Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I tried as hard as I could to copy Irina's lovely work as my skills would allow. When I had trouble with the windmill I decided to search for examples of windmills !? Out of over 300+ images I found 2 like this one from our class!!
This first one on the left has not been touched. It is the nearest to what it looks like real life! It is only an 8 x10 . There are a lot of wonderful fall colors in here from so may neat different plants. And in this case different places from wonderful guild members! The Silver Poplar leaves in the sky came from Pat Smith in Tennessee ! As well as the goose came from Marie Ann Robinson's advice of using this leaf to make a bird! The cool 2 toned plant in the front came from Annamaria in Ireland . The dog was made from banana skin . I started out trying to make another goose but arthritis helped it become a Dog head.
I like him.
The one on the right I used a touch up thingy on a free picasaweb program I downloaded ages ago and just decided to try. I did touch up through out . Look under the goose at the shadowing that looks like geese in the distance .That was just a fluke from trying to play with the sky!
Personally I like the real thing better.
FYI : here is a link to a windmill like this from the back side ! Hmm ,may need to try that!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I am entry # 1 with the PF . she has them numbered kind of weird ?
Oh well it was fun regardless it got me warmed up for the Oct class ,which was fabulous!
back to the presses !
Thanks in advance to all for voting !
my picture is below on the last blog here
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Hi all I am so excited I actually took the time to create something ! Laaa !!!!!!!!! It was fun too . It has been close to a year since I have done any art . Not even a card.
Well I read this challenge on Kimberly's Mixed Media Art
It was to make her image into a Diva ! Well anyone that knows Me , knows , I know little about Divas ! then this morning I see this show pop up on Generations of Divas ! How funny is that. So here is my Flower Diva.
I just realized that the one I sent to Kimberly , I could not get uploaded here?? Hope the one I sent to her went through ?? Guess I'll know soon. Wish me luck ,better yet join in ! Enter her contest.
Now on to my October class at www.WWPFG.org .
Doing a Windmill in a landscape .This is a Master Class , That I will need lots of Luck with . Come back and see how I do ! ?
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Our Mandevillas , we have white light pink and hot pink .
They grow 6 to 8 foot a season or more . LOTS of flowers ! Makes great fairy skirts . They are Carl's babies .
The red one is new this year.
this one has a different leaf than the others and smaller too.
Tickseed Sunflower , this is growing on the gas pipeline at the end of our land. There are millions of them!
check out this field of
Tickseed Sunflower (Bidens aristosa)
Identification: Ray florets golden yellow, well developed, flower, as a whole, conspicuous. Seeds (achenes) with a papery margin. Leaflike bracts below flower 8 to 10 in number with outer bracts shorter than inner bracts. Leaves divided into a number of dentate leaflets. Plant between 1 and 5 feet in height.Waterloo Blue Passion Flower (Texan flower) We just bought this it says it will get 6 to 8 feet ! I missed pressing this one :-( Still waiting for the next bloom before frost ?
We also have the native NC purple ,we are going to transplant near this !
Twin mini roses , they press red with a shadow of gold !
heading for the press.
coleus or basil , either way is was free and gorgeous ! I found this growing in the yard this spring ,smelled it and thought it was basil ? smelled good but light ,it was small at the time! not now some of it is 3 feet. this Writer Spider likes it .
Well now I am not sure ,but I think it is coleus ? I know it is gorgeous but does not taste like Basil. yuk!!
I hope you have enjoyed these few items from my yard .
I will post more later.
click any photo for larger image.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
leaves are easy to press , Really !
It takes newspapers ,one or 2 large old belts and cardboard and of course Leaves! .
grasses work good for centerpieces too !
cut 2 pieces of cardboard about the same size of a folded newspaper (1 for top 1 for bottom)
stack about paper 8 pages deep, place fall leaves on paper try not to let them touch ,
add 8 sheets more of paper and repeat . you can stack these about a foot deep.
Place cardboard on top then carefully wrap belts around the bundle tight. place in a dry sunny area for about a week.
Or place in car for 2 to 3 days ,it works like a dehydrator ! take out and check it , They should be dry . If not try one more day. this my favorite way! Solar Power !
Make a bunch and have a pressing party ! you can get the leaves from a park or anywhere .
Hope this helps ?!
I also make bookmarks and cards with flowers and leaves. if you need ideas check the picture site below.
PEACE FROM TERICA , NC, USA
find out how to make a press
on the other blog of mine http://makingpressedflowerartandcrafts.blogspot.com/
and my flikr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/tericakay/sets/72157604720230662/detail/
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Friday, September 18, 2009
It was cut apart and pressed flat in blotter paper and cardboard ,then placed in a box with silica gel.
I sliced the stem off and sliced it in half long wise to dry on a piece of folded blotter paper,then sandwiched it in cardboard, This went in the silica box too.
If you click the flower it will show a big picture for you to get close up!
This one I pressed flat in a padded press place in the silica box. After filling boxes I took the out the next morning and sat them in my truck to heat the boxes for 2 days , brought in for 2 more days, then took them out!
I did have to use a very soft brush to get some of the crystals off but they are soft flexible and gorgeous !
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I used silica crystals and made one 3D. I'll post those next.
i have a picture in mind for the 3D one already :-)
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Monday, August 24, 2009
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Friday, August 21, 2009
click the pic and you can see it better !
This is dedicated to
Annie Stevens , Who wrote a beautiful story on her Yahoo blog inviting you to take a walk with her. She made You think You could hear the sounds of nature!
I just read her story today and then the hawk came again to visit this afternoon !
This is a red tail hawk in my back yard playing with a bird it caught! Please do not get upset that I did not stop him or her this is nature . I was just lucky enough to be around and You were lucky I thought to get the camera! LoL
This was taken through a screen so it is a little blurred . I am preparing to put a video on youtube and I will add the link. ASAP
or add it here soon.
Maybe if I'm Lucky I can get Annie's permission to add her story to the video ? Cross your fingers!
Thanks for dropping by . Come back critters are always visiting!
here's the youtube thingy.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The Night-blooming Cereus is a cool plant, and makes wait for the flower, as it blooms at night-time only, the flowers closing up when exposed to the day-light. They are magnificent flowers when in full bloom , but, unhappily, are short-lived, a flower never opening a second time. The plant belongs to the Cactus Family, and requires the same general treatment.
We were fortunate to have them share with us a cutting of the plant , so I am reading up on it !
I will give some sites to check out more about it at the end here!
Thanks to Dea and Tommy, for the cool flower and sharing the big moment of it blooming with us!
this is the way it looked about 8:30 pm
You can click the picture and get a full screen view ! On the first picture when you click it you can see new flowers starting . Guess that means We will be staying up late again!
I was so tired that night , then when they came to tell us it was to bloom .We stayed up till 11:30, with flashlight in hand ,we are walking around in their yard , to take these other pictures of it opening !!
Well seconds after the pictures were took I pulled a flower and was getting it ready to dry for pressing!!
It has a Fabulous smell , I could hardly breath standing over top of it putting it in the drying powder it was so strong ! It was the next morning when it dawned on me I could have gotten 2?
They make perfume of these flowers I found out on the web!
Here is a few cool web sites where it was the Flower of the week , and they had great information!
please let me know if you liked this ?
I will be taking the flower out of the drying crystals tomorrow I will try to share that too!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This is a Yellow Tanager in a pomegranate tree. I am getting some of these trees for my new place too.
You will want to click the pictures to get a better view!
These Robins would come and knock all the water out bathing, they were fun to watch.
Squirrel, Just hanging around!
Goldfinch , I loved catching the one in flight!
eastern bluebird , gold finch
Eastern Blue Bird
this is a Purple finch , they are really red!
Well It seems my Mom thinks i am spending too much time with reptiles. She told me if I did not do something like Birds and Butterflies she was going to call me , "Snake woman"
So these are for You, Mom! I love all the creatures. I actually have close to a 1000 shots of just creatures alone!
this video is of a mockingbird that would come pick on the vehicles almost everyday for awhile!