Tuesday, May 26, 2015

garden work today

Yesterday the owners of my apartment complex stopped by to look at the area I have been working on, to let me know how much they loved what I was doing. They wanted to know if I wanted a fountain to add into the area. Do I? Heck yes, I do!! I have actually been thinking of putting in a shallow bird bath just to have some kind of feature down at the left end. They bought it by this morning...it's awesome! They will hook up the wiring and it has a light to go inside too!! LOVE!
So, I know what I'll be doing today! Moving plants so I can set this puppy up exactly where I want it!

Monday, May 25, 2015

omg...snake!!

I have been working in my woodland garden for 4 years now, in and out of the creek gathering rocks and moss, and never saw a snake, not once. Today I was taking a break, chilling by the creek bed with my wine cooler after having weeded the creek bed and gathered moss for my bench planter when up the middle of the creek swims a snake!! Then another!! I think there were 3 or 4 of them...I took some pictures, but got creeped out and removed myself from the area. I need to educate myself on snakes it would seem.

I came immediately inside and did some research...

Watch how the snake swims. To tell the difference between a venomous water moccasin/cottonmouth and a harmless water snake: Check to see if it is swimming with only its head above water, or whether most of its body is floating, too. If just the head is showing, it is most likely a harmless water snake, but if the body is floating too, it could be a water moccasin (almost all venomous snakes swim with their lungs inflated, leaving the majority of their bodies afloat). A water moccasin will have elliptical pupils and the harmless water snake will have round pupils. Either way, leave it alone and allow it to leave the area.

So I think it's a non-venomous snake. Round pupils - check

Swimming in a "group" with it's head above water - check

Leave it alone and leave the area - check

I just joined another excellent group on FB...Snake Identification.....lol Will find out if I am correct or not in my research. I'm think a Brown Water Snake....I'm posting this when I discover what it is from the group assesment.

And they say it is a Northern Watersnake, or a Banded Watersnake

Northern Water Snakes and Banded Water Snakes live near lakes, ponds, marshes, streams, rivers, and canals; just about anywhere there is water. They are active during the day and at night. They are most often seen basking on rocks, stumps, or brush.
During the day, water snakes hunt among plants at the water's edge, looking for small fish, frogs, worms, leeches, crayfish, salamanders, young turtles, and small birds and mammals. At night, they concentrate on minnows and other small fish sleeping in shallow water



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Garden Jubilee


12pm
It can be depressing for an artist trying to sell things to the public, don't think for a moment that you are alone in feeling this way. Here I have sat for 2 hours and haven't sold a thing! People have looked, and liked...but not purchased!

1:30pm 
...finally sold a sign

2:25pm
 woo hoo...a customer bought 2 plus she wants to commission me to make some special ones for her with a Wizard of Oz theme, that sounds so cool! Looking forward to doing that!


3:15pm
 Sold another...yeah!!


3:58pm
....not a bite....this sucks....lol.
Packing up, going to visit my friends up on the street level and walk around and look at plants I can't afford.
 Must. Not. Spend. More. Money. On. Plants.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Day before Garden Jubilee

Friday was the day before Garden Jubilee, our big garden event in Hendersonville, NC. I took all my garden signs into my studio so I could get them varnished.

But first I had to clear my desk off, I've been re-working a canvas and making it into a collage piece from one of our local magazines called The Laurel of Hendersonville.

I also had surprise gifts left for me by 2 of my friends. One was from Michele, the owner of the Art MoB who laid out some flowers on newspaper for me :)

And my other friend Shirley bought in a bag of dried flowers, chocolate and a card for me!!

While you are reading this, I will be camped out at a table in front of the Art Mob, hopefully selling my signs. I'll have some pictures for you tomorrow, promise!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Mallard

Well, I spent this past week making as many signs as I could....only 16, but I have no idea if they will sell or not, so sometimes it's good not to make too many until you're sure how they will be received! lol I did make one sign using my Susan K. Weckesser stamp, "What's Up Gnomey" and you can see it over on the {my sweet earth} blog post today. Would love for you to stop by and see it.

I have new "pets" to feed now, my Mallards! I've only seen them a couple of times in the creek last year, but they never came "ashore" before. The squirrels must have told them how easy I am to train to feed them cause now they are becoming regulars around here.

They heard there was food here along with great service....

Mr. Mallard keeping a close eye on his rival drake who was stalking them, making sure he doesn't get too close to the lady love. He is suspicious that they have already been too close....hmmm...he knew he shouldn't have left her alone in the woods last night.

 Mrs. Mallard has a decision to make....to stay in the relationship or dump him for that new drake...

We took a walk around the garden discussing marital fidelity and then the wife told him that she loved him...it had all been a horrible mistake. Would he please give her another chance?

Darn, Mr. Mallard says...he knew it all along.

Birding Life List:
1. Crow
2. Eastern Bluebird
3. Common Grackle
4. Red Belly Woodpecker
5. Mallard Duck

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Don't mess with a gardener:

 Soooooo....I live in an apartment complex and pretty much have taken over the back area...and now I have expanded my "territory" to include the creek area and a small patch that I have designated for native wildflowers (for the butterflies and bee population). I actually shooed away the yard guys who had orders to clear my wildflower area....lol....I'm pretty sure they think I'm crazy. I don't care.

 I went and confirmed to the apartment complex my intentions for that area, and they are just fine with whatever I want to do. I've asked for help clearing some trees....figured I might as well while I was there, lol AND I want an old bench that's in the "junkyard" so I can make a planter out of it...He said he would get it for me. ( He did, as you can see!! )
 Here's a picture of the "before", hopefully, I'll have an "after" picture sometime soon. Now I need ideas on how to create this, any help is appreciated!! Have you made one? Love it, hate it...anything you would do differently? Let me know! I've already removed the seat slats, and plan on stapling some screen wire to form the base to hold the plants...after that, not sure!

I feel a need to have some pictures, so here is a bird to add to my birding list.

Red Belly Woodpecker
A lot of people confuse him with a Red Headed Woodpecker, but they really aren't even close in comparison! He comes to my feeders all the time, however, he is always angled so that I cannot get a good picture of him. So far, these are the best I have of him.

 Favorite shot....I'm sure he is after something! I wonder what he saw...
 
He did give me one decent pose before flying off.




Birding Life List:

1. Crow
2. Eastern Bluebird
3. Common Grackle
4. Red Belly Woodpecker

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Making signs

Either I am out working in the garden or painting...and, in this case, combining both passions. Making garden signs! I'm getting ready for our big event downtown called Garden Jubilee. I've taken over another room in my apartment, the balcony!! lol 






Only one sign has been attached to a stake since it is my Design Team post up over on Sin City Stamps. Can you guess which one? Would love for you to pop over and check it out.  I hope you like it, I'm really enjoying using my stamps on them. Sure makes it easy to create.

I got the wood from Home Depot, it was in their scrap bin and the young man even cut it down for me for FREE...so the only thing I had to pay for were the stakes. Just loved that...nothing beats cheap, lol

Still lots more to make and varnish and attach to stakes, all before Saturday!!





I have another post up over on the Arnold Grummer blog too...first time using pressed flowers on a card.