A man from my town was also selling at the Boston Flower Show
A man from my town was also selling at the Boston Flower Show
I find the blog format fascinating, as my stories about my illustration career “unfolded” in their own way. I had no idea when I started writing my blog where it would go.
All of my stories, tips and information move forward from the first post. Therefore, because the blog’s format is backwards, this last entry has become the conclusion! However, because it is the “Home Page,” it is important for me to explain a few things that I have shared earlier in my blog. There are people reading this who have not seen anything else I’ve written.
I have already shared many of my “Portfolio Pieces,” but they have been…
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I have set up a new blog where those who I follow and who follow me can post what they make. Handcrafted items made by YOU.
Do a blog post and add it here and I will promote it in my stores and get the word out as well.
I know it has my bracelet on header but ideally once a week to have one of your photos run there would be fun too!
Email me at Eunice356@gmail and let me know if you make something you would like to have showcased and generate some sales on. Once I add you as a contributor you can post or I can re-blog if you do a post on your blog.
Are these not so cute! I miss playing in the barn with my glass but seems I can not do it all 😦
Today I am looking at Fused Glass Geisha Diffuser/Bud Vases.
I am at High Point Fall Market and as with previous trips, I am in heaven. Yesterday, I spotted these adorable Fused Glass Geisha Diffuser/Bud Vases at Global Views. Actually, I forgot that I was in a showroom when I saw them and I may have squealed
slightly a little bit loudly when I saw them. Once again, proving my ability to act like a complete professional in public places.
There are 4 different Fused Glass Geishas. Each one represents a different season; Summer, Spring, Winter, and Autumn.
dimensions: 4.5″L x 2.75″W x 9.5″H
I’ll share more High Point Market finds with you soon!
Well some of you know I garden and others know I joined the local garden club and helped make a few corners pretty here is an update on that part of my life.
This past Sunday we held a Plant Sale to raise money and to get others to add pretty flowers to their landscapes. Let me show you what we had.
You can not be seen any better in out town on a Sunday morning unless you were signing in church.
We had Perennials and Mums that were not quite open yet just enough to show what color they were going to be.
See just beginning to show their beautiful blooms.
We planted 4 in two of our intersections and two at the town hall, three at the Safety Complex, and just three at the intersection close to my home since that one was so full of color already.
This is one of two planters that sit at the top of the stairs leading into our small towns Town Hall. Pretty work our member did. Remember there are just 5 of us and all part-time.
We are loving how they are filling in and are praying this winters snow plows do not destroy all of our hard work.
Hope you live in a town with a garden club who does things like this to make it special. We just have 3 corners done so far but that’s not bad for 1 year and all that digging and re-planting and part timers.
Do you have times in your life where you seem to be very busy but are really doing nothing at all.
How did my life get so simple?
I used to blog everyday.
I made Jewelry every week.
I walked the beaches all winter long and early summer mornings and captured the Sunrises along the Atlantic.
I went away in March and came back profoundly changed and at peace. So much so I don’t do much of anything really.
Yes I wake after 4 or 5 hours of sleep and have two cups of coffee, fresh ground. I eat a simple good for me breakfast as I answer emails play a game of words on Facebook all the while tossing a toy to JT. Then I wash up the few dishes sweep the floors and make the bed. I shower and get dressed and grab my camera JT grabs her Frisbee and off we go to walk the property. Playing catch and snapping photos. Not much plant wise happening here. so much rain, nutrient’s washed away and plants are stalled. I have yet to have the Monarchs show up good thing end of July and Butterfly Bush has yet to open as a way to welcome them here.
My food garden is sad. I have had two cucumbers, one tomato lots of basil and some lettuce. Tonight I snipped Dill for our Tuna fish sandwiches.
Corn is only just over my knee and I am short.
All those pretty shots you saw the last year have either rotted or refused to bloom so I have been busy with Dragonflies. They have been so willing too. I have them all on My Portfolio blog and re-blogged to 20 Lines or Living and Lovin. I am sure I will lose the bloggers I have on my list of followers but truly what should I write about. I have changed so much I hardly even know me.
I joined a Gym can you imagine. I am also in PT for left shoulder. I am still going to Weight Watchers though I do want to quit as I think I can save the $40 a week and do it on my own but then I think I need to get out of the house as winter will soon be arriving and all that damn shoveling once again so I need to be healthy.
With Meditation I have learned to relax but sadly I LIKE that A LOT!!!
So I will try to add some color and interest to this unexciting post the best I can.
This is one of the Garden Club Lilies in Bloom with a pretty insect . That’s right when it is not raining I spend an hour with a water can watering all the clubs plants.
After I pick fresh berries with the pup and her toy and my camera I make a plate with Greek Yogurt and delish berries.
Yes my kitchen had red counters hard to bounce the flash properly when hungry and tired and no tripod set up.
He kept telling me to come get photos of the last clutch for the year, her third. He then found a baby dead on the stairs below this nest. Lousy photo as I did not want another to be lost and the next day the nest day was empty.
As he worked in the back yard all spring and summer he got to watch them grow then fly away and she sat on more. This is right over the entrance into the beautiful barn I have in the back yard. As someone would approach the Mom would bolt to the trees beside the barn and then he would make sure he always closed the door so she did not fly in and die inside while her little ones went without and would die as well. He is learning to live as one with nature here for which I am very happy.
Black-eyed Susan just before opening.
Yes above is Dill I have begun to mess with my shots out of boredom 🙂
More later. Tomorrow rain maybe I will play with my Polymer since the floors are clean, dishes done and I will not be WEEDING
Have a great night everyone
I need some SUNSHINE waiting on Sat.
Time for a little post to say I am still here and following posts of a lot of you on my new reader through RSS links thanks to those who added them for me.
First can you add me if you use Facebook or G+ so I do not lose you 🙂 Mine is Eunice Miller (photo of JT is always what you will see first 🙂 she is a star) I also have an artist page on Facebook too Folsom Mill Studio so please stop by and LIKE ME 🙂
Ok now here is something for you to ponder.
See what I mean!
If you stopped by you would think I was wouldn’t you?
I am just craft and I recycle and no not from MY KITCHEN lol I stole these from the local landfill these are perfectly good bottles!
I will cut them up and use in other ways. Candle holders, drinking glasses, bust some that may not cut perfectly and throw them into the kiln and see what I can make out of the warm glass.
I can do so many things with them I can break them and place in my rock tumbler to get them smooth and wrap in silver wire and added to a pair of ear wires or on a wind chime.
So many possibilities for these rescued bottles do you recycle and make pretty things with them. Like a soup can you can punch a heart design on it with a nail and add a candle in the bottom just a tea light will do and place out where you have you glass of wine on a hot night under the stars.
Follow me on Pinterest I have Pinned a few ideas there YOU?
So if you stop by don’t expect me to have a bottle chilling in the refrigerator or wine cellar just piles of empties to get off my butt and make something pretty with.
Inspiration comes in many forms but when it happens to me I either grab a camera or my Blue Tray upon which I do my Beading.
I head into the spare bedroom, though there is no bed and open up the many drawers and containers I have full of beads. As I poke around I zero in on the colors I have available. I used to just have colors of the Sea. I have been beading for two years now and have some of each color it seems.
So with tray in one hand I begin to add beads, needles, thread and findings to complete a project. Who knows if I will sit and work it to the end or put it aside half-finished for a later day.
Even when gathering the supplies to make something pretty and new, I slip into THE ZONE. You have to or the creative juices can stop flowing, even before you begin.
Now with all I think I will need, piled high upon my blue tray, I sit at the table over looking the yard and river with my dog and cat close by. I add the string to my needle, usually Fireline so the piece will last for years and then I use the needle to pick up one tiny seed bead at a time. I like using 15’s and 11’s the best. They are very tiny. I have to focus or prick myself.
As I sit and pick up each one and add them into my design it starts to come together nicely and as I do the world seems to stop. Yes I enter THE ZONE rather quickly when I place that Blue Beading Tray in front of me.
Do you BEAD?
Have a great day getting lost in THE ZONE!
You all know how much I adore nature and photography that seems to go hand in hand with it , when it comes to me.
I wanted to show you what I have been up to in my spare time.
Yes I am free everyday to do what I want but due to money like the rest of us I chose what I do accordingly.
I am a member of our local garden club I am sure I mentioned that a few times here. You knew we sell plants to put back into our community so here is the latest project 4 out of 5 woman in our group did. Not bad since most are 40-mid 50’s.
This is a shot of a downtown intersection I had moved the urn to in preparation for our Memorial Day parade.
When I placed it here after the winter plows were safely parked I had no idea how grown in and messy this spot had become.
At our monthly meeting on the 13th it was decided we would tackle it weather permitting that upcoming weekend.
We went with shovels and rakes and trash bags too.
One of the woman in the club had borrowed her son in laws pickup to bring supplies. We were all parked off the road in the dirt, and had been for hours when a renter in a home at this intersection gets in his truck and steps on the gas, punches it really and shoots across this busy intersection, with all of us woman working in, and proceeds to slam into the trucks drivers door WHAM! He jumps out of his truck and proceeds to photograph where we were all parked. I laughed at him and said “They talk about WOMAN DRIVERS!” he got so angry, I was hoping he was drunk actually but it seems he is just not all there but still allowed to drive. So I asked for the police to be called so we could continue to work safely. A woman had just walked by his truck with her dog and we were going back and for with weeds, thankfully it was a truck that got hit.
So two officers arrive and the man points to ME lol what he doesn’t know is who I am and how the police know me as a hero and a hard worker. His info was taken and he was sent on his way. The police put out cones for us and put police tape alongside all our cars and trucks. Then stood and talked, while we worked.
Now I have lived here since 1988 and know a few people who also call our town home. So as we are working like crazy woman, up against the weather forecast, a local man with his own excavating company stopped to say hello to me on the side of the road and wondered when I had developed such a Green Thumb!
I reminded him all he never knew me as was a hard-working trucker , then so hurt after the wreck with the bus in 2000 I never had time and then I couldn’t move.
He asked if there were anything he could help me with and I asked if we could get a scoop of nice soil to really turn this corner into a beautiful spot in time. As we worked and tore out all the grass and weeds and junk from the area all this on a quiet Sunday morning he went off to church and his trucks worked all day on another project he was getting paid to do as a prior business owner I know those come first. So as we completed the removal process and I loaded all the saved plant material we would place back into this area, the ladies loaded their tools into their cars and 3 of us made plans to come back at 6 PM. Just before I took off Paul showed back up with his tri axle dump truck with a wonderful amount of soil for us, he is good and good to me. All the ladies had left when he showed up so him and I moved the urn out of the way and I watched him as he backed up and dumped his load of soil making sure no wires were hit or any dummies driving in behind him.
Looks good doesn’t it.
So we go back at 6 PM before rains come and begin to shape this pile and lay down strips of fabric to keep the junk from growing back so we can keep it looking nice. We are too old to WEED!
The last of us here worked till dark laying the plants back in before they got to stressed. I had watered them well when we had taken a 4 hour break but I did not want to lose one plant.
Above is what the area looked like the next day as JT and I drove over some left over mulch the Garden Club had at my home.
I snapped this before I laid down pick up truck runs of the mulch. It had poured all night and it looked bad I was glad I did not wait till any others would be around to help.
This is heading down through our little town and finished intersection will be coming up on the left NEXT!
We will add a little punch of color for the summer but in the years to come these will fill in and the bulbs will add spring color too.
I sure hope the towns people appreciate these areas we work so hard on.
We do it all on plant sales and donations.
Thanks for checking out our town and how we plan on changing one corner at a time!
I attended a free talk today on Orchids. What a beautiful and peaceful place to enjoy, on a winter’s day. You need to swing by if you are local and have never stepped inside. They are all very friendly and you will get a warm welcome from all including Oliver
He will say Hello and even laugh when you do. Not sure he liked my flash but he never stopped talking and even said Good-Bye.
Baby Tears sit here with Venus flytraps
Are you looking for COLOR now that your Christmas tree is down these are very pretty.
Plants of all types can be found here.
Lush Green Plants are great for cleaning the air you need to breathe
I wonder if this will hold my monster Spider plant
Orange and Yellow pop and the pretty fountain too
So precious placed in a beautiful garden. I must shop for my new English Garden I will be adding here at home.
I must say Oliver has the prettiest home I wouldn’t mind staying her either.
Thanks to CHURCHILL’S for allowing me to take photos of their beautiful shop in Exeter, New Hampshire. Stop in I am sure you will love it as well and if you are reading this from another part of the US stop in one of your local garden centers and for those of you who follow me from all over the world should you find yourself in NH call me I will show you around.
It is mid January here in New Hampshire and Churchill’s advertised a “FREE” talk on growing Orchids, I had to attend. Nancy told us all about different types of orchids and their needs. Water, food and light and airflow. They are delicate but there are so many we can grow here, if we can give them the right mix of all of these.
We were taught to pick between bark and charcoal mix or long moss for growing orchids in. We need to feed them so they grow strong with bright green leaves but not real dark leaves though. We learned that after the blossoms are gone and after a short rest, we can gently remove it from their pot and trim off any soft, unhealthy looking roots, and give them a little bath to remove all old bark mix and prepare it to go back into the pot with fresh mix added. A great way to give them enough humidity she said was to set out a tray of stones, deep enough to hold a little water and sit the plant on top of the stones, just not in the water. These are plants that love tropical surroundings, so the more you can do to your home to get it as close to the real thing, the happier your orchids will be. They will show you with beautiful blooms and bright green leaves.
This plant was so beautiful, forgive me for the light, after all we were in a beautiful greenhouse that was so warm and toasty. A perfect place to spend a few hours shopping for plant for your home. They are having a sale right now and with the photos I will add to the two blogs I am doing on Churchill’s , you will see that they have so many beautiful choices. More on part 2
This orchid is growing in a clear pot and you can clearly see by the roots that once the blooms have faded and rested a new pot with fresh bark mix will be on order as well as a pot just a little bigger.
A beautiful plant looking for a new home to grace, as well as the supplies you can buy here to keep it beautiful, for many years to come. Who said New Hampshire is too cold for pretty plants.
After the talk we went shopping. This greenhouse is filled with all different kinds of plants for your home. African Violets are on my left, some Boston Ferns on my right. A pretty plant stand holds a fern. It is not just about plants, it is about your home. Statuary and fountains as well as gorgeous pots are here too.
For me and the others who attended the talk today it was all about the ORCHID
So pretty aren’t they and 25% off
I swear these are my prettiest house plants, don’t let my enormous Spider plant hear me.
This one found a new home with me! I think it will look lovely in my Turquoise living room with all the windows.
Tiny ones and Tall ones
OH I want to make one of these, see them sitting on the table here.
This is a Pitcher Plant have you ever seen one before? Do you have one?
Ok time to post this part one and start on part 2 of my afternoon at CHURCHILL’S in Exeter NH
Stop by and see the wonderful people who work here.
PPG Wintergarden was all decked out for the holidays. A giant Christmas tree dominates the middle of the space.
The tree is surrounded by trains and a gingerbread village.
The perimeter of the room had life-sized Santas and more gingerbread villages on display.
Although it was quiet during my visit, the stage was ready for musical performers.
Paying HOMAGE TO THE TREE with out cutting one down 🙂 just pick up the broken limbs
Love Christmas trees but don’t have the space or time to take care of a real one? Deck your walls instead! Below are some unique and neat ideas. There’s still time…
Images roundup from my Pinterest board, Holiday.
Click on image for source.
I may consider doing this next yr. Would you?
Enter through this door and travel by elevator to the different levels full of Art!
Metal Man creates these sculptures from trash he collects
Hallways are lined with art as well as many rooms full of all kinds of Art
Someone else loves dogs
Hanging from piping
Wonderful artist was more than happy to let me take a few photos
Metal Man had walls and walls of interesting re-purposed items Loved this section!
Zentangle taught here too! I love doing this too as well as my friend Val who takes her lessons from this studio.
Zentangle kits and supplies sold here
This artist had a wonderful shop full of so many beautiful pieces to choose from
Old Mill Building had a display of colorful spools of thread that caught my eye
Most of the artists also offered some snacks
This shop was same one that offered Zentangle
Metal Man piece
Yes Art of every kind can be found here. In many rooms I did not ask if I could take photos, the ones I did were happy to hear I would do a blog on the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell MA, to get the word out.
The month of December they are open each weekend before Christmas. Usually it is OPEN STUDIOS the first weekend of the month.
If you will be in Massachusetts and looking for something fun to do, stop in this old mill building and get up close to those who are creating art right there in their spaces. They want you to watch and also ask questions as well.
A friend and I went as light snow fell and while the outside of this building gives no hints about what is inside, you now know the secret that is held just behind all those bricks.
You can get some great pieces for gifts, that are one of a kind. Maybe you do Interior Design please keep this place in mind for some great deals.
Step into the elevator just inside the door go all the way to the 5th floor and work your way down.
This is truly the bare bones of what you will find inside.