Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Birdfeeder

This morning we had the usual birds plus a group of wild turkeys.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Holiday Preparations

With the holidays approaching I felt motivated to begin decorating. This year I am particularly interested in reviving holiday traditions. Partly because I'm making a cookbook of family holiday cookie recipes and partly as an antidote to the perfect prepackaged holiday. As I was cleaning out the fridge I noticed that we had a few slightly shriveled clementine's. Rather than just pitch them I remembered that whole cloves could be stuck into oranges to make a pomander, a scented, fragrant decorative globe. Luckily there was a small container of whole cloves back in the spice cupboard. A small nail helped pierce the skin of the clementine, making it easier to gently push in the clove. As you can see I opted for the all-over coverage method. There are many variations that have more involved preparation. Keep it simple, use what you have is a good starting point.

This is the finished pomander, I had a bit of red ribbon, found a decorative plate in the china cupboard and snipped a few greens from several plants in the yard. I am starting a lemon next and then a grapefruit for size and shape variation.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Illustration Friday The Zoo

These little monkeys are my story book memory of animals in the zoo. The topic posed is an interesting one because of the change in attitude toward collecting animal specimens for display and study. As habitats shrink the whole zoo question becomes even more complicated.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Illustration Friday Superstition

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence for your shoe. This is a little rhyme that wishes a bride luck in marriage. The bride gathers these items from friends and family. Something old is to signify connection with the traditions of the past. Something new represents hope and optimism for the future. Something borrowed should be an item from a friend or family member who has married well. Something blue symbolizes purity. The sixpence is to bring luck and fortune. Here I have a lace glove, sixpence, handkerchief, lapis ring and a pearl necklace. The sixpence works best if it is placed in the left shoe. All these items must be carried by the bride on her wedding day for the luck to come true.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


The pumpkins are picked and ready for carving, baking and soup making. The seeds toasted to a golden brown and salted are my favorite.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Autumn Delights

There is a roadside farm stand/ice cream shop that is selling pumpkins, gourds, cider, apples and homemade spice dough nuts dipped in cinnamon sugar. This little fella is one of the attractions. The air is crisp and the leaves are on their way to forming a beautiful carpet.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Illustration Friday Green Envy

It is time for weed and feed, mowing, watering
and comparing maybe even enjoying.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Illustration Friday Hide

Deer on their evening visit hide in the twilight.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Illustration Friday Sprout

The hard dormant seed transforms unseen in
the warm damp earth.