Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pictures from the Yard

 One of my Mother's Day gifts from the boys - begonia - so pretty in pinks!

 The clamatis I have growing up the corner of my potting shed is blooming.

 There are at least two hummingbirds coming regularly to my feeder this year ; )

New Dooryard

A big change this year!  We moved the raised beds and graded and seeded the area for a bigger side yard - nice spot for a fire pit and a picnic table, etc.  So different looking then LAST year!  I'm going to love having the fire pit here and sitting in the shade to watch my hummingbirds...and this year we have a pair of Indigo Buntings!!!  I'm so completely excited!!!  I'm going to buy a nice bird feeder for them ; )
There's pictures of the raised beds that were here in this POST.  We put the vegetable garden over on the adjacent lot this year - it will be strange not being able to look out my kitchen window and see my garden!  I still have the old raised beds and now I have another open plot 25x40 feet - so plenty of space for lots of vegetables this year : )  And, my dooryard will look great, once the grass comes in!
(I did leave the rhubarb on the corner of the yard.  It's happily established there and it's easy for friends and family to come by and pick it whenever they like if it's by the driveway.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sunny and Skyler

Sunny (the one with the yellow face) has her flight feathers in now and has learned how to fly to my hanging begonia plant.  Skyler is thrilled to have a flight partner, so they visit the plant together everyday.  They like to do fly-abouts together into the living room and back.  Then, after their excursions out of the cage they sit and sing on their favorite rings for a while.  It's a nice routine and they're happy with each other ; )

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Custom Home Decor

I ordered a couple things from my shop on Socity6 and some of my fabric from Spoonflower - so much fun to see how my illustrations look on the products in real life!  It's great to be able to decorate with your own artwork!  I got the pillow cover with the Floral Pattern on Black that matches the painting I did (see on the wall behind the chair). 
It's good quality fabric - great for the tough use my pillows get around here with my boys!   I also got the wall clock with my Natural Odds and Ends pattern on it.  I love how it looks in my living room with all the other flower paintings ; )
Then I ordered fat quarters of three of the prints from my Spoonflower shop - they all look great!  I'm so excited to sew something fun with them!  I think I need a little zipper pouch, a paintbrush roll, and a journal slip-cover ; )
The Blue Folk Horse print I'll sew into a pillow for the boy's room to match their painting that I did ; )  I just need to get a solid blue for the back of the pillow.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Flower Inspiration

My Annual visit to McLaughlin Gardens - on their opening day this year!  Mom and boys with a picnic lunch and a plant sale - what better way can you spend a day?!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Polyphemus Moth

The polyphemus moth opened his wings today - now you can see the beautiful eye spots - translucent with blue shadowing.  This moth has a wingspan of 4 3/4 inches!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Polyphemus Moth Visits

My oldest son brought this over on his way to classes this morning.  He found the cocoon on one of his nature hikes through the woods.  It hatched this morning but he had to go to school so he brought it over for us to babysit and observe ; )
It's hanging from a red maple flower inside one of my cloches.  These moths don't eat, so nothing needed for his habitat but some twigs for him to climb on.  There's a great article HERE on Saturn moths.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Home Sick

What do you do when your boy is home, sick with a temperature?  Immortalize him and his teddy while they watch Looney Tunes!  We like the Road Runner and Sam Sheepdog.


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