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Saturday, June 21, 2014


 And out.

 Even outdoor plants indoors.

And indoor plants outdoors.

Berries from the garden make the best jam.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Visitor

This morning as I stepped out onto the deck with my cup of lemon ginger tea and my copy of "Artful Blogging", I thought about how lucky I am to live here in the country.
Surrounded by beautiful woods with a lovely creek flowing along the edge of the property.
I felt blessed and content as I sat there sipping my tea.
I looked up for a moment and noticed a flash of white through the deck railing and this is what I saw…
A beautiful white duck just like the one I had as a pet years ago.
I don't know where he came from, but I heard he lives among some downed trees at the edge of the creek.
He seemed to be staying close to the three families of geese that have made their home here.
Probably for protection from the many predators that also share the surrounding woods and creek.
 I do hope he stays a while and takes a swim now and then in the pond.
Sushi the cat, like the white duck, was a visitor who popped in several years ago and decided to stay.
 I love my life in the country and can't imagine ever living elsewhere.
I could never trade my moccasins and the morning dew on the grass for high heels and hard pavement.
The simple pleasures of country living are my happiness.

karen ann

Friday, June 6, 2014

Getting Around To It

Last summer I found this wonderful Dutch Wax Resist fabric at a flea market near Pittsburgh, PA.
Yesterday, I finally got around to using it.
I made these fabulous drapes for my dining room.

I finally got around to hanging my glass star as well.

And replaced the aqua pressed back chair with this bent wood one.

Here's hoping today is just as productive.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

On Being Artful

As I sat on the deck this morning with my cup of coffee and my copies of "Artful Blogging" and "Where Women Create", I realized I haven't had much time to be artful or creative lately.
The arrival of warm weather has brought with it outdoor activities in addition to the indoor ones that keep piling up. There just aren't enough hours in a day to accomplish all the things I want to do.
 Gardening has taken priority over spinning and other indoor activities.
These beautiful Cone Flowers are the latest addition to my herb and flower garden.
 I've added some potted moss to my indoor plants
as well as a little Patchouli.
The vegetable garden is in and beginning to sprout and I feel relieved knowing that I can take a step back to admire what I've accomplished.
When you think about it gardening IS "Artful".