Friday, March 10, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
Flowers in January
For the past two years I have ordered bulbs from Van Engelen Inc. They are imported from Holland and the bulbs are huge! This year I ordered 250. I finished planting them today, January 13. This is not unusual for me to plant as late as January 13. It has been later and they bloom. These are double narcissus in a variety of colors. They are sleeping under the plant smiles. While planting I was looking under leaves and found all sorts of plants coming up. The wild ginger looked great. The more I looked, the more I found.
Snowdrops are blooming in the back of the house.
Last year I planted 100 snowdrops in the front of the house and here is one beginning to unfurl.
While walking near the studio, I encountered a honeybee. Not too far away was a pot of violas, little johnny-jump-ups blooming. They have been here since October. A nice way to enter the house with flowers blooming in January.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
My son texted me earlier today to ask if we had gotten snow. Once the temperature got a bit warmer than 12 degrees, I laced up my snow boots.
I enjoyed the shadows from the trees falling into the snow.
Ray's sunburst design rising above the mountains nestled in front of the evergreens.
Snow on the branches
As I walked to the bottom of our property, I was fascinated with all the animal foot prints.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
For several years, I have been creating a Holiday Ornament. This year it is a collaborative effort, an Appalachian Warm Glass, LLC design. The ornaments are the same size as pendants.
We use Bullseye 90 COE glass. The base is clear glass. The red is for the top border and covers the wire hanger. The brown glass is for the base of the tree.
Dichroic glass is broken in a frit maker. The glass is then shifted until it is almost the size of a large piece of glitter. It becomes frit. There are two pieces of dichroic glass before they are made into frit.
I use Bullseye Glastac Gel to glue the glass to the glass. I also cover the tree with glue. I use a toothpick to find shiny pieces and also sprinkle the frit onto the tree.