Saturday, October 6, 2018

September 2018

September began the transition to fall. Although, sitting here in 85 F temperature does not feel very fall-ish. I'm thankful it's not freezing...

I made this gluten free plum galette for an event I went to. Must try to remember to make more galettes -- so easy and less time consuming than a pie! (Original, not gluten-free, recipe is here.)

I have to include pictures from my Monday job at Blooms because the flowers bring me so much joy!

 One evening we had a visitor during our patio dinner. This bunny boldly hopped right out of the garden and sat munching the weed pile during our entire dinner.

Not scared at all, he then hopped right across the patio in front of us!

September brought a fun family birthday celebration for my sister's husband,  JK.

The party was at Wildwood Market and the place looked so festive!

Such a lovely evening!

My newest fig tree finally bore fruit! Nothing like picking fruit from one's own tree!

The colors of fall are so rich and beautiful. All the squash and pumpkins have me captivated!

Another week of flowers:

This is my studio workspace. It usually isn't so bright and pretty because mostly I work in the early morning before the sun comes up and the shade is pulled. This space is actually in my bathroom!

I'm busy prepping for fall workshops!

Here's a look at the cheese plates from JK's party -- we'll be having Wildwood's cheese plates at the Fall Menu Painting workshop!!!

We made it to the orchard on the spur of the moment one evening right before they closed. It's a long-standing tradition!

Don't worry -- they are only allowed to throw bad apples.

James is very interested in falconry and was invited to go with several licensed falconers we know to capture their new bird (and thus rescue it from being shot at the airport). It's just amazing to be up close to these impressive birds!

Cousin Arthur turned five and we celebrated! YAY!

More beautiful flowers were put together:

Just look at that wealth of color, texture, and inspiration!

Got to make sure I'm being a good "Purdue mom" by using my mug. :)

One of the highlights of the month was a trip to my mom's pumpkin patch. What beauty where she lives!!!

Moms 12 little hills of pumpkin seeds have yielded many, many pumpkins.

Everyone had their pick!

We ended the month with James' 14th birthday!

And now for October -- the incredible month of beauty and color here in the Midwest! I'm looking forward to it!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Summer Update

It's time for a quick update!

Summer was beautiful and busy with only 9 weeks of free-time from school! 

We travelled to Oklahoma with all of Michael's other siblings to celebrate and remember together the life of Michael's dad and to celebrate his mom's birthday. It was a wonderful week of family time!

Two weeks later we travelled to Michigan with my side of the family to celebrate my mom's 70th! Talk about a summer filled with extended family time! So thankful for all the wonderful memories!

We also had dear friends visit for a week of adventures that included hiking, kayaking, the State Fair, walking around Zionsville, and visiting the Art Museum.

The most momentous happening of the summer was taking Rachel to college! She is now an official Purdue student and loves it! Engineering is keeping her very busy.

My mom and I taught four nature journaling workshops over the summer. We loved watching everyone get excited about watercolor and recording their nature observations.

I started a new job -- I work for my sister at her floral shop on Mondays. My job is to create market bouquets for Wildwood Market. It's a treat every week to get to work with such beauty and to have a few hours of quiet.

Andrew turned 16 and is a junior this year at Covenant Christian High School. He loves soccer and spent his summer and fall working out/playing with the soccer team.

 James started at Covenant as a freshman. He loves high school and is especially excited that he has art class every day!

 That leaves me with just two children to homeschool this year. Times are changing. It's strange having an "older" family now.

I have been busy on several creative fronts -- one of which is organizing new watercolor workshops for the fall. I'll be doing one on pumpkins and squash, another one on creating a decorated menu for Thanksgiving, and a Christmas Botanical Gift Tag workshop.

I also finally created my own website! Yay! And my website has class sign-up available on it! 

I'll be keeping this blog for family updates but posting my artwork on Instagram (heather.winslow.lefebvre) and ( and blogging any nature-related posts and book-related posts over at my website.

I hope you all have a wonderful fall!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Capture Summer Workshop

Today my mom and I completed the second of four watercolor nature journaling workshops we are doing this summer!

What a joy to be out in the beautiful Indiana summer enjoying the flowers and wildlife and introducing people to watercolor!

Last Saturday our attendees braved the 94+ degree weather to spend the day at Coxhall Gardens.

Watching people grasp basic watercolor techniques and color mixing is such fun!

Group one had 15 participants and we all huddled in the circle created by a bunch of pine trees.

The best part of the day is seeing all the lovely paintings everyone creates!

Today's workshop moved indoors for the first half of the day as the temperatures began in the high 60's and rain threatened.

The overcast skies created a beautiful contrast of gray and bright green.

This morning we painted bee balm, wild rose, and chicory. I loved seeing everyone's work.

Each sketchbook was unique and beautiful!

After lunch we headed out to the park for our afternoon session.

After a walk around the pond observing the redwing blackbirds and even a snake (!!) we worked on landscape elements.

And before we knew it the workshops were over! There will be another one to look forward to in July and then August!

Monday, June 18, 2018

On the Bookshelf

I just finished reading Maine Summer by Edwin Valentine Mitchell. The next best thing to being in Maine during the summer is reading about it. When I passed this vintage book on the library's shelf I stopped in my tracks to pick it up and threw my reading time budget out the window as I placed it in my bag. I loved getting lost inside the book and letting my mind wander to the cool and breezy, pine-covered forests that line the Maine coast.

There's no plot to this book, no story really. Just the love story of a writer for a place. And my own memories that I add to the pages as I read, recalling the Maine visits of my childhood, sanctified by the sands of time washing over them year in and year out.

It's not a book for everyone -- but if you like little vignettes about place, musings on the "cats of Maine," or the old lore of pirates, or the "islandmania" that overtook people at the turn of the last century, this is lovely, old-time read.

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