Mar 24, 2018

Tulips in a Jar

I was shopping at Costco the week before Easter and really wanted some tulip bulbs to plant when I saw hydroponic tulips in a jar from Holland (Bloomakers.)  I hadn't thought about hydroponic plants since my days in college in my Botany class. Luckily there was a man next to me looking at the tulips as well and said he bought them last year and they were just beautiful so I trusted his review. They did not disappoint - they were flawless and so easy to take care of just keep the water level up to the roots so simple. It was incredible watching them develop and bloom right before my eyes. Now I have to decide whether to chill them for a few months to see if they will bloom again. Sometimes hydroponic plants don't have enough nutrients to bloom a second time but its worth a try I think.

Feb 24, 2018

French General with AugustWren

Persistence paid off for me with this workshop. I first saw the Creative Painting workshop with Jennifer Orkin Lewis (AugustWren) advertised in November and it filled up so fast I didn't make it in. And, everyday I would check their website and see the workshops were closed. One day I was getting my hair done and doing my daily checking when I noticed it didn't say closed and I was allowed to get in. I was thrilled there must have been a couple people that cancelled. The shop is so cute with vintage everywhere! So many cute embroidery projects and fabrics to choose from. I had a tough time deciding whether I wanted to paint, sew or take photographs.

Literally a whole wall filled with jars and different beads and buttons.

Lovely flowers for us to use to paint.
 All that beautiful fabric!

 The amazing AugustWren Jennifer Orkin Lewis! She taught such a great lesson about painting florals. She is so talented you can find her work at Anthropologie. 

We did some timed painting for practice.
 Jennifer's samples.

My final bouquet.

Jan 8, 2018

the benefits of "quoting"

I love posting my flower photos with soulful quotes but recently I started questioning myself why can I express myself with a quote better than using my own words? Am I hiding behind the quotes? I admit I am more comfortable finding a good quote to match the mood of my photo rather than trying to think of something meaningful to say.  It can take a while to find the exact quote I want and make sure I am not reusing a quote or misquoting but, it is definitely quicker than me trying to think of something to say about my photo. I don't think I am the only one with this situation I have noticed on social media some artists just post the photo and don't say anything or just ta brief description.  So even though I think I may be hiding behind my quotes, I have found all the quote researching has been very beneficial for me. (I love a good affirmation.) For example, reading quotes redirects my thinking to the positive, it helps bring about real change by getting into my deeper subconscious mind, and it can help calm and soothe me. For me I'll keep quoting and maybe occasionally find the right words to express myself.

Dec 27, 2017

Purposeful Bits of Paper

We were in Pasadena the other day having lunch for our anniversary. We didn't have time to go to a big botanical garden so we found something a few minutes up the street. Arlington Gardens was the perfect place to stop, it was a beautiful and warm almost winter day and the sun was just setting. The best part of the garden trip was finding the Wishing Trees, trees filled with charming bits of paper with meaningful wishes shimmering in the sunlight. There was a sign under one of the trees saying inspired by Yoko Ono. The trees were created by Yoko Ono at One Colorado in Pasadena where they collected 80,000 wishes that were collected and sent to Yoko Ono to include in the Imagine Peace Towers in Ireland. The trees were then planted at Arlington Gardens where they remain and are once again filled with wishes. 

Wishing you a life full of happiness ahead, dear friend.

Nov 28, 2017

Discover What Recharges You

How do you recharge your batteries when you are drained? Definitely a beautiful day spent in nature with my camera is my favorite way for me to get back to my best self. This was a gorgeous Sunday in Tehachapi about 75 degrees outside, probably the warmest it will be here until next spring. It was late afternoon and the light was perfect. I'm using my Olympus Pen F that I have had for about a year and just love it when I don't want to carry my heavy Nikon and big lenses.