Sunday, January 24, 2010

Plant of the day Yarrow

"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses." -- Hanna Rion

Strawberry Seduction Yarrow and a few other herbs I planted last spring !I had to dig all these up the fall before from where we moved from . We actually filled a whole truck bed up with just outdoor plants!

Yarrow: It presses easy in a phone book or any press you choose .The red stays red too.The leaves are green ruffled and kind of silvery like butterfly bush leaves. Grows well ,unfortunately snails ,slugs and grasshoppers like them too. this doubled it's size from spring to late summer when it got mowed down by critters .but came back strong before winter hit. I like it! I have had it 2 years now . I can't wait to see it bloom again.
Here is some I pressed last summer!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pressed Flowers and Leaf Art / Canadian Beauty

This is my newest creation , I call it my "Canadian Beauty"  These wonderful pressed  leaves were gave me by a Dear friend named Dee Marie from Saskatchewan Canada .

   She also did  the the great photography work of all the nature scenes in the big picture . Unfortunately my photography is not  as good , so You will not be able to appreciate Just how wonderful this collection is.
Well let me tell You the story of this picture! 
Dee sent me most of  these wonderful leaves last year in at the first of winter in a folder using these wonderful pictures as "rejects in her eyes" to just have something stiff in there to protect the pressed flowers and leaves. I was so excited to get her package. To keep customs from picking through this fragile cargo she had it Well taped.:o)  As soon as I saw the picture in the middle , I knew I wanted to frame it .
The quote on it says " All Roads Lead Somewhere ..." 
  Well I had recently been told at that time , that the house we were renting was being foreclosed on ,so we were going to have to move. I hate moving and this time we had a dog . Long story short we have a beautiful acre of land we were paying on with a VERY worn out house on it. We are going to take each room apart and make it new again as $ and time will allow. So for many months I was not able to create :o( 
When I did get to unpack my some of my craft things to try to find some dogwood for Dee (which does not grow there) I looked through several big tubs of flowers looking for treasures to send her and found the wonderful package from Dee. It was like receiving it all over again! This time I knew I wanted a Picture for the first finished room we have now. Our bathroom!! So then I found this really cool frame at the recycling center that was in good condition. It was huge but I had been told by another artist Conrad that Big pictures were easier ! 
LOL It matters on How you do it , I found out the hard way!
First off I could not think of covering the pictures or cutting them !!:o(  
So my OCD side fought with my carefree side and won!! made me measure everything to make sure the pictures stayed centered ! Then I started covering the whole paper that was behind the old picture in the frame using practically every leaf she had sent me in 2 different packages !! I decided to use mod podge to glue and seal.Coating the leaves on both sides of the leaves to protect them more going in to my bathroom .
It took me approx 6 hours ( in 3 days) not counting drying times to finally get it were i said to myself This is it! I was proud as a peacock and I still had a hand full of dainty leaves left . Only using Her leaves! I posted the picture of it while the seal was still wet. I was so excited for Dee to see. I said, I would frame it next day and re-post a picture!
OMG , the next day I realized my picture was about 1/4 an inch short all the way around????????? In total it is around 21x27 inches!

So after much thinking and fussing and growling ? I even dreamed on it! I did not want to use any of my leaves that would take away from the "Canadian Beauty"  So I found some dark pear leaves that look almost like leather and trimmed it with those !
Here is my Finished "Canadian Beauty" ... Now hanging in my New bathroom !  
From My pics to blog about in 2010

Hope You love it as much as I do ! Please leave comments!  
Here it is in the BR :o)

for more close ups You can visit my photo link listed above.Peace 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My first attempt at Upcycling for Swapbot swap

front of Leaf bookmark
Originally uploaded by tkluxton2006

 Hi all I am in a swap on Swap-bot to share blogs and get new people to join my blog . 
So I thought I'd say Hello and Thank you to all of You swappers that visit. i have enjoyed Swap-bot and getting Snail Mail !!!

If you have any trouble leaving a comment Please PM me and I will look in to it ASAP.

This was one of the 9 bookmarks I made for a swap. I really liked doing these and intend to make a bunch to give away as business cards too .
Thanks again for visiting and Please feel free to check out the rest of my Blog and here is a link to my other If you'd like to look! 
Peace and Happy New Year .