Iris, Hyacinth, plant wall – 4-11-22

Probably at least five years ago I found this picture in a magazine and was enamored with it. I am not able to have plants because I have a certain cat that chews and destroys them. So, I thought a plant wall would do the trick and really thought this looked neat.
My husband Tom put my version up yesterday. As I spoke of in a previous post, I repotted my overgrown succulents in the white pots. I had purchased these at least five years ago and didn’t buy enough hooks or a package got misplaced, and that is why one is missing. Ikea doesn’t sell this kind anymore but luckily I was able to find a pack on the internet. It will be coming on the 12th. The plants are kind of puny right now but I put it on this wall because it gets a nice amount of light. My painting is a nice addition and picks up the colors of the wooden flowers in the ceramic pot. I have chalk paint to put a new coat of paint on the tip top table with the water ring on it, have to put that on my “to do” list. My niece had given me the old window with the lights on it. We leave it on all the time and I have changed the lights three times. It is perfect and we have become used to the glow.
A little closer view.
Yesterday I completed this 36 X 48 inch painting. “My Iris Eyes are Shining” with bees and butterflies, a robin digging for worms and brown baby rabbit patiently waiting for its mama. The stars of the painting are the colored iris along with mixed media leaves and greenery.

The front garden is slowly coming to life. The new mulch has been spread and the sun made the windflowers and hyacinths look so pretty. When I was ready to take the picture, the clouds came out and the windflowers had closed up. The purples looked so nice together. I am glad to see the multiplying of the plants too. The hyacinths started out as just five when Kevin gave them to me one Easter.

I have a book of poems titled “The Best Loved Poems of the American People” it was copyright in 1936 and I always find something good when I start searching. Here is a little poem, the wording is old and a little hard to understand but you will get the drift.

Hyacinths To Feed Thy Soul

If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,

And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,

Sell one, and with the dole

Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.

If you have any questions send me a message.

Masks, books, morning sky, journaling, Ritzy paper, cat grass

This weekend I am going to be making quite a few masks for various people. These are not mine but it is the pattern. I found this pattern online and everyone says that it is very comfortable and does not move when you talk and I can attest to that also. I do not put a filter liner in but the instructions have them if you wish. The medium size and the childs size are the ones that I have used so far. I use t-shirt material for the straps along with a bead and the coffee bag strips for the nose clip. They work great! We were able to find 100 online and they get cut in two. Here is the online link for the pattern.
This last weekend Noelle and I had a Journaling Art Date. We used the mixed media sketch book with gesso, layers of acrylic paint, molding paste with a stencil. Paula Best and Tim Holtz rubber stamps along with torn paper and cut out words.
We had such a fun time doing our pages together. Journaling is not a perfect art, it is to try new things and to put your personal thoughts down. I asked her if she would like to do another page next month and she was open to that because there are so many different ways we can do it. We will see what fun we come up with once again.
Since I have been organizing , I have been finding gems of books that had been hidden away. The short poems in this book are great and I am sharing one with you. I will probably share more as time goes on.
Especially since the caterpillars are on the move right now. I like to buy used books and here is a site.
I thought I would add the bulgy caterpillar that is in a painting on my easel right now.
Recently, this morning sky was screaming to be photographed.
Everywhere I turned there was a different color and design.
Just Wow!
So many blues and pinks.
Streams across the pond.
Just brighter yet and you can see the design that I took a close up of. I always love the black silhouettes of the trees too. Such glory!!
I picked up Ritz crackers at the grocery and they were wrapped in this packaging, not the normal brown waxed paper. It was more of a treat than just the cracker with cheese on it.
I bought cat grass seeds (which are usually oats by the way) They grow so fast and thick. The cats love to chew on it but I have to watch so they don’t eat too much. I kept finding little piles of grass throw up. This is the case where a little bit is good but a lot is not better.
I am ready for the New Year. This is my favorite calendar, the cover is tough and lasts for the two years. I even have bought larger calendars but forget to use them because this one is always with me. Susan Branch’s art is so cute and uplifting. Bring on 2021!
Another little gem of a book that I uncovered. T love wildflowers, and the art is so sweet. A link to it here.
An inside page talking about identifying birds songs. The whole book is just this sweet.

My husband has some days off and we are going to explore our city and staying close to home. One idea I have is exploring a nature preserve and an old cemetery. We are going to go to restaurants we haven’t been to yet and explore some parks or antique stores, maybe take some picnic lunches. You can be sure I will have some pictures to show next week.
Stay healthy my friends.

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Just a little more nature ( I can’t help it)


Red Bud trees are so beautiful. This little one has been through a lot! We bought this 3 or 4 years ago. Planted it, then had a really dry summer. I cut back the top because it looked dead but the bottom still had something on it. The next year limbs were growing from the bottom half, then it was moved because we put in a pool. Last year it had leaves and three flowers. This year there were many blooms on it. I cut off a branch that wasn’t doing anything so it could concentrate on the rest. I’m so proud of it!


This tree I put in last year, to replace a dead one. It has come through beautifully! It smells so good too.


This one I was worried about, but it is doing well too and smells divine.


They are all three in a row and as they grow each year that part of the yard will be stunning.

In my Best Loved Poems of the American People I found a tree poem. It is the one that usually made to sound corny because only the first few lines are used. The whole poem is very beautiful and here it is:
TREES by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the Earths sweet flowing breast.
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray.
A tree that may in Summer wear,
A nest of robins in her hair.
Upon whose bosom snow has lain,
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.



I realized we had a robins nest and I am sure eggs in it also. I snapped a picture of mother robin before she flew off.


This also is in a strategic spot away from the wind and rain for the most part. Birds are so smart!


This is the action in our neighbors yard. I heard a lot of tweeting going on from that box.


This is behind our house and I understand that the farmer had planted radishes after the fall. This must give the ground nourishment. He was in the fields last week spraying something and now it is this color. So it will be interesting to see what the next step will bring. I hope you have all kinds of activity in your area also.



Bold colors, bright colors, I love them all. This was on the clearance shelf at Walmart and I couldn’t pass it up. It looked like a quilt, it had great colors and geometric pattern.


A letter I painted for the word Artist. The red and the geometric pattern again.


A color wheel I had made in art class. I blended these colors from the primary colors. We were to make an interesting color wheel.


All my watercolor paints so I can see their true colors instead of from the outside of the tube. This was so much fun to make.


Just a bit of my painting Serenity. All the bold colors make me smile.


Here is a piece of my painting Teal and Blue. I love the teal flowers with the red middles. I think the reds look like cherries. I especially like the bit of white to set it off.


Same painting only the yellow flowers with the textured petals beside the blue and orange vase. So bold and happy.


This little bluejay is also one of my favorites with the multi-colored wing and the crown. Just a fun bird carrying a sunflower seed. It comes from my painting Happy Birds.

Prints can be found of these pictures in my Etsy Shop.
From the book The Best Loved Poems of the American People,  here is one of my favorites.
Try Smiling
When the weather suites you not,
Try smiling.
When your coffee isn’t hot,
Try smiling.
When your neighbors don’t do right,
Or your relatives all fight,
Sure ’tis hard, but then you might
Try smiling.
Doesn’t change the things, of course–Just smiling,
But it cannot make them worse– Just smiling.
And it seems to help your case,
Brightens up a gloomy place,
Then, it sort o’ rest your face– Just smiling.
May you have a colorful day!

A Wise Old Owl

Aim for the moon

I found this short poem in The Best Loved Poems of the American People. I thought it went well with my newest painting “Aim For the Moon”.

A wise old owl, lived in an oak;

The more he saw the less he spoke;

The less he spoke the more he heard:

Why can’t we all be like that bird?


A print of this mixed media painting can be purchased in my Etsy Shop.