Thursday, February 26, 2015

some sun...

I truly believe that there is something about a garden full of flowers that give me a peaceful heart.  Whether it is digging in the dirt, pulling weeds or just sitting back and enjoying the array of colors...it is one of my favorite places. 

Growing up I had a habit of rearranging my bedroom every other month for something new and exciting.  Although there were only about a half dozen ways to change it up, it gave me something to create and enjoy.  Well, my garden is now that place.  Mixing up the pots, flower beds, adding a new color or plant, watching seeds grow to provide us with food.  It is one amazing little place that is really all my own.

So after finishing my "welcome spring" shifting of pots and plants today, I snapped a few photos of my flowers.  In the photo above is a snapshot of some beautiful yellow sunflowers which I have put in the place of my tomato plants that are all done for the season. 

These flowers, well...probably the largest, most fragrant and may I add edible plants in my garden at the moment.  The nasturtium.  A beautiful, easy to grow plant that just keeps on giving.  Plop a few seeds in your planters and in no time, with little fuss you get one stunning outcome.

Used the "dry brush" tool in Photoshop to add a little more character to these photos, not that they really needed it.  Working on using some paint on a project when I get a few minutes here and there.  Big ideas will hopefully come out with big results...well that is what I am hoping for anyways.  

Time to clean up a table of work from the past two days.  Homeschooling gets a little messy when you have two kids and two parents with colds.  No one really is capable of moving at the moment, but gotta push through the icky days to make sure the better days we aren't stuck cleaning and playing catch up.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

the quiet corner...


It doesn't often rain here this time of year, but thankfully the other day it stuck around a bit.  We were having one of those days when quiet time was desperately needed, and I am not ashamed to say that I was the one that needed the time out the most.   Lessons were coming to an end and I tip toed into our office and closed the door behind me.  Our house isn't very big so only about 10 feet separated me from our dining room table, where the kids were finishing their work.

I could hear the rain outside so I cracked open the window, laid on the futon and just closed my eyes for a few minutes.  There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the rain drops.  My dill plant is nearing it's end here soon, but the rain hitting the flowers sent the scent in through the window.  I picked up my camera to capture a few moments of my down time.  After snapping the photo above it reminded me of crossstitch.  Don't you think?

It wasn't until today that I figured out that maybe you could take a photo like this and turn into an actual stitched piece of art.


I didn't make this; however, found this in my mother's Etsy shop here.  Oh my goodness it is so beautiful!

So on with our day, celebrating the weekend and hoping I can energize before Monday rolls around once again.  Have a beautiful weekend!

Friday, February 6, 2015

when life gives us a challenge...

It is already February and boy has this year taken a turn for us here at home.  After several months of heartache, conversations that lingered and frustration our family came to a decision that has changed our daily life just a bit.  We are now homeschooling our two boys and just completed our third week.

The wheels for this decision were set in motion back in October when a very inappropriate, mismanaged and label-loving set of teachers decided to diagnose my child with something that had never once been an issue in previous years.  After several emails, lack of resources and finding that we could not convince them otherwise it seemed like time to move on with alternate plans.  So we are here, homeschooling and enjoying the freedom of learning.  I want to see them love learning again and realize that we have time to think outside the box and explore everything around us.  

So where do we go from here?  Only time will tell, but there are some things brewing in the background that I will be exploring and sharing with you soon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

sunbathing...


It is cold. Toe tingling, red nose, keep me wrapped in a blanket cold.  This is strange and something my boys are not happy about.  Having to transition from shorts and flip flops to long pants and tennis shoes...oh, and to get them to wear a jacket ha!  Don't blame them for wondering why it isn't snowing here, but they are excited about the snow in the northwest and hoping it sticks around a bit for our visit in a month.  Hope you are all keeping warm!

Our adopted butterflies have begun to emerge and have tried to keep them inside for the past 24 hours to escape the freezing temperatures.  Ended up putting them in the garden to soak up the warm sun this morning.  Two have taken up residence on our large dahlia flowers.  It is one amazing transformation they undergo.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

finding the perfect spot...


Is it me, or do you ever find yourself asking "am I in the right spot?"  Maybe it is the season of life I am in, the fact that so much around me is changing, my little men are becoming medium sized men,  never feeling completely settled here in the south.  Over the past few months I have typed questions into the Google search engine that are, let's just say, ridiculous.  Looking for answers to questions, researching, just hoping that something is going to pop out at me and say "THAT'S IT!"  The perfect spot is pictured in my head, getting there may take some work but it is probably worth it...let's be honest the internet may not have all the answers to get me there.  Time to roll up the sleeves and get creative!

Monday, November 17, 2014

the joy of ombre...


If this doesn't bring a little joy today then I shall go back to bed and wake when it does...hoping you are having a joyful Monday.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

two in one...

Working with come air dry clay and embroidery thread together for Precious Remembrance this week.  Head on over to check out the results.