Fireworks, Frida, cats and succulents

This pot was just overgrown with succulents. Look at the next photo for comparison) I admit to not knowing much about how to do this. I went to good ol youtube and there are many videos with this information. The one I watched used a chop stick to make the hole for the stem of the plant, which worked very well. It was a good use for those chop sticks we brought home from the restaurant that we will never use.
This was that pot in December and it was much more overgrown by June.
The next pictures are the cuttings that I took from the plants. I know this one looks bigger than the pot but it was so cute. The pot came from an artist in Terre Haute. Kara Lovell Ceramics
Four more in my funky bird pot made by artist Kristy Jo Beber Stoneware. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.
Three teeny ones for this pot from God Children a few years ago.
Added this one to the fish pot my boys gave to me years ago. I just love it.
Freda is my newest mixed media painting. She is supposed to be a dog but I have been asked if she is a skunk, and I kind of think, with the narrower head a Llama. Whatever you want her to be and she makes me smile. She will be up later in my store, the sides have to be finished.
This is Mama. She would come to my porch in 2018 and stare at me until I would feed her. Those big eyes melted my heart. She then started looking a bit pregnant and we went through a whole ordeal with the kittens. I didn’t get her spayed quick enough and she became pregnant again. This all happened in April and August. So she no longer can get pregnant now and is living a good life inside and she is a good good girl. So loving…now you understand her name. The reason I am telling you about her leads to some new food I am feeding the cats. She would have her chin swell and the vets tell me that it is an allergic reaction to something. She also would have some flaky skin.
This girl is Lily and she came to us about nine years ago. She was soooo hungry and cried and cried outside the door. So she wore me down and I went out and fed her and realized that she had been pregnant but I don’t know where or if there were any babies. She would throw her food up and has probably been bothered by the food I have been giving for years. I decided to try sensitive stomach and sensitive skin food. I have tried Purina One and Hills. Both have worked wonders with these two. Mama’s skin is not flaky, nor has her chin swelled and Lily’s throw up episodes have reduced immensely. All the cats like the food, and it has made a huge difference with the cat boxes. They don’t smell and are so much easier to clean. I will not lie….it is much more expensive but if you have just one or two cats it wouldn’t be overwhelming.

Also a tip about cleaning carpet spots….a carpet cleaner told us one time to only use a spray bottle with ammonia and water. If you use one of the cleaners they leave a residue that attracts dirt. The water and ammonia dries easily and cleans the spots that are left really well. Just rub using a wet rag after dousing the spot with the spray bottle. If you have a large deep spot, take a glass of water and pour it on the spot. Take a thirsty towel and fold it put it on the wet spot and put pressure on the towel like standing on it to sop up the water. Do this as many times as it take until the spot is at least much lighter. Then you can try the ammonia solution.
A neighbor had some good fireworks this weekend that I was able to capture. I was really happy to get these, sometimes I can’t get my camera to cooperate in the dark.
Noelle, my neighbor gal had an art date with me on Saturday. Together we worked on a mixed media piece of her cat Steven. I loved how it turned out and we had so much fun working it out.
I love the color of these coneflowers and they are all getting ready to bloom.
The daylilies are starting to pop also. I have a few different kinds and everything looks quite pretty when they are blooming.
The delicate, yellow, coreopsis are also working their magic. Their fernlike leaves are so soft.

Stay well everyone.

The week in review Jan 20 – 31

I told my husband, for Christmas that I wanted an original from one of my favorite artists Carrie Schmitt. This week it arrived and I love it. It hangs in my foyer for all to see when they come in from the front door. It was an exciting day!
When moving rooms around and also painting in our basement we cleaned out books and junk. I found this book that I had gotten for Kevin. It is nice to read a book written on a kids level sometimes because it gives just the right amount of details. I love history and I am halfway through it and it made me think of my parents. My Dad went into WWII at a very young age and my Mom was back in the US at the Homefront.
One of my Dads dog tags, it always hangs on my bulletin board.
This was in my Moms keepsakes. This one isn’t full but I wonder if she ever filled one.
I don’t know if they just purchased a stamp for a quarter or did something to get the stamp.
I have let this sit for a week and have now decided which direction it will take. I should be hearing soon about art shows that I have applied to. The later shows do not have their applications out yet but when I am notified I have my show schedule on my website homepage. So far there are two up right now.
Broke out the Cuttlebug this week and used a die to cut these out. How fun are these….Peace to all of you!

*Update* My knee rehab is coming along, I have advanced to a two pound weight on my ankle for exercising. The next day that leg is pretty sore but each time it doesn’t last as long. I am also learning to climb a step with my right leg. That is tough but will keep forging ahead and building that knee muscle. I am thankful for generic Tylenol. I have also been venturing outside and taking 10 minute walks on the sidewalk as I work on walking and bending the knee. I really have to concentrate and it has been nice to enjoy the outside.
If any of these topics interest you, we can set up a three hour art date to get your creative juices flowing. I have a second neighbor gal taking a few of the topics and look forward to Art Date with them. If you are interested I would love to have an Art Date with you too!

Now On to February!

Creativity is Contagious, Pass it on.

Albert Einstein

Art Date

I had my first Art Date with Noelle. She loves art, and was very knowledgeable about it. We had a fun time! I so enjoyed listening to her.
Our project was to personalize the front of the mixed media sketch book and to learn to blend the basic colors to make a color wheel.
For the color wheel she went through magazines and cut out pictures that she liked and then they were glued onto illustrator board and varnished.
Here Noelle is painting the front of her sketch book. and in the forefront was just a practice sheet of paper.
I pulled out markers and other writing utensils and it was so interesting to see what she came up with. She has a very light filled soul.
Here she is drying her blended colors for the color wheel. We used watercolor paper for the strength and stability for the project.
Here is the artist and her finished projects. Noelle and I will be having an art date once a month and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with in her new sketchbook.

If you would like to do an Art Date with me, click on this link for the information.