Garden in July, 2016

It’s been hotter than usual this summer, but my garden is still quite beautiful.  Hoping August will be a bit cooler.

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Sedum and yellow Coreopisis

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First Love Veronica

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Lantana

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Artemisa

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Bee balm plant mixed with Daisies

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Handmade cement leaf bird bath

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Glass bird bath – Goodwill find.

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Ms. Manners Obedient Plant

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Purslane and Periwinkle

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Blue Speedwell

Rescued Orchid

On a trip to St. Simons Island in 2015, my husband, Jack, and I were at a local fish store when he noticed a cat coming out of a wooded area and sauntering toward a dumpster.  Then he (Jack, not the cat) noticed something on the ground in front of that dumpster.

Always curious he (again, Jack, not the cat) got out of the car and approached with caution because we couldn’t tell what the object was. When he realized it was a tray of discarded orchids, he asked me if I would like to keep them.  Would I like five FREE orchids?  Of course!  What a silly question from Jack (one of many), but maybe that’s what the cat was trying to ask.

So we loaded them all (the orchids, not the cat, who returned to his woody lair) into the car and took them back to the beach house where I immediately began researching how to care for them.  I’ve never had an orchid, but I was certainly up for this challenge.

What I quickly learned from my research was NOT to over water them and to buy orchid potting mix and never, EVER, plant them in regular dirt. Sounded easy enough, so I bought a bag of the special stuff and re-potted 2 of the 5 rescued plants.  It would have been nice to save all 5, but I realized I could only possibly save 2.

After less than a year, one of our (Jack is helping by doing nothing, which he’s good at) rescue orchids is beginning to bloom!  Below are a series of pictures I’m taking to show its progress.  I’m so excited and can hardly wait to see the beautiful flower.  Oh, and I’ve learned that this is a Phalaenopsis Orchid and told Jack, who promptly forgot.

Anyway, I should also mention that I’ve been fertilizing them with African Violet fertilizer.  I know, it’s not what everyone recommends but, hey, IT’S WORKING!

As we await the arrival of our first blossom, Jack continues to do nothing (and hasn’t brought home a stray cat….yet), but he has agreed to prepare a lavish dinner when our first orchid blossoms.  🙂

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June 7, 2016

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June 9, 2016

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June 11, 2016

 

To be continued on the next blog post…..

 

Mosaic “M” for my daughter, Melissa

My daughter LOVES New Orleans, so I thought I would make her a special mosaic to represent her love for this city.  Many of the items used are from shops around Savannah, Tybee Island and Charleston.   See below pictures of this fun and quirky piece…

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Leaves made from polymer clay
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I added a tiny bottle complete with message. The spider, skull and green coin were all finds from various antique/thrift shops in Savannah and Charleston.
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I made the red crab from polymer clay and got the red swizzle stick from a trip to New Orleans.
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Tiny round mirror adds visual interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Fairy House

I’ve been playing with my new fairy house now for about a month, and this is how it looks —I’ll change it every season and, as you can see, I’ve begun the fall/Halloween season a little early.   I still want to add a few mosaic pieces.

I made the swing from a REAL caladium leaf molded from polymer clay. I painted it dark green, then added a touch of gold.  

 

 

I made the pumpkin out of polymer clay, baked it, then painted it burnt orange.  I added a touch of gold and antiquing glaze.

 

I put glimmer string lights inside the house.

I made the birdbath from polymer clay, then antiqued it..

 

This is what the entire house looks like.  

Check back – more to come.  

Mosaic Commission – NCPTA – North Carolina Physical Therapy Association

I was thrilled to be commissioned to do a mosaic piece for the head office of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association in Raleigh, NC.  The pieces were the letters “N, C, P, T, A.”  I carried a basic color theme throughout and included special, visually interesting pieces in each letter.  My goal was to be conservative – I’m known for being a bit whimsical – okay, VERY whimsical.  The project was a lot of fun and I was so honored to have been asked to make these letters.

Mosaic Letter “E”

One of my sisters-in-law asked me to make a New Orleans’ themed letter “E” for her boss.  He loves New Orleans, so I pulled together the brightest pieces I could find and went to work.  I made the leaves and crab from polymer clay.  I found the metal Mardi Gras mask at Goodwill and the jazz singer at a locat antique store.  

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Letter “K”

Whimsical and bright, this letter has lots of green, red and purple.  I made the leaves from polymer clay, then painted them.  I added a bird on a stick to the purple leaf.  After I grouted the piece, I sprayed a clear coat to seal and protect. 

 

Bird on a stick…

 

Polymer clay leaf…

I finished the back with red and white paper.