Monday, May 8, 2017

In The Write Direction

Monday, Monday,
Hello friends! 
Thought I'd say hey real quick this morning and share
how things have been unfolding. 

Yesterday afternoon I worked outside all day. 
Since I was around to babysit them; I turned Gladys Kravitz and
the "big girls" out for the afternoon so they could forage bugs and graze awhile.
I was a little worried they'd get in my flower beds or eat the sweet corn coming up but
I don't think they bothered much.  Since the barn has been knocked down;
pwhen dusk comes they still wander like... "Hey, where'd the barn go?"
Then when it gets dark they roost wherever they find themselves.
Glady's here likes this old typewriter that sets out on the back porch. 
She is so... unique looking?  She's an Araucana so lays the greenish blue eggs.
She's getting old like me and walks with her butt tucked under and she has huge feet
the color of Golden's paint called Green gold. 
When she roosts... she holds her arms down tight like she's in this protective
don't touch me mode.  A hoot she is! 
Before scooping her up and taking her back to a pen I snapped the photo above.
It's not the greatest coz it was dark out but it worked okay to turn black and white and
besides... I positively  adore black and white photos. 
The black and white went along with Saturday's artist date theme. 
Some of you may have read that on Saturday I took myself to my most favorite
antique shop for an Artist date. 
There I bought a beautiful black and white transferware plate from the 1800's. 
I printed it off and used it in the background for yesterday's planner page. 
On top of that I printed my gals; Michelle and Blakeleas photo from this weekend.
They came out and we hiked the pasture with Blake in the stroller. 
It wasn't bad at all since we mow paths.  That stroller is the bomb diggity; especially
since Blakelea's is 9 months now and getting heavy to tote around. 
When I sat down to write out Sonday's page; I loved how the artist date really
did inspire me in this intentional, yet playful way. 
The patterns on the black and white plate are still with me. 
The flower book I found too with the pink grootendorst roses! 

 One other thing has already unfolded as well today.
This is my verse this morning and a photo of my own personal bible.
The  highlited markings already in it. 
For we are His WORKMANSHIP---

Reading that; the new, vintage art book came to mind.
   It became today's scripture picture that I share with all of you.
The yellowed background is the actual paper from my book with it's beautiful foxing flecks.
The small black flourish looks like a cross to me and the black and white transferware plate was again
We may have to pretend the roses are grootendorst?

Yesterday, I finally got my new screen door painted.  I went ahead and painted the other door
too so the browns would match.  I think it was called Turkish coffee from Lowes. 
It wasn't a perfect match to the other brown we have painted but the old has faded some and
this was fairly close for just eyeballin it. 

Out here is where I hope to spend my afternoon chasing weeds, tilling and mowing.
I'm making a list  of all the creative gardening I'd love to do...
Stay tuned-

Today's inspiration is "garden junk." 
Oddball things to set in the garden for interest... whimsy, and surprise. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

My Artist Date

 Hi friends,

Well, last I posted here; I shared that I was starting in the book The Vein of Gold.
In this morning's lesson; I was reminded of going on Artist Dates. 
I started doing that when I went through the last workbook but had kind of forgotten
about them.  The idea is to go somewhere all by yourself... a place to refresh... get inspired..
take in something new... - you get the idea. 
But I just really had no idea where to go? 
A friend of mine and I had been talking vintage shops and things and I told her I hardly go anymore. 
Well today I decided to visit my most favorite little antique shop. 
Hadn't been there in quite some time because honestly... I just don't need one darn thing. 
There comes a point that you just don't need to keep dragging home "more stuff." 
I loaded in the jeep and tried to talk myself out of it all the way there. 
Almost turned around and came back home. 
Do you ever try to just talk yourself right out of something?
Once I got there and inside though... I was glad I went. 
It did inspire me!!! 

 I also told myself I could just look and not buy anything. 
Who was I kidding? 
Especially when I found this book called Masterpieces!
It is chock full of works by DaVinci,
Picasso, Van Gogh ... you name it!!! Five bucks. 
Thought I might cut images out and glue into my art journals
but I don't know if I can actually do it.  Once I started reading...
Ohmygosh... it was a score for sure. 
On top of it, is a vintage FLOWER book full... I mean full of flowers.
I flipped to the roses section and yall..
there are even pink grootendorst!
Beautiful color photos!!

Then I found this black transferware plate. 
It had two-three hairlines in it,
but I found another one identical to it in better condition.
I love this pattern so much.
See where this artist date is going?
sweet inspiration!!!

 Then there were these cheap little bottles.
The green one is already on the bottle tree in the garden.
The flask with the honeycomb is staying in the house...
I want to do something with that one!!!! 
The other two in the potting shed windowsill.
Look how pretty the plate looks with these flowers?
The flowers are actually a deep reddish brown color but
they almost take on a black hue?
I think my little date was a success.
I'm anxious to open up my journal tonight and
smear on some gesso and paint. 
But for now I better sign off.
My gals are on their way out to the farm today.
I get to kiss some babytoes. 

Thanks for stopping by the shed today.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 4 Scripture Pictures

 Hello friends,
Thought I'd share a few pictures with yall this evening.
This is a portion of the planted chair beside the potting shed.
It's so painty chippy peely right now; and  the shabby
mint green on
weathering wood makes me smile.
Here's the scripture: 
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 

This picture is of two apple seeds. 
Awhile back I cut into an old apple that had been in the fridge a lonnng time. 
The seeds were sprouting right inside! 
I carefully took them out and planted in this pot. 
I thought only one broke surface but ... surprise...there's two! 
Oh I hope they grow and we can plant them near Blakelea's peach tree. 
I dream of my grandgirl picking apples one day that started olde seeds  in this
little terracotta pot. 
The verse is:
Keep my commandments and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye;"
Proverbs 7:2
Then there is a lil honeybunny. 
This afternoon I had a little photo shoot with both rabbits
in the shed.  I think this one is a girl:  Olive.
The other ... a boy.  Time will surely tell.
Anyways the verse is 1 Peter 4:10
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 

Feel free to use and share them...
Have a great evening,
Love from the potting shed

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A New Book, And Inspiration To Write

May 3rd,
Today I jumped into my second hand book The Vein of Gold. 
I enjoyed The Artist's way so much that I found this one by the same author
on Ebay. 
From time to time, I'll share how it's going. 
If you're on Goodreads; please friend me!  I'll be sharing my progress over there
and would love to see what you're reading as well. 
For this year's  reading challenge; I signed up for 15 books. 
Hope to get through more than that but fifteen felt fairly safe. 

In the book by Julia Cameron; the author encourages  writing
morning pages?  I got in the habit of that during the Artist Way.

Reading and writing are passions of mine. 
Got to thinking about that just today when my Gram came to mind.
I guess the older I get; the more and more of her I see in me?
She too loved to read and write.
 One year at Christmas time I gave her this little notebook. 
Then after her funeral  I was given  it back so today I decided to start filling it up.
Holding it ... I remembered  seeing it on her lap at the last birthday party
I was able  to be with her. 
There's  not a lot of writing in it but "some."
Pages have been torn out too. 

This page however got me.
It went hand in hand with my reading today.
I wonder if she started a guest list for her birthday party that I remember
this very book on her lap? 
Because Gram didn't waste things... she often  reused them. 
Here she scratched one thought off... and started another.  Like I do. 
She doodled around numbers... while she thought like I would have-
and still do. 

This is an insert I got ready for this month's morning pages. 
Morning pages are about writing whatever comes to your mind.
 Your grocery list, a guest list, what you're hungry for, if you're  mad at someone, or happy about something or if your feet hurt or ideas that spark.   You write the
"thoughts that enter your mind."  -- just like Gram wrote. 
Funny how that little handwritten scrawl of my Grandmothers inspired me so much today. 
It made me "want" to write and write with
wild abandon- like she did. 

Seeing Gram's notebook next to mine.. shakes me up inside.
She's still inspiring me to 

With wild abandon,

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Back uP and Running

 Hello friends!
I'm writing you from a brand new computer and still trying
to learn my way through it. 
My goal was to be back here to share with you all  May 1st but  that just didn't work out.
I hope this gets easier!  My whole photo process is totally different and has extra
steps that I'm sure ...there has to be an easier and faster way. 
At any rate; it's good to be back! 

While away; I've gotten my gardens planted
and most everything has come up. 
It's supposed to rain for the next three days I think so after
that I'll have to get after the big weeds and figure out what to mulch with this year.
I'm thinking about just putting hay under things and then keep the walkways  tilled between the rows.  I really love the look of using layers of newspaper under straw and not having to till,  but it's getting
harder and harder to find hay and straw that hasn't been sprayed in fields. 
This season I'm going to try to not stress too much  about weeds. 
Someone please remind me I said that  in a couple more weeks!

Although it's been  frustrating with this computer today;
and even though pictures have been the biggest problem-
I leave you with the very first scripture picture made
on it. 

 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches
in glory in Christ Jesus. 
Phil 4:19

Enjoy and #sharethelove
Leaon Mary