Friday, July 31, 2015

New Desk Set-up

So, I moved this desk down from the boys room to the living room.  Matthew can use it for school and I can use it for painting/drawing/letter writing, etc.  Matthew appreciates pretty, so my decorations won't bother him, and he likes things neat and tidy, so we should be able to share ; )
It's right by the front door, which is great for natural light and fresh air, and I can hear the boys outside playing together while I sit here typing this! 
On another note, I've been keeping this calender for a painting log.  It's a free printable HERE.  Whenever I paint something I write it on that day in the calender - that way I have a log of everything I've painted in 2015.
I liked the simple black and white graphic design and the tall layout.  I made it into a book with watercolor paper for the cover and some black and white ribbon - so quick and easy!  I think I'll do something similar for 2016. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Friend for Betta


 I found this little glass sea horse and thought he was too adorable - funny though that Betta is more interested in the air filled glass ball instead - he bobbles his nose against it as if it were the toy ; )

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Yard


I walk around the yard nearly every day.  I can fit it in somewhere - morning, afternoon, evening...I check out how the garden is doing, see what flowers are blooming, what needs to be tended to, etc.

There were so many visitors to my gardens today!  Bees, moths, butterflies, etc.  All humming about gathering nectar and pollen.  It's a lesson to me to watch them so industriously toil - and they have so much smaller/shorter lives to live then I!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Harvesting - Elderflower

 I went out to gather elderflower.  It's a native plant in Maine and grows in the hedgerows.  The flowers make a lovely syrup, or you can dry the blossoms for tea.  I'm doing both, since the syrup is great in chilled drinks during the summer and the tea is great for the cold winter months when your immune system needs a boost. 

I used the recipe for syrup HERE and later, when the berries are out, I'll make a syrup from them too - like I did last winter with this recipe HERE.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Summer's Bounty!


Inspired by the bounty of Maine's summer fruits - my 'first fruits' offering - a berry painting!  Blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, and elderflower.  I'm enjoying the berries by the handfuls and making syrup from the elder flower.  Later, I'll make syrup from the elder berries too ; ) 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Prennial Sweet Pea



By my front door - climbing an old iron bed rail - my sweet peas are in full bloom!

Cherries

Fresh, sweet, juicy, delicious cherries - I'm eating them by the pound!

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