Monday, April 17, 2017

Why I Blog

Every single day there are tiny little miracles unfolding all around us.  I didn't always know this.  I wasn't always attuned to it.  I was sleepwalking.  And then I went through a sort of crisis around the age of 40 or so, and thanks to a lot of prayer and the benevolence and grace of God, I woke up. Not all at once, but gradually, over time.  It was like a veil being slowly lifted from my eyes, and ever since then I have seen it and it has changed me.  I am not the same person I was before.  I see things in a different way, and I most definitely think about things in a different way, and I am so grateful.  I was not a happy person before.

Sometimes I ask myself why I blog.  What is the point? It is one drop in a thousand oceans, one voice in a vast multitude, and sometimes I feel a bit lost and overwhelmed in the crowd.  But today I think I realized why I blog.  It's because I am so very grateful for what I can now see, and I want others to see it too.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Recent Sketches

My dear mother bought me this little faux bois pot, which I love, and I put one of my orchids in it. I love how it looks so much, I decided to sketch it. I really learned a lot on this one, and it was so much fun rendering the bark like texture on the pot. I imagine this little pot will be the subject of a great many more sketches.

Every year in early spring, our house is invaded by ladybugs.  This one posed for a sketch.

my beloved little anole. You've seen these many times here on this blog and will probably see them many times more.  They are sort of like wild pets, if that makes any sense.  They live all around our house and are my constant companions when I'm outside on the porch.  They love my flower pots where they hunt for insect prey and meet girls.  What I love most about them is how they look at me, curiously, and without fear, studying me too until I get too close and they feel they must move away - just a safe distance.  They are obviously as curious about me as I am them. Once I uncovered an earthworm while digging in a nearby flower bed and I offered it to one.  He ate it immediately without any hesitation as if it were the most natural thing in the world to accept a meal from a giant. 

A note to Valerie: the ladybug and anole are in the beautiful journal you sent to me.  I finally got the courage to use it!!  thank you, again for your encouragement and support always. bless you!

Monday, April 3, 2017


A watercolor. 


Mushrooms in the treetops! about 25-30 ft up in an old dead tree.

best dogs ever.

red earth.

copper beech close-up


Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Window Garden

I love my window garden.  It's in my corner. My little creative corner where I sit and read or paint or stitch.  The light is beautiful here, rain or shine, and the plants love it.  They're so cheerful and so pretty in their variety of textures and colors.  I like looking at them close up like this.  You can really see the subtle shades of pinks and blues and grays and greens.  For me, wherever there are plants, there is a sense of calm and quiet.
I transferred the design from my sketchbook onto a bit of cloth and added a few stitches.  It's tiny - only about 4 in. square, and I'm thinking of making myself a fabric coaster with it.  I can also see it on a throw pillow or the cover of a nature journal.  Lots of ideas fluttering about.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Springing Forward

Aaaaah, Spring! The feeling of awakening is palpable here.  Every day it's a little bit greener.  There are more creatures about - the front yard is filled with fat robins fishing for worms every morning and there is a great fat-bottomed bumblebee regularly visiting my potted pansies on the back porch.  I've even seen a few butterflies fluttering around!  and I've been doodling in my sketchbook a little here and there. still intimidated by the vast ocean of things I don't know. still standing at the edge just getting my feet wet. wanting to jump in.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Life is Beautiful

Hello! How have you been? It's been a very busy year here in the Wonderland Woods - too much to share in one post! So just a few highlights - a little sketching, a little stitching, LOTS of gardening!

From my sketchbook.  Inspired by my garden last summer that was full of sunflowers and butterflies.

I made another little picture from this design created about a year or so ago for my beekeeping friend.  This one is a bit smaller, only 6 X 6".  Petite.  Now listed in my Etsy shop.

I hate lugging around a heavy purse at craft fairs and flea markets, so I designed this little pouch necklace to carry the essentials - a spare key to the car, a little cash, or a credit card.  Also now listed in my Etsy shop.

And my latest passion - kokedama.  I've been watching past episodes of Gardener's World on YouTube (we don't get it here in the States!!) and saw a segment on how to create these little Japanese style moss gardens.  I've made 6 so far!! This is a little pine tree that I pulled up from alongside the driveway after a deep soaking rain one morning.  The photo really doesn't do it justice.

A small portion of an army of little seedlings growing in a variety of recycled containers. Just waiting to go out into the great wide world.  We can't eat yogurt fast enough to supply the demand for containers!

Spring is just around the corner, and our little cottage is bursting with seedlings - under the table, on top of the table, on every windowsill.  I haven't said a word, but I'm hoping my husband decides that I might really need a greenhouse one of these days.  He's pretty good at taking a hint, so we'll see!!!