Sunday, May 30, 2010
Below is our "Father" station. No art work -- we (on the Art Team) were talking about how a burning bush would be appropriate, but settled for a bible opened to a Psalm about God's greatness. We can't have fire (not even candles :-( ) in our worship space, since we meet in a movie theater and the owner is strict about that. (Notice the movie themed carpet in the pic below!) BTW, our church web site is http://www.sanctuary1010.org/ if you want to check it out.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
And the big news in the backyard is that the baby robins have hatched! I got so excited when I heard them, that I tried standing in my chair to get a good picture of them. But mamma (pictured above) had a few choice words for me! And her babies must have gotten the message 'cuz they hunkered down in the nest, and I didn't get a picture.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Our last class at the Arboretum was yesterday, and most of us were able to be there. Here we are showing off our books. I'm in the front, next to one of our teachers, the one who did such an excellent job of teaching us how to put our journals together. We all agreed that we were going to miss that class!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I'm taking a class at the Arboretum on nature journaling. Last week I finished sewing a coptic journal, which I will show in the near future. I had always heard of coptic journals, but never knew how to make one. Now I love my new journal -- and I'm going to keep track of all the wonderful (and not so wonderful) things that grow (or not!) in my yard this year.
This week in our class, we found leaves and flowers to bring into our classroom. We had prepared "jello plates" for printing (instructions can be found in the wonderful book Mixed Media Nature Journals by L.K. Ludwig.) It's basically making "Knox Blox" with all water instead of fruit juice, and pouring the hot liquid onto a cookie sheet to make a smooth surface. I can tell you from experience that trying to transfer a cookie sheet full of liquid into the fridge can make a huge, sticky mess on the floor. (Hint -- you can leave the gelatin on the countertop to set for a few hours, and then put it in the fridge to firm up -- MUCH easier!)
Happy Mothers Day!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thanks to Barbie for my encouraging comments yesterday. As long as this won't turn into a permanent mudhole, I can live with it. And I added some more dirt and mulch. But if you step on the mulch, you'll sink about 6 inches.
Friday, May 7, 2010
This is part of what has been taking up hours and hours of my time lately -- and I can't believe how awful it looks! Last week I attended a workshop about using native prairie plants in our yards here in Illinois to create sustainable gardens. I got really excited about the possibilities, and a little too zealous! Since we have a spot in our yard where the ground stays really spongy and it's hard to mow, the speaker talked about creating a "rain garden" with native wet-loving plants to create a natural habitat for butterflies and other critters. So I worked and worked to rip out the grass (our soil is clay, so it wasn't easy). Then last night, just before it got too dark to see, I got all the plants in, and it looked pretty good.
Well, I planted a rain garden, and God sent rain! And it's supposed to rain all week-end. I'm sure the neighbors, with their nicely manicured lawns are wondering what is going on in our yard . . .
Maybe next week I'll spend more time in my studio trying to create beauty! My purple thumb is showing its true colors.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Life is a bit crazy lately. Every day I've had meetings, appointments, classes or something going on -- all good stuff, but the head-ache I woke up with this morning is reminding me that it's time to slow down. Last night, dinner was late because I had been working in the garden, and then tried to get this journal page finished. So I took a couple of quick shots of these pages and then managed to get dinner on!
Time to slow down! But for now I gotta run . . .