Friday, January 15, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
I am so excited to offer you a free online nature journaling course this January called Journaling Winter!
You can access this course by signing up for my newsletter (see the left side-bar of this blog). All you need will come automatically to your email inbox (well, except for physical painting supplies)! You can then view the course whenever you want on your own schedule.
I created this course because I want to encourage everyone to get out and explore nature this winter as one of the biggest ways to beat the winter blues and find encouragement and joy in what can be a discouraging time of year. I am convinced that connecting with nature will reap benefits in each of our lives.
I hope you find a way to make nature connection a part of your winter! If you take the course, let me know if you enjoyed it.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Time has flown this fall and here we are at Thanksgiving! I have been busy giving nature journaling classes online this fall and am excited to announce my online Christmas class: Christmas Botanicals! This class is all about connecting with nature through the month of December. With videos you can watch whenever you want, we will dive into nature walks, learning all about conifers, berries, and pine cones, discuss the historic use of greens for decorating at this time of year, and of course spend time painting all these lovely things! You can find all the details over on my website here.
You'll also see this class advertised: it's part one of my signature class on famous artists and authors and the nature that they loved. I can't wait to explore with students the nature that captured the imaginations of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Beatrix Potter and paint it all into our journals. This would make a great Christmas present for someone!
Monday, September 7, 2020
The last two weeks have been full, as usual. Look at this beautiful collection of spices! My neighbor who grew up in India has been teaching me some of her recipes and these were the spices (some of them) needed to make Biryani this past week.
My mom's flowers are just stunning, and they went with the tea cozy!
David and Laura picked out pumpkins from the patch they helped Grandma plant. Earlier in the summer they spent quite a few days helping with garden work.
The pumpkin patch grows in a big field.
Of course we had to say hello to Job the donkey and his attentive care-giver.
Mom keeps busy taking care of her people and bringing them lots of joy and love and good food!
I took care of myself this week by scheduling a kayak time to my secret point. I enjoyed studying, planning, reading, and painting, not to mention watching all the wildlife and doing some plain old thinking.
I spent some time creating flat lay pictures for my nature blog -- do you know about that? It's where I blog about nature! And soon I'll be sharing some of my favorite nature books!
It's dahlia season and on the weekends my sister orders lots to put up for sale. They are just too pretty!
Since I last wrote we had a son turn 18! Congrats Drew! We decorated by finding a whole bunch of things one can legally do when one is 18 and hanging those ideas from the bunting. Finally Drew can buy spray paint and actually get a job without having to get a work permit.
I've worked at the flower shop quite a bit lately -- lots of weddings and extra orders. This was an anniversary bouquet made to look similar to the original wedding bouquet. Those types of orders are fun to fulfill.
The cousins enjoyed seeing each other -- we all enjoyed being in nature!
One weekend we had a lot of social engagements and I made A LOT of pies.
This one was rhubarb:
This was a peach tart:
Once in awhile I get a chance to paint the flowers at work.
My online nature journaling classes started this week! I am very excited about them -- can't wait to "meet" everyone I don't know in person. My mind is bursting with ideas for the next five weeks.
One last picture of flowers.
Our Labor Day fun plan was cancelled due to rain so we are now working on house organization and the to-do list. Wondering if our evening meal will be rained out too!
Monday, August 24, 2020
We hatched our final butterflies last week. Since they seem to hatch around 9 or 9:30 in the morning I've missed them while at work -- but Michael takes videos and sends them to me so I don't have to miss out on the fun.
My garden is just full of birds and butterflies and hummingbirds and praying mantis' right now. It's bringing me so much joy!
And now we are into a new week!
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
I'm thankful for temperate weather so far in August -- it makes for a beautiful month.
Flower therapy Monday: I loved the candy pink colors and the bright pink wheat stalks.
White peaches are my favorite! They taste like a raspberry-flavored exotic fruit. Their color is just beautiful too!
And that was our week......