REMEMBER...

LIFE IS A GARDEN; ENJOY THE STROLL.

August 22, 2016

CREATIVE MOJO: THE EBB & FLOW

Your crafting corner is collecting dust.  That stack of quilting squares hasn't dwindled down for quite some time.  Your art journal entries have all but ceased.  The unfinished painting sits, not glanced at since........

It happens to the best of us.  Creative block.  Ambushed ambition.  Perhaps one's attention necessitates being diverted to other matters, as has been the case with me.  But, how comforting when the magnet, the glowing flame.... that "thing".... calls us back to center.  I'm sure you've been in both places.

These days I find myself more accepting of this ebb and flow.  The years have seasoned and conditioned me with how to better embrace what used to drive me nutty.  Now, I just experience mild nuttiness.

At the moment, and to my delight, my creative mojo happens to be on the upswing.  As the equinox draws near, this ambitious streak of mine will strengthen.

Proof of this prediction, a collection of fanciful felted fungi is spawning at the createaerie, and will be available for purchase at Lynch's Garden Center come early fall.
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©Linda Nelson 2016
So, don't let the ebb and flow take your ambitions out to sea, or leave them to shrivel up on the shore.  If you're experiencing a block, just ride the tide.  You'll eventually find yourself docked in a slip of inspiration, ideas and most importantly, creative mojo.

August 16, 2016

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

I sure hope the dog days of summer has either reached its tail end, or its last leg.  I'm so over this hot, sticky, weather. Matter of fact, I was over it when it all started.  How about you?

Some unexpected events disrupted my blog posting flow this summer, and I just wasn't driven enough to not let them get in my way.  Perhaps with having signed on to participate in a local craft fair this coming October, I'll have some creative content to share with you in the near future.  I also skimped on photographing the many container plantings I did for my clients, except for a few -
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This little shed garden redo was a fun project.  I snuck in some cucumber seeds under the trellis, which took off very nicely, and which I thought, added to the overall humble charm.
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©Linda Nelson 2016
Look what I spotted growing in my yard!  I don't know what species of mushroom they are, but aren't they fabulous?  Nature's way of decorating...... I love it!
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I printed out a draft image on plain paper, then doodled over it.  It will get stashed in my box of patterns and templates for later use.
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I thought the lichen growing on the bark of this pine tree was rather interesting.  With the image rotated a quarter turn, it resembles a mountainside, does it not?
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Well, that's all for now.  I long for those cool, crisp perfect sleeping weather evenings.  Don't you?

August 2, 2016

A LITTLE BOY'S DREAM, PERHAPS?

My new septic system was installed yesterday.  Despite the extremely tight working space Mr. Septic System Installer had to contend with, all went well.  He and his team did a fantastic job.
Look how close to the house this monster machine was.  I could have just opened the window and simply reached out and touched it!
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Is it not especially a little boy's dream to play with life-sized Tonka toys in the back yard?

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Here's the aftermath.  I've certainly got my work cut out for me.  Ugh.
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Oh, and the other day while it was raining, I made these little scrap wood sailboats.  Aren't they cute?
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Well, that's all for now.  Hope you're staying cool and creative this summer.

July 25, 2016

IS YOUR SEDUM LOOKING "SAD"UM?

Stringy creeping sedum, just like hair with split ends, calls for whipping out the shears.

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I'd much rather have sedum that looks like this, wouldn't you?

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©Linda Nelson 2016

To rejuvenate creeping sedum, simply trim it back to the ground, then gently rake out the clippings, along with the accumulated thatch and leaf matter within the plant patch.

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©Linda Nelson 2016

And, what to do with all those clippings?  Well, create another patch of sedum elsewhere at your garden bed's edge.  Simply cultivate/loosen an area of soil, rake a bit of the soil aside, sprinkle in some sedum clippings, cover with soil and water them in.  That's it.

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By the way, you can do the same exact thing with pachysandra.  Yes, you can bury those clippings just underneath the surface of the soil!

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Now, just sit back and "sedum" grow!