Thursday, June 30, 2011
Venus Blues Hideaway: This is Henry--My foundling. He loves his mama so...: "This is Henry--My foundling. He loves his mama so much and mama loves him too. Isn't it amazing that spending such a short time doing so..."
|This is Henry--My foundling. He loves his mama so much and mama loves him too.|
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
|A beautif site--a barn full of hay.|
Well, this weekend I got someting accomplished that I dread ALL year long but have to do every year--yep, that is to get hay for the horses. I only get 200 bales but it feels like a thousand!! We started early saturday morning and were back home by about 10. This year was a new experience, we had to figure out how to get it into the barn. If you have been keeping up with my posts, you kn ow that my husband and I were building a new barn. It is a 2 story and the hay goes on the top. We did pretty good up while we could stand on the top of the hay wagon and throw it in the doorway--a little engineering had to be performed when we had to rig up a device to get it up to the 2nd floor when the haystack got lower. We have a pulley hooked to the roof of the barn and used a hook to latch onto the bales and pull them up. It took a little longer than it normally does, but hey........the hay is in the new barn........yippee. That means the old hay barn becomes my new work room. I was able to get up to my studio a few evenings this week and even some this weekend. It refreshes me, and it was much needed. I sorted through some of my stuff and took it down stairs to my new workroom, while I was doing that I took a few pictures of my treasures that me and my husband have found at work--we are dredging sand from the Red River and these goodies are some of the things that we have found, yeah I know, it looks like trash to most of you but to me it is a treasure.
I use these goodies in my "salvage art" and asssemblage. Who knows where they will end up. There are pieces of old pottery, ceramics, petrified wood, bones, rusty metal, sea glass and the list goes on and on.
We walk the site daily just looking around and I usually come back with my pockets (and Lewis' pockets) full of stuff.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Grand Cane is such a nice town, so clean and quaint. I love visiting there. Jody asked me if I would be the featured artist of the month for September--I was so flattered. Of course, I accepted. I do need to get a couple pieces done for it. I feel like I have gotten so much accomplished over the last few days. Yesterday I went to the Blueberry Farm and bought 12 lbs. of Berries, I froze them last night and today-before I went to the gallery, Lewis and I put up 11 bags of peas. I have a few spare hours this evening-a rarity, and I am going to go up to the studio and work on a "pair of shoes", my latest future project. Be well and happy creating.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The picture on the left was taken at Melrose--it is a commissioned painting and the lady in the picture with me is Alecia. She had requested that I paint her a large sized angel. She lives in Lafayette, we met at melrose so she wouldn't have so far to drive to pick her up.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I bought this plant tower at Melrose when we did our last show. I know it doesn't look like much but it creates a beautiful display. I took down the measurements and made photos of it, I am going to get Lewis to make me something like it to do some other things with it. On the right you can see that I began by adding a 12" pot filled 3/4 up with rocks and the remainder with potting soil--I put sweet potato vines in the bottom pot. The second pot is filled half way with rock and the remainder with dirt, I put Verbena in this one. The third pot is just soil and I put mint in that one. The fourth pot is a 8" pot and it is filled with just soil and I put mint in that one also and last but not least is the top pot. It is 5" and just filled with dirt and I planted thyme in that one.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Our Gourd Patch by the house is really struggling to survive--exceptionally hard year, but maybe with enough watering, I will get enough to at least get seeds and make a few things.
We are well into our garden season here and I HAD some beautiful watermelons, unfortunately the crows thought the same thing.........you can see from the photos above that they had quite a feast. So, I tried my hand at a scarecrow. My hubby and I spent the morning creating "Mike". He can guard the garden and hopefully keep the crows away. This year has been a tough garden season-the drought, heat, bugs and birds have been quite a challenge. I did have a good squash and zuccinni yield, though. Lewis picked two five gallon buckets of purple hull peas this morning. Today is our anniversary--6 years. We are going out tonight for Sushi......mmmmmmm, I love it. I bought "Red Riding Hood" last night when we went out on the town and tonight we can watch the movie and shell peas. Got the evening all planned :) I attached some photos of the Fleur De Lis show and also the Melrose Show. Melrose Plantation is so beautiful. I took a picture of the house that Clementine Hunter stayed in. It is supposed to be the oldest house in still remaining from the Louisiana Purchase. My gourd patch is doing okay but the heat and drought is really taking a toll. I do water every evening but am having a hard time keeping up with the demand.
|Sunflowers and Gourds|
|East side of the Barn|
We have been finding so many damaged Melons that we decided to build a scarecrow--Hence, Mike was born.
|Watermelons after crows|
|Fleur De Lis Show|
|Clementine Hunters House|
|Clementine Hunters House|
|Barn that Lewie and I are building|
|Through Clementines Window|