Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fan box installed

Frank built this for me. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it's rock solid and will keep the fan noise out of my studio - or at least, that's my hope. So we are ------ THIS ----- much closer to being done!

studio vent system

studio fan box

Monday, May 28, 2007

THIS was satisfying

studio floor

Tiles are a little darker than the picture shows, walls a little lighter - strange. Will try to grout tomorrow maybe.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

walls are done

I gave up on the faux/weathered look. Went with Ben Moore's Aura AF-535 - a foggy beachy blue, it's a little darker than this, but it will be good once the trim and floor are in. You can see the floor tiles under the starfish.

studio wall

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Studio Progress

Steps were finished last night:

I finished priming and started painting. I'm trying to get a look similar to this (from a Veranda magazine cover, Feb 07):
veranda cover

Here is my first layer, glazes go on next:


Saturday, May 12, 2007

A Walk into My Garden

I've been taking so many macro pictures that I almost forgot to capture the big picture in my garden's most colorful month. Here, take a walk with me.

Come in through my gate, it's covered in fabulous wisteria right now.

garden 2007

The first thing you will see is my new garden bed on the left - all new except for the old camellia and wisteria. I've been working on that for about a month now. On the right you can see my hosta garden, the big rhody tree, and in the back is the studio, still waiting to be painted.

garden 2007

Step down a little ways and you will come to my arbor - I'm trying to grow a clematis up and over it, though it doesn't have much to grab on to yet.

garden 2007

Still further in you will come to a new bed of baby hostas and other shade loving things:

garden 2007

At this point you will be right by my back door, have a seat in one of these chairs beneath my wall of clematis - isn't that a wonderful vine? I think it's over 50 years old.

garden 2007

While you are sitting there, look around at these old azalea/rhody things that I don't know what they are. They lose all their leaves in the winter, unlike my other rhodys, but their flower is similar. In the back you can see my magnolia tree and way back is Luke's swing set.

garden 2007

garden 2007

Oh, why do you smell lilacs you ask? Come, I'll show you... but first, you have to walk by my only "full sun" garden. I've got all my colorful stuff packed into it - it should explode in about a month.

garden 2007

And here, turn the corner - yes, they smell soooo good. And they remind me of New England, I'm very happy to have them here.

garden 2007

One more thing to show you - the future site of my outdoor dining room/patio. I've finally got the plants dug up and moved from there, now I just need some fill, sand and stones/bricks of some sort. And lots of time and muscle of course. But it looks ready and that's a good thing. Oh, and there is my studio again, the next time you see it, it should have a front porch on it. Maybe even by tomorrow!

garden 2007

And that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by to see!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Poppies are Blooming

I love this time of year in my garden. Of course the new lens makes it all the much more fun.



Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A Custom Order

Another Starfish necklace with watery blue green stones.

starfish necklace

Happy Birthday to Me

Frank and Luke got me the micro/macro lens I've been wanting for my birthday yesterday. I'm so happy! I can take pictures my way again - I feel like I have a brand new camera. Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 D - I adore it.