Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shopping in Temecula

This past weekend we drove down to Temecula, California. So many garden shops and antique places to see. Maybe next time we'll plan to stay a little longer so we can hit all the wineries too!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Garden Art

A rusty crescent moon and a
patina sun

This is a bracelet I made with memory wire.
I love the natural elements like turquoise
and silver.

A rain chain in the desert?

Ok, so I bought a "rain chain" and I live in the desert. I love the rain! The problem is, where we live we probably only average about 4 inches per year. I first saw a "rain chain" in the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha," and I've been fascinated with them ever since.
The purpose of the rain chain is to redirect the run off of water from your roof and when the water fills the cups it acts like a fountain. I searched the internet and found many beautiful copper chains some of which were very expensive. Oh well, maybe if we move somewhere where it rains more often, then I'll think about it.
Then one day, I was visiting our local home store and in the garden section they had a rain chain! It wasn't real copper, so the price was right but to me it was beautiful. The funny thing was, three different people that worked there didn't even know what it was. Maybe it was a mistake that the rain chains were sent to that location since everyone seemed to think it was pretty funny or a useless item in this area. I didn't care, I took it home anyway, and it looks beautiful hanging from the eve of our house in the courtyard. Oh, and it really works too! Ok, so it hasn't really rained, but when Russell took the garden hose and sprayed water onto our roof the water ran down in to the "tulip shaped cups." The sound was beautiful... just like rainfall in the desert.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Spring Fever

Morning coffee and the paper

Wow, spring is finally here! What a beautiful weekend this has been. There are so many projects that need attending to indoors, but I just can't bring myself to spend the day inside! The early mornings are still cool and breezy so I'll just sit here for a "minute" with my cup of coffee and read the paper while I water the plants. The "minute" turns in to a couple of hours and the paper turns into a good book. Ok, I'll run inside and put a load of laundry in, that way I'll feel like I'm getting something done.'s afternoon now, a perfect time to make some "sun tea." I'll just sit under the umbrella with my book and wait for the tea to be ready. After all, that's not enough time to start another big project indoors, and I'll just have one glass of iced tea with fresh mint while I wait for the laundry. Well, I did finish a load of laundry and folded the clothes while I filled my second glass of iced-tea. Ooh, what's that smell? Oh yes, the BBQ. Russ is making dinner. I'd better go back outside and see if he needs any help. I'll take him a glass of iced-tea and we can sit on the swing and talk and wait for our burgers to get done. After all, there is always next weekend...maybe the weather will be bad.

Friday, May 1, 2009

An afternoon in my craft room

These are a few of the pin cushions I made.
You can find the pattern in the Summer 08' issue
of Sew Somerset.

My new blog...where to begin?

Maybe the best way to begin is to say "thank you" to my friend Linda for the inspiration and creativity that she shares through her blog. Since I am new at this, I'm sure my blog will be a little "rough around the edges" at first. Maybe eventually I'll be able to inspire others and share the things I love more easily as I continue to explore the world of artful blogging.