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Toddler Lessons For The Imagination

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My blog may have been a bit silent for a few weeks. We have had a temporary situation of having our daughter-in-love and grandson staying with us so that we can look after them while she is dealing with the first trimester of pregnancy and major nausea. Dealing with that and taking care of an energetic two year old was a bit too much for her so they are staying with Dodi and Pa while dad works. Needless to say, our life looks a little different with them here.

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Even though at first I was a bit stressed because my studio time was cut to almost non-existence, I’ve been embracing the wonder of seeing the world through his eyes. What an imagination he has! What curiosity!

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His sharp eyes see every little detail that I may have missed as I briskly walk through my day with my mind on everything that I need to do. Tiny mushrooms become mouse umbrellas and acorn caps and a leaf set the table for a chipmunk’s breakfast.

IMG_2154Hopefully I am teaching him as much about wonder and creativity as he is teaching me. I hope he always sees me as the fun one who is willing to join in and experience his world. How blessed I am to have him and our granddaughter and a new little one on the way. My cup runneth over. :-)

Morning Walk Inspiration

IMG_1987For the past week or so we have had gorgeous weather here in Middle Tennessee. Low humidity and cooler temps have made it feel like fall. I decided to take a little walk down our road instead of my usual workout routine in the house. My fast walk soon turned into stopping and gathering the interesting little presents that the nature around me had left in my path.

IMG_1990Poke berries are such a beautiful shade of dark purple, contrasted against the bright magenta stems and green leaves. The immature berries are a cool chartreuse. IMG_1991When crushed, the berries yield the most deep, magenta pigment. I couldn’t resist mashing them and adding a few drops of water to extend it to make some paint.IMG_1993I had a jar full of black walnut hulls that I had been soaking since last fall in my pantry so I combined the two to make this pattern in my journal. It will become the background for some future creation, either collage or a photo background.

IMG_1989If you are feeling uninspired, just find a nice park or country road, or even your own backyard and see what treasures you can find to spark that flow of ideas. See where it takes you!

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Light Buggies

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated my grandson’s second birthday. He got to stay up way past his bedtime which is usually just before dark. It was the first time that he had seen fireflies! He would squeal and run all around the yard and yell, “Light buggie!” I ran around with him and tried to catch them with no success. It was so fun to experience that with him. I created this digital collage to record that event.


I was sitting on my patio doing some watercolors and decided to do a stylized version of our trees around the house. When I was doing the background, I decided to make it a night sky and add fireflies. That sparked the idea to add him with his net. I searched my photos and found one with a pose that would work. I layered it using my Procreate app on my iPad and drew a net in his hand. 


I’m going to print one for his room and maybe a journal page for him. I’m not really into the scrapbooking thing, but the idea of making a sort of art journal for my grandchildren is appealing. I am collecting things but haven’t really combined them yet. It will happen. :-)

I’ve got to record this amazing journey!

More Patina

I’m still finding uses for my random relics that I bought from the interesting fellow who metal detects. Two birds on a fountain, riveted to a piece of copper with a green patina. The stones are malachite and carnelian and the brown beads are some of my crusty lampworked creations.

I handmade some of these clay beads and combined them with a large amazonite focal pendant and wood and bone beads. The clasp is a fired clay button that I made also. I’m thinking that these have a fall-ish feel to them and would lend a touch of nature to someone’s attire.

Leaves of Clay

These leaves are made of clay that was fired for me by The Royal Brush in Columbia, Tennessee. Is anyone interested in taking a class in which we will make clay pendants and create necklaces from them? There are unlimited options of designs that can be made. They have asked me to teach a class if there is enough interest. Please either contact me through my link here on the site or through their Facebook page let them know that you are interested. It would require one class to make the pendants and then after they are fired, another one to construct the necklaces. Price is to be determined when we find out if there is an interest. It would probably be on a Thursday evening or a Sunday afternoon.