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

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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!

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

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

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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.

 

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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.

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

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

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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.

Good Saturday Morning!

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The sunrise was so pretty this morning, especially through the tree silhouettes, I just had to show you.

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Last Saturday I participated in a craft show in Fort Wayne. Here is the table half of my booth. We had a fair amount of visitors but they were telling me that there were many of these shows going on that weekend. Tis the season for sure.

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Then here is my display board. Again I received nice comments about my work. Sold a couple of prints and gave out my business cards.

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I was at an antique mall looking for an interesting display and I found this old silverware box. I may paint it or I may not and leave the scratches and character. I haven’t decided yet.

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I put my note-cards I made from the carved stamps in it.

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I sold 9 painted rocks and got orders for 3 more. I was happy with that.

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This past Monday evening I met my sister and niece at the Bottle and Bottega for a mixed media paint in with some wine. I thought this wall was really cute with the paint splotches.

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Here we are with our paintings. It is hard to do a masterpiece in 2.5 hours.

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My sister Linda concentrating on adding some flowing hair to her lady.

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My sister also made some discs to put in the shower to open up nasal passages. She works with essential oils and these have lavendar, eucalyptus and rosemary in them. They smell great and I can see how it will help.

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Lastly, foxes are big this year and I wanted to show these really cute placements that I picked up. They are sparkly and you can kind of tell that. I was taken by the cute face of the fox. Have a great weekend and as always…Thanks for stopping!

 

Midwest Changes

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I took a walk today to gather leaves or other natural items to paint or carve into a stamp. The colors are starting to come out. This is a bush outside of my front door. It was so pretty with the sun shining on it.

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My burning bush is all changed and losing the leaves. Closeup of the its berries.

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Our neighbors crab apple tree.

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A common area that has the trees lining it.

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It’s breezy today, our flags are standing up nicely.

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A wall of yellow and green.

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The sun must shine on that spot.

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Blue sky, the tree in the middle is just not going to change yet.

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Pretty red mums.

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I have watched these pinecones when they first came on to the tree, and then they grew and were green and now they have matured.

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The squirrels are busy. The farmers almanac says we are going to have a lot of snow this winter, it seems as if the squirrels know it too. They were very active this morning, running all around and chirping at me as I walked by.

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Ornamental grass

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Another kind of ornamental grass.

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My sweet potato vine has been blooming this last couple of weeks. They look like small petunias. It was kind of a nice surprise. Hope that you have a lot of pretty nature where you are at.

Sweet Stamps Blog Challenge

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Since I love rubberstamps so much I thought that I would submit a card to the Sweet Stamps Monthly Challenge theme of Anything Goes. This is a set by Sweet Stamps called Trees and Leaves 2 step. With the changing of the seasons this will be good in fall colors.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Barn Door, Shabby Shutters and Wild Honey. The patterned paper is from a group called First Fruits. Click here to go check out other submissions.

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Of course the inside needed to be finished so I can have it in the stash to use. This is also a Sweet Stamps Sentiment. Thanks for checking in!