The Beauty of the World

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This last weekend our neighbors asked if we would take care of their animals while they were gone. We love doing this gladly. I was walking along the side of the house and came across these beautiful flowers and thought “OH, these are so cool! To me they look like zinnias but they are candy striped.

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Another one with a little different design. So gorgeous!

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The neighbor on the other side has this tree that I can see out my kitchen window. Here I am showing you it framed in the mutton.

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For some reason it just looks so stunning from my window but I went outside and got a closeup for you.

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Then further back. The day turned cooler but sunny. The humidity went away and it was so nice to be outside.

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During this time of the year I love it when the blue of the sky is darker and it gives the colorful trees a nice background. The farmers have gotten their crops in and the neutral colored ground is lovely.

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Another set of trees with the darker blue background. Standing outside with a little breeze, the temps are nice and the smell of a wood fire somewhere. Life is good!

 

New Prints in shop

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Lil Punkin has been added to my etsy shop. Black crow resting on the top of the deep orange or rust plaid pumpkin with a little white heart.

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Little Pot of Flowers has also been added to the shop. These flowers don’t wilt, fade or need watered. They are contained in a black stenciled pot with green and white dots.

New Painting in Shop

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Just finished this painting today just in time to offer in my booth this weekend. I will be setting up in Roanoke Indiana at the Art Fair A Renaissance in Roanoke. It will be this Saturday October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is going to be a beautiful fall day of 63 degrees and sunny. This painting is named “Love Many Things” after the Vincent Van Gogh quote I have added to it.

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This is a photo from my tent two weeks ago at Art at the Riverside in Leo Indiana. This was a really nice show setup. All the art booths were in an oval so we could look out and see everyone. The traffic flow was quite good with nice space in between the tents. There were food trucks to choose from for lunch. There was great music groups also. Each show becomes more successful and that is fun! Since this show was close to home it was nice to be able to see people I know too. I hope to see you this weekend.

I Love Flowers

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My cat mint draws a lot of visitors through the summer. Just the other day I noticed this gold finch sitting in it. I also have seen hummingbirds and the neighbors cat sitting in the middle of it.

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I have my stained glass stuck in the ground in front of it.

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The other day there were many of these butterflys hopping around on the blooms.

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Blue pin cushion flowers are pretty.

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New this year for my garden are calla lilys. When Mothers Day comes around I always tell my family I want flowers and I want to pick them out myself for my gardens. I have always liked these lilys and this year I bought three different colors. A deep pink.

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A yellow one.

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And a lighter pink one.

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When I was around one of the bushes there were dried sticks. I started pulling on them and look what came out. I love this nest, it is such a work of art.

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A beautiful deep purple clematis.

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The color of this beards-tongue is just brillliant!

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Another new addition is delphinium, So beautiful! I am hoping for some rain this week. I hope that you get everything you need too.

Kalamazoo

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It has been a week since I participated in the Kalamazoo Art Fair and each time the show gets a little better. A few more sales, quicker set up, easier tear down. Generously helpful Artists on each side of us. From the last show I noted to myself to bring a step stool, which came in very handy. This show made me decide to purchase a fold up rolling cart to make things easier. Sometimes the parking spot is not so close to your booth space. It takes a lot to tote around a 40 pound weight. This sculpture was in the courtyard of the Kalamazoo Institutes of Art.

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We had to walk down here often to have dinner, use the restroom, get snacks and beverages.

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Bronson Park, everything is all buttoned up on Friday night.

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While walking to our parking lot we passed the Federal Building.

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On the corner was placed a plaque of the Bill of Rights.

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Saturday morning started out as a lovely sunny day. The booth by This large statue had large items for sale. From the front it looked like the statue was park of their display.

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These charming mossy statues were all over the park.

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My booth is at the end of this row. The Artists were all slowly getting there to open up for business.

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Old church tower I could view from my vantage point.

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Loved the lime green color of the tree.

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This helicopter flew over a few times in the course of the day.

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Love this mossy moose.

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While making a trec to the KIA I was stopped by a parade. I thought these large headed people were amusing.

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Look at the size of this dog!

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Another colorful float.

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I wondered if her bee costume was heating up inside.

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Colorful shopping cart too!

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I think this was the mascot of their hockey team.

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There was not an old car show going on. These people just brought their 51 Ford to set along the parade route.

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I liked this boy and his cape. He was getting some assistance from h is superhero Dad.

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Lastly a man and his dog.

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The little pooch was sitting so patiently observing his surroundings. All in all, we had a good show. It takes a while to build a following and it is fun to talk with people and make contacts. I would do it again. As always….thanks for stopping.

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Left to your own interpretation

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I was helping my sister Linda with her baked goods business at the Auburn Indiana Farmers Market today. It is on the square in front of the courthouse. They have added some sculptural art. I have heard many people say that they don’t like the modern sculptural art and I agree that it is hard to interpret.  I see it that there has to be some kind of physics involved when designing it because it takes much vision and thinking to keep this from falling apart, how is it being held to the ground with only three pieces touching?  This one also at the top where the red dot is, will move with the wind. I think it looks like a person walking and as the piece moves at the top they are observing the world around them.

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 A beautiful arrangement of flowers planted in big pots.

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Such intricate carving around the clock.

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Pretty purple flowers, not sure if they are a form of phlox.

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I don’t know her name but she is one of the vendors. Her father in law has a greenhouse in Michigan and she has been selling the plants every week. They look so healthy and she said she would bring her card next week so I can let you know.

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A little walk to the Cupbearer Cafe, and I come across this interesting light fixture.

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I thought this wall sign was very neat.

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Signs pointing the way. We understand as the weather gets warmer the vendors become more abundant.

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This family was using the sculpture as a photo opportunity.

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Many dogs were taking their walks. My sister is going to make dog treats for them next time.

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Love the look of determination in her face. She picked up some pretty plants.

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These colors are really, really, nice!

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This gentleman stopped by to talk about baked goods.

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Two more dogs are taking their owners for a walk.

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I believe he has spotted something!!

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This little guy and his brother were so busy.

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Let’s go Mom!!

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I kept missing his flip flops.

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He is deciding on his next move.

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Auburn Indiana, the classic car capitol of the Midwest.

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Such a beautiful display of tomatoes from Georgia.

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This little squirrel was busy hiding his nuts.

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Fabulous hanging baskets.

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So Much to Tell!

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This picture was last Saturday May 7th in Auburn Indiana. It was the first Farmers Market Day and I was there helping my sister Linda sell her baked goods. We got an early start because we didn’t want to miss anything in case it was going to be packed. We arrived at 6:30 a.m. and had to check to see if we were at the wrong area. There was not a soul there. We had our pick of the spots.

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Here she had all of her tasty baked goods all ready to sell. Tables up, signs up, and we are on it. Other vendors did show up but just a handful. I am sure it will grow as the weeks go on. I will be helping her often and she will be there almost every Saturday with freshly baked goods. It was a good day and people bought and appreciated her scones, bagels, breads and pies.

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Our geese families made their debut out on the pond. There are quite a few goslings and I just love to watch them.  I am an animal lover, especially babies.

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Swimming away and staying close to Mom and Dad.

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Tuesday was a big day, because I got to see my new Transit Connect pull in on the Car Carrier. It was the last stop, and it was the lone ranger on the truck. I love it, love it, love it. It rides well and is going to be so handy for traveling to my art fairs.

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Race Red is the color, and it makes me smile when I look at it. I am sure I am smiling when I’m driving also.

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It came at just the right time….actually we were a little worried and had plan B in case it didn’t. I will be showing my art at the Art Fair in Wyoming Ohio, which is down by Cincinnati on Sunday May 15th. Please click this link to view the web site. My information says there will be 190 artists.

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If you come to visit and see a Red Transit Connect you know you are in the right place. There are not too many around that look like this. We were saying at the dealership, this vehicle has been on a cruise, on a train and a car carrier. It’s logged a lot of miles from Spain, but when it came off the truck it only had 5 miles on the odometer. (I did say that I loved this didn’t I?) 🙂

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My sweet bleeding hearts are blooming. Somehow I lost two plants though. I used to have three. That happens sometimes.

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Look at these Johnny Jump-ups now, are they not the bomb. I just love them too!

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My new geraniums have good buds on them and are starting to bloom. That rustic bench was a good investment. It looks really nice on our porch.

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The cats like the cat grass that I have growing. These were old seeds that I had, so the grass is not full and lush. Good enough to chew on though.

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They pull it out and make of bit of a mess, easy enough to clean up though. It makes me happy seeing them enjoy it.

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Alas, the newest picture taken today of the baby house finches. Mother has a full nest to say the least of birds and poo! Will have to get the hose out when they are all grown and flown the nest. Mother Robin is too high or I would have liked to get a picture inside her nest also. I had a really nice Mothers Day Sunday with my family. It was such a beautiful day. I hope your week is bringing you a lot of interesting and fun things to talk about. Thanks for stopping!

Summer Garden Painting

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When I start a painting I usually just have the basic idea first. I draw it in the sketchbook first to see if that idea works at all. I knew I wanted to do swirly flowers and a grey and white background on a 24 X 24 inch stretched canvas.

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I then just walk by it for a couple of days to decide what I want to do next. I knew I needed to add some different flowers with various types of leaves.

 

 

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Then again I just walk by the easel for a day or two deciding what else I want. In this case it was dandelions with floating seeds a dragonfly, grasshopper and a quote by Heinrich Heine. This Summer Garden is alive with activity,and will make a happy addition on someones wall. A print of this can be purchased in my Etsy Shop.

A week in review

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Here it is, thursday already and I have not done one blog post. The week seems to have flown by. I will do a quick recap with some pictures. Monday was a beautiful day. I had picked up some plants that needed potted, but before that my tulips needed some pictures. I have have never had any orange tulips and I am very enamored by them.

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A nice big white one with a pretty yellow center.

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I love them because I haven’t had tulips for a while. When you have a new house it takes such a while to establish flowers. I hope these grow nicely and multipy.

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On the weekend I went to an antique mall in Decatur, IN in search for a rustic bench. I came across this guy and it was perfect. The right length and very rustic. In the three pots are red geraniums, they were not planted yet, just sitting in the pots. They will be so, so pretty when they start blooming. I will show you the big picture further on.

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Here it shows that it is old and rustic with square nail heads.

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Other plants that needed pots, herbs. I had moved this stand to the other side of the porch and planted two cantnip plants, sweet mint, peppermint, lemon thyme, and garlic chives. It should get the right amount of sunlight in this spot.

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A welcome hello, come sit a spell.

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I am so happy with this creeping phlox, it was a piece that my neighbor Kathy gave me last fall. It’s blooming well and will add a great spot of color to the landscaping. These spread so nicely.

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Tuesday I practiced setting up the frame of my art fair tent. I have it well marked, and I feel confident it will go smooth at the next fair which is on May 15th. I just took it slow, and wrote my directions down and when I took it down it was bungee corded together in sections. Also it is 7 feet tall, the legs haven’t been extended in this picture. 

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It has a front and back awning to extend the space and also help with the sun in the summer. Also this week I found I was put on the waitlist of two summer art fairs in my area. Covington and Three Rivers Art in the Park. Since I am new at this I will have to see how this plays out. I will hear by May 31st for Coventry and probably June for 3 Rivers. On another note I heard from the Roanoke Art Show and since I participated last year I don’t have to pay a jury fee or send in pictures which is fantastic, I am just automatically in….this show is in October.

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Meet Mr.House Finch.

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And Mrs. House Finch…..Sounds like Person of Interest….Which the new season starts in May! It’s been a long time!

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If you haven’t heard finches, they are jabbering all the time. They have a very distinctive sound. Click here to listen and read about them. They have made a complete small nest in my door wreath. It really is a perfect spot for it because we don’t use this door often and it is in a sheltered spot from the rain and wind. Here she is coming back to the nest. She always flys out when we open the door to look at her. You can barely see the nest on the right side.

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She was getting closer but then heard my camera click.

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Johnny Jump-ups, I threw these seeds down in the landscaping two years ago so that they would randomly multiply. It’s going to be pretty this year. They are all over, I love these flowers. It’s going to be a fun weekend. I am doing an annual girls weekend and we are going to Akron Ohio to a stamping convention. Click here for the information. I just love these gals, it’s been a while. That’s all I’ve got. I hope you have a fun weekend too.