Tuesday, February 18, 2014

T for Tuesday---- Birds and Ice

Thanks Elizabeth for hosting this every week. I know I'm not very good at posting but I do so enjoy reading the post :) 
Winter gave us another spin yesterday. Ice in the morning ...then thunderstorms and pouring rain....followed by more ice... then warmer temps with high winds :( 
I tried to go to work twice but just spun mu wheels on the ice and then fell on my butt trying to get back to the car. So I decided to stay home .
Here are shots of the birds in the morning ...unhappy with the ice too.





...and here's what's left of my morning Green Smoothie. 
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog 2014


Welcome to "Grow Your Blog" ! 
I  am so excited ti participate this year. 
I joined the world of blogging in 2007 and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. 
My post were random and short and were mostly about my home and garden....mostly my garden. 

I have grown a lot since then but pretty much still have no idea what I'm doing here most of the time and most of my post are still about my garden and love of plants. 
I also post about my crafts , my family some and post on healthy living and living with fibromyalgia.

About me........




I'm 61 years old and feeling it more every day. But I still love to live like I'm 40 and love it. I just run out of energy quicker than I used to. I am a passionate gardener and love to fill my little 3 acre lot with all of the plants I can every year...... 


I also love to create unusual garden beds with found and salvaged items. Trash pick up day will often find me slamming on the brakes and grabbing something cool from the pile left out for pickup. 

I also love to collect birdhouses and to take photos of the many birds that visit us through out the year.

I'm an avid crocheter and love to make hats which I give to family and friends and donate to charity every year. This year I was proud to be able to donate 65 hats to 
Big Brother Big Sister in St. Louis. 
I am also an artist and have really dedicated a lot of my time developing those skills in the past two years and have started a blog just for my art work.
http://silverspringacreslaborsoflove.blogspot.com/

So I guess that's enough about me for now ...if you want to know more just scroll through my blog posting and you get a pretty good idea for what and who I am. 
See ya around :)  




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

T Stands for Tuesday


Surprise!!! I'm still Alive and Kicking :) 
I've actually been around a lot...just on my art blog and not over here. 
So I decided that I would do a T Stands for Tuesday post here today. 
This winter I am really enjoying mixing my own herbal teas to take the chill off and help with what ever is bothering me at the moment.  I mixed up a new one this week that I really enjoy.. As most of you know I have had fybromyalgia for many years and have gone up and down  and back and forth with different methods of treatments. The past  2 years I have been focusing on a more natural life style and healthier diet and it really seems to be helping . So this weeks tea was geared toward helping with the inflammation and pain associated with my condition . I used a mix of Turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, sage,rosemary and lemon peel. I sweeten it with a dab of honey and it really is quite pleasant tasting with just a little heat from the cayenne . The ginger and turmeric do help me with pain and I have been adding them to a lot of the drinks I make and my food.  I take  less pain medications these days and that's a good thing. 
So I'm enjoying my tea...dreaming of warm summer days while gardening plans are whirling around in my head . If I think hard enough I can almost feel the sunshine and smell the herbs growing. 
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Ahhhh... September! Where did the Summer GO ?

I'm having trouble believing that it is Fall already! With the cold wet long Spring weather it barely seemed like we had a summer this year. 
Even if it was short I managed to stay extremely busy the whole way through.
My new front flowerbeds are starting to look like real flower beds.


My sister contributed a glass garden sculpture that she made from flea market and garage sale glass finds. Love it!!!



The Moon Flower bush behind will have to be moved ...it just got too big and spread over the patio. Plus we had a major problem with the bees and yellow jackets it attracted. :( 
I worked on several wool dyeing projects ...
felted and over dyed a wool jacket I found at a resale shop.
The jacket started out a size 16 W and after felting ended up a size 12 
I wasn't real crazy about the kelly green color so I overdyed it with red and it came out a really pretty purple/brown. 

I will probably add some felted applique or embroidery work to it and replace the buttons.   


I also gave dyeing wool yarn a shot and love the yarns I ended up with ....



Here are the two scarfs I'm working on with the yarns. I totally love the way the yarns worked out and will be doing some more of my own dyeing !

I also started doing my art again .
I joined the 29 Faces in September challenge and have totally enjoyed it. Working on my last piece now.... 
If you're interested you can check them all out on my Art Blog here...

So even though I haven't been blogging I have been very active.... trying not to spend so much time on the computer and more time living.  ♥





Tuesday, July 23, 2013

When Time Flies... Warning lots of Photos

Where has the summer gone? It took so long to get here...with all of the late cold and very wet weather we had this spring. Now it's almost over and it seems like it just began. 
The garden is very small this year.... too much cold & wet this spring and a major lack of motivation.. Motivation is a major issue this year.....What did get planted seems to be having difficulty producing well. I can totally relate to that. :) 
The flowers do look marvelous though!

I planted a ton of sunflower seeds ..but the only ones that grew and bloomed were volunteers from last years crop. I guess the seeds I planted must have drowned :( 


The perennial beds are amazing this year!!! After 2 years of drought and heat they are showing their stuff this year :) 





Baby kitty has gone to live with her forever family...who is loving her to pieces and share  photos of her regularly . She is getting so big. I'm very happy she has such a great home where I know she is loved and gets all the attention she wants.  

The Granddaughters came to stay last week and we had a blast!!! 

We spent one full day playing in a spring feed creek!! It was hot and miserable everywhere else but had a cool day in the water.




We always do at least one day of art when they come. It's a joy to share my love of art with them and they both love art too. 




Of course it's always fun to just chill out with snacks and good TV once in a while too. 


They are growing up so fast and I dread the days when hanging out with friends will out rule hanging out with Grandma. Means I will have to get more creative with ways to keep them coming back :) 
So it may have been a short summer this year ...But it was busy one. School is just around the corner.... Can't believe they start in the middle of August now :( Making our summer even shorter.  Hope there aren't too many pictures for you :) I have tons more but figured this was enough for now. 

Todays Art Card was done by 
Annie Hamby 
(puppyduckone)









Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Experimental Garden Beds and Fostering a Kitten

WOW! It has been crazy busy here the past few weeks. I'm stills weeks...maybe months behind in the weeding and gardening. 
I did start a new experimental garden bed and hope to get it finished this week....

It's a Hungelkutur Bed , which uses fallen limbs and sticks and even smaller logs to
 build up the bed. Layered with grass
 cuttings, weeds, kitchen scrapes and leaves
 from the fall. Kind of a big compost pile
 that is stacked to be 3 to 4 feet tall and then 
a 6 inch layer of soil on top. No more bending over to weed this one :)
If it works out I"ll build more. We seem to have an endless supply of wood from the back wooded area. I have to do stick patrol before mowing. 

The big ole garter snake that lives in my garden loves it :) So glad to make him Happy ♥


Bob played Guardian Angel at work last week and rescued a kitten from an air conditioning unit. 

She was so tiny and her eyes were not even open when he brought her home. 


She only weighed 5 oz. 


She is now 6.5 oz and her eyes are open and she is starting to try and navigate around her little box


Took her to the Vet yesterday and she was pronounced very healthy and very lucky :) 
She already has a forever home lined up and will go there in a few weeks when she's weaned from the bottle and litter trained. 
It's been fun but and awful lot of work :) taking care of her. I'll miss her but I know she is going to a good home.
Well the garden is calling so I had better get out there.

Sharing more Inspirational Card Art

Kimberly Mackey
http://pumpkindelight.blogspot.com