, yay. I'm so excited, can't wait to see the final results. They've been up for a couple of weeks now and I followed all that I read on line. Every time I open the bins to add water I expect a foul smell, but not at all. It really smells kinda sweet and earthy, I love it. We turn them every day and they are HOT, getting those microbes going.  So I hope in a few weeks we'll get some good stuff.     



Yes, these are grass clippings in our living room, I was saving them and I didn't want the cats using them.

  
                                      Some brown stuff, hopefully we'll get some worms.

                Dried laves from my Bottle Brush tree, no need to shred them, they are perfectly small.

                                                 Not fat or meats here, just vegie scraps.


                           I've been researching drip irrigation and this company gets my vote.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Starting to take out our fall home decorations.


Maybe if I see fall goodness around me I will feel a little cooler, lol. I think this has been the hottest summer ever. I'm in the mood for fall. Want to share again this canvas I created last year. It was my first time working with waxes and paints together. This piece really get me in the fall mood.  








Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Walkabout the garden.

Wanting to play in the garden so bad, but OMG It's so hot, it's unbearable really even the pool water is hot. So I did the next best thing, just went for walk, no garden work for me today.  



So excited, I just inherited all these mature Roses from a sweet client that is down sizing. Hubby and and I went to pick them up last week. I need to prune and top dress, maybe a little fertilizer.  Can you say HAPPY.


Planning on starting a compost bin this fall. So I've started collecting my brown stuff. Just raked this path that's under an old Bottle Brush tree, it's seams to always be shedding it's leaves so I think it will be a great resource for me.


                               Some plants I started from cuttings, doing well in the shade.


                                                  Baby Elephant Ears, love lots of water.



          Ghost Pepper doing well, but I think I'm going to cover it a bit with piece of shade cloth.


                                                 They're doing great. But starting to slow down.
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                                           My Rosemary seams to love this hot weather.


My Spanish Mint is thriving. I got a few cuttings from a neighbor and I can't believe how well it's doing, it just took off.  Planning on soon making more from cutting to give out to friends and family. I love it for tea.



                               Want to create a new garden path this fall, when it gets cooler.


James and I have been enjoying some cool Coconut water this summer, he uses a drill and it works perfectly. I don't want to see my hubby with a machete in his hand, I want him to keep all his fingers.


  • Some times we miss some and they just dry out. But I still like to look at our creator's beautiful works of art. 


                    A beautiful rusty garden angel that my friend Janet gave me a long time ago.



  These guys have a good life back here, they have two ceiling fans that are always one. But It's still hot so they sleep most of the day. I wish I was not so allergic and I can bring them in and pet them without having to cover my hands. They're so cute and we love them. It's Geneva and Men's Health, Geneva cause she's always neutral and gets along with everyone and Men's Health like the magazine because the coat resembles a six pack. I know, I know.


This is his spot, he loves it under the Heliconias, he's not a friendly guy and seams to always be mad, but that's ok. He gets along with the other cats, I think he just does not trust humans, we still feed him and he's always welcome.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A new/old shabby lampshade.


I'm so in love with this vintage lampshade frame, rust and all. My sister found it and saved it for me, I picked it up on our last visit. Kept it hanging from the rafters in the laundry room for a while, just enjoyed looking at it. Then I came across this fabric while cleaning my stashed bundles of never ending fabric. That's why I never get rid of fabric, I just can't. Well it turned out to be the perfect fit for my vintage lamp shade frame. Had to hand wash that piece of fabric, it wanted to fall apart, so old but not a stain on it, love it. The fabric is so soft looking, the light comes right through the fibers, so beautifully.    





Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mixe media in progress.


I'm always working on my art journals, but the problem is that I'm working on like 5 journals at a time. So I guess I'll be done with a bunch of pages at the same time. I do love so much to play with my art journals and canvasses too. All of these pages are far from done. I'm trying to challenge myself to use more magazine images on my collage pages. Will keep you posted on my progress.