Small Things Growing

•April 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This month’s Creative Every Day Challenge theme is “Small”.  As I thought about it, I realized that much of my photography is of small things –  or small details of larger things – because I love taking macro shots in my garden.

The other day, I spent several hours with small plants as I transplanted my tomato seedlings. Small things that will become big in a few months in order to produce small fruit, ranging from plum to currant-sized.

While puttering in my “nursery” I came across this oddly small begonia seedling. What is strange about it is that I planted it 18 months ago from seed. All of its siblings grew up enough to go into the garden and flower last year while this little runt has remained small. I almost wonder if it is some kind of mutation.

This is a 2″ pot.

I love the little tiny hairs on the miniscule leaves.


Spring is Springing

•March 23, 2011 • 2 Comments

I love photographing the flowers in my garden through the seasons. To me, the quintessential harbingers of Spring are crocuses, so I have planted them everywhere.

My friend Little Drum inspired me to take these shots of the locust tree in my front yard.


My Nest

•March 15, 2011 • 2 Comments

This month’s Creative Every Day Challenge theme, “Nest”,  conveniently dovetailed with my dining room repainting project.

It used to look like this, except that I had already removed half of the furniture when this picture was taken. It is quite a small room and had been feeling rather cramped.Old color; furniture being moved

For over a decade, I had dreamed of stripping the woodwork and restoring it to the original craftsman-style finish, but Life and tendonitis interfered. My compromise was to paint it brown. However, the color still wasn’t quite right until I topped it with a faux bois glaze effect in a darker shade. Here is the room in its new colors:

To add to the period feel, I used original and vintage-style hardware. I had planned to buy reproduction sash locks for the windows but, after stripping multiple layers of paint from the old ones, I found they were very solid, probably original, and had just the patina I would have paid extra for.

The windows had no sash lifters, so I bought these.

The dining room is equipped with an original ironing board cabinet so I replaced the latch and knob on that as well.

Here’s how the room looks now.  I’m very happy with it and love the way the new furniture arrangement flows.



•February 28, 2011 • 7 Comments

We had a little snow here last week, which always inspires me to grab my camera.

Iris reticulata and chicken wire

Buddha's new hat

Globe with snow

The “globe” above actually had a long past life as a bowling ball. Now it sits peacefully in my garden,  reflecting the occasional sunbeam.

This one I took several years ago, but it is a favorite of all my snow photos:

Snowfall and locust


•February 18, 2011 • 1 Comment

One of my creative outlets is knitting. Nothing fancy – I only know how to knit and purl – but I have found it to be quite a satisfying activity for long winter evenings.

Some years ago, a friend taught me how to make a basic hat using a knit 2, purl 2 pattern. The resulting ribbed effect gives it a nice elasticity. Here is my latest of many. (The top image is truer to the actual colors.)

In my eternal quest for warm ears, I made this one extra long so I could fold up the bottom for double thickness.


Here is a blanket I’ve recently completed:

I decided on patchwork to make it easier to work on during lunch breaks. Well, that and it allowed me to play with a variety of patterns (perfect for a Gemini). I especially enjoyed experimenting with textured yarns for the first time.  With the exception of the navy, all of the yarn came from my collection of remnants and thrift shop finds.


•February 4, 2011 • 1 Comment

I’ve never thought seriously about having a blog before, but it was recommended for the Creative Every Day Challenge, which I have just joined.

I am finding the February theme, “Passion”, rather intimidating,  having never thought of myself as a passionate person. I am not sure what Passion even feels like. I think its colors are red and violet, though.

Ironically, I am able to recognize it in others…I think…sometimes. Beethoven was definitely passionate. My friend Ed is passionate.

I do care deeply about some things: my family, my spirituality, the planet, nature, human and animal rights, to name a few. Is that passion? I also tend to immerse myself in whatever subject currently piques my interest. Passionate curiosity? Whoa! Sounds like a perfect description of Gemini with Scorpio rising.

Appropriate, then, that my first creation for this challenge be words about thoughts. I think my second will be something purple and red.